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Up in Smoke? 24 Tons of Cocaine in “No Peek Burn Run”
Posted on August 20, 2013 by Daniel Hopsicker   

When the government of Costa Rica asked for assistance in disposing of a huge stash of cocaine and other drugs they’d accumulated during the past two years worth of drug trafficking busts—in airports, in airplanes, and on the high seas—the US was only too willing to help.

According to a spokeswoman for the DEA in Miami, it went off without a hitch. At least that's what the DEA says. If anyone actually saw the drugs destroyed, they're not talking.
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Shhhhh! It's ok. It was not your brother,father or husband,eh?

Bodyguards doing what bodyguards do best......

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Thursday, August 22, 2013Last Update: 8:12 AM PT
Dad Says Jailers Took Photos of Hanged Son
 Jailers in a St. Louis suburb left a man hanging in his cell to get a camera and take photos of him while he was still alive, the late man's father claims in court.
     John Hogan sued the City of Pine Lawn, a city of 4,000, in St. Louis County Court.
     He also sued its Mayor Sylvester Caldwell, Police Chief Rickey Collins and city jail employees Jeff Thomas and Charles Hubbard.
     Hogan's son, Antonie Jones, was arrested and taken to the city jail in August 2009.
     "Defendants Caldwell, Collins, Thomas and Hubbard, and each of them knew, understood, were advised, and appreciated that Antonie Jones needed mental health medication, which they were unable to provide for, and Mr. Jones further needed transfer to an appropriate medical facility to prevent suicide," the father says in the lawsuit.
     "Defendants Caldwell, Collins, Thomas and Hubbard, and each of them, were deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of Mr. Jones and ignored his obvious need for medical help and instead incarcerated Antonie Jones, without precautions, in a cell in the City of Pine Lawn jail without needed medication or mental health treatment."
     Hogan claims that Thomas found Jones hanging in his cell on Aug. 29, and "assumed that Jones was dead."
     The complaint continues: "While Antonie Jones was still alive and hanging in his cell, defendant Thomas left Mr. Jones hanging by his neck to alert others.
     "Defendant Thomas notified defendant Hubbard, who delayed in assisting Antonie Jones by first calling an ambulance and looking for and retrieving a camera before assisting Mr. Jones.
     "Before removing Mr. Jones from his hanging position, defendant Hubbard took pictures of Mr. Jones.
     "Antonie Jones was not dead on the morning of August 29 when he was observed by defendant Thomas and defendant Hubbard and when pictures were taken of him hanging by his neck in the cell.
     "Defendants Thomas and Hubbard were deliberately indifferent to the obvious serious medical need of Antonie Jones when they left him hanging by his neck in his cell while he was alive and for a considerable period of time.
     "At that time and place, as alleged above, Antonie Jones was in dire need of immediate medical care and treatment to prevent his death by affixation and hanging and defendants, and each of them failed to meet Antonie Jones' medical needs."
     Hogan claims his son was still alive when EMT ambulance workers finally took him down. He died on the way to the hospital, the father says.
     Hogan says his son's death can be attributed to Pine Lawn's cost-cutting of its jail budget.
     "The actions and indifference of defendants, and each of them, as it related to Antonie Jones was a custom, policy, practice, and procedure of the City of Pine Lawn and its jail in staffing and employing severely undertrained and non-qualified employees, at a cheap rate, and further failing to train such employees and thus failing to provide incarcerated prisoners with appropriate care, treatment, and medication," the complaint states.
     Pine Lawn officials could not be reached for comment late Wednesday.
     Hogan seeks punitive damages for constitutional violations.
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William R. Keating rips FBI directive
Thursday, August 22, 2013

The FBI’s new directive to brief local police on terrorist threats shocked U.S. Rep. William R. Keating, who told the Herald yesterday agency brass have yet to answer his questions about what went wrong leading up to the Boston Marathon bombings.

“That’s news to me,” said Keating, a Homeland Security Committee member. “If there’s something through these directives and meetings whereby they’re helping communication, then they’re still not communicating that with Congress.”

Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis testified in congressional hearings about communication gaps and said the FBI never shared information about slain marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

Keating, who has blasted FBI brass for declining to appear at both open and closed-door hearings on the marathon bombings, said there has been pressure for federal agencies to share more information since 9/11.

“First and foremost, the first line of defense is local. This is something that was underscored time and time again,” said Keating, who hopes the FBI will answer questions soon. “The one biggest question I have right now is, ‘Why won’t you come in and talk to us?’ ”
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The NYPD Division of Un-American Activities
After 9/11, the NYPD built in effect its own CIA—and its Demographics Unit delved deeper into the lives of citizens than did the NSA.

    Published Aug 25, 2013

On the morning of September 11, the detectives of the New York Police Department’s Intelligence Division traveled in force toward the burning towers of the World Trade Center, the biggest crime scene in American history, to find absolutely nothing for themselves to do. The city had been quickly cordoned off. Some made it as far as Chambers Street. Others were stopped at Canal Street. “Stand by,” they were told. They milled about for hours, waiting for orders that never came. Finally, a contingent of officers was dispatched toward ground zero with garbage cans to collect guns and equipment left by fallen first responders.

Later in the day, a group of them gathered at the Police Academy, where Deputy Chief John Cutter told them to start contacting their informants. At that moment, it may have been the only possible command—which didn’t mean it was a useful one. Despite the name, the Intelligence Division was mostly concentrated on gangs and drug dealers, as well as providing a glorified chauffeur service for visiting dignitaries. International terrorism had never been part of their purview.

But they had to start somewhere, and the detectives did what they were told, reaching out to their network of informants—dope dealers and gang members—to ask what they knew about the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history.

For the next few months, the Intel cops worked alongside the FBI out of makeshift command centers aboard the decommissioned USS Intrepid and in an FBI parking garage, where detectives sat on the concrete floor, responding to a flood of tips pouring in from a public consumed with the possibility of another attack, questioning Muslims whose neighbors suddenly deemed them suspicious.

When Ray Kelly was sworn in as police commissioner in January 2002, one of his first goals was to eliminate that kind of aimless fumbling. The first man to rise from cadet to police commissioner and the first person to hold the top job twice, Kelly was police commissioner under Mayor David Dinkins, when terrorists detonated a truck bomb in the garage below the World Trade Center’s North Tower in 1993.

Though Kelly’s detectives were instrumental in solving that bombing, they’d never had a chance to prevent it. And that attack had done nothing to change the attitude of the federal government—specifically the FBI—which rarely gave local police information it could use ahead of time.

After 9/11, the debris field smoldering a block away from Kelly’s Battery Park apartment crystallized the notion that as long as the federal government controlled all the information, the NYPD was merely waiting to respond to the next attack, helpless to prevent it.

So Kelly called for a new approach, the likes of which America had never seen. Over the ensuing decade, the FBI, CIA, and NSA would build surveillance programs that monitored bank transactions, phone records, and the e-mail routing fields known as metadata, which have recently erupted in the scandal surrounding Edward Snowden’s revelations. But the NYPD went even further than the federal government. The activities Kelly set in motion after 9/11 pushed deeply into the private lives of New Yorkers, surveilling Muslims in their mosques, their sporting fields, their businesses, their social clubs, even their homes in a way not seen in America since the FBI and CIA monitored antiwar activists during the Nixon administration. It was a proactive approach, but, in constitutional terms, a novel one.

To reinvent the Intelligence Division, Kelly called on David Cohen, a former senior CIA officer who was a year into a post-retirement stint with the Wall Street insurance giant American International Group. Kelly offered a rare opportunity not just to return to intelligence work but also to build something from scratch—in effect, the city’s own CIA.

Cohen joined the CIA in 1966 as a 26-year-old economist, a slender young man with a firm jaw and conservative pompadour haircut in the style of a young Ronald Reagan. He left in 2000, having served as the deputy director of operations—America’s top spy. And during those nearly 35 years, the bookish, bespectacled Cohen had been one of the most creative agents at the CIA, with a gift for reshaping bureaucracies toward new ends.

Back in the eighties, he started an analytical team to investigate terrorism, the first of its kind at the agency. Then, in 1996, years before Osama bin Laden entered the public consciousness, Cohen assigned a dozen officers to gather intelligence on him.

Still, many in the CIA regarded Cohen’s tenure at the helm of the spy service as a dark period. From 1995 to 1997, under pressure from a budget-conscious Congress and an uninterested White House, Cohen gutted the CIA’s spy corps and cut loose many of its paid informants. In an unusual move, the New York Times in an editorial called for Cohen’s ouster.
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DEA Program Puts Phone Company Inside Government Offices

Sep 1, 2013

For several years, representatives of a major phone company have been sitting beside federal agents in U.S. government offices across the country and passing along certain customer data, ABC News has learned.

The program, used by the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and Drug Enforcement Administration, is primarily intended to let federal agents “more efficiently” respond to lawfully obtained subpoenas and keep up with suspects who routinely swap cell phones, according to a law enforcement official.

Called Hemisphere, it’s part of the U.S. government’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas — or HIDTA — program, which provides federal money for federal, state and local law enforcement to cooperate in areas deemed “critical drug-trafficking regions,” as the White House calls them.

Hemisphere, a “law enforcement sensitive” but not classified effort, puts AT&T contractors in HIDTA offices in Los Angeles, Houston and Atlanta. It responds to requests from any of the other 25 HIDTA offices across the country.

As routinely occurs in investigations, HIDTA agents will seek a grand jury subpoena, administrative subpoena or search warrant directing a phone company to turn over call data about a suspect or person of interest, the law enforcement official said.

But drug traffickers and other criminals often switch phones to evade law enforcement. So under Hemisphere, after a subpoena or warrant is obtained, the AT&T representative will pull data and relay it “in real time” to HIDTA investigators sitting “right there,” according to the law enforcement official.

“Hemisphere results can be returned via email within an hour of the subpoenaed request,” according to Hemisphere training materials from Los Angeles posted online. “Hemisphere data contains roaming information that can identify the city and state at the time of the call.”

Since the Hemisphere program was launched in 2007, the Los Angeles office alone has processed more than 4,400 requests and more than 11,200 phone numbers, according to the materials posted online.

AT&T holds user information dating back to 1987, the law enforcement official said.

The materials posted online say about two-thirds of the requests were related to a “dropped phone,” but the rest were “basic” requests to help identify other suspects or conduct “other investigative work,” according to the official.

Without providing more detail, the materials say Hemisphere has been used “to track known Canadian phones roaming in the U.S. on the AT&T network.” And last year, the program began providing subscriber information and offering “mapping” through certain software.

In May, Hemisphere introduced “limited pinging for some phones,” according to the materials, which were intended to help train AT&T representatives participating in the program in Los Angeles, the law enforcement official said.

Asked whether AT&T customers should have more of an opportunity to respond to subpoenas for their information under Hemisphere, the official noted that AT&T can challenge a subpoena under Hemisphere, just as the company can with subpoenas outside Hemisphere. In those cases, the customer is not immediately aware of the subpoena to challenge it either.

The DEA and the Office of Drug Control Policy pay for Hemisphere.

The law enforcement official said the cost amounts to the salaries of the AT&T contractors.

The official also emphasized that Hemisphere is not associated with the U.S. surveillance programs recently disclosed by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

“There is nothing classified about issuing a subpoena to a phone company for a drug dealer’s phone records,” the official said.

Asked for comment, an AT&T spokesman said, “While we cannot comment on any particular matter, we, like all other companies, must respond to valid subpoenas issued by law enforcement.”
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Civil-liberties groups seek hearings on DEA's use of intelligence


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 Thu Sep 5, 2013 7:01am EDT

(Reuters) - A coalition of two dozen civil-liberties groups called Thursday for broad congressional hearings on the Drug Enforcement Administration, citing recent revelations by Reuters about the DEA's use of National Security Agency data to build non-terrorism cases against Americans.

Last month, Reuters reported that the DEA funnels tips from overseas NSA intercepts, informants, court-ordered wiretaps and a massive telephone database to police and federal agents nationwide, including tax investigators at the Internal Revenue Service.

The DEA instructs the agents and police to never reveal the source of the information and to instead "recreate" the investigative trail, records seen by Reuters show. This DEA process, which agents call "parallel construction," disturbs some judges, former prosecutors and defense lawyers, who say it systematically eliminates potential evidence that defendants may need to ensure a fair trial.

The DEA says the programs follow the law.

"The implications of the Reuters revelations are serious and far-reaching," the groups wrote Thursday to Congressional leaders on judiciary, homeland security and oversight committees.

"For too long Congress has given the DEA a free pass," said Bill Piper of the Drug Policy Alliance, which signed the letter along with groups including the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. "Our hope is that Congress does its job and provides oversight of an agency that has a long track record of deeply troubling behavior."

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Border Patrol agent who admitted smuggling marijuana set for sentencing in federal court

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DEA employee given probation for stealing agency fund

A former Drug Enforcement Administration employee will spend one year on probation and perform 50 hours of community service for embezzling $1,800 from the agency's drug enforcement funds, U.S. District Judge Donetta Ambrose judge ruled Monday.

Holly Cook, 43, of Monongahela pleaded guilty in May to stealing government money. She took money from a locked cash box she was in charge of and, in addition to the $1,800, stole an undetermined amount of money from other employees while collecting donations for charities, prosecutors say.

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Insane Clown Posse attorneys say FBI withholding documents on gang listing of Juggalos
September 19 2013
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ATF misplaced 420 million cigarettes in stings
September 26, 2013

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WASHINGTON –  Government agents acting without authorization conducted dozens of undercover investigations of illegal tobacco sales, misused some of $162 million in profits from the stings and lost track of at least 420 million cigarettes, the Justice Department's inspector general said Wednesday.

In one case, agents for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives sold $15 million in cigarettes and later turned over $4.9 million in profits from the sales to a confidential informant — even though the agency did not properly account for the transaction.
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The No-Fly List: Where the FBI Goes Fishing for Informants
By Nusrat Choudhury, Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project at 10:21am

Over the last three years, the FBI has dramatically expanded its No-Fly List of suspected terrorists, including blacklisting innocent Americans who present no threat to security.

The Americans we represent in Latif v. Holder, the ACLU's challenge to the government's No-Fly List procedures, provide a prime example. They were each denied boarding on planes, deprived of their right to travel, and smeared as suspected terrorists. Yet the government continues to deny them any after-the-fact explanation for their blacklisting or any meaningful chance to clear their names.

The FBI's violation of these Americans' due process rights is, in and of itself, abusive and unlawful. After all, preventing people from correcting the errors that led to their inclusion on a blacklist does not make our skies any safer, but it does harm constitutionally protected rights to travel and reputation—as a federal court recently recognized. And a closer look into the experiences of several ACLU clients shows another, even darker side to the No-Fly List.

FBI agents have tried to use the No-Fly List as a draconian tool to coerce Americans into spying on their communities.

FBI agents put this pressure on ACLU clients Abe Mashal, a Marine veteran; Amir Meshal; and Nagib Ali Ghaleb. Each of these Americans spoke to FBI agents to learn why they were suddenly banned from flying and to clear up the errors that led to that decision. Instead of providing that explanation or opportunity, FBI agents offered to help them get off the No-Fly List—but only in exchange for serving as informants in their communities.Our clients refused.

The ACLU's report,Unleashed and Unaccountable: The FBI's Unchecked Abuse of Authority, explains what happened to Nagib Ali Ghaleb. Nagib was denied boarding when trying to fly home to San Francisco after a trip to visit family in Yemen. Stranded abroad and desperate to return home, Nagib sought help from the U.S. embassy in Yemen and was asked to submit to an FBI interview. FBI agents offered to arrange for Nagib to fly back immediately to the United States if he would agree to tell the agents who the "bad guys" were in Yemen and San Francisco. The agents insisted that Nagib could provide the names of people from his mosque and the San Francisco Yemeni community. The agents said they would have Nagib arrested and jailed in Yemen if he did not cooperate, and that Nagib should "think about it." Nagib, however, did not know any "bad guys" and therefore refused to spy on innocent people in exchange for a flight home.

Nagib's experience is far from unique. After Abe Mashal was denied boarding at Chicago's Midway Airport, FBI agents questioned him about his religious beliefs and practices.The agents told Abe that if he would serve as an informant for the FBI, his name would be removed from the No-Fly List and he would receive compensation. When Abe refused, the FBI promptly ended the meeting.

Neither Nagib nor Abe present a threat to aviation security. But FBI agents sought to exploit their fear, desperation, and confusion when they were most vulnerable, and to coerce them into working as informants. Moreover, the very fact that FBI agents asked Nagib and Abe to spy on people for the government is yet another indication that the FBI doesn't actually think either man is a suspected terrorist. This abusive use of a government watch list underscores the serious need for regulation, oversight, and public accountability of an FBI that has become unleashed and unaccountable.

One critically important mechanism to advance that accountability is the institution of a fair redress system for people on the No-Fly List. We'll continue to pursue that goal through the courts in Latif v. Holder, but Congress should act to reform this unconstitutional system now.
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a species that hires mercenaries to protect them looses the ability to protect itself
and is doomed to extinction when the mercenaries turn on them

Police credibility: In the dumpster
 September 30, 2013

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LAST WEEK, Savannah City Manager Stephanie Cutter helped push Metro Police Chief Willie Lovett through the door to retirement.

It’s time for the city manager to make another management decision regarding the operation of the metro police department, one that the former chief was derelict in not making.

She needs to do something about two veteran police officers who have no business wearing badges and are essentially useless in local law enforcement.

She also must make sure the department’s Internal Affairs unit knows what its job is. There’s evidence that it may not.

After several weeks of mystery, the public now knows why federal and state prosecutors didn’t want Sgt. Malik Khaalis, 39, and Star Cpl. Willet Williams, 48, anywhere near a witness stand. Both were subjects of a major federal narcotics corruption investigation in 2010. Neither was formally charged by the feds or the state. Still, their effectiveness in local law enforcement is shot.

According to documents obtained by the Savannah Morning News and reported on Sunday, the case involved complaints reported through the FBI that the two officers were allegedly engaged in illegal drug activities. FBI agent Josh Hayes told the metro police department’s internal affairs unit that Khaalis, a Counter-Narcotics Team agent on loan from metro police, was allegedly tipping off Williams, who had a family member who was a target of a high-level investigation.

According to an investigative memo from the county-run CNT, Khaalis had been given false information by other investigators who were concerned about leaks within the organization. He was told that investigators knew that a money courier was going to be picking up cash in an area near the Savannah airport. Turns out there was no courier. Or money.

According to the memo, Khaalis was assigned to the wire room to monitor phone calls. But after he was fed the false information, he told his supervisor he was going home for lunch.

What Khaalis apparently didn’t know was that a tracking device had been installed on his CNT vehicle. And where did that vehicle go? To an area near the airport, according to the memo.

Khaalis also asked for permission to call Williams about a family member’s whereabouts. He was denied “as this was not proper investigative protocol,” the memo states. Yet later, after checking records for Williams, it was discovered that he and Khaalis “had been in cellphone contact with each other numerous times during the course of the surveillance.” When later questioned by the FBI, Khaalis “could not, or would not, explain the calls,” the memo states.

In June 2010, Khaalis was shipped back to metro police and out of CNT. The investigative reports were turned over to Chief Lovett’s internal affairs division, headed by Capt. H. Wiley. The captain concluded in November 2010 that both the CNT and FBI “failed to prove any (departmental) police violations.”

That’s an extremely troubling conclusion.

It suggests that CNT and FBI agents were stumblebums and possibly lying through their teeth.
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Trooper pleads not guilty in alleged OUI crash that killed two women

TRAGEDY: State Trooper John Basler of Kingston, above, appears at his arraignment yesterday on drunken driving and other charges in connection with a fatal crash in Plymouth on Sept. 22.

Thursday, October 10, 2013
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Trooper pleads not guilty in alleged OUI crash that killed two women



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TRAGEDY: State Trooper John Basler of Kingston, above, appears at his arraignment yesterday on drunken driving and other charges in connection with a fatal crash in Plymouth on Sept. 22.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
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Fight-Back Movement in California: New Documentary on the Battle against Police Brutality

Global Research, October 25, 2013

The film is centered around the organizing efforts of more than 40 families of police brutality victims for a statewide march in Anaheim, Calif., on July 21, 2013–the one-year anniversary of the historic uprising against the Anaheim police after the killing of Manuel Diaz and a subsequent violent attack on neighbors who peacefully objected.

It features footage from significant demonstrations leading up to July 21; the organizing efforts of participants; interviews with families, attorneys, activists and leaders in the police brutality movement; and the powerful July 21 action that shut down the Anaheim police station.
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Westport Resident James Comey Officially Installed As FBI Director

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WESTPORT, Conn. -- Westport resident and Yonkers, N.Y., native James Comey was officially installed as the head of the FBI in a ceremony Monday at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., overseen by President Barack Obama.

Comey, 52, the seventh director in FBI history, served as deputy attorney general from December 2003 through August 2005 under President George W. Bush. He was U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York before that.

He replaced Robert Mueller, who stepped down after 12 years as director.

"Jim has dedicated his life to defending our laws -- to making sure that all Americans can trust our justice system to protect their rights and their well-being," Obama said to the assembled press and guests. "He’s the perfect leader for an organization whose walls are graced by the words of a legendary former director: 'The most effective weapon against crime is cooperation.'"

Obama nominated Comey for the position in June. The Senate confirmed his nomination with a vote of 93-1 in late July.

From 2005 to 2010, he worked as general counsel at Lockheed Martin Corp.

In 2010, Comey became general counsel of the Westport-based hedge fund Bridgewater Associates. Earlier this year, he left Bridgewater to become senior research scholar and Hertog Fellow on National Security at Columbia University Law School in New York.

"I am so grateful for this honor and this opportunity to serve with the men and women of the FBI," Comey said at the event. "Those three words in the FBI's motto -- Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity -- capture the essence of the FBI and its people. And they also explain why I am here. I wanted to be here to work alongside those people, to represent them, to help them accomplish their mission, and to just be their colleague."

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Former appraiser, wife of DEA agent sentenced to 19 months in prison



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A former appraiser who committed fraud and later spooked the Drug Enforcement Administration into providing her with round-the-clock security was sentenced today to 19 months in prison.

Kimberly Baldwin, 46, of Jefferson Hills, inflated appraisals in order to justify loans from 2003 through 2006, costing banks more than $1 million.

Last year, while facing resulting charges of wire fraud conspiracy, she told her husband, a DEA special agent, that people in a gold Buick sedan had watched their house and menaced her. She later wrote two fake threat notes -- including one on a dollar bill -- which were presented to the DEA as indications that someone was harassing her family.

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Death by Bureaucracy Is a Very Bad Call

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"Lies cannot lead to the truth"

N. Korzhavin

Progressives and liberals in the U.S. seem afflicted by a strange delusion: a belief in the goodness of secret organizations.

That belief manifests itself most conspicuously in the double-standard approach to such organizations as the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the National Security Agency (NSA) and others like them. In the face of new scathing revelations about the activities of these entities, the response is always along these lines: "Yes, of course, what they did was bad, but that's because they have bad people there now. As soon as they have good people again, you can be sure they'll return to the useful functions they were designed for--which is to protect us from our enemies, foreign and domestic."

This way of seeing things is very prevalent among political progressives. That's evident from the fact that, through all the years since 9/11, they have never contemplated the dismantling of DHS or the repeal of the Patriot Act. Obviously, no politicians in official positions have considered it either.


When I was a kid, boys loved to play the part of secret agents or spies. Movies involving such characters were our favorites. We liked the aura of those dangerous and powerful men, liked their license to kill and their own total invincibility, admired their irresistible attractiveness to women, and were thrilled by the idea of "killing for a good cause."

All this was of course quite innocent and understandable. As a child you can't feel the tragedy of death and you shouldn't. But, eventually, as I grew older and read real books and saw the documentaries about killing; when I had personal encounters with death and talked to those who saw it in abundance--I realized how stupid, cruel and illusory those images in spy films were. I saw how people really regard spies--with hate and disgust; how no good woman would even look at such rotten persons; how spies really are, beneath their glamorous image; and how corrupt and dangerous are the organizations they work for, which give them their license to kill. But to my amazement, I also found that not all people of  my age grew up to share my disillusionment. I have met many middle-aged men who are still perversely fascinated with killing--who still admire the ability to kill at will, and who even regret  they cannot do the killings themselves. These men are the perpetual little brats from my childhood. Stephen King is right: sometimes they come back.

The inhumanity and insidious deeds of the secret U.S. agencies to which I've referred cannot be ignored. But, here, for the moment, I'll try not to dwell on these evils. Instead, I would like to unravel the romantic notion that these entities are there to protect us and that we should admire them and be grateful for what they do for us.

Let's design a thought experiment, say with respect to drone strikes. The purpose of the killer drone is to destroy a target. That target, by default, is a human being who is situated far away from the place in the U.S. where the drone "pilot" is located. Let's put aside for the moment the obvious lawlessness and murder that are involved here--a situation in which someone from this country wants to kill someone in another country with which we are not at war or engaged in any other active conflict. Let's concentrate instead purely on the methodology of the drone strike, following the "decision tree" from the drone on up.

The next branch up from the drone is the "pilot," the person who controls the drone's movements. That person knows how to kill and where to go to carry out the act, but he (or she) does not know who the target is or why the killing is to be performed. We relieve this person of his or her "ethics subroutines," because we accept that, in the role he or she is playing, natural human curiosity is not in play. The "pilot" will never ask questions about the targets and never express any doubts about the propriety of his or her actions.

As we ascend further up the "decision tree," the next branch we encounter will most likely be that of the direct supervisor of the "drone squadron," an officer or an agent of some rank who receives the order to execute. This officer specifies the parameters of the target and all the necessary coordinates and procedures. But, as for the customary "need to know" under which most critical military actions are undertaken, it is unlikely that the targeting information contains the name, bio or any other details about the intended human target, except for maybe a photo and the "reason" he is to be eliminated--perhaps by simple designation as an alleged terrorist operative.

Such a designation will serve this chain of command as the  sufficient justification for a drone strike. Moreover, the supervisor does not receive the order to execute directly from an individual, but through a coded message of some sort from command headquarters. He therefore has no way, and is not expected to have a way, to verify or dispute the order, or to make sure it is the right thing to do. So, again, any moral consideration of the act to take place is not only discarded, but pre-empted as an option.

So now, climbing further up the "decision tree," we have reached the place--a command headquarters of some kind--where the strike order is actually issued. Considering the gravity of the decision to be made, one would think that the order would come from a small group of people who are specially qualified to rule on such life-or-death matters. But, in fact, very high-ranking officers or politicos are not involved, because not only would it be impractical to tie up such people in everyday operations, but people of power naturally prefer not to be associated too directly with politically sensitive decision-making.

The actual model for calling the shots on drone strikes might be described as a medieval "Venetian Triad" (so vividly described by Mark Twain  in his  book "The Innocents Abroad"), a very limited group of people, probably defined as "high operatives," who take over the function of deciding on life and death. It is important to recognize that in no way is the will of the people reflected through the political process in the decisions relating to drone strike targeting. Nor is any court involved, or a justice system. The attack is entirely a totalitarian scheme, the natural offspring of the structure and goals of the secret organization that administers it. That's simply how it works. Nothing personal.

To be fair, however, let's hypothesize that the "Venetian Triad" consists of several objectively dilligent people who do not take the process of decision lightly. Let's say they congregate and analyze the data provided. That data would consist of several reports on the behavior of the designated target. (These reports are, in fact, manhunt documents, tracing the movements of a suspected terrorist on the foreign soil, based on the  information obtained through covert activities, 90% of which are violations of both local and international laws.) The data would also include a PowerPoint summary, consisting of several slides, the final one of which would indicate the certain "success" of the drone strike.  

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Example of Civilian Police Review Board controlled by the Police

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Watchdog: Accountability

New questions raised about mandatory DNA swabbing by police

By Eric Boehm | NOVEMBER 20, 2013 AT 4:59 PM

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Edward Snowden’s latest leak: NSA monitored online porn habits of ‘radicalizers’ to discredit them

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By Arturo Garcia
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 0:48 EST
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A document provided by former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden explains the agency’s plan to discredit Islamic “radicalizers” by monitoring their online habits for indications they visited pornographic websites or used “sexually explicit persuasive language when communicating with inexperienced young girls,” the Huffington Post reported Tuesday night.

“Radicalizers appear to be particularly vulnerable in the area of authority when their private and public behaviors are not consistent,” the document states. The Post reported that the Oct. 12 missive was sent to the Drug Enforcement Association (DEA) and the Commerce, Customs, Justice and Transportation Departments.

The document Snowden provided identifies six Muslim “globally-resonating radicalizers,” one of them a “U.S. person,” the agency term for an American citizen or permanent resident. Under the listing for the subjects’ “vulnerabilities,” two are described as engaging in “online promiscuity.” Another subject, described as a “well-known media celebrity” who targets an Arabic-speaking audience, has a “glamorous lifestyle” listed as a possible point of attack.

“Examining how the six radicalizers establish and maintain access with different pools of people susceptible to their message — and their perceptions of the difficulties in doing so — suggests that there are vulnerabilities that can be exploited in terms of this access,” the document states. “Emerging radicalizers may be vulnerable on this point as well.”

Journalist James Bamford, who has covered the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) searches for American public figures’ “vulnerabilities,” told the Post the NSA’s apparent activities brought to mind the tactics employed by former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover.

“Back then, the idea was developed by the longest serving FBI chief in U.S. history,” Bamford told the Post. “Today it was suggested by the longest serving NSA chief in U.S. history. And back then, the NSA was also used to do the eavesdropping on King and others through its Operation Minaret. A later review declared the NSA’s program ‘disreputable if not outright illegal.’”

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013 11:26 AM

Dear Friends,

I hope you will consider taking a few minutes to learn more about Sam
Mandez, a prisoner in the Colorado Department of Corrections who has
spent nearly half his life in solitary confinement, where he was
driven mad. The ACLU’s video about Sam, which premiered last week,
is now available for all to see on Vimeo. The video is 22 minutes and
worth the watch. But, if you don’t have the time, please *check out
our 4 minute promo video*. Below are the relevant links, including an
Atlantic Monthly article that came out today about Sam. Please
distribute widely to your contacts in as many ways as possible (email,
facebook, twitter, listserve). This legislative session, let’s end
this practice of warehousing our mentally prisoners in solitary

Full version of Out of Sight, Out of Mind – The Story of Sam Mandez

Synopsis version of the film (4 minutes)


Atlantic article-


FAQ about Sam Mandez


In Solidarity,


Rebecca Teitelbaum Wallace

Staff Attorney

American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado

303 East 17th Avenue, Suite 350

Denver, Colorado 80203
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This is the new Gold Standard for the meaning of Orwellian.
Let me get this straight. Law enforcement FBI  agents Anticev and Floyd with their FBI  informant Amad Salem create the 1993 1st World Trade Center bombing see  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPGvU_XTQx   ; Law enforcement FBI  supervisor
Larry Potts and his informant Timothy McVeigh create the 1995
Oklahoma City  bombing  see  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/660197443/Nichols-says-bombing-was-FBI-op.html?pg=all  ;  the Boston Law enforcement agency the FBI  provides Whitey Bulger with a 60 pound box of C4 explosives to give to the IRA which is later used in the Omargh bombing in Ireland with an added assist of FBI  informant David Rupert  see
 the law enforcement agency called the FBI  allows their informant David Headley to orchestrate the 2008 Mumbai Terrorist attacks in India  see  http://norcaltruth.org/2010/10/18/david-headley-american-terrorist-or-fbi-informant-or-both/
Over 300 fighter pilots and airline pilots release a documentary in November 2013 called Skygate 911 detailing the evidence for the FBI  and other US government agencies creating 911  see  http://pilotsfor911truth.org/forum/index.php?showtopic=22498&st=0&    Over 2,000 architects and engineers produce a documentary in 2013 called 911:EXPLOSIVE EVIDENCE  saying the World Trade Center towers were taken down by a controlled demolition and the FBI  was involved in 911 coverup see  http://www.ae911truth.org/
So now the arbiter is saying the Boston Police law enforcement agency needs a raise to protect us from the threat of terrorists.
I hope somebody reading this has the ability to challenge the arbiter's conclusion in a court of law and start the process to create a volunteer civilian review police board with subpoena powers that has the ability to set and enforce standards for the Boston Police Department.


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Arbiter justifies cop pay hike
Says terror threat gives Boston police greater role

Friday, November 29, 2013

Boston cops’ anti-terror operations — including their protection of large-scale public events — have earned them every cent of the controversial 25.4 percent pay hike proposal that goes before the City Council on Monday, the arbitrator who brokered the pact wrote in a document obtained by the Herald.

Arbitrator Timothy J. Buckalew acknowledges in the 12-page explanation of his award that the settlement — reached amid tense negotiations after the cop union contract expired in 2010 — is “costly.” But he also writes that the city can afford it, calling it “consistent with the value the city receives from the police force.”

“Recent events have changed the nature of police work from patrol and response to responsibility for ensuring public safety at public events at levels unheard of in prior years,” Buckalew wrote. “The life of great cities depends on citizens being able to live, work, recreate and assemble for any lawful purpose without fear of crime or terror.”

The pact, which increases cop salaries over six years, has been branded a budget buster by some councilors who say the city can’t afford the estimated $87 million price tag, and that they fear firefighters will come back and ask for equally large raises.

The gap between base salaries for cops and firefighters was a key rift in the negotiations, with the average cop pulling in $76,000 minus overtime and details, while jakes raked in $91,000. The police union argued that city tradition holds that cops and firefighters should be paid the same, while the city said the union’s own decisions — including its 1998 decision to opt into the now-defunct Quinn Bill, which gave cops state-sponsored bonuses for college degrees — led to the disparity.

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Contra-Cocaine Was a Real Conspiracy

Rethinking Iran-Contra: A Much Darker Story?

The 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination saw a mainstream media blackout of nearly all evidence of conspiracy in that case. But New York Magazine went even further, mocking the proven Contra-cocaine scandal as a “conspiracy theory.”

In the insular world of Manhattan media, there’s much handwringing over the latest blow to print publications as New York Magazine scales back from a weekly to a biweekly. But the real lesson might be the commercial failure of snarky writing, the kind that New York demonstrated in its recent hit piece on “conspiracy theories.”

What was most stunning to me about the article, pegged to the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, was that it began by ridiculing what is actually one of the best-documented real conspiracies of recent decades, the CIA’s tolerance and even protection of cocaine trafficking by the Nicaraguan Contra rebels in the 1980s.

Journalist Gary Webb.

Journalist Gary Webb (right).

According to New York Magazine, the Contra-cocaine story – smugly dubbed “the last great conspiracy theory of the twentieth century” – started with the claim by ”crack kingpin” Ricky Ross that he was working with a Nicaraguan cocaine supplier, Oscar Danilo Blandon, who had ties to the Contras who, in turn, had ties to the CIA.

Author Benjamin Wallace-Wells writes: “The wider the aperture around this theory, the harder its proponents work to implicate Washington, the shakier it seems: After several trials and a great deal of inquiry, no one has been able to show that anyone in the CIA condoned what Blandon was doing, and it has never been clear exactly how strong Blandon’s ties to the contraleadership really were, anyway.”

So, it was all a goofy “conspiracy theory.” Move along, move along, nothing to see here. But neither Wallace-Wells nor his New York Magazine editors seem to have any idea about the actual history of the Contra-cocaine scandal. It did not begin with the 1996 emergence of Ricky Ross in a series of articles by San Jose Mercury-News investigative reporter Gary Webb, as Wallace-Wells suggests.

The Contra-cocaine scandal began more than a decade earlier with a 1985 article that Brian Barger and I wrote for the Associated Press. Our article cited documentary evidence and witnesses – both inside the Contra movement and inside the U.S. government – implicating nearly all the Contra groups fighting in Nicaragua under the umbrella of Ronald Reagan’s CIA.

Our Contra-cocaine article was followed up by a courageous Senate investigation led by Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts who further documented the connections between cocaine traffickers, the Contras and the Reagan administration in a report issued in 1989.

Yet, part of the scandal always was how the Reagan administration worked diligently to undercut investigations of the President’s favorite “freedom fighters” whether the inquiries were undertaken by the press, Congress, the Drug Enforcement Administration or federal prosecutors. Indeed, a big part of this cover-up strategy was to mock the evidence as “a conspiracy theory,” when it was anything but.

Big Media’s Complicity

Most of the mainstream news media played along with the Reagan administration’s mocking strategy, although occasionally major outlets, like the Washington Post, had to concede the reality of the scandal.

For instance, during the drug-trafficking trial of Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega in 1991, U.S. prosecutors found themselves with no alternative but to call as a witness Colombian Medellín cartel kingpin Carlos Lehder, who — along with implicating Noriega — testified that the cartel had given $10 million to the Contras, an allegation first unearthed by Sen. Kerry.

“The Kerry hearings didn’t get the attention they deserved at the time,” a Washington Posteditorial on Nov. 27, 1991, acknowledged. “The Noriega trial brings this sordid aspect of the Nicaraguan engagement to fresh public attention.”

Yet, despite the Washington Post’s belated concern about the mainstream news media’s neglect of the Contra-cocaine scandal, there was no serious follow-up anywhere in Big Media – until 1996 when Gary Webb disclosed the connection between one Contra cocaine smuggler, Danilo Blandon, and the emergence of crack cocaine via Ricky Ross.

But the premier news outlets – the likes of the Washington Post, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times – didn’t take this new opportunity to examine what was a serious a crime of state. That would have required them to engage in some embarrassing self-criticism for their misguided dismissal of the scandal. Instead, the big newspapers went on the attack against Gary Webb.

Their attack line involved narrowing their focus to Blandon – ignoring the reality that he was just one of many Contras involved in cocaine smuggling to the United States – and to Ross – arguing that Ross’s operation could not be blamed for the entire crack epidemic that ravaged U.S. cities in the 1980s. And the newspapers insisted that the CIA couldn’t be blamed for this cocaine smuggling because the agency had supposedly examined the issue in the 1980s and found that it had done nothing wrong.

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