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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

if link fails

also see


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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---------- Forwarded message ----------
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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Justice is within your reach. Take the ACLU on the go, for free. Download the Mobile Justice app now on your iOS or Android device.

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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.

Critics have slammed Alvarez for taking more than a year to indict Van
Dyke and she has strenuously defended her role, say


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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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and a volunteer civilian review police board with subpoena powers
can post their ideas here.
If they want to talk with people who have taken a leadwership role
in these areas contact Andrea Pritchett at Berkeley Copwatch
Dan Handelman at Portland Copwatch and Mary Powers at Citizens Alert

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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A Madison police officer charged with a federal public corruption crime for stealing nearly $4,000 cash that was planted in a vehicle has resigned.
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Madison police said Andrew Pullum, 31, of Verona, submitted his resignation Tuesday night. Police Chief Mike Koval accepted the resignation.

Pullum was arrested in December on suspicion of theft of government property and being a drug user in possession of a firearm. He pleaded not guilty in federal court this week.

Pullum was on administrative leave before he resigned.

Officials said police set up a sting after a citizen tip in August that Pullum, who joined MPD in 2013, might be planning a robbery with other people. Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said Pullum was also "associated with a convicted criminal."

According to the criminal complaint, Pullum was told to make contact with a citizen who was providing information to the police. Officials said the citizen was an undercover FBI officer. The undercover officer told Pullum that she was angry at her drug-dealing boyfriend and that there might be cocaine and money in a parked car. The complaint said Pullum opened the trunk of the car, removed a bag containing $3,950 in pre-counted FBI-owned money and put it in his vehicle.

Pullum called for a drug detection K-9 to assist in a possible searc

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Bryant names Greenlee, former US attorney, to appeals court


January 19, 2016 Updated: January 19, 2016 5:41pm

— Gov. Phil Bryant on Tuesday appointed the former U.S. attorney for northern Mississippi, Jim Greenlee, to the state Court of Appeals.

Greenlee presided over the prosecution of Richard "Dickie" Scruggs for bribing a judge, but was criticized over his decision to investigate Muslim convenience store owners looking for terrorism ties. That case and Greenlee's handling of the investigation into the financial collapse of a cattle processing plant led to complaints by FBI agent Hal Neilson, and the Justice Department ultimately concluded that Greenlee retaliated against Neilson when he recommended Neilson be prosecuted over a real estate deal.

Bryant was filling a vacancy created when he elevated James Maxwell from the appeals court to the Mississippi Supreme Court. Maxwell joined the high court Jan. 1. Greenlee joins the appeals court Wednesday.

There are seven years remaining on a term from a district covering all or part of 23 counties in northeast Mississippi. A nonpartisan election will be held in November to fill out the remainder of the term. It's unclear if Greenlee intends to run. He could not be reached by phone and did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment Tuesday.

In a statement sent out with Bryant's announcement, he described his appointment as a "humbling experience."

"My prayer is that I may serve diligently, seeking justice and truth, always mindful that compassion and humility are virtuous," Greenlee said.

In announcing the appointment, the Republican governor said that "Jim's background in private practice and experience as a former federal prosecutor make him uniquely qualified for this position." Asked about Greenlee's record, Bryant spokesman Clay Chandler replied by email that Bryant, with the help of an advisory committee "identified the best candidate and appointed him."

Greenlee was appointed U.S. attorney for northern Mississippi in 2001 by President George W. Bush after serving as an assistant U.S. attorney since 1987. He resigned in 2010, and since then has practiced law in Oxford.

Neilson complained to superiors in 2006 over Greenlee's investigation of Muslim convenience store owners. The inquiry found no terrorism ties, but state and federal officials charged more than 60 people with illegal acts, including selling more than the legal limit of pseudoephedrine — used to make illegal methamphetamines.

Neilson also complained about how Greenlee handled an investigation into the financial collapse of the Mississippi Beef Processors plant in Oakland. Republicans alleged wrongdoing by Democratic Gov. Ronnie Musgrove, who took campaign contributions from the plant's developers, but Musgrove was never charged.

Neilson, at Greenlee's urging, was indicted on claims he improperly benefited from the construction and lease of offices the FBI rented in Oxford. A jury acquitted Neilson of some charges, and prosecutors then dropped remaining charges.

A 2013 report by the Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility concluded that Greenlee's referral of Neilson for prosecution was motivated in part by Neilson's complaints about the convenience store and beef plant investigations. However, the report concluded Neilson's indictment would have occurred even without Neilson's complaints and recommended no corrective action.

Neilson, now a lawyer in Oxford declined comment.

Christi McCoy, an Oxford lawyer who represented Neilson and has worked with him, said she believes Greenlee is unfit to serve as a judge. McCoy has her own history with Greenlee. She was nominated to succeed him as

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Jurors hear opening statements in trial of New York police officer who accidentally shot and killed ‘totally innocent’ 28-year-old in building stairwell

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Officer Peter Liang “broke rule after rule after rule” when he accidentally shot and killed 28-year-old Akai Gurley in a New York public housing building, prosecutors argued during the opening statements of the trial against the rookie police officer on Monday.

Assistant district attorney Marc Fliedner told jurors that Liang thought “only about himself” after the killing.

The police officer was indicted for second-degree manslaughter in February for the 20 November 2014 fatal shooting in the Louis Pink houses in the Brooklyn neighborhood of East New York. He is also on trial for several lesser charge

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Saturday, January 30, 2016
NY Times' penetrating look at the heroin epidemic gets the cause and solution all wrong
On October 30, 2015 the NY Times published an in-depth article on the heroin epidemic, focused on New Hampshire, which saw the greatest increase in deaths from drug overdoses (74%) in the US between 2013 and 2014. New Hampshire is a bucolic place, where villages of tidy white capes and saltboxes lie sprinkled among the mountains and pine forests.

Manchester, New Hampshire's largest city, has a population of 110,000. In one 6 hour period on September 24, Manchester police responded to 6 separate heroin overdoses. Manchester saw over 500 overdoses and over 60 deaths between January 1 and September 24, 2015.

At presidential campaign stops throughout the state, candidates were forced to respond to the problem when New Hampshire citizens demanded answers. Hillary has a $10 billion dollar plan for prevention and treatment of abuse. Chris Christie prefers treatment to jail time for first offenders. Obama announced a $5 million initiative in August to combat heroin addiction and trafficking. NH has designated a drug czar. NH Senator Ayotte says "We've got to reduce the stigma." Narcan, an opiate antidote that has been made widely available, is admittedly a band-aid. It saves lives from acute overdoses, but does absolutely nothing to stem the tide of abuse.

The solutions being touted by politicians and the media include "working together:" police, citizens, and health-care facilities--though to what end is unclear; educating; reducing the stigma of heroin use (now that users are predominantly white and middle class we can relabel addiction a disease, not a crime); adding treatment facilities; and adding more police.

I call this salutary--but almost entirely missing the mark.

Overdose deaths and heroin users are at an all time high in the United States. Between 2 and 9 of every thousand Americans (0.2-0.9% of the population) is currently using heroin. In Maine, 8% of babies are born "drug-affected"--a stratospheric rise from 178 babies in 2006 to 995 babies in fiscal 2015. A NEJM study found that opiate-addicted babies in neonatal ICUs quadrupled between 2006 and 2013.

Despite what you have heard, the cause of our current heroin epidemic is not as simple as doctors overprescribing narcotics, or users switching to heroin when prescription drugs became more scarce and expensive.

While nationally, heroin overdose deaths jumped from 1.0 per 100,000 in 2010 to 3.4 per 100,000 in 2014, the number of prescribed narcotics held steady over the same period. A 2015 UN document noted that "A recent [US government] household survey in the United States indicated that there was a significant decline in the misuse of prescription opioids from 2012 to 2013" (page 46). A January 14 NEJM article (from the NIH) challenges the prevailing assumption that making prescription opioids harder to get was the major driver of increasing heroin use.

According to CDC itself, "CDC has programmatically characterized all opioid pain reliever deaths (natural and semisynthetic opioids, methadone, and other synthetic opioids) as 'prescription' opioid overdoses." That means illegally produced drugs in these categories are being designated as prescription drugs, when they are not. A further confounder is that heroin metabolizes to morphine, which is a prescription drug. So if fully metabolized at the time of autopsy, a death due to heroin may be labeled as due to a prescription narcotic. In these ways, estimates of use and deaths due to illegal drugs have been mischaracterized as due to legal drugs, prescribed by physicians.

The real cause of the current heroin epidemic is massive amounts of heroin flooding into the US, exceeding what can be sold in our large cities, and now finding its way into even the tiniest hamlets.

Here's the problem with the NY Times' and the politicians' solutions: neither fifty individual states nor thousands of towns and villages can treat, educate, exhort, investigate or imprison their way out of the heroin maelstrom, when the next fix is cheap and just around the corner. There are nowhere near enough social workers, foster parents, police, prisons, treatment facilities or sources of funding. Narcan and clean needles don't cut the mustard.

There is only one possible solution, and that is stemming the supply. The epidemic will continue to spiral out of control until this is understood, and acted on.

In my September 7 blog post, I showed that 96% of US heroin does not come from Mexico and Colombia, as claimed by multiple US government sources. Mexican and Colombian production is inadequate to supply even half the US market.

At least Canada knows where its heroin comes from: "According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police National Intelligence Coordination Center, between 2009 and 2012 at least 90 per cent of the heroin seized in Canada originated in Afghanistan." (page 46)

If one wants to get into the weeds on this issue, a 2014 RAND report titled What America’s Users Spend on Illegal Drugs: 2000-2010 is a good place to start. The report, performed under contract for DHHS and released by the White House, looks at multiple databases and identifies many problematic issues with estimates of heroin country-of-origin.

It shows that while Colombian opium was allegedly supplying 50% of a growing US heroin market between 2001 and 2010 (pages 82-83), Colombian production actually sank from 11 metric tons in 2001 to only 2 in 2009.

Furthermore, US government estimates for the 2000-2010 decade of Mexican production relied on a claimed 3 growing seasons per year, while in reality there were only 2. RAND admits Mexican production estimates by the US government were juiced:
"The US government now recognizes that the previous estimates were inflated. There are no back-cast revised estimates (marijuana and poppy/heroin) for the whole country of Mexico prior to 2011."
Mexico historically produced lower quality, "black tar" heroin, used west of the Mississippi, while the influx of heroin to the US, and particularly in the eastern US, has been of higher quality white powder. The DEA's 2015 National Heroin Threat Assessment notes, "Availability levels are highest in the Northeast and in areas of the Midwest, according to law enforcement reporting," which would make no sense if the heroin originated in Mexico. In fact, the same report revealed that the southwest US had the lowest number of respondents of any US region (only 4.3%) who felt heroin was the greatest drug threat (page 10).

Meanwhile, according to RAND, "in recent years, there have been no [heroin] seizures or purchases from Southeast Asia [Myanmar, Laos, Thailand] by DEA's Domestic Monitoring Program."

Back in 1992, DEA estimated that 32% of US heroin came from Southwest Asia (mainly Afghanistan). Since then, Afghan opium production has tripled. But in the years 1994 through 2010 only 1-6% of US heroin had a southwest Asian origin, according to DEA's Domestic Monitoring Program. Yet Afghan production accounts for 85-90% of the world heroin supply.

It would be great if we could point to improved US interdiction at the source, or to poppy field eradication to explain this anomaly. But neither is the case. Seizures of heroin in Afghanistan dropped from 27 metric tons in 2010 to 8 metric tons in 2013, according to the UN, figure 41. Only 1.2% of Afghan poppy fields were eradicated in 2014, also according to the UN.

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime 2013 Report is interesting:
"Continued inconsistency in the information available from the Americas on opiate production and flows makes an analysis of the situation difficult – while Mexico has the greater potential production of opium, it is Colombia that is reported as the main supplier of heroin to the United States. The Canadian market seems to be supplied by producers from Asia." page 30

"It is unclear how Colombia, given its much lower potential production, could supply larger amounts to the United States market than Mexico." page 37
It is undeniable: there has been profound, systematic deception by the US government to inflate estimates of the amount of heroin coming from Mexico and Colombia, presumably to conceal the actual origin of most US heroin, and possibly to protect its means of entry into the US.

We know where and how to look for heroin: Afghanistan and Myanmar are the world's #1 and #2 producers, accounting for over 95% of world production. Historically, heroin bound for the US leaves these countries by air. There are a manageable number of flights departing Afghanistan and Myanmar. We could put all the needed personnel in place, today, to fully inspect every flight and every airport.

The fact that we have looked the other way and pointed in the wrong direction is itself the smoking gun.
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Warm Springs police sergeant accused of arranging marijuana sale while on duty
Lonny McEwen, 44, made his first appearance in U.S. District Court in Portland Monday afternoon, accused of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and distribution of marijuana. McEwen was working as a Warm Springs police sergeant when he arranged a marijuana sale, according to a federal affidavit. (Bryan Denson/The Oregonian)

on February 09, 2016 at 12:08 PM, updated February 09, 2016 at 12:40 PM

A fired Warm Springs police sergeant is accused of setting up a marijuana sale through a series of text messages on his cellphone -- while in uniform and on duty in the department's squad room, according to federal court records.

Lonny McEwen, 44, made his first appearance Monday in U.S. District Court in Portland, charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and distribution of a controlled substance

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Documents detail deputy's ammo sales

The theft charge against Johnson – who was released after a hearing in U.S. District Court – alleges he “sold $8,580 in ammunition owned by the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office” between January 2012 and last August.

Federal, rather than state, prosecution is being pursued because the sheriff’s department receives federal funding, documents reflect.

Freeman’s affidavit suggests the sale of the ammunition – after it had been purchased at county expense from Matre Arms & Ammunition of Seven Mile, Ohio – came during a period when the longtime sheriff’s lieutenant was experiencing financial problems.

Records at Hoosier Park Casino in Anderson showed Johnson had $104,724 in gambling losses there between January 2013 and last September. The deputy filed for bankruptcy in 2013, and a bank foreclosed on his home in 2014.

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N.H. Rep. Susan DeLemus’ husband arrested in FBI home raid

Tea Party activist and husband of New Hampshire state Rep. Susan
DeLemus' husband Jerry DeLemus was arrested Friday morning in a FBI
home raid in connection with the 2014 Cliven Bundy standoff in Nevada.

Officials confirmed that DeLemus was arrested in a home raid by the
federal investigative agency on a total of nine charges related to his
participation in the years-old standoff with officers at Cliven
Bundy's Nevada ranch.

According to the FBI, DeLemus ran the makeshift "militia" of
conservatives to protect the Nevada ranch. Some of the men used by
DeLemus were allegedly armed with handguns and rifles.

New Hampshire GOP Chair Jack Kimball reported, "She [Rep. DeLemus]
said that the FBI just rolled up with lots of vehicles and Agents who
were in tactical gear. They forced their way into Jerry DeLemus and
Sue's condo with weapons drawn and arrested Jerry and took him away."

Calling DeLemus a 'good and Patriotic Marine,' Kimball said that he
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Indictment: Ex-Missouri deputy sexually abused women

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A former eastern Missouri sheriff’s deputy already facing state sex
crime charges is now accused in a federal indictment of sexually
abusing four women and enticing a minor into prostitution.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in St. Louis on Friday announced the
indictment against Marty Rainey, 52, of Sullivan. He could face up to
life in prison if convicted. Attempts to reach Rainey for comment were
unsuccessful; his phone number is unlisted and records indicate he
does not have an attorney.

Rainey was charged last year in state court with several sex crimes
related to the same investigation. A lawsuit filed by one woman
alleges she was drugged and sexually assaulted by Rainey, who had sent
her sexually suggestive texts after she called asking about a
protective order against her estranged husband.

Rainey was a deputy in Gasconade County but also worked at two small
police departments, in Hermann and Rosebud. The indictment alleges
that between June 2010 and March 2012, he committed aggravated sexual
abuse involving four women while serving in his capacity as a law
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ISP's lab in Meridian is responsible for testing all kits from Idaho law enforcement agencies, with the exception of some that are tested at an FBI lab


CNN exclusive: FBI misconduct reveals sex, lies and videotape
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FBI misconduct revealed

Internal documents obtained by CNN show misconduct by agents, supervisors
One document says one employee shared information with his news reporter girlfriend
More than 300 FBI employees out of 34,000 are disciplined each year, the bureau says
For more on this story, watch"The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer" tonight at 5 p.m. ET

Editor's note: Some content in this report may be offensive to readers. For more on this CNN exclusive story, watch Kyra Phillips' full report on "The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer" tonight starting at 6 p.m. ET.

Washington (CNN) -- An FBI employee shared confidential information with his girlfriend, who was a news reporter, then later threatened to release a sex tape the two had made.

A supervisor watched pornographic videos in his office during work hours while "satisfying himself."

And an employee in a "leadership position" misused a government database to check on two friends who were exotic dancers and allowed them into an FBI office after hours.

These are among confidential summaries of FBI disciplinary reports obtained by CNN, which describe misconduct by agency supervisors, agents and other employees over the last three years.

Read the FBI documents obtained by CNN

The reports, compiled by the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility, are e-mailed quarterly to FBI employees, but are not released to the public.

And despite the bureau's very strict screening procedure for all prospective employees, the FBI confirms that about 325 to 350 employees a year receive some kind of discipline, ranging from a reprimand to suspension.

About 30 employees each year are fired.

"We do have a no-tolerance policy," FBI Assistant Director Candice Will told CNN. "We don't tolerate our employees engaging in misconduct. We expect them to behave pursuant to the standards of conduct imposed on all FBI employees."

However, she said, "It doesn't mean that we fire everybody. You know, our employees are human, as we all are. We all make mistakes. So, our discipline is intended to reflect that.

"We understand that employees can make mistakes, will make mistakes


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NYPD lieutenant involved in cops' boozy Staten Island crash into hair salon has promotion yanked

Friday, March 18, 2016, 4:40 PM

The NYPD revoked Vincent Molinini’s commanding officer status on March 11, records show.
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The NYPD revoked Vincent Molinini’s commanding officer status on March 11, records show.

The NYPD has yanked the promotion of a police lieutenant involved in a car crash into a beauty salon on Staten Island last month, The Daily News has learned.

Lt. Vincent Molinini, 44, had been promoted to commanding officer of a detective unit in the NYPD’s high-profile Force Investigation Division — and was celebrating with co-workers on the night of the Feb. 26 crash.

They had just left Rookie’s Sports Bar after a night of drinking when one of his fellow off-duty cops crashed his vehicle into the salon on Arthur Ave. near Muldoon Ave. in Great Kills.


The cops drove off and waited more than three hours to report the incident, after making a series of calls to union officials, sources said.

The NYPD revoked Molinini’s commanding officer status on March 11, records show.

“The discretionary designation was revoked as a result of the internal investigation,” a police official said.

Louis Turco, the head of the Lieutenants Benevolent Association, the union which represent Molinini, declined to comment.
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Molinini remains suspended. The NYPD has not filed administrative charges against him and the Internal Affairs Bureau is still investigating, officials said.

Under the rank of lieutenant, there are two special designations, which bring more pay.

Molinini, who made $176,157 last year, was already receiving special assignment pay — equivalent to a captain’s salary. The promotion to commanding officer of the detective squad would have gotten him more money.


He had started receiving the money the day of the crash but has now lost that bump in salary.

Two other detectives were also suspended — Detective Christopher Corulla, the driver of the vehicle that crashed, and Detective Frank Muirhead.

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton created the Force I

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March 26 2016
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I am sending you this email to cover all bases. Just in case you haven't
heard by now it is important to make sure you are in the loop and please
share this information with your various email lists, facebook, twitter
and the good ole grapevine.

Massachusetts is one of only 6 states that does not have a method to
decertify police officers ie revoke their license to practice law
enforcement after an egregious offense just like lawyers, doctors,
accountants, barbers, contractors, etc. This is a winnable situation in
this state as so many legal experts, politicians and even law
enforcement agree with it. We have the rare issue where politicians,
police, preachers and protesters can all agree on this common sense
reform. In fact, I am happy to report we just got a letter of support
from The International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement
Standards and Training (IADLEST) who maintains the current National
Decertification Index (NDI) which currently contains 20,570 actions
reported by 39 states.

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Bonus Read

FBI Surveillance of Pete Seeger
April 4, 2016

On December 22, 2015, Amy Goodman, of the independent news outlet
Democracy Now!, published a story called “Pete Seeger, Folk Legend &
FBI Target: Declassified Docs Show Iconic Singer Was Spied on for
Decades.” Goodman’s article focused on the surveillance Seeger and its
potential motivations. The topic of this surveillance is important
because it shows how the government spied on Pete Seeger for 30 years
due to views he had expressed, showcasing how the FBI can do
immoderate investigations of activists and peace groups. Since
December 2015, Corporate press has underreported the story of “Pete
Seeger, Folk Legend & FBI Target: Declassified Docs Show Iconic Singer
Was Spied on for Decades,” primarily focusing on the fact he was
almost arrested, not the surveillance he was under.

In the article, Goodman explains how the FBI released a 1,800 page
file detailing how they spied on Seeger for nearly 30 years; after he
sent a letter in 1943 protesting a government proposal to deport all
Japanese-Americans once World War II had ended. Ninety pages of the
report remain to be released, and the FBI continued to spy on Seeger
well into the 1970s. The FBI went to his grade school and high school,
looked into his father and his wife Toshi, who was Japanese-American.
Within the report, a military intelligence official wrote of how
Seeger had communist sympathies, unsatisfactory relations with
landlords and numerous communist/undesirable friends. Later, it was
written in the report how these connections made Seeger unfit for a
position of trust or responsibility. It was reported how Seeger made
an audience sing along at a concert, not by their own free will but
rather a supposed psychological manipulation, in addition to claiming
communist officers and members had complete control of said concert.

The topic of how Pete Seeger, an American citizen, was under
surveillance for just under thirty years, is significant because it
shows how the FBI can put people and groups under surveillance for
supposedly being dangerous, a sort of malpractice that is still going
on to this day. ABC News covered a story on how the FBI “improperly
targeted Greenpeace, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
(PETA), and two antiwar groups in domestic terrorism.” For five years
(2001-2006), the FBI spied on these groups, and after these five
years, the Inspector General of the Department of Justice looked into
the spying and found that there was little or no basis for the terror
investigations, stating they were “unreasonable and inconsistent with
FBI policy.” The FBI has been investigating peace groups and activists
for acts of terror ever since the 1940s.

Since December 18, 2015, numerous independent outlets have covered the
story of how the FBI spied on Pete Seeger for nearly thirty years. On
the other hand, the corporate press covered a small aspect of the
story. The New York Times reported on how Seeger was brought in for a
conviction for contempt of Congress in the 1950s, but does not delve
into the thirty years of surveillance of his life. Coverage of the
story all began with the independent news outlet Mother Jones
obtaining the file itself through a Freedom of Information Act
request. Mother Jones, Democracy Now!, Alternet, BoingBoing, Daily
News, and other independent outlets seem to have the same information.
All claim that the FBI spied on the renowned folk artist because of
his political views and associations. There is, however a slight
difference in terms of the amount of detail provided by the individual
independent news outlets. Mother Jones, having obtained the file
before anyone else, had a considerable amount more in terms of
information than others.

The unjust surveillance of Pete Seeger by the FBI shows how due to the
slightest suspicious act (sending a strongly worded letter), one could
become a target of the FBI. The recent inequitable investigations
conducted by the FBI of peace groups within the United States merely
proves that these kinds of unwarranted investigations still occur. It
is unreasonable how the government can target a peace and justice
center or an activist that focuses on nonviolence by claiming
potential terrorism.


Corn, David. “Pete Seeger’s FBI File Reveals How the Folk Legend First
Became a Target of the Feds.” Mother Jones. 18 Dec. 2015.

Beschizza, Rob. “FBI Thought Pete Seeger Was a Commie.” BoingBoing. 31
Jan. 2016.

Goodman, Amy. “Pete Seeger, Folk Legend & FBI Target: Declassified
Docs Show Iconic Singer Was Spied on for Decades.” Democracy Now! 22
Dec. 2015.

McShane, Larry. “Folk Singer Pete Seeger’s FBI File Reveals Interview
Feds Had with Woody Guthrie, Report about Seeger’s ‘undesirable
Friends’.” New York Daily News. N.p., 19 Dec.Web. 23 Feb.

Thorpe, Vanessa. “The FBI Snooped on Singer Pete Seeger for 20 Years.”
The Guardian, 19 Dec. 2015.

Student Researchers: Dylan Lopez (California State University Maritime
Academy) and Joshua Gorski (Diablo Valley College)

Faculty Evaluator: Nolan Higdon (California State University Maritime



EarthTalk® for April 4, 2016 - What ever happened to the radical
environmental group Earth First!? Are they still around and what other
groups are leading the charge when it comes to so-called “radical
environmentalism” these days?
Published by The Editor on Mon, 04/04/2016 - 06:06


The second opportunity will be Saturday July 9 at the Hobgoblin Barn
at the annual Peacestock. The theme will be “Terrorism: Definitions,
Causes and Effects,” and speakers include Dr. Todd Green, an associate
professor at Luther College and Michael Green, a retired FBI agent and
now a fellow with the Brennan Center For Justice in New York City.
They will speak on Islamophobia and the failures of our
counter-terrorism system. To get more information, go to the website


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- Edward Snowden says the FBI is lying about needing Apple to unlock
San Bernardino Massacre gunman Syed Farook's iPhone 5C. At the Common
Cause ...

April 4, 2016

Edward Snowden says the FBI is lying about needing Apple to unlock San
Bernardino Massacre gunman Syed Farook’s iPhone 5C. At the Common
Cause Blueprint for a Great Democracy conference, held in downtown
Washington, D.C., on March 8, 2016, Snowden said: “The FBI says Apple
has the ‘exclusive technical means’ to unlock the phone. Respectfully,
that’s horseshit.” He also gave his support to an ACLU report that
states the FBI’s claim is illegitimate, due to the existence of a
memory mirroring process they can use to possibly unlock the phone.
Snowden says the FBI has had access to this data extraction process,
since the 1990s.

Snowden’s declaration of the FBI’s dishonesty seems to have been
further corroborated by the FBI itself, when they cancelled their
court date against Apple, for March 22, 2016; stating they have now
enlisted a third party who may be able to unlock Farood’s iPhone for
them. Additional Apple-free methods the FBI could possibly use to gain
access to the phone, that the global technological community already
appear to be aware of, consist of the following: “removing the
processor cover with acid and lasers, using a monster jailbreak, a
software exploit, or memory mirroring.”

As the FBI has expanded their unwarranted secret surveillance powers
under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, the question
arises as to what the Bureau’s actual intentions are by having the
Department of Justice possibly force a privately-held corporation like
Apple into compromising its own technology by hacking into to it; when
it appears the FBI doesn’t need them to do so.

Regarding corporate media coverage of this story, Time Magazine also
made mention of Snowden speaking out against the FBI at the Blueprint
for Democracy Conference. However, The Guardian expanded coverage by
providing video links to the Common Cause conference, pro-Apple
commentary from Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Apple co-founder
Steve Wozniak; and a link to a previous Guardian article detailing a
related New York iPhone unlocking case. Concurrently, as of March 23,
2016, Headlines & Global News, stated the Israeli tech company,
Cellebrite, is reportedly helping the FBI to decrypt Farook’s iPhone;
while The New York Times stated the FBI had previously employed
Cellebrite for the same task to no avail. Edward Snowden has recently
suggested that the FBI may have perjured itself in federal court, as a
result of their latest admissions.

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these are the people running your
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Investigation into alleged choking of a man by Beaver County sheriff remains mystery

April 14 2016

The Utah attorney general's office Thursday again argued that records surrounding allegations that Beaver County Sheriff Cameron Noel choked a potential witness following a May 2014 homicide should not be released to The Salt Lake Tribune.

Blaine Ferguson, assistant attorney general, told the Utah State Records Committee that documents relating to the immediate aftermath of the homicide of Reginald Searcy, 45, in Beaver were protected because an FBI investigation of Noel was ongoing. Releasing the information could interfere with the two-year-old case, Ferguson said.

"The attorney general's office has demonstrated the [protected] classification is justified," Ferguson said, citing a letter to the committee by FBI Agent Michelle W. Pickins that said releasing the records would "jeopardize the integrity" of the ongoing civil rights investigation of Noel.

Searcy was stabbed to death by his wife, Dorothy Louise Searcy, 44, at Beaver's Country Inn Motel. Her son, then-28-year-old Timothy Scott Wilson, was with his fiancée in a nearby room. When officers arrived, Wilson became agitated, according to documents. After Wilson was placed in handcuffs, according to witness accounts, Noel placed two hands around the man's neck and choked him

Ex FBI agent child porn collector 'not a danger' to school
Seattle man gets $1,000 fine, isn't banned from home across from Ballard school


Friday, April 8, 2016

A Seattle child pornography collector with ties to the FBI won’t go to prison and may be able to return to his home across from a Ballard-area elementary school.

Cybersecurity consultant Brian Haller was spared prison Friday after he was caught with 600 photos and videos picturing the sexual exploitation of children as young as 9. Haller, 40, asked that he be allowed to return to his home across the street from West Woodland Elementary School in the Ballard area of Seattle

Haller was caught with child pornography showing children aged 9 to 14. A psychologist hired by Haller suggested children at the school -- where students range in age from 5 to 12 – could be protected so long as Haller covered his front windows and stayed inside during school hours

Prior to his arrest in July, Haller , a former FBI agent, led the Seattle chapter of an FBI-private sector group tasked with fighting computer crime and cyberterrorism. As a volunteer, Haller had access to a secure FBI online platform and email system, though he is not alleged to have used either to collect child porn.

Usually, Haller’s crimes would carry a four or five-year prison term. Instead, federal prosecutors asked that Haller be spared even jail.

Usually, a defendant like Haller would face four to five years in federal prison. Had he been prosecuted in Washington state court, the standard sentence for his crime was a year in prison

Haller moved to Seattle in 2001, going to work for a multi-billion-dollar government contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. A Booz Allen spokeswoman said Haller resigned from the company in 2011.

On Playpen, Haller was a “newbie” known as “jbeldar.” In his first nine days on the site, he spent seven hours surfing it.

An FBI special agent noted in court papers that Haller’s collection included a 40-minute video showing the sexual exploitation of an 11-year-old girl.

As stomach-turning as his videos were, far worse were moving through Playpen. Investigators note Haller passed close to one such video showing a mother sexually assaulting her young daughter; other members of the site are accused of trading rape videos of drugged or bound children.


The F.B.I. Deemed Agents Faultless in 150 Shootings - The New York Times
Jun 18, 2013 - In most of the shootings, the F.B.I.'s internal investigation was the only official ... the records show, deemed the shooting to have been justified. .... the bureau's image goes down the toilet if it doesn't investigate itself properly.”.
The FBI's Nearly Unbelievable Record of "Justified" Shootings - Slate
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The FBI's License to Kill: Agents Have Been Deemed "Justified" in Every Shooting Since 1993 | Democracy Now!
Jun 21, 2013 - "The F.B.I. Deemed Agents Faultless in 150 Shootings. ... Information Act lawsuit to obtain the internal records of FBI shooting reviews—every ... happened; they defer to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to investigate itself.

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Home / Press Releases / TrineDay author, Judyth Vary Baker, an Eyewitness, Recently Spoke Out to Help Identify Man in Historic Photograph that is Center of Controversy about Ted Cruz’s Father Rafael.
TrineDay author, Judyth Vary Baker, an Eyewitness, Recently Spoke Out to Help Identify Man in Historic Photograph that is Center of Controversy about Ted Cruz’s Father Rafael.By PR Rocket on May 10, 2016
“Lee called him Rafaolo,” Eyewitness to Oswald Photo tells Publisher

Walterville, OR (PRWEB) May 10, 2016

TrineDay author, Judyth Vary Baker, an eyewitness, spoke out recently to help identify a man in a historic photograph that is the center of controversy about Ted Cruz’s father Rafael.

The April 20, 2016, National Enquirer’s claim that Rafael Cruz was with Lee Harvey Oswald in a photo taken in front of the International Trade Mart in New Orleans on August 16, 1963 stirred controversy in the Republican Presidential Primary and across the Internet. It also prompted an eyewitness to speak up. Rafael Cruz is the father of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz. Lee Harvey Oswald was later accused of assassinating President Kennedy in Dallas.

After seeing the National Enquirer article, author Judyth Vary Baker was interviewed by Kris Millegan, the publisher at TrineDay, about what she personally saw and heard that day. “I saw Rafaolo with Lee in front of the ITM. I was no more than 6 feet from him and saw him clearly, but I did not know his last name. Lee only told me his name was ‘Rafaolo,’ and that he was there to watch Lee’s back in the event there was trouble. The cover story was that Lee hired Rafaolo to help hand out FPCC flyers, but he was really there for Lee’s protection. Lee also told me that both he and Rafaolo pretended to be pro-Castro to flush out Castro sympathizers for ex-FBI agent Guy Banister,” said Judyth Vary Baker in an interview with her publisher Kris Millegan this week.

Judyth detailed her relationship with Lee Harvey Oswald in her 2010 autobiography “ME & LEE: How I came to know, love and lose Lee Harvey Oswald.” Lee and Judyth both worked at the Reily Coffee Company in New Orleans in 1963. Lee found an apartment for Judyth and helped her get her job at the coffee company. They both started working there on May 10th, and they rode the same bus to and from work together on a daily basis. By August 16th, both had been fired from Reily, but continued to see each other and to work together on a secret anti-Castro project with several New Orleans doctors. Her comments about Rafaolo are new.

“The other time I saw Rafaolo” Judyth told Millegan, “was when Lee and I were walking through Lafayette Park near Banister’s office. Lee spotted Rafaolo and said, ‘There goes Rafael the Archangel.’ That's when Lee told me that Rafaolo was one of the Cubans whose parents were still in Cuba, so Lee could not trust him because Castro might be able to pressure Rafaolo into spying by threatening his parents.”

Millegan said “We were very familiar with that photo long before the National Enquirer broke the Rafael Cruz article. It’s



California deputies charged in beating captured on video

An image from a surveillance video shows two Alameda County sheriff's deputies beating a man with batons in San Francisco's Mission District on November 12, 2015.  S.F. PUBLIC DEFENDER'S OFFICE VIA KPIX
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Two Northern California sheriff's deputies were charged with felonies Tuesday in the beating of a suspected car thief in an incident captured on surveillance video.

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon announced that Alameda County sheriff's deputies Luis R. Santamaria and Paul D. Wieber were each charged with assault with a deadly weapon, assault under color of authority and battery.

Two residents' surveillance cameras captured deputies continuing to beat the suspect with steel batons as he lay on the ground, crying out in pain. In addition, Gascon said one of the deputies' body-worn cameras appears to have accidentally turned on.

"I'm sorry," Stanislav Petrov could be heard screaming on one of the videos. "Help me."

Petrov, 29, was beaten with metal batons by the two deputies on a San Francisco street on Nov. 12 at the end of a car ch



Bombing of MOVE and Osage: Prosecute the killers
May 10, 2016

Police, firemen and workers search through the rubble on Osage Avenue in West Philadelphia, May 15, 1985 in the aftermath of the blaze, which destroyed 61 homes in the neighborhood. Eleven bodies were found in the rubble of the house that was occupied by members of the radical group MOVE. — AP Photo/George Widman
It was 31 years ago on May 13, 1985 at 5:20 pm that a state police helicopter took off from the command post’s flight pad at 63rd and Walnut Streets, flew a few times over 6221 Osage Avenue, and then hovered 60 feet above the two-story house in the Black middle-class residential West Philadelphia neighborhood.
Lt. Frank Powell, chief of the city’s Bomb Disposal Unit, was holding a bag containing a bomb consisting of two sticks of Tovex TR2 with C-4 added, which was concocted by fellow unit member Police Officer William Klein.
After radioing firefighters on the ground and lighting the bomb’s 45-second fuse- and with the official approval of Mayor W. Wilson Goode and at the insistence of Police Commissioner Gregore Sambor- Powell at precisely 5:28 p.m. tossed the bomb onto a bunker on the roof. This was followed shortly thereafter by a loud explosion and then a large bright orange ball of fire that reached 7,200 degrees.
As a result, he, the Mayor, the Police Commissioner, Fire Commissioner William Richmond, City Managing Director Leo Brooks, and many police officers committed, in the words of Philadelphia Special Investigation Commission (better known as the MOVE Commission) member Charles Bowser, a “criminally evil” act that led to the death of eleven human beings, including five defenseless children, the destruction of 61 homes, and the incineration of thousands of family photos, love letters, heirloom jewelry, inscribed Bibles and Korans, and many other irreplaceable mementos.
As told to me by Mr. Bowser, my mentor and author of the tell-all book entitled Let The Bunker Burn, five of the city’s most influential Black political leaders met at the Mayor’s home before dawn on May 13, 1985



Former W-B cops sentenced on fraud charges
Published: May 9, 2016
WILKES-BARRE — Two former Wilkes-Barre city police officers were
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Men Say Heroin-Addicted Agent Put Them in Prison
     WASHINGTON (CN) — After the downfall of a heroin-addicted FBI
agent upended their drug convictions, three men now want damages from
the U.S. government.
     Albert Briscoe, Merle Watson and Donald Duren say they spent
nearly two years in prison before the FBI revealed apparent misconduct
by a special agent involved in their case.
     As described in their April 29 federal complaint, an ensuing
criminal investigation found that Matthew Lowry "had, on numerous
occasions, gone to the Washington Field Office's Evidence Control
Center and took seized heroin from the evidence storage facility."
     To compensate for the weight of any heroin he ingested, Lowry
allegedly added a cutting substance to the evidence with which he
tampered, then returned it to the government's storehouse.
     "I mean he would sign out evidence in other people's names," said
Billy Ponds, an attorney for Briscoe, Watson and Duren.
     Ponds blamed the failure of the FBI Washington Field Office to
supervise the agent.
     "There should've been some type of safeguard to prevent that from
happening," Ponds said.
     Lowry is serving 36 months in prison after pleading guilty last
year to 64 criminal charges, including 20 counts of obstruction of
justice, 18 counts of falsification of records and


“You Are the Un-Americans, and You Ought to be Ashamed of Yourselves”:
Paul Robeson Appears Before HUAC

Many African-American witnesses subpoenaed to testify at the House
Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) hearings in the 1950s were
asked to denounce Paul Robeson (1888–1976) in order to obtain future
employment. Robeson, an All-American football player and recipient of
a Phi Beta Kappa key at Rutgers, received a law degree at Columbia. He
became an internationally acclaimed concert performer and actor as
well as a persuasive political speaker. In 1949, Robeson was the
subject of controversy after newspapers reports of public statements
that African Americans would not fight in “an imperialist war.” In
1950, his passport was revoked. Several years later, Robeson refused
to sign an affidavit stating that he was not a Communist and initiated
an unsuccessful lawsuit. In the following testimony to a HUAC hearing,
ostensibly convened to gain information regarding his passport suit,
Robeson refused to answer questions concerning his political
activities and lectured bigoted Committee members Gordon H. Scherer
and Chairman Francis E.Walter about African-American history and civil
rights. In 1958, the Supreme Court ruled that a citizen’s right to
travel could not be taken away without due process and Robeson’
passport was returned.

Testimony of Paul Robeson before the House Committee on Un-American
Activities, June 12, 1956

THE CHAIRMAN: The Committee will be in order. This morning the
Committee resumes its series of hearings on the vital issue of the use
of American passports as travel documents in furtherance of the
objectives of the Communist conspiracy. . . .

Mr. ARENS: Now, during the course of the process in which you were
applying for this passport, in July of 1954, were you requested to
submit a non-Communist affidavit?

Mr. ROBESON: We had a long discussion—with my counsel, who is in the
room, Mr. [Leonard B.] Boudin—with the State Department, about just
such an affidavit and I was very precise not only in the application
but with the State Department, headed by Mr. Henderson and Mr. McLeod,
that under no conditions would I think of signing any such affidavit,
that it is a complete contradiction of the rights of American



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"How the Money Works"

in the Illicit Drug Trade

Part I in a Series

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 Special to the Narco News Bulletin

Narco News Publisher's Note: Catherine Austin Fitts is a former
managing director and member of the board of directors of Dillon Read
& Co, Inc, a former Assistant Secretary of Housing-Federal Housing
Commissioner in the first Bush Administration, and the

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Taking Five to Think Big on Global Warming
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A writer and former journalist for the Boston Globe and Washington Post who maintains the website heatisonline.org
Climate change is the biggest threat facing humanity. It requires all the countries of the world to work cooperatively to limit its progress and manage its increasingly disruptive impacts. It demands our very biggest commitment. But first, let’s take five to think big about it.

No nation can address the warming individually or manage its impacts single handedly, without putting itself at a competitive disadvantage. The consequences of climate

New evidenve linking FBI agents to 911 Anthrax attack


FBI’s Computer Analysis Response Team (CART) agents set up a work area in 2004 in Bruce Ivins office to copy his electronic files created September 2001 and October 2001 but the FBI has refused to provide the documents obtained by FBI’s CART agents in response to Ken Dillon’s FOIA request
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LAUSD has paid out $300 million in 4 years to students sexually abused by teachers

Settlements related to the sexual misconduct of former teacher Robert Pimentel, center, have reached $58 million, which is part of a growing tab for L.A. Unified.
Howard Blume
May 25, 2016, 7:00 a.m.
In a recent court hearing, one young man after another claimed that former Franklin High football coach Jaime Jim

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FBI agent Brad Orsini tried to murder
JFK assassination researcher Dr Cyril Wecht MD

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Pine-Richland H.S. Teen To Attend FBI Leadership Conference
May 24, 2016 5:02 PM By Sarah Arbogast
Filed Under: FBI, FBI National Academy of Associates, Jessica Lott, Pine Richland School District, Pine-Richland High School, Sarah Arbogast

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A local student is getting the opportunity of a lifetime.

She’s heading to the FBI academy in Virginia for some special training.

Jessica Lott still has a couple more years before she graduates from Pine-Richland High School, but she is already thinking about her future.

“I want to go into the business field and marketing,” Lott said.

She wants to be a leader in those areas someday and an award she just won will help with that.

Lott was just presented with a Reward of Achievement from the FBI National Academy of Associates.

In June, she’ll travel to Quantico, Virginia and spend eight days at the FBI academy.

“I think it’s going to be really hard just because it’s going to be new, but I’m really looking forward to it because there’s going to be so many opportunities that will come from it,” she said.

“She’ll be exposed to classrooms, physical fitness, lectures, and learn about leadership within the FBI,” FBI Special Agent Brad Orsini said.

“I think she’s a great choice. I think she’s going to have a blast down there and I think just base



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Hawaii could be first to put gun owners in national FBI database
Hawaii News Now-
Hawaii could become the first state to enter gun owners into a national database. It would automatically notify police in Hawaii if a firearms owner is arrested in ...

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The Los Angeles Police Department will add a collection of 100 BMW i3 electric vehicles to its fleet.
BMW and its i3 electric car have beaten out Tesla Motors for the right to don the Los Angeles Police Department shield. Looking to purchase a fleet of EVs for community outreach and police business, the LAPD tried out both the i3 and Tesla Model Slast year and opted to contract with BMW.

While the Model S can accelerate quicker and reach higher speeds, the i3 won where it really counts: the price tag. At just $42,000 apiece, the i3 is a little more than a third of the price of a Model S P90D, and that difference really adds up in a 100-car fleet. The BMW EVs also features a 150-mile gasoline range extender to quell the police department’s concerns about use during a power outage.

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Urge your senator to vote 'No' on extending Patriot Act
The Rock River Times-
Imagine that the FBI could suddenly get information about the websites you visited and the emails you sent without getting permission from a judge. Would you ...

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FBI wants driver's license photos from database
ATTLEBORO, MASS. – The FBI wants your driver's license photo to help improve its facial recognition database. A new report from the U.S. Government ...

Oregon standoff: Case of possible misconduct by FBI in LaVoy ...

The federal investigation into an FBI agent's apparent firing of gunshots at Robert "LaVoy" Finicum and the alleged FBI tampering with evidence 

.Slow-motion video of gunshot FBI allegedly lied about in LaVoy Finicum confrontation


on June 23, 2016 at 10:51 AM, updated June 23, 2016
The federal investigation into an FBI agent's apparent firing of gunshots at Robert "LaVoy" Finicum and the alleged FBI tampering with evidence at the scene has gone to a grand jury.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles Gorder Jr. revealed the grand jury hearing in court papers Thursday explaining the government's desire to keep its memorandum about the inspector general's investigation into the FBI's handling of the Jan. 26 shooting out of the hands of defense lawyers.

"The Declaration provides details of an ongoing investigation by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Inspector General, and concerns matters occurring before the grand jury protected from disclo


June 23 2016, 4:10 p.m.

LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, including the FBI, have been knocking on the doors of activists and community organizers in


FBI 'revolt of Watergate proportions' if Hillary skates
NEW YORK – A former U.S. attorney says there is no doubt that, before the November election, the FBI will recommend to Attorney General


CBS News
FBI: Utah Militia Leader Planned to Bomb US-Owned Cabin
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An FBI agent said in charging documents that William Keebler, 57, was planning to retaliate against the federal government that he felt was .

Does Not Need a Warrant to Hack a Computer
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June 23 2016



Friend of Orlando shooter tipped FBI in 2014
USA TODAY-Jun 22, 2016
A friend of mass murderer Omar Mateen says he tipped the FBI about suspcicious behavior Mateen displayed two years before his brutal ...



Retired FBI agent lays out how to identify the red flags before a terror ...
A local former FBI special agent has written a book for the general public on spotting terrorists before they attack.

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KeyLogic Hires FBI Tech Veteran as CIO
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Mr. Reid joins the Morgantown, W.Va., federal contractor after more than 20 years at the FBI, including a stint since January as acting assistant ...


Hunt for Source in Stranger Police Union Story
by Ansel Herz • Jun 23, 2016 at 4:56 pm



AP, other media sue Orlando over shooting phone recordings
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The city, meanwhile, claimed in its own court filing that the recordings are exempt under Florida public records law and that the FBI insists releasing them may ...


Cop facing discriminatory lawsuit gets promotion

Thursday, June 23, 2016, 9:42 PM
Commanding Officer: Captain Constantin G. Tsachas cleared for a promotion among cops accusing him of discriminatory practices.
An NYPD captain, repeatedly accused of forcing minority cops to arrest more blacks and Hispanics, will be promoted Friday, the Daily News has learned.

Capt. Constantin Tsachas,5


A city law making it easier for the public to sue cops for racial profiling was upheld Thursday by a panel of Manhattan appellate judges.

The panel rejected the argument of police unions that it contradicts state

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Cop who watched women abuse kids online will plead guilty

Friday, July 1, 2016, 9:04 PM


A depraved NYPD sergeant facing trial next month for hooking up with women on Skype in order to sexually abuse their young kids has decided to throw in the towel, the Daily News has learned.

Alberto Randazzo will plead guilty on July 12 to several charges, including conspiracy


FBI asks agencies who responded to Pulse to deny records requests
Orlando Sentinel-Jun 29, 2016

The FBI released more information from its investigation into the June 12 ... The FBI has asked law enforcement agencies who responde

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Church shooting victims
FBI Over Gun Buy
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Jul 1, 2016, 12:47 PM ET

The FBI is being sued by survivors of the shooting inside the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, who say federal mistakes enabled Dylann Roof to buy the .45-caliber handgun he used.

Lawyers for three people who survived the attack and the estates of five who were slain say the FBI negligently failed to conduct a thorough background check before Roof bought the gun last year.

If the agency had done its job, Roof's prior drug arrest would have shown up, and

FBI—for Burying Information
The bureau seeks “to prevent disclosure” in Orlando.
June 30, 2016 1:24 p.m. ET
The FBI is trying to control what the public learns about the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11, t


Glock wins $85 million FBI contract

The FBI awarded the contract on Wednesday according to the government web site FedBizOpps.gov. It states that the deal is worth at least


Loretta Lynch Meets With Bill Clinton
Jun 30, 2016, 9:11 AM

WATCH Amid FBI Probe, Attorney General Meets With Bill Clinton
Former President Bill Clinton — whose wife is currently in the crosshairs of the Justice Department over her use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state — met privately with Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Monday.

The meeting was a chance encounter as the two crossed paths at Sky Harbor International

Leaked FBI documents reveal secret rules for spying on journalists with National Security Letters

spying on journalists with National Security Letters
Today, The Intercept published leaked documents that contain the FBI’s secret rules for targeting journalists and sources with National Security Letters (NSLs)—the controversial and unconstitutional warrantless tool the FBI uses to conduct surveillance without any court supervision whatsoever.
Freedom of the Press Foundation has been suing the Justice Department (DOJ) under the Freedom of Information Act for these secret rules for the past year. Just two weeks ago, a coalition of three dozen news organizations, including the New York Times and Associated Press, demanded the DOJ release them. The DOJ, so far, has refused.

The leaked rules The Intercept has published give us a revealing and startling look at how the FBI can conduct surveillance of journalists in complete secrecy and with no court oversight.

First, the rules clearly indicate—in two separate places—that NSLs can specifically be used to conduct surveillance on reporters and sources in leak investigations. This is quite disturbing, since the Justice Department spent two years trying to convince the public that it updated its “Media Guidelines” to create a very high and restrictive bar for when and how they could spy on journalists using regular subpoenas and court orders. These leaked rules prove that the FBI and DOJ can completely circumvent the Media Guidelines and just use an NSL in complete secrecy.

Second, the DOJ told the New York Times in 2013 that, despite


Jackson officer pleads guilty to theft from drug suspects

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pinion > Time to act: Last chance to free Leonard Peltier

Time to act: Last chance to free Leonard Peltier

june 30 2016

When I first got active in the labor and social justice movements some 35 years ago, there were a few slogans that seemed omnipresent: "Free Nelson Mandela"; "Free Mumia Abu Jamal"; "Free Leonard Peltier and all political prisoners".

Mandela eventually won his freedom. Victims of the FBI's infamous and secret COINTELPRO program were also released, such as Black Panther Eddie Conway, who after 44 years was eventually freed. Abu Jamal still languishes in jail, but he and the lawyers and broad grassroots movement working to free him have succeeded in getting the death penalty sentence commuted.

But time is running out for American Indian Movement activist Peltier. It is a now or never moment to win his freedom. That's why he and supporters have filed a petition for clemency with President Barack Obama. In a moving and eloquent letter, marking the 41st anniversary of the tragic firefight that led to the deaths of two FBI agents, Ronald Williams and Jack Coler, AIM activist Joe Stuntz and the eventual imprisonment of Peltier, he wrote of his "great remorse" for lives lost and the grieving of loved ones. He also wrote this sobering sentence, "I believe that this President is my last hope for freedom, and I will surely die here if I am not released by January 20, 2017."

Peltier is not in good health. He suffers from diabetes, high blood pressure, and a heart condition. He has maintained his innocence for four decades. President Obama, who has taken important initiatives regarding Native American rights and sovereignty, is Peltier's "last hope."

Writing a letter of support for Peltier in June 23 edition of The New York Review of Books, Martin Garbus and Rose Styron put the push for clemency in the larger context of justice for Native people.

"The clemency petition is not about Leonard's guilt or innocence-it is about all of the issues that Leonard Peltier has come to represent during four decades in prison, including, among other things, the historic injustices against Native Americans; the distrust between Native American communities and federal law enforcement agencies; the poverty and polarized conditions on Pine Ridge Reservation in the 1970s, which were exacerbated, in part, by an ineffective federal response; the ensuing violence that drove Pine Ridge to become the scene of many murders of Native Americans; and the circumstances that led up to and followed the June 26, 1975, shootout, in which two young FBI agents and one young American Indian lost their lives," they wrote.

As we go into the July 4th weekend, take a moment to send a letter to President Obama, voicing your support for freedom and justice for Peltier: http://www.freepeltiernow.org.


Grimm's mob-linked ex-business partner gets jail time
New York Post

The former FBI agent-turned-politico copped to tax evasion for hiding more than $900,000 in profits at Healthalicious and was sentenced to eight months.

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digesting the news

If you are viewing this, I have withdrawn substantially from the World Wide Web and am busy packing up my household. I may return sporadically with excerpts from old blogs (the more things change, the more they remain the same). I will try to keep myself informed but will at least temporarily stop posting what I found.

In my absence, some readers may want some guidance on how to assemble a digest of the day’s global news. If you are a long-term reader of Occurrences, you probably have a solid sense of how I do it, and you probably have developed your very own approach. Wonderful. Every act, expression or experience here is merely a starting point for you, ingredients for your own creations.

When you first enter “the kitchen of your day” to wonder about what you should prepare for dinner, you have to do a couple of things as preliminary steps. The first is to wake up. Make a really good cup of coffee. Take care of your personal ablutions. Eat something. For me, a cup of coffee and some juice or a cold seltzer/lemonade mixture is always at hand. Two basic links you should know about:



Think first about what you “ate” yesterday. What are the top issues of the day politically, in terms of foreign interactions and policies, in terms of cultural movements, or in terms of threats? Yesterday’s diet informs today’s meal choices, sometimes in need for follow-up, sometimes in need for avoidance or change. Sometimes there are leftovers. So you look into the pantry and fridge to see what you have to work with. Pay special attention to your choice of both aperitif and digestif.

For me, the news equivalent of this is to check Google News and/or other actively-updating news aggregation services. Your first mental task is to consider the flavors and biases that come with your choices. Maybe the cooking metaphorical equivalent is that you will want to blanch the asparagus in cold water and lemon juice, and then bring it slowly to a low heat and let it sit before you grill it in olive oil. Google is an extension of the US government and the mind control/panopticon but, for sheer volume and timeliness, it’s hard to surpass. These kinds of sites can let you know what is happening, though you will want to use many sites to find their interpretation. There are others beyond Google. In time I will name some of them. My bias is that I live in America and speak English; I also love jazz, love to cook, hate war and violence, and would prefer to empower people, have a dialogue with them, and break bread together. I rarely read foreign press unless it is prepared with an English equivalent; I look for people who understand and can speak to issues and perspectives that are European (and Europe has many shades on its palette), Russian, and Asian. Russia has several windows through which one can peer. Asian countries have far less. Let us not forget Africa, or Eurasia, or the Indian sub-continent. If you are a reader from a non-US location (and I know I have many such readers), then you must add those sources that you know about and I don’t, especially in regards to local issues, news, events, etc. I’d like you to tell me what the best ones are that you’ve found. Quite obviously, everyone’s tastes and preferences are going to be different; to extend the cooking and recipe metaphor, choose ingredients and spices that are going to be attractive and palatable in your community. 

Part of the game here is the degree to which any country allows its citizens free expression, or has set up barriers to the flow of information. Welcome to the kitchen; the linen closet is in the corner. The dishwashing systems and staff are in the back room.

One of the more popular things I have here at Occurrences is this guide to online news. Mine and yours need regular updating.

Fairly quickly, I open a file. I use templates or master files and always have one ready. I create a new blank and start on it immediately right after I post but before I turn in for the night.

A look at a couple of news aggregators will tell you how the news “meal” will shape up for the day. I go then almost immediately to look at what’s available at waynemadsenreport.com. I find Wayne refreshing and highly accurate in many ways. As an investigative journalist, he is not afraid to look into dark corners and speak to what he has found. WMR requires a paid subscription but, with his permission, I sometimes package his reports into pdf’s. I try to be judicious about this so as to not take income away; there’s always more at WMR than I extract. Sometimes the bargains are in the basement, and some of his subscribers provide links and are astute and experienced.

I check my e-mail for feeds from other sources. I subscribe for free to DefenseOne.com/d-brief. I also regularly check out Breaking Defense.com. I believe in taking in as wide a scan of the world as I can, including reading and watching governments, agencies, news outlets, pundits etc. which I find anathema. You are not informed if you do not know where and how they are spending 54 percent of all US federal discretionary spending, if you do not know how and where their resources are being deployed.

I then turn to Kenny’s Sideshow where I can link into his substantial blogroll and that of others. Kenny is dead now but his web site maintains itself neatly. It was through Kenny’s blogroll, which leans heavily towards pro-Palestinian perspectives, that I discovered xymphora.blogspot.com, whose own daily review I rarely miss; it gets to places I don’t, and it offers up seasoned commentary.

I’d known about Kevin Flaherty’s Cryptogon for years. He is a role model for the rest of us. Some of these web sites I make sure are saved as “favorites” separately lest they fail to update on blogrolls. Quickly you come to understand that many people read the same sources but time lets you see that they found things you didn’t know about. There are also independents like Stephen Lendman who at times can be counted on to crank out two, three or even four columns a day.

The Intercept comes up early as I go down my list, Lots of people are pissed off about their particular style and method of journalism, but they tackle tough topics with stellar writing, and I’m a sucker for stellar writing. In time, I reject those who have been ascertained to be “gatekeepers”, especially those who refuse to discuss or entertain controversial topics, or who berate those who do.

One simple test is the degree to which I am treated in making comments at any given site. I’ve long ago refrained from making widespread comments, There is a overwhelming amount of both ego and reactive antipathy on the World Wide Web.

I rarely miss checking out naked capitalism; morning “links” are usually up by 10 AM and the afternoon version (“Water Cooler”) is up by 2 PM, including weekends for “links”, plus or minus additional stories and commentary. I usually focus on the political stuff, but they also watch economic indicators, stats, trends, monetary policy, etc. They draw from a wide readership who send links and these are from a solid variety of mainstream sources. But lately it’s become obvious that the proprietors there don’t have information about the validity and veracity of those sources which they ought to know, and the commentary is beginning to tilt, and the technical standards in links functionality has sliiped. It is today’s example in how our attitudes toward sites change over time. I’m sure the readers I have today are not the readers I had two months ago.

Everyone (including me) disparages the MSM but, underneath the surface of the glossy propaganda and obvious bias, you can find veins of decent and solid journalistic writing.

Joachim Hagopian has unique credentials and an angry voice and he does good research on topics the mainstream media won’t touch with the proverbial vaulter’s pole.

21stcenturywire.com and other sites are always worth a look and some reading. You can’t get poisoned by reading something; an open mind is also one which can cleanse and repair itself. That, in part, is what your glial cells are for.

Places like readersupportednews.org/, courthousenews.com, http://www.t-room.us/, http://www.rt.com/, theinternetpost.net, http://www.legitgov.org, sputniknews.com, snuffysmithsblog.blogspot.com/ and blacklistednews.com are worthwhile news aggregators. http://www.strike-the-root.com offers a distinct Libertarian focus. But…

As is always the case, caveat lector; recently blacklistednews posted a salacious item whose sourced tracked back to Sorcha Faal. If you don’t know who Sorcha Faal is, you are a newbie or are complicit. Snuffy posts a lot of material that comes in from Establishment, CFR and similar sources; nevertheless, she is intelligent and widely-read and nuggets can be found.

If you are “watching” Russia, then you should consider russia-insider.com/en, fort-russ.com/, pravdareport.com, the Saker, orientalreview.org/ and southfront.org. The Kremlin Stooge is at the top of my list; I receive e-mail feeds; Mark Nesop’s writing is regularly outstanding. And don’t forgot John Helmer. 

Ricefarmer.blogspot.com ought not to be missed, though he can be somewhat irregular; generally, every other day he posts a new, long and well-honed list of links.

Robinwestenra.blogspot.com covers global warming and the end of the world as we know it from New Zealand, as well as other news, dominantly from sources inside the British Commonwealth circle. dutchsinse.com covers weather and plate tectonic issues, HAARP games, et alia. My son-law is a marine biologist active at high levels and he agrees with me that global warming is a tool of those with an agenda.

Mike Rivero’s whatreallyhappened.com is always worth a glance, but my experience is that some of his feeds from “members” need to be cross-checked. Caveat lector. And his site is littered with “auto-run” pop-up ads. I know it’s expensive to live in Hawai’i but I personally find any intersection of news and profit to be at least a difficult challenge; the best example used to be the ironic and humorous juxtaposition of some ads with some news stories. Today the advertisers control the news product. That’s why I don’t take ad income nor solicit donations.

Professor Michel Chussodovsky’s Center for Research on Globalization, on the other hand, is a noted and trustworthy site with some discernible but minimized bias.

wallstreetonparade.com is also an excellent site but, along with Global Research, the two stand as examples of sites for which you should become familiar with their rules on re-posting their material.

The left side of the political aisle is well-covered by counterpunch.org (which is weekend-heavy), dissidentvoice.org/, & space4peace.blogspot.com.

The Corbett Report almost stands alone, though often he stands with Sibel Edmonds.

Catherine Austin Fitts’ Solari.com/blog is not to be missed. (See also jonrappoport.wordpress.com.)

I used to feel the same way about washingtonsblog.com. They are spotty, perhaps because they employ numerous authors. They often have a lot of important and interesting stuff, but …

Information Clearinghouse is solid and always gets a review.

It is difficult to tell at this point who speaks for the Liberty movement or on behalf of the Second Amendment or the Constitution; http://www.oathkeepers.org & sipseystreetirregulars both exist but have been through some tough times and are still transitioning. OathKeepers has written me off several times and in several ways. http://www.alt-market.com stays stable and offers up good articles. By mid-June, cohesion may have improved. David Codrea, on several sites, intersects and ties in.

It is also difficult to determine the best source of information about 9/11, though research findings, articles and videos appear regularly and haven’t much been refuted by anyone, though there are “arguments” about technologies used; the possibility of infiltration sometimes raises its ugly head in many corners. Watch out for the sayanim. Make sure you have a filter in place to snag the stobor.

News as seen by former military intelligence personnel is covered by several sources; these include moonofalabama.org and turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis, among others.

In that same vein, but decidely different, is chuckspinney.blogspot.com/.

therearenosunglasses.wordpress.com has a focus on the Mideast and Muslim issues and conflicts.

I follow the Twitter feed for Kris Millegan because I’ve read many of the books he’s published at Trine-Day.com/. 

I check jamesfetzer.blogspot.com regularly and

I also get regular e-mail updates from http://www.conspiracyarchive.com, as well as memoryholeblog.com. 

It will serve you well to develop a sense over time as to when and how often these web sites are updated, when they come onto the net with fresh content, etc. You should consider that there is often duplicate posting and coverage.

You should employ a well-maintained “crap detector”. The simplest method is to take a statement or a story and throw it back into a search engine and see who and how it is echoed, was initiated, or if there are counter-claims, and then re-evaluate. I use the old Chinese method: if two sources disagree, you have a diference of opinion; if multiple sources disagree, you have a controversy or maybe a propaganda war; if multiple sources come to the same conclusion over time, you are near the doorway to the truth; keep turning over rocks.

I have often suggested that there be a weekend summit or tele-conference among a small select group of bloggers and alternative media journalists for the purposes of assessing the veracity and validity of sources that are frequently encountered in our system of tubes that, for openers, is heavily controlled and influenced by governments and their paid shills.

I recently encountered James Corbett’s recorded Q&A interview as part of a research project on ‘Mainstream Media Bias and Propaganda’ which, alas, James has seen fit to park behind a paywall. His earlier now-archived podcast episode on “The Myth of Journalistic Objectivity” will have to suffice unless you would like to join his community.

In a similar vein, Bernie Suarez talks with James Tracy [no payment necessary] about “the history and modern dynamics of mass media and propaganda as they relate to government intrigue. James and Bernie also consider how corporate news media function as essentially public relations conduits to present unusual occurrences such as 9/11 and many recent mass shooting events absent any real journalistic inquiry.” “In addition to being a musician, Bernie Suarez is the creator of the Truth and Art TV project, an exciting site combining multimedia with research and analysis of deep issues and events, including geoengineering and the United Nations’ Agenda 21. He is a former US Marine and holds an undergraduate degree in psychology and a doctorate in medicine. Suarez is also the author of a new book, The Art of Overcoming the New World Order.”

If you are reading news and op-ed for yourself, all of this alone is worth some of your time, and takes a lot of it too.

If you are serving news and op-ed to others, then you must take a lesson from some TV cooking shows and think about “presentation” and “plating”. I let the ingredients and the content tell me how to go about this; sometimes I edit for grouping and order. I try to chose main graphics, music and the eventual title almost entirely on what will be included. Sometimes the article has the obvious graphic. I sit down and type out a list of tags for the major articles, then assemble them in order if that isn’t already clearly evident, decide on the lead, fit the music to the lead, and pick the “title” or key word. Somewhere as the process comes to a close for the day, I let serendipity intrude a bit, especially with regard to the choice of featured graphic and musical inserts.

How the blog entry of the day shows up on your computer, android, mobile device, etc. is decided entirely by the WordPress design characteristics which are designed to be mobile-friendly and fit most browsers. I do include a built-in translation widget for foreign readers. I’ve also just added the Feedjit so everyone can monitor the traffic; a good deal of the vistors are bots. Apparently there are a lot of folks doing archival research.

Finally, you will have to address the issues surrounding use of the social media. I tend to go light, as I find most social media to be time-consuming, specious, and bordering on worthlessness. I don’t use sharing buttons or promote the use of most social media platforms since the social media are used to track you or define you for the corporate, advertising and governmental/political interests.

However, if you are going to share and publish what you are doing, you have to pay attention to search engine optimization and you will want to befriend, or at least not reject or offend, those readers who operate as nodes for other communities. It is clear that search engines are used as tools for information management and sometimes downright censorship. Your product design must be mobile-friendly; the extent to which you find success at that is dependent wholly on the open source or proprietary software systems you choose to use.

I hooked up with BlueHost almost three years ago and haven’t been unhappy. WordPress and a veritable army of open source free designers handle the technologies and the aesthetics and they deserve plaudits and cash contributions. The Blue Host package is eminently affordable and is less than the cost of a fancy-schmanzy coffee a day when spread over time. (They do require that you pay it up front.) But the BlueHost/WordPress combo has been effective, helpful, friendly and also stays on top of cybersecurity issues.

By the way, has anyone been watching the Feedjit plug-in I installed that tracks the last 10 viewers by location? It’s clear that I have a global audience. I can’t take the time to identify who these people are, but my best guess is that it reflects a readership that is about 40% interested commoners from many countries, about 20% of people who re-post or mirror some of the links inside their quiet local bulletin boards, about 10% who are connected in some sense with what would be called ‘foreign intelligence’, about 5% from such places as CNN and Google who probably monitor to see what others are looking at, and about 5% from US officials from around the globe, including those in the Beltway, at West Point, perhaps in embassies in foreign countries, probably playing light or semi-serious cyber-security games, or folliwing other leads for counter-intelligence. Folks, I’m not actively part of that. I’m just a news reader, and have been since high school and college. There’s a homemade Inuit fishing spear that once hung ceremoniously behind the desk of my high school AP English teacher that will attest to that, and I was doing rip-and-read newscasts when I was 19. I have a bachelor’s degree in the field.

And given the degree to which everyone is being surveilled and given the degree to which, increasingly, web sites that focus on truth and counter the propaganda and lies are the target for DDOS attacks and malware, if not outright hacking, the jury will remain out on whether or not I continue Occurrences or not.

Frankly, there is serious doubt as to whether I make any difference, given the degree to which governments and extremely-wealthy private entities are engineering the movement toward global war, one-world government and death or impoverishment for the rest of us. See Sullen Bell (“insidiously incremental”) and BoyDownTheLane (“Creativity and Transformation”).

In between packing and practice development of photography skills, I may do mini-data dumps of material gleaned from my old blogs before I switched to BlueHost mixed with the really important current stuff but, sometime around Independence Day, I will likely withdraw to contemplation, writing, photography, cooking, jazz and the last part of my life. I won’t be settled into my new home until close to Labor Day.

Something like Occurences has to be a task for a collaborative team; it takes too much time for an individual to maintain. Millionaires are funding campaigns and news sites, but I do what I have done out of my own pocket, without ads or without holding out a cookie jar for contributions.

This has been my contribution.

Frankly, the maintenance of the flow of information from many points of view and untarnished by propaganda, information engineering and censorship must be a major concern for any society and culture. 

But that fellow Jefferson already said that, didn’t he? And Jeffersonian thinking is seen as a source of poor health in a world run by parasites.

I will be likely without TV or internet for much of the month of July, so take special note of these dates:

Jul 18-21 GOP convention/Cleveland

Jul 25-28 Dem convention/Philly

9/26 1st debate 10/4 VP debate

10/9 2nd debate

10/19 3rd debate

11/8 election

Keep in mind that political conventions are formally designated as “national special security events” so “The State” will be on florid display in those cities and around those events. To what ends remains to be seen.

As more and more governments and private parties become involved in the exercise of news censorship, or news management, the valid sources for news, op-ed and overall situational awareness will be operated like mobile food trucks.



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Siracha aoli on that, sir?

We will return to the concept of wandering minstrels and mystics.




Good luck and God speed.

Buena suerte y la velocidad de Dios.

حظا سعيدا والسرعة الله.


Bonne chance et vitesse Dieu.

Viel Glück und Gott Geschwindigkeit.

Καλή τύχη και την ταχύτητα του Θεού.

מזל טוב ומהירות אלוהים.

Ádh mór agus Dia luas.

Buona fortuna e Dio velocità.


행운을 빌어 요 하나님 속도.

Lykke til og Gud hastighet.

Powodzenia i prędkości Bogiem.

Boa sorte e velocidade de Deus.

Удачи и скорость Бог.

Beannachd leat Dia agus luaths.

İyi şanslar ve Tanrı hız.

Успіху і швидкість Бог.

Chúc may mắn và tốc độ của Thiên Chúa.

גוט גליק און גאָט גיכקייַט.

Inhlanhla nesivinini uNkulunkulu.


May you have a fair wind and a following sea.


digesting the news
June 27, 2016 Uncategorized biases, cultural news, economics, foreign policy, global news, government control and influence, infilitration, investigative reporting, journalism, military affairs, monetary policy, politics, social media, writing
digesting the news

If you are viewing this, I have withdrawn substantially from the World Wide Web and am busy packing up my household. I may return sporadically with excerpts from old blogs (the more things change, the more they remain the same). I will try to keep myself informed but will at least temporarily stop posting what I found.

In my absence, some readers may want some guidance on how to assemble a digest of the day’s global news. If you are a long-term reader of Occurrences, you probably have a solid sense of how I do it, and you probably have developed your very own approach. Wonderful. Every act, expression or experience here is merely a starting point for you, ingredients for your own creations.

When you first enter “the kitchen of your day” to wonder about what you should prepare for dinner, you have to do a couple of things as preliminary steps. The first is to wake up. Make a really good cup of coffee. Take care of your personal ablutions. Eat something. For me, a cup of coffee and some juice or a cold seltzer/lemonade mixture is always at hand. Two basic links you should know about:



Think first about what you “ate” yesterday. What are the top issues of the day politically, in terms of foreign interactions and policies, in terms of cultural movements, or in terms of threats? Yesterday’s diet informs today’s meal choices, sometimes in need for follow-up, sometimes in need for avoidance or change. Sometimes there are leftovers. So you look into the pantry and fridge to see what you have to work with. Pay special attention to your choice of both aperitif and digestif.

For me, the news equivalent of this is to check Google News and/or other actively-updating news aggregation services . Your first mental task is to consider the flavors and biases that come with your choices. Maybe the cooking metaphorical equivalent is that you will want to blanch the asparagus in cold water and lemon juice, and then bring it slowly to a low heat and let it sit before you grill it in olive oil. Google is an extension of the US government and the mind control/panopticon but, for sheer volume and timeliness, it’s hard to surpass. These kinds of sites can let you know what is happening, though you will want to use many sites to find their interpretation. There are others beyond Google. In time I will name some of them. My bias is that I live in America and speak English; I also love jazz, love to cook, hate war and violence, and would prefer to empower people, have a dialogue with them, and break bread together. I rarely read foreign press unless it is prepared with an English equivalent; I look for people who understand and can speak to issues and perspectives that are European (and Europe has many shades on its palette), Russian, and Asian. Russia has several windows through which one can peer. Asian countries have far less. Let us not forget Africa, or Eurasia, or the Indian sub-continent. If you are a reader from a non-US location (and I know I have many such readers), then you must add those sources that you know about and I don’t, especially in regards to local issues, news, events, etc. I’d like you to tell me what the best ones are that you’ve found. Quite obviously, everyone’s tastes and preferences are going to be different; to extend the cooking and recipe metaphor, choose ingredients and spices that are going to be attractive and palatable in your community.

Part of the game here is the degree to which any country allows its citizens free expression, or has set up barriers to the flow of information. Welcome to the kitchen; the linen closet is in the corner. The dishwashing systems and staff are in the back room.

One of the more popular things I have here at Occurrences is this guide to online news . Mine and yours need regular updating.

Fairly quickly, I open a file. I use templates or master files and always have one ready. I create a new blank and start on it immediately right after I post but before I turn in for the night.

A look at a couple of news aggregators will tell you how the news “meal” will shape up for the day. I go then almost immediately to look at what’s available at waynemadsenreport.com. I find Wayne refreshing and highly accurate in many ways. As an investigative journalist, he is not afraid to look into dark corners and speak to what he has found. WMR requires a paid subscription but, with his permission, I sometimes package his reports into pdf’s. I try to be judicious about this so as to not take income away; there’s always more at WMR than I extract. Sometimes the bargains are in the basement, and some of his subscribers provide links and are astute and experienced.

I check my e-mail for feeds from other sources. I subscribe for free to DefenseOne.com/d-brief. I also regularly check out Breaking Defense.com . I believe in taking in as wide a scan of the world as I can, including reading and watching governments, agencies, news outlets, pundits etc. which I find anathema. You are not informed if you do not know where and how they are spending 54 percent of all US federal discretionary spending, if you do not know how and where their resources are being deployed.

I then turn to Kenny’s Sideshow where I can link into his substantial blogroll and that of others. Kenny is dead now but his web site maintains itself neatly. It was through Kenny’s blogroll, which leans heavily towards pro-Palestinian perspectives, that I discovered xymphora.blogspot.com, whose own daily review I rarely miss; it gets to places I don’t, and it offers up seasoned commentary.

I’d known about Kevin Flaherty’s Cryptogon for years. He is a role model for the rest of us. Some of these web sites I make sure are saved as “favorites” separately lest they fail to update on blogrolls. Quickly you come to understand that many people read the same sources but time lets you see that they found things you didn’t know about. There are also independents like Stephen Lendman who at times can be counted on to crank out two, three or even four columns a day.

The Intercept comes up early as I go down my list, Lots of people are pissed off about their particular style and method of journalism, but they tackle tough topics with stellar writing, and I’m a sucker for stellar writing . In time, I reject those who have been ascertained to be “gatekeepers”, especially those who refuse to discuss or entertain controversial topics, or who berate those who do.


June 29, 2016

Poorly performing L.A. sheriff’s deputies are not weeded out in their first year, report says

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department recruits grimace in pain on the first day of training, known as "Black Monday."


June 29, 2016, 8:00 a.m.
New sheriff’s deputies who perform poorly on the job during their first year are not being weeded out, leaving them to potentially cause problems years down the road in life-or-death situations, according to a report by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s inspector general.

Of 334 trainees who graduated from the sheriff’s academy in 2014, none were dismissed for performance-related reasons during their yearlong pro



June 29, 2016
LAPD officer was unjustified in killing a man who


In 2012, the Delaware River Port Authority hired its first inspector general. Former FBI agent Thomas Raftery III was supposed to root out fraud, waste and corruption. He resigned in 2014 after clashing with longtime board commissioners who saw nothing wrong with the status quo.
In 2015, Davis Gentile, also a former FBI agent with a perfect resume for the inspector general's job, came on board at the DRPA. He had supervised investigations into public corruption, organized crime and labor racketeering. 

We haven't heard anything from him since for the $130,000 salary he's being paid. So, either all the fraud, waste and corruption has disappeared, or Gentile has learned from his predecessor that if he wants to keep his six-figure job, he'd better not rock the boat.

There's been no public update in a long time on a reported ongoing federal investigation into the DRPA's past spending habits. The public has been fed


Report: 944 California Officers’ Guns Stolen, Unaccounted For, Or Lost
June 29, 2016 9:09 AM
Filed Under: California, Guns, Law enforcement, Lost guns, Officers, Stolen Guns

— From Glocks, Sig Sauers and Remingtons to sniper and assault rifles, 944 guns that once belonged to law enforcement officers across California have been either stolen, lost or can’t be accounted for since 2010, often disappearing onto the streets without a trace.

More than 240 local, stat


Ted Cruz Brings Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theorist to Testify at ...
The Intercept-
Gaubatz is a staffer at Understanding the Threat, a nonprofit organization founded by former FBI agent John Guandolo. Guandolo is known for his bizarre claims ...


Local teens get hands-on with FBI tools
Gill-Melendez applied for the FBI Teen Academy because she wants to be an agent. The academy is designed to give students an insider's look into criminal ...

Retired FBI agent running for mayor of Vestavia Hills

June 30, 2016

Retired FBI agent Ashley Curry, a longtime resident of Vestavia Hills, recently announced plans to run for mayor of the city.

“The main reason I am running is because I have a strong interest in Vestavia Hills,” he said, “a vested interest. I’ve lived here for more than 30 years, my children grew up here and went through Vestavia Hills schools. Now, my grandchildren are not far from entering the same school system.”

Curry said he has a “true interest” in serving the city, one he has had for a long time but could not before act on due to his professional obligations.

After graduating from the University of Alabama with a degree in Industrial Management and going on to receive an MBA degree from the University of South Carolina, Curry spent his early career with Milliken and Company. According to his campaign website, there, Curry gained experience in production management, sales, financial reporting, and accounting. In 1978, he joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Special Agent and was assigned to the Tampa division. In 1980, he moved to the FBI’s Birmingham Division where he handled criminal investigations in drugs, public corruption, white collar crime and foreign counter intelligence. Curry was also the SWAT team sniper and a firearms/tactics instructor at the FBI's National Academy. In 2003, he became the Assistant Federal Security Director for Law Enforcement, TSA, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  Curry left his law enforcement career in 2005 and became the Corporate Recruiter for EBSCO Industries before retiring in 2014.  

Now, he said, he has more time to devote to the city.

Though he has never served in an elected position, Curry has served the city via appointed positions on both the Vestavia Hills Parks and Recreation Board and the Library Board of Trustees.

“The city saw some major changes during the time I served on each of those boards,” said Curry.

Both his family and members of the community, said Curry, encouraged him to run. Asked about running against a longtime incumbent for the mayoral position, Curry said he’s up for the challenge.

“Competition is a good thing,” he said, “it’s a healthy thing. Change is a good thing too.”

Curry said he believes his previous roles as an FBI agent as well as in the business world equip him to be able to understand city budgets and finance sheets.

“As an FBI agent, you have to do everything by the book,” he said. “I would never do anything that would affect my integrity, that of city employees or the city itself.”

His planned campaign slogan, said Curry, is “Integrity and Action.”

“I believe I would be a good ambassador for the city,” he said.

Asked what he would like to



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Hillary and Vince: a story of love, death, and cover-up Paperback – June 19, 2016
by Dean W. Arnold (Author)
4.6 out 5 stars

the death by gunshot of Hillary Clinton’s lover, lawyer, and best friend in 1993 was the highest suspicious death of a government official since JFK. Deputy White House Counsel Vince Foster handled the Clinton’s most secretive matters and hired investigators to track down and threaten dozens of women sleeping with Bill. Among the many very questionable items in the investigation of Vince Foster's death are the following: The coroner’s report says x-rays were taken, but the he testified to Senators none were taken. When a paramedic approached Foster’s body, he saw men running away into the woods. The first person to find Foster’s body guarded the entrance to the CIA. Hillary testified she did not see Foster during the month before his death. A staffer testified she was in Foster's office at least four times.


Judge David Sentelle with judges Fay and Butzner ordered evidence of the cover-up submittted by Patrick Knowlton to be included as part of the final Report on Foster's death, over the objections of Kenneth Starr

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Climate change
‘World can’t afford to silence us’: black church leaders address climate change
One of the largest and oldest black churches in the US warns that black people are disproportionally harmed by global warming and fossil fuel pollution


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Blink Tank


9/11 and Other Deep State Crimes Teleconference
Draft minutes for June 29, 2016

July 22, 2016
Craig McKee, Secretary 9/11 Monthly Teleconference Call

Present were:

Ken Freeland, Teleconference facilitator, Houston 9/11 Truth
Craig McKee, Teleconference secretary, Truth and Shadows
Dave Slesinger, 9/11 Truth Outreach
John O’Malley, DC 9/11 Truth
Barton Bruce, Massachusetts 9/11 Truth
Cat McGuire, 9/11 Truth Outreach
Barbara Honegger, Behind The Smoke Curtain
Sheila Casey, DC911Truth
Barrie Zwicker, Towers of Deception: The Media Cover-Up of 9/11
Jim Fetzer, And Nobody Died in Boston, Either
Jim Hufferd, 9/11 Grassroots
Wayne Coste, 9/11 Outreach
Dan Hennen, AE911Truth
Rodger Bories, 9/11 activist
David Cole, Nine Eleven Accountability Team

The minutes of the May 25, 2016 conference call were APPROVED.

The agenda was APPROVED.

Hordon banned from Teleconference
A proposal was made by Craig McKee that Robin Hordon no longer be invited to participate in the teleconference because of insulting remarks he made about the group. This was accepted without objection.

Comments on noise
Sheila Casey requested a few moments to discuss possible ways to reduce background noise on the monthly calls. It was agreed that during presentations and debates that Ken Freeland would mute all lines except that of the speaker.

Conspiracy Theory in America
A discussion was held on Lance deHaven-Smith’s book Conspiracy Theory in America.

Three topics in one
Jim Fetzer combined three topics into one presentation. He addressed his contention that there were actually three different people who played the part of Jeff Bauman in the Boston bombing; he announced a book he will be publishing soon called America Was Nuked on 9/11; and he challenged statements by Barbara Honegger about what happened at the Pentagon.

Book review
Ken Freeland offered a favorable review of the book Hidden Finance, Rogue Networks, and Secret Sorcery by Joseph P. Farrell.

The origins of ISIS
James Hufferd offered for discussion the subject of how the Truth Movement can determine and prove that the U.S. is responsible for creating and directing ISIS.

New 9/11 Citizens’ Commission?
Ken Freeland offered for discussion the subject of whether the Truth Movement should consider holding another 9/11 Citizens’ Commission.

* Barbara Honegger announced a conference being held September 10-11 at the Great Hall of Cooper Union in New York City for the 15^th anniversary of 9/11. Speakers will include Daniel Sheehan, Ferdinando Imposimato, Wayne Madsen, and William Pepper. She noted that the legal aspects of bringing the 9/11 perpetrators to justice will be the focus of the second day.
* Dave Slesinger urged others to go to http://houston911truth.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=84a2c6cbe080c5515da932a5d&id=f195e8c381&e=91763ac879 where 9/11 is among the subjects discussed.
* Wayne Coste announced that his web site, http://houston911truth.us5.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=84a2c6cbe080c5515da932a5d&id=fc2eeb83f6&e=91763ac879 now has an events calendar. Anyone wishing to post an event can register on the site.
* Ken Freeland announced a new web site that will examine the issue of the recently released 28 pages. The site is http://houston911truth.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=84a2c6cbe080c5515da932a5d&id=a6716374fd&e=91763ac879.
* Cat McGuire called the teleconference’s attention to the new book The Plot to Kill King by William Pepper and mentioned that Pepper recently did a two-hour interview on Gary Null’s show. Ken added that there is a series of four interviews Null did with Daniel Sheehan that are also worth checking out.
* Barbara mentioned that she was scheduled to be a guest on Richard Hoaglund’s radio show on July 1.
* In closing, Ken reminded everyone about the scheduled Pentagon debate between Craig McKee/Adam Ruff and Barbara Honegger that is to take up the entire July teleconference call. (Earlier in the call, Barbara, Craig, and Ken agreed that the debate would go forward and that they would come to an agreement by email about whether the two sides will exchange a list of major arguments and sources prior to the draft agenda going out.)

Call began at 8 p.m. EST and adjourned at 10:00 p.m. EST/5 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. PST

Audio of the June call can be heard here: http://houston911truth.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=84a2c6cbe080c5515da932a5d&id=850390a1c0&e=91763ac879 The next monthly teleconference will take place on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 8 p.m. EST, 5 p.m. PST. Please email agenda items for next call to facilitator Ken Freeland (diogenesquest@gmail.com) by July 23. Please use subject line “Agenda item for 911 Truth Teleconference.” Please include a brief description of your item and any relevant links you’d like participants to be aware of, together with your estimate of the number of minutes your agenda item will require.



Munich shooting
'It's disturbing': author of book found in Munich shooter's home sees pattern
Psychologist Peter Langman wrote the book Why Kids Kill and says it’s common for shooters to want to study others, but there’s no one reason for killing

The 2010 book Why Kids Kill: Inside the Minds of School Shooters profiles 10 shooters and breaks them down into three personality types. Photograph: PR

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The Munich teenage shooter who killed nine people and injured 27 in a mass shooting in Germany on Friday appears to have fit a pattern among other mass murderers who researched shootings, according to the psychologist whose book was found in the gunman’s home.

“It’s a little disturbing,” said Peter Langman, who was unaware that the Munich shooter had a copy of his book until the Guardian called him at his home in Pennsylvania on


DNC emails posted by Wikileaks suggest party officials' anti-Sanders sentiment
Days before convention, cache of 19,000 emails released and several show officials scoffing at Hillary Clinton’s former rival and questioning his religion

The DNC temporarily curtailed Sanders’ access to the list last year, after the party accused his campaign of tapping into confidential voter information compiled by the Clinton campaign. Photograph: ddp USA/Rex/Shutterstock

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A cache of more than 19,000 emails from Democratic party officials, leaked in advance of Hillary Clinton’s nomination in Philadelphia, details the acrimonious split between the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Clinton’s former rival, Senator Bernie Sanders.

Several emails posted by Wikileaks show DNC officials scoffing at Sanders and his supporters, and in one instance questioning his commitment to his Jewish religion. Some emails



World ASIA
How a stockpile of America's nuclear weapons got tangled up in a Middle East crisis



The Man Chronicling Insane Clown Posse and Why the FBI Is Spying on Juggalos

JUL 23 2016
Rock critic Steve Miller has written critically acclaimed books about everyone from Iggy Pop to Johnny Ramone. His new book examines how Insane Clown Posse went from a small Detroit rap group to a band on Disney’s record label to on the FBI’s gang list.

Rock journalist Steve Miller has written acclaimed biographies about musicians like Iggy Pop and Johnny Ramone, but for his latest book, he turns to the "worst band in the history of the world," the Insane Clown Posse and their fans known as Juggalos. Miller'sJuggalo: Insane Clown Posse and the World They Made interweaves two stories: how Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope escaped Detroit's impoverished suburbs to create a new music genre with great financial success and why the FBI has labeled the Juggalos as an organized gang. We sat down with Miller under Mike Busey's tent at the Gathering of the Juggalos to discuss police profiling, the FBI's stupidity, and ICP's musical brilliance.


Boston Bombings: Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s Immigration Records Reveal FBI Bombshell
By James Henry
Global Research, May 12, 2016

Important New Info on Boston Marathon Bombing

WhoWhatWhy has discovered that the FBI secretly flagged at least one of the “Boston Marathon bombers” as a terrorist threat in his immigration records, despite publicly denying it had done so.

This designation existed right up to the time the bombs went off at Boylston St. on April 15, 2013.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s heavily redacted immigration records, known as an A-file (alien file), were released in February under the Freedom of Information Act and posted online by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). FOIA has a “frequently requested record” provision where multiple request for the same record triggers a “reading room” (posted online) treatment of the records. WhoWhatWhy was one of those requesters.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev Photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from Dave Newman / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

For context, it’s important to note that soon after the bombing, uncomfortable questions were raised by WhoWhatWhy when it became clear the FBI had long been aware of Tsarnaev. Even some of the mainstream outlets, which almost uniformly have accepted the government’s version of events, couldn’t ignore this reality.

The Bureau steadfastly maintains that it determined the elder Tsarnaev (who died in an altercation with police three days after the bombing) was not any kind of a national security threat. It also denies ever having asked him to be an informant.

And yet a shadowy program used by the feds to keep individuals deemed a “national security concern” from obtaining citizenship looks like the reason Tsarnaev’s naturalization application was held up — to the very moment of his death. This program is called the Controlled Application Review and Resolution Program (CARRP).

Significantly, CARRP is also used to manipulate foreign nationals (mostly Muslims) to do the FBI’s bidding by — ironically — flagging them as a “national security concern,”according to an extensive ACLU investigation into the program.

Reeled in by CARRP?

So, what is the significance of holding Tsarnaev’s naturalization application under CARRP?

It would mean that, by definition, the FBI had not ruled out whether Tsarnaev was a  “Known or Suspected Terrorist” (KST) by the time of the bombing.

A KST is a designation under CARRP automatically given to anyone listed on the terrorist “watch list,” which


Crime U.S. World Politics
Judge sends lawyer to jail for wearing ‘Black Lives Matter’ pin

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o Judge Sends Lawyer To Jail For Wearing ‘Black Lives Matter’ Pin In Court
NY Daily News

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An Ohio attorney was removed from a courtroom in handcuffs and sentenced to five days in jail after she refused to take off a Black Lives Matter pin at a judge’s request.

Attorney Andrea Burton was arrested at a Youngstown, Ohio courthouse on Friday w

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Deputies in San Francisco beating stole suspect's gold chain, took 'trophy' photo, lawsu




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NY FBI Employee Accused of Aiding China
Joey Chun had Top Secret clearance since 1998.
He sought payment for information that an undercover agent would "give" to China.
He faces four counts of providing false statements.
An electronics technician working in the FBI’s New York City office since 1997 has been charged with making false statements to the FBI regarding contacts with Chinese foreign nationals, prosecutors say.
Kun Shan Chun (also known as Joey Chun) is named in a four-count complaint issued in March and unsealed Monday in federal court in Manhattan. He pleaded guilty to the complaint, which charges him with four counts



Russian Government Initiative Gave Millions to Clinton Foundation
Washington Free Beacon-
The FBI and U.S. Army determined that Skolkovo had transformed into a “dangerous ... the assistant special agent at the FBI's Boston office, said in a statement.

FBI offers shooting scenario training to civilians
KPRC Houston-
The FBI Cleveland division gave a group of civilians the opportunity to go ... Special Agent Rick Florence trains agents to know when it's okay to shoot or not ...

FBI agent arrested on indecency charges
May 26, 2007
A man identified by UA police as an FBI special agent is accused of masturbating in a women's restroom at the Student Union, an official said.

Ryan Seese, 33, was cited on suspicion of public sexual indecency, criminal trespassing and indecent exposure, said Sgt. Eugene Mejia, a University of Arizona Police Department spokesman.

According to Mejia, on May 3 a cleaning woman opened a bathroom stall to clean it and saw a man masturbating.

She then told her supervisor who notified police, Mejia said.

When officers went to the scene, Seese appeared and was caught after a short



FBI agent doesn't have to register as sex offender for peeping Tom incidents in Hershey, elsewhere, court says

on July 11, 2014 at 1:55
A former FBI agent who admitted sneaking into bathrooms to watch girls and women use toilets doesn't have to register as a sex offender, the state Superior Court has ruled.

The decision, issued this week in response to a plea by Ryan Seese, comes nearly four years after the Derry Township man was sentenced to 1 to 23 months in Dauphin County Prison, plus 3 years of probation, for committing the crimes at the Hershey Middle School and a private gym.

In its ruling, the Superior Court concluded that Seese isn't subject to sex offender registration because of amendments the state Legislature made to the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, which took effect two years after his sentencing.

Seese pleaded guilty and no contest in 2010 to three charges of invasion of privacy and pleaded guilty to additional counts of criminal trespass and disorderly conduct. Police said two adult women were the victims in the incident in the women's locker room at the private gym and that Seese spied on two teens in a girl's bathroom during a concert at the middle school.

Seese left the FBI in 2007 after being convicted of another peeping Tom incident in a women's


whistleblowers, oversight community says ‘We’re listening”

August 1, 2016 6:29

To commemorate National Whistleblower Appreciation Day this year, the oversight community is trying to send a message to those who speak out against agency waste, fraud and abuse: “We hear you, and we value you.”

“For those of us who do oversight work, they are our eyes and ears,” Michael Horowitz, Justice Department inspector general and chairman of the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, said during an Aug. 1 National Whistleblower Appreciation Day event on Capitol Hill.

July 30 marked the official date of this year’s appreciation day. The Senate has passed resolutions since 2012 encouraging agencies to recognize whistleblowers and the contributions they’ve made.

But this year, agencies are responding a little differently.

“This is the first time that we have seen folks in the Executive Branch make Whistleblower Appreciation Day this much of a priority in this way and recognize the contributions of whistleblowers,” said DeLisa Lay, counsel for Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). Grassley is a co-founder and chairman of the Senate Whistleblower Caucus.

2015 was a big year for the whistleblower community. The number of disclosures made to the Office of Special Counsel has more than doubled over the past six years, and the agency’s caseload has risen more than 50 percent, Carolyn Lerner, OSC Special Counsel, said. About 175 employees whose agencies retaliated against them received help from OSC in 2015.

“We see these increasing numbers in a very positive light,” Lerner said. “It shows that whistleblowers are more confident in OSC. We think that they know that now if they come forward, they will be protected from retaliation.”

In general, more employees are beginning to reach out to their agencies with examples of wrongdoing, the oversight community said. The Justice Department’s inspector general hotline receives more than 10,000 calls every year, Horowitz said.

“We’re usually not the first stop,” he said. “They come to us because their own organization doesn’t listen, isn’t willing to listen, or sloughs them off as troublemakers or not sufficiently with the program. And that’s wrong.”

Horowitz said his DoJ office is meeting with members of the House and Senate whistleblower caucuses, as well as components within the department, to educate employees, contractors and grant recipients about whistleblower issues and to “demonstrate the importance of a culture that is inclusive and allows people to be heard.”

As the number of complaints continues to grow, DoJ is in the process of officially reminding employees and contractors of their rights to speak to the IG, Horowitz said.

The DoJ OIG is also training FBI employees on whistleblower protections and guidelines. The training program began last summer, but the agency recently expanded it and made the program mandatory for all FBI employees. Few educational programs are mandatory for the FBI workforce, DoJ said, because the bureau’s employees can often test out of some training classes.

“Show them the importance of whistleblowing,” FBI Director James Comey said. “Show them the regulations. Show them the laws, the rules that forbid retaliation. Show them the structure that is designed to encourage people to raise


Hacking An Election: Why It's Not As Far-Fetched As You Might Think
KPLU News for Seattle and the Northwest-
In June, Arizona took its voter registration system off-line after the FBI warned it too might have been hacked, although no evidence of that was found. And in May ...


FBI agents caught hacking election in Cincinnati

Why won't the Department of Justice (DOJ) investigate electronic vote fraud?
Is it because the DOJ and FBI have long been involved in it, themselves? 

Meet Craig C. Donsanto, head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Election Crimes Branch, Public Integrity Section (from 1970-present). 


PROSECUTION OF ELECTION OFFENSES (see: DOJ/DonsantoElectionManuel.pdf)  January 1999, Sixth Edition, by Craig C. Donsanto, Director, U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Public Integrity Section -- This manual is a study in how NOT to investigate election crimes. There is little mention of voting machines or the threat they pose to the process. Check out page 62 and see democracy.ru article (at bottom of this page) that tipped this editor off as to the existence of the manual, and is a good summary of the manuel --Excerpt: "Since the voting process is at bottom primarily a state-regulated activity, federal authorities should not interfere with it. This means that until the votes have been canvassed and the outcome of all the election contests on the ballot certified by the competent state authority, the documentation generated by the election process must remain in state hands. Also, while this may not be possible in all situations, it is preferable that the predication of federal voter fraud investigations above «preliminaries» await the conclusion of the election and the certification of results. Again, close consultation with Public Integrity is encouraged."  (In other words, after the fox has left the henhouse, Donsanto allows his agents to investigate.)
A FEDERAL OBSERVER REPORT (See: FederalObserverReport.pdf)  Once again, this report is a study in how NOT to effectively observe the election process.  No meaningful information is collected as a result of federal observers filling out these reports.
The Cincinnati Bell-FBI scandal:  Leonard Gates, a Cincinnati Bell employee for 23 years, testified that in the late 1970's and 80's, the FBI assisted telephone companies with hacking into mainframe election computers in cities across the country. He spoke with agents from both the DOJ (U.S. Attorney Kathleen M. Brinkman) and FBI (Agent Love), but to his knowledge, neither agency took further action.  Leonard Gates 1987Deposition, plus 1985 Background Material from Jim Condit, Jr. //Pandora's Black Box & http://www.votefraud.org/expert_strunk_report.htm (contains case number) 

Gates testified, P. 28, "He (Gates's supervisor, Mr. Jim West,) said the programming was obtained out of California, and that the programming had been obtained through the FBI, and all this kind of stuff, and that was about it." 
Page 34 excerpt: "And I knew that we did do certain things under certain court direction, under certain court orders, and I just didn't see where they would have a court order to get into that, and I expressed my concern to Mr. Dugan (President of Cincinnati Bell).  Mr. Dugan said it was a very gray area, and that they were into like New York and Atlanta, Georgia, and to the other computers, you know.  This was just small compared to what was going on."
Page 39, "...and I said, "Well, do you (Mr.Fedrich, vice president of Cincinnati Bell) have a blanket court order on this or what?"  And he kind of weasel-worded me, to be honest with you.  He said "Well, our relationship with the FBI is very, very close."
Excerpt from Nov 1996, Pandora's Black Box by Philip M. O’Halloran of Relevance, The Cincinnati Election Wiretapping Scandal:

Lewis and other skeptics of the vote-fixing scenario like to insist that there has never been any evidence of a "conspiracy" to fix elections by computer. But then, most of those we interviewed on both sides of the issue had never heard of the case of Leonard Gates of Cincinnati, Ohio. An employee of the Cincinnati Bell telephone company, Gates was watching a local t.v. news story, in which a Cincinnati man named Jim Condit was charging that the election system was vulnerable to vote fraud in the Hamilton county election process.

He based his charges on his experience as a candidate for city council in 1979, when, after an election night computer crash, Condit and seven other "feisty challengers" had suddenly "fallen to the very bottom of the heap" of 26 candidates. Gates called the station and later contacted Mr. Condit, telling him he knew firsthand how his votes were robbed. They met and shared information and ultimately Gates testified in Condit’s Cincinnatus PAC (political action committee) lawsuit against the Hamilton County Board of Elections.

The suit had earlier been decided against the plaintiffs and Gates took the stand during the appeal. He swore under oath that he was ordered by his Cincinnati Bell superiors to wiretap the election headquarters’ phones lines to provide a link-up between the county’s vote-counting computers and parties unknown on another phone line somewhere in California.

The following are excerpts from the Cincinnati Post of October, 30th, 1987:

Cincinnati Bell security supervisors ordered wire-taps installed on county computers before elections in the late 1970s and early 1980s that could have allowed vote totals to be altered, a former Bell employee says in a sworn court document.

Leonard Gates, a 23-year Cincinnati Bell employee until he was fired in 1986, claims in a deposition filed Thursday in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court to have installed the wire-taps. Cincinnati Bell officials denied Gates’ allegations that are part of a six-year-old civil suit that contends the elections computer is subject o manipulation and fraud.

Gates claims a security supervisor for the telephone company told him in 1979 that the firm had obtained a computer program through the FBI that gave it access to the county computer used to count votes. [Emphasis added].

The FBI refused comment and Cincinnati Bell spokesmen vehemently denied the allegations, claiming Gates was a "disgruntled ex-employee", yet, according to Condit, the company ultimately admitted that one of its vans was involved in the wiretapping, although it claimed they were commandeered without the company’s knowledge. The Post continued:

In the deposition, Gates claims he first installed a wire-tap on a telephone line to the county computers before the 1977 election at the instruction of James West, a Bell security supervisor.

Gates contends both West and Peter Gabor, security director, told him to install wire-taps in subsequent elections. Both men declined comment Thursday.

In the 1979 election, which is the focus of the deposition – Gates said he received instructions in the mail from West about installing wire-taps on county computers in the County Administration Building at Court and Main streets.

The wire-taps were installed on the eve of the election at Cincinnati Bell’s switching control center at Seventh and Elm Streets and terminated in a conference room in the building, Gates alleges.

In the deposition, Gates described in great technical detail installation of the wire-taps.

At about 8:30 p.m. on election day – Nov. 6, 1979 – Gates said he was called by West and told something had gone wrong, causing the elections computer to malfunction. At West’s instructions, Gates said he removed the taps.

The elections computer shutdown for two hours on election evening due to what was believed to be a power failure, Condit Sr. has said.

Gates said West told him they "had the ability to actually alter what was being done with the votes."

Gates said West told him the Board of elections did not know about the taps and that the computer program for the elections computer "was obtained out of California, and that the programming had been obtained through the FBI..."

Shortly after the 1979 election, Gates said he met with the late Richard Dugan, former Cincinnati Bell president, to express his concerns that the wire-



FBI/Bell Wiretapping Network?
4/2/89Robert Horvitz
rh:  The following article (slightly abridged) appears in the
April 1st edition of the "W5YI Report," a radio-electronics
newsletter for ham radio operators ($23/year for 24 issues to US
addresses from:  The W5YI Report, P.O. Box 565101, Dallas, Texas
75356-5101).  This was NOT an April Fool's issue:
Bob Draise/WB8QCF was an employee of Cincinnati Bell Telephone
between 1966 and 1979.  He, and others, are involved in a
wiretapping scandal of monumental proportions.  They say they
have installed more than 1,000 wiretaps on the phones of judges,
law enforcement officers, lawyers, television personalities,
newspaper columnists, labor unions, defense contractors, major
corporations (such as Proctor & Gamble and General Electric),
politicians (even ex-President Gerald Ford) at the request of
Cincinnati police and Cincinnati Bell security supervisors who
said the taps were for the police.  They were told that many of
the taps were for the FBI.
Another [radio] amateur, Vincent Clark/KB4MIT, a technician for
South-Central Bell from 1972 to 1981, said he placed illegal
wiretaps similar to those done by Bob Draise on orders from his
supervisors - and on request from local policemen in Louisville,

I asked Bob how he got started in the illegal wiretap business.
He said a friend called and asked him to come down to meet with
the Cincinnati police.  An intelligence sergeant asked Bob about
wiretapping some Black Muslims.  He also told Bob that Cincinnati
Bell security had approved the wiretap - and that it was for the
FBI.  The sergeant pointed to his Masonic ring which Bob also
wore - in other words, he was telling the truth under the Masonic
oath - something that Bob put a lot of stock in.

Most of the people first wiretapped were drug or criminal
related.  Later on, however, it go out of hand - and the FBI
wanted taps on prominent citizens.  "We started doing people who
had money.  How this information was used, I couldn't tell you."

The January 29th "Newsday" said Draise had told investigators
that among the taps he rigged from 1972 to 1979 were several on
lines used by Wren Business Communications, a Bell competitor.
It seems that when Wren had arranged an appointment with a
potential customer, they found that Bell had just been there
without being called.  Wren's president is a ham [radio
operator], David Stoner/K8LMB.  I telephoned Dave...

"As far as I am concerned, the initial focus for all of this
began with the FBI.  The FBI apparently set up a structure
throughout the United States using apparently the security chiefs
of the different Bell companies...  They say that there have been
other cases in the United States like ours in Cincinnati but they
have been localized without the realization of an overall pattern
being implicated."

"The things that ties this all together is if you go way back in
history to the Hoover period at the FBI, he apparently got
together with the AT&T security people.  There is an organization
that I guess exists to this day with regular meetings of the
security people of the different Bell companies.  This meant that
the FBI would be able to target a group of 20 or 30 people that
represented the security points for all of the Bell and AT&T
connections in the United States.  I believe the key to all of
this goes back to Hoover.  The FBI worked through that group who
then created the activity at the local level as a result of
central planning."

"I believe that in spite of the fact that many people have
indicated that this is an early 70's problem - that there is no
disruption to that work to this day.  I am pretty much convinced
that it is continuing... It looks like a large surveillance
effort that Cincinnati was just a part of."

"The federal prosecutor Kathleen Brinkman is in a no-win
situation...  If she successfully prosecutes this case she is
going to bring trouble down upon her own Justice Department.  She
can't successfully prosecute the case."

About $200 million in lawsuits have already been filed against
Cincinnati Bell and the Police Department.  Several members of
the police department have taken the Fifth Amendment before the
grand jury rather than answer questions about their roles in the
wiretapping scheme.

Bob Draise/WB8QCF has filed a suit against Cincinnati Bell for
$78 for malicious prosecution and slander in response to a suit
filed by Cincinnati Bell against Bob for defamation...  Right
after they filed the suit, several policemen came forward and
admitted to doing illegal wireptaps with them.  The Cincinnati
police said they stopped this is 1974 - although another
policeman reportedly said they actually stopped the wiretapping
in 1986.

Now the CBS-TV program "60 Minutes" is interested in the
Cincinnati goings-on and has sent in a team of investigative
reporters.  Ed Bradley from "60 Minutes" has already interviewed
Bob Draise/WB8QCF and it is expected that sometime during April,
you will see a "60 Minutes" report on spying by the FBI.  We also
understand that CNN, Ted Turner's Cable News Network, is also
working up a "Bugging of America" expose.



The Story of Two "Steven Landesbergs"

In the 1960s there were two young men living in and around Greenwich Village (in New York City) named “Steve Landesberg.” Although they were similar in age and appearance, there were distinct differences between them. One boy, Stephen Harris Landesberg (the student), was from Queens. He was quiet, introverted, kept to himself, a bookworm, and an honor student. He had dark brown hair, brown eyes, a life-long speech impediment, stuttered profusely when excited, never wore glasses, and never had nor improvised his speech by using a southern accent. The other boy, Stephen Richard Landesberg (a future actor), from the Bronx, was outgoing, likable and gregarious. He had reddish brown hair, occasionally wore rimless eyeglasses, enjoyed being around people, had no speech impediment, and acquired a Southern accent that he could use or not use at will. In late 1961 and early 1962 Stephen Richard Landesberg (the future actor) became entangled in activities involving the harassment of liberal Jewish, and minority-oriented political groups that were active in and around the Village. During this time he befriended and became involved with American-born Lee Oswald, while at the same time Harvey Oswald and Marina were living in Russia. In the 1970s Stephen Richard Landesberg gained notoriety as an actor on the TV show, Barney Miller. The actor's relationship with Oswald motivated a number of JFK researchers, including author Carleton W. Sterling, Professor Stan Weeber (UNT, Denton, TX), attorney Carol Hewitt, author/researcher Joachim Joesten, and myself to investigate the two "Steve Landesbergs." (To read Mr. Sterling's article, CLICK HERE; to read Prof. Weeber's essay, CLICK HERE; to read a few pages from Joachim Joesten's book CLICK HERE).


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Tim Kaine’s Unlikely Biography
Posted on July 31, 2016 by Daniel Hopsicker
Tim Kaine isn’t shy about trading on his year in Honduras as a Catholic missionary.

Accepting the V.P. nomination, he said, “My faith  is my North Star for orienting my life.” He had gone to a Jesuit high school, he explained, with the motto “men for others.” It led him to volunteer as a missionary in Honduras.

“Aprendí los valores de mi pueblo: fe, familia y trabajo. Los mismos valores de la comunidad latina aquí”—I learned the values of my town: faith, family and work. The same values of the Latino community here.”

It’s a story he’s been telling a long time.

While running for the Senate in Virginia, Kaine aired radio ads detailing his experience as a missionary. He became the first U.S. senator to deliver

Secret Service Corruption

A stay-at-home home in Dallas forked over $100,000 in legal fees for thousands of Secret Service records that “expose a culture of corruption,” The Dallas Morning News reports. 

Malia Litman filed 89 request for records, and the information she received was shocking.

Here are some of the highlights, as reported by the Dallas Morning News:

A culture of “wheels up; rings off” meant even married agents could party on


Teens accused of breaking into cars, stealing guns from FBI agent
: Aug 8, 2016 - 5:33 PM


Police arrested teens they believe to be part of a car burglary ring.
They said the teens stole guns from an FBI agent.
They said there may be as many as 15 teens involved in the ring.

Tulsa police arrested three teens over the weekend accused of going on a major crime spree involving multiple cities.

The suspects are between the ages of 15 and 16.

Tulsa police detectives say the suspects admitted to breaking into cars often.

They said they go out around three times per week and break-into multiple cars during those times.

Because of that, Tulsa police say they suspect the teens in multiple car break-ins, but they can only prove one for now.

Detectives say the teens broke into a FBI agent’s car Friday night while they were in Bixby and stole multiple guns.

After that, police say, the group came back to Tulsa where they reportedly used the agent’s guns to victimize other people.

Detectives say they tried to rob a couple who were at Zinc Park near 31st and Trenton.

The group then went to the 61st and Mingo area where they allegedly robbed a pedestrian at gunpoint.

Not long after, a Tulsa police officer


Accused Anarchist Can See More of His FBI File
Courthouse News Service-


In 2011, Jeffrey Labow learned that an FBI agent had identified him as an anarchist extremist in its investigation of anarchists protesting a


FBI Uses 930 Club to Train for Active Shooting Situations
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The FBI used a well-known Washington, D.C., nightclub as a training spot in an effort to better respond to active shooter situations. Heavily-armed agents and


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The Many Lies of FBI Agent Robert Fitzpatrick Exposed: Part One
August 8, 2016Uncategorized
Robert Fitzpatrick who was the assistant agent in charge (ASAC) of the Boston FBI Office was sentenced on Friday to two years probation. It seems sort of silly putting him on probation. I know he had to be sentenced so why not give him a small fine and send him on his way. The point was made. He lied about some very important things.

The judge at the sentencing hearing said: “Mr. Fitzpatrick has earned his punishment; he perhaps earned more. I don’t pretend to understand how he got into this position, but he is here; he admitted to the crime.”

That he pleaded guilty to these charges makes it easy to understand. Fitzpatrick had created a fiction as the one honest FBI man. He did this even though he betrayed his highest obligation as an

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police to hotlist motorists
August 25, 2016 Uncategorized analytics, Bluetooth sniffers, data fusion, facial recognition, horsepower, license plates, pay-by-plate, phone numbers, police to “hotlist” motorists, Raytheon, surveillance, tolls, transponders, vehicle location system, Vigilant, VIN
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Raytheon’s Pay-By-Plate system will allow police to “hotlist” motorists across the country.




Police State America has devised a new way to track dissidents or person’s of interest, they’re calling it Pay-By-Plate. Raytheon’s Pay-By-Plate system will allow police to hotlist motorists across the country.

What are vehicle “hotlists”?

Page 6, of the Cincinnati Police Dept.’s, “Success in Automated License Plate Recognition Technology” report, reveals what vehicle “hotlists” actually mean.

•Terrorist Watch Alerts
•Amber Alerts
•Part 1 Crimes
•Drug Trafficking
•NCIC National Crime Center)
•LEADS (Law Enforcement Agencies Data System)
•RCIC and other regional wanted vehicles (Regional Crime Information Center)
•Warrants, Stolen, Delinquent, Etc.
License plate readers create DETAILED, PRECISE, TARGETED info. on everyone

The nature of the LPR collected from private sources tends to be stationary vehicles and/or vehicles entering into parking and/or other access controlled locations… providing law enforcement with detailed precise and targeted historical location information for vehicles of interest.

The Feds are storing innocent motorist’s personal data indefinitely

According to a Boston Globe article, ‘detailed precise’ toll transactions are being stored indefinitely by the MassDOT. The MassDOT claims, they don’t have any plans to use the information to ticket speeding motorists yet!

“My main concern is the long-term storage and the bulk collection gathering of data, 99.99 percent of the people whose information is being collected are totally innocent and have done nothing wrong. So why keep a dossier on them? ” Congressman Michael Capuano said.

Earlier this year, I warned everyone that Pay-By-Plate is really a nationwide tracking system created by DHS and private corporations.

AECOM Technology Corporation’s mission, is to direct or oversee AECOM national tolls projects and development efforts, and support the toll industry in its continual efforts to modernize, economize and increase public acceptance as tolls grow dramatically in North America…

To increase public acceptance of “national toll projects”? It doesn’t get any plainer than that!

Feds claim they’re only taking pictures of our license plates.


If you look closely at the above picture, you can see two surveillance cameras, one that takes a picture of the front of the vehicle, and one that’s aimed at the rear of the vehicle. Raytheon’s Vigilant Solutions, ‘ National Vehicle Location Service‘ cameras can identify drivers and passengers faces in “near real time”, flagging any ‘person of interest’.

Raytheon, admits they’re cameras use facial recognition

Founder Shawn Smith assembled an industry-leading team of almost one hundred video analytic experts to develop and bring to market what would quickly become the most comprehensive and advanced suite of LPR, facial recognition and public records data fusion and analytic products available. (Click here to find out more about Raytheon’s facial recognition program)

It should be noted that Raytheon, denies they’re pay-by-plate cameras use facial recognition cameras and claims motorists are protected under the ” Federal Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (FDPPA).

Can Raytheon be trusted?

The Electronic Privacy Foundation warns motorists that DMV’s have created 55 categories of invasive information on motorists, effectively nullifying the FDPPA.

Reasons, to doubt Raytheon’s story.

Three years ago, the Virginia Dept. of Motor Vehicles allowed the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) to secretly record vehicle identification number (VIN), age and sex information from the records of passing motorists.

IIHS compared this personal information against the facial photograph captured by the industry’s speed cameras to conclude that vehicles “packing more horsepower” drive faster than the posted speed limit.

And earlier this year, I warned everyone that San Francisco’s public transit agency was installing facial recognition cameras that can identify drivers and passengers through fog.

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The home and fried chicken restaurant owned by the family of Ahmad Khan Rahami in Elizabeth, New Jersey, were raided by the FBI and state police. (Getty).



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A fake tattoo parlor in St. Louis set up down the street from the Boys and Girls Club, and use of a confidential informer with a troubled criminal history, help explain how the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives placed some of the city’s most vulnerable residents at risk — and seriously undermined its own integrity in the process.



Video released in fatal police shooting of unarmed Oklahoma man
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Monday, September 19, 2016, 4:24 PM

The fatal police shooting of an unarmed Oklahoma man with his hands up could be seen in "difficult to watch" video released by police Monday.

Tulsa police said one officer fired a stun gun and another officer fired one shot that killed Terence Crutcher, who was black, after investigating his stalled car Friday night. Officer Betty Shelby, who is white, fired the fatal shot and Officer Tyler Turnbough, who is also white, deployed his Taser, police have said.

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Was Martin Luther King Jr. stabbed by a FBI informant during a book signing in 1958
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Martin Luther King Jr. recovers from surgery in bed at New York's Harlem Hospital on following an operation to remove steel letter opener from his chest after being stabbed by a mentally disturbed woman as he signed books in Harlem. (JOHN LENT/AP)
(Originally published by the Daily News on Sept. 21, 1958. This story was written by Robert Walsh and Henry Lee.)

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The amazingly quick capture of FBI informant Ahmad Rahami
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Baroni was FBI informant during
Christie’s U.S. Attorney Tenure
By Alyana Alfaro • 09/19/16 3:50pm

Baroni (left) leaves the Newark courthouse. (Photo: Alyana Alfaro for Observer)
NEWARK – One of the most unexpected revelations that came during the first day of the Bridgegate trial was that former Senator Bill Baroni worked with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) from 2006 to 2010. That disclosure came during the opening statement of Baroni’s lawyer Michael Baldassare.

Both Assemblyman John Wisniewski and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg—the co-chairs of the legislative panel that investigated Bridgegate—told reporters that they found the Baroni revelation surprising. The time period of Baroni’s work with the FBI coincides with when Governor Chris Christie was working as the U.S. attorney from New Jersey.

Weinberg said that she believes the opening statement implied that Baroni was more than just a cooperator with the agency.

“Senator Bill Baroni was an undercover agent for the FBI from 2006 to 2010,” said Weinberg about how she interpreted Baldassare’s opening statement. “He had a handler who was pointed out the in the audience by Mr. Baldassare, I believe. So it sounds like more that just a cooperative. That took me aback.”

According to Wisniewski, the Baroni revelations open room for scrutiny about other Bridgegate findings.

“I learned that Bill Baroni was working as an informant for the FBI, which I did not know about. I learned about some phone call conversations that we did not have access to during our investigation,” Wisniewski said. “Again, it really lays the groundwork on why a legislative investigation needs to continue. During that point in time Chris Christie was U.S. attorney so it naturally raises the question of whether Bill Baroni’s involvement or recruitment with the FBI had anything to do with Chris Christie as U.S. attorney.”

Wisniewski continued: “They were clearly close. How close, I can’t say. But it is one of those coincidences that is hard to explain away.”

When Baldassare and Baroni were l



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Annie Dookhan, center of drug lab scandal, released from prison
She had been sentenced to 3-5 years in prison in November 2013.
Annie Dookhan, a former state lab chemist, in January 2013. –REUTERS / Jessica R

April 12, 2016
Annie Dookhan, the former state chemist whose faulty testing of evidence led to widespread issues in the criminal justice system, was released from prison last month, her attorney said.

Dookhan, who had worked at the Department of Public Health, pleaded guilty in November 2013 to charges including perjury, evidence tampering, and obstruction of justice for falsifying drug tests in criminal investigations.

Her actions may have affected up to 40,000 cases, officials said at the time. The state set aside millions of dollars for defendants who challenged the drug evidence used in their convictions. Several hundred people, colloquially known as “Dookhan defendants,” have already had their convictions thrown out on appeal.


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Former US Intelligence Officer Arrested in Philippines

A man who claims to be a retired intelligence officer of the United States Air Force was arrested on Monday while in possession of so-called party drugs in Taguig City.

Authorities identified the suspect as Raul Antonio Cisneros, who was nabbed by the Taguig police in his condominium unit around 2 p.m., GMA News’ Steve Dailisan on said in an exclusive report on “24 Oras.”

More than 1,000 tablets of assorted party drugs and P40,000 cash were seized during the raid.

Cisneros said he thought that illegal drugs were legal in the Philippines. “I thought this is (party drugs) is okay here,” he said.

Cisneros, who arrived at the country only in April, did not give details on how he brought the drugs into the country.

He admitted that he was dealing with Filipino distributors.

“I’m not saying these aren’t mine but I’m helping some Filipinos,” he said. “It was given to people who want it.”

– See more at: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/581107/news/nation/american-nabbed-for-possession-of-1-000-tablets-of-party-drugs#sthash.uBFzCZ5L.dpuf

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Donald Trump on Saturday threatened to bring a woman that Bill Clinton had an extramarital affair with when he debates Hillary Clinton

“If dopey Mark Cuban of failed Benefactor fame wants to sit in the front row, perhaps I will put Jennifer Flowers [sic] right alongside of him!” Trump tweeted.

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September 23-25, 2016 — Hillary’s sex pervert problem

(in: WMR GENERAL ARCHIVES September 2016)

Sep 23, 2016

Did Fairfax City’s special relationship with the Hillary Clinton campaign involve any “liaisons” between Fairfax’s “meth-for-sex” mayor and Democratic staffers?

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