THE INMATES ARE RUNNING THE ASYLUM

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Re: THE INMATES ARE RUNNING THE ASYLUM

Postby fruhmenschen » Thu Jul 13, 2017 8:52 pm

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CIA whistleblower: Mueller’s FBI computers spied on Trump and SCOTUS

The FBI's James Mueller, now special prosecutor for Russia-Trump, helped expand the NSA's program of domestic surveillance. He and James Comey oversaw the program that spied on Donald Trump. So why is Mueller leading the investigation?


Jul 13, 2017


WASHINGTON, July 13, 2017 — Former FBI Director Robert Mueller, currently Special Counsel in the Russia investigation, provided FBI computers to a secret CIA/NSA surveillance program that was launched in 2004. That program morphed into a domestic surveillance program that spied on Donald Trump and his associates.

This is according to former CIA/NSA/DIA subcontractor-turned-whistleblower Dennis Montgomery and his attorney Larry Klayman.

According to Montgomery:

“This is very, very, very powerful technology, and it was created under Robert Mueller’s watch. The last person I would think that should be investigating Donald Trump is Robert Mueller, who was collecting information on Donald Trump ten years ago … Mueller has a huge conflict of interest, a huge conflict of interest.”



Klayman, the founder of Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch, did not mince words when explaining the dangerous high-stakes maneuvering around Montgomery’s case:



“These are vicious people. These people are capable of killing people to keep this thing secret. That’s why, Congress I believe, doesn’t want to look into this. They are afraid of them too. They are more powerful than the President of the United States … This government knows no bounds.”

Special Counsel Mueller’s alleged involvement in a secret surveillance program said to have targeted Trump came to light during the July 8, 2017 broadcast of the radio program “Special Prosecutor with Larry Klayman.”

According to former billionaire Tim Blixseth, whose ex-wife was Montgomery’s business partner, the CIA decided in 2009 to expand the surveillance program by dedicating $5 million in additional computer hardware.



According to Blixseth, the new equipment gave the surveillance program the far greater technical power needed for hacking into secure networks and devices.

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Dennis Montgomery (Image: GoFundMe.com)
On Klayman’s radio show, Montgomery discussed his claim that under Mueller, the FBI provided computers used to spy on Trump and other Americans.

Montgomery added journalists and reporters to the list of individuals and groups that he has identified as alleged surveillance targets. He also added embattled Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. Montgomery had previously indicated that Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and 156 judges were also surveillance targets.

Bundy, who is currently incarcerated while awaiting trial, has been under surveillance since 2003, claims Montgomery.


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Democrats lead charge to build new FBI building

Senate Panel to Look Into Decision to Kill FBI HQ Project
Plan includes new suburban D.C. FBI building, redeveloping downtown site



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The FBI considered charging the American Indian Movement’s John Trudell with “Insurrection”
by Curtis Waltman
July 13, 2017
To mark the 49th anniversary this week of the founding of the American Indian Movement (AIM), we’re taking a look at the FBI files of John Trudell, esteemed Santee Dakota poet, writer, speaker, and musician who was a key member of AIM, rising to the rank of National Chairman by the mid seventies. To the Bureau, Trudell was a renowned “agitator,” but within his community he was a motivator who inspired Indigenous peoples across the nation to strive for a better life.
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Cleveland Division of FBI recruiting new special agents
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DOJ provides court-ordered disclosure on Jeff Sessions' Russia contacts a day late
Form proves Sessions lied about meetings with Russian officials.

Published : July 13, 2017

The Justice Department has reportedly missed a court-ordered deadline to release parts of Jeff Sessions’ form to obtain security clearances dealing with contacts with Russian officials.

In response to a lawsuit by a Washington-based watchdog group, a federal judge said on June 12 the department had to provide the information within 30 days. That deadline passed on Wednesday.

Jeff Sessions’ disclosure form detailing the attorney general’s contacts with foreign governments was submitted Thursday morning, NPR reported.

In the filing with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the Justice Department released the part of Sessions’ security clearance form that asks, “Have you or any of your immediate family in the past seven (7) years [bold font in original] had any contact with a foreign government, its establishment (such as embassy, consulate, agency, military service, intelligence or security service, etc.) or its representatives, whether inside or outside the U.S.?"

Sessions answered, “No.”

The form confirms what the public already knows: Sessions did not disclose meetings he had last year with Russian officials when he applied for his security clearances.

Jeff Sessions met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at least two times last year. He did not note those meetings on his form or in his Senate confirmation hearing.

The ethics watchdog group, American Oversight, filed a Freedom of Information Act request into Session’s Russian contacts in March. The organization filed suit against the government a month later when it wasn’t provided the documents, The Hill reported.






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Great sexual assault evidence collection policies exist, but continue to be the exception to the rule
by Vanessa Nason
July 12, 2017
The best sexual assault policies adopted by this country’s law enforcement agencies illustrate a careful balancing act - Gardner, Massachusetts, with its victim-focused approach, a team of officers trained in handling sexual assault, and clear evidence collection policies, stands out. But until every police department in the country has these, the national backlog will continue to exist.
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Former President Jimmy Carter hospitalized for dehydration in Canada during Habitat for Humanity trip
BY TERENCE CULLEN
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Thursday, July 13, 2017, 2:01 PM





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Judge orders documents sealed in case against FBI agent in Malheur
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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge says government documents from a case against an FBI agent will remain sealed to protect the identities of other law ...



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North Carolina officer charged for killing pedestrian he struck while driving 100 mph
BY TERENCE CULLEN
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, July 13, 2017, 8:42 AM





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CIA’s 60 year war with the Government Accountability Office: The ‘70s Part 2
by Emma Best
July 13, 2017
In an April 1975 letter for CIA Director William Colby, the Agency’s Assistant Legislative Counsel laid out the arguments the Agency intended to make against a bill requiring they allow the Government Accountability Office access to CIA records. In an accompanying cover letter, the Agency lawyer drafting the letter noted they “really slung the B.S.,” and asked for Colby’s help in determining if they had overplayed the CIA’s position a bit.
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Trump’s Russian Laundromat
How to use Trump Tower and other luxury high-rises to clean dirty money, run an international crime syndicate, and propel a failed real estate developer into the White House.
BY CRAIG UNGER
July 13, 2017

Trump’s Russian Laundromat



In 1984, a Russian émigré named David Bogatin went shopping for apartments in New York City. The 38-year-old had arrived in America seven years before, with just $3 in his pocket. But for a former pilot in the Soviet Army—his specialty had been shooting down Americans over North Vietnam—he had clearly done quite well for himself. Bogatin wasn’t hunting for a place in Brighton Beach, the Brooklyn enclave known as “Little Odessa” for its large population of immigrants from the Soviet Union. Instead, he was fixated on the glitziest apartment building on Fifth Avenue, a gaudy, 58-story edifice with gold-plated fixtures and a pink-marble atrium: Trump Tower.

A monument to celebrity and conspicuous consumption, the tower was home to the likes of Johnny Carson, Steven Spielberg, and Sophia Loren. Its brash, 38-year-old developer was something of a tabloid celebrity himself. Donald Trump was just coming into his own as a serious player in Manhattan real estate, and Trump Tower was the crown jewel of his growing empire. From the day it opened, the building was a hit—all but a few dozen of its 263 units had sold in the first few months. But Bogatin wasn’t deterred by the limited availability or the sky-high prices. The Russian plunked down $6 million to buy not one or two, but five luxury condos. The big check apparently caught the attention of the owner. According to Wayne Barrett, who investigated the deal for the Village Voice, Trump personally attended the closing, along with Bogatin.

If the transaction seemed suspicious—multiple apartments for a single buyer who appeared to have no legitimate way to put his hands on that much money—there may have been a reason. At the time, Russian mobsters were beginning to invest in high-end real estate, which offered an ideal vehicle to launder money from their criminal enterprises. “During the ’80s and ’90s, we in the U.S. government repeatedly saw a pattern by which criminals would use condos and high-rises to launder money,” says Jonathan Winer, a deputy assistant secretary of state for international law enforcement in the Clinton administration. “It didn’t matter that you paid too much, because the real estate values would rise, and it was a way of turning dirty money into clean money. It was done very systematically, and it explained why there are so many high-rises where the units were sold but no one is living in them.” When Trump Tower was built, as David Cay Johnston reports in The Making of Donald Trump, it was only the second high-rise in New York that accepted anonymous buyers.

In 1987, just three years after he attended the closing with Trump, Bogatin pleaded guilty to taking part in a massive gasoline-bootlegging scheme with Russian mobsters. After he fled the country, the government seized his five condos at Trump Tower, saying that he had purchased them to “launder money, to shelter and hide assets.” A Senate investigation into organized crime later revealed that Bogatin was a leading figure in the Russian mob in New York. His family ties, in fact, led straight to the top: His brother ran a $150 million stock scam with none other than Semion Mogilevich, whom the FBI considers the “boss of bosses” of the Russian mafia. At the time, Mogilevich—feared even by his fellow gangsters as “the most powerful mobster in the world”—was expanding his multibillion-dollar international criminal syndicate into America.



In 1987, on his first trip to Russia, Trump visited the Winter Palace with Ivana. The Soviets flew him to Moscow—all expenses paid—to discuss building a luxury hotel across from the Kremlin.Maxim Blokhin/TASS
Since Trump’s election as president, his ties to Russia have become the focus of intense scrutiny, most of which has centered on whether his inner circle colluded with Russia to subvert the U.S. election. A growing chorus in Congress is also asking pointed questions about how the president built his business empire. Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, has called for a deeper inquiry into “Russian investment in Trump’s businesses and properties.”

The very nature of Trump’s businesses—all of which are privately held, with few reporting requirements—makes it difficult to root out the truth about his financial deals. And the world of Russian oligarchs and organized crime, by design, is shadowy and labyrinthine. For the past three decades, state and federal investigators, as well as some of America’s best investigative journalists, have sifted through mountains of real estate records, tax filings, civil lawsuits, criminal cases, and FBI and Interpol reports, unearthing ties between Trump and Russian mobsters like Mogilevich. To date, no one has documented that Trump was even aware of any suspicious entanglements in his far-flung businesses, let alone that he was directly compromised by the Russian mafia or the corrupt oligarchs who are closely allied with the Kremlin. So far, when it comes to Trump’s ties to Russia, there is no smoking gun.

But even without an investigation by Congress or a special prosecutor, there is much we already know about the president’s debt to Russia. A review of the public record reveals a clear and disturbing pattern: Trump owes much of his business success, and by extension his presidency, to a flow of highly suspicious money from Russia. Over the past three decades, at least 13 people with known or alleged links to Russian mobsters or oligarchs have owned, lived in, and even run criminal activities out of Trump Tower and other Trump properties. Many used his apartments and casinos to launder untold millions in dirty money. Some ran a worldwide high-stakes gambling ring out of Trump Tower—in a unit directly below one owned by Trump. Others provided Trump with lucrative branding deals that required no investment on his part. Taken together, the flow of money from Russia provided Trump with a crucial infusion of financing that helped rescue his empire from ruin, burnish his image, and launch his career in television and politics. “They saved his bacon,” says Kenneth McCallion, a former assistant U.S. attorney in the Reagan administration who investigated ties between organized crime and Trump’s developments in the 1980s.

It’s entirely possible that Trump was never more than a convenient patsy for Russian oligarchs and mobsters, with his casinos and condos providing easy pass-throughs for their illicit riches. At the very least, with his constant need for new infusions of cash and his well-documented troubles with creditors, Trump made an easy “mark” for anyone looking to launder money. But whatever his knowledge about the source of his wealth, the public record makes clear that Trump built his business empire in no small part with a lot of dirty money from a lot of dirty Russians—including the dirtiest and most feared of them all.







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Evangelicals scratch Donald Trump's back – and he's returning the favor
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Job One at Homeland Security Under Trump: Immigration
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... the rise, said Erroll Southers, a former F.B.I. agent who is the director of a program at the University of Southern California that studies homegrown extremism.


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Sep 22, 2016 - ... based on only their judgment and training,” said Tyrone Powers, director of the Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Institute at Anne Arundel Community College and a former FBI special agent.




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Middle East discussion: The Council on Aging is hosting a discussion group on terrorism in the Middle East.

Jay White, a retired FBI agent and a former member of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, lead the discussion. White is an adjunct faculty member at several area colleges.

The group meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. Call 978-374-2390 if you wish to participate.





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Blacked out page of Sessions security clearance form is out
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Five pounds of meth lost in ‘reverse sting’ in Albuquerque
By Mike Gallagher / Journal Investigative Reporter
Thursday, July 13th, 2017 at 12:02am


FBI agents lost 5 pounds of methamphetamine last month during a “reverse sting” in a parking lot on Coors near I-40.

The incident also sent a member of the FBI Safe Streets Task Force to a hospital after he was struck by the suspects’ car in the Home Depot parking lot.

Agents fired their weapons at the suspects but didn’t hit anyone.






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Democrats signal support for quick vote on FBI nominee Wray



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Too Much Free Time
Thu, Jul 13th 2017


Desk Jockeying: FBI Puts Out The Call For 'Cyber Security Furniture'
from the bringing-the-war-to-work dept
If you're going to fight in the Cyber Front, you're going to want the most up-to-date office chairs. Here's an unlikely use of federal tax dollars, as spotted by the EFF's Dave Maass: "FBI Cyber Security Furniture."

Disappointingly, the FBI isn't actually looking for something along the lines of Matrix dental exam chairs for office drones to monitor... uh... multiple monitors during crucial cyber operations. Instead, the FBI is looking for standard office furniture to furnish its new Colorado cyber security office.
But the scope of work doc [PDF] indicates not just any office furniture will do. On the FBI's Cyber Titanic, reshuffle-ability of deck chairs is crucial.
The furniture solution for the workspace (individual and team) is expected to be adjustable, adaptable and easily interchangeable into different configurations as required by the work force.

Technology will be integrated at all levels of the project. Furniture must be adaptable to the continuously changing technology solutions required to maintain a collaborative, mobile, and sustainable work environment.
In total, the FBI is looking for 24 workstations, 30 office chairs, and an out-of-the-box "STEELCASE Private Office" [pictured below].
THE PRIVACY VIOLATIONS ARE COMING FROM INSIDE THE OFFICE!
If any vendors carry something more cybertastic than what's described in the request, they are cordially disinvited from responding. The FBI is going sole-source and pouring federal dollars back into the local economy.
The General Services Administration has a new requirement that it intends to sole source for New Steelcase and Mayline Office Furniture from Officescapes, LLC a local dealer in Colorado.
The sole-source provider won't have it easy, though. The demands for bog standard office furniture are far more rigorous than most demands for off-the-shelf solutions. It needs to do far more than prevent FBI cyber warriors from having to perform their duties sitting on the carpet. The new furniture must also work as a "quality of life patch" for the field office. Here's part of a long list of things purchased furniture is expected to do:
Improv[e] work/life balance
Attract and retain the best talent
Hopefully no employees signed with the new Cyber Security office in hopes of being part of the office of the future. Team Cyber (Denver, CO) will be doing its work in the more familiar "office of the present," with all of its boring chairs, workstations, and conspicuous lack of monitor-covered walls.



Moving Beyond Backdoors To Solve The FBI's 'Going Dark' Problem
There Is No 'Going Dark' Problem
EFF Sues FBI Over Withheld NSL Guideline Documents
Trump Lawyer Threatens To Report A Former FBI Employee To The Inspector General



13 Jul 2017 @ 2:41pm
The FBI Wants Backdoors, Except When They Don't

From the STEELCASE Private Office website:
A traditional advantage of the private office is the ability to concentrate and protect confidential information. Yet this security and control is compromised if workers are approached from behind by guests entering the office.
So the FBI doesn't want any information getting out via backdoors. Hmm.





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Hugh M. Hefner Foundation Announces First Amendment Award Winners for 2017

Jul. 12, 2017, 09:00 AM
LOS ANGELES, CA--July 12, 2017) - The Hugh M. Hefner Foundation is pleased to announce its 2017 First Amendment Award winners to those who have dedicated their profession, and some their lives, to upholding and exercising their First Amendment rights.

Christie Hefner established the Awards in 1979, in conjunction with Playboy Magazine's 25th anniversary, to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to protect and enhance First Amendment rights for all Americans. A press reception with the winners and judges will be held on August 7, 2017 at the Playboy Mansion.

This year's Lifetime Achievement Award will be bestowed upon Burt Neuborne, the Norman Dorsen Professor of Civil Liberties at NYU Law School, who for 45 years has been one of the nation's foremost civil liberties lawyers. He receives a Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award for his unwavering defense of civil liberties and civil rights and who, as founding legal director for The Brennan Center for Justice, had the vision and foresight to spearhead its establishment.

Highlights of Professor Neuborne's career include serving as National Legal Director of the ACLU from 1981-1986, Special Counsel to the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund from 1990-1996, and as a member of the New York City Human Rights Commission from 1988-1992. He has argued numerous Supreme Court cases and has litigated hundreds of important constitutional cases in the state and federal courts. From 1995 to 2007, he directed the legal program of the Brennan Center, focusing on efforts to reinforce American democracy and secure campaign finance reform. The Brennan Center was established in 1994 to honor Justice William Brennan, Jr.'s monumental contribution to American Law.

"For decades, the First Amendment Awards have honored and celebrated distinguished individuals whose actions support and often fight to preserve the values of the First Amendment," says Christie Hefner, Chairman of the Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Awards. "Especially now, it feels like the First Amendment is under assault, so it is more important than ever that we recognize those who fight to preserve this precious right."
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Re: THE INMATES ARE RUNNING THE ASYLUM

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Why the Ninth Circuit Got It Wrong on National Security Letters and How We’ll Keep Fighting

JULY 18, 2017
In a disappointing opinion issued on Monday, the Ninth Circuit upheld the national security letter (NSL) statute against a First Amendment challenge brought by EFF on behalf of our clients CREDO Mobile and Cloudflare. We applaud our clients’ courage as part of a years-long court battle, conducted largely under seal and in secret.

We strongly disagree with the opinion and are weighing how to proceed in the case. Even though this ruling is disappointing, together EFF and our clients achieved a great deal over the past six years. The lawsuit spurred Congress to amend the law, and our advocacy related to the case caused leading tech companies to also challenge NSLs. Along the way, the government went from fighting to keep every single NSL gag order in place to the point where many have been lifted, some in whole and many in part. That includes this case, of course, where we can now proudly tell the names of our clients to the world.

No matter what happens with these particular lawsuits, we are not done fighting unconstitutional use of NSLs and similar laws.

Making sense of a disappointing ruling

National security letters are a kind of subpoena issued by the FBI to communications service providers like our clients to force them to turn over customer records. NSLs nearly always contain gag orders preventing recipients from telling anyone about these surveillance requests, all without any mandatory court oversight. As a result, the Internet and communications companies that we all trust with our most sensitive information cannot be truthful with their customers and the public about the scope of government surveillance.

NSL gags are perfect examples of “prior restraints,” government orders prohibiting speech rather than punishing it after the fact. The First Amendment embodies the Founders’ strong distrust of prior restraints as powerful censorship tools, and the Supreme Court has repeatedly said they are presumptively unconstitutional unless they meet the “most exacting” judicial scrutiny. Similarly, because NSLs prevent recipients from talking about the FBI’s request for customer data, they are content-based restrictions on speech, which are subject to strict scrutiny. So NSL gags ought to be put to the strictest of First Amendment tests.

Unfortunately, the Ninth Circuit questioned whether NSLs are prior restraints at all. And although the court did acknowledge they are separately content-based restrictions on speech, it said the law is narrowly tailored even though it plainly allows censorship that is broader in scope and longer in duration than the government actually needs. As a result, the court held the government’s interest in national security overcomes any First Amendment interests at stake.


The ruling is seriously flawed.

Not-so-narrow tailoring

In order to find that the law satisfied strict scrutiny, the court overlooked both the overinclusiveness and indefinite duration of NSL gag orders. Narrow tailoring requires that a restriction on speech be fitted carefully to just what the government needs to protect its investigation and that no less speech-restrictive alternatives are available.

But NSLs are often wildly overinclusive. For example, they prevent even a company with millions of users like Cloudflare from simply saying it has received an NSL, on the theory that individual users engaged in terrorism or espionage might somehow infer from that fact alone that the government is on their trail.

The court admitted that a blanket gag in this scenario might well be overinclusive, but it simply deferred to the FBI’s decisionmaking. But of course, under the First Amendment, decisions about censorship aren’t supposed to be left to officials whose "business is to censor.” And here, we know that NSLs routinely issue to big tech companies with large numbers of users like both Cloudflare and CREDO, and only in rare circumstances does the FBI allow these companies to report on specific NSLs they’ve received.

Similarly, the FBI often leaves NSL gags in place indefinitely, sometimes even permanently. Indeed, the FBI has told our client CREDO that one of the NSLs in the case is now permanent, and the Bureau will not further revisit the gag it imposed to determine whether it still serves national security. Here again, the court acknowledged that at the least, narrow tailoring requires a gag “must terminate when it no longer serves” the government’s national security interests. But instead of applying the First Amendment’s narrow tailoring requirement, the court declined to “quibble” with the censoring agency, the FBI, and its loophole-ridden internal procedures for reviewing NSLs. Nevertheless, these procedures “do not resolve the duration issue entirely,” as the Ninth Circuit understatedly put it, since they may still produce permanent gags, as with CREDO. As a result, the court suggested that NSL recipients can repeatedly challenge permanent gags until they’re finally lifted.

The problem of prior restraints and judicial review

However, that points to the other fundamental problem with NSLs: they are issued without any mandatory court oversight. As discussed above, prior restraints are almost never constitutional. The Supreme Court has said that even in the rare circumstance when prior restraints can be justified, they must be approved by a neutral court, not just an executive official. But the NSL statute doesn’t require a court to be involved in all cases; instead, judicial review takes place only if NSL recipients file a lawsuit, like our clients did, or if they ask the government to go to court to review the gag using a procedure known as “reciprocal notice.”

The Ninth Circuit had two responses to this lack of judicial oversight.

First, it wrongly suggested the law of prior restraints simply does not apply here. The theory is that unlike cases involving newspapers that are prevented from publishing, NSL recipients haven’t shown a preexisting desire to speak, and when they do, they’re asking to publish information they supposedly learned from the government. But as we pointed out, that’s inconsistent with case law that says, for instance, that witnesses at grand jury proceedings—which are historically both secret and subject to court oversight—cannot be indefinitely gagged from talking about their own testimony. NSL gags go much further.

Second, the court suggested that even though the burden is on NSL recipients to challenge gags, this is a “de minimis” burden that doesn’t violate the First Amendment. When Congress passed the USA FREEDOM Act in 2015, it gave recipients the option of invoking reciprocal notice and asking the government to go to court rather than filing their own lawsuit. That’s simply not good enough; the First Amendment requires the government be the one to go to court to prove to a judge it actually requires an NSL accompanied by a gag. Not to mention that forcing companies that receive NSLs to fight them in court and defend user privacy may actually be a heavy burden.

Big progress nonetheless

Despite these considerable errors in the Ninth Circuit’s opinion, we shouldn’t lose sight of progress made along the way. Nearly all of the features of the NSL statute that the court pointed to as saving graces of the law—the FBI’s internal review procedures and the option for reciprocal notice most notably—exist only because Congress stepped in during our lawsuit to amend the law.

So what’s left to providers that receive NSLs? Push back on the gags early and often. The “reciprocal notice” process, which the government says only requires a short letter or a phone call, should be done as a matter of course for any company receiving an NSL. And since the Ninth Circuit said that courts retain the ability to re-evaluate the gags as long as they remain in place, gagged providers should ask a court to step in and make sure the FBI can still prove the need for the gag—potentially over and over—until the gag is finally lifted. EFF wants to help with this, and we’re happy to consult with anyone subject to an NSL gag.

We’ve also encouraged technology companies to make the best of the reciprocal notice procedure as part of our annual Who Has Your Back? report. If the government continues to argue that recipients don’t necessarily “want to speak” about NSLs, we can now point to the growing trend of major tech companies—Apple, Adobe, and Dropbox, among others—that have committed to invoking reciprocal notice and challenging every NSL they receive.

Finally, we’ve seen other courts question gag orders in related contexts, and we’ve supported companies like Facebook and Microsoft in these fights. We’re confident that in the long run, these prior restraints will be roundly rejected yet again.







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Scott Ritter, Contributor
Author, ‘Deal of the Century: How Iran Blocked the West’s Road to War’
The Difference Between Watchers And Doers
07/18/2017 09:56 am ET

As a Chief Weapons Inspector with the United Nations Special Commission in Iraq, I often found myself in the media limelight, as the work of the inspectors became fodder for the media. One of these media organizations was Al Jazeera based out of Doha, in Qatar. Al Jazeera began its operations in 1996, in the midst of inspection-derived controversy in Iraq that quickly became one of the lead stories covered by that outlet. In 2001, following my resignation from the UN, I produced and directed a documentary film, In Shifting Sands, about the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Al Jazeera was the first outlet for this film, broadcasting it in its entirety to a large Middle Eastern audience; I also did a number of interviews with Al Jazeera from its Baghdad bureau. Later, in 2004, I began writing a regular opinion column for Al Jazeera’s English-language web site. I often appeared on Al Jazeera’s international and American outlets as an expert commentator on issues pertaining to Iraq and the Middle East. It was, in my opinion, a mutually beneficial relationship.

I imagine that one of the reasons I was attractive to Al Jazeera and other media outlets was the fact that I possessed a wealth of first-hand experience in the topics I was asked to comment on. The Middle East was awash in conflict; as someone who trained for, planned and fought in a Middle Eastern war, my experiences were relevant to the dialogue Al Jazeera wished to pursue. The same could be said for arms control, weapons of mass destruction, and the complex political relationships that existed among the major players of the region—I had direct personal experience, at the highest levels, in all of these areas. When I wrote or spoke on a topic, it was from the point of view of someone who had spent his adult life doing that which he now commented on.

In 2004, about the same time I began writing for Al Jazeera’s English language web site, a young man named Muhhammad Idrees Ahmad was finishing up his studies at The American University in Dubai, where among other things he captained the school tennis team and was recognized for his appreciation of jazz music. After receiving his bachelor’s degree, Idrees Ahmad—a citizen of Pakistan who was born in Chitral and raised in Abbottabad and Peshawar—attended the University of Strathclyde, where he earned his PhD. While a doctoral candidate, Idrees Ahmad began blogging on global political issues, and several prestigious outlets, including The London Review Blog and Le Monde Diplomatique, picked up his work. He has been a frequent contributor to Al Jazeera International, and currently works as a professor of digital journalism at the University of Stirling (he has also been a contributor to HuffPost.)

On July 12, 2017, Dr. Idrees Ahmad published an opinion piece in Al Jazeera.com that took umbrage with the recent reporting by the Pultizer Prize-winning journalist, Seymour Hersh, in the German daily, Die Welt, as well as earlier articles published in The London Review of Books. Idrees Ahmad also maligns the intellect and integrity of a group of experienced intelligence professionals, Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS). I am a member of VIPS, whom Idrees Ahmad dismisses as merely a group of “disgruntled former employees of the government.” The professionals who populate VIPS includes Ray McGovern, a retired CIA analyst who used to prepare the Presidential Daily Briefing, considered one of the most sensitive and important pieces of analysis in the US Intelligence Community. Coleen Rowley, a career FBI Special Agent who exposed flaws in the government’s investigation of the 9/11 terror attacks, is also a member. Larry Johnson spent years serving his country honorably in both the CIA and State Department doing things he can never talk about, and which the likes of Idrees Ahmad will never know. The same can be said for Philip Giraldi, William Binney, Elizabeth Murray and the many other intelligence veterans who are VIPS members. These are accomplished professionals with serious resumes that go far beyond playing college tennis and enjoying jazz music; in short, these are people who have decades of firsthand experience actually doing what Idrees Ahmad has only partially observed from afar.






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Billions of dollars’ worth of arms against Syria
by Thierry Meyssan
Over the last seven years, several billion dollars’ worth of armament has been illegally introduced into Syria – a fact which in itself is enough to disprove the myth according to which this war is a democratic revolution. Numerous documents attest to the fact that the traffic was organised by General David Petraeus, first of all in public, via the CIA, of which he was the director, then privately, via the financial company KKR with the aid of certain senior civil servants. Thus the conflict, which was initially an imperialist operation by the United States and the United Kingdom, became a private capitalist operation, while in Washington, the authority of the White House was challenged by the deep state. New elements now show the secret rôle of Azerbaïdjan in the evolution of the war.



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Former NYPD sergeant guilty of tossing semen on female co-worker
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Why Americans Voted for Trump


I have been reading about why so many Americans voted for Trump. Simple ignorance is a partial answer. Many Medicaid recipients who voted for Trump did not know that their benefits were due to the Democrats’ health care legislation that he vowed to repeal.

Some voters just believed Trump’s promises to help Americans who suffered economically, even though there was no evidence in his history or the history of the Republican Party that he actually help cared about them. Many former Obama voters who switched to Trump thought that Democrats were more likely to enact policies that favored the wealthy. Now that we can see what Trump and congressional Republicans want to do about taxes and health care, it’s clear how wrong they were.

But support for Trump is about more than ignorance or deluded hopes. An extensive analysis of white working-class voters, about one-third of Americans and a group who favored Trump by a 2-1 margin, shows their unhappiness with today’s America. About two-thirds of them believe “American culture and way of life has deteriorated since the 1950s.” That time frame coincides with the civil rights and women’s movements that have shifted power away from traditionally dominant white men. They express this idea by saying that the US is losing its identity, that immigrants threaten American culture. They believe that America’s best days are in the past. No wonder Trump’s slogan about making America great again had such resonance.

Perhaps related to this pessimism about their country is a tendency to favor authoritarian leaders. A remarkable 56% of white working-class evangelical Protestants were rated as “high authoritarian”, another explanation for supporting Trump. An earlier survey confirms the authoritarian tendencies of Trump voters. People who wanted to raise their children to be “respectful, obedient, well-behaved and well-mannered” were much more likely to be Trump voters than those who wanted children to be “independent, self-reliant, considerate and curious”.

Although the views of the white working class are often labeled racist, I think this misses the mark. About half of them believe that discrimination against whites is as bad as discrimination against minorities, with older people even more sure of this idea. Nearly half of white working-class seniors believe that Christians face a lot of discrimination. This is nonsense, as shown by every study which actually compares treatment of white versus black. But it has this kernel of truth – black Americans and non-Christians have more power than they did in the 1950s. This may be the source of white belief that America has lost its identity and American culture has deteriorated.

A survey taken more than a year ago during the primaries already showed these characteristics of Trump voters: nearly all of them agreed that “my beliefs and values are under attack in America”. The label of “values voters” for white evangelicals was perhaps never accurate. Their votes for Trump, whose personal life represents a rejection of these values, show they are better named “nostalgia voters”, whose vision of a white-male-dominated America no longer represents reality.

A more complex comparison of presidential votes and moral beliefs shows that Trump voters were likely to be motivated by ideas of group loyalty, respect for authority, male dominance, and traditional social norms than by compassion for those who are suffering and desire for equal justice.

The other side of Trump supporters’ worries about fading white male power is their disparaging attitude about people different from them. The calls at his rallies to lock up Hillary Clinton and attack journalists, the desire to deport millions of immigrants, the anger at the legalization of gay marriage are signs of a meanness of spirit that Trump himself exemplifies.

Here is a local example of meanness. Catholic Bishop Thomas Paprocki in Springfield issued a “Same Sex Marriage” decree in June: people in same-sex marriages may not participate in communion or receive a Catholic funeral. Paprocki’s decree does not punish adulterers, thieves, liars, or those who disobey their parents. His isolation of gay couples is political malice, unique among American bishops. Bishop Patrick McGrath of San Jose explicitly rejected Paprocki’s nasty version of religious intolerance.

It is possible to value self-reliance and hard work without trying to cut food stamp aid to poor families. One can believe in the virtue of raising oneself out of poverty without trying to cut Medicaid for poor people in bad health. Taking a hard line on punishing criminals does not require assuming that all immigrants are law-breakers. We can deplore terrorists without discriminating against Muslims.

Too many Trump supporters take their beliefs in what is right as license to be hateful toward people who are not like them. Combine that with nostalgia for a time when blacks had to defer to whites, men could grope women, and gays stayed in the closet, and you have a Republican Party which cuts health insurance for millions of Americans, which keeps foreign students from returning to their American universities, which cuts federal programs for Americans in need. So far these attempts have failed, but Trump and his allies show no signs of letting up.

That’s what I call mean.

Steve Hochstadt
Springbrook, WI
Published in the Jacksonville Journal-Courier, July 11, 2017



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It's A-OK for FBI agents to silence web giants, says appeals court
One step back – but several steps forward possible in battle against NSL gagging orders


By Iain Thomson in San Francisco 18 Jul 2017 at 20:21
Gagging orders in the FBI's National Security Letters are all above board and constitutional, a California court has ruled.

These security letters are typically sent to internet giants demanding information on whoever is behind a username or email address. Crucially, these requests include clauses that prevent the organizations from warning specific subscribers that they are under surveillance by the Feds.

Cloudflare and Credo Mobile aren't happy with that, and – with the help of rights warriors at the EFF – challenged the gagging orders. Despite earlier successes in their legal battle, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled [PDF] on Monday that the gagging orders do not trample on First Amendment rights.

“We are disappointed in the Ninth Circuit’s decision and are considering our options for next steps,” Credo CEO Ray Morris told The Register in a statement. “At CREDO, we know what an uphill battle challenging these gag orders can be, and feel that the court missed an opportunity to protect the First Amendment rights of companies that want to speak out in the




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How a Top Senate Republican Is Creating an Alternative Trump-Russia Investigation
In this one, the president is the victim.


JUL. 18, 2017 7:23 AM



Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) oversees a June 28, 2017 judiciary committee hearing.Tom Williams/CQ/Roll Call via ZUMA Press

At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week on Christopher Wray’s nomination to head the FBI, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) quickly brought up President Donald Trump’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey. But the committee chairman didn’t fault Trump for Comey’s dismissal. Rather, Grassley defended Trump’s right to let him go. “There are no restrictions on the ability of any president to fire any director,” he said in his opening statement.

Grassley’s comment was significant because he heads what could wind up being the most consequential of the congressional investigations related to the Trump-Russia scandal: a probe of Trump’s firing of Comey and collusion between the Trump camp and Russia. The inquiry presumably will examine whether the president obstructed justice by axing the official leading the FBI’s investigation of interactions between the Trump camp and Russia and its related probe of Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser. The House and Senate intelligence committees are examining various aspects of the Trump-Russia controversy, and the FBI’s investigation is now proceeding under the leadership of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who may also be examining Trump’s dumping of Comey.

But the Judiciary Committee, unlike these other outfits, operates mostly in public, and, more important, it can actively pursue the case of Comey’s firing—and Trump’s possible obstruction of justice—whether or not that episode involved any violations of the law.

The intensity and extent of the committee’s investigation of the Comey firing and other aspects of the Russia scandal depend on Grassley. And so far it looks like the 83-year-old Iowan is more interested in developing a counter-narrative to the Trump-Russia storyline by conducting a series of alternative investigations into tangential subjects. These inquiries seem designed to minimize the culpability of Trump and his aides and to deflect attention from the core issues of the controversy.

Grassley has sent a stream of letters to government agencies and private parties demanding information that is barely or loosely related to the Comey dismissal or Trump-Russia contacts. The letters suggest wrongdoing by those investigating Trump or imply equivalence between the actions of the Trump gang and the Obama crew. Put together, they offer a rough conservative narrative of government officials and others colluding and conspiring to take down Trump. At the least, Grassley’s missives appear aimed at undermining the credibility of agencies or people who have uncovered information on Trump.

Meanwhile, Grassley is reluctantly moving ahead on the main issues. That’s due in part to careful coaxing by Democrats on the Judiciary Committee. The committee’s ranking member, Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and other Democrats on the panel know they need Grassley on board for the committee to pursue a thorough investigation of the Comey firing and other Trump-Russia matters. Aware that Grassley resents criticism and revels in a nonpartisan image, they have mostly avoided accusing him of covering for Trump. The Democrats have also more or less accepted his alternative inquiries as the price of doing business and winning Grassley’s cooperation in the collusion and obstruction probes.

Feinstein tells Mother Jones that this strategy of nonconfrontation led to a deal, ratified last Tuesday in an exchange of memos between Democratic and Republican committee staffers, which ensures the committee will investigate alleged obstruction and collusion by Trump and his aides.

There is “agreement to look into issues related to Russian interference in the election and possible obstruction of justice,” Feinstein spokesman Tom Mentzer wrote in an email. Mentzer, though, declined to elaborate on specifics of the arrangement, which judiciary aides say replaces a less formal working agreement that had lacked clarity on what Grassley had agreed to investigate. Grassley’s office did not respond to requests for comment.

After the deal was reached, Grassley announced he would call former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to appear before the committee. He also agreed to Feinstein’s request that the committee ask Donald Trump Jr. to testify publicly before the panel regarding his June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer and an email exchange showing top Trump aides agreed to cooperate with what seemed to be a secret operation mounted by the Putin regime to disseminate negative information on Hillary Clinton to help Trump.

But while he moves ahead on those fronts, Grassley is also pushing his parallel probes and maintaining an idiosyncratic and at times truculent investigative approach.

Grassley has sent at least five letters this year to the Justice Department and the FBI asserting that Andrew McCabe, the FBI’s acting director, should have recused himself from the bureau’s probe into Trump campaign contacts with Russia because his wife received campaign contributions from the political action committee of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Clinton ally, during her unsuccessful 2015 Virginia state Senate bid. Grassley has cited reporting by the conservative news site Circa to assert McCabe should have also have recused himself from the bureau’s investigation of Flynn because Flynn wrote a letter supporting an FBI agent who had alleged she faced retaliation after filing a sex discrimination complaint in 2012.

Grassley said at the Wray nomination hearing last week that McCabe “was named in a sex discrimination case.” That’s a stretch. The report cited in Grassley’s letter says McCabe knew of an investigation into the FBI agent that she claimed amounted to retaliation—not that McCabe was personally accused of discrimination. Without presenting evidence, Grassley also called McCabe a “potential” suspect behind leaks of information on Flynn, a charge that McCabe has denied.

Grassley has tried to link McCabe and another entity he has portrayed as suspicious: Fusion GPS, the Washington, DC, firm that retained former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele to produce memos detailing allegations of secret ties between the Kremlin and Trump. Grassley has issued a series of committee letters demanding the firm hand over information on its clients and details of Steele’s work arrangement, including whether the FBI once planned to pay him for providing intelligence to the bureau.

Grassley has suggested that McCabe employed Steele as part of some anti-Trump effort. “The American people should know if the FBI’s second-in-command relied on Democrat-funded opposition research to justify an investigation of the Republican presidential campaign,” Grassley wrote in multiple letters. The letters, which include footnotes, do not document any contacts between Steele and McCabe.

But Grassley’s questions were picked up by conservative media outlets dismissive of the Russia scandal. “Chuck Grassley Asks If the FBI Helped Create Trump-Russia Allegations,” RedState.com said in a March 29 headline.

Grassley similarly helped fuel conservative talking points with a July 11 letter asking the State and Homeland Security departments how Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who met with Trump Jr. and others in Trump Tower, had entered the United States after she was previously denied a visa. The query led to errant reports that the Justice Department had okayed an exemption for Veselnitkskaya, including a Drudge Report banner: “Obama DOJ Let the Russian In.” (The Homeland Security Department says the State Department issued her a visitor’s visa in 2016.) Other pro-Trump sites incorrectly claimed former Attorney General Loretta Lynch personally approved of the exemption, a claim President Trump parroted during a press conference in Paris on Thursday. “Somebody said that her visa or her passport to come into the country was approved by Attorney General Lynch,” Trump said.

Grassley is also not done with Clinton’s emails. He wrote to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on March 30 asking if the department had concluded that Clinton’s email management was careless and whether it had launched a review into her “mishandling of classified information.”

Even as he pursues these disparate targets, Grassley has not sought to compel Attorney General Jeff Sessions to testify before his committee to explain Sessions’ false claim—made under oath at his confirmation hearing—that he had no contacts with Russian officials during the 2016 campaign. Nor has Grassley pressed Sessions, his former committee colleague, to explain how he squares his recusal from the Russia probe, which resulted from Sessions’ undisclosed meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, with his role in Comey’s firing.

Democrats, no surprise, grouse that these Grassley moves are overly partisan. “It’s a mistake,” says Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) a former Judiciary chairman. “The committee is more and more controlled by politics.”

A part-time pig farmer, Grassley, the first chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee without a law degree, won a reputation for independence after joining the Senate in 1981. He drew notice for pressing Republican and Democratic administrations to curb spending and protect whistleblowers. He developed an experienced team of investigators that earned a reputation as an effective, free-ranging oversight force that ran probes on a variety of issues, from federal contracting to drug pricing.

Democrats who have worked with Grassley say his nonpartisan bonafides began to decline in 2009, when he acceded to heavy pressure from GOP leaders and conservative activists and dropped out of bipartisan negotiations with Democrats regarding President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Grassley ended up endorsing the false claim that Obamacare would create “death panels,” recalls Jim Manley, a onetime spokesman for former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and late Sen. Ted Kennedy. “He made his bed with the right and he’s been playing that game ever since,” Manley says.

Still, Grassley is no Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the hapless House Intelligence Committee chairman who was forced to recuse himself from the panel’s Russia probe after a ham-handed effort to bolster Trump’s false charge that the Obama administration had wiretapped him. Nor is Grassley taking the approach of House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), who has refused to even question the Trump administration on Comey’s firing or Sessions’ conduct.

Committee Democrats appear intent on playing to Grassley’s self-image as a fair and balanced chairman, ignoring his conspiratorial focus on events involving Fusion GPS and McCabe. Feinstein and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), the top Democrat on the crime and terrorism subcommittee, even signed onto Grassley letters regarding former Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s actions in connection to the bureau’s investigation of the Clinton email controversy.

Democrats remain cautious as they work to nudge Grassley forward. Feinstein is quick to praise his forthrightness in their dealings. But when asked if his investigative zeal is hampered by a desire to avoid damage to the Republican president, she tersely says, “I think that’s right.” But she quickly adds, “I really like him, because he’s very clear. Things are either bad or good. He’s very direct and honest with me.”

Still, it is anyone’s guess just where Grassley is headed. Feinstein says she’s not sure how he will navigate the obstruction and collusion probe and the various tangents he is pursuing: “I don’t know what’s going on




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West Fargo Police Chief sets focus on safety of local children
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War Crimes Office May Be Closed in State Dept. Reorganization
July 18, 2017


Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson in Istanbul this month. A State Department spokeswoman said decisions on restructuring were not yet
WASHINGTON — The State Department office charged with combating war crimes may become the latest casualty of Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson’s plans to restructure his department, former American officials said on Tuesday.

Human rights advocates seized on the proposal as another example of what they assert is the Trump administration’s indifference to human rights outside North Korea, Iran and Cuba.

They also say that shutting the Office of Global Criminal Justice, as the war crimes bureau is officially known, would hamper efforts to publicize atrocities and bring war criminals to justice.

“The promise of ‘never again’ has proven hard to keep,” said Stephen J. Rapp, who led the office during the Obama administration. “If this Office of Global Criminal Justice closes, it will become even more difficult.”
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All hell breaks loose as the tundra thaws
A recent heatwave in Siberia’s frozen wastes has resulted in outbreaks of deadly anthrax and a series of violent explosions


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Police union examines incident at Pasadena hotel involving a former USC dean after an officer is disciplined
Dr. Carmen A. Puliafito

The union that represents the Pasadena police officer who was disciplined for not filing a prompt report on a drug overdose witnessed by the then-dean of USC’s medical school is conducting a legal review of the incident, the labor organization said Thursday.

A tip about the March 2016 overdose of a young woman at the Hotel Constance in Pasadena led to a Times investigation that found that Dr. Carmen Puliafito associated with criminals and drug abusers who said they used methamphetamine and other drugs with him while he headed the Keck School of Medicine.

Puliafito, 66, resigned as dean three weeks after the overdose. USC kept the renowned ophthalmologist on faculty and he continued to accept patients at university medical offices, according to a USC website. The overdose suffered by Sarah Warren, who survived after being rushed to a hospital, was not publicly reported until The Times published its findings Monday.

Alleged conduct by former USC dean 'horrible and despicable,' med school head tells angry students »


Officer Alfonso Garcia did not write a required report on the overdose until three months after the incident — in response to repeated requests by The Times for information about the episode.

Garcia did not respond to an interview request made through the Pasadena city manager’s office Thursday. He otherwise could not be reached.

The president of the Pasadena Police Officers Assn., Sgt. Roger Roldan, said in emails that attorneys for the union are reviewing the circumstances surrounding the overdose. Roldan declined to provide any details about the review, including whether it was aimed at challenging the discipline of Garcia.

The type of discipline has not been disclosed.


Last year, a Pasadena police spokeswoman said Garcia’s failure to file the report was a “training issue,” but offered no details. This week, city spokesman William Boyer said Garcia was disciplined.

City Manager Steve Mermell said in an email Thursday that the Times’ findings “have raised many questions. As it relates to the city, I have made a public commitment to review the facts and circumstances involving city personnel. I expect to have more information in the near future.”

Mermell did not elaborate.

Puliafito has not responded to numerous interview requests. In an email shortly after resigning the $1.1-million-a-year deanship, Puliafito told The Times he made the move voluntarily to pursue a biotech job.

In the wake of The Times’ investigation, USC has said that Puliafito is on leave from the university and is no longer seeing patients. Puliafito’s successor as dean, Dr. Rohit Varma, on Wednesday told a gathering of students, many of them angry about the affair, that Puliafito’s conduct is the subject of several internal investigations.


The Medical Board of California has said it is also investigating Puliafito on the basis of The Times’ reporting.

In the months after the overdose, authorities did not release Warren’s name. The Times identified her through interviews, social media and property records.

Now 22, Warren has been in an Orange County drug treatment program since November, and said she no longer has contact with Puliafito. She told The Times in interviews that she and Puliafito had been partying at the hotel for two days. Then she “took too much GHB” — gamma-hydroxybutyrate, the so-called date-rape drug that some users take in lower doses for its euphoric effect. Warren said the drug left her “completely incapacitated.”

After she awoke in the hospital six hours later, Puliafito picked her up, and “we went back to the hotel and got another room and continued the party,” she said.

Puliafito and his much younger acquaintance captured many of their exploits together in videos and photos. Sources allowed The Times to review dozens of the images on condition the videos not be published. They were consistent with Warren’s account of drug use at the Hotel Constance.

An overdose, a young companion, drug-fueled parties: The secret life of USC med school dean »

The police confiscated a little more than a gram of meth in the hotel room. No arrests were made, and Warren said the police never interviewed her.

A week after the March 4, 2016, overdose, a witness filed an anonymous complaint through a city website urging Pasadena authorities to investigate Puliafito and the police handling of the incident, according to a copy of the complaint obtained through the California Public Records Act.

Three days later, the same witness phoned the office of USC President C.L. Max Nikias and told two employees about Puliafito’s role in the hotel incident. The witness spoke to The p






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Pepsico, Unilever and Nestlé accused of complicity in illegal rainforest destruction
Palm oil plantations on illegally deforested land in Sumatra – home to elephants, orangutans and tigers – have allegedly been used to supply scores of household brands, says new report



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How Trump signed a global death warrant for women
With one devastating flourish of the presidential pen, worldwide progress on family planning, population growth and reproductive rights was swept away. Now some of the world’s poorest women must count the cost





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CALIFORNIAJULY 17, 2017California Cop Shot and Killed Partner, Now Faces Felony Charges




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Boston to fight Islamophobia with viral 'how to' transport cartoon
The work of a French illustrator on Tumblr has been picked up by US cities to encourage travellers to intervene in abuse



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July 17, 2017

Texas Cop Just Indicted On First Degree Murder For Killing Unarmed black teen With AR-15








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We were sentenced to death for crimes we did not commit. Collectively we spent more than 100 years on death row. In the last three years, three innocent men have been released from death row in Ohio after their wrongful convictions were finally exposed. Ohio has freed a total of nine innocent men from death row, but we have no idea how many more still sit on death row. One estimate by the National Academy of Sciences suggests that as many as 4% of death row prisoners could be innocent.

Despite this shameful record, Ohio has scheduled 27 executions after a three and half year hiatus.

Five of us--all death row exonerees--have started a petition to the governor asking him to halt these executions. Will you please join us? Please sign here.

The first of these executions is scheduled for July 26, 2017. With the state’s history of wrongful convictions and botched executions, this rush to resume executions is risky, unnecessary, and it is bad for business.

We need Americans from around the country to join us in telling Gov. Kasich to stop these executions. Please sign here.

Sincerely,
Joe D'Ambrosio (Ohio exoneree, 22 years on death row)
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Local teens got a chance to see just what it's like to be an FBI agent

6:31 PM. EDT July 21,
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The secret is out. Some local teenagers are getting the 'inside scoop' on what it's like to be an FBI agent.

Today marks the last day of the week-long FBI Teen Academy held at the offices of the FBI's Charlotte facility.

"We have some other techniques that we're showing them," said agent Kevin DeShazo. "That they get a little bit better in-depth understanding of what we're doing."

Activities include dusting for fingerprints to figuring out the trajectory of a bullet.

"You can tell like where the bullet came from and where the shooter was standing," mentioned academy attendee, Ciara Weaver. "I thought that was pretty interesting."

And for these high-schoolers, some are hoping to, one day, bear the title and badge of "FBI Special Agent."

Attendee Shannon Gardner said, "Coming here truly helped me learn that this is what I want to do




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High-Ranking FBI Agent Convicted of Assaulting Teen at Gunpoint Receives Probation, Keeps Job as Counterterrorism Chief



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Former Dallas FBI agent arrested, accused of planning to kill estranged wife, another agent



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Former Youngstown city worker and FBI agent jailed

Posted: Dec 04, 2014 2:21 PM EST
Updated: Dec 09, 2014 5:13 PM EST


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -
After lengthy legal battles, a former Youngstown city employee who was at one time an FBI agent has been sent to jail.

A visiting judge sitting in Youngstown Municipal Court ordered on Wednesday that 49-year-old Sheila Lawson immediately begin serving a 100 day sentence in the Mahoning County Jail.

The judge found that Lawson, a former Youngstown Municipal Court administrator, violated terms of probation for an earlier conviction of domestic violence.

In March 2012, Lawson was arrested for hitting her father during an argument at their Youngstown home. She was convicted of domestic violence the following September and sentenced to 100 days in jail.

The Seventh District Court of Appeals subsequently denied Lawson's appeal of the misdemeanor conviction in March, and the Ohio Supreme Court refused to hear the case in July.

Lawson served as Youngstown Municipal Court administrator from December 2008 until March 2009, when she was terminated.

According to documents filed in connection with a federal civil suit that Lawson filed against the city when she was fired from her court job, Lawson was employed with The Federal Bureau of Investigation's Washington D.C. office from July 2002 through July 2006 as a Special Agent, Acting Unit Chief, and Supervisory Special Agent
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Bundy supporter gets 30 months for illegal possession of stolen .50-cal
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MFSO Member Carole Whelan Protests Senator in Maine who Supported Iraq War | Military Families Speak Out
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Vets For Peace interrupts Senator Susan Collins award Ceremony
Sun Mar 20, 2011 2:53 pm
I videotaped yesterday's award ceremony at the University of Maine in Augusta where Senator Susan Collins was inducted in the Maine Women's Hall of Fame by the Maine Federation of Business and Professional Women. Over 30 protestors stood in front Jewett Hall holding banners and signs telling Senator Collins to get our military out of Iraq, Pakistan. Libya and other geographical places where oil deposits exist.

The event was organized by MILITARY FAMILIES SPEAK OUT. Other groups were in attendance including Vets For Peace and Women in Black. Carol Whelan of MFSO stood up in the audience just as Senator Collins started to thank people for inducting her into the Maine Women's Hall of Fame. Some of the attendees tried to silence Carol Whelan while other audience members said let her speak. Carol finished her speech and Senator Collins said isn't it great we live in a country where people are free to do these kind of things.




CAUGHT ON TAPE: Protester at Senator Collins' induction into Maine Women's Hall of Fame
Peace activists protested Senator Susan Collins' induction into the Maine Women's Hall of Fame Saturday in Augusta.

Shortly after Senator Collins was awarded the honor at the University of Maine campus, a woman stood up in the audience and began speaking, reading a written statement, and saying Senator Collins should refuse the award for her role in helping advance the war in Iraq eight years ago. Senator Collins was among the majority in the Senate that gave then President Bush the authorization to use force against Iraq.

The woman's comments were met with a mix of jeers and supporters saying "let her speak". Once she finished, some of those in the audience applauded.

Senator Collins condoned the latter sentiment immediately after, telling the crowd that the demonstrator's speech was "democracy in




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Follow-up On Man Arrested After Filming FBI Building
Pocatello Jul 28, 2017


KPVI is learning more about the man Pocatello Police arrested after he was filming the FBI building in Pocatello.

KPVI is learning more about the man Pocatello Police arrested after he was filming the FBI building in Pocatello.

Sean Johnson was actually charged with ‘Resisting or Obstructing Officers,’ which is a misdemeanor in Idaho, but it’s not the first time he was charged with this offense.

Back in July of last year he was also charged with ‘Resisting or Obstructing Officers.’

That charge was amended to a ‘Disturbing the Peace,’ which is a misdemeanor he plead guilty to.

On Monday KPVI put in a written request for the police report.

Despite what typically would be a public record, the City of Pocatello denied KPVI’s request due to an ongoing investigation.


KPVI also tried to talk to Pocatello City attorneys about the case, but the city of Pocatello says that ‘city policy’ says attorneys can’t comment on pending cases.

KPVI also talked to





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LIFE WITH BIG BROTHER
TOP FBI LAWYER AND COMEY ALLY UNDER CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION
Exclusive: Larry Klayman recalls James Baker's role in burying proof of illegal spying


I had a feeling! And, for better or sometimes worse, I am usually right. The lawsuit that NSA/CIA whistleblower Dennis Montgomery and I filed against former FBI Director James Comey and the intelligence agencies over allegations of illegal and unconstitutional spying against us – as well as millions of Americans including the chief justice of the Supreme Court, other justices, 156 judges, President Trump and his associates and family members – just got bigger and more serious.

As I go into with more depth on my weekly radio show, “Special Prosecutor With Larry Klayman,” which can be found at RadioAmerica.com, Radio America’s blog site, as well as FreedomWatchUSA.org, Comey’s former general counsel at the agency, James A. Baker, has been revealed to have allegedly leaked classified information presumably on behalf of his boss, in violation of various criminal statutes. According to Sara Carter of Circa News (see the below visually embedded appearance on Hannity last Thursday), Baker is now under criminal investigation by the Justice Department.


But as Sara Carter also knows, since she interviewed my client Montgomery for hours a few months ago, this is not the whole of the story. And, since this was not mentioned on Hannity or in her report, let me bend your ear with yet another felonious outrage by the Comey crowd at our formerly honorable FBI, the nation’s supposed premier investigative agency.

When I first met Montgomery through my client, Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s chief investigator Mike Zullo, years ago, I decided that we needed to bring this major whistleblower in from the cold – after no one in Congress or elsewhere in government would take the time, much more fortitude, to listen to what he had to say. To do this, I went to the only person in Washington, D.C., during the Obama years whom I totally trusted. His name is Royce C. Lamberth, and he is the only federal judge who had the courage to hold Bill and Hillary Clinton’s feet to the fire for their myriad of scandals during their White House years. While the judge always acted ethically, as I did, many in the leftist media believed that he and I were working together to “persecute” the Bonnie and Clyde of American politics.

After I left Judicial Watch to run for the U.S. Senate in Florida in 2003-2004, and later founded Freedom Watch, I took the opportunity to finally pay my respects to the judge who had done so much for the American people, and had taken a lot of heat for it with the vile crowd of Clinton loyalists who were trained to destroy anyone and anything in their march to regain control of the government. When I met with him, we reminisced about our independent but parallel exploits, and I thanked him for his integrity to do what is right, regardless of which political party is involved. I firmly believe that he is only one of a few federal judges in the nation whose rulings are not influenced by politics or his personal biases. (Years ago, he held a Republican secretary of the interior, Gale Norton, in contempt over misuse of Indian trust funds).

When I met with Montgomery, I realized that perhaps this courageous jurist could help pave the way for someone in government to listen to my client, who had come forward with perhaps the biggest scandal in American history.

Having asked Judge Lamberth how he thought it best to proceed, he recommended first that I take Montgomery to the soon-to-be Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Charles Grassley of Iowa. But after contacting him and having then met with his staff, they proved to be uniformly unhelpful, instead suggesting that I take Montgomery to the inspector general of the Defense Department. This was absurd. Why would I hand my client over to an Obama-run department, when he had the goods on illegal spying during Obama’s administration, among others?

When I took this back to the judge, he then recommended that we go see former FBI Director James Comey. After all, during the years of the prior Bush administration, as then-deputy attorney general, Comey had stood up to those in the administration who thought warrantless wiretaps on American citizens, in the wake of Sept. 11, were a “peachy keen idea.” To make this connection, Lamberth suggested that we go see Comey’s general counsel, James Baker, whom he knew.

And so it was the judge and I and another member of my staff who soldiered over to the FBI and met with Baker, explaining to him what Montgomery had and what was at stake for the nation if his whistleblowing was not addressed. During at least two meetings in the general counsel’s office, one of which had three FBI special agents in attendance, I asked to meet with the director himself. Baker came back and told us this would not be necessary, as he would supervise the Montgomery investigation at the direction of Comey, keeping Comey apprised of its progress every step of the way. In addition, Baker helped arrange for Montgomery to get immunity to produce his hard drives and testify to the FBI. As as result, my client performed his part of the bargain. But ever since then, Baker, Comey and their corrupted FBI have apparently buried the information and testimony that Montgomery provided to them.

And now it is even more apparent why! Baker and Comey were themselves involved in alleged criminality at the agency, having violated the constitutional rights of not just Trump, but also a huge number of American citizens. In effect, through no fault of Judge Lamberth, my client and I were fraudulently induced by this less than “dynamic duo” (now it appears more akin to the Penguin and Joker in the famous Batman comic series) to turn over incriminating information to the FBI.

And this underscores why Montgomery’s and my case against Comey, the FBI, NSA and CIA is so important. (See FreedomWatchUSA.org.) Despite the courageous, patriotic efforts of one of the few federal judges, Royce Lamberth, who has the guts to mete out the rule of law, Comey and Baker deep-sixed evidence about what will ultimately prove to be the most dangerous exercise of unbridled government tyranny in the nation’s history.

Recently, I have moved the court, under the direction of another fine federal judge, Richard J. Leon, a colleague of Lamberth’s, to allow me to depose Comey and Baker, as well as former corrupt Obama Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and former equally lying Obama CIA Director John Brennan. Given the cover-up orchestrated by these less-than-stellar


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Putin aide

"Everyone thinks he was whacked"
The US government ruled Mikhail Lesin’s death an accident, but multiple intelligence and law enforcement officials suspect it was a Russian hit. The government is withholding information so today BuzzFeed News has filed a lawsuit to pry the records loose.






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FBI construction at Redstone Arsenal gets surge in funding


Posted on July 28, 2017 at 6:05 AM

Plans that are expected to bring more than 4,000 FBI jobs to Redstone Arsenal received a boost from a Senate committee Thursday, which raised funding 35 percent for the 2018 fiscal year.

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama announced that the Commerce, Justice and Science Committee approved $103 million in FBI construction money for Redstone. That's $27 million more than the project received in the 2017 fiscal budget.

Shelby is chair of the Senate Appropriations on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies.

With the appropriations bill passing out of committee, it must go before the full Senate for approval.

According to the press release from Shelby's office, the $103 million has been tabbed for ongoing FBI construction projects at Redstone.

That covers further build-out of the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC), the Hazardous Devices School and also "prepares for the planned migration of FBI activities that will move to Redstone due to shrinking space at Quantico and a reconfiguration of necessary operations in the capital region."







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Kern County sheriff's deputy arrested after probe into allegations he stole money from public

A Kern County sheriff’s deputy was arrested Friday following a months-long investigation into allegations that he stole money from the public while performing his duties, authorities said.





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Custody battle clouds porn case against Saratoga County cop


Friday, July 28, 2017



ALBANY – Federal cases against child pornography defendants rarely go to trial. Prosecutors typically have strong evidence that includes a computer trail and confession which leads to guilty pleas in U.S. District Court.
But the federal case against Saratoga County sheriff's sergeant Peter Farnum stands out because of an unusual situation in which the computer equipment that allegedly contained the child pornography literally crossed the country and changed hands before authorities were even alerted.
And this all happened during a bitter divorce and custody battle.
Federal prosecutors in Albany charged Farnum, 41, of Ballston Lake, after his now ex-wife suspected he was viewing adult pornography. She had the computer checked out by computer forensic specialists in Albany and Montana, where the child pornography showcasing female victims as young as seven was allegedly discovered. The FBI was called in.
Farnum, the midnight shift patrol supervisor in Milton before his arrest, allegedly possessed more than 5,000 images of child pornography that his Albany-based defense attorney, Cheryl Coleman, contends could have come from "a number of sources," including the wife.





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Feds charge former Monroe County deputy with wire fraud

A former Monroe County sheriff’s deputy is accused of using interstate wire communication to obtain surplus military equipment that he later either sold or gave away.







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soon-to-be FBI director has Adirondack ties


Father is longtime APA board member Cecil Wray

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JUL 29, 2017






KEENE VALLEY — The man President Donald Trump has tapped to be the next director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation spent the summers of his youth at his family’s camp in the Adirondacks, hiking the High Peaks and fishing for trout.

Christopher Wray’s nomination as FBI director was unanimously approved last week by the Senate Judiciary Committee, and a final vote by the full Senate is expected soon.

The 50-year-old former federal prosecutor would replace James Comey, whom Trump fired in May as Comey led an investigation into possible Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

Before entering the Washington spotlight for good, Christopher Wray will travel to the Adirondacks next week for a brief vacation, according to his father, former state Adirondack Park Agency Commissioner Cecil Wray.

The elder Wray, 82, of New York City, talked Friday morning on the porch of the summer home he and his wife Gilda maintain in Keene Valley. Looking out, the summit of the state’s highest peak, Mount Marcy, could be seen draped in clouds along with the rest of the High Peaks’ Great Range. These mountains were the playground for Christopher and his younger sister Katie beginning in the early 1970s, their father explained.

Former state Adirondack Park Agency Commissioner Cecil Wray, the father of FBI director nominee Christopher Wray, sits on the porch of his summer home in Keene Valley Friday morning.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)
Former state Adirondack Park Agency Commissioner Cecil Wray, the father of FBI director nominee Christopher Wray, sits on the porch of his summer home in Keene Valley Friday morning. (Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)

“Our life in the summertime has sort of centered around the AuSable Club (in nearby St. Huberts), which had a lot of programs for children,” Cecil said. “In the early years we were up here, they did a lot of strenuous hiking. They participated in Adirondack Trail Improvement Society activities and all that sort of thing.”

When asked about his son’s hiking experiences, Cecil got up from the table and went upstairs to retrieve a framed picture of a smiling 8-year-old Christopher, wearing a backpack and hiking boots, standing on the summit of Mount Marcy. He’s holding up a sign that reads “Mt. Marcy, August 20, 1975.”

In those early years, Cecil said the family would rent houses for the summer in Keene Valley. After living abroad in Paris, France, from 1976 to 1979, the Wrays returned to the Adirondacks in the summer of 1980 and, with two other families, bought a camp on Upper AuSable Lake.

“From there, of course, there’s a lot of opportunity to go spend the night in the woods and canoe and climb the peaks,” Cecil said.

Each summer, Cecil said his son would climb a few more mountains as he tried to become an Adirondack 46er, a club for those who’ve scaled all 46 Adirondack peaks above 4,000 feet.

Christopher Wray, his wife Helen and their children Trip and Caroline sit on the top of Owl’s Head Mountain in Keene in 1999.
(Photo provided by the Wray family)
Christopher Wray, his wife Helen and their children Trip and Caroline sit on the top of Owl’s Head Mountain in Keene in 1999. (Photo provided by the Wray family)

“He never made it all the way,” Cecil Wray said. “Neither did I. He made it further than I did. He’s probably in the low 30s by now. He was seriously peak-bagging. He also did a lot of fishing for a while, trout fishing in the AuSable River.”

Christopher Wray attended the Buckley School in New York City and the private boarding school Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. He graduated from his father’s alma mater, Yale University, in 1989, then earned his law degree from Yale Law School in 1992. He also met his wife, Helen Garrison Howell, at Yale.

Wray spent a year as a law clerk for U.S. Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit Judge J. Michael Luttig and in 1997 became an assistant U.S. attorney for the northern district of Georgia. Wray joined the U.S. Justice Department in 2001 and worked his way up to assistant attorney general for the criminal division under President George W. Bush. He left the government in 2005 to go into private legal practice for the firm King & Spalding.

President Trump announced on June 7 he would nominate Christopher Wray to be FBI director in early June.

“I was at home in New York eating breakfast, listening to public radio, and I heard the announcement,” Cecil said. “I knew before that he had been summoned to go talk to Mr. Trump at the White House.”

Christopher Wray is pictured when he worked for the U.S. Department of Justice under President George W. Bush between 2003 and 2005.
Christopher Wray is pictured when he worked for the U.S. Department of Justice under President George W. Bush between 2003 and 2005.

What was his reaction?

“It was a mixture,” Wray said. “Obviously pride, because he’s done very well. He’s an extremely good lawyer and very successful. And I also felt concern. Things in Washington are such a sort of state of chaos, we didn’t want him to get mixed up in something he’d regret. But he’s very thoughtful and careful. Maybe it’s the Yale Law School tradition, but I think the idea of public service was an attraction for him.”

Those qualities were on full display earlier this month at Christopher’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. In his opening statement, he said the FBI’s work will not “be driven by anything other than the facts, the law, and the impartial pursuit of justice.”

“My loyalty is to the Constitution and the rule of law,” he said. “They have been my guideposts throughout my career, and I will continue to adhere to them no matter the test.”

Cecil sat in the front row throughout the confirmation hearing. He said he thought his son handled himself “beautifully.”

“That’s what I keep hearing from everybody who watched,” he said. “There were a lot of Democrats who were saying nice things about him, and in the end the committee confirmed him unanimously. Unanimous decisions in that city are hard to come by.”

The allegations of Russian interference in the election, along with reported ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, are now being probed by a special counsel, former FBI Director Robert Mueller. It isn’t clear at this point if or how the




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Anthrax used by FBI in 911 attack came from Fort Deitrick

Detrick lab would be helped by several amendments
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The FBI Anthrax
Attacks Cover-Up

Two years after the nation's deadly anthrax attacks, the FBI still has not been able to re-create the process the killer used to produce the substance sent through the U.S. mail, a top FBI official said Monday. [LA Times 09/29/2003]
The FBI should just shut the hell up, because every time they come out with another of these lame stories, it just hammers home the point that there is a cover-up in this case.

For the newcomers; the anthrax used in the letters was genetically identical to a strain maintained at US bioweapons labs at Fort Detrick. The anthrax used in the letters was also "weaponized", consistent with manufacture in a full level-four weapons laboratory. Such labs also have the hot-boxes needed to insert the anthrax into letters without exposing the perpetrator.

It should come as no surprise that the FBI, in its total focus on Stephen Hatfill, has totally ignored (or is covering up for) another suspect, one actually caught on the security systems entering the storage area where the anthrax used in the letters was kept, without proper authorization and AFTER being fired from his job at Fort Detrick over a racially motivated attack on an Egyptian co-worker. This suspect's name is Dr. Philip Zack, who has since relocated to Dugway Proving Grounds.

But despite this damning evidence. Zack remained untouched and untouchable, while the FBI, spurred on by Dr. Barbara Rosenberg, continued to focus on Stephen Hatfill, while trying to concoct a way for him to have created the anthrax, even though he did not work with anthrax or have access to that strain.

Long time readers will recall when the FBI tore up Hatfill's house, and that of his girlfriend, then drained an entire pond hoping to find an improvised hotbox, all without producing a single piece of evidence in the case.

And now we have the announcement that two years into the case, the FBI cannot figure out a way for the anthrax to have been created and placed in the envelopes outside a fully equipped laboratory.

Now either the FBI is very stupid, or they are protecting the real criminal. Why? It cannot be because the letters included with the anthrax, written to appear to be from Muslims, prove a plot to frame Muslims for terror attacks on the US, because this is equally true if Hatfill is the culprit. So, given the Israeli spies uncovered in the Pentagon (and elsewhere), Zack may well be protected because to expose him would expose that Israel also has their spies deep inside our nation's biological warfare laboratories. And as the anthrax letters prove, they are not shy about taking and using those materials for their own purposes.






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Oct 2, 2009 - Cover-Up. The Truth About The Anthrax Attacks. By Barry Kissin. I. INTRODUCTION – THE SMOKING GUN ... That the FBI has engaged in cover-up in its Amerithrax investigation is readily apparent.




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The FBI Vs. Comrade Charlie Chaplin – OpEd
July 29, 2017



In September 1952, Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977) looked back at New York on board the Queen Elizabeth. He was bound for Europe, to introduce the continent to his latest film Mousieur Verdoux. On the ship, Chaplin learned that the United States government would only let him return to the USA – where he had lived for the past three decades – if he subjected himself to an Immigration and Naturalization inquiry into his moral and political character. ‘Goodbye’, Chaplin said from the deck of the ship. He refused to submit to the inquiry. He would not return to the USA until 1972, when the Academy of Motion Pictures gave him an Oscar for Lifetime Achievement.

Why did the US government exile Chaplin? The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) – the country’s political police – investigated Chaplin from 1922 onwards for his alleged ties to the Communist Party of the United States (CPUSA). Chaplin’s file – 1900 pages long – is filled with innuendo and slander, as agents exhausted themselves talking to his co-workers and adversaries to find any hint of Communist association. They found none. In December 1949, for instance, the agent in Los Angeles wrote, ‘No witnesses available to testify affirmatively that Chaplin has been member CP in past, that he is now a member or that he has contributed funds to CP’.




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Wells Fargo charged customers for unneeded auto insurance — then repossessed their cars



FBI Octopus
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He is married, and three of his children have served in the Marines and one has been an FBI agent. (His son Robert was killed while on duty in Afghanistan in ...


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He is married, and three of his children have served in the Marines and one has been an FBI agent. (His son Robert was killed while on duty in Afghanistan in ...
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Re: THE INMATES ARE RUNNING THE ASYLUM

Postby fruhmenschen » Sat Aug 05, 2017 12:22 am

Trump's FBI Nominee Promoted Torture, Helped Cover Up 911 Black Op



Chris Wray, Trump's nominee to be FBI director
1. advocated torture during Bush administration
2. was involved in 911 coverup 911truth.org
3. is disqualified by his firm's handling of Trump litigation
4. Trump should not nominate anyone to head the FBI which is investigation several in his
campaign.
5 Was Chris Wray involved in any way in the
FBI work to pass the unconstitutional Animal
Enterprise Terrorism Act during Rubert Mueller's time as director?

The ACLU had this to day

"“Christopher Wray’s firm’s legal work for the Trump family, his history of partisan activity, as well as his history of defending Trump’s transition director during a criminal scandal makes us question his ability to lead the FBI with the independence, even-handed judgment, and commitment to the rule of law that the agency deserves. Given that Wray touts his deep involvement in the Bush administration's response to the 9/11 attacks, which includes his connections to some of the most unlawful legal memos on Bush-era torture programs, the Senate should press Wray to come clean about his role in the programs. In this important moment for our country, the American people deserve a commitment from any nominee for FBI director to the foundational principles of our Constitution, and that that commitment outweighs any loyalty to a political party or a single politician. We will be watching closely in the coming days to ensure Wray makes these commitments and earns the trust of the public.”

Complete statement of ACLU here:
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‘interesting to say the least’
July 26, 2017 Uncategorized 9/11, blackmail, Brabant killers, deep cover-up, Germany, Gladio, global criminal cabal, globalism, Madsen, money, NATO, Nazism, politics, power, ritual, synarchy, terror, Trump, usury, violence
‘interesting to say the least’

The book that some people are already calling nebulous because they doubt its veracity and validity is called “The Nebula”. Its three-page foreword is written by Wayne Madsen. The author is a former Belgian NATO AWACS command post officer and NATO Air Defense Officer. The book is published by Trine-Day.


The back cover says that the book provides “deep insights into the unseen but real forces” and “exposes a cabal which controls most of the money transfers worldwide as well as the highest political authorities.”

Donald Trump is featured in the last of four parts, particularly in chapter 19. There is an index and 22 appendices totalling fifty pages. There is a 3.5-page list of acronyms and abbreviations, a 3.5-page introduction, and a bibliography that lists 85 sources.

There is an index and 22 appendices totalling fifty pages. There is a 3.5-page list of acronyms and abbreviations, a 3.5-page introduction, and a bibliography that lists 85 sources.

On page 201, in the epilogue, Walter Baeyens says “In these days of unbridled egocentric materialism, , power and money have become the only means and measure of all thingd. How they are acquired does not matter.” In the pages preceding, he gives you a better sense of how they are acquired.

“In these days of unbridled egocentric materialism, power and money have become the only means and measure of all thing. How they are acquired does not matter.”

In the pages preceding, he gives you a better sense of how they are acquired.

The kingpin of the Nebula was identified in the ATLAS Report, which can be found in both French and English in the appendix, as well as at whose author is the first reviewer at Amazon and who appears to have his underwear in a knot because his work is neither credited nor makes an appearance in Baeyens’ book , The ATLAS Report can also be found herek

The ATLAS report was triggered by serial murders, enough of them that one needs a guide and additional references to get clear on their history. One involved Andre Cools, and then there were the Brabant murders, and a range of Gladio events, and they stretched all the way back to the murder of Julien Lahaut in 1950 whose sponsor (to use Drago’s template) Baeyens alleges (page 2) also attempted to derail investigations in the late 80’s into the the Brabant kills and the child abuse cases labeled “Dossier X”. If this is beginning to sound familiar, read the book.

The kingpin, we are told on page 10, is a Grandmaster of the Jewish Lodge B’Nai B’rith, putting to rest one of the main points by the first Amazon reviewer who claims Baeyens went on an anti-Semitic binge “two-thirds” into the book. But the Israeli maffiya are mentioned on the very first page (and after you finish reading this book you can join the global discussion about the criminalization of free speech).




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The Nebula
A Politcal Murder Traces back to NWO's Absolute Power
By WALTER J BAEYENS, Foreword by Wayne Madsen
Providing deep insights into the unseen but real forces that shape the course of history, this investigation exposes a cabal which controls most of the money transfers worldwide as well as the highest political authorities. The spider in the web, according to the investigators, was Felix Przedborski, a selfmade millionnaire of Polish-Jewish descent who held both Belgian and Costa Rican nationalities. By 1990, 'Don Felix' was Grand Master of the Lodge B'Nai B'Rith, called US presidents by their first names, and had excellent contacts with the Holy See, Mossad, CIA, and various heads of state. In order to understand this cabal one must to abandon the conventional logic of economics and politics.

Walter J. Baeyens was born in 1952 in Aalst, Belgium. He trained in the Belgian Air Force and served as a NATO E3A AWACS Command Post Officer and NATO Air Defense Ops Officer. His first Dutch language book titled Scum Deluxe was published in 2012, followed by the The Elites of Power in 2015. He is now a retired Belgian Air Force Pilot and former self-employed intellectual property consultant.
Wayne Madsen





http://www.911truth.org/flight-transponder-activity/

Implications of September 11 Flight Transponder Activity
May 23, 2017
Evidence and ResearchAir Defense Failures, Cover-Up
Originally published at The Journal of 9/11 Studies by Aidan Monaghan, May 2017

ABSTRACT: It has been the consensus of informed observers that the loss or alteration of Secondary Surveillance Radar (SSR) information for the four September 11 flights was caused by accused hijackers allegedly seizing control of the aircraft flight decks and manually turning off or adjusting each plane’s Mode S (Mode Select) transponder. This was presumably for the purpose of evading detection and interception by U.S. air defense systems. However, this view appears to be based only on circumstantial information – the simple loss or change of SSR flight data to Air Traffic Control (ATC) – and seems unsupported by conclusive facts. Following these transponder operation changes, ATC was still able to tag and track the primary radar returns of three flights and estimate their locations, directions, ground speeds, and even altitude changes.

Aidan Monaghan is an engineer and an open records researcher of the 9/11 attacks. He is the author of the book Declassifying 9/11: A Between the Lines and Behind the Scenes Look at the September 11 Attacks


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Evan works in Charlotte, NC, as a trusted advisor and works to deliver his clients high-quality property & casualty insurance solutions with an expertise in cyber liability. Evan’s subject matter expertise is based in years of experience.
He began his career at the FBI, where he assisted in managing both National Security and Criminal Cyber and Counterintelligence investigations across North Carolina. After that, Evan managed several corporate security programs for BB&T and




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FBI preps next generation of agents
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Email reveals de Blasio donor asked mayor for spot on committee dedicated to eliminating cop corruption

Friday, August 4, 2017, 6:56 PM


Even while allegedly trading lavish gifts for favors from the NYPD, Jona Rechnitz asked for an appointment from Mayor de Blasio — to a committee dedicated to eliminating cop corruption, the Daily News has learned.

In an email dated April 28, 2014, Rechnitz, a de Blasio donor, wrote to Hizzoner at his personal email account and sought a spot on the Commission to Combat Police Corruption, according to emails released as part of a Freedom of Information Law request.

“Dear Mr. Mayor, I am interested in serving on your committee [sic] for ‘combat police corruption’,” Rechnitz wrote. “In addition to being the Chaplain for Westchester County, I am a concerned citizen of NYC that wants to ensure the community's safety.”

He signed the note: “Hope all is well.”

De Blasio catered to Brooklyn donors accused of corruption
In an email dated April 28, 2014, Jona Rechnitz (pictured) wrote to the mayor at his personal email account and sought a spot on the Commission to Combat Police Corruption.
In an email dated April 28, 2014, Jona Rechnitz (pictured) wrote to the mayor at his personal email account and sought a spot on the Commission to Combat Police Corruption. (BARUCH EZAGUI/BARUCH EZAGUI)
Rechnitz was an unnamed cooperating witness in a massive NYPD corruption investigation, according to sources. Prosecutors alleged he and his pal Jeremy Reichberg showered officers with $100,000 in gifts — including a plane ride to Las Vegas featuring an on-board hooker — and in exchange got their own private police force.

Reichberg and Rechnitz even dressed up as elves on Christmas Day 2013 and drove to one top cop’s home to deliver gifts to his kids, according to court filings.

Court documents showing Rechnitz pleaded guilty to providing financial and personal benefits and campaign donations to public officials — including law enforcement — in exchange for official
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http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-m ... story.html

LAPD review of cadet scandal finds inadequate supervision, other deficiencies


At some police stations, a single officer supervised 60 teenage cadets.

Cadets occasionally used social media to bully one another or express “infatuations” with police officers. They sometimes logged into police computers using an officer’s serial number.

Officers who worked with cadets received no formal training in how to interact with young people.

These were among the deficiencies enumerated in an internal review of the Los Angeles Police Department’s cadet program, which is reeling from a scandal involving stolen police cruisers and alleged abusive sexual contact between a police officer and a 15-year-old cadet.



https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/ ... ed-corpses

Melting glaciers in Swiss Alps could reveal hundreds of mummified corpses
Frozen bodies of couple who vanished 75 years ago among those uncovered recently as global warming forces ice to retreat






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A New York library card now allows you to stream countless films — including the Criterion Collection




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Toyota, Mazda plan $1.6 billion US plant, electric car partnership





http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/co ... 02391.html


News Courts Saturday 5 August 2017
Martens-Corbett in line for €500,000 insurance payout after husband Jason's death



Murder accused Molly Martens-Corbett is the main beneficiary of a €500,000 life insurance policy payable on the death of her husband Jason Corbett.
A North Carolina murder trial heard that the money is currently being held in a trust fund as the second degree murder trial proceeds.
Ms Martens-Corbett's father, retired FBI agent Thomas Michael Martens (67), broke down and wept in evidence as he said he repeatedly struck his Irish son-in-law with a metal baseball bat over the head because he feared for his life and the life of his daughter.

Mr Martens fought back tears as he offered evidence for the first time in his three-week Davidson County Superior Court murder trial in the US.
Mr Martens and Ms Martens-Corbett (33) both deny the second degree murder of Mr Corbett (39) in North Carolina on August 2, 2015.

Mr Corbett, a father-of-two from Limerick, died from horrific head injuries in the bedroom of his luxury Panther Creek property outside Lexington.
His skull was effectively smashed by at least 12 blows.

Both his father-in-law and wife were found by police and paramedics to be totally uninjured after the incident.
"I hit him until I thought that he could not kill me," Mr Martens said. "He said he was going to kill Molly.

Read More: Thomas Michael Martens weeps as he recounts repeatedly striking Jason Corbett with metal bat
"I actually felt he was going to kill me."

Mr Martens said he was visiting his daughter and son-in-law with his wife Sharon and had gone to bed around 11pm on August 1. He said his son-in-law had consumed both beers and a cocktail.
Mr Martens said he was awoken by loud sounds from the master bedroom early on August 2. "I heard a scream and loud voices," he said.

He said he grabbed a baseball bat and went to the bedroom to investigate.
"In front of me, I would say seven to eight feet from me, Jason had his hands around Molly's neck," he said.

"I said: 'Let her go'. He said: 'I am going to kill her.' I told him again, several times, to let her go.
"He was really angry and I was really scared."

Mr Martens said he struck Mr Corbett with the baseball bat he had brought to the house as a gift for Mr Corbett's son, Jack. The accused said he repeatedly struck Mr Corbett with the baseball bat but, at one point, Mr Corbett shoved him away and managed to grab the bat.

Mr Martens said he jumped back up off the floor and rushed Mr Corbett.
Read More: Homesick Jason wanted to move back to Ireland, sister tells trial

Somehow, he said he managed to regain control of the bat from the younger, heavier man. Mr Martens claimed his son-in-law had his daughter in a choke hold and he was afraid when he saw her stop trying to wiggle.

"I don't know how many times I hit him in the head."
Mr Martens said he was convinced if he fled the bedroom his daughter would have been killed. "If I get out of the bedroom he is going to kill Molly. He is bigger, stronger and younger than me. I just did the best I could," he said in court.

Eventually, he said his son-in-law fell to the ground after repeated blows to the head. "He goes down - I started thinking a little more clearly. Molly is in bad shape. I told her to find a phone. I said we had to call 911."

Mr Martens admitted he did not like his son-in-law. "I did not like him. I am sure I said disparaging things about him," he said.
Mr Martens said "an issue of contention" arose because Mr Corbett did not allow his daughter to formally adopt his two children, born to his late first wife, Margaret 'Mags' Fitzpatrick.

However, he acknowledged Mr Corbett provided all the funds for their €350,000 Panther Creek home and the Irish businessman had also paid him €45,000 towards their 2011 wedding costs.

"We were superficially friendly - I am sure he knew I had some feelings about him," Mr Martens said.
He also declined to go on a joint family holiday to Washington because Mr Corbett was there. However, he said he could not recall telling work colleague Jonathan Underwood: "If I was going on vacation, why would I want to go on vacation with this ass...e!



http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/opi ... story.html




Before Trump's crackdown on leaks, Obama went after 10 leakers, journalists



Here are 10 people that fell under leak investigations during Obama’s presidency:

Thomas Drake

Drake was a National Security Agency executive before he was indicted in April 2010 under the Espionage Act for allegedly leaking information about TrailBlazer, one of several surveillance programs used by the agency. Drake eventually pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and avoided prison.

Shamai Leibowitz

Leibowitz was an FBI linguist before pleading guilty in May 2010 to leaking national security information to a blogger. Leibowitz was sentenced to 20 months in prison.

Chelsea Manning (formerly Bradley Manning)

Manning was an Army intelligence analyst who was arrested and charged in June 2010 in connection with one of the largest leaks ever of U.S. State Department documents. In July 2013, Manning was convicted to a prison sentence of 35 years, a sentence Obama commuted before he left office.

Manning spent seven years in prison and was released in May.

Stephen Kim

Kim was a state department contractor before he was indicted in August 2010 for leaking information about North Korea to a Fox News reporter, James Rosen. Kim pleaded guilty and in 2014, he was sentenced to 13 months in prison.

James Rosen

Rosen, a Fox News journalist, reported in 2009 that U.S. officials feared North Korea would respond to United Nations sanctions with nuclear tests, The Washington Post wrote at the time. Stephen Kim was suspected to be his source, so the Justice Department obtained Rosen’s phone records and emails to make that connection.

Rosen was not charged with a crime.

Jeffrey Sterling

Sterling was a CIA officer before he was arrested and charged in 2011 with leaking information about U.S. efforts to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program to a reporter for The New York Times, James Risen. Four years later, Sterling was convicted on espionage charges and was sentenced to 42 months in prison.

James Risen

Risen was first ordered to testify in the Justice Department’s case against Sterling as early as 2008 at the end of the George W. Bush administration, The Times reported. Risen spent the next seven years, mostly during the Obama administration, fighting the Justice Department and vowing to go to prison before revealing his source.

The legal battle ended finally in 2015 when Attorney General Eric Holder said Risen would not be forced to testify in the case.

John Kiriakou

Kiriakou, a former CIA officer, was charged in 2012 with disclosing information to reporters about the capture and interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, a suspected Al Qaeda member. Kiriakou pleaded guilty later that year and was then sentenced to 30 months in prison.

Donald Sachtleben

Sachtleben was a former FBI agent who pleaded guilty in 2013 to leaking classified information about to journalists about a foiled bomb plot in Yemen, The New York Times reported. Sachtleben was sentenced to more than three years in prison.

Edward Snowden

Snowden is the notorious NSA contractor who leaked information to journalists about the agency’s massive surveillance programs in 2013. Snowden was charged with three felonies — one count for theft of government property and two for disclosing that information. Snowden fled the U.S. and to this day remains in asylum in Russia.







https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/04/worl ... ences.html

In Blackwater Case, Court Rejects a Murder Conviction and Voids 3 Sentences



August. 4, 2017

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Friday threw out lengthy prison sentences for three former Blackwater Worldwide security contractors and ordered a new trial for a fourth involved in a deadly 2007 shooting in Baghdad that became a symbol of unchecked, freewheeling American power in Iraq.

The shooting killed or injured at least 31 civilians when contractors unleashed a torrent of machine-gun fire and launched grenades into a crowded downtown Baghdad traffic circle from their heavily armored trucks. An F.B.I. agent once called it the “My Lai massacre of Iraq.”

The ruling is a setback to the effort — which now stretches across three presidential administrations — to demand stiff consequences for the shooting in Baghdad’s Nisour Square. Along with the massacre by Marines of 24 Iraqi civilians at Haditha and the abuses of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison, it was among the war’s darkest moments and stained the reputation of the United States.

Three of the contractors — Dustin L. Heard, Evan S. Liberty and Paul A. Slough — were convicted in 2014 of voluntary manslaughter and using a machine gun to carry out a violent crime. They were sentenced to 30 years in prison, a mandatory sentence on the machine-gun charge. A fourth, Nicholas A. Slatten, a sniper who the government said fired the first shots, was convicted of murder and received a life sentence.

Defense lawyers argued that the convoy was under fire from insurgents, a claim that prosecutors denied and Iraqi witnesses rejected.





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Kick Racist Cops Out Our Community! Tell MPD To Fire Officer Altiere!



We just started a petition titled "Kick Racist Cops Out Our Community! Tell MPD To Fire Officer Altiere!"

On June 2, 5, and 13, 2017, Officer Vincent Altiere, Badge #4440, of the Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Department, was seen in the DC community and at the DC Superior Court (where he was present to testify in a criminal case), wearing an offensive, racist, and threatening shirt. The shirt displays symbols of police harassment, hate, and death while prominently displaying the symbols and emblems of the Metropolitan Police Department. We're asking that you join us, together we can voice our extreme concern about this offensive shirt and demand that Mayor Bowser's administration, Metropolitan Police Department and the Office of Police Complaints take immediate disciplinary action against Officer Altiere and any other Officers who have worn this or similar shirts. Our effort is already having an effect, the Metropolitan Police Department has already stated that they're taking Officer Altiere off the street for the time being. We are also demanding that officials take proactive measures to address a department culture that allowed this type of misconduct to go unchecked.

The Seventh District is a Black community being policed by an officer openly displaying white supremacist symbols!

The shirt displays a “sun cross,” replacing the letter “O” of “PowerShift” with a notorious white supremacist symbol adopted by the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacist hate groups. Immediately below is the image of the Grim Reaper, a personification of death in the form of a hooded skeleton, holding an assault rifle and a Metropolitan Police Department badge. Below, the shirt reads “Let me see that waistband jo,” referring to “jump outs” and the routine practice of demanding to see the waistbands of individuals, who are disproportionately young Black and Brown men, often for no legitimate reason.

Given the prominent placement of MPD logos and a badge number, the shirt does not appear to be attributed to Officer Altiere alone, but instead, appears to have been designed for a group of officers associated with the MPD Seventh District. Ninety-five percent of the residents in MPD’s Seventh District are black and too many Seventh District residents have experienced harassment and abuse at the hands of the police. It is time for the leadership of this city to acknowledge and address the systemic violation of rights, and threat of violence to Black people here in Washington D.C.

This shirt is offensive and indicates systemic bias in the policing of people of color. Join us to fight back.

White supremacy and insinuated threats of death should never be associated with or tolerated in police departments who are sworn to protect and serve. Such ideologies are dangerous and demonstrate a blatant disregard for Black and Brown life. They are at the root of rampant police abuse and result in the unconstitutional terrorizing of Black and Brown communities and the callous murder of Black and Brown men and women at the hands of the police, both in Washington, DC and across the country.

On behalf of a number of community organizations and community members, Law4BlackLives-DC has formally filed complaints with both the Internal Affairs Division of the Metropolitan Police Department and the Office of Police Complaints regarding this shirt and the message it propagates. The shirt stands alone as an affront to the community. It also embraces ongoing patterns of constitutional violations and constitutes a blatant disregard of MPD’s own general orders, including MPD General Orders 110.11, 201.26, 304.10, and 304.15. We are also asking concerned community members to let Mayor Bowser know that she must step in to check this culture for the people of Washington D.C.

Such Officers are a threat to public safety and erode public trust in the police. Inaction by the Metropolitan Police Department, Office of Police Complaints, and the Mayor's office would be an endorsement of this shirt’s hateful message and an acceptance of a policing culture infected by racism and violence. We're going to keep pushing until we win substantive change, we won't rest until he is fired and everyone who has taken part in this disgraceful conduct is gone.

Will you pledge to join the fight against racist policing?

Thank you,

Law4BlackLives-DC





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A look at the case against Lake County Sheriff John Buncich
Aug 4, 2017



https://theintercept.com/2017/08/04/cve ... extremism/

TRUMP SIGNALS CUTS TO UNPOPULAR “COUNTERING EXTREMISM” PROGRAMS, BUT WORSE COULD BE COMING
Murtaza Hussain
August 4 2017, 11:03 a.m.



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Claim details more disturbing allegations of abuse at SLO County Jail
The San Luis Obispo Tribune
Since January 2012, 11 inmates have died while in jail custody.




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I-Team: FBI begins investigating claims that Exeter mayor is racial profiling
Officers met with agents today.

By: Chelsea Titlow
Posted: Aug 04, 2017 04:37 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 04, 2017 05:31 PM EDT



https://vtdigger.org/2017/08/04/philant ... -survived/

Philanthropist: Burlington College could have survived


Aug 4 2017, 2:47 PM

A major donor to Burlington College said Friday the educational institution would have survived had its leaders followed through on plans to sell a portion of its new property.
Crea Lintilhac said she was “disappointed and sad” the college had to close last year because of the debt taken on by a land purchase and significant expansion proposed by college leaders.

Lintilhac told VTDigger she was interviewed by the FBI six months ago about her foundation’s $120,000 donation to help the small liberal arts college finance the land deal.

Federal authorities are investigating claims that former college president Jane Sanders, the wife of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., inflated the amount of pledges to bank officials while obtaining a $6.7 million loan from People’s United Bank. Jane Sanders said the college had $2.6 million in confirmed pledges. As of 2014, $676,000 was paid as part of that campaign.

Several donors have told VTDigger their pledge amount was overstated or misrepresented, including a donor who the college claimed would made a $1 million gift that she said instead was a bequest upon her death.

Lintilhac said the amount of her pledge was accurately presented, but that the college’s records were sloppy and incomplete.

Burlington College bought 33 acres of property in Burlington, some of it lakefront, from the Roman Catholic Diocese in 2010 for $10 million. Sanders was ousted in 2011.

Crea Lintilhac
Crea Lintilhac. Photo by Elizabeth Hewitt/VTDigger
The Lintilhac Foundation has supported Burlington College since 2007. The foundation gives out $1 million a year from its $20 million asset base to organizations that promote water quality, alternative energy and education programs, as well as others.

(Disclosure: Lintilhac serves on the board of the Vermont Journalism Trust, which oversees VTDigger and is a financial contributor.)

Lintilhac recalled Friday she toured the new land with Jane Sanders around the time of the 2010 land purchase and supported the college’s ambitious expansion plan. The idea all along, as Lintilhac understood it, was to sell off a portion of the 33 acres to pay down the debt, similar to the model Shelburne Farms followed when it purchased 3,000 acres and sold off some it privately to pay for renovations, Lintilhac said.

“This is a perhaps a calamity, but it served the community and the students very well while it was an operating college,” Lintilhac said. “Perhaps some of the calamity could have been averted” had school leaders after Sanders pursued selling off part of the land or meeting with major donors.

After Sanders left in 2011, Lintilhac said she never heard from the succeeding presidents, Christine Plunkett or Carol Brown. Lintilhac said she was surprised the new leaders didn’t convene a meeting of donors, nor did they apparently seriously pursue efforts to sell off a part of the property as Sanders had sought to do.





http://atlantablackstar.com/2017/08/04/ ... ers-trial/

Police Videos Are Focus at St. Louis Officer’s Trial Who Killed a Black Man
By Associated Press - August 4, 20170203


Prosecutors say Stockley planted a gun in Smith’s car after shooting him. Stockley’s attorney, Neil Bruntrager, said in an opening statement that Smith had a gun in the car and Stockley shot him in self-defense.

In Thursday’s testimony, Deeken said he asked for DNA analysis of the .38-caliber revolver seized from Smith’s car after viewing photos of the gun and seeing what he thought might be blood. A crime lab scientist testified Wednesday that his tests showed the DNA apparently did not come from blood on the gun but he could not identify the source.

In earlier testimony Thursday, FBI forensic chemist Doug Halepaska testified that one of the five rounds that killed Smith was fired from within 6 inches, something that prosecutors had claimed in opening statements Tuesday.
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Mother, children left homeless after police damage house looking for son
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Crystal Thomas and her children were left homeless after police came to her home last Friday looking for her 16-year-old son. "They made sure I could not live in ...



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The man fatally shot by police responding to a shooting at an Alabama mall on Thanksgiving night was struck three times from behind, an attorney for his family ...


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Alcohol suspected in off-duty Lincoln officer's crash, police say
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Former Berks police officer charged

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FBI to relocate 1350 jobs from DC to Alabama
Washington Business Journal-3 hours ago
More federal jobs are coming to Huntsville, Alabama. The FBI plans to relocate 1,350 employees from the District to Redstone Arsenal, reports AL.com.


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Notorious case haunts state after 70 years
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The Cuban spy and Watergate burglar who won a presidential pardon
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Going Down Under: Lawyer exposed as police informer puts 100s of convictions at risk
Published time: 3 Dec, 2018 16:07


Former FBI agent jailed for leaking bureau's 'secret rules' to Intercept. A royal commission into the scandal was created Monday, with Victoria ...



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Killer Thomas Martens claims judge 'unfair' in not allowing statements ...
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A RETIRED FBI agent convicted of the brutal murder of his Irish son-in-law has claimed a North Carolina judge was "unfair" in not allowing him enter specific ...
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