April 21, 2017
Craig McKee, Secretary 9/11 Monthly Teleconference Call
Draft minutes for the Wed., March 29, 2017 regular conference call
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 (email@example.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.
Link du jour
Eavesdropping on Roy Cohn and Donald Trump
Christine Seymour connected Cohn’s calls with clients including Nancy Reagan, Gloria Vanderbilt, the mobster Carlo Gambino, and Trump.
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JFK Grassy Knoll Shots? Limousine Slowdown?
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Dick Gregory 2017 The world will end with a nuclear war
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How Border Patrol Deals With Dissent in Its Ranks
An interview with Customs and Border Protection whistle-blower James Tomsheck.
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KING: Cops who held 5 innocent black boys at gunpoint caused harm
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profiling data– Apr 22, 2017
Police in Connecticut's capital city have failed to report thousands of traffic stops as required by a state law aimed to prevent racial profiling
ACLU sues LAPD over 'systemic violation' of public records law
The American Civil Liberties Union has joined with a journalist, a college professor and an activist to sue the Los Angeles Police Department over what they describe as a “systemic violation” of California’s public records law.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, accused the LAPD of failing to comply with the California Public Records Act by not responding to requests within the time frame mandated by the law or by ignoring inquiries altogether.
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.
“More and more, police departments throughout the United States acknowledge the value of transparency — to increase public trust, promote better law enforcement, and facilitate effective oversight,” the lawsuit stated. “The LAPD’s pattern and practice of violating the [state’s records act] and ignoring requests for public information is not only unlawful, but also out of step.”
The suit asks the court to compel the LAPD to follow the law and order the department to track — and report publicly — how it responds to public records inquiries for at least three years to en
Dozens of cases dismissed, reviewed after Ga. cops fired over UOF incident– Apr 19, 2017
The solicitor general dismissed 89 cases where Officers Robert McDonald and Michael Bongiovanni were a principal officer or a main witness
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.
Published in the Jacksonville Journal-Courier, April 11, 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.
APR 26 2017, 1:10 PM ET
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.
Federal prosecutors seek two-year prison term for convicted former Sheriff Lee Baca
New York Times-
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has issued some sobering statistics on child pornography in the United States. In a posting to the agency's website ...
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FBI agents and other cops who become rapists and pedophiles
May 15, 2012 - A former supervisory FBI agent in Carmel, Indiana, has been arrested and jailed on child pornography charges.
February 23, 2011
Table Of Contents
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
Substantial Delays in the Intelligence Oversight Process
Type and Frequency of FBI Intelligence Violations
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 "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
Mar 13, 2015 - in mid-2013.1 Initially, the FBI and DEA refused to provide the OIG with ... between the internal affairs offices that receive sexual misconduct.
Washington (CNN) -- An FBI employee shared confidential information with his girlfriend, who was a news reporter, then later threatened to release a sex tape the two had made.
A supervisor watched pornographic videos in his office during work hours while "satisfying himself."
In the next room was Austin Gunsel, a former FBI agent who headed league
... to testimony given to Senate Intelligence by Clint Watts, a former FBI agent now with the Foreign Policy Research Institute Program on National Security.
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UMAN RIGHTS VIOLATORS
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.
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
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
SATURDAY , APRIL 14, 2018 - 10:30 PM
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’
By Emma Andersson Apr 15, 2018 (0)
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.
APRIL 16, 2018 | JAMES HENRY
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 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
BY CHRISTOPHER BRENNAN
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Monday, April 16, 2018, 7:34 AM
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
CREATED: 12 APRIL 2018
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
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By Judicial Watch —— Bio and Archives--April
James Comey faces threat of clampdown as book tour looms large
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By Kimberly Veklerov
Updated 7:41 pm, Saturday, April 14, 2018
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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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 http://www.portlandcopwatch.org/pjttf.html 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
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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
Fri 13 Apr 2018 09.49 EDTFirst published on Fri 13 Apr 2018 09.13 EDT
April 12, 2018
Until recently, police in Columbus, Ohio couldn’t differentiate between rape kits and shopping carts
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Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen’s Unexplored Russia Connections
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BY MEGAN CERULLO
Updated: Saturday, April 14, 2018, 6:39 PM
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 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.
By PATRISSE CULLORS
APR 13, 2018 | 4:15 AM
Mayor wants to split supervisors from rank and file in Minneapolis police union
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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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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