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Gunther Weil received his PhD from Harvard in 1965.
His mentors at Harvard were Timothy Leary and Ram Dass( Richard Alpert)
He has done some good work in providing maps for the
evolution of human consciousness.    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/qigongmasters/2013/06/15/dr-gunther-weil

Any voter and taxpayer wanting to evolve as a smart criminal justice consumer
should acknowledge ownership of the criminal justice system.
One of the first questions I found myself asking when I became involved
in becoming a smart criminal justice consumer is does the criminal justice system,
really the people working in the system, create more disorder than the
criminal justice system gives.

I soon had to resolve the question : Did taxpayer funded FBI  agents assassinate President Kennedy?

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Up to 400 Expected For November Conference at The Adolphus Hotel on JFK Assassination
July 17th, 2013

Debra Conway calls herself a happy housemaker, with lots of children and grandchildren. But she’s also a proficient organizer—and a dogged critic of the status quo. So, since 1995, Conway has run JFK Lancer Productions & Publications, a “historical research company specializing in the administration and assassination of President John F. Kennedy.” For nearly 20 years, Southlake-based JFK Lancer (Lancer was the late president’s Secret Service code name) has also put on a Dallas historical research conference focusing on the assassination.

This year’s gathering, on the 50th anniversary of JFK’s murder, is scheduled for Nov. 21-24 at The Adolphus hotel. The organizers are expecting 350 to 400 people to attend, and it doesn’t appear to be a conclave of whack-jobs, either. Attendees will include academics, medical doctors, and JFK-assassination eyewitnesses, and Jefferson Morley—a veteran Washington journalist who’s written for Slate, the New Republic and the Washington Post—will be the keynote speaker. “We’re not, ‘the UFOs did it.’ We are a very conservative group,” Conway says. The November event at the Adolphus will be “a way for people to better understand the documentation of the case, and where we are today compared to investigations in the 1960s.”

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Do you know who the FBI SAC  is in your city?
Do you know where FBI  agents got the explosives to blow up
the basement of the World Trade Center in 1993?
Do you know the names of FBI  agents who blew up the World Trade Center in 1993?
Do you know where FBI  agents got Nano Thermetic explosives to blow
up the World Trade Center towers on 911?
Do you know the names of the FBI  agents who blew up the World Trade Center towers?
A good criminal justice consumer would want to know how his taxes are being used, eh? Do you know how many people were killed in Ireland by the FBI's C4 explosive?

FBI agent gave Whitey Bulger explosives to send to IRA
Bulger IRA links laid bare in Boston trial and recent book
Sunday, July 21, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mass. ACLU wants to know why the FBI shot and killed the friend of accused Boston bomber

The Massachusetts ACLU today called on state officials to launch an independent investigations into the FBI shooting death of Ibragim Todashev, who was killed on May 22 during a joint interrogation by FBI officials and local law enforcement officers from Massachusetts and Florida.

In a letter to Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, the ACLU urges the state Civil Rights Division to investigate the role of Massachusetts State Police in the shooting. The ACLU of Florida also issued a request to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to look into the role of Orlando police officers in the killing.

Two Massachusetts state troopers, along with Orlando police officers, were present with FBI officers during the interrogation of Todashev at his Orlando home.

According to the ACLU, there are conflicting reports as to whether the Massachusetts troopers were in the room at the time of the shooting and whether their purpose at the interrogation was to investigate the Boston Marathon bombings, a 2011 triple-homicide in Waltham, or something else. The role of the Orlando police officers is even more unclear, according to the ACLU.

Notwithstanding the involvement of state personnel in questioning Todashev, and an earlier call by the Council on American-Islamic Relations for an independent investigation into the shooting death, public reports indicate that the only investigation into Todashev’s shooting is being led by the FBI.

The ACLU contends that the FBI’s approach “has fostered widespread public distrust.”

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 Deputies: two teens made off with FBI agent's gear,  machine gun

Monday, July 22, 2013

WESLEY CHAPEL — When a local FBI agent walked out to his car Saturday, deputies say, he noticed a few things missing: a bullet-proof vest, several rounds of ammo and an MP5 9 millimeter submachine gun.

DEA Whistlblower /Supervisor Mike Levine Website


“Two years ago the FBI focused on a suspect with a far-fetched scheme—right as it stopped tracking the Boston Marathon bomber.”
That’s the subhead of Trevor Aaronson’s latest piece at Mother Jones, entitled How the FBI in Boston May Have Pursued the Wrong “Terrorist”.

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How the FBI in Boston May Have Pursued the Wrong "Terrorist"

Two years ago the FBI focused on a suspect with a far-fetched scheme—right as it stopped tracking the Boston Marathon bomber.

| Tue Apr. 23, 2013 3:00 AM PDT
This story is copublished with the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting.
Could the Boston attacks have been stopped? In the aftermath that question has gained urgency with the news that the FBI was on Tamerlan Tsarnaev's trail more than two years ago. But it is further underscored by another FBI operation conducted in the Boston area during that same period—one focused on a different subject of dubious importance.
In January 2011, when the FBI looked into the alleged Boston Marathon bomber and dismissed him as a potential threat, agents in the Boston field office pursued another person they suspected could be a terrorist. While they apparently decided to stop tracking Tsarnaev—whose six-month trip to Russia at that time is now of prime interest to investigators—the FBI conducted a sting operation against an unrelated young Muslim man who had a fantastical plan for attacking the US Capitol with a remote-controlled airplane.
The way in which the FBI investigated these two potential extremists may help begin to explain how the federal government failed to prevent Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his younger brother, Dzhohkar, from setting off lethal bombs in the streets of Boston. The task of anticipating and stopping a terrorist attack is exceedingly complicated, and the full extent of what the FBI may have known about the Tsarnaev brothers remains unclear. Some congressional leaders are now seeking further explanation. But the contrast of the two cases undertaken in Boston in early 2011 raises questions about the effectiveness of the FBI's counterterrorism strategy.
Since the devastating attacks on September 11, 2001, the FBI's top priority has been to prevent a next act of terrorism. Every year the bureau spends $3.3 billion on counterterrorism, the largest portion of its $8.2 billion annual budget. (That's roughly $650 million more than it spends on investigating organized crime, its next greatest priority by funding.) A key component of the FBI's strategy has been running sting operations against would-be terrorists—in many cases going to great lengths to enable otherwise unlikely perpetrators, as I documented in my award-winning investigation published in 2011 in Mother Jones and in my subsequent book, The Terror Factory.
The FBI has often targeted these suspects using informants and internet surveillance. With the latter, federal agents analyze a suspect's online presence and history, looking for activity on extremist web forums, interest in militant jihadi videos, and other activity that might indicate sympathy for terrorist organizations.
The informant was paid $50,000 by the FBI for his efforts, while hiding a heroin addiction from his handlers.
After the Boston Marathon bombings, the FBI acknowledged that in 2011 agents had interviewed the 26-year-old Tsarnaev and scrutinized his internet history, at the request of Russian officials. Yet, despite the Russians' concerns about Tsarnaev's potential links to militant separatist groups in Chechnya, the FBI determined he was not a threat.
Meanwhile, in an unrelated case, the bureau vigorously pursued Rezwan Ferdaus, a Northeastern University graduate who was born in Massachusetts and lived with his parents in a Boston suburb. Ferdaus came to the FBI's attention through an informant posing as an Al Qaeda operative—a man who was paid $50,000 by the FBI for his efforts, while hiding a heroin addiction from his handlers.
According to court records, Ferdaus told the informant that he wanted to destroy the gold dome of the US Capitol building using a remote-controlled model airplane loaded with grenades. If that plot was far-fetched, so was the possibility that Ferdaus could even attempt it: He did not have weapons, and even if he had known where to buy explosives, Ferdaus was broke, according to court records.
Through the informant, the FBI encouraged Ferdaus to move forward with his idea to attack the US Capitol. They dedicated significant resources to the operation, giving him $4,000 to purchase an F-86 Sabre remote-controlled airplane and providing him with "explosives"—25 pounds of fake C-4 and three inert grenades. In May 2011, Ferdaus traveled to Washington, DC, to scout out locations from which to launch his weapon—all while being secretly recorded by FBI agents. Finally, on September 28, 2011, after a nine-month sting operation, FBI agents arrested Ferdaus, charging him with, among other offenses, attempting to destroy a federal building and providing material support to terrorists.
Ferdaus pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 17 years in prison, though no evidence indicated that he could have built and launched a weapon were it not for the FBI providing the money and materials.
Since the 9/11 attacks, the FBI has arrested more than 175 alleged terrorists using operations like the one in Boston that nabbed Ferdaus. In these expensive and elaborate stings, the targets often are men on the fringes of Muslim communities; many are economically desperate and some are mentally ill, and they are easily manipulated by paid informants and undercover agents.
But in the years since 9/11, several operational terrorists in the United States have gone unnoticed or have been overlooked by the FBI.
Faisal Shahzad, a 33-year-old naturalized US citizen from Pakistan, delivered a car bomb to Times Square on May 1, 2010. Shahzad wasn't on the FBI's radar until that day, after a street vendor reported the suspicious vehicle. Fortunately, the explosives he'd assembled failed to go off.
Nidal Hasan, a US Army Medical Corps officer, shot and killed 13 people at Fort Hood on November 5, 2009, even after the FBI investigated 18 emails he’d sent to Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born Al Qaeda propagandist who was killed in a 2011 drone strike in Yemen. The FBI didn't realize Hasan was a threat until it was too late.

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 July 22, 2013
Mass. ACLU wants to know why the FBI shot and killed the friend of accused Boston bomber
Ibragim Todashev is pictured in this undated booking photo courtesy of the Orange County (FL) Corrections Department. Credit: Reuters

The Massachusetts ACLU today called on state officials to launch an independent investigations into the FBI shooting death of Ibragim Todashev, who was killed on May 22 during a joint interrogation by FBI officials and local law enforcement officers from Massachusetts and Florida.

In a letter to Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, the ACLU urges the state Civil Rights Division to investigate the role of Massachusetts State Police in the shooting. The ACLU of Florida also issued a request to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to look into the role of Orlando police officers in the killing.

Two Massachusetts state troopers, along with Orlando police officers, were present with FBI officers during the interrogation of Todashev at his Orlando home.

According to the ACLU, there are conflicting reports as to whether the Massachusetts troopers were in the room at the time of the shooting and whether their purpose at the interrogation was to investigate the Boston Marathon bombings, a 2011 triple-homicide in Waltham, or something else. The role of the Orlando police officers is even more unclear, according to the ACLU.

Notwithstanding the involvement of state personnel in questioning Todashev, and an earlier call by the Council on American-Islamic Relations for an independent investigation into the shooting death, public reports indicate that the only investigation into Todashev’s shooting is being led by the FBI.

The ACLU contends that the FBI’s approach “has fostered widespread public distrust.”

Immediately after the shooting, the FBI released a statement claiming that Todashev had initiated “a violent confrontation,” and reports cited anonymous law enforcement officials who made statements in support of that claim.

However the ACLU said that subsequent statements have offered contradictory reports.

“Initially, it was reported that either an FBI agent or another law enforcement official shot Todashev after he attacked an FBI agent with a knife or other sharp object,” the agency said in a statement. “Then new stories emerged, asserting that Todashev lunged at the FBI agent with a metal pole or broomstick, or that Todashev overturned a table, or that he was actually unarmed.”

“A person was shot and killed at the hands of law enforcement in Florida. That alone should require Florida officials to investigate, and explain to the public what happened,” said Howard Simon, ACLU of Florida Executive Director.

“Florida officials are simply deferring to the FBI, allowing the FBI to investigate itself, but it is difficult to accept the FBI’s honesty in this matter. The FBI has offered completely incompatible explanations, they have failed to explain how these inconsistent stories found their way into newspaper accounts of the shootings, and have not offered any clarifying comment about what really happened,” Simon said. “Due to the widely varying explanations that have surfaced about the shooting and the involvement of Massachusetts and Florida law enforcement, officials in both states should conduct their own investigations.”

The ACLU maintains that public skepticism in the FBI’s ability to investigate itself was heightened when The New York Times reported on June 19 that public records obtained through litigation showed that between 1993 and 2011, F.B.I. agents fatally shot an estimated 70 “subjects” and wounded about 80 others, but that FBI internal shooting investigations deemed every one of those episodes to be “justified.”
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We brought investigative reporter Greg Flannery and Leonard Gates to speak at our conference dealing with crimes committed by FBI  agents in the early 1990's. Here is a new article written by him.
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Privacy Died Long Ago

The great forgotten Cincinnati wiretap scandal

By Gregory Flannery

Americans no longer assume their communications are free from government spying. Many believe widespread monitoring is a recent change, a response to terrorism.  They are wrong. Fair warning came in 1988 in Cincinnati, Ohio, when evidence showed that wiretapping was already both common and easy.

Twenty-five years ago state and federal courtrooms in Cincinnati were abuzz with allegations of illegal wiretaps on federal judges, members of Cincinnati City Council, local congressional representatives, political dissidents and business leaders.

Two federal judges in Cincinnati told 60 Minutes they believed there was strong evidence that they had been wiretapped. Retired Cincinnati Police officers, including a former chief, admitted to illegal wiretapping.

Even some of the most outrageous claims – for example, that the president of the United States was wiretapped while staying in a Cincinnati hotel – were supported by independent witnesses.

National media coverage of the lawsuits, grand jury hearings and investigations by city council and the FBI attracted the attention of U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and the late U.S. Sen. Paul Simon (D-Ill.).

As Americans wonder about the extent to which their e-mails, cell-phones and text messages are being monitored, they would do well to look back at a time before any of those existed. Judging by what was revealed in Cincinnati, privacy died long before anyone had ever heard of Osama bin Laden or al Q’aeda.


In 1988 Leonard Gates, a former installer for Cincinnati Bell, told the Mount Washington Press, a small independent weekly, that he had performed illegal wiretaps for the Cincinnati Police Department, the FBI and the phone company itself.

A week after the paper published his allegations, a federal grand jury began hearing testimony.

Gates claimed to have performed an estimated 1,200 wiretaps, which he believed illegal. His list of targets included former Mayor Jerry Springer, the late tycoon Carl Lindner Jr., U.S. District Judge Carl Rubin, U.S. Magistrate J. Vincent Aug, the late U.S. Sen. Howard Metzenbaum (D-Ohio), the Students for a Democratic Society (an anti-war group during the Vietnam War), then-U.S. Rep. Tom Luken (D-Cincinnati) and then-President Gerald Ford.

A second former Cincinnati Bell installer, Robert Draise, joined Gates, saying he, too had performed illegal wiretaps for the police. His alleged targets included the Black Muslim mosque in Finneytown and the General Electric plant in Evendale. Draise’s portfolio was much smaller than Gates’s, an estimated 100 taps, because he was caught freelancing – performing an illegal wiretap for a friend.

Charged by the FBI, Draise claimed he had gone to his “controller” at Cincinnati Bell, the person who directed his wiretaps, and asked for help. If he didn’t get it, he said, he’d tell all. When the case went to federal court, Draise didn’t bother to hire an attorney. He didn’t need one. In a plea deal, federal prosecutors dropped the charge to a misdemeanor. Found guilty of illegal wiretapping, his sentence was a $200 fine. The judge? Magistrate J. Vincent Aug.

If Gates and Draise had been the only people to come forward, they could easily be dismissed as cranks – disgruntled former employees, as Cincinnati Bell claimed. But some police office officers named by Gates and Draise confirmed parts of their allegations, insisting, however, that there were only 12 illegal wiretaps. Other officers not known to Gates and Draise also admitted to illegal wiretaps. Some of the officers received immunity from prosecution in exchange for their testimony. Others invoked their Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate themselves.

“Due to the turbulent nature of the late ’60s and early ’70s, wiretaps were conducted to gather information,” said a press release signed by six retired officers. “This use began in approximately 1968 and ended completely during the Watergate investigation.”

The press release, whose signers included former Police Chief Myron Leistler, listed 12 wiretaps, among them “a black militant in the Bond Hill area” and a house on either Ravine or Strait streets rented by “the SDS or some other radical group.”

The retired cops’ lawyer said there were actually three Cincinnati Bell installers doing illegal wiretaps, but declined to identify the third.

The retired officers denied knowledge of “any wiretaps involving judges, local politicians, prominent citizens and fellow law enforcement officers or city employees.”

Getting rid of Aug

Others had that knowledge, however.

Howard Lucas, former security chief at the Stouffer Hotel downtown, said he caught Gates and three cops trying to break into a telephone switching room shortly before President Gerald Ford stayed at the hotel.

“I said, ‘Do you have a court order?’ and they all laughed,” Lucas told the Mount Washington Press.

The four men left. But they returned.

“A couple days later, in the back of the room, I found a setup, a reel-to-reel recorder concealed under some boxes,” Lucas said.

Ford stayed at the Stouffer Hotel in July 1975 and June 1976 – two years after the Watergate scandal, when Cincinnati Police officers claimed the bugging ended.

Then there was the matter of a former guard at the U.S. Courthouse downtown. He said he had found wiretap equipment there in 1986 and 1987, just a year before the wiretap scandal broke.

“I heard conversations you wouldn’t believe,” he said. “I heard a conversation one time. they were talking about getting rid of U.S. Magistrate Aug.”

The wiretapping started with drug dealers and expanded to political and business figures, according to Gates. In 1979, he testified, he was ordered to wiretap the Hamilton County Regional Computer Center, which handled vote tabulations. His handler at the phone company allegedly told Gates the wiretap was intended to manipulate election results.

“They had the ability to actually alter what was being done with the votes. … He was very upset through some of the elections with a gentleman named Blackwell,” Gates testified.

J. Kenneth Blackwell is a former member of Cincinnati Council, and 1979 was an election year for council.

Something went wrong on Election Night, Gates testified. His handler at the phone company called him.

“He was panicking,” Gates testified. “He said we had done something to screw up the voting processor down there, or the voting computer.”

News reports at the time noted an unexpected delay in counting votes for city council because of a computer malfunction.

Cincinnati Bell denied any involvement in illegal wiretapping by police or its own personnel. Yet police officers, like Gates, testified the police received equipment – even a truck – and information necessary to effectuate the wiretaps. The owners of a greenhouse in Westwood even came forward, saying the police stored the Cincinnati Bell truck on their property.

‘Say it louder’

Gates claimed that his handler at Cincinnati Bell repeatedly told him the wiretaps were at the behest of the FBI. He named an FBI agent who, he said, let him into the federal courthouse to wiretap federal judges.

Investigations followed – a federal grand jury, which indicted no one; a special investigator hired by city council, the former head of the Cincinnati FBI office; the U.S. Justice Department, sort of.

U.S. Sen. Paul Simon asked then-Attorney General Richard Thornburgh to look into the Cincinnati wiretap scandal. Federal judges, members of Congress and even the president of the United States had allegedly been wiretapped. Simon’s effort went nowhere. His press secretary told the Mount Washington Press that it took three months for the Attorney General to respond.

“The senator’s not pleased with the response,” Simon’s press secretary said. “It didn’t have the attorney general’s personal attention, and it said Justice (Department) was aware of the situation, but isn’t going to do anything.”

The city of Cincinnati settled a class-action lawsuit accusing it of illegal wiretapping, paying $85,000 to 17 defendants. It paid $12,000 to settle a second lawsuit by former staffers of The Independent Eye, an underground newspaper allegedly wiretapped and torched by Cincinnati Police officers in 1970.

Cincinnati Bell sued Leonard Gates and Robert Draise, accusing them of defamation. The two men had no attorneys and represented themselves at trial. Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Fred Cartolano refused to let the jury hear testimony by former police officers who had admitted using Gates and Draise and Cincinnati Bell equipment. In a 4-2 vote, the jury ruled in the phone company’s favor, officially adjudging the two whistleblowers liars.

During one of the many hearings associated with the wiretap scandal, an FBI agent was asked what the agency would do if someone accused the phone company of placing illegal wiretaps. He testified the FBI would be powerless; it needed the phone company to check for a wiretap.

“It would go back to Bell,” the agent testified. “We would have no way of determining if there was any illegal wiretapping going on.”

The FBI agent was the person Gates had accused of opening the federal courthouse at night so he could wiretap federal judges.

One police sergeant offered no excuses for the illegal wiretapping. Asked why he didn’t bother with the legal niceties, such as getting a warrant, as required then by federal law, he said, “I didn’t deem it was necessary. We wanted the information, and went out and got it.”

At one point, covering the scandal for the Mount Washington Press, I received a phone call from a sergeant in the Cincinnati Police Department. He invited me to the station at Mount Airy Forest, where he proceeded to wiretap a fellow police officer’s phone call. I listened as the other officer talked to his wife.

“Say hello,” the sergeant told me.

I did. There was no response.

“Say it louder,” the sergeant said.

I did. No response.

“You can hear them, but they can’t hear you,” the sergeant said. “Any idiot can do a wiretap. You know that’s true because you just saw a policeman do it.”

Privacy is dead. Its corpse has long been moldering in the grave.

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Federal Case Pits Wounded Warrior Against FBI

July 25, 2013
Former Army Ranger Justin Slaby is suing the FBI, claiming he was unfairly dismissed from agent training because of his prosthetic hand.
Courtesy of Butler & Harris
Army Ranger Justin Slaby served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. While he was back in the U.S. preparing to deploy for a fourth tour, his left hand was blown off by a faulty grenade in a training accident. After being fitted with a state-of-the-art prosthesis, Slaby was encouraged by one of his doctors to try for a career in the FBI. What happened next has landed the ex-Ranger and the FBI in court and already tarnished the career of a high-ranking agent.
John Griffin, Slaby's attorney, describes him this way: "Driven, he's focused, he's a perfectionist and wants to be evaluated on the merits." Griffin says Slaby was easily able to pass the FBI's fitness-for-duty examination in 2010. In Slaby's deposition in May, the former Ranger explained how he proved his proficiency with weapons during the exam.
"For each task in the exam, I demonstrated both with two of my main prosthetics just to demonstrate I could execute every task regardless of the prosthetic," Slaby says.
"He did great," Griffin says. "And he was certified as able to perform the essential functions of the job and soon afterward, the FBI hired him as a special agent."
But when Slaby reported to Quantico, he immediately began encountering attitude from the training division. According to the lawsuit, Slaby's classmates overheard their trainers snickering in the hallway: "What are they going to send us next? Guys in wheelchairs?" They'd never had a guy like Slaby try to be an agent, and they seemed determined to prove he couldn't cut it.
"There was an assumption made because he was the first that he would need special treatment," Griffin says.
Six weeks into a 21-week program, Slaby was told he was out. His trainers had come to the conclusion that he couldn't safely handle a weapon. Slaby argued, "Let me go to the firing range, and I'll show you what I can do." But his trainers refused. There'd be no demonstration. Their minds were made up and that was it.
But Slaby wasn't about to be sent packing. He hired veteran Texas lawyers John Griffin and Kathy Butler and sued in federal court. And that's when it got uglier. When the FBI agent who originally approved Slaby as fit for duty was subpoenaed to testify, he was quickly summoned to his boss's office. FBI Agent Mark Crider had seen Slaby handle a firearm and believed he could do the job as well as any other recruit. But Crider's boss, Special Agent in Charge Teresa Carlson, wanted to make sure Crider understood he had better not side with the former soldier. In a deposition, Crider testified as to what happened after he was summoned to his boss's office.
I actually went back to my desk and wrote the entire thing up in case I needed it later.
- FBI Agent Mark Crider
"The gist of the conversation was that Justin was ruining his reputation by bringing the lawsuit and he has no business being an agent," Crider said in the deposition. "And that it would be in my best interest to come down on the side of the government in this matter."
Crider's boss wanted him to testify he no longer thought Slaby was fit for FBI duty. But Crider was having none of that.
"I actually went back to my desk and wrote the entire thing up in case I needed it later," he said.
Crider complained to the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility, which reported it to the Inspector General's Office at the Justice Department, and with that, the cat was out of the bag. At an evidentiary hearing on June 12, Carlson, Crider's boss, refused to answer questions as to whether she had suborned perjury by asking her subordinate to lie under oath. Carlson has been quietly removed from her post and now faces an investigation. The FBI refused to comment for this story, citing the pending legal action.

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Top FBI Agent In Chicago Leaving After Only 7 Months

July 25, 2013 11:33 AM
The head of Chicago’s FBI, who just arrived in January, already appears to be on his way out.
Sources tell the Chicago Sun-Times that FBI Special-Agent-in-Charge Cory Nelson, 51, is retiring from his post as head honcho.
With U.S. Attorney appointee Zach Fardon still to be confirmed by the Senate, Nelson’s surprise announcement would leave Chicago’s two top federal positions unfilled by permanent employees.
Nelson, who has held a remarkably low public profile since arriving in Chicago — even by FBI standards — notified the bureau on Wednesday of his intentions to move into the private sector in a position out of state, sources said. He had not granted media interviews in a time that Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy was often in the spotlight.
Nelson came on board after long-time Chicago chief Rob Grant retired last year, following an eight-year stint.
Reached early Thursday, FBI spokeswoman Joan Hyde declined comment.
Insiders speculate that a combination of factors would likely lead to more such resignations throughout the country. For one, the cutbacks tied to the sequester had a stranglehold on bonuses that were once available to the FBI tops in field offices Also, President Barack Obama’s nomination of James Comey as the new FBI director is likely to mean a natural turnover of personnel who were close to previous FBI Director Robert Mueller.
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FBI sued for keeping secret their file on journalist Michael Hastings
July 29, 2013 19:23

Two investigative journalists are suing the FBI after the government failed to respond on time to a pair of Freedom of Information Act requests filed for details on the death of reporter Michael Hastings.

Jason Leopold and Ryan Shapiro filed a joint suit on Friday after the Federal Bureau of Investigation neglected to respond to their FOIA requests within the 20-working day period required by law.

Leopold and Shapiro both sent FOIA requests to the FBI following Hastings’ untimely death last month, and are now taking legal action in an attempt to expedite pleas that have so far been ignored by the bureau.

Hastings, 33, died last month in Los Angeles, California after his Mercedes C250 Coupé crashed at a high rate of speed in the early morning hours of June 18. Hastings was widely-respected for his hard-hitting brand of national security reporting with outlets ranging from Rolling Stone to Buzzfeed.com, and has been credited with causing the resignation of Stanley McChrystal, the four-star general who headed NATO's International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan until a Hastings-penned expose in 2010 embarrassed him to the point of abandoning that role.

According to a friend, Hastings warned his colleagues over email just hours before his death that he was working on a big story and that the FBI would likely be investigating his associates.

“It alarmed me very much,” Staff Sgt. Joseph Biggs, a friend of Hastings, said of the email he received last month. “I just said it doesn’t seem like him. I don’t know, I just had this gut feeling and it just really bothered me,” he told KTLA News.

The anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks also claimed that Hastings made contact with an attorney for the group the night before his fatal car-crash, furthering speculation that he sought protection from a potential government investigation.

But now more than one month after Hastings passed away, little remains known about the night of the accident or what kind of investigation, if any, occurred in the days and weeks before the crash, which only further fueled the flames of conspiracy theories that developed in the wake of the accident. The FBI has formally denounced reports that it was involved in a probe focusing on Hastings, but Leopold and Shapiro still insist the government handle the FOIA request, which it was obligated to address after the 20-day mark passed earlier this month.

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In a statement published by the Freedom of the Press Foundation, Leopold and Shapiro say they’ve retained attorney Jeffrey Light, who in turn filed the motion for summary judgment seeking expedited processing of the federal complaint last week.

"By suing the FBI for failure to comply with the Freedom of Information Act, [we] hope to obtain records pertaining both to the unusual circumstances of Michael Hastings's death and to the broader issue of FBI surveillance of journalists and other critics of American national security policy," Shapiro said.

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Senate Confirms Comey as FBI’s First New Head Since 2001
 Jul 29, 2013

The U.S. Senate confirmed James B. Comey Jr. to be the next director of the FBI, giving the agency its first new head since before the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Comey, the former No. 2 official in the Justice Department under President George W. Bush, was confirmed 93-1. Once sworn in, he will take over for Robert Mueller, who has led the agency since days before the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

“We need strong, principled, ethical leaders who steadfastly adhere to the law,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, said on the Senate floor. “I’m confident that James Comey is such a leader.”

Comey, 52, will lead a law enforcement agency that has been changing to address increased threats posed by cyber attacks and domestic terrorism, at a time of heightened public concerns over the reach and scope of classified surveillance programs disclosed by a former intelligence contractors.

Senator Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, said he’d hold up the nomination until he received answers from the FBI about the agency’s domestic use of unmanned aerial vehicles. He voted against Comey’s confirmation.

The agency, in a response to Paul, said in a letter that it didn’t require a warrant to use the drones to conduct surveillance on specific investigations.

Paul said in a statement that while he disagreed with the FBI’s interpretation, he would release the hold on Comey.
Drones Unarmed

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, in a letter from its congressional affairs office, said it has used the vehicles to conduct surveillance in eight criminal cases and two national-security cases.

The vehicles aren’t armed and aren’t used to conduct general surveillance, Stephen D. Kelly, the assistant director for congressional affairs, said in a July 19 letter to Paul.

Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa, the top Republican on the Judiciary panel, said Comey gave him assurances that he’d review policies that guide the FBI’s use of domestic drones.

Paul is among the lawmakers who have expressed concern about expanding government surveillance. Two programs, one that collects domestic phone records and another that targets the Internet use of foreigners suspected of having ties to terrorism, were disclosed by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.
‘Valuable Tool’

Comey said during his confirmation hearing that while he wasn’t aware of the details of the current programs, he found bulk collection of data -- a method used by the National Security Agency to gather the phone records of millions of Americans -- a “valuable tool.”

Still don't understand how FBI  agents control Congress and the US Senate through voter fraud and blackmail?
Then you won't understand how taxpayer funded FBI  agents control the media and have limited any dialogue
about Global Warming and Climate Change. It is ok.
Any species who cannot protect themselves is not going to survive, eh?
Record Wettest Day in Philadelphia*
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July 29, 2013
Philadelphia International Airport recorded 8.02 inches of rain, most of which fell in just four and a half hours Sunday afternoon, smashing an all-time one-day record of 6.63" set during Hurricane Floyd on Sept. 16, 1999.  Detailed records for Philly date to 1872.  The radar rainfall estimate below from the National Weather Service - Mount Holly, N.J. shows how localized the deluge was.  The Northeast Philadelphia Airport only managed 0.64 inches of rain.  So, while this goes down as a record, only parts of the Philly metro were affected.



Growing use of FBI screens raises concerns about accuracy, racial bias
July 29 2013
Employers are increasingly turning to the FBI’s criminal databases to screen job applicants, sparking concerns about the accuracy of the agency’s information and the potential for racial discrimination.

Many of the FBI’s records list only arrests and not the outcomes of those cases, such as convictions. Consumer groups say that missing information often results in job applicants who are wrongfully rejected. A lawsuit filed against the Commerce Department by minorities alleges that the use of incomplete databases means that African Americans and Hispanics are denied work in disproportionate numbers.

The FBI’s background checks “might be considered the gold standard, but these records are a mess,” said Madeline Neighly, staff lawyer at the National Employment Law Project.

NELP is slated to release a report Tuesday showing that the FBI processed nearly 17 million employment background checks last year — six times more than it did a decade ago. The advocacy group estimates that as many as 600,000 of those reports contain incomplete or inaccurate information.

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The Gore Vidal FBI File
Jon Wiener on July 29, 2013

ALSO SEE    http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/607606-gore-vidal.html#document

The first page of Gore Vidal’s FBI file, released by the bureau after his death a year ago on July 31, is not about his political activism, his critique of the National Security State or even about his homosexuality. The first page, from 1960, says he made disparaging remarks about FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.

The problem: Vidal’s play The Best Man (a satire of Washington politics with characters loosely based on real political figures) had just opened on Broadway, and the assistant special agent in charge of the New York City office sent a memo to Cartha DeLoach, Hoover’s right-hand man, informing him that the play contained “an unnecessary, quite unfunny and certainly unfair jibe [sic] at J. Edgar Hoover”—according to a show-biz columnist for a daily newspaper.

The bureau snapped to, informing DeLoach that “a Special Agent will attend this performance tonight” and that his report would be transmitted promptly. Indeed it was the supervisor of the New York FBI Office who was sent out on this mission. After seeing the play and taking notes, he filed his report: “The only reference to the Director [always capitalized] is when one play character—presumably Vice President Nixon—says to another—presumably Harry Truman, ‘J. Edgar Hoover considers you to be one of the most moral and religious men ever to be in the White House.’ The man replies with a sarcastic inflection, ‘I’ll reserve my opinion of J. Edgar Hoover for a posthumous memoir.’ ”

That is the disparaging remark that inspired the FBI to open a file on Gore Vidal. The agent assured the director that “the crack came out fast and fell very flat,” and that at an earlier performance, “the audience booed.” On a routing slip, the report was checked off by Clyde Tolson and seven other high officials of the FBI. It was initialed by the Director himself.

Who was this Gore Vidal? DeLoach is informed that he seemed to be “a male homosexual.” The source of this information may surprise some: The Daily Worker, the official publication of the Communist Party USA. FBI Agents were obsessive readers of The Daily Worker. The relevant story was The Daily Worker’s 1948 review of Vidal’s novel The City and the Pillar—actually a hostile, a bitter attack on the book as “crude” and “primitive” in its portrayal of “the ‘delights’ of homosexuality.”

The Vidal FBI file totaled thirty-five pages, many of them letters from right-wingers complaining to Hoover about political statements Vidal made in print or on TV. Hoover replied to most of those with a polite brush-off. But there is one apparently innocuous letter with a fascinating back story: a 1967 “request for a name check” from “Mrs. Mildred Stegall.” Mildred Stegall was a key aide to President Lyndon Johnson. She’s best known, in the words of the Austin Statesman, as the person who “secured his secret White House telephone recordings in a West Wing vault only she could open.” (Lady Bird overruled her after Watergate, which is why we have the tapes now.)

Requesting an FBI “name check” was a serious move, invoking an official procedure established in the 1950s by presidential Executive Order 10450, issued by Dwight Eisenhower. Even today Name Check (capitalized by the bureau) has its own FBI webpage. A Name Check request requires “a search of the FBI’s Central Records System Universal Index.” FBI Name Checks are used for security clearances and also for immigrants’ applications for green cards, among other things.

Of course in the age of metadata, when billions of phone calls and e-mails are collected by the NSA, the FBI’s Universal Index of the J. Edgar Hoover era seems laughably small. But it was state-of-the-art at the time. When Mildred Stegall submitted an FBI Name Check request in 1967, LBJ was basically asking J. Edgar Hoover, “What have you got on Gore Vidal?”

Why was LBJ asking—and why on May 4, 1967? “Apparently Vidal appeared on the ‘Today’ show this morning,” FBI agent Sterling B. Donahoe explained to Cartha DeLoach, “and made some vicious remarks” about LBJ and the Vietnam war. Vidal now “detested” LBJ, in the words of biographer Fred Kaplan. Vidal had written a few weeks earlier about “what a disaster it was for the country to have that vulgar, inept boor” as president. The White House request said “no active investigation is desired but…as much detailed data as is available…should be furnished. If necessary the office covering his place of residence should be contacted…and we should be particularly alert to any public statements he has made.”

Those particular “vicious remarks” of Vidal’s have apparently been lost to history. I couldn’t find any tape of The Today Show from 1967 (although Vidal’s archives at Harvard include three folders labeled “fan mail” he received in response to that appearance). At the time, Vidal was on a book tour promoting his new best-selling novel Washington, D.C., which included a barely veiled critique of Kennedy. The previous fall Vidal had done a lecture tour of campuses, including seventeen in California, where he talked about the war and about America as an imperial nation. The campus audiences, Kaplan reports, “were astoundingly large, irrepressibly enthusiastic, especially in California, where he realized… that he was immensely popular with college students.”

Although LBJ would withdraw from his own re-election campaign, that would not happen for another year. At this point, May 1967, everyone assumed he would be running again. So LBJ wanted to find out what the FBI had on this Gore Vidal.

The FBI Search Slip for the Name Check indicates that twenty-five different files were checked. Several were marked with the result “NP”–“not pertinent”–and several with the menacing initials “SI” (Security Index—people considered by the FBI to be potentially dangerous to US national security). The bureau’s findings were summarized in two pages, starting with a crucial statement: “Mr. Gore Vidal…has not been the subject of an investigation by the FBI”—the most important single sentence in Vidal’s FBI file. He had a file, but that contained only clippings and correspondence about him.

LBJ was informed that Vidal was “a writer and author of several books as well as a contributor of articles to various nationally distributed magazines,” as well as “a Democratic-Liberal candidate for the US Congress in 1960.” So far, all true—and no doubt also known to LBJ’s people. Next came The Daily Worker quote describing The City and the Pillar as a book about “the physical adventures of a male homosexual.” Then came another quote, from the left-wing National Guardian, reporting that Vidal was scheduled to speak in 1961 at a New York City “rally to abolish the House Un-American Activities Committee,” which he had “severely criticized” in a column for the New York Herald Tribune. Then the news that a “confidential source” reported six years earlier, in 1961, that Vidal “was associated with the pro-Castro Fair Play for Cuba Committee.”

The FBI also provided LBJ with a brief version of the story of Vidal’s relationship with Bobby Kennedy, based on “recent information coming to our attention,” which “tends to indicate that he has developed an antagonistic attitude” toward the Kennedy family. The source of this “recent information”? Vidal’s own writings. The bureau report describes a review Vidal wrote of William Manchester’s book Death of a President, quoting his line describing the Kennedys as “ruthless and not very loveable after all.” The FBI report also refers to the just-published article in Esquire magazine “in which Gore Vidal attacks the Kennedy family, particularly Senator Robert Kennedy.” No doubt the Vidal-Kennedy story was well known to LBJ, as it was to many Americans at the time.

So the Gore Vidal FBI file didn’t tell LBJ anything about Vidal that wasn’t public information, and it doesn’t tell us anything new about him. It tells us LBJ turned to the FBI in search of dirt on one of his critics, but we already knew he (and the other presidents) did that. It tells us the FBI kept files on writers on the left, and that it functioned as the J. Edgar Hoover Admiration Society—but we already knew that.

The most interesting things in the file is those letters to J. Edgar Hoover from Vidal haters that the Director dismissed with a polite brush-off. The letters suggest something about the mind set of right-wingers in Cold War America. They all contain the same message: “Dear Mr. Hoover, I’m a loyal American, you’re a great American, and Gore Vidal is neither.” One 1961 correspondent, Fred Devine, went to the trouble of transcribing an interview of Vidal’s on a radio station in Philadelphia. J. Edgar Hoover wasn’t interested, but it’s probably the only source we have for what Vidal said on the Frank Ford Show. In 1964 somebody whose name has been withheld complains that Vidal on TV “was extremely critical of the Director.” The writer concluded, “May I now tell you that I thank God that you are in charge…. I feel all would be lost without your vigilance.” But from 1960 to 1970, the period covered in the file, there are only half a dozen letters complaining to the FBI about Vidal.


‘Whitey’ Bulger begins defense by calling FBI agent who wanted to shut him down as FBI informant

Attorneys for James “Whitey” Bulger today called the first witness for the defense — retired FBI agent Robert Fitzpatrick, who tried in the early 1980s to stop his agency from using Bulger as an informant.

Fitzpatrick is the author of the book “Betrayal’’ and worked for the FBI for 21 years, including a period of time as the assistant special agent in charge of the Boston FBI office. Fitzpatrick told jurors that for an FBI agent to get promotions, they would need to develop informants.

“If you don’t have an informant, you have a problem,” said Fitzpatrick, adding that an agent’s supervisors would see it as “a weakness.”

Defense attorneys sought to use Fitzpatrick’s testimony to describe the culture of corruption that permeated the FBI. Fitzpatrick said he once feared that James Greenleaf, a special agent in charge of Boston at the time, was providing leaks to informants, but he was told to “shut up” and not report it. But he did, and said he was retaliated against.

Meanwhile, nothing was done about his complaint. Fitzpatrick also said he had suspicions that the FBI’s relationship with Bulger was not up to the agency’s standards, and he recommended that the agency terminate his status as an informant. Bulger’s relationship with the FBI continued, however.

CURE is one of the very few organizations out there who will advocate
for those most marginalized by society. The topic of sex offenders is
treated by many as the third rail of politics. As a result, we have
watched as those who are convicted of even the most inoffensive or
understandable legal transgressions - often while they were still in
their teenage years or as even quite young juveniles - are made to
suffer the most draconian sentences. In some cases, young people whose
only offense was with another consenting adolescent while they were
still minors themselves can be locked away indefinitely in psychiatric
facilities under prison-like conditions merely because the state
argues they might commit a future sexual crime if they are released.
Kansas University Law School professor Corey Yung wrote in the Journal
of Criminal Law and Criminology comparing civil commitment to
Guantanamo Bay, and arguing that in many ways the civil commitment
prisoners are worse off.

I wanted to share this article
with you today, which came to us via @Alternet, and does a fantastic
job of highlighting the lunacy of America's response to this issue. Do
strategies based in fearmongering around mythical dangers make us
safer, or do laws that created a pariah class actually increase the
likelihood of reoffense?
No Justice: Sex Offenses, No Matter How Minor or Understandable, Can
Ruin You for Life

Why do we treat the most predatory and dangerous criminals the same as
those who are not?

By Charlotte Silver

The collection of laws and restrictions that regulate people
categorized as “sex offenders” has been punctuated by names such
as Megan, Jessica and Adam. These are the names of children, all
victims of heinous crimes that sparked high-profile campaigns aimed at
creating "get tough on crime” legislation. Today you can go online
to your state's Megan's Law website, where all convicted sex offenders
are required to register, and probably find clusters of red dots on
the map of your neighborhood, each dot representing an individual
convicted of a sex crime. In California, approximately one of every
375 adults is a registered sex offender.

While some states have considered adopting public registries for other
crimes—domestic violence, drug dealing, murder—so far sex
offenders comprise the only class of criminals who are deemed to
warrant this special treatment, despite scant evidence that it is
effective at reducing sexual assault. Registries are designed to
protect children from “stranger danger,” a largely mythical threat
belied by the fact that only three percent of sexual abuse and six
percent of child murders are committed by strangers.

Far below the public's radar is a constant stream of new legislation
affecting sex offenders. In 2013 alone, at least nine new laws were
proposed in the California legislature to tighten or expand sex
offender laws; if passed, these new laws would be applied
indiscriminately to the entire registry, a list which includes persons
convicted of public urination, teens having consensual sex, as well as
serial rapists and violent pedophiles.

In California, registration is for life, a defining feature that is
both revealing and confounding. Why do we treat those criminals
considered the most predatory and dangerous the same as those who are
not? Why do we view all as unworthy of redemption? And, can advocates
working to redress a criminal justice system that has failed so
many—people of color, women, poor people —find a place in their
movement for those working for the rights of sex offenders?


Emily, 46, slips into a chair in the cafeteria on the top floor of the
State Capitol building in Sacramento, California. Her hair , light and
bright as a streak of lightning , is collected into a small ponytail
and her right hand holds a plastic cup of red soda. She speaks in a
muted voice: “I am on the 290 registry, I have been for 14 years.
Before that, I had never been in trouble, not even a traffic

Emily tells her story rapidly and repentantly: one night when she was
32 years old, she was drinking heavily and blacked out. She woke up to
a chaotic and confusing scene: her 12-year-old neighbor straddling and
fondling her body, as his father stood there shouting before he
grabbed the phone to call the cops.

But the day I meet Emily that once-enraged father, Wayne, has
accompanied her on her first trip to the legislative halls of
Sacramento. “I didn't know what to do at the time; I just called the
authorities,” Wayne says. “I had no idea what would happen to
her,” Wayne says regretfully, sitting next to Emily.

What did happen to Emily? A lawyer who charged her $25,000 to
represent her told her to accept a plea bargain. Thinking she was
avoiding prison time, she accepted a deal that would place her on the
California Sex Offender Registry. So Emily became another red dot on
the map along with approximately 90,000 others in the state and
750,000 around the country. Her crime is described as “lewd and
lascivious acts with a child under 14."
“At the time, I had no idea how being on the Registry would change
my life and my children's lives,” Emily says.

In 2003 the Supreme Court determined that sex offender registration is
not a punitive measure but one intended to provide protection for
potential victims and “regulate” released offenders. Therefore,
constant changes in requirements for registrants are permitted without
being seen as violating the constitutional prohibition against ex post
facto. Thus, as new restrictions governing registrants are
continuously adapted into the penal code they are applied
retroactively to the entirety of the registry. Current prohibitions
against registrants in California vary slightly from city to city, but
include not being permitted to live within 2,000 feet of a school,
park, nursery or church; obtain a contractor's license; practice
medicine or law; foster a child. Sex offenders are ineligible for some
federal and state grants and cannot live in federal public housing.
Jeff Stein has served as a defense attorney for sex offenders since
the 1970s. He likens the Supreme Court ruling to the fig leaf donned
by Michelangelo's David, “making the nude statue appropriate to the
small town in Italy.”

“The government —the legislature and the judiciary—wanted to be
able to make retroactive change so as to create registration impacts
that hadn't existed previously. So, they came up with a rationale:
registration is not a penalty or punishment.”
When California voters enacted Proposition 83 (known as Jessica's Law
in other states) in 2006, they toughened existing penalties on
registrants and bestowed the right to municipalities to adopt their
own additional rules for sex offenders —thus accelerating the rate
at which the vise tightens around the lives of registrants.

“The cute little trick that localities are doing now is they will
put a bench and watering hole on a corner and call it a 'pocket park,'
forcing registrants to move,” Stein says.
J.J. Prescott, law professor at the University of Michigan, has
written extensively about the social and behavioral impacts of sex
offender laws. Prescott's research indicates that current notification
and registration laws may actually increase the likelihood of
reoffense by imposing financial, social and psychological barriers on
released sex offenders. Prescott explained why he was initially
attracted to researching this area of law:

“For the most part, criminal law has been stable for a long time.
There are only a few areas where criminal law is changing rapidly and
as a result affecting hundreds of thousands of lives.”

“Sex offender law is one of those areas of incredible change. Every
year legislators are changing and adding laws; it's dynamic.”

And for the last 14 years Emily has lived through these changing laws,
“Every couple of years there would be a new law affecting me.”

“Before, with my sons—who are now 16 and 13—I went to
back-to-school night, soccer games, baseball games, everything. But as
the laws progressed, now I can't go to Little League games anymore, I
can't go to parks, and I can't go to school events without obtaining
special permission.”

Perhaps the single most potent torment for registrants is being made a
public, humiliating spectacle.

Prescott says, “Notification and registration privatizes punishment:
we won't put you in jail but we will make it so no one will hire you,
date you, and your family will become very uncomfortable.”

Emily says, “I tried to commit suicide twice, just the shame of the
label itself. Right now everyone is thrown into one category. It
doesn't matter what you did. There's a lot of ignorance about it. I
would keep my blinds shut, I didn't answer my door. Anytime somebody
drove really slow on my street my heart would freeze.”

Emily has worked hard to find sources of support in her community.
“For a good 10 years, I didn't have a life,” she says.

While the laws continued to batter Emily into further seclusion, an
advocacy group approached her. Janice Bellucci, the president of
California Reform Sex Offender Laws (CARSOL), contacted Emily after
ordinances prohibiting registrants from being present in arcades,
movie theaters, beaches, museums, libraries and a host of other public
places, swept through Orange County and other cities in the southern
part of the state.

California RSOL is a small group that was largely dormant until
Bellucci took the reins in September 2011. Once in charge, Bellucci, a
lawyer, established the group as a 501(c)4 and set about to use
targeted litigation in order to fend off the avalanche of legislation
aimed at piling on restrictions to registrants.

Now, the group resembles a genuine civil rights organization. In the
fall of 2012, Bellucci and California RSOL successfully fought off
pending ordinances that would have imposed excessive restrictions on
registrants, including one that would have prohibited registrants from
decorating their houses for Halloween and required them to place a
sign in their front yards that stated: “No candy or treats at this

In a precious instance of coalition building, California RSOL teamed
up with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the ACLU of Northern
California to file a suit against a provision within last November's
California State Proposition 35 that required registrants to submit
all of their internet identities (email addresses, handles, usernames
for accounts on Amazon, Yelp, political and personal forums, and so
on) to the public registry and to continue to register any new online
identity with the local police within 24 hours. As a result of their
suit, a federal court issued an injunction against the provision.

Last winter, Bellucci reached out to Emily because she wanted to sue
the cities that had adopted the draconian “presence restrictions”
and thought Emily might want to be a plaintiff in the case. After
years spent trying to hide her shameful label, Emily was at first
reluctant to participate in something that would highlight it.

“But it came to the point that if I didn't do anything, nothing
would change," she says. "It took me a couple of weeks but I
eventually got back to Janice.”

Having experienced a few, but significant, successes at the local
level, California RSOL convened in the State's Capitol this May with
the intention of lending support to the fight against lifetime
registration for all. San Francisco Assemblyman, Tom Ammiano, had made
his second attempt to introduce legislation that would implement a
tiered registry. Under his proposal, a convicted sex offender would be
required to register for periods of 10, 20, or for some, a lifetime,
depending on the severity of the offense.
The bill, AB 702, was conservative by any measure: it would have
brought California in line with 46 other states, by CARSOL's
calculations saved the state around $15 million annually by paring
down the bulky directory, and still placed even mild 290 offenders
like Emily in the second tier.

Emily travelled from the central valley of California to join Bellucci
and other advocates, as well as a handful of other registrants and
their families, to encourage legislators and their staffers to support
Ammiano's bill.

In the cramped rooms of legislators' staffers, each person provided a
different perspective on why a tiered registry is sensible law.

Janice, an experienced lobbyist, presented an unsentimental assessment
and maintained focus on the practicality of the proposed legislation.

Emily told her story to each staffer just as she had to me.The other
registrants who came to Sacramento to tell their stories appeared less
shamed than Emily, who is relatively new to advocating for herself.
One young man, “Mitch,” was placed on the registry at the age of
20, seven years after he and his cousin touched each other's
developing bodies in a moment of curious and consensual exploration.
All those years after the incident, his aunt, who had suddenly come to
believe that this single past action made Mitch a current menace,
turned him over to the police. The Adam Walsh Act of 2006 required
states to place “offenders” as young as 14 years old on state

"Frank" told his story as though he was talking about someone else.
Frank was cleared of his conviction in 1984 after serving out his
sentence in county jail. In the following 12 years he started his own
business and was appointed president of the local Chamber of Commerce.
But in 1997 California's penal code changed and forced Frank to
publicly register. Overnight, the life he had created was no longer
possible: he lost his contracting license and the lease to his
business, and was plunged into poverty.

Also in attendance to urge support for the bill were Charlene Steen, a
retired psychologist who has treated sex offenders since the 1980s, as
well as a current parole officer.
But in early June, chair of the House Appropriations Committee, Mike
Gatto, did not permit the bill to go forward and so it will remain in
suspense until next year.

Tom Ammiano was disappointed his bill failed to go to public session
and said, “You'll find a lot of support for it behind the scenes,
but not up front. People are just too timid.”
Indeed, legislators had repeatedly referred to the bill as

Beyond the reality that legislators fear looking soft on crimes of any
kind, sex crimes are shrouded in myths and lies that have generated a
legal logic that supports their unique treatment —making a bill that
merely attempts to restore some semblance of civil rights to convicted
criminals like Emily considered “radioactive.” Despite study after
study indicating that crimes of a sexual nature have one of the lowest
rates of recidivism, popular perception continues to be that those who
commit sex crimes are stricken with a disease; incurable and

Who does the registry save?

Every year, on their birthdays, registrants are required to go to the
police department and re-register. They must update their picture and
residential information that will appear on the website and address
any other concerns. Throughout the year, Emily keeps a folder
documenting all the places she goes and the permission she obtained to
go there: to her weekly Bible study group; parent-teacher meetings and
so on. When she makes her birthday trip to the police department, she
must take this folder with her.

Eugene Porter, a therapist who has worked with convicted sex offenders
and male child victims of sexual abuse since 1984, describes this
annual ritual as a “powerful shaming structure.”

And what about the shamers? Criminologist and professor Chrysanthi
Leon remarked that the public spectacle of these hyper-restrictive
laws is a “crucial way of signaling that we're doing something about
sexual violence, when in reality we're doing very little.”

Tom Tobin, a psychologist by training and currently serving as the
vice-chair of the California Sex Offender Management Board, carefully
acknowledges the unique trauma experienced by a victim of a sexual
crime, but questions whether concern for this lasting emotional damage
is what fuels our current handling of such crimes.

“I think there's something more primitive," he says. "There's
something about human sexuality that engages some part of everyone so
that if we can identify this group who can be the 'bad ones' around
human sexuality, or the exercise of it, than maybe it lets the rest of
us off the hook. We can be sexist, anti-woman; we can make our own
behaviors acceptable because it's the sex offenders who are violating
peoples' rights. I think there's something deeper and more profound
going on that makes it difficult for people to respond in a thoughtful

When Eugene Porter reflects on the experiences he has witnessed and
treated over the course of his three-decade career, he conveys an
authority over and insight into a subject of which he nevertheless
insists we must “acknowledge the level of our own ignorance.”
“Being a sex offender is the worst stigma—maybe after 9/11, being
a terrorist is as bad,” Porter asserts.

It is not uncommon to hear people who work in this field employ the
metaphor of terrorist to describe how the criminal justice system has
come to treat and portray sex offenders. Both specters have been
ascribed a set of behaviors and placed on a continuum of threat to a
vulnerable society. Wherever one falls on that continuum, there is an
assumption that forward progression on it is inevitable.

With the logic of a continuum, on which offenders are interminably
placed, a justification emerges for a permanent registry that treats
all offenders of crimes involving sexual arousal or genitalia as
essentially the same. Our attachment to a powerful system that
confines and separates thousands of individuals, making pariahs of
them all , reveals for whom these shaming rituals and spectacles
provide a soothing salve: it's for those of us not on the list.

Charlotte Silver is an independent journalist currently based in San
Francisco. She writes for Al Jazeera English, Inter Press Service,
Truthout, The Electronic Intifada and other publications. Follow her
on Twitter @CharESilver.
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Anonymous responds to FBI claims of victory with record leaks

    — 26 August, 2013 18:13

After the FBI said their investigations into, and subsequent arrests of, several Anonymous supports led to the dismantling of the loosely associative group and a decline in their activities, Anonymous responds by leaking thousands of compromised records.

Austin Berglas, the assistant special agent in charge of the FBI's cyber division in New York, told Huffington Post last week that the agency dismantled Anonymous' leadership, leading to a drop in action from the multi-faceted collective.

"The movement is still there, and they're still [yakking] on Twitter and posting things, but you don't hear about these guys coming forward with those large breaches. It's just not happening, and that's because of the dismantlement of the largest players...," Berglas said.

As recorded on Twitter, the public voice for many Anons, the initial reaction was laughter. One commenter compared the claim to President George W. Bush's "Mission Accomplished" moment. Another shared his thoughts with an image that resonated with dozens of Anons and supporters - a picture of Tom Cruise laughing.

But for those who watch Anonymous and their interactions with law enforcement, including Gabriella Coleman, an anthropologist whose work focuses on hackers and activism, the FBI's statements came as no surprise.

"The FBI and transgressive hackers have long been locked in a battle of taunts although hackers have a lot more leeway in expressing their true feelings when they want and how they want to. The FBI has been awfully careful and restrained in their statements about LulzSec and Anonymous and it seems like someone finally just broke down and spoke their mind," Coleman explained to CSO, when asked for her thoughts on the incident.

At the same time, she added, it was a big deal to nab many of the LulzSec and a few of the AntiSec hackers. In 2011, especially early on in the summer months, the two groups ran roughshod over the networks of law enforcement, government contractors, and private business. It was only a matter of time before someone was arrested for their actions, or relation to those committing them.

"Nevertheless, despite the mantra that LulzSec was composed of 6 individuals, there were more participants. My sense is that some have receded into the shadows to refuel and do work more discretely. The most recent hack was just a reminder that they are still around and can spring into action if need be," Coleman said.

With the FBI's apparent challenge issued, Anonymous responded by releasing several documents, with thousands of lines of personal information. Adding insult to injury, the collective used a restaurant's compromised website, Texas' The Federal Grill, to host them.

The restaurant was unknowingly mirroring the leaked data for days before someone took action and removed the files. Calls to the restaurant itself confirmed that most of the staff were unaware of the incident.

Still, the fact that the Federal Grill's website was selected to host the documents wasn't an accident. There was lulz, or amusement, to be gained by hosting the stolen data on server with that specific domain name.

"...where better to grill the fedz than at the federal grill (sic)," commented one Anonymous Twitter account, OpLastResort, when asked about the choice to use a compromised domain to host the documents.
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I know I know , you are going to say you America needs a domestic version of trained seals. After all, who will
introduce the class act of clowns called the FBI.

Wait a minute do FBI  agents have Colourphobia?

March 9, 2013   
FBI Agents Hit By Coulrophobia

Nah! Besides , I know all the third degree black belts in lip  here have already developed their
own domestic seal team to protect them from the domestic taxpayer funded Colourphobists,Eh?
Guess how many taxpayers millions it cost you to fund the FBI  Department of Public Relations?
Keeping the FBI  Brand 24/7 embedded is their motto.

 Meet the FBI hostage team
Think of them as a sort of domestic SEAL Team Six
August 28, 2013   
February, one of the nation's most elite units breached a heavily fortified bunker using specially designed explosives, disoriented the adversary with "flashbang" stun grenades, and then, in the face of hostile fire, killed him with surgical precision. The lightning raid resulted in the successful rescue of a hostage.

Two months later, the same unit was tasked with another harrowing assignment. This time it captured one of the world's most wanted terrorists following a sprawling and fast-moving manhunt.

Then, just a few weeks ago, the unit came up big in another successful hostage rescue operation, when, after being ferried into a treacherous, mountainous region by Blackhawk helicopter, these men traveled for miles on foot across challenging terrain to track down a hostage taker and his victim. After being shot at, they returned fire with deadly accuracy, freeing the hostage unharmed.

These are not a list of classified operations conducted by SEAL Team Six in Afghanistan. They are, respectively, the rescue of 5-year-old Ethan in the Alabama school bus kidnapping, the arrest of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Massachusetts, and this month's freeing of Hannah Anderson in Idaho.

And despite being decked out in MultiCam camouflage and armed with HK416 assault rifles, the operators described are not U.S. Navy SEALs. Instead, they are American civilians operating on American soil, squaring off against fellow American civilians while saving innocent American lives.

In other news

Salt Lake City FBI investigated Insane Clown Posse fans

By Kimball Bennion The Salt Lake Tribune
 March 7, 2013 6:34 pm
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Arab-American Attorney Abdeen Jabara: I Was Spied on by the National Security Agency 40 Years Ago

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As more revelations come to light about the National Security Agency, we speak to civil rights attorney Abdeen Jabara, co-founder of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. He was involved in a groundbreaking court case in the 1970s that forced the NSA to acknowledge it had been spying on him since 1967. At the time of the spying, Jabara was a lawyer in Detroit representing Arab-American clients and people being targeted by the FBI. The disclosure was the first time the NSA admitted it had spied on an American.


This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.

AMY GOODMAN: I want to turn now to a—perhaps related, but certainly to the climate, I want to end today’s show on the National Security Agency. Our guest here in New York, Abdeen Jabara, who was co-founder of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, was involved in a groundbreaking court case in the 1970s that forced the National Security Agency to acknowledge it had been spying on him since 1967. The disclosure was the first time, I believe, that the NSA admitted it had spied on an American. I mean, this is at a time, Abdeen Jabara, that most people had no idea what the NSA was. This is not like these last few months.

ABDEEN JABARA: Well, it was—this is very interesting. I didn’t know what the NSA was. I mean, I started a lawsuit against the FBI, because I thought that the FBI had been spying on me and monitoring my activities—


ABDEEN JABARA: —and that of my clients. Well, I’ll tell you why. Because I had been very, very active in Palestinian support work. And one day I read in Newsweek magazine, in the Periscope section, that 26 Arabs in the United States had been targeted for surveillance, electronic surveillance. So, I thought, surely, some of those had been clients of mine or had talked to me on the phone about issues and so forth. And that’s when I brought the lawsuit. And—

AMY GOODMAN: So you sued the FBI in 1972.

ABDEEN JABARA: Right, I sued the FBI in 1972, and the FBI answered. And on the issue about electronic surveillance, they declined to answer on the basis that it was privileged and state secret. At that point in time, the ACLU came in to represent me, and we forced them to answer that question. They admitted that there had been some overhears, alright, that I had not been personally targeted for electronic surveillance, but there had been overhears of my conversations with some of my clients. And they also said they received information from other federal agencies. And they didn’t want to answer that, who that agency was. And the court compelled them to answer. And it turned out that other agency was the NSA. And we didn’t know, you know, what the NSA was. Jim Bamford’s book, The Puzzle Palace, hadn’t yet been published. And we found out that the FBI had requested any information that the NSA had, and the NSA had six different communications that I had made. I was president of the Association of American Arab University Graduates in 1972, so I had a great deal of work on my plate as the president of the association. And I don’t know what these communications were.

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Juggalos Win Standing to Fight Gang Label


- ­Insane Clown Posse has standing to challenge the FBI's classification of the hip-hop duo's fans, known as Juggalos, as a "hybrid gang," the Sixth Circuit ruled Thursday.
The Detroit-based group's members, Joseph Bruce aka Shaggy 2 Dope and Joseph Utsler aka Violent J, and four self-identified Juggalos sued the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI this past January in Detroit.
"State and local police routinely stop, detain, interrogate, photograph and document people like plaintiffs, who do not have any connections to gangs, because they have exercised their First Amendment rights to express their identity as Juggalos by displaying Juggalo symbols," the lawsuit said. "Other Juggalos, including plaintiff Scott Gandy, have been denied consideration for employment because of the gang designation. The designation has a chilling effect on Juggalos' ability to express themselves and to associate with one another."
The FBI's 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment described how a suspected Juggalo shot and wounded a King County, Wash. couple in January 2011. The report also says two suspected Juggalos were charged in January 2010 for allegedly beating and robbing
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Kevin Weeks talks Bulger, books, "Black Mass"

Posted Sep 19, 2015 at 2:00 AM

Kevin Weeks spent more than two decades following the path of violence that was James “Whitey” Bulger. Facing a lengthy sentence in federal prison, he cooperated with authorities, testifying against a number of mobsters, including Bulger.
In 1999, he pleaded guilty for aiding Bulger in the murder of five victims and served a little more than five years before he was released from prison in 2005.
During a recent conversation with Weeks, he was genial and displayed a sense of humor -- not what one might expect from a man with his history.
While in prison, Weeks faced a number of wrongful death suits by families of his victims. He and co-author Phyllis Karas worked together on a book while Weeks served his time.
“Lawyers came up with the idea that I write a story and the families would get part of the proceeds,” he said.
Karas said she had no reservations about working with Weeks.
“I knew he was a kingpin in Whitey Bulger’s world. He’s done some bad deeds, which he’s acknowledged. Underneath all this, as strange as it sounds, he’s a very decent man. And a very smart man,” she said.
Karas said she was asked to co-author Weeks' memoir as a result of another book she wrote, published in 2004 -- “Street Soldier: My Life as an Enforcer for Whitey Bulger and the Boston Irish Mob” -- with another Bulger crony, Eddie McKenzie. Karas said while Weeks hoped to largely fade away from the public eye after serving his sentence, McKenzie was anxious to have his story told.
The pair have since collaborated on two other books. The first was “Brutal: The Untold Story of My Life Inside Whitey Bulger's Irish Mob.” It was published 2007 and was a New York Times bestseller. Karas said Weeks initially wanted nothing to do with the book.
“The last thing Kevin wanted to do was to expose his life, but his lawyers convinced him it was the only way he was going to have a life after his release from prison,” said Karas.
Asked if he planned to attend a screening of “Black Mass,” a movie about Bulger and the Winter Hill Gang, Weeks said he wasn’t thrilled about it.
“It’s going to be a Hollywood movie and with a lot of embellishments and mis-characterizations. It won’t be accurate,” he said.
Nor does he think the victims’ families will be happy with it.
“If you’re going to make a movie, the victims’ families deserve the whole truth,” he said, adding a number of people have contacted him about the script and that he has seen the trailers. “I don’t think it’s going to be very accurate.”
Weeks said he was amused that the FBI was a consultant on the movie and expects they will attempt to whitewash the facts, particularly regarding convicted FBI agent John “Zip” Connolly.
“They’ll try to distance themselves as far as their involvement,” he said.

While “Brutal” may have served a purpose in satisfying the victims' families, Weeks would have preferred it never be written.
“It brings up a lot of things that happened. I don’t want my family and boys to read about it. It’s probably hurtful
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Michael Krieger | Posted Monday Sep 21, 2015 at 10:50 am



Michael Grimm, disgraced Staten Island congressman, to begin prison
sentence for filing false tax returns


Tuesday, September 22, 2015,
Michael Grimm, 45, will surrender at the McKean Federal Correctional
Institute in Pennsylvania to serve an eight-month sentence for filing
false tax returns.
Michael Grimm, the ex-Marine, ex-FBI agent and disgraced congressman,
Tuesday becomes inmate No. 83479-053 at a federal prison in western

Grimm, 45, will surrender at the McKean Federal Correctional Institute
to serve an eight-month sentence for filing false tax returns.

He resigned his Staten Island seat after pleading guilty to the
charges in Brooklyn Federal Court.

Grimm joins about 1,100 convicted felons at McKean. Actor Wesley
Snipes served two years for tax evasion at the same facility.

McKean wasn't Grimm's first choice — his lawyers had requested the
Fairton federal lockup in New Jersey because his mother and sister
live closer to that jail and it would be easier for them to visit him.
But U.S. Bureau of Prisons officials did not grant his wish.

The former U.S. congressman resigned his Staten Island seat after
pleading guilty to the charges in Brooklyn Federal Court.
Grimm was originally scheduled to self-surrender 12 days ago, but
Federal Judge Pamela Chen granted a reprieve so he could undergo "a
surgical procedure ... (that) entails a brief healing period and a
second appointment to have sutures

Is It Time to Retire FBI Crime Statistics?

Tuesday, September 22, 2015


A coalition of law enforcement organizations is calling on the Federal
Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to ditch its longtime system for
tracking crime statistics, which has been shown to be incomplete.

The FBI needs to modernize nationwide crime reporting and related
data, says the coalition that includes the International Association
of Chiefs of Police, Major Cities Chiefs Police Association, National
Sheriffs' Association, and Major County Sheriffs' Association.

The groups argue the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program (UCR),
established in 1929, should replace its Summary Reporting System (SRS)
with the National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) within the
next five years. A gradual transition from SRS to NIBRS has already
been in progress, but the coalition is urging the agency to set its
sights on a complete changeover within that time frame.

Currently, more than 6,500 law enforcement agencies, representing 34
states, regularly report to NIBRS.

“It is recognized that the current FBI UCR Program does not collect
data that adequately reflects modern crime and related activities nor
does it share crime reporting and related

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Grassley Says FBI Fails to Inform U.S. Congress on Clinton Probe


September 23, 2015 — 9:09 PM ED

Senator Charles "Chuck" Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, questions witnesses during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014.
Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley chastised the FBI for not keeping Congress informed on its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s e-mails, including that it recovered personal messages she said were deleted.

“The Justice Department is giving us less information than normal when they should be giving us more,” Grassley, an Iowa Republican, said in a statement Wednesday.

The senator’s comments came in response to a Bloomberg News report, citing a person familiar with the investigation, that the FBI recovered personal and work-related e-mails from a private computer server used by Clinton during her time as secretary of state.

That report Tuesday said the Federal Bureau of Investigation, part of the Justice Department, has been able to salvage at least some of the roughly 30,000 personal e-mails that Clinton said had been deleted from her server.

The bureau’s success raises the possibility that the Democratic presidential candidate’s correspondence eventually could become public. Such disclosures could further inflame controversy over her conducing official business on a private e-mail system.

Grassley’s comments also highlighted an unusual turf fight between the State Department and the FBI over Clinton’s use of the private e-mail system. In December 2014, Clinton’s team turned over paper copies of about 30,000 work-related e-mails to the State Department.
Electronic Copies

Clinton’s lawyer, David Kendall, promised in a June 15, 2015, letter to the State Department that he would also hand over electronic copies of those e-mails. That transfer never took place. Instead, Kendall surrendered the thumb drive containing the e-mails to the FBI.

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When Government Makes Lying a Crime


September 25, 2015 // 08:30 AM EST

In the United States, it is not a crime to lie. It is not a crime to cheat. And it's certainly not a crime to teach someone how to lie. So, to silence a man who has spent much of his adult life teaching people to lie, the Department of Homeland Security had to get creative.

Douglas Williams, a 67-year-old former FBI agent is going to federal prison for two years at the end of October. Williams's is the biggest arrest to come out of "Operation Lie Busters," a Department of Homeland Security initiative to entrap and arrest those who teach others to "pass" polygraph lie-detection examinations.

Williams isn't sure he's committed a crime. Neither are a lot of people. But taking a plea deal was better than the 100 years and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines he was facing.

The specifics of Williams's case have been well reported elsewhere, but here's the short version: For years, Williams charged about $1,000 per day to coach people to pass polygraph lie-detection tests through his website, polygraph.com. That business, in and of itself, is not a crime and is protected by the First Amendment. Fraud, however, is not, and so the Department of Homeland Security sought to make Williams commit fraud.

"The criminalization of speech advocating for unlawful behavior has been a pretext for suppressing unpopular ideas"

According to Williams's indictment, two undercover agents asked Williams to teach them how to pass a polygraph test in order to pass a federal background check.

During the lead up to the classes (and during the classes themselves), both undercover agents repeatedly confessed specifics of imaginary past crimes that they wished to lie about. Because Williams was told about one of the would-be employee's (imaginary) drug smuggling, he was technically assisting a person to defraud the government, according to the indictment.

In 2013, Williams was charged with two counts of mail fraud (he received the undercover agents' payments in the mail) and three counts of witness tampering. Each carried a sentence of 20 years. Chad Dixon, another person who taught polygraphy countermeasures, served eight months in prison after a similar government sting operation.

"I had no idea what I was doing was illegal and I still don't think it was," Williams told me shortly after his sentencing earlier this week. "They piled so many charges on that you're crushed under the weight of their overreach—my attorney told me to just cut my losses and take the plea."

So how does the government make lying illegal? And why bother?

"It is lawful and constitutionally protected to engage in speech and it's legal to even offer tools that others may use to break the law. It's legal to advocate lying and even advocate cheating," Lee Rowland, a senior staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union who specializes in First Amendment issues, told me. "That is all speech fully protected by the First Amendment, and it's why you're allowed to sell devices for flushing illegal drugs
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Shurtleff prosecutor accuses FBI, Justice Dept. of withholding evidence in corruption case
Posted 10:29 am, September 28, 2015,

SALT LAKE CITY -- Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings is accusing the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice of not handing over evidence in the corruption case against former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff.

In a strongly worded motion filed just before Shurtleff's court appearance on Monday, Rawlings said the Justice Department is not turning over evidence he's requested as part of the case, unless he files specific requests with the U.S. Attorney's Office for Colorado.

Rawlings points out the FBI conducted the corruption investigation into Shurtleff and his successor, former Utah Attorney General John Swallow. Yet the Justice Department declined to prosecute them, leaving it up to Rawlings and his co-counsel, Salt Lake District Attorney Sim Gill.

"It appears the DOJ has built fences, with little gates that only they can lock and unlock, around related persons, events and investigations (or possibly the lack thereof). They control what the state prosecutors know and with respect to whom," Rawlings wrote.

Read the Davis County Attorney's motion here:
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Quicksilver Times: a study in the infiltration and manipulation of alternative media
by history buff Thursday, May. 10, 2007 at 2:42 AM

Some things change, some don't.

It is inconceivable that Indymedia has not been infiltrated, not just by freelance, self-serving opportunists, and amoral, social climbing careerists, but by paid agents of a variety of various governments' intelligence services. Infiltration of alternative media is nothing new. Au contrair. By now, most modern activists have an at least passing acquaintance with the FBI's Sixties era dirty tricks campaign against the anti-war and civil rights movements, called COINTELPRO. Less well known is the CIA's Operation MHCHAOS. Since it was focused on domestic targets, it was technically illegal, and as such, was heavily covered up. It features prominently in Angus Mackenzie's Secrets: The CIA's War At Home, the definitive study of the CIA's resistance to the Freedom of Information Act, and a must read for any activist who wants to stay out of trouble and still be effective. IMCistas can learn much that is useful today from the history of how alternative media was infiltrated and manipulated back in the day. So let's examine one such case, that of the Quicksilver Times. As you read the following passage from Mackenzie's book, keep in mind how much more sophisticated their techniques must be, now that they have had four decades to refine them:

* * * * *

One of Ober's top agents, who excelled at analyzing divisions between political camps, was Chicago-born Salvatore John Ferrera, a diminutive young man with black hair, black eyes, and (according to his girlfriend of the time) a frightfully nervous stomach. He was recruited by the CIA while studying political science at Loyola University in Chicago. From his studies, he developed an ability to navigate the ideological, strategic, and tactical differences of the antiwar groups in the United States and abroad. Only a few bare facts of Ferrera's story as a domestic spy have surfaced, lines here and there in scattered news reports. The full story is still classified as secret, but what is now known provides a noteworthy illustration of Ober's operation at work.

Ferrera's first assignment was to infiltrate a group of antiwar activists who were setting out to publish a tabloid newspaper in Washington, D.C. Their leader was Terrence "Terry" Becker Jr., a former college newspaper editor and former Newhouse News Service reporter. Becker was struggling to assemble the first issue of Quicksilver Times when Ferrera walked up the stairs of a recently rented white clapboard house that was to serve the group as both home and office. With Ferrera was a friend, William Blum, who introduced Ferrera to Becker. Blum was an old hand in Washington's dissident circles. He had recently resigned from the State Department and in 1967 helped found the Washington Free Press. Becker welcomed Ferrera as Blum's buddy, and Ferrera offered to help Becker with the task at hand: building frames for light tables. Once finished, they inserted the bulbs and got down to the business of pasting together the first issue of Quicksilver Times.

Ober was kept well informed about Quicksilver and hundreds of newspapers like it. According to CIA officer Louis Dube, Ober soon learned that Quicksilver was "just making it financially" and that the newspaper "was not receiving outside financial help, foreign or domestic." Again, however, despite the lack of any evidence of foreign funding, Ober kept investigating. At Quicksilver, Ferrera made himself indispensable as a writer and photographer. His articles and photographs appeared in nearly every issue, in more than thirty issues altogether. After writing one piece under his own name -- on June 16,1969, in the first issue of the paper -- he assumed a pseudonym, Sal Torey.

Ferrera made an ideal domestic CIA operative: young and hip-looking, with a working vocabulary of the Left. Born January 5, 1945, to immigrant parents who owned a Chicago restaurant/bar, Ferrera was raised in a four-story brick house on a tree-lined street, to which he would return on holidays between CIA, assignments. His appearance was reasonably modish, with a Beatles-style haircut. After earning a master's degree at Loyola University, he had moved to Washington as a doctoral candidate in political science at George Washington University. At Loyola, Ferrera had written his master's thesis on Marxism, with particular emphasis on the conflict between orthodox Marxists and the upstarts Fidel Castro, Che Guevera, and Aegis Defray, who had advocated a leap into guerrilla struggle. Ferrera had read Marx on economics, Castro on revolution, and North Vietnamese General Vo Nguyen Giap on military tactics and strategy. Probably he was more widely read in the literature of the Left than were many of the dissident writers he was spying on. Ferrera's studies also gave him a fairly astute understanding of ideological divisions within the antiwar movement, divisions that other agents would later exploit to weaken the movement.

One of Ferrera's early targets was Karl Hess. An influential conservative Republican, Hess had headed the party's platform committee in 1960 and 1964 for Barry Goldwater, but by the late 1960s he had strayed from his party into the ranks of antiwar radicalism. He was editing a libertarian-anarchist newsletter, The Libertarian, and was about to launch a new publication, Repress, intended to document the growing repression of liberty in the United States. Hess was especially interested in uncovering police espionage and surveillance. Repress was never published, but Ferrera spent quite a lot of time working on it, all the while reporting back to Ober about Hess's activities.

Ferrera also sent Ober reports on the Youth International Party, better known as the Yippies. When the U.S. Justice Department indicted Yippie leaders Jerry Rubin and Abbie Hoffman and other antiwar activists for conspiring to cross state lines to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, the Quicksilver staff got parade permits for a protest march in front of the Justice Department. The subsequent "Chicago Eight" trial turned into a major courtroom confrontation between the Nixon administration and the antiwar movement. (The case became known as the "Chicago Seven" after defendant Bobby Seale was removed and tried separately.) Ferrera befriended the defendants and interviewed their lawyers, William Kunstler and Leonard Wingless, providing the CIA with inside intelligence about the most important political trial of the era. Ferrera's pose as a newsman allowed him to ask questions, take notes, and photograph his targets, and his pose as a friend of the movement let him insinuate himself into meetings where antiwar actions and legal strategies were planned.

Ober and FBI counterintelligence chief William Sullivan employed one special agent, Samuel Popish, just to carry thousands of daily reports by hand between FBI and CIA headquarters, and at least seven FBI informants were deployed around Becker, Ferrera, and Blum at Quicksilver. New volunteers at Quicksilver's staff meetings sowed op- position to the paper's founders, which led to a shutdown of the newspaper at a critical moment. Several of the supermilitant newcomers took control of the Quicksilver office and literally hurled Becker's allies out the door and down the stairs. A white female supporter of Becker was called a white racist by the black leader among the newcomers, who threw her to the floor and hit her in the face. Becker's allies did manage to get some of their production equipment out of the building, including their homemade light tables, and moved everything to another apartment building, but publication had to be suspended just as Nixon announced the invasion of Cambodia. The answering protests were a high-water mark of the antiwar movement. College students conducted a nationwide strike at more than three hundred campuses, but Quicksilver was unable to print one word on the action.

In an FBI report about Quicksilver, since declassified, the FBI special agent in charge assured headquarters that he was continuing to use his agents to create dissension within protest groups. In his words, he was "continuing attempts to develop plans to utilize sources to promote political differences in New Left organizations." He also re- ported that he was planning to produce a newsletter to counter Quicksilver.

On May 8, 1970, Quicksilver Times resumed publishing and Salvatore Ferrera sent Ober several reports on the reconstituted newspaper commune. Terry Becker had been shaken by the earlier influx of disruptive volunteers. Because of the democratic form of Quicksilver meetings, meetings, the newcomers had each been accorded one vote and so were able to overthrow him. But now Becker was beginning to suspect this had been a government-directed coup, and he took steps to tighten his control of the paper and keep out dissenters. Becker would no longer accept people who simply showed up on his doorstep, posing as helpers. As it turned out, Ferrera also was eased out, even though Becker had no inkling that Ferrera was a CIA agent. "We collectivized at that point," Becker says. "If you worked on the paper, you had to live in the house. No outside income. If you had outside income, you pooled it. No outside jobs. The paper paid everybody's bills. We were criticized for being too closed, but it was the only way to avoid a repetition of what had happened."

Ferrera wrote that the collective was so tense and introspective he found it difficult to tolerate: "No male or female chauvinism is tolerated. Both sexes at the Quicksilver collective assist in all aspects of the commune. There is . . . plenty of sex and this causes problems." Ferrera reported that one woman was spending less time with the father of her child and more with another man. Ferrera told Ober that he could not imagine living so close to the people he was spying on, day in and day out. "He wouldn't even consider staying there," a CIA agent later reported.

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October 16, 2015
Secrets of social justice
Courtney Haden        
Courtney Haden

Courtney is a Weld columnist.
A noted activist was telling it all in Tuscaloosa last week.
Photo by Courtney Haden.

Photo by Courtney Haden.

There was a homecoming of a different sort at the University of Alabama last week, one that had nothing to do with football. The occasion was the 2015 Rose Gladney Lecture for Justice and Social Change, during which the keynote speaker, Dr. Candace Waid, disclosed “Some Secrets of Tuscaloosa in the Spring of ’70.”

If you have spent any time at the University, then you already know that Tuscaloosa is continually suffused with secrets, wafting about town like fevers in a swamp. 1970 was no unusual year in that regard, except that the FBI took a special interest in some of those secrets.

America was almost five years into its miserable adventure in Vietnam when Candy Waid enrolled at the University, and the same anti-war spirit that had arisen on campuses elsewhere in the country since 1967 was finally making its way to Alabama. Pockets of nonconformity were not unusual there, especially where two or more art students were gathered together, but the fall of 1969 was the first time a significant countercultural presence could be detected on campus. There were frat boys sporting sideburns and sorority girls wearing bellbottoms, but more significantly, dissent was becoming part of the campus discourse.

In ten Hoor Hall last week, one of the secrets Dr. Waid revealed was a subversive Homecoming art project. Living in the women’s honors dorm, Byrd Hall, she and fellow members of what they called the Byrd Hall Liberation Front devised a new slant on the traditional dorm door decoration contest. On the unused third floor, they gave the doors a coffin motif with blood-red paint-spattered tombstones, the dates on which were pertinent to the timeline of the Vietnam War. A large banner proclaimed the theme: “Tell Me Before I Die Who Won the Homecoming Game at ‘Bama.” Far from affronting, the art won the category for Best Door Decoration.

By spring 1970, anger replaced sly nuance. The Nixon Administration had escalated the war into Cambodia and National Guardsmen had killed four students at Kent State University in Ohio. There were demonstrations and counter-demonstrations at the Capstone, but on May 6, the Tuscaloosa Women’s Movement organized a memorial service to attempt to bring people together. That service turned into a demonstration in front of the President’s Mansion and then into a student takeover of the Student Union building.

In the Supe Store that night, protesters helped themselves to ice cream as they debated tactics among themselves. As an elected member of the Student-Faculty Coalition Direction Committee, Waid was in a tight spot. At that time, university rules effect
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Federal officials giving depositions in Jill Kelley privacy suit
Jill Kelley’s name was leaked to the media as the target of what the Kelleys consider harassing and threatening emails. Photo provided by Jill Kelley
Jill Kelley’s name was leaked to the media as the target of what the Kelleys consider harassing and threatening emails. Photo provided by Jill Kelley
David Petraeus resigned as CIA director after his affair with biographer Paula Broadwell came to light.
Published: October 22, 2015 | Updated: October 22, 2015 at 10:07 PM


Last month, at Justice Department headquarters in Washington, FBI agent Adam Malone underwent hours of questioning in a case so contentious his deposition was halted in a disagreement among the attorneys present.

The case arises from the e-mail investigation that revealed the affair behind the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus. The plaintiffs are Jill Kelley, a former honorary consul who became known to the world as the Bayshore Boulevard socialite and friend of top military leaders, along with her husband Scott, a surgical oncologist.

The allegations are that someone in the government violated the couple’s privacy rights when Jill Kelley’s name was leaked to the media as the target of what the Kelleys consider harassing and threatening emails. The Kelleys want to know who did it — and, in a key requirement for a privacy complaint, whether it was done on purpose and why.

Already, the case file includes depositions from a former defense secretary and three FBI agents along
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DALLAS—Ann Cox, a former special agent with the FBI in Dallas, was sentenced this morning by Chief U.S. District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater to two years' probation and ordered to pay an $18,000 fine, announced U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas. Cox, 49, of Rockwall, Texas, pleaded guilty in September to the misdemeanor offense of unlawfully employing aliens.

According to documents filed in the case, from at least August 1997 until December 2008, Cox operated a Schlotzky's Deli in Rockwall. While operating the deli, she hired and employed individuals, knowing that they were not either admitted for permanent residence in the U.S. or authorized to be employed. The documents name a total of six such individuals.

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Former Governor Ed Rendell takes stand at Fattah Jr. trial
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The son of an embattled Pennsylvania congressman is charged with stealing money meant for Philadelphia schools.

October 28 2015

The son of an embattled Pennsylvania congressman is charged with stealing money meant for Philadelphia schools.

On day 10 of Chaka Fattah Jr.'s federal trial Thursday, a notable witness took the stand - former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell.

Fattah Jr. is representing himself, assisted by a court appointed attorney.

He says he's being railroaded by rogue FBI agents determined to bring his father down.

Rendell was the first defense witness called by Fattah Jr.

The former governor and mayor of Philadelphia was on the stand for only seven minutes, telling the jury Fattah was a paid consultant and photographer for his 2002 campaign for governor.

"We paid him $5,000 for his work as a photographer for the length of the campaign. He worked hard. He spent a lot of days on the campaign. He did good photography. He was very cooperative with the public. He was easy to work with."

"Indicates that I ran a legitimate business which is contrary to the government's argument in their opening statement," Fattah Jr. said.

Fattah says he'll call former Mayor John Street to the stand Friday for the same purpose.

In the meantime, Fattah is calling for the charges against him to be dismissed by the judge after the FBI lead investigator admitted he tipped off a newspaper reporter to FBI raids at Fattah's Ritz-Carlton condo and offices.

"The FBI agent broke a number of laws, grand jury secrecy laws. Whether or not it could turn into a dismissal today, that's not the only issue here," Fattah Jr.
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Texas DPS says FBI agent 'accidentally shot' during investigation in Crosbyton
Posted: October 30, 2015 - 7:51am | Updated: October 30, 2015 - 12:46pm

A Lubbock-based FBI agent was accidentally shot by a member of a state law enforcement agency Thursday evening while helping apprehend a suspect during an investigation in Crosbyton.

Mike Orndorff, an FBI special agent assigned to the Lubbock Resident Agency, was part of a group
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FBI agents pull double duty on Evidence Recovery Team
Team members can be assigned to crime scenes, disasters around the world

Posted: 9:45 PM, November 20, 2015
Updated: 10:40 PM, November 20, 2015

SAN ANTONIO - Combing through evidence at a crime scene isn't as glamorous as it may appear on television and movies.

FBI agents who are part of the Evidence Recovery Team might have to rappel to a scene in rugged terrain or don scuba gear to comb the ocean floor for clues to a crime.
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"We have to make sure that we're preserving the evidence that we're collecting, that we're documenting it properly because at some point we need to provide that to the laboratories. They can analyze it and support the case agent and the case agent can hopefully use that information," said Special Agent Hector Morales.

While many law enforcement agencies have personnel dedicated to collecting any kind of evidence, the FBI has some agents pull double duty.

"Many of the individuals on the team -- which is a mixture of agents and professional support employees -- have other responsibilities," Morales said. "Some are case agents in different violations that the FBI investigates, and some are support personnel that support the many investigations that the FBI conducts across the nation."

They don't just investigate scenes in the U.S. They can be sent anywhere in the world to help in cases
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WHITEY: The Joe Berlinger Film: Whitey’s Secret and Improbable Meeting With AUSA Jeremiah O’Sullivan
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2015 11 29_3153Stevie Flemmi testified he had a deal with the FBI. He said he was promised protection from the FBI if he served as an informant. He told Judge Wolf during a hearing that at a dinner at the house of FBI Supervisor John Morris where both Agent Connolly and Whitey Bulger were present, Morris told him “you can do anything you want as long as you don’t ‘clip’ anyone.”

Judge Wolf found that Flemmi had an enforceable agreement with the FBI. The government appealed. The Court of Appeal held “FBI agents lack the authority to promise an informant use immunity. ” It went on to say: “the power to prosecute plainly includes
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