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you say you want to learn how to fish

My news about the FBI  comes from:

 every day I google 



when the page opens I look at the left side of the page
and click on NEWS
It is just above SHOPPING
When this page opens I scroll down very slowly and on the left
you will see SORTED BY DATE
I click on that and the pages will open with the most recent headlines dealing with stories regarding the word FBI AGENT    or   if you typed FBI IN THE NEWS
just stories about the FBI

I also go to the website   http://www.ticklethewire.com/
and scroll down their page

now you know how to fish

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Why is lead FBI agent in botched Ted Stevens case still employed?
Amanda Coyne, Tony Hopfinger | Jun 06, 2012

In late spring 2008, FBI agent Mary Beth Kepner was in the throes of building a case against the late Ted Stevens, then one of the nation's most powerful senators.

The case hinged on whether Stevens lied on his Senate disclosure forms about work he'd gotten done to his cabin in Girdwood, a ski town south of Anchorage, Alaska's largest city. Some of that work had been done by his friend Bill Allen, the head of VECO Corp., then the largest oilfield services company in the state.

Kepner speculated Allen bribed Stevens by remodeling the senator's house when talking to a reporter in spring 2008. But "What was the quid pro quo?" she asked.

In the end, federal prosecutors wouldn't find one. Rather, they'd allude to special favors Stevens did for Allen and VECO in return for the company's remodeling of his cabin when they successfully prosecuted him in fall 2008 for failing to disclose the renovations on his Senate forms.

Yet Kepner's insistence in making a case against Stevens, even if the facts didn't all line up in her favor, coupled with federal prosecutors cutting corners, ultimately led to the judge in the case tossing the guilty verdicts against "Uncle Ted," as Alaskans called him before he died in a 2010 plane crash.

Now, for the first time, Alaskans have a better idea of just what Kepner and her prosecutor cohorts were up to when they conducted their case against Stevens.

An internal report released publicly by the Justice Department in late May outlines transgressions on Kepner's part, ranging from not documenting interviews to hiding evidence from Stevens' legal team.

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Only an FBI  agent can make a collar. eh"

To bad you don't know who Cyril Wecht MD, JD   is.
FBI  agent Orsini went after him after he detailed FBI  agents helped assassinate President Kennedy.
It's ok, your tax dime was used to target him.
google  cyril wecht jfk assassination

By the way your tax dime was used to remove this story from the internet
by the FBI crime family.
Sort of like FBI  intellectual cleansing.
keep paying those taxes.
boo, did I scare you?

Team 4: Lead FBI Agent In Wecht Case Promoted

July 27, 2007

It was two weeks ago that Orsini's checkered personnel file at the FBI
was unsealed at federal court, revealing a five-day suspension in 1998
for signing other agents' names on evidence reports involving seized
drugs and money.In 2001, the FBI demoted Orsini, suspended him for 30
days without pay, placed him on 12 months probation and ordered him to
undergo mandatory sensitivity training.

In that discipline report, the FBI found that Orsini, over the years,
had failed to follow search guidelines, falsified official documents,
engaged in an improper relationship with a female subordinate FBI agent
whom he gave a pet collar as a gag Christmas gift, threatened physical
assault of a subordinate and damaged government property by punching
holes in walls and throwing chairs.

The discipline report also said Orsini "made unprofessional and
insensitive remarks on numerous occasions concerning sexual
orientation," including once with a bullhorn when he called on all
homosexuals to come out of their offices.Aas a supervisory agent, Orsini
can make up to $117,000 a year.

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 Fitial must go

    Friday, November 02 2012 00:15

I HAVE a difficult time understanding why the FBI and the Office of the U.S. Attorney for Guam and the CNMI are not doing their job in the commonwealth.   For several years now, they have been concentrating on small time drug peddlers and violators of endangered species acts rather than focusing on more important corruption cases that continue to compromise the safety of our community.

Over the past several months, I have grown increasingly disappointed with the lackluster performance of the FBI in their investigations and handling of the two lost sisters and the murder of the Godfather’s Bar waitress. I suppose if murder, rape, and apparent kidnapping can’t garner the Fed’s attention and motivate their action towards a lawful resolution, then the FBI’s and federal government’s current inaction regarding the most shameful and illegal activities of our governor and his high ranking cronies follows in the same vein of ineffectiveness.

The recent well-publicized illegal actions of Benigno Fitial, Ed Buckingham, and Ambrosio Ogumoro have all exceeded the threshold for the federal authorities to have jurisdiction over these matters.   The use of cell phones in the commission of a crime (obstruction of justice), threat of bodily harm, vandalism, and other civil rights violations by law enforcement personnel, political retaliations within DPS on officers assisting in the impeachment hearings, the use of federally funded resources (vehicles, fuel, radios, cell phones, etc.) during commission of a crime (e.g. helping a federal detainee escaped from our prison to massage the governor at 3 am), and other associated violations should trigger grand jury proceedings to determine if federal crimes have been committed and to identify who has committed these crimes.   Are the Feds doing anything about these blatant affronts to the law? If they are currently working on something, I would like to say thank you. If they are not, then what the heck are they waiting for?

Moving from the subject of our federal public safety purveyors, to the local, I call for the immediate removal of Ambrosio Ogumoro from DPS. The good officers at DPS must unite to bring honor, respect, and integrity back to the department. They should not stand by idly and allow this corrupt and incompetent individual to use the power of the office to intimidate and harass hard working and decent police officers.   Ambrosio was quoted during the impeachment hearings of saying that DPS does not have enough patrol vehicles or fuel for basic patrol duty, but he never explain why several government and police vehicles were used to assist and escort Buckingham in his effort to avoid being served the penal summon.   Wow! Not enough gasoline for regular police work but lots of fuel to help a fugitive escape justice.   DPS officers who feel harassed, threatened, intimated, or injured because they helped in the impeachment hearings should consult with the Office of the Public Auditor, Civil Service Commission, and their legal counsel. The law is on their side and make no mistake, these criminal violators will eventually have to face justice.

If we the people of the CNMI cannot expect relief from the atrocities inflicted upon us by either our own elected officials or by way of U.S. Federal law enforcement intervention, then I can only call upon our people to speak up and be heard by way of the ballot box next Tuesday, Nov. 6th.   All of the 10 conspirators (I have heard them referred to as “Ben’s-Ten&rdquo in the House of Representatives who condone the illegal acts of Fitial and prevented the impeachment proceedings from moving forward, should be removed from office this coming election.

In addition, once the new Legislature is seated in January 2013, and in addition to renewing impeachment proceedings as a first order of business, this Legislature should also conduct public hearings to review all public land transactions at DPL for the past seven years.   It has become very clear that Benigno has been using public land as his own private property to reward his friends and to frustrate and intimidate his political foes.   He has given his supporters and political allies land lease agreements at ridiculously low rental rates and that allow for minimal or no enforcement for violations of the lease terms and conditions. At the same time, he and his cronies intimidate, frustrate, block and then kill legitimate land lease agreements that are associated with anyone he considers his political foe.

Additionally, the Legislature should look into the abandoned garment factories situated on public land in Lower Base and other locations throughout Saipan. They should find out why Tan Holdings has not been held responsible for the cleanup of their abandoned factories. The Legislature should find out if Fitial, his children, his siblings, and his other family members are shareholders of the Tan Holdings or if they have any financial interests in the Tan Holdings here and/or abroad.   The Legislature should ask, did he declare these interests as required by law? It is well known that the senior Tan is often heard introducing Fitial as the being the eldest of his sons. The Legislature should look into the governor’s connections and find out if Fitial is still an employee of Tan Holdings or if he is getting paid on the side for services rendered on behalf of the Tans.

I want to remind our people that Benigno Fitial has been the governor for the past 7 years and yet he refused to accept any responsibility for our pain and suffering.   The U.S. DOI recently released a report on the CNMI financial condition that basically says that we are “broke.” It will take a miracle or a federal financial bailout to get us out of this mess that Fitial put us in. Yet, this administration just doesn’t get it.   Why is it that he and his cronies are completely oblivious of these realities? Why do they blame everyone else but themselves?   During the impeachment hearing, someone suggested that Fitial should take the lie detector test. I am afraid that it wouldn’t do any good since a polygraph test does not work on pathological liars like Fitial.

Further, in a somewhat related vein, I was shocked to read that Ambrose Bennett was convicted of trafficking “Angel Dust” (phencyclidine) in 1977 and sentenced to serve 5 to 8 years in prison in the U.S. Granted, we all make mistakes and some of us, when caught perpetrating particularly bad mistakes, pay our dues to society. What I do not understand, however, is why did the Public School System allow a convicted drug trafficker to work as a teacher at our public schools? Was PSS aware of his conviction prior to employment? If they were aware, then the Board of Education need to reassess their personnel policies to prohibit convicted drug traffickers from teaching in our schools.   If PSS was not aware of his background and it is found that Ambrose Bennett secured his employment at PSS through fraudulent means by concealing his criminal records, then he should not be eligible to benefit from the illegal employment. As such, he should forfeit any compensation or benefits he has gained from his employment, including retirement benefits if he is receiving any. He should also be barred from any further or future employment in the CNMI government. And finally, he should include in his commentaries the title “Retired Teacher/Scholar/Convicted Felon.”
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Plausible Denial.......... a FBI agents favorite word.
Programming Error says the Orwell Public Relations Department
for Sociopaths at FBI Headquarters

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FBI testing software downloaded answers onto test takers' computers, says IG
September 29, 2010 — 9:32am ET | By David Perera

A programming error allowed some FBI agents to cheat on a mandatory bureauwide exam, finds the Justice Department inspector general.

In a report publically released Sept. 27, the inspector general investigated widespread allegations of cheating on an exam meant to test agents' knowledge of new a domestic investigations and operations guide instituted as the FBI has transitioned from purely a law enforcement agency to a domestic intelligence agency.

Auditors found many cases of cheating. One FBI agent who works on a cyber crime squad, found that the FBI's testing software placed an XML file containing all correct answers in employee's temporary Internet files folder.
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Just so you know update:
the website  http://www.ticklethewire.com is a site operated by former FBI  agents with the help of the FBI  and other law enforcement agencies.
It provides a daily listing of news related to the FBI.
I continue to find news about FBI  agents from other sources that does not appear at Ticklethewire

It is becoming more difficult for me to find news about FBI agents when I google
I still have to go through 3 or 4 steps to retrieve the google news before it becomes current.

and now for something entirely different........
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FBI Probes Dozens of Bomb Threats that Shut Down Buildings in 30 Tennessee Counties

Steve Neavling

The FBI is investigating a rash of telephone bomb threats to buildings in 30 counties in Tennessee, Reuters reports.

Public facilities such as courthouses were shut down Tuesday following the threats.

“There were no devices found,” Dayla Qualls, spokeswoman for the state Department of Safety and Homeland Security, told Reuters.

Among the targets were the FBI and Criminal Justice Center in Memphis, both of which were evacuated.

Officials are trying to determine whether the bomb threats are tied to others around the country.

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Scituate attorney won't be charged for teen drinking party

Posted Jan 16, 2013

The Scituate attorney accused of hosting a teen drinking party for her daughter will not be charged with violating the state's social host law.

Hingham District Court Clerk Magistrate Joseph Ligotti decided Wednesday not to issue a criminal complaint against Tracy Miner, 54, of 244 Gannett Road. The ruling came after a 90-minute show-cause hearing, which was held in private.

Miner quickly exited the courthouse following the hearing and said only a few words to a group of reporters.

I trust the justice system. I work in it,” Miner said.

Scituate police allege that Miner, whose past client list includes ex-FBI agent John Connolly, convicted in 2002 of aiding mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, knowingly hosted a teen drinking party on New Year’s Eve. Police said one of the male  teens at the party became unconscious after he reportedly drinking a large amount of alcohol.

Officers at the scene reported that Miner admitted to holding the party and said she took her guests' keys away. While talking to police, Miner allegedly smelled strongly of alcohol and was unsteady on her feet.

Police summoned Miner on a charge of violating the social host law, which prohibits adults from allowing minors to have access to alcohol. Eight teens, including Miner’s daughter, were also summoned for underage possession of alcohol.

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Ellen Mariani's Reply Brief has now been posted.  You can find a link to it in the top post on the home page of our website, http://www.marianilawsuit.com.  You can also find it here:  http://marianilawsuit.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/marianireplybrief-111.pdf

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Thursday, 02.14.13

Top FBI agent in Seattle alleges sexual bias, claims superiors undercut her


The Seattle-based FBI special agent who oversees all bureau operations in Washington state is embroiled in a legal fight with officials who she says have discriminated against her and undermined her work.

In a revealing lawsuit that partially cleared a key hurdle Thursday, Special Agent-in-Charge Laura M. Laughlin complained that she has been denied at least 10 promotions since she took over the FBI’s Seattle field office in early 2005. She also asserts she’s been pressured since 2007 to retire from the high-profile position and has been denied requests for added staffing.

“As a combined effect of all these matters, she is not respected as a leader by her subordinates and management chain in the way that (special agents-in-charge) normally are,” attorneys David Wachtel and Eliza Dermody wrote in one legal brief.

On Thursday, in a 31-page decision, U.S. District Judge John D. Bates sided with the FBI in dismissing some of the complaint that Laughlin filed in 2011. Bates, for instance, rejected Laughlin’s age discrimination claim with the observation that “pressure to retire, without more, does not constitute objectively tangible harm.” Laughlin turned 55 last year. Bates also dismissed Laughlin’s claims that the FBI created a hostile work environment through its actions.

“The acts span a period of several years and were relatively infrequent,” Bates concluded, adding that “these isolated incidents are not fairly characterized as pervasive.”

But in a blow to the agency that Laughlin joined in 1985, after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Bates said the longtime law enforcement officer can proceed with her sex discrimination and retaliation claims.

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attorney Jesse Trentadue sent me this email today

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Are FBI Informants Working Inside America’s Churches?

Jesse Trentadue’s ongoing effort to obtain information from the FBI continued this week when he filed a motion Wednesday aimed at convincing a federal judge in Utah to allow him access to information about the FBI’s “Sensitive Informant Program.  The move was made one month after the Salt Lake City attorney filed his first motion — the details of which appeared in a post Jan. 30 — seeking, among other things, to learn whether the FBI has informants working inside American churches.

Click to download motion (PDF).

Why is Trentadue seeking the information?  Because he believes it will lead him closer to the truth about the 1995 death of his brother, Kenneth Trentadue, under suspicious circumstances while in custody at the U.S. Bureau of Prisons Federal Transfer Center in Oklahoma City.

Below, I share the fascinating details of his most-recent motion (PDF).  Beginning with the “Background” which begins on page one of the document, the details contained in the document appear below, minus the footnotes contained in the actual document:

The FBI devotes a considerable portion of the Memorandum that it submitted in opposition to Plaintiff’s Motion to arguing that this is a typical Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) case involving the adequacy of the FBI’s search for responsive documents and/or the applicability of the exemptions claimed by the FBI for not releasing the documents/records.  But this is not a typical FOIA case. Neither is it an isolated or stand alone case. This case, as the FBI well knows, is the latest front in Plaintiff’s long war with the Bureau to discover and uncover the truth about the Oklahoma City Bombing and a related matter: the murder of his brother, Kenneth Michael Trentadue.

The first battle in this almost decade long FOIA war was fought before this very Court in Trentadue v. FBI, which revealed that persons other that Timothy McVeigh, Terry Nichols and Michael Fortier had participated in the Bombing. That first battle, and the documents/records that Plaintiff obtained as a result, also disclosed: (1) the existence of the FBI’s I-Drive and S-Drive computer systems wherein evidence related to the Bombing was kept hidden so as not to be subject to a FOIA request and/or not made part of the FBI’s official Bombing case file; (2) the CIA’s involvement in the Oklahoma City Bombing; (3) “Patriot Conspiracy” or “PATCON” that was a decade or more long FBI undercover operation designed to infiltrate and monitor or perhaps even incite various right-wing organizations; and (4) the existence of a surveillance camera videotape taken on the morning of April 19, 1995, which according to federal government documents purportedly shows not only the destruction of the Alfred P. Murrah Building, but also the persons who carried out that attack.  That first FOIA battle also disclosed the existence of the FBI’s “Sensitive Informant Program,” which is at the heart of this current FOIA discovery dispute.

The Sensitive Informant Program is the FBI’s disturbing practice of using private citizens as spies on the staffs of members of Congress and perhaps even federal judges, in the national media, within other federal agencies, on defense teams in high profile federal and/or state criminal prosecutions, inside state and local law enforcement agencies and even among the clergy of organized religions. The Sensitive Informant Program is designed to and does result in the circumvention of the protections guaranteed to American citizens by the Bill of Rights and the Separation of Powers Doctrine.

In response to Plaintiff’s FOIA request for the policies, rules, protocols and/or procedures governing the FBI’s recruitment and use of such informants in this secret surveillance program which spies on United States’ citizens on United States’ soil, the FBI produced 205 pages, which appear to be but a small portion of its: “Corporate Policy Directive” on the use of confidential human sources, “Confidential Human Source Validation Standards Manual,” “Confidential Human Source Policy Manual,” and “Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide” (collectively the “Manual”). Those portions of the Manual that the FBI actually provided to Plaintiff were heavily redacted. The FBI withheld all of these portions of the Manual on the basis of various exemptions from disclosure under FOIA.

It is Plaintiff’s belief, however, that NO exemption can be asserted to conceal this unconstitutional domestic spy/surveillance program. Simply put, FOIA, which has as its stated purpose the disclosure of the federal government’s wrongdoing, cannot and should not be used to shield the FBI’s unconstitutional actions undertaken on what appears to be a national scale. However, in order to properly frame and present to the Court his challenge to the FBI’s claims of exemption Plaintiff needs to conduct limited discovery into the scope and duration of this Sensitive Informant Program.



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FBI Makes Odd Sequester Claim Regarding Wall Street Crime

By: DSWright Tuesday March 5, 2013 9:16 am
In a letter to lawmakers, the Federal Bureau of Investigation claims that the across the board cuts in the sequester will damage their ability to pursue financial crimes.
Sequestration will cause current financial crimes investigations to slow as workload is spread among a reduced workforce. In some instances, such delays could affect the timely interviews of witnesses and collection of evidence. The capacity to undertake new major investigations will be constrained. Left unchecked, fraud and malfeasance in the financial, securities, and related industries could hurt the integrity of U.S. markets.
In addition, the public will perceive the FBI as less capable of aggressively and actively investigating financial fraud and public corruption, which would undercut the deterrence that comes from strong enforcement.
Are you done laughing yet? I know I’m not.
The public already rightly sees the FBI as complete screw-ups regarding the bureau’s handling of financial crime due to the fact that not one major Wall Street criminal that caused the 2008 financial crisis has gone to jail. Not one. A public perception not at all altered by a recent Frontline expose on the incredible failures of the FBI and Justice Department in taking on blatant crime on Wall Street.
The FBI instead spent its time and resources in the wake of the financial crisis investigating Aaron Swartz as well as treating Occupy Wall Street protesters as “terrorists.” With some truly asine agent provocateur activity that even judges considered pretty stupid. The FBI is rightly losing much of its social cache and has damaged its reputation from the incompetence and corruption it demonstrates when the bureau targets innocent people while letting the clearly guilty walk. So the FBI is rapidly losing credibility with the public due to its obvious disinterest in holding Wall Street accountable not for lacking the resources to do so.
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FBI Memo Advised Schmoozing 'Slow' Mexicans, Duping Blacks With Phony Insurance Pitches

FBI agents were trained to exploit the perceived weaknesses of various minority groups, including Mexicans, Catholics and black people, according to a bureau memo from 1947, the U.S. News & World Report writes.

Compiled for the FBI’s field agents, the memo describes Mexicans as “slow to respond.”

Catholics, according to the report, are easier to get information from, especially after leaving a confessional booth.

Phony insurance salespeople can easily dupe African-Americans into giving them information, according to the report.

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Norfolk FBI boss hopes to provide stability

Posted to: Chesapeake News

1 of 3 photos:

Special Agent in Charge Royce E. Curtin talks about his vision for the FBI in Norfolk during an interview on Tuesday, April 2, 2013. (The' N. Pham | The Virginian-Pilot)

Growing up, Royce Curtin never had imagined being an FBI agent. When he finally decided to apply in the mid-1990s, he avoided discussing the matter with friends and family for fear he would someday have to tell them he had been rejected.

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“Oh I’m Sorry… I Thought This Was America”
March 20, 2013


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Surveillance Court’s Opinions Must Remain Secret, Feds Say

“The President Barack Obama administration is informing a federal judge that if it’s forced to disclose a secret court opinion about the government illegally spying on Americans, the likely result could be “exceptionally grave and serious damage to the national security.”

The statement came in response to a lawsuit demanding the administration disclose a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court opinion issued as early as last year. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) was briefed on the opinion as a member of the Intelligence Committee and was authorized last year to reveal that the surveillance had “circumvented the spirit of the law” and was “unreasonable under the Fourth Amendment.”

The Electronic Frontier Foundation of San Francisco sought the ruling as part of a Freedom of Information Act request. The government rejected the request. The digital rights group sued in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.”

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Monday, April 8, 2013 

Icelandic Lawmaker Birgitta Jónsdóttir on Challenging Gov’t Secrecy from Twitter to Bradley Manning

Icelandic Parliamentarian Birgitta Jónsdóttir played a critical role in WikiLeaks’ release of the "Collateral Murder" video, which showed a U.S. military helicopter in July 2007 as it killed 12 people and wounded two children in Iraq. Jónsdóttir joins us on her first trip to the United States since a secret grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia, began its investigation of WikiLeaks and Julian Assange. She also discusses her role at the center of another closely watched legal case — challenging of the government’s effort to obtain her Twitter records without a warrant — and why she has come to the United States to champion the cases of military whistleblower Bradley Manning and the accused hacker Jeremy Hammond. [includes rush transcript]


This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.
AMY GOODMAN: We’re joined now by Birgitta Jónsdóttir, a member of the Icelandic Parliament who played a critical role in WikiLeaks’ release of the collateral video—the "Collateral Murder" video, which we showed in the last segment, the U.S. military helicopter, July 2007, as it killed 12 people and wounded two children. Among the 12 people were two Reuters employees, the Reuters driver Saeed Chmagh, 40 years old, father of four, and Saeed—as well as Namir Noor-Eldeen, a 22-year-old Reuters videographer. This marks Jónsdóttir’s first trip to the United States since a secret grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia, began its investigation of WikiLeaks and Julian Assange. Birgitta Jónsdóttir has also been the center of a closely watched legal case. Earlier this year, a federal appeals court ruled the government can continue to keep secret its efforts to obtain information from Twitter about Jónsdóttir and two others connected to WikiLeaks.
Birgitta Jónsdóttir, welcome to Democracy Now!
BIRGITTA JÓNSDÓTTIR: Thank you very much. So happy to be here.
AMY GOODMAN: It’s very good to have you with us. Talk about why you’ve come to the United States.
BIRGITTA JÓNSDÓTTIR: There are a few reasons, but my main reason is Bradley Manning. I wanted to show him in action my support, and even if it meant that I could face some legal challenges. I just didn’t want to have it hanging over my head. I just wanted to find out while I’m still a member of Parliament. We have elections on the 27th of April. We don’t know how it’s going to go. So I wanted to make sure that I had all the legal protection that a member of Parliament has extra over ordinary citizens, which is also very strange. But it’s so important that the people are aware of what Bradley Manning has now acknowledged that he did. And for me, the most significant is the video, because it—when you have the visual, like war crimes like this, it is very difficult for people not to be moved, and hopefully, moved to do something. So I’m here to actually start an action when the trial starts. I want to try to figure out a way to do something in every state on June 3rd.

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Michigan Militia Members Sue FBI, Michigan Over Seizure of Guns, Ammo

Members of a Michigan militia, who were acquitted last year of trying to overthrow the federal government and murder police officers, are suing the FBI and Michigan State Police, saying feds violated their constitutional rights by raiding their homes and seizing their guns, the Detroit Free Press reports.

The March 27 lawsuit was filed by the Hutaree, a militia that believed the Antichrist, possibly President Obama, is leading the country. The goal is to create a “Colonial Christian Republic.”

The raids in March 2010 led to numerous charges but each defendant was acquitted

The Weather Report brought to you by Exxon Mobil part of the Texas Oil Mafia
that funded the President Kennedy assassination.

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Record Breaking High winds in SF close Great Highway

Monday, April 8, 2013
Punishing winds howled across the Bay Area for more than three hours Monday morning, upending lawn furniture, toppling trash bins, downing power lines and tearing off tree limbs.

Gusts of 75 mph were recorded off Ocean Beach in San Francisco, said Steve Anderson, a forecaster with the National Weather Service.

"It was the highest wind ever recorded there," Anderson said. "One of our weather spotters called in (from Ocean Beach) and said, 'It is really windy and my front window just got blown out.' "

A giant eucalyptus tree toppled over on 48th Avenue near Geary Boulevard, and the Great Highway was closed between Skyline Boulevard and Lincoln Way because of sand on the roadway, city officials said.

Almost 4,000 customers were without power on the Peninsula as of 11:30 a.m. Monday, while hundreds more were in the dark in the North and East Bay, said Jason King, a spokesman for Pacific Gas and Electric Co. A high-wind advisory was issued for Bay Area bridges.

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Texas Oil Men

Just before John F. Kennedy was assassinated he upset people like Clint Murchison and Haroldson L. Hunt when he talked about plans to submit to Congress a tax reform plan designed to produce about $185,000,000 in additional revenues by changes in the favourable tax treatment until then accorded the gas-oil industry. Kennedy was particularly upset that Hunt, who had an annual income of about $30,000,000, paid only small amounts of federal income tax.

Madeleine Brown claims that she was Johnson's mistress. In her autobiography, Texas in the Morning (1997) Brown claims that the conspiracy to kill Kennedy involved Lyndon B. Johnson and several Texas oil men including Clint Murchison, Haroldson L. Hunt and J. Edgar Hoover. This theory was supported by Craig Zirbel in his book The Texas Connection: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy (1991).

Joachim Joesten, an investigative journalist, believes that Johnson's secretary, Bobby Baker was involved in this plot: "The Baker scandal then is truly the hidden key to the assassination, or more exact, the timing of the Baker affair crystallized the more or less vague plans to eliminate Kennedy which had already been in existence the threat of complete exposure which faced Johnson in the Baker scandal provided that final impulse he was forced to give the go-ahead signal to the plotters who had long been waiting for the right opportunity."

In his book, JFK: The Second Plot (1992), Matthew Smith points out that: "The oil industry in Texas had enjoyed huge tax concessions since 1926, when Congress had provided them as an incentive to increase much needed prospecting. The oil depletion benefits were somehow left in place to become a permanent means by which immense fortunes were amassed by those in the industry and, well aware of the anomaly, John Kennedy had declared an intention to review the oil industry revenues. There was nothing in the world which would have inflamed the oil barons more than the President interfering with the oil depletion allowance."

In Dick Russell's book, The Man Who Knew Too Much (1992) Richard Case Nagell claimed the initial plan to assassinate President John F. Kennedy was financed by Haroldson L. Hunt and other individuals. The operation was to be performed by a anti-Castro group that included David Ferrie, Guy Banisterand Clay Shaw. According to Nagell the conspirators believed that if they set-up Lee Harvey Oswald, a well-known supporter of Fidel Castro with links to the Soviet Union, the assassination would result in a full-scale war against Cuba.

In 2003 Barr McClellan published Blood, Money & Power: How LBJ Killed JFK. In the book McClellan argues that Lyndon B. Johnson and Edward Clark were involved in the planning and cover-up of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. McClellan also named Malcolm Wallace as one of the assassins. The killing of Kennedy was paid for by oil millionaires such as Clint Murchison and Haroldson L. Hunt. McClellan claims that Clark got $2 million for this work.

The assassination of Kennedy allowed the oil depletion allowance to be kept at 27.5 per cent. It remained unchanged during the Johnson presidency. According to McClellan this resulted in a saving of over 100 million dollars to the American oil industry. Soon after Johnson left office it dropped to 15 per cent.

(L1) Barr McClellan, Blood Money and Power: How L.B.J. Killed J.F.K. (2003)

A fawning allegiance to Dallas and its billionaire leaders was something that would never change throughout Lyndon Johnson's political career. The true Texas oilmen were not the wild Glenn McCarthys of Houston or the corporate managers of the great oil companies, the "majors." Big Oil was in Dallas, and the most prominent members were conservative businessmen like Clint Murchison, H. L. Hunt, Wofford Cain, and D. H. "Dry Hole" Byrd." The wilder, less-inhibited Sid Richardson of nearby Fort Worth was also a member. These men went to work when oil was first discovered in the early part of the twentieth century, and, when the "black giant" was discovered in their back yards in 1931, they moved in. In an area of east Texas extending over five counties, large tracts of land over the black giant were up for grabs, and anyone with the guns and muscle could have the oil leases. They only had to get onto the property, fight off the other squatters and resist buyout overtures from the majors. Following remarkable success stories in those wild and woolly days, the new rich had the uniquely Texas right to brag nonstop, to fly their jets wherever, to gamble whenever they felt lucky, to own football teams, and, generally, to do whatever they damned well pleased. They did what billionaires did - whatever they wanted to do - and, as the new cash machines, they set the pattern for Texas culture for many yet to come.

During these early years, a strange relationship developed between Big Oil and Washington on three separate fronts plus a notable deference on the fourth. First, the federal government had allowed Texas oil higher tax deductions than any other industry in America. A strange compromise cut in 1923 with the IRS benefited the oil business as no other. Depletion was one of three main government subsidies to the business, and this one was as sacred as the Alamo, saving oilmen millions by reducing their taxes up to 27.5 per cent. Specifically, this was an expense deduction for depletion of resources and was allowed as a reduction of taxable income.

How did people like Clint Murchison and H. L. Hunt become billionaires in the 1930s?

(L2) Marquis W. Childs, Washington Calling (10th October, 1963)

To a friend and long-time associate who called on him the other day President Kennedy expressed considerable bitterness on the subject of top-bracket taxpayers who use tax exemptions to spread propaganda of the extreme right. The President talked about two men, each of whom is often referred to as "the richest man in the world". One was J. Paul Getty, an oilman who spends most of his time in England. The second was the Dallas, Texas, oilman H. L. Hunt. Both are billionaires. Both, according to the President, paid small amounts in federal income tax last year. These men, the President said, use various forms of tax exemption and special tax allowances to subsidize the ultra right on television, radio and in print.

There is no doubt that the right-wing is heavily subsidized. On radio and television stations across the nation free taped programs are run daily, assailing the United Nations, attacking the graduated income tax, foreign aid, social security and the other favorite hates of the extreme right. One of the biggest tax benefits oilmen enjoy is the 27.5 per cent depletion allowance. In his January tax message, the President proposed a sharp reduction in this benefit, which has been extended to cover a long list of minerals. The tax bill passed by the House made only a minor change, however. The right-wing is prepared to go all out to defeat Kennedy in 1964.

Why was President John F. Kennedy angry about the activities of H. L. Hunt? What did he plan to do about the tax benefits enjoyed by Texas oilmen like H. L. Hunt?

(L3) New York Times (15th December, 1963)

Nowhere is oil a bigger political force than Texas, producer of 35 per cent of the nation's oil and possessor of half of its obtainable oil reserves. As a Texan in Congress, Lyndon B. Johnson was a strong advocate of oil industry causes - low import quotas and the 27.5 % per cent tax allowance for depletion of oil reserves.

Did John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson agree about the 27.5 % per cent tax allowance for depletion of oil reserves?

(L4) Thomas G. Buchanan, Who Killed Kennedy? (1964)

Few Americans suspect the dominant position oil assumes in the American economy. Most of us probably would guess that steel or auto-manufacturing were the chief industries of the United States, with chemicals not far behind them. Oil investments are, however, more than these three industries combined-more than 50 billion dollars. Almost half of this enormous wealth is owned in Texas. Until 1901, Texas was noted chiefly for its cattle, and it was the land of "frontier justice" which non-Texans have been taught by Hollywood films to associate with Texas. But on January 10 of that year, oil was found at Spindletop, just south of Beaumont, Texas, and the State has never been the same since that day. Easterners had a monopoly on oil before then; John D. Rockefeller alone, through Standard Oil, controlled 83 per cent of the United States production. But in the first year, the well at Spindletop produced as much oil as all 37,000 Eastern wells combined, and Texas since that time has gained almost complete monopoly of all America's own oil resources, although Standard Oil, through its investments overseas, still occupies a powerful position.

Texas oil, needless to say, has in the past half-century become the focal point of the whole State economy. So great, for instance, are the revenues from oil alone that no State income tax is needed; individuals in Texas pay the government in Washington, like anybody else - and hate it - but they are exempt from paying their own State. Oil men, consequently, run the State, with bitter factional disputes sometimes between them, but unchallenged by outsiders.

The Texas oil industry itself is theoretically under the jurisdiction of the Texas Railroad Commission, which decides in advance how much oil each producer is permitted to produce each month. It finds out, first, how much oil will be bought by each of the big companies that own the pipelines and, after they submit the quantity that they agree to purchase, Texas companies are then assigned percentages of the expected market. In this way a surplus is avoided. It is unnecessary to add, in view of what has already been stated, that all decisions by the Commission reflect the viewpoint of the dominant oil companies it is meant to regulate. If it were permitted to react to public sentiment, i.e. the interest of the consumer, it might authorize production of sufficient oil to force the big companies to lower prices.

Now and then, when the effects of the decisions of the oil men challenged the economy of the whole country, efforts have been made to stop them from demanding an unreasonable profit. Such, for instance, was the case in May, 1958, when a Federal grand jury indicted 29 oil companies for a conspiracy to charge outrageous prices. The charge was based on an increase in prices which was put into effect by these oil companies in i957, at a time when there was no oil shortage but, on the contrary, the industry was complaining of what Morgan Davis, president of Humble Oil, had been describing as a "burdensome surplus-producing capacity." The excess oil available was so great that production had been varying from 9 to 13 days a month, yet Humble Oil chose this time to increase its price to the consumer, and its 28 competitors then followed suit. The New York Times financial expert J. H. Carmical estimated, at that time, that this price rise cost the United States consumer half a billion dollars, and the public protest was so great that the oil companies were brought to court and charged with a conspiracy to violate price-fixing legislation. But a sympathetic judge decided that "the evidence in the case does not rise above the level of suspicion," and concluded, "I have an absolute conviction personally that the defendants are not guilty." They were all acquitted...

The process gathered its momentum during World War II, when major aircraft factories were built in Dallas and, with government assistance, other war production plants, constructed for the military service, remained there. They continued to be used in peacetime to supply the Air Force with its bomber planes and radar. In addition, when the war had ended, Texas as a whole and Dallas in particular made every effort to attract employers from the North to relocate there, offering these powerful incentives:

1. Low taxes. In addition to the fact that Texas has no personal income tax, the corporate tax rate is lower than in most States.

2. Cheap labour. The predominance of giant cattle farms like the King Ranch has forced a large number of the farmers to move to the cities. The farm workers harvesting the cotton, rice and other crops have to compete with "Wetbacks," migratory Mexican day labourers who work for pitifully meagre wages; this, in turn, tends to force down the wages of the city workers in the factories.

3. Anti-union legislation. State laws forbid compulsory membership in a union; some types of strike are forbidden entirely; and, where a strike is allowed, no more than two pickets are permitted in each area of 50 feet. A union official arrested on a picket line is prohibited by law from holding any union office after that.

4. Natural advantages. Access to the country's principal sources of oil, natural gas and sulphur with reduced transportation costs.

With these advantages to offer, Dallas managed to attract new industries to move there, supplementing factories built during World War II, and even these new industries tend also to be oriented toward contracts from the various armed forces. The most important was the great aircraft firm, Chance Vought, which made the biggest industrial relocation in U.S. history, moving its entire plant from Connecticut to Dallas-a transfer of 13,000 tons of equipment from that Northern State, as well as the 1,300 most important employees (all the others were simply left behind in Connecticut to add to the Northern unemployed). Another major Dallas firm is Continental Electronics Manufacturing Company, which recently built for the Navy a $40,000,000 radio transmitter, said to be the world's most powerful, designed to communicate with Navy submarines anywhere in the world, even when lying on the bottom of the ocean. Texas Instruments, which has rapidly become one of the nation's principal electronics parts suppliers, also has a large share of defence contracts.

Despite their frequent intervention in political campaigns in Northern States, the Texas millionaires proclaim themselves strong advocates of what they call "States' rights"-which, from their point of view, excludes all outside intervention in the State of Texas. Northerners cannot quite understand the bitterness which Texans feel against the government in Washington, and Northern financiers in general-a feeling which appears to be quite general in Texas. Thus, the New York Times of October 16, 1956 expressed astonishment that "the Governor of Texas, a rich man and a conservative, castigates `Wall Street' in terms used by the Daily Worker." It seems strange that men who have benefited from a tax concession which grants them commercial advantages no other section of the country can match, should nevertheless feel deep resentment, first, against the businessmen in other and less favoured industries and, second, against the Federal Government which has granted the concession to them. Yet this has been so. The Texas millionaires maintain that even the advantages they have are not sufficient; that their taxes are oppressive; that the bureaucrats from Washington are trying to take over Texas. Curiously, though, the State of Texas is one of the principal beneficiaries of Federal grants of one sort or another, quite apart from the tax policy which we already have discussed-and at the same time, Texas spends so little of her own tax money on social services that the average Texas citizen receives less aid than those in other States. Texas, for instance, gets more help from Washington than any other State for various child welfare services, yet ranks no more than 44th in money spent for this same purpose; Texas is the second State in money it accepts to help the blind and aged, but is 40th in money spent; Texas ranks third in its receipts from Washington for all purposes, yet 32nd in expenditures on public education.

The men whom the oligarchs in the State of Texas regard as their main enemies are those who dare propose reduction of their tax concession. Frank Ikard, a Texas Congressman, has called such persons "bombthrowing liberals." The Texas oil men are inclined to feel that epithet is much too mild; for them, the men who want to lower the oil depletion allowance are nothing short of Communists, although two critics of the present level of "depletion allowances" have been the late Republican leader, Senator Robert Taft, and former President Harry Truman, neither noted for pro-Communist opinions. Taft said it was "to a large extent a gift-a special privilege, beyond what any one else can get;" and Truman charged, "No loophole in the tax law is so inequitable." The first serious efforts to bring the taxes of the oil industry into closer correspondence with those of other U.S. industries were made by the New Deal, and no one hated President Roosevelt more bitterly than such Texans as John Nance Garner, who served as Vice-President during Roosevelt's first term and then opposed him for the second. When Roosevelt died in 1945, while the United States was still at war, a San Antonio millionaire announced a cocktail party to celebrate his death. In recent years, the chief foe of the Texas oil men has been Democratic Senator Douglas of Illinois, who proposed to keep the 27.5 per cent bonus for the small producers, but reduce it to 15 per cent for big ones. Douglas pointed out that there had been one oil company in 1954 which had a net income of four million dollars and paid only $404 in taxes, lower than the average US married couple; that there was another company which made five million dollars and paid no income tax at all; a third showed profits of 12 million dollars in 1953 and yet received a $500,000 tax credit; this same company made 10 million dollars the next year, and received another $100,000 tax credit.

To such arguments, the Texans have responded that the national security itself depends on their ability to guard their present rate of profit. "Oil, gentlemen, is ammunition," a Congressional committee was assured by General Ernest O. Thompson, Commanding General of the Texas National Guard. "In defence," he said, "oil is a prime mover. Why tamper with a system that... has made oil available in such quantities that we have been able to win two wars?"

Two wars, and so... why not a third one? Of all sections of the country, none was more opposed to any indication that an understanding might be reached between the President of the United States and Khrushchev, none is more convinced that the United States not only could survive a nuclear attack but could go on and win the war, especially if the U.S. had made the "first strike"-and that it might be worth it. Some of this hostility to a détente may be ascribed, of course, to cynical self-interest, for Texas has achieved an annual expansion, since the cold war started, more than six times greater than the national economy has averaged; conversely, if disarmament were actually to begin, no other section of America would suffer such immediate disruption of its industry, since an extremely high proportion of defence work has been concentrated in the State of Texas.

Neither cynical self-interest nor fear, however, totally explains the attitude of the oligarchy - or, at least, a portion of them. A major part of it must be ascribed to boredom. These oligarchs started as gamblers and gamblers they have remained. But in recent years there has been nothing left on which to gamble, except perhaps the whole future of the United States. This theory is, I think, worth some serious consideration. They have run out of new fields to conquer in the State of Texas; they've begun expanding. We have one of the most powerful and wealthy oligarchies in the world, controlled-as no society has ever been before-by men whose instincts are not those of businessmen, but gamblers. I suggest the impact of this fact upon world history, in any country which possesses the atomic bomb, is terrifying.

Why does Thomas G. Buchanan believe that the Texas Oil Industry might have been involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy?

(L5) Joachim Joesten, How Kennedy Was Killed (1968)

When District Attorney Garrison, in his statement of September 21, 1967, made the startling disclosure that the assassination of President Kennedy had been ordered and paid for by a handful of oil-rich psychotic millionaires, he

didn't name any names. But I'm quite sure that all the good people of Dallas, if any of them were privileged to hear the news, instantly thought of their fellow-resident Haroldson Lafayette Hunt, the boss of the immensely rich Hunt Oil Company of Dallas.

Hunt is not only by far the richest of all the Texas oil millionaires but he is also, and more importantly, the one with the most pronounced and most vicious spleen. And, above all, the one who hated Kennedy most.

It so happens that H. L. Hunt is also a longtime friend, admirer and financial 'angel' of the most prominent Texas politician of our time, Lyndon B. Johnson, the man who was destined to become President of the United States automatically the moment Kennedy died. Perhaps this is the reason why Garrison preferred not to be too specific.

What evidence does Joachim Joesten use to claim that the "assassination of President Kennedy had been ordered and paid for by a handful of oil-rich psychotic millionaires"?

(L6) Dr. Albert E. Burke attending a meeting at the home of Haroldson L. Hunt in Dallas in 1961. Later he gave an account of the meeting.

I have listened to communists and other groups that can only be called enemies, accuse us of the worst intentions, the most inhuman ways of doing things, as the most dangerous people on earth, to be stopped and destroyed at all costs... But nothing I have heard in or from those places around us compared with the experience I had in the Dallas home of an American, whose hate for this country's leaders, and the way our institutions worked, was the most vicious, venomous and dangerous I have known in my life. No communist ever heard, no enemy of this nation has ever done a better job of degrading or belittling this country. That American was one of this nation's richest and most powerful men!

It was a very special performance by a pillar of the American community, who influences things in his community. It was a very special performance because in that living room during his performance - in which he said things had reached the point where there seemed to be "no way left to get those traitors out of our government except by shooting them out" during that performance, there were four teenagers in that room to be influenced. His views were shared on November 22, 1963.

Interestingly, the man accused of that crime claimed to be a Marxist, a communist. But my host assured me - when I objected to his remarks - that he believed as he did because he was anti-communist!

What happened in that home in Dallas, of one of America's richest and most powerful men, shashed that goal of America as a united country for the four teenagers in on that conversation that night.

Why does Dr. Albert E. Burke believe that Haroldson L. Hunt was involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy?

(L7) Madeleine Brown, interviewed on the television programme, A Current Affair (24th February, 1992)

On Thursday night, Nov. 21, 1963, the last evening prior to Camelot's demise, I attended a social at Clint Murchison's home. It was my understanding that the event was scheduled as a tribute honoring his long time friend, J. Edgar Hoover (whom Murchison had first met decades earlier through President William Howard Taft), and his companion, Clyde Tolson. Val Imm, the society editor for the now-defunct Dallas Times Herald, unwittingly documented one of the most significant gatherings in American history. The impressive guest list included John McCloy, Richard Nixon, George Brown, R. L. Thornton, H. L. Hunt and a host of others from the 8F group. The jovial party was just breaking up when Lyndon made an unscheduled visit. I was the most surprised by his appearance since Jesse had not mentioned anything about Lyndon's coming to Clint's. With Lyndon's hectic schedule, I never dreamed he could attend the big party. After all, he had arrived in Dallas on Tuesday to attend the Pepsi-Cola convention. Tension filled the room upon his arrival. The group immediately went behind closed doors. A short time later Lyndon, anxious and red-faced, reappeared I knew how secretly Lyndon operated. Therefore I said nothing... not even that I was happy to see him. Squeezing my hand so hard, it felt crushed from the pressure, he spoke with a grating whisper, a quiet growl, into my ear, not a love message, but one I'll always remember: "After tomorrow those goddamn Kennedys will never embarrass me again - that's no threat - that's a promise."

Who does Madeleine Brown think was involved in planning the assassination of John F. Kennedy?

(L8) Madeleine Brown, Texas in the Morning (1998)

Just a few weeks later (after the assassination) I mentioned to him that people in Dallas were saying he himself had something to do with it. He became really violent, really ugly, and said it was American Intelligence and oil that were behind it. Then he left the room and slammed the door It scared me.

According to Madeleine Brown, who did Lyndon Johnson believe was behind the assassination of Kennedy?

(L9) Jim Marrs, Crossfire: The Plot that Killed Kennedy (1990)

Madeleine Brown, reported to be Johnson’s mistress for twenty years, has publicly stated that Johnson had foreknowledge of the assassination. But did Johnson really have enough power to initiate the assassination and force literally dozens of government officials and agents to lie and cover up that fact? Probably not.

What reasons does Jim Marrs give for not believing Madeleine Brown's theory about the assassination?

(L10) Gary Mack published an account of Madeleine Brown's story on 14th May, 1997.

Madeleine has claimed over the years that she attended a party at Clint Murchison’s house the night before the assassination and LBJ, Hoover and Nixon were there. The party story, without LBJ, first came from Penn Jones in Forgive My Grief. In that version, the un-credited source was a black chauffeur whom Jones didn’t identify, and the explanation Jones gave was that it was the last chance to decide whether or not to kill JFK. Of course, Hoover used only top FBI agents for transportation and in the FBI of 1963, none were black. Actually, there is no confirmation for a party at Murchison’s. I asked Peter O’Donnell because Madeleine claimed he was there, too. Peter said there was no party. Madeleine even said there was a story about it in the Dallas Times Herald some months later (which makes no sense), but she had not been able to find it. Val Imm (Society Editor of the Dallas Times Herald) told Bob Porter (of the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza staff) recently she had no memory of such an event and even looked through her notes - in vain.

Could LBJ have been at a Murchison party? No. LBJ was seen and photographed in the Houston Coliseum with JFK at a dinner and speech. They flew out around 10pm and arrived at Carswell (Air Force Base in northwest Fort Worth) at 11:07 Thursday night. Their motorcade to the Hotel Texas arrived about 11:50 and LBJ was again photographed. He stayed in the Will Rogers suite on the 13th floor and Manchester (William Manchester - author of The Death of a President) says he was up late. Could Nixon have been at Murchison’s party? No. Tony Zoppi (Entertainment Editor of The Dallas Morning News) and Don Safran (Entertainment Editor of the Dallas Times Herald) saw Nixon at the Empire Room at the Statler-Hilton. He walked in with Joan Crawford (Movie actress). Robert Clary (of Hogan’s Heroes fame) stopped his show to point them out, saying “... either you like him or you don’t.” Zoppi thought that was in poor taste, but Safran said Nixon laughed. Zoppi’s deadline was 11pm, so he stayed until 10:30 or 10:45 and Nixon was still there.

Does Gary Mack believe Madeleine Brown's story (L6) about what happened the night before the assassination?

(L11) Barr McClellan, Blood Money and Power: How L.B.J. Killed J.F.K. (2003)

Soon after, there was another private meeting at Johnson's ranch. The vice president was certain he would be dumped, and he had to know what Clark was planning. He needed to know when action would be taken. After all, two years had passed and the politics for Johnson had only worsened. Something had to be done.

Clark was not about to let Johnson know any of the details. The assassination had to be a complete surprise to Johnson. Under no circumstances would he know what was planned. This time, when Johnson called for Clark, the lawyer decided to "woodshed" the vice president. The process was like taking a child out behind the woodshed to paddle him until he learned to do the right thing. In the case of witnesses for lawsuits, the woodshedding was to be sure they said the right thing, that they told the correct story before a jury. What the witness said and did had to be shaded just right...

Clark had one more worry detail, a small one in the overall scheme of things but an important one. He knew how pleased, even ecstatic, Johnson would be when the assassination occurred. He wanted Johnson to react with surprise and then express the correct condolences for the Kennedy family with appropriate assurances to the nation. The best approach for Johnson would be the usual one, to say and do nothing. As things turned out, Johnson would react in good form except on three minor but telling occasions. As Clark had feared, Johnson would overreact.

Why did Edward A. Clark not give Lyndon Johnson details of the planned assassination?

(L12) Phil Brennan, Some Relevant Facts About the JFK Assassination (2003)

There's an explosive new book that lays out a very detailed - and persuasive - case for the probability that the late President Lyndon Baines Johnson was responsible for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

I say persuasive because the author, Barr McClellan, was one of LBJ's top lawyers, and he provides a lot of information hitherto unknown to the general public - much more of which he says is buried in secret documents long withheld from the American people....

McClellan and others before him have discussed the fact that LBJ faced some pretty awful prospects, including not only being dumped from the 1964 ticket but also spending a long, long time in the slammer as a result of his role in the rapidly expanding Bobby Baker case - something few have speculated about because the full facts were never revealed by the media, which didn't want to know, or report, the truth...

Bobby Kennedy, called five of Washington's top reporters into his office and told them it was now open season on Lyndon Johnson. It's OK, he told them, to go after the story they were ignoring out of deference to the administration.

And from that point on until the events in Dallas, Lyndon Baines Johnson's future looked as if it included a sudden end to his political career and a few years in the slammer. The Kennedys had their knives out and sharpened for him and were determined to draw his political blood - all of it.

In the Senate, the investigation into the Baker case was moving quickly ahead. Even the Democrats were cooperating, thanks to the Kennedys, and an awful lot of really bad stuff was being revealed - until Nov. 22, 1963.

By Nov. 23, all Democrat cooperation suddenly stopped. Lyndon would serve a term and a half in the White House instead of the slammer, the Baker investigation would peter out and Bobby Baker would serve a short sentence and go free. Dallas accomplished all of that.

Bobby Baker was Lyndon Johnson's secretary and political adviser. In November 1963 Baker was under investigation for corruption. Why do some people believe this case played an important role in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy?

(L13) Bobby Baker, interviewed in 1990.

Clint Murchison owned a piece of Hoover. Rich people always try to put their money with the sheriff, because they're looking for protection. Hoover was the personification of law and order and officially against gangsters and everything, so it was a plus for a rich man to be identified with him. That's why men like Murchison made it their business to let everyone know Hoover was their friend. You can do a lot of illegal things if the head lawman is your buddy.

Clint Murchison was a Texas oil billionaire. What is the significance of the comments made by Bobby Baker?

(L14) Peter Dale Scott, Deep Politics and the Death of JFK (1993)

According to President Kennedy's secretary, Evelyn Lincoln, Bobby Kennedy was also investigating Bobby Baker for tax evasion and fraud. This had reached the point where the President himself discussed the Baker investigation with his secretary, and allegedly told her that his running mate in 1964 would not be Lyndon Johnson. The date of this discussion was November 19, 1963, the day before the President left for Texas.

A Senate Rules Committee investigation into the Bobby Baker scandal was indeed moving rapidly to implicate Lyndon Johnson, and on a matter concerning a concurrent scandal and investigation. This was the award of a $7-billion contract for a fighter plane, the TFX, to a General Dynamics plant in Fort Worth. Navy Secretary Fred Korth, a former bank president and a Johnson man, had been forced to resign in October 1963, after reporters discovered that his bank, the Continental National Bank of Fort Worth, was the principal money source for the General Dynamics plant.

What motives did Lyndon Johnson have for wanting John F. Kennedy dead?

(L15) Matthew Smith, JFK: The Second Plot (1992)

Interestingly, there were several arrests made in the Dal Tex building (on the 22nd November, 1963). The third man arrested there was extremely interesting. He was Jim Braden, also known as Eugene Hale Brading, a known Mafia courier. He said he had had an appointment to meet Lamar Hunt, son of H.L. Hunt, the oil millionaire, on oil business. Braden was with a friend, Morgan H. Brown, who bolted when he heard he had been taken in for questioning. A man with 30 arrests to his record, Braden had been staying at the Kabanya Motor Hotel, where Jack Ruby - who was to kill Lee Harvey Oswald in the Police Headquarters basement two days after the assassination - had met some of his Chicago friends the night before the President was killed. Braden was not detained. Five years later, however, Braden was to turn up in Los Angeles when Senator Robert Kennedy was murdered.

What was Jim Braden's connection with the H. L. Hunt? What is Matthew Smith suggesting in this account?

(L16) John Kelin, review of Noel Twyman's book, Bloody Treason (1998)

When Twyman finally names his real villains, we recognize three men whose involvement has been alleged for years: Lyndon Johnson, J. Edgar Hoover, and H.L. Hunt. The author says they acted from that oldest of motivations, self-preservation, and that "they had the the power and the money to make it happen and cover it up." It is amusing, in a sick sort of way, when Twyman says that Hoover seems to be the one person involved who had no redeeming qualities. "I have searched the literature and... if there was something likable about him I haven't found it."

What does John Klein mean when he says Lyndon Johnson, J. Edgar Hoover, and H.L. Hunt acted from that "oldest of motivations, self-preservation"?

(L17) Edward Jay Epstein, Esquire Magazine (December, 1966)

In January of 1964 the Warren Commission learned that Don B. Reynolds, insurance agent and close associate of Bobby Baker, had been heard to say the FBI knew that Johnson was behind the assassination. When interviewed by the FBI, he denied this. But he did recount an incident during the swearing in of Kennedy in which Bobby Baker said (in January, 1961) words to the effect that the s.o.b. would never live out his term and that he would die a violent death.
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April 13, 2013 Interfax   
Moscow publishes list of U.S. citizens denied entry to Russia.

The Russian authorities have published a list of U.S. citizens denied entry to Russia in response to the Magnitsky List that was announced on April 12.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has published a list of U.S. citizens denied entry to Russia based on federal law "On Measures Affecting Individuals Responsible for Violating Fundamental Human Rights and Freedoms and Rights and Freedoms of Citizens of the Russian Federation."

The list contains two categories of U.S. nationals.

The first one includes those who, in Moscow's view, are responsible for legalizing and applying torture and holding convicts in detention for an unlimited period of time (the Guantanamo list).

These people are David Addington (chief of staff to the U.S. vice president in 2005-2008), John Yoo (assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice in 2001-2003), Geoffrey Miller (commander of the Joint Task Force Guantanamo in 2002-2003) and Jeffrey Harbeson (commander of the Joint Task Force Guantanamo in 2010-2012).
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The second category of U.S. citizens denied entry to Russia includes those who, in Moscow's view, are responsible for violating rights and freedoms of Russian citizens abroad.

These are Jed Rakoff (U.S. District judge for the Southern District of New York), Preetinder Bharara (U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York), Michael Garcia (former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York), Brendan McGuire, Anjan Sahni, Christian Everdell, Jenna Dabbs, Christopher Lavigne, and Michael Rosensaft (senior officials at the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York), Louis Milione and Sam Gaye (senior special agents at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration), Robert Zachariasiewicz and Derek Odney (special agents at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration), and Gregory Coleman (an FBI agent).
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Lake Oswego council approves joining FBI terrorism task force

 April 17, 2013

The Lake Oswego City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to join the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force

As approved, one Lake Oswego police detective will go through the process of obtaining the FBI's security clearance and then work with federal agents one or two days a month on terrorism-related investigations. The city would not assign an investigator full-time to the task force, as other cities have.

The council vote was taken without discussion. Lake Oswego resident Gary Gipson, a retired FBI agent, spoke briefly in favor of the move. The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon submitted a letter in opposition, raising concerns about the differences between federal and local investigations and a potential lack of accountability to local police officials.


Former Portland Mayor Tom Potter led a vote to withdraw the Portland Police Bureau from the task force in 2005 after the FBI declined his request for more civilian oversight. In 2011, prodded by then-Mayor Sam Adams, Portland said it would work with the task force on a case-by-case basis while insisting on regular briefings for the police chief, top police officials and the mayor.

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April 21, 2013

Higinio Ochoa AKA W0rmer’s Words To The World
My name is Higinio Ochoa and until recently I have been also known as higochoa and w0rmer. I have spent the last few months fighting along side some of the best in the world.


On march 20th 2012 @ 10:30 am around 8 agents from the FBI stormed my apartment and put me under arrest. Shortly after I was taken to the Texas City field office where I turned over all evidence I had collected on myself,over the course of the last few months. I then spent the subsequent hours going over w0rmers timeline and confirming or denying my participation in various attacks.


After FBI Agent Scott Jenson was done explaining how unimpressed he was with both my expressed skills, and information I provided the systems administrator for the texas DPS. He then proceeded to interview me for the exact information concerning the breach of the texas DPS site.


( It would seem to me niether the DPS administrator nor the FBI fully understand the “complexity” of SQL injections.) After faIling to get the printer from which my fingerprints were to get printed from, to work, they proceded to fonger print me “old school style” as one agent elequently put it. Hand cuffed and guarded by two U.S. marshalls I was led to a car and driven to the Houston federal detention center.


Once there, I was once again finger printed and processed to be held until my court date the following morning. I want to express that the young cocky FBI agent (mr. Jenson) aside ;everyone who I had contact with was both understanding and curtious in their actions. the following morning I was once again dressed out and led by two marshals to the Southern District Fedral court house where I was to await trial. After the marshals turned me over though, all curtisies were thrown out the window. As an epileptic I was required to take 2 medications twice daily.


One medication was provided the first day while the second was witheld. The following day niether were even offered to me; even after the medication was both provided and the courthouse marshals were informed of my condition.
The marshal that processed me had no issue calling me dumb after I failed to provide a single piece of contact Information to anyone on the outside because of my personal operation security measures allowing plausable denyability thus ensuring the protection of both my family and friends.


After seeing the judge and having my bond set, this same agent then proceeded to stall my release by holding me and refusing to let me go until even the guards had left.


On the 23rd after talking with my public defender I had a name trial waved and all subsequent proceedings moved to Austin, home of the orginating charges. Let it be a matter of public record that not a single marshal there showed anything but fear and aggression towards me; someone charged with neither a violent nor drug based crime. Y U mad Bro?


Let me take this time now to clarify a couple of things I know many of you are questioning.


1. Where is my natural urge for self preservation? I have none. I did not “join” this movement out of personal interest, I did not get paid to hack these sites, I simply took donations in case any supporters of this cause could donate towards my protection. In fact my main source of currency was ‘bit coins’ as the american dollar continues to drop in value. When I abandoned my mask i was fully aware of the consiquences and know full well that someday i may infact have to pay for my activism. My life from that day on was about protecting my fellow activist, not myself, which is why I stand here today and you do-not. I was asked by the agents if I thought other anon’s caught would feel the same as I do, and if i expected others to not, rat me out. To this I responded: “of course not” But the problem i see in the world today is apathy and a willingness to protect oneself over others, something I myself took a personal oath to not follow. Americans and the world no less, need to wake up, turn off their T.V’s and notice a real change is comming.


2. Were you ever approached to be a confidential informant? Of course I was! Some body such as myself who not only participated in the occupy movement but knew many and knew the inner workings of the “infamous” cabin crew would not be just put away without wondering if he could be turned. I did how ever tell FBI that I would participate in the capture of my fellow crew mates, a play which undoubtfully both satisfied and confused the FBI. Those however who know me best would vouch for me undoutfully that doing so would put this movement at risk, something that i wish more anon’s would not only consider but place higher than themselves and those around them. ALL information provided to the FBI merely made MY case weaker and caused internal confusion showing the inherent weakness in the system. It was only because of this play that I believe I was allowed to not only get bond but keep those closest to me safe. I gave the FBI plenty of time to come up with more questions that I may have considered answering but alas they failed even that simple task. I turned over all accounts in my control and forfieted any protection I personally may have had to ensure they believed I was cooperating.


3. and last on my list, what did I hope to accomplish by speaking out as I am? This is simple. As our nation continues to grow more worldly and anonymous continues to spread our reach, our country will continue to wage war. This time however it will not only be our civial rights but our human rights. This country, one based on a failing system, not only continues to mis-manage our rights and resources but our internal infrastructure. If there was ever a time when helping others was needed, yesterday was that time. As millions go homeless, many millions of houses lay vacant, as millions go hungery, tons of food go wasted. Let me stand here, as many have before , and call out to you to request not that you vote a certain way, or even risk what you currently have as I have done, but to educate yourselves and reach out to those unconditionally who truly need help so that when you stand in need, that same help will be available to you.
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Architect Richard Gage introduces Cynthia McKinney at the Atlanta screening of Architects and Engineers new documentary, "9/11: Explosive Evidence - Experts Speak Out".

Cynthia reads form a letter written by Mike Ruppert where he describes 911 as crossing a Rubicon that allowed a perfect soulless criminality to create a living hell on earth.
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"Before our very eyes"

The Boston Marathon Mysteries

Two weeks after the attacks in Boston, the U.S. authorities continue to release piecemeal the clues they claim to have found. Everything revolves around the Chechen origin of the "guilty" parties and the conclusions to be drawn. Meanwhile, Internet users and the Russian press are depicting a different story, one in which the main "culprit" is a CIA agent.

| Damascus (Syria) | 28 April 2013

Two weeks after the Boston bombings (April 15, 2:49 p.m.), the U.S. authorities have designated brothers Tamerlane and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as the perpetrators. They declared that they killed the elder of the two and arrested his brother and accomplice. The young man, aged 19, was hospitalized, but his injuries prevent him from communicating except through nodding. Regardless, he has allegedly admitted the facts.

However, nothing is known about the circumstances under which Tamerlane was killed, or about those surrounding the arrest of Dzhokhar. The two accomplices are said to have succumbed to the "Oswald syndrome" and wanted to distinguish themselves by killing, without reason or witnesses, a university campus police officer. Then they are supposed to have hijacked a Mercedes with its anonymous driver and allegedly forced him to withdraw $ 800 from an automatic teller. This man testified to the police that the brothers had acknowledged to him responsibility for the attack.

So far, the press has not met the suspect, or interviewed the witness. It simply relays the statements of his parents and friends who are all surprised to see the suspects involved in this case.

Anyway, Judge Marianne B. Bowler indicted Dzhokhar for "use of weapons of mass destruction", namely pressure cookers packed with nails. This is the first time the term "weapon of mass destruction" is applied to a common household appliance.

For his part, Democratic leader of the House Intelligence Committee, Dutch Ruppersberger, said, after a closed-door meeting with officials from three intelligence services, that the Tsarnaevs had used a toy remote control to detonate their two bombs. He saw this as proof that the suspects had learned to make their devices by reading Inspire, the online magazine reportedly published by "Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula." However, if the first issue of the magazine (dated "Summer 2010") contains a detailed recipe for how to build a bomb from a pressure cooker, at no time does it show how to use a toy remote control to set off the explosive material inside the closed pot.

All this hubbub revolves around a single conclusion: the Chechen origin of the Tsanaev brothers places Russia at the heart of the debate. President Vladimir Putin discretely dodged questions on the subject at a long public answer session held last Thursday. There are Chechen terrorists in Syria who just kidnapped two Orthodox bishops. And it is likely there will be some in Sochi during the Olympics. It is in Russia’s interest to strengthen counter-terrorism cooperation with the United States, especially if she really intends deploying troops from the Organization of Collective Security in Syria.

Meanwhile, Internet surfers are split between those who align themselves with the FBI and those who challenge its narrative. There are two major counter-arguments circulating on the Web.

Is "Jeff Bauman" actually Nick Vogt?

The first accuses the security services of contriving a scenario with characters with emotion-charged histories. Images extracted from a video show two individuals trying to manipulate the body of Jeff Bauman, whose legs were allegedly amputated. The person in question would actually appear to be Nick Vogt, a lieutenant in the U.S. Army who lost his legs in Kandahar in November 2011. Indeed, one can only be amazed by the fact that "Jeff Bauman" always carries his head high and does not seem to suffer from hemorrhage when carried on a wheelchair without his thighs being strongly secured. The whole thing is all the more significant because it is the testimony of "Jeff Bauman," which enabled the identification of the suspects (press conference April 18, 5:20 p.m.).

Craft International mercenaries on the explosion site.

The second relates to the presence of a private security team, probably from Craft International LLC, which seem to wear the same backpack that was displayed by the FBI as having contained one of the pressure cookers.

But what is most astounding lies elsewhere. A bombing drill was conducted at the Boston Marathon two hours before the tragedy at the exact location where the real bombs exploded. But when a reporter asked about this at the press conference, FBI special agent Richard Deslauriers refused to answer and sought another question.

Izvestia: "Tamerlane Tsarnaev recruited by a Georgian Foundation. One of the perpetrators of the Boston terrorist attack attended the seminar organized by the United States together with Georgian special services."

Finally, according to Itzvestia (April 24), Tamerlane Tsarnaev participated in a Caucusus Fund for Georgia seminar, a front for the Jamestown Foundation, created by the CIA. He underwent training to "increase instability in Russia." In a protest letter, the Fund denied the reports, alleging a case of mistaken identity.

It is too early to conclude what actually happened in Boston. One thing is certain however: the police version is false.

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The 9/11 Phone Calls: Disturbing Irregularities Uncovered in the Calls that Flashed around the World 16 May 2013 The 9/11 Consensus Panel offers four evidence-based Points about the alleged phone calls from the 9/11 flights. The famous “let’s roll” drama of the passenger revolt on UA 93 was relayed by passenger Todd Beamer’s 13-minute unrecorded seat-back call to GTE telephone supervisor Lisa Jefferson, who reported Beamer as strangely tranquil, declining to speak to his wife. Eerily, Beamer’s line remained open for 15 minutes after the crash. Oddly, the Verizon wireless record shows that 19 calls were made from Beamer’s cell phone long after the crash of UA 93. Initial media reports and FBI interviews detailed more than a dozen cell phone calls from the planes at high elevation. Yet in 2001, a telephone spokesperson stated that sustained mobile calls were not possible above 10,000 feet.




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Bremer & Wallace:
It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again

"I have no evidence, but I think
my attempted assassination was part of a conspiracy."
— Governor George Wallace

By Lisa Pease

The story was both familiar and devastating. Another crazy gunman, portrayed as a withdrawn loner, had taken down another leading political figure in our country. On May 15, 1972, Arthur Herman Bremer pulled a gun and fired upon Governor George Corley Wallace during his campaign rally at a shopping center in Laurel, Maryland.

CBS photographer Laurens Pierce caught part of the shooting on film. A clip from this piece is included in the film Forrest Gump. Wallace is seen with his right side exposed as Bremer reaches forward through the crowd, plants the gun near Wallace’s stomach, and fires. Bremer continues firing four more shots, all in essentially the same forward direction, roughly parallel to the ground. Due largely to what was shown on the film, and to the apparent premeditation exhibited in his alleged diary, Bremer was arrested, tried and convicted.

To most people, this case was truly incontestable. This time, a deranged (though not legally insane) gunman had taken out a presidential hopeful. But as with the assassinations of the two Kennedy brothers and Dr. Martin Luther King, there appears to be more to the story.

Wallace alone was wounded in nine different places. Three other people were wounded by a bullet apiece. That makes twelve wounds. The gun found at the scene and presumed to be the only weapon used could only hold five bullets. Looks like someone brought magic bullets to Laurel that day.

Doctors who treated Wallace said he was hit by a minimum of four bullets, and possibly five.Yet three other victims were hit by bullets, and bullets were recovered from two of them. The New York Times reported that there was "broad speculation on how four persons had suffered at least seven separate wounds from a maximum of five shots," adding that although various law enforcement agencies had personnel on the scene, these agencies claimed that "none of their officers or agents had discharged their weapons."1 Curiously absent is the logical deduction: perhaps a second shooter was present.

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Benjamin Lipsitz, 94, Pikesville attorney who defended Bremer

Benjamin Lipsitz, whose commitment to the spirit and letter of the law led him to defend a would-be assassin, a Nazi sympathizer and a craven murderer during a career that spanned more than a half-century, died May 10. He was 94.

"He was so fundamentally devoted to justice. He was Atticus Finch all over again," said retired Baltimore County Circuit Judge John Fader II. "To me, he was what lawyering and what representation are all about."

Lipsitz was chosen to defend Arthur Bremer, accused of shooting Democratic presidential candidate George Wallace and three others, including a Secret Service agent, at a Laurel shopping center in 1972.


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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Routinely Spies upon and Disrupts “Occupy” Protests


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been engaged in massive surveillance of peaceful protesters which undermines protections enshrined in the First and Fourteenth Amendments.

Two recent studies raise serious questions about the way the DHS has reacted to Occupy style protests. Let us not forget the primary mission of the DHS is to ”safeguard the United States against terrorism.”

In August of 2012 the bipartisan think tank The Constitution Project issued a report on DHS counter-terrorism fusion centres. It notes how there are 77 active fusion centres in the US which are information sharing hubs where DHS, FBI and state/local law enforcement agencies can pool intelligence and coordinate their activities. This report investigates the use of counter-terrorism fusion centres and notes that many:

 ”pose serious risks to civil liberties, including rights of free speech, free assembly, freedom of religion, racial and religious equality, privacy, and the right to be free from unnecessary government intrusion. Several fusion centers have issued bulletins that characterize a wide variety of religious and political groups as threats to national security. In some instances, state law enforcement agencies that funnel information to fusion centers have improperly monitored and infiltrated anti-war and environmental organizations. ”

The report further notes that many fusion centres are keeping files upon people without proper justification. Racial, political and religious profiling of ordinary citizens is being carried which undermines First Amendment rights to freedom of association, freedom of religious and political beliefs.

Apparently, there are numerous examples of counter-terrorism fusion centres targeting a wide variety of different political groups for surveillance and infiltration. For example, between 2005-2007 the DHS and Maryland State Police spied upon and infiltrated anti-war, anti-death penalty and animal rights groups. Despite the fact that these were peaceful protesters who engaged in no criminal activity the surveillance went on for several years with many activists being designated terrorists. The report observes that: ”All told, data characterizing 53 peaceful activists (including two nuns) as “terrorists” was transmitted to at least seven federal and state agencies, including the National Security Agency.”

The Constitution Project report into DHS counter-terrorism fusion centres concludes with the recommendation that,”Congress, DHS or DOJ should commission an independent study of fusion center performance, sustainability and impact upon civil liberties.”

This violation of civil liberties is further confirmed by the release of DHS documents released by the Partnership for Civil Justice on 2 April 2013. Freedom of Information Act requests saw the DHS release hundreds of pages of heavily redacted documents that reveal the routine surveillance and disruption of free speech Occupy protests by DHS agents in collaboration with local law enforcement agencies.

Back in December, documents received by the Partnership for Civil Justice revealed the role of the FBI in monitoring and disrupting peaceful Occupy protests. They clearly show how the FBI regarded Occupy protestors as potential terrorists and criminals despite acknowledging that Occupy Wall Street movement consistently called for peaceful protests.

In the last few months of 2011 Occupy Wall Street faced a coordinated violent crackdown to evict protesters from public spaces by DHS, FBI and local law enforcement agencies. This violent crackdown had a stunning effect upon the peaceful Occupy movement which it has still not fully recovered from.

The recently released DHS documents show it devoted a lot of time, energy and resources to the constant surveillance of Occupy style protests in cities and towns across America. The DHS was obsessed with the question of whether any protests were receiving media coverage and if they were targeting federal property.

Before examining the nature of DHS activities during this phase of the Occupy movement it is worthwhile bearing in mind a comment made by DHS secretary Janet Napolitano on 2 April 2013:

”DHS is mindful that one of its missions is to ensure that privacy, confidentiality, civil rights and civil liberties are not diminished by the Department’s security initiatives”.

The surveillance of the Occupy Portland movement during October-November 2011 serves to illustrate the nature of DHS activities during this phase of the Occupy Wall Street movement which undermined First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and association.

In early October 2011 Occupy Portland was just getting going and DHS devoted considerable time to monitoring its twitter and face book activities. The main focus of its energies were daily surveillance of the various demonstrations and encampments that were set up in city parks and Terry Shrunk Plaza. The DHS was particularly concerned by the encampment on Terry Shrunk Plaza. DHS inspectors worked in shifts to carry out this round the clock surveillance. They were instructed to come with riot gear and be armed.

On the 5 October one agent’s report reads:

”300 turned up for last week’s planning session. This is triple the turnout for a similar event for a planning counsel. Event organizer’s have been heard discussing the coming wet weather…I think it is likely this event will affect federal property.” [He calls for extra agents to be sent to Portland for ]”civil disturbance operations”.

A report on 31 October 2011 with the heading ”Crime/Incident: Demonstration-Violent” notes that DHS agents and Portland police told 200 protesters to leave Terry Shrunk Plaza. The agent says that the DHS,

”Acting Area Commander [redacted] advised that the demonstrators appear to have a mob mentality….Portland Police Commander [redacted] wants to coordinate with FPS [read DHS agents] an early morning removal of the tent and protesters tomorrow morning. Michael Moore (Hollywood Film Director) is at Terry Shrunk Plaza right now and is getting the crowd excited and having them bring more tents…”

On 1 November another report notes how DHS agents and Portland police were working together to remove Occupy protesters from Terry Shrunk Plaza:

”[DHS] inspectors entered Terry Shrunk Plaza and began announcing that everyone needed to leave and take down their tents or they would be arrested. 10 subjects refused to leave the property. …We handcuffed and transported all 10 subjects to Gus Solomon courthouse where we processed them. All of the subjects were cited and released for failure to conform to Lawful Direction.”

One could be forgiven for asking why are DHS agents spying upon peaceful protesters and then breaking up their free speech protests with arrests? The mission charter of the Department of Homeland Security says nothing about its role being to police free speech protests. One can only draw the conclusion that the DHS regards free speech protests as potential terror threats hence why it devoted such large amounts of energy and resources to mass surveillance of Occupy Wall Street during the autumn and winter of 2011.

Maria Verheyden-Hillard, Executive Director of the Partnership for Civil Justice has observed that DHS agents during this period were

”functioning as a secret police force against people participating in lawful free speech activity…. The federal agencies’ actions were not because Occupy represented a ”terrorist threat” or a ”criminal threat” but rather because it posed a significant grass roots political challenge to the status quo”

These reports show how the third biggest government department is obsessed with peaceful Occupy protests. The Department of Homeland Security spends a large amount of time and resources in undermining the civil liberties of peaceful protesters that have nothing to do with its official mandate of fighting terrorism.

It is clear that the 1% who make up the ruling class of America feel threatened by the political awakening that is represented by the growing Occupy movement.

The growing wave of protests against murderous drone strikes, against home foreclosures, against the destruction of the environment and public services all show how the American people are slowly moving on to the scene of history. When the giant, that is the American working class, moves en masse on to the political scene no force on earth will stop it from sweeping the ruling class away into the dustbin of history.

The Department of Homeland Security declined the offer of commenting upon issues raised in this article.




FBI Agent Probed After Criticizing Bureau

 A 12-year veteran FBI agent is under investigation for alleged insubordination following his appearances on ABCNEWS programs and a recent press conference in Washington, D.C., in which he criticized the bureau's efforts to combat terrorism, according to the agent's attorney.

Special Agent Robert Wright first went public last year on PrimeTime Thursday and told ABCNEWS Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross that he believes the FBI has failed to safeguard the United States from terrorist attacks.

"Sept. 11 is a direct result of the incompetence of the FBI's International Terrorism Unit," Wright said. "No doubt about that. Absolutely no doubt about that."

Wright began tracking terrorists in the Chicago area in the mid-1990s for the Terrorism Task Force. He says he soon became frustrated when he was ordered by his superiors at the FBI Intelligence Division not to make any arrests of suspected terrorists.

According to Wright, he was ordered to drop his investigation into a suspected terror financier whose name had arisen during the investigation into the bombings of two American embassies in East Africa in 1998, in which at least 224 people were killed.

Wright and his partner John Vincent, who has since retired from the FBI, said that the money trail uncovered in the embassy bombing probe led to, among others, a powerful Saudi Arabian businessman, Yassin Qadi, who had extensive business and financial ties in Chicago.

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"Two months after the embassies are hit in Africa they want to shut down the criminal investigation. They wanted to kill it," Wright said on PrimeTime.

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FBI Agent Accused of Helping the Mafia


An FBI security expert who had access to

informant identities and witness lists is accused of selling

classified files to the mafia and others involved in criminal

investigations, according to a complaint filed against him by the


James J. Hill, 51, an Air Force veteran and security analyst in the Las Vegas FBI office, is charged with obstruction of justice, conspiracy and stealing and selling the top-secret FBI information. The six-page complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in New York, says Hill was paid $25,000 for files from November 1999 until last week. He was arrested Friday in Las Vegas after allegedly faxing classified information drawn from computer files to an FBI informant in New York. A detention hearing was scheduled today in Las Vegas.


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FBI agents killed in training accident

Updated: Sunday, 19 May 2013, 9:25 PM EDT

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Judge rejects lawyer’s bid to end supervision

Uhl remains suspended

The former lawyer from Southboro served a sentence of more than two and a half years in federal prison for tax evasion. He was sentenced to two years of supervised release as well.

Mr. Uhl hopes to either practice law again or work as a real estate agent, but his license to practice law in several states was suspended and he was disbarred in New York.

The motion was filed earlier this week by Mr. Uhl and denied by a federal judge Wednesday.

A federal jury in 2010 found Mr. Uhl guilty of six counts of tax evasion.

Mr. Uhl, who once worked as a fingerprint technician for the FBI, said his license to practice law has been suspended in Connecticut, Maryland and Washington, D.C. His law license was also suspended in Massachusetts and Maine, but he can apply for reinstatement in May 2015.


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New York Congressional Representative Michael Grimm to Ring The NASDAQ Stock Market Opening Bell


  May 17, 2013

New York Congressional Representative, Michael Grimmwill visit the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square to officially ring The NASDAQ Stock Market Opening Bell.

NASDAQ MarketSite - 4 Times Square - 43rd & Broadway - Broadcast Studio

Monday, May 20, 2013 - 9:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. ET     

Carol Danko

(202) 225-3371 / (202) 557-1191 cell

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FBI to Participate in Youth Criminal Justice Academy

Wednesday, 19 June 2013 18:57

San Diego, California - Daphne Hearn, Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the San Diego FBI Field Office, announces the FBI will be participating in a Youth Criminal Justice Academy, presented by the San Diego Learning for Life and Exploring Program. The event will be held on Thursday, June 20, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at Camp Balboa, 1207 Upas Street in San Diego, California, 92103.

The FBI, through its Community Outreach Program, is partnering with the Learning for Life and Exploring Program to provide information to young people on career choices and qualifications for law enforcement careers. The event will also provide a chance for participants to receive hands-on-training related to evidence collection techniques. The FBI’s half-day program on June 20th is one of a week-long schedule of programs. The other four days include both federal and local law enforcement programs.

The Youth Criminal Justice Academy event supports the Learning for Life and Exploring mission of enabling young people to become responsible individuals by teaching positive character traits, career development, leadership, and life skills so they can make ethical choices and achieve their full potential. This mission also falls in line with the FBI’s goal of providing positive learning opportunities, career awareness, and safety information to young people.

Learning for Life programs are designed for all age groups from kindergarten through age 20. For more information on the Learning for Life and Exploring Programs, contact Marilyn Copeland at (619) 298-6121 ext. 232 or Marilyn.copeland@lflmail.org. For more information concerning the FBI’s Community Outreach Program, please contact Public Affairs Specialist Emily Yeh at (858) 320-8312 or emily.yeh@ic.fbi.gov or Community Outreach Specialist Erin MacKinnon at (858) 320-8313.

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I have known Angela Clemente for at least 5 years. We raised a few bucks
in Maine to help her survive in New Jersey while FBI  agents were trying to kill her.
We talk by phone periodically as she tries to hold on long enough to get a kidney transplant.
She is the primary guardian for her 41 year old  autistic brother as well as her special needs child.
Angela was the principal investigator that uncovered evidence New York FBI  agent Lyndley DeVecchio
collaborated with the New York Mafia in several murders. I could go on about Angela but right now
she can use your help. If, like me, you believe that blogging isn't behavior, and only behavior is the truth,
let us see how you respond. This is a article about her in today's New York Times.
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The Mob and Angela Clemente

Angela Clemente in her home office. In 1999, she was tipped off that one of the defendants convicted in a gangland murder, Anthony Russo, had supposedly been wrongly accused.

 June 29, 2013

At the end of February, a 300-page report, tersely titled, “New York Systemic Corruption,” was received for review by the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General in Washington. In three bound volumes, it detailed a series of oft-made, and explosive, allegations: that in the 1990s, while trying to stem the Colombo family war, federal prosecutors and agents for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in New York knowingly allowed two moles in the mob to kill while they were on the government’s payroll.

Ms. Clemente's main focus has been the F.B.I.’s entanglements with the mob. She has looked at ties  between R. Lindley DeVecchio, who ran the F.B.I.’s Colombo family squad, and Gregory Scarpa Sr., a Colombo family captain, who was secretly serving as the agent’s mole.

But the dossier had not been sent to Washington by one of the defense attorneys or professional private detectives who have, for two decades now, been working on the legal cases related to the war, an internecine struggle from 1991 to 1993 that resulted in a dozen deaths and more than 80 convictions. It was sent from an unlikely, and mostly unknown, source: a 5-foot-4, single mother from New Jersey named Angela Clemente.

For nearly 15 years, Ms. Clemente, 48 and a self-professed “forensic analyst,” has waged an independent and improbable campaign to prove that the government turned a blind eye to as many as 39 murders committed in New York by turncoat gangsters it paid to work as informants.

Through interviews in the underworld and by prying loose documents from classified archives, her unusual citizen-sleuthing has taken her deep into the local version of the James (Whitey) Bulger case, which is now being tried in Boston. Not only into the annals of the New York mob, but also, in a strange, octopus-like fashion, into corollary inquiries into Islamic terrorism, the Kennedy assassination, even the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

“You have a real knack for investigation,” Representative Dana Rohrabacher, a former chairman of the House oversight committee, wrote to Ms. Clemente in 2007 after she helped lead the authorities to a stash of explosives in a Kansas house owned by Terry Nichols, one of the Oklahoma City bombers. “Your ability to get valuable information from sources unavailable to many of us in government is truly an asset to those seeking the truth.”

A onetime medical technician who in her 30s studied to become a paralegal, Ms. Clemente is not your typical gumshoe. For one thing, she tends not to work for criminal defendants or their lawyers, opting instead to send her findings to public officials, like Mr. Rohrabacher, hoping to prompt Congressional hearings or legislative change. For another, when she isn’t in Washington or visiting federal prisons, she lives in Tuckerton, N.J., north of Atlantic City, and cares for her autistic brother Miles, 47, and 15-year-old son Santo, who has a rare autoimmune disease.

It was more or less by chance that Ms. Clemente found her mission in 1999, when she was working from home, in Toms River, N.J., helping prison inmates file transfer requests or obtain better medical care.

A member of the Gambino crime family discreetly sought her out, she said, and suggested she investigate the gangland murder of John Minerva, a Colombo soldier shot at the height of his family’s civil war while sitting in a Champagne-colored Cadillac outside a coffee shop in North Massapequa, N.Y. The mobster told her that one of the defendants convicted in Mr. Minerva’s death, Anthony Russo, had been wrongly accused.

“When I got the Russo case, I didn’t really know about the mob,” Ms. Clemente said recently. “I just started talking to everyone involved, the Mafia guys, the victims’ families, even some of the judges. I was just trying to learn what I could and see if something had actually gone wrong.”

She also didn’t know that Mr. Russo’s conviction, in Brooklyn in 1994, was linked to one of the most extraordinary — and litigated — tales in New York Mafia history, the epic saga of a convoluted and allegedly compromised partnership between a lawman and a hit man: R. Lindley DeVecchio, a streetwise agent who ran the F.B.I.’s Colombo family squad, and Gregory Scarpa Sr., a Colombo family captain, who was secretly serving as the agent’s mole.

Before Ms. Clemente arrived on the scene, New York’s finest lawyers had been chasing hints for years that Mr. DeVecchio was corrupt and had allowed Mr. Scarpa to kill his rivals during the Colombo family war and pin some murders on men who were not involved. The lawyers’ efforts were more than a simple search for truth; if Mr. DeVecchio was in fact tainted, then a cadre of Colombo gangsters that he had helped imprison might go free.

Using the Russo case as an entry point, Ms. Clemente began to examine the tangled bond between Mr. DeVecchio and Mr. Scarpa, an expert assassin known as the Grim Reaper.

Overwhelmed by its complexities, she soon sought help from an unusual source: a Yale-trained scholar and former Michigan state official named Stephen Dresch. This odd couple — Ms. Clemente was heavyset at the time and nervous; Dr. Dresch wore bathrobes and a Unabomber beard — spent six years going through the case file and re-interviewing witnesses.

Finally, in 2005, they sent their findings to Representative William D. Delahunt, a Massachusetts Democrat who was then holding hearings on corruption in the Boston office of the F.B.I.

In an interview last month, Mr. Delahunt, now retired from Congress, said that he referred their work to Charles J. Hynes, the Brooklyn district attorney, and in 2006 — just before Dr. Dresch died — Mr. Hynes’s office indicted Mr. DeVecchio on charges of helping Mr. Scarpa commit four murders while he was an F.B.I. informant.

It was the first time that the long-pursued agent was forced to appear in court as a defendant. (Mr. Scarpa died in 1994.) At a news conference announcing the charges, Michael F. Vecchione, Mr. Hynes’s chief investigator, publicly thanked Ms. Clemente. “See that woman over there,” he said. “She opened the Pandora’s box.”

One year later, Mr. DeVecchio’s trial collapsed in spectacular fashion, when a prosecution witness was shown to be a liar — not that it stopped Ms. Clemente. By 2008, she had sued the F.B.I. through the Freedom of Information Act and received more than 1,000 pages of previously classified material concerning Mr. Scarpa. (The same material was used by Peter Lance, the author of the true-crime book, “Deal with the Devil,” scheduled to be published Tuesday.)

By 2010, Ms. Clemente had identified a second mob informant who worked with Mr. DeVecchio: Frank Sparaco, a Colombo family killer. Just this March, he came forward in a jailhouse affidavit supporting her initial claim: that Anthony Russo was not involved in John Minerva’s death.

The appellate courts have so far been unwilling to listen to Mr. Sparaco, but Alan Futerfas, Mr. Russo’s lawyer, credits Ms. Clemente’s work. “Angela has always been a fighter and a firebrand,” Mr. Futerfas said. “She’s managed to discover information that’s important to these issues.”

Three weeks ago, her investigation took another startling turn. Ms. Clemente’s lawyer, Jim Lesar, said that the government, again responding to her Freedom of Information Act request, had agreed in principle to give her a trove of 50,000 pages of previously unseen documents. Who knows what they might reveal?

Given her status as an outsider in Brooklyn’s legal circles, questions have always swirled around Angela Clemente. Where does she come from? How does she support herself? And most of all, Why does she do what she does?

Ms. Clemente said she was born in Muskegon, Mich., the child of a brilliant, jobless father and a mother who worked in restaurants and bars. Her family was itinerant, passing in her early years through Delaware, Florida, Vermont and New Jersey. “We would move to one place, get kicked out, and then move to another,” she said. “That’s the way we lived — it was a mess.”

Ms. Clemente was 11 when her parents divorced. Her mother remarried — “A biker, he was crazy” — and Ms. Clemente claims that her stepfather sexually abused her through her teens. At age 18, she fled her family’s home in Daytona Beach, Fla., and moved out on her own, finding work as a hospital technician.

In 1986, when she was 22, Ms. Clemente gave birth to a daughter she had with a man who had a job installing air-conditioning units. When the girl turned 4, the man was charged with sexually assaulting her. Within a year, the charges were dismissed. Ms. Clemente claims that the local prosecutor’s office mishandled the case.

“After that,” she said, “I was furious. I decided I was going to hold every law enforcement officer in the country to the highest standards of behavior. I know it’s crazy. But I just made the decision that people in power should have to follow rules.”

“Angela is a person who has every right to be bitter with the world,” said David Schoen, a defense lawyer who has been involved for years in cases connected to the Colombo family war. “But there’s a spark in her that won’t let her rest. She sees injustice and will not give up.”

In the wake of the case’s dismissal, Ms. Clemente and her daughter — now in her 20s and living on her own in New Jersey — moved to Colorado, where Ms. Clemente studied to become a physician assistant. They wandered north to Seattle and then south to Los Angeles. Returning to Seattle, in 1998, Ms. Clemente got pregnant again, after an encounter with a stranger, and Santo, her son, was born with a rare disease that afflicts him with blisters if he stays too long in the sun.

Unable to find a day care center that would care for her ailing child, Ms. Clemente said she quit her medical studies and, after taking online courses, began doing paralegal work out of her home in Seattle and, eventually, New Jersey. “I integrated my legal and medical experience and started taking cases,” she explained. “From speaking with attorneys, I managed to find inmates who needed help.”

Among them was Mr. Russo, a Colombo family captain whose conviction in the Minerva murder launched Ms. Clemente on the twisting path toward Mr. DeVecchio.

On June 16, 2006, three months after Mr. DeVecchio was indicted, Ms. Clemente said she found an anonymous note on her car, summoning her to Brooklyn, from someone claiming they had information about the Minerva case. She went to the Caesar’s Bay Bazaar off the Belt Parkway and, hours later, a passer-by found her sprawled unconscious in the parking lot. Mr. Vecchione, the same investigator who had thanked her months before, told reporters at the time that Ms. Clemente had choke marks on her neck, cuts and bruises, and a large welt on her stomach.
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Trial of Two Presser Associates : Ex-FBI Agent Refuses to Testify; Held in Contempt

       A former FBI agent, who once handled the late Teamsters President Jackie Presser when he served as a secret government informant, refused to testify Friday at the trial of two Presser associates. He was promptly held in contempt of court.

The action against ex-agent Robert S. Friedrick is believed to be the first time a past or present FBI agent ever has been cited for contempt for refusing to testify at a criminal trial.


Friedrick invoked his 5th Amendment protection against self-incrimination. He persisted in his refusal to testify even after U.S. District Judge George W. White, at the government's request, granted him immunity from prosecution for what he might say. White said that Friedrick could face a maximum 18-month jail term and a heavy fine unless he changes his mind by early next week.

Associates have described Friedrick, 46, as "a stand-up guy" who strongly believes in the confidential nature of an informant relationship.

But his attorney told the judge that Friedrick feared that any testimony he gave could be used by prosecutors to build a new perjury case against him. Friedrick gave conflicting statements to prosecutors two years ago, the attorney noted, which could be contrasted with any trial testimony.

An immunity order does not protect a witness from being indicted for lying.

"Mr. Friedrick would get himself into a legal morass if he testified," Friedrick's attorney, William D. Beyer, told the court.

But Justice Department lawyer William S. Lynch responded: "He no longer has a right to refuse to testify. And as long as he tells the truth, he is in no jeopardy."

Government prosecutors hoped that Friedrick could help them convict Teamster Vice President Harold Friedman and union business agent Anthony Hughes by stating that the FBI never authorized the union to put on the Teamster payroll Mafia-related "ghost employees"--people who allegedly received a total of $700,000 without performing any work.

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