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The top 25 stories of 2013 censored by the Corporate Media

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Man falls asleep on flight making connection in Houston; wakes up in dark, empty plane

10:47 AM, Dec 8, 2013  

The airline said there was a post-flight walk-through that was done, but the company couldn't explain how they missed Wagner.

"Let this be a lesson. It was incident enough. It was a faux pas," said James Conway with Global Intel Strategies Inc.

Conway is a former FBI agent and a counterterrorism expert. He says the incident is alarming.

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Is the Huffington Post part of the FBI  sensitive Informant program?

This article that appeared today in the Huffington Post looks like it was
written at FBI  headquarters. Do you know anything about the founders of this online
liberal rag?  In 1995 Breitbart saw the Drudge Report and was so impressed that he emailed Matt Drudge. Breitbart said, "I thought what he was doing was by far the coolest thing on the Internet. And I still do."[7] Breitbart described himself as "Matt Drudge's bitch"[13] and selected and posted links to other news wire sources. Later Matt Drudge introduced him to Arianna Huffington (when she was still a Republican)[9] and Breitbart subsequently assisted her in creating The Huffington Post.[14]

Wonder why FBI  director Hoover  didn't ignore Martin Luther King before the assassinated him?

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J. Edgar Hoover Ordered FBI To Ignore Rep Who Badmouthed Him



WASHINGTON -- J. Edgar Hoover ordered his bureau to ignore Rep. Jack Brooks back in 1958 after the then-36-year-old Texas Democrat reportedly badmouthed the FBI director during a standard background interview concerning a potential judicial nominee, according to Brooks' FBI file.

"He is to be ignored," Hoover handwrote in a June 1958 memo.

Brooks, who served in Congress for 42 years and was in John F. Kennedy's motorcade when the president was assassinated, died last year at the age of 89. Brooks served in Congress until the mid-1990s, when he was defeated by Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) in 1994.

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Brother of Murder Victim Seeks Details of FBI's u2018Sensitive Informant Program'

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Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue filed a motion Monday asking a federal judge to determine whether he is entitled to limited discovery into the FBI’s u201CSensitive Informant Program.u201D

Trentadue Motion for Discovery 1-28-13 Click to download copy of motion (pdf).

In his motion, Trentadue described the program as one used by the bureau “to recruit and/or place informants on the staffs of members of the United States Congress and perhaps even federal judges, in the national media, within other federal agencies as well as the White House, on defense teams in high-profile federal and/or state criminal prosecutions, inside state and local law enforcement agencies, and even among the clergy of organized religions.”

Trentadue’s interest in the program stems from questions that have surfaced during his ongoing investigation into the death of Kenneth Trentadue, his brother who died in 1995 under suspicious circumstances while in custody at the U.S. Bureau of Prisons Federal Transfer Center in Oklahoma City, months after the Oklahoma City Bombing.

Kenneth-Trentadue_Pic Click to learn more at http://KennethTrentadue.com.

With his latest legal maneuver, Trentadue hopes to convince Judge Clark Waddoups to compel the FBI to provide all documentation outlining what he describes in the motion as an “unlawful and unconstitutional domestic spying program.”

The maneuver comes almost four weeks after the FBI answered a federal court complaint Trentadue filed under the Freedom of Information Act to obtain copies of the manual the FBI uses to recruit and place u201Csensitive informants.u201D Citing national security concerns as the basis for their response, FBI officials answered that complaint by saying they u201Ccan neither confirm nor deny the allegations [of the Complaint] regarding its confidential informant program.u201D

Shown below, Trentadue’s definition of a “sensitive informant” is, perhaps, the most interesting aspect of his motion:

“…the term ‘Sensitive Informant’ is defined as anyone acting, directly or indirectly and with or without any compensation, on behalf of the FBI as a member of, person associated with or otherwise a participant in or observer of the activity or activities of an entity, organization, group, governmental agency or unit, association of organizations or individuals, public official, member of Congress, judge, cleric and/or religious or political organization AND who does not disclose or reveal to such entity, organization, group, governmental agency or unit, association of organizations or individuals, public official, member of Congress, judge, cleric and/or religious or political organization his or her FBI affiliation.

“A Sensitive Informant is, in other words, some one who is acting, directly or indirectly, on behalf of the FBI as an undisclosed participant in or observer of the activity or activities of an entity, organization, group, governmental agency or unit, association of organizations or individuals, public official, member of Congress, judge, cleric and/or religious or political organization.

“The term ‘Sensitive Informant’ likewise includes what the FBI's current terminology refers to as a ‘Confidential Human Source’ including any and all sub-categories of Confidential Human Sources such as, but not limited to, what the FBI refers to as a ‘Privileged Confidential Human Source,’ who is someone reporting confidential information to the FBI in violation of a privilege such as an attorney reporting his client's confidential communications, a physician reporting upon his patient's medical or mental condition, a cleric informing on a member of his or her church or other religious organization, etc.

In his motion, Trentadue requested the judge order FBI officials to answer 11 critical questions about the scope of their “Sensitive Informant Program” prior to a yet-to-be-scheduled hearing during which, according to Trentadue, FBI officials have said they will file a motion for summary judgment to prevent him access to the information he seeks.

Looking only for numbers of Sensitive Informants and not for specific names from the FBI, Trentadue’s questions target the time frame, “since January 1, 1995.” In short, he wants to know whether or not the agency has had Sensitive Informants inside a variety of government and non-governmental organizations.

Among the government organizations mentioned in his queries were the state and federal court systems, the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, federal agencies other than the FBI, federal prosecutors’ offices, and law enforcement agencies at the municipal, county and state levels.

Among non-governmental agencies, he listed management positions inside news organizations, including but not limited to, the following: Associated Press, ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, NBC, NPR, PBS, Reuters or Scripps-Howard; Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and/or Washington Post; The Daily Beast, Mother Jones, The New American, Newsweek, TIME and/or U.S. News & World Report.

Curiously, he also asked whether the FBI has had a Sensitive Informant(s) who was a cleric or member of the clergy in any religious organization.

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Do you think this non-sentence FBI  Supervisor Ken Kaiser received is fair?
Is there a mandatory minimum sentence for the crime Kaiser committed?
Do you think the fix was in?
How can you tell when the fix is in?
What can you do if you believe the fix was in?
What other cases are similar to this case?
For example FBI  agent Lovett Ledger in Waco Texas
For example John Lesko of Virginia.

Ken Kaiser recently retired as head of the Boston FBI  office. The FBI  office in Boston has been characterized as a cesspool
of FBI  corruption. There is a reasonable chance very special FBI  supervisor Kaiser retired at a Grade 15 Step 10 which indicates he would have been making a salary of:

Annual Rates by Grade and Step

$142737.00      see   http://archive.opm.gov/oca/06tables/html/BOS_leo.asp

When he retired he would receive 59% of his annual salary unless he was under the FERS plan initiated by Ronald Reagan.

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Boston FBI chief Kenneth Kaiser pleads guilty in ethics case
 October 03, 2013
The former head of the Boston FBI office has pleaded guilty to an ethics charge in a plea agreement that spares him from prison time but seeks a $15,000 fine.

Part of becoming a smart criminal justice consumer is recognizing what individuals and companies are part of the FBI  Sensitive Informant program . These are people who do not officially work for the FBI but do work for FBI  agents as paid and unpaid informants
providing a wide variety of services.  see   http://bobmccarty.com/2013/12/05/everything-redacted-in-4-page-document-about-the-fbis-sensitive-informant-program/

An example is compare the story about Ken Kaiser at the above link and the story run by the Boston Herald.

see   http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2013/12/ex_boston_fbi_agent_fined_10k_for_improper_contacts

Do you think one of these newspapers is in bed with the Boston FBI?
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The Viet-nam war was all about the oil in the South China Sea.

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Gathering of intelligence in Vietnam War led pilot to career in FBI

December 22, 2013

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February 22, 2013
FBI agents caught sexting and dating drug dealers
Dating drug dealers, harassing ex-boyfriends with naked pictures, and pointing guns at pet dogs: these were just a few of the offences committed recently by serving FBI agents, according to internal documents.
The US provided officers from the Egyptian secret police with training at the FBI, despite allegations that they routinely tortured detainees and suppressed political opposition.

Disciplinary files from the Bureau's Office of Professional Responsibility record an extraordinary range of transgressions that reveal the chaotic personal lives of some of America's top law enforcers.

One male agent was sacked after police were called to his mistress's house following reports of domestic incident. When officers arrived they found the agent "drunk and uncooperative" and eventually had to physically subdue him and wrestle away his loaded gun.

A woman e-mailed a "nude photograph of herself to her ex-boyfriend's wife" and then continued to harass the couple despite two warnings from senior officials. The Bureau concluded she was suffering from depression related to the break-up and allowed her to return to work after 10 days.
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don't forget for a second that the LA Times is controlled by FBI  agents.

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Spy wars: Americans need to know more than Snowden has revealed

We've been here before, in the 1960s and '70s, when spy agencies flagrantly violated civil rights in the name of national security.


Thanks to Edward Snowden, we know a lot about what the National Security Agency has secretly been up to. As a result, Congress, a U.S. district court judge and the White House are considering ways to rein in the agency and protect our privacy. But we have yet to hear answers to key questions about how our intelligence agencies use the NSA's cache of data: Which Americans have been targeted, and why?

We know the NSA has compiled call records on virtually every American who has used a phone; vacuumed up Internet data such as chats, photographs, emails, videos and documents of targeted foreigners; and created a database from the "incidental collection" of Americans' Internet data that it says it may search without a court order. In the process, the NSA repeatedly exceeded its restrictions. And, significantly, its work has been driven by requests from "customer" agencies such as the FBI and CIA.

The Obama administration says the NSA's secret activities are legal and crucial to protecting the nation against terrorism. But similar national security claims led to granting our intelligence agencies great secrecy and power during the Cold War that in turn led to gross violations of our constitutional rights.

Only in the wake of the Watergate scandal and media reports based on leaks of classified information did Congress hold the first and, to date, the most thorough public hearings on intelligence activities with respect to the rights of Americans.

In the mid-1970s, the Church Committee, named for its chairman, Sen. Frank Church (D-Idaho), made shocking and still-relevant findings. It found that J. Edgar Hoover's FBI spied on hundreds of thousands of Americans who dissented against government policy, on the pretext that they were part of a Kremlin-controlled plot.

The bureau went beyond surveillance to mount, in the committee's words, a "sophisticated vigilante operation" called COINTELPRO to "disrupt" and "neutralize" dissent, turning counterintelligence techniques developed for use against foreign enemies on students protesting the Vietnam War, civil rights groups and nonviolent leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr.

FBI officials went so far as to foment violence between the Black Panthers and a rival black power group, United Slaves, in Southern California, the committee found, and then proudly claimed credit for shootings and beatings.

At the University of California, FBI files subsequently uncovered through the Freedom of Information Act show the bureau harassed Mario Savio, a leader of the 1964 Free Speech Movement; waged a concerted campaign to oust UC President Clark Kerr because FBI officials disagreed with his policies; and gave personal and political help to Ronald Reagan, who had been an FBI informer in Hollywood and as governor vowed to crack down on Berkeley protests.

The Church Committee also investigated NSA surveillance and its relationship to its "customer" agencies and their activities.

From 1967 until 1973, the committee said, the NSA targeted the international communications of some 1,200 Americans on a "watch list" of names, submitted mainly by the FBI and other agencies, who ranged from members of radical political groups to celebrities to "ordinary citizens involved in protests against their government." Among those listed were King, Muhammad Ali and even Church.

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Professor Mathew Cecil just sent me this email

I just wanted to let you know that my book, Hoover’s FBI and the Fourth Estate: The Campaign to Control the Press and the Bureau’s Image, is coming out later this month. Here’s the Amazon page:


And here’s the University Press of Kansas page:


The Federal Bureau of Investigation was an agency devoted to American ideals, professionalism, and scientific methods, directed by a sage and selfless leaderand anyone who said otherwise was a nogood subversive, bent on discrediting the American way of life. That was the official story, and how J. Edgar Hoover made it stickrunning roughshod over those same American idealsis the story this book tells in full for the first time.

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FBI secretly spied on David Frost's U.S. talk show to monitor left-wing guests... and even planted an undercover agent in the studio

  • Agency kept 45-page file on The David Frost Show during Edgar Hoover era
  • Guests such as Attorney General Ramsey Clark, black nationalist Stokely Carmichael and singer Joan Baez monitored
  • Stopped in 1970 when agency admitted it was 'entirely unproductive'

The FBI secretly spied on the television show of British broadcaster David Frost to watch his left-wing guests.

The agency kept a 45-page file on the show, which ran from 1969 to 1971, during the politcally charged J. Edgar Hoover era.

Guests such as black nationalist Stokely Carmichael, former Attorney General Ramsey Clark and singer Joan Baez were all monitored.


The FBI secretly spied on The David Frost Show to monitor its left-wing guests. Pictured: A separate recording of the show with Sophia Loren as guest

Frost was famous for his charged and revealing interviews with President Nixon (pictured)


Agents noted comments that were deemed anti-American or were critical of the Government or the FBI.

The secret dossier, which emerged through a Freedom of Information request by the New York Post, also included comments on actress Susan 'Viva' Hoffman and Andy Warhol.


Sir David died in August of a heart attack while travelling on the Queen Elizabeth luxury liner.

An agent also watched a show live and sat in the audience during the taping of an interview with Ramsey Clark, Attorney General under Lyndon B. Johnson.

He was speaking about the Mafia and Sir David ended the show by asking Hoover to appear on the programme.

The broadcaster - famous for his revealing interviews with President Richard Nixon - had previously asked Hoover to appear on his programme.




FBI director J. Edgar Hoover (left) turned down a request to appear on The David Frost Show but ordered guests like black nationalist Stokely Carmichael (right) to be watched



Sir David died in August of a heart attack while travelling on the Queen Elizabeth luxury liner

However, the FBI boss rejected the invitation, saying: 'I wish I could give you a more favorable response [but] the pressure of my official duties and the number of similar requests have made it necessary to decline all such proposals', according to the Post.

Regular monitoring of the show stopped in 1970 after agents failed to uncover anything of note. 

A memo, quoted by the website, read: 'Regularly monitoring of this program has proved to be entirely unproductive... daily monitoring should be discontinued.'

Frost does not appear to have been personally put under surveillance by the FBI.

The broadcaster fronted a number of shows in the U.S., including The David Frost Show, Frost On America, and a short-lived stint as the anchor on Inside Edition.

His famous interviews with Nixon were turned into a play and film starring Frank Langella and Michael Sheen.

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You really need a 24/7 taxpayer funded public relations unit at the FBI  to brand it as the good guys.
How else could they get this press release in the news about the FBI, an organization who assassinated Martin Luther King. But as a smart criminal justice consumer you can tell a death squad from a FBI  disinformation press release eh?  see 

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FBI supervisory special agent to speak at Marblehead Rotary Jan. 16

Rotarians, guests invited; RSVP by Jan. 14

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FBI Supervisory Special Agent Cynthia M. Deitle


Events Calendar

Jan 11, 2014

The Marblehead Rotary Club will be hosting FBI Supervisory Special Agent Cynthia M. Deitle of Swampscott as its featured speaker at its luncheon Thursday, Jan. 16. All Rotarians and their guests are welcome.

Deitle joined the FBI as a special agent in 1995, and upon her graduation from the Academy, she was assigned to the New York Division. In 1997, she volunteered for a transfer to the Civil Rights squad, where she remained until her promotion to supervisor in the Civil Rights Unit at FBI headquarters in 2007.

In the New York Division, she was the case agent for many high-profile civil rights investigations including the Color of Law case involving the death of Amadou Diallo, the sexual assault of Abner Louima by a New York City police officer and the hate crime case involving the death of Yankel Rosenbaum in Crown Heights, N.Y.

She is the Bureau’s designated subject-matter expert in civil rights and served as the chief of the Civil Rights Unit from December 2008 until January 2011. In January 2011, Deitle accepted a transfer to the Boston FBI office to manage the division’s Public Corruption and Civil Rights Programs.

Deitle is an attorney and has earned a master-of-laws degree in criminal law from New York University School of Law and a master-of-laws degree in constitutional law from the George Washington University National Law Center. She has also published several-law review articles dealing with the right to bear arms in the Second Amendment, and police officers’ use of excessive force.

She was featured in a February 2011 episode of “60 Minutes” dealing with an unsolved civil rights cold-case investigation in Mississippi, and she appeared in the Investigation Discovery Channel’s program “The Injustice Files” in 2011, which profiled three unsolved or inadequately addressed Civil Rights era cold cases.

Deitle frequently lectures on all aspects of the FBI Civil Rights Program and has granted interviews to the Washington Post, New York Times, The Boston Globe, National Public Radio, The British Broadcasting Corporation and other media outlets.

During the month of January, the Rotary Club of Marblehead is meeting at noon Thursdays at the Landing Restaurant, 81 Front St., Marblehead. For more information about the club or membership, e-mail the club’s secretary Julie Livingston at Jlivingston@marblebank.com or visit marbleheadrotary.com.



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Tied Poll Numbers Draw Fire Between Staten Island Congressional Candidates

Monday, September 22, 2014,

NYC PAPERS OUT. Social media use restricted to low res file max 184 x 128 pixels and 72 dpi Bryan Pace/for New York Daily News Rep. Michael Grimm, a Republican, is facing a challenge from Democrat Domenic Recchia in the November election.
The Daily News reported Monday on internal Democratic polling that shows Rep. Michael Grimm (R-Staten Island) and Democratic challenger Domenic Recchia tied at 46% in a race to represent New York’s 11th district.

The polling shows Recchia has gained six-points on Grimm since July as negative ads dent Grimm’s lead in Staten Island, where 2/3 of district voters live.

Grimm spokesman Nicholas Iacono responded Monday with a statement employing the hyperbolic, bellicose language that has become a staple of Grimm’s campaign comments. The statement reacts to the lack of detailed data from the poll in the report.

It’s included here in full, though we’ve reduced the original, 24-point fond to 12-poin

"Everyone knows that a poll that doesn't include cross-tabs or any information about the questions asked is not a legitimate poll. This latest sham from the DCCC liberal propaganda shop is yet another attempt to fool the voters and hide the fact that Recchia is arguably the most unqualified candidate to ever run for Congress. That’s why not a single mailer or ad from his faltering campaign mentions his 12-year record as a Brooklyn councilman where he voted to raise every middle class tax he could, from property taxes 18.5% to income taxes, and to add even more tolls on our bridges. If this sham of a push poll were true, why is the DCCC hiding the cross-tabs the same way they're hiding Recchia from the people and refusing to say where he stands on the issues by debating Congressman Grimm?"

It’s is hard to see how Recchia is even arguably most unqualified congressional candidate, ever. A former New York City Councilman, who chaired the council’s Finance Committee, he has what seems like a fairly standard resume for a congressional candidate.

John Quincy Adams, a former Secretary of State and President who later served from 1831 to 1848 in the House, was arguably the most-qualified House candidate ever. Least qualifed House candidate ever is a tougher call. We would respectfully argue the thousands of House candidates who have run for office without any political or high-level executive experience are tied as most unqualified.

Grimm himself was elected in 2010 without any having served in any public office. He ran on his record as a Gulf War veteran, former FBI undercover agent and partner in several short-lived small business ventures, one of which resulted in Grimm's federal indictment in April.

Recchia has agreed to debate Grimm in October, though Recchia did decline, due to what his campagin said is a scheduling conflict, to participate in an event hosted Tuesday by the Bay Ridge Community Council. Grimm is scheduled to attend.

Recchia campaign spokeswoman Sarah Weinstein said Monday that Recchia is "more than willing to debate Michael Grimm, and hopes that when they do, [Grimm] won't threaten to murder anyone on live television."

"It's laughable that Michael Grimm would criticize the legitimacy of any candidate considering his abominable personal and professional record," Weinstein said. "We're talking about a sitting congressman who is indicted on 20 federal counts, including lying under oath and stealing from his own workers."
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2 FBI workers killed in boat crash on Ohio River identified
WCPO Staff
Sep 26, 2014

Officials have identified the two Cincinnati FBI employees killed when their pleasure boat slammed into a commercial tow boat attached to a barge on the Ohio River.

CINCINNATI -- Officials have identified the two Cincinnati FBI employees killed when their pleasure boat slammed into a commercial tow boat attached to a barge on the Ohio River.

Emergency crews responded to the crash in downtown Cincinnati at about 11:55 p.m. Thursday.

Cincinnati Fire Department officials tweeted just before midnight: "Crews are on scene at a river emergency on the Ohio River near the Public Landing, two DOAs have been located."

The disabled boat was located in the middle of the river at the Serpentine Wall. Investigators found John Stack, 29, and Bryce Eastlick, 28, deceased on board, according to Todd Lindgren, public affairs specialist for the local branch of the FBI.

Campbell County coroner Mark Schweitzer said, “multiple blunt force trauma is the preliminary cause of death" for both men.

The Cincinnati field office of the FBI announced "with great sadness" the passing of the two employees via Twitter early Friday morning. A few hours earlier an FBI agent and a deputy sheriff delivered the news to Stack's mother, Cathy Stack.

“No parent should have to go through something like this,” said Cathy, adding that "the FBI was (her son's) life.”

Stack grew Jacobsburg, Ohio, near Wheeling, West Virginia and graduated from Marietta College. The Loveland resident was working on his master’s degree from Penn State at the time of his death, his mother said.

WCPO reporter Zac Pitts talked to residents who witnessed the crash.

"The boat was coming down the river and it just hit head-on into the barge," said Kenneth Kidwell. "The barge kind of slowed down, backed up and the boat broke loose, did a half circle and slammed into it again.

"We see boats out there all the time, but the sound is what really got our attention," he continued. "It was very loud. Like metal on metal."

Scott Coleman said he heard people on the barge yelling at the people on board the boat.

"We saw (the boat) after it already hit and when we were watching as it broke away from the barge, the barge was still pushing it east, trying to stop," he said. "Then they broke away and did a loop with the running lights on, hit the barge again. There was another loud 'thunk' then it was just dead in the water."
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FBI gives rare glimpse of Louisville headquarters

Posted on September 30, 2014 at 11:57 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – It’s a rare glimpse behind highly protected walls that few go beyond.

Their office sits in eastern Louisville just off the highway. From outside, you’d never know the global work happening inside.

“This building is active 24 hours a day it is staffed by incredible career professionals,” Howard Marshall, a new special agent in charge for the Louisville office said. “We are always out trying to identify emerging threats. We feel like we have a pretty good handle on the issues we've identified.

Hot button issues like terrorism and most recently the group called ISIS.

“We are combing every data base. We are utilizing every technique to identify potential terrorist both here and abroad and that is a 24 hour a day proposition,” Marshall said.

Marshall would discuss current cases but one of their biggest breaks with terrorism in this region came in 2011.

The FBI branch in Louisville worked the Bowling Green investigation that led to the arrests of 26-year-old Mohanad Shareef Hammadi and 32-year-old Waad Ramadan Alwan, who were charged with plotting to attack U.S. troops in Iraq.

Terrorism is just one of their focuses right now.

“It's certainly one of the biggest. It's got our attention,” Marshall said.

Agent Marshall is talking about heroin. It’s the drug that's exploded after the crackdown on prescription pills.

“Heroin is certainly something that is on the rise and it's no longer an emerging threat its actually here,” he sa

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Operation Mockingbird

Operation Mockingbird was a secret campaign by the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to influence media. Begun in the 1950s, it was initially organized by Cord Meyer and Allen W. Dulles, and was later led by Frank Wisner after Dulles became the head of the CIA. The organization recruited leading American journalists into a network to help present the CIA's views, and funded some student and cultural organizations, and magazines as fronts. As it developed, it also worked to influence foreign media and political campaigns, in addition to activities by other operating units of the CIA.

In addition to earlier exposés of CIA activities in foreign affairs, in 1966 Ramparts magazine published an article revealing that the National Student Association was funded by the CIA. The United States Congress investigated, and published its report in 1976. Other accounts were also published. The media operation was first called Mockingbird in Deborah Davis's 1979 book, Katharine the Great: Katharine Graham and her Washington Post Empire.[1]


Directorate for Plans
First exposure
Church Committee investigations
"Family Jewels" report
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In 1948, Frank Wisner was appointed director of the Office of Special Projects (OSP). Soon afterwards OSP was renamed the Office of Policy Coordination (OPC). This became the covert action branch of the Central Intelligence Agency. Wisner was told to create an organization that concentrated on "propaganda, economic warfare; preventive direct action, including sabotage, anti-sabotage, demolition and evacuation measures; subversion against hostile states, including assistance to underground resistance groups, and support of indigenous anti-Communist elements in threatened countries of the free world."[2] Later that year Wisner established Mockingbird, a program to influence foreign media. Wisner recruited Philip Graham from The Washington Post to run the project within the industry. According to Deborah Davis in Katharine the Great; "By the early 1950s, Wisner 'owned' respected members of The New York Times, Newsweek, CBS and other communications vehicles."[3]

In 1951, Allen W. Dulles persuaded Cord Meyer to join the CIA. However, there is evidence that he was recruited several years earlier and had been spying on the liberal internationalist organizations he had been a member of in the late 1940s.[4] According to Deborah Davis, Meyer became Mockingbird's "principal operative."[5]

After 1953, the network was overseen by Allen W. Dulles, director of the CIA. By this time, Operation Mockingbird had a major influence over 25 newspapers and wire agencies. The usual methodology was placing reports developed from intelligence provided by the CIA to witting or unwitting reporters. Those reports would then be repeated or cited by the preceding reporters which in turn would then be cited throughout the media wire services. These networks were run by people with well-known liberal but pro-American big business and anti-Soviet views such as William Paley (CBS), Henry Luce (Time and Life Magazine), Arthur Hays Sulzberger (New York Times), Alfred Friendly (managing editor of the Washington Post), Jerry O'Leary (Washington Star), Hal Hendrix (Miami News), Barry Bingham, Sr. (Louisville Courier-Journal), James Copley (Copley News Services) and Joseph Harrison (Christian Science Monitor).[7]

The Office of Policy Coordination (OPC) was funded by siphoning off funds intended for the Marshall Plan. Some of this money was used to bribe journalists and publishers. Frank Wisner was constantly looking for ways to help convince the public of the dangers of Soviet communism. In 1954, Wisner arranged for the funding of the Hollywood production of Animal Farm, the animated allegory based on the book written by George Orwell.[8]

According to Alex Constantine (Mockingbird: The Subversion of the Free Press by the CIA), in the 1950s, "some 3,000 salaried and contract CIA employees were eventually engaged in propaganda efforts". Wisner was able to constrain newspapers from reporting about certain events, including the CIA plots to overthrow the governments of Iran (see: Operation Ajax) and Guatemala (see: Operation PBSUCCESS).[9]

Thomas Braden, head of the International Organizations Division (IOD), played an important role in Operation Mockingbird. Many years later he revealed his role in these events:

"If the director of CIA wanted to extend a present, say, to someone in Europe—a Labour leader—suppose he just thought, This man can use fifty thousand dollars, he's working well and doing a good job - he could hand it to him and never have to account to anybody... There was simply no limit to the money it could spend and no limit to the people it could hire and no limit to the activities it could decide were necessary to conduct the war—the secret war... It was a multinational. Maybe it was one of the first. Journalists were a target, labor unions a particular target—that was one of the activities in which the communists spent the most money."[10]

Directorate for Plans

In August 1952, the Office of Policy Coordination which dealt with covert-action such as paramilitary or psychological influence operations, and the Office of Special Operations which dealt with espionage and counter-espionage, were merged under the Deputy Director for Plans (DDP), Allen W. Dulles. When Dulles became head of the CIA in 1953, Frank Wisner became head of this new organization and Richard Helms became his chief of operations. Mockingbird became the responsibility of the DDP.[11]

J. Edgar Hoover became jealous of the CIA's growing power. Institutionally, the organizations were very different, with the CIA holding a more politically diverse group in contrast to the more conservative FBI. This was reflected in Hoover's description of the OPC as "Wisner's gang of weirdos". Hoover began having investigations done into Wisner's people. He found that some of them had been active in left-wing politics in the 1930s. This information was passed to Senator Joseph McCarthy who started making attacks on members of the OPC. Hoover also gave McCarthy details of an affair that Frank Wisner had with Princess Caradja in Romania during the war. Hoover claimed that Caradja was a Soviet agent.[12]

McCarthy, as part of his campaign against government, began accusing other senior members of the CIA as being security risks. McCarthy claimed that the CIA was a "sinkhole of communists", and said he would root out a hundred of them. One of his first targets was Cord Meyer, who was still working for Operation Mockingbird. In August 1953, Richard Helms, Wisner's deputy at the OPC, told Meyer that McCarthy had accused him of being a communist. The Federal Bureau of Investigation said it was unwilling to give Meyer "security clearance," without referring to any evidence against him. Allen W. Dulles and Frank Wisner both came to his defense and refused to permit an FBI interrogation of Meyer.[13]

With the network in authority in the CIA threatened, Wisner was directed to unleash Mockingbird on McCarthy. Drew Pearson, Joe Alsop, Jack Anderson, Walter Lippmann and Ed Murrow all engaged in intensely negative coverage of McCarthy. According to Jack Anderson, his political reputation was permanently damaged by the press coverage orchestrated by Wisner.[14]

Mockingbird was very active during the overthrow of President Jacobo Arbenz Guzmán in Guatemala during Operation PBSUCCESS. Dulles restrained certain journalists from traveling to Guatemala, including Sydney Gruson of the New York Times.[15] As the CIA's wealth and power increased, its aggressive focus toward the Soviet Union soon began not only heating up the Cold War but also in disrupting relations with America's European allies. They considered rising third-world liberationist movements as potential threats to their political systems.

Consequently, even in the wake of Secretary of State John Foster Dulles's 1952 presidential campaign pledge to "roll back the Iron Curtain," American covert action operations came under scrutiny almost as soon as Dwight Eisenhower was inaugurated in 1953. He soon set up an evaluation operation called Solarium, which had three co
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New Book Explores J. Edgar Hoover's Control of the Press

Hoover orders critical journalist investigated, undermined

In this October 15, 1958 FBI document, Director J. Edgar Hoover, with one handwritten note at the end of a memorandum, orders his agents to "press every angle" in their efforts to investigate and undermine a critical journalist, Fred J. Cook. Cook was the author of a very critical (and, looking back, incredibly accurate) alternative history of the FBI published in The Nation that month. When Hoover wrote "Press every angle. H." that order prompted agents to investigate Cook by following any lead imaginable and later, resulted in a lengthy memorandum that was shared with friendly reporters in an effort to get them to do the Bureau's dirty work and publicly undermine Cook's credibility.
Press Every Angle by mcecil

Interview and book excerpt on Mediachannel.org

Marking a journalist for arrest

In the 1942 FBI document embedded below, FBI official Percy Foxworth informs J. Edgar Hoover that journalist James A. Wechsler is being placed on the Bureau's illegal Custodial Detention Index with an A1 designation. Individuals so designated were marked for arrest and imprisonment without charges in case of national emergency.
James A. Wechsler, FBI CDI by mcecil

Appearance on PRN's "News Dissector"
Matthew Cecil on PRN's "News Dissector"

Rejecting John Wayne

In this 1966 FBI document, Milton A. Jones of the Crime Records Division updates Hoover and Associate Director Clyde Tolson on plans to add a narrator to The FBI television series that aired Sunday nights on ABC from 1965 to 1974. According to Jones,Jimmy Stewart, who had starred in the 1959 schlockfest The FBI Story on the big screen, was unable to commit to the project. Iconic western star John Wayne was the second choice of producers but was problematic because of his membership in the ultra-conservative John Birch Society. After Jones laid out the history of Wayne's relationship with the Bureau, Hoover and Tolson offered their opinions in handwritten notes on the second page. Hoover simply did not want a narrator, writing, "Other high rated shows don't have them except the Bob Hope Theater & even in that Hope is more an anachronism as he does not appear in the show proper... If we can't put over the story by acting then it can't be very good." Tolson, ever the public relations alarmist, wrote, "I don't think we want anyone connected with the John Birch Society."
John Wayne rejected by J. Edgar Hoover by mcecil

Book excerpt: The shooting of Ben Dickson

When accused bank robber Bennie Dickson was shot and killed outside a St. Louis hamburger shop on April 6, 1939, the FBI reported that the heavily-armed thief had pulled out a gun and threatened the four special agents on the scene. The description was eerily similar to circumstances of the Dillinger shooting right down to the location on a busy city street near an alley and reports of the involvement of a woman informant who led FBI agents to the scene. The killing was justified, according to the Bureau, as an act of self-defense by federal agents in fear of their lives. Ostensibly, it was another feather in J. Edgar Hoover’s cap. His highly-trained investigators, the public was told, had applied all of the powers of the Bureau to locate and eliminate a dangerous, violent criminal who was hiding in plain sight, waiting for an opportunity to strike again. The Collier-Cooper narrative was upheld, according to the FBI’s version of events, and fears that the Bureau could become a danger to civil liberties were unfounded.

Unfortunately for Hoover, though, some St. Louis newspaper accounts directly contradicted the FBI’s version of events. A waitress at the Yankee System Hamburger shop, 19-year-old Gloria Cambron, offered a different account of reckless and careless agents who, with the help of a paid informant, arrived at the last moment and shot Dickson in the back as he attempted to flee. According to Cambron, who watched the shooting through the window of the hamburger shop, Dickson left the shop and when confronted by St. Louis SAC Gerald B. Norris, did not draw a gun. In fact, according to Cambron, Dickson turned and ran, moving quickly to a closed door next to the restaurant entrance that led to an apartment upstairs. As Dickson struggled to open the locked door, his side and back to the special agents approaching from his right, he was shot twice. Cambron also described a mysterious “woman in brown” who had joined Dickson at the hamburger shop, a detail reminiscent of Ana Sage, the “woman in red,” a paid informant who led agents to Dillinger.
Internal FBI documents corroborated Cambron’s version of the story. In a so-called “Personal and Confidential” letter to Hoover, Norris described the wounds Dickson received. “Agent [withheld, probably the inexperienced John Bush] shot him twice in the body, one bullet entering his shoulder and going down toward the front, and the other going from one side of his body to the other.” If, as the FBI claimed, Dickson had been crouching directly in front of the agents approaching on the sidewalk, drawing his weapon to fire, it seems highly unlikely that the bullets would have followed a back-to-front and side-to-side trajectory. If, however, Dickson had been struggling to open a locked door as Cambron claimed, with the agents approaching from his right side, the trajectories would make sense, one bullet striking his shoulder and proceeding in a line from back to front and another striking his side and moving across the his torso.

The detail of a “woman in brown” likewise undermined parts of the FBI’s preferred narrative. According to Cambron, a paid informant and not science or FBI sleuthing, led agents to the hamburger shop that day. Until the “woman in brown” contacted the Bureau, agents had no idea where Bennie and Stella Mae Dickson might be. In the weeks before the shooting, the FBI issued thousands of news releases to newspapers from Maine to Los Angeles suggesting that the fugitives had been sighted nearby. Those papers responded with “Dicksons might be hiding here” stories and the resulting flood of public tips from all over the country were no help in locating the fugitives. In fact, Bennie and Stella Mae had fled to New Orleans and were living there for weeks before traveling to St. Louis to visit the sister of one of Dickson’s prison acquaintances, identified only as Naomi in FBI files. Naomi’s brother had urged her to contact Dickson to get money so their mother could get needed medical care. Dickson was in St. Louis to deliver aid to the family of a friend.

Naomi knew there was a reward for information leading to the capture of Bennie Dickson. She was later paid between $2,500 and $5,000 for the information that led to the killing of Bennie and capture of Stella Mae Dickson. A few days before the shooting, Naomi contacted Norris to tell him Dickson was on his way to town. She then phoned Norris 15 minutes before the meeting was to take place. Norris, who coincidentally lived near the Yankee System Hamburger Shop in midtown near Forest Park, hastily assembled a team of three agents and proceeded to the 7 S. Euclid Avenue, near the intersection with LaClede Street where his team gathered in a barber shop across the street. Norris attempted, unsuccessfully at first to identify Dickson by walking past the exterior of the shop. Unable to make a positive identification, Norris actually entered the shop to get a closer look at the man sitting at the counter with Naomi. Certain it was Dickson, Norris then gathered his agents in the alley next to the shop to wait for the fugitive bank robber to emerge. Within a few minutes, Dickson stepped onto the sidewalk and was shot to death. Agents quickly hustled Naomi from the scene.

Based on the FBI’s own accounts of the shooting, it seems very likely that the incident occurred exactly as described by Cambron, the only witness with nothing to lose by telling the truth about what she saw. There were other troubling clues in Norris’ report and subsequent FBI summaries filed in the days after the shooting. If Dickson had drawn a gun, why, then, did only one of the agents fire his weapon? Why did Norris, at the ensuing coroner’s inquest, refuse to say how many agents had fired? Why had ambulance attendants found Dickson’s weapon not in his hand, but in the belt of his pants under his coat? In the end, Cambron’s story seems to be the most credible.

Dickson, with his young wife, robbed banks in Elkton and Brookings, South Dakota in the fall of 1938. In both cases, they entered the bank early in the morning and waited for time-locked safes to open. As they waited, customers entered and were detained by the couple. In one case Dickson even returned cash to a farmer in a Robin Hood gesture reminiscent of Dillinger. The two escaped to a Lake Bennieton, Minnesota cabin after each robbery and tallied about $20,000 in stolen cash and securities. The Dickson case is not remembered as a major case and stands apart from the highly-publicized war on crime of the earlier 1930s that led to the creation of the Collier-Cooper narrative for FBI public relations. But the two bullets that killed Dickson transformed the Topeka native from the complicated and confused young man he actually was into a violent character in a dramatic story patterned after the shooting of Dillinger. The Dickson story was ultimately shoehorned into the responsibility, science, and Hoover narrative that characterized its public relations throughout the final three decades of Hoover’s tenure as director. As reconfigured by Crime Records Division writers, Dickson became just one more symbol of the efficiency of the FBI and his death was a morality tale of how crime does not pay.
Hoover and Walter Winchell dine in Miami Beach
J. Edgar Hoover (Center) dines with his top lieutenant Clyde Tolson (left) and famed syndicated columnist and broadcaster Walter Winchell at Arnold Reuben's restaurant during Hoover and Tolson's annual trip to Miami Beach in December 1940. It had been a difficult year for Hoover and the FBI as critics railed against the Bureau's tactics in a 1939 raid on alleged communists' homes in Detroit in which agents broke down doors and held the accused for nearly a day without allowing them to meet with attorneys. That same year, Congress caught Hoover in a lie about the Bureau's use of illegal wiretaps in its domestic security investigations. Through it all, of course, Winchell was a staunch defender and friend of the FBI.
J. Edgar Hoover (Center) dines with his top lieutenant Clyde Tolson (left) and famed syndicated columnist and broadcaster Walter Winchell at Arnold Reuben's restaurant during Hoover and Tolson's annual trip to Miami Beach in December 1940. It had been a difficult year for Hoover and the FBI as critics railed against the Bureau's tactics in a 1939 raid on alleged communists' homes in Detroit in which agents broke down doors and held the accused for nearly a day without allowing them to meet with attorneys. That same year, Congress caught Hoover in a lie about the Bureau's use of illegal wiretaps in its domestic security investigations. Through it all, of course, Winchell was a staunch defender and friend of the FBI.

Hoover pretends to know how to fire a machine gun
In this December 11, 1935 FBI publicity photo, Hoover (left) is joined at the Bureau shooting range by Sumner Blossom, Editor of The American Magazine, and journalist/author Courtney Ryley Cooper, a key ghost-writer for Hoover in the 1930s.
In this December 11, 1935 FBI publicity photo, Hoover (left) is joined at the Bureau shooting range by Sumner Blossom, Editor of The American Magazine, and journalist/author Courtney Ryley Cooper, a key ghost-writer for Hoover in the 1930s.

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Hoover at the Stork Club with Walter Winchell
In this 1951 photo, Hoover is joined by (left to right) journalist Walter Winchell, tire company heiress Ann Firestone, and Yankee Clipper Joe Dimaggio at the famed Stork Club in New York.
In this 1951 photo, Hoover is joined by (left to right) journalist Walter Winchell, tire company heiress Ann Firestone, and Yankee Clipper Joe Dimaggio at the famed Stork Club in New York.

Hoover with William F. Buckley, Jr.
FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover presents Christopher Buckley with a copy of his book "A Study of Communism" as Christopher's father, National Review Editor William F. Buckley looks on. Note that Hoover autographed the image. This National Archives Photo was taken on October 26, 1962.
FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover presents Christopher Buckley with a copy of his book "A Study of Communism" as Christopher's father, National Review Editor William F. Buckley looks on. Note that Hoover autographed the image. This National Archives Photo was taken on October 26, 1962.

Hoover's Pulitzer Prize-winning "friend", Don Whitehead
J. Edgar Hoover presents two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Don Whitehead with his FBI credentials mounted on a plaque. In 1956, Whitehead was given an office at the FBI and wrote an "objective" authorized history of the Bureau. He did so by reporting only on the information that Hoover made available to him. Whitehead did literally no outside reporting of any kind for The FBI Story: A Report to the People, which was touted to the public by book reviewers as a work of independent journalism. It was nothing of the sort. Whitehead effectively sold his journalistic reputation to Hoover in exchange for a best-seller.
J. Edgar Hoover presents two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Don Whitehead with his FBI credentials mounted on a plaque. In 1956, Whitehead was given an office at the FBI and wrote an "objective" authorized history of the Bureau. He did so by reporting only on the information that Hoover made available to him. Whitehead did literally no outside reporting of any kind for The FBI Story: A Report to the People, which was touted to the public by book reviewers as a work of independent journalism. It was nothing of the sort. Whitehead effectively sold his journalistic reputation to Hoover in exchange for a best-seller.

Fingerprinting Hoover
FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover is "fingerprinted" by journalist and author Courtney Ryley Cooper in this FBI publicity photograph circa 1936. Hoover's FBI adopted fingerprint science as an identification technique in the early 1930s and was one of the first U.S. law enforcement agencies to do so. Cooper, whose background included a stint as a circus clown, was a key advisor to and collaborator with Hoover in the 1930s, authoring dozens of magazine stories, books, and radio scripts featuring Bureau exploits. Cooper's story template, emphasizing science, responsibility and Hoover's leadership, characterized most FBI publicity for the ensuing four decades. Cooper hanged himself in a New York hotel room closet in 1940, prompting speculation that the FBI was involved in his death, an unlikely scenario to say the least.
FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover is "fingerprinted" by journalist and author Courtney Ryley Cooper in this FBI publicity photograph circa 1936. Hoover's FBI adopted fingerprint science as an identification technique in the early 1930s and was one of the first U.S. law enforcement agencies to do so. Cooper, whose background included a stint as a circus clown, was a key advisor to and collaborator with Hoover in the 1930s, authoring dozens of magazine stories, books, and radio scripts featuring Bureau exploits. Cooper's story template, emphasizing science, responsibility and Hoover's leadership, characterized most FBI publicity for the ensuing four decades. Cooper hanged himself in a New York hotel room closet in 1940, prompting speculation that the FBI was involved in his death, an unlikely scenario to say the least.
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Kenneth Michael Trentadue

Shortly after the Oklahoma City Bombing, Kenneth Michael Trentadue is tortured and strangled in an isolation cell at the Oklahoma City Federal Transfer Center. The Department of Justice informs the family that he had hanged himself[/b] with a bedsheet. His family believes that he was murdered by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and that his death is linked to the Bombing. Kenneth Michael Trentadue may have been the 169th victim of that attack.

In Search of John Doe No. 2: The Story the Feds Never Told About the Oklahoma City Bombing

The Trentadue Files - New documents offer details of the FBI's secret Oklahoma City Bombing investigation

The Trentadue Case: A Coverup That Won't Stay Covered

In the matter of Kenneth Michael Trentadue

A Coverup Under Two Presidents: The Unsolved Mystery of the Oklahoma City Bombing

Conspiracy Files - Oklahoma City Bombing

Fox News Report Re: Oklahoma City Bombing
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Terry Lynn Nichols's Declaration Re: Oklahoma City Bombing

Terry Lynn Nichol's Letter to Attorney General Ashcroft Re: Oklahoma City Bombing

David Paul Hammer's Declaration Re: Oklahoma City Bombing

Peter K. Langan's Declaration Re: Oklahoma City Bombing

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Alex Beam, handles public relations for the
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Chat logs reveal FBI informant’s role in hacking of Sun newspaper
US agency faces questions after records show Lulzsec leader, who was informant at time, helped attack that closed UK sites


Tuesday 14 October 2014 05.00 EDT

The FBI is facing questions over its role in a 2011 hacking attack on Rupert Murdoch’s Sun newspaper in the UK after the publication of chat logs showed that a man acting as an agency informant played a substantial role in the operation.

In July 2011, a group of hackers known as Lulzsec – an offshoot of Anonymous – posted a fake story about the death of Murdoch, penetrated several News International (now News UK) corporate sites, and claimed to have obtained gigabytes of material from the company’s servers.
The Sun website after it was targeted by computer hackers, visitors to the website were redirected to a hoax story about Rupert Murdoch's suicide The Sun website after it was targeted by computer hackers, visitors to the website were redirected to a hoax story about Rupert Murdoch’s suicide. Photograph: PA

The attack was so successful that the publisher took down the websites of the Sun and the Times while technicians worked out the scale of the hack.

Unsealed documents obtained by Motherboard, the technology channel operated by Vice, and seen by the Guardian, show Hector Xavier Monsegur – known widely online as “Sabu” and frequently referred to as the leader of Lulzsec – played an active role in the operation.

The chat records show Monsegur encouraging others to break further into News International systems, claiming to have sources at the Sun, and even apparently helping to break staff’s passwords and to source files for stealing.

Monsegur was, however, at that time operating under the direction of the FBI, who had arrested him weeks earlier and cut a deal that kept him free if he helped to track down and secure the convictions of others in the group.

The close involvement of an FBI asset working under extraordinarily close supervision in a hacking attack on a media outlet ultimately owned by a US-listed company is set to raise further questions about the agency’s approach to tackling online crime.

Monsegur, who faced a maximum of 124 years in prison, was released earlier this year in exchange for his “extraordinary” cooperation with the FBI. Monsegur, who is currently on a 12-month supervised release programme, is believed to have cooperated with authorities because of his role as sole carer for two young relatives. He has had no contact with the media since his release.

The chat logs, which are more than 380 pages long, show the Lulzsec group working together over several days to hack into the Sun, talking in the relaxed (and often misspelled) manner of online conversations.

The chat, in a private channel aptly named “#sunnydays”, jumped between talking through reasons to attack the newspaper, what to do when in, and technical advice on how to operate the hacks.

“what up gentlemen,” said Sabu, opening the channel’s conversation, “lets do this.”

Some members of the group had already secured limited access to servers owned by the Sun. Sabu immediately encouraged them to go further, and obtain email records.

“good work on owning sun honestly speaking this is going to be good shit,” he wrote. “I want their mailspools … fuck the rest”

Sabu goaded the others on, telling them the Sun was planning to fabricate a story saying Lulzsec had tried and failed to hack the newspaper – a claim likely to enrage the group – and saying there were likely to be internal communications to confirm his claim.

At the time, others in the channel were focusing on merely embarrassing the Sun by running a false news story – which they did – or replacing home pages with pictures of internet memes, such as Nyan cat.

After some login details were shared, Sabu claimed to be looking around in the server, cautioning the others to “do this carefully”, and helping them try to “root” – gain total access to – another server.

Later, another hacker obtained encrypted login details of multiple News International staff, but was unable to decrypt them and thus obtain the usernames and passwords. Sabu offered to assist at this point, and later provided the password details.

The logs also show Sabu on multiple occasions offering detailed technical help to find additional records on different servers, breaking in to new servers, or obtaining more files – which could easily have included those belonging to journalists at either the Sun or Times.

At various stages in the course of the conversation, Sabu claimed to have obtained mail records from HSBC bank, and details on the Qatari royal family.

The logs even show Sabu celebrating with the other hackers – whose names are redacted – when CNN read out messages released by the group when the websites were taken down to handle the hack. “THE GUY JUST SAID WE HAVE JOY WE HAVE FUN WE HAVE MESSED UP MURDOCHS SUN,” he posted.

Less than 10 days after the attack on the Sun, several members of Lulzsec were arrested, and later convicted, for activities in the group. They included British citizens Jake Davis (known online as “Topiary”) and then-16-year-old schoolboy Mustafa Al-Bassam (“Tflow”).

The Sun, which is challenging the UK government over police accessing the phone records of one of its reporters, declined to comment on the apparent FBI involvement in attacks on its servers.

The FBI had not responded to a request for comment by the time of publication.
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How to Strengthen Your Mental Toughness Like An FBI Agent

LaRae Quy was a brand new FBI Special Agent, and it was the height of the Cold War, but she was given a huge job.

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FBI ex-boss admits assaulting 6-year-old girl
Posted on 2/18/2004, 6:04:13 PM

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 what became a two-decade career.
John H. Conditt Jr., 53, was sentenced last week to 12 years in prison in Fort Worth, Texas, after he admitted he molested the daughter of two FBI agents after he retired.
He acknowledged molesting at least two other girls before he began his law enforcement career, his lawyer said.
Conditt headed the internal affairs unit that investigates agent wrongdoing for the Office of Professional Responsibility at FBI headquarters in Washington from 1999 until his retirement in June 2001, the FBI said. He wrote articles in law enforcement journals on how police agencies could effectively investigate their own conduct.
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Press Release
Two Former FBI Special Agents On Way to Palm Desert to Tell Unabomber Story
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>PRWEB.COM NewswirePalisades, NY (PRWEB) October 23, 2014

Jim Freeman and Terry Turchie, two of the three FBI Special Agents who led the team that captured the terrorist Ted Kaczynski, will be at Barnes and Noble Bookstore in Palm Desert, California on October 25, to speak to the public about the internal struggle in the Bureau to change procedures necessary to capture the Unabomber. The authors will also discuss how the changes inadvertently established the groundwork for dealing with terrorism in the United States today.

The two Agent authors, along with the third co-author Max Noel, have appeared at 20 Barnes and Noble bookstores in California and appeared on Book-TV and C-Span in Washington, D.C. during their presentation at the Newseum on September 20.

"UNABOMBER, How the FBI Broke Its Own Rules To Capture the Terrorist Ted Kaczynski" is the story told by the former FBI agents of the internal struggle they experienced to change the outmoded procedures of the FBI. Newly assigned to the case after 16 years of futile search for the Unabomber, the struggle resulted in more expedient techniques including the use of reaching out to the public through the media for its assistance. Through the newly refined techniques, Mr. Kaczynski was captured in just two years.

"The public deserved to know the truth behind the capture of Ted Kaczynski," said Terry Turchie. "The behind- the -scenes story of the pursuit and capture of the Unabomber has never been t


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ENOUGH ROOM: Journalists as FBI Informants
Jan 27, 2010 - Journalists as FBI Informants. Paul Harvey was an FBI informant for many years. How many journalists working today are informants?
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Ex-FBI Agent Manis Unveils Book

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Former FBI agent Wayne Manis has seen dark days in America. He went undercover to infiltrate the Political Far Left, a violent group in Chicago that plotted to blow up the Democratic National Convention
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Monday, November 17, 2014,
While everyone was gearing up for elections, Town & Country Magazine late last month ranked Staten Island Rep. Rep. Michael Grimm among its “top 10 political bachelors.”

“Never mind the heaps of bad press: New York City's lone Republican congressman, a divorcee, stands a pretty good chance of being re-elected,” the publication said on its website.

By “bad press,” the writer presumably meant a 20-count federal criminal indictment for tax fraud, along with Grimm’s famous, televised threat to throw a reporter off a “f---ing balcony.”
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You are now beginning to
understand how the FBI agents work
24/7 to keep the infomercials about the FBI
in the front pages of radio,television and the
internet/print media.
It is all about branding the FBI brand as the good guys.

Yes the FBI spends about $100 million dollars a year to run their
public relations center.
Yes your tax dime is being used to dumb you down.

FBI media center is run by former employees of Fox, CNN ,NBC,CBS,
ABC and all the major newspapers and magazines.

The process the FBI uses is called
Manufacturing Consent.

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FBI agent Swearingen has written two books.
One about the bad things he did to people
as a FBI agent.
The second book discusses how his FBI supervisors
covered up the assassination of President Kennedy.
Yes Swearingen worked in Chicago with the agent mentioned
in the second story below.

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From the community: Couple Stays Together Thanks To The Springs At Monarch Landing

After 62 years of marriage, it was important for them to stay together. John and Barbara Baber of Naperville who are now both 82 years old, were childhood sweethearts. "We knew each other from the time we were little, and the high school yearbook said we were a couple," said John. When Barbara started showing symptoms of Alzheimer's in 2005, John worried about how they could stay together as the disease progressed. The opening of Monarch Landing in 2006 and The Springs at Monarch Landing in 2014 made their dream for continued togetherness a reality.

John started what would be a lifetime career with the FBI when he was 18 years old. "We were both born and raised near Charlottesville, Virginia. The FBI was recruiting clerical employees to work in DC. We went, and I took 6 ½ years of night school classes to graduate college. In 1961 I became an agent and we began to move around the country," John said. "I didn't intend to be an agent for all my life. I thought it would be an opportunity to get a better job. After two years I had the chance to switch but decided not to give it up. It just seemed like a challenge to figure out what a criminal was doing in terms of embezzlement or fraud. That was fun for me." When John eventually took an early retirement from the FBI in 1983, he had reached the rank of Assistant Special Agent in Charge of Chicago.

Barbara and John have two children and four grandchildren. "It's a wonderful journey that Barbara and I have been on. We've always been active and gardened and traveled, and we've done so many different things," John said.

John and Barbara were living in their two-story Naperville home when Barbara was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and John worried about how difficult would be for him to care for her. In 2006, they moved to Monarch Landing, which at the time offered independent living, with the commitment to eventually provide complete continuing care including assisted living memory support. That promise was delivered upon when The Springs at Monarch Landing opened late this summer. "My goodness what they've done here is just wonderful," said John. Barbara moved from the couple's independent living apartment, to her own private apartment where she receives additional care.

The private suites at The Springs boast spacious bedrooms and baths, and open onto a cozy common living area with a full kitchen and all the touches and conveniences of home. "Barbara can come and go to activities as she wants. And they give her so much attention, it makes all of the difference in the world," said John. "That's the beauty of this."
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Could Sheridan Be A Possible Host For FBI Data Security Site

November 28, 2014

SHERIDAN — Forward Sheridan would like to make a move to protect sensitive data within the city.

Jay Stender, executive director of Forward Sheridan, told legislators Tuesday at the Chamber of Commerce Legislative Forum that he would like to court the InfraGard program used by the FBI for data security.

InfraGard is a program that partners the FBI with the private sector to protect industry data specifically from acts of hostility against the United States. The strategy

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and tell you its raining

will the next FBI created terrorist event be a nuclear device?


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FBI Evidence Is Often Mishandled, an Internal Inquiry Finds
New York Times-Dec 19, 2014
F.B.I. agents in every region of the country have mishandled, mislabeled and lost evidence, according to a highly critical internal investigation ...

Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014
Task force led by FBI, Texas Rangers to combat South Texas public corruption


HOUSTON — The FBI and Texas Rangers are leading a new task force created in the wake of public corruption cases in South Texas that brought down a sheriff, a judge, a district attorney and other elected officials.
The unit was formed earlier this month to specifically combat public corruption in the Rio Grande Valley and serve as a long-term tool to restore the public's trust, said Rock Stone, an FBI supervisory special agent.
"With every case that leads to an arrest, the public (will be) pleased that someone is finally doing something about it," said Stone, who leads the unit based in McAllen.
Stone said each of the FBI's 56 field offices investigates public corruption, but an "inordinate



December 19, 2014
Media comment on today's GAO assessment of the FBI's flawed anthrax science
I chose the following short AP report from the WaPo because it gets right to the point:
NATIONWIDE (AP) - The Government Accountability Office says the science the Federal Bureau of Investigations used to investigate the 2001 anthrax attacks was flawed.
The GAO released a report Friday on its findings. The agency didn't take a position on the FBI's conclusion that Army biodefense researcher Bruce Ivins acted alone in making and sending the powdered spores that killed five people and sickened 17 others.
The report adds fuel to the debate among experts, including many of Ivins' co-workers at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland, over whether Ivins could have made and mailed the anthrax-filled envelopes.
The GAO said the FBI's research did not provide a full understanding of the methods and conditions that give rise to genetic mutations used to differentiate between samples of anthrax bacteria. The report calls this a "key scientific gap."
This is the crux of the matter. Yet FBI has said it stands by its case.

UPDATE: "A spokesman for the FBI said the agency does not intend to reopen the case."

Why would FBI say anything else? They have no need to provide any arguments or evidence, having successfully hounded one of their (several) suspect scientists until he committed suicide. Recall that FBI floated many different theories of the case before settling on Ivins as the perpetrator, a full 6-7 years after beginning its investigation.

They tried to close the case then, in August 2008. But some in Congress were highly dissatisfied, so at a September 2008 hearing in which he was the only witness, FBI Director Mueller promised a review of the scientific evidence by the National Academy of Science (NAS).

An excellent team was assembled by the Academy, and they set to work. But FBI learned the committee was doing too thorough a job, and its findings did not favor the FBI's claims in the case. So FBI did an end run around the NAS, closing its case and issuing this report in 2010, long before the NAS was ready with its 2011 report.

Once the NAS report came out, FBI sang a different tune. It wasn't the science that was definitive; rather, it was the totality of the forensic evidence.

Except: what evidence was FBI referring to? There was no direct evidence linking Ivins to the crime, nor evidence it was even possible to manufacture a sufficient quantity of spores in the Army facility where he worked.

Here's what the FBI still claims about its case, despite everything:
"...New scientific methods were developed that ultimately led to the break in the case—methods that could have a far-reaching impact on future investigations.
So the new scientific methods broke the case-- except they were in fact inconclusive and have not stood up to scrutiny by either the NAS or the GAO. In fact, no agency or group besides the FBI has given them any credence. Members of Congress remained unsatisfied, like Senator Grassley.

Today, outgoing Congressmember and physicist Rush Holt (who requested the GAO study and will lead the AAAS next month) said the report:
“confirms what I have often said — that the F.B.I.'s definitive conclusions about the accuracy of their scientific findings in the Amerithrax case are not, in fact, definitive. The United States needs a comprehensive, independent review of the Amerithrax investigation to ensure we have learned the lessons from this bio attack.”
Posted by Meryl Nass, M.D. at 9:21 PM 4 comments
GAO Report echoes NAS report that FBI' s study of anthrax letters leaves much to be desired, including lack of validation of the methods used/GAO
Here is the GAO report released today, two years in the making, a study done for unnamed "congressional requesters." In past years, the requesters have been listed, but in this case, they are not. This most likely reflects the sensitivity of this matter. Why so sensitive?

Because the FBI botched its investigation, never had even the shred of a case against Ivins, and this is not the first time they were called out on it. The 2011 National Academy of Science (NAS) report pointed out the same things as this GAO report: that FBI and its contractors developed methods that were not validated. They never proved that the anthrax in the letters actually grew from parent spores in Ivins' flask, as FBI purports. This failed claim forms the linchpin of the FBI's entire case.

Here is the 2011 WaPo editorial on the need for a comprehensive investigation, following release of the NAS report. Today's GAO investigation did not fulfill the WaPo's request to include an investigation of the case against Ivins himself.

Following the NAS report, in October 2011, veteran investigative reporters at McClatchey (Greg Gordon, who is amazing), PBS' Frontline and ProPublica dug deeper into the case than anyone so far had done, and created a TV show, a huge online cache of documents from the case, and several journalistic pieces, like this one. Their work revealed new pieces of evidence that further undercut the FBI's case, like this and this. One article explored the validity of the FBI's scientific evidence.

UPDATE: These reporters write about the new GAO report here.

The National Academy of Science panel couched its conclusions in extremely polite, even deferential language toward the FBI. The NAS committee created new definitions for old words that could only have been intended to confuse readers of the report. (See my detailed discussion of this, below)

If you actually say, out loud, that the FBI faked its search for the anthrax criminal(s), flushed $100 million down the toilet in its most expensive case to date, and deliberately avoided conducting a credible investigation to find the anthrax letters perpetrators, then you question the entire edifice of US law enforcement and imply a conspiracy around an anthrax letters coverup at the highest levels of government, as suggested in Professor Graeme MacQueen's recent book. And that, ladies and gentlemen, you are simply not permitted to do.

Step back from the abyss, get a limited GAO report that still took 2 years of review to see the light of day, and close the door on the anthrax letters case. Got it?

Here is what I wrote about the NAS report following its 2011 release:

Muddying the waters: contradictory NAS Report interpretations, and how the report itself asks to be read
Professor Paul Keim, an anthrax genetics expert at Northern Arizona University and FBI contractor, is claiming the NAS report supports the FBI's case. It doesn't. Please review the report and judge for yourself.

The NAS report has many confusing aspects. But it basically says:
The FBI totally screwed up its data collection of anthrax samples, and it should not be considered comprehensive.
FBI failed to give the committee needed information, although it provided some response (sometimes "tersely") to every request for information.
FBI found a number of morphologically unusual mutants ("morphotypes") in some letters, then chose some morphotypes to study further, but FBI provided no explanation for why only some morphotypes and not all letters were selected.
NAS pointed out that one could not say what expertise and equipment were required, nor how long it would take to produce the amount of spores used, absent that information. (This conclusion challenged FBI claims that Ivins had the equipment and expertise needed, and also challenged the importance made of Ivins' late nights in the lab.)
The assertion that Ivins tried to fool the FBI with the samples he submitted is unsupported.
FBI was chided for failing to use the newest molecular techniques, which could have speeded up the research and helped to clarify the relationship between the letter spores and Ivins' flask of spores.
For example, from page 26 of the report:

"No written explanatory materials were provided with these documents that would fully
inform the committee as to why the analyses were done and how these documents contributed to the FBI investigations and conclusions. The material regarding analyses of the FBIR specimens was coded, often with different numbers for the same sample set. Consequently, the committee spent a considerable amount of time sorting through and attempting to interpret the available materials before it could begin to evaluate the science and consider the scientific conclusions. In addition, much of the information provided to the committee was compartmentalized and sections of some documents were redacted.
When the committee posed questions to the FBI for clarification, the agency was always
responsive; however, responses to questions were sometimes minimal or terse, or were deflected as intruding into the criminal investigation and beyond the purview of the committee despite the committee’s explanation that the questions were of a scientific nature."

And excerpts from page 119:

"The first challenge with the repository was the lack of independence among samples and an incomplete understanding of the provenance of samplesdue to the known history of sharing... FBI scientists and investigators sought to determine the history of shipments among institutions and the genealogical relationships among samples in the repository, but they never obtained a complete record.

Another challenge with the repository was that, since the importance of the mutant genotypes was not fully understood when the subpoena protocol was written, the document was vague (e.g., “use an inoculum taken across multiple colonies”), and was not written in a way that would maximize the chance that variant genotypes in a mixed stock population would be submitted... After the importance of the mutant genotypes became known, there was no request for additional samples using a revised protocol that might have improved the sampling.

A final challenge was that the repository collection process was based on the integrity of the individuals asked to provide samples. If the motive for the repository was to identify the source of the letter material, standards of custody of evidence would dictate that agents of the FBI should have obtained the samples. In most instances, holders of the material were asked to provide samples and send them in. The sender could have been the instigator and may not have complied with instructions, as the FBI alleges with respect to Dr. Ivins."

Yet the report was otherwise couched in the most conciliatory language. FBI was praised whenever possible.

The committee was barred from commenting directly on the guilt or innocence of suspects. In order to get around this restriction and create a report that complied with its contract, while being as specific as possible about whether the science indicted Ivins, the NAS report included tables that presented FBI and DOJ statements, verbatim. Then the report commented on whether the committee agreed with the statements.

Using this method, NAS' report was able to say (page 15):
The results of the genetic analyses of the repository samples were consistent with the finding that the spores in the attack letters were derived from RMR-1029, but the analyses did not definitively demonstrate such a relationship. The scientific data alone do not support the strength of the government’s repeated assertions that “RMR-1029 was conclusively identified as the parent material to the anthrax powder used in the mailings” (USDOJ, 2010, p. 20), nor the role suggested for the scientific data in arriving at their conclusions, “the scientific analysis coordinated by the FBI Laboratory determined that RMR-1029, a spore-batch created and maintained at USAMRIID by Dr. Ivins, was the parent material for the anthrax used in the mailings” (USDOJ, 2010, p. 8).
The report created new definitions to specify strength of association. This goes to the heart of the report's meaning. Here's what the report says, rather oddly, about how its language conveys the strength of an association (see page 41):
"Quantifying an association, as well as the degree of certainty (or uncertainty) in that association, involves statistical methods (see Chapter 6). Common language involves qualifiers, rather than quantifiable measures, of this association and the degree of confidence in it, which can cause confusion among practitioners from different fields that use the terms. Since the interpretation of these qualifiers and the ways in which they are used differ across disciplines (e.g., statistics, science, law, common language), their use by the committee is clarified here. In the chapters that follow, the committee uses the following four qualifiers of association, listed in order of increasing certainty (decreasing uncertainty):
consistent with an association
suggest an association
indicate an association
demonstrate an association
The expression “consistent with” is frequently used in this report and conveys the weakest level of certainty (greatest amount of uncertainty). In general, when the term “consistent with” is used, it means that an association may or may not be present; the available data can neither rule out nor confirm an association. The term “suggests” denotes a greater level of certainty for an association than “consistent with,” but even here the normal use of the word in science denotes a weaker level of certainty than is implied by the word in everyday parlance. That is, the potential for an association is stronger, and the evidence for the absence of an association is weaker, but both are still possible. In contrast, the terms “indicate” and “demonstrate” denote higher degrees of certainty and these are usually reserved for strong scientific conclusions (i.e., less uncertainty, or less likelihood of an absence of an association). All four levels could potentially be quantified with measures of “statistical significance,” but the committee does not assign such measures in most instances because the data at hand are generally not appropriate for such precise quantification of the degree of uncertainty.
In summary, the reader is cautioned to consider carefully the terminology in this report in light of the fact that the qualifiers of certainty used here are those used most commonly in the scientific literature and that these words can carry different weight in common language and in the courtroom."

So the term "consistent with an association" in the NAS-FBI context, implies the weakest possible association. Got that? Keim and the FBI have taken "consistent with" to mean the NAS Report supports the FBI claims, when the report's own definitions state that "consistent with" implies "the greatest amount of uncertainty" about the association. UPDATE: Keim is quoted in the 2/17/11 Global Security Newswire with the following (disingenuous) statement:
Keim disputed news reports suggesting that this week's analysis questions the FBI for naming Ivins as the perpetrator of the attacks. "The committee isn't saying that. ... All the major conclusions that the FBI came to, the committee said, 'Yeah, the evidence is consistent with that.'"
[Sorry for all the mumbo-jumbo, but this level of detail helps explain how opposing sides may each cite this report to claim victory--Nass]

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Was FBI wrong on North Korea?

- Cybersecurity experts are questioning the FBI's claim that North Korea is responsible for the hack that crippled Sony Pictures. Kurt Stammberger, a senior vice president with cybersecurity firm Norse, told CBS News his company has data that doubts some of the FBI's findings.

"Sony was not just hacked, this is a company that was essentially nuked from the inside," said Stammberger.
While Norse is not involved in the Sony case, it has done its own investigation.
"We are very confident that this was not an attack master-minded by North Korea and that insiders were key to the implementation of one of the most devastating attacks in history," said Stammberger.
He says Norse data is pointing towards a woman who calls herself "Lena" and claims to be connected with the so-called "Guardians of Peace" hacking group. Norse believes it's identified this woman as someone who worked at Sony in Los Angeles for ten years until leaving the company this past May.
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January 07, 2015, 02:20 pm
Former Intelligence chairman to join CNN

Former Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) is joining CNN as a national security commentator just days after his official retirement from Congress, where he served as chairman of the House Select Committee on Intelligence.

He’ll kick off his CNN tenure Wednesday on the network’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper," a spokeswoman with the network told The Hill.
The former FBI special agent and U.S. Army officer served seven terms in the House before he decided to retire in 2014 to do a syndicated radio show.

During his tenure, he regularly took to the airwaves to talk about national security and counterterrorism. During his four years as chairman, the committee dealt with the Benghazi consulate attacks, the Edward Snowden leak and the controversial CIA report that critics have dubbed the “torture report.”

Rogers is also well known for his support of Cyber Intelligence Sharing Protection Act, which would allow private companies to share information with the government to help protect against cyber threats. It passed the House in 2013, but languishe
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