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Fifth annual MLK Memorial ceremony highlighted by address from FBI Director James Comey
Posted: Mon 1:48 PM, Jan 18, 2016 |
Updated: Mon 1:49 PM, Jan 18, 2016

WASHINGTON - A cold morning in Washington DC didn’t keep folks from heading to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall. Visitors went to honor Dr. King’s birthday, and listen to words from FBI Director James Comey.

The fifth annual Memorial Foundation ceremony to honor Dr. King took place in single-digit weather. Director Comey joked that he would speak for 90 minutes before making a short speech in front of visitors huddled together. He started off by saying that he sends all new FBI agents to the memorial.

"I want them to remember the interaction between the FBI and Dr. King so that the FBI remains constrained and overseen and checked,” said Comey.

Director Comey says he wants law enforcement and the communities they protect to grow closer together, not further apart. Maryland resident Fuller Ming brought his son to the service, and says he notices the division Comey is talking about.

"It’s painful,” said Ming. "I see what’s happening and how we tear each other apart. If it’s not race, it’s religious wars. It’s just...it’s painful.”

After Director Comey’s brief remarks, he laid a wreath at the bottom of the massive Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.

Harry Johnson is the President of the Memorial Foundation that built the memorial. He says Comey’s remarks regarding law enforcement and community were spot on.

"We need law enforcement, we need community



New Book Says FBI Was Mastermind Behind MLK Assassination and Its Cover-up
January 18, 2016 |

Martin Luther King's assassination

Aides on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. with the stricken Dr. King.

Aides on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. with the stricken Dr. King.*New Book Says FBI Was Mastermind Behind MLK Assassination and Its Cover-up

As the nation celebrates what would have been Martin Luther King’s 87th birthday on January 15, we must ask some questions: What role did the FBI play in King’s assassination? What did they know, and what role did the agency play in covering up the truth about his murder?

It is no surprise that J. Edgar Hoover, the founder and head of the FBI until his timely departure in 1972, waged a war against Black America, civil rights leadership and Black nationalist organizations with his COINTELPRO program. As a result of the program — its role to “prevent the rise of a Black messiah”— Black leadership ended up murdered and imprisoned, and its institutions compromised and decimated. At one point Hoover called Dr. King “the most notorious liar in the country,” as the FBI monitored the civil rights leader, bugged his hotel rooms, and even sent him a letter encouraging him to commit suicide. But two authors believe the agency did even more, having a direct role in his assassination through FBI informants.

In their book, Killing King: The Multi-Year Effort to Murder MLK, Stuart Wexler and co-author Larry Hancock delve into the notion of a cover-up into the King assassination. Specifically, they allege that the FBI under Clarence Kelly, Hoover’s successor, misled Congress by destroying files related to the murder of King. Wexler says the bureau disobeyed a direct order to preserve all materials, destroying files in two field offices on Tommy Tarrants, a high-ranking Ku Klux Klan member from Mississippi, in 1977. This came as a new Congressional committee was established to investigate the assassination of King and President Kennedy. The author claims there was something about Tarrants that made the FBI upgrade him from an obscure racist to a major player in the assassination.

“I have no doubt this was done deliberately. They are not destroying everybody’s files, they are selectively destroying files,” Wexler told the Daily Mail. “They wanted Tarrants to give evidence to the committee; they didn’t want him to be a suspect.”

Meanwhile, according to Wexler, a man named Laude Matthews was in line to take over the leadership of the Mississippi Klan. Wexler refers to Matthews as “a big time deep cover agent for the FBI.”

“’We can imagine a situation where the FBI does not want the Congressional investigation to lead back to Laude Matthews,” Wexler speculated, offering that the Mississippi Klan was among the most violent, anti-Black chapters of the organization. “They did not want to expose him to suspicion. Imagine what it would have looked like if an FBI informant had a connection to the King assassination?”

The author added that if true, it would prove to be one of the worst scandals in the history of the agency.

“If the FBI had covered its tracks over King’s assassination, it would fit into the pattern of duplicity and double dealing that marked the bureau’s handling of King,” he said.

Tarrants, Wexler noted, eventually steered away from his radical Christian racism and is now a preacher.

“Until then he had been in prison for a bombing and he’d made a full conversion. The FBI arranged for him to get out of prison, which was unheard of,” Wexler said.

In their previous book, The Awful Grace of God, Wexler and Hancock chronicled a multi-year effort by a national network of white supremacists to kill Dr. King, and their systematic attempts to do so. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968 on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. James Earl Ray confessed to the murder but later recanted.

And now, as America finds itself in the midst of a new movement for the rights of Black folks, white domestic terrorism is on the rise. And as
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The Press and the Death of Vincent Foster
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Look at how FBI agents protected Bill Clinton when he was President.

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Well, excuse me! Look at big money trail for Clinton pardons
'Too powerful to jail'? Hillary and Bill still raking in cash 15 years after scandal

On Sunday, Hillary Clinton said there should be “no individual too powerful to jail,” and the author of the explosive book alleging Clinton used the State Department for favors to Clinton Foundation donors says that rule should apply to the Democrat front-runner as well.

Clinton-Cash“Clinton Cash” author Peter Schweizer told WND and Radio America the Clintons are also still profiting off the pardon of Marc Rich, one of the ugliest – and last – acts of President Bill Clinton in 2001.

In a debate hosted by NBC and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute, the Democratic Party White House hopefuls were asked about their differences regarding Wall Street reform. Sec. Clinton scolded Sen. Bernie Sanders for being critical of her and President Obama for accepting campaign donations from Wall Street, but he also highlighted where their positions are similar.

“There is no daylight on the basic premise that there should be no bank too big to fail and no individual too powerful to jail,” Clinton said. “We agree on that.”

Hillary for prosecution, not president! Join the sizzling campaign to put Mrs. Clinton where she really belongs

Clinton is under FBI investigation for conducting all of her State Department business through a home server and possibly breaking the law for how she handled classified and top secret information. Last week, reports revealed that the FBI expanded its probe of Clinton into whether she used the State Department to reward donors to the Clinton Foundation
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article makes no mention of why executive board
wanted to fire this former FBI agent.

N’burgh Unity Center executive director resigns


Posted Jan 23, 2016 at 10:04 PM
Updated Jan 23, 2016 at 10:06 PM

CITY OF NEWBURGH – James Gagliano, a former FBI agent who headed the FBI-led task force that decimated Newburgh’s violent gangs with a mass raid in 2010, has resigned as head of the Newburgh Armory Unity Center less than a month after he started the job.

In a news release issued Saturday, the armory said Gagliano, who had coached youth basketball at the center since it opened five years ago, had submitted his resignation.

The center’s board of directors had been considering firing Gagliano, who took the job Jan. 1.
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2 stories about FBI agents who are experts on parenting


Is it spying or good parental oversight

January 31 2016

http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/op ... d6acb.html

Last week, a Time Magazine article titled, “How To Parent Like an FBI Agent,” practically jumped off the page at me. Not because I was on the hunt for new tips on how to be Spy Mom. It was because I was looking for my own mother’s photo and name on the byline.

Because if anyone could infiltrate her teenage daughter’s life with the skill of an FBI agent, it was my mom.

She was that good.

Today you can download an app from TeenSafe.com, which allows you to not only monitor your child’s posts on Facebook and Instragram, but also their incoming, outgoing, and DELETED texts. You can check their browsing history, log their calls, and determine their exact location via GPS. And your efforts are completely undetectable by your child.

(Brief pause while parents ponder downloading this app.)

If this technology was available when I was growing up, my mom would have downloaded it AND used it. Most likely, mom would have had me GPS-chipped in case I decided to ditch


FBI agent Edward Rodgers was in charge of child abuse at the
He started having sex with his 3 daughters when they were 2 years old.
He was never charged with the crime


Voice of the Rocky Mountain Empire
May 17, 1990
Sisters win sex lawsuit vs. dad $2.3 million given for years of abuse

Two daughters of former state and federal law enforcement official Edward Rodgers were awarded $2.319,400 yesterday, after a Denver judge and jury found that the women suffered years of abuse at the hands of their father.

The award to Sharon Simone, 45, and Susan Hammond, 44, followed testimony of Rodgers’ four daughters in person or through depositions, describing repeated physical abuse and sexual assaults by their father from 1944 through 1965.

Rodgers, 72, who became a child abuse expert after retiring from the FBI and joining the colorado Springs DA’s office, failed to appear for the trial. But in a deposition taken in March, Rodgers denied ever hitting or sexually abusing his children.
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couple of stories

let god sort out the truth



RADAR DATA: It’s Critical and is Explained on Petition Page 6

When an aircraft’s transponder (radar beacon) goes out in mid-flight, reflected radar signals (primary returns) can be critical to help determine what happened, where, and when. Radar sites near TWA 800 recorded a high-velocity event at the aircraft’s position simultaneously with the jetliner’s transponder going silent. This radar data is discussed beginning on page 6 of our NTSB Petition for Probable Cause Reconsideration.

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Indictment of FBI agent may hold key to TWA 800

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April 21, 2006

On March 30, retired FBI agent Lin Devecchio was indicted in Brooklyn for what prosecutor Michael Vecchione calls "one of the worst cases of law enforcement corruption in the history of this country." Specifically, Devecchio has been accused of taking bribes from a mobster, the late Gregory Scarpa, Sr., in return for inside information that led to four gangland style murders in Brooklyn.

The man most responsible for Devecchio’s indictment is a Michigan-based forensic economist by the name of Stephen Dresch. A former college dean and state representative, Dresch has been very helpful to me in the Ron Brown investigation and in my Oklahoma City follow-up work. Although now dying of lung cancer, the extraordinary Mr. Dresch and his partner in crime-busting, private investigator Angela Clemente, all but willed the indictment through Congress and to fruition in a New York State court.

Although the Devecchio indictment got huge press in the New York area, the local media missed its larger ramifications. Reporter Peter Lance has not. In his 2004 book, "Cover Up: What the Government Is Still Hiding About the War on Terror," Lance argued that the FBI’s troubled relationship with Scarpa and his son, Gregory Jr., caused it to shut down its inquiry into the destruction of TWA Flight 800 in July 1996. “This [indictment] could blow open the 9/11 investigation,” says Lance.

A former correspondent for ABC News and a five-time Emmy winner, Lance has detailed the exquisitely documented communications between Scarpa Jr., an FBI informant like his father, and his New York City jail mate, Ramzi Yousef. In fact, the Brooklyn prosecutors met with Lance in September and used “Cover Up” as the blueprint for their grand jury investigation.

In the summer of 1996, Yousef, the mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, was being held for trial in New York for the notorious Bojinka plot, his plan to blow up a dozen American commercial airliners over the Pacific more or less simultaneously – a plan that he was scarily capable of executing. Over time, Yousef had grown to trust the younger Scarpa, his neighbor in the next cell.

Yousef used Junior's connections to pass information to the outside world, little knowing that Scarpa was routing much of it through his own FBI handlers. Some of that information had to do with Yousef's ongoing plans to destroy a 747. Yousef told Scarpa that if there were to be a terrorist attack on such a plane during his Bojinka trial, it would surely prejudice the jurors against him, and Yousef would ask for a mistrial on those very grounds.

As Lance makes clear, Youself was part of the larger al-Qaida network – its evil genius. His uncle, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, with whom Yousef communicated from his jail cell, coordinated the 9-11 plot. And Yousef talked often to Scarpa about Osama bin Laden, also under the code name – as Scarpa heard it – of "Bojinga."

Dresch has testified before the House Judiciary Committee and elsewhere that Scarpa, Jr., passed along to the FBI detailed information from Yousef including specific threats against U.S. airlines, the identity of countries through which terrorists were entering the United States, and instructions for smuggling explosives, specifically the use of shoe bombs.

A letter I received in the spring of 2005 from a self-reporting NSA employee identified the key language of communication as Baluchi, the native tongue of Yousef and Khalid Shaikh Mohammed. That same source identified one Yousef transmission as follows, "What had to be done has been done, TWA 800 (last two words unintelligible)."]

What is undeniable is that the day after TWA Flight 800 blew up off the coast of Long Island, Yousef asked for a mistrial, citing the now prejudicial environment post-explosion. He was denied. By allowing him to communicate overseas, however, the Justice Department may well have unwittingly assisted Yousef in his effort to destroy that ill-fated plane.

That same year, 1996, Devecchio was coming under increasing heat for his relationship with the Scarpas, but the New York FBI office rallied to his defense. Lance has unearthed a revealing memo sent in April of that year by Jim Kallstrom, who now serves on the “advisory board” for Devecchio’s defense and who headed up the TWA Flight 800 investigation, to FBI Director Louis Freeh.

“There is insufficient evidence to take prosecutive action against SSA DelVecchio (sic),” writes Kallstrom. He adds that the failure to resolve the matter “continues to have a serious negative impact on the government’s prosecution of various LCN [La Cosa Nostra] figures in the EDNY and casts a cloud over the NYO [ New York office].” Devecchio was allowed to retire from the FBI with full benefits. Had his alleged corruption been exposed, these cases would have been undone, and many of the convicted would have been freed. Exposure would also have unraveled the FBI’s efforts to track Yousef’s communications.

Although the FBI did not initiate the TWA Flight 800 cover-up—that surely came from the White House--the Devecchio problem may have induced its key agents to cooperate. After five weeks of dogged investigation, Kallstrom and the FBI abandoned all serious inquiry following an August 22 meeting with Deputy Attorney General—and future 9-11 commisssioner—Jamie Gorelick.

The Justice Department cut Scarpa Jr. no slack for his help with Yousef and deep-sixed him in Colorado for 40 years, a severe sentence for a non-lethal RICO charge. There, he is kept all but incommunicado with the outside world. “It's clear,” Lance told me last week, “that the Feds covered up major al Qaeda activity in NYC in 1996 via Greg Jr. and buried him in the ADX Florence, in part, to cover up this Devecchio scandal.”

It should be noted that the FBI's current chief counsel, Valerie Caproni, was the Clinton Justice official who oversaw Scarpa's work with Yousef. To thicken the plot, it was also Caproni who illegally ordered the FBI to take the TWA Flight 800 investigation away from the National Transportation Safety Board and who arranged the prosecution of James and Elizabeth Sanders for James Sanders’ reporting on the TWA Flight 800 investigation. The absurdly compromised Caproni had any number of reasons for keeping Scarpa out of the light and the Devecchio case under wraps.

Although Dresch acknowledges that FBI agents like Devecchio inevitably rationalize their behavior as serving some larger purpose, he has grown increasing cynical about the self-perpetuating federal criminal justice system.

“No matter how horrendous something you do is, if you’re a high-level operative it’ll be brushed aside and you’ll be promoted,” says Dresch. “What I hope, before this thing is over, is something of the outline of the broader story exposed ... and I think it will be."

Posted: April 21, 2006

Special Note:

Jack Cashill and James Sanders' First Strike: TWA Flight 800 and the Attack on America is now available. First Strike explains how a determined corps of ordinary citizens worked to reveal the compromise and corruption that tainted the federal investigation. With an impressive array of facts, Jack Cashill and James Sanders show the relationship between events in July 1996 and September 2001 and proclaim how and why the American government has attempted to cover up the truth.


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couple of reads about the FBI
Office of Professional Responsibility
and them policing very naughty
very,very special agents.

One stories is written by the FBI
Office of managing consent located
at the Washington Post.

National Security
When FBI employees behave badly, the bureau lets their co-workers know


March 11 2016. at 7:00 AM
In a recent two-year stretch, 126 FBI agents or employees were disciplined for offenses ranging from drinking and driving to sexual misconduct to misusing their government charge cards. Then their escapades — which represented just a fraction of the misconduct at the bureau — were broadcast for all their colleagues to see.

For years, the FBI has been sending out quarterly emails which describe, in fairly specific detail, individual incidents of employee misconduct and the penalties that followed. The tactic is now being embraced by other federal law enforcement agencies seeking to deter their workers from misbehaving.

A Secret Service spokesman said his agency publicizes individual malfeasance reports internally. Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz told the National Law Journal that last year he began posting short summaries of some investigations online. Officials at the Drug Enforcement Administration recently chatted with their counterparts at FBI about the initiative and hoped to start sending their own quarterly misconduct email later this year, a spokesman said.

[FBI agents under investigation in Oregon shooting]

Candice M. Will, an FBI assistant director who heads the Office of Professional Responsibility, said the email is “not intended to be a shaming document. It’s intended to be an instructive device.” But she concedes that fear of having your misdeeds publicized to co-workers could serve as a deterrent.

“This,” she said, “is the most-read internal document.”

There are pitfalls. The reports periodically make their way outside the confines of the bureau, leading to embarrassing news stories. In 2011, CNN reported on a host of misdeeds detailed in leaked reports, ranging from an employee threatening to release a sex tape he had made with his girlfriend to a supervisor watching porn in his office while “satisfying himself.” The news network obtained even more reports a few years later and broke news of a “rash of sexting” cases at the bureau.

The employees are not named in the reports, and Will said other information that could lead to their identities is removed. Some within the bureau bristle at the wide dissemination, while others say they’re glad to learn about the penalties for various wrongdoing, Will and other FBI officials said.

The Washington Post obtained two years worth of reports, running from 2013 into 2015, through a Freedom of Information Act request. The entire narrative section from each report was removed, leaving only a subject line and the discipline each employee received. Even those bare bones accounts, though, seemed to indicate serious instances of wrongdoing.

One employee was fired for assault and battery, DUI, misuse of position and failure to report. Another was let go for improper relationship with a source, sexual misconduct, misuse of a government computer, unprofessional conduct and unauthorized disclosure.

[How an FBI agent who arrested drug addicts became one himself]

Sixteen employees were disciplined for drinking and driving, 12 for misusing their position, 18 for showing a lack of candor and 11 for misusing FBI databases or government computers. Bureau officials declined to provide more details on any incidents.

A bureau spokesman said the incidents represented only a representative sample of the employees disciplined over that time period. Will said 351 complaints were investigated last year and 240 were substantiated in some way.

Reynaldo Tariche, an agent in the New York field office and president of the FBI Agents Association, said agents “believe that any misconduct is not acceptable and should not occur,” but he noted the bureau has tens of thousands of employees and only a few hundred incidents of misconduct each year.

“That’s a pretty small percentage,” he said.

Will said she started sending the emails years ago in hopes of educating bureau employees about the types of penalties that would come with misconduct. Real life examples, she figured, would have a more serious impact than hypothetical training scenarios.

“You read it, and it sticks to you,” she said.

Will said she believes the program works. Even if misconduct does not drop quarter to quarter, employees and managers tell her the emails help keep them informed. And, she said, they help send the message that the FBI has high behavior standards.
“I think if anyone had the impression you could get away with stuff here,” Will said, “this disavows them of that


very special John Conditt, FBI Head of FBI Office of Professional Responsibility
likes having sex with 6 year old children. see previous story

FBI internal affairs chief pleads guilty
WASHINGTON — The former chief internal watchdog at the FBI has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl and has admitted he had a history of molesting other children before he joined the bureau for a two-decade career.

John H. Conditt Jr., 53, who retired in 2001, was sentenced last Friday to 12 years in prison in Tarrant County court in Fort


very special Edward Rodgers ,FBI head of Child Abuse program likes having sex with his 2 year old daughters


May 17, 1990
Sisters win sex lawsuit vs. dad $2.3 million given for years of abuse

Two daughters of former state and federal law enforcement official Edward Rodgers were awarded $2.319,400 yesterday, after a Denver judge and jury found that the women suffered years of abuse at the hands of their father.

The award to Sharon Simone, 45, and Susan Hammond, 44, followed testimony of Rodgers’ four daughters in person or through depositions, describing repeated physical abuse and sexual assaults by their father from 1944 through 1965.

Rodgers, 72, who became a child abuse expert after retiring from the FBI and joining the colorado Springs DA’s office, failed to appear for the trial. But in a deposition taken in March, Rodgers denied ever hitting or sexually abusing his children.

He admitted that he thought of himself as a "domineering s.o.b. who demanded strict responses from my children, strict obedience." But it never approached child abuse, Rodgers said. "Did I make mistakes? Damn right I did, just like any other father or mother..."

Thomas Gresham, Rodger’s former attorney, withdrew from the case recently after being unable to locate his client. Rodgers recently contacted one of his sons from a Texas town along the Mexican border. Gresham said his last contact with Rodgers was on April 24.

The sisters reacted quietly to the verdict, and with relief that their stories of abuse had finally been told.

"I feel really good that I’ve gone public with this,"Hammond said. "I am a victim, the shame isn’t mine, the horror happened to me. I’m not bad.
"My father did shameful and horrible things to me and my brothers and sisters. I don’t believe he is a shameful and horrible man, but he has to be held accountable," Hammond added.

The lawsuit deeply divided the Rodgers family, with Rodgers’ three sons questioning their sister’s motives.

Immediately after the verdict, son Steve Rodgers, 37, reacted angrily, yelling at his sisters in the courtroom.

Later, Rodgers said he loves his father and stands by him. He said his sisters had told him their father had to be exposed the way Nazi war criminals have been exposed.

"In a way I’m angry with my father for not being here. But I’m sympathetic because he would have walked into a gross crucifixion," Rodgers said.

Steve Rodgers never denied that he and his siblings were physically abused, but disputed that his father molested his sisters.
Before the jury’s award, Denver District Judge William Meyer found that Rodger’s conduct toward Simone and Hammond was negligent and "outrageous."

Despite the length of time since the abuse, the jury determined the sisters could legally bring the suit. The statute of limitations for a civil suit is two years, but jurors determined that the sisters became aware of he nature and extent of their injury only within the last two years, during therapy.

The jury then determined the damages, finding $1,240,000 for Simone and 1,079,000 for Hammond.

The sisters had alleged in their suit filed last July that Rodgers subjected his seven children to a "pattern of emotional, physical, sexual and incestual abuse."

As a result of the abuse, the women claimed their emotional lives had been left in a shambles, requiring extensive therapy for both and repeated hospitalizations of Hammond, who was acutely suicidal. Simone developed obsessive behavior and became so unable to function she resigned a position with a Boston-based college.

Despite the judgment yesterday, Rodgers cannot be criminally charged. the statue of limitations in Colorado for sexual assault on children is 10 years.
Rodgers, who worked for the FBI for 27 years, much of it in Denver, became chief investigator for the district attorney’s office in Colorado Sp;rings. during his employment at the DA’s office from 1967 until 1983, he became a well-known figure in Colorado Springs, and lectured and wrote about child abuse both locally and nationwide.

He wrote a manual called " A Compendium -- Child Abuse by the National College of District Attorney’s," and helped put together manuals on child abuse for the New York state police and a national child abuse center.
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Sophomores, Juniors to Shadow FBI at Insider Teen Academy
March 24, 2016

The FBI’s San Diego office is inviting applications to its 2016 Teen Academy, offering an insider’s look into criminal and cyber investigations — and tactical operations.

The event takes place June 29 and Aug. 17 at the San Diego Field Office headquarters in Sorrento Valley.

The Teen Academy is open to high school sophomores or juniors enrolled in a public, private, charter, or home school program. The applicant must currently attend school within San Diego County or Imperial County to be eligible.

    Application for 2015-2016 students for FBI San Diego Teen Academy

Students chosen for the FBI Teen Academy spend an interactive day with special agents and professional staff, taking part in classroom and hands-on activities.

An essay is required of all applicants — the first element of a package providing insights into the student’s motivations for attending.

All applications should highlight the student’s school activities and community involvement, which will be an important part of the criteria used to evaluate the applicants.

Applications, supporting essay, and release form must be received at the FBI San Diego field office by 4 p.m. April 18 2016.

Applications may also be scanned and emailed to Cheryl.Dorenbush@ic.fbi.gov.


STOLEN INNOCENCE: Whitey Bulger Exploited Teenage Schoolgirls


Monday, April 9, 2001

Second in a four-part series

For nearly 20 years, as James J. “Whitey” Bulger's allies were buffing his image as South Boston's gentleman gangster, the middle-aged Mob boss was sating his sexual appetite with a generation of neighborhood teenage girls.

“This is a whole part of (Bulger's) history that people in Southie don't want to even talk about,” said a mental health counselor who has treated women who had sexual encounters as teenagers with Bulger.

“These girls didn't have a chance. Once you got involved with them, once they got their claws in you, you couldn't get away,” added the counselor, who spoke on condition that her name not be used.

Bulger's exploitation of young girls - most of them the underage daughters of South Boston - was confirmed during months of interviews by Herald reporters with women who came into contact with Bulger during the 1970s and 1980s.

The counselor said the number of teenage victims of Bulger and his longtime criminal cohort, Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi, who also had a history of sex with underage girls, probably exceeded 100.

What the mental health counselor described matched information from one of Bulger's own criminal associates. Edward J. MacKenzie Jr., an enforcer and drug dealer for the Bulger gang for 10 years, estimated that Bulger himself had sex with scores of young girls.

“Like a vampire, he was sucking the blood out of every young girl in South Boston,” MacKenzie said.

Bulger “had a healthy appetite for the (Catholic) high school teeny boppers, especially when they walked around in their little school uniforms, white shirts and tall white bobby socks,” he added.

MacKenzie said Bulger was fond of repeating the title of the famed Broadway show tune, “Thank Heaven for Little Girls,” and often referred to his young conquests as “tasty little morsels.”

Bulger and Flemmi's targets were, for the most part, teenage girls from poor homes who had little parental guidance or protection. And many of the girls were introduced to sex and drugs simultaneously by the gangsters.

“They took the most vulnerable and they preyed on them,” the counselor said. “They made sick kids sicker. They didn't go after girls from good families, girls who were doing the right thing. They went after (girls) who had nothing at home.”

The counselor said the girls, like all girls in their early teens, were just coming into puberty and trying to answer questions about their identities, their bodies and their sexuality. Bulger and Flemmi gave them the wrong answers, she said.

“At 12, 13 years old, these girls are in their formative years,” she said. “If they have some guy showing them love and attention, they are drawn to it. They come to identify love and attention with drugs and sex.”

As they've grown older, some of those women have suffered from psychological problems, drug and alcohol addictions, years in prostitution, failed marriages, and in at least one case, life-threatening despondency, according to interviews with their friends and relatives.

One girl who became involved with Bulger when she was a 15 year-old beauty pageant winner has been in and out of drug and alcohol detoxification programs and halfway houses for years.

The woman was admitted to a Boston hospital last August after trying to commit suicide, according to hospital officials and relatives.

For two other young women, their relationships with Bulger and Flemmi cost them their lives. Deborah Hussey and Debbie Davis, both of whom became sexually involved with Flemmi in their teens, were murdered - allegedly by Flemmi and Bulger.

In reporting done over the last year, the Herald established the identities of two dozen other women who had sexual encounters with Bulger or Flemmi when they were teenagers. When contacted, most of them refused to talk about it.

However, several reluctantly acknowledged they were involved with the gangsters and knew of their sexual track records.

One of the women, who now lives out of state, confirmed Bulger's eye for teenage girls, but declined to discuss her own experiences.

“You are on the right track,” said the woman, now 42. She said the girls Bulger selected were generally about 15 years old. “Some were older, some were younger,” she said.

Like their bosses, about 20 members of Bulger and Flemmi's criminal network - MacKenzie included - regularly engaged in sex with teenage girls. And some of them secretly photographed and videotaped those sexual encounters, according to MacKenzie, the mental health counselor and other sources.

MacKenzie said he personally knows of two to three dozen such videos, which circulated among members of the Bulger gang and others for viewing.

The counselor said many of those photographs and videotapes are still circulating in South Boston, fodder for stag parties and some of Bulger's remaining cohorts. She said that fact, and a continuing fear of retalitation from Bulger loyalists, are the reasons many women identified by the Herald refused to talk.

The counselor said one woman she knew as a friend growing up was lured into the sex and drugs morass by Bulger's gang at the age of 14 and, like many others, became the subject of pornographic pictures. She said the woman - whom she described as “beautiful, absolutely beautiful” as a young girl - struggled for years with heroin addiction and shame.

When the woman was in her early 20s, the counselor said her then-boyfriend was at a friend's house where they were showing pictures of some of Bulger's young conquests. The man saw his girlfriend in the photos and quickly ended their relationship. “He told her she was trash,” the counselor said.

The woman returned to heroin and several years later died of AIDS, according to the counselor.


Bulger's ravaging of Boston's young and the damage it caused contrasts sharply with a legend promoted for decades by certain politicians, law enforcement officials and members of the media: that, on balance, Whitey was good for South Boston, that he protected families by keeping the crime rate down and drugs out of the neighborhood.

The chief architect of that view was the gangster's FBI handler, former agent John J. Connolly Jr., who sold the bureau and, to an extent, the public, on the notion that Bulger was not only a benevolent criminal who abhorred illegal drugs, but also was the government's biggest asset in its quest to destroy the Italian Mafia in New England.

Bulger also had defenders in politics - most notably his brother, longtime Senate President William M. Bulger, and veteran City Councilor James M. Kelly.

In the media, former Boston Globe columnist Mike Barnicle often portrayed Whitey Bulger in a positive light. According to Barnicle, who referred to Bulger as “Jimmy,” the name used by Whitey's friends and relatives, the South Boston gangster had “more integrity than the FBI.”

When Bulger claimed a share of a $14 million Lottery ticket in 1991, Barnicle wrote, “Knowing him, he probably already has handed out money to St. Augustine's.”

In reality, Bulger, with Flemmi's help, ran a vicious organized crime group which committed murder, corrupted members of law enforcement, threatened and extorted ordinary citizens, preyed on underaged girls, and flooded the Boston area with cocaine and marijuana. In the process, the government has charged, Bulger and Flemmi made more than $100 million.

Last month, investigators in Tulsa, Okla., charged Bulger, Flemmi and John Martorano with the 1981 murder of business tycoon Roger Wheeler. In a revised “wanted” poster, Tulsa authorities said Bulger is “traveling with a female companion and may be found in homosexual communities/resorts or nudist facilities.”


As they rose to the top of organized crime in Boston, protected by their allies in law enforcement, Bulger and Flemmi became untouchable outlaws with money to burn - an attractive combination for some teenage girls from impoverished homes.

According to sources, Bulger and Flemmi handed out cash, expensive clothes, jewelry and free vacations to their young girlfriends.

“The street became their sanctuary and here there were guys who dressed them, gave them jewelry, sent them on cruises,” the mental health counselor said. “They were 15 years old and they were getting on planes for the Bahamas. They went after kids they knew wouldn't or couldn't say no.”

In the cases of some girls, Bulger and Flemmi also bought their parents' silence with gifts, including cash and furniture. Some families were given entire livingroom sets.

At one point in the early 1980's, Bulger even gave the family of a 13-year-old South Boston girl living in public housing a triple-decker home in the fashionable City Point section, sources said. The family of another girl was given a trip to Hawaii.

MacKenzie recalled an incident in which the parents of a 14-year-old girl Bulger was having sex with complained. MacKenzie said Bulger sent him and other enforcers to their home to straighten them out.

“We said, `If you go to the authorities, we'll kill every single one of yas,` “ said MacKenzie, adding that he gave the “petrified” parents $1,000 in cash from Bulger to seal their silence.

“We gave them a little honey and a little vinegar,” he said.

A woman formerly of South Boston said one particular Dorchester family became a feeding ground for Flemmi. She said there were six girls in the family and Flemmi had sex with all of them. The family had an apartment full of furniture delivered to them, courtesy of Flemmi, she said.

“The (parents) knew what (Flemmi) was doing,” the woman said. “He bought their silence.”

The youngest daughter, who the woman said was impregnated by Flemmi, is now a drug addict and a prostitute living in Quincy.


According to MacKenzie, Bulger helped himself to young neighborhood girls in the same entitled manner that he stole money and seized businesses from terrified local merchants.

When he was among his criminal underlings, Bulger described having sex with teenage girls as “butchering” them.

The mental health counselor said that as the true story of Bulger and Flemmi starts to circulate outside of South Boston, a long-delayed healing process will begin.

She predicted what little support Bulger has left in his old neighborhood will disappear when people learn that he preyed on the daughters and sisters of those he claimed to protect.

“This will let them know they weren't - and aren't - alone,” she said. “This will tell them, `This is not right. This should never have happened to you.' “

Series at-a-glance

YESTERDAY: Mob insider: former FBI agent John J. Connolly Jr. allegedly served as a lookout on a mob hit and accepted valuable gifts from Whitey Bulger.

TODAY: Whitey Bulger sexually exploited scores of neighborhood teenage girls, many of whom are still struggling to cope with the abuse.

TOMORROW: What makes Whitey Bulger the “ultimate predator.”

WEDNESDAY: FBI insider: corruption in the bureau's Boston office went higher than John Connolly.


FBI Workers Suspected of Secretly Taping Teens in Dressing Room

April 20, 2009


Two FBI workers are accused of using surveillance equipment to spy on teenage girls as they undressed and tried on prom gowns at a charity event at a West Virginia mall.

The FBI employees have been charged with conspiracy and committing criminal invasion of privacy. They were working in an FBI satellite control room at the mall when they positioned a camera on temporary changing rooms and zoomed in for at least 90 minutes on girls dressing for the Cinderella Project fashion show, Marion County Prosecutor Pat Wilson said Monday.
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Revealed: how Associated Press cooperated with the Nazis



Matthew Cecil, Ph.D. - South Dakota State University
http://www.sdstate.edu › ... › About the Department › Faculty
Information about Associate Professor Matthew Cecil. ... and his research explores the relationships of journalists and J. Edgar Hoover's FBI from 1928 to 1972.
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Either by omission or by commission, the US media actively misinforms the public on crucial issues that matter. The reason they do this is because they legally can.


Either by omission or by commission, the US media actively misinforms the public on crucial issues that matter. The reason they do this is because they legally can.

My mentor and dissertation committee member, Dr. Peter Dale Scott, recently wrote on his Facebook page:

“Inadequate decently priced housing is one of America’s most urgent domestic problems, with developers vacating neighborhoods to build third and fourth homes for the one percent. It is a symptom of what’s wrong that Cynthia McKinney, one of the relatively few former members of Congress with a Ph.D., has to go to RT to discuss a crisis that is so under-reported in the US media.”



And therein lies the problem with US media: The news is so filtered and in some cases propagandized that it bears little resemblance to the day-to-day intellectual needs of the average US citizen. It fails to provide solutions, let alone information that allows US citizens to cast informed votes. Either by omission or by commission, the US media actively under-, ill-, or misinforms the public on crucial issues that matter! The reason they do this is because they legally can. Media in the US has at least one court ruling that allows them to knowingly lie to the public.

Let’s start with the First Amendment to the US Constitution that protects freedom of speech. Courts in the US have ruled on many occasions that freedom of speech also includes the freedom to lie. The rationale is that such rulings give space for unpopular statements of fact. For example, in 2012, the US Supreme Court voted 6-3 to affirm a lower court decision to overturn a conviction for lying about one’s credentials.

The lower court judge in that case wrote, “How can you develop a reputation as a straight shooter if lying is not an option?”
Washington State Supreme Court even ruled that lying to get votes, distinguishing between fact and opinion, was not something that the state should negotiate. It wrote that people and not the government should be the final arbiter of truth in a political debate.

Now, the First Amendment does not protect some types of lying: like, for instance, lying while under oath, lying to a government official, lying to sell a product. Even in defamation cases, the plaintiff has a firm threshold to overcome, especially if the person targeted is a “public person.” However, the Supreme Court has emphatically ruled that individuals have a right to lie: what about corporations and media outlets? In 2012, the Supreme Court extended First Amendment rights to organizations and corporations in its Citizens United decision.

My local newspaper, the Atlanta Journal and Constitution (AJC), ran a headline against me just days before my election that read: “McKinney Indicted.” One had to pore over the article to learn that the McKinney referred to was neither me nor my father, nor anyone related to me. But the AJC never stated that fact. It was a dirty trick carried out by the US press. And sadly, it happens all the time. I filed a lawsuit against the AJC, but had to withdraw it because of a lack of money to finance the lawsuit and, worse, the hostile environment regarding the media and anybody’s efforts to make them tell the truth. I remained powerless before the media monolith and wondered why and how they could get away with such blatant and outright lies.

Then, in 2010, ‘Project Censored’ ran a story that caught my eye: “The Media Can Legally Lie.” After having had my series of run-ins with my local media as they always failed to report the truth about me, I was drawn to this story. Project Censored is a media watchdog based at Sonoma State University in California. Its goal is to end the junk food news diet of misinformation and disinformation fed to the US public by the corporate media. It is a project of students and faculty to shine a light on underreported or unreported stories that should be of great interest to the public. The Project Censored movie tells a part of its important story.

The 2010 story centers on two journalists, hired by FOX News as investigative journalists, who became whistleblowers when they were instructed to report “news” that they knew was not true.

According to Project Censored, in February 2003, FOX News argued that there was no prohibition on media outlets distorting or falsifying the news in the United States. And skipping ahead, FOX News won on that claim! But to backtrack to provide some context, the issue was the placement of Bovine Growth Hormone, BGH, manufactured by Monsanto, into the milk stream without labeling it.

A husband and wife reporting team produced a four-part series revealing the health risks for humans in drinking milk from cows treated with BGH to boost milk production. FOX News wanted the reporters to add statements from Monsanto that the couple knew were not factual. When they refused to make the suggested edits, the couple was fired. They sued and a Florida jury decided the couple was wrongfully fired. FOX News appealed the case. Basically, the Florida Appeals Court ruled that there is no law, rule, or even regulation against distorting the news and that the decision to report honestly resides with the news outlet.

FOX News was joined in its court action by other news outlets, notably Cox Television, Inc., a sister organization to the Cox-owned Atlanta Journal and Constitution. In an incredible and chilling turnabout, the two truth-telling journalists were ordered to pay FOX News millions of dollars to cover the company’s attorney fees. The reporters were told by FOX News executives, “The news is what we say it is.”

And there we have it. Now, this Court action immediately affected the right of people in the US to know what is in the food they buy. Media consolidation in the US is such that six corporations control 90 percent of the junk food news and entertainment fed to the people of the US and around the world. And US Courts not only say that this is OK, but also decided that it’s OK for them to knowingly lie to the public.

That, in a nutshell, is why the US media lie: Because they can. And that, in a nutshell, is why the people of the US are increasingly turning to RT and alternative news outlets for information: Because they must.



Research: TV is Intellectually and Socially Dumbing Down Young Children

Phillip Schneider, Staff
Waking Times March 28, 2016

It is common for parents to feel that their children are spending too much time in front of the television set. According to a Canadian study, children who watch an excessive amount of television exhibit a multitude of negative side effects including poor language and social skills, and increased bullying.

The 2013 study was set out to determine whether or not viewing television at 29 months (about 2.5 years) was associated with school performance at 65 months (about 5.5 years).

The study, which was conducted on 991 girls and 1,006 boys with parent and teacher reported data, came to this conclusion:

“Increases in total time watching television at 29 months were associated with subsequent decreases in vocabulary and math skills, classroom engagement (which is largely determined by attention skills), victimization by classmates, and physical prowess at kindergarten. These prospective associations, independent of key potential co-founders, suggest the need for better parental awareness and compliance with existing viewing recommendations put forth by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).”

According to this study, every 1.2 hours of television viewing for children at 29 months results in poorer motor, vocabulary, math, and social skills, and even an increase in the likelihood of being bullied, as television inhibits the development of self-confidence.

The study also notes that many parents seem to be unconcerned about how long their children spend watching TV. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children over age 2 do not watch more than 2 hours per day, and that children below the age of 2 watch no TV at all. Presumes that the content is age appropriate, of course.

Also interesting is that as the AAP finds educational television to show positive effects on children, while watching non-educational cartoons, fast-paced cartoons, mainly lowers their attention span.

Viewing time as a child also indirectly affects the child, the study notes. At a time where brain growth and development are heavily dependent on external stimulation, TV viewing takes away from the time that child will spend with more creative or social activities, such as family or imaginative play time.

“The preschool years, which culminate in kindergarten entry, represent a sensitive period in the development of cognitive, sensorimotor, and socio-emotional characteristics that play a key role in eventual academic and personal success” the study says, indicating a prediction of future success in life. “School readiness should also be concerned with preparedness to adopt healthy lifestyle skills and habits because disparities in educational attainment often translate into disparities in healthy lifestyle habits, well-being, and family social support.”

However hard it can be, it is becoming ever more clear how important it is to engage young children with more intellectual and social activities, rather than just the sedative task of television watching. Perhaps encouraging them play, imagine and follow their own intuition will give them broader opportunities in life, both socially and intellectually.

About the Author

Phillip Schneider is a student and a contributing author to Waking Times.




This article (Research: TV is Intellectually and Socially Dumbing Down Young Children) was originally created and published by Waking Times and is published here under a Creative Commonslicense with attribution to Phillip Schneider and WakingTimes.com. It may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.
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agents had assassinated MLK

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no main stream media attended the trial

the attorney who repsented the MLK
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Color of Surveillance
What the FBI actually learned from spying on Martin Luther King, Jr.
4/12/16 11:06 AM


On Friday, Georgetown University’s law school hosted ‘The Color of Surveillance,’ a conference about government monitoring of black Americans. Two of the most anticipated speakers were James A. Baker, the FBI’s general counsel, and David Garrow, an MLK biographer who has documented the FBI’s unlawful surveillance of Martin Luther King, Jr. and other black Americans. The conversation, and the room, were somewhat tense: Baker was cautious and Garrow sharp-tongued, though the latter emphasized that the FBI of the 60s was the primary focus of his ire.

In the 1960s, the FBI used wiretaps, bugs, and informants to dig deeply into King’s personal life, because the United States government felt that his peaceful activism for civil liberties was threatening. Garrow said that much of the information gleaned from that government spying on King remains unavailable, including the informants used. Garrow said he had even been threatened with violating the Espionage Act in the early 1980s (when he first started researching the FBI’s surveillance of MLK) “because of the informant identities [he] had managed to discover.”

Garrow said that the FBI at that time had “an organizational culture of surveillance and of political control,” and that it wasn’t limited to the FBI’s founding director J. Edgar Hoover, who remained its head until his death in 1972 and is notorious for his abuses of power. There were attempts at blackmail and encouragement of suicide. “There is only one thing left for you to do. You know what it is,” wrote an FBI agent in a letter to King that detailed knowledge of his extramarital sexual activity. The FBI also leaked the gossip to the press, but it declined to report it.

Baker, who has been the FBI’s general counsel for a little over two years, didn’t defend the agency’s actions in the 60s. He agreed with Garrow and everyone else that spying on King as it was done was a mistake, saying, “There were insufficient constraints on the government’s authority to engage in national security surveillance.” He repeated a story that FBI director James Comey told The Guardian last year, about the director keeping attorney general Robert Kennedy’s approval of the wiretap order for King on his desk as a reminder of the agency’s mistakes.

So what the FBI really learned from spying on MLK is that it is capable of making terrible mistakes and going too far when it comes to surveillance. Baker, who teaches law school courses, said that the MLK example is one he has used for the last decade as an example of the agency’s overreach.

“You can’t understand the statutory framework in which [the FBI] operates today…if you don’t understand the King case,” he said. He referred specifically to Congressional oversight committees and the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act [FISA] and the courts set up under it to govern domestic surveillance, which were a response to the Church Committee’s findings on the surveillance of King and others.

“There is much more significant accountability and oversight constraints with regards to the FBI’s surveillance activities than there were in the past,” said Baker.

But it would seem that the U.S. government as a whole hasn’t taken the King case to heart. Last year, The Intercept revealed that the Department of Homeland Security has been monitoring Black Lives Matter activists, sometimes at “gatherings that seem benign and even mundane.”

The FBI’s current most high-profile attempt to more easily investigate threats and peer into the lives of Americans is its legal wrangling with Apple over the San Bernardino shooter’s encrypted iPhone in California and a drug dealer’s phone in New York. After Apple refused to build a backdoor into the iPhone, the FBI managed to hack its way into the phone, though it’s still fighting the New York case in court.

The recent legal fight was on Baker’s mind Friday. “We love encryption. It helps us in so many ways as a society,” he said. “But it has a cost. We need to think about it as a society: how will we deal with that cost?”

Sadly, the panel did not address the times that the constraints which grew out of King’s surveillance have been abused, bypassed, or ignored. After 9/11, FISA courts were heavily abused by the NSA. The FBI has used tools like national security letters to circumvent FISA court decisions which go against them, which is incredibly rare in the first place. There’ve been calls for change, but a FISA reform bill introduced in 2015 was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where it languished. (That bill’s co-sponsor, Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) is currently behind draft legislation that would effectively outlaw encryption.)

Baker also held up the legal standard of “probable cause,” which FISA court applications must meet, as a bulwark against abuse of surveillance. But as The Intercept and others have reported, it’s impossible to tell how the courts interpret that standard because “only the Justice Department and the FBI are permitted to attend its proceedings on domestic surveillance.”

As a lawyer for the Justice Department in the mid-2000s who reportedly “shared…reservations and aided the judges” concerned about NSA spying and its legality, Baker is certainly aware of the possibility for abuse. But now he’s more concerned with information the FBI doesn’t have, saying electronic surveillance is becoming less effective because of data being guarded by strong encry
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The Making of the Hoover Myth: A Critical Analysis of FBI Public Relations
Gibson, Dirk C.
December 1988
Public Relations Quarterly;Winter88/89, Vol. 33 Issue 4, p7
Academic Journal
The article presents information on several the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). This article dissects this benchmark public information system. Specifically, the article examines three aspects of FBI public relations, motives, ethics and effects. It also draw three conclusions, the FBI was justified in initiating its promotional efforts, FBI public relations efforts were at times characterized by unethical conduct, and while the short-term success of FBI publicity was considerable, the long-run effects were less pronounced. Against the social and economic environment, it is possible to identify and discuss four possible motives behind t
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Thursday On CoastLine: Larry Bonney
May 9 2016


On the next CoastLine, he was one of J. Edgar Hoover’s G-Men.  We’ll talk with former FBI Agent and Hostage Rescue Team Leader, Larry Bonney – who will share his history with the Bureau spanning 13 FBI Directors.

He will take us through 30 years of sleuthing and take-downs -- from drug lords to cult leaders, and the dawn of international terrorism.

Listen for CoastLine Thursday at 12:06 on HQR News 91 3 FM. You can ask a question any time by emailing coastline@whqr.org. Follow us on Twitter at coastlinehqr.


A Quantitative Description of FBI Public Relations.
Gibson, Dirk C.
Public Relations Review, v23 n1 p11-30 Spr 1997
States that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had the most successful media relations program of all government agencies from the 1930s to the 1980s. Uses quantitative analysis to show why those media efforts were successful. Identifies themes that typified the verbal component of FBI publicity and the broad spectrum of mass communication channels that were tapped. (PA)
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The getting of real news — the sort one can learn from minstrels (and perhaps from teleconferencing) — is not a mechanical act so much as a social process, and the social precondition for it is community.

Amory and Hunter Lovins


“The Writing on The Wall” (p. 29)

Communications in the 21st Century

(ed. Haigh, Gerbner & Byrne)

John Wiley & Sons 1981



A global conference of senior military and intelligence officials taking place in London this week reveals how governments increasingly view social media as “a new front in warfare” and a tool for the Armed Forces. The overriding theme of the event is the need to exploit social media as a source of intelligence on civilian populations and enemies; as well as a propaganda medium to influence public opinion.


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The establishment media is dying. This is not a biased view coming from “alternative media,” it is a fact borne out by metrics and opinion polls from within the establishment itself. It was true before the recent election, and is guaranteed to accelerate after their shameless defense of non-reality which refused to accept any discontent among the American population with standard politics. Now, with egg on their face after the botched election coverage, and a wobbling uncertainty about how they can maintain multiple threads of a narrative so fundamentally disproven, they appear to be resorting to their nuclear option: a full shut down of dissent. Voices within independent media have been chronicling the signposts toward full-on censorship as sites have encountered everything from excessive copyright infringement accusations, to de-monetization, to the open admission by advertising giants that certain images would not be tolerated. [Source: ACTIVIST POST ]


The Truth About Fake News

Posted on November 18, 2016 by WashingtonsBlog

The discredited mainstream media who have spread propaganda and lies causing the needless death and suffering of millions are now arrogantly trying to censor the alternative media who are working to expose their lies and save lives.

History has proven that the corporate/state media is the truly dangerous and deceptive “news”.

The irony is that alternative news sites would never have become popular if the mainstream media had not failed humanity by lying to us from Vietnam to Iraq.

They have the blood of millions on their hands and are panicking at the thought of brave whistleblowers and real investigative journalists exposing their crimes.

Of course there are fake stories in alternative media. It takes very little discernment to debunk these obvious frauds.

It’s like getting an email from a Nigerian prince who promises you millions. It does not take a genius to figure out it’s a scam.

We don’t need truth police censoring information the establishment does not like.

We need an honest fourth ward to speak truth to power, but they had their chance and blew it.

Now it’s our turn.

The age of the citizen journalist is here.

The age of the dinosaur media is done, and thank God for it.



“… who gets to decide what is real and what is not real? And – in an age when all sides propagate propaganda – when does conformity in support of a mainstream “truth” become censorship of reasonable skepticism?

As a journalist for more than four decades, I take seriously the profession’s responsibility to verify information as much as possible before publishing it – and as editor of Consortiumnews.com, I insist that our writers (and to the extent possible, outside commenters) back up what they say.

I personally hate “conspiracy theories” in which people speculate about a topic without real evidence and often in defiance of actual evidence. I believe in traditional journalistic standards of cross-checking data and applying common sense.

So, I am surely no fan of Internet hoaxes and baseless accusations. Yet, I also recognize that mainstream U.S. news outlets have made horrendous and wholesale factual errors, too, such as reporting in 2002-03 that Iraq had reconstituted its nuclear weapons program (The New York Times) and was hiding stockpiles of WMD (many TV and print outlets, including The Washington Post).

And, mainstream outlets getting such life-and-death stories wrong was not just a one-off affair around the Iraq invasion. At least since the 1980s, The New York Times has misreported or glossed over many international issues that put the United States and its allies in a negative light.

For instance, the Times not only missed the Nicaraguan Contra cocaine scandal, but actively covered up the Reagan administration’s role in the wrongdoing through the 1980s and much of the 1990s.

The Times lagged badly, too, on investigating the secret operations that became known as the Iran-Contra Affair. The Times’ gullibility in the face of official denials was an obstacle for those of us digging into that constitutional crisis and other abuses by the Reagan administration. [For more on this topic, see Consortiumnews.com’s “New York Times: Apologist for Power.”]

In that same era, The Washington Post performed no better. Leonard Downie, its executive editor at the time of the Contra-cocaine scandal, has continued to reject the reality of Ronald Reagan’s beloved Contras trafficking in cocaine despite the 1998 findings of CIA Inspector General Frederick Hitz that, in fact, many Contras were neck-deep in the cocaine trade and the Reagan administration covered up their criminality for geopolitical reasons.

More recently, during the mad dash to invade Iraq in 2002-03, the Post’s editorial-page editor Fred Hiatt wrote repeatedly as flat fact that Iraq was hiding WMD and mocked the few dissenting voices that challenged the “group think.”

Yet, Hiatt suffered no accountability for his falsehoods and is still the Post’s editorial-page editor, still peddling dubious examples of Washington’s conventional wisdom.

Ministry of Truth

So, who are the “responsible” journalists who should be anointed to regulate what the world’s public gets to see and hear? For that Orwellian task, a kind of Ministry of Truth has been set up by Google, called the First Draft Coalition, which touts itself as a collection of 30 major news and technology companies, including the Times and Post, tackling “fake news” and creating a platform to decide which stories are questionable and which ones aren’t.

Formed in June 2015 and funded by Google News Lab, the First Draft Coalition’s founding members included Bellingcat, an online “citizen journalism” site that has gotten many of its highest profile stories wrong and is now associated with NATO’s favorite think tank, the Atlantic Council.

Despite Bellingcat’s checkered record and its conflicts of interest through the Atlantic Council, major Western news outlets, including the Times and Post, have embraced Bellingcat, apparently because its articles always seem to mesh ne
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FBI: Public should be aware of agenda-driven fake news

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CBS News April 13, 2017, 4:38 PM

Comey announces FBI cooperation in new documentary series


FBI Director James Comey announced Thursday that he allowed producers Dick Wolf and Marc Levin to have access to the bureau’s New York offices for a year to film a new TV series.

“We have to care what people think about us,” Comey explained during an interview at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. “The faith and confidence of the American people is the bedrock.”

The series will be called “Inside the FBI: New York” and is produced by Dick Wolf, the creator of “Law and Order”, along with documentarian Marc Levin. 


He hopes that the new documentary series will boost the FBI’s image, an understandable wish following a campaign season in which the FBI played an


How the Media Conned the Public into Loving the FBI: Book Review


FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover Photo credit: The White House / Wikimedia.

A review of “Hoover’s FBI and the Fourth Estate: The Campaign to Control the Press and the Bureau’s Image” by Matthew Cecil, University Press of Kansas, 355 pages, $34.95

Matthew Cecil, a communications professor at Wichita State University, has resolved a conundrum that’s bedeviled me since 1970, when I was a fledgling investigative reporter.

I had just completed my first interaction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the supposedly crackerjack national law enforcement agency. But the crackerjack part escaped me. My initial experience suggested an agency that produced inaccurate information inefficiently, failed to respect the constitutional liberties of U.S. citizens, and often resorted to intimidation and lies to get their way. Yet many of my journalistic “betters” told me I was misguided.

Smart people who think they are well informed about a subject—say, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s role as the nation’s elite law enforcement agency—usually “know” what they think they know based on exposure to mass media—television, radio, newspapers, magazines, books. But when mass media have been corrupted, the reliability of the “knowledge” becomes suspect. That’s the case with the FBI.

As “Hoover’s FBI and the Fourth Estate: The Campaign to Control the Press and the Bureau’s Image” shows, the performance of supposedly first-rate FBI agents has been dismal time and again when the citizens of the United States needed them most, including perhaps most notably the run-up to the events of September 11, 2001.

Readers of WhoWhatWhy will be familiar with our frequent reports of problems with FBI operations (see for example thisthis and this). And may be asking themselves: why don’t I see this in the media? The answer is in this book.

What the FBI excelled at, especially under its long-time chief J. Edgar Hoover, was a non-stop public relations campaign that portrayed the agency as a heroic band of G-men who skillfully tracked and felled dangerous criminals.

“Tales of the FBI’s infallible laboratory and army of honest and professional agents became part of popular culture,” Cecil writes. Thanks to mass media, “the FBI was widely considered to be an indispensable government agency.”

In fact, in all too many cases, dangerous criminals were eluding capture, while that “infallible” forensic laboratory wrongly analyzed evidence again and again, leading to the pursuit and convictions of innocent individuals.

J. Edgar’s 48-Year Reign

The publicity juggernaut to gild the FBI’s image began during the directorship of J. Edgar Hoover. He died in 1972, after 48 years at the helm. But the campaign he initiated was so pervasive, and the propaganda he peddled so appealing, that the image of incorruptible, invincible agent-heroes lives on in perpetuity.

Only gradually, since Hoover’s death, has the true story of the FBI begun to emerge. As Cecil explains, the course of events and countless investigations have exposed “a lawless and uncontrolled Bureau that expended enormous amounts of time and resources policing political thought rather than investigating violations of federal law… Hoover had ultimately transformed the Bureau into an American secret police force, even as he convinced the public and many in the news media that he was a trustworthy defender of civil liberties.”

Cecil says he wanted his book to reveal “how, in a nation so proud of its watchdog press, a high-profile federal agency managed to hide the reality of its activities for so long. The answer is as complex as the FBI’s decades-long deception, but it surely includes failings entrenched in the ideology of journalism and in readers’ and viewers’ often uncritical acceptance of news as truth.”

The reference to the “watchdog press” is central here. Yes, starting in the first decade of the twentieth century, what today we call “investigative reporting” began to take root in the U.S. media. But no more than a handful of media organizations ever practiced serious investigative journalism. The vast majority of journalists were too untrained or lazy or gullible or corrupt to seek the truth behind the FBI’s public-relations façade.

Unfortunately, as Cecil points out, many, probably most, consumers of news cannot or will not distinguish the excellent journalists from the untrained, lazy, gullible and corrupt ones and therefore have no idea whom to believe about the FBI. Through wise choice of media outlets and via pure luck, some consumers of mass media inevitably learned the ugly truth about the FBI—while most never did.

In the book’s Introduction, Cecil renders the abridged history of the FBI public relations campaign:

“After a few tentative steps into the realm of publicity during the late 1920s, the Bureau became a key element of FDR’s New Deal war on crime in the mid-1930s. Two journalists, independent author Courtney Ryley Cooper and Neil (Rex) Collier, collaborated with Hoover and his top lieutenants to create a template for FBI news stories emphasizing responsibility and science and featuring Hoover as America’s always careful and reliable top law enforcement officer. With the creation of the public relations-oriented Crime Records Section in 1935 and the establishment of clear lines of public communication authority, Hoover had both a public relations message and a management team to amplify and enforce it.”

During the mid-1930s, Collier, a Washington Star reporter, oversaw a comic strip called “War on Crime” that ran for two years in 80 newspapers across the United States.

Cecil summarizes the first six weeks of the strip: “Week one of ‘War on Crime’ focused on Hoover, who, Collier wrote in the comic strip’s text, ‘had the vision of a man twice his age.’ Hoover had cleaned up the Bureau, and ‘now he had men of unassailable integrity’ in the field.”

After touting the agents’ grueling training regimen and the cutting-edge science of the FBI’s crime-fighting laboratory, the strip focused on the Agency’s success in capturing criminals: “In the morgue of the Fingerprint Division are the cancelled records of criminals removed from circulation such as Dillinger, Floyd, and Nelson.”


J. Edgar Hoover (left) with Sumner Blossom, Editor of The American Magazine, and journalist Courtney Ryley Cooper

Cooper had worked as a publicist for a circus before turning to newspaper feature writing. He met Hoover in 1933, while rewriting a profile of the FBI chief for American Magazine. After completing the rewrite, Cooper suggested a more permanent arrangement to Hoover.  Soon, articles ghost-written by Cooper about the FBI began appearing in magazines and newspapers under Hoover’s byline. Other pieces appeared under Cooper’s name after FBI staff had carefully vetted them. Among the influential periodicals that published such public relations material as “news” were the respectable magazines Cosmopolitan and Saturday Evening Post.

Cecil notes:

“At a time when Americans were desperate for government to do something right, the FBI’s pursuit and elimination of John Dillinger and the other ‘Robin Hood’ outlaws of the Midwest provided a compelling hook on which to hang the Bureau’s reputation. Hoover built on that narrative, erecting an FBI built not only on real law enforcement innovation but also on a manufactured public relations foundation that hid mistakes and excesses from public view for nearly 40 years.”

Accused bank robber Bennie Dickson, for example, died on a St. Louis street during 1939 after he supposedly threatened to unload his weapon in the direction of four FBI agents. Cecil, relying in part on previously undisclosed FBI reports, shows that Dickson was actually trying to flee the scene when a trigger-happy agent shot him in the back.

The evidence appears overwhelming that in the aftermath of Dickson’s death, FBI agents coordinated their accounts, offered perjured testimony and threatened a key witness into silence after she had told the truth.

Cecil says that holes first began to appear in the FBI’s holier-than-thou image around 1940. Media accounts of agents falsifying testimony, conducting illegal wiretaps and raiding homes of Americans involved in the Spanish Civil War brought the agency unwanted attention.

Hoover found ways to fight back.  His staff maintained lists of hundreds of journalists, and categorized each as friend or foe. Foes were denied access to FBI information, while friends, like famed columnist Walter Winchell, got “insider” tips they could use, often unattributed, to spin coverage of specific investigations and to burnish the FBI’s overall reputation.

While most major media outlets willingly joined the pro-FBI chorus, low-circulation intellectual magazines like The Nation and The New Republic probed deeper.

Fred Cook’s critical reporting about the FBI filled the entire 58 pages of The Nation magazine for October 18, 1958. Cook questioned the American public’s “worship” of an agency that was “part heroic fact” to be sure, but also “part heroic myth.” Cook would expand the magazine tour de force into a 1964 book, “The FBI Nobody Knows.”

While trying without success to refute Cook’s facts, Hoover and his supporters accused him, and other critics, of being un-American—a charge that bore considerable weight during the Communist-hunting hysteria of the 1950s.


But even Fred Cook’s hard-hitting expose could not come close to neutralizing the Bureau-friendly “journalism” of Don Whitehead.

Whitehead had established his credentials as a newspaper reporter and war correspondent by the time he completed an “authorized” history of the FBI in 1956. “The FBI Story: A Report to the People” became a big seller. Whitehead had no qualms about FBI censors vetting his manuscript. In discussing the agency’s propensity for tapping telephones and bugging private homes and offices, Whitehead compared these actions to a potential employer examining “every possible source for information as to the honesty and reliability of a prospective employee.”

As Cecil sees it, “Whitehead sold out his own journalistic credibility to the heroic history of the FBI. Hoover counted on the public’s logical conclusion that a famed, objective journalist had reviewed the evidence and verified the Bureau’s history as it had always been told.”

In 1959, Whitehead’s book “became the basis for a popular motion picture, also titled ‘The FBI Story,’ starring Jimmy Stewart. And when Hoover moved the FBI story into television in 1965, carefully selected scriptwriters were provided copies of Whitehead’s book.”

Under press liaison Louis B. Nichols, FBI staff “edited and rewrote news, feature, and magazine stories produced by cooperative reporters…[plus] rewrote scripts for radio, television, and film.”

In 1965, the hour-long television drama “The F.B.I.” started airing on the ABC network, a co-production of Warner Brothers and Quinn Martin. The dramatization of FBI cases reached millions of viewers each week, 241 episodes over a nine-year period, not including re-runs and syndication showings. An FBI agent worked on the set. FBI employees reviewed and rewrote the scripts line by line. The agency had the right to approve production crew members, performers and advertisers.

The FBI censors objected to scenes in which agents killed criminals, because that seemed to indicate a lack of responsibility.  “In addition to limiting violence…FBI reviewers rejected scripts that showed agents drinking alcohol, using diet pills to make their weight requirements, exercising poor judgment, losing their composure, and…demonstrating excessive compassion for criminals.”  The censors insisted any reference to wiretapping be omitted.

I watched episodes of the television drama while in my final year of high school and during my freshman year of college, and swallowed whole the idealized image of the FBI. But in the years since 1970 when I began my career as a professional journalist, I have cast a skeptical eye on all kinds of institutional glorification. I now know that much of the FBI story I bought qualified as… bullshit.

In this book, Cecil spells out how Americans were sold an image of an FBI beyond reproach. It’s not only a solid, fascinating work of history, it’s a cautionary tale against current and future attempts to mold public opinion about government actions in the face of inconvenient facts.

Steve Weinberg is author of numerous books, served as Executive Director of the association Investigative Reporters and Editors, and is an expert on wrongful convictions.

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A Quantitative Description of FBI Public Relations

Article in Public Relations Review 23(1):11-30 · March 1997 with 13 Reads

DOI: 10.1016/S0363-8111(97)90003-5

1st Dirk C. Gibson


Of all federal government agencies in the U.S. from the 1930's to the 1980's, the Federal Bureau of Investigation probably had the most successful media relations program. The Bureau's leaders seemed to be masters at getting good publicity and avoiding bad.By describing a quantitative analysis of the FBI's publicity over that 50-year period, this article attempts to show why those efforts were so successful. It identifies the themes that typified the verbal component of Bureau publicity, and the broad spectrum of mass communication channels that were tapped.



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The Vermont chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has joined a lawsuit demanding documents from the Customs and Border Protection's Boston field office over President Trump's January travel ban.

The Vermont chapter filed alongside five New England affiliates after a February Freedom of Information request went unfulfilled. Other ACLU chapters across the country filed 13 separate lawsuits seeking information about how the January executive order, which temporarily banned entry into the country by r




They just predicted the cruise missle attack in Syria on March 23 2017




Welcome to the Time-Cross Project conducted at The Farsight Institute. Here we have remote viewers describe major news events a month before the events actually happen. The events that are the "targets" for the project are the most newsworthy events of a given month, and they are determined by the rules of the project and an automated process involving news analysis that is described below. The events are are totally verifiable. The remote-viewing sessions are recorded live on video, and uploaded to YouTube. YouTube lists the publication dates for the videos, so people can be certain that the remote-viewing sessions are done the month before the events occur.





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April 11, 2017 – If passed, the ‘Protecting Data at the Border Act’ would require border agents to have a warrant or probable cause before searching a US person’s electronic device or data–the same standard the Constitution requires for government agents anywhere else in the country.

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Former Kentucky River Regional Jail deputy jailer convicted

LONDON – A former supervisory deputy jailer at Kentucky River Regional Jail has been convicted by a jury of federal charges related to his role in an unprovoked violent assault of a detainee.

The jury convicted 32-year-old Kevin Asher of deprivation of civil rights under color of law, and obstruction of justice. The jury rendered the verdicts after four hours of deliberation following two and half of days of trial.

According to evidence and testimony, in November 2012, Asher and another deputy jailer, Damon Wayne Hickman, physically assaulted Gary Hill, a 55-year-old inmate who was being held following an arrest for a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.










New privacy protocol designed to protect undocumented students

by Annika Hom / Beacon Correspondent • April 12, 2017


Concerns about the safety of undocumented students led the Office of the General Counsel to release a protocol this month that guides Emerson employees on how to interact with government officials.

The protocol outlines for administrators what to do if a government official of any rank asks them for private information about students, staff, or faculty.

The protocol was drafted two months ago in response to faculty and students who were concerned that immigration officials would ask administrators and faculty for students’ citizenship papers, said Deputy General Counsel Meredith Ainbinder. Students without documentation could possibly be deported under the current presidential administration.

Freshman political communication major Matthew Enriquez Manrique said he believes the protocol is a necessary step for undocumented persons on campus.

“It’s a significant group on campus that no one really pays a lot of mind to,” Enriquez said.

Deep reporting professor and senior journalist-in-residence Cindy Rodriguez said she is also nervous about immigration officials asking for student information.  

“We’ve seen outrageous acts by [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement],” Rodriguez said.  “I do worry about [raids]. I feel horrible knowing that students need to have that burden, that stress put on them.”

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Ninth International Conference on Future Energy - COFE9
“ Including the great ExtraOrdinary Technology Conference "
  COFE audience COFE photo IRI publications audience
Integrity Research Institute, sponsor of COFE9, is collaborating with the ExtraOrdinary Technology Conference and TeslaTech, LLC to present a two-day conference event on July 28 and 29, 2017 with an extra introductory talk on July 27th at 5 PM for a separate fee. COFE traditionally fulfills the mission statement of Integrity Research Institute to "research scientific integrity in the areas of energy, propulsion, and bioenergetics" so original papers on those vital topics are invited on the topics of energy, propulsion, bioenergetics. Email: IRI@erols.com . Questions, inquiries for potential exhibitors are accepted by email. Free admission for young people under 21 (student or not). It also includes FREE admission for the 28th and 29th to the concurrent ExtraOrdinary Technology conference going on down the hall if you are 21 and under. It does NOT include admission the evening Social with pizza and a special plenary speaker's presentation starting Wednesday, July 27 at 5 PM and following evenings starting at 7 PM for only $20/night separate Social/Food ticket. The COFE9 Speaker biography, abstracts, and Schedule is online. The Final Schedule is below.

Final Speaker Schedule
Confirmed Speakers include as of June 26, 2017:

*Dr. Carolyn McMakin, D.C. - speaking on "Resonant Effects in Clinical Practice" based on her best-selling book, Frequency Specific Microcurrent (Churchill Livingston, 2011) also featured on the Elsevier Health website plenary evening speaker for joint session of both conferences
*Thorsten Ludwig, PhD - speaking on his scanning electron microscope assisted energy research results
*Glen Robertson - speaking on Acceleration Mechanics for New Propellentless Space Drives
*Mike Gamble - retired Boeing engineer, speaking on his new tabletop experimental model of the Boeing CMG which powers (moves) the ISS and most satellites - a project sponsored and partially funded with a grant from IRI
*Russ Anderson - speaking on the worldwide efforts to replicate the J.R.R. Searl energy and propulsion device which he has also spent years researching
*William Alek - speaking on Developing Practical Warp Drive Engine Technology
*Aidan Shaffer - presenting personal experience with EarthShip sustainability and renewable energy project that produced a closed system for energy generation
*Don Reed - presenting a proof of principle for scalar electrodynamics which can offer faster than light transmission of information
*Dan Grebenisan - speaking on his new Bioenergetics product discovery
*Robert DeBiase - presenting the results of a yearlong effort to experimentally test his Casimir force production invention
*Dr. Nirmala Khandan - confirmed professor speaking on "Harvesting Net Energy from Urban Wastewater" developed locally in Las Cruces NM at the Arrowhead Center, Inc.
*Dr. James Purvis - Confirmed speaker on "Electromagnetic Angular Acceleration and Segmented-Capacitor Propulsion Systems"
*David Froning - backup speaker - video lecture from Australian university scientist on quantum vacuum propulsion research
*David L. Strom - backup speaker on a hyper-light antenna
*Thomas Valone - backup speaker - "Energy Breakthroughs Expected to Have a Public Impact"
*James Dunn - backup speaker - former NASA Center for Technology Transfer Director speaking on new energy storage methods which he has investigated
Click here for a COFE 9 One-Page Poster for Friday and Saturday, July 28, 29, 2017

The dual, concurrent conferences will be held at the Embassy Suites near downtown Albuquerque, NM. Preregistration rates to be posted. Embassy Suites special conference rate is $94 per night. Hotel Reservations 800-362-2779. HOTEL reservations conference code is "TTI" .
NOTE: You receive FREE admission to the ExtraOrdinary Technology conference during the two days of COFE9 with your COFE9 registration!

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Note: You may also register at the www.teslatech.info website for their four-day conference and receive free admission to COFE9

************** COFE8 Details from 2016 are below - DVDs are now available for all speakers except Maynard **********

Eighth International Conference on Future Energy

COFE8 was held on July 28-30, 2016 in Albuquerqu NM in conjunction with the ExtraOrdinary Technology Conference. Click here for a nice illustrated review of COFE8 or click here for the Master Program for COFE8 with Titles, Abstracts, and Biographies of ALL of the speakers!

Integrity Research Institute, sponsor of COFE8, is collaborating with the ExtraOrdinary Technology Conference and TeslaTech, LLC to present a two-day conference event with peer-reviewed published proceedings on July 29 and 30, 2016 with an extra introductory talk on July 28th at 5 PM. COFE traditionally fulfills the mission statement of Integrity Research Institute to "research scientific integrity in the areas of energy, propulsion, and bioenergetics" so original papers on those vital topics are presented on the topics of energy, propulsion, bioenergetics. Email: IRI@erols.com . Questions or inquiries are accepted by email. Free admission for young people under 21 (student or not). It also includes FREE admission for the 29th and 30th to the concurrent ExtraOrdinary Technology conference going on down the hall if you are 21 and under. It does NOT include admission the evening Social with pizza and a special plenary speaker's presentation starting Wednesday, July 27 at 5 PM and following evenings starting at 7 PM for only $20/night separate Social/Food ticket. Click here for a one-page COFE8 poster listing confirmed speakers for the conference.

Confirmed Speakers include:

William Alek #1 - Inertial/Gravitational Mass Modification for FTL Deep Space Applications
William Alek #2 - Constructing Free Energy - Overunity Devices using Spin-Zero Core Technology
Robert DeBiase - The Quantum Fire Project
Mike Gamble - former Boeing engineer presenting on BATTERIES NOT REQUIRED - The Real Tesla Electric Car Motor
Thorsten Ludwig - physicist from Germany presenting on Energy Extraction and Detection with Zero Point Energy, Magnetism and Consciousness
Moray King - The Nanobubble Revolution and Nanocavity Plasma
Stefan Weigandt - New Technology for a Better Life Quality - New Solution for You
Dr Norm Shealy - famous anti-aging doctor presenting on Biochemistry and Physics of Longevity
Don Reed - Stueckelberg Off-Mass Shell Model for Particle Interaction and Hidden Dimensions of Time and Mass
Dr Tom Valone - physicist and engineer presenting on Applications of Electrogravitics for Advanced Propulsion
H. David Froning - physicist and faculty member of University of Adelaide presenting on Faster than Light experiments (book)
Tim Wilson - corporate CEO and successful entrepreneur presenting on Monopole Magnet Dumbell Atom Model with Demo
Dr. Elliott Maynard - BRAVE NEW MIND: Future-Science Transformation of the Global Biosphere (latest book)
Click here for a COFE 8 Speaker Schedule for Friday and Saturday, July 29-30, 2016

Click on the links below for select slideshows from COFE8. These are great examples of real scientific progress being made by our presenters. Order their DVDs on our Products link from the Homepage

************** COFE7 Details from 2015 are below - Proceedings to be posted soon (keep reminding us) - **********
Seventh International Conference on Future Energy
“ Including ExtraOrdinary Technology Conference "

Review of COFE7 in Future Energy eNews, August, 2015.

COFE7 Slideshow movie (5 minutes) with music mp4 format .

PDF version to print out coupon for FREE student admission
COFE7 Press Release from IRI Future Energy eNews

COFE7 Program Schedule

COFE7 Speakers' Abstracts and Bios

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Print a paper Registration page to fax or mail
Confirmed plenary speakers include (updated 7/27/15):

Moray King (Zero Point Energy and Thunderclouds)
Mike Gamble (Boeing inertial propulsion engineer)
Dr. Nick Simos (Brookhaven National Lab - wireless energy transmission)
Ryan Wood (Detailed Analysis of Papp Engine - an In-Depth Investigation)
Dr. Thomas Valone (V-Track Spiral Magnetic Motor Development)
Dr. Thorsten Ludwig (quantum vacuum experiment)
Rober DeBiase (Asymmetric Casimir Plates Experiments)
Dr. Jacqueline Panting (New Healing Paradigm: Pulsed Magnetic Fields)
Carlos Hendriques (zero point energy Master's Degree presentation)
Marcus Reid (new energy technologies)
Robert Smith (Getting Millions for Your Inventions and Free Publicity)
William Alek (Antigravity revealing technology)
Stephan Weigandt (New Solutions - car mileage, land irrigation and more)
Mike Weiner (My Career as an Electrodevice Entrepreneur)

The dual, concurrent conferences held at the Embassy Suites near downtown Albuquerque, NM. Preregistration rates to be posted. Embassy Suites special conference rate is $94 per night. Hotel Reservations 800-362-2779. HOTEL reservations conference code is "TTI" .
Note: A few COFE speakers appear in SPECIAL, shared, joint sessions like Dr. Tom Valone (July 29 at 5 PM), Dr. Nick Simos (July 31 at 7 PM), and Mike Gamble (Aug. 1 at 4 PM). COFE attendees will have special admission to those events though they occur in the ExtraOrdinary Tech ballroom.

Questions or inquiries are accepted by email . As to remote presentations, we use Adobe Connect which is easy for slides, audio and video.

IRI has published (see below) the Proceedings of COFE with Elsevier or World Scientific publishers and will contract with them again or other similar, widely distributed ScienceDirect-affiliated publishers of conference proceedings. Your original and unpublished paper is vital to making this record of the conference a lasting success. Guidelines for formatting the paper will be posted shortly.

Click on the links below for select slideshows from COFE7. These are great examples of real scientific progress being made by our presenters. Order their DVDs on our Products link on the IRI homepage.

Nick Simos - "Wireless Energy Transmission: Nicola Tesla 'Unplugged'" COFE7 July 30, 2015

Robert DeBiase - "Can Casimir Forces be Asymmetric?" COFE7 July 31, 2015

Carlos Hendriques - "ZPE Casimir Force Experiments" - COFE7 July 31, 2015

Mike Gamble - "History of Boeing's Control Moment Gyros (CMG)" - July 31, 2015

Thorsten Ludwig - "Subtle Influences on a Single Electron's Spin" - July 30, 2015

Thomas Valone - "Future Energy-Program Initiatives into Emerging Energy, Propulsion and Bioenergy" - July 31, 2015

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Previous COFE1 - COFE6 Details from Years Past are Below * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Sixth International Conference on Future Energy
“ Including 20th Natural Philosophy Alliance Conference "

Integrity Research Institute, sponsor of COFE6, collaborated with the highly successful Natural Philosophy Alliance for this conference event July 11-13, 2013. But what is "Future Energy" you might ask? A credible summary is provided by Gary Vesperman for example, who just published in 2013 a 33-page report for investors on "Clean Energy Inventions", none of which use fossil fuels and many are worthy of further research and investigation.

Our joint NPA-COFE6 conference was held at the University of Maryland. Our Conference Summary for the Sixth Conference on Future Energy is updated and online. Our emphasis is on emerging energy developments, propulsion research, and bioenergetics. We are happy to share the webcast recordings as well, which open with RealPlayer. It is suggested to "Save Target As" and select "all files", then add ".flv" at the end of the file name, to ensure saving it as a Flash Video, or simply change the extension after saving to ".flv" so it will be playable.

Francis McCabe - Gyro/Inertial Propulsion Forces and Systems

Thomas Valone - Zero Point and Quantum Vacuum Energy Power

John Finnerty - Konterra Solar Project-Maryland's First Solar Grid Storage

George Miley - Life at the Center of the Energy Crisis-New Book

Thomas Valone - Papp Engine Overview and Video Demo

Thorsten Ludwig - Coler Engine Generator Experiments

Nick Simos - Physics of Tesla's Wireless Energy Transmission

Max Formitchev-Zamilov - Cavitation Induced Fusion

Matt Emery - Analysis of LeedSkalnin's Mysterious Coral Castle

James Putnam - Origins of Force and Acceleration

Sterling Allen - Top 5 Exotic Energy Technologies

The last presentation here is David Froning's narrated PowerPoint presentation which is self-running with good audio:
David Froning - Fusion Confinement with Special EM Fields

University of Maryland campus maps are online: full color map in pdf and my favorite, the 2013 3D black and white 11x17 size map also in pdf.

Students full registration or single day registration was FREE with student I.D.
Everyone else may register here. One low fee for admission to both conferences, demonstrations (Thursday night) and exhibit hall!
Note on the NPA site, authors may choose to publish in the NPA Proceedings ($15/page) and/or the COFE6 Proceedings (free). There is no cost to submit a paper to IRI for the COFE6 online proceedings this year.
COFE and NPA Final Program Schedule

WEBCASTING: We are using Adobe Connect, a professional, high-bandwith Internet based service that shows the PowerPoint slides very clearly, audio AND video of the speaker. Simply click here on Thursday or Friday morning to join our conference. Please join as "Learner" or "participant" only. No credit card needed!

But most important are three compelling reasons to attend the NPA-COFE6 dual event:
(1) Two (2) Conferences under one roof:

COFE6 which includes Space Propulsion, Future Energy, Bioenergetics and Space Science and Technology
NPA which includes over eighty (80) presentations on all aspects of physics developments

(2) Amazing Peer-Reviewed papers published by Natural Philosophy Alliance known worldwide

Physics theories and experiments, Human Missions to Mars, New Energy, Propulsion, NASA advanced concepts, Bioelectromagnetics, Inertial Gyroscopic Propulsion, Gravitomagnetics, Antigravity, Podkletnov effect, Space Elevators, Beamed Power, Nuclear propulsion, Toroidal coils, Coler apparatus, Low Energy Nuclear Power, Water Electrolyzers, Maglevs and Space Habitats and more.
(3) Reasonable registration fees and very reasonable hotel rates.

Conference Dateline Summary

Many of the hotels are within walking distance of the campus and also offer shuttle service.
Hotel information and Contact Info

the official hotel for the COFE6-NPA event is the Quality Inn with a SHUTTLE to the Stamp Student Union but use 301-276-1000 option 2 and ask for Ms. Patel using the discount code "NPA" to get the group rate of $80/night based on availability

Nearby Hotels to the U of Md

Hosted by: University of Maryland
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, COLLEGE PARK - Stamp Student Union Building - 495 Ex. 25B

Parking is available in the Union Lane Garage next door to the Student Union for $3 per hour with a maximum of $15/day or in the Student Lot (Lot # 1) for $8/day pre-registered with the NPA or $10/day onsite parking pass.

COFE6 Speaker Titles

View the NPA-COFE6 Poster and view the very impressive and scientifically amazing NPA posting of over 90 abstracts .


Sincerely, Thomas Valone, PhD, PE, President, Integrity Research Institute, COFE Co-Coordinator and Len Danczyk, COFE Co-Coordinator
2012 COFE5

In 2012, COFE5 was in collaboration with the Space, Propulsion & Energy Sciences International Forum (SPESIF)
The 350 page Proceedings of SPESIF-COFE5, Edited by Dr Thomas Valone are now online for Guests to view and download PDF copies of the published papers: Proceedings of SPESIF 2012

We are grateful for all of you who contributed to this event and made it possible. The Flash FLV videos of most of the SPESIF presentations are also online (see below) and stored chronologically for online viewing, as converted from Adobe Connect.
SPESIF-COFE 5 Proceedings are available online (see above for link or contact IRI at 301-220-0440 to inquiry).
2012 Author page (updated 2/20/12)

SPESIF-COFE5 videos now online - Adobe Flash Video (flv) format. Also recommended as an alternative is RealPlayer which plays flv media files very well with several options for display. Note, all files are 100 MB or larger so high bandwidth WiFi is helpful or simply right-click and "Save Target" before trying to play the file on your computer. However, there are a couple of technical sound problems in a few presentations so please accept our apologies for Adobe Connect issues:

IRI is proud to emphasize the exclusive breakthrough discoveries of Mike Gamble and Garret Moddel that were presented at SPESIF 2012.

Wednesday night, Feb. 29, Dave Nagel and Sterling Allan, 1:23 hours Opening night - two lectures

Thursday morning, Mar. 1, Moddel, DeBiase, Fresco, Carter, Gamble, 3:09 hours March 1 morning

Thursday afternoon, Mar. 1, Cui, Werbos, Chiang, Pomerantseva, Goodwin, Ludwig, Kosovich, 4:14 hours March 1 afternoon

Thursday Banquet Talk, Mar. 1, George Miley, 1:04 hours Banquet presentation

Friday all day, Mar. 2, 2012, Ide, Reed, Lundquist, Fresco, Putnam, Valone, Woods, Bouchard, 6:40 hours March 2 all day

SPESIF-COFE5 News Release, Feb. 20, 2012 (click here)

Poster for SPESIF event




IRI logo Amer Astro Soc logoCOFE

UMd SPPL logo Nuclear Astrosociology

SPESIF-COFE4 2011 Press Releases: (1) Energy Breakthrough Announcement at SPESIF-COFE4 ; (2) Life Extension discovery at U of Md conference

View ALL of the SPESIF2011-COFE4 papers and download ANY of them for FREE (pdf): Physics Procedia - ScienceDirect (c) Elsevier B.V.

COFE4 Invited and Accepted Speakers

click here for a Review of the past 2011 SPESIF-COFE4

Link du jour





JUNE 22ND, 2006

In the summer of 2000, members of MI5 and the FBI met in the Washington office of the FBI. The purpose of the meeting was to finalise the details of the stitch up of Michael McKevitt. Back in the mid 1990’s the FBI had supplied MI5 with a paid informant, David Rupert. Rupert had worked with the FBI since 1974. He was a multiple bankrupt and a career informant for 30 years, working initially with the FBI and later with MI5. During those years he was arrested for cheque and wire fraud as well as suspected white slavery having been found with a 15 year old run-away in his truck. He was never charged or convicted of any of the above. However his informant services where used extensively throughout the same period.

Rupert travelled to Ireland spying on Irish citizens from the early 1990’s. During the mid 90’s Rupert was introduced to MI5 who according to him directed and controlled his actions while in Ireland. At one point the FBI funded the lease of a Bar and adjoining caravan and camping holiday park in Co. Leitrim as a base for Rupert to spy from. Rupert claimed the park was being used by IRA sympathisers and duly sent the names, addresses and telephone numbers of all the families mainly from Belfast who had holidayed in the park to the FBI and MI5. This was at a time when Loyalist death squads were receiving information from state forces to set up and murder selected individuals on their instructions. The Garda authorities were aware of Rupert passing details on to FBI/MI5 about Irish citizens yet they chose to allow this to happen.

Throughout his stay in Ireland Rupert claimed he forwarded all of the relevant intelligence he had acquired to MI5 via encrypted e-mails. Between 1997 and 2001 Rupert posted 2166 e-mails to his paymasters in British intelligence.

According to an article in Forum Magazine:

“On 11 April 1998, Rupert dispatched his most controversial e-mail to MI5 headquarters. It was almost five months before the now infamous maroon Vauxhall Cavalier would decimate the centre of Omagh town and kill 29 people. For this reason the e-mail was all the more startling because in it Rupert informed MI5 that a dissident republican group was planning a car bomb attack in Omagh. The April car bomb attack in Omagh was eventually frustrated by Gardai south of the border. However, MI5 management knew the threat was only postponed and not extinguished. Within days MI5 e-mailed Rupert: “We disrupted the intention to use the car bomb, but maybe not for long”. MI5 obviously foresaw the strong likelihood of a renewed attempt to bomb Omagh. However, MI5 now held the advantage over the would-be car bombers in that from as early as April 1998 it knew Omagh was a likely target for a dissident republican car bomb attack.

Omagh bomb August 1998.

Rupert’s e-mails were not the only pre-August 15th information in MI5’s possession which pointed to a dissident republican attack in Omagh. A second key piece of intelligence came to light on August 4 when an anonymous phone-caller warned British intelligence of a planned dissident republican gun and bomb attack in Omagh on August 15. MI5 subsequently claimed that it dismissed this anonymous phone-warning as a rogue RUC Special Branch call. However, this was a poor attempt at distraction. The importance in all of this is that whereas Rupert provided specific details with regard to the proposed location of the planned bombing, this phone-warning supplemented his e-mail intelligence by not only confirming the location, but also providing the all important precise date of the planned attack.

However, the windfall of dissident republican intelligence did not end there. MI5 possessed a third piece of high-grade information which indicated that a car bomb attack was scheduled for mid-August. Two days before the Omagh bombing, FRU agent Kevin Fulton met with a Real IRA informant whose clothing, according to Fulton, was covered in dust particles of homemade explosives. Fulton correctly suspected that a car bomb attack was in an advanced stage of planning. Fulton provided British intelligence with the agent’s name and car registration number. Yet once again this vital piece of intelligence was ignored.

But perhaps the most startling disclosure concerning MI5’s foreknowledge of Omagh came during the inquest into the bombing. According to the Sunday Business Post (26/8/2001) leading British barrister Michael Mansfield QC, acting for Lawrence Rush, cross-examined several RUC witnesses. It emerged that a warning specifying the precise location of the bomb had not been passed on to local officers in time to clear the area.

“After that, we started getting threatening calls. We were told by the RUC that our name was on a death-list,” Solicitor Des Doherty said.

The RUC also confirmed to Doherty that a newspaper report of a spy satellite picking out the car used to transport the bomb was correct.

Doherty said. “It is understood that when the RUC contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation in America, they produced information from the satellite.”

This suggests that the maroon Vauxhall Cavalier contained a tracking device which enabled a US GPS satellite not only to follow the car’s movements but also pinpoint its exact location on the day of the bombing. At the request of MI5, US intelligence would have monitored the car as a priority and would have conveyed this surveillance data to MI5 without delay. Yet MI5 chose not to relay this information to RUC officers on the ground on August 15. Furthermore, the presence of a tracking device on the maroon Vauxhall Cavalier indicates the involvement of an MI5 agent in the planning or the execution of the Omagh bombing, at some point between the unlawful procurement of the maroon Vauxhall Cavalier and the detonation of the explosives on August 15.

After the Omagh bombing MI5 ordered Rupert out of Ireland as a matter of urgency. An August 16 MI5 e-mail instructed Rupert to “insulate yourself from the Gardai” [MI5 to David Rupert, E-mail 305, 16-08-98]. Later that night Rupert was ordered to: “Collect tickets at Belfast City Airport…You’ll be here [London] for two nights. We need to talk. It’s extremely important” [MI5 to David Rupert, E-mail 329, 17-08-98]. Rupert’s MI5 handlers obviously feared that their agent might be gripped as part of a massive cross-border investigation and that – if placed under sufficient pressure – Rupert might disclose the prior bomb warning he had conveyed to MI5 in early April in relation to Omagh. Indeed all of Rupert’s MI5 e-mails on Omagh were subsequently withheld from Nuala O’Loan when she conducted her large-scale investigation into the intelligence background to the tragic bombing. By late August 1998 there were a number of skeletons inside MI5’s cupboard.


An FBI agent gave Whitey Bulger 40 pounds of plastic explosives most of which was sent to the IRA a key witness in the Whitey Bulger trial has stated.

Steve Flemmi is the prosecution key witness already serving life without parole who says he accompanies Bulger on most of his murder sprees, including the  strangling of Flemini’s own girlfriend, Debra Davies, because she knew the two men were FBI informers.

On Friday Flemmi  testifies  that in the 1980s, FBI agent John Newton gave him and Bulger a case of C-4 explosives to send to the IRA.

“It was a surprise when we got it,”  Flemmi old the court adding that he believed that Newton, who was a former Green Beret, got the plastic explosives while in military training.

Newton had the explosives in his South Boston home and arranged for the two gangsters to come and pick it up. Newton has denied the accusation.

Links to the IRA have surfaced in the trial. Bulger was very close to senior IRA figure Joe Cahill, meeting him frequently in Boston after he smuggled him across the border from Canada on a supporters bus when the Boston Bruins hockey team were playing a Canadian side.

Bulger idolized Cahill according to Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy two Boston Globe writers who have written a definitive book on Bulger called “Whitey Bulger”

Bulger had an Irish passport obtained legally through  his grandparents nationality in 1987.

Following the explosives hand over, the IRA worked with the Bulger gang on getting more weapons which ended when the Valhalla trawler left Gloucester, Mass in 1984 chock full of guns and explosives for the IRA. The 7 and half tons of weapons was estimated to have cost $1 million dollars

The arms were handed off to an Irish fishing trawler the Marita Ann but that boat was stopped and boarded by Irish navy officials tipped off by an IRA mole.



ALEA visits FBI center at Redstone Arsenal
Officials with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency on Monday addressed attendees of the inaugural FBI Analytical Writing Course at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, according to a press release.

ALEA Secretary Hal Taylor, state Bureau of Investigation Director Gene Wiggins and Alabama Fusion Center Director Jay Moseley spoke about the value of the analytical products to the intelligence and law enforcement communities and the importance of the two-week training, which concluded Friday.

They also expressed thanks to the FBI for providing this training to fusion center intelligence analysts from across the nation.

Fusion centers were created by state and local public safety executives in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and given the mission of assisting in the identification, prevention, mitigation, response and recovery of terrorist acts and other major criminal activity.

“Every day across the 79 fusion centers in 50 states and three U.S. territories, personnel assigned to lead and work in fusion centers from state and local law enforcement, homeland security, fire, public health and emergency management agencies, working alongside federal law enforcement and homeland security partners, are accomplishing that mission,” the release said. “They work to identify behavior that is reasonably indicative of pre-operational planning associated with terrorism or other criminal activity. Fusion center staff are also accomplishing their public safety mission with the protection of privacy, civil rights and civil liberties as a core function of their analytical activities.”

At the heart of every fusion center is an analyst who has the task of developing data into the intelligence products used to identify and prevent threats to communities and aid in the mitigation, response and recovery when public safety resources are unable to stop the threat. The National Network of Fusion Centers has more than 1,000 analysts supported through the development of training courses with federal partners.


The American Behind India's 9/11—And How U.S. Botched Chances to Stop Him - ProPublica

Jan 24, 2013 - Officials say David Coleman Headley slipped through the cracks despite repeated warnings to U.S. ... Indian authorities think the U.S. knew more than it has revealed about the FBI informant's activities ...


The Framing of Michael McKevitt: Omagh, David Rupert, MI5 & FBI Collusion

Excerpt from the booklet, The Framing of Michael McKevitt

The Blanket is serialising the booklet.

Marcella Sands • 22 June 2006

In the summer of 2000, members of MI5 and the FBI met in the Washington office of the FBI. The purpose of the meeting was to finalise the details of the stitch up of Michael McKevitt. Back in the mid 1990’s the FBI had supplied MI5 with a paid informant, David Rupert. Rupert had worked with the FBI since 1974. He was a multiple bankrupt and a career informant for 30 years, working initially with the FBI and later with MI5. During those years he was arrested for cheque and wire fraud as well as suspected white slavery having been found with a 15 year old run-away in his truck. He was never charged or convicted of any of the above. However his informant services where used extensively throughout the same period.

Rupert travelled to Ireland spying on Irish citizens from the early 1990’s. During the mid 90’s Rupert was introduced to MI5 who according to him directed and controlled his actions while in Ireland. At one point the FBI funded the lease of a Bar and adjoining caravan and camping holiday park in Co. Leitrim as a base for Rupert to spy from. Rupert claimed the park was being used by IRA sympathisers and duly sent the names, addresses and telephone numbers of all the families mainly from Belfast who had holidayed in the park to the FBI and MI5. This was at a time when Loyalist death squads were receiving information from state forces to set up and murder selected individuals on their instructions. The Garda authorities were aware of Rupert passing details on to FBI/MI5 about Irish citizens yet they chose to allow this to happen.

Throughout his stay in Ireland Rupert claimed he forwarded all of the relevant intelligence he had acquired to MI5 via encrypted e-mails. Between 1997 and 2001 Rupert posted 2166 e-mails to his paymasters in British intelligence.

According to an article in Forum Magazine:

“On 11 April 1998, Rupert dispatched his most controversial e-mail to MI5 headquarters. It was almost five months before the now infamous maroon Vauxhall Cavalier would decimate the centre of Omagh town and kill 29 people. For this reason the e-mail was all the more startling because in it Rupert informed MI5 that a dissident republican group was planning a car bomb attack in Omagh. The April car bomb attack in Omagh was eventually frustrated by Gardai south of the border. However, MI5 management knew the threat was only postponed and not extinguished. Within days MI5 e-mailed Rupert: "We disrupted the intention to use the car bomb, but maybe not for long". MI5 obviously foresaw the strong likelihood of a renewed attempt to bomb Omagh. However, MI5 now held the advantage over the would-be car bombers in that from as early as April 1998 it knew Omagh was a likely target for a dissident republican car bomb attack.

Rupert's e-mails were not the only pre-August 15th information in MI5's possession which pointed to a dissident republican attack in Omagh. A second key piece of intelligence came to light on August 4 when an anonymous phone-caller warned British intelligence of a planned dissident republican gun and bomb attack in Omagh on August 15. MI5 subsequently claimed that it dismissed this anonymous phone-warning as a rogue RUC Special Branch call. However, this was a poor attempt at distraction. The importance in all of this is that whereas Rupert provided specific details with regard to the proposed location of the planned bombing, this phone-warning supplemented his e-mail intelligence by not only confirming the location, but also providing the all important precise date of the planned attack.

However, the windfall of dissident republican intelligence did not end there. MI5 possessed a third piece of high-grade information which indicated that a car bomb attack was scheduled for mid-August. Two days before the Omagh bombing, FRU agent Kevin Fulton met with a Real IRA informant whose clothing, according to Fulton, was covered in dust particles of homemade explosives. Fulton correctly suspected that a car bomb attack was in an advanced stage of planning. Fulton provided British intelligence with the agent's name and car registration number. Yet once again this vital piece of intelligence was ignored.

But perhaps the most startling disclosure concerning MI5's foreknowledge of Omagh came during the inquest into the bombing. According to the Sunday Business Post (26/8/2001) leading British barrister Michael Mansfield QC, acting for Lawrence Rush, cross-examined several RUC witnesses. It emerged that a warning specifying the precise location of the bomb had not been passed on to local officers in time to clear the area.

"After that, we started getting threatening calls. We were told by the RUC that our name was on a death-list," Solicitor Des Doherty said.
The RUC also confirmed to Doherty that a newspaper report of a spy satellite picking out the car used to transport the bomb was correct.
Doherty said. "It is understood that when the RUC contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation in America, they produced information from the satellite.”

This suggests that the maroon Vauxhall Cavalier contained a tracking device which enabled a US GPS satellite not only to follow the car's movements but also pinpoint its exact location on the day of the bombing. At the request of MI5, US intelligence would have monitored the car as a priority and would have conveyed this surveillance data to MI5 without delay. Yet MI5 chose not to relay this information to RUC officers on the ground on August 15. Furthermore, the presence of a tracking device on the maroon Vauxhall Cavalier indicates the involvement of an MI5 agent in the planning or the execution of the Omagh bombing, at some point between the unlawful procurement of the maroon Vauxhall Cavalier and the detonation of the explosives on August 15.

After the Omagh bombing MI5 ordered Rupert out of Ireland as a matter of urgency. An August 16 MI5 e-mail instructed Rupert to "insulate yourself from the Gardai" [MI5 to David Rupert, E-mail 305, 16-08-98]. Later that night Rupert was ordered to: "Collect tickets at Belfast City Airport...You'll be here [London] for two nights. We need to talk. It's extremely important" [MI5 to David Rupert, E-mail 329, 17-08-98]. Rupert's MI5 handlers obviously feared that their agent might be gripped as part of a massive cross-border investigation and that - if placed under sufficient pressure - Rupert might disclose the prior bomb warning he had conveyed to MI5 in early April in relation to Omagh. Indeed all of Rupert's MI5 e-mails on Omagh were subsequently withheld from Nuala O'Loan when she conducted her large-scale investigation into the intelligence background to the tragic bombing. By late August 1998 there were a number of skeletons inside MI5's cupboard.

We now know MI5 possessed four pieces of high-grade intelligence which forewarned of a dissident republican car bomb attack in Omagh on August 15. The earliest intelligence data was dated 11 April. Then came the anonymous August 4 phone-call, Kevin Fulton's August 13 intelligence report and finally the satellite monitoring of the Vauxhall Cavalier arising from a tracking device planted by a British agent involved in the Omagh bombing. Yet notwithstanding this avalanche of intelligence MI5 made no attempt to intercept the bomb How can this operational decision be rationally explained? What was the motivation of MI5 management? Did British intelligence want to protect the identity of its agent at all costs? Or was this yet another "securocrat" plot to subvert the peace?

MI5 management did not want to scupper the peace process, but it did want to protect the identity of its agent and, at the same time, drive - what it hoped would be - the final nail into physical force republicanism at an exceptionally sensitive time in the Irish peace process.”



Queens man says NYPD detectives planted cocaine, marijuana in his apartment in suit
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, July 24, 2017, 1:20 PM

A Queens man is suing to chop down a conviction he blames on detectives who planted evidence.

Anthony Lopez says there's no way cocaine and marijuana were found at his Jamaica apartment — unless police put it there during a bogus 2014 search.

And he says it's no coincidence that two officers at the search, Detectives Kevin Desormeau and Sasha Neve, are now facing criminal charges in Manhattan and Queens for allegedly lying in court documents and testimony about facts in other cases.

Lopez says he was boxed into accepting a misdemeanor plea on a weapons possession charge. In his July 17 lawsuit, Lopez asked a Brooklyn federal judge to rule that his civil rights were violated by the detectives and the NYPD, which he claims failed to train its investigators.





Court cop who forced a woman to perform sex act inside Brooklyn courthouse may face felony charges

 Sgt. Timothy Nolan approached the woman on Oct. 21 as she waited for her boyfriend to post bail at the Schermerhorn St. building during the court’s lunch break, according to the victim.

The 26-year-old stay-at-home mom said the officer asked her to walk with him into the sixth-floor stairwell. Then he exposed himself and began to molest her, she said.

Off-duty NYPD cop arrested after leaving scene of accident
“He should be criminally charged. I don’t want this to happen to anyone else,” said the woman, who was alerted that she will be called to testify before a grand jury in the coming days.

The woman said she immediately reported she was attacked. Nolan was not arrested, but instead he was transferred to the Bronx.


EXCLUSIVE: FBI Seized Smashed Hard Drives From Wasserman Schultz IT Aide’s Home

7:49 PM 07/23/2017
FBI agents seized smashed computer hard drives from the home of Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s information technology (IT) administrator, according to an individual who was interviewed by Bureau investigators in the case.

Pakistani-born Imran Awan, long-time right-hand IT aide to the former Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman, has since desperately tried to get the hard drives back, the individual told The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group.


FBI Denies AP Report About Missing Ex-FBI agent Robert Levinson
FBI Denies AP Report About Missing Ex-FBI agent Robert Levinson ... to safely return Robert (Bob) Levinson home to his family,” the FBI said in a statement.

FBI Octopus

Trump critics failing their own ethics tests
Media experts rushed to his side and claimed that the memos were like his personal diary, and one CNN legal analyst (and former FBI agent) Asha Rangappa ...


How an ex-FBI profiler helped put an innocent man behind bars

JULY 20, 2017
Raymond Lee Jennings wipes away tears during a hearing in a downtown L.A. courtroom. After new evidence was discovered and a former FBI profiler withdrew his testimony, a judge declared Jennings factually innocent. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
Exasperated, Jeffrey Ehrlich paused the true-crime television show every couple of minutes. The same thought kept running through the attorney’s mind: “No, that's wrong.”

The episode of “Killer Instinct” highlighted how the work of a retired FBI profiler had helped convict Ehrlich’s client of killing an 18-year-old woman in a Palmdale parking lot.

There were no fingerprints left behind, no murder weapon. But clues from the crime scene caught the profiler’s attention. The driver’s-side window of the victim’s car had been lowered several inches, suggesting to the profiler that the teen had rolled it down when someone who looked trustworthy approached. And her tube top was askew — a sign, the profiler said, of a botched sexual assault.


Claremont college suspends students for demonstration against pro-police speaker

Claremont McKenna College has suspended three students for a year and two others for a semester for blocking access to a campus event to protest a speaker known for defending police against Black Lives Matter activists.

The action, announced last week, arises out of an April 6 demonstration during which students and others ignored temporary barriers and blocked entrances to the Athenaeum and Kravis Center, where author and commentator Heather Mac Donald was scheduled to speak.

Many participants chanted “black lives matter” and “black lives — they matter here.”

At the time, campus officials and security decided not to make arrests or force the estimated 250 protesters to disperse. Instead, Mac Donald spoke before a handful of observers while the college live-streamed the event. Her 30-minute talk also was made available for later viewing.


Fired San Antonio officer who made feces sandwich was involved in another poop 'prank'

Jan 26, 2017 - A San Antonio police officer fired last year for giving a poop sandwich to a homeless man took part in another feces-related


Top 5 Worst NYPD Brutality Moments

The recent incident with Michael Mineo claiming he was sodomized with a baton by police officers in Brooklyn has shown that police brutality is still a major problem in New York. This is not the first time a minority male has been sodomized by an NYPD officer.

Its seem as if most incidents of brutality in New York involve either sodomy or the shooting of unarmed and innocent civilians. As disturbing as the events actually are, even more disturbing is the amount of times that officers are acquitted for their actions. Here are some of the most disturbing occurrences of police brutality in New York in recent memory.

1. Abner Louima.

What happened to Abner Louima would’ve been disturbing if it happened in the Abu Graib prisons. Abner Louima was at a club in Brooklyn when a fight broke out. Policeman, Justin Volpe, mistakenly took Louima for a man who sucker punched him and began beating him up on the street.

Justin Volpe

Officers took Louima back to the precinct where Volpe continued to beat him. Volpe Kicked him in the testicles and sodomized him with a broomstick, causing critical internal damage. After he was done, Volpe, proudly displayed the excrement and blood stained broomstick to his co-workers and boasted that he had broken a man. Volpe then threatened to kill Louima and his family if he told anyone.

Volpe admitted in court to sodomizing Louima and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Only one other cop involved in the incident, Chris Schwartz, served any time. Louima sued the city successfully for $5.8 million.

2. Sean Bell

Sean Bell was killed on the morning of his wedding day at a strip club in queens. After leaving the nightclub, Bell and his friends were confronted by a plainclothes undercover officer who did not identify himself. When Bell sped off the officer along with his back up, let off 50 rounds into Bell’s vehicle, killing him and severely injuring his friends.

Although nobody in the car was found with a gun, police continued to smear Bell’s character after the incident as if Bell and his friends were under investigation and not the police officers. The officers were charged with manslaughter, reckless endangerment and assault but we’re all acquitted. Protests erupted all over New York and Al Sharpton was arrested.

Watch a Short Movie on Sean Bell

3. Amadou Diallo

Diallo was an immigrant from the republic of Guinea who despite his education worked selling DVD’s and socks on 14th St while studying at night. While returning to to his home after a meal, Diallo caught the eye of 5 NYPD officers who believed he fit the description of a serial rapist. The officers followed him to his apartment door. When Diallo reached into his jacket, a police officer yelled gun and the other officers let off 41 shots, 19 hitting Diallo. No gun was found on Diallo, only a wallet he pulled out to identify himself.

The officers were charged with second-degree murder and reckless endangerment but were acquitted after the trial was moved from the Bronx to more cop-friendly Albany, New York. Diallo’s mother sued the city for $61 million (20 million plus a million for each shot fired) and wound up being awarded $3 million.

Watch The Trailer For The Amadou Diallo Movie

4. Randolph Evans

15 year old Randolph Evans was shot and killed on Thanksgiving Night in 1976. Officer, Robert Torsney, was called to a housing project in Brooklyn to investigate a man with a gun. He met with group of young black men and proceeded to shoot the unarmed Evans for no given reason.  Although he never was treated for epilepsy, Torsney’s defense maintained that he killed Evans because of a rare case of epilepsy and he was acquitted on the grounds of mental insanity.

5. Alberta Spruil.

Albert Spruil was a 57 year old church-going city worker. Her only crime was living in the wrong neighborhood. Cops believed that there was a large amount of guns, drugs and vicious dogs in her Harlem apartment. Without knocking they battered her door in and threw a flash grenade into her apartment. Although they found now weapons or drugs in her apartment, they put her in handcuffs. Despite the fact that she told them she had a heart problem, it took an hour and half to get her to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. The no knock raids have also killed a 92 year old black woman in Atlanta. Although no officers were charged in the incident, Spruil’s family collected $1.6 million for the


Pocatello police 'reviewing' video of man filming FBI building following his arrest
Officer: Photography is violating voyeurism laws

Posted: Jul 23, 2017 06:18 PM MDT
Updated: Jul 23, 2017 07:05 PM

A Chubbuck man claims the Pocatello Police Department violated his First Amendment rights when officers arrested him for recording video from outside the FBI office.

“I stopped directly across the street and filmed vehicles entering the FBI complex for approximately 10 minutes before a police car drove up behind me,” Sean Johnson wrote to KIFI/KIDK reporter Chris Oswalt in an email. “I was standing on the sidewalk across the street from the complex, near a bus stop. I was just standing there filming, not saying anything to anyone, nor waving my arms around or otherwise causing a commotion.”

The video recorded in June, which is posted on YouTube, has just over 1,800 views. Johnson said he posted the video to raise awareness of “local police force's attitude and knowledge towards First Amendment activity.”

In the video, which starts with Johnson zooming in on the license plate of a vehicle pulling into a secured parking lot, an exchange can be heard between a Pocatello officer and Johnson begin about 27 seconds into the video.

“Everything alright?” the officer asked. Johnson does not acknowledge the officer until the unidentified officer tells Johnson he “got a call” that Johnson “was recording the FBI building.”

“That's correct, I am,” Johnson can be heard saying in the video.

During the nearly six-minute video, the officer continually explained to Johnson that he was conducting a criminal investigation into Johnson's recording.

"Right now I am conducting a criminal investigation,” the officer is heard saying. “We got a report that you were recording the FBI building. So I need to see your identification"

"What crime?" Johnson replied. “Public voyeurism,” the officer answered.

Idaho code does not have a public voyeurism law. There is, however, a video voyeurism code. It is listed under “Chapter 66: Sex Crimes.” Much of the code is targeted at sex crimes and sexual exploitation of another person. It does not address filming from a public right way, which is a protected federal right.

“Did you get their permission to record?” the officer asks Johnson in the video.

“Do I need their permission?” Johnson asks in a reply. “Absolutely,” the officer is heard saying. “It is called public voyeurism,” he continues.

The officer continually uses public voyeurism as grounds for his conversation with Johnson, telling him he needs permission to record a federal building and employees.

A three-page memo to all federal employees and law enforcement from August 2010 says otherwise. In the memo, it clearly reads “remember the public has the right to photograph the exterior of Federal Buildings from publicly accessible spaces, such as streets, sidewalks, parks or plazas.”

The memo goes onto say the recording of federal buildings cannot impede on law enforcement operations. Johnson is charged with resisting or obstructing officers.

Throughout the six-minute video, officers can be heard repeatedly asking Johnson for his ID. Each time, he provides little information until officers place him under arrest, explaining their reasoning.

"I gave you plenty of opportunities to provide identification,” the officer is heard. “You didn't identify yourself. I'm conducting an investigation for unlawful reason of you providing identification. So tell me who you are. Sean Johnson? That's a pretty common name."

“I was taken to jail and held for 15 hours until I paid my bail of $300 directly from my own account,” Johnson wrote in his email. “I have since retained an attorney and the expectation is that the charge of 'obstruction and delay' will be dropped by the prosecutor.”

The Pocatello Police Department said it is aware of the “YouTube video concerning filming of the FBI facility. The department is looking into the matter."

Hundreds of comments have flooded the police department's Facebook page starting the night of Saturday, July 23. Following several comments regarding the video and arrest, a spokesperson said the police department's Facebook page was taken down by an employee, but could not elaborate on why.”

“That will be determined this week,” city spokesperson Logan McDonnell said in a phone call with Oswalt.

The Facebook page has since been restored.

Johnson says he is considering legal action against the city.

"I am definitely considering it, but since my pretrial conference has not even happened yet I think it's a bit early yet," Johnson wrote. "The conference had been rescheduled to 8/10 due to a delay of the city providing materials as part of the discovery process."

Pocatello Police were criticized by the public earlier this month when a video surfaced showing an officer appearing to be sleeping on the job. The department said it was investigating that video back on July 1. Today, the department says the officer is still employed.

“As it is a personnel issue, we cannot comment further," a statement said.



FBI turns over 7,000 documents from Weiner laptop in Clinton-tied case


South Miami Just Made a Huge Rooftop Solar Decision

Published: July 20th, 2017
South Miami this week became the first city outside of California to require all new homes to install solar panels on their roofs. Six cities in the Golden State began requiring solar to be installed on new homes over the past few years. But in Florida, where voters killed proposed solar restrictions last year, South Miami is now a pioneer.

This week, the South Miami City Commission in a 4-1 vote approved a law requiring solar panels to be installed on all new homes built in the city.

 Solar panels line the exterior wall of an apartment building in Santa Monica, Calif.
Credit: LimelightPower/flickr
Mayor Philip Stoddard says the city is trying to cut its carbon footprint because the region will be deeply affected by climate change, especially as sea levels rise.

“We’re down in South Florida where climate change and sea level rise are existential threats, so we’re looking for every opportunity to promote renewable energy,” Stoddard said. “It’s carbon reduction, plain and simple. We have a pledge for carbon neutrality. We support the Paris Climate Agreement.”

Stoddard said he expects only a few new homes and other buildings to be built in South Miami this year because the city of about 11,000 is surrounded on all sides by dense urban development and has very little space for new construction. But the requirement for new homes complements the city’s push for existing homeowners to put solar on their roofs.


It also sets an example for other cities that may be considering doing the same thing. 

Action to expand renewables on the local level is critical at a time when the federal government has stepped back from advocating for renewable energy, said Jeremy Firestone, director of the Center for Carbon-free Power Integration at the University of Delaware.

Rooftop solar helps wean America’s electric power system off coal and natural gas power plants that pollute the atmosphere with large amounts of carbon dioxide. President Obama made support for rooftop solar a part of his Climate Action Plan, which the Trump administration has abandoned.

“These mandates will have an effect locally,” Firestone said. “As to the larger effect, they would hopefully move states to increase the fraction of (electricity) generation that has to be dedicated toward renewable energy.”

 A solar panel is insallted on a San Francisco rooftop.
Credit: Brian Kusler/flickr
Solar installation mandates would also help accelerate the acceptance of rooftop solar across the country, said K Kaufmann, spokeswoman for the Smart Electric Power Alliance, a nonpartisan renewable energy education organization in Washington, D.C.

As solar panel costs have fallen in recent years, a growing number of homes have installed them, often with the assistance of companies such as SolarCity, which helps to finance and install photovoltaic panels.

Rooftop solar makes up only a tiny fraction — less than 1 percent — of all the electricity generated in the U.S.. The amount of electricity generated by solar panels installed on homes and businesses across the country is expected to grow by 70 percent by the end of next year.

So far, the largest city in the country to mandate rooftop solar panels is San Francisco, which began requiring them on most new buildings beginning in January. The city mandates that solar panels, a “living roof,” or a combination of the two occupy between 15 and 30 percent of the surface area of a new rooftop. A “living roof” is covered with grass, trees or other vegetation.

Other California cities that have mandated solar panel installations include Culver City, San Mateo, Lancaster, Sebastopol and Santa Monica.

In Florida, the rooftop solar mandate didn’t come easily for South Miami.

Florida utilities and other groups launched a ballot initiative last year in an attempt to limit the expansion of rooftop solar. The proposed amendment to the state constitutional would have allowed utilities to charge fees to solar panel owners as a way to make up for the loss of revenue when homeowners generate their own electricity, according to Politifact.


The state’s largest utilities spent more than $20 million to support the ballot initiative, but the measure failed at the polls in November. South Miami’s electric utility, Florida Power and Light, which supported the ballot measure, did not respond to a request for comment.

In June, the South Miami solar mandate was opposed by the Washington, D.C. lobbying group Family Businesses for Affordable Energy, which says on its website that homeowners expose themselves to “predatory companies” that hide various costs associated with solar installations. The group did not respond to requests for comment.

“Despite all our sunshine, public utilities have spent tens of millions of dollars to fight solar,” Stoddard said. The measure’s defeat helped clear the way for the city to push solar panel installations for both new and existing homes.

“I expect to see a lot more


Sex, joy rides and car chases: Scandal in LAPD youth cadet program sparks alarm and calls for reform

The police officer talked strategy with the young cadets as they prepared for an obstacle course competition.

Should the strongest person go first? The tallest? Teamwork was important, said the officer, Ruby Aguirre.

As the teenagers — addressing everyone with a “Sir” or “Ma’am” — powered across monkey bars or scrambled to catch footballs in Elysian Park earlier this month, the scene seemed straight out of a recruiting brochure for the Los Angeles Police Department’s cadet program, which enrolls over 2,000 local youths.

But a recent scandal involving cadets, stolen police cars and illicit sex was not far from their minds.

The disturbing events have illuminated deficiencies both in the cadet program and in how the LAPD keeps tabs on its cars and other equipment.

The department’s written manual governing contact between cadets and adults has not been updated in more than a decade, even though a police officer was recently convicted of sexual crimes involving a 16-year-old cadet.

In the LAPD’s equipment rooms, officers say a culture of laxity has become the norm, creating opportunities for anyone — volunteers, cadets or officers — to walk off with property.
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"What if you lived in a country where, after the Administration negligently failed to prevent a major terrorist attack, they deliberately exploited everyone's fears and utilized shock doctrine to do INSANELY stupid and dangerous things: things like launching costly pre-emptive wars, subverting law, and destroying the checks and balances of the Constitution and common standards of decency by re-instituting torture? Well, We DO live in that country."

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Sibel Edmonds
Sibel Deniz Edmonds is a former translator who worked as a contractor for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and founder of the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition (NSWBC). Edmonds gained public attention following her firing from her position as a language specialist at the FBI's Washington Field Office in March 2002. She had accused a colleague of covering up illicit activity involving Turkish nationals, alleged serious security breaches and cover-ups and that intelligence had been deliberately suppressed, endangering national security. [1][2][3] Her later claims gained her awards and fame as a whistleblower.[4]

Sibel Deniz Edmonds
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Born    1970 (age 46–47)
Nationality    Turkish-American Iranian-American
Known for    American Whistleblower
She is the founder and publisher of the Boiling Frogs Post, an online media site that aims to offer nonpartisan investigative journalism.[5] In 2016 as editor-in-chief Sibel expanded and founded NewsBud independent news media with associates, partnered with BFP.[6]

Sibel Edmonds published a memoir in March 2012, titled Classified Woman – The Sibel Edmonds Story.[7]

Early life and education    Edit

The daughter of an Iranian Azerbaijani father and Turkish mother,[8] Edmonds lived in Iran and then Turkey before coming to the United States as a student[9] in 1988. Fluent in Azerbaijani, Turkish, Persian and English,[9][10][11] Edmonds earned her bachelor's degree in criminal justice and psychology from George Washington University[9] and her master's in public policy and international commerce from George Mason University.[10]

FBI employment    Edit

Edmonds worked for the FBI for six months from late September 2001 until March 2002. Edmonds was hired, as a contractor, to work as an interpreter in the translations unit of the FBI in Washington on 13[12] September, 15 September or 20 September 2001. Among her main roles was to translate covertly recorded conversations by Turkish diplomatic and political targets.[1]

Edmonds filed complaints about the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility and the United States Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General. In response, she claims that managers retaliated[13] against her, and she was fired on 22 March 2002. In June 2002, the Associated Press and Washington Post reported that the FBI claimed Edmonds was dismissed because her actions were disruptive and breached security and that she performed poorly at her job.[14] A 2005 internal investigation by the FBI Office of the Inspector General found that many of Edmonds's allegations of misconduct "had some basis in fact" and that "her allegations were at least a contributing factor in the FBI’s decision to terminate her services," but were unable to substantiate all of her allegations, nor did they make a statement regarding her dismissal being improper.[15]

Edmonds's allegations of impropriety at the FBI later came to the attention of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which held unclassified hearings on the matter on 17 June 2002, and 9 July 2002. During the hearings, the FBI provided various unclassified documents and statements relating to the case, which led to Senators Patrick Leahy and Chuck Grassley sending letters, dated 19 June 2002, 13 August 2002, and 28 October 2002 – to Inspector General Glenn A. Fine, Attorney General Ashcroft, and FBI Director Robert Mueller, respectively – asking for explanations and calling for an independent audit of the FBI's translation unit. These documents were published on the Senators' web sites.[16][17][18]

Post-FBI    Edit

In April 2004, Edmonds claimed she had provided information to the panel investigating the September 11 attacks in February that year. Although she started work shortly after 9/11 and worked for just over six months, she claimed knowledge of information circulating within the FBI during spring and summer of 2001. The session was closed and over three hours long, she said. Reportedly, she told the commission that the FBI knew of a planned attack months away and the terrorists were in place. She stated, "There was general information about the time-frame, about methods to be used but not specifically about how they would be used and about people being in place and who was ordering these sorts of terror attacks. There were other cities that were mentioned. Major cities with skyscrapers."[12] On the 26th, a deposition of Edmonds was quashed under the state secrets privilege.[19]

On 13 May 2004, Ashcroft submitted statements to justify the use of the State secrets privilege against the planned deposition by Edmonds,[20] and the same day, the FBI retroactively classified as Top Secret all of the material and statements that had been provided to the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2002 relating to Edmonds's own lawsuit, as well as the letters that had been sent by the Senators and republished by the Project on Government Oversight.[21]

On 23 June 2004, the retroactive reclassification was challenged in a suit filed by the Project on Government Oversight, citing fear that the group might be retroactively punished for having published the letters on its website. The Justice Department tried to get the suit dismissed, and the Justice Department explicitly approved their release to the Project on Government Oversight.[22] The reclassification did, however, keep Edmonds from testifying in the class action suit as well as her own whistleblower suit.[23][24] The latter decision was appealed, and Inspector General Glenn A. Fine released a summary of the audit report, claiming "that many of her allegations were supported, that the FBI did not take them seriously enough, and that her allegations were, in fact, the most significant factor in the FBI's decision to terminate her services. Rather than investigate Edmonds's allegations vigorously and thoroughly, the FBI concluded that she was a disruption and terminated her contract."[25]

In August 2004, Edmonds founded the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition (NSWBC), which exists to assist national security whistleblowers through advocacy and reform.[26][27][28] Edmonds is also the founder and publisher of the Boiling Frogs Post, an online media site that aims to offer nonpartisan investigative journalism[5] featuring contributions, collaborations, and interviews with journalists like James Corbett of The Corbett Report.

In September 2005, Edmonds claimed in Vanity Fair that a price was set for Dennis Hastert to withdraw support for the Armenian Genocide resolution. That the "... Turkish Consulate ... claimed in one recording that the price for Hastert to withdraw the resolution would have been at least $500,000."[29][30]

In September 2006, a documentary about Edmonds's case called Kill the Messenger (Une Femme à Abattre) premiered in France.[31] The film discusses the Edmonds case and offers interviews with various involved individuals. In the film, Edmonds, former CIA agent Philip Giraldi, and others say that Israel was a significant actor in the illicit activities Edmonds discovered.

Edmonds gave testimony in August 2009 and gave information that had twice previously been gagged under state secrets privilege.[32][33]

On 1 February 2011, Edmonds published a story on her own website, adding details of events she described as taking place in April 2001. The account is of another translator's description of meetings with an Iranian informant months before 9/11, and FBI agents' reaction to it:

Bin Laden’s group is planning a massive terrorist attack in the United States. The order has been issued. They are targeting major cities, big metropolitan cities; they think four or five cities; New York City, Chicago, Washington DC, and San Francisco; possibly Los Angeles or Las Vegas. They will use airplanes to carry out the attacks. They said that some of the individuals involved in carrying this out are already in the United States. They are here in the U.S., living among us, and I believe some in US government already know about all of this.
It was believed the agents reported this information internally at the FBI, but it is unclear that it ever went beyond that, in fact, both the agents remarked, and the translator told Edmonds, that the intelligence was not specific enough to take action upon.[34]

Classified Woman    Edit

In 2012, she published an autobiography called Classified Woman – The Sibel Edmonds Story: A Memoir. Reviewing the book for The American Conservative, Philip Giraldi said that some details of the book could be challenged due to passage of time. However, he felt the central thesis of government incompetence and corruption was correct.[35]

Operation Gladio B    Edit

According to Edmonds, "Operation Gladio B" is an FBI codename adopted in 1997 for ongoing relations between US intelligence, the Pentagon, and Al Qaeda.[36] The name refers to the original Operation Gladio, in which US intelligence had established groups (stay-behind forces) in Europe in preparation for a Soviet invasion.

According to Edmonds, Gladio B identified, among other things, regular meetings between senior US intelligence and current leader of Al Qaeda Ayman al-Zawahiri at the U.S. embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan between 1997 and 2001, with al-Zawahiri and other mujahideen being transported by NATO aircraft to Central Asia and the Balkans to participate in Pentagon-backed destabilisation operations. She added that in 1997, NATO asked Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to release from prison Islamist militants affiliated with Ayman al-Zawahiri. They were flown by U.S. intelligence orders to Turkey for training and use in operations by the Pentagon. Additionally, she reported that an Al-Qaeda leader had been training some of the 9-11 hijackers at a base in Turkey. These and related allegations were seemingly confirmed by Sunday Times journalists in 2008 who spoke to Pentagon and MI6 sources.[37] However, according to Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed,[38] the journalists were prevented from publishing many of these allegations when the second half of their four-part series was dropped, possibly due to pressure from the U.S. State Department. She suggests that the objectives of Gladio B are "projecting U.S. power in the former Soviet sphere of influence to access previously untapped strategic energy and mineral reserves for U.S. and European companies; pushing back Russian and Chinese power; and expanding the scope of lucrative criminal activities, particularly illegal arms and drugs trafficking." Former FBI special agent Dennis Saccher states Edmonds's story "should have been front page news" because it is "a scandal bigger than Watergate".[38]

NewsBud    Edit

Sibel Edmonds, along with others, formed NewsBud,[39] a nonpartisan journalism team supported by Kickstarter donations (setting a new fund raising records for news media, $150,000 each for the 1st & 2nd of 4 phases) by a growing community seeking alternative online news, investigative reports, analysis, original stories, video-podcasts, editorials, and discussion forums.[40] Sibel Edmonds's primarily solo Boiling Frogs Post featuring articles and videos is being merged and absorbed into NewsBud - so BFP content is becoming NewsBud content and NewsBud content occasionally appears as a BFP heading or website.[5]

Bibliography    Edit

Sibel D. Edmonds: Classified Woman – The Sibel Edmonds Story: A Memoir. (2012) ISBN 0-615-60222-3
Sibel D. Edmonds: The Lone Gladio (Volume 1) (2014) ISBN 0-692-21329-5
See also    Edit

Able Danger
Anthony Shaffer
Operation Cyclone
Transparency International
David Kelly
Downing Street memo
Stanley Hilton
American Turkish Council
Brewster Jennings & Associates
References    Edit

^ a b Calvert, Jonathan; Lauria, Joe (6 January 2008). "For sale: West’s deadly nuclear secrets". The Sunday Times. London. Retrieved 23 May 2010.
^ "FBI denies file exposing nuclear secrets theft". The Sunday Times. 20 January 2008.
^ Calvert, Jonathan; Lauria, Joe (27 January 2008). "Tip-off thwarted nuclear spy ring probe". The Sunday Times.
^ Larry Siems (29 March 2006). "2006 PEN/Newman's Own First Amendment Award". PEN American Center. Archived from the original on 20 February 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
^ a b c About Boiling Frogs Post. URL accessed 20 April 2010.
^ Edmonds, Sibel. "About NewsBud". NewsBud. NewsBud. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
^ "The Sibel Edmonds Story | A Memoir". Classified Woman. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
^ "Sibel Edmonds". KKC.
^ a b c Rose, David (15 August 2005). "An Inconvenient Patriot". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 9 December 2016. "But as a naturalized Turkish-American, she saw the job as her patriotic duty."
^ a b "National Security Whistleblowers Coalition – About Us". Retrieved 15 October 2008.
^ Kill The Messenger (2006) documentary, CANAL+ / Zadig Productions, 2006, from 4m47s to 4m55s
^ a b BUNCOMBE, ANDREW. "'I saw papers that show US knew al-Qa'ida would attack cities with aeroplanes'". Independent. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
^ US Court of Appeals Reply Brief of the Plaintiff-Appellant, SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT
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^ "FBI Told to Give Papers to Whistleblower". highbeam.com.
^ "A Review of the FBI's Actions in Connection With Allegations Raised By Contract Linguist Sibel Edmonds". U.S. Department of Justice - Office of the Inspector General.
^ "Government is Abusing "States Secrets Privilege" to Cover Up National Security Blunders, ACLU Says". ACLU. 12 January 2005. Retrieved 16 August 2009.
^ "Grassley Seeks Overhaul of FBI's Translation Unit". 28 October 2002. Archived from the original on 15 October 2006. Retrieved 16 August 2009.
^ "August 13, 2002 letter from Senators Leahy & Grassley to Attorney General John Ashcroft". 13 August 2002. Archived from the original on 20 November 2002. Retrieved 16 August 2009.
^ Strohm, Chris (30 April 2004). "Quashed Testimony". Government Executive. Archived from the original on 3 August 2004.
^ "Statement of John Ashcroft filed in Burnett v. Al Baraka Investment & Dev. Corp." (PDF). 13 May 2004. Retrieved 16 August 2009.
^ "POGO v. John Ashcroft".
^ Smith, R. Jeffrey (23 February 2005). "Access to Memos Is Affirmed". The Washington Post. Retrieved 23 May 2010.
^ "FBI translator suit dismissed over security issues". CNN. 6 July 2004. Retrieved 16 August 2009.
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^ "A Review of the FBI's Actions in Connection With Allegations Raised By Contract Linguist Sibel Edmonds, Special Report, January 2005 (Unclassified Summary)" (PDF). Office of the Inspector General, Office of Oversight and Review. July 2004. pp. 10–11, 31. Retrieved 19 June 2007. We found that many of Edmonds's core allegations relating to the co-worker were supported by either documentary evidence or witnesses other than Edmonds. … With respect to an allegation that focused on the co-worker's performance, which Edmonds believed to be an indication of a security problem, the evidence clearly corroborated Edmonds's allegations. … With regard to some of Edmonds's allegations, the OIG did not find evidence to support her allegation or the inferences that she drew from certain facts. However, Edmonds's assertions regarding the co-worker, when viewed as a whole, raised substantial questions and were supported by various pieces of evidence. … Rather than investigate Edmonds's allegations vigorously and thoroughly, the FBI concluded that she was a disruption and terminated her contract. We concluded that the FBI could not show, by clear and convincing evidence, that it would have terminated Edmonds's services absent her disclosures. … We believe that many of her allegations were supported, that the FBI did not take them seriously enough, and that her allegations were, in fact, the most significant factor in the FBI's decision to terminate her services. HTML version also available.
^ National Security Whistleblowers Coalition purpose message. URL accessed 20 April 2010.
^ Edmonds, Sibel. "Newsbud’s Warning on the Fake News Bucket List - Watch out for the Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing". NewsBud. NewsBud. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
^ Edmonds, Sibel. "Newsbud’s Warning on the Fake News Bucket List - Watch out for the Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing". YouTube. NewsBud. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
^ "An Inconvenient Patriot". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
^ "Hastert Should also be Investigated On Turkish Bribery Accusations". The Californian Courier. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
^ "Kill The Messenger Une Femme à Abattre". justacitizen.com. Retrieved 5 September 2006.
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^ "An Introduction to "Gladio B"". The Corbett Report.
^ "For sale: West's deadly nuclear secrets". The Sunday Times. 6 January 2008. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
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^ "NewsBud - Where Media Integrity Matters". NewsBud. NewsBud. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
^ "NEWSBUD- Where Media Integrity Matters: Join Our Campaign for a 100% People Funded Media". Boiling Frogs Post. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
External links    Edit

Sibel Edmonds's sites:

Official website
Boiling Frogs Post
National Security Whistleblowers Coalition
Other sites:

Inspector General Report
ACLU: "Sibel Edmonds: A Patriot Silenced, Unjustly Fired but Fighting Back to Help Keep America Safe"
The Corbett Report

Does FBI plan to send in their violence expert Agent Spicocchi to investigate Utah police officer mistreatment of nurse ?
Head of Utah Crime Family asks for help.

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FBI Official Gets Six Years

Thursday, March 13, 2008
In a courtroom crowded with his friends from law enforcement, a former FBI official was sentenced yesterday to six years in prison for torturing his girlfriend at knifepoint and gunpoint during a six-hour ordeal in her Crystal City high-rise apartment.

Carl L. Spicocchi, 55, a 19-year FBI veteran who had run the Toledo office and was on temporary assignment in Washington, pleaded guilty in Arlington County Circuit Court last year to two felony counts of abduction and using a firearm in the Aug. 23 attack.

"This obviously was a horrific crime," Circuit Court Judge James F. Almand said. "It requires a substantial sentence and a substantial amount of time."

Almand sentenced Spicocchi to 10 years in prison, suspending four of them.

Spicocchi, who is married, believed his girlfriend was dating another man and attacked her in a jealous rage, according to court records. But the girlfriend, who said she was too fearful of Spicocchi to appear in court yesterday, said in a statement that she was not unfaithful.

"He thought she was cheating on him, but she wasn't," said Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Lisa Bergman. The attack "came completely out of the blue," Bergman said.

In the statement, read by Bergman, the woman gave this account: When she came home that day, she found Spicocchi hiding in a closet, armed with a gun and a 10-inch knife. He stripped her and wrapped her in tape, then dragged her around the apartment by her hair. He forced the gun into her mouth and held the knife to her throat. He beat her repeatedly. He told her that he would cut open her veins and that, because of his training, he knew how long it would take the blood to drain from her body.

"He said I had met my match," she said in the statement.

He told her that he planned to kill her and that she would soon join her father, who had died 10 months earlier. He said that he would write a check for $100,000 from her account and flee to South America after she was dead and that he had a plane ticket for a 6 a.m. flight.



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Spy Court Fast Facts
Posted: Sep 07, 2017 8:40 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 07, 2017 8:40 PM EDT
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(CNN) -- Here's a look at what you need to know about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court was created in 1978.

It exists to oversee and authorize activities carried out under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA).

About the Court:
Before the Patriot Act, foreign intelligence had to be a primary purpose of the investigation. Now, foreign intelligence has to be a significant purpose.

The court meets in a high security room, on the sixth floor of the Justice Department.

All proceedings of the court are secret.

The court has two parts: a lower court and a Court of Review.

The lower court has a rotating panel of 11 Federal District Court judges. At least three of the judges must live within 20 miles of the District of Columbia.

Currently the judges are:
Rosemary Collyer
James Boasberg
Rudolph Contreras
Anne Conway
Raymond Dearie
Claire Eagan
Martin Feldman
James Jones
Robert Kugler
Michael Mosman
Thomas Russell
F. Dennis Saylor

The judges are:
William Bryson (Presiding), Federal Circuit
Jose Cabranes (Second Circuit)
Richard Tallman (Ninth Circuit)

The Chief Justice of the United States appoints all of the judges.

October 26, 2001 - President George W. Bush signs into law the USA Patriot Act, after the attacks of September 11th.

May 17, 2002 - FISC turns down the Justice Department's request to allow intelligence agents and criminal prosecutors more freedom to work together on cases. According to the New York Times, this is the first time in its 24-year history that the court turned down a request from the Justice Department.

May 17, 2002 - The court identifies 75 cases in which the FBI and Justice Department submitted false information in order to gain approval for surveillance. All of the cases occurred during the administration of Bill Clinton.

August 22, 2002 - The Justice Department appeals the ruling handed down by the lower court in May.

September 9, 2002 - The Court of Review meets for the first time in its history. The judges hear arguments from Solicitor General Theodore Olson that the USA Patriot Act of 2001 has expanded the scope of FISA and allows for greater cooperation between intelligence and law enforcement agencies. No other opinions are heard, as per the rules of the court.

September 10, 2002 - The Senate Judiciary Committee calls on the Court of Review to make public all transcripts from the September 9 hearing, as well as the Court's decision. Senator Patrick Leahy, head of the Judiciary Committee, says, "We need to know how this law (the Patriot Act) is being interpreted and applied.''

November 2, 2002 - The Court of Review overturns a key court ruling which had placed limits on the government's use of wiretaps targeting suspected spies and terrorists.

February 12, 2003 - The ACLU, along with a coalition of other civil liberties groups, asks the Supreme Court to overturn new, more lenient standards for wiretaps in foreign intelligence investigations. It would have been the first time for the Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of such wiretaps, known as FISAS for the act they are named after - the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

March 25, 2003 - The Supreme Court turns down the request by the ACLU without comment.

December 15, 2005 - The New York Times reports that President Bush signed a presidential order in 2002 allowing the NSA to eavesdrop on Americans and others in the US (on international calls) without obtaining warrants through FISC. The newspaper reports that as many as 500 people in the US are being monitored at any one time, and between 5,000 and 7,000 people overseas are being wiretapped.

December 16, 2005 - In his live weekly radio address, President Bush acknowledges that he has authorized wiretaps without warrants but defends the action as "fully consistent with my constitutional responsibilities and authorities."

December 19, 2005 - At a news conference, President Bush defends the warrant-less wiretapping by saying, "This program is carefully reviewed approximately every 45 days to ensure it is being used properly. Leaders in the United States Congress have been briefed more than a dozen times on this program. And it has been effective in disrupting the enemy while safeguarding our civil liberties. This program has targeted those with known links to al-Qaida. I've reauthorized this program more than 30 times since September the 11th attacks, and I intend to do so for so long as the nation faces the continuing threat of an enemy that wants to kill our American citizens."

December 19, 2005 - Lower court judge James Robertson resigns, via letter to Chief Justice John Roberts. According to the Washington Post, the resignation is in protest of President Bush's actions concerning the warrant-less wiretaps.

August 17, 2006 - Judge Anna Diggs Taylor, of US District Court in the Eastern District of Michigan Southern Division, strikes down the NSA warrant-less wiretapping program, saying that it violates free speech and privacy rights.

January 17, 2007 - The Bush administration announces that it will allow the court to oversee its domestic surveillance program and will seek the court's permission before eavesdropping. This reverses the position held by the administration since the secret wiretapping program was revealed in 2005.

August 5, 2007 - President Bush signs into law the Protect America of 2007 which updates the Foreign Surveillance Act of 1978, but only for a period of six months. The new law gives the attorney general or the director of national intelligence the authority to approve surveillance of suspected terrorists overseas, bypassing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

April 30, 2008 - The Justice Department announces that FISC approved 2,370 warrants in 2007, a 9% increase over 2006.

April 2011 - The Justice Department announces that FISC approved all of the 1,511 surveillance applications put before it in 2010. Five cases were withdrawn by the government.

June 5, 2013 - British newspaper The Guardian publishes a top secret FISA court order requiring Verizon to turn over millions of its customers' telephone records to the National Security Agency. According to the report, the order was requested by the FBI and gives the NSA blanket access to the phone records of millions of Americans.

January 17, 2014 - President Barack Obama calls on Congress to authorize establishment of a new panel of outside advocates to participate in "significant cases" before the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that handles intelligence collection issues.

June 2, 2015 - The president signs the USA Freedom Act, which includes a number of FISA court reforms. FISA court decisions will be declassified, as per the law, and an expert panel will be established to advise the court on civil liberties, technology and other matters. Under the new rules, investigative agencies must get FISA court authorization to access metadata from telecommunications companies.

June 29, 2015 - The court rules that the NSA can resume bulk collection of phone data and continue to do so for six months. The USA Freedom Act allows the NSA to collect phone records for a limited six-month transitional period.

April 12, 2017 - The Washington Post reports that the FBI and the Justice Department obtained a warrant from a FISA judge to monitor President Donald Trump's former campaign adviser, Carter Page, as part of their investigation into


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WASHINGTON — Subpoenas sent to the Justice Department and FBI from the House Intelligence Committee requesting documents related to ...

FBI Octopus


Gov. Ricketts announces new Nebraska State Patrol superintendent
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Other committee members included retired FBI executive Weysan Dun, former U.S. Attorney for the District of Nebraska Deborah Gilg and Hall County Public ...


In another development Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to affirm the nomination of former FBI agent Russell Coleman as U.S. attorney in Louisville.


Why Is the FBI Really Going After the Researcher Who Stopped WannaCry?

Sep 7 2017, 9:30am


Trump lawyer's wife arrested after allegedly having sex with inmate
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Thursday, September 7, 2017, 5:24 PM


The FBI Has 1475 Page File on Conservative Site Breitbart
Of those 1,475 total documents, only twenty-three are currently publicly available for inspection. And each of those 23 publicly available ...


John le Carré on Trump: ‘Something seriously bad is happening’
Author draws parallels between Donald Trump and rise of 1930s fascism, in rare public appearance at Royal Festival Hall


Texas cop arrested for faking death resigns from job
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, September 7, 2017, 9:08 PM


Deputy accused in Alameda County jail abuse scandal strangled an inmate until he fell unconscious, prosecutors say


Shailene Woodley says she was strip-searched after Dakota Access Pipeline protest arrest

Shailene Woodley learned that the hard way in October 2016 when she was arrested for criminal trespassing during a Dakota Access Pipeline protest, she told Marie Claire U.K. during a recent interview.

"When you're in a jail cell and they shut that door, you realize no one can save you. If there's a fire and they decide not to open the door, you'll die," she said. "You're a caged animal."

Behind bars at the Morton County Jail in N.D., the "Divergent" star saw no special treatment, according to her account.

Shailene Woodley faces January trial in pipeline protest
"I was strip-searched. Like get naked, turn over, spread your butt cheeks, bend over," Woodley, 25, told the magazine. "They were looking for drugs in my a--."

Despite her horrific experience, all too familiar to hundreds of thousands of average Americans, the unapologetically political actress has no regrets.

"This world isn't something to take for granted," she told Marie Claire U.K.


"The only way to address climate change and these radical, detrimental policies is for us, as citizens, to shift our lifestyles. People are too comfortable. We're complacent in many ways. We need to be willing to get uncomfortable."

Stars celebrate Dakota Access Pipeline victory
Woodley's determined to continue evolving and working toward bettering this world. So much so that she told the New York Times she's considering a potential run for office in the future.

"There was a point last year when I was working for Bernie Sanders where I thought, 'Huh, maybe I'll run for Congress in a couple years,'" she said. "And you know what? I'm not going to rule it out. Who knows? Life is big, and I'm young."

As for her arrest, the actress-turned-activist pleaded guilty to a single count of disorderly conduct. She'll serve a year of unsupervised probation, according to TMZ.

Her arrest was livestreamed on Facebook. It showed her and 26 other protestors being rounded up for attending the event, which police said turned into a riot, near Saint Anthony, N.

Thursday, September 7, 2017, 9:24 AM


ATF hunting for guns stolen during Harvey

Posted: 5:34 PM, September 06, 2017
Updated: 5:37 PM, September 06, 2017

HOUSTON - As Harvey was ravaging the Houston area, thieves were using the storm as cover to make off with dozens of guns.

Officials with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives reported that at the height of Hurricane Harvey, six gun stores were burglarized.

"It's just unacceptable for people to take advantage of a natural disaster like this," said Fred Milanowski, special agent-in-charge of the ATF's Houston division.

Milanowski said guns were stolen in four of the six burglaries. He said a total of 109 guns were stolen during a less than 48-hour period. However, Milanowski said this is a relatively low number when compared to the 30 gun stores burglarized and more than 1,000 weapons stolen in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.

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Does the LAPD treat celebrity burglaries differently from the average home break-in?
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The new JFK files reveal how the CIA tracked Oswald
Agency personnel read the assassin’s mail in Russia and observed his activities in New Orleans

The latest batch of JFK assassination files, released December 15, illuminate a story that the CIA still denies: the surveillance of accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald in the years before he shot and killed President John F. Kennedy.
Two files corroborate what the CIA continues to obfuscate to this day: the early interest of the Agency’s counterintelligence staff in Oswald, a former Marine Corp radio operator who lived in the Soviet Union and publicly agitated for a pro-Castro group in New Orleans in late 1963.
“For decades, debate has raged not only over whether Oswald acted alone but whether the FBI and CIA could have stopped him. The latest documents provide fresh proof that he was in their sights,” reported the Dallas Morning News.
The CIA started intercepting and reading Oswald’s mail in November 1959, just days after he defected to the Soviet Union, according to a declassified Senate memo. The mail intercept program, run by counterintelligence chief James Angleton, opened and copied Oswald’s correspondence from Nov. 11, 1959, to May 3, 1960, and again from Aug. 7, 1961, to May 28, 1962.
The CIA captured several letters from Oswald’s mother, which were copied and filed by Angleton’s staff. The mail surveillance was discontinued when Oswald returned to the United States in June 1962.
But the CIA continued to monitor Oswald’s actions through late 1963. A previously released memo shows that nine CIA and FBI documents about Oswald were delivered to Angleton’s staff between September and November 1963. Those reports concerned Oswald’s pro-Castro political activities in New Orleans, his arrest for fighting with CIA-funded Cubans, his propensity to beat his wife, and his contacts with presumed Soviet and Cuban intelligence officers in Mexico City.
In a piece for the Washington Decoded blog, David Robarge, chief historian for the CIA, downplayed the significance of Angleton’s surveillance of Oswald.
"The US government did not have actionable information that Oswald was a clear threat to the President before 22 November 1963,” Robarge wrote.
Historians and journalists, he cautioned, “must fairly assess why people acted based on what they knew at the time and not make judgments about what they could or should have done because of how events played out.”
The new documents enable the public to see what Angleton and other senior CIA officers knew at the time about Oswald — and it was far more than they shared with colleagues while Kennedy was still alive.
Based on the mail surveillance and the contents of Oswald’s file in mid-October 1963, Angleton could have told colleagues at the CIA and FBI that Oswald was a violent leftist who was active in a pro-Castro organization, had lived in the Soviet Union and had contacted a KGB officer who might have been an assassin. Those facts certainly qualified as “actionable information,” yet Angleton took no action.
As I recently reported in the Daily Beast, Angleton’s office was even informed by the FBI on Nov. 15, 1963, that Oswald had returned from Mexico and was living in Dallas. Again, Angleton took no action.


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JFK assassination records: The promise of revelations derailed by CIA and FBI

They’d been waiting 25 years to see the final — and potentially most sensitive — batch of records related to President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Then came word late Thursday that President Trump had acquiesced to CIA and FBI lobbying to withhold tens of thousands of the files.


Monday, 01 January 2018
Deep State “Plan C” Is to Kill Trump, Advisor Roger Stone Warns


In unusual step, victims told of destroyed rape kits

When Veronica was raped more than 13 years ago, she says neither the police nor the hospital staff believed her story that a longtime friend attacked her while his mother was in the next room.

"I was treated like a female crying wolf," said Veronica, who says the man raped her while she was unconscious. She believes he drugged her drink.

She was surprised, earlier this year, when she got a call from the initial investigating officer, John Somerindyke, who apologized for how she was treated and for something that Veronica didn't yet know: Her rape kit was among 333 kits that Fayetteville, N.C., police had thrown away.


NYPD captain claims some cops are fudging crime stats to advance their careers, igniting police investigation
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, January 1, 2018, 5:00 AM


$372,000 report on Madison police makes few conclusions on staffing, cameras, racial bias


A selection of authors’ research and scientific articles from Journal of Environmental Sciences
Rice: Reducing arsenic content by controlling water irrigation
Journal of Environmental Sciences
Volume 30, Pages 129-131
Ashley M. Newbigging, Rebecca E. Paliwoda, X. Chris Le

Apportioning aldehydes: Quantifying industrial sources of carbonyls
Journal of Environmental Sciences
Volume 30, Pages 132-134
Sarah A. Styler

Investigation of carbonyl compound sources at a rural site in the Yangtze River Delta region of China
Journal of Environmental Sciences
Volume 28, pages 128–136.
Zhang, Q., Streets, D.G.

Mobility of toxic metals in sediments: Assessing methods and controlling factors
Journal of Environmental Sciences
Volume 31, Pages 203-205
Yanbin Li, Yong Cai

Genotoxic effects of microcystins mediated by nitric oxide and mitochondria
Journal of Environmental Sciences
Volume 31, Pages 206-208
Qingqing Liu, X. Chris Le

Role of nitric oxide in the genotoxic response to chronic microcystin-LR exposure in human–hamster hybrid cells
Journal of Environmental Sciences
Volume 29, Pages 210-218
Xiaofei Wang, Pei Huang, Yun Liu, Hua Du, Xinan Wang, Meimei Wang, Yichen Wang, Tom K. Hei, Lijun Wu, An Xu

Immobilization of lead in anthropogenic contaminated soils using phosphates with/without oxalic acid
Journal of Environmental Sciences
Volume 28, Pages 64-73
Xiaojuan Su, Jun Zhu, Qingling Fu, Jichao Zuo, Yonghong Liu, Hongqing Hu

Mobility and sulfidization of heavy metals in sediments of a shallow eutrophic lake, Lake Taihu, China
Journal of Environmental Sciences
Volume 31, Pages 1-11
Shouliang Huo, Jingtian Zhang, Kevin M. Yeager, Beidou Xi, Yanwen Qin, Zhuoshi He, Fengchang Wu

Cyanobacterial bloom dynamics in Lake Taihu
Journal of Environmental Sciences
Volume 32, Pages 249-251
Katherine Z. Fu, Birget Moe, Xing-Fang Li, X. Chris Le


Philadelphia's new district attorney isn't who you'd expect. Is his election a sign of more change to come?


Chief Justice Roberts says the courts will take a closer look at how to prevent sexual harassment of clerks


Juneau Police Department begins using body cameras


University of Wyoming warned about Colorado gunman Matthew Riehl months before fatal shooting
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, January 1, 2018, 3:46 PM


Bio Of Professor At The Center Of The Trump-Russia Probe Has Disappeared From University's Website
A source at Link Campus in Rome told BuzzFeed News that Joseph Mifsud hasn't been seen at the university in many weeks.

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'None of this makes sense:' Prank call victim's mother pleads for answers


Parents file wrongful death lawsuit against police in death of their daughter


The parents of a woman who died Jan. 1, 2017, are suing the Fairbanks Police Department, the Alaska Department of Corrections and an Alaska nightclub for sharing blame in the death of their daughter.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Michaela Kitelinger died after she was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and released on her own recognizance. She walked away from the Fairbanks Correctional Center about 6 a.m. She later was struck by a vehicle.

An autopsy revealed her blood-alcohol level was 0.157. The legal limit for driving is .08.



Judge rejects settlement for man fatally shot 4 times by police

PASCO, Wash.

The family of a man shot to death after throwing rocks at police can’t agree on who should receive a $750,000 settlement.

So, the Tri-City Herald reports , a judge has rejected the offer and placed the civil case on hold for four months while the lawyers of Antonio Zambrano-Montes’ family work out an agreement.

Court documents say Zambrano-Montes died in February 2015 after officers shot at him 17 times. Zambrano-Montes, who was high on methamphetamine, was throwing rocks at police and passing cars.

An autopsy found he was shot five to seven times.

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Discovering the de Kooning: A WFAA Original documentary


Lamestream media cover up in action 1958

Mike Wallace Interview With Donald Keyhoe 1958 UFO's Are Real -Full- Interview

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just ask SL attorney Jesse Trentadue

You won't see these photos on FBI affiliates CNN. and Fox News
gotta go COPS is coming on...
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Powerful group of photos of weapons used by Ferguson taxpayer funded police.....welcome to Iraq
what goes around comes around, eh?

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A Catalog of Ferguson Police Weaponry

August 20, 2014 -
As smoke hangs over the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, it's important to understand its source. Some of this understanding will require us to reassess the history of police militarization in the United States. This will mean acknowledging its origins in the aftermath of the Watts Riots (1965) and the birth of the SWAT team shortly thereafter. It will mean noting the conservative reaction to the Warren Court's civil libertarian protections in the 1950s and 60s to President Nixon's launching of the drug war at the end of that same tumultuous decade. It will mean harping on President Reagan's wholehearted embrace of racial policing and mass incarceration in the 1980s. It will mean interrogating the devastating effects of the 1208 Program (1990), which became the 1033 Program (1996), both of which authorized the transfer of military hardware to domestic precincts, a practice that has only accelerated in the wake of the Battle of Seattle (1999) and the attacks of September 11, 2001. The basic contours of this trajectory can be found in Radley Balko's Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces (2013). As Tamara K. Nopper and Mariame Kaba argue in Jacobin, however, any serious reckoning must account for the ongoing dehumanization of black people, tout court.

One small way to measure the police violence against black people in Ferguson is to attend to its details. It is in that spirit that I present this simple catalog.

There is a growing chorus of military veterans who have chimed in on the absurdity of photographs like this one. Let me join the parade. What we're seeing here is a gaggle of cops wearing more elite killing gear than your average squad leader leading a foot patrol through the most hostile sands or hills of Afghanistan. They are equipped with Kevlar helmets, assault-friendly gas masks, combat gloves and knee pads (all four of them), woodland Marine Pattern utility trousers, tactical body armor vests, about a double basic load of 120 to 180 rounds for each shooter, semiautomatic pistols attached to their thighs, disposable handcuff restraints hanging from their vests, close-quarter-battle receivers for their M4 carbine rifles and Advanced Combat Optical Gunsights. In other words, they're itching for a fight. A big one. It's a well-known horror that the US military greets foreign peoples in this fashion as our politicians preach freedom, democracy and peace. It's an abomination that the police greet black communities in the States with the same trigger-happy posture. Especially on the occasion of an unarmed teen's death by cop.

Smoke Grenade and Smoke Bomb

Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

There's at least one line every Marine knows. It's ingrained at boot camp or Officer Candidate School and follows us to the front lines and back home again. It's a simple command and it's the second of the four weapons-safety rules. It says, "Never point a weapon at anything you do not intend to shoot." The St. Louis County Police Department apparently never received the memo. Either that or they intend to shoot. Although their tactical flashlights might be assisting them in spying on (and blinding) their targets, I suspect their air-purifying respirators and the smoke and CS gas they've released might be getting in the way of said objective. It's unclear whether it was cheap fuse-operated smoke bombs (think fireworks) or more expensive pin-operated smoke grenades that are responsible for the fog. Both tools have been reported onsite. For what it's worth, such smokescreens are usually executed during flanking attacks, retreats, close air support missions or casualty evacuations. All of these situations are presumed to take place under real or potential conditions of heavy enemy fire. Make of this what you will. My guess is that they've got a surplus of toys to play with, and a powerless demographic to experiment on.

Stun Grenade

AP Photo/Jeff Roberson

There are scattered reports of stun grenade use in Ferguson. Also known as flashbangs or flash grenades, this weapon of choice for American SWAT teams (and Israeli soldiers) originated in the British special forces community more than four decades ago. Ostensibly less than lethal, stun grenades have been known to kill or severely injure numerous victims, and the device was recently in the news for burning a 19-month-old baby in Georgia, resulting in a coma, during one of the thousands of domestic police raids this year. They are designed to temporarily blind and deafen, thanks to a shrapnel-free casing that is only supposed to emit light and sound upon explosion. Nonetheless, the list of casualties is long, and the number of flammable mishaps is disconcerting. In Rise of the Warrior Cop, Balko recounts a story of an FBI agent accidentally lighting himself and his vehicle on fire.

Before moving on to the ammunition most visible in the media, it's important we consider the machines from which they are being shot. The most likely culprit is the ARWEN 37, which is capable of discharging 37mm tear gas canisters or wooden bullet projectiles. Another possibility is the SL6, a 37mm six-shot rotary magazine projectile launcher that is seemingly capable of firing every relevant "non-lethal" round in the book. When a Marine or other warfighter is introduced to one of these for the first time, he likely thinks of the M203 Grenade Launcher as a point of comparison. This is because they're all part of the same family. They're all grenade launchers.

Triple Chaser CS

The police used tear gas unsparingly the past week, and it was perhaps the most disturbing ingredient in the stew. As others have noted, the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993 actually bans the gas as a permissible means of warfare. Then again, it is allowed for domestic riot control, and nations like Turkey, Bahrain, Israel and the United States have exploited the loophole to great avail. If you're interested in the weapon's mechanics or science, the Internet has your back. In the meantime, I can assure you its effects are far from pleasurable. Every Marine has his or her own story about their time at the "gas chamber," the place we go to become familiar with our gas masks (so they tell us). Suffice it to say it sucks out your organs, hogs your oxygen and burns you inside and out. Interim blindness and extended coughing fits are common, as well as an overall sense that you are dying or dead. And they're dispersing this poison in people's backyards.

Pepper Spray Projectile

St. Louis Post-Dispatch/David Carson

These "pepper balls" are lethal; the Boston Police Department banned them after a young woman was killed by one. It passed right through the eye and skull to the brain. She was guilty of being present in a rowdy crowd after a Red Sox v. Yankees game in which the former won. The ACLU condemned the use of such projectiles for the purposes of crowd management back in 1997, following an unfortunate incident in Eugene, Oregon. They even convinced Eugene officials to do the same. It's about time St. Louis County and the rest of the country followed suit.

Rubber Bullet

The BEARCAT G3 is the SWAT team's version of the military's Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle, or better yet its MRAP All Terrain Vehicle. Seeing that there aren't any mines or IEDs in Ferguson, that the chances of an ambush are slim to none, and that the terrain is relatively boring, the decision of the St. Louis County Police Department to roll out with (or even own) one of these is questionable. The same could be said for SWAT teams across the nation, some of whom are presently operating actual MRAPs. As Balko reports in Rise of the Warrior Cop, some are even fitted with 50-caliber machine gun turrets. A rumor in the warfighting community has it that a 50 cal can maim or kill a target even when it misses by a few feet. I don't think this is true, but it speaks to a certain truth about the gun in question. Why any of this is still allowed anywhere, much less in our neighborhoods (especially in our neighborhoods of color) is beyond me.
Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD)

Jamelle Bouie

The LRAD is a sonic weapon that my psychological operations (PSYOP) friends could probably discuss more intelligently. All I can tell you is that the sound is so pain-inducing that in addition to being used to keep pirates at bay and break up groups of protesters or black people, it is wielded in order to regulate the movements of wildlife. Here's how it looks and sounds when targeting human beings.

MD Helicopter 500 Series


Local police departments no longer just rate military-grade armored personnel carriers and combat loads. They also rate the kinds of helicopters that can only make the North Korean Air Force blush. And one of them presumably spent the middle days of August patrolling Ferguson town folk from the skies. I'm sure they appreciated the service.

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AP Photo/Sid Hastings

Whenever the St. Louis County or Ferguson Police aren't protecting the public via tear gas, impact munitions or sonic pain, they have been conducting civic outreach by way of growling German shepherds. As a good many military veterans are now lamenting, if cops are going to steal our gadgetry, they might consider adopting our overarching strategy too. Say what you like about Counterinsurgency Doctrine (COIN)—and I've said quite a few not-so-nice things about it in the past—but what is taking place in the above photograph spits in the face of everything COIN represents. The point, remember, is to win the hearts and minds of the people, not infuse them with helplessness and rage.

Lord knows we keep failing at this mission overseas. What's so shocking is that we seem to have abandoned its most decent ideals altogether here at home. As Balko has shown, "community policing grants" have been used to fund more SWAT teams. Any commitments to empathy held by cops has given way to an "Oakleys and crew cuts" bravado that hides behind gargantuan slabs of metal and increasingly deadly ordnance. Most of all, Martin Luther King's dream is dying a slow death. One officer of the law feels comfortable shouting to the black citizens he is sworn to protect, their iPhone cameras in hand, "Bring it, you fucking animals! Bring it!" This only echoes another quote in Rise of the Warrior Cop, where a SWAT member boasts, "When the soldiers ride in, you should see those blacks scatter."

The arsenal on display in Ferguson is not the arsenal of riot control. In a town whose population is 67 percent black while its police force is 94 percent white, we are dealing with something more insidious, both locally and as a nation. We are dealing with an arsenal of racial oppression. It's time we look it in the face, in all its awful detail. It's time we call it by its name. And it's time we finally do what we were tasked to do over a half century ago. It's time we challenge, transcend and extinguish it.

Read Next: Dave Zirin on what Kareem Abdul Jamar got wrong in his powerful essay on Fegurson.

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Here's Pepper In Your FBI - Philadelphia City Paper
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Former F.B.I. Agent Is Sentenced to Prison - New York Times
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A Short and Sordid History of Pepper Spray
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Branding Hoover's FBI
How the Boss's PR Men Sold the Bureau to America

Matthew Cecil

Hunting down America’s public enemies was just one of the FBI’s jobs. Another—perhaps more vital and certainly more covert—was the job of promoting the importance and power of the FBI, a process that Matthew Cecil unfolds clearly for the first time in this eye-opening book. The story of the PR men who fashioned the Hoover era, Branding Hoover’s FBI reveals precisely how the Bureau became a monolithic organization of thousands of agents who lived and breathed a well-crafted public relations message, image, and worldview. Accordingly, the book shows how the public was persuaded—some would say conned—into buying and even bolstering that image.

Just fifteen years after a theater impresario coined the term “public relations,” the FBI under J. Edgar Hoover began practicing a sophisticated version of the activity. Cecil introduces those agency PR men in Washington who put their singular talents to work by enforcing and amplifying Hoover's message. Louis B. Nichols, overseer of the Crime Records Section for more than twenty years, was a master of bend-your-ear networking. Milton A. Jones brought meticulous analysis to bear on the mission; Fern Stukenbroeker, a gift for eloquence; and Cartha “Deke” DeLoach, a singular charm and ambition. Branding Hoover’s FBI examines key moments when this dedicated cadre, all working under the protective wing of Associate Director Clyde Tolson, manipulated public perceptions of the Bureau (was the Dillinger triumph really what it seemed?). In these critical moments, the book allows us to understand as never before how America came to see the FBI’s law enforcement successes and overlook the dubious accomplishments, such as domestic surveillance, that truly defined the Hoover era.


The Spies Who Came in to the TV Studio
CNN's bulging roster also includes former FBI agent Asha Rangappa, former FBI agent James Gagliano, Obama's former deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken, former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, senior adviser to the National Security Council during the Obama administration Samantha ...


Hoover's FBI and the Fourth Estate
The Campaign to Control the Press and the Bureau's Image

Matthew Cecil

AEJMC Book Award

Finalist, Frank Luther Mott-Kappa Tau Alpha Research Award

“In the present day, when Edward Snowden’s journalistic salvo has exposed the National Security Agency for peering over every digital shoulder, Hoover’s FBI offers key insights into the origins of the still contentious boundaries between the members of the Fourth Estate and the modern police state that Hoover began to build 90 years ago.”

—Annals of Iowa

“Ultimately, as a history book, Hoover’s FBI and the Fourth Estate should be required for all young and aspiring journalists. Just as Hoover and the FBI used journalists to burnish a public image that lasted for decades, so too are today’s reporters subject to similar forces, especially inside access to get the story. Let us hope history does not repeat itself here.”

—Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly


Bungling of the Bundys: A Postmortem Analysis of Government ...
Oregon WildBlog (blog)-
The FBI apparently did not know it could rent portable diesel-powered generators to supply the innocent bystanders with power. Compounding the folly, an FBI agent failed to report firing his weapon during an incident when one Malheur occupier was killed resisting arrest, and some of his colleagues aided in a cover-up.


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The Gentleperson's Guide To Forum Spies (spooks, feds, etc.)


1. COINTELPRO Techniques for dilution, misdirection and control of a internet forum
2. Twenty-Five Rules of Disinformation
3. Eight Traits of the Disinformationalist
4. How to Spot a Spy (Cointelpro Agent)
5. Seventeen Techniques for Truth Suppression

COINTELPRO Techniques for dilution, misdirection and control of a internet forum..

There are several techniques for the control and manipulation of a internet forum no matter what, or who is on it. We will go over each technique and demonstrate that only a minimal number of operatives can be used to eventually and effectively gain a control of a 'uncontrolled forum.'

Technique #1 - 'FORUM SLIDING'

If a very sensitive posting of a critical nature has been posted on a forum - it can be quickly removed from public view by 'forum sliding.' In this technique a number of unrelated posts are quietly prepositioned on the forum and allowed to 'age.' Each of these misdirectional forum postings can then be called upon at will to trigger a 'forum slide.' The second requirement is that several fake accounts exist, which can be called upon, to ensure that this technique is not exposed to the public. To trigger a 'forum slide' and 'flush' the critical post out of public view it is simply a matter of logging into each account both real and fake and then 'replying' to prepositined postings with a simple 1 or 2 line comment. This brings the unrelated postings to the top of the forum list, and the critical posting 'slides' down the front page, and quickly out of public view. Although it is difficult or impossible to censor the posting it is now lost in a sea of unrelated and unuseful postings. By this means it becomes effective to keep the readers of the forum reading unrelated and non-issue items.


A second highly effective technique (which you can see in operation all the time at http://www.abovetopsecret.com) is 'consensus cracking.' To develop a consensus crack, the following technique is used. Under the guise of a fake account a posting is made which looks legitimate and is towards the truth is made - but the critical point is that it has a VERY WEAK PREMISE without substantive proof to back the posting. Once this is done then under alternative fake accounts a very strong position in your favour is slowly introduced over the life of the posting. It is IMPERATIVE that both sides are initially presented, so the uninformed reader cannot determine which side is the truth. As postings and replies are made the stronger 'evidence' or disinformation in your favour is slowly 'seeded in.' Thus the uninformed reader will most like develop the same position as you, and if their position is against you their opposition to your posting will be most likely dropped. However in some cases where the forum members are highly educated and can counter your disinformation with real facts and linked postings, you can then 'abort' the consensus cracking by initiating a 'forum slide.'

Technique #3 - 'TOPIC DILUTION'

Topic dilution is not only effective in forum sliding it is also very useful in keeping the forum readers on unrelated and non-productive issues. This is a critical and useful technique to cause a 'RESOURCE BURN.' By implementing continual and non-related postings that distract and disrupt (trolling ) the forum readers they are more effectively stopped from anything of any real productivity. If the intensity of gradual dilution is intense enough, the readers will effectively stop researching and simply slip into a 'gossip mode.' In this state they can be more easily misdirected away from facts towards uninformed conjecture and opinion. The less informed they are the more effective and easy it becomes to control the entire group in the direction that you would desire the group to go in. It must be stressed that a proper assessment of the psychological capabilities and levels of education is first determined of the group to determine at what level to 'drive in the wedge.' By being too far off topic too quickly it may trigger censorship by a forum moderator.


Information collection is also a very effective method to determine the psychological level of the forum members, and to gather intelligence that can be used against them. In this technique in a light and positive environment a 'show you mine so me yours' posting is initiated. From the number of replies and the answers that are provided much statistical information can be gathered. An example is to post your 'favourite weapon' and then encourage other members of the forum to showcase what they have. In this matter it can be determined by reverse proration what percentage of the forum community owns a firearm, and or a illegal weapon. This same method can be used by posing as one of the form members and posting your favourite 'technique of operation.' From the replies various methods that the group utilizes can be studied and effective methods developed to stop them from their activities.

Technique #5 - 'ANGER TROLLING'

Statistically, there is always a percentage of the forum posters who are more inclined to violence. In order to determine who these individuals are, it is a requirement to present a image to the forum to deliberately incite a strong psychological reaction. From this the most violent in the group can be effectively singled out for reverse IP location and possibly local enforcement tracking. To accomplish this only requires posting a link to a video depicting a local police officer massively abusing his power against a very innocent individual. Statistically of the million or so police officers in America there is always one or two being caught abusing there powers and the taping of the activity can be then used for intelligence gathering purposes - without the requirement to 'stage' a fake abuse video. This method is extremely effective, and the more so the more abusive the video can be made to look. Sometimes it is useful to 'lead' the forum by replying to your own posting with your own statement of violent intent, and that you 'do not care what the authorities think!!' inflammation. By doing this and showing no fear it may be more effective in getting the more silent and self-disciplined violent intent members of the forum to slip and post their real intentions. This can be used later in a court of law during prosecution.


It is important to also be harvesting and continually maneuvering for a forum moderator position. Once this position is obtained, the forum can then be effectively and quietly controlled by deleting unfavourable postings - and one can eventually steer the forum into complete failure and lack of interest by the general public. This is the 'ultimate victory' as the forum is no longer participated with by the general public and no longer useful in maintaining their freedoms. Depending on the level of control you can obtain, you can deliberately steer a forum into defeat by censoring postings, deleting memberships, flooding, and or accidentally taking the forum offline. By this method the forum can be quickly killed. However it is not always in the interest to kill a forum as it can be converted into a 'honey pot' gathering center to collect and misdirect newcomers and from this point be completely used for your control for your agenda purposes.


Remember these techniques are only effective if the forum participants DO NOT KNOW ABOUT THEM. Once they are aware of these techniques the operation can completely fail, and the forum can become uncontrolled. At this point other avenues must be considered such as initiating a false legal precidence to simply have the forum shut down and taken offline. This is not desirable as it then leaves the enforcement agencies unable to track the percentage of those in the population who always resist attempts for control against them. Many other techniques can be utilized and developed by the individual and as you develop further techniques of infiltration and control it is imperative to share then with HQ.

Twenty-Five Rules of Disinformation

Note: The first rule and last five (or six, depending on situation) rules are generally not directly within the ability of the traditional disinfo artist to apply. These rules are generally used more directly by those at the leadership, key players, or planning level of the criminal conspiracy or conspiracy to cover up.

1. Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil. Regardless of what you know, don't discuss it -- especially if you are a public figure, news anchor, etc. If it's not reported, it didn't happen, and you never have to deal with the issues.

2. Become incredulous and indignant. Avoid discussing key issues and instead focus on side issues which can be used show the topic as being critical of some otherwise sacrosanct group or theme. This is also known as the 'How dare you!' gambit.

3. Create rumor mongers. Avoid discussing issues by describing all charges, regardless of venue or evidence, as mere rumors and wild accusations. Other derogatory terms mutually exclusive of truth may work as well. This method which works especially well with a silent press, because the only way the public can learn of the facts are through such 'arguable rumors'. If you can associate the material with the Internet, use this fact to certify it a 'wild rumor' from a 'bunch of kids on the Internet' which can have no basis in fact.

4. Use a straw man. Find or create a seeming element of your opponent's argument which you can easily knock down to make yourself look good and the opponent to look bad. Either make up an issue you may safely imply exists based on your interpretation of the opponent/opponent arguments/situation, or select the weakest aspect of the weakest charges. Amplify their significance and destroy them in a way which appears to debunk all the charges, real and fabricated alike, while actually avoiding discussion of the real issues.

5. Sidetrack opponents with name calling and ridicule. This is also known as the primary 'attack the messenger' ploy, though other methods qualify as variants of that approach. Associate opponents with unpopular titles such as 'kooks', 'right-wing', 'liberal', 'left-wing', 'terrorists', 'conspiracy buffs', 'radicals', 'militia', 'racists', 'religious fanatics', 'sexual deviates', and so forth. This makes others shrink from support out of fear of gaining the same label, and you avoid dealing with issues.

6. Hit and Run. In any public forum, make a brief attack of your opponent or the opponent position and then scamper off before an answer can be fielded, or simply ignore any answer. This works extremely well in Internet and letters-to-the-editor environments where a steady stream of new identities can be called upon without having to explain criticism, reasoning -- simply make an accusation or other attack, never discussing issues, and never answering any subsequent response, for that would dignify the opponent's viewpoint.

7. Question motives. Twist or amplify any fact which could be taken to imply that the opponent operates out of a hidden personal agenda or other bias. This avoids discussing issues and forces the accuser on the defensive.

8. Invoke authority. Claim for yourself or associate yourself with authority and present your argument with enough 'jargon' and 'minutia' to illustrate you are 'one who knows', and simply say it isn't so without discussing issues or demonstrating concretely why or citing sources.

9. Play Dumb. No matter what evidence or logical argument is offered, avoid discussing issues except with denials they have any credibility, make any sense, provide any proof, contain or make a point, have logic, or support a conclusion. Mix well for maximum effect.

10. Associate opponent charges with old news. A derivative of the straw man -- usually, in any large-scale matter of high visibility, someone will make charges early on which can be or were already easily dealt with - a kind of investment for the future should the matter not be so easily contained.) Where it can be foreseen, have your own side raise a straw man issue and have it dealt with early on as part of the initial contingency plans. Subsequent charges, regardless of validity or new ground uncovered, can usually then be associated with the original charge and dismissed as simply being a rehash without need to address current issues -- so much the better where the opponent is or was involved with the original source.

11. Establish and rely upon fall-back positions. Using a minor matter or element of the facts, take the 'high road' and 'confess' with candor that some innocent mistake, in hindsight, was made -- but that opponents have seized on the opportunity to blow it all out of proportion and imply greater criminalities which, 'just isn't so.' Others can reinforce this on your behalf, later, and even publicly 'call for an end to the nonsense' because you have already 'done the right thing.' Done properly, this can garner sympathy and respect for 'coming clean' and 'owning up' to your mistakes without addressing more serious issues.

12. Enigmas have no solution. Drawing upon the overall umbrella of events surrounding the crime and the multitude of players and events, paint the entire affair as too complex to solve. This causes those otherwise following the matter to begin to lose interest more quickly without having to address the actual issues.

13. Alice in Wonderland Logic. Avoid discussion of the issues by reasoning backwards or with an apparent deductive logic which forbears any actual material fact.

14. Demand complete solutions. Avoid the issues by requiring opponents to solve the crime at hand completely, a ploy which works best with issues qualifying for rule 10.

15. Fit the facts to alternate conclusions. This requires creative thinking unless the crime was planned with contingency conclusions in place.

16. Vanish evidence and witnesses. If it does not exist, it is not fact, and you won't have to address the issue.

17. Change the subject. Usually in connection with one of the other ploys listed here, find a way to side-track the discussion with abrasive or controversial comments in hopes of turning attention to a new, more manageable topic. This works especially well with companions who can 'argue' with you over the new topic and polarize the discussion arena in order to avoid discussing more key issues.

18. Emotionalize, Antagonize, and Goad Opponents. If you can't do anything else, chide and taunt your opponents and draw them into emotional responses which will tend to make them look foolish and overly motivated, and generally render their material somewhat less coherent. Not only will you avoid discussing the issues in the first instance, but even if their emotional response addresses the issue, you can further avoid the issues by then focusing on how 'sensitive they are to criticism.'

19. Ignore proof presented, demand impossible proofs. This is perhaps a variant of the 'play dumb' rule. Regardless of what material may be presented by an opponent in public forums, claim the material irrelevant and demand proof that is impossible for the opponent to come by (it may exist, but not be at his disposal, or it may be something which is known to be safely destroyed or withheld, such as a murder weapon.) In order to completely avoid discussing issues, it may be required that you to categorically deny and be critical of media or books as valid sources, deny that witnesses are acceptable, or even deny that statements made by government or other authorities have any meaning or relevance.

20. False evidence. Whenever possible, introduce new facts or clues designed and manufactured to conflict with opponent presentations -- as useful tools to neutralize sensitive issues or impede resolution. This works best when the crime was designed with contingencies for the purpose, and the facts cannot be easily separated from the fabrications.

21. Call a Grand Jury, Special Prosecutor, or other empowered investigative body. Subvert the (process) to your benefit and effectively neutralize all sensitive issues without open discussion. Once convened, the evidence and testimony are required to be secret when properly handled. For instance, if you own the prosecuting attorney, it can insure a Grand Jury hears no useful evidence and that the evidence is sealed and unavailable to subsequent investigators. Once a favorable verdict is achieved, the matter can be considered officially closed. Usually, this technique is applied to find the guilty innocent, but it can also be used to obtain charges when seeking to frame a victim.

22. Manufacture a new truth. Create your own expert(s), group(s), author(s), leader(s) or influence existing ones willing to forge new ground via scientific, investigative, or social research or testimony which concludes favorably. In this way, if you must actually address issues, you can do so authoritatively.

23. Create bigger distractions. If the above does not seem to be working to distract from sensitive issues, or to prevent unwanted media coverage of unstoppable events such as trials, create bigger news stories (or treat them as such) to distract the multitudes.

24. Silence critics. If the above methods do not prevail, consider removing opponents from circulation by some definitive solution so that the need to address issues is removed entirely. This can be by their death, arrest and detention, blackmail or destruction of their character by release of blackmail information, or merely by destroying them financially, emotionally, or severely damaging their health.

25. Vanish. If you are a key holder of secrets or otherwise overly illuminated and you think the heat is getting too hot, to avoid the issues, vacate the kitchen

Eight Traits of the Disinformationalist

1) Avoidance. They never actually discuss issues head-on or provide constructive input, generally avoiding citation of references or credentials. Rather, they merely imply this, that, and the other. Virtually everything about their presentation implies their authority and expert knowledge in the matter without any further justification for credibility.

2) Selectivity. They tend to pick and choose opponents carefully, either applying the hit-and-run approach against mere commentators supportive of opponents, or focusing heavier attacks on key opponents who are known to directly address issues. Should a commentator become argumentative with any success, the focus will shift to include the commentator as well.

3) Coincidental. They tend to surface suddenly and somewhat coincidentally with a new controversial topic with no clear prior record of participation in general discussions in the particular public arena involved. They likewise tend to vanish once the topic is no longer of general concern. They were likely directed or elected to be there for a reason, and vanish with the reason.

4) Teamwork. They tend to operate in self-congratulatory and complementary packs or teams. Of course, this can happen naturally in any public forum, but there will likely be an ongoing pattern of frequent exchanges of this sort where professionals are involved. Sometimes one of the players will infiltrate the opponent camp to become a source for straw man or other tactics designed to dilute opponent presentation strength.

5) Anti-conspiratorial. They almost always have disdain for 'conspiracy theorists' and, usually, for those who in any way believe JFK was not killed by LHO. Ask yourself why, if they hold such disdain for conspiracy theorists, do they focus on defending a single topic discussed in a NG focusing on conspiracies? One might think they would either be trying to make fools of everyone on every topic, or simply ignore the group they hold in such disdain.Or, one might more rightly conclude they have an ulterior motive for their actions in going out of their way to focus as they do.

6) Artificial Emotions. An odd kind of 'artificial' emotionalism and an unusually thick skin -- an ability to persevere and persist even in the face of overwhelming criticism and unacceptance. This likely stems from intelligence community training that, no matter how condemning the evidence, deny everything, and never become emotionally involved or reactive. The net result for a disinfo artist is that emotions can seem artificial.

Most people, if responding in anger, for instance, will express their animosity throughout their rebuttal. But disinfo types usually have trouble maintaining the 'image' and are hot and cold with respect to pretended emotions and their usually more calm or unemotional communications style. It's just a job, and they often seem unable to 'act their role in character' as well in a communications medium as they might be able in a real face-to-face conversation/confrontation. You might have outright rage and indignation one moment, ho-hum the next, and more anger later -- an emotional yo-yo.

With respect to being thick-skinned, no amount of criticism will deter them from doing their job, and they will generally continue their old disinfo patterns without any adjustments to criticisms of how obvious it is that they play that game -- where a more rational individual who truly cares what others think might seek to improve their communications style, substance, and so forth, or simply give up.

7) Inconsistent. There is also a tendency to make mistakes which betray their true self/motives. This may stem from not really knowing their topic, or it may be somewhat 'freudian', so to speak, in that perhaps they really root for the side of truth deep within.

I have noted that often, they will simply cite contradictory information which neutralizes itself and the author. For instance, one such player claimed to be a Navy pilot, but blamed his poor communicating skills (spelling, grammar, incoherent style) on having only a grade-school education. I'm not aware of too many Navy pilots who don't have a college degree. Another claimed no knowledge of a particular topic/situation but later claimed first-hand knowledge of it.

8) Time Constant. Recently discovered, with respect to News Groups, is the response time factor. There are three ways this can be seen to work, especially when the government or other empowered player is involved in a cover up operation:

a) ANY NG posting by a targeted proponent for truth can result in an IMMEDIATE response. The government and other empowered players can afford to pay people to sit there and watch for an opportunity to do some damage. SINCE DISINFO IN A NG ONLY WORKS IF THE READER SEES IT - FAST RESPONSE IS CALLED FOR, or the visitor may be swayed towards truth.

b) When dealing in more direct ways with a disinformationalist, such as email, DELAY IS CALLED FOR - there will usually be a minimum of a 48-72 hour delay. This allows a sit-down team discussion on response strategy for best effect, and even enough time to 'get permission' or instruction from a formal chain of command.

c) In the NG example 1) above, it will often ALSO be seen that bigger guns are drawn and fired after the same 48-72 hours delay - the team approach in play. This is especially true when the targeted truth seeker or their comments are considered more important with respect to potential to reveal truth. Thus, a serious truth sayer will be attacked twice for the same sin.

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