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you say you want to learn how to fish

My news about the FBI  comes from:

 every day I google 



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

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

now you know how to fish


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Only an FBI  agent can make a collar. eh"

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

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

Team 4: Lead FBI Agent In Wecht Case Promoted

July 27, 2007

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

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

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


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 Fitial must go

    Friday, November 02 2012 00:15

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Plausible Denial.......... a FBI agents favorite word.
Programming Error says the Orwell Public Relations Department
for Sociopaths at FBI Headquarters

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

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

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

Auditors found many cases of cheating. One FBI agent who works on a cyber crime squad, found that the FBI's testing software placed an XML file containing all correct answers in employee's temporary Internet files folder.

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Just so you know update:
the website  http://www.ticklethewire.com is a site operated by former FBI  agents with the help of the FBI  and other law enforcement agencies.
It provides a daily listing of news related to the FBI.
I continue to find news about FBI  agents from other sources that does not appear at Ticklethewire

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

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

Steve Neavling

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

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

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

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

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


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Scituate attorney won't be charged for teen drinking party

Posted Jan 16, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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Thursday, 02.14.13

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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attorney Jesse Trentadue sent me this email today

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Are FBI Informants Working Inside America’s Churches?

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

Click to download motion (PDF).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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FBI Makes Odd Sequester Claim Regarding Wall Street Crime

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

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FBI Memo Advised Schmoozing 'Slow' Mexicans, Duping Blacks With Phony Insurance Pitches

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

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

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

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

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see link for news,eh?

Norfolk FBI boss hopes to provide stability

Posted to: Chesapeake News

1 of 3 photos:

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

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


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


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Surveillance Court’s Opinions Must Remain Secret, Feds Say

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

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

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

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Monday, April 8, 2013 

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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Record Breaking High winds in SF close Great Highway

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

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

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

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

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

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Texas Oil Men

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(L13) Bobby Baker, interviewed in 1990.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Moscow publishes list of U.S. citizens denied entry to Russia.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Lake Oswego council approves joining FBI terrorism task force

 April 17, 2013

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

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

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


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


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April 21, 2013

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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Architect Richard Gage introduces Cynthia McKinney at the Atlanta screening of Architects and Engineers new documentary, "9/11: Explosive Evidence - Experts Speak Out".

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

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"Before our very eyes"

The Boston Marathon Mysteries

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

| Damascus (Syria) | 28 April 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is "Jeff Bauman" actually Nick Vogt?

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

Craft International mercenaries on the explosion site.

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

By Lisa Pease

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

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

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

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

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

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Benjamin Lipsitz, 94, Pikesville attorney who defended Bremer

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

On the 5 October one agent’s report reads:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




FBI Agent Probed After Criticizing Bureau

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FBI Agent Accused of Helping the Mafia


An FBI security expert who had access to

informant identities and witness lists is accused of selling

classified files to the mafia and others involved in criminal

investigations, according to a complaint filed against him by the


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


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FBI agents killed in training accident

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

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Judge rejects lawyer’s bid to end supervision

Uhl remains suspended

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

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

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

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

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


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


  May 17, 2013

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

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

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

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FBI to Participate in Youth Criminal Justice Academy

Wednesday, 19 June 2013 18:57

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

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

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

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


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

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

 June 29, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Trial of Two Presser Associates : Ex-FBI Agent Refuses to Testify; Held in Contempt

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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19 nuclear reactors dumped in the Arctic by Russia?

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Collapse - Michael Ruppert - A must movie for the future

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.

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“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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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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Saudi Arabia Prepares to Execute Teenager via “Crucifixion” for
Political Dissent
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

FBI dramatically expanding biometrics programs: EFF
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The other major change to the FBI's biometrics programs is that the
agency is now planning to add photographs taken in the field to its
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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        
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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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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.
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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.

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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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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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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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