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A Secret Catalogue of Government Gear for Spying on Your Cellphone


Jeremy Scahill, Margot Williams

Dec. 17 2015, 12:23 p.m.


THE INTERCEPT HAS OBTAINED a secret, internal U.S. government catalogue of dozens of cellphone surveillance devices used by the military and by intelligence agencies. The document, thick with previously undisclosed information, also offers rare insight into the spying capabilities of federal law enforcement and local police inside the United States.

The catalogue includes details on the Stingray, a well-known brand of surveillance gear, as well as Boeing “dirt boxes” and dozens of more obscure devices that can be mounted on vehicles, drones, and piloted aircraft. Some are designed to be used at static locations, while others can be discreetly carried by an individual. They have names like Cyberhawk, Yellowstone, Blackfin, Maximus, Cyclone, and Spartacus. Within the catalogue, the NSA is listed as the vendor of one device, while another was developed for use by the CIA, and another was developed for a special forces requirement. Nearly a third of the entries focus on equipment that seems to have never been described in public before.

The Intercept obtained the catalogue from a source within the intelligence community concerned about the militarization of domestic law enforcement. (The original is here.)

A few of the devices can house a “target list” of as many as 10,000 unique phone identifiers. Most can be used to geolocate people, but the documents indicate that some have more advanced capabilities, like eavesdropping on calls and spying on SMS messages. Two systems, apparently designed for use on captured phones, are touted as having the ability to extract media files, address books, and notes, and one can retrieve deleted text messages.

Above all, the catalogue represents a trove of details on surveillance devices developed for military and intelligence purposes but increasingly used by law enforcement agencies to spy on people and convict them of crimes. The mass shooting earlier this month in San Bernardino, California, which President Barack Obama has called “an act of terrorism,” prompted calls for state and local police forces to beef up their counterterrorism capabilities, a process that has historically involved adapting military technologies to civilian use. Meanwhile, civil liberties advocates and others are increasingly alarmed about how cellphone surveillance devices are used domestically and have called for a more open and informed debate about the trade-off between security and privacy — despite a virtual blackout by the federal government on any information about the specific capabilities of the gear.

“We’ve seen a trend in the years since 9/11 to bring sophisticated surveillance technologies that were originally designed for military use — like Stingrays or drones or biometrics — back home to the United States,” said Jennifer Lynch, a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which has waged a legal battle challenging the use of cellphone surveillance devices domestically. “But using these technologies for domestic law enforcement purposes raises a host of issues that are different from a military context.”

MANY OF THE DEVICES in the catalogue, including the Stingrays and dirt boxes, are cell-site simulators, which operate by mimicking the towers of major telecom companies like Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile. When someone’s phone connects to the spoofed network, it transmits a unique identification code and, through the characteristics of its radio signals when they reach the receiver, information about the phone’s location. There are also indications that cell-site simulators may be able to monitor calls and text messages.

In the catalogue, each device is listed with guidelines about how its use must be approved; the answer is usually via the “Ground Force Commander” or under one of two titles in the U.S. code governing military and intelligence operations, including covert action.

But domestically the devices have been used in a way that violates the constitutional rights of citizens, including the Fourth Amendment prohibition on illegal search and seizure, critics like Lynch say. They have regularly been used without warrants, or with warrants that critics call overly broad. Judges and civil liberties groups alike have complained that the devices are used without full disclosure of how they work, even within court proceedings.

“Every time police drive the streets with a Stingray, these dragnet devices can identify and locate dozens or hundreds of innocent bystanders’ phones,” said Nathan Wessler, a staff attorney with the Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project of the American Civil Liberties Union.

The controversy around cellphone surveillance illustrates the friction that comes with redeploying military combat gear into civilian life. The U.S. government has been using cell-site simulators for at least 20 years, but their use by local law enforcement is a more recent development.

The archetypical cell-site simulator, the Stingray, was trademarked by Harris Corp. in 2003 and initially used by the military, intelligence agencies, and federal law enforcement. Another company, Digital Receiver Technology, now owned by Boeing, developed dirt boxes — more powerful cell-site simulators — which gained favor among the NSA, CIA, and U.S. military as good tools for hunting down suspected terrorists. The devices can reportedly track more than 200 phones over a wider range than the Stingray.

Amid the war on terror, companies selling cell-site simulators to the federal government thrived. In addition to large corporations like Boeing and Harris, which clocked more than $2.6 billion in federal contracts last year, the catalogue obtained by The Intercept includes products from little-known outfits like Nevada-based Ventis, which appears to have been dissolved, and SR Technologies of Davie, Florida, which has a website that warns: “Due to the sensitive nature of this business, we require that all visitors be registered before accessing further information.” (The catalogue obtained by The Intercept is not dated, but includes information about an event that occurred in 2012.)

The U.S. government eventually used cell-site simulators to target people for assassination in drone strikes, The Intercept has reported. But the CIA helped use the technology at home, too. For more than a decade, the agency worked with the U.S. Marshals Service to deploy planes with dirt boxes attached to track mobile phones across the U.S., the Wall Street Journal revealed.

After being used by federal agencies for years, cellular surveillance devices began to make their way into the arsenals of a small number of local police agencies. By 2007, Harris sought a license from the Federal Communications Commission to widely sell its devices to local law enforcement, and police flooded the FCC with letters of support. “The text of every letter was the same. The only difference was the law enforcement logo at the top,” said Chris Soghoian, the principal technologist at the ACLU, who obtained copies of the letters from the FCC through a Freedom of Information Act request.

The lobbying campaign was a success. Today nearly 60 law enforcement agencies in 23 states are known to possess a Stingray or some form of cell-site simulator, though experts believe that number likely underrepresents the real total. In some jurisdictions, police use cell-site simulators regularly. The Baltimore Police Department, for example, has used Stingrays more than 4,300 times since 2007.

Police often cite the war on terror in acquiring such systems. Michigan State Police claimed their Stingrays would “allow the State to track the physical location of a suspected terrorist,” although the ACLU later found that in 128 uses of the devices last year, none were related to terrorism. In Tacoma, Washington, police claimed Stingrays could prevent attacks using improvised explosive devices — the roadside bombs that plagued soldiers in Iraq. “I am not aware of any case in which a police agency has used a cell-site simulator to find a terrorist,” said Lynch. Instead, “law enforcement agencies have been using cell-site simulators to solve even the most minor domestic crimes.”

The Intercept is not publishing information on devices in the catalogue where the disclosure is not relevant to the debate over the extent of domestic surveillance.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence declined to comment for this article. The FBI, NSA, and U.S. military did not offer any comment after acknowledging The Intercept’s written requests. The Department of Justice “uses technology in a manner that is consistent with the requirements and protections of the Constitution, including the Fourth Amendment, and applicable statutory authorities,” said Marc Raimondi, a Justice Department spokesperson who, for six years prior to working for the DOJ, worked for Harris Corp., the manufacturer of the Stingray.

WHILE INTEREST FROM local cops helped fuel the spread of cell-site simulators, funding from the federal government also played a role, incentivizing municipalities to buy more of the technology. In the years since 9/11, the U.S. has expanded its funding to provide military hardware to state and local law enforcement agencies via grants awarded by the Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department. There’s been a similar pattern with Stingray-like devices.

“The same grant programs that paid for local law enforcement agencies across the country to buy armored personnel carriers and drones have paid for Stingrays,” said Soghoian. “Like drones, license plate readers, and biometric scanners, the Stingrays are yet another surveillance technology created by defense contractors for the military, and after years of use in war zones, it eventually trickles down

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Mexican Mafia member sues feds over wrongful arrest

McALLEN — It’s been more than two years since Daniel Cantu, a Mexican Mafia gang member, was acquitted of drug conspiracy charges in federal court after he was arrested in a drug sting in August 2011. He was acquitted by a federal jury and released Oct. 31, 2013, according to court records.

In January, Cantu filed a civil rights lawsuit claiming his civil rights were violated and he was subjected to vicious prosecution in the months and years after his arrest and detention. But Cantu, after going through two different attorneys, filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit in July when he failed to secure legal counsel he felt comfortable with to represent him.

Cantu, 42, of Donna, filed a new lawsuit Oct. 27, a few days short of the two-year anniversary of the day he was found not guilty of drug conspiracy charges. The current Mexican Mafia member said he’s confident this time around with his legal representation, Jerold D. Friedman, an attorney based in Cypress, Texas.

Cantu said Friedman, unlike the attorneys in Hidalgo County, is not in the pocket of local politicians.

‘This is corruption here – that’s what it is. When lawyers around here would see a case like mine, I thought they would jump on it right away, but no, it was really hard for me. It took me more than a year and half to get an attorney,” Cantu said.

Cantu’s arrest on Aug. 10, 2011, began with an informant’s tip that led FBI agents to three men accused of smuggling more than 3 pounds of heroin, a criminal complaint states.

Agents learned, through the informant, that Cantu would receive the heroin in a grocery store parking lot but Cantu argues he was unaware of any drug transaction despite being in the parking lot at the same time as the other men that day, records show.

Cantu claims he agreed to meet a friend at the parking lot, but when he arrived there, his friend tossed a thermal cooler into his car and ran away toward plainclothes FBI agents, according to records.

Agents detained Cantu and two other men, Fermin Martinez Luna and Salvador Serna Perez. Cantu was the only identified gang member among those arrested. The other men admitted to entering the U.S. illegally, documents show.

Cantu was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and faced life in prison.

“They wanted the drugs to be delivered to somebody in the Mexican Mafia. But that somebody did not appear when the drugs were supposed to be delivered. (The FBI’s) paid informant called my client and asked him to show up at the H-E-B parking lot, so the two could talk. When my client showed up, the paid informant put drugs into my client’s car. The informant ran (away) and dropped down to the ground. My client was arrested for receiving the drugs even though he was there innocently,” Friedman said. “It seems to me the government, particularly the FBI, wanted to finish their investigation and show they had a successful arrest, but the person who they wanted to arrest didn’t show up and so they arrested my client instead — my client was actually innocent.”

Friedman said Cantu filed 20 causes of action against 50 FBI agents, several unknown U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents, U.S. Marshals agents, DPS troopers, Hidalgo County Sheriff J.E. “Eduardo” Guerra and several more federal government law enforcement agents.

Cantu’s lawyer said in this instance the government acted like a gang against his client, arresting him and attempting to put him away for life knowing he had done nothing wrong.

“When the government, in this case, is acting like a gang — they just find somebody to blame and they try to put him away in prison. (Cantu) was facing life in prison for the drug charge when he actually didn’t do anything and so as a civil rights attorney, I’m concerned about the government when they’re breaking their own rules. If the government does everything lawfully, I think that’s terrific. In this case, the government was breaking the law and that’s why we’re taking this case to court,” Friedman said.

Friedman believes the evidence presented during his client’s 2013 trial was suspect and questions why Cantu was on trial at all.

“I believe if the government’s attorney looked at the evidence more carefully, the charges should have been dropped earlier,” Friedman said. “There were several irregularities that should have informed the government attorney that this was a bad case.”

Cantu said he knew FBI agents lied in their affidavits because he didn’t do anything unlawful to get arrested.

“Just because I’m a member of the Mexican mafia and I’m active, active right now and active back then. They wanted a ‘made’ man – that’s what they wanted. In this case right here, they got me innocently,” Cantu said. “

Cantu is suing for, among other things, relief for the two years he spent in federal prison and the return of some of his property, specifically the car that was seized by federal agents after his arrest.

Friedman said if a jury determines the government is guilty of the claims in the lawsuit, the final monetary amount will depend on what it determines is fair compensation.

“How much is it worth for someone to lose two years of their life in a drug set up?” Friedman asked. “He was in prison for a little over two years, so we could just ask for $100,000 from the federal government and that is what the federal government does to save it from litigation. We think because of the way that the federal agents behaved in this (case), that it’s worth much more than that, I’m not clear in what the jury is going

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Flight logs show Bill Clinton flew on sex offender's jet much more than previuosly

May 13, 2016

Former President Bill Clinton was a much more frequent flyer on a registered sex offender’s infamous jet than previously reported, with flight logs showing the former president taking at least 26 trips aboard the “Lolita Express” -- even apparently ditching his Secret Service detail for at least five of the flights, according to records



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Secret List of Informants and Hunted Cybercriminals
Written by JOSEPH COX
13 May 2016 // 04:00 PM CET
In 2005, an email server of the FBI’s was catastrophically hacked, and journalists quoted sources who were worried that sensitive information had been obtained. At the time, the agency downplayed its seriousness, castigating the reporters in a press release for not providing an informed or accurate portrayal of the attack.


House Democrats Targeting 14 More Seats in November
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First 7 Students Graduate with Newly Created Minor in Homeland Security

The College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity at the State University of New York in Albany.

The first seven students graduated with a newly created minor in homeland security and other emergency fields at a New York state college, the Washington Times reports.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday that the students may play an important role in responding to emergencies that range from terrorism to extreme weather.

The first academic year at the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity




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Nichols says bombing was FBI op
Detailed confession filed in S.L. about Oklahoma City plo

Published: Wed, Feb. 21, 2007, 12:00 a.m. MST

The only surviving convicted criminal in the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City is saying his co-conspirator, Timothy McVeigh, told him he was taking orders from a top FBI official in orchestrating the bombing.

A declaration from Terry Lynn Nichols, filed in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City, has proven to be one of the most detailed confessions by Nichols to date about his involvement in the bombing as well as the involvement of others. However, one congressman who has investigated the bombings remains skeptical of Nichols' claims.

The declaration was filed as part of Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue's pending wrongful death suit against the government for the death of his brother in a federal corrections facility in Oklahoma City. Trentadue claims his brother was killed during an interrogation by FBI agents when agents mistook his brother for a suspect in the Oklahoma City bombing investigation.

The most shocking allegation in the 19-page signed declaration is Nichols' assertion that the whole bombing plot was an FBI operation and that McVeigh let slip during a bout of anger that he was taking instruction from former FBI official Larry Potts.

Potts was no stranger to anti-government confrontations, having been the lead FBI agent at Ruby Ridge in 1992, which led to the shooting death of Vicki

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US policing Opinion
Giving the 'Ferguson effect' a new name won't make it truer
Samuel Sinyangwe
FBI director James Comey attributed a crime spike to police being
scared of a viral video this week. That’s a theory that’s already been
widely debunked

 ‘Crowd-sourced efforts demonstrate, at minimum, that police have not
been “less aggressive”. If anything, the police appear to have
doubled-down on the type of aggression that generated public scrutiny
in the first place.’ Photograph: Alamy
Friday 13 May 2016 12.05 EDT Last modified on Friday 13 May 2016 12.37

This week, FBI director James Comey used his platform to reignite
public debate over the nefarious “Ferguson effect” theory, claiming
national scrutiny of police was driving a “significant jump in murder
rates” in US cities. Armed with anecdotes rather than facts, he
asserted that more black and Hispanic men were dying because “lots and
lots of police officers” were being less aggressive in their work for
fear of being the next “viral video”.

This theory, as many experts have noted, relies on assumptions that
are not supported by the facts. Unfortunately, we don’t have
comprehensive official statistics on police use of force because the
FBI, which Comey heads, has failed to collect this data. But
crowd-sourced efforts demonstrate, at minimum, that police have not
been “less aggressive”. If anything, the police appear to have
doubled-down on the type of aggression that generated public scrutiny
in the first place.

According to the Mapping Police Violence database, police killed 696
people nationwide in 2014 before the Ferguson protests began on 9
August. Police killed 739 people over the same time period in 2015
according to that database – the Guardian’s The Counted project
recorded 709. Either way, an increase.

This year is no different. Police have already killed more people to
date this year than they had killed by this point of 2014.

And there hasn’t been a crime wave alongside these increased killings,
contrary to Comey’s assertion. Analyses by the Marshall Project and
the Department of Justice found no evidence that violent crime has
significantly increased in the nation’s largest


Omaha FBI office inspection reports are missing from COINTELPRO era
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Omaha COINTELPRO proposal against Charles Knox was censored by the FBI
to hide dirty tricks
A spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation has admitted that
six annual inspection reports of the Omaha field office cannot be
located. “We were unable to locate records,” said David Hardy, Section
Chief of the Records Management Division.

Hardy sought to find annual internal inspection reports for the Omaha
FBI office during the years 1967-1973. Hardy said, “we conducted a
search of the locations or entities where records...would reasonably
be found.”

The missing FBI records span the tenures of Paul Young and Fletcher
Thompson as Special Agents in Charge. Both Young and Thompson proposed
counterintelligence actions against “Black Nationalists” in Omaha
under the illegal counterintelligence operation code-named COINTELPRO.
Young targeted the Omaha Two, Edward Poindexter and Wopashite Mondo
Eyen we Langa (former David Rice) of the National Committee to Combat
Fascism. Thompson targeted Charles Knox of the Black Revolutionary

The missing inspection reports would have shed light on clandestine
dirty tricks. J. Edgar Hoover, the director of the FBI for nearly a
half-century, kept tight control of the Bureau and the COINTELPRO
program. To avoid documenting the more serious crimes committed by FBI
agents, Hoover established a sophisticated “Do Not File” system for
the most “sensitive” operations. Counterintelligence measures that
needed to be kept secret were documented on temporary files captioned
Do Not File. The Special Agent in Charge would keep the documentation
in an office safe instead of the regular filing system. During the
annual office reviews the contents of the safe would be examined,
verified, and destroyed with the inspectors making summary statements
in the inspection reports.

Mark Felt, the “Deep Throat” of Watergate infamy, was in charge of the
Inspection Division and functioned as a quality control officer. Felt
did not object when FBI agents broke the law with counterintelligence
actions. Instead, Felt's task was to make sure the misdeeds were being
done efficiently and effectively. A typical office review would
consist of an inspection team drawn from FBI headquarters and other
field offices and could take several weeks. Files would be studied,
the safe examined, and interviews conducted during the inspections.
The inspection reports were detailed and comprehensive.

The FBI has posted the annual inspection reports of the Domestic
Intelligence Division which are hundreds of pages long and catalog
counterintelligence actions all over the country. Two of the national
inspection reports mentioned Omaha. One discussed the name change from
the United Front to Combat Fascism to the National Committee to Combat
Fascism. The other inspection report told of FBI collaboration with
Omaha police against Charles Knox.

The Omaha Two targets were ultimately convicted of the 1970 murder of
an Omaha policeman after the FBI Laboratory withheld a report on the
identity of an anonymous 911 caller who lured the officer to a
bombing. Both Poindexter and Mondo denied any role in the crime.
Poindexter remains imprisoned at the maximum-security Nebraska State
Penitentiary. Mondo died at the prison in March. FBI files on the two
men were both redacted and withheld. The missing inspection reports
may have exonerated the two Black Panther leaders but now the extent
of FBI manipulation of the case will likely never be known.

After Paul Young obtained the conviction of the Omaha Two he was
promoted to the Kansas City FBI office. Fletcher Thompson followed
Young and sought Hoover's approval for a COINTELPRO action against
Charles Knox who had moved from Des Moines, Iowa to Omaha. FBI records
do not disclose if Hoover approved of the plot against Knox. The
specifics of the propo



7:00 AM

RECENT HEADLINES WARN that the government now has greater authority to
hack your computers, in and outside the US. Changes to federal
criminal court procedures known as Rule 41 are to blame; they vastly
expand how and whom the FBI can legally hack. But just like the NSA’s
hacking operations, FBI hacking isn’t new. In fact, the bureau has a
long history of surreptitiously hacking us, going back two decades.

That history is almost impossible to document, however, because the
hacking happens mostly in secret. Search warrants granting permission
to hack get issued using vague, obtuse language that hides what’s
really happening, and defense attorneys rarely challenge the hacking
tools and techniques in court. There’s also no public accounting of
how often the government hacks people. Although federal and state
judges have to submit a report to Congress tracking the number and
nature of wiretap requests they process each year, no similar
requirement exists for hacking tools. As a result, little is known
about the invasive tools the bureau, and other law enforcement
agencies, use or how they use them. But occasionally, tidbits of
information do leak out in court cases and news stories.

A look at a few of these cases offers a glimpse at how FBI computer
intrusion techniques have developed over the years. Note that the


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Police Union Chief Calls For Bratton To Resign Amid FBI Corruption
BY SCOTT HEINS IN NEWS         ON MAY 15, 2016 4:54 PM
(Getty Images).
The head of the second-largest police union in New York called for
Commissioner Bill Bratton's resignation Sunday. Ed Mullins, President
of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, stressed "It's time that we
start to set the department straight, and if we need to make changes
at the top, I personally think Bratton has stayed too long


Riaz Sayani-Mulji: Time to ground no-fly lists
OurWindsor.ca-May 15 2016
The American Civil Liberties Union has argued the U.S. no-fly list is
not about protecting aviation security but instead a tool used by the
FBI to coerce listed ...


Rustin Organized the March on Washington 1963
As part of the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum’s 2016
Changing America project, the Cazenovia Public Library will show the
movie Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin at 7 p.m.Wednesday,
May 25 at 100 Albany Street, Cazenovia.

The 2003 documentary, which was a Sundance Festival nominee, combines
rare archival footage with provocative interviews to illuminate the
life and work of a forgotten

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FBI agents cover up murder of pregnant woman
Film company hires FBI agent/s
Read book by Joe Sharkey called
Above Suspicion


FBI Got Its Man, But Family Seethes
(it was the Kentucky State Police who
solved the crime and arrested Putnam)

POSTED: August 12, 1990
PIKEVILLE, Ky. — Before depositing the nude body of his pregnant lover and informant in a weed-covered ravine, FBI agent Mark S. Putnam kissed her on the cheek.
But this single expression of tenderness toward 28-year-old Susan Daniels Smith, whom he later confessed to strangling in a fit of "uncontrolled rage," did not deter Putnam from hiding his crime.
By his own account, instead of turning himself in, Putnam called his wife, Kathy, methodically cleaned the blood out of his blue Ford Tempo rental car and then lied repeatedly to Kentucky State Police investigating Smith's June 8, 1989, disappearance.
A year later, after failing a polygraph test, this churchgoing former soccer champion became the first FBI agent to be convicted of homicide. Putnam, 30, pleaded guilty June 12 in Pike Circuit Court to first-degree manslaughter and was sentenced to 16 years in prison.
For Smith's family, the year between crime and punishment was an emotional roller coaster of frustration, hope and despair. Within two weeks after Smith disappeared, Smith's sister and an FBI agent had provided state police with evidence pointing to Putnam's involvement.
Now, angered by the plea agreement and the reluctance of state and federal authorities to focus on Putnam as a suspect, family members are accusing the FBI of helping to cover up its agent's misdeeds.
"They used her and they killed her and they dumped her out like a bag of garbage," said Shelby Ward, Smith's sister, who said that even Putnam's latest version of the incident is "filled with lies."
Ward, 35, who has filed a wrongful-death suit against Putnam and a similar claim against the FBI, said in an interview that she believed that her sister's killing was a "cold-blooded murder" and that a more zealous investigation would have led to Putnam more quickly and netted him a stiffer sentence.
The FBI has launched an internal review of its handling of the Putnam case, said Bill Cheek, an FBI spokesman in Louisville. "Your questions are premature," he said. "Obviously, it's very easy for a relative to criticize what we've done."
Capt. John Lile, a spokesman for the Kentucky State Police, said that it was unfair to "Monday morning quarterback" the investigation. "The bottom line is, it's the same result: He's in jail and we put him there," Lile said. ''We did what we had to do. We got our man."
Susan Smith grew up poor in the Tug Valley, best known for the legendary 19th-century feuding between the Hatfields and the McCoys. Ward said that their great-grandmother's uncle was "Devil Ance" Hatfield, so called for his meanness.
Smith, the fifth of nine children raised by coal miner Sid Daniels and his wife, Tracy, lived in an isolated, wooded creek hollow in Freeburn, an old coal camp near the West Virginia border.
Tracy Daniels remembers her daughter as a good student and a cheerleader. Against her family's wishes, Susan left school after eighth grade and, at 19, married Kenneth D. Smith of Vulcan, W.Va.
The Smiths had a son, Brady, and a daughter, Meranda, and were divorced about six years ago. But, Ward said, Kenneth Smith stuck around his ex-wife, refusing to leave.
They were an odd couple, prone to violent fights, her relatives said. Kenneth Smith, who declined to be interviewed, worked infrequently and had occasional run-ins with the law, including traffic violations and a misdemeanor drug possession conviction. Meanwhile, Susan Smith began operating as a police informant.
One of those she helped was Bert Hatfield, chief sheriff's deputy for Pike County. It was Hatfield who, in September 1987, introduced her to a young FBI agent whose diligence had impressed him.
"He was really everything that you expected of a police officer," Hatfield said of Putnam. "He enjoyed his work. . . . He wasn't a clock- watcher."
Putnam, originally from Connecticut, had co-captained a championship soccer team at the University of Tampa. After completing a training program at the FBI Academy at Quantico, Va., he was given his first assignment in Pikeville.
The father of two, he attended Catholic church and coached soccer at the YMCA. "He was great with the kids. He was really patient with them," said Nancy Short, who was then the YMCA's program director.
From the start, Ward said, Smith's family had warned her against becoming involved with the FBI. "She had all of our lives in danger" because "people don't like rats around here," Ward said.
But, Ward said, "she told me she had to. . . . It was like she was in something that she couldn't get out of, like she knew too much. She told me that she knew things on Putnam and the FBI that could ruin them all."
Putnam's relationship with Smith appeared professionally productive for both of them. Smith helped Putnam convict a one-time friend of hers, Carl ''Cat Eyes" Lockhart, of bank robbery and claimed to have assisted him on other robbery and drug cases. The FBI paid her $9,000 for her troubles, a healthy sum for a woman on welfare.
But Smith wanted more than money. "When she met Putnam, she thought that was the handsomest man she'd ever seen in her life, and she fell in love with him," Ward said.
In his nine-page sworn confession, Putnam said he had sex with Smith no more than four or five times, always in his car.
But Billy Joe Daniels said that his sister gave him $100 or $150 once or twice a week for two years to drive her to what she said were romantic trysts with Putnam in Pikeville, an hour from Freeburn. Ward said that the two made love in motel rooms, an abandoned airport, mountain strip mines, even Putnam's house when his wife was away.
"She would do anything for Putnam. . . . I'd never seen nothing like it in my life - anybody that would fall in love and get so possessed over a guy like she did," Ward said. "And the way she talked, he filled her head that he loved her, too."
Bert Hatfield suggested, however, that much of the affair may have taken place in Smith's mind. "Susan Smith would have said that she was having an affair with President Bush," he said. ". . . She thought every guy was crazy about her."
At the time she died, Smith may have felt she had lost Putnam. "He wanted out," Ward said. Smith had had a miscarriage in January, Ward said, but was again pregnant in February with Putnam's child. Ward said that Putnam's FBI partner, Ron Poole, and probably at least one of his superiors, knew about the pregnancy.
By April, though, Putnam had transferred to Florida. Before he left, Ward said, her sister told him of the second pregnancy. "She said he tried to shove her out the car door then - and the car still running," Ward said.
A worried Ward began to fear for her sis


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Armed FBI agents raid home of researcher who found unsecured patient data
Prosecutors allegedly say he exceeded authorization in viewing unsecured FTP server.
May 27, 2016 2:30pm EDT

FBI agents, one armed with an assault weapon, reportedly raided the home of a security professional who discovered sensitive data for 22,000 dental patients was available on the Internet, according to a report published Friday.

Justin Shafer, who is described as a dental computer technician and software security researcher, reportedly said the raid happened on Tuesday at 6:30am as he, his wife, and three young children were sleeping. He said it started when his doorbell rang incessantly and someone banged hard on his door. According to Friday's report:

“My first thought was that my dad had died,” Shafer told Daily Dot in a phone interview, “but then as I went to the door, I saw all the flashing blue and red lights.”

With the baby crying in fear from the racket, Shafer opened the door to find what he estimated to be 12 to 15 FBI agents. One was “pointing a ‘big green’ assault weapon at me,” Shafer told Daily Dot, “and the baby’s crib was only feet from the door.”

The agents allegedly ordered Shafer to put his hands behind his back. As they handcuffed him, his 9-year-old daughter cried in terror, Shafter said, and his wife tried to tell the agents that there were three young children in the house.

Once handcuffed, Shafer was taken outside, still in his boxer shorts, still not knowing what was going on or why.

Over the next few hours, the agents seized all of Shafer’s computers and devices—“and even my Dentrix magazines,” Shafer said. “The only thing they left was my wife’s phone.” The seized property list, a copy of which was provided to Daily Dot, shows that federal agents took 29 items.
Enter Eaglesoft
A FBI agent told Shafer the raid stemmed from an incident in February, when Shafer discovered a file transfer protocol server operated by Eaglesoft, a provider of dental practice management software. The FTP server reportedly stored patient data in a way that made it easily accessible to anyone. Shafer contacted DataBreaches.net and asked for help privately notifying the software maker, and once the patient data was secured, the breach notification site published this disclosure. In a blog post of his own, Shafer later discussed the FTP lapse and a separate Eaglesoft vulnerability involving hard-coded database credentials.

The FBI agent reportedly told Shafer that


Police accused of extorting 
coke dealer faces 20 years
Owen Boss Saturday, May 28, 2016


‘UNFORTUNATE ACTIONS’: Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera, above, said he hopes officer John R. Desantis Jr., who is accused of extorting a cocaine dealer, ‘gets the help he needs.’

A longtime Lawrence cop accused of using his position as a police officer to get free cocaine from his go-to drug dealer is



Tennessee Sheriff Could Face 20 Years for Selling E-Cigs in His Own Jail
May 28, 2016  By John Samuels 0

On Thursday, a Tennessee Sheriff was charged and indicted by a federal grand jury with selling e-cigarettes in his own jail. He could face up to 20 years in jail if he is convicted of the 14


FBI agents given 14 hours to sanitize crime scene


SAN BERNARDINO SHOOTING: Autopsy reports released for Dec. 2 victims (UPDATE 2)
May 27, 2016 | Updated May 28, 2016 7:59 a.m.


Minneapolis Muslims Suspicious of FBI



41 agents Disciplined Over Congressman's Personnel File Leak


May 26, 2016, 6:54 PM ET

WATCH Secret Service Agents May Be Facing Suspension
A Department of Homeland Security (DHS) investigation into the U.S. Secret Service’s disclosure of the personnel files of Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) has resulted in discipline for 41 agents.

The leaker has also resigned, according to a statement by DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson.

The conduct of 57 Secret Service personnel was reviewed, including 11 in the Senior Executive Service level, the highest levels of government. Of those, 41 are receiving some level of discipline, according to the statement by Johnson.

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The discipline ranges from a letter of reprimand to suspensions from duty without pay for periods of up to 45 days.

The person who was found to have disclosed the private information the Washington Post, has resigned from the Secret Service, said Johnson.

"Like many others I was appalled by the episode reflected in the Inspector General’s report, which brought real discredit to the Secret Service," said Johnson.

In Oct. 2015, the Inspector General of Homeland Security found that agents dug into the confidential personnel files of Chaffetz, who was leading an investigation into a string of security lapses and scandals at the Secret Service.

The Congressman, who is is chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, had applied for a job with the Secret Service years before he was elected to the House and agents were looking for something that might embarrass him, according to the IG report.

The IG found that the internal agency data search was launched just 18 minutes after a hearing chaired by Chaffetz slammed the Secret Service for lax discipline and poor performance.

"This should have never happened and should not happen again," Chaffetz said in a statement in response to


Jess Sundin promotes defense of Rasmea Odeh at Left Forum
By Michela Martinazzi | May 27, 2016

Jess Sundin, of the Committee to Stop FBI Repression speaking at Left Forum. (FightBack!News/Michela Martinazzi)
New York, New York - Every year in New York, leftists gather for the Left Forum. This year, the Left Forum took place May 20-22 and included several hundred workshops on an array of topics - from Venezuela to the current electoral climate.

Jess Sundin, a longtime member of Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) and the Committee to Stop FBI Repression spoke on a panel regarding political prisoners called, “What Has Happened to Leftist Theology and What Has This Got to Do With Political Prisoners in the Day of the & 'trumpocalipse’?” and another panel entitled “The Trump/Clinton/Obama Triumpherate?” She was joined by important speakers, such as Lynn Stewart and Pam Africa.

Sundin spoke about her experience facing political repression and the ongoing case of Rasmea Odeh. Odeh is a Palestinian American leader who is challenging her unjust convicted on a trumped-up immigration charge. Sundin stated, “When the government arrested Rasmea, you know their plan was to have her locked up or deported by now. But they failed. We made them fail. And each day that Rasmea is running around free in Chicago, they fail again. And again we turn their repression into a stage, where we stand with Rasmea, waving the Palestinian flag, advancing the struggle for a free Palestine.”

Sundin speaking about Odeh couldn’t have come at a better time. Odeh’s next day in court will be June 13 in Detroit, Michigan. The Committee to Stop FBI Repression has put out a call to action for folks to go to Detroit and stand in solidarity with Odeh. In New York, there will be a rally around that date.

The facebook event for the New York rally is at https://www.facebook.com/events/1047337341987172/

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Senate report hits ‘inferior’ FBI whistleblower procedures, citing ‘numerous deficiencies’

June 2 at 7:00 AM

The irony is the FBI relies on informants to fight crime.

Yet when it comes to in-house wrongdoing, the nation’s most celebrated law enforcement agency too often punishes its own whistleblowers.

Legislation approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee aims to fix that. A committee report issued last week outlines how an agency charged with capturing the bad guys can take action against employees who expose bad deeds within the organization.

“Whistleblowers play a critical role in keeping our government efficient and honest, yet they also risk retaliation from their employers, sometimes being demoted, reassigned, or fired as a result of their actions,” says the report issued in support of the FBI Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act.

The legislation seeks to expand reporting opportunities for whistleblowers, improve what the committee calls “the lengthy and opaque adjudication process” and strengthen protection for employees who expose agency waste, fraud and abuse. They need protection from managers seeking revenge.

The uninitiated can be excused if they think managers always welcome those disclosures. While Uncle Sam talks a good game about combating waste, fraud and abuse in his operations, stories about management reprisals against those who report internal wrongdoing abound across the government. The situation at the FBI is compounded because its limited list of appropriate and protected places for employees to report issues includes the attorney general, but not their own supervisors. In a rational world, they would be the first to be told.

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June 1, 2016
Who helped Barack Obama avoid the taint of Chicago corruption?
By Lee Cary

How did Barack Obama emerge from Chicago in 2008 untainted by political corruption?

His rise to power began at the 2004 Democratic Party Convention when Illinois State Senator Barack Obama was catapulted onto the national stage by the alluring force of his oratory.

Four years later, in December 2008, Rod Blagojevich, the fourth governor in recent Illinois history to be imprisoned, was arrested by the F.B.I. culminating a long investigation led by the U.S. Attorney (USA) in Chicago.  “Blago’s” arrest came just as he was about to meet with someone to negotiate a bribe in exchange for appointing then-U.S. Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. to complete President Obama’s senatorial term. 

On the day Blago was arrested, the agent in charge of the Chicago F.B.I. Office said, “If [Illinois] isn’t the most corrupt state in the United States, it is certainly one hell of a competitor.”

Jackson, Co-Chair of President-Elect Obama’s campaign, was later arrested, along with his wife, and sentenced, in August 2013, to 30 months in jail for stealing $750,000 from his own campaign fund.

One year before Obama was inaugurated President, Antoin “Tony” Rezko, a key fundraiser for both Obama and Blagojevich, and one of three core members of Obama’s 2004 senatorial campaign finance committee, was arrested by F.B.I. agents acting on evidence gathered by the USA in Chicago. Three years later, Rezko was sentenced to 10.5 years in prison. 

There’s no need here to rehash Rezko’s and Blago’s criminal transgressions in detail, or document the many Illinois politicians, from both major parties, who, over the years, traded their business suits for jump suits. It is common knowledge that Chicago is the center of political corruption in a widely corrupt state.

Yet, somehow, the 44th President of the United States emerged from that toxic cauldron called “Crook County” untainted by the maelstrom of high-profile corruption cases that engulfed several of his closest, political associates. The question is…

How did that happen?

Was he an example of sharing no guilt by mere association – a petunia in an onion patch? 

Was he blessed by divine intervention, or dumb luck? 

Or did others, positioned in the Department of Justice to help him, plot a course that safely navigated him through the fraudulent waters of Chicagoland political corruption, thereby enabling him to cruise untarnished into the White House?

If such a route from Chicago to Washington, D.C. was prepared for Barack Obama, it was done by more than one official of the Department of Justice (DoJ).  And, it was accomplished with the coerced assistance of, at least, three F.B.I. moles that helped the Bureau build cases against Blago and Rezko – cases that would not implicate the man who would be President.

What follows is the story of one of those moles: Bernard Barton; also known as John Thomas.  

Much of the information herein is distilled from multiple Chicago media sources – most often the Chicago Sun Times and Chicago Tribune.  Those outlets, plus a few lesser known Chicago business news sources, published bits-and-pieces of the Barton-Thomas story as it unfolded.  But they, collectively, fell short of providing a comprehensive overview of his role as a mole for the F.B.I.

Bernard Barton’s transition to John Thomas began in the late 1990’s  when investigators in the USA’s Long Island office in the Eastern District of New York caught Barton and a partner defrauding customers of their billboard leasing company by charging them $350,000 in rental fees for billboard space. It was fraud; they never intended to deliver on their contractual obligations. Barton also charged $140,000 on an American Express card using his father’s Social Security number.

To avoid a 15-20 months jail sentence, Barton agreed to help federal prosecutors gather evidence against organized crime families trying to penetrate the billboard business in New York. 

Barton apparently did that job well because his adjudication was delayed – for what would total about a decade.

As he awaited his eventual fate before a federal judge, there was more DoJ undercover work awaiting him in Illinois.  

In 2000, he moved to Chicago, legally changed his name to John Thomas (to avoid recognition as the federal billboard mole?), and opened a real estate brokerage, plus another billboard company. 

Bernard Barton, aka John Thomas (photo credit: Chicago Tribune)

On its face, it looks like the DoJ set him up there to aid an on-going investigation conducted by the USA for the Northern District of Illinois, Patrick Fitzgerald, targeting corrupt Chicagoland pols. Among those targets was Rod Blagojevich – former U.S. Representative (Il 5th Dist., 1997-2003) and later Governor of Illinois (2003-2009). The feds maintained their leverage over Barton-Thomas by delaying adjudication of charges against him back in New York.

He was a fish hopelessly hooked on the line, but not yet reeled into the courthouse boat.  

Sometime between 2000 and October 2003, according to a May 4, 2007 article by Thomas A. Corfman entitled “Real estate exec plays mole in Fed probe” posted in a Crain’s Chicago Business real estate site, Burton-Thomas became a confidential informant (C.I.) for the USA in Chicago. This was confirmed in an announcement from the Long Island office of the Eastern District of New York.

 “Federal prosecutors in Long Island disclosed Mr. Thomas’s cooperation in October 2003, when Mr. Thomas entered his guilty plea in New York. ‘We just want to put on the record that the defendant has approached the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago to cooperate with the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago,’ an assistant U.S. attorney said, according to an Oct. 27, 2003, transcript of the hearing in New York.

And in an unusual move, prosecutors asked for a court order allowing Mr. Thomas to commit crimes during the investigation, a tell-tale sign that Mr. Thomas was part of an undercover ‘sting operation’. The court granted the request.

‘It is contemplated that in connection with his work with law enforcement, Barton may be asked to engage in criminal activity, that is, activity that may violate a federal, state and/or local criminal law…but that is undertaken with the prior knowledge and consent of federal law enforcement…for purposes of furthering the ongoing grand jury investigation’ in Chicago according to a document filed by prosecutors in New York on October 29, 2003.’”

The assertion from the USA’s Long Island office for the Eastern District of New York that Barton-Thomas “approached the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago to cooperate with the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago” is, at least, odd.  At most, the notion that he volunteered to be a mole is incredible. It’s more plausible that he didn’t have a choice whether to “cooperate” or not with the Chicago USA’s “sting operation.”

According to a May 5, 2007 article by Chicago Tribune staff reporter David Jackson, in 2004 Barton was convicted of the fraud charges originating in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York from the late 1990’s.  But his sentencing was delayed – for six more years.

Burton-Thomas is now in the boat, but with an uncertain fate. Leverage over him remains in place.  Does he go in the frying pan, or back into the lake?

In his article cited above, Jackson also reported:

“When a Tribune reporter discovered that Thomas was acting as a federal operative in May 2006, U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald took the unusual step of asking senior editors at the paper to refrain from publishing a report that would expose the ongoing probe. Fitzgerald offered no specifics but said an article would derail an important investigation and put people in serious danger of harm.”

So who were “the people” put “in serious danger,” from whom, and why?

On February 10, 2010, David Roeder of the Chicago Sun Times reported:

Thomas wouldn't discuss details of his work for the FBI. But sources said that, for more than two years when he was giving information to agents, Thomas provided a fly-on-the-wall look inside Rezko's real estate operations and his desperate attempts to keep his projects afloat. Sources said Thomas also logged frequent visits to Rezko from Gov. Blagojevich and U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.). [bolded in the original] Blagojevich and Obama were among the many politicians for whom Rezko raised campaign cash. Neither has been charged with any wrongdoing.  Thomas had good reason to help. He hopes to get probation for his own felony fraud conviction in a New York case. And he said he wants to redeem himself in the eyes of business associates and his family. Sources said Thomas helped investigators build a record of repeat visits to the old offices of Rezko and former business partner



FBI, terrorist fantasizer battle over release of texts with undercover ...
MLive.com-May 31, 2016
Preying on his loneliness, FBI agents manufactured a fake bride and heartache to manipulate a young Muslim into making alleged



From Wayne Madsen Report
June 20-22, 2014 — SPECIAL REPORT. FBI killed Franklin scandal investigator
WMR can exclusively report that it was the Federal Bureau of Investigation that placed a bomb on the private airplane that killed state of Nebraska chief investigator Gary Caradori and his 6-year old son “AJ” on July 11, 1990. Caradori had been hired by the Nebraska unicameral legislature to investigate allegations that a number of Nebraska youth had been sexually abused and transported over state lines in a scandal centered around the Franklin Credit Union, headed by rising GOP African-American star Lawrence King.
A very knowledgeable source involved with what became known as the “Franklin Scandal” told WMR that Caradori flew to Chicago ostensibly to attend the All Star game on July 10 at Wrigley Field. In reality, the trip to the game was a cover for Caradori to meet with a source who handed him photographs that proved that Nebraskan children, some from the famed Boy’s Town orphanage, were being used for the sexual gratification of important political leaders in Washington, including Vice President and President George H W Bush.
Caradori phoned his wife and another investigator shortly before the All-Star game and told them the same thing: “I got what I came after. I got ’em by the balls. I’ve got pictures. I will take them to the game and bring them back to Nebraska.”
When Caradori began to follow the money behind the Franklin scandal, he discovered two things: the Franklin Credit Union was being used by the White House and CIA to launder money for the Iran-contra affair and King and his associates were given a free ride to sexually traffic in and molest children, including many procured from Boy’s Town.
One of those implicated in the Franklin scandal was Housing and Urban Development Secretary Sam Pierce. At the 1984 Republican National Convention in Dallas, King held a $1 million reception for Pierce. However, King’s salary at the time was $14,000 a year and the actual cost of the reception was $300,000. The difference, $700,000, went into a slush fund that was laundered by the Franklin Credit Union for various “activities” sponsored by the CIA and White House.
On July 11, Caradori took off in his private plane from Chicago en route to Nebraska. Witnesses on the ground said they saw a flash in the sky followed by an explosion. Initial news reports stated that Caradori’s aircraft exploded in flight and then crashed. However, subsequent news reports were altered and claimed the aircraft exploded upon impact with the ground. Caradori and his son were killed in the crash. The local Sheriff’s office reported that scattered in the wreckage were child pornographic photographs. The FBI arrived and began systematically removing the photographs, debris, and Caradori’s briefcase. Meanwhile, FBI agents in Lincoln, Nebraska entered Caradori’s office and seized his files. Another FBI agent showed up at the office of a Nebraska state official investigating the Franklin case and demanded he turn over his files. The state official told the FBI agent to “get the hell out.”
The Bush White House immediately began covering up the Franklin scandal and put pressure on the remaining Nebraska state investigators. The FBI used the Kansas City mob to intimidate high-level witnesses and investigators of the Franklin scandal. One of the lead investigators also told WMR, “the FBI killed Caradori . . . they put the bomb on his airplane.”
An attempt to hire former CIA director William Colby to lead a state of Nebraska investigation of the Franklin scandal failed in a legislative committee 4 to 3 vote. Instead, the committee appointed attorney Kirk Naylor as its chief investigator. A major figure involved in investigating Franklin told WMR that Naylor was the most incompetent person the committee could have found to lead the investigation. Colby was a Vietnam War colleague of Nebraska state Senator John De Camp, one of major investigators of the Franklin scandal. Colby reportedly was ready to expose the CIA’s own involvement in the use of child prostitutes for the purposes of political and diplomatic blackmail. Colby died in a suspicious canoeing accident on the Chesapeake Bay on April 27, 1996.
Monsignor Robert Hupp, the Vicar-General of the Archdiocese of Omaha, a former Navy chaplain, and, in 1976, the first-ever clergy member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations, had reported in the early 1970s to his bishop that there was sexual abuse at Boy’s Town that even involved a priest murdering a boy. Hupp was later named the head of Boy’s Town, ostensibly to keep him quiet. Hupp was in charge of Boy’s Town until the late 1980s, when the Franklin scandal first hit the front pages. Eventually, even after stepping down as the head of the orphanage, Hupp was forced to leave Boy’s Town altogether. WMR has learned that in 2003 a longtime supporter of Boy’s Town allowed Hupp to move into his cabin in Mausten, Wisconsin after being forced to leave the facilities at Boy’s Town. A reporter for the Omaha World-Herald, a newspaper owned by Nebraska billionaire Warren Buffett and which always had a skeptical view of the Franklin scandal, volunteered to drive Hupp to Wisconsin. Upon arriving at the cabin, the reporter prepared dinner for Hupp. The retired monsignor who broke the Catholic Church’s silence on its role in the Franklin scandal, died in his sleep that same night.

The iconic Washington Times front page that capped off the Franklin scandal’s sporadic and spotty news coverage.
Anyone who believes the Franklin Scandal and Cover-up is over and done with would be dead wrong. On January 20, 2012, Carol Stitt, the 29-year director of the Nebraska Foster Care Review Board, an individual who aggressively protected foster care children in Nebraska from sexual perverts and other undesirable foster parents, was dismissed by her own board of directors. The 11-member board had been stacked by loyalists of Republican Governor Dave Heineman whose goal it was to oust Stitt. As with the constant intimidation of witnesses involved in Franklin, Stitt also found herself investigated by the federal government’s Office of Special Counsel for allegedly violating the Hatch Act by attending a 2006 political campaign rally for Republican and football coach legend Tom Osborne. Although Stitt, a state employee, would not normally be subject to the rarely-enforced Hatch Act that bans political activity by federal employees, Stitt’s Foster Care Review Board received funds from the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The HHS’s initial complaint against Stitt, which arose from her attendance at the 2006 Osborne rally, began when current GOP U.S. Senate candidate Ben Sasse was serving as assistant secretary



The brouhaha didn't matter to Boulhosa or MC-LEF President Edmond J. Boran, a Marine who served in Vietnam, and was an FBI agent for 25 years and later served as director of security for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
"We don't advertise, so this will really help raise our public profile," Boran said. "This is not unusual — Donald Trump has been a consistent supporter for years, and that's what's important to us. He's been a longtime supporter of veterans and law enforcement in general."
He said Trump donated $100,000 to the organization in March, matching the contribution he made to the group last year, when he was honored at the MC-LEF gala at the Waldorf Astoria.


Family of Oakland muralist killed with stolen ICE gun files claim


And on Sunday, an FBI agent had his .40-caliber gun stolen during a car break in near Alamo Square in San Francisco. That gun was later recovered and a 


Border Patrol Mechanic To Be Sentenced For Selling Official Vehicle Parts On eBay
By  Michel Marizco
June 01, 2016

A Customs and Border Protection employee is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday after he sold parts from Border Patrol vehicles on eBay.

Herold Demes was a mechanic employed by the Border Patrol in Tucson. Last May, a federal grand jury indicted him on a



The Anti-Defamation League’s Challenge To Pro-Peace & Justice Groups
By Grant F. Smith | AntiWar         | June 2, 2016

Jonathan Greenblatt, left, incoming national director for the Anti-Defamation League, talks with Abe Foxman, former director of the ADL, during a reception for a special dinner in Foxman’s honor in New York.

On Monday morning NPR’s Tom Gjelten reported the Anti-Defamation League’s recent challenges interfacing with peace and justice groups in the aftermath of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson and Black Lives Matter movement. According to Gjelten, the Anti-Defamation League arose in 1913 to “put an end forever to unfair and unjust discrimination against…any sect or body of citizens.” ADL stood alongside the NAACP to end discrimination against African Americans in the South, which was the focus of NPR’s story. The ADL’s new President, Jonathan Greenblatt, a former special assistant to President Obama, wants to rekindle the spirit of solidarity encapsulated in a photo he frequently shows of Dr. Martin Luther King, Robert F. Kennedy and the heads of the ADL and NAACP in a Rose Garden snapshot with LBJ just before the famous March on Washington.

The crux of the problem – according to Gjelten and the ADL – is that modern day movements like Black Lives Matter are more partial to advice from Palestinians living under perennial Israeli military occupation for tactics in dealing with heavily militarized police. The solution is to make the ADL “a consistently valued civil rights partner in a time of divided loyalties.” But how can the ADL accomplish that? Has it gotten too comfortable in the “suites” to ever march again in the “streets?” Does ADL have anything of value to offer in exchange for the “loyalties” of grassroots movements? Is that even the right question?

A review of the ADL’s unvarnished – yet little known – history may provide answers for how the organization could – but likely will not – become more relevant:

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Stop throwing disenfranchised groups under the bus – especially when they inconvenience access to greater funding and power. The ADL’s moment of truth did not occur in Alabama of the 1960s, but rather California of the 1940s. The League had a genuine existential dilemma which resonates today. The ADL could have followed its principles and opposed the mass internment of West Coast Japanese-Americans during WWII. Or it could have supported the single most extremist anti-Japanese voice in America – John R. Lechner – and secretly prepared testimony to Congress about the threat still posed by interred but loyal Japanese Americans even as they languished in camps. Today the ADL likes to use Japanese American interment in its tolerance case studies and teaching materials. In reality – according to former Warner Brothers Studio Personnel Director Jack Holmes, the ADL secretly supported Japanese interment in order to temporarily divert Congressional investigations of alleged communist infiltration of Hollywood studios (PDF, page 32). At that time, a majority of ADL’s funding came from Hollywood studios, according to Holmes.
Stop infiltrating and subverting pro-peace & justice groups. In the 1960s the Organization of Arab Students was becoming too powerful, in the ADL’s view, by organizing large conferences to establish ties between students, scholars and activists interested in Pan Arabism in the Middle East. So it sent in two operatives, complete with cover stories as friendly journalists, to an OAS national conference to uncover exploitable weaknesses in order to take over and subvert the movement. A couple of decades later another ADL operative, Roy Bullock, was caught infiltrating and violating state privacy statutes collecting data on anti-Apartheid and pro-Palestinian groups operating in Northern California and elsewhere. Bullock popped up distributing Holocaust-denial literature at Palestinian conferences to smear the movement, operating undercover as a traveling art dealer sympathetic to the Palestinian cause. In reality, he was paid by the ADL through attorney Bruce Hochman, a conduit who allowed the ADL to also work closely with corrupt law enforcement officials. Although the ADL was caught holding classified information in the affair, Israeli pressure on the Department of Justice thwarted well-warranted espionage charges.
Unwind the ADL’s “special relationship” with the FBI In 2012 the ADL was the second-largest Israel advocacy organization in America with a budget over $50 million, 409 employees and 3,500 volunteers. The ADL has pursued a “special relationship” with the initially resistant FBI since 1940 when it offered up its entire network of operatives as informants in exchange for access to FBI files in order to avoid “duplication” of investigatory efforts.Since then, FBI directors have ordered all field offices to liaise with their ADL regional “counterparts.” Despite a history of bogus ADL “criminal investigations” into targets such as Arab UN diplomats and intel on a Minnesota professor getting too close to African American political movements, (PDF) the FBI-ADL relationship has grown closer, with ADL operatives now training all special agents at Quantico and holding joint training sessions for local law enforcement officers. Whether this training plays any role in the raft of recent dubious prosecutions against mentally challenged would-be “Islamic terrorist” suspects coaxed by informants to plot violence against US targets is unknowable – the FBI refuses to release ADL training materials under FOIA. (PDF) While Gjelton noted the “ADL chapter in St. Louis assists the U.S. Attorney’s office in staffing” such non-adversarial ADL “insider” relationships with powerful law enforcement agents are likely seen as a problem rather than solution for many pro peace and justice movement members used to taking to the streets and not the suites.
Ditch Israel The ADL is a bit like the recently retired Most Interesting Man Alive portrayed by Jonathan Goldsmith. He didn’t always drink beer, but when he did, he preferred Dos Equis. A great many American social welfare organizations that today are unconditionally pro-Israel were not originally Zionist. But during the Nazi march across Europe, the Holocaust, upon the formation of Israel in 1948 and after their sources of communal funding were taken over by Zionist activists, most of the affinity organizations that today make up the Israel lobby eventually became unconditionally pro-Israel.However, today few informed American peace and justice movement activists believe Israel is a shining example of harmonious co-existence between differing peoples. No banning of accurate histories from textbooks, periodic pink washing campaigns and Sabra hummus commercials are likely to change that. Increasing numbers instead believe Israel is a poster-child for apartheid. Many have come to understand – correctly – that the fulcrum of massive unconditional US government support is a multi-billion-dollar system of Israel lobbying organizations paying off politicians, channeling payola to influential university regents and think tankers, while infiltrating operatives into key positions of influence. A tiny handful even speculate – as once did an FBI agent – that key lobbying organizations in such close ongoing coordination with the Israeli government should openly register as Israeli foreign agents – as required by law. They are as focused on their core issues as the ADL once was.
In its initial announcement the League stated clearly that the “defamation of Jews on the stage, in moving pictures” created “an untrue and injurious impression of an entire people and to expose the Jew to undeserved contempt and ridicule” as leading sources of prejudice in most immediate need of redress. The League claimed it would act openly to publicly pressure producers and managers of theaters prior to the staging of defamatory productions, thus correcting “evils before any harm is done.” Defamatory newspaper and magazine articles would also be met with “protest to the editor” and “subsequent articles upon the same subject matter, thereby reaching the same reading public and correcting errors.” An economic boycott would be then made “by appealing to the patrons and advertisers for co-operation” to confront the most egregious cases of willful abuse.

Like many within the universe of pro peace and justice organizations today, ADL was once a tiny operation. Its Chicago headquarters was originally housed within the law office of Sigmund Livingston and started out with “a $200 budget and two desks.” In its early days the ADL was open to all who would sign a membership card. By 1930, the ADL successfully persuaded Roget’s Thesaurus to remove a hateful entry equating the word “Jew” as synonymous with “cunning rich, usurer, extortioner, heretic.” But ADL has launched no similarly effective campaign on behalf of today’s most disenfranchised groups. It cannot. Once again funding is a major constraint. Many of the Israel lobby’s biggest donors actively and richly fund Islamophobia.

Today it is Muslims, Arabs and Persians in general (Palestinians, Iranians and the territories where they live in particular) that are under constant assault – not byRoget’s – but vastly more powerful forces such as the military-industrial-congressional complex, Hollywood, the mainstream media and not coincidentally, many Israel affinity organizations. Like the Japanese-American internees once secretly targeted by the ADL, such groups are judged to be weak, disorganized, disenfranchised and unable to tell their own stories – or even possess stories worth hearing. They serve


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NYPD cops must report use of force to public under bill passed
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“No one intimidates me into the decisions I make. No one forces me to take a position,” said Mark-Viverito, who critics have accused of backroom dealing with Police Commissioner Bill Bratton to kill the bills. (COREY SIPKIN/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)
Amid controversy over a decision to block two controversial police reform bills, the City Council approved more limited legislation Thursday to require cops to report publicly on use of force.

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito remained on the defensive over her decision not to allow a vote on the Right to Know Act, which would have required cops to inform citizens they have a right to refuse certain searches, get proof of their consent, and identify themselves in encounters with New Yorkers.

“No one intimidates me into the decisions I make. No one forces me to take a position,” said Mark-Viverito, who critics have accused of backroom dealing with Police Commissioner Bill Bratton to kill the bills. “Anyone that wants to imply otherwise is just straight up wrong.”

Mark-Viverito announced this week that instead of the Council voting on the legislation, the NYPD would make internal changes directing cops to ask subjects if they consent to searches, and give out business cards in some encounters.

NYPD will track incidents of officers using force
Under the trio of bills passed Thursday, cops will be required to put out public reports four times a year detailing use of force incidents, what kind of force is used, the precincts where they happen, and injuries to civilians and cops.

They’ll also have to break down use of force by the offense that caused a cop to stop someone in the first place, and report on the precincts where cops have drawn the most civilian complaints and lawsuits.

Critics say while the added transparency is a good thing, it won’t do much on its own.

“The scary thing is it seems like the city that we’re living in, the commissioner has veto power over the City Council. And his ability to reject an

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Feds Must Search for Records on Judge Spying


A government agency won no mercy in pointing to a crushing backlog of Freedom of Information Act requests to duck a reporter investigating the surveillance of judges.
     Vice News reporter Jason Leopold, formerly with Al-Jazeera America, filed two Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, requests in March 2014, regarding National Security Agency and FBI "surveillance of federal and state judges."
     But the agency and the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, OLC for short, sought summary judgment and dismissal, arguing they had no such records.
     U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan rejected that claim last July, finding the government's search inadequate "on a small number of issues," and that it inadequately explained its reasoning.
     The judge ordered the NSA and FBI to conduct two additional searches and give Leopold certain other information, such as memoranda and legal opinions, including drafts and final edits.
     The agencies claim they found no such records before the court's additional order.
     "The fact that no final legal advice on this subject was located . . . made it much more difficult to identify any likely locations to search for any draft legal advice that might exist," OLC Special Counsel Paul Colborn claimed.
     The office nonetheless ultimately asked two of its senior attorneys with long tenures and close familiarity with its work on national security and surveillance matters if they knew of any classified or unclassified projects on the propriety of surveilling federal or state judges.
     Yet no responsive records turned up, according to the office.
     A general inquiry sent to all office attorneys also yielded no results, OLC claims.
     Searching the office's paper files and departed attorneys' emails and hard drives "likely would take several years and the diversion of resources from other FOIA requests," Colborn said.
     But Judge Chutkan refused to award the government summary judgment Monday, finding that simply asking two senior office attorneys did not amount to conducting a full search under FOIA.
     "OLC employs approximately 20 to 25 attorneys at any one time, and Colborn 'conservatively estimates that more than 300 attorneys have worked in the office during the time period since 1933, the period of plaintiff's proposed search," according to her ruling.
     Chutkan held that "merely asking these two individuals about their personal knowledge does not, in the court's view, sufficiently demonstrate that responsive documents do not exist or would not be found by a more in-depth search."
     The judge later added, "The same holds true for asking all current OLC attorneys about whether they knew of responsive documents, as such documents could have been generated, unbeknownst to any current OLC attorneys, by an attorney who is no longer there, or by any of the hundreds of attorneys who worked at the agency before them."
     Yet the court will not require the office to ask its current attorneys to search their computers and emails for responsive documents, the ruling states.
     "Based on Colborn's representations, the court finds that requiring OLC to manually open, one-by-one, over 160,000 files from over 100 OLC attorneys and staff members and then search the full text of each file individually would be unduly burdensome," Chutkan wrote.
     The office must, however, search the email files of departed attorneys, which won't take as long as searching paper files and hard drives, the ruling states.
     "While Colborn avers that it 'likely would take several years and the diversion of resources from other FOIA requests' to search for responsive documents among OLC's paper files, hard drives and emails, he does not break out the time and resources that would be required to search only the emails of departed OLC attorneys," Chutkan wrote.
     The emails and their attachments can easily be searched using an eDiscovery tool without needing to open each email and its attachments individually, according to the ruling.
     Leopold's D.C.-based attorney, Jeffrey Light, said, "Hopefully this latest order will be t


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FBI Targets Black Lives Matter Activists… Again

July 14, 2016 by BORDC/DDF

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Last week, the FBI field office in New Orleans issued an alert to law enforcement in Louisiana with the inflammatory headline, “Violence Against Law Enforcement Officers and Riots Planned for 8-10 July,” claiming protests against the killing of Alton Sterling would be violent. The sources for the intelligence were unnamed social media posts, which had not been vetted for credibility. But the alert prompted the Baton Rouge police department to crack down on Black Lives Matter protests.
More than 100 peaceful protesters were arrested by police on Saturday. Police repeatedly swept into the crowd like a paramilitary force dressed as robots, giving no audible instructions and snatching people for arrest. More were arrested on Sunday by police who moved in wearing riot gear and plastic face masks, and banged their batons against riot shields in threatening unison.
By 12am on Sunday, July 10, the city was under a virtual lockdown. Businesses closed down early in response to the police actions in the streets.
Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, Alternet
The crackdown was so vicious that four groups: North Baton Rouge Matters; Black Youth Project 100; New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice; American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana; and the Louisiana Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, are suing the Baton Rouge police department, asking for an immediate restraining order.
But the FBI was not named in the lawsuit. The agency is free to continue to throw fuel on the fire and stoke distrust and fear of the Black Lives Matter movement by any means necessary.
Under the guise of “community outreach, the FBI is harassing activists before the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. The Dissent NewsWire reported on visits the FBI made in June, now Washington Post reports that in the last several days, the FBI has been visiting prominent Black Lives Matter activists around the US and questioning them about their plans for the upcoming convention. Activists have been visited by the FBI in Cleveland, San Francisco, New York, Minneapolis, and St. Louis. In some cases, the FBI agents have told activists point blank not to go to Cleveland.
Many Black Lives Matter activists have taken to social media to detail their encounters with the FBI. Samuel Sinyangwe, an organizer with Campaign Zero, described on social media how an FBI agent visited his home in New York City. According, to Sinyangwe he received a call from a blocked number. The caller on the other end was an FBI agent, who had tried to visit Sinyangwe at home only to discover he was out. Even though Sinyangwe’s apartment complex requires a key card to enter, the agent was able to get inside the building and slip a business card under his door. According to Sinyangwe, the agent first asked him if he had plans to go to Cleveland and then proceeded to warn him against going. The agent also requested to meet in person with Sinyangwe. Sinyangwe told his followers over Twitter, “ But the fact that the FBI is discouraging protesters from attending is unacceptable. And their tactics were classic intimidation.”
The Post article was published the same day that President Barack Obama hosted a summit on police reform that included some activists associated with Black Lives Matter. DeRay Mckesson, himself arrested during protests in Baton Rouge, reportedly raised the issue of FBI intimidation of activists with Obama. Yet, the FBI under Obama has so far continued to do what it has always done–spy on and harass activists.
Obama’s presidency has witnessed FBI surveillance and infiltration of Occupy Wall Street, anti-NATO protests, the Freedom Road Socialist Organization and increased infiltration of Muslim communities. The FBI has also increased its attempts to entrap activists, concocting fake plots and then enticing individuals to participate in them. After the individuals agree to participate in the FBI designed plot, they are arrested and jailed. Obama has shown little interest in seeing that the FBI respects the First Amendment.
However, the problem is not just any one president or party. The FBI’s patterns and practices have been at odds with the First Amendment since its very inception. While activists should not be surprised that the FBI is attempting to intimidate Black Lives Matter activist, they should not accept this behavior. Social movements in the past have put the government on the defensive and forced some reforms onto the surveillance state. That is why BORDC/DDF has brought together over sixty groups and thousands of activists to call on Congress to investigate the FBI.


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An FBI agent was arrested over the weekend after police say he got into a fight with his live-in girlfriend.
Adam Grant Quirk, 36, of Salt Lake City, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of aggravated assault, damaging a phone and criminal mischief.
Just before 4:30 a.m. on Saturday, Salt Lake police were called to a report of a domestic violence situation involving Quirk and his live-in girlfriend, according to a Salt Lake County Jail report.
Officers noted that the woman had bruising on her neck, a bump on the back of her head and a cut on her hand, the report states. The girlfriend told police Quirk choked her and she could not breathe. She also said he "grabbed her by the hair and threw her on the ground and held her down," according to the report, in addition to breaking her cellphone.
Officers said they found a damaged cellphone in a trash can as well as a broken glass bottle.
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Former Federal Agents Urge Supreme Court to Hear Case Involving FBI Torture


By Molly Wooldridge

Last Wednesday, three former federal agents from the FBI and NCIS urged the Supreme Court to take up the case of Meshal v. Higgenbotham and to overturn a lower court’s refusal to hear Meshal’s claims on the merits because of a new judge-made exception for national security cases.

Nearly a decade ago Amir Meshal, a U.S. citizen, says he was studying in Somalia when hostilities broke out. Fearing for his safety, Meshal fled to neighboring Kenya where he was arrested and subsequently detained. Over the next four months, U.S. FBI agents tortured and interrogated him while detaining Meshal in several east African countries without access to a lawyer. Meshal was subsequently released and never charged with a crime. 

Soon after he was permitted to return home, Meshal filed a civil suit against the FBI supervising special agent, Chris Higgenbotham, and three other U.S. government officials for violations of his right to due process and his right to be free from unreasonable seizure. However, the U.S. Court of Appeals did not rule on the merits of whether Meshal’s constitutional rights were violated. Rather, it decided that Meshal has no remedy for violations that occurred overseas and in the context of a terrorism investigation.

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One way to curb police brutality that no one is talking about
By Danielle Paquette July 14 at 2:22 PM

Investigators work at the scene of a police involved shooting on July 6, 2016, in Falcon Heights, Minn
Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee declared on Fox News last weekend that the majority of people killed by police are white — a misleading claim, considering a disproportionate number of unarmed black people die in officer-involved shootings. So he added a new layer to his argument Monday, one that drew quite a bit of Internet mockery:

“The pure facts also reveal that 94 percent of those killed by police are men,” he said in an email to the Post’s Fact Checker, “so by your ‘proportional’ standards, the real movement in America should be ‘Male Lives Matter.'”

Considering Huckabee’s insistence that “all lives matter,” it’s unlikely he truly wants to shift the conversation to gender. The obvious fallacy: The men he speaks of are mostly killed by men.

Law enforcement remains one of the least gender-diverse professions in the United States — and that could be a major factor in the questionable shootings and excessive force complaints against police. Female officers have fewer of these problems than their male colleagues, which could make gender diversity a key to addressing the breakdown in the relationship between the nation's police and the community.

Studies have found female officers tend to place more importance on de-escalation and community trust building. “Female officers are better at defusing potentially violent confrontations before those encounters turn deadly,” wrote Katherine Spillar, executive director of the Feminist Majority Foundation, in an essay for The Washington Post last year.

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Women on the force also appear to be more inclined to call out their colleagues for shady behavior. A 1994 study of 861 officers in Illinois — 96 percent of which were men — found the small band of women were more likely to report spotting unethical actions by fellow officers.  

Male police officers, meanwhile, are disproportionately more



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Atlanta Cop Killed Unarmed Driver After Shooting At Car
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An Atlanta cop who killed an unarmed black man last month had no idea who was inside the car he shot into, an internal affairs investigation found.

Officer James Burns was fired from the force earlier this month after the June killing

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NEWTON - Father Joseph T. Nolan, a beloved priest and long-time teacher at Boston College, died on Monday, July 25, 2016, at his home in Newton, Massachusetts.
Father Nolan was a classic example of what the Catholic Church calls "a delayed vocation," having come to the priesthood after three years with the FBI, two years as an officer in the Navy, and pausing to pick up a graduate degree before finally heading to the seminary.
At his golden jubilee (the 50th anniversary of his entering the priesthood) in 2003, he faced the question of why he had shifted vocations. He said, "It was easier to get confessions." Many came to know Father Nolan during the three decades he preached at St. Ignatius Church on the Boston College campus. Around the country, many more knew him from seminars and courses he gave on liturgy and preaching, and from the newsletter he edited, “Good News.”
Father Nolan was born in Winthrop, Massachusetts, son of James L. and Lillian C. Nolan. He was educated in Winthrop public schools, and graduated from Boston College in 1942, where he won the coveted Fulton Medal for debating and was proud to have his name inscribed on a wall in the college’s iconic tower building, Gasson Hall.
Upon graduating from BC, Father Nolan went to work for the FBI doing fingerprint analysis, and was eventually assigned as a special agent to Little Rock, Arkansas. In 1944, the FBI "invited" many of its personnel to join the armed forces, and Father Nolan became an ensign in the Naval Reserve, sworn in at the FBI office. After boot camp, he was sent to communications school at Harvard, then overseas duty in Recife, Brazil, and Manila in the Philippines.
In his autobiography, Liturgical Journeys, he tells movingly of a chance meeting with his brother, James, a radio operator, on Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). His other brother, John, was in the 8th Air Force in the European theatre. After the war, Father Nolan returned to the FBI and was assigned to the New York office. He said later that New York enabled him to get in touch again with Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker, and to date one of the workers


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May 23, 2016, 11:27 AM ET
WATCH New Allegations Ahead of Retrial in Chandra Levy Case
New allegations made by the defense in a new trial for the man accused of murdering Chandra Levy are raising questions about the disappearance of Levy, the FBI intern who vanished in May 2001 and whose remains were found the next year in Washington, D.C.,'s Rock Creek Park.

The Washington murder case ended the career of former California Congressman Gary Condit, who was at one point the primary suspect before police ruled him out despite his romantic link to Levy. Condit's alleged secret sex life is now in the spotlight after defense attorneys for Ingmar Guandique, the man sentenced to 60 years in prison for killing 24-year-old Levy, filed a new motion last week.

Guandique, an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador, was convicted by a jury in 2010 based on a jailhouse confession to other inmates. However, his conviction was later set aside. Last year, prosecutors dropped their opposition to Guandique's attorneys' request for a new trial.

Guandique is facing a new trial this fall.

The new motion filed by Guandique's lawyers claims that "aggressive sex involving bondage" may have killed Levy.

When Levy's body was found in 2002 in Rock Creek Park, investigators found a pair of knotted tights nearby. Defense attorneys claim Condit may have used the tights to restrain Levy during a rough sex act gone wrong.

Condit's DNA was found at Levy's home, providing proof of the affair, but authorities ruled Condit out as a suspect after it came to light that a predator -- allegedly Guandique -- had been attacking female joggers in the park.

Condit was once a powerful Democrat on the U.S. House Intelligence Committee. He famously broke with his party over the Monica Lewinsky scandal, demanding that then-president Bill Clinton "come clean" about his affair with Lewinsky.

Condit has denied he had anything to do with Levy's murder. He returned to private life after losing to a primary challenger in 2002.

Levy's parents, Robert and Susan Levy, are split over the defense's efforts to reevaluate Condit's possible role in their daughter's murder.

"I think Condit was fooling around and doing that but it doesn't prove he was the murderer," Robert Levy told ABC News.

Susan Levy added, "Young women can be caught up in the web of predators or powerful people and you don't know what happened to them."

The defense motion claims that Condit had "a powerful motive to either kill and/or cover-up the circumstances of her death, whether her death was intentional or accidental."

Assistant U.S. Attorney Deborah Sines, prosecuting the Guandique case a second time, in court called the new motion, "a sensational, salacious and an effort to taint the jury pool."

Condit's civil attorney, L. Lin Wood, described the defense strategy from Guandique's lawyers as "reprehensible."

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Prosecutors drop murder charge against Chandra Levy’s accused killer

Updated: 3:18 p.m. on Thursday, July 28, 2016
D.C. prosecutors have dropped murder charges against Ingmar Guandique, the man previously convicted of the 2001 murder of Chandra Levy.
Citing “recent unforeseen developments” in their bid to retry Guandique, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District announced Thursday that it had moved to dismiss the case.
Without disclosing the specifics of the recent developments, prosecutors issued a statement Thursday that said, “The Office has concluded that it can no longer prove the murder case against Mr. Guandique beyond a reasonable doubt.”
Guandique was convicted of Levy’s murder in 2010 and sentenced to 60 years in prison. The D.C. Public Defenders Service pursued a new trial for the illegal Salvadoran immigrant after prosecutors disclosed in 2013 that a key witness in the case, jailhouse informant Armando Morales, had lied when he testified he had never previously provided information to law enforcement in other criminal cases.
Morales testified during the 2010 trial that Guandique had admitted


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Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) submitted the call for an investigation into the foundation on July 15th, which has been referred to the FBI, IRS, and FTC.

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BDO Consulting Adds Highly Decorated FBI Veteran John Riggi to ...
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A highly decorated, 28-year veteran of the FBI, Mr. Riggi will provide strategic consulting services and advise organizations on cyber risk ...


Turkey's prosecutor includes CIA, FBI in coup allegations
"The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) provided training in several subjects to the cadre belonging to 


Virginia State Police, FBI confirm 'activity' in ongoing investigation at Petersburg Police Department


Posted: Thursday, July 28, 2016 1:15
Officials with the Virginia State Police and FBI have confirmed there was "activity" at the Petersburg Police Department last weekend in connection to an investigation about money missing from the evidence room.
"There was activity at the Petersburg Police Department over the weekend in connection to the ongoing investigation being conducted by the Virginia State Police," Sgt. Stephan Vick said in an email.
In January, the state police launched an investigation after a request from Petersburg Commonwealth's Attorney Cassandra Conover amid allegations of corruptions and misdeeds by city police.
Last year, Petersburg police acknowledged that at least $13,356 in cash connected with three criminal cases disappeared from the evidence room. The Petersburg Public

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The FBI is hoping to find a cell phone app hat allows undercover agents and informants to secretly record audio and video that would be streamed back to government servers.

FedScoop.com reports the app will be used for “covert, evidentiary audio collection from smartphones” and will be streamed in courtroom-ready format.

“The basic capability will be audio, but GPS location information is also desired and eventually video capability,” reads a request for information’s draft techni


Aspiring agents do not learn from mistakes of FBI's 'shameful' assassination of
Martin Luther King

August 10 2016

Dressed in plainclothes to blend in with tourists at the National Mall, a few dozen FBI agents in training fanned out across the Martin Luther ...


Assassination of MLK
The FBI and Memphis Police Admit Their Involvement in the Assassination of MLK
Andrew Emett January 18, 2016


AUGUST 9, 2016 5:08 PM
FBI whistleblower who made sex claims against colleagues headed back to court


A former Sacramento-based FBI special agent who turned whistleblower and successfully challenged his subsequent firing now must take his case to court again.
In at least a temporary reversal of fortune for ex-agent John C. Parkinson, the Justice Department this week persuaded a full federal appeals court to reconsider an earlier decision that the FBI wrongly fired the Iraq War veteran.
The move marks the latest turn for Parkinson, a Marine Corps lieutenant colonel who served in the FBI’s Sacramento office for about 10 years, beginning in 1999. It’s also relatively uncommon for the appeals court itself, which rarely convenes all 12 of its active judges to review a smaller panel’s decision.
“We believe the original . . . panel decision was correct,” attorney Jesselyn A. Radack said Tuesday, adding that “Lt. Col. Parkinson has been phenomenally patient since blowing the whistle eight years ago on FBI pilots misusing government aircraft to solicit prostitutes, and he remains confident justice will ultimately prevail.”

Radack is national security and human rights director for the Whistleblower & Source Protection Program at ExposeFacts, a whistleblower advocacy group. Along with fellow attorney Kathleen M. McClellan, she has been representing Parkinson.

The appeals court ordered a rehearing Monday.
Parkinson’s original whistleblower allegations were incendiary, charging two fellow agents with sexual improprieties. In one 2008 whistleblowing letter, Parkinson alleged that a Sacramento-based colleague had a “career-long pattern of soliciting sex with prostitutes.” This agent, Parkinson alleged, “utilized the FBI’s plane to fly at night to Reno, Nevada, for the sole purpose of engaging prostitutes in acts of illicit sex.”
Another Sacramento-based colleague, Parkinson alleged, had a “history of viewing Internet pornography” during work hours.
“Mr. Parkinson was concerned that (the two colleagues) would defile the furniture by engaging in sexual activity and masturbating on it and watching pornography on the television,” his attorneys recounted in a filing with



Judge orders black man man free after 28 years, cites unfair trial



FBI, mental health facility blamed for ignoring Scott killer's warning ...
Knoxville News Sentinel
Potter said Jones had sought help from Peninsula Hospital and the FBI. Clinical ... Bureau of Investigation Agent Jerry Spoon, but no one would meet with him.


COPS & COURTS Posted August 10 Updated August 11 2016
Lincoln County deputy indicted on 22 counts related to sexual abuse of minors
Kenneth L. Hatch, a 17-year veteran of the department and the 2015 deputy of the year, is accused of abusing three girls and furnishing one of them marijuana.
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Former FBI agent to review JCPS investigations

Jefferson County Public Schools is working with a retired FBI agent to review several of its past internal investigations where students were injured from the actions of adult staff members.

FBI Agent Sentenced In Underage Sex Case


February 23, 2007

A former FBI analyst has been sentenced for having sex with a young Spotsylvania County girl.

Forty four year old Anthony Lesko entered an Alford Plea to the charges in a Spotsylvania County Circuit to nine counts of felony indecent liberties upon a child.

The plea means that Lesko does not admit guilt but believes that there is enough evidence to convict him. Lesko was sentenced to seven years in prison with 15 years


The FBI authorized informants to break the law 22,800 times over four years, report Layer 8’s Dell Cameron and Patrick Howell O’Neill. Documents obtained by Layer 8 through the Freedom of Information Act show informants committed 5,649 acts of so-called “otherwise criminal activity” in 2013 and 5,577 such acts in 2014. Previous reporting by USA Today and the Huffington Post show similar figures for 2011 and 2012, respectively.


Traffic Surged To A Child Porn Ring After The FBI Took Over

Way back in February 2015, the FBI infiltrated Playpen, a child pornography ring on the dark web. After taking control of the site, the FBI could have shut it down. But it didn’t.

Image: Getty Images

Instead, the FBI kept it running for two weeks so that it could deliver malware to visitors. That malware was then used to identify more than 100 individuals who were eventually indicted on charges of child pornography. While taking down paedophiles is a good thing, the legality of the operation, and the implications of what it means for the FBI to be able to hack innocent people, are more complicated issues.

As you might imagine, the people arrested as part of Operation Playpen are pretty pissed about the whole thing and are petitioning the court to throw out the indictments. One of the lawyers for an original administrator of Playpen is now claiming not only that the FBI made the website run faster and more efficiently but the agency also increased traffic. The motion, as noted by Motherboard, argues that the government really just drove a lot more users to a lot of really terrible stuff.

The motion reads:

As a result, the n

Dark web child porn site ran 'much better' with FBI in charge – lawyer
Mirage News-
Membership on the largest “dark web” child pornography site rose by a third and it ran “much better” while it was operated secretly by the FBI, one defense ...


Oregon standoff prosecutors ordered to provide details about improper Facebook data sharing

A defense lawyer in the Oregon standoff case found that federal prosecutors improperly shared raw Facebook account data on 10 defendants with all 26 alleged conspirators, contrary to a search warrant's parameters.
on August 23, 2016 at 1:32 PM, updated August 23, 2016 at 6:49 PM


A federal judge on Tuesday ordered prosecutors to provide an accurate, chronological accounting of who did what with privileged, raw Facebook account data belonging to 10 Oregon standoff defendants that should have been sealed but ended up being shared with all co-defendants.

U.S. District Judge Anna J. Brown found the government's reports on the handling of the evidence full of gaps.

Brown also will allow the defense to reopen its motion to suppress the Facebook material. She struck her previous ruling that dismissed the motion, saying it was based on "inaccurate information provided by the government.''

The judge's order came after an FBI agent and three members of the Oregon U.S Attorney's Office were called to testify on the matter. But their statements seemed to add to the court's confusion.

Brown said she's still not satisfied anyone has a "complete picture of who accessed

Black man shot by cops after calling to report robbery

Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 4:16 PM


A man who had called 911 because an armed suspect stole his wife's car keys in front of the couple's east-side home was shot by police after he came out armed. (INDYSTAR.COM)
Few cases typify everything that is wrong with gun rights, police brutality and racial profiling like this one.

Early Tuesday in Indianapolis, an African-American woman

Leonardo DiCaprio Drops Out of Hosting Hillary Clinton Fundraiser
I4U News-

Childhood concussion linked to lifelong health and social problems
Study suggests that even mild childhood head injuries can increase the risk of low educational attainment, psychiatric hospitalisation and early death

The researchers say more should be done to prevent children and adolescents from experiencing head injuries. Photograph: Kevin Britland/Alamy
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Soaring ocean temperature is 'greatest hidden challenge of our generation.'


By Oliver Milman The Guardian Sep 06
An International Union for Conservation of Nature report warns that ‘truly staggering’ rate of warming is changing the behaviour of marine species, reducing fishing zones and spreading disease. more…

FBI Corporate Octopus

GEOHuntsville names retired FBI assistant director
Garcia recently retired as an assistant director over Directorate of Intelligence with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), where he oversaw the agency's ...

Cryptzone CSO Appointed to Corporate Council for the Citizens ...
Taddeo is also the former Special Agent in Charge of the Special Operations/Cyber Division of the FBI's New York Office. At Cryptzone, he is responsible for ...

High School Students Get Inside Look at FBI Careers
Federal Bureau of Investigation (press release) (blog)-
Since 2008, the FBI's Washington Field Office (WFO) has hosted the annual Future Agents in Training (FAIT) program, which provides a hands-on approach to ...


FBI tactic in child porn sting under attack in Rockwood case

By Jamie Satterfield of the Knoxville News Sentinel

When "teddybear555" logged onto The Playpen, a "dark web" child-pornography bulletin board, from a home in Rockwood last year, he had no idea his host was the FBI.

Neither did the tens of thousands of other users across the U.S. and the world who, in the two weeks the FBI played the role of child pornography purveying host, posted or swapped at least 48,000 images and 200 videos of the sexual abuse of children. The agency called the sting "Operation Pacifier." So far, more than 180 people have been arrested in the U.S., including Thomas Allan Scarbrough, a funeral director at Scarbrough Funeral Home in Rockwood.

But the FBI isn't drawing praise for its groundbreaking defeat of technology that affords anonymity to seekers of illicit goods on hidden websites. In court and out, the FBI is taking a beating, with judges across the nation, including in Knoxville, declaring constitutional violations and Internet privacy advocates crying foul.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Clifford Shirley has become the latest jurist to deem the FBI's search warrant process in its takeover of The Playpen server as an illegal search and a violation of federal rules of criminal procedure. He issued his opinion late last month in Scarbrough's case and joins at least six other federal judges in the nation to so rule.

But Shirley refused to toss out the evidence gleaned as a result of Operation Pacifier, ruli



Whistle-Blowing Insiders: ‘Game Changer’ for the S.E.C.
White Collar Watch


Activists to FBI:Show
Us Your Warrant for Mass Hack of TorMail Users

September 6, 2016 // 07:05 AM EST
Mass hacking is now one of the FBI's established tactics for fighting crime on the dark web. In February 2015, the agency hit at least 4,000 computers all over the world in an attempt to identify visitors of a child pornography site.

But questions remain about another FBI operation from 2013, in which the agency may have hacked users of a dark web email service called TorMail even if they weren’t suspects of a crime. Now, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is trying to unseal the court docket sheet containing the search warrant used to deploy malware against users of the service. If the ACLU were then to get access to the warrant itself, it may reveal the true scale of the FBI’s controversial hacking campaign.

TorMail was a site based on Freedom Hosting, a web host that provided easy-to-set-up Tor hidden services. In 2013, the FBI seized Freedom Hosting; according to media reports at the time, anyone visiting a Freedom Hosting site was met with a “Down for Maintenance” message. Researchers soon found that that page contained malicious code designed to de-anonymise users



Lawmaker Calls on FBI to Provide Files Tied to Financial Crisis
Wall Street Journal-
Mr. Pascrell in a letter, a copy of which was provided to The Wall Street Journal, referenced reports that the FBI had expressed concerns as ...


Atty: Says Comey’s ‘God Complex’ Drove Him To Shield Hillary Clinton From Justice


6 Sep 2016
A former senior federal prosecutor says FBI Director James Comey’s decision to recommend that Justice Department prosecutors not to pursue charges against Hillary Clinton regarding her handling of sensitive electronic correspondence flowed from Comey’s own inflated ego and view of his role in history.
Comey’s reputation inside the Department of Justice was that he was a very black-and-white thinker, which is why the FBI director’s July 5 recommendation to DOJ prosecutors not to prosecute Clinton was such a shock, says Joseph E. diGenova, who served as President Ronald W. Reagan’s U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia. During his four-year tenure, diGenova prosecuted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard and many officials inside the administration of Washington’s Mayor Marion Barry

“This is what I call ‘a legacy or epitaph decision,’ he was not going to be remembered as the person, who had stopped the first female nominee from a major party from running for president,” diGenova said. “It is as simple as that. He made a political positio



Mayor's cover-up: de Blasio fights to hide Garner cop's records

Tuesday, September 6, 2016, 7:00 PM

Mayor de Blasio's interpretation of the law to hide the records of cops involved in deadly actions is wrong. (JAMES KEIVOM/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)
One and only one person is leading the fight to prevent the public from learning the disciplinary history of the police officer who choked Eric Garner to death: Mayor de Blasio.

The mayor says he is bound by state law to conceal Officer Daniel Pantaleo’s record before Garner’s death — and he will surely say that he is similarly barred from revealing any punishment



City of Portland has no plans to remove graffiti of Gov. Paul LePage in Ku Klux Klan hood
However, the city's mayor says he would liked to see the graffiti removed.



New Haven police chief resigns after restuarant tirade, outcry
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, September 6, 2016, 8:44 PM



Boston’s police commissioner, union spar over body cameras

, updated on September 6, 2016
Police Commissioner William Evans testifies Tuesday during the body camera hearing at Suffolk Superior Court. —Jessica Rinaldi / The Boston Globe
BOSTON (AP) — Boston’s police commissioner squared off in court Tuesday with the leader of the city’s largest police union over a plan to have 100 officers wear body cameras, as lawyers for each side accused the other of having “unclean hands” in a long-simmering dispute over police accountability.

A pilot program was scheduled to start last week. But after no officers volunteered, Commissioner William Evans ordered 100 officers to wear the cameras. That prompted the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association to ask a judge to issue an injunction to halt the program until a new agreement can be negotiated.

Union President Patrick Rose testified Tuesday that the city violated its agreement with the u

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The father of accused terrorist bomber Ahmad Khan Rahami charges the FBI, despite his warnings, botched a 2014 probe into his violent and radicalized son.

“They did not do the job,” Mohammad Rahami said Tuesday near his First American Fried Chicken takeout restaurant


Former State Rep. “Dick” Burnett dies
San Angelo Standard Times
Richard J. "Dick" Burnett, a former state representative, San Angelo Police Chief and FBI agent assigned to the John F. Kennedy assassination investigation, 



Long-Lived Lesbian And Former FBI Agent Rocks Guitar: Susan SurfTone (Part 1)
"I never understood the gender difference."


Published: 2016.09.20 10:45 A



Rubio Asks FBI to Share Assistance Info After Pulse Shooting
ABC News-
Special Agent Amy Pittman, an FBI spokeswoman in Tampa, didn't respond to an email and phone call. Rubio suggested that the FBI should contact the ...



State Police Acknowledge Ammunition, Rifle Scope Missing
Hartford Courant-
The Courant first reported the FBI investigation into the missing equipment last ... State police internal affairs officers and an FBI agent seized computers and ...

FBI Octopus....watching their tentacles grow


Former fed coaches EH students on cop stops
Journal Inquirer-
EAST HARTFORD — East Hartford High School juniors got a sobering lesson Friday from former FBI agent and federal prosecutor Quentin Williams on how to ...


Local News | 'Driving While Female' study assails police | Seattle Times ...
NWsource › archive › slug=womendrive...
May 30, 2002 - It's been dubbed "driving while female": A male police officer targets a woman for a traffic stop, then uses the power of the badge to sexually ...

Driving While Female - Samuel Walker
samuelwalker.net › 2010/06 › dwf2002

"DRIVING WHILE FEMALE”: A NATIONAL PROBLEM IN POLICE MISCONDUCT. A Special Report by the. Police Professionalism Initiative. University of Nebraska at ...


Even Israel doesn't do ethnic profiling the way Donald Trump thinks ...
Jewish Post-
... Pomerantz, the counterterrorism expert at the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs and a retired FBI agent, referring to Israel's security establishment.

Security teams already preparing for Super Bowl 51
“It's tough,” said Jim Conway, who worked as an FBI agent for 26 years. ... According to authorities, the FBI and HPD have created a Super Bowl security task ...


Nashville May Decriminalize Tonight. But Should It?
Nashville Metro Councilman Russ Pulley, a former police officer and FBI agent, says the goal is not to take it easy on offenders who are arrested for more serious ...

Local FBI Agent Hosts Presentation on Cyber Safety
University of Arkansas Alum and FBI Special Agent Shun Turner gave tips on how to protect minors from inappropriate content, cyber bullying, and solicitation.

UCSF Plans Events for National Cyber Security Awareness Month
UCSF News Services-
The events kick off with a talk by FBI Special Agent Kevin Phelan, who runs the agency's Palo Alto, Calif., office. His team conducts investigations related to ...

Edward Rodgers was in charge of investigating cases of Child Abuse at the FBI

THE DENVER POST - 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.

Monday August 8, 2005 Longtime FBI agent sentenced to prison on child porn count

also see http://www.policeone.com/news/113935-Longtime-Idaho-FBI-Agent-Sentenced-for-Possessing-Child-Porn/
 A longtime FBI agent who helped arrest mountain-man Claude Dallas and was involved in a deadly 1984 siege involving white supremacists in Washington state is going to prison for 12 months after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography.

FBI agent involved in fatal shooting
Posted: Mar 08, 2013
By WRCB Staff -

(WRCB) - The FBI says an agent was involved in a fatal shooting during an East Tennessee child pornography investigation.

FBI Agent Pleads Guilty to Child Abuse


Tuesday February 17, 2004 11:46 PM

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, who retired in 2001, was sentenced last week to 12 years in prison in Tarrant County court 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.

Local attorney arrested
On child indecency accusations
 22 Apr 2009

MOBILE, Ala. - Mobile Police arrested 52-year-old Phillip Kent Baxley on child indecency charges. Baxley is a local attorney in Mobile, but he's also a former coach and acting president for the Mobile Soccer Club.

Congress to Bureaucrats: Trust No One
Hackers love perimeter-only defenses, said Cryptzone Chief Security Officer Leo Taddeo, a former FBI special agent. When he was head of the cyberdivision for ...



The ACLU of Connecticut is suing state police for fabricating retaliatory criminal charges against a protester after troopers were recorded discussing how to trump up charges against him. In what seems like an unlikely stroke of cosmic karma, the recording came about after a camera belonging to the protester, Michael Picard, was illegally seized by a trooper who didn’t know that it was recording and carried it back to his patrol car, where it then captured the troopers’ plotting.

“Let’s give him something,” one trooper declared. Another suggested, “we can hit him with creating a public disturbance.” “Gotta cover our donkey,” remarked a third



NYPD cop charged in fatal DWI crash has license suspended again

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 12:13 PM

Former NYPD cop Nicholas Batka. (VIA FACEBOOK)
A former NYPD cop indicted for drunkenly crashing his car into innocent pedestrians, killing one, had his license suspended for a second time by a Brooklyn



A pack of sadistic corrections officers at Downstate Correctional Facility beat an inmate to near-death in November 2013 — and one kept a clump of dreadlocks torn from his head as a "trophy," bombshell court papers say.

Kathy Scott, George Santiago, Jr. and Carson Morris are accused of violating inmate Kevin Moore's civil rights in relation to the beatdown.

They are also accused of trying to cover up the incident that left Moore hospitalized for some 17 days, according to an indictment filed in Manhattan federal court Wednesday.


Cop facing fine for accepting lavish meals gets big promotion
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 9:34 AM

The NYPD's Diana Pizzuti, who is being promoted to Chief of Personnel, in 2007. (DELMUNDO, ANTHONY FREELANCE NYDN/ANTHONY DELMUNDO)
The city’s top cop has promoted NYPD Assistant Chief Diana Pizzuti, who likely will have to pay a fine for violating city conflict of interest rules, to Chief of Personnel, sources told the Daily News.

Police Commissioner James O’Neill promoted Pizzuti, the former commander of Queens North, and tapped Deputy Chief Juanita Holmes, the former head of the Domestic Violence Unit, to take her place, sources said.

Holmes becomes the first female black borough commander in the city’s history.

Pizzuti, Assistant Chief James Secreto and retired Transportation Chief James Tuller received letters in June from the Conflict of Interest Board informing them that the board found "probable cause" that they had violated a provision of the City Charter barring public servants from receiving gifts worth more than $49.

NYPD cops face fines for dining with ex-Queens Library big
A source said they are still hammering out the details with the board to each pay a $1,500 fine to settle the matter.

A high-ranking police source said O’Neill was aware of the Conflict of Interest Board finding, but examined h



Chicago officer indicted on civil rights charges
Marco Proano was indicted on two counts of deprivation of rights after he allegedly used unreasonable force during a 2013 traffic stop

CHICAGO — A Chicago police officer who was videotaped firing shots that injured two black teenagers inside a car was indicted on federal civil rights charges.



George H.W. Bush, the CIA and a Case of State Terrorism
September 21, 2016

From the Archive: Forty years ago, a car-bomb exploded in Washington killing Chile’s ex-Foreign Minister Orlando Letelier, an act of state terrorism that the CIA and its director George H.W. Bush tried to cover up, Robert Parry reported in 2000.Link Du Jour






The father of accused terrorist bomber Ahmad Khan Rahami charges the FBI, despite his warnings, botched a 2014 probe into his violent and radicalized son.

“They did not do the job,” Mohammad Rahami said Tuesday near his First American Fried Chicken takeout restaurant


Former State Rep. “Dick” Burnett dies
San Angelo Standard Times
Richard J. "Dick" Burnett, a former state representative, San Angelo Police Chief and FBI agent assigned to the John F. Kennedy assassination investigation, 



Long-Lived Lesbian And Former FBI Agent Rocks Guitar: Susan SurfTone (Part 1)
"I never understood the gender difference."


Published: 2016.09.20 10:45 A



Rubio Asks FBI to Share Assistance Info After Pulse Shooting
ABC News-
Special Agent Amy Pittman, an FBI spokeswoman in Tampa, didn't respond to an email and phone call. Rubio suggested that the FBI should contact the ...



State Police Acknowledge Ammunition, Rifle Scope Missing
Hartford Courant-
The Courant first reported the FBI investigation into the missing equipment last ... State police internal affairs officers and an FBI agent seized computers and ...

FBI Octopus....watching their tentacles grow


Former fed coaches EH students on cop stops
Journal Inquirer-
EAST HARTFORD — East Hartford High School juniors got a sobering lesson Friday from former FBI agent and federal prosecutor Quentin Williams on how to ...


Local News | 'Driving While Female' study assails police | Seattle Times ...
NWsource › archive › slug=womendrive...
May 30, 2002 - It's been dubbed "driving while female": A male police officer targets a woman for a traffic stop, then uses the power of the badge to sexually ...

Driving While Female - Samuel Walker
samuelwalker.net › 2010/06 › dwf2002

"DRIVING WHILE FEMALE”: A NATIONAL PROBLEM IN POLICE MISCONDUCT. A Special Report by the. Police Professionalism Initiative. University of Nebraska at ...


Even Israel doesn't do ethnic profiling the way Donald Trump thinks ...
Jewish Post-
... Pomerantz, the counterterrorism expert at the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs and a retired FBI agent, referring to Israel's security establishment.

Security teams already preparing for Super Bowl 51
“It's tough,” said Jim Conway, who worked as an FBI agent for 26 years. ... According to authorities, the FBI and HPD have created a Super Bowl security task ...


Nashville May Decriminalize Tonight. But Should It?
Nashville Metro Councilman Russ Pulley, a former police officer and FBI agent, says the goal is not to take it easy on offenders who are arrested for more serious ...

Local FBI Agent Hosts Presentation on Cyber Safety
University of Arkansas Alum and FBI Special Agent Shun Turner gave tips on how to protect minors from inappropriate content, cyber bullying, and solicitation.

UCSF Plans Events for National Cyber Security Awareness Month
UCSF News Services-
The events kick off with a talk by FBI Special Agent Kevin Phelan, who runs the agency's Palo Alto, Calif., office. His team conducts investigations related to ...

Edward Rodgers was in charge of investigating cases of Child Abuse at the FBI

THE DENVER POST - 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.

Monday August 8, 2005 Longtime FBI agent sentenced to prison on child porn count

also see http://www.policeone.com/news/113935-Longtime-Idaho-FBI-Agent-Sentenced-for-Possessing-Child-Porn/
 A longtime FBI agent who helped arrest mountain-man Claude Dallas and was involved in a deadly 1984 siege involving white supremacists in Washington state is going to prison for 12 months after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography.

FBI agent involved in fatal shooting
Posted: Mar 08, 2013
By WRCB Staff -

(WRCB) - The FBI says an agent was involved in a fatal shooting during an East Tennessee child pornography investigation.

FBI Agent Pleads Guilty to Child Abuse


Tuesday February 17, 2004 11:46 PM

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, who retired in 2001, was sentenced last week to 12 years in prison in Tarrant County court 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.

Local attorney arrested
On child indecency accusations
 22 Apr 2009

MOBILE, Ala. - Mobile Police arrested 52-year-old Phillip Kent Baxley on child indecency charges. Baxley is a local attorney in Mobile, but he's also a former coach and acting president for the Mobile Soccer Club.

Congress to Bureaucrats: Trust No One
Hackers love perimeter-only defenses, said Cryptzone Chief Security Officer Leo Taddeo, a former FBI special agent. When he was head of the cyberdivision for ...



The ACLU of Connecticut is suing state police for fabricating retaliatory criminal charges against a protester after troopers were recorded discussing how to trump up charges against him. In what seems like an unlikely stroke of cosmic karma, the recording came about after a camera belonging to the protester, Michael Picard, was illegally seized by a trooper who didn’t know that it was recording and carried it back to his patrol car, where it then captured the troopers’ plotting.

“Let’s give him something,” one trooper declared. Another suggested, “we can hit him with creating a public disturbance.” “Gotta cover our donkey,” remarked a third



NYPD cop charged in fatal DWI crash has license suspended again

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 12:13 PM

Former NYPD cop Nicholas Batka. (VIA FACEBOOK)
A former NYPD cop indicted for drunkenly crashing his car into innocent pedestrians, killing one, had his license suspended for a second time by a Brooklyn



A pack of sadistic corrections officers at Downstate Correctional Facility beat an inmate to near-death in November 2013 — and one kept a clump of dreadlocks torn from his head as a "trophy," bombshell court papers say.

Kathy Scott, George Santiago, Jr. and Carson Morris are accused of violating inmate Kevin Moore's civil rights in relation to the beatdown.

They are also accused of trying to cover up the incident that left Moore hospitalized for some 17 days, according to an indictment filed in Manhattan federal court Wednesday.


Cop facing fine for accepting lavish meals gets big promotion
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 9:34 AM

The NYPD's Diana Pizzuti, who is being promoted to Chief of Personnel, in 2007. (DELMUNDO, ANTHONY FREELANCE NYDN/ANTHONY DELMUNDO)
The city’s top cop has promoted NYPD Assistant Chief Diana Pizzuti, who likely will have to pay a fine for violating city conflict of interest rules, to Chief of Personnel, sources told the Daily News.

Police Commissioner James O’Neill promoted Pizzuti, the former commander of Queens North, and tapped Deputy Chief Juanita Holmes, the former head of the Domestic Violence Unit, to take her place, sources said.

Holmes becomes the first female black borough commander in the city’s history.

Pizzuti, Assistant Chief James Secreto and retired Transportation Chief James Tuller received letters in June from the Conflict of Interest Board informing them that the board found "probable cause" that they had violated a provision of the City Charter barring public servants from receiving gifts worth more than $49.

NYPD cops face fines for dining with ex-Queens Library big
A source said they are still hammering out the details with the board to each pay a $1,500 fine to settle the matter.

A high-ranking police source said O’Neill was aware of the Conflict of Interest Board finding, but examined h



Chicago officer indicted on civil rights charges
Marco Proano was indicted on two counts of deprivation of rights after he allegedly used unreasonable force during a 2013 traffic stop

CHICAGO — A Chicago police officer who was videotaped firing shots that injured two black teenagers inside a car was indicted on federal civil rights charges.



George H.W. Bush, the CIA and a Case of State Terrorism
September 21, 2016

From the Archive: Forty years ago, a car-bomb exploded in Washington killing Chile’s ex-Foreign Minister Orlando Letelier, an act of state terrorism that the CIA and its director George H.W. Bush tried to cover up, Robert Parry reported in 2000.

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A note on the contours of the US elite
by T.P. Wilkinson / November 13th, 2016

We have heard and read for what could be mistaken for an eternity that the United States of America (may the god– no sane person would worship– bless her) is exceptional and the “greatest nation on Earth” (something even the Soviet Union could never bring itself to proclaim).

Since the unofficial victory of Donald Trump in the general election for the office of President of that “exceptional” country, the “losing” side has enhanced its exceptionally curious behaviour.

Before we attempt to think any further, let’s return to another curious election to that same office. Sixteen years ago the Democratic Vice President of the United States was declared the loser in a presidential election rife with fraud– especially in Cuban-American Miami. Bill Clinton’s supposed heir-apparent was dismissed by the Supreme Court (which has no constitutional authority in the elections whatsoever) and there was not a whimper from either the penile or vaginal Clinton. Now we find Hillary’s army rallying the retilin Republic to petition against the very anti-majoritarian institution the slave-holding Founding Fathers created to prevent the ordinary people from winning elections. That is a constitutional curiosity worthy of note.

There are two fundamental problems with the electoral (in terms of the US Constitution’s oligarchic principles) victory for Trump. One ought to be obvious but since the Outer Party and the media that controls it ideologically (NYT, Washington Post and its overseas mockingbirds1 and that is that no matter what one would like to believe, real estate mogul Mr Trump is on record challenging both the 9-11 lies, the Saudi Arabian manipulations, and the export of US capital (and hence jobs) to low/no wage countries. These are issues which the entire Establishment has successfully suppressed (with the help of the CIA-owned AFL-CIO) and its five world class propaganda monopolists (aka corporate media + PBS). No matter what one may think of Trump — son of a typical NYC corrupt real estate family — he has restored the language of the assassinated Franklin D Roosevelt rival Huey P. Long. Long of Louisiana was a national “socialist”. For those who are historically challenged, national “socialism” was the integration of socialist ideas of economic and social equality with an absolute animosity to internationalism of any kind.

The 1930s were not only a conflict between communism and fascism but between international socialism and national socialism. Ideologically and politically it is quite difficult to distinguish the various movements that emerged a century ago after the West collapsed.

I mention this here because a century after the Armistice — “celebrated” last week — the collapse of the West has continued, despite the reactionary efforts of the Anglo-American empire.

I think it is safe to say — for those who like astronomical or astrophysical metaphors — that the US has been a “black hole” (especially if one is, in fact, black) and now has become a “white dwarf”.

With the collapse of Europe and the pretense of the US to world (white) supremacy, ejaculated in Hiroshima and Nagasaki — in 1918, the first national security (political) police was established in the form of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. One must recall that “investigation” is a bureaucratic euphemism for persecution. Prohibition (the Volstead Act), ostensibly an act against alcohol abuse — was actually a political war by the WASP elite against European immigrants, especially those from Southern Europe who were then subjected to more intense entry regulations too. (This is the real meaning of the remark in di Niro’s The Good Shepherd by Matt Damon to Joe Pesci.) The FBI and its brothers in the Treasury were the SA of the nativist white elite — the “America First” folks.

When white shoe lawyer and investment banker William Donovan persuaded Franklin Roosevelt to authorise the OSS (Office of Strategic Services, another euphemism) and the forerunner of the CIA, he was representing the non-nativist and internationalist faction in the US elite. The conflict that emerged between the FBI and this new state police/terror apparatus led to an agreement that the OSS was only allowed to work outside the Western hemisphere. Spying and terrorism in the Western hemisphere was declared the exclusive province of the FBI.2

When the CIA was formed after WWII the FBI was apparently at its weakest. Latin America was disciplined but it was the OSS which was about to control police/terror markets from the Ural to the Yangtzee. The first time this conflict became violent, however, was when the OSS/ CIA seized control over Chinese and Southeast Asian opium in the course of the Korean and Vietnam Wars. The enormous financial and political capital gained by the “internationalist faction” threatened to occlude FBI power entirely. Then John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The deck was being reshuffled. Allen Dulles did his best to cut the cards in favour of the Company. In some ways the Warren Commission succeeded — not in explaining Kennedy’s murder but in discrediting the FBI and concealing the CIA.

Fast forward:
The foregoing should just insinuate. The reader should do the thinking — after all that ought to be the purpose of writing.

Julian Assange said in a recent interview with John Pilger that he believes the FBI was proving a point (about its power) when it intervened with investigations of one aspect of Hillary Clinton’s generally criminal behavior. He argued that the FBI wanted to prove (punish) Clinton for flagrant disrespect of the Bureau.

In the greater historical bureaucratic context we should be wary of personalization. Translated this means that the FBI — representative of the elite faction that secretly supports Trump — wanted to show the Clinton — representative of the elite faction that manages through Langley — that US political power cannot be monopolised by the “international fascists” but also has to be duly shared with the “national fascists” as well.

Ronald Reagan was not just the poster boy for neo-conservatism/liberalism (having been nominally both).  He was canonised as the patron saint of post-war US fascism; as such he has had to serve both the national and international fascists. The Bush dynasty, the CIA faction, has employed the Clinton/Obama troops as mercenaries to defend their oil and opium-soaked swampland. It remains to be seen whether the national fascists in the FBI with Trump as their champion will prevail against the international fascists led by Clinton.

On 30 June 1934, the international (corporate) fascists deployed Hitler’s SS to murder the national (populist) fascists under Röhm’s SA.

Maybe the internationalists will consider the value of flames (literally or metaphorically) before the Electoral College convenes. In any case, the war has just begun.

Operation Mockingbird et al.) was the CIA program by which foreign media were spiked with news and other articles for publication to be echoed in the US media as if they had, in fact, foreign origins. Before CIA director William Colby retired both professionally and mortally he testified that the CIA had significant assets throughout the Media — without elaborating. This writer could see that throughout Europe the Press was pro-Clinton or at best anti-Trump. No doubt foreign press assets sought to promote Ms Clinton’s position in a Mockingbird way in addition to garnering support for her as the successor to Mr Obama. Not surprisingly this writer was told by a Portuguese observer that Ms Clinton was responsible for Europe’s refugee problem because she murdered Qaddafi. Perhaps that is also a testimony to the failures of her faction’s campaign with people who have a sense of history. []
The author is indebted here to Douglas Valentine’s extensive research into FBI-CIA rivalry. See The Strength of the Wolf, The Strength of the Pack, The Phoenix Program and his coming book on the CIA. []
Dr T.P. Wilkinson writes, teaches History and English, directs theatre and coaches cricket in Heinrich Heine's birthplace, Düsseldorf. He is also the author of Church Clothes, Land, Mission and the End of Apartheid in South Africa (Maisonneuve Press, 2003). Read other articles by T.P..

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“Outspoken, outrageous and absolutely indifferent to others’ opinions, Janet Reno was truly one of a kind.” Paul Anderson

She was the first woman to hold the job of US Attorney General, and on getting that position, held it for the duration of the Clinton administration, the longest tenure than any in the previous 150 years. Unfortunately for her, Janet Reno will be remembered for much that was wrong with that same administration.

It began with her being President Bill Clinton’s third choice, a very typical state of affairs.  Both corporate lawyer Zoë Baird and federal judge Kimba Wood had been found wanting using undocumented immigrants as nannies.

Reno’s two terms in office provided a foretaste of what would happen with the US National Security State in the twenty-first century.  The World Trade Centre received attention in 1993 in a terrorist attack, supplying law enforcement officials with an ominous warning.  In 1995, with the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building, the divisions in Clinton’s America, with its violence, its post-Cold War illnesses, came to the fore.

What Reno will most be remembered for will be less her anti-trust suit against Microsoft, or using the federal law to safeguard clinics providing abortion services, and protecting women seeking those services.  More in point, the dark, bloody episode of the assault on the Branch Dravidian complex in Waco, Texas in 1993 will remain a marked stain in institutional hysteria, cruelty and massacre.

The spectacle did much to bring in collision, with lethal consequences, the world of centralised law enforcement, and another America, one wishing to be left quirkily if bizarrely alone.  The assault on the compound gave the sect of Vernon Howell, better known as David Koresh, a sense that Satan had made a cruel decision and had arrived to stake a claim.

The siege initially began on February 28, 1993 with agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.  On April 19, the FBI got involved.  There were a dozen tanks, accompanying 900 military and law-enforcement officials.  Eighty-nine people, including Koresh and several federal agents, had perished by the end of this gruesome affair.  A third of the fatalities were children.

In the course of the Waco siege, and subsequent raid, Renopresided over a shoddy enterprise that saw the use of CS gas, psychological warfare, mendacity on the part of the FBI on the presence of fragmentation grenades at the scene, and the trigger happy antics of the BATF.

The line Reno took was that children had been endangered in the Waco compound, though to be fair, it was a point insisted upon by the FBI.  They had been sexually abused.  The women of the compound were shared with Koresh in accordance with a reading of Biblical scripture.  In short, the Koresh experiment had to be eliminated.  It was with little surprise that subsequent, government backed investigations found the BATF and FBI faultless.

In 1999, it surfaced that the FBI had made good its part in starting the conflagration that ultimately took so many lives at Waco.  Her response was to send marshals to FBI headquarters to seize a tape featuring the communications that took place on the day of the assault.

Reno found herself with hot water again over the 2000 custody battle of Elián González.  Having been the sole survivor of an effort on the part of his mother and 10 others to cross to Floridafrom Cuba, the six-year old became a bone of contention for Cuban exiles in the state. Never should González be yielded and returned to Castro’s Cuba, where he could be united with his father.

It was not to be, and in signature fashion, an incident that might have been handled with kid-glove minimal fuss became scandalously forceful.  Agents of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, in bursting into the Miami home of the child’s relatives, were captured in terrifying spectacle. Again, the federal government appeared as supreme, meddlesome bullyboy.

A persistent nightmare during Reno’s time in office was the rather lax, and even sociopathic approach Clinton had towards the law, a point she struggled to negotiate with. Claiming a trust in her legal instinct, she tended to refer matters of suggested impropriety on the President’s part to special counsel, though even there, she dithered.

Clinton’s supporters thought her too hasty in wading into investigating Clinton’s relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.  In permitting an independent inquiry into the Arkansas failed land deal that came to be called the Whitewater investigation to expand, its tentacles moving into the notorious Lewinsky affair, Reno made few friends in the inner circle.

Nor was she always consistent on that score.  At stages she provided insulation to Clinton and Vice President Al Gore, shielding them from the eye of an independent counsel in investigating suggestions of fund-raising irregularities that had potentially been broken in 1996.  House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Senator Orrin G. Hatch of Utah were vocal in questioning her independence; FBI director Louis J. Freeh had also favoured a special counsel.

Having now passed into history, Reno’s period in office is a reminder about Clinton’s torn America, with its at times deadly contradictions, seedy establishment behaviour and riddling corruption.  He oversaw a country at war with itself, where groups were demonised as fringe worthy devotees of a lunatic world and Washington grandees could misbehave.  Now it is time for those nutty devotees to have a say in the White House.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark was a Commonwealth Scholar at SelwynCollege, Cambridge.  He lectures at RMIT University, Melbourne.  Email: bkampmark@gmail.com



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12,000+ Tweets about Assassinating Trump Create Challenge for Secret Service

Since Donald Trump’s Inauguration Day, more than 12,000 people have tweeted “assassinate Trump,” causing a headache for the Secret Service.

Some of the tweets are jokes or hyperbolic, but some are serious, Mashable reports.

But it’s unclear how serious the Secret Service is taking the tweets.

There are reports of agents arriving at the homes of social media users, including a Kentucky woman who tweeted, “If someone was cruel enough to assassinate MLK, maybe someone will be kind enough to assassinate Trump.”

An Ohio man was charged with making threats to Trump following several tweets about killing the Republican on election night.

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Radiation levels inside a damaged reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station are at their highest since the plant suffered a triple meltdown almost six years ago.

The facility’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), said atmospheric readings as high as 530 sieverts an hour had been recorded inside the containment vessel of reactor No 2, one of three reactors that experienced a meltdown when the plant was crippled by a huge tsunami that struck the north-east coast of Japan in March 2011.

The extraordinary radiation readings highlight the scale of the task confronting thousands of workers, as pressure builds on Tepco to begin decommissioning the plant – a process that is expected to take about four decades.

The recent reading, described by some experts as “unimaginable”, is far higher than the previous record of 73 sieverts an hour in that part of the reactor.

A single dose of one sievert is enough to cause radiation sickness and nausea; 5 sieverts would kill half those exposed to it within a month, and a single dose of 10 sieverts would prove fatal within weeks.

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An official from a union representing U.S. Border Patrol agents suggested the union, which backed President Trump's 2016 campaign, should be credited with the president's executive orders banning travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

Shawn Moran, vice president of media relations for the union representing 18,000 agents and support personnel in the U.S. Border Patrol, suggested in a recent Green Line episode that NBPC should be credited with the president's executive orders banning travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries.        
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Months before President Trump issued sweeping anti-immigration executive orders, he told U.S. Border Patrol employees that their union would play a critical role in cracking down on asylum seekers and refugees seeking to enter the United States.

In July, Trump appeared on the Green Line, the National Border Patrol Council’s (NBPC) podcast, promising Border Patrol agents they would be “given the tools” to patrol the border as they saw fit.

The weekly podcast is recorded at several Breitbart News Studios, which is owned by the white nationalist site Breitbart.

Trump has avid backers in the unions behind Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Border Patrol that combined, represent 21,000 immigration officers. Shawn Moran, vice president of media relations for the Border Patrol union, representing 18,000 agents and support personnel in the U.S. Border Patrol, suggested in a recent Green Line episode that the NBPC should be credited with the president’s executive orders banning travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

“This is not the result of anybody in the chain of command at the Reagan Building doing anything. … Don’t even think for a second this has anything to do with the commissioner [of Customs and Border Protection] or the chief of the Border Patrol, because it’s not,” said Moran, who in the podcast often conflates immigration with terrorism and charges that “illegals” are responsible for a number of social ills. “It’s because of the hard work of border patrol agents nationwide. We found somebody that was willing to listen, we supported him, he got elected, and now he is following through on what some people thought were just hyperbolic campaign promises.”

Like Trump, Moran often characterizes undocumented immigrants as criminals and murderers, often citing the case of Kathryn Steinle, who was shot and killed in San Francisco in 2015. An undocumented immigrant is charged with murder in Steinle’s death and is awaiting trial.

Trump during the 2016 campaign repeatedly referenced Steinle’s story, relying on unsupported and anecdotal evidence about the number of murders carried out by undocumented immigrants to justify draconian immigration laws. But according to studies conducted by the American Immigration Council and others, “immigrants are less likely to commit serious crimes or be behind bars than the native-born, and high rates of immigration are associated with lower rates of violent crime and property crime. This holds true for both legal immigrants and the unauthorized, regardless of their country of origin or level of education. In other words, the overwhelming majority of immigrants are not ‘criminals’ by any commonly accepted definition of the term.”

Trump is one of many anti-immigrant leaders to appear on the Border Patrol union’s Green Line podcast. Others include former Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, known for “terrorizing” undocumented immigrants; and Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the anti-immigrant group Center for Immigration Studies, whose research was used as a reference on Trump’s campaign website for his formal immigration policies.

Moran said, “Thank God for Brandon Darby, thank God for Breitbart News.”

Darby is a former FBI informant and the managing director of Breitbart. He is responsible for articles such as, “Border Patrol Union: Feds Risking Agents’ Lives to Appease ‘Fringe’ Groups,” a reference to Border Patrol agents having their vehicles affixed with cameras after allegations of abuse and corruption. Darby has featured Moran in his work and has quoted him extensively. Usually, Moran is openly critical of Border Patrol officials, accusing the federal immigration agency of “backing down” to “special interest groups,” such as human rights organizations fighti

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April 21, 2017

Craig McKee, Secretary 9/11 Monthly Teleconference Call


Draft minutes for the Wed., March 29, 2017 regular conference call


Present were:


Ken Freeland, Teleconference co-facilitator, Houston 9/11Truth

Cheryl Curtiss, Teleconference co-facilitator, Connecticut 9/11 Truth

Craig McKee, Teleconference secretary, Truth and Shadows

John O’Malley, DC911Truth

Barton Bruce, Massachusetts 9/11 Truth

Charles Ewing Smith, The Demolition of Truth

James Hufferd, 9/11 Grassroots

Barrie Zwicker, Towers of Deception

Peter Michael Ketcham, formerly of NIST

Mike Cook, AE911Truth

Dan Hennen, AE911Truth

David Cole, Nine Eleven Accountability Team

Dick Atlee, Maine 9/11 Truth

Kevin Barrett, False Flag Weekly News

Barbara Honegger, Behind the Smoke Curtain

Gene Laratonda, TAP Pittsburgh

Chris Bergier, Boston 9/11 Truth

Al Magaletta, Boston 9/11 Truth

Michael Carey, Boston 9/11 Truth

Al Rubin, Boston 9/11 Truth

Jane Millikan, Boston 9/11 Truth

Rachel Worden, Boston 9/11 Truth

David Rolde, Boston 9/11 Truth

Richard Krushnic, Boston 9/11 Truth


The minutes of the February 22, 2017 conference call were APPROVED.



The draft agenda was APPROVED.


Request for exception to remain on list serve

A request from Lynn Ertell was read in which she asked to be exempted from the teleconference rule that those who don’t attend three consecutive teleconferences are no longer eligible to participate in the teleconference list serve. Lynn stated that because of scheduling problems she is usually not able to participate in the calls although she does listen to the recordings.  A vote was taken and her exception was approved.


Barrett goes to Tehran

Kevin Barrett, the host of False Flag Weekly News, gave a report concerning his recent trip to Tehran, Iran for a conference in support of the Palestinian intifada.


False flag museum

Cheryl Curtiss and Barbara Honegger offered a proposal that a museum be created on the theme of state crimes against democracy. While this would feature 9/11 prominently, it would also look at other false flags, assassinations, the war on terror, banned books, etc. Anyone interested in participating in a committee to plan this can contact Cheryl at chercurt@aol.com. One idea that emerged from the discussion was that books could be donated by members of the truth community to the project for a library. James Hufferd volunteered to keep a list of books that are offered for donation. He can be reached at 911grassroots@gmail.com. James said he will post the list on his web site, 911grassroots.org.



James Hufferd announced that he will have a novel published in the spring of 2018 by Trine Day.

Barbara Honegger informed the teleconference that two groups of 9/11 victims’ family members have lawsuits going forward against the government of Saudi Arabia. She also mentioned that the Wall Street Journal did an article about efforts by the Saudis to have the JASTA bill watered down.

James Hufferd mentioned that a major conference called “The National Security State and JFK” will take place June 3 in Washington, D.C.

Cheryl mentioned that she and Cat McGuire will be organizing several panels for this year’s Left Forum, June 2-4.

Call began at 8 p.m. EST and adjourned at 9:50 p.m. EST/5 p.m. to 6:50 p.m. PST


Audio of the March 29 call can be heard here: http://www.houston911truth.net/audio/32917.mp3  The next monthly teleconference will take place on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 8 p.m. EST, 5 p.m. PST. Please email agenda items for next call to facilitator Ken Freeland (diogenesquest@gmail.com) by April 22. Please use subject line “Agenda item for 911 Truth Teleconference.” Please include a brief description of your item and any relevant links you’d like participants to be aware of, together with your estimate of the number of minutes your agenda item will require.







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The civil complaint documents nearly a dozen examples of such requests, including some that were allegedly made years ago and have yet to be answered.


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With President Trump denouncing “illegal leaks,” whistleblowers are in the line of fire.


We’ve got to support whistleblowing and boost public outreach -- to counter the demagogic messaging from the top of the U.S. government.


To help that happen, please support NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake and CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou, the co-chairs of the Whistleblowers Public Education Campaign.


Here at the RootsAction Education Fund, we just got an update from John that we’d like to share with you.


“I had the pleasure of participating in a panel discussion in early April on national security whistleblowing hosted by the AmericanCollege of Trial Attorneys,” John said. “A prominent Washington attorney and Matt Apuzzo of the New York Times were the other two participants.”


The gathering sounds like it was bittersweet for John. He told us: “It was nice, refreshing really, to be among like-minded individuals. The room was packed with trial attorneys, including some of the biggest names in Washington's white-collar criminal defense industry, all of whom support whistleblowers as necessary to the national security.”


John went on: “The problem, though, is that President Trump and Attorney General Sessions are determined to continue the war on whistleblowers begun nearly a decade ago by President Obama and Attorney General Holder. Indeed, Trump told the press last month that he will hunt down ‘the low-life leakers’ in his administration. ‘They will be caught!’ he tweeted. We ought to take him at his word.”


Telling difficult truth from inside the U.S. government has gotten harder than ever, with a president who has scorn for facts -- and hostility for anyone who reveals facts that expose what he wants to hide.


Tom and John know firsthand what’s at stake. As an NSA whistleblower, Tom was dragged through years of Espionage Act prosecution. As a CIA whistleblower, John went to prison for two years.


With the Trump regime now in power, the stakes are higher than ever. You can provide vital support now with a tax-deductible donation; half of every dollar will go directly to John and Tom, while the other half will go to the Whistleblowers Public Education Campaign that they coordinate.


At the RootsAction Education Fund, we remain deeply concerned that -- while people of all ages need to hear John Kiriakou and Tom Drake -- their personal finances were wrecked by legal persecution. That’s how the government planned it.


But we have very different plans. We want the voices of John Kiriakou and Thomas Drake to be heard far and wide.


“Like I said,” John told us a few days ago, “it's great to sit in a room of like-minded people, speak, and just agree with one another. But that's not what our goal is. Our goal is to get our stories -- our experiences -- into the public domain.


“As you know, Tom and I speak at every opportunity, whether it's on college campuses, to civil liberties groups, or even to foreign governments. And we usually do that for free or for reimbursement of our expenses.


“We can only continue to do it with your help.”


Can you help?


John says: “I fear for the country, for whistleblowers, and for those considering bringing to light evidence of waste, fraud, abuse, and illegality in government.”


We need to show whistleblowers and potential whistleblowers that they’re not alone -- that there’s vibrant life after whistleblowing -- and that difficult truth-telling is imperative for democracy.


Please support the Whistleblowers Public Education Campaign.


“Tom and I were both charged with espionage -- one of the gravest crimes with which an American can be charged, one that can include the death penalty -- for blowing the whistle,” John says. “Others like us will not have an easy time of things during the Trump administration.”


John adds: “This is what we're up against. This is the fight that we have to prepare ourselves for over the next four years. We can't do it without your help.”


Please help John Kiriakou and Tom Drake remain out there, in the public, speaking, writing, and shouting from the rooftops that whistleblowers must be protected, that whistleblower protection laws must be comprehensive, and that when a person makes the right moral, legal, and ethical decision -- to blow the whistle on waste, fraud, abuse or illegality -- he or she will not risk house and home.


We hope you can take a minute now to make a tax-deductible contribution in solidarity with John Kiriakou, Thomas Drake and the Whistleblowers Public Education Campaign. Thank you for your generosity.






Tuesday, April 11, 2017


What’s Wrong With Iowa?



We often drive through eastern Iowa on our way from central Illinois to Minnesota. The landscape is peaceful and prosperous. The farmhouses are well kept, and the roads smooth and wide. When we stop, Iowans are friendly and helpful.


Iowa is doing very well. The Census Bureau ranks Iowa #4 in lowest housing costs relative to income, and that cheap housing is near to the workplace: average commuting time is 19 minutes. Iowa is one of the safest states. The cultural scene is thriving: ForestCity’s country music festival is ranked second in the country by Country Living magazine, and Broadway shows go straight to Des Moines. CNBC ranked Iowa 9th among the 50 states in its annual survey “Best States for Business”, with a similar ranking for quality of life.


So why does Iowa send a racist to Congress? Even before he was first elected to Congress in 2002, Steve King was clear about his disdain for immigrants of all kinds. As a state legislator, he proposed a law requiring Iowa students to be taught that the United States is the undisputed greatest nation on Earth. He sued his own Governor for providing ballots in languages other than English, despite the federal law that requires such ballots.


After election, King became known for his nasty characterizations of immigrants. In 2013, he generalized about undocumented immigrants: “For everyone who's a valedictorian, there's another 100 out there who weigh 130 pounds, and they've got calves the size of cantaloupes because they're hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.”


Do immigrants pose a particular problem in Iowa? Iowa has one of the lowest proportions of foreign-born residents, less than 5%, compared to 13% for the US, and only 7% speak a language other than English at home, compared to 21% in the whole country. Iowa is one of the whitest states, with 85% non-Hispanic whites, more than all but 5 other states. King’s district is even whiter: 96% white.


Here is what King has done in this current Congress since January. He proposed to repeal the Sixteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which created the federal income tax. He found one co-sponsor. He proposed a bill to terminate the EB-5 program, part of the Immigration Act of 1990 signed by President George H.W. Bush. That program offers green cards for permanent residence to entrepreneurs and their families, if they invest in a commercial enterprise in the United States and plan to create or preserve 10 permanent full-time jobs for qualified American workers. He found one co-sponsor. He proposed a bill to use federal funds to support private schools, and to repeal federal nutritional standards for school lunch and breakfast programs that increase the availability of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat milk, and reduce sodium, saturated fat, and trans fat. He managed 3 co-sponsors for that. King proposed to end our national policy of giving citizenship to anyone born in the US, even if their parents are not citizens, as he has done in previous years.


Is King perhaps just very conservative? No, some recent comments show that he is a white supremacist. In July, he said about non-whites on a cable news show, “I'd ask you to go back through history and figure out, where are these contributions that have been made by these other categories of people that you're talking about, where did any other subgroup of people contribute more to civilization?” Just before the Dutch election, he tweeted about the far-right candidate Geert Wilders, “Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.” The former KKK leader David Duke understood what King meant, and responded “GOD BLESS STEVE KING!” On CNN, King reaffirmed his idea of a white America: “I meant exactly what I said. I’d like to see an America that's just so homogeneous that we look a lot the same, from that perspective.”


Why do the people of northwestern Iowa keep electing King to Congress? It’s not because he does anything useful there. Since he was elected to Congress in 2003, he has sponsored over 100 bills and not one of them even got out of committee, even though Republicans controlled the House for most of those years. He was named the least effective member of Congress in 2015 by non-partisan InsideGov.


Are most people in Iowa’s 4th district racists? Not necessarily: in 2008, they voted for Obama over McCain for President.


Steve King, along with other politicians who have made openly racist statements, exemplifies an unhappy characteristic of many white American voters. Electing a conservative is more important than not electing a racist. As long as their choice is between a Democrat and Steve King, northwestern Iowans will keep voting for King, no matter how ineffective or prejudiced he is.


That’s how we end up with racists in Congress.


Steve Hochstadt


Published in the Jacksonville Journal-Courier, April 11, 2017










FBI present' at multiple government buildings in Laredo


April 26, 2017





The FBI confirmed Wednesday that they were at multiple locations in Laredo 'conducting law enforcement activity.'

While it was not immediately clear what the activity was, Special Agent Michelle Lee confirmed to KENS 5 that the agency was 'lawfully present' at multiple locations including Laredo City Hall, Public Works Office, Utilities,  and Webb County offices.

Special Agent Lee said that the buildings were not being evacuated and that there was no public safety threat at any location. "The buildings were not being evacuated as some concerned citizens may have reported, rather employees working in certain areas were asked to leave," Lee said in a statement.










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Federal Prison Inmates Used Dark Web, Cellphones to Swap Child Porn

Inmates at a federal prison in New Jersey have been swapping child pornography while behind bars, using smuggled cellphones, data cards and the dark web, authorities said Wednesday.

Videos and photos of kids being abused — including babies and toddlers — were downloaded and stored on a "cloud" that the inmates at the low-security facility at FortDix shared, according to court documents.











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Patterns of Misconduct: FBI Intelligence Violations from 2001 - 2008

February 23, 2011

January 2011

Table Of Contents

  1. Executive Summary
  2. Introduction
  3. The Intelligence Oversight Board
  4. FBI Intelligence Violations Reported to the IOB
  5. Violations of Internal Oversight Guidelines
  6. Abuse of National Security Letters
  7. Violations of the Constitution, FISA, and Other Legal Authorities
    1. Total Number of Violations from 2001 - 2008
    2. Conclusion
    3. References

Executive Summary

In a review of nearly 2,500 pages of documents released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a result of litigation under the Freedom of Information Act, EFF uncovered alarming trends in the Bureau’s intelligence investigation practices. The documents consist of reports made by the FBI to the Intelligence Oversight Board of violations committed during intelligence investigations from 2001 to 2008. The documents suggest that FBI intelligence investigations have compromised the civil liberties of American citizens far more frequently, and to a greater extent, than was previously assumed. In particular, EFF’s analysis provides new insight into:

Number of Violations Committed by the FBI

  • From 2001 to 2008, the FBI reported to the IOB approximately 800 violations of laws, Executive Orders, or other regulations governing intelligence investigations, although this number likely significantly under-represents the number of violations that actually occurred.
  • From 2001 to 2008, the FBI investigated, at minimum, 7000 potential violations of laws, Executive Orders, or other regulations governing intelligence investigations.
  • Based on the proportion of violations reported to the IOB and the FBI’s own statements regarding the number of NSL violations that occurred, the actual number of violations that may have occurred from 2001 to 2008 could approach tens of thousands of possible violations of law, Executive Order, or other regulations governing intelligence investigations.1

Substantial Delays in the Intelligence Oversight Process

  • From 2001 to 2008, both FBI and IOB oversight of intelligence activities was delayed and likely ineffectual; on average, 2.5 years elapsed between a violation’s occurrence and its eventual reporting to the IOB.

Type and Frequency of FBI Intelligence Violations

  • From 2001 to 2008, of the nearly 800 violations reported to the IOB:
    • over one-third involved FBI violation of rules governing internal oversight of intelligence investigations.
    • nearly one-third involved FBI abuse, misuse, or careless use of the Bureau’s National Security Letter authority.
    • almost one-fifth involved an FBI violation of the Constitution, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or other laws governing criminal investigations or intelligence gathering activities.
    • From 2001 to 2008, in nearly half of all NSL violations, third-parties to whom NSLs were issued — phone companies, internet service providers, financial institutions, and credit agencies —contributed in some way to the FBI’s unauthorized receipt of personal information.
    • From 2001 to 2008, the FBI engaged in a number of flagrant legal violations, including:
      • submitting false or inaccurate declarations to courts.
      • using improper evidence to obtain federal grand jury subpoenas.
      • accessing password protected documents without a warrant.


EFF’s analysis of recently disclosed documents provides new insights into the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s unlawful surveillance of Americans during intelligence investigations conducted between 2001 and 2008.

In response to EFF FOIA requests issued in 2008 and 2009, the FBI released reports of violations made to the Intelligence Oversight Board (IOB) — an independent, civilian intelligence-monitoring board that reports to the President on the legality of foreign and domestic intelligence operations. The nearly 2,500 pages of documents EFF received include FBI reports to the IOB from 2001 to 2008. The reports catalog 768 specific violations arising from FBI monitoring of U.S. citizens, resident aliens, and non-residents.

Following a series of government investigations into FBI intelligence abuses, EFF submitted FOIA requests in an effort to obtain the FBI’s IOB reports. In 2007, the Department of Justice, Office of Inspector General released a report (pdf) documenting the FBI’s abuse of its National Security Letter (NSL) authority:2 the report found, in an audit of only 10% of national security investigations, that the FBI may have committed as many as 3000 NSL violations and had failed to report many of those violations to the IOB.3 A 2008 OIG report (pdf) confirmed and expanded the earlier report’s findings and critically assessed the steps taken by the FBI to address the abuse of NSLs.4

Following the second OIG report in 2008, EFF submitted FOIA requests to eleven federal agencies and agency components requesting all reports of intelligence violations made to the IOB from 2001 to 2008. EFF submitted subsequent requests the following year for violations reported to the IOB from 2008 to 2009. In July 2009, after many agencies failed to respond to the request, EFF filed suit against seven defendants — including the CIA, NSA, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and Department of State — demanding the agencies comply with the law and produce the requested documents. In December 2009, the Court ordered the agencies to begin processing EFF’s request. In July 2010, two years after EFF’s initial FOIA request, the FBI began its release of documents. Over three separate installments in July, August, and October 2010, the FBI released nearly 2,500 pages of documents related to reports of intelligence violations to the IOB.

The documents released to EFF constitute the most complete picture of post-9/11 FBI intelligence abuses available to the public. Among other findings, EFF’s analysis of the documents shows that, from 2001 to 2008, significant delays occurred in the reporting of FBI violations to the IOB. The analysis also provides new insights into the type and frequency of violations committed by the Bureau. Most violations fell into one of three broad categories: first, FBI failure to comply with oversight guidelines; second, abuse of the FBI’s authority to issue National Security Letters; and, third, the FBI’s failure to carry out investigations within the bounds of the Constitution or other federal statutes governing intelligence-gathering. Finally, EFF’s analysis concludes that the FBI may have committed as many as 40,000 violations in the 10 years since the attacks of 9/11.

The Intelligence Oversight Board

The Intelligence Oversight Board "was created in 1976 by President Ford in response to recommendations made by the Rockefeller Commission calling for a Presidential-level body with specific oversight responsibilities for the legality and propriety of US intelligence activities.”http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/piab/history." href="https://www.eff.org/wp/patterns-misconduct-fbi-intelligence-violations#footnote5_65o74z7" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">5 The Commission’s recommendations came in the wake of a series of congressional reports that revealed illegal and abusive intelligence activities targeting American and foreign citizens. These reports found that intelligence agencies had intercepted and read Americans’ mail, performed surveillance on civil rights leaders and other dissidents, and had orchestrated assassination attempts on foreign leaders.

In light of the Commission’s recommendation, President Ford established the IOB to provide an independent review of intelligence activities to better safeguard citizens’ civil liberties against these types of abusive practices. The IOB consists of five civilian members, all with top-level security clearances, selected by the President to serve on the IOB from the larger intelligence-monitoring body, the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board (PIAB).6 The IOB’s mission is to "oversee the Intelligence Community’s compliance with the Constitution and all applicable laws, Executive Orders, and Presidential Directives."http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/piab/about." href="https://www.eff.org/wp/patterns-misconduct-fbi-intelligence-violations#footnote7_d2yo3sy" rel="nofollow">7 The IOB must then report to the President those violations the Board believes "may be unlawful or contrary to an Executive Order or presidential directive.http://www.fas.org/irp/offdocs/eo/eo-13462.htm." href="https://www.eff.org/wp/patterns-misconduct-fbi-intelligence-violations#footnote8_5bedmq9" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">8 Since its creation, the vast majority of the IOB’s reports and investigations have remained secret.

Slight modifications to the IOB’s authority and structure have occurred since its creation in 1976, but the IOB’s oversight capacity remained largely unchanged for nearly 30 years. In the years following the attacks of 9/11, however, the Board’s role within the intelligence community was diminished in several ways. First, from 2001 to 2003, President Bush failed to appoint advisers to serve on the IOB.https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/14/AR2007071400862.html." href="https://www.eff.org/wp/patterns-misconduct-fbi-intelligence-violations#footnote9_lddg8sc" rel="nofollow">9 Even when advisers were appointed, however, the IOB continued to provide little real oversight: the IOB did not for







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












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ICE removes former Colombian director of intelligence


WASHINGTON – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) removed a former director of intelligence with Colombia’s now dissolved Administrative Department of Security (DAS) from the United States.

Enrique Ariza Rivas, 49, a Colombian citizen, has been charged in Colombia, together with other former officials of the DAS, with aggravated psychological torture of a journalist. Ariza Rivas has also been charged in Colombia for various crimes relating to unlawful wiretapping.





Police raids Redford police detective's home in Canton


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A Redford police detective whose Canton home was raided Monday by the FBI is off the job for now.

"He has been placed on administrative leave," Redford Police Chief Eric Pahl said.

Police spokesman Tim Wiley declined to release details of why investigators raided Det. Kevin Reif's home in Can




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WATCH: Video captures white Georgia officer viciously beating black woman with baton
while she is laying on floor
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US: Press FBI Nominee Wray on Independence, Detainee Policy

(Washington) – The US Senate Judiciary Committee should vigorously question Christopher Wray, the nominee for director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), on ensuring the bureau’s independence and his role in post-September 11, 2001 detainee policy, Human Rights Watch said today. Wray’s confirmation hearing is slated for July 12, 2017.

President Donald Trump nominated Wray after firing James Comey as FBI director in the midst of the FBI’s investigation into possible collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia to intervene in the 2016 US presidential election.

“Christopher Wray needs to demonstrate to the Senate that he will uphold the FBI’s independence, which is critical for the bureau being an impartial law enforcement agency,” said Maria McFarland Sanchez-Moreno, US program co-director at Human Rights Watch. “Senators also need clarity from Wray about his role in abusive detainee policies after 9/11 and his positions on surveillance, protest movements, and other issues affecting basic rights.”

As FBI director, Wray would be in charge of all federal investigations aimed at enforcing federal law and would play an important role in counterintelligence operations. The FBI conducts investigations in a range of areas including terrorism, cyber-crime, federal civil rights violations, corporate and banking fraud, and public corruption.

As a lawyer, Wray has alternated between working for the Justice Department, including heading the criminal division and handling corporate fraud cases, and private practice, representing corporate interests in criminal and regulatory actions. More recently he was the personal attorney for Trump’s former transition director, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. The firm where he currently works also advises the Trump family business, media reports say.

Senators should question Wray about his involvement in US detainee policy after the attacks of September 11, 2001, Human Rights Watch said. As head of the Justice Department’s criminal division, Wray may have had information about the mistreatment of detainees amounting to criminal conduct by members of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), civilian contractors and other personnel.

However, in 2004 after reports surfaced of detainee abuse at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, Wray suggested at a public hearing that he had no knowledge of the abuses before they were reported by the media. Days later, the media reported that the Justice Department had already been investigating allegations of detainee abuse by the CIA, prompting Senator Patrick Leahy to write a letter to the attorney general urging him to clarify Wray’s testimony.

Documents since made public as part of a Freedom of Information Act request by the American Civil Liberties Union indicate that the CIA Office of Inspector General had sent Wray a memo three months earlier referring the case of Manadal al-Jamadi to Wray for “possible violations of criminal law.” Jamadi died due to “blunt force injuries complicated by compromised respiration,” according to the memo, shortly after his arrest and detention in CIA and then military custody in Iraq. By that time, at least six detainees had died in CIA or Defense Department custody in Iraq and Afghanistan, including at least two and perhaps three, whom the Justice Department had known about and were investigating.

“Wray needs to explain what and when he knew about CIA detainee abuse and his response,” McFarland Sanchez-Moreno said. “The issue gets to the heart of whether Wray will use his powers to carry out criminal investigations in the face of enormous political opposition.”

Wray also played a key role in the FBI PENTTBOMB investigation following the 9/11 attacks, during which more than 750 mostly Arab or Muslim men who had violated US immigration law were detained, ostensibly for ties to terrorism. Many of these men, deemed “special interest” detainees, were held for prolonged periods, averaging 80 days, without knowledge of, or the ability to contest, the terrorism allegations. Though many had overstayed their visas or entered the US illegally, as Human Rights Watch and Inspector General’s reports found, the men normally would not have been detained or would have been held in immigrant detention centers with access to visitors and attorneys.

Instead, they were held under a “hold until cleared” policy even if there was no basis for the terrorism allegations, and even in some cases after judges had ordered their release on bond or deportation orders and they could be returned to their home countries. Both reports found that these measures were not justified on national security grounds.

Many of these detainees were put in maximum-security prisons under what the inspector general’s report described as a “communications blackout,” that in some cases lasted for weeks. During that time, the detainees’ families and lawyers didn’t know where they were or why they had been locked up. Wray, who was then Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General, supported these measures, according to the Inspector General’s report. The report says that he and a colleague told the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) director, Kathy Hawk Sawyer, “to ‘not be in a hurry’ to provide the September 11 detainees with access to communications – including legal and social calls or visits – as long as the BOP remained within the reasonable bounds of its lawful discretion.”

Incommunicado detention can facilitate serious human rights violations, including torture and ill-treatment, and violates US obligations under international law. In addition to being denied access to lawyers and families and arbitrarily detained, many of the PENTTBOM detainees subject to the communication blackout were physically abused, slammed into walls, kicked, dragged by handcuffs, and verbally harassed, according to the report.

Senators should question Wray about areas of FBI work that directly affect the rights of Americans, Human Rights Watch said. Little is known about Wray’s views on communications surveillance, but as with then-Deputy Attorney General Comey and others, he reportedly was willing to resign in protest in 2004 over the prospective re-authorization of a large-scale secret monitoring program.

It’s up to the Senate to ensure that its next director will uphold the bureau’s independence and respect rights.
Maria McFarland Sanchez-Moreno
Co-Director of US Program
However, the FBI has access to enormous troves of information assembled using electronic surveillance powers greatly expanded since 9/11. Therefore, it will be important for Senators to question Wray about how he would use US communications surveillance authorities. They should also question whether he, like Comey, would support the creation of “encryption backdoors” for law enforcement. Human Rights Watch, digital security experts, and privacy groups have opposed this because it would create vulnerabilities that criminals and others could exploit, broadly undermine cybersecurity, and give rise to a risk of rights abuses by unscrupulous governments and officials.
A related area of concern is the FBI’s practice, documented by Human Rights Watch, of targeting for investigation American Muslims and particularly vulnerable people, including those with intellectual and mental disabilities and the indigent, who were not involved in terrorist activity and may never have been were it not for the FBI’s involvement and encouragement.

Senators should question Wray about his response to emerging protest movements, such as Black Lives Matter, whose motives President Trump has criticized. The FBI has a history of abuses against domestic dissenters, notably the COINTELPRO investigations, aimed at carrying out surveillance on, smearing, and discrediting anti-war and civil rights groups between 1956 and 1971.

Questions should focus on the FBI’s ability to safeguard the rights of protesters. Senators should also seek a firm commitment from Wray to continue the FBI’s investigations into civil rights violations by local police departments, despite Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ moves towards reducing the Justice Department’s role in civil rights enforcement.

“The FBI has broad powers and plays a critical role as the chief federal law enforcement agency in the United States,” McFarland Sanchez-Moreno said. “It’s up to the Senate to ensure that its next director will uphold the bureau’s independence and respect rights.”


KING: Recent stories of injustice in America you may have missed

July 11, 2017, 12:25 PM

The injustice review is a new column I will be writing every Tuesday to review recent cases of injustice from the past week that could easily get lost in the news cycle of Trump's America.

One of the most difficult aspects of my job is that so many of you keep informed about incidents of injustice in America that I sincerely struggle to keep up. I write at least one story a day about injustice in America, but that barely scratches the surface of how bad things truly are. I hope to use this new column to track and expose even more cases.

The Indianapolis Police Shooting of Aaron Bailey

On June 29, Indianapolis police shot and killed Aaron Bailey, a 45-year-old black man, after a traffic stop. He was unarmed. The shooting has a single eyewitness, Shiwanda Ward, who recently spoke to the press. In this video, she said Bailey was injured by airbags after their car crashed and that police shot him right there on the spot "for no apparent reason."

Local police, and now the FBI, are investigating the shooting.

KING: Police brutality fight is David versus an army of Goliaths
Columbus Officer Zachary Rosen fired for stomping a handcuffed man

Columbus, Ohio, police officer Zachary Rosen was involved in the 2016 shooting death of Henry Green, a beloved young man in the community. Rosen was not indicted by a grand jury after the shooting, and activists in Columbus have fought nonstop for Rosen to be fired — something that finally happened after video showed him stomping on a handcuffed man. Now, he must be arrested. What he did to a nonviolent man in handcuffs was not just against department policy, it should be classified as an illegal assault. Firing him is simply not enough.

Philando Castile
Philando Castile (JIM MONE)
Officer who shot and killed Philando Castile given $48,500 settlement

After shooting and killing a man who did absolutely nothing to deserve such violence, Officer Jeronimo Yanez was just given a $48,500 settlement in an agreement to leave the department. This man — who openly admitted that he first pulled over Philando Castile because he thought his nose resembled that of an armed robbery suspect — shot and killed Castile for no apparent reason whatsoever, then was given a load of cash? Not only is that bogus, it's a true symptom of just how difficult it is to hold terrible cops accountable. The man literally just got paid after killing Philando Castile. My blood is boiling.

The Louisiana police killing of Dejuan Guillory

Early in the morning of July 7, 27-year-old Dejuan Guillory, a black man, was shot and killed by police in the rural Louisiana town of Mamou, La. Guillory was unarmed. According to the attorney of the only eyewitness to the shooting:

"They were both on the ground. Guillory was on the ground, on his belly, his hands behind his back, and the officer had a gun trained at Guillory's back, maybe a foot or two from Guillory's body. They were still arguing back and forth but Guillory was on the ground as directed. His hands were behind his back. Guillory said 'Please don't shoot me; I have three kids.' He was not resisting. All of a sudden, a shot rang out."

KING: No, I won't be writing about black-on-black crime
Dejuan Guillory was shot to death by a Ville Platte sheriff's deputy, and his girlfriend Dequince Brown's lawyer alleges that Guillory was lying on his stomach with his hands on his back when he was shot.
Dejuan Guillory was shot to death by a Ville Platte sheriff's deputy, and his girlfriend Dequince Brown's lawyer alleges that Guillory was lying on his stomach with his hands on his back when he was shot. (FACEBOOK)
According to attorneys for the eyewitness, the officer, Paul LeFleur, then shot Guillory at least three more times. An autopsy report on Guillory has not yet been released.

Police in Colorado shoot and kill six people in five days

This year is on pace to be the deadliest measured for police brutality in America. In a span of just five days last week, police in Colorado shot and killed six people. To give that some perspective, in 2013, police in Finland, which has 5.3 million residents, fired six bullets the entire year.

Florida's first and only black state's attorney was racially profiled by police

Aramis Ayala is Florida's first and only African-American state's attorney — making her one of the most powerful and influential figures in their justice system. That didn't stop police from pulling her over for flimsy reasons. Watch the outrageous video of the incident here.


Hundreds of NYPD cops turn backs to de Blasio in protest as he speaks at funeral for slain police

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Hurricane Harvey Opinion
It's a fact: climate change made Hurricane Harvey more deadly
Michael E Mann
We can’t say that Hurricane Harvey was caused by climate change. But it was certainly worsened by it
Tropical storm Harvey – live updates
Monday 28 August 2017 10.07 EDT Last modified on Monday 28 August 2017 10.26 EDT

What can we say about the role of climate change in the unprecedented disaster that is unfolding in Houston with Hurricane Harvey? There are certain climate change-related factors that we can, with great confidence, say worsened the flooding.

What we know so far about tropical storm Harvey
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Sea level rise attributable to climate change – some of which is due to coastal subsidence caused by human disturbance such as oil drilling – is more than half a foot (15cm) over the past few decades (see here for a decent discussion). That means the storm surge was half a foot higher than it would have been just decades ago, meaning far more flood
In addition to that, sea surface temperatures in the region have risen about 0.5C (close to 1F) over the past few decades from roughly 30C (86F) to 30.5C (87F), which contributed to the very warm sea surface temperatures (30.5-31C, or 87-88F).

There is a simple thermodynamic relationship known as the Clausius-Clapeyron equation that tells us there is a roughly 3% increase in average atmospheric moisture content for each 0.5C of warming. Sea surface temperatures in the area where Harvey intensified were 0.5-1C warmer than current-day average temperatures, which translates to 1-1.5C warmer than “average” temperatures a few decades ago. That means 3-5% more moisture in the atmosphere.

That large amount of moisture creates the potential for much greater rainfalls and greater flooding. The combination of coastal flooding and heavy rainfall is responsible for the devastating flooding that Houston is experiencing.

Not only are the surface waters of the Gulf of Mexico unusually warm right now, but there is a deep layer of warm water that Harvey was able to feed upon when it intensified at near record pace as it neared the coast. Human-caused warming is penetrating down into the ocean. It’s creating deeper layers of warm water in the Gulf and elsewhere.

Harvey was almost certainly more intense than it would have been in the absence of human-caused warming, which means stronger winds, more wind damage and a larger storm surge. (As an example of how this works, we have shown that climate change has led to a dramatic increase in storm surge risk in New York City, making devastating events like Hurricane Sandy more likely.)

Finally, the more tenuous but potentially relevant climate factors: part of what has made Harvey such a devastating storm is the way it has stalled near the coast. It continues to pummel Houston and surrounding regions with a seemingly endless deluge, which will likely top out at nearly 4ft (1.22m) of rainfall over a days-long period before it is done.

Michael E Mann is distinguished professor of atmospheric science at Pennsylvania State University, director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center and author of three books, including The Hockey Stick and The Climate Wars, Dire Predictions, and The Madhouse Effect.




The Under-the-Radar Media Company Trump Loves

Chris Ripley, Sinclair Broadcasting Group
Chris Ripley, CEO and President, Sinclair Broadcasting Group. Photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from ETC-USC / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)
Lately, the media is just as much in the news as it is covering the news. Most of it we see. The power of Fox and Friends. The daily scoops from The New York Times and Washington Post. Sean Hannity and his talk-radio acolytes, the progressive mantra of MSNBC.

But one outlet is more pervasive than all these. Its 173 television stations, soon to be 216, broadcast into the living rooms of three-quarters of American homes. Its stations feed a daily diet of Trumpisms. Former FCC Chairman Michael Copps, has called it “the most dangerous company most people have never heard of.”

How did it get so powerful? Who runs it? And why, during the 2016 campaign, did it do 15 interviews with Donald Trump and zero with Hillary Clinton?

These are just a few of the questions in this week’s WhoWhatWhy podcast, as Jeff Schechtman talks to journalist Lucia Graves. Graves is a US correspondent for The Guardian who has looked deeply into Sinclair and whose article This is Sinclair, “the most dangerous US Company you never heard of,” appears in the August 17th issue of The Guardian.

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Jeff Schechtman:    Welcome to Radio WhoWhatWhy. I’m Jeff Schechtman. Mostly as a result of the cacophony of news about the media itself, we know who the players are. The blonde ambition of Fox, the blaring at war posture of Breitbart, Talk Radio and its collection of Hannity acolytes, the progressive voice of MSNBC, and the renewed investigative journalism of The Washington Post and The New York Times.
     However, the company you may not know is the one that below the radar may be the most insidious, most effective and most in service of the current administration. Sinclair Broadcasting controls 173 local television stations and is looking to buy 43 more. If it does it will have, to mix metaphors, its right wing tentacles into three quarters of the living rooms of America.
     Today, we’re going to focus on Sinclair with my guest, Lucia Graves. She’s a US columnist for the Guardian. She’s previously been a staff correspondent for the National Journal, and a staff reporter at The Huffington Post. It is my pleasure to welcome Lucia Graves here to talk about her article in The Guardian: This is Sinclair, “the most dangerous US company you’ve never heard of.”
     Lucia, thanks so much for joining us.
Lucia Graves:    Thanks so much for having me today.
Jeff Schechtman:    Great to have you here. First of all, tell us a little bit about the history of Sinclair. Where did this company come from? Where did it get started?
Lucia Graves:    Well, it’s headquartered just outside Baltimore and it was founded under another name in ’71, actually, but it wasn’t until more recently that it became sort of a political point of interest. The founder was Julian Sinclair Smith and he was described as the patriarch of the Smith family, which now owns Sinclair, and he was more of a technical person. He started out in radio and then sort of gradually shifted to television, but his four sons, who’ve taken over the business, have taken it in a more sort of explicitly political direction.
Jeff Schechtman:    And it has been, certainly of late, a blatantly political direction, even more so in many ways than Fox and what we’ve seen there in terms of it’s really insisting that it’s message get out through its local stations.
Lucia Graves:    Yeah, well I think one of the concerns that a lot of people have is the apparent relationship it has with Trump’s FCC, the regulatory body for media in the US. Since Trump took office, the head of the FCC has made a number of moves that make it easier for Sinclair to expand its reach to 72 percent of American households, which is twice the number of households that used to previously be legal, but they’ve relaxed regulations to make it possible for Sinclair to move forward with this big merger. And they haven’t signed off. There’s still an approval process that needs to take place, but people expect that the FCC is working hand in hand with Sinclair and I think that most people believe it’ll be approved.
Jeff Schechtman:    Talk a little bit about these 10-minute political commentaries that Sinclair has made their local stations run that you talk about in your article.
Lucia Graves:    Well, so one of the reasons people don’t know what Sinclair is is because, unlike the sort of big national syndicates like Fox or ABC, Sinclair is partners with local news stations, so it will show up just as your local NBC affiliate or ABC affiliate, whatever the syndicate is, but there are trademark elements of Sinclair stations, and one of them is what you mentioned: they must run 10-minute political commentary segments. And April Sinclair hired Boris Epshteyn, who’s a former campaign spokesman for Donald Trump and works in the White House Press Office, so I think it’s not surprising that a lot of these 10-minute commentary segments sound a lot like Trump’s messaging from the White House and that they’re beamed into 72 percent of American households through the television.
     The power of that is pretty disturbing, especially given the war on media that Trump has waged since taking office. This will essentially allow him to not cooperate with the more traditional outlets like The New York Times and The Washington Post because he can go around them. His former spokesman has the 10-minute political segments that just get beamed into people’s televisions, so it really changes the incentive for him.
Jeff Schechtman:    It’s interesting that this also started during the campaign when the Sinclair stations did numerous interviews with Trump and zero interviews with Clinton.
Lucia Graves:    Yeah, that was a cause for concern with a lot of people. David Smith has said, the main brother in charge, he was CEO for almost 30 years until stepping down to a sort of more senior advisory role. Since Sinclair’s been in the limelight these last couple of months, he likes to keep a low profile.
Jeff Schechtman:    To what extent do you think that Sinclair is going to be able to continue to keep this low profile? There seems to be more attention focused on it lately, and you mentioned in your Guardian story that there’s suddenly some interest in congress in what Sinclair has been doing and the lax FCC regulatory aspect of it.
Lucia Graves:    Well, the kind of reach that Sinclair is going to have and the blatant way that it’s embraced Trump’s messaging, both through television and there’s recent online acquisition of the new site Circa, means that it is going to be a lot more in the spotlight.
     During the campaign when, as you mentioned, it gave 15 interviews to Donald Trump and zero to Hilary Clinton and things like that, it was sort of out shown, I would say, by Fox news and people. Fox news is branded as a conservative outlet, people know what that is and Murdoch, the Chairman of Fox News, has been in the limelight for decades, so I think there was a lot more interest at the time around Fox. But given, I think, Trump’s increasing favoritism towards Sinclair and the huge $3.9 billion merger, that’s going to be changing very rapidly.
Jeff Schechtman:    You mentioned Circa a few moments ago, this website that Sinclair is in the process of purchasing, or I guess has purchased. Talk a little bit about what that is and what do you think they hope to do with it.
Lucia Graves:    Well, Circa is one of the relatively recent additions to their portfolio and it started out as a mobile news app. It was out of Silicon Valley; had nothing to do with Sinclair, the Smith brothers who own Sinclair. But they acquired it ostensibly because for the innovative things it was doing with mobile applications, but it’s really just being used as a very traditional news site online with these short articles. They don’t even necessarily have a byline, an author byline on them, so it’ll just say “by Circa staff.”
     Some of the stories read kind of like an aggregated BuzzFeed article, you know, just not very much content kind of pulling from the internet, and some of them have sort of a pro-Trump bent, so I think the perception is that this is going to be the new Breitbart for him, sort of a favored website that he can leak things to that he doesn’t want to give to The Times or The Post or more outlets with real trained reporters.
     Another thing that happened was with The Tribune merger, ahead of the Tribune merger, Tribune got rid of some of its properties that it had been building with investigative journalists and feature writers. They just, I think in August, started staffing up for a new investigative website at Tribune, and as soon as it became apparent, before it was announced, but as soon as it became apparent the Tribune was going to be acquired by Sinclair, they started firing those journalists or sort of like laying off everyone who was associated with that new investigative hard-hitting team and I think in favor of things like Circa, which is the model that Sinclair likes.
Jeff Schechtman:    Given how big Sinclair is, how many people work there, how many employees they have that have come from a diverse background, what does your reporting tell you in terms of any potential pushback within Sinclair, within the organization among employees to its hard right agenda?
Lucia Graves:    Well, this is something that’s been apparent, going on for some time. I mean, I think that even 15 years ago, people graduating from journalism school would be told don’t go to work for Sinclair. They pay people terribly, they get rid of veteran reporters. It was just seen as a cheap unkind employer and not a place to go if you wanted to have real experience, and since then the political agenda has become part of that concern.
     There were some good reports in The New York Times and The Washington Post on what has happened with Sinclair taking over local affiliate stations in Washington, DC and also in Washington State, and the sort of concerns that veteran reporters had there at the initial transfer of power and then also how quickly they shed all of their talent, both because more senior experienced reporters are expensive or more expensive than people just out of college. But also because I think there’s a perception that they might have a better understanding of what constitutes real journalism and make trouble for Sinclair when they try to push these 10-minute segments and that kind of thing.
Jeff Schechtman:    One of the other rules that Sinclair is trying to get eliminated, which is something that the FCC has had as a rule for a long time, is this requirement that local news stations actually have a local studio in the community that they broadcast from. Talk a little bit about that.
Lucia Graves:    Yeah, so in addition to paving the way for Sinclair’s merger, the FCC is proposing that one of its most fundamental rules that requires you having an actual physical studio where you’re doing the broadcasting in order to be considered a local news studio and treated with what are frankly federal protections for local news, that that be eliminated which will make it possible for Sinclair to do a lot more nationally pushed segments from its headquarters.
     One of the reasons you don’t hear the name Sinclair is because it’s supposed to be something that’s produced. It’s supposed to be the news you’re watching is produced by a local studio by local journalists who are embedded in the community and who you have come to know, but under the new federal guidelines that they are changing, that may very well no longer be the case.
     And also it may not even be apparent that that’s changing because Sinclair doesn’t say anywhere on the station that it’s Sinclair. You just may the faces of your local newscasters change and you may see more of the segments, but viewers won’t actually know that this is happening, necessarily.
Jeff Schechtman:    Tell us a little bit about what went on with the Sinclair station in Montana during the recent special election, during the recent special congressional election up there, where there was this last minute kerfuffle, this fight between a reporter and one of the candidates.
Lucia Graves:    I’m glad you asked about that. That’s a interesting case. So, this was my colleague, Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs, who works in the DC office with me, covering US congressional candidate Greg Gianforte’s election in Montana. Ben, my colleague, was asking him a question about the GOP health care bill and the candidate got agitated and assaulted him, threw him on the ground. And Ben had a recording of all of this that was being aired nationally on The Today Show, and it was hands down the biggest political story in the state that night.
     However, the local NBC affiliate, which had recently been bought by Sinclair, refused to air Jacob’s audio recording of the incident in which he is assaulted, and it’s clear from the recording what’s happening. He sort of narrates it as it’s occurring. It’s an NBC affiliate station, even though it’s owned by Sinclair, and NBC executives in New York were pretty irate to not have the biggest political story of the day, at a very sensitive time, coming right before the election.
     I actually was able to read the email exchange between the local producer in Montana and NBC executives in New York, and the news director there said things like, “Oh well, The Guardian is a liberal outlet. It can’t be trusted.” I mean, never mind that NBC is also branded as a liberal outlet, and this is one of the differences between major national outlets and Sinclair, which purports to have no political outlook whatsoever, even though to look at the organization and the donations of the people who run it, that’s clearly not true.
     So anyways, they refused to run the audio and Greg Gianforte, who’s now in congress, went on to win the election the following day. And another interesting detail here is I called the local news producer who made this decision and asked her if it was influenced by Sinclair executives, and they had denied that it was influenced by Sinclair and they also know that they were in transition, having been bought by Sinclair, but that it wasn’t finalized at that point and made a lot of denials to that effect.
     But the day after, there was a police report filed on my colleague’s assault. Fred Smith, the Vice President of Sinclair, donated $1,000 to Greg Gianforte. He’s, at this point, making national headlines all over the country for having assaulted a reporter, so for a news executive to donate to a candidate after that I think sends a very clear message that is frankly hostile to journalism.
Jeff Schechtman:    Is Sinclair concerned that there will be eventually or might be pushback from its various suppliers from the NBCs of the world and the CBS’s of the world, the companies that supply the content for these local stations?
Lucia Graves:    Yeah, you know, that’s a great question. It’s a business question too, obviously as well as a political question, and sort of a journalistic integrity question. So far, the main source of that kind of push back that I’m aware of is Rupert Murdoch saying that he may pull his Fox affiliate stations from Sinclair and go with a lesser known company with less influence, but I think the best seen is sort of that threat and he hasn’t moved forward with that at this point. I think it’s because Sinclair is seen as being a threat, potentially, to Murdoch’s conservative news empire, so it would be more of a business consideration, I think, than anything about journalistic integrity that is at this point moving people.
Jeff Schechtman:    Have any of the other companies, NBC, or any of the others really talked about pushing back on this and pulling their programming, their entertainment programming from Sinclair stations?
Lucia Graves:    At this point I have not heard anything to that effect, no. NBC did push back around this particular incident in Montana, sort of asking why it wasn’t being covered, and I know there are other examples of case by case things like that, but that would be a major financial decision with a lot of business implications for the company, so at a time when Sinclair is immensely powerful and positioned to become more powerful still, and with that expanded reach comes more clout, I think it’s going to be harder than ever for people to say no to Sinclair.
Jeff Schechtman:    Lucia Graves, her article in The Guardian is This is Sinclair, “the most dangerous US company you’ve never heard of.”
     Lucia, thank you so much for spending time with us here on Radio WhoWhatWhy.
Lucia Graves:    Thank you so much for having me today.
Jeff Schechtman:    Thank you.
     Thank you for listening and joining us here on Radio WhoWhatWhy.org. I hope you join us next week for another Radio WhoWhatWhy.org podcast. I’m Jeff Schechtman.


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Dear Dr. Zywicki:

Under the The Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), located § 2.2-3700 et seq. of the Code of Virginia, we are requesting access to attendance information for judges at the George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School’s Law and Economics Center’s events, conferences, and seminars. Specifically we are seeking the following information:

1) Exact day, month, year, and conference for the judge’s attendance; 2) Syllabi for each conference; 3) Date of letter of judge’s application to the conferences.

We request that the information we seek be provided in electronic format, and I would like to receive it by e-mail, through a digital dropbox, or on a CD-ROM.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.
From: Leslie A Loucks
Subject: FW: Freedom of Information Act Request: Judge Attendance at Events, Conferences, and Seminars
Good Morning,
This is in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by email dated May 3, 2017. The Code of Virginia limits the application of FOIA in §2.2-3704. A. to citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia, representatives of newspapers and magazines with circulation in the Commonwealth, and representatives of radio and television stations broadcasting in or into the Commonwealth. As our primary obligation is to serve the good people of Virginia, we must respectfully decline your request.

[GMUGrn] Office of University Counsel
Leslie Loucks
Legal Assistant
George Mason University
4400 University Dr., MS2A3
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: (703) 993-3575


From: George Mason University
Subject: None
Good morning Joseph,

I apologize, I had thought my substitutes had gotten back to you while I was away.

I received this response from the Law School when I asked about this request:
The LEC has been running programs at George Mason University since 1986. Prior to 2010, records were not even kept electronically. This would entail thousands of hours of work.

Therefore, if you would like to go forward with your cost as written, it will cost over $1,000. Because the cost estimate is over $200, I would require a deposit in the full amount of the estimate, pursuant to Virginia Code § 2.2-3704 (H), before proceeding with your request.

We did respond to a previous request (see attached request from this February) from ProPublica for a list of judges who attended events at the LEC as follows:

“For the years 2010 through 2016, there are 70 files (one for each event during that time at which the Center hosted state or federal judges), each with a complete list of the judges who attended the event, as well as the name and date of the event. The Center has not held a judges event in 2017, so there are no responsive documents for this year.
The Law & Economics Center informs me that their records are not very good for years prior to 2010, when there was a leadership change at the Center: there is a comprehensive list of all the judges who attended a Law & Economics Center event from 1976 through and including 2009. But this list does not specify which events the judges attended, and the Center does not have any records that would allow them to identify the attendance at specific events during that time period. In addition, please note that this list includes not only judges who attended programs sponsored and hosted by the Law & Economics Center, but also includes judges who participated in programs hosted by other organizations (such as a state bar association) where the Law & Economics Center sponsored and/or hosted only a small portion of the overall event – such as a workshop or panel presentation. The list does not distinguish between the two types of participation.”

Since we have already produced these records for ProPublica, we can send them to you without cost.

Please let me know if you would like to proceed with your request as written, in which case I will ask the Law School for a more detailed cost estimate, and/or if you would like to receive the ProPublica response without charge.



Elizabeth Woodley, J.D.
FOIA Compliance Officer
George Mason University
From: MuckRock
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information Act Request: Judge Attendance at Events, Conferences, and Seminars
Hello Elizabeth,

Thanks so much for your letter. I'm wondering whether you might be able to provide some clarification on this request, because the proposed estimate would seem to make complete fulfillment of this request cost prohibitive. Would you be able to provide a revised estimate to estimate provision of materials that are already electronically held? Could you also please give a sense of how the non-digitized materials are kept, and would it be possible to inspect them in-person before selecting which should be paid for and copied?

Thanks so much for your time and help.
From: Elizabeth I Woodley
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information Act Request: Judge Attendance at Events, Conferences, and Seminars
Good morning Joseph,

I contacted the Law School again with your request for clarification and received the following information from the LEC:

The LEC has been able to arrange access to an old electronic archive of LEC documents that date back to the first judges program held after the LEC relocated to George Mason University in 1986. The most recent documents appear to be from 2007 or so. My preliminary search shows that we have records that include the name and dates of each program, a list of judges who attended each program, and a course outline or agenda for most of the programs. I estimate there are between 400 and 700 responsive documents, and that it’ll take one of my program assistants eight to twelve hours to pull copies of them, plus time for me to inspect the material to ensure all responsive documents have been produced.

There still appears to be a gap in our records from late 2007 through early 2010. If any responsive records from that time are contained in the electronic archive, we will produce them.

From the January and February 2017 FOIA requests, I have already gathered a large portion of the documents beginning in 2010 through 2017. (Since the last request, though, we have held three programs for judges, so responsive documents for those would have to be added to the compilation.) That said, the requester is asking for two additional bits of information that will have to be searched for and copied de novo: (1) information regarding the curriculum for each of the judicial programs and (2) the date on which every judge applied to attend each program. Producing responsive records regarding the curriculum won’t be terribly difficult. I would estimate somewhere in the neighborhood of ten to sixteen hours’ time. However, we do not have records of the application date for programs prior to February 2013. Applications for programs earlier than 2013 were generally made by completing and mailing in a postcard-size form or by telephone communication. None of those records appear to have been kept, as there didn’t seem to be any reason for doing so.

Beginning in 2013, we started using an online registration portal for judges programs. However, the date on which an application was submitted was not expressly stored, though it appears that it was captured by the software. To gather the information for the requestor, I will have to have a program assistant examine the electronic record of every judge who’s attended an LEC program since February 2013 and record the application dates individually. With approximately 2,150 records that have to be visually inspected, that could easily take 100 to 140 hours or more.

Regarding the question about non-digitized information: Nearly all the documents responsive to this request are available in digital format (Much of that work was completed in fulfillment of the January and February 2017 FOIA requests.) The only non-digitized records that may need to be searched would be physical copies of the program booklets for events held between 2010 and 2015. But even for those years, we have electronic copies of the syllabus or agenda for the majority of events.

In total, we’re looking at the following estimated number of hours to prepare all the documents responsive to this request:

• Responsive records for the period 1986 through 2007: 8 to 12 hours of a program assistant’s time at $30.79 per hour, and approximately 2 to 4 hours of my time at $108.05 per hour.
• Responsive records for the period 2010 through 2017 (excluding the date judges applied to attend each program): 10 to 16 hours of a program assistant’s time at $30.79 per hour, and approximately 4 to 6 hours of my time at $108.05 per hour.
• A record of the date on which judges applied to attend programs from February 2003 through 2017: at least 100 to 140 hours of a program assistant’s time at $30.79 per hour, and approximately 10 to 20 hours of my time at $108.05 per hour.

Please let me know if you have any questions about this information, and please let me know how you would like to proceed with this request.


Elizabeth Woodley, J.D.
FOIA Compliance Officer
George Mason University


From: Peter Gehred
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information Act Request: Judge Attendance at Events, Conferences, and Seminars
Hi Elizabeth,

Thank you for your thorough response.

Regarding these records: "• Responsive records for the period 1986 through 2007: 8 to 12 hours of a program assistant’s time at $30.79 per hour, and approximately 2 to 4 hours of my time at $108.05 per hour." We would like to provide the funds to supply these records. Once we have those records, we will have a better idea of how or whether we want to proceed on additional years.

Let us know how to arrange payment, and we look forward to working with you to obtain these records.

Best regards,
From: Elizabeth I Woodley
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information Act Request: Judge Attendance at Events, Conferences, and Seminars
Hello Joseph,

Since the estimated cost of your revised request is over $200, we would require a deposit in the full amount of the lowest estimate if you would like us to continue to process your request. (Virginia Code § 2.2-3704 (H))

Therefore, if you would like Mason to respond to this portion your FOIA request, please send a check in the amount of $462.42 (the lowest estimate for the records you have requested) made out to George Mason University, to:

George Mason University
Attn. Elizabeth Woodley, MSN 2C2
4400 University Dr.
Fairfax, VA 22030

Once we receive your deposit, we will begin the FOIA response. If the response ends up costing greater or less than this amount, we will bill you or refund you the difference.

Please let me know if you have questions about this request or George Mason University’s process.


Elizabeth Woodley, J.D.
FOIA Compliance Officer
George Mason University
From: MuckRock
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information Act Request: Judge Attendance at Events, Conferences, and Seminars
Hello Ms. Woodley,

Thank you very much for your help. We are happy to provide the full deposit for the materials. However, due to matters of record keeping on our end, we're hoping that you could please provide an invoice addressed in the following manner:

Fondation Jean-Jacques Laffont
21 allée de Brienne
31015 Toulouse Cedex 6, France

It would be greatly appreciated. Once the official invoice is ready, I'll provide payment accordingly.

Thanks so much for your help.
From: Peter Gehred
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information Act Request: Judge Attendance at Events, Conferences, and Seminars
To Clarify:
The invoice can easily be e-mailed to the following e-mail addresses:
Send the invoice to : Cynthia Diaz <cynthia.diaz@tse-fr.eu> or Celine Claustre <celine.claustre@tse-fr.eu>
And make sure to CC daniel.li.chen@gmail.com.

Thank you!
From: MuckRock.com
From: Elizabeth I Woodley
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information Act Request: Judge Attendance at Events, Conferences, and Seminars
Good afternoon,

Please forgive the delay on this update, I am working on several FOIA requests this week. I have been corresponding with Daniel Chen (copied) about the deposit for this request. I have not yet received the deposit check, but I have received the response from the LEC and I will be able to send it as soon as I receive the deposit. I asked the LEC to begin gathering their response when Daniel confirmed that he had sent the check. Please let me know if you have further questions about this response.


Elizabeth Woodley, J.D.
FOIA Compliance Officer
George Mason University


From: Daniel Chen
Subject: Re: Freedom of Information Act Request: Judge Attendance at Events, Conferences, and Seminars
*Dear Elizabeth,*

*I am sorry to know that you have not received my check yet. According to
the bank it was delivered to you by August 10, 2017. This is the 3rd time
that I am sending the confirmation from my Fidelity account:*

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*Will you kindly ask GMU if they had received a check to you?*

*Many thanks,*

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From: Elizabeth I Woodley
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information Act Request: Judge Attendance at Events, Conferences, and Seminars
Good morning all,

I have reached out to our mailroom and not received a response. I believe they are undergoing a renovation and deliveries may have been delayed or mis-sent accordingly. Therefore, I will assume that the check has been received and is making its way to me and will send the records. They will come in 15 different emails due to the large size of the files involved. I believe that no records have been redacted or withheld from this request. Let me know if you do not receive an email (they will be numbered 1-15) or if you are not able to open any attached files.







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Elizabeth Woodley, J.D.
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From: Daniel Chen
Subject: Re: Freedom of Information Act Request: Judge Attendance at Events, Conferences, and Seminars
Dear Elizabeth,

Thank you very much for your emails numbered 1-15 with the attached files.

Hope to thank you in person at GMU or other places soon.

Have a nice weekend!







From: Daniel Chen


German nurse suspected of murdering at least 90 patients
Police say they have found evidence that Niels Högel, who was jailed for killing two patients, murdered more with lethal drug

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To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Myles Joseph Ambrose (July 21, 1926 – June 3, 2014), who was the Commissioner of Customs under president Richard M. Nixon and in January 1972 was appointed director of the Office of Drug Abuse Law Enforcement (ODALE), a drug enforcement agency tasked primarily with the US federal government aiding local drug enforcement. His death has been widely reported. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/myles-j-ambrose-who-sought-to-curb-nations-drug-trade-helped-set-up-the-dea/2014/06/11/2480316c-f0c4-11e3-9ebc-2ee6f81ed217_story.html

Please conduct a search of the Central Records System, including but not limited to the Electronic Surveillance (ELSUR) Indices, the Microphone Surveillance (MISUR) Indices, the Physical Surveillance (FISUR) Indices, and the Technical Surveillance (TESUR) Indices, for both main-file records and cross-reference records at FBI Headquarters, all field offices and all resident agencies. If some records may be released immediately while others require a review, I request a two-tiered release.

I am making this request as a member of the news media, and request classification as such. I have previously written on intelligence agencies such as CIA and FBI. http://andmagazine.com/us/1431865273.html

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


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One day after an escalating diplomatic spat, in which both the US and Turkey halted the issuance of non-immigrant visas to each other’s citizens following last week’s arrest by Turkey of a US consulate worker, on Monday Turkey issued another detention warrant for a second US consulate employee, Ahaber newspaper reports. SOURCE: ZERO HEDGE






… the barber shaves another customer

We see the banker sitting waiting for a trim

And then the fireman rushes in from the pouring rain

Very strange…



Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that Moscow insists on the return of its diplomatic properties “illegally seized” by the US, warning of legal consequences and possible retaliation.

“Russia reserves the right to undertake legal action and retaliatory measures,” reads a statement issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry after the phone call.  More:









“The future is little teams operating on land, in the air, and online, taking on enemies that haven’t declared themselves.

The U.S. Army’s new draft strategy for 2025 to 2040 expects enemies to attack ever more lethally in multiple domains — land, sea, air, space, and online — while blurring the distinction between peace and war. To meet these foes, the strategy says, the Army of the future must be much more mobile, with small teams that can fight like today’s large units — and do it in every domain of warfare, simultaneously.

The Army’s Training and Doctrine Command, or TRADOC, creates guides that the Army uses to draft field manuals and train troops for tomorrow’s fights. On Monday, they released a draft of their newest “concept document” that lays out the Army’s best guess about the enemy of the future. Titled “Multi-Domain Battle: Evolution of Combined Arms for the 21st Century, 2025-2040,” it repeats one key point over and over again: Adversaries will make life as difficult as possible for U.S. troops by not declaring themselves to be the enemy, or, as the concept puts it, by “combining regular and irregular forces with criminal and terrorist enterprises to attack the Joint Force’s vulnerabilities while avoiding its strength.”

That idea is not entirely new. The world got a great glimpse of what modern, blended warfare looks like when thousands of little green men invaded Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula in 2014.

“Adversaries have blurred the distinction between actions ‘below armed conflict’ and ‘conflict,’ enabling the achievement of strategic military objectives short of what the U.S. traditionally considers ‘war,’” the document says.

The concept goes on to describe four other reasons the Army cannot successfully fight wars the way it has in the past:

The exponential speed of information technology. U.S. forces can’t assume that they will have the best phones, drones, or computer hardware on the battlefield. As computers get smaller, cheaper, and more widely available, U.S. tech advantages will disintegrate.
2. Warfare will be much more urban. Some 60 percent (conservatively) of the Earth’s population will live in cities in 2030, many in megacities with populations of more than 10 million. This is where adversaries will try to engage U.S. forces, not in open fields or deserts where today’s Army and it senormous battle vehicles have the advantage.

3. The internet will be a key aspect of the battlefield, not just in terms of trading cyber attacks with enemy hackers but in the need to constantly and expertly shape global opinion about the conflict. Troll armies spreading fake news and disinformation, coupled with enough social-media traffic to overwhelm open-source analysts, could “complicate the [Army’s] ability to gain and maintain an accurate, up-to-date, intelligence-driven understanding of the situation, as well as control of the information environment,” the document says.

4. Every bad guy becomes The Joker. The Army sees a rise of “Super-empowered individuals and small groups” who can “use access to cyberspace, space, and nuclear, biological, radiological, and chemical weapons of mass effects to change the battlespace calculus and redefine the conditions of conflict resolution.” Read that to mean: lone wolves and minescule teams with the power to rival many of today’s nation-states.

Even the spread of personal phones and the internet of things will make U.S. troops easier targets. “Unmanaged signatures will become a critical U.S. vulnerability because the adversary’s forces will increasingly possess the ability to find and attack U.S. and allied forces at strategic, operational, and tactical distances simultaneously,” the document says.

To fight in this environment, the Army will move toward smaller, much more versatile, and more capable formations — somewhat like today’s special operations forces that can embark on a wide variety of missions. These “semi-independent” formations won’t just be tasked with winning territory and holding it. They’ll have to do everything from flying drones (and defending against them) to shooting missiles deep into enemy territory (and getting the targeting data to do it) to outflanking the bad guys in cyberspace. And they’ll have to do it with less protection. “Formations must maneuver semi-independently, without secured flanks, constant communications with higher headquarters, and continuous lines of communications,” the document says.

The “semi-independent” part is key. The Army still sees these smaller groups as connected to a much larger whole — perhaps even more so — but that doesn’t mean a return to large tank formations.

Nor does it mean that every tiny, mobile, Swiss-Army-knife formation will also carry an enormous missile battery. Rather, little teams will have to be able to access capabilities like drones and fire support from somewhere, but the capabilities themselves will likely be shared — similar to how people use Uber.

This idea of small, nimble, loosely connected nodes in sprawling networks fits well with what other services’ leaders have described as the future of the Navy and the Air Force. It’s a future where every nodes become smaller, and where connections grow in number even as connectivity itself is challenged.

Patrick Tucker is technology editor for Defense One. He’s also the author of The Naked Future: What Happens in a World That Anticipates Your Every Move? (Current, 2014). Previously, Tucker was deputy editor for The Futurist for nine years. Tucker has written about emerging technology in Slate, ... FULL BIO


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[Ed.: ROFLMAO: Alan Dershowitz at the Gatestone Institute on the topic of Israel and foreign affairs. He’d best stick to promoting pedophilia and defending those who perpetrate it.

According to Wikipedia, Gatestone was founded in 2012 by Nina Rosenwald, who serves as its president.  Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John R. Bolton, is its chairman.  Heiress to the Sears Roebuck fortune, Rosenwald is described at Wikipedia as an ardent Zionist for her entire life.]






Yvonne Wachter (Monrovia, California)

What the hell happened with my post? I did not link to whatdoesitmean.com! I linked to an article by Maria Hsia Chang, former professor at U of Nevada at Reno, aka Dr. Eowyn, regarding false flags. Even though I disagree with her on most of her claims, she gave a really good explanation that false flags do NOT mean that nobody died. It just means that the govt planned and carried out a huge ruse de guerre to alrm us, to frighten us, to lead us to the conclusion they desire. And then Wayne responds, alluding to Dr. Eowyn. This is really weird. At any rate, I think the Vegas massacre was a false flag AND innocent lives were lost. Going back to govt-staged attacks such as Operation Northwoods, it is apparently a time-honored tradition of sadistic and demonic underworld controllers of our country to pick and choose which amongst us are totally disposable.

William Shanley (New Haven)

Dear Dr. Jim Fetzer–

Where in Heaven or God’s Good Earth are the background files and artifacts from Mr. Stephen Paddock’s life? He was 64 years old. As such, there should be a motherlode!

Here’s a quick list off the top of my head (not necessarily in this order:

photo IDs, driver’s license(s)

pilot’s license

credit cards

store cards

on-line accounts (Amazon, etc)

golf club membership

club memberships


birth certificate

elementary school records/high school records/college records (if any)

professional accounting education/training certifications

IRS, states and local accountant numbers used in filings

medical records

property deeds and transactions


telephone records

Internet search records

tax records (local, federal, states)

credit reports

CV/resume/names of past employers/dates

list of private clients

names of relatives, friends, close business associates, wives

FAA flight records, manifests, flight plans, etc (national and international)

Files from Goddard, JPL, Lockheed and contractors, others

national and international banking account records

national and international wire transfers

security camera shots and scenes from all the casinos, hotels and other venues he ever used, including government facilities

airport security camera shots and scenes

Selective Service/draft/military records (the man is Vietnam era ripe for draft; Philippines may be where he evolved relationship while on leave for RR at places like Subic Bay or Manila, or elsewhere

records from the governments of nations he visited and did business in

records from international clients

the plethora of photos that would accrue from the lifetime of a man his age

etc., etc., etc.

I’m sure the pros of Team Fetzer will be able to augment this list in no time!

ALL OF THIS IS MISSING after a week of investigation by all local, federal and state agencies here and around the world? BULLSHIT!

If we had even a fraction of this information, which I’m sure DoD, DHS and other federal agencies have on every American from databases such as Rumsfeld’s Total Awareness Program and its successors at DoD, not to mention credit reporting agencies, you’d be able to discern who this man was in the world. The fact that we have seen only two or three images of the man alive and dead (?) and none of the above PROVES there is an enormous cover-up underway and that the Las Vegas Massacre is a government protected, if not evolved and choreographed operation from top to bottom.

Moreover, why have we seen no information about the drill that began at the Mandalay at midnight, the night before the massacre? Nor records from it?

Plus, the ISIS claims are nonsense! We know from the results of forensic investigations undertaken and reported by Jim Fetzer and others, which include documentary evidence, such as photos with even the likes of John McCain (arrgghh!), that ISIS is a USA-created counter-gang death squad trained in Jordan and formed to continue the War on Terror AFTER al Qaeda lost credibility in the minds of billions, right? Moreover, Putin made public pronouncements saying the same thing that go back to at least 2014:


Must Watch: Putin Blows The Whistle On Who Really Created ISIS And How It Continues To Grow


All this said, there must be tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of American and Allied local, state, federal, military actors involved in this operation, not to mention MSM, which has raised none of these questions. They can’t possibly keep a lid on this much longer–unless, of course, these lunatics launch more domestic or international terror, a war in Korea, or the wet dream of the Masons, Illuminati, Satanists, Jacobean-Sabbateans, and lunatic fundamentalists, World War III.


Will Shanley

New Haven




[Ed.: The following post requires further confirmation and research.

Was the Las Vegas event connected to child trafficking, a “mop-up” of players, an attempt at topical diversion, or ____?]


Stephen Paddock who Alledgedly “SHOT UP VEGAS” Has been running the largest Child-Sex Operation in USA since 1980’s – Ran SE-ASIAN children between LV Air-Force Bases and Philpine Island US Bases (pizzagate)

submitted 18 hours ago by nsaeatsshit

Cameron Freeman writes: “When we start to dig deeper into the background of the Las Vegas patsy, things start to get very dark. Given that he stopped working in the 1980’s after leaving the deep state defense contractor Thiokol, the most obvious question is how did Steven Paddock make his millions? We know he owned two planes and had a pilots license. And we also know that his main company since 2004 is called Paradise Ranch, a joint venture with the Philippine Children’s Fund of America, a CA charity that “”Provides a transitional home for American children we fly from the Philippines”. Now, strangely enough, there is also a Paradise Ranch in the Philippines, his partners home country. And this Paradise Ranch is right next to a former US Air Force base in the Clark Freeport Zone in Angeles City – a very well-known site of large-scale sex trafficking, So the obvious question is, did Paddock make his millions as an ex-CIA pilot running a human sex trafficking ring out of the Phillipines? A Pedogate connection would explain a lot of the weirdness and evasiveness surrounding the official story here, hey?” — Cameron Freeman I personally have not verified the above. There has been rampant speculation & rumor that Paddock may have been running guns for the FBI or CIA to ISIS, who has a stronghold in the Philippines. The observations above by Cameron suggest he may have also been running something else. #Pizzagate / #Pedogate / #ChildTrafficking



http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-08/suicide-note-seen-vegas-shooters-hotel-room-finally-explained as calculations for trajectory



A Las Vegas prostitute who was hired by murderer Stephen Paddock has spoken out about their ‘violent’ sex sessions and how he bragged about having ‘bad blood’. The woman, who spoke anonymously, said she would spent hours drinking and gambling in Sin City with Paddock, who she described as ‘paranoid’ and ‘obsessive’.


A Las Vegas prostitute who was hired by murderer Stephen Paddock has spoken out about their ‘violent’ sex sessions and how he bragged about having ‘bad blood’.

The woman, who spoke anonymously, said she would spent hours drinking and gambling in Sin City with Paddock, who she described as ‘paranoid’ and ‘obsessive’.

If he hit a winning streak, he would take her back to his room for ‘really aggressive and violent sex’ including living out rape fantasies, she said.

The 27-year-old, who was not named, described Paddock as ‘paranoid’, ‘obsessive’, and said he ranted about conspiracy theories including 9/11 being ‘an inside job’ (pictured, the hotel from which Paddock carried out his killings)

Police are questioning Las Vegas prostitutes as they try to ascertain a motive for the worst mass shooting in American history. A note with a number of phone numbers on it was found in Paddock’s hotel room which police are using to make inquiries

Paddock also boasted about his bank-robber father, saying that ‘the bad streak is in my blood’ and ‘I was born bad’, according to texts seen by the Sun on Sunday.

The 27-year-old woman said Paddock, 64, would often rant about conspiracy theories including how 9/11 was orchestrated by the US government.

The escort, who said Paddock paid her $6,000-a-time for their meetings, also had texts in which he described tying her up ‘while you scream for help’.



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Be Inert: A Few Thoughts on the Las Vegas Murders

JP Farrell | 05 October 2017

Words of Wisdom…


Former Navy SEAL Craig Sawyer joins Alex Jones live via Skype to break down how the tragic shooting in Las Vegas is now being used as a political weapon to divide the American citizenry.


[Ed.: I place this here for general consumption and comparison. I am not an avid fan or consumer of Alex Jones; in fact, I hold him at arms’ length.]





The Chertoff Connection

“The Chertoff Connection: Las Vegas | Jack Mullen”.

“if their plan is successful state of nevada will pass a law in the future making all casinos have mandatory metal detectors and backscatter machines. soon after a federal law will be passed to put these machines in universities, high schools, federal buildings, you name it. osi systems and chertoff are the main producers of these machines. sometime around 2020 chertoff and osi will merge into a single company. after they merge the owners will sell off all their stock and make billions in profit. mr chertoff has been in contact with sheldon adelson. mr adelson will become a huge sponsor of these machines and he will be the first to put them in his casinos when the law passes. this is my last message for now. don’t expect me to return anytime soon


From /pol/.

Reddit:  “On 9/10, Anon predicted a shooting in Las Vegas and discussed the reasons behind it.”.

“Fear Pays: Chertoff, Ex-Security Officials Slammed For Cashing In On Government Experience”.  “Body Scanners Create Profits for Chertoff and Others”.  “Guests Scanned at the Wynn in Glimpse of Las Vegas’s Future”.

Backscatter X-ray security machines (dangerous for health and privacy, and thus a hard sell unless we think we’re all going to die without them).  OSI Systems.  Michael Chertoff.  Sheldon Adelson.  “High incident project”.

The gun nut screaming is a distraction – it had nothing to do with gun control.  The mystery of how he got all those guns into the hotel room is the biggest part of the story, the part you are supposed to remember and worry about.  But hey, it’s lucky that somebody has a technological solution to the problem!

Note how Paddock came out of the blue, no ‘radicalization’, no hints of plans, nothing.  No way to profile or stop him with any kind of police work or counter-terrorism.  Note also the reports that he had booked rooms in other hotels overlooking large groups of people. There is literally no way to keep Americans safe unless all hotels have the type of scanning that would prevent large amounts of guns from being taken into buildings.  People are going to make billions off this.  Naturally, the hotel industry can’t be expected to pay for this without government assistance.

Chertoff is up to his neck in so much of this stuff going back to the 90s, profiting all the way, that it is baffling that he is not on the radar with each ‘terrorist’ attack.

AT 10/09/2017 05:37:00 AM




October 9-11, 2017 — EARLY EDITION — The politics surrounding a massacre (in: GENERAL ARCHIVES October 2017)

Oct 9, 2017

Rift apparent between Clark County Sheriff and FBI in Paddock investigation.

[Ed.: This report sits behind a paywall and is embargoed for another two days but it alleges that Paddock was a professional hitman whose op was “hijacked” and transitioned into mass mayhem.]



A new video has emerged from the night of the Las Vegas shooting that appears to show overlapping gunfire coming from multiple locations, which clearly contradicts the mainstream narrative of what occurred on the night 59 people were killed and over 500 were injured. The video is under 3 minutes long and was filmed by an individual who appears to be hiding near a gate during the shooting. While crowds of people can be seen running from the area, the person filming the video is staying low to the ground with a group of people who are encouraging others to take cover, instead of running out into the open. “No, we are NOT moving. Just stay down,” one girl says. “Don’t leave, just stay down!”  SOURCE: RACHEL BLEVINS






Since 2016, Cops have Killed 3 Times as Many Citizens Than 4 Decades of Mass Shootings COMBINED

Original article “If we were to compare the 700 citizens killed in mass shootings to citizens killed by police in the same time frame, the comparison would be off the charts. So, for the sake of simplicity, we will compare all of the mass shooting deaths in the last 35 years, to the number of citizens killed by police this year.”


“… When all five mainstream news channels are reporting exactly the same thing, that’s usually because they’re all lying in unison. It’s all the same news because they all got the same memo that morning. In contrast, real journalists don’t achieve 100% conformity in their analyses. (Only fake news is homogenized for your mindless consumption.)….”














In a dramatic shift to the original Las Vegas shooting narrative, over a week after Stephen Paddock rained down bullets on a crowd and killed 58 people, late on Monday Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo drastically changed the timeline of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, and now the gunman allegedly opened fire on a security guard six minutes before he unleashed the massacre. Officials had previously claimed that Paddock, 64, shot Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos only after Paddock had started shooting at the Route 91 Harvest country-music festival from his 32nd-floor hotel suite on Oct. 1.

The revision to the story also undermines the story surrounding the end of the shooting: officials had previously credited Campos, who was shot in the leg, with stopping the 10-minute assault by turning the gunman’s attention to the hotel hallway, where Campos was checking an alert for an open door in another guest’s room. However, with the revelation that Campos was shot before his mass shooting, officials now admit they don’t know why he stopped his attack. More:



Forensic Acoustic Proof of SECOND Shooter in the Las Vegas Massacre

October 9th, 2017

Main post: Las Vegas: Worst Mass Shooting in U.S. History

Via: Mike Adams/ Health Ranger:

In essence, because of the differences in the speed of sound vs. the speed of the bullets from a known cartridge (.223 Remington, in this case), the time lag between the last bullet hitting the pavement and the last audible report of the rifle muzzle can be used to very accurately calculate the range of the shooter.

More importantly, when the audio from the Las Vegas shooting is analyzed, it reveals TWO shooters operating at the same time, not just one shooter. Shooter #1 is operating at 425 – 475 yards, which is consistent with the Mandalay Bay hotel, but shooter #2 is operating at approximately 250 – 270 yards.

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The Harvey Weinstein tale looks pretty rancid.

Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades | 05 Oct 2017 | An investigation by The New York Times found previously undisclosed allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein stretching over nearly three decades, documented through interviews with current and former employees and film industry workers, as well as legal records, emails and internal documents from the businesses he has run, Miramax and the Weinstein Company. During that time, after being confronted with allegations including sexual harassment and unwanted physical contact, Mr. Weinstein has reached at least eight settlements with women, according to two company officials speaking on the condition of anonymity…A longtime Democratic donor, he hosted a fund-raiser for Hillary Clinton in his Manhattan home last year. He employed Malia Obama, the oldest daughter of former President Barack Obama, as an intern this year, and recently helped endow a faculty chair at Rutgers University in Gloria Steinem’s name.






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“… It’s also an important reminder that, when the collective decision was made by a cohort of powerful media interests to turn a blind eye to Weinstein’s misdeed, the Times was just as complicit as its peers.”



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Formerly-‘Gagged’ FBI Whistleblower Details Congressional Blackmail, Bribery, Espionage, Corruption in Remarkable Videotaped Deposition

By Brad Friedman
Sibel Edmonds’ full under-oath testimony transcript from Ohio election case, details explosive allegations against key members of Congress and other high-ranking State and Defense Department officials...

Just over two weeks ago, FBI translator-turned-whistleblower Sibel Edmonds was finally allowed to speak about much of what the Bush Administration spent years trying to keep her from discussing publicly on the record. Twice gagged by the Bush Dept. of Justice’s invocation of the so-called “State Secrets Privilege,” Edmonds has been attempting to tell her story, about the crimes she became aware of while working for the FBI, for years.

Thanks to a subpoena issued by the campaign of Ohio’s 2nd District Democratic U.S. Congressional candidate David Krikorian, her remarkable allegations of blackmail, bribery, espionage, infiltration, and criminal conspiracy by current and former members of the U.S. Congress, high-ranking State and Defense Department officials, and agents of the government of Turkey are seen and heard here, in full, for the first time, in her under-oath deposition. Both the complete video tape and transcript of the deposition follow below.

Though there was much concern, prior to her testimony, that the Obama Dept. of Justice might re-invoke the “State Secrets Privilege” to keep her from speaking, they did not do so. Nor did they choose to be present at the Washington D.C. deposition.

The BRAD BLOG covered details of some of Edmonds’ startling disclosures made during the deposition, as it happened, in our live blog coverage from August 8th. The deposition included criminal allegations against specifically named members of Congress. Among those named by Edmonds as part of a broad criminal conspiracy: Reps. Dennis Hastert (R-IL), Dan Burton (R-IN), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Bob Livingston (R-LA), Stephen Solarz (D-NY), Tom Lantos (D-CA), as well as an unnamed, still-serving Congresswoman (D) said to have been secretly videotaped, for blackmail purposes, during a lesbian affair.

High-ranking officials from the Bush Administration named in her testimony, as part of the criminal conspiracy on behalf of agents of the Government of Turkey, include Douglas Feith, Paul Wolfowitz, Marc Grossman, and others.

During the deposition — which we are still going through ourselves — Edmonds discusses covert “activities” by Turkish entities “that would involve trying to obtain very sensitive, classified, highly classified U.S. intelligence information, weapons technology information, classified Congressional records...recruiting key U.S. individuals with access to highly sensitive information, blackmailing, bribery.”

Speaking about current members of Congress during a break in the testimony, Krikorian told The BRAD BLOG that “for people in power situations in the United States, who know about this information, if they don’t take action against it, in my opinion, it’s negligence.” (More video statements from Krikorian, Edmonds and attorneys from all parties, taped before, during, and after the 8/8/09 testimony, are available here.)

Edmonds’ on-the-record disclosures also include bombshell details concerning outed covert CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson’s front company, Brewster Jennings. Edmonds alleges the front company had actually been shut down in August of 2001 — three years prior to Bob Novak’s public disclosure of the covert operative’s identity — following a tip-off to a wire-tap target about the true nature of the CIA front company. The cover was blown, Edmonds alleges, by Marc Grossman, who was, at the time, the third highest-ranking official in the U.S. State Department. Prior to that, Grossman served as ambassador to Turkey. He now works “for a Turkish company called Ihals Holding,” according to Edmonds’ testimony.

An unclassified FBI Inspector General’s report, released on her case in 2005, declared Edmonds’ classified allegations to be “credible,” “serious,” and “warrant[ing] a thorough and careful review by the FBI.” In 2002, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT), then the senior members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, co-wrote letters on Edmonds’ behalf to Attorney General John Ashcroft, FBI Director Robert Mueller, and DoJ Inspector General Glenn A. Fine, calling on all of them to take action in respect to her allegations. And in a 2002 60 Minutes report on Edmonds’ case, Grassley noted: “Absolutely, she’s credible...And the reason I feel she’s very credible is because people within the FBI have corroborated a lot of her story.”

The 8/8/09 deposition was brought by Krikorian as part of his defense in a case filed against him before the Ohio Election Commission (OEC) by Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH). The 2nd district Congresswoman has accused Krikorian, an Armenian-American who ran against her as an independent in 2008, of “false statements” during the campaign last year alleging that she had accepted “blood money” from Turkish interests. Krikorian says that Schmidt, co-chair of the Congressional Turkish Committee, accepted more money from Turkish interests during last year’s campaign than any other member of Congress, despite few, if any, ethnic Turks among her local constituency. He has suggested she may have been instrumental in helping to hold off a Congressional vote on a long-proposed, much-disputed resolution declaring the deaths of 1.5 million Armenians during WWI as a “genocide” by the Turks.

Edmonds herself happens to be a Turkish-American, though she was recently attacked by the Turkish Lobby, following her long-sought, long-blocked testimony.

The complete transcript of Sibel Edmonds’ under-oath testimony, may now be downloaded here [PDF]. The complete video-taped testimony follows, in five parts, below...

PART 1 (appx. 51 mins) - Direct

PART 2 (appx. 35 mins) - Direct continues

PART 3 (appx. 17 mins) - Direct continues

PART 4 (appx. 43 mins) - Cross

PART 5 (appx. 54 mins) - Redirect & Recross



There Is A Long History Of Elected Officials Being Spied On By US Intelligence And There Are Indications It Is Going On Today
David Sirota – When I asked U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) if the NSA was keeping files on his colleagues, he recounted a meeting between NSA officials and lawmakers in the lead-up to a closely contested House vote to better regulate the agency:
“One of my colleagues asked the NSA point blank will you give me a copy of my own record and the NSA said no, we won’t. They didn’t say no we don’t have one. They said no we won’t. So that’s possible.”

Grayson is right: presumably, if the NSA wasn’t tracking lawmakers, it would have flatly denied it. Instead, those officials merely denied lawmakers access to whatever files the agency might have. That suggests one of two realities: 1) the NSA is keeping files on lawmakers 2) the NSA isn’t keeping files on lawmakers, but answered vaguely in order to stoke fear among legislators that it is.

Regardless of which of these realities happens to be the case, the mere existence of legitimate fears of congressional surveillance by an executive-branch agency is a serious legal and separation-of-powers problem. Why? Because whether or not the surveillance is actually happening, the very real possibility that it even could be happening or has happened can unduly intimidate the legislative branch into abrogating its constitutional oversight responsibilities. In this particular case, it can scare congressional lawmakers away from voting to better regulate the NSA.

Washington’s Blog – During the Vietnam war, the NSA spied on two prominent politicians – Senators Frank Church and Howard Baker – as well as critics of government policy Muhammad Ali, Martin Luther King, and a Washington Post humorist.

A recently declassified history written by the NSA itself called the effort “disreputable if not outright illegal.”

The main whistleblower who revealed the Vietnam-era spying was Christopher H. Pyle. Pyle told Rob Kall of OpEdNews:

“If the NSA was targeting people like Sen. Frank Church, who were in a position to oversee the NSA — is that happening now? That is, are people like intelligence committee chairs Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and other congressional leaders — who are supposed to be providing oversight themselves — compromised in some way by the NSA? If so, as seems quite certain from the recent Edward Snowden revelations, then how can they conduct genuine oversight of the NSA with their committees?”

The NSA has been tracking people’s porn in order to discredit them. The New York Times reports that this type of behavior has been going on for a long time: “J. Edgar Hoover compiled secret dossiers on the sexual peccadilloes and private misbehavior of those he labeled as enemies — really dangerous people like … President John F. Kennedy, for example”.

A high-level NSA whistleblower says that the NSA is spying on – and blackmailing – top government officials and military officers, including Supreme Court Justices, high-ranked generals, Colin Powell and other State Department personnel, and many other top officials

Another very high-level NSA whistleblower – the head of the NSA’s global intelligence gathering operation – says that the NSA targeted CIA chief Petraeus

And it’s not just the NSA.

Last year, Eric Holder refused to say whether the Department of Justice was spying on Congress.

Wikipedia – The Lavender Scare refers to the fear and persecution of homosexuals in the 1950s in the United States, which paralleled the anti-communist campaign known as McCarthyism. Because the psychiatric community regarded homosexuality as a mental illness, gay men and lesbians were considered susceptible to blackmail …. Former U.S. Senator Alan K. Simpson has written: “The so-called ‘Red Scare’ has been the main focus of most historians of that period of time. A lesser-known element . . . and one that harmed far more people was the witch-hunt McCarthy and others conducted against homosexuals.”

NY Times – J. Edgar Hoover compiled secret dossiers on the sexual peccadillos and private misbehavior of those he labeled as enemies — really dangerous people like … President John F. Kennedy, for example.

Alfred McCoy, Tom’s Dispatch – In the Obama years, the first signs have appeared that NSA surveillance will use the information gathered to traffic in scandal, much as Hoover’s FBI once did. In September 2013, the New York Times reported that the NSA has, since 2010, applied sophisticated software to create “social network diagrams…, unlock as many secrets about individuals as possible…, and pick up sensitive information like regular calls to a psychiatrist’s office, late-night messages to an extramarital partner.”

…By collecting knowledge — routine, intimate, or scandalous — about foreign leaders, imperial proconsuls from ancient Rome to modern America have gained both the intelligence and aura of authority necessary for dominion over alien societies. The importance, and challenge, of controlling these local elites cannot be overstated. During its pacification of the Philippines after 1898, for instance, the U.S. colonial regime subdued contentious Filipino leaders via pervasive policing that swept up both political intelligence and personal scandal. And that, of course, was just what J. Edgar Hoover was doing in Washington during the 1950s and 1960s.

Washington’s Blog – FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds alleged under oath that a recently-serving Democratic Congresswoman was secretly videotaped – for blackmail purposes – during a lesbian affair. There have been allegations of blackmail of gay activities within the U.S. armed forces for years.

NSA whistleblower Bill Binney said his agency targeted “Supreme Court Judges, other judges, Senators, Representatives, law firms and lawyers, and just anybody you don’t like … reporters included”

Washington’s Blog – NSA whistleblower Russell Tice (akey source in the 2005 New York Times report that blew the lid off the Bush administration’s use of warrantless wiretapping), says:

The NSA is spying on and blackmailing its overseers in Washington, as well as Supreme Court judges, generals and others
The agency started spying on Barack Obama when he was just a candidate for the Senate
Washington’s Blog – The Washington Post’s report shows that the NSA also collected information on President Obama, both as president-elect and as president:

A “minimized U.S. president-elect” begins to appear in the files in early 2009, and references to the current “minimized U.S. president” appear 1,227 times in the following four years.

…Of course, the NSA has pretty much admitted to spying on Congress. And see this.

…..The NSA is spying on and blackmailing its overseers in Washington, as well as Supreme Court judges, generals and others

The agency started spying on Barack Obama when he was just a candidate for the Senate.


Cities and volunteers clash over feeding homeless in public


Status quo versus shakeup for cop commission

Sunday, December 24, 2017

BRIDGEPORT — The debate over whether the city’s police commission answers to citizens or the political powers-that-be is coming to a head.

Last week, Mayor Joe Ganim forwarded the names of four of the seven members — Daniel Roach, Matthew Cumminotto, Thomas Lyons and Edwin Farrow — to the City Council for reappointment.
While the council’s public safety committee must review the request before they are re-seated, critics of the police department and its oversight body worry that reappointing long-time commissioners supports a status quo they say has failed the community.
Some activists and council members, galvanized by the shooting death of 15-year-old Jayson Negron last May by a rookie cop, have wanted a more pro-active and engaged police commission. They see an opportunity for a shake-up — or, at the very least, a chance to hold the commissioners more accountable and demand more of them.
“I have not seen a robust oversight, a deep-level questioning,” by commissioners of Police Chief Armando “A.J.” Perez and his department, said Callie Heilmann, founder of civic group Bridgeport Generation Now, echoing general complaints from other residents, who also want to see reforms to equipment and training for Bridgeport’s


Police chief charged with assault, theft

: Fri, December 22, 2017 @ 10:55 p.m.

A former Lowellville police chief assaulted his then-girlfriend multiple times and stole $2,500 from a home while picking up a body as a coroner’s investigator, according to an indictment.

Richard Jamrozik, 41, of Campbell faces three counts each of felonious assault and possession of criminal tools and two counts each of tampering with evidence and theft in office.

A Mahoning County grand jury secretly indicted Jamrozik on those charges Thursday.

The indictment accuses him of striking his live-in girlfriend in the head with a golf club, splitting open her skull; hitting her in the face and head with a piece of furniture, causing her to loose a tooth; and striking her in the ear with a long lighter causing hearing damage.


Traitorous but true

By THE WASHINGTON TIMES - - Sunday, December 24, 2017

Although it’s been more than 53 years since President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, the questions and conspiracy theories persist regarding what, if any, involvement the FBI and American intelligence agencies had in that murderous act. Similarly, regarding the emails of FBI and Justice Department employees conspiring to undermine the will of the American people in a free and constitutional election, to what ends were these traitors willing to go to ensure President Trump was never seated as the 45th president of the United States?


U of L student part of iGEM delegation

DECEMBER 24, 2017.

A University of Lethbridge student has joined a group presenting at a biological weapons convention.

The U of L iGEM team fared very well at November’s annual iGEM jamboree in Boston, providing the springboard for one U of L student to participate on the world stage.

Chris Isaac is a biochemistry master’s student who has participated in the International Genetically Engineered Machine — or iGEM — since he was a Grade 11 student at Chinook High School.

He said the iGEM team’s project focused on ways to make synthetic biology safe and available for everyone.

“We presented these results in Boston and we drew the attention of iGEM itself, the FBI and the Dutch Institute for Public Health,” he stated in a recent news release. “Our team was trying to develop a cell-free synthetic biology system to bring this technology to as many people as possible and make sure that it’s democratically spread out.

“Then we realized that this tool, as useful as it is, also opens up unforeseen biosecurity risks.”

The iGEM ambassador to Latin America approached Isaac who was asked to apply to the iGEM delegate program.

He did, and was chosen to be part of the iGEM Foundation’s delegation to the Meeting of States Parties to the Biological Weapons Convention in Geneva from Dec. 4 to 8.

Isaac was one of five students in the delegation. They attended the plenary sessions and presented to delegates from around the world at a side event.

“We spoke to delegates over lunch and talked about our experiences in iGEM and how they relate to biosecurity and provided our thoughts about how to make biosecurity practices better,” stated Isaac.

There are theoretical risks to making genetically recoded cell-free systems, but, according to Isaac, the tools are on the horizon given advancing technology.

While cell-free synthetic biology has the possibility of doing great good, there is also the potential for great harm if proper controls are not in place.

“The issue that we’ve identified with this technology is that it might allow individuals to bypass current screening procedures in terms of DNA synthesis, which is a service that researchers around the world rely on extensively,” he stated.

When researchers request a certain DNA sequence from a bioscience company, the company’s software analyzes the request and will deny it if the requested sequence is too close of a match to a toxin, such as anthrax or botulinum toxin (botox).

Using a novel genetic code to interpret a sequence would allow a request to bypass the current screening protocols in place at synthesis companies.


LBJ killed his own sister


After 50 years, the sad truth is revealed…
Unknown to the general American public and never mentioned in history books is the fact that a Texas Grand Jury has officially indicted and found Lyndon Baines Johnson guilty as a co-conspirator (from his association with Malcolm Wallace, Billie Sol Estes and Edward Clark) in the following nine (9) murders:

The killing of Henry Marshall (the Agriculture Secretary)
The killing of George Krutelnik (an FBI informant who worked for Estes)
The killing of Ike Rogers and his secretary
The killing of Harold Orr (an FBI informant who worked for Estes)
The killing of Coleman Wade (an FBI informant who wqorked for Estes)
The killing of Josefa Johnson (LBJ’s own sister!)
The killing of John Kinser (Josefa’s boyfriend)
The killing of President John Kennedy

Read the complete article here(several pages):


Here’s an interesting quote from LBJ:

“Control of space means control of the world. From space, the masters of infinity would have the power to control the earth’s weather, to cause drought and flood, to change the tides and raise the levels of the sea, to divert the gulf stream and change temperate climates to frigid. There is something more important than the ultimate weapon. And that’s the ultimate position. The position of total control over the Earth that lies somewhere in outer space.”

Future President Lyndon Johnson, Statement on Status of Nation’s Defence and Race for Space, January 7, 1958

TAP – That quote matches well with David Icke’s view that earth is controlled by a Saturn-Moon matrix under Archontic control. Archontic human crossbreeds are able to do dastardly deeds with no conscience. The so-named bloodlines. Killing your now sister would fit in with the psychopathic profile.

If me or you started babbling like this, people would think we’d gone a little bonkers; Lyndon Baines Johnson spoke the above words, not even in private, but in public. Then, a few years later, he’s made U.S President…after murdering the previous U.S President.


FBI Director Hoover’s Dirty Files: Excerpt From Ronald Kessler’s 'The Secrets of the FBI'
The FBI director kept infamous files on politicians’ sex lives—including a new book’s revelations of RFK’s secret meetings with Marilyn Monroe.


Native American Awakes From War Trauma Speaking Russian, Paints Like Dead Russian Artist
By Tara MacIsaac, Epoch Times
July 29, 2014 3:09 pm Last Updated: July 29, 2014 3:09 pm


Israel to Quit UNESCO



Micah Lee
December 22 2017, 7:00 a.m.


Slow death: Is the trauma of police violence killing black women?
July 11, 2016 9.58pm EDT


Granny who says she was held hostage by cops inside Brooklyn home for 10 hours plans to sue
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, December 25, 2017, 4:29 PM


Police remove hate group’s ‘shrine’ for Australian woman shot dead by Somali-American cop
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, December 26, 2017, 12:56 AM


SEE IT: Topless activist tries to steal baby Jesus statue at the Vatican
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, December 25, 2017, 7:05 PM


FBI pushes for hiring diversity in East Texas
Longview News-Journal
The FBI is taking an "aggressive stance" to diversify hiring in Texas and in this region, a different philosophy than that taken by Longview police in filling its ranks. "We want to look like the communities we serve," said FBI Special Agent in Charge Eric Jackson, who oversees the Dallas division of the FBI, which includes East ...


The Tragedy and Triumph of Geronimo Pratt
by Jack Olsen

The affecting story of Geronimo Pratt, an innocent man confined in California’s roughest prisons for 26 years.

Pratt’s life divides, roughly, into two parts: the first ends with his murder conviction in 1972, the second concludes with his release from prison in 1997. Olsen (Hastened to the Grave, 1998, etc.) begins in Morgan City, Louisiana, where Elmer Gerald Pratt was born in 1947. With six siblings, an industrious and principled father, and a mother who preached education, Pratt seemed headed to college. But the community elders, anticipating racial violence and seeing a shortage of young African-Americans with military training, encouraged Pratt to join the armed forces. He signed on with the 82nd Airborne and fought bravely in two tours in Vietnam. After his return stateside he enrolled at UCLA, where he became friends with “Bunchy” Carter, the founder of the Southern California Black Panther Party. Carter nicknamed Pratt “Geronimo”—not after the American Indian, but from an African tribal name meaning “warrior.” Around this time the Black Panthers were under heavy surveillance; the LAPD harassed their community work, while the FBI’s Counter-Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO) planted spies, fomented internal dissension, and finally, the author claims, framed Pratt for the murder of a white woman in 1968. While the author’s focus is on Pratt, his background sketches of Vietnam and L.A. in the late 1960s are vivid and fascinating. Represented by Johnnie Cochran and Stuart Hanlon (who, along with Pratt, are the author’s main sources), Pratt was convicted and sent to jail. Hanlon appealed the sentence for 26 years—during which time two men confessed to the murder, the leading witness for the prosecution was found to have links to the FBI, and credible sources reaffirmed Pratt’s alibi. But the courts did nothing. Finally, a last appeal succeeded in 1997.

A powerful story of individual fortitude and bureaucratic pigheadedness.


Oklahoma City bombing centre stage in brother's court battle
The Guardian-Jul 27, 2014
The Freedom of Information Act lawsuit was brought by a Salt Lake City attorney, Jesse Trentadue, against the FBI. He says the agency will not release security camera videos that show that a second person was with Timothy McVeigh when he parked a truck outside the Oklahoma City federal building and ...


DECEMBER 22, 2017
The Electrical Abuse of Women: Does Anyone Care?

Many Americans are unaware that electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)—more commonly known as electroshock—continues to be widely utilized by U.S. psychiatry. In the current issue of the journal Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry, psychologist John Read and co-author Chelsea Arnold note, “The archetypal ECT recipient remains, as it has for decades, a distressed woman more than 50 years old.”

In a comprehensive review of research on ECT, Read and Arnold report that there is “no evidence that ECT is more effective than placebo for depression reduction or suicide prevention.” They conclude, “Given the well-documented high risk of persistent memory dysfunction, the cost-benefit analysis for ECT remains so poor that its use cannot be scientifically, or ethically, justified.”

This begs the question of why this brain-damaging electrical abuse of predominantly middle-aged women, unlike the sexual abuse of younger women and girls, is not today addressed by most high-profile feminists. One renowned feminist who did speak out against ECT was Kate Millett (author of the 1990 book Loony Bin Trip), but she died in September 2017 after receiving little attention in recent years. There continues to be women such as psychologist Bonnie Burstow (author of the 2006 article “Electroshock as a Form of Violence Against Women”) who do see ECT as a hugely important issue for women, but Burstow is renowned only among ex-patient “psychiatric survivor” activists and dissident mental health professionals.

Today, many self-identified feminists, like most other Americans, apparently have uncritically accepted the American Psychiatric Association’s proclamation that “extensive research has found ECT to be highly effective for the relief of major depression”—a promulgation that has no scientific basis. In recent years, psychiatry’s assertions have been uncritically accepted, perhaps because the APA has quite effectively marketed the idea that questioning psychiatry is like challenging evolution, global warming, and science itself.

The reality is that the APA and mainstream psychiatry has, for quite some time, disregarded science, specifically the standard scientific methodology by which treatments such as ECT are evaluated. Standard scientific methodology requires a placebo-control group, without which it cannot be determined as to whether the treatment itself or mere patient expectations result in positive outcomes. Psychiatry has long abandoned studying ECT utilizing a placebo-control, no doubt because in the past such methodology showed ECT to be ineffective.

Prior to 1986, there were 10 placebo-controlled experiments done on ECT use on depressed patients. The placebo utilized in these studies was a simulated ECT (SECT) in which the general anesthetic is applied but the actual electricity is withheld. Read and Arnold report that none of these studies showed ECT effectiveness beyond the end of treatment.

Among these 10 placebo-controlled studies, 6 reported immediate benefits for a minority of ECT recipients (perceived as benefits sometimes only by psychiatrists and not by other raters), and 4 studies reported there were no immediate differences between ECT and SECT. Most importantly, none of the 10 studies reported any differences in effectiveness between ECT and SECT beyond treatment. Only 4 studies followed participants beyond the end of treatment, and none of these studies found differences between ECT and SECT subjects.

It is troubling that since 1985 there have been no placebo-controlled studies examining whether ECT has any benefits for depression beyond the treatment period. In that last 1985 study, researchers found no differences in effectiveness between ECT and SECT groups at either 1 month or 3 months after treatment. While there have been studies done on ECT for depression since 1985, none have been placebo-controlled, so they do not allow for scientific conclusions on effectiveness. (Recent ECT studies have commonly looked at predictors of ECT responses, including examining procedural differences in ECT delivery.)

While psychiatry quotes studies stating a high percentage of patients improved with ECT, lacking a placebo-control, these studies are scientifically meaningless. A significant number of patients with depression will report improving with any kind of treatment. Much of the effectiveness of any depression treatment has to do with faith, belief, and expectations. That is why it is critical to compare a treatment to a placebo so that it can be teased out what part of improvement had to with the treatment itself vs. faith, belief, and expectations. In a similar vein, one can find many patient testimonials for ECT, as one finds testimonials for any treatment; but in science these testimonials are referred to as anecdotal, and mean only that a person believed a treatment worked for them, not that the treatment has been proven to be scientifically effective.

Psychiatry is well aware of ECT’s negative public image, so today the administration of ECT is not as painful to observe. Patients are administered an anesthetic and given oxygen along with a muscle relaxant drug to prevent fractures. However, the goal of ECT is to create a seizure, and these ECT “procedural improvements” raise the seizure threshold, thereby necessitating a higher and longer electrical charge, potentially resulting in even greater brain damage. The standard “electrical dosage” is from 100 to 190 volts but can rise to 450 volts. Thus, while ECT no longer appears quite as torturous to observers as it appeared prior to these procedure changes, ECT’s effects on the brain are as—or more—damaging than ever.

Even ECT advocates such as the APA recognize ECT’s adverse effects on memory, but the APA tends to minimize the extent of this damage. However, in 2007, the journal Neuropsychopharmacology reported a large-scale study on the cognitive effects (immediately and six months later) of currently used ECT techniques. The researchers found that modern ECT techniques produce “pronounced slowing of reaction time” and “marked and persistent retrograde amnesia” (the inability to recall events before the onset of amnesia) that continue six months after treatment.

Just how widespread is ECT treatment? In 2009, the Journal of Psychiatric Practice reported, “approximately 100,000 people in the United States and over 1,000,000 worldwide receive ECT.” However, this is only an estimate. Not all U.S. states require ECT reporting, but Texas does require it and documented earlier this year: “In fiscal year 2016, 22 of the 25 facilities in Texas with registered ECT equipment performed treatments and provided the required patient reports to the state. There was a 1.1 percent increase in the number of treatments in fiscal year 2016 compared to 2015.” Texas reports 2,675 “aggregate quarterly reports of patients who received ECT” (if patients received ECT in multiple quarters over the course of the year, they may have been counted more than once). There is wide variation of ECT use within the United States, as the journal Brain and Behavior reported in 2012 that, among the Medicare population in the United States, ECT treatments were twice as common in urban areas as in rural areas, and ECT was more common in the Northeast than the West.

“Women are subjected to electroshock 2 to 3 times as often as men,” notes Bonnie Burstow. There is no controversy that women are far likelier to receive ECT treatment than men. The 2016 Texas report noted females received 68% of the ECT treatments. While men too are treated with ECT, similar to the statistics on sexual abuse, men receive ECT at a much lower rate. With respect to age, Texas reported that 61% of those who received ECT were 45 years and older (age within gender was not broken down in the Texas report).


Volcanic activity increases with warming: scientists
Climate Change Likely To Increase Volcanic Eruptions, Scientists Say

NPR.org, Dec. 22, 2017

A warming planet due to human-induced climate change will likely contribute to an increase in volcanic activity, according to a recent study in the journal Geology.

While a relationship between climate and volcanism might seem counter-intuitive, it turns out that pressure exerted by thick glaciers on the Earth's crust — what geologists call "surface loading" – has an impact on the flow of magma below the surface.

The correlation affects "magma flow and the voids and gaps in the Earth where magma flows to the surface as well as how much magma the crust can actually hold," the study's lead author Graeme T. Swindles, an associate professor of Earth system dynamics at the University of Leeds, wrote in an email to Scientific American.

In the study published last month, Swindles' team examined the geologic record of eruptions of Icelandic volcanoes 5,500 to 4,500 years ago – a period in Earth's history when the climate was cooler, but still not a full-blown ice age. The level of volcanic activity was discerned by looking at the record of ash that settled on the peat bogs and lakes that fell over Europe, Swindles says.
Comparing the volcanic record with glacial coverage, the team found that the number of eruptions dropped significantly as the climate cooled and ice cover increased. The eruptions that did occur also tended to be smaller in magnitude.

"There's a big change in the record in the mid-Holocene [epoch], where we see no volcanic ash in Europe and very little in Iceland," says Swindles. "This seems to overlap with a time where there's cold climate conditions, which would have favored glacial advance in Iceland."

Swindles says his team found about a 600-year lag between advancing glaciers and diminished volcanic activity. "That's because it takes a long time to grow ice masses," he told the magazine.

In reverse, the team found that as the climate warmed and glaciers melted, there were more and bigger eruptions.

"After glaciers are removed the surface pressure decreases, and the magmas more easily propagate to the surface and thus erupt," Swindles says.

There was also a lag between retreating glaciers and increased volcanic activity, but it was shorter, the team found — although the study cautions there could be other climate-related factors that contributed to the compressed lag time.


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Utah newspaper calls on Orrin Hatch to step down, criticizes him for 'lack of integrity'
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, December 26, 2017, 12:13 PM

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HEAR IT: Bronx man cries ‘I can’t breathe’ as upstate cops ignore him before his death
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS  Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 12:55 PM

Sheriff’s deputy accused of not turning in evidence from narcotics case
February 14, 2018 11:28 AM
A former deputy with the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office was charged Tuesday with official misconduct for allegedly tampering with evidence while still employed by the department, Sheriff Jeff Easter said.
Justin Price — a four-year veteran with the department — is accused of not turning over evidence during a narcotics investigation, East
BRIDGEPORT — A 34-year veteran of the Police Department has been charged with stealing overtime money from the department.
Lt. Stephen Shuck, who joined the department in July 1983, was charged Tuesday with first-
degree larceny. He was released on a promise to appear in court.
City records show Shuck earned $128,972 — including $23,737 in overtime — in 2017.
Police recruit charged in deadly Birmingham shooting over woman
Updated Feb 12 2018
Police told to carry BB guns to plant on people they shoot
Baltimore officers guilty in corruption saga short on heroes
BALTIMORE   Baltimore’s latest police corruption saga could be tough to sell as a TV crime drama, short on heroes and too extreme to attract loyal viewers.
Detectives in an elite unit praised for taking guns off the streets secretly dedicated themselves to shaking down citizens and hunting for “monsters” -- bigtime drug dealers with loot to rob. Their leader, a sergeant with a golden-boy reputation and a sledgehammer approach to policing, kept actual sledgehammers -- along with grappling hooks, black masks, even a machete -- in duffel bags in his police-issued car.

Crossing the line from law enforcers to law breakers, members of the Gun Trace Task Force had become thugs with badges, stealing cash, reselling seized narcotics, sticking illegal GPS trackers on the cars of their robbery targets and lying under oath to cover their tracks.
Task force members who pleaded guilty months ago hoping to shave time off their sentences revealed these and other jaw-dropping details as two of their colleagues insisted on going to trial. The result: A jury convicted Detectives Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor of robbery, racketeering, and conspiracy on Monday evening, and they face up to 20 years on each count.
Even in a city all too familiar with abuses by law enforcers, the fallout from these stories of police criminality has been bad so far and the scandal promises to get a whole lot worse for Baltimore’s already fragile criminal justice system.
Revealing police criminality stretching back to 2008, the four ex-detectives told jurors about everything from armed home invasions to staging fictitious crime scenes and routinely defrauding their department.
They testified that their supervisor, Sgt. Wayne Jenkins, a former amateur mixed-martial-arts fighter, told them to carry BB guns in case they needed to plant weapons, conspired with a crooked bail bondsman, and occasionally posed as a federal agent when shaking people down.
Two of the detectives, Momodu Gondo and Jemell Rayam, admitted to leading double lives as police officers and armed drug dealers, even running interference for a heroin-trafficking ring run by Gondo’s childhood buddy.
Public defenders are calling into question each and every case touched by the disbanded unit’s office
Man, 84, killed by police was veteran fighting eviction
Cop shoots, kills, 84-year-old man who was threatening suicide
February 12, 2018 03:08 PM
Updated February 13, 2018 07:29 AM
A despondent military veteran – slated for eviction because of his service dogs named Roxie
Maryland town police hire ex-officer acquitted of assault
Policeman Bryan J. Eubanks sentenced to 90 days in jail for false shooting report after he shot himself

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Who Polices the Immigration Police?


An investigation by ProPublica and the Philadelphia Inquirer found numerous cases in which ICE agents and police officers allegedly engaged in racial profiling, conducted warrantless searches, detained people without probable cause, fabricated evidence, and, in this one extreme instance, 





California Can Reduce the Number of Police Shootings. Here’s How.








Video Shows Police Tackling and Punching Black Harvard Student










Minnesota cities, counties paid $60.8M in police misconduct claims in past decade

From 2007 to 2017, Minnesota jurisdictions made at least 933 payouts to citizens for alleged misconduct. And they're on the rise. 









Turmoil in the Weber Co. Sheriff's Office puts the public at risk

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Not instant, but seemingly karmic: Mark Kessler, terminated as Gilberton, Schuylkill County, police chief in 2014 over foul-mouthed videos of himself firing weapons, was convicted April 5 of making a false statement on a gun-purchase application and unsworn falsification. The Morning Call of Allentown reports he was facing charges of terroristic threats and harassment when, while trying to buy a pistol on May 5, 2016, he answered “no” about being under indictment for any crime carrying a year-plus in prison. His rationale? Those charges didn't come via a grand-jury indictment. Acquitted of those charges, he now faces nine to 16 months behind bars. … Seeking the GOP nomination to run against Democrat U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, former Hazleton mayor, has a new endorsement — from his own dog. His campaign website added a statement from “Reilly Barletta,” self-described as “an English Cream Golden Retriever and Lou's best pal,” per the New York Post, which says Reilly “touts his master's staunch support for assorted animal welfare legislation.” Still, it's people who vote, not dogs. … Replying to a question at the Allegheny Count











Supreme Court gives police green light to ‘Shoot First and Think Later’

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New trial date for former MSP trooper in teen’s death


Bessner is accused of Tasering Grimes, causing the teen to crash into a parked flatbed truck Aug. 26. The teen died from blunt-force head trauma.

State police officials allege Grimes did not obey an order to stop driving his ATV illegally in the street on the city’s east side. Bessner, in violation of Michigan State Police department policy, allegedly used his Taser on Grimes.

Two other state troopers — including Ethan Berger, who drove the police cruiser the day of the incident, according to police sources, and another who allegedly mishandled evidence from the crime scene — were suspended as a result of an investigation into Grimes’ death. Neither has been charged with a crime.










Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s Classified History



Photo credit: Steve Marchi / Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0) and FBI / Wikimedia

It’s been half a decade since two bombs exploded at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, yet the government continues to maintain a seemingly impenetrable wall of silence around what it knows about the primary instigator of the attack that traumatized a major city for nearly a week — bombing mastermind Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

It’s been four years since the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community wrote an “unclassified summary” of a report (IGIC Report) that laid out what federal agencies knew about Tamerlan Tsarnaev in the years leading up to the bombing. But most of that report — commissioned by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) — remains classified. 

However, the inspectors general (IGs) expressed  their own displeasure with the level of secrecy veiling the final report: in its first few lines they asked for a review of the protocols — known as “classification and sensitivity designations” — used to withhold the majority of it.

In our ongoing efforts to make public as much as possible about the history of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, WhoWhatWhy requested through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) those classification designation reviews.

It’s now been more than two years — and we’re still waiting.

Tamerlan’s younger brother, Dzhokhar, was convicted and sentenced to death in 2015 for his role in the attack. He’s currently being held at the US government’s maximum-security penitentiary in Florence, Colorado. Tamerlan was killed in a shootout with police days after the bombing and many important details about his history died with him. 

Tamerlan: ‘Known’ Wolf


It’s understandable that much of the public assumes we’ve already learned all there is to know about the older Tsarnaev brother. After all, oceans of ink were spilled after the bombing on morbid human-interest stories describing how Tamerlan went from one-time immigrant success story —a Golden Gloves champion boxer — to a murderous monster filled with anger and resentment toward his adoptive country.

But as we’ve pointed out repeatedly, many of the facts the public learned about Tamerlan’s history with federal agencies were based on “leaks” to the media from anonymous law enforcement officials. In other words, most of what we know about him could be called the “unofficial record.”

The FBI claims to have had no interest in Tamerlan until the Russians sent a warning in 2011 to the FBI and the CIA about his radicalization —suggesting that he might fly to Russia to engage in terrorist activity there. The Bureau said it conducted an assessment based on the warning, but concluded that he represented no danger. The assessment was closed six months later.

And yet, for some reason Tamerlan was watch-listed in multiple ways, at least one of which labeled him armed and dangerous and required a secondary screening of him if he tried to board an airplane. Nonetheless, Tamerlan flew to Russia months later, but that somehow didn’t trigger any second looks at the airport — by US or Russian officials. The strange fact that Russian officials allowed Tsarnaev to fly back to Russia — despite its purported concerns about him — hints at the possibility that Tsarnaev was part of some cat and mouse game between both country’s security services.

The 32-page unclassified summary of the IGIC Report — the official record — provides very little in the way of substance about Tamerlan’s interactions with federal agencies. Instead, it reaffirms a narrative that had already been developed by those leaks to the media in the early days of the investigation: Tamerlan slipped through the cracks, but not to worry, steps have been taken to ensure better “information sharing” between federal agencies. It’s not clear how information sharing would have prevented anything considering that all agencies involved deny knowing that he was becoming radicalized.

The trial didn’t tell us much about Tamerlan either. Prosecutors succeeded in preventing much of anything about the older brother being entered into evidence — and thereby kept him out of the official record.

There were a series of classified documents filed under seal with the court during the trial, presumably about Tamerlan, but those were never shared with Dzhokhar’s attorneys. They are similarly being withheld from his appellate attorneys, too.

The Non-Report


The IGs who wrote the report suggest that the public will not be fully informed — that “[many of the activities and events that occurred during the period [prior to the Marathon bombing] cannot be included in this unclassified summary.” In fact, the first thing readers encounter is a sort of disclaimer that reads like a protest.

The IGs first tell us that we’re only getting 32 pages summarizing a 168-page report. Then, we are made aware that the:

Redactions in this document are the result of classification and sensitivity designations we received from agencies and departments that provided information to the [IGs] for this review. As to several of these classification and sensitivity designations, the [IGs] disagreed with the bases asserted. We are requesting that the relevant entities reconsider those designations so that we can unredact those portions and make this information available to the public [emphasis added].

It’s been four years since the IGs wrote that. We don’t even know if the reviews were ever conducted. 

Forestalling of Information Act?


WhoWhatWhy has been regularly emailing to follow up on this important request. Each time, we were told of the specific number of requests ahead of us “in the queue” (hundreds). At one point, we were told that if we narrowed the request “to just a new review of the document itself,” the DNI “would likely be able to respond sooner.”


We complied. We also requested, separately, “copies of the requests made by the [IGs] to the ‘relevant entities’ and their subsequent response regarding unredacting the information the [IGs] felt should be made public.”

It’s been a year and a half since we narrowed the request. And DNI has sent nothing. At one point, DNI stated they would provide no more estimates — which is highly irregular because they are obliged to provide good faith estimates.

In an effort to discover what progress, if any, the DNI’s FOIA office has made on our requests, we requested copies of the FOIA processing records produced so far — a FOIA of the FOIAs so to speak.

DNI’s response was as questionable as its “no more estimates” response. DNI claims that until the underlying requests about the IGIC Report are completed, it can’t process the request for FOIA processing records. Attorney and FOIA expert Kel McClanahan told WhoWhatWhy, “Oh that’s nuts … there’s no provision for that.”

WhoWhatWhy left multiple messages with the ODNI seeking comment. We have yet to hear back. 

Regular Schmo or Secret Agent Man?


The government has, by and large, succeeded in having it both ways with Tamerlan Tsarnaev. He was just a disgruntled loser, but everything in his history is withheld as a matter of “national security.”

In other words, the government had to simultaneously convince the public that Tamerlan and his brother were monsters with an obvious track record of incriminating behavior to back it all up, all the while maintaining they couldn’t possibly have predicted Tamerlan would do something so violent.

Consider, according to the IGs who wrote the unclassified summary report, that all of the information in the report — most of which remains classified — relates to “activities and events” that took place prior to the bombing.

Consider further, that the IGs complained in the document that they were being stonewalled by the FBI during their investigation, meaning there may be more “activities and events” that didn’t even make it into the classified portion.

WhoWhatWhy has submitted more than 85 FOIA requests seeking records about Tamerlan Tsarnaev and the bombing — the vast majority of which have been denied.


If Tamerlan was just some lone nut, wouldn’t the government want to dump all it knows about him out in the public? Why is everything about him still “classified” five years later?





Russian investigative journalist who wrote about Syria mercenaries dead after fall from apartment balcony




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L.A. police and firefighters rush to join controversial retirement program

The controversial DROP program that pays veteran Los Angeles police officers and firefighters nearly double for the last five years of their careers received a historic flood of new enrollees in February.







Congressional group asks FBI boss Wray to explain Apple lawsuit

How dark can crims really go?

By Richard Chirgwin 16 Apr 2018 at 02:00

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Ten members of the US Congress have asked the FBI to explain its battles with Apple, after doubts were raised over the extent to which criminals use encryption to "go dark" and evade law enforcement authorities.

Criminals using encryption to evade law enforcement – “going dark” – is the foundation of the FBI's calls for a special legislative mathematics and not-backdoors that means good guys can access bad guys' messages, without compromising everyone else.

But a recent Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General report cast doubt on just how often crims “go dark”. The report, by the Justice Office of the Inspector General (OIG), included statements that “appear to indicate that the FBI was more interested in forcing Apple to comply than getting into the device”.

Now ten members of Congress have written (PDF) to FBI director Christopher Wray asking for answers.


You won't believe this, but… nothing useful found on Farook iPhone


In their letter posted Friday, April 13, the group said they are “troubled” by the report, which was penned in the wake of the November 2015 attack by San Berandino shooter Syed Farook. During its investigation into the incident, the FBI conducted a very public battle with Cupertino over access to Farook's encrypted iPhone. The FBI took Apple to court demanding a special iOS buildto crack the iPhone 5c, something Apple defended on the basis that it would set a bad legal precedent.

In March 2016, the Feds said they'd cracked the phone and withdrew the lawsuit, and later, then-FBI director James Comey said a third party banked more than a million dollars to crack the phone (which in the end didn't really help the case).

The OIG report suggested the FBI's Remote Operations Unit (ROU) might have access to a third-party vendor's crack for the iPhone, but investigators in the San Bernardino case didn't ask, and the ten Congressman would like to know why.

They're also concerned at hints that there's a degree of turf-warring within the FBI, between the ROU and the Cryptographic and Electronic Analysis Unit (CEAU), which was frustrated that the ROU's vendor contact jinxed its lawsuit: “The CEAU Chief told t







Sex offenders to face tougher punishments in Finland





Antti Häkkänen (NCP), the Minister of Justice, has revealed that the maximum punishment for child sexual abuse will be raised from four to six years’ imprisonment.






Alabama police shot a teen dead, but his friend got 30 years for the murder

No one disputes that police shot and killed A’Donte Washington in 2015, but Lakeith Smith, now 18, was sentenced under the state’s accomplice law







Ex-NYPD cop axed after beating assault case as chief’s pervy son retains job 








Shapiro: The death of the DOJ and the FBI





Judicial Watch Statement on Inspector General Report on Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe

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James Comey faces threat of clampdown as book tour looms large

Washington Examiner-

Ex-FBI supervisory special agent James Gagliano, who previously warned that Comey was placing himself in "perjury trap position" with his upcoming book, made the case that some revelations in his book, such as discussing the Russia inquiry, are breaking with FBI protocol. "JAMES COMEY BOOK ... Section 2.4 of FBI's ...






 ACI Major prison official sentenced to 5 years in prison

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Anti-war activists protest outside SF homes of Feinstein, Pelosi

By Kimberly Veklerov


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Greg Palast, joined by ACLU of Kansas, launches nationwide legal attack on Trump’s claim that millions of people have voted twice illegally.

Palast is the Rolling Stone journalist who broke the original story that thousands of voters in 29 states lost their right to vote because of Trump’s phony double voter claim.

Palast is the only US journalist with the names of more than 1,000,000 of the accused voters – obtained in a years long investigation for Al









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April 11, 2018

As part its psychic research, the CIA explored claims of Soviet superweapons

Agency’s STARGATE archives includes a copy of Tom Bearden’s “STAR WARS NOW!” paper, which warns of “Tesla Howitzers” knocking down American ICBMs

Written by JPat Brown

Edited by Beryl Lipton

As part of its ongoing psychic research in the ’80s, the Central Intelligence Agency explored the ideas of notorious “free energy” advocate Tom Bearden, according to one of Bearden’s papers discovered in the CREST archives by Mike Lewinski.






Community Forum:
"Why Portland Should Get Back Out of the Terrorism Task Force"
Tuesday April 17, 2018, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Maranatha Church, 4222 NE 12th (at Skidmore)

A forum featuring Mike German of the Brennan Center for Justice
and a local panel speaking on FBI spying and Portland's local efforts to
keep the police from dedicating officers to the Task Force.
The presentation will be followed by an audience Q&A.

Mr. German formerly worked for the FBI and quit after trying to 
blow the whistle on "deficiencies in FBI counterterrorism operations."

The April 17 event is free and open to the public. For information on 
the event write to info @ aclu-or.org .

Cosponsors include (as of 4/4/18):

ACLU of Oregon
Portland JACL
Portland Copwatch
Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition for Justice and Police Reform
League of Women Voters of Portland
Portland Democratic Socialists of America
Peace and Justice Works
Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility
Jewish Voice for Peace-Portland
Council on American Islamic Relations - Oregon
Portland Network Against Racism and Islamophobia
Portland Immigrant Rights Coalition

The organizers of this event are engaged in a campaign to get Portland
back out of the Terrorism Task Force. For more information see
and watch the video of a November 8 news conference at  


Download a flyer at http://www.pjw.info/JTTFforum041718flyer.pdf.








April 13, 2018

Chicago Police Department can’t use blanket “investigatory techniques” exemption to deny records regarding controversial social media surveillance technology

Illinois Assistant Attorney General rules CPD must release its communications with Babel Street






Avoid Gulf stream disruption at all costs, scientists warn

How close the world is to a catastrophic collapse of giant ocean currents is unknown, making halting global warming more critical than ever, scientists say

Damian Carrington Environment editor


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Until recently, police in Columbus, Ohio couldn’t differentiate between rape kits and shopping carts

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After years of researching Johnson and the JFK assassination, Phillip F. Nelson conclusively showed that LBJ had an active role in JFK’s assassination. His best-selling books LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination and LBJ: from “Mastermind” to Colossus describe the darkly obsessive mind of one of America’s most ambitious and calculating politicians. A quote from page 77 of LBJ Mastermind will give you a glimpse of what Nelson knows: “There were extended relationships between many men at the lower levels of the hierarchy headed by Lyndon Johnson, the ultimate dispenser of political influence, and his closest associate, Bobby Baker. The next level in the “triangle of influence” connected Baker, Clint Murchison, and James Hoffa directly to Carlos Marcello, the Mafia chieftain of New Orleans, as well as his longtime lobbyist Irving Davidson.”

Phillip, who spoke to our conference in 2014, has acquired more information since then that we are anxious to hear. He worked in the property-casualty insurance industry and as an independent business owner until he retired at the age of fifty-eight and began his extensive research into the unsolved murder of our thirty-fifth president.




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FBI to host Diversity Agent Recruiting event April 24

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Special agents from the FBI will be available to discuss career opportunities and promote diversity employment within the FBI. The FBI is looking for qualified candidates for the position of Special Agent. The DAR event will discuss the rewards of pursuing an exciting career as an FBI Special Agent and the role a diverse ...






Mistrust Led to Ex-FBI Agent's Departure from Lawson Case





'Anti-Trump, Pro-Clinton' FBI Agent and Lawyer Retain Top Secret ...

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FBI Agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page, who according to the Washington Post were “romantically involved” and exchanged “anti-Trump, pro-Clinton texts during investigations of both political figures” still retain Top Secret security clearances, according to Sen. Rand Paul's interpretation of a letter ...







My brother's abuse in jail is a reason I co-founded Black Lives Matter. We need reform in L.A.


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Mayor wants to split supervisors from rank and file in Minneapolis police union







SEE IT: Video of black men arrested at Starbucks stirs national outrage 




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Town pays ex-cop $1M over harassment so bad it allegedly landed her in hospital

Updated Apr 13, 3:24 PM; Posted Apr 13, 3:16 PM








 police chief placed on paid administrative leave

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April 12, 2018

UPDATED: Help release the CIA’s investigation in the 1993 shooting at Langley

650+ page release documents the Agency’s four-year long investigation into Pakistani national Mir Qazi





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NYPD demotes two Bronx detectives caught drinking on the job


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FBI: Man dies in agent-involved shooting at Robinson home
*                 By KRISTIN HOPPA khoppa@wacotrib.com Jul 26, 2019


Russia Probe Twist: A Billion Dollar CEO, A Convicted Russian Agent And The FBI


The ‘Red Spy Queen’ Who Shocked America—and the Soviets
Elizabeth Bentley died in 1963 a “frumpy New Englander.” But in the 1940s she had managed to manipulate the most feared secret police agency in the world—and intimidate the FBI.

Christopher Dickey
World News Editor

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Bradley: Facial technology not all it's cracked up to be


Update: Attkisson v. DOJ and FBI for government computer intrusions

Our efforts continue to hold the government agents accountable for their confirmed spying on my professional and personal computers while I worked at CBS News.
There’s still time to support Attkisson v. DOJ and FBI for the government’s computer intrusions. We have received additional promising information as a result of our whistleblower award offer and are extending the effort an additional month. Please circulate news of the offer. New steps in our efforts will be announced at the conclusion of the whistleblower outrea


Savannah police officer faces aggravated sodomy charge


Police officer who accused McDonald's staff of biting his sandwich for being a cop admits forgetting he ate it himself

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Romania's top cop fired over bumbled response to calls for help from kidnapped girl


NYPD cop who rapped about ‘war’ on white cops now suing over workplace hostility
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Cop Fired for Losing Meth he Seized from Suspect Wins his Job Back


Newark cop accused of killing wife has yet to appear in court. The reason is intriguing.
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Newark police Lt. John Formisano (left) is accused of killing his estranged wife Christine Formisano in a shooting at the home they shared in Jefferson, Morris County on Sunday, July 14, 2019.


Former Mexican cop illegally in US is charged with trafficking enough fentanyl to kill more than 10 million people


Being in prison worsens several health outcomes and contributes to increased mortality, according to a recent study.
People in prison have a higher incidence of mental disorders, face higher risk of suicide, self-harm, violence & violation.


US mass incarceration damages health and shortens lives
The USA has a problem with incarceration. Since 1970, the number of people incarcerated has climbed from less than 500 000 to 2·3 million. Despite only 5% of the world's population living in the country, the USA…


Cop accused of molesting 2 kids in South Georgia faces more than 30 felonies


Affidavit: Suspended Bridgeport cop threatened to kill victim
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Ross cop charged with illegally using department computers

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Cop Who Accidentally Shot 10-Year-Old When Aiming For Family Dog Can’t Be Sued, Federal Court


In Brazil's Belem, rogue cop-run militias 'make their own laws'
The Amazon city grapples with expanding 'militias', a growing number of drug gangs, and the 'massacres' that result.


Ex-cop Nicholas Tartaglione had phone while in custody in quadruple killing case

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An open letter to Massachusetts State Police Col. Kerry Gilpin

When he wouldn’t stop playing Fortnite and take a shower, Mom dislocated his jaw, cops say

Read more here: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/florida/article236607588.html#storylink=cpy


Milwaukee police officer arrested in connection with sexual assault investigation
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OCTOBER 24, 2019
Media Ignore Unmasking of Twitter Exec as British Psyops Officer
Government penetration and control over media of little interest to those who are subject to it



Hundreds of Musicians Call for Amazon Boycott Over ICE Contracts
Deerhoof, Ted Leo, Guy Picciotto of Fugazi, Speedy Ortiz sign No Music for Ice open letter


Revisiting The FBI's 2010 Raids Against Political Activists
A crucial report from Defending Rights and Dissent on the FBI's political spying brings attention to raids from nine years ago.
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The FBI raided the homes of 23 anti-war, labor, and international solidarity activists in Chicago, Minneapolis, and other parts of the Midwest on September 24, 2010. They were issued grand jury subpoenas and informed they were under investigation for “materially supporting” foreign terrorist organizations.

More than 50,000 pages of materials, including notebooks, family photos, membership lists for antiwar groups, and other political documents


FBI ambushed Michael Flynn, then celebrated: Court documents


Jane Fonda and Ted Danson arrested at Washington climate change protest


OCT 25, 2019 | 5:20 PM


FBI Agents Manipulated Flynn 302 Interview. His Case Must Be Dismissed. It Was A Setup.


Former FBI director, wife call off San Antonio divorce

Patrick Danner Oct. 25, 2019


11-year-old went missing. Ewing cop bungled search. Now he’s fired

Sergio Bichao

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Biking while Black: Student arrested by cop for knowing her rights (video)

Genesis Hansen arrested. (Photo source: Screenshot/ YouTube)
Bodycam footage of an incident involving an Oregon State student, Genesis Hansen, was released on Wednesday, Oct. 23. The provocative video suggests officers used unnecessary and excessive force in detaining yet another black child. According to officers on the scene and reports from CNN, Hansen was allegedly riding her bicycle in the face of oncoming traffic when she was pulled over for failing to stay inside traffic lanes.

While she was being detained a small group of onlookers gathered, as Hansen asked repeatedly why she had been pulled over. She also refused to turn over her license or identification, which is within the scope of her rights.
The ACLU of Oregon states: “It is not illegal in Oregon to refuse to identify yourself, but police may detain you until they establish your identity


Cop's Beating Of 85lb NYC Man Leads To Federal Lawsuit
William Colon sued the city about a year after Officer Vincenzo Trabolse punched and electrocuted him at his Staten Island home.
By Noah Manskar, Patch Staff
Oct 25, 2019 1:58 pm ET.


Newark police delayed access to reports, videos in cop’s fatal shooting of driver, federal monitor says

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Trump-loving candidate running against Maxine Waters arrested for alleged stalking of ex-girlfriend in Calif.





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Baltimore police officer arrested, charged with multiple counts of rape, assault





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Journalist Chris Hedges has spent the past 15 years trying to ring the alarm about the dangers of the U.S. political system and the impact of a corporate and financial coup d’etat that happened long ago. He talks about the growing power of “Christian fascists,” predicts a major financial crash and offers ideas on how to fight back.

In 1923, a year after Mussolini took power in Italy, one radical and visionary woman saw his rise for what it was and warned of the grave dangers the world would face if fascism spread. Her name was Clara Zetkin. Acclaimed writer and actor Deborah Eisenberg performs a selection of Zetkin's writing, which was recently published as a book, “Fighting Fascism: How to Struggle and How to Win.”







Kamala Was a Cop. Black People Knew It First.

The meme was a lot more than a political smear job by “douchey white guys.”







N.J. cop resigns, gets probation for lying about golf cart crash that injured fellow officer

Updated Dec 09, 2019;Posted Dec 09, 2019







Feds accuse San Juan cop of assaulting cuffed man in 2015

Third San Juan police officer indicted on federal charges since 2017

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December 9, 2019









Ex-cop arrested, charged with DWI after fatal crash in Roswell











Trial underway for Montgomery County cop accused of assault

The trial of a Montgomery County police officer who has been charged with assault is underway, with opening arguments heard in court on Monday.









Was South Elgin cop let off easy after domestic violence charges, violating order on drinking?










Fired Wichita cop who shot at dog and hit girl can’t be prosecuted or sued, judge says

Read more here: https://www.kansas.com/news/local/crime/article238081034.html#storylink=cpy








Dirty Oakland Cop Linked to Chinatown Underworld Implicates Another Officer in Sworn Testimony



December 9, 2019 Updated: December 9, 2019








Ex-Choctaw cop accuses department of discrimination



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Montgomery Co. cop, about to retire, charged with stealing electronics from department


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Toronto cop charged with Tasering, kicking handcuffed suspect







Female Chicago cop seen drinking with fired police chief Eddie Johnson before he was found slumped in his car is accused of tampering with evidence after 'she removed her SIM card'










5 cops arrested for allegedly colluding with ambulance services and tow truck companies









Off-duty cop pulls gun and it goes off during teen scuffle

Written by Livingston Contributor on December 9, 2019

Protests erupt in LA after off-duty cop was filmed pulling his gun and firing a shot at gang of teens in scuffle that began because they ‘walked on his lawn‘ 







At least 18 cops opened fire in Florida shootout that killed 4, union says






Even Hunter Biden Admits His Work in Ukraine Was a Mistake. Why Can’t His Father Say That?

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On March 8, Damain Martin drowned in a canal near Sunrise, Florida. Martin, who was 16 years old, was trying to escape the police officers who had spotted him and a group of friends in a car that was reported stolen. Although many of that afternoon’s events remain unclear, this much is known: A police officer deployed his Taser near the canal while trying to apprehend Damain.

Official reports say the electrified Taser probes never made contact with Damain and ruled his death an accidental drowning. That doesn’t sit well with his friends and family: Damain was an athlete, known to be a strong swimmer.

An investigation by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and The Intercept calls the official findings into question and suggests Damain may have been tased. Produced in partnership by FCIR and The Intercept, “Drowning by Sunrise” was directed by Jess Swanson and Jason Fitzroy Jeffers.






In Florida, Officials Ban Term ‘Climate Change’









Colorado man earns world record as oldest man to hike Grand Canyon rim-to-rim

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Mexico top cop charged with protecting El Chapo's cartel

Genaro Garcia Luna was charged with accepting millions of dollars in bribes in exchange for providing protection to the Sinaloa cartel.










‘David Duke in Uniform’: NYPD Officers Say Top Cop Told Them to Target Black and Latinx Commuters on Subways









Attorney for former cop: Patrol-car sex with wanted woman was consensual


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Starbucks fired a trans manager after a cop complained on Facebook about her employee

A police officer complained about being called a "pig" at Starbucks. Now the trans manager is out of health care.

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Aurora Cop Drives Drunk On Duty: Keeps Job, No Arrest










NYC Council pushes NYPD to to crack down on cop cars, other vehicles parked in crosswalks, sidewalks and other forbidden areas






Case of cop who released Bruce McArthur put over to Jan. 13






California Cop Confuses Umbrella for Gun and Opens Fire with AR15

Elkhart cop suspended for alcohol-related incident, involving gunshots, with Goshen officers






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Female cop quits after she had sex on duty with abuse victim she was supposed to be looking after






‘Start caring about cops’: Texas police chief blames GOP lawmakers for gun violence against officers







Lisa Page sues DOJ and FBI over release of her text messages

The former FBI attorney says the agencies violated her right to privacy.








FBI warned about loophole Fla. shooter used to obtain a gun









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Roseville FBI Agent Charged With Pulling Gun On Neighbor’s Teen Son






Can We Impeach The FBI Now?

Read the Horowitz Report. It proves the bureau unleashed an abusive, full-spectrum spying campaign to destroy Trump before and after his election.









The Inspector General’s Report Is Hardly Exculpatory of the FBI



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Hong Kong’s police were once revered. Now they’re just a blunt tool, ex-cop says






Cop Receiving $57K a Year due to "Stress" from Trial for Shooting Man in Back






Yonkers Cop Forced To Retire After Giving False Testimony

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Family of Detroit teen who died in ATV crash after cop Tased him wins $12 million settlement





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DAME DISGRACE Ex-cop slams decision to make chief prosecutor of botched Rochdale grooming probe a dame


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Indian top cop tells protesters to Pakistan
















Cop who shot colleague faces homicide try rap

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Sunday, December 29, 2019






Priyanka Gandhi alleges manhandling by UP cops


Published : Dec 29, 2019, 5:56 am IST

Updated : Dec 29, 2019, 






A drunken juvenile officer and shirtless woman hit seven parked cars, then fled, cops say. She didn’t get far.

Read more here: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/crime/article238779083.html#storylink=cpy








Cop caught drinking and driving two days in a row


29th December 2019, 05:10 GMT+11






Judge Acquits Cop Despite Horrifying Video of Him Trying to Beat Handcuffed 16yo Boy to Death

Matt Agorist December 28, 2019










Busted State Police still collecting









Cop arrested for rape on minor


28 December 2019





Eight Tarn Taran cops fail dope test, tota .. 


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Reuters: FBI investigating Jeffrey Epstein's inner circle


CBS News Videos•December 28, 2019
















Why No Congressional Investigation into Epstein’s Intelligence Connections?









This Cult From the 80s Was Patient Zero for Epstein and Pizzagate Conspiracies

The FBI just released new documents about 'The Finders,' which conspiracy theorists think was a CIA-linked child abuse cult. But were The Finders just misunderstood?






Long Before Epstein: Sex Traffickers & Spy Agencies

August 23, 2019 • 55 Comments


Elizabeth Vos reviews the unsavory history of intelligence agencies providing protection to child sex-trafficking rings.  








AUG 15, 2019



The Jeffrey Epstein Scandal Is Much Bigger Than Jeffrey Epstein









Jeffrey Epstein Became a Government Informant as Part of Sweetheart Plea Deal





How the CIA, Mossad and “the Epstein Network” are Exploiting Mass Shootings to Create an Orwellian Nightmare

Following another catastrophic mass shooting or crisis event, Orwellian “solutions” are set to be foisted on a frightened American public by the very network connected, not only to Jeffrey Epstein, but to a litany of crimes and a frightening history of plans to crush internal dissent in the United States.








Prosecutor Acosta dodges when asked if Epstein was an 'intelligence asset'

by Jerry Dunleavy

 | July 10, 2019 05:50 PM








Jeffrey Epstein










Susan Rosenstiel, wife of Louis Rosenstiel, who is identified as a mob- connected bootlegger, says she went to a party at New York's Plaza Hotel, where she was promised a surprise. She was greeted at the door by a man in "a black chiffon dress, very short with ruffles, and black lace stockings and high-heeled shoes and a black curly wig and black eyelashes."


The person was introduced to her as Mary. "It was clearly J. Edgar Hoover," she says.

Later, two teen-aged boys arrived, according to Susan Rosenstiel, and Hoover, Roy Cohn and her husband went into the bedroom and had sex with them.

"I heard (her husband Louis) Rosenstiel say that if Hoover ever brings pressure against Lansky or any of us, we'll use this as blackmail."

Throughout his career, Hoover claimed there was no such thing as a national crime family. He insisted organized crime was a local problem, which put it outside the jurisdiction of the FBI.

Ralph Salerno, head of the New York Committee on Organized Crime, says the hands-off policy had dire ramifications. "If they (the mob) could have been attacked before they grew, before they got the wealth, before they got the knowledge, organized crime could have been nipped in the bud ... (the mob) never would have grown as strong as it got to be in later decades."

Another reason Hoover might have gone easy on the mob, it is offered, is that he liked to play the horses, and the bookmakers he used to place bets were all mob backed. What's more, it adds, Hoover had the kind of arrangement gamblers dream of.

According to Mrs. Rosenstiel, "(My husband) would call the boys up and they would make the bets. If Hoover won, he got paid. If he didn't win, they would just forget it."

Gambling debts evidently were not all Hoover didn't pay. He reportedly never picked up a check.

Also, John Dowd, head of the government's Organized Crime Strike Force, says, "Four years after Hoover died, I was assigned to con








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Don’t Forget That Saudi Arabia Is Imprisoning and Torturing Women’s Rights Activist Loujain al-Hathloul

Mehdi Hasan

December 24 2019, 7:57 a.m.







The A to Z of Things Trump Could and Should Have Been Impeached For

Mehdi Hasan

December 19 2019, 10:52 a.m.







Michael Bloomberg’s Blatant Lies About Terrorism Show That He’s a Mainstream Politician

Jon Schwarz

December 26 2019, 1:28 p.m.








CPI receives heavily-redacted documents on Trump administration decision to halt Ukranian aid

In response to a FOIA request for materials related to the decision to halt military aid to Ukraine, currently the subject of impeachment proceeding against the sitting U.S. president, the Center for Public Integrity has received more than a hundred, heavily-redacted pages.

“We are deeply disappointed that the public won’t have access to this important information at the heart of the impeachment process. But we will continue to fight to ensure that the documents see the light of day,” said Public Integrity’s chief executive officer, Susan Smith Richardson.

Read more on the Center for Public Integrity.

Emails reveal fatal threat to the Florida panther

John Wrublik, a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, warned earlier this year that a highway between the state’s Polk and Collier counties, which has already been approved by Florida officials, could cause the ultimate elimination of the Florida panther.

Though the federal agency still must conduct a formal assessment, wildlife advocates are concerned about the effect the road will have on the species, and if the official assessment finds that the species will be threatened by the parkway, additional legal battles are likely to follow.

“It was a very honest appraisal,” Matthew Schwartz, executive director of the South Florida Wildlands Association, which filed the request resulting in the emails, told the Tampa Bay Times. “It’s impossible for them to run a highway through that area and not have it be a disaster for the panther.”

Read more in The Tampa Bay Times.







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