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FBI agent married ISSIS jihadi she was investigating
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Daniela Greene, 38, an FBI linguist, lied to her bosses and went to Syria in 2014 to marry an Isis recruiter who had previously been a rapper in Germany. ... 30316.html

FBI agent in Puerto Rico accused of kicking neighbor's dog

May 2 2017
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico

An FBI agent in Puerto Rico has been accused of kicking his neighbor's Yorkshire terrier in the head.

Police said Tuesday that 46-year-old Timothy Boruff was charged with animal abuse and posted a $500 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court May 17.

Authorities say the alleged incident occurred April 21 in the upscale private community of Palmas del Mar along Puerto Rico's eastern coast. ... oplifting/

2 Investigators: Chicago Detective Has Rap Sheet For Shoplifting

May 2, 2017 10:20 PM

Cherie Hendricks, a veteran Chicago Police Department detective, was arrested at a Louisiana Walmart on Christmas Eve for stealing $113.50 worth of reading glasses and coffee mugs.

She was placed into a court-ordered diversion program, typically reserved for first time offenders.

This wasn’t Hendricks’ first incident, the 2 Investigators have learned.

Hendricks was arrested for shoplifting more than $200 worth of vitamins in 2013 at a Lakeview Whole Foods, but has not faced any discipline. The Chicago Police Department opened an internal investigation after Hendricks was caught. Four years later, the 2 Investigators were told that probe is still “open and active.”

The U.S. Department of Justice’s investigation into the Chicago Police Department, completed last January, found “officers are too rarely held accountable for misconduct” and “when investigations do occur they are glacially slow.”

David Bradford, a former police chief and executive director of Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety, said the lack of discipline is detrimental because “it produces bad morale within the good officers of the department and puts the credibility of the whole agency in question with the community.”

Only recently, after the 2 Investigators started asking questions, did Chicago police finally close the internal investigation and recommend Hendricks be terminated.

The matter now goes before the Police Board.

CBS 2’s Brad Edwards caught up with Hendricks but she declined to discuss the allegations.

Hendricks was placed on desk duty in 2013, but has continued to collect an annual salary of more than $90,000. Additionally, taxpayers have picked up nearly $25,000 worth of educational expenses for her since May 2016, according to city records.

It’s unknown if she was convicted of theft in the 2013 case.

Her case doesn’t appear in Cook County court records and a Chicago Police spokesperson said her case had been expunged.

The police spokesperson says the internal probe dragged on in part because Hendricks went on medical leave. ... 2ff86254cf

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Chicago Was On The Verge Of Police Reform. Then Trump Picked Jeff Sessions To Run The DOJ.
The city will serve as a bellwether for how — or if — the Justice Department will fight police abuse under the new attorney general.

CHICAGO ― In the final months of the Obama administration, the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division scrambled to complete its biggest-ever investigation of a city police department: a 13-month probe of Chicago’s 12,000-strong police force that wrapped up just a week before President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

For more than a year, the division’s lawyers reviewed thousands of Chicago Police Department documents, visited all 22 police districts, went on 60 ride-alongs, reviewed 170 police shooting files, examined over 425 incidents of less-lethal force, interviewed 340 department members and talked to about 1,000 Chicago residents.

Their final report, issued Jan. 13, recognized the tough job officers had in Chicago as they dealt with spiking gun violence, and praised the “diligent efforts and brave actions of countless” officers. But a “breach in trust” eroded Chicago’s ability to prevent crime, because officers were able to escape accountability when they broke the law, the report found. Because “trust and effectiveness in combating violent crime are inextricably intertwined,” the report found “broad, fundamental reform” was needed in Chicago.

Without a formal legal agreement to reform — known as a consent decree — and independent monitoring, the report concluded, reform efforts in Chicago were “not likely to be successful.”

Jeff Sessions, Trump’s attorney general, disagrees. In recent weeks, Sessions has expressed deep skepticism about the role of the federal government in fixing broken police departments, leaving serious doubts about the ultimate outcome of the Justice Department’s work in Chicago.

Sessions wants the Justice Department to serve as the “leading advocate for law enforcement in America.” While admitting he hadn’t read the full Chicago report, he called it “anecdotal” and “not so scientifically based.” Earlier this month in Baltimore, a Justice Department lawyer said Sessions had “grave concerns” about an agreement previously reached between that city and the Obama administration. A federal judge signed off on the deal over Sessions’ objections.

In an interview with a conservative radio host this month, Sessions seemed to suggest that Justice Department investigations and consent decrees were resulting in “big crime increases.” In an op-ed for USA Today last week, Sessions wrote that consent decrees could amount to “harmful federal intrusion” that could “cost more lives by handcuffing the police instead of the criminals.” There’s too much focus on “a small number of police who are bad actors,” Sessions wrote, and “too many people believe the solution is to impose consent decrees that discourage the proactive policing that keeps our cities safe.” ... icle-6216/

Fla. K-9 found dead in cruiser parked outside courthouse
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LOS ANGELES The FBI is hosting a rare recruiting event in Los Angeles on May 9 in hopes of diversifying its team with more women and minorities.

In the more than 13,000 special agents, 83 percent are Caucasian, 6.5 percent are Hispanic, 4.5 percent are Asian and about 4.4 percent are black.

"It's pretty important to have a general population in the FBI that matches the general population in the community because sometimes people relate better to people who they perceive are like them," explained Cathy Kramer, an FBI special agent.

The event is part of the Diversity Agent Recruitment Program.

The FBI said director James Comey will speak to applicants about his major push to hire talented women and minorities.

"He has absolutely pinned diversity as one of his core values in the FBI, and he added that just a few years ago, when he came on board," Kramer said.

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India to Fight Airpocalypse by Making Every Car Electric by 2030
Stricken by air pollution, tired of paying so much for fuel imports, fearful of climate change, and looking to cut vehicle ownership costs, India now plans to have all new cars purchased in the country be electric-powered by 2030.

A Crisis Brought on by Fossil Fuel Dependence

If you thought air pollution in China was bad, you haven’t really taken a good look at India.

According to a 2015 ‘Airpocalypse’ report from Greenpeace, the massive country sees 1.2 million people die from toxic air pollution every year. This number, according to the report, was only slightly less than total deaths attributed to tobacco use.

(Smoke, dust, and industrial pollution choke India’s skies in this 2012 NASA Satellite Photo. During recent years, air quality decline in India has been attributed both to increasing air pollution and to rising instances of wildfire ignition spurred by human-caused climate change.)

Over recent years India’s air pollution death rate, according to Greenpeace, has been steadily ticking upward. And in 2015, the country surpassed China’s annual loss of life due to bad air. In places like the capital city of Dehli, the amount of harmful particulate pollution now often rises to 13 times the maximum safe level recommended by the World Health Organization.

A large share of the pollution that causes these deaths comes from automobile emissions. Add in the worsening instances of heat and drought caused by fossil-fuel-emissions-based climate change — which are already hitting India’s farmers and water security hard — and the incentive to move to clean energy sources couldn’t be higher. Facing multiple and worsening but related crises, it is now the goal of the country’s energy minister — Piyush Goyal — to begin a massive vehicle electrification program that first targets the country’s most heavily polluted population centers and then aims to encompass the entire nation.

100 Percent Electric Vehicles by 2030

The program would both add electrical vehicle charging infrastructure even as it incentivizes India’s citizens to purchase zero emissions vehicles. Individuals would be offered electrical vehicles for zero money down and then would pay back the price of purchase in installments from money saved due to far lower fuel costs. The plan would ramp up in 2020, leverage subsidies of around 4.3 billion dollars equivalent value per year, and would aim to build demand for between 4-7 million electrical vehicles annually.

Goyal says that the goal is to have 100 percent of all new cars sold as electrical vehicles by 2030. And it’s a goal that not only aims to reduce harmful pollution — but also to significantly lower fuel imports which presently stand at around 4.5 million barrels of oil per day even as it tamps down the overall cost of running a vehicle. As an added benefit, the program would spur rapid growth in the country’s automotive sector which, if successful, has the potential to leap-frog the country into a far more competitive economic position vis-a-vis the rest of the world. Especially considering the backward energy and climate policies of western heads of state like Donald J. Trump which threaten to put countries like the U.S. behind the energy transition curve.

(Are electrical vehicles about to hit an S-Curve type adoption rate? Policies in India and in other nations and cities around the world seem set to help enable an electrical vehicle and renewable energy based transition away from fossil fuels. Image source: Solar Feeds.)

India’s clean energy ambitions do not start or end with electrical vehicles, however. The country is also involved in major efforts to promote wind and solar energy. India’s solar bid process has been very successful in both lowering costs and spurring mass adoption of clean energy sources. This year the program will help to add fully 10 gigawatts of solar power capacity to the country’s electricity sector. A recent wind energy bid program now appears set to achieve similar gains — with another 6 gigawatts of capacity from that clean energy source on tap in 2017. So it’s likely that these new electrical vehicles will be powered more and more by renewable sources even in previously coal-dependent India.

India is among a growing group of nations announcing ambitions to switch entire vehicle fleets over to electric and renewables. The Netherlands is mulling over a ban on petroleum and diesel based vehicles by 2025. Sweden, Norway and Belgium are planning similar bans by 2025 through 2030. And these countries join an expanding number of major cities around the world like Athens, Paris, Mexico City and Madrid who have announced bans on pollution-causing fossil fuel based cars by 2025.


India Eyes All-Electric Car Fleet by 2030

India to Make Every Single Car Electric by 2030



India Expects to Add 10 Gigawatts of Solar Power in 2017

Wind Power Passes Inflection Point in India

Diesel Controls at Critical Technological Junction in Transport

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Duration of Indian Hot Season Nearly Doubles

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100 US Senators Want Israeli High Crimes Suppressed

by Stephen Lendman

In an April 27 letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, all US senators demanded the world body ignore Israeli high crimes, calling truth-telling “anti-Semiti(c).”

“Too often, the UN is exploited as a vehicle for targeting Israel,” they said.

Fact: Much more needs to be done to hold Israel accountable for high crimes of war and against humanity - for decades of ruthlessly persecuting Palestinians, for committing slow-motion genocide, for attacking its neighbors.

The letter quoted neocon US UN envoy Nikki Haley, saying “(i)t is the UN’s anti-Israel bias that is long overdue for change” - an outrageous perversion of truth.

The senators praised the world body “for disavowing” the important Richard Falk/Virginia Tilley report, calling Israel a racist apartheid regime - “beyond a reasonable doubt.”

The entire US Senate urged the UN “to improve (its) treatment of Israel…” It demands no world body support for the vital global BDS initiative - or any other actions hostile to Israeli interests.

It wants information about its human rights abuses suppressed. It demands support for US interests. It calls truth-telling anti-Israeli “bias.”

All 100 US senators disgracefully signed the letter. Washington and Israel partner in each other’s high crimes - a ruthless axis of evil threatening humanity.

Last week, Haley accused the world body of holding “Israel-bashing sessions.” Ignoring US wars in multiple theaters, she lied claiming “Iran is using Hezbollah to advance its regional aspirations.”

“They are working together to expand extremist ideologies in the Middle East. That is a threat that should be dominating our discussion at the Security Council.”

Iran threatens no one. Neither does Hezbollah. Haley turned truth on its head. So did Tillerson days earlier, irresponsibly accusing Tehran of “alarming ongoing provocations” to destabilize regional countries.

Iranian UN envoy Gholamali Khoshroo debunked his remarks, calling them “misleading propaganda…”

Last week Washington asked which Middle East countries benefit from regional chaos, “and what are the connections between terrorist groups and these states?”

Israel, of course, benefits most. So does America by its belligerent presence in a part of the world not its own - waging endless wars of aggression, supporting terrorist groups it created, wanting pro-Western puppet rule replacing all sovereign independent governments.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at

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EXCLUSIVE: Rikers correction officer already accused of raping two inmates impregnated another woman behind bars, suit claims
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Saturday, April 29, 2017, 4:00 AM

Victory! Maryland's Anti-Boycott Bill is Dead!
Last Monday was Sine Die, the final day of the Maryland General Assembly’s annual legislative session. We are pleased to announce that the Anti-Boycott Bill SB739/HB949 has officially died! The legislation never even received a single vote in any committee. For the third consecutive year, legislative attacks on supporters of Palestinian human rights failed decisively.

This outcome was not due to any back-door negotiation from insiders in the legislature or because of lobbyist efforts. It was mainly due to legislators (especially Democratic legislators) being convinced that this bill was unconstitutional or they simply disagreed with it's intent. This convincing was largely done by a grassroots statewide movement -- including

April 12, 2017

BDS Co-Founder Omar Barghouti Sends Letter to MD Assembly

During the hearings on the Zirkin/Kramer anti-Boycott bills (SB739/HB949), supporters of the bills repeatedly mentioned the name of Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement co-founder Omar Barghouti.

Omar Barghouti responded with a letter directly addressed to members of the Maryland General Assembly. Read his full letter here.

ACLU Says Anti-Boycott Bill is Unconstitutional. Warns of Censorship
Today the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland has released a statement saying that the Zirkin/Kramer Anti-Boycott Bill is unconstitutional.

While we take no position on the underlying boycott, we do oppose the bill, as it is inimical to democratic principles. The bill penalizes a point of view deemed unacceptable by government officials. It would allow the state to assume the role of censor in matters of political controversy.

It is well-accepted that boycotts are fully protected speech under the First Amendment

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Just Another Week in Hell
The news from your local lockup is not good.
In San Jose, California, three jail guards stood trial this week, charged with beating an inmate to death, ripping his spleen nearly in half. In northeast Arkansas, two supervisors at a juvenile lockup pleaded guilty to conspiring to pepper-spray kids without cause. And in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, an inquest revealed that jail guards cut off water to an inmate’s cell seven days before he died of dehydration.

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Lawyer: Cops “deliberately misled” judge who seemingly signed off on stingray
“Any system that is not transparent is inherently corrupt.”

- 5/6/2017, 9:00 AM

FBI’s stingray quickly found suspect after local cops’ device couldn’t
OAKLAND, Calif.—Defense attorney Martha Boersch has strong words for federal law enforcement's warrantless use of cell-site simulators, better known as stingrays.

Her client, Purvis Ellis, charged with attempted murder and racketeering, was tracked down to an East Oakland apartment in January 2013 with the help of not just one stingray, but two. Prosecutors initially insisted that only one stingray was used, but as was revealed last summer, that turned out to not be the case. The Oakland Police Department's own stingray was seemingly insufficient, so officers then called in the FBI, both times without a warrant.

"When they then take that technology and use it in a run-of-the-mill criminal case and use it secretly and clearly without providing defendants with notice or any of the Constitutional protections that a defendant is supposed to have, that's a real problem," Boersch, who herself served as a federal prosecutor for 12 years, told Ars during a recent in-person interview at her downtown office.
"Why courts are letting the government get away with it, I don't quite understand."
The stingray question is proving to be a constant thorn in the prosecution's side—the defense has seized on it as an avenue to challenge the government's case. Earlier this week, Boersch filed three new motions that an Oakland federal judge will hear next month. Her client may finally get a judicial ruling as to whether the Oakland Police Department and the FBI's stingray use here was appropriate and what effect that should have, if any, on his case.
Boersch noted that she didn’t have a problem with law enforcement using stingrays per se, but she wanted agents to be "up front about it."
"To me, the biggest issue is transparency," she continued. "Any system that is not transparent is inherently corrupt, and that's what happens when law enforcement is able to use something like the stingray secretly."
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“PING SUSP PHONE”—An Oakland shooting reveals how cops snoop on cell phones
As Ars has reported for years, stingrays determine a phone’s location by spoofing a cell tower. In some cases, they can also intercept calls and text messages. Once deployed, the devices intercept data from a target phone along with information from other phones within the vicinity.

In recent years, the use of stingrays has come under increased public scrutiny. In 2015, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice, which oversees the FBI, said that they would have new policies regarding a warrant.
On January 21, 2013, Ellis was arrested not long after he was located via stingray in Apartment #112, one of many in a complex of units at 1759 Seminary Avenue in East Oakland. Several hours earlier, during the evening before, an undercover Oakland police officer was shot inside the gated parking area in front of the building. (That officer, Eric Karsseboom, accused one of Ellis’ co-defendants, Damien McDaniel, of being the one who pulled the trigger. McDaniel recently pleaded guilty—three defendants remain, including Ellis.)
In the Ellis case, prosecutors have said that no warrant was needed under the exigent circumstances exception. The defense has challenged that assertion, but the judge has not made a ruling.
Of Boersch's May 1 motions, the first was a new motion to suppress all the evidence that was found as a result of the stingray, and it applies to all three remaining defendants. In addition, she filed a second motion to suppress the evidence found in the four apartments that were searched, including #112, where Ellis was located, on account of an allegedly defective warrant.
Finally, she filed a third motion to sever Ellis' case from the other two co-defendants. She notes that her client can no longer wait for the case to unfold at the glacial pace that it has. Under the US Constitution, Ellis has a right to a speedy trial, and he has been kept in "administrative segregation," also known as solitary confinement, inside Oakland’s Glenn Dyer jail for more than two years. Until now, Ellis has waived his right to a speedy trial, but he has seemingly grown frustrated with the pace of his case.
“The application does not inform the judge... ”

Oakland may become rare American city with strict rules for spy gear use
The new stingray motion makes a forceful argument that deployment of a cell-site simulator requires a warrant and that warrantless searches are presumed to be unreasonable. The Oakland Police Department did file a pen register order with Metro PCS, the mobile phone carrier. That legal order, however, makes no mention of any stingray use.

In ideal circumstances, detectives typically go to a local judge before they deploy a stingray. Instead of a warrant, most law enforcement officers file an application for a "pen register and trap and trace order." Unlike the threshold for a warrant—probable cause of an actual crime—the pen register and trap and trace order only requires authorities to show "relevancy to a criminal investigation."
As Boersch writes:
The order did not allow the FBI or OPD to bypass the carriers and independently use a roaming cell-site simulator, which, as discussed above, performs very different and more intrusive functions than these. In fact, the affidavit in support of the order did not mention cell-site simulators at all or seek authorization to conduct any of the sort of electronic surveillance that the Stingrays were apparently performing.
Third, if the government intended this order to cover its use of the two Stingrays, it deliberately misled the state court judge by failing to inform him of the technology being used, the materials to be collected, or the nature of the surveillance it was conducting. The affidavit in support of the order fails to mention that the FBI or OPD would be using a Stingray, cell-site simulator, or any other similar device. The application does not inform the judge that law enforcement will be using devices wholly independent of the carriers to whom the order was directed. And the affidavit fails to inform the judge that the FBI and OPD would be monitoring everyone's phone within range. If the government contends that the order authorized the use of the Stingray, then the agent's statements were necessarily deliberately misleading.
The new filings come at a time when the city of Oakland itself is thinking in entirely new ways about how best to balance the needs of law enforcement with the citizenry's right to privacy, which is enshrined in the state constitution.
On Tuesday, May 9, the Public Safety Committee is expected to formally recommend that the City Council adopt a new proposed law—believed to be one of the most stringent local surveillance oversight laws in the nation. Brian Hofer, the chair of the city's Privacy Advisory Commission, made the case for the new law in a recent op-ed in a local newspaper, the East Bay Express.
In it, he writes:
The ordinance will also shift the balance of power. By requiring Council approval for acquisition or use of surveillance technology, law enforcement will no longer be able to make secret, unilateral decisions, such as OPD's move to acquire and use a Stingray cell-phone tracking device in 2007. Our City Council found ... 421535213/

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In 2007, FBI agents raided his home in Maryland. Drake was left in limbo for two years, wondering whether the new Obama administration would continue the ...

MAY 6, 2017 — 3:22PM

Thomas Drake still thinks about waking up a free man, instead of the lifelong prison term he was promised by the government he used to work for.
Drake woke up Wednesday in a guesthouse on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. The former senior executive of the National Security Agency spoke at the college's annual MAYDAY! Peace Conference last week as part of his second career: the whistleblower warning the nation about the rise of mass surveillance.

After a career in the U.S. Air Force and stints as a CIA analyst and an intelligence agency contractor, Drake took a job at the NSA, perhaps the country's most secretive federal agency, which exists to protect the nation by intercepting and analyzing telephone and digital communications. His first day of work was Sept. 11, 2001.
Within months, he said, he was disturbed by what he saw. To stop future attacks, the NSA was collecting huge volumes of communications of Americans, flouting the Constitution's protection against warrantless searches, he said.
He said he raised his concerns internally at first, to no effect. In 2006, he contacted a reporter at the Baltimore Sun, which then published a series of stories about Trailblazer, an NSA program it described as violating privacy at huge cost and dubious benefit.
Drake said he chose defending the law over loyalty to the agency. "If that meant going to prison, then I would go to prison. I knew that in blowing the whistle, shortly after 9/11, I would expose myself to that possibility, and not just lose my job, but lose everything."
In 2007, FBI agents raided his home in Maryland. Drake was left in limbo for two years, wondering whether the new Obama administration would continue the case. He got his answer in April 2010 when he was charged with 10 felony counts. Five of them invoked the Espionage Act, a law that's intended for saboteurs, not whistleblowers.
Four days before his trial was to begin in 2011, the government dropped the espionage charges and allowed Drake to plead guilty to a misdemeanor of misusing a government computer. He was sentenced to community service, probation and a $25 court fee.
The judge lashed out at the prosecution for putting Drake through "four years of hell."
By then, Drake could no longer afford private attorneys and had found a job at an Apple Store, where he still works today. Yet he had the unique distinction of having beaten the rap in the Obama administration's unprecedented use of the Espionage Act to punish leakers.
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Madison County Sheriff’s Deputy Arrested on Pedophile Complaint

The U.S. Department of Justice

Charlottesville, VIRGINIA – A Madison County Sheriff’s Office detective, assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force [ICAC], was arrested this morning and charged via federal criminal complaint with four counts relating to the sexual exploitation of minors, Acting United States Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle, Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Virginia State Police Colonel Steve W. Flaherty and Acting Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Richmond Division John J. Lenkart, announced today.

Bruce A. Harvey, 40, of Reva, Va., has been charged with two counts of transporting minors across state lines with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and two counts of interstate travel with minors with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct. The alleged criminal activity involved two minor female victims who had contact with Harvey while he worked ... rafficking

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Jury finds FBI special agent guilty of manslaughter in hammer death
Judge sets sentencing for February for 63-year-old former law enforcement officer

Edward Preciado-Nuno is shown during a break in his murder trial at the Regional Justice Center Thursday, December 16, 2010. Preciado-Nuno, a retired FBI special agent, is accused of killing his son’s girlfriend Kimberly Long. Preciado-Nuno says he was attacked by the girlfriend and killed her in self-defense.

Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010 | 4:54 p.m.
Edward Preciado-Nuno
A jury found retired San Diego FBI special agent Edward Preciado-Nuno guilty of voluntary manslaughter with use of a deadly weapon Tuesday afternoon in Clark County District Court.

Preciado-Nuno, 63, who was out on bail, was taken into custody and will be sentenced on Feb. 23. The jury deliberated from 9 a.m. until about 2:30 p.m., Chief Deputy District Attorney Giancarlo Pesci said.
“We’re grateful he’s in custody,” Pesci said.
Preciado-Nuno was arrested in November 2008 on a charge of murder with a deadly weapon. Police found Preciado-Nuno’s son’s girlfriend Kimberly Long dead in his son’s garage with several blunt force trauma wounds.
The trial began Nov. 14 of this year and the main issue contested was whether the attack was self-defense or murder.
In his opening statements, Pesci said the evidence would show that Long was trying to defend herself. He showed the jury an autopsy photo of Long's head. It showed 13 places where Preciado-Nuno had hit her with a claw hammer.
Pesci also showed the jurors photos of cuts and bruises from the hammer marks on her arm, plus an X-ray that showed her arm had been broken. There were 34 areas of injury on her body, he said. ... -congress/

05/06/2017 - 7:36am

Raised Jewish, Chaffetz father’s first wife was Kitty Dukakis — who later married failed Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis — and his grandfather was an FBI agent.
Chaffetz became a Mormon while a student at Brigham Young University. Before he got into politics, he was a spokesman for the Utah-based Nu Skin Enterprises, a personal care and dietary supplement company that had been accused in the past of being a pyramid scheme — and which now operates abroad in countries like
Russia and China.
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Pressure builds on FBI to explain Garland terrorist attack

May 6, 2017, 12:01 AM
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Authorities continue to investigate shooting in Garland Texas

The FBI is under mounting pressure from the Senate to explain the circumstances behind a terrorist attack in Garland, Texas in 2015, although it's still far from clear whether the FBI intends to explain why an FBI agent was at the scene and did nothing.
In open testimony before the committee on Wednesday, FBI Director James Comey told Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, that he would be willing to explain media reports that suggest the FBI may have had advance knowledge of the attack. But he only said he would do that in a classified briefing, and no briefing has been set.


Cruz's request was just the latest attempt to get to the bottom of the attack. Senator Ron Johnson, R-Wis., has been trying to get information from the FBI and the Justice Department for over a year and a half, and has had little to show for his efforts.
Requests for comment from Cruz and Johnson were not returned about when a briefing might occur.
In May 2015, two radicalized Islamic extremists, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, went to a "Draw Muhammed" event in a car loaded with firearms and ammunition. They opened fire at a security checkpoint at the perimeter of the parking lot, and were quickly shot and killed by a traffic officer on the scene before they could reach the building in which the event was being held. Bruce Joiner, a security guard on the scene, was shot in the leg and survived.
A report by 60 Minutes, however, showed a remarkable level of involvement by the FBI on that day. An undercover agent was in the car immediately behind the two attackers, and was taking pictures of the scene just seconds before Simpson and Soofi opened fire. The undercover FBI agent had been in touch with Simpson for weeks prior to the shooting, and even texted him the message "Tear up Texas" weeks before the attack. And just after the pair began their attack, the undercover agent tried to flee the scene.
When Johnson first queried the Justice Department for information that could help him understand what happened that day, he said the response "contained little specificity and ignored several important questions."
After the 60 Minutes report in March, Johnson again requested documentation from the FBI, but his deadline came and went, and the FBI sent him nothing.
The FBI press office told the Washington Examiner it is "in contact" with Johnson's office about the questions he's raised about the FBI's involvement in the incident, but had nothing else to say about it.
Still, that acknowledgment is a big leap forward in the bureau's willingness to make any public admission about the attack, which was the first on American soil for which the Islamic State claimed responsibility.
Toward the end of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing this week, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, forced Comey to confirm for a second time that he would not only brief Cruz, but also committee staff.
"Assuming they have the clearances for it. I don't think that's a problem at all, I'll do that," Comey replied.
The attorney for the wounded security guard, Trenton Roberts, previously told the Washington Examiner that he was concerned the FBI may have been more invested in moving an undercover agent up the ranks in a U.S.-based cell of the Islamic State than they were interested in stopping an imminent attack.
"It seems like it had to have been one or the other," Roberts told the Examiner. "Just a complete botched operation where they [the FBI] don't want the attack to actually take place, or, it's something where they need the attack to take place in order for this guy [the agent] to advance in the world of ISIS."
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For one bright moment back in the late 1960s, we actually believed that we could change our country. We had identified the enemy. We saw it up close, we had its measure, and we were very hopeful that we would prevail. The enemy was hollow where we had substance. All of that substance was destroyed by an assassin’s bullet. – William Pepper (page 15, The Plot to Kill King)
By Craig McKee
The revelations are stunning. The media indifference is predictable.
Thanks to the nearly four-decade investigation by human rights lawyer William Pepper, it is now clear once and for all that Martin Luther King was murdered in a conspiracy that was instigated by then FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and that also involved the U.S. military, the Memphis Police Department, and “Dixie Mafia” crime figures in Memphis, Tennessee. These and many more incredible details of the King assassination are contained in a trilogy of volumes by Pepper culminating with his latest and final book on the subject, The Plot to Kill King. He previously wrote Orders to Kill (1995) and An Act of State (2003).
With virtually no help from the mainstream media and very little from the justice system, Pepper was able to piece together what really happened on April 4, 1968 in Memphis right down to who gave the order and supplied the money, how the patsy was chosen, and who actually pulled the trigger.
Without this information, the truth about King’s assassination would have been buried and lost to history. Witnesses would have died off, taking their secrets with them, and the official lie that King was the victim of a racist lone gunman named James Earl Ray would have remained “fact.”

Instead, we know that Ray took the fall for a murder he did not commit. We know that a member of the Memphis Police Department fired the fatal shot and that two military sniper teams that were part of the 902nd Military Intelligence Group were sent to Memphis as back-ups should the primary shooter fail. We have access to the fascinating account of how Pepper came to make contact with Colonel John Downie (he had to work through a third party), the man in charge of the military part of the plot and Lyndon Johnson’s former Vietnam briefer. We also learn that as part of the operation, photographs were actually taken of the shooting and that Pepper came very close to getting his hands on those photographs.
Unfortunately, the mainstream media has ignored all of these revelations and continues to label Ray as King’s lone assassin. In fact, Pepper chronicles in detail how a disinformation campaign has featured the collaboration of many mainstream journalists over almost half a century. He says he suspects that those orchestrating the cover-up, which continues to this day, are no longer concerned with what he writes about the subject.
“I’m really basically harmless, I think, to the power structure,” Pepper said in an interview.
“I don’t think I threaten them, really. The control of the media is so consolidated now they can keep someone like me under wraps, under cover, forever. This book will probably never be reviewed seriously by mainstream, the story will not be aired in mainstream – they control the media. It was bad in the ’60s but nowhere near as bad as now.”
And the most stunning revelation in The Plot to Kill King – which some may question because the account is second hand – is that King was still alive when he arrived at St. Joseph’s Hospital and that he was killed by a doctor who was supposed to be trying to save his life.
“That is probably the most shocking aspect of the book, that final revelation of how this great man was taken from us,” Pepper says. (By the way, when I quote Pepper as having “said” something I mean in our interview. If I’m quoting from the book, I’ll indicate that.)
The hospital story was told to Pepper by a man named Johnton Shelby, whose mother, Lula Mae Shelby, had been a surgical aide at St. Joseph’s that night. Shelby told Pepper the story of how his mother came home the morning after the shooting (she hadn’t been allowed to go home the night before) and gathered the family together. He remembers her saying to them, “I can’t believe they took his life.”
She described chief of surgery Dr. Breen Bland entering the emergency room with two men in suits. Seeing doctors working on King, Bland commanded, “Stop working on the nigger and let him die! Now, all of you get out of here, right now. Everybody get out.”
Johnton Shelby says his mother described hearing the sound of the three men sucking up saliva into their mouths and then spitting. Lula Mae described to her family that she looked over her shoulder as she was leaving the room and saw that the breathing tube had been removed from King and that Bland was holding a pillow over his head. (The book contains the entire deposition given by Johnton Shelby to Pepper, so readers can judge for themselves whether they think Shelby is credible – as Pepper believes he is.)

William Pepper with his friend Martin Luther King.
In fact, a second invaluable source was Ron Adkins, whose father, Russell Adkins Sr., was a local Dixie Mafia gangster and conspirator in the planning of the assassination even though he died a year before it took place. Ron told Pepper he had overheard Bland, who was his family’s doctor, tell his father that if King did survive the shooting he had to be taken to St. Joseph’s and nowhere else. As Pepper describes it:
“He remembers Breen Bland saying to his father, ‘If he’s not killed by the shot, just make sure he gets to St. Joseph Hospital, and we’ll make sure that he doesn’t leave.’”
Ron, who was just 16 when the shooting took place, was apparently taken everywhere by his father in those days, and he was able to recount many details of what happened as the assassination was planned and carried out.
“I definitely found him credible,” Pepper says. “I found him troubled, I found him disturbed in a lot of ways by things that went on earlier in his life.”
His deposition is also contained in the book, which Pepper explains was important so that readers could judge the statements for themselves.
“What I wanted to do was to make sure that the entire deposition of these critical moments and this critical information was there, so that one could go and read the depositions and see that I was being accurate,” Pepper says.
Besides describing what he heard Bland tell his father, Ron Adkins described the many visits made to Russell Sr. by Clyde Tolson, J. Edgar Hoover’s right hand man. Known to Ron as “Uncle Clyde,” the high-level FBI official often delivered cash to the elder Adkins for jobs he and his associates would carry out on behalf of Hoover. Among those the younger Adkins said were paid to supply information about the activities of Martin Luther King were the reverends Samuel “Billy” Kyles and Jesse Jackson.

The basics of the official story
If you seek out any information from a mainstream source about James Earl Ray, you’ll find him described as the killer of Martin Luther King, just as Lee Harvey Oswald and Sirhan Sirhan are labelled “assassins” in the murders of John and Robert Kennedy.
But once you read any or all of Pepper’s three books on the King slaying, you see very clearly that Ray is not a killer at all. Instead, he was a petty criminal who was a perfect “follower.” Like Oswald and Sirhan, Ray was set up to take the fall for an assassination that originated within the American deep state. In fact, Pepper says he’s convinced that knowledge of the plot went all the way to the top.
“The whole thing would have been part of Lyndon Johnson’s playbook,” Pepper says. “I think Johnson knew about this.”
As the official story of the shooting goes, at 5:50 p.m. on April 4, Kyles knocked on the door of room 306 of the Lorraine Motel to let King and the rest of his party know that they were running late for a planned dinner at Kyles’s home. Kyles then walked about 60 feet down the balcony where he remained even after King came out of the room at about 6 p.m. (Although Kyles has maintained ever since that he spent the last half hour in the room, Pepper has proven otherwise.)

Andrew Young (left) and others on balcony of the Lorraine pointing to where the shot originated while King lies at their feet. (Joseph Louw photo)
Members of a militant black organizing group the Invaders, who were also staying in the motel because of King’s visit, were told shortly before the shooting by a member of the motel staff that their rooms would no longer being paid for by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and that they had to leave immediately. When they asked who had given this order, they were told it was Jesse Jackson. At the time of the shooting, Jackson was waiting down by the swimming pool. Ron Adkins also identified Jackson as the person who called the owners of the Lorraine Motel and demanded that King be moved from a more secure inner courtyard room to an exposed room on the second floor facing the street.
The Memphis Police Department usually formed a detail of black officers to protect King when he was in town, but did not this time. Emergency TACT support units were pulled back from the Lorraine to the fire station, which overlooked the motel. Pepper also learned that the only two black members of the Memphis Fire Department had been told the day before the shooting not to report for work the next day at the fire station. And black detective Ed Redditt was physically removed from his surveillance post in the fire station taken to MPD headquarters, where he described seeing many Army officers. He was then driven home where he heard news about the assassination in his car just after arriving.
Just about a minute after King exited his room, a single shot was fired and the bullet ripped through King’s jaw and spinal cord, dropping him immediately. The shot appeared to come from across Mulberry Street. King was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead just after 7 p.m.
According to the official story, the shot was fired by Ray from the bathroom of a rooming house above a bar called Jim’s Grill, which backed on to Mulberry and faced onto South Main Street. But, as Pepper’s investigation proves, the shot actually came from the bushes located in between the rooming house and the street. In fact, the only “witness” who placed Ray at the scene was a falling-down-drunk named Charles Stephens, who later did not recognize Ray in a photograph and who cab driver James McCraw had refused to transport a short time before because he was too intoxicated.
The bushes that concealed the shooter were conveniently trimmed the day after the shooting, giving a false impression that a shooter could not have been concealed there. Several witnesses, including journalist Earl Caldwell and King’s Memphis driver, Solomon Jones, described seeing the shot come from the bushes and not from the bathroom of the rooming house as the official story states.
Another casualty of the King murder was cab driver Buddy Butler who reported that he saw a man running from the scene right after the shot, going south on Mulberry St., and jumping into a police car (this would turn out to be MPD Lieutenant Earl Clark). Butler reported this to his dispatcher and later to fellow cab driver Louie Ward. Butler was interviewed at the Yellow Cab Company later that evening by police. Ward was told the next day that Butler had either fallen, or was pushed, to his death from a speeding car on the Memphis-Arkansas Bridge.
The owner of Jim’ Grill, Loyd Jowers, would later admit to being part of the conspiracy to kill King, and he would be found responsible – along with various government agencies – for the killing in a 1999 civil lawsuit by the King family, which was represented by Pepper.
“The King family got enormous comfort out of the results of that trial and the evidence that came forward from that,” Pepper says.
Betty Spates, a waitress at Jim’s Grill and girlfriend of Jowers, says she saw him rush into the back of the Grill through the back door seconds after the shot, white as a ghost and holding a rifle, which he then wrapped in a tablecloth and hid on a shelf under the counter. He turned to her and said, “Betty, you wouldn’t do anything to hurt me, would you?” She responded, “Of course not, Loyd.” Spates, who didn’t come forward until the 1990s, also recounted that Jowers had been delivered a large sum of money right before the assassination.
James McCraw stated that Jowers had shown him a rifle the day after the shooting and told him it was the one used to kill King.
“We confronted Loyd,” Peppers explains. “We told him he was likely to be indicted if he didn’t help us, if he didn’t give more information. Jowers didn’t know there was no way the grand jury was going to indict him. All he knew was what he did, what he participated in, how much money he got for it – he got quite a large sum of money, built a taxi cab company with it, had his gambling debt with [local Mafia figure Frank] Liberto forgiven.”
Liberto, an associate of Louisiana crime boss Carlos Marcello, turned out to be involved in the assassination also. He owned a produce warehouse and one of his regular customers, John McFerren, was making his weekly shopping trip there when he overheard Liberto shout into the phone an hour before the shooting: “Shoot the son of a bitch on the balcony.” Nathan Whitlock and his mother, LaVada Addison Whitlock, who owned a restaurant frequented by Liberto, stated that Liberto had told them he was responsible for the King murder.

Setting up the patsy
One thing that many don’t know is that Ray was in prison in 1967, the year before the assassination, serving a 20-year sentence for a grocery store robbery in 1959. After a couple of unsuccessful escape attempts, Ray succeeded in breaking out of prison on April 23, 1967. Unknown to Ray was the fact that the escape had been orchestrated, because he had already been chosen as the patsy in the planned assassination of King, which was still a year away.
The warden of Missouri State Penitentiary was paid $25,000 by Russell Adkins Sr. to allow the escape (as confirmed by Ron Adkins). The money was delivered to Adkins by Tolson, and it was this same connection that would later be used to finance the assassination of King.
After his escape from prison, Ray went to Chicago for a few weeks where he got a job. But, worried about getting caught, he went to Canada, specifically Montreal, and took the name Eric S. Galt. His intention was to get a passport under a false name and to travel to a country from which he could not be extradited.

James Earl Ray spent the last 30 years of his life in prison for a murder he did not commit.
At the Neptune Bar in the Montreal dock area in August 1967, Ray met a mysterious figure who identified himself as “Raul.” Raul asked Ray to help him with a smuggling scheme, and Ray agreed. In the months ahead, Ray would do a number of jobs, including gun running, for Raul for which he was paid and given a car. Always, Ray had to wait to be contacted by Raul, who Ray said co-ordinated his activities right up until the day of the assassination.
At one point Ray was instructed to purchase a deer rifle with a scope (although Raul was not satisfied with the one he bought and made him exchange it for another). Ray was instructed to go to Memphis (he arrived April 3, 1968) and upon meeting with Raul in his motel was given the name of Jim’s Grill, where the two were to meet at 3 p.m. the next day. He also handed the rifle over to Raul and always maintained that he never saw it again.
Ray rented a room at the rooming house above Jim’s Grill (the two met the day of the assassination as planned). About an hour before the shooting, he was given money to go to the movies, but first he tried to have a tire repaired because Raul had said he wanted to use the car. But when Ray heard the sirens that followed the shooting, he got scared and left the area.
Fearing he had been set up, Ray left the country and ended up in England where he was captured on June 8, 1968 at London’s Heathrow Airport as he was trying to leave the UK. Once charged with the crime, Ray was pressured by his second lawyer, Percy Foreman, to plead guilty on the grounds that the evidence was too strong against him and Foreman was not in good health and couldn’t offer a strong defence.
“Foreman was sent in with the purpose of replacing the original lawyers,” Pepper says.
Foreman offered Ray $500 to get another lawyer if he pleaded guilty and even put this in writing. Ray would regret accepting this offer for the rest of his life. He tried unsuccessfully to rescind the guilty plea and get a trial for the next 30 years, finally dying in prison of cancer in 1998.

Pepper becomes convinced of Ray’s innocence
It was 10 years after the assassination before Pepper would even consider meeting with Ray. He had taken for granted at first that Ray was the assassin, but he was encouraged to meet him by Rev. Ralph Abernathy, who had succeeded King as President of the SCLC. Abernathy had remained unsatisfied with the official account of the shooting.
In the book, Pepper describes his first meeting with Ray in 1978 and how he quickly came to believe that Ray had not been the shooter and that the case was essentially still unsolved. It wasn’t until 1988 before Pepper became certain that Ray had not played any knowing part in the conspiracy, and at that point he agreed to represent him, which he did until his death.
Purveyors of the official story of the assassination have always claimed that Raul was an invention of Ray’s, and mainstream media accounts refer to this question as still unanswered even though Pepper not only found witnesses who described their connections to Raul, he actually found Raul himself with the help of witness Glenda Grabow (Pepper learned that his last name was Coelho). She identified Raul as someone she had known in Houston in 1963 and who around 1974, in a fit of rage, had implicated himself in the King assassination right before raping her. Grabow also identified Jack Ruby as someone who she had seen with Raul in 1963. This fascinating story is recounted both in An Act of State and The Plot to Kill King.
One of the most intriguing things to come out of both of these books is the account of a young FBI agent named Don Wilson who after the assassination was sent to check out a white Mustang with Alabama plates (Ray drove a white Mustang) that had been abandoned and that was thought to be connected to the assassination. Wilson opened the car door and some papers fell out. He examined them later and found a torn-out piece of a 1963 Dallas, Texas telephone directory. Written on the page was the name “Raul” and the initial “J” and a phone number, which turned out to be that of a Las Vegas night club run by Jack Ruby, the man who had shot Lee Harvey Oswald in the basement of the Dallas police station. A second piece of paper had a list of names with amounts of money beside each. Wilson decided to hold on to this evidence, fearing it would disappear forever if he turned it in. He held on to it for 29 years before making it available to Pepper and the King family.

The shooter revealed
Another incredible revelation in The Plot to Kill King is the identity of the man who appears to have fired the fatal shot. Pepper learned his identity from Lenny B. Curtis, who was a custodian at the Memphis Police Department rifle range. Curtis told Pepper this in 2003, and Pepper recorded a deposition with him but kept it confidential out of fear for Curtis’s life. Only after his death in 2013 did Pepper reveal what Curtis had said – that the shooter was Memphis police officer Frank Strausser.
“We had to be very careful about [Curtis’s safety],” Pepper says.
Curtis said to Pepper in his deposition that he heard Strausser say about King four or five months before the assassination that somebody was going to “. . . blow his motherfucking brains out.” He also described that Strausser had practised in the rifle range with a particular rifle that had been brought in four or five days earlier by a member of the fire department. That fireman had shown the rifle to Curtis and asked, “How would you like that scoundrel, that baby there?” When Curtis said it look like any other rifle, he replied, “No, this is a special one; that baby is special.” Lenny remembered that on the day of the assassination, Strausser spent the whole day practicing with it. (Strausser has given several conflicting accounts of where he was and what he was doing that day.)
After the assassination, Curtis says he was followed and intimidated by Strausser. Pepper writes:
“Lenny said that he subsequently became aware that strange things were happening around him. His gas was strangely turned on once when he was about to enter his house. He had lit a cigarette, but as he opened the door he smelled gas and quickly put out the cigarette. A strange Lincoln was occasionally parked across the street from his apartment house. He was frightened. One morning when the car was there, he got into his own car and quickly drove off, and the strange car pulled out and followed him. He managed to see the driver. It was Strausser.”
In the book, Pepper describes how he came to meet with Strausser, who he describes as a committed and devoted racist.
“He had no respect for black people at all,” Pepper says. “He wasn’t explicit about his racism. But he was not at all sympathetic to what Martin King was all about.”
In the hope of prompting an admission, Pepper lied and told him that he had been implicated in the killing by Loyd Jowers – but Strausser didn’t take the bait. Pepper also told Strausser that the footprints found in the bushes after the shooting were from size 13 shoes (which they were). Then he asked him about the size of his feet:
“He had a bit of a grin on his face, and he said ‘13 large,’” Pepper says.
Pepper also arranged to have cab driver Nathan Whitlock, who Strausser knew, tell him that there was a good possibility that he (Strausser) would be indicted for the shooting. He responded: “What are they going to indict me for, something I did 30 years ago?” Then he caught himself and added, “Or something I knew about 30 years ago?”

A threat to the powers that be
As Pepper explains, King was not only hated by the establishment as he rose to prominence in the 1960s, he was feared. Not only did he have the ability to move large numbers of people with his message of peace and tolerance, but he had designs on a political career. According to Pepper, King was planning to run for president on a third-party ticket with fellow anti-war activist Dr. Benjamin Spock. He was also causing panic in powerful circles because he intended to bring hundreds of thousands of poor people to an encampment in Washington, D.C. in the spring of 1968 to bring attention to the plight of the poor.
“They were terrified that the anger level when [the demonstrators] were not going to get what they wanted was going to rise to such a point where Martin was going to lose control of that group and the more radical among them would take it over and they’d have a revolution,” Pepper explains. “And they didn’t have the troops to put it down. That was a real fear that the Army had. And I think it was a justifiable fear.”
King would also have posed an increasing threat to the political establishment because he intended to become much more vocal in his opposition to the Vietnam War. He had been influenced by an article and photos by Pepper called, “The Children of Vietnam,” which was published in Ramparts Magazine in January 1967 and was going to be reprinted in Look magazine until the man who made that decision, Bill Atwood, had a heart attack and left the magazine. (Atwood told Pepper he received a visit from former New York governor and ambassador to the Soviet Union Averill Harriman who passed on a message from President Johnson that he would appreciate it if Atwood never published anything by Pepper.)
Beyond King’s importance as a powerful force for justice, peace, and equality, he was also Pepper’s friend. And the lawyer/journalist had to deal with that loss as he sought the truth about who really killed King and fought for justice for the man falsely accused of his murder. He writes:
“For me, this is a story rife with sadness, replete with massive accounts of personal and public deception and betrayal. Its revelations and experiences have produced in the writer a depression stemming from an unavoidable confrontation with the depths to which human beings, even those subject to professional codes of ethics, have fallen. In addition, there is an element of personal despair that has resulted from this long effort, which has made me even question the wisdom of undertaking this task.” (page xiv, The Plot to Kill King) ... injustice/

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ABOVE PHOTO: Pictured are three of the Groveland Four. Ernest Thomas was killed in a hail of bullets by law inforcement after being found sleeping under a tress.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –The Florida Senate formally apologized on Thursday to the families of four Black men accused of raping a white teenager nearly seven decades ago in a case now seen as a racial injustice.
The Senate also is asking Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet to posthumously pardon the men known as the Groveland Four. The Florida House issued the same apology last week. Both votes were unanimous.
“We cannot go back to this terrible event and undo it, but we can acknowledge our wrongs and we can bring peace and healing and closure to the families who have suffered for so long,’’ said Democratic Sen. Gary Farmer, who sponsored the resolution.
Their ordeal began in Lake County in 1949, when a 17-year-old said she had been raped. Three of the men were arrested and severely beaten; a fourth, Ernest Thomas, fled.
A posse of about 1,000 men was formed to hunt down Thomas. He was shot 400 times when they found him sleeping under a tree. White residents also formed a mob and went to a black neighborhood, burning houses and firing guns into homes in a disturbance that took days to quell.
Charles Greenlee, Walter Irvin and Samuel Shepherd were convicted despite dubious evidence. Other evidence that could have exonerated them — such as a doctor’s conclusion that the teen probably wasn’t raped — was withheld at their trial. Greenlee was sentenced to life, and Irvin and Shepherd to death.
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FBI Director James Comey on May 8 encouraged hospital and health system leaders to form connections with law enforcement.
"We will be open and honest with you and treat you as what you are: victims," Mr. Comey said at the American Hospital Association's Annual Membership Meeting in Washington, D.C.
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Whitey Bulger: I Was a Guinea Pig for CIA Drug Experiments
By James "Whitey" Bulger

In 1957, while a prisoner at the Atlanta penitentiary, I was recruited by Dr. Carl Pfeiffer of Emory University to join a medical project that was researching a cure for schizophrenia. For our participation we would receive three days of good time for each month on the project. Each week we would be locked in a secure room in the basement of the prison hospital, in an area where mental patients were housed. We went in from 9 a.m. Tuesday to 9 a.m. Wednesday. We were injected with massive doses of LSD-25.
In minutes the drug would take over, and about eight or nine men — Dr. Pfeiffer and several men in suits who were not doctors — would give us tests to see how we reacted. Eight convicts in a panic and paranoid state. Total loss of appetite. Hallucinating. The room would change shape. Hours of paranoia and feeling violent. We experienced horrible periods of living nightmares and even blood coming out of the walls. Guys turning to skeletons in front of me. I saw a camera change into the head of a dog. I felt like I was going insane.
The men in suits would be in a room and hook me up to machines, asking questions like: Did you ever kill anyone? Would you kill someone? Two men went psychotic. They had all the symptoms of schizophrenia. They had to be pried loose from under their beds, growling, barking and frothing at the mouth. They put them in a strip cell down the hall. I never saw or heard of them again. They failed the Babinski test.

Lots of tests that have caused me sleeping problems and nightmares to the present. They told us we were helping find a cure for schizophrenia. When it was all over, everyone would feel suicidal and depressed, wrung out emotionally. Time would stand still. I tried to quit, but Dr. Pfeiffer would appeal to me: “Please, you’re my best subject, and we are close to finding the cure.”
Years later, when I read the book The Search for the Manchurian Candidate, which came out in 1979 and was written by State Department whistle-blower John Marks, I found out there was a CIA project code-named MK Ultra. The project was a violation of my rights, using prisoners for dangerous tests. I was angry reading that because I’d never mentioned how I felt hallucinating. I kept silent because I thought they might commit me to a mental institution.

I never slept more than two or three hours a night, waking up in cold sweats with side effects. The tests damaged my sleep and gave me nightmares. I had to sleep with the lights on and only for a few hours at a time. The government used us and never tried to help us out after injecting us with government LSD. I’ve had brain scans that told me I was damaged by the tests. The government did a number on us and walked. If anybody opened a shop selling LSD in my neighborhood he would have lost his life.
Prison has changed for the worse. Longer sentences, no mandatory release, no parole after one-third of your time. More laws covering weirdos. They are everywhere you look. In this place they banded together and s

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FBI boss compares Twitter to 'every dive bar in America'
Social media reminds the FBI director of a dive bar filled with yelling and opinions - and it must be protected as free speech, he said.
During a speech Monday, FBI Director James Comey told the Anti-Defamation League that he does not tweet but uses the social media platform to read what is being said about the FBI.
"It feels like I'm all of a sudden immediately in every dive bar in America, where I can hear everybody screaming at the television set," Comey said. "But it is free speech, you don't have to like it, you don't have to agree with it, but we will protect it."

FBI OCTOPUS ... e-saluted/

High school seniors entering service to be saluted
May 9, 2017 •

With graduation just around the corner, the Greater Bristol Veterans Council at its annual salute dinner will honor local seniors who have decided to serve their country.
The dinner, which honors graduates who are making the transition into the military or military academies, will take place on Friday, May 19, 4:30 p.m. at Nuchie’s Restaurant.
At least 30 graduating men and women from Bristol and other surrounding communities are expected to attend the dinner, where they will receive special recognition from the Veterans Council as well as a red, white, and blue tassel.
“When you put the uniform on, you don’t know if you’re putting it on at peacetime or wartime. You don’t know where you’re going to be sent, and the families don’t know where their children are going to be sent, so it’s stressful,” said Greater Bristol Veterans Council Chairman Russ Trudel. “This is the first step into their adult lives.”
During the dinner, Al Terzi, an Air Force Intelligence veteran, will serve as the MC, while Army veteran Michael Heimbach will serve as the guest speaker.
Currently the vice president of Global Security and Facilities Operations at ESPN, Heimbach set the foundation for his 20-year career in the FBI while serving in the Army.
The veteran also is the father of a Marine Corps officer who is currently serving overseas.
Trudel said a guest speaker like Heimbach could provide extra comfort to not only the graduates, but also the parents. ... onfirmed-/

New chief of Staffordshire Police officially confirmed
Mr Morgan, whose career started with West Midlands Police in 1990 and has featured a spell with the FBI, will officially start on Monday June 19. He said: "I am . ... ngs/132664

Sussex Republican Women learn about mass shootings ... exhumation

American agents train Gambian officers on exhumation
The Point-
Agents of America's Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have trained officers of the Forensic and Scientific Support Unit, Crime Management Unit, and Public ... ... ac3f0.html

The FBI has acknowledged its analysis of hair in a 1994 bank robbery case in La Crosse County was flawed. Patrick W. Greer, who had denied involvement in the robbery, was found guilty and sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Wisconsin Department of Corrections

FBI whistleblower Frederic Whitehurst is credited with exposing fraud and misconduct at the FBI laboratory, including unscientific hair analysis. Thousands of cases are now under review nationwide in large part because of Whitehurst, including at least 19 in Wisconsin. He called the FBI’s use of false and misleading hair analysis a “national tragedy.”
National Whistleblower Center
Here’s how the FBI got it wrong
The FBI, the New York-based Innocence Project and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers are examining nearly 3,000 cases nationwide in which the FBI may have misused microscopic hair comparison.
The review so far found statements and findings that “exceeded the limits of the science” in more than 90 percent of the cases. The errors fall into three broad categories:
Claiming a ‘match’
What they did: Examiners stated or implied that the evidentiary hair could be associated with a specific individual to the exclusion of all others.
Why it was wrong: Absent DNA testing, hairs are not unique enough to be associated with one person, even by looking at them under a high-powered microscope.
Claiming a statistical weight
What they did: Examiners assigned a statistical weight, probability or likelihood that the questioned hair originated from a particular source.
Why it was wrong: No such weight can be assigned because no one knows how many people have microscopically identical hair.
Citing experience to bolster findings
What they did: Examiners cited statistics such as the number of hair cases they or the FBI lab had handled to bolster the findings.
Why it was wrong: Unlike DNA, there is no database of hair profiles. Analysts cannot memorize every hair they have ever examined. And comparing vast numbers of hairs — even billions — does not change the fact that an unknown number of people have hair that looks identical.
Sources: National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; FBI; Skip Palenik, Microtrace LLC. ... 1.13583616

Sources: Drugs found in ex-Suffolk police chief James Burke’s prison cell
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Seattle officer helped run marijuana to Baltimore

May 8 at 7:29 PM
SEATTLE — A Seattle police officer has been charged with helping smuggle hundreds of pounds of marijuana to Baltimore.
Alex Chapackdee, a 44-year-old patrol officer who’s been with the department since 2000, was arrested Saturday. According to a federal criminal complaint unsealed Monday, he is one of four men charged with conspiring to distribute marijuana. Authorities say h ... contracts/

Top ICE Official to Leave for Job at Private Prison That Got Lucrative Government Contracts
The second-in-command at Immigration and Customs Enforcement is leaving his job of overseeing detention and deportations to take a position with a private prison.
Daniel Ragsdale temporarily served as the head of ICE until President Trump replaced him in January. He then became the deputy director.
Ragsdale will be working for GEO Group, a Boca-Raton-based private prison company, the Daily Beast reports. His position is unclear.
“While you may be losing me as a colleague, please know that I will continue to be a strong advocate for you and your mission,” Ragsdale wrote in an email to his ICE colleagues on April 28.
Ragsdale plans to step down on May 27.
“Dan is a person of great honor and a strong ethical code,” said a source close to Ragsdale. “I have no doubt he will bring great deal of integrity to the process to make sure organizations like GEO are complying with the rules and regulations regarding folks who are in detention because of their immigration status.”
Neither Ragdale nor the GEO Group responded to requests for interviews.
ICE is no stranger to GEO, which has lucrative contracts with the federal agency. The timing coincides with President Trump pledging to increase the use of private prisons, ... 133645.php

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FBI Chief Accused of Lying to Congress on Details of Clinton Email ...
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Online bomb threats prompted US Embassy evacuation during FBI ...
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FBI director James Comey's life was threatened during a recent visit to New Zealand with the man behind it claiming Comey wouldn't leave New Zealand alive.

FBI Director James Comey delivers keynote address at LA recruiting ...

FBI Director James Comey will be the keynote speaker Tuesday evening at a Los Angeles recruitment event for people interested in becoming federal agents. ... t-heckler/

Secret Service Forced to Hold Back Kelly Conway After Heated Exchange with Heckler
Secret Service agents were forced to hold back Kellyanne Conway, a key aide to President Trump, when someone began heckling her.
Conway had flown into Washington Reagan Airport at 6 p.m. Monday, when she was confronted with a heckler, The Daily Caller reports.
Conway, who has a habit of embellishing or exaggerating claims against Trump’s foes, was talking out of an airport terminal when the white male began mouthing off.
“Keep trashing America,” the man yelled at Conway, who responded angrily.
Conway fired back: “I like the way you talk shit whole I’m walking away.” ... er-emails/

FBI Director Comey's claim to Congress about Clinton aide's emails wasn't true
Ted Cruz how Comey would handle an FBI agent who forwarded "thousands of classified emails to his or her spouse," Comey replied, "Well, there would be ... rosecution

The Constitutional Rubicon of an Assange Prosecution
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If you were tuning in and out of FBI Director James Comey's hearing before the House ... portrayed as—“intent to harm the United States” by an FBI agent. ... bery-case/

Tow truck operator admits bribing Buffalo police officers
James Mazzariello used an unusual strategy to grow his tow truck business – bribing Buffalo police officers.
Mazzariello, a prominent figure in the Buffalo tow truck industry for three decades, admitted operating a pay-to-play scheme Tuesday as part of a federal plea deal that could send him to prison for two years.
The 62-year-old owner of Jim Mazz Auto appeared in Buffalo federal court and admitte ... sting.html

Seattle cop is charged after ‘taking $10,000 a month to guard marijuana grow houses for his brother-in-law’s cartel which drove drugs 3,000 MILES from Washington to the East Coast’
• Local boy Alex Chapackdee is a serving officer at Seattle Police's South Precinct
• He's been charged with conspiracy to distribute marijuana and cocaine in sting
• His brother-in-law is said to have paid him to drive and oversee security for him
• Officers in multi-agency investigation seized nearly 200 pounds of marijuana

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UC Santa Cruz agrees to demands of students who occupied Kerr Hall

An Afrikan/Black Student Association leader screams expletives at Sentinel reporter Ryan Masters as more than a hundred students occupying Kerr Hall join the chant Thursday on the UC Santa Cruz campus. The students are unhappy with the news stories of the occupation written by Masters. (Dan Coyro -- Santa Cruz Sentinel)

Posted: 05/04/17, 6:57 PM PDT
SANTA CRUZ >> UC Santa Cruz has agreed to the demands of the Afrikan Black Student Alliance after a three-day occupation of Kerr Hall, the primary administration building on campus.
To loud cheers of victory, UCSC director of News and Media Relations Scott Hernandez-Jason stood before hundreds of students at Kerr Hall about 5:30 p.m. Thursday and announced that the university was committed to better serving its African, black and Caribbean-identified students.
To illustrate this, UCSC Chancellor George Blumenthal agreed to the Alliance’s demands and made the following commitments:
• UCSC committed to extending up to a four-year housing guarantee to all students from underrepresented communities who applied to and live in the Rosa Parks African American Theme House.
• UCSC committed to converting the first floor lounge area of the Rosa Parks African American Theme House from housing back to a community lounge space.
• USCS committed to painting the exterior of the Rosa Parks African American Theme House in the Pan-Afrikan colors red, gold and green.
• USCS committed to delivering a mandatory “educational diversity” orientation to all incoming freshmen and transfer students.
Two hours earlier, an agreement t
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European Scientific Journal Concludes 9/11 was a controlled demolition ( CIA FOIA Documents 9/11 )
May 8, 2017 - The authors of the report are Steven Jones (former Physics Professor at Brigham Young University), Robert Korol (Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at McMaster University in Ontario and a graduate of the ...

European Scientific Journal Concludes 9/11 was a Controlled Demolition In a deafening media silence, the Europhysics News magazine published a study confirming that the 3 rounds of the World Trade Center have been subjected to controlled demolition. The European Scientific Journal , a publication of the European Scientific Institute , published an article titled “ 15 Years Later: On the Physics of High-Rise Building Collapses ,” in which they analyze the collapse of all three World Trade Center buildings.
Europhysics News is not, however, a site that the media could call "complotist" and that is the problem. It is a renowned magazine of the European physics community held by the European Physical Society. The authors of the report are Steven Jones (former Physics Professor at Brigham Young University), Robert Korol (Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at McMaster University in Ontario and a graduate of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering and the Canadian Institute Engineers Mechanical design engineers with more than 25 years experience in structural design in aerospace design Anthony Szamboti (mechanical design engineer with more than 25 years of experience in structural design Aerospace and Communications) and Ted Walter (Director of Strategy and Development for Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, AE911Truth), a non-profit organization that today represents more than 2,500 architects And engineers.

From fires collapse steel skyscrapers? Never seen.

First of all, the authors recall that never before 9/11 a skyscraper with a steel structure did not just collapse following a fire. On the site of the author, we invite you to visit this site. The only reason for these collapses would be controlled demolition. The report for why a fire can not produce the fall of such a building:

Concerning eyewitness accounts, 156 witnesses, including 135 rescuers, claimed to have seen and / or heard explosions before and / or during the collapses. The fact that the Twin Towers were destroyed with the explosive seems to have been the dominant initial opinion for most rescuers. "I thought it was exploding, in fact," said John Coyle, a firefighter. "Everybody, I think at this point thought that these buildings had been blown up."


It should be reiterated that fires have never caused the total collapse of a steel skyscraper before or since September 11. Did we attend an unprecedented event three times on September 11, 2001? NIST reports, which attempt to support this unlikely conclusion, fail to convince an increasing number of architects, engineers, and scientists. Instead, the evidence clearly leads to the conclusion that the three buildings were destroyed by controlled demolition.
Read the study here : ttps:// ... ats-du-119
CIA has released to the public declassified versions of five internal documents related to the Agency’s performance in the lead-up to the attacks of September 11, 2001. The documents can be found at CIA’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) online reading room at ... 11-attacks . ... y-theories

How Trump and His Allies Have Run With Russian Propaganda
Here are six troubling cases.

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Conspiracy Weary: FBI’s real-life “X-Files” document one of the Bureau’s laziest investigations
by Emma Best
June 05, 2017
The FBI file on Majestic-12 may be the Bureau’s most X-Filesy file of all - full of hoaxes, planted documents, and allegations of aliens. The Bureau, however, was essentially disinterested in the case, did no actual investigating, and barely pursued the very real crime that had been committed by forging government documents, only adding fuel to the suspicion that the papers were government sponsored, or at least tolerated, disinformation.
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Harvard takes offers away from students after discovering Facebook group with offensive, racist memes
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Counting the Uncounted: The Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit Project

Bernie Sanders Supporter leaks NSA documents

First arrest over Trump leaks: Intelligence contractor, 25, is charged under espionage laws for 'handing secret NSA report on Russian election hacking to website

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Congressman, former Louisiana police captain Clay Higgins posts call to arms on Facebook for Holy War versus radical Islam
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, June 5, 2017, 1:28 PM ... c4816a16f5

Yes it worked with Communism and now Islam

(Terrorists ) FBI agents Want People Afraid. Trump’s Alarmist Tweets Spark More Fear.
The president’s response to the London attack leaves terrorism experts perplexed and worried.
By Sam Stein , Jessica Schulberg

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What you need to know about California’s traffic proposal decriminalizing most tickets ... /446065971

Federal agents help local concert venues with safety plans
Schmitt met with FBI anti-terrorism agents recently to discuss if security changes should be made to Fiddler's Green. "Our big question in talking to them was to ... ... BI-op.html

Nichols says bombing was FBI op
Detailed confession filed in S.L. about Oklahoma City plot
By Geoffrey Fattah
Published: Feb. 21, 2007 12:00 a.m.

The only surviving convicted criminal in the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City is saying his co-conspirator, Timothy McVeigh, told him he was taking orders from a top FBI official in orchestrating the bombing.

A declaration from Terry Lynn Nichols, filed in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City, has proven to be one of the most detailed confessions by Nichols to date about his involvement in the bombing as well as the involvement ... or-attack/

FBI informant David Headley creates Mumbai attack.

Q. Why didn’t U.S. authorities stop Headley sooner?

A. ProPublica has explored in detail the repeated warnings about Headley to the FBI and the missed opportunities to stop him between 2001 and 2009.

Reacting to ProPublica’s reports, in late 2010 the Director of National Intelligence ordered a multiagency review of Headley’s contacts with the U.S. government. The conclusions were kept secret. In addition, Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., chairman of a House appropriations subcommittee, responded to ProPublica articles by submitting a long list of questions to the FBI and DEA about Headley’s work as an informant and six FBI inquiries into his extremist activity. Wolf has declined to disclose the responses.

The secrecy makes it hard to assess the government’s failure to detect the threat from Headley. But the FBI’s tepid approach contrasts with other cases, according to lawyer Charles Swift, who defended Headley’s accomplice in Chicago and specializes in terrorism cases.

“What has struck me is the FBI’s doggedness in tracking anyone who has potential information,” Swift said. “I have clients who the FBI has flown across the country to interview at airports. I have had clients stopped for four hours of questioning by the Joint Terrorism Task Force at airports. It’s unthinkable they didn’t do more regarding Headley.”

Federal agents opened six inquiries about Headley between 2001 and 2008, but only questioned him once. That interview took place in a DEA office three weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks because of a report that he praised the al-Qaida strike and wanted to fight jihad in Pakistan.

Headley’s defense was partly true: that he was a DEA informant and had been gathering intelligence on Islamic extremists. Yet strangely, his DEA handlers did not write a report about the FBI inquiry or look into a claim Headley made that he was related to a Pakistani spymaster. DEA officials insist that they did not know that Headley was already an active militant in Lashkar.

There also is no convincing explanation of why a federal court abruptly ended Headley’s probation for a drug conviction three years early, or why the DEA deactivated him soon after he signed a one-year informant contract in September 2001. The official silence and contradictions reinforce suspicions that he kept working as a U.S. informant in some capacity while he trained with terrorists in Pakistan.

Official explanations are incomplete about other inquiries into Headley. Why didn’t FBI agents interview Headley in 2005 after his wife had him arrested for domestic abuse and accused him of being a Lashkar militant? Interviews with her and a DEA handler indicated that he was at least a potentially valuable intelligence source. What explains Headley’s contact with the DEA soon after that inquiry? According to a DEA timeline prepared in response to a ProPublica request, in February of 2006 “the DEA received an impromptu phone call from Headley. The call lasted between five and 10 minutes and was social in nature. Operational and investigative matters were not discussed.”

According to the DEA, this was the agency’s last contact with Headley until his arrest for the Mumbai attacks. The timing of his social call to the DEA is perplexing. In early 2006, Headley was doing surveillance in Mumbai, changing his name to perfect his cover, and becoming a spy for the ISI.

The next warning was the closest U.S. agencies came to discovering the Mumbai plot. In meetings in late 2007 and 2008, another of Headley’s wives went to the U.S. embassy in Pakistan and accused him of being a spy and terrorist. Embassies get many “walk-ins” who make wild accusations. The wife later admitted to an investigator that she was emotional and mixed lies with the truth. Still, she told U.S. agents about Headley’s Lashkar activity, his suspicious travel to India and her belief he was involved in attacks.

She said she showed U.S. agents photos of her with Headley at the Taj Mahal Hotel, his main target. She phoned an agent several times with more information, according to her account. She said the agents had a file on Headley and knew about his Lashkar training. Yet officials say Headley was not interviewed or monitored. The key unanswered question: Did U.S. agents learn at this time of the three similar previous warnings that bolstered the wife’s credibility?

The final inquiry into Headley also remains murky.

Days after the Mumbai attacks, an associate of Headley’s mother alerted FBI agents in Philadelphia about her suspicions that Headley was involved with Pakistani militants. It is disconcerting that Headley’s cousin in Philadelphia succeeded in lying to FBI agents, claiming Headley was in Pakistan and then calling him at home in Chicago to warn him. It is surprising that the FBI did not locate Headley, who weeks later left the country and did extensive terrorist surveillance in Denmark and India, returning to the scene of the crime.

Lashkar was now an urgent threat. Agents learned about the previous FBI inquiries, which connected Headley to Lashkar and Mumbai. But U.S. authorities did not warn Indian law enforcement or issue a travel alert for him. It took another seven months and a tip from British intelligence to open the investigation that resulted in his capture.

“It is a puzzling question,” said Patrick Blegen, Swift’s co-counsel in the Chicago case. “It could be explained by ineptitude. Or it could be that the federal agencies had some comfort with him, they didn’t think he was a threat because he had been an informant in the past.”

Top Indian officials allege that Headley was a double agent for the U.S. government at the time of the Mumbai plot. After extensive reporting, ProPublica has found no proof for that allegation. As U.S. officials insist, Headley may have simply slipped through the cracks of the counterterror system. Until more is revealed, however, legitimate suspicions will persist. ... ence-case/

Did the FBI tamper with a witness in OKC bombing evidence case? |
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Nov 13, 2014 - Trentadue has accused the FBI of intimidating Matthews into refusing to testify, claiming FBI Special Agent Adam Quirk told him he didn't have to without a subpoena.

FBI Octopus

Berkeley Research Group Appoints FBI Veteran to Lead Tokyo Office
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Brainstorming on Information Security Best Practices Highlights the ...
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500 Maine middle school students to present Samantha Smith Challenge Projects at Thomas College on June 5 ,2017

Posted May 23, 2017, at 9:13 a.m.
WATERVILLE, MAINE, May 2017 — Ten Maine middle schools and more than 500 Maine middle school students have spent the last several months working to solve pressing issues in their communities and the world through the third annual Samantha Smith Challenge. They will share their community service work and ideas for positive change at Thomas College on June 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“I am once again thrilled to see how eagerly and deeply these young students take on tough moral and social issues and work towards real solutions. We see that the people with the courage to tackle the problems become our teachers. The Samantha Smith Challenge gives hope for a future shaped by the engaged leadership of courageous citizens,” said Robert Shetterly, Americans Who Tell the Truth founder and artist.

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Trump’s behavior is preventing all kinds of bipartisan achievements!

I saw this on MSDNC this morning. ... ident-now/

Yep, Pelosi is nostalgic for the architect of the Iraq War, the Patriot Act, deregulation, climate change denialism, and on and on. But Shrub was a guy you could have a beer with because he kept the illusion Versailles wasn’t a sewer full of floaters who wear suits. ... -1.3179674

Teen at center of Oakland police sex scandal says cop taught her to be good

Jasmine Abuslin, a 19-year-old formerly known as Celeste Guap, has said that she had sexual encounters with dozens of Bay Area officers, including some when underage ... k-america/

You know Trump’s presidency is bad when Black America is rooting for the FBI
by Dr. James Peterson | June 9, 2017 at 12:03 PM Filed in: Opinion, Politics ... e-hearings

Missouri officials toyed with inmates during parole hearings

Posted: Jun 09, 2017 11:42 AM EDT
Updated: Jun 09, 2017 1:16 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A Missouri parole board member and employee played a game during parole hearings in which they earned points for incorporating song titles and unusual words such as "manatee" and "hootenanny" into their questioning, according to a Department of Corrections report.

The inspector general's report said the officials, who occasionally dressed alike, awarded themselves an extra point if they could get the inmates to say the words too. The report was completed in November and released Thursday after a law firm, the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center at St. Louis obtained the findings.

The law firm has urged for Gov. Eric Greitens to reform the board and remove member Don Ruzicka, who acknowledged coming up with the game. He and an unnamed parole analyst are accused in the report of laughing aloud while trying to incorporate the words and titles of songs that included Elvis' "Hound Dog," Johnny Cash' "Folsom Prison Blues" and Hank Williams Jr.' "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight." ... -1.3232556

Former FBI agent/ Rep. Michael Grimm's Staten Island property seized for late restitution payments from tax fraud case
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Former whistleblower fears Reality Winner arrest could have ‘chilling effect’
Critics accuse an online news outlet of failing to protect its source, while reporters consider how to do their job in age of Trump.


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Former FBI special agent John Culhane never expected much from James Comey's testimony before the Senate that would move an investigation forward.

"It's a political approach," he said. "It's a political result that they're looking for on any congressional hearing."

Culhane said the former FBI director's hearing Thursday provided good theater, but little in the way of answers.

"I think we learned today what happened on those meetings from Director Comey's point of view," Culhane said.

Still Culhane, now a law enforcement professor at Hilbert College, said the testimony had value. It gave Comey a chance to speak directly to Americans who may have formed a negative opinion of him over the past year. Culhane believed the former director came off as truthful and professional.

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James Kallstrom, a former FBI assistant director who spent nearly three decades at the bureau, questioned why Comey felt the need to produce the memos on Trump, but failed to document incidents of political interference in the organization by the Obama administration.

June 20, 2016
TWA 800: Jim Kallstrom’s Road to Redemption
By Jack Cashill
When I see former FBI New York honcho Jim Kallstrom appear on Fox News, I see a tortured soul. As boldly honest as he has been on the subject of Islamic terrorism, this once honorable man has lived a lie for the last twenty years on the subject of TWA Flight 800. Others have lived the lie as well, but none so personally.

It was Kallstrom who spoke to the press, Kallstrom who testified at congressional hearings, Kallstrom who consoled the families of the 230 dead with the assurance he would leave “no stone unturned” in his pursuit of the truth.

When Kallstrom arrived on the scene in Long Island the day after the crash in July 1996, the truth was indeed what he was seeking. By July 30, 1996 -- less than two weeks after the 747 blew up -- FBI agents had interviewed 144 “excellent” witnesses to a missile strike. As revealed in a recently unearthed CIA memo, the evidence was “overwhelming” and the witness testimony “too consistent” for the cause of the plane’s destruction to be anything other than a missile.

1996 being an election year, however a missile strike on an American airliner involved far too much political risk for the Clinton White House. Working through the CIA, its operatives took effective control of the investigation. For reasons only he knows, Kallstrom knuckled under.

By mid-August his agents were now telling the New York Times “only a few” eyewitnesses were credible. They allowed the Times to interview just one of them, and that witness saw what appeared to be a bomb blast out of the corner of his eye. His testimony, the Times reported on August 17, “substantially weakened support for the idea that a missile downed the plane.” The White House could live with a bomb scenario. So apparently could Kallstrom.

On August 22, for the first time, Kallstrom was called to Washington to meet with deputy attorney general, Jamie Gorelick. From a political perspective, the meeting came a day or two too late. “Three senior officials” had already provided the Times enough information to generate an above the fold, front-page headline on Friday, August 23, reading, “Prime Evidence Found That Device Exploded in Cabin of TWA 800.”

The other above-the-fold headline on August 23, three days before the start of the Democratic National Convention, read as follows,

“Clinton Signs Bill Cutting Welfare.” At the Convention Clinton planned to sell the party’s peace and prosperity message. Front page headlines about explosive devices destroying an American airliner would remind America of what Clinton was not -- namely, a trustworthy wartime leader.

One can only speculate on the threats and/or promises Gorelick made, but Kallstrom returned to Long Island a changed man. Based on his subsequent performance, he seemed to have no more urgent task than to negate the Times reporting on the explosive residues found throughout the plane. Kallstrom’s new mission prompted a series of dishonest moments, none more stunning than his testimony under oath at a July 1997 congressional hearing.

To explain away the explosive traces, the FBI blamed a sloppy dog training exercise aboard the TWA 800 plane six weeks before the crash. “You know for sure the dog was on the plane?” Rep. James Traficant asked Kallstrom. “We have a report that documents the training,” dodged Kallstrom.

Kallstrom had reason to be evasive. As was easily proved, the trainer worked his dog on another 747, used explosives other than those found on TWA 800, and placed them in areas other than those where the residue had been found.

When pressed, Kallstrom dug in deeper. “The test packages that we looked at, that were in very bad condition, that were unfortunately dripping those chemicals, were placed exactly above the location of the airplane where we found chemicals on the floor,” he lied. No euphemism can paper over the depth of this deception.

This epic misdirection climaxed with the November 1997 press conference announcing the suspension of the FBI investigation. There, Kallstrom set forth a bill of particulars that misled the public on almost every detail, the most spectacular of which was a specious CIA animation created to discredit the eyewitnesses.

Maybe it is because my father was a cop, but when I watch Kallstrom I find myself feeling sorry for the man. He helped construct a case he knew to be fraudulent, and he had to sense just how fragile the construction was. If it collapsed, the CIA analysts could run and hide. The NTSB bureaucrats could plead ignorance. The Clintons could seek executive privilege, and he alone would have to answer to the victims’ mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters. Nothing the courts might throw at him would wound that deeply.

I sense that Kallstrom has long wanted to atone. On September 11, 2001, while speaking with Dan Rather on CBS News about the events of the day, he blurted out in no particular context, “We need to stop the hypocrisy.” On Megyn Kelly’s Fox News show last week, he called out the Obama administration for its “hypocrisy” and dared mention the “wet blanket of political correctness” that has blunted the FBI’s ability to smoke out Islamic terrorists.

Kallstrom then turned his attention to the Clintons with a candor that shocked Kelly into silencing him. “You've got people associated with the administration in the Muslim brotherhood,” said Kallstrom. “You've got Huma Abedin’s family (sic) high ranking people in the Muslim Brotherhood. You've got monies from Saudi Arabia and the other from Qatar and others going into the Clinton Foundation. And you've got this connection going on, and there are also connections with Iran, which is the other big supporter.”

Kallstrom understands the dangers awaiting America if the Clintons return to the White House. If he wants to stop them in their tracks and restore his own reputation, there is one thing he can do: tell the truth about TWA Flight 800. In the process, he will restore the faith in American justice of the millions of citizens who have all but lost it.

Anyone with information about TWA Flight 800, Mr. Kallstrom included, please email me at

To learn more about Kallstrom’s plight please read Jack Cashill’s new book, TWA 800: The Crash, The Cover-Up, The Conspiracy (Regnery: July 5).

When I see former FBI New York honcho Jim Kallstrom appear on Fox News, I see a tortured soul. As boldly honest as he has been on the subject of Islamic terrorism, this once honorable man has lived a lie for the last twenty years on the subject of TWA Flight 800. Others have lived the lie as well, but none so personally.

It was Kallstrom who spoke to the press, Kallstrom who testified at congressional hearings, Kallstrom who consoled the families of the 230 dead with the assurance he would leave “no stone unturned” in his pursuit of the truth.

When Kallstrom arrived on the scene in Long Island the day after the crash in July 1996, the truth was indeed what he was seeking. By July 30, 1996 -- less than two weeks after the 747 blew up -- FBI agents had interviewed 144 “excellent” witnesses to a missile strike. As revealed in a recently unearthed CIA memo, the evidence was “overwhelming” and the witness testimony “too consistent” for the cause of the plane’s destruction to be anything other than a missile.

1996 being an election year, however a missile strike on an American airliner involved far too much political risk for the Clinton White House. Working through the CIA, its operatives took effective control of the investigation. For reasons only he knows, Kallstrom knuckled under.

By mid-August his agents were now telling the New York Times “only a few” eyewitnesses were credible. They allowed the Times to interview just one of them, and that witness saw what appeared to be a bomb blast out of the corner of his eye. His testimony, the Times reported on August 17, “substantially weakened support for the idea that a missile downed the plane.” The White House could live with a bomb scenario. So apparently could Kallstrom.

On August 22, for the first time, Kallstrom was called to Washington to meet with deputy attorney general, Jamie Gorelick. From a political perspective, the meeting came a day or two too late. “Three senior officials” had already provided the Times enough information to generate an above the fold, front-page headline on Friday, August 23, reading, “Prime Evidence Found That Device Exploded in Cabin of TWA 800.”

The other above-the-fold headline on August 23, three days before the start of the Democratic National Convention, read as follows,

“Clinton Signs Bill Cutting Welfare.” At the Convention Clinton planned to sell the party’s peace and prosperity message. Front page headlines about explosive devices destroying an American airliner would remind America of what Clinton was not -- namely, a trustworthy wartime leader.

One can only speculate on the threats and/or promises Gorelick made, but Kallstrom returned to Long Island a changed man. Based on his subsequent performance, he seemed to have no more urgent task than to negate the Times reporting on the explosive residues found throughout the plane. Kallstrom’s new mission prompted a series of dishonest moments, none more stunning than his testimony under oath at a July 1997 congressional hearing.

To explain away the explosive traces, the FBI blamed a sloppy dog training exercise aboard the TWA 800 plane six weeks before the crash. “You know for sure the dog was on the plane?” Rep. James Traficant asked Kallstrom. “We have a report that documents the training,” dodged Kallstrom.

Kallstrom had reason to be evasive. As was easily proved, the trainer worked his dog on another 747, used explosives other than those found on TWA 800, and placed them in areas other than those where the residue had been found.

When pressed, Kallstrom dug in deeper. “The test packages that we looked at, that were in very bad condition, that were unfortunately dripping those chemicals, were placed exactly above the location of the airplane where we found chemicals on the floor,” he lied. No euphemism can paper over the depth of this deception.

This epic misdirection climaxed with the November 1997 press conference announcing the suspension of the FBI investigation. There, Kallstrom set forth a bill of particulars that misled the public on almost every detail, the most spectacular of which was a specious CIA animation created to discredit the eyewitnesses.

Maybe it is because my father was a cop, but when I watch Kallstrom I find myself feeling sorry for the man. He helped construct a case he knew to be fraudulent, and he had to sense just how fragile the construction was. If it collapsed, the CIA analysts could run and hide. The NTSB bureaucrats could plead ignorance. The Clintons could seek executive privilege, and he alone would have to answer to the victims’ mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters. Nothing the courts might throw at him would wound that deeply.

I sense that Kallstrom has long wanted to atone. On September 11, 2001, while speaking with Dan Rather on CBS News about the events of the day, he blurted out in no particular context, “We need to stop the hypocrisy.” On Megyn Kelly’s Fox News show last week, he called out the Obama administration for its “hypocrisy” and dared mention the “wet blanket of political correctness” that has blunted the FBI’s ability to smoke out Islamic terrorists.

Kallstrom then turned his attention to the Clintons with a candor that shocked Kelly into silencing him. “You've got people associated with the administration in the Muslim brotherhood,” said Kallstrom. “You've got Huma Abedin’s family (sic) high ranking people in the Muslim Brotherhood. You've got monies from Saudi Arabia and the other from Qatar and others going into the Clinton Foundation. And you've got this connection going on, and there are also connections with Iran, which is the other big supporter.”

Kallstrom understands the dangers awaiting America if the Clintons return to the White House. If he wants to stop them in their tracks and restore his own reputation, there is one thing he can do: tell the truth about TWA Flight 800. In the process, he will restore the faith in American justice of the millions of citizens who have all but lost it.

Anyone with information about TWA Flight 800, Mr. Kallstrom included, please email me at

To learn more about Kallstrom’s plight please read Jack Cashill’s new book, TWA 800: The Crash, The Cover-Up, The Conspiracy (Regnery: July 5).

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Democrat Miami Beach Commissioner: “We Need to Give the Cops Back their Bullets, Remove their Body Cams”

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• Bad Police Contract Rushed Into Place
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• Review Board Makes Recommendations
• Proposed Oversight Changes in Works
• Cop Complaints Sustained Over Civilians'
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• Updates PPR 70
• Cops Sweep Houseless from Springwater
• Policy Changes at a Standstill
• Sheriff Reese Keeps Job Till 2018
• WashCo Sheriff Troubling Behavior
• Training Council Squanders Time with Chief
• Mohammed Loses Appeal
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After an extensive search to recruit for a new police commander, Ron Bayne will join the Sedona Police Department in August 2017.

For the past three years, Bayne has been employed with the FBI as a staff instructor, traveling extensively as a trainer and presenter to thousands of law enforcement students. Bayne is a distinguished graduate of the FBI National Academy Class 260 and consults law enforcement leadership to police departments across the United States.

Prior to joining the FBI, Bayne served 23 years with the Scottsdale Police Department in a variety of assignments including patrol, SWAT, internal affairs and commander of the department’s Special Operation’s Division/Patrol Enforcement Section. He is also a veteran of the U.S Army Military Police Corps.

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Secret Deals, Political Fixes and Other Misadventures of the U.S. Department of Justice

"This book tells us that far too often the Justice Department represents not the people, but the politicians, corporations and other entrenched private interests. In Above the Law, David Burnham once again shows us why his investigative reporting is a national asset."

-- Seymour M. Hersh, Pulitzer Price winning investigative journalist

Myth: The Justice Department is a rational and evenhanded law enforcement mechanism.

Fact: The Justice Department is always political, steadily more powerful, sometimes corrupt and surprisingly ineffective.

The United States Justice Department -- which includes the FBI, the DEA, the INS and more than 100,000 employees -- functions as law enforcer, investigator and jailer of American citizens. The department's legal reach is vast, extending to social controversies of race, religion and economics as well as to thousands of criminal and civil laws, including espionage; mail fraud; corruption; racketeering; vote-fixing; pollution; computer crimes; adulterated food and drugs; price-fixing; tax fraud; gambling; forgery; and the sale, manufacture or possession of illicit drugs. The department then, and the attorney general, make decisions daily that affect every American citizen. But who monitors the Justice Department and its pervasive dealings?

In Above the Law, David Burnham reveals the chilling truth about this powerful arm of the government. Examining its records on such issues as drug enforcement, civil rights and national security, Burnham discovered that the agency runs virtually unpoliced, even after the BCCI scandal, the forcible abduction of Manuel Noriega and the disastrous mission at Waco. For the first time, David Burnham conducts a thorough investigation of the investigator, exposing the Justice Department as never before.

Read Above the Law and learn:

* How the FBI and the DEA have relentlessly expanded their electronic surveillance networks to encompass more and more average Americans -- rather than suspected criminals.

* How the war on drugs currently consumes more than half of the Justice Department's budget but remains a well-documented dud when it comes to reducing the use of illegal drugs.

* How and why FBI director Freeh, following a trail blazed by J. Edgar Hoover, directs a misleading national advertising blitz about the nation's crime problem.

* How the Justice Department has routinely failed to investigate the political allies of all presidents, including Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, John F. Kennedy and George Bush.

* How -- more than three hundred times a year -- teams of agents from the FBI's top secret Surreptitious entry Program go about the task of breaking into houses, offices and warehouses of selected targets, usually to plant hidden cameras and microphones.

* How the law enforcement powers of the Justice Department have been used to harass black politicians and aid white ones.

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May 17, 2013
7 Rules When Recording Police

Written by Steve Silverman of
Last week the City of Boston agreed to pay Simon Glik $170,000 in damages and legal fees to settle a civil rights lawsuit stemming from his 2007 felony arrest for videotaping police roughing up a suspect. Prior to the settlement, the First Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that Glik had a "constitutionally protected right to videotape police carrying out their duties in public." The Boston Police Department now explicitly instructs its officers not to arrest citizens openly recording them in public.

Slowly but surely the courts are recognizing that recording on-duty police is a protected First Amendment activity. But in the meantime, police around the country continue to intimidate and arrest citizens for doing just that. So if you’re an aspiring cop watcher you must be uniquely prepared to deal with hostile cops.

If you choose to record the police you can reduce the risk of terrible legal consequences and video loss by understanding your state’s laws and carefully adhering to the following rules.

Rule #1: Know the Law (Wherever You Are)

Conceived at a time when pocket-sized recording devices were available only to James Bond types, most eavesdropping laws were originally intended to protect people against snoops, spies, and peeping Toms. Now with this technology in the hands of average citizens, police and prosecutors are abusing these outdated laws to punish citizens merely attempting to document on-duty police.

The law in 38 states plainly allows citizens to record police, as long as you don’t physically interfere with their work. Police might still unfairly harass you, detain you, or confiscate your camera. They might even arrest you for some catchall misdemeanor such as obstruction of justice or disorderly conduct. But you will not be charged for illegally recording police.

Twelve states-California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Washington-require the consent of all parties for you to record a conversation.

However, all but 2 of these states-Massachusetts and Illinois-have an "expectation of privacy provision" to their all-party laws that courts have ruled does not apply to on-duty police (or anyone in public). In other words, it’s technically legal in those 48 states to openly record on-duty police.

Rule #2 Don’t Secretly Record Police

In most states it’s almost always illegal to record a conversation in which you’re not a party and don’t have consent to record. Massachusetts is the only state to uphold a conviction for recording on-duty police, but that conviction was for a secret recording where the defendant failed to inform police he was recording. (As in the Glik case, Massachusetts courts have ruled that openly recording police is legal, but secretly recording them isn’t.)

Fortunately, judges and juries are soundly rejecting these laws. Illinois, the state with the most notorious anti-recording laws in the land, expressly forbids you from recording on-duty police. Early last month an Illinois judge declared that law unconstitutional, ruling in favor of Chris Drew, a Chicago artist charged with felony eavesdropping for secretly recording his own arrest. Last August a jury acquitted Tiawanda Moore of secretly recording two Chicago Police Internal Affairs investigators who encouraged her to drop a sexual harassment complaint against another officer. (A juror described the case to a reporter as "a waste of time.") In September, an Illinois state judge dropped felony charges against Michael Allison. After running afoul of local zoning ordinances, he faced up to 75 years in prison for secretly recording police and attempting to tape his own trial.

The lesson for you is this: If you want to limit your legal exposure and present a strong legal case, record police openly if possible. But if you videotape on-duty police from a distance, such an announcement might not be possible or appropriate unless police approach you.

Rule #3: Respond to "Shit Cops Say"

When it comes to police encounters, you don’t get to choose whom you’re dealing with. You might get Officer Friendly, or you might get Officer Psycho. You’ll likely get officers between these extremes. But when you "watch the watchmen," you must be ready to think on your feet.

In most circumstances, officers will not immediately bull rush you for filming them. But if they aren’t properly trained, they might feel like their authority is being challenged. And all too often police are simply ignorant of the law. Part of your task will be to convince them that you’re not a threat while also standing your ground.

"What are you doing?"

Police aren’t celebrities, so they’re not always used to being photographed in public. So even if you’re recording at a safe distance, they might approach and ask what you are doing. Avoid saying things like "I’m recording you to make sure you’re doing your job right" or "I don’t trust you."

Instead, say something like "Officer, I’m not interfering. I’m asserting my First Amendment rights. You’re being documented and recorded offsite."

Saying this while remaining calm and cool will likely put police on their best behavior. They might follow up by asking, "Who do you work for?" You may, for example, tell them you’re an independent filmmaker or a citizen journalist with a popular website/blog/YouTube show. Whatever you say, don’t lie-but don’t let police trick you into thinking that the First Amendment only applies to mainstream media journalists. It doesn’t.

"Let me see your ID."

In the United States there’s no law requiring you to carry a government ID. But in 24 states police may require you to identify yourself if they have reasonable suspicion that you’re involved in criminal activity.

But how can you tell if an officer asking for ID has reasonable suspicion? Police need reasonable suspicion to detain you, so one way to tell if they have reasonable suspicion is to determine if you’re free to go. You can do this by saying "Officer, are you detaining me, or am I free to go?"

If the officer says you’re free to go or you’re not being detained, it’s your choice whether to stay or go. But if you’re detained, you might say something like, "I’m not required to show you ID, but my name is [your full name]." It’s up to you if you want to provide your address and date of birth if asked for it, but I’d stop short of giving them your Social Security number.

"Please stop recording me. It’s against the law."

Rarely is it advisable to educate officers about the law. But in a tense recording situation where the law is clearly on your side, it might help your case to politely present your knowledge of state law.

For example, if an insecure cop tries to tell you that you’re violating his civil liberties, you might respond by saying "Officer, with all due respect, state law only requires permission from one party in a conversation. I don’t need your permission to record so long as I’m not interfering with your work."

If you live in one of the 12 all party record states, you might say something like "Officer, I’m familiar with the law, but the courts have ruled that it doesn’t apply to recording on-duty police."

If protective service officers harass you while filming on federal property, you may remind them of a recently issued directive informing them that there’s no prohibition against public photography at federal buildings.

"Stand back."

If you’re approaching the scene of an investigation or an accident, police will likely order you to move back. Depending on the circumstances, you might become involved in an intense negotiation to determine the "appropriate" distance you need to stand back to avoid "interfering" with their work.

If you feel you’re already standing at a reasonable distance, you may say something like, "Officer, I have a right to be here. I’m filming for documentation purposes and not interfering with your work." It’s then up to you to decide how far back you’re willing to stand to avoid arrest.

Rule #4: Don’t Share Your Video with Police

If you capture video of police misconduct or brutality, but otherwise avoid being identified yourself, you can anonymously upload it to YouTube. This seems to be the safest legal option. For example, a Massachusetts woman who videotaped a cop beating a motorist with a flashlight posted the video to the Internet. Afterwards, one of the cops caught at the scene filed criminal wiretapping charges against her. (As usual, the charges against her were later dropped.)

On the other hand, an anonymous videographer uploaded footage of an NYPD officer body-slamming a man on a bicycle to YouTube. Although the videographer was never revealed, the video went viral. Consequently, the manufactured assault charges against the bicyclist were dropped, the officer was fired, and the bicyclist eventually sued the city and won a $65,000 settlement.

Rule #5: Prepare to be Arrested

Keene, New Hampshire resident Dave Ridley is the avatar of the new breed of journalist/activist/filmmaker testing the limits of the First Amendment right to record police. Over the past few years he’s uploaded the most impressive collection of first-person police encounter videos I’ve ever seen.

Ridley’s calm demeanor and knowledge of the law paid off last August after he was arrested for trespassing at an event featuring Vice President Joe Biden. The arresting officers at his trial claimed he refused to leave when ordered to do so. But the judge acquitted him when his confiscated video proved otherwise.

With respect to the law Ridley declares, "If you’re rolling the camera, be very open and upfront about it. And look at it as a potential act of civil disobedience for which you could go to jail." It’s indeed disturbing that citizens who are not breaking the law should prepare to be arrested, but in the current legal fog this is sage advice.

"Shut it off, or I’ll arrest you."

At this point you are risking arrest in order to test the boundaries of free speech. So if police say they’ll arrest you, believe them. You may comply by saying something like "Okay, Officer. But I’m turning the camera off under protest."

If you keep recording, brace yourself for arrest. Try your best not to drop your camera, but do not physically resist. As with any arrest, you have the right to remain silent until you speak with a lawyer. Use it.

Remember that the camera might still be recording. So keep calm and act like you’re being judged by a jury of millions of your YouTube peers, because one day you might be.

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FBI Hammered in Court for Pre-Election Records on Trump

June 20, 2017
WASHINGTON (CN) – Bashing the FBI for equivocating on whether it has pre-election records on President Donald Trump, a government-transparency group brought a federal complaint to spur action.

Ryan Shapiro filed the June 18 lawsuit in Washington with his group, Property of the People Inc., and with investigative reporter Jason Leopold.

The men say they faxed the FBI on March 16, 2017, a request under the Freedom of Information Act for any records dating back to June 14, 1946 — the day of Trump’s birth — to June 15, 2015.

With the FBI refusing to confirm or deny the existence of such records, Shapiro and Leopold appealed to the Office of Public Information. They say the OIP missed the 20-day window to respond, so a federal judge should intervene.

Calling the FBI’s silence improper, Shapiro and Leopold argue that Trump’s privacy interest is minimal, both as the president and his prior status as a celebrity real estate mogul.

“Additionally, Mr. Trump has further diminished his privacy interest by speaking publicly about contacts he has had with the FBI,” the complaint states. “For example, in an article describing his connections with organized crime, Mr. Trump told The Washington Post that he met with FBI agents in April 1981.”

Shapiro and Leopold also call the public interest in such records enormous, saying it “clearly outweighs any embarrassment [Trump] might suffer from his name being associated with FBI investigation.”

“The FBI has a statutory duty to investigate criminal conduct, and the existence or nonexistence of records about Mr. Trump prior to the election would indicate whether or not the FBI was as diligent in investigating Mr. Trump as it was of less prominent citizens,” the complaint states. “The FBI’s substantive law enforcement policy is also a matter of great public concern.”

More to the point, the men claim, the FBI has previously released responsive records in answer to previous requests, and some of those records even contained Trump’s name unredacted.

“The FBI has not only unreasonably withheld the responsive records, but has unreasonably refused to even confirm the existence of responsive records,” the complaint states.

In addition to the general request for records on Trump, Shapiro and Leopold also identified five FBI case numbers and asked for the associated files.

The FBI missed the deadline to respond to requests about three of those case numbers, while it issued what is known as a Glomar response for the other two, refusing to confirm or deny the existence of these records. When put to a simple Google search, however, those two file numbers produce an FBI memorandum about Trump dated 1981.

How the 5-page document became public is unclear. Leopold and Shapiro’s attorney Jeffrey Light said in a phone interview that his clients want to see the full files in case they contain more information about Trump.

A press release about the lawsuit from Operation 45, which is dedicated to the transparency and accountability of the Trump administration, claims the lawsuit will “shed new light on already known investigations linking Trump to organized crime and will provide new information about Trump’s engagements with the bureau.”

Shapiro, a historian who is working for his doctoral degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is a member of Operation 45, as is Light.

The attorney said access to the documents will also shed light on the FBI’s role and function.

“The goal is to find out over the years what the relationship with the FBI has been like, as well as to find out what the FBI’s priorities have been,” Light said.

A representative for the Justice Department declined to comment on pending litigation.

Attorney Light said the bureau’s Glomar response is inappropriate. “That’s why we’re suing,” Light said.

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SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – The federal government is concealing a policy on when it must notify criminal defendants that evidence used against them was obtained through a secret government spying program, the American Civil Liberties Union claimed in court Wednesday.

The ACLU lawsuit seeks records on the Department of Justice’s policy regarding when it must tell individuals that their emails, phone calls and other data were seized and searched without a warrant.

“DOJ has a track record of failing to inform individuals about the surveillance of their communications even when notice is expressly required by law,” the ACLU says in its 35-page complaint. “Accordingly, the public interest in the release of the DOJ policy documents at issue is substantial.”

The ACLU says the Justice Department has withheld records it asked for in a Freedom of Information Act request filed on Feb. 6 this year. The request sought records on a DOJ policy memorandum titled, “Determining Whether Evidence Is ‘Derived From’ Surveillance Under Title III or FISA.”

That memo reportedly outlines the department’s position on when it must inform surveillance targets about how information about them was collected under Title III of the Wiretap Act and Section 7 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA. Those statutes authorize “hundreds of thousands of secret wiretaps and other searches” each year, according to the ACLU.

“The government’s searches under FISA and Title III are generally invisible to the individuals whose privacy they impact,” the ACLU says in its complaint. “Unlike traditional searches of a person’s home, electronic searches rarely leave any sign, and thus individuals whose privacy has been invaded are entirely dependent on the government’s provision of notice.”

For five years, the Department of Justice had a policy of not notifying criminal defendants when evidence used against them was obtained through secret government surveillance, according to a New York Times report published in October 2013 and cited in the complaint.

The Justice Department changed its policy after former Solicitor General Don Verrilli Jr. found in 2013 that there was no legal justification for refusing to disclose such information.

However, the Justice Department’s new policy has remained shrouded in secrecy, making it impossible to determine if prosecutors actually adhere to that directive, the ACLU says.

As few as 10 criminal defendants have received notice that they were the subject of surveillance under Section 702 of FISA, the ACLU says in its complaint. That means there is good reason to suspect “that DOJ is still failing to give individuals notice” as the law requires, especially since the government collects hundreds of millions of communications under Section 702 of FISA each year, the ACLU says.

“FBI agents around the country routinely search these Section 702 databases for information about Americans in criminal investigations, as well as in virtually every national security-related investigation,” the complaint states.

The ACLU says such disclosures are necessary to fully inform the public about when the government will notify them that their private information was seized without a warrant. The records are also critical to inform the ongoing public debate about the reauthorization of Section 702 of FISA, which is set to expire in December 2017.

“This information bears on whether the government’s controversial surveillance powers should be reformed, whether individuals have an opportunity to seek judicial review of this surveillance in the public courts, and whether Congress should act to strengthen existing notice requirements,” the ACLU declares in its lawsuit.

The civil liberties group seeks a court order directing the Justice Department to immediately disclose the requested records.

The ACLU is represented by Linda Lye and Matthew Cagle of the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California.

The Department of Justice did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment Wednesday afternoon.

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A Baseless Justification for War in Syria
June 25, 2017

For almost 16 years, the U.S. government has stretched the military force authorization against Al Qaeda to justify a wide-ranging “war on terror” but now has gone further, attacking the Syrian military inside Syria, notes Dennis J Bernstein.

By Dennis J Bernstein

U.S. government officials, including Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., claim the current U.S. authority to mount military operations in Iraq and Syria is legally based on the Authorization for the Use of Military Force [AUMF] declaration to go after Al Qaeda and related terror groups after the 9/11 attacks in 2001. But how does that cover the recent U.S. attacks on Syrian government forces that have been battling both Al Qaeda and its spinoff, Islamic State?

Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, meets with members of the coalition at a forward operating base near Qayyarah West, Iraq, April 4, 2017. (DoD Photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro)
Francis Boyle, professor of international law at the University of Illinois College of Law, asserts that the recent U.S. shoot-down of a Syrian government jet inside Syria on June 18 was not only illegal under international law but amounts to an impeachable act by President Trump.

In an interview with Flashpoints’ Dennis J. Bernstein, Professor Boyle said, “What the U.S. government is getting away with here is incredible.” Boyle also talked to Bernstein about the questionable Russia-gate investigation and the darker history behind Special Prosecutor Robert Swan Mueller III, the former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Dennis Bernstein: Will Syria’s hot war and the recent U.S. bombings there lead us into a hot war with Russia? Well, the generals are saying this shoot-down in Syria is legal. You want to jump into this?

Francis Boyle: You know Dunford doesn’t have a law degree that I’m aware of. But, of course, still the Pentagon is going to try to justify whatever war crimes it can. They always do.

Clearly the U.S. invasion, which we have done, and now repeated military attacks against Syria constitutes a Nuremberg crime against peace, and in violation of the Nuremberg charter, judgment and principles, and, of course, a violation of the United Nations’ charter. [It is] an act of aggression as defined by, oh even the new element of the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court that is not yet in force. But it has a definition based upon the 1974 definition of aggression which the World Court found to be customary international law in the very famous Nicaraguan case when it applied it against Nicaragua.

Indeed, it’s very interesting, you know, if you go back and read the Nicaragua case, and change Syria for Nicaragua, pretty much the law, the illegalities remain the same. Likewise, the United States Congress has never authorized any act of war against Syria.

So, this violates the War Powers clause of the United States Constitution, the War Powers Resolution of 1973, and is clearly an impeachable act against President Trump. This is a slam dunk. We don’t have time to go through all the other arguments being made on impeachment here, but for the most part, all those are being made by these totally hypocritical Democratic lawyers who never applied the same impeachable arguments against President Obama. So, I’m not going to waste time with them.

And, finally, this is existentially dangerous, what is going on right now in Syria. But Russia is there with the consent of the legitimate government of Syria. They’re not violating international law. The United States is in clear cut violation, as I have explained. And, now, Russia … has said that they are going to begin to target U.S. planes and drones. And, the problem is, of course, when you target planes, that triggers their radar and they fire back. So, we’re pretty much on a hair trigger right now in Syria for war between the United States and Russia.

And given the massive war mongering campaign we’re seeing being waged against Russia by almost all the mainstream news media, the Democrats, the whole Democratic Party, the Hillary Clinton people, etc. and sort of neo-McCarthyism against Russia, Putin and everyone else, I shudder to think what would happen if Russia were to shoot down an American pilot under these circumstances. In my lifetime, Dennis, my political lifetime, I don’t think we’ve been in such a dangerous situation since the Cuban Missile Crisis.

I mean, anything could go wrong here, soon. And, even if it’s not deliberate, as President Kennedy said when the Soviet Union shot down a U-2 spy plane at the heart of the Cuban Missile Crisis that could have resulted in World War III, he said something like, “Well, there’s always some son-of-a-bitch down the line who doesn’t get the message.” So, anything could go wrong here. And we could end up being at war with Russia momentarily.

Bombed out vehicles in Aleppo during the Syrian civil war. 6 October 2012 (Wikipedia)
DB: You want to talk a little bit about the so-called deconfliction zones, that are really conflict zones and a potential for war?

FB: Yeah, it’s clear, Dennis, and indeed [the] Financial Times now has an article on this, but I’ve said this for a while, these deconfliction zones are really de-facto partition zones for Russia and the United States. And what we’re seeing here is effectively all these surrounding states are going into Syria and grabbing a chunk of their territory.

It’s like jackals descending on a wounded animal. Iran is in there, Hezbollah is in there, Turkey is in there, the Kurds are in there, the U.S. is in there. We have our proxy terrorist groups in there. The best analogy would be a pack of jackals descending upon and eating away at a wounded animal. And the so-called deconfliction zones are just part of the de-facto carve up of Syria, in violation of Syria’s territorial integrity and political independence guaranteed by the United Nations’ charter.

DB: Well, as you say, these are incredibly dangerous times, and very, very difficult policies. Who loses, who gains on this kind of response to Syria, and bombing of Syria?

FB: Well, the United States government believes it gains because they are out — and have always been out — to overthrow the Assad government, and put a puppet in power. And, you know, continue to achieve their objectives there in the Middle East, going back for quite some time, preparing the way for future action against Iran and Russia, for sure.

So, they believe that this is to their advantage: the Pentagon, the CIA, the White House, the so-called Power Ministries, the Deep State. Call them whatever you want. They could be tragically short-sighted. I mean, this is the way the First World War and the Second World War began. What can I say, Dennis? It’s a tinder box, already.

DB: And how would you characterize Israel’s interest and their role in this policy? Do you think they’re a driving force in it?

FB: Of course. That’s got reported […] in the Wall Street Journal. I guess I should say Israel wants its chunk of Syria, too. They’ve already stolen the Golan Heights, in 1967. And they’ve been arming, equipping and supplying these terrorist organizations since the outset of the uprising in Syria. And, indeed, they’ve now carved out a further buffer zone in Syria.

So, they’re in to get their share of Syria, as well, along with everyone else. I’m not saying they’re any better or any worse than anyone else. But they’re doing exactly the same thing everyone else is doing. As I said, it’s this pack of hyenas going in there to gnaw away, and eat the flesh of Syria. And Israel is getting its pound of flesh, as it sees it.

DB: And this, you think, could easily unravel. These are perhaps, would you say, the most dangerous times of our life time, or close to it?

FB: Well, when you have Russia saying it is going to target so-called paint U.S. jet fighters, and jet fighters bombers, and their standard operating procedure when they get painted is to destroy the source that is targeting them. Yes. As I said, we could have war, at least in Syria, between the United States and Russia.

And given the anti-Russian warmongering and hysteria, and neo-McCarthyism in this country that has been deliberately orchestrated by the Clinton campaign and the Democrats and their fellow travelers in the mainstream news media since the Democratic Convention last summer, if a U.S. pilot gets killed, we could see Congress going into session, and declaring war against Russia. Sure. It’s a catastrophe, Dennis. I mean, anything could happen here. I shudder to think of the consequences.

DB: Amazing. But I do want to, just before we let you go, I want to ask you to weigh in. Because we’ve seen this amazing, as you call it, McCarthyite attack. People don’t like Trump, they find him very difficult. And it’s not hard to find him difficult. How would you describe what is happening against him in terms of … people refer to it as the Deep State, or an intelligence coup? How would you unpack that?

FB: Right, well, first of all, let me say I did not vote for either Clinton or Trump. As I saw it, it was a choice between the cholera and the plague. And I decided not to have anything to do with either of them. But I think if Clinton had been elected we’d probably be at war with Russia, right now. I think what we’re seeing is the elements in the Obama administration that was being run by [Zbigniew] Brzezinski, this ex-patriot Pole who hated the Russians with a passion, and the CIA, the FBI, the Pentagon, all moving further in the direction of a direct conflict with Russia, and especially over Ukraine.

President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the situation in Ukraine, on the South Lawn of the White House, July 29, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
As we know, it was the Obama administration, Assistant Secretary of State [Victoria] Nuland, a neo-con holdover from the Bush administration, who admitted, we had put $5 billion in there to overthrow the democratically elected government of Ukraine. Which we did. It was a standard textbook CIA coup d’etat, that followed the manual going back to the original CIA overthrow of the Mossadegh government in Iran.

Trump seemed to indicate that he was going to take a different approach, and not continue with this agenda. And so, now what we’re seeing is all the forces that had been lined up to steal Ukraine, to confront Russia, are furiously fighting back.

Now, I’m not saying Trump is a good guy here, but what I am saying, if you’re watching the mainstream news media, none of the people involved here are good guys. No one wears a white hat. And it’s an extremely dangerous situation.

[James] Comey, the FBI Director… well, first look at Wesley Swearingen, a decorated retired FBI agent, in his book FBI Secrets, has repeatedly called the FBI “the American Gestapo.” And, of course, you and I and your listening audience certainly know that, Dennis. Certainly African-Americans know the FBI is the American Gestapo. Arabs know it. Muslims know it. Communists know it. I know it since they put me on all the government’s terrorism watch lists here, because I refused to become an informant for them and the CIA on my Arab and Muslim clients.

So, Comey is no great hero here. And, indeed, when he worked for Bush Jr. he was Deputy Attorney General. He was up to his eye balls in every hideous atrocity Bush Jr. inflicted on everyone, both abroad and here at home, including the 1,100 Muslims that they summarily rounded up. Many of them were beaten up, and a few died.

As for Mueller, again, former Director of the FBI, the American Gestapo, Mueller, when he was Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division, Mueller was in charge of fixing the case against Libya and Gaddafi, for the Lockerbie bombing. When everyone knows Libya had absolutely nothing to do with the Lockerbie bombing.

Indeed, we had been told that the Lockerbie bombing effectively was revenge by Iran for the destruction of the Iran air jet by the USS Vincennes in the Persian Gulf, with the loss of all that innocent human life. And the Reagan administration refused to apologize, refused to accept responsibility, decorated the captain of the Vincennes that killed close to 270 completely innocent human beings.

Robert Mueller with President George W. Bush on July 5, 2001, as Bush nominated Mueller to be FBI Director. (White House photo)
But, in the run up to the Bush Sr.’s war against Iraq to steal Persian Gulf oil, he wanted and needed support of Iran, and also, Syria. There’s evidence Lockerbie might have been staged out of Syria. I don’t know if that’s true or it isn’t. So, we cut a deal that all of a sudden Iran, Syria, whatever the responsibility, they would be let off the hook, in return for Iran and Syria supporting the United States’ war against Iraq. And, all of a sudden, out of nowhere, Libya gets blamed. Mueller was behind all of that. He fixed all that evidence that prevented us, the American people, from finding out who really was behind the Lockerbie bombing. I can’t recall the number there was [270 total people killed], [187] American civilians were killed. Mueller is truly evil. [For more on the Lockerbie bombing, see Consortiumnews “The Crumbling Lockerbie Case”]

And then, in addition, Mueller was head of the FBI, and he was in charge of the cover up of the anthrax attacks of October 2001. At the time, I had given interviews right after these attacks pointing out that this was super weapons grade anthrax that could only be manufactured in a U.S. government lab, or one affiliated, working for the United States government. And, indeed, I informed the FBI of this, given my expertise on biological warfare. And the FBI, then under Mueller, sent a team out there to the Ames Repository for Anthrax, in Ames, Iowa — where we keep our weapons strains — and destroyed them all, attempting to cover up the U.S. government’s origins of the anthrax attack.

That was all done while Mueller was head of the FBI, and under his direct supervision. So, this so-called special council that we see now is just a “fix-it man” for the CIA, the Pentagon, the military industrial complex, despite what you’re reading in the newspaper about character and integrity. This man is a criminal, he should be prosecuted and put in jail, certainly for what he did on Lockerbie, and what he did on the anthrax attacks. And I won’t go through the rest of his record here. So, this is a real scheme by, as I see it, the power ministries, what they used to call it in the Soviet Union, to continue our confrontation with Russia, and in Ukraine, in the Baltics, and also in Syria.

And in my read of the situation, that’s what’s going on. This is not to say Trump is a good guy, except to say, if Clinton had been elected I think we’d be at war with Russia. We dodged a bullet on November 8th. But I don’t know how much longer we will be able to continue to dodge the bullet.

And, again, we have to remember, Dennis, that for eight years under the Obama administration… Obama’s mentor was Zbigniew Brzezinski. Brzezinski and I went through the exact same PhD program at Harvard, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Government, not the Kennedy School, which is basically a front organization for the CIA, and the Department of Defense. But the same program that produces professors of political science, like Brzezinski, like [Henry] Kissinger, and like me, like [Samuel P.] Huntington. And Brzezinski is an ex-patriot Pole who hates the Soviet Union, and Russia, and the Russians with a passion.

Former U.S. National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski
Remember, it was Brzezinski who convinced President Carter to unleash Al-Qaeda [known at the time as the mujahideen] against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, in order to bring about, as he saw it, the Vietnam for the Soviet Union. And he was Obama’s mentor, at Columbia. And when Obama decided to run for president, he brought in Brzezinski to be in charge of his entire foreign affairs and defense operation, during the campaign.

And then, once Obama became president, Brzezinski stacked the Obama administration with his proteges, all up and down the State Department, the Department of Defense, and the White House, and the CIA and everywhere else he could have. So, that is what we saw for eight years of Obama. And Clinton was just continuing along those lines.

DB: Wow. Well, we just have a couple of minutes left. Today happens to be the fifth year that, shall we say, Julian Assange is trapped in the Ecuadorean embassy [in London]. What do you think U.S. and British intelligence officials are so afraid of when it comes to WikiLeaks?

FB: The truth. That’s what they’re afraid of. Well, Dennis, WikiLeaks, as far as I can tell, so far, I haven’t read all of these dispatches and everything, but I’ve read the accounts, is simply telling the truth. And we here live in a democracy. And, we, the American people are entitled to the truth.

You know, all this diddly squat about classifications and security is all baloney. We live in a democracy. We’re entitled to everything so that we can make informed decisions. And the government refuses to do it. The NSA spies on all of us, every one of us.

When the CIA and the FBI came into my office to try to interrogate me for an hour, which they did, the first question they asked me is, well, why are you giving these interviews all over the world, if you can believe that. And then they tried to get me to become an informant, on my Arab and Muslim clients. So, it’s the truth that the United States government cannot stand, and cannot withstand. And so far as I see it, Assange and WikiLeaks have tried to get the truth out.

And, remember, Mr. Justice [Louis] Brandeis of the United States Supreme Court said quite some time ago, “Sunlight is the best disinfectant.” And WikiLeaks has been consistently providing sunlight to us Americans, to try and disinfect our own government.

DB: Wow. Professor Boyle we appreciate always your stand, your information, and your willingness to be forthright in taking on the powers that be. We thank you so much, again, for joining us on Flashpoints.

FB: Well, thanks again, Dennis. And, remember, John Yoo to jail. [John Yoo is author of the “Torture Memos,” which advised the CIA, Department of Defense, and president on the use of torture techniques after September 11.]

John Yoo, former legal adviser to President George W. Bush
DB: John Yoo, he’s still there teaching those kids. And he’s been cleansed.

FB: The sick, demented Berkeley Law faculty gave him their most prestigious endowed chair. And that means that the Berkeley Law faculty have become accessories after the fact to the use of torture, war crimes and felonies. That’s right. They knew exactly what they were doing.

And I wouldn’t send my dog to the Berkeley Law School, these days. And I say that in sadness because the late, great dean there, Frank Newman, who taught international law and human rights, was a good friend of mine, and supported me at the beginning of my career. And then later he was on the California Supreme Court. And Yoo is now desecrating his slot there at Berkeley Law with the full cooperation of the sick and demented Berkeley Law faculties.

So I certainly would not go there for any reason. I had a son who could have gone to any top law school in the country and I said, “Don’t go to Harvard Law School, they hired a war criminal. Don’t go to Yale Law School, they have hired and still have war criminals. Don’t go to Berkeley Law School, they have a war criminal. Don’t go to the University of Chicago Law School, where I was an undergraduate, because they have a torture monger on there,” and I went right down the list.

DB: So where does he go? There’s nowhere to go.

FB: Well, he eventually went to work for the high tech business. What can I say? I lost my son… my dad was a lawyer, and I lost this boy to the law. But, regretfully, you just could see the total perversion of the American legal academy after 9/11, 2001. I regret to say that. So, what can I say?

DB: Well, we thank you for the frankness and for the information, Professor Francis Boyle, professor of international law at the University of Illinois, College of Law. Thanks again for joining us on Flashpoints.

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Evidence based medicine manifesto for better healthcare/ BMJ
Here is a very good start at diagnosing inherent problems in the medical research enterprise, and suggestions for correcting them.--Meryl

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: (Published 20 June 2017)
Carl Heneghan, director1, Kamal R Mahtani, deputy director1, Ben Goldacre, director EBM DataLab1, Fiona Godlee, editor in chief2, Helen Macdonald, head of education2, Duncan Jarvies, multimedia editor2
A response to systematic bias, wastage, error, and fraud in research underpinning patient care
Informed decision making requires clinicians and patients to identify and integrate relevant evidence. But with the questionable integrity of much of today’s evidence, the lack of research answering questions that matter to patients, and the lack of evidence to inform shared decision how are they expected to do this?
Too many research studies are poorly designed or executed. Too much of the resulting research evidence is withheld or disseminated piecemeal.1 As the volume of clinical research activity has grown2 the quality of evidence has often worsened,3 which has compromised the ability of all health professionals to provide affordable, effective, high value care for patients.”
The BMJ and the University of Oxford’s Centre for Evidence Based Medicine have collaborated on Evidence Live, a yearly conference designed to “develop, disseminate, and implement better evidence for better healthcare.” Through this work and other projects, we know of substantial problems but also progress and solutions spanning the breadth of the evidence ecosystem, from basic research to implementation in clinical practice.
The EBM manifesto offered here grew from that awareness. It is an open invitation for others to contribute to and join a movement towards better evidence by providing a roadmap for how to achieve the listed priorities and to share the lessons from achievements already made. Its aim is to complement and unite existing efforts as well as create new ones.
Why can’t we trust the evidence?
Serious systematic bias, error, and waste of medical research are also well documented (box 1).4 Most published research is misleading to at least some degree, impairing the implementation and uptake of research findings into practice. Lack of uptake into practice is compounded by poorly managed commercial and academic vested interests15; bias in the research agenda (often because of the failure to take account of the patient perspective in research questions and outcomes)1617; poorly designed trials with a lack of transparency and independent scrutiny that fail to follow their protocol18 or stop early19; ghost authorship20; publication and reporting biases5721; and results that are overinterpreted or misused,22 contain uncorrected errors,14 or hide undetected fraud.923
Box 1: Problems with current evidence

A landmark review suggested that results from half of all trials are never published, and that positive trials are twice as likely to be published as results from negative trials5
The cost of clinical drug trials rose fivefold in one decade and is hindering the development of new medicines6
85% of research spending currently goes to waste 4
In a study of systematic reviews, 86% of 92 Cochrane reviews did not include data from the main harm outcome 7
A systematic review of 39 studies found no robust studies evaluating shared decision making strategies8
From 2009 to 2014 the drug industry received fines totalling $13bn (£10bn; €12bn) for criminal behaviour and civil infringements—few systematic changes have occurred to prevent such problems occurring again9
“Despite repeated calls to prohibit or limit conflicts of interests among authors and sponsors of clinical guidelines, the problem persists”10
One third (34%) of scientists report questionable research practices, including data mining for statistically significant effects, selective reporting of outcomes, switching outcomes, publication bias, protocol deviations, and concealing conflicts of interest11
A 2012 survey of 9036 BMJ authors and reviewers found that of the 2782 (31%) who replied, 13% had witnessed or had firsthand knowledge of UK based scientists or doctors inappropriately adjusting, altering, or fabricating data during their research for the purpose of publication12
8% of authors from 630 articles admitted they had lied in their authorship statements13
Poor evidence leads to poor clinical decisions. A host of organisations has sprung up to help clinicians interpret published evidence and offer advice on how they should act. These too are beset with problems such as production of untrustworthy guidelines,10 regulatory failings,23 and delays in the withdrawal of harmful drugs.24 Collectively these failings contribute to escalating costs of treatment,25 medical excess (including the related concepts of medicalisation, overdiagnosis, and overtreatment)26 and avoidable harm.24
Developing more trustworthy evidence: the EBM manifesto
The steps required to develop trustworthy evidence (box 2) have been refined through a series of activities with stakeholders, including seminars, round table discussions, online consultations, and direct feedback. Tackling the problems will take time, resources, and effort. The evidence based medicine community should take responsibility for this. However, it is a vast project that is being led, and will be led, by disparate groups around the world. We hope to focus attention on the tools and strategies most effective at delivering change, so that we can all work together to improve healthcare using better quality evidence. The manifesto document and priorities are a living document and will evolve over time to advocate for trusted evidence for better healthcare. If you want to have your say and join the discussion then visit (
Box 2: EBM manifesto for better health
Expand the role of patients, health professionals, and policy makers in research
Increase the systematic use of existing evidence
Make research evidence relevant, replicable, and accessible to end users
Reduce questionable research practices, bias, and conflicts of interests
Ensure drug and device regulation is robust, transparent, and independent
Produce better usable clinical guidelines
Support innovation, quality improvement, and safety through the better use of real world data
Educate professionals, policy makers, and the public in evidence based healthcare to make an informed choice
Encourage the next generation of leaders in evidence based medicine
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The Seattle Police Officers’ Guild has asked for extra pay of about 1 and a half percent for officers who wear body cameras

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SEATTLE — More than a month after a federal judge approved the Seattle Police Department’s long-awaited proposal to equip officers with body cameras, the timing for the rollout remains clouded amid tense labor negotiations.

The Seattle Police Officers’ Guild, which has a history of trading wage hikes for reforms, has asked for extra pay of about 1 ½ percent for officers who wear body cameras, according to three sources familiar with the talks. ... le-police/

The negotiations come at a time the issue has come under sharper scrutiny after no video evidence was captured of Sunday’s highly charged fatal shooting of a 30-year-old African-American woman by two white Seattle police officers in her Northeast Seattle apartment. ... 415061001/

Secret tape: Parchman prison head accused of impeding criminal probe

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Cast of ‘Detroit’ honor victims of police killings, including Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, at BET Awards

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Why the FBI is hard to trust
The Federal Bureau of Investigation claims to be above politics, but that’s not so

By David Keene - The Washington Times - Saturday, June 24, 2017
Can anyone with a modicum of common sense trust the Federal Bureau of investigation? The answer to that question is a resounding “no.” The claim that the FBI strives to be above politics is today and has always been absurd. When former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover admitted in an interview that his “agents” had tapped the phones of 1964 Republican candidate Barry Goldwater and even bugged his campaign plane, Mr. Hoover told his interviewer, who wondered how someone in his position could so cavalierly ignore the law and the constitutional rights of American citizens, that when the president asks you deliver.
That and much else that Mr. Hoover ordered his “agents” to do during his too long tenure as FBI Director was bad enough, but in the years since he departed the scene, the FBI has developed a penchant for breaking the law without even requiring a wink and a nod from above. The Bureau picks its targets for whatever reason and goes after them, concocting evidence or setting them up to technically break laws that have nothing to do with the “reasons” for the original targeting.
As an institution, the Bureau has always been more interested in its own image than in crime, espionage and terrorism, but its briefing on how James Thomas Hodgkinson came to shoot the third highest ranking member of Congress on July 14 in Alexandria boggles the mind as Bureau spokesmen more interested in political correctness than facts twisted what anyone with a passing interest in the episode already knew into a narrative that makes no sense.
Last Wednesday, Andrew Vale, director in charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, flanked by other FBI officials and representatives of the Capitol Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms announced the Bureau’s findings. In the official FBI release, rather than say that Mr. Hodgkinson had targeted the congressmen practicing at the Alexandria baseball field they had been using for years, the statement simply said that Mr. Hodgkinson “shot in the vicinity of the field” and could find no real political motive behind the man’s act. The suggestion was that the shooter, who had surveilled, the field, was “living” in a van parked adjacent to the field, and had researched the backgrounds of Rep. Steve Scalise and other members of Congress, was simply an unfortunate with “anger management issues” who snapped and began firing in “the vicinity” of the men who were shot but not targeted.
There is no question that Mr. Hodgkinson was a nut and virtually everyone agrees with the conclusion that what he did was not part of a larger terrorist operation, but that does not mean he wasn’t politically motivated. He hated Republicans, was a devout far left, progressive and the anger he had so much difficulty managing was political anger directed at Mr. Scalise, Republicans in general and, no surprise here, President Donald Trump. Mr. Vale’s briefing reminds one of the press conferences held after someone blows himself up, after yelling “Allahu akbar” at which the public is informed that while investigators, are, of course, looking into whether the man was either a Muslim or a terrorist, they have seen no real evidence to suggest either. ... k-project/

What is the FBI's Going Dark Project?
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Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara to start 'Stay Tuned with Preet' podcast, join brother's media firm

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As coral reefs wither amid climate change, so will the Florida Keys’ economy
While the debate over climate change is often framed as pitting jobs against the need to protect the planet, the devastation of the Florida Reef Tract due to the warming sea is a stark example of how rising temperatures threaten existing economies.
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The legendary FBI agent in charge of New York’s counterterrorism division, Carlos T. Fernandez, is retiring after 21 years.

Fernandez, 50, was posted in Yemen after the USS Cole bombing, in Afghanistan after 9/11 and in Libya after Benghazi. He is joining Viacom as their global head of security at their Times Square headquarters.

Insiders say the media giant has hired him to lead all of their security teams on a global basis, protect their offices and digital systems, and ensure the safety of Viacom staff and guests who attend their events. ... terrorists

There's an organization responsible for more terrorism plots in the United States than al-Qaeda, al-Shabaab and ISIS combined: The FBI. How? Why? In an eye-opening talk, investigative journalist Trevor Aaronson reveals a disturbing FBI practice that breeds terrorist plots by exploiting Muslim-Americans with mental health problems.

This talk was presented at an official TED conference, and was featured by our editors on the home page.
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How Donald Trump Misunderstood the FBI
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The man who showed Donald Trump how to exploit power and instill fear
June 17, 2016

Donald Trump was a brash scion of a real estate empire, a young developer anxious to leave his mark on New York. Roy Cohn was a legendary New York fixer, a ruthless lawyer in the hunt for new clients.

They came together by chance one night at Le Club, a hangout for Manhattan’s rich and famous. Trump introduced himself to Cohn, who was sitting at a nearby table, and sought advice: How should he and his father respond to Justice Department allegations that their company had systematically discriminated against black people seeking housing?

“My view is tell them to go to hell,” Cohn said, “and fight the thing in court.”

It was October 1973 and the start of one of the most influential relationships of Trump’s career. Cohn soon represented Trump in legal battles, counseled him about his marriage and introduced Trump to New York power brokers, money men and socialites.

Cohn also showed Trump how to exploit power and instill fear through a simple formula: attack, counterattack and never apologize.

Cohn gained notoriety in the 1950s as Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s chief counsel and the brains behind his hunt for communist infiltrators. By the 1970s, Cohn maintained a powerful network in New York City, using his connections in the courts and City Hall to reward friends and punish those who crossed him.

He routinely pulled strings in government for clients, funneled cash to politicians and cultivated relationships with influential figures, including FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, mafia boss Anthony “Fat Tony” Salerno and a succession of city leaders. ... on-racket/

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Human Compromise and the Protection Racket

The following seamless story of human compromise, and the protection racket surrounding it, spans decades and continents. This is how it works. Listen up.
When the Eliot Spitzer Emperors Club prostitution scandal broke out on March 10, 2008, the first person this author thought to call was retired legend, New York Police Detective James “Jim” Rothstein. As a cop, Jim took on organized pedophile rings, arrested Watergate burglar and CIA operative Frank Sturgis, and testified before the New York State Select Committee on Crime.
Jim knows all about sexual blackmail operations, which he refers to as “human compromise.” To Jim, the Spitzer scandal was a perfect example. “It’s like déjà vu,” said Rothstein. And to Rothstein, GOP operative Roger Stone was the key to the compromising of Governor Spitzer (Rothstein).
“Watch for this guy, Stone,” Jim said in a telephone interview on March 10, 2008. “I saw him in an interview about Spitzer a few days ago and thought I recognized him. I looked back at my old investigations and remembered that he was part of Roy Cohn’s whole thing.”
Jim was referring to Roy Cohn’s sexual blackmail operation. According to Jim, this operation was conducted “under the guise of fighting communism.” During his time as a police detective, Rothstein had an opportunity to sit down with infamous McCarthy committee counsel Roy Cohn. Cohn admitted to Rothstein that he was part of a rather elaborate sexual blackmail operation that compromised politicians with child prostitutes (Rothstein).
Roger Stone began working with Cohn when he was the northeast chairman of Reagan’s 1980 campaign. Cohn and Stone had begun building an alliance a year earlier when Cohn introduced Stone to mobster Fat Tony Salerno at Cohn’s Manhattan townhouse (Labash). According to the Weekly Standard’s Matt Labash, “Stone loved Cohn.” Stone said of Cohn: “He didn’t give a [expletive] what people thought, as long as he was able to wield power. He worked the gossip columnists in [New York] like an organ” (Labash).
By his own admission, Roger Stone is the informant that told the FBI about Governor Spitzer’s use of prostitutes from the Emperors Club VIP four months before the New York Governor’s resignation (Bone). Stone’s operations against Gov. Spitzer began in June of 2007, when the Republican operative was hired for $20,000 a month, by Republican State Senate leader Joseph Bruno, to rid New York State Republicans of the pesky New York Governor (Labash).
According to Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, top officials of the Spitzer administration had the state police create documents that would make it appear as if Senator Bruno had misused the New York state air fleet (Matthews). Gov. Spitzer was waging political war on Bruno. Bruno did not like that one bit and was looking for payback.
But Senator Bruno was not the only one out to get Spitzer. According to Matt Labash, Roger Stone was working with “a loose collection of co-conspirators” to bring down the New York Governor. In Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, Inspector Hercule Poirot remarked: “There are too many clues in this room.” The same principle applies in the Spitzer case.
The Wall Street Mafia
Students of Criminology are well aware that there are different varieties of organized crime. There’s the Italian mob. There’s the Japanese mob. There’s the Chinese mob. There’s even a Jewish mob. But what many people do not realize is that there is also a Wall Street mob. When Gov. Spitzer resigned, the Wall Street mob stood up and cheered … literally. According to Bloomberg reporter Chris Dolmetsch, a group of traders on the New York Stock Exchange floor began to applaud as they watched Spitzer resign on television.
When Eliot Spitzer was New York’s attorney general, he had sued New York Stock Exchange Chief Richard Grasso for failing to tell the board about Grasso’s compensation. One of the cheering traders, Timothy O’Connell of DRU Stock Inc., said the traders were angry with Spitzer because “Grasso was a voice for this community” (Dolmetsch).
It is interesting that O’Connell referred to Grasso as Wall Street’s “voice.” Perhaps Richard Grasso had been speaking for Wall Street in 1999 when, as Chief of the New York Stock Exchange, he flew into a demilitarized region of Colombia’s southern jungle and savanna to talk face-to-face with members of the general secretariat of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (a.k.a. FARC) (see, “NYSE Chief Meets Top Colombia Rebel Leader”). As NYSE Chief, Grasso discussed “foreign investment and the role of U.S. businesses in Colombia” with the representatives of FARC’s high command.
Grasso wanted FARC to invest its money on Wall Street. Where exactly did FARC’s money come from? During his May 20, 2003 testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, FBI Assistant Director Steven C. McCraw stated that FARC was “strongly tied to drug trafficking in Colombia” (“Testimony of Steven McCraw, Assistant Director, Office of Intelligence, FBI before the Senate Judiciary Committee”).
On March 2, 2004, a federal grand jury charged two high-level FARC members, Simon Trinidad and Mono Jojoy, with “issuing orders regarding the acquisition, transportation and sale of cocaine by various fronts of FARC and the movement of drug money” (“High-Ranking Member of Colombian FARC Narco-Terrorist Organization Extradited to U.S. on Terrorism, Drug Charges”). A Department of Justice press release elaborated on the grand jury’s indictment of the FARC members:
The indictment alleges that Trinidad managed and controlled money for the FARC that was used by the organization to conduct cocaine trafficking activities. The indictment alleges that Trinidad announced to local coca growers the price the FARC would pay them for each kilogram of cocaine base, and advised them that the quality of their cocaine base was “inferior” and “needed to be improved.” The indictment further alleges that Trinidad met with and received money from or supplied money to other FARC drug traffickers, that he attended drug-trafficking meetings, and that he spoke of sending cocaine to the United States.
The FARC’s adventures into narcotics trafficking began in the 1980s (“Colombia’s most powerful rebels”). Since then, the FARC has taxed “every stage of the drug business, from the chemicals needed to process the hardy coca bush into cocaine and the opium poppy into heroin, right up to charging for the processed drugs to be flown from illegal airstrips they control.” The FARC brings in $300 million in drug money each year. According to the BBC, the FARC’s involvement in the drug trade has helped to make the group “the richest insurgent group in the world.”
If the Wall Street mob is not above doing business with drug traffickers, they would certainly have no qualms with politically destroying the New York Governor.
Attorney General v. Predatory Lenders
Did Gov. Spitzer also incur the wrath of the Bush administration and its predatory mortgage lender cronies? In a February 14, 2008 article for the Washington Post, Spitzer claimed that, when he was New York’s attorney general, Spitzer joined with the other 49 state attorneys general in fighting lenders who “were misrepresenting the terms of loans, making loans without regard to consumers’ ability to repay, making loans with deceptive ‘teaser’ rates that later ballooned astronomically, packing loans with undisclosed charges and fees, or even paying illegal kickbacks” (Spitzer).
According to Spitzer, the state attorneys general “brought litigation or entered into settlements with many subprime lenders that were engaged in predatory lending practices” (Spitzer). Then Spitzer’s Washington Post article dropped a bombshell concerning the Bush Administration’s response to the state attorneys general actions against predatory lenders. Spitzer accused the Administration of using the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) to obstruct the states’ efforts.
According to Spitzer, the OCC’s invocation of an 1863 National Bank Act clause allowed the federal agency to usurp state laws concerning predatory lending. The OCC had also established new rules that rendered impotent the state consumer protection laws against national banks. Spitzer was essentially blaming the Bush Administration for the current crisis in the financial markets.
The Power Elite does not want every Establishment name on the Emperors Club VIP’s client list to get out. Only the disloyal are to have their skeletons pulled out of the closet. This means operatives may be in place to prevent collateral damage. One of those people may be Judge Leonard Sand. Sand is the federal judge that signed the warrant against Gov. Spitzer. According to James Rothstein, Judge Sand is a “good and honorable man.” But Sand is also someone who may stop a case when he feels the pressure coming down from the Establishment (Rothstein).
Bay of Pigs – JFK Connection
Rothstein’s own experience with Sand bears out this contention. When Watergate burglar and CIA operative Frank Sturgis sued James Rothstein in 1976 for false arrest and other charges, it was Judge Leonard Sand who had presided over the case. Rothstein had arrested Sturgis when Sturgis was on his way to the home of Marita Lorenz to kill her. According to Rothstein, Frank Sturgis claimed that the murder was sanctioned by powerful people.
Powerful people had reasons to be angry with Lorenz. “Marita was sent by the CIA to Cuba to kill Castro,” said Rothstein. “But instead of killing him, she ended up shacking up with him.”
According to Rothstein, Marita Lorenz was planning to go before the House Select Committee and tell all she knew about the Kennedy assassination. Was Sturgis afraid Lorenz was going to incriminate him? Both Rothstein and Sturgis had been involved in the Bay of Pigs invasion (Rothstein). Rothstein decided to use this fact to find out a few things from Sturgis.
“I was on the aircraft carrier Essex during the Bay of Pigs invasion,” said Rothstein. “The Essex was a ship that was not supposed to exist. When I told Sturgis I was on the Essex during the invasion, he told me, ‘The only way you could know that is if you were there.’ So I gained his trust and he talked to me for two hours” (Rothstein). During their discussion, Frank Sturgis claimed to James Rothstein that he was involved in the Kennedy assassination (Rothstein). “Sturgis said he was one of two shooters on the grassy knoll,” said Rothstein.
Was Marita Lorenz going to tell the House Select Committee about Frank Sturgis’ role in the JFK assassination? While Sturgis may have been following orders when he went to kill Lorenz, it is also possible that Sturgis did not want her to say anything that could land him behind bars … or executed. Sturgis did not want James Rothstein talking either, so he sued Rothstein. Apparently, there were powerful people who did not want Rothstein to testify about what Sturgis had told him about the JFK assassination.
“Sturgis had the same lawyer that represented William Calley of the My Lai Massacre,” said Rothstein. “There is no way Sturgis could have paid for that representation.” According to Rothstein, Judge Sand pulled him into his chambers and negotiated with Rothstein to not testify. “The city paid a fine and my partner and I received an accommodation,” said Rothstein. “And I didn’t talk. And that’s where I got out. Because I knew when to get out.”
According to James Rothstein, Judge Sand could not allow Frank Sturgis’ lawsuit against Rothstein to become a slippery slope that would open up the issue of the JFK assassination.
Collateral Damage
So Judge Sand signed the warrant against Eliot Spitzer. But the Emperors Club VIP had almost certainly serviced other Establishment figures. Rothstein hypothesizes that the Governor’s enemies were being serviced by the same prostitutes, and found out through those prostitutes that Spitzer was a client. Judge Sand may have limited his actions to Spitzer alone because he did not want to incur the wrath of the Establishment (Rothstein).
The federal investigation against the ex-governor is headed by Michael J. Garcia, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Garcia is a Bush appointee (“Michael J. Garcia, Former Assistant Secretary for Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE), 2003-2005″). Is it Garcia’s job to prevent that military doublespeak known as “collateral damage”?
Michael Garcia is also involved in the case of Russian former GRU major and arms dealer Viktor Bout, nicknamed the “Merchant of Death.” Garcia indicted Bout for arms deals with the FARC (Casey), but Bout did not just do business with Colombian rebels. The Russian “Merchant of Death” has also done business with people close to U.S. Attorney Garcia’s boss, George W. Bush.
In 2004, it was discovered that the Pentagon, the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, the Air Force, and the Army Corps of Engineers were permitting U.S. contractors in Iraq to do business with Bout’s air cargo companies, in spite of the fact that the Treasury Department had labeled Viktor Bout an arms dealer and had frozen his assets (Braun). One of the firms doing business with Bout’s network was none other than Kellogg Brown and Root (KBR), which was, at the time, a subsidiary of the multinational corporation formerly headed by Vice President Dick Cheney known as Halliburton (Braun).
Air Bas, a company tied to Viktor Bout’s aviation empire, flew supplies into Iraq for KBR at least four times in October of 2004 (Braun). In fact, Halliburton moved its corporate headquarters to Dubai at a time when Dubai was Bout’s base of operations (Grigg).
It is possible that U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia became involved in the arms dealing case to prevent Viktor Bout from rolling over on clients that were close to George W. Bush. Will Garcia also make sure that the investigation into Spitzer does not touch other Establishment figures?
©2008 Paul D. Collins. Paul is the co-author with Phillip Collins of The Ascendancy of the Scientific Dictatorship (ISBN 1-4196-3932-3), available at He has studied suppressed history and the shadowy undercurrents of world political dynamics for roughly eleven years. He has a B.A. in liberal studies and political science. His research has been published by,, Nexus, and Paranoia.

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Casey, Michael. “US Seeks Weapons Suspect’s Extradition.” Associated Press 7 March 2008 ... gD8V8J3J00
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Dolmetsch, Chris. “Cheers on NYSE Floor, Shock in Albany: Spitzer’s Fall.” Bloomberg 13 March 2008 ... k&refer=us
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Mirage of Police Reform
Procedural Justice and Police Legitimacy
Robert E. Worden (Author), Sarah J. McLean (Author)

In the United States, the exercise of police authority—and the public’s trust that police authority is used properly—is a recurring concern. Contemporary prescriptions for police reform hold that the public would better trust the police and feel a greater obligation to comply and cooperate if police-citizen interactions were marked by higher levels of procedural justice by police.

In this book, Robert E. Worden and Sarah J. McLean argue that the procedural justice model of reform is a mirage. From a distance, procedural justice seemingly offers a relief from strained police-community relations. But a closer look at police organizations and police-citizen interactions shows that the relief offered by such reform is, in fact, illusory.
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Read the CIA’s 1951 list comparing U.S and Soviet Propaganda
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June 30, 2017
In 1951, as the Cold War was intensifying, the CIA decided to see how Voice of America radio broadcasts into Eastern Europe compared with Soviet efforts. In a remarkably candid document, the Agency critically assessed the similarities and differences between U.S. and Soviet propaganda, which they noted had a lot more in common than most Americans would think. ... story.html

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Minnesota records give detailed look at commission charges in State prisons
Music, games, email, and other tablet-friendly services are a growing slice of a literally captive market
Written by Beryl Lipton
Edited by JPat Brown
As part of MuckRock’s inquiry into the costs and commissions of prison communications, the Minnesota Department of Corrections recently released materials detailing their monthly numbers for tangential communication services provided by JPay, a collection of fees that amounted to roughly $260,000 in commissions in the twelve months from May 2016 through April of this year.
Numbers related specifically to the use of telephones or telephone account balances, which are handled by another company, GTL, were not provided.
However, the materials that were sent - divided by month, service type, and facility - offer insight into a growing trend among in-prison entertainment and communications, where the captive consumer population provides a clear opportunity for an Inmate Calling Services provider like JPay.
The company already has a well-established relationship with jails and prisons nationally and pre-existing equipment in many of them. Beyond the phone call, they offer a range of other services, including videos, music, games, and email, all of which provide additional chances for service fees and commission cuts.

In Minnesota and elsewhere, music purchases comprise a significant portion of inmate spending and, thus, a larger cut of facility commissions, thanks in part to tablet technology that can provide video, email, music, and games all in one piece of equipment.

Despite having one of the lowest prison populations in the country, Minnesota, nonetheless, feels the strain of an overcrowded system.
MuckRock will continue to investigate the role of commissions and private companies in the American prison system.

Learning through engaged citizenship.

engagEd is a resource for educators who wish to teach the tools of engaged citizenship and involve students in solving the world’s problems.

To create this collection of resources, AWTT invited the portrait subjects and the organizations that represent them, their ideas, and legacies, to produce lesson and activity plans that could be used in middle or high school classes to build bridges between the classroom and the most important issues affecting student’s lives.

These lessons are created by changemakers with strong opinions. AWTT’s staff has edited and curated these activities and lessons to offer educators and their students a window into the thought processes, lives, and dedication of activists who work for economic, social, and environmental justice. Each activity offers a particular point of view that we believe is worth understanding and exploring. It will be up to each teacher to ask questions or present materials that help students see other points of view. One way to do this is to always ask, “What is the other side of this issue?”

Above you will find two ways to sort the lessons. With the first, you can sort lessons into three broad discipline areas: Arts, Humanities, and Math, Science and Technology. With the second, you can find out which activities other teachers are using most, or the newest lessons we recommend you try. For teachers participating in the Samantha Smith Challenge, these activities offer a great starting point for introducing your students to the idea that they can be part of the solution to the problems they see around them.

Teach your students to think like activists. Show them how to be citizens in a democratic society. Engage them in finding solutions for real world problems. With these tools and the confidence to use them, they will discover their own voices as citizens.

Learning To Think Differently About Difference: A Lesson Plan by Alice Rothchild

When we learn about people who are different from us or conflicts and wars in other parts of the world, we see these people, conflicts, and wars through the lens of our own societies with our own assumptions, preconceptions, and language. Often our media reinforces these assumptions through language and point of view and fails to challenge us to think “out of the box” which is the first step in imagining creative solutions and actions that can lead to greater understanding and resolutions of controversial issues.
For example, discussions around Israel/Palestinian often trigger heated emotions that come from the legacy of the Holocaust, anti-Semitism, the treatment of the indigenous Palestinians, and the narrative that major powers and mainstream media use to read more...
Are Human Beings Naturally Violent or Naturally Peaceful?: A Lesson Plan by Paul K. Chappell

Are Human Beings Naturally Violent or Naturally Peaceful?
If human beings are naturally violent, then we will continue to have wars. If human beings are naturally peaceful, then world peace has a chance. Let's explore the possibilities. read more...
Free Schools for Free People: A Lesson Plan by William Ayers

How can we make free schools for free people?
Schools are mirror and window into society—that is, schools always reflect and reveal their host communities: schools in a theocracy teach reverence; schools in an ancient agrarian community teach cultivation and animal husbandry; schools in an read more...
How To Know if Your Water Is Safe: A Lesson Plan by Diane Wilson

Is your drinking water and the water you swim and fish in safe?
In 1972 Congress passed the "first" Clean Water Act. It stated that the US waterways would have 'zero emissions' by 1984.That goal was not met. read more...
How War Can Be Abolished: A Lesson Plan by David Swanson

The Abolition of War
In a December, 2015, U.S. presidential debate, a moderator asked a candidate whether he could serve as Commander in Chief and defined that as being willing to kill innocent children by the thousands. In 1996 the U.S. read more...
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While she may be one of the newest faces in Congress, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) stands to bring years of experience from her fight for civil and immigrant rights to Washington, D.C., specializing in a philosophy of resistance and persistence that immigrant families desperately need during these uncertain times.

“Jayapal is a congresswoman for the Trump era,” notes a Mother Jones profile on the legislator, who is highly respected among activists, “calling for an inside-­outside game of direct action and obstruction”:

Back when she was an activist in Seattle, Jayapal was struck by the loneliness of the fight. Party leaders weren’t rushing to airports to block Bush- and Obama-era deportations. Only one Democratic senator opposed the Patriot Act; only one Democratic representative opposed the war on terror. Jayapal and millions of others marched against the Iraq War, but Democratic politicians rubber-stamped it.

“There were not that many people who were willing to come out and stand up for Muslims or stand up against the abuses of the Bush administration,” she said. “That was post-9/11, so I think there was a lot of fear at the time about exactly what that meant—were they unpatriotic if they stood up?”

But a few weeks into the Trump administration, with the White House flailing angrily in a perpetual crisis of its own making, Jayapal saw something different. “I see this as progress,” she says, “because not only do we have protesters across the country, but we’ve got elected officials from the Democratic Party—and even a few from the Republican Party—who are saying this is outrageous.”
As an immigrant woman of color representing Washington’s diverse communities, it’s more than personal for Rep. Jayapal:

Increasingly her work focused on immigrants, and she served on the board of a nonprofit fighting domestic violence in Seattle’s South Asian community. In the days after 9/11, her phone wouldn’t stop ringing. Muslim women called to complain that their hijabs had been yanked off in public or that rocks had been thrown at them. Jayapal became afraid to wear the wrong clothes, or to let her son leave the house.

One week after the attacks, Jayapal formed Hate Free Zone, a nonprofit devoted to defending Muslims against what she referred to as “ruthless targeting.” After a halal grocery was raided at gunpoint by FBI agents who believed it was transmitting money to Al Qaeda, Jayapal organized protests. “There was actually no evidence,” she says, “that they were in bed with terrorists.”
Eventually, Hate Free Zone morphed into OneAmerica, which has become one of the leading civil and immigrant rights groups in the nation, and one that helped chart Rep. Jayapal’s eventual path to the House of Representatives, where she continues to fight for justice for our immigrant families, Muslim families, and other vulnerable communities.

”Sept. 11 was the fire that lit gasoline that has been spread over centuries,” Jayapal states on OneAmerica. “It provided a space for new and old fears to express themselves—fear of people who look different, fear of those perceived to be threatening jobs for Americans, fear of those perceived to be terrorists.”

“Does this mean that we should sit back and watch? Martin Luther King Jr. said, ‘Morality cannot be legislated but behavior can be regulated.’ This is our call to action.” ... story.html

Probation chief to leave, continuing department's upheaval

The head of the scandal-plagued Cook County Adult Probation Department plans to leave his post at the end of the year, according to the chief judge's office.

The announcement that Chief Probation Officer Lavone Haywood would retire comes amid a broader upheaval in the department's senior leadership and in its management practices following a series of controversies over its officers' behavior.

In May, Philippe Loizon, a Haywood deputy, was fired over accusations that a rogue unit of probation officers that he commanded had for years improperly teamed up with the FBI and other agencies to conduct warrantless searches of homes.

Haywood, who has been with the department for 41 years, could not be reached for comment.

Chief Judge Timothy Evans, who oversees the department, plans to conduct a nationwide search for Haywood's replacement. The department has a $56 million budget and 555 employees who monitor about 25,000 people sentenced to probation, most of them convicted felons.

Evans appointed Haywood to the top position in March 2014. Evans had removed the agency's longtime leader, Jesus Reyes, following a December 2013 Tribune investigation that found the department had lost track of hundreds of convicts and overlooked new crimes committed by offenders, some of whom went on to commit violent crimes, including rape and murder, while under the court's watch.

In 2014, another Tribune investigation into the department found that probation officers had allegedly planted drugs, stolen money and teamed up with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies to conduct warrantless searches. Evans hired an outside law firm to look into what the Tribune had uncovered. He has not said what, if anything, was discovered.

Loizon, a deputy probation chief, had commanded the department's armed-officer units, including the gang intervention unit at the center of many of the accusations of wrongdoing. Evans removed him from the streets in 2014 and placed him on desk duty before dismissing him in May. ... -1.3300775

SEE IT: NYPD officer repeatedly encourages toddler to use N-word

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Tuesday, July 4, 2017, 9:27 PM ... bc653.html

New questions emerge about DEA task force, 'cowboy' culture, red flags apparently overlooked

For the past year, the U.S. Justice Department has grappled with the fallout from a New Orleans-based narcotics task force accused of peddling painkillers, threatening confidential informants and swiping cash during drug raids.

The scandal has upended a growing number of federal criminal cases and prompted felony charges against two members of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration task force, including a Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office deputy who quickly pleaded guilty to his role in a wide-ranging drug conspiracy.

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Congress should require paper voter ballots, electronic cybersecurity
Secure electronic voter machines

- - Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Something is rotten in the state of our electronic voting practices. They are recklessly wandering toward online voting despite their high vulnerable to hacking and manipulation by cyberspace clowns, partisans, enemies, or all three.
Congress should invoke its power under Article I, section 4 of the U.S. Constitution to require in federal elections use of paper ballots or electronic voting machines that produce voter-verified paper ballots. Congress should encourage states to do likewise for state elections through a federal grant-in-aid program.
Firewalls should also be required between internet and voter registration, vote-tabulating machines, ballot delivery, and election management systems. Before certification of final election results, a random sample of electronic voting system totals should be compared with hand counts of the votes on the corresponding paper ballots to detect hacking or error.
Elections are too important to be left to amateurs or to luck, which Congress seems not to understand.

Election Wire-tap Alleged
Cincinnati Bell Denies Charges
The following paragraphs are excerpts from an article in the Cincinnati Post right before the November, 1987 Cincinnati Council Election. - Jim Condit Jr.

by Randy Ludlow
Post staff reporter

Cincinnati Bell security supervisors ordered wire taps installed on county computers before elections in the late 1970s and early 1980s that could have allowed vote totals to be altered, a former Bell employee says in a sworn court documents

Leonard Gates, a 23-year Cincinnati Bell employee until he was fired in 1986, claims in a deposition filed Thursday in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court to have installed the wire taps.

Cincinnati Bell officials denied Gates' allegations tha are part of a six-year-old civil suit that contends the elections computer is subject to manipulation and fraud.

Gates claims a security supervisor for the telephone company told him in 1979 that the firm had obtained a computer program through the FBI that gave it access to the county computer used to count votes.

The deposition does not say if vote totals ever were changed. Gates claimed to have installed wire taps on county computers befoore the elections in 1977 through 1981 and believes, but wasn't certain, in 1982 and 1983.

Gates' allegations also have taken on political overtones. He appeared in a television commercial that aired twice Thursday on WKRC-Channel 12 for Jim Condit Jr., a Cincinnatus Party candidate for Cincinnati City Council.

The commercial also features former Bell employee Robert Draise, who was convicted of tapping a Hamilton, Ohio woman's home and fired for it and who claims he wire-tapped the homes of multi-millionaire and anti-pornography crusader Charles Keating and former Hamilton County Commissioner Allen Paul.

Gates' deposition claims he told the FBI, the U.S. Attorney's ofice in Cincinnati and U.S. Rep. William Gradison, R-Cincinnati, about the alleged wire taps.

Gradison confirmed he met with Gates about two years ago and helped him contact the U.S. Department of Justice.

The Post also learned the FBI's internal investigation arm - the Office of Professional Responsibility - is considering granting Gates immunity from prosectuion in exchange for his testimony. Local FBI officials declined comment.

U.S. Attorney D. Michael Crites declined comment Thursday on whether Gates' allegations are under investigation, but said if the claims are true, federal wire-tapping laws may have been violated.

Cincinnati Bell spokesman Chuck Shawver said: "We categorically deny any wrongdoing by Cincinnati Bell. This is a disgruntled ex-employee making allegations which have been checked and found to have no foundation." He declined further comment. Bell also denies Draise's allegations, he said.

Neither Paul nor Keating, whose homes were allegedly tapped, could be reached for comment.

Gates, 44, of Anderson Township, was fired by Cincinnati Bell on May 15, 1986. He sued in U.S. District Court to get his job back and recover $350,000. That result is pending.

Gates' deposition is part of a lawsuit filed in 1981 by attorney James Condit Sr. on behalf of a Cincinnatus candidate for council who claimed election results could be manipulated. Condit's son, James Jr., is running the TV commercials featuring Gates and Draise.

Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor James Harper, representing the county, and Condit Sr. were at the deposition. Common Pleas Court Judge Richard Niehaus ordered the deposition for use as evidence if an appeals court overturns his dismissal 1981 lawsuit.

Harper, who represents the elections board, did not question Gates during the deposition and said he wanted to discuss the allegations with Prosecutor Arthur M. Ney Jr.

Condit Sr. said the political use of Gates' allegations was peripheral. "Gates' deposition had to be filed prior to Nov. 13, when the Ohio First District Court of Appeals may rule on the appeal of the lawsuit", he said.

Cincinnatus candidate Condit Jr., whose party believes elections are subject to fraud due to the use of computers, said he used the commercial to allow Gates and Draise to express their grievances because they have been trying to make their stories known for two years. The commercials will only air three times.

In the deposition, Gates claims he first installed a wire tap on a telephone line to the county computers before the 1977 election at the instruction of James West, a Bell security supervisor.

Gates contends both West and Peter Gabor, security director, told him to install wire taps in subsequent elections. Both men declined comment Thursday.

In 1979 - the election which is the focus of the deposition - Gates said he received instructions in the mail from West about installing wire taps on county computers in the County Administration Building at Court and Main streets.

The wire taps were installed on the eve of the election at Cincinnati Bell's switching control center at Seventh and Elm Streets and terminated in a conference room in the building, Gates alleges.

In the deposition, Gates described in great technical detail installation of the wire taps.

About 8:30 p.m. on election day - Nov. 6, 1979 - Gates said he was called by West and told something had gone wrong causing the elections computer to malfunction. At West's instructions, Gates said he removed the taps.

The elections computer shut down for two hours on election evening due to what was believed to be a power failure, Condit Sr. has said.

Gates said West told him they "had the ability to actually alter what was being done with the votes."

Gates said West told him the Board of Elections did not know about the taps and that the computer program for the eletions computer "was obtained out of California, and that the programming had been obtained through the FBI ... "

Shortly after the 1979 election, Gates said he met with the late Richad Dugan, former Cincinnati Bell president, to express his concerns that the wire taps were done without a court order.

"Mr. Dugan said it was a very gray area . . . This was just small compared to what was going on. He told me just, if I had a problem, to talk to him and everything would be okay, but everything was under control," Gates said.

Weekly InSight: Mauricio López Bonilla, From Guatemala's Top Cop to US Most Wanted

In our June 29 Facebook Live session, Senior Editor Mike LaSusa and Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos discussed the case of former Guatemala Interior Minister Mauricio López Bonilla, who is being sought by the United States to face drug charges in a federal court.

Colombia Attorney General’s Office Hit by Corruption Scandals
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Well, maybe the indictment is so devastating because federal agents are rarely punished for brutal and dishonest behavior. ... ted-issues

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Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Christopher Wray

A month after President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey—and admitted it was because of Comey’s role in fostering the investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives attempting to throw the presidential election to Trump—the president announced via Twitter on June 7, 2017, that he would nominate Christopher Wray to the job.

Wray, who served in high positions at the Department of Justice between 2001 and 2005, recently represented New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie during the 2016 Bridgegate trial. Two of the governor’s top aides were convicted of plotting to close lanes on the George Washington Bridge in order to retaliate against a Democratic mayor who refused to endorse Christie’s reelection bid. Attorneys for the aides tried to track down Christie’s personal cell phone, but no one seemed to know where it was. As soon as a judge ruled that the phone could not be subpoenaed by the defense attorneys, it was revealed that it was Wray who had possession of the phone all along. Although the trial ended in November, Wray continued to represent Christie well into June 2017. His law firm has collected more than $2 million in fees for the case.

Christopher Asher Wray was born December 17, 1966, in New York City, to Cecil Wray Jr., a partner at the Debevoise and Plimpton law firm, and Gilda (Gates) Wray, a program officer for the Charles Hayden Foundation. He attended the tony private boarding school Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. Wray earned a B.A. at Yale University in 1989, and a law degree in 1992, also at Yale, where he served as executive editor of the Yale Law Journal.

After graduating, he served as a law clerk to Judge J. Michael Luttig of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit from June 1992 to June 1993.

Entering private practice after a summer hiatus, Wray was an associate at the law firm of King and Spalding in Atlanta from September 1993 to May 1997, working in the firm’s general litigation practice.

From May 1997 to May 2001, Wray served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, working in the Criminal Division.

Wray relocated to Washington, DC, in May 2001 to serve the Department of Justice (DOJ) as associate deputy attorney general. In September 2001, he was appointed principal associate deputy attorney general, with oversight responsibilities across the department.

Wray served from 2003 to 2005 as the assistant attorney general in charge of DOJ’s Criminal Division, working under Deputy Attorney General James Comey. His responsibilities included briefing Attorney General John Ashcroft about the investigation into the George W. Bush administration’s leaking of Valerie Plame’s status as a CIA agent. In 2004, Wray was one of the DOJ officials, including Comey and FBI Director Robert Mueller, who threatened to resign when the Bush administration attempted to revive a National Security Agency domestic surveillance program that DOJ had determined was illegal.

In 2005, Wray returned to King and Spalding as a partner and head of its government investigations practice, which specializes in white-collar criminal defense, civil and regulatory investigations, and corporate internal investigations. Although his job included defending white-collar clients, he spoke publicly in favor of prison sentences for corporate financial fraud, stating, “The severity of the sentences serves as an ominous reminder of the consequences of misconduct. Executives engage in cost-benefit analysis every day. It's not surprising that they would be more responsive to deterrence.”

Trump already appointed another King and Spalding partner for a position in his administration: Gil Kaplan as director of the International Trade Administration. Former King and Spalding partner Dan Coats is Trump’s director of national intelligence, and another King and Spalding partner, Bobby Burchfield, is ethics adviser to the Donald J. Trump Revocable Trust.

Wray deleted information from his online law firm bio regarding work he did that was adverse to the government of Russia. The law firm insists, however, that Wray did this in January 2017, before he was nominated to the FBI. But that explanation does not rule out the possibility that he was hoping for some nomination and wished to hide the anti-Russia information.

Wray is a member of the conservative Federalist Society, and has donated to Republican candidates for office, including three who are now high-ranking members of the Trump administration: Tom Price, who is currently the secretary of health and human services, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Sonny Perdue, who is secretary of agriculture.

He married Helen Garrison Howell, a Yale classmate and former debutante whose father was a vice president at First National Bank of Atlanta, in 1989. They have two children, Caroline and Trip, and reside in Georgia.
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Oregon civic group pushes 'faith-based organization' to remove 'Jesus Loves Strippers' sign

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CIA’s former senior officer for Congressional affairs was convicted of lying to Congress
by Emma Best
July 05, 2017
Clair George, the CIA officer who was placed in charge of briefing Congress on CIA’s activities, withheld information about the beginnings of the Iran-Contra affair, and was later convicted of lying to Congress. After an eight-month tenure that led to a nearly complete communications breakdown between the Agency and Congress, George was promoted to the third most senior position within the CIA.
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Semen-slinging NYPD cop gets his discrimination suit against city tossed

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What Will/Can the Supreme Court Do about Partisan Gerrymandering?
The Supreme Court’s upcoming ruling in Gill v. Whitford may be partisan gerrymandering’s most significant legal battle yet. Law professor Justin Levitt discusses why it matters, how we got here, and what we should

Report: After Alabama conviction, scammer went to work for FBI -- and kept on scamming

Updated on July 6, 2017 at 2:06 PM Posted on July 6, 2017 at 12:09 PM ... ictio.html

In 2006, he pleaded guilty to scamming a Mobile mosque. Then he was released early because he purportedly was helping the government pursue terrorists. Now it's alleged that he continued to run wire scams after his release, even while serving as an FBI informant.

On Thursday, investigative news site The Intercept published a story about the continuing adventures of Mohammed Agbareia, who at one time was sentenced by a U.S. district judge in Mobile to a two-year prison term followed by deportation. According to the story, Agbareia is the subject of a Florida wire fraud indictment handed down in late June. The alleged offenses mirror the scheme of which he was convicted in Mobile, and occurred between 2012 and 2017 - a time when he played a pivotal role in an FBI sting that led to three men being charged as ISIS supporters.

The story by Trevor Aaronson asserts that "Federal prosecutors have acknowledged that there are intersections between Agbareia's scams and his undercover work for the FBI." But an attorney representing one of the men in the terrorism case complain that prosecutors are sitting on information about that overlap that could be vital to their client's case.

According to Press-Register reports from 2006, Agbareia and a partner scammed officials at the Islamic Society of Mobile in 2004. Agbareia represented himself as a representative of an Islamic development bank offering funds to expand the mosque. Later, mosque officials were led to believe that Agbareia's partner, Zouhair Hissy, had gotten stranded en route to Mobile and needed a wire transfer of $1,500 to get out of the jam.

Testimony in the 2006 trial indicated that this had not been an isolated incident for Agbareia and Hissy: In his judgment, Senior U.S. District Judge Charles Butler Jr. ordered Agbareia to pay $90,899 to 54 victims throughout the country.

According to one Press-Register report, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations said the organization had tracked Agbareia for years and was grateful to see him prosecuted. ... -1.3306306

Pennsylvania district judge accused of watching porn in office

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, July 6, 2017, 3:05 PM ... oversight/

The horrifying case of Curtis Maroney illustrates the need for more oversight in bail enforcement
by Curtis Waltman
July 06, 2017
In the process of continuing our investigation on the world of bail enforcement, we have uncovered the horrifying case of Curtis Maroney, a South Carolina bounty hunter who for years abused his position to extort women for manual labor and sexual favors.
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Judge Pressures OC Sheriff in Jailhouse-

July 6, 2017
SANTA ANA, Calif. (CN) — The sheriff of Orange County, California, took the stand before a skeptical judge Wednesday to insist that her department has not had a practice of cultivating jailhouse informants to question criminal suspects in custody.

At most,. Sheriff Sandra Hutchens said, there may have been a few deputies in the jails who violated suspects’ constitutional rights, but the practice was not widespread.

“I will not say that there may not have been misconduct by a few,” Hutchens said, but those deputies’ activities are being investigated by her office and by the state attorney general’s office.

Hutchens testified during a multi-week hearing on whether confessed mass murderer Scott DeKraai — who in 2011 killed his ex-wife and seven others at a beauty parlor in Seal Beach — should be spared the death penalty.

DeKraai’s attorney, Assistant Public Defender Scott Sanders, says the sheriff’s department for years has used informants against suspects in high-profile crimes without protecting the suspects’ rights or informing their defense attorneys.

Sanders’ allegations — announced in a 505-page motion he filed in January 2014 — led Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals to remove the Orange County District Attorney’s Office from prosecuting the DeKraai case.

In addition, sentences or convictions in at least six other Orange County murder or gang-related crimes have been set aside due to informant issues.

Since then, the Department of Justice and the state attorney general’s office have launched probes of the alleged snitch program. The district attorney’s office and the county grand jury have concluded investigations of their own.

Testifying in a courtroom crowded with attorneys, journalists, families of DeKraai’s victims and even members of the county grand jury, Sanders pushed back for several hours against allegations of a secret, long-running informant program.

“There is no jailhouse informant program, as being charged in the media, that is not in accordance with the rules,” she testified.

The sheriff said that jail deputies do work with criminal investigators from her department or from outside police agencies to see if an informant — often another inmate who is being paid or seeking consideration in sentencing — can acquire useful information.

“Do [the jail deputies] go around developing informants to build a case on their own? No,” Hutchens said.

“There may have been a few deputies who took their duties to a level beyond where they were authorized to go,” she added.

Hutchens, who announced last week that she will not seek re-election next year, said it is part of jail deputies’ job to collect information from inmates, especially about safety and security issues, such as drug or gang activity.

“The question is, are they keeping proper documentation and following all the laws,” she said.

She said her department has tightened its procedures and upgraded its training since the informant scandal arose.

Sanders asked how she could dispute the existence of such a program, given emails, memos and other documents showing that jail supervisors were aware of and praised deputies’ work with informants.

One memo that hung on the wall near the jail “special handling unit,” which oversaw informants, listed developing of informants as one of the duties of the unit’s deputies.

Deputy Attorney General Mark Murphy, whose office is prosecuting the DeKraai case now, did not ask the sheriff any questions.

Judge Goethals, however, hit her with some tough questions. Goethals noted that he issued a discovery order for documents about jailhouse informants in January 2013, yet Hutchens’ office is still uncovering troves of documents.

“I received numerous sworn statements from members of your staff … saying, ‘We’ve looked everywhere and there’s nothing here,’” the judge said. “But time and time again, that turns out not to be true.”

Hutchens replied: “I would have to say that’s what they believed,” and added that maybe “they didn’t look hard enough.”

Goethals was particularly concerned about a 1,100-page log of data from the special handling unit, which came to light in March 2016.

The log was stored in a folder in a shared computer drive open to deputies and supervisors in the unit. Yet it apparently wasn’t found until almost three years after the judge’s discovery order.

“How could [unit supervisors] not know it exists? I’m having a problem with that,” he said.

“They may not have looked,” the sheriff said. Because of computer issues, “It wasn’t easy to retrieve.”

Goethals also expressed astonishment that when this latest hearing began in late May, the sheriff’s lieutenant newly in charge of the reconfigured special handling unit discovered 68 bankers’ boxes of previously undisclosed documents.

Hutchens apologized for that.

“I cannot explain why those boxes were not discovered before,” she said. “I hope the court recognizes that when we find something, we turn it over.”

Goethals noted that Hutchens was the 19th witness to testify in the hearing over the past two months, all of them from her department. ... ded-trial/

July 6, 2017

A federal judge denied the city of Vallejo’s attempt Wednesday to halt a defamation lawsuit stemming from its handling of a peculiar 2015 kidnapping case that garnered national attention.

U.S. District Judge Troy Nunley refused to dismiss defamation claims from victims of a kidnapping that Vallejo police initially called a hoax. The criminal case gained nationwide attention after police accused Denise Huskins and Aaron Quinn of acting out the plot of the film “Gone Girl.”

Attorneys for Huskins and Quinn — now plaintiffs — said the two are “thrilled” about Wednesday’s ruling and look forward to a jury “holding the Vallejo Police Department accountable.”

“Vallejo police attacked the victims without evidence and destroyed their reputations,” said attorney Kevin Clune, with Kerr & Wagstaffe in San Francisco.

Huskins and Quinn sued the city in March 2016, a year after Matthew Muller broke into their Vallejo home and abducted Huskins. The case was unsolved for more than two months, until officials arrested Muller for a separate home invasion burglary. Investigators recovered evidence from the Vallejo kidnapping, including video of Muller sexually assaulting a blindfolded Huskins.

The former Marine-turned-Harvard-educated attorney was sentenced in March to 40 years in prison in March by Nunley, after pleading guilty to a federal kidnapping count.

Vallejo, pop. 116,000, is northeast of San Francisco and west of Sacramento.

According to the complaint, Vallejo police detained Quinn immediately after the abduction and interrogated him for more than 18 hours. Quinn says investigators were skeptical of his story and released him to a throng of waiting reporters while wearing pants marked “Solano Prison,” though he was never arrested or charged with a crime.

“Instead of focusing on finding the true perpetrator and protecting the community from a violent predator, defendants attacked plaintiffs and plaintiffs’ families, created a destructive nationwide frenzy through public statements accusing plaintiffs of faking Denise’s kidnapping and rape,” the complaint states.

Vallejo police Lt. Kenny Park and Det. Mathew Mustard are named as defendants along with the city. Park held a news conference when Huskins was found; Mustard interrogated Quinn. Huskins and Quinn seek millions of dollars in damage for defamation, unlawful search and seizure and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

Clune said in a phone interview that Vallejo has given no indication that it wants to settle the lawsuit and that the plaintiffs are looking ... ters-suit/

MANHATTAN (CN) — Flushing claims by an activist whom police pepper-sprayed in the face while she looked for a bathroom, the Second Circuit found Wednesday that immunity shields the two New York City police officers she sued.

Imani Brown’s lawsuit dates back to an incident on Nov. 15, 2011 – the day that the NYPD tore down what had been known as the unofficial headquarters of the global anti-corruption movement Occupy Wall Street.

A Starbucks manager called 911 that night, reporting that six people had been “knocking on the door really really bad trying to get in” and “making nasty comments.”

Brown acknowledges asking to use this restroom around that time, but she insists that the Starbucks worker politely invited her to come back in 25 minutes.

She says police gave her a rude response when she asked for directions to another restroom. “What do we look like, the potty police,” the officer said, according to Brown’s lawsuit, saying the man told her to “piss in the park.”

When police asked for Brown’s ID, the petite woman claims that she asked “on what grounds,” and was then wrestled to the ground and pepper-sprayed twice in the face at close range. The Second Circuit posted graphic video of the incident on its website.

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July 6, 2017
CIA came up with 126 reasons to deny your FOIA request
Agency’s list of ways to censor information because it’s classified has been censored because it’s classified
Written by Emma Best
Edited by JPat Brown
Driven by its never-ending desire to have greater control of what information about its activities are made public, CIA drafted a SECRET report listing 126 things that the Agency could use to argue something was subject to the “sources and methods” protections. Intended to address difficulties censoring Victor Marchetti’s book on the Agency, the list was designed to be both “broad enough and specific enough” to include as much as possible. While the list has been used to help justify a number of FOIA withholdings, the list itself has been withheld … to protect the Agency’s intelligence sources and methods.

First proposed by the Policy and Plans Group, the paper was meant to serve as justification “for use in injunctive cases such as Marchetti and in Freedom of Information cases in conjunction with exemption 3 [b3] of the FOIA.” It was to “become a definition of what constitutes intelligence sources and methods.” While the concept is essentially sound, the problem with the list being the de facto definition of intelligence sources and methods emerges in some of the memos exchanged in its preparation.

One memo makes it explicit that the definition of “intelligence sources and methods” was being applied very broadly enough to include non-intelligence methods. The Deputy Director of Security reported that one sections “security methodology must be considered an intelligence methodology.” The specifics of these security methodologies remains redacted, with the unredacted portion giving no hint as to what makes a security methodology an intelligence methodology. The closest the memo seems to come to an explanation is stating that the information needed to protected.

According to the office of the Policy and Plans Group, the list’s explicit purpose was to help the Agency argue that requests should be denied because the information could be considered an intelligence source or method. The proposal paper stated that when the Agency became embroiled in FOIA litigation “as it will most assuredly be”, having such a list would “be convincing to be able to argue that a request should be denied because it is … exempted from disclosure by the sources and methods provisions.” The list would act as a “prior determination” from the Director that could predate any individual FOIA request or injunction against publication.

While the list of “aspects of intelligence sources and methods” remains redacted in its entirety, we know that when it was created it consisted of 126 aspects and it was about 20 pages long. Thanks to the proposal paper, we have two sample entries that give us an idea of the type of categorical information the Agency hoped to prevent from being disclosed through FOIA or by former employees.
While the proposal cautioned against trying to include “all names of agents of the Agency,” instead an appropriate categorical exclusion would be “the name of any Agency employee, who has served, is serving or may serve under cover, the revelation of which might damage the future effectiveness of such cover arrangements.” The other example used similarly broad language regarding the identity of the Agency’s agents and assets. While this type of exclusion is both logical and difficult to argue with, it’s disconcerting that the Agency generated 126 such broad points of exclusion - some of which were not strictly not strictly intelligence sources or methods.

The proposal hoped that the list could be quickly generated, an idea which the document’s reader apparently found ridiculous. Written in the paper’s margins is a note that “they are dreaming!”

A memo produced months later, after the list had been drafted but before it was finalized or given the force of the Director’s orders, provides some additional insight into the nature of the list. According to the memo, the Agency’s philosophy had been to “include both general and specific Aspects which may have overlapping application.” The overlapping aspects and multilayered concerns meant that the Agency might have several aspects that could apply in any particular case. In these cases, it was suggested that only one aspect be cited as justification to disclose as little as possible.

The cover to the memo adds that a lot of things on the list won’t actually need protection most of the time. Since the Agency’s goal was to be as inclusive as possible with the list, this is hardly surprising. The “tricky part”, as the Agency saw it, was drafting a regulation to use alongside the list that would give the Agency complete “discretion and yet will still hold up in court.”

These issues were apparently addressed, as CIA Director Colby signed a determination the following January, ordering the adoption of the list of aspects of intelligence sources and methods. The determination was classified SECRET, and has only been declassified recently and with the redaction of the list. One highly notable aspect of the Director’s determination remains unredacted, however: anything so much as related to any activities of the Agency’s that violated a U.S. statute, Executive Order or Presidential Order” or was “without the authority of law” would not be protected by the determination. This will, of course, be used to challenge a number of b3 and 25X1 redactions in the future.

Mandatory Declassification Review requests have been filed for the Agency’s list of aspects of sources and methods. In the meantime you can read the Director of Central
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Mongoose: FBI is the Domestic Terrorist, Using False Flag Operations as a Budget-Building Exercise — Robert Steele Quoted

FBI Gave Muslim Rifle, Urged Him To Carry Out Mass Shooting

Former FBI assistant director Thomas Fuentes actually reveals the answer as he defends the tactics used by the FBI to set up poverty-stricken men by offering them large sums of money and weapons to commit crimes.

After he defended the FBI’s role in bribing poor, mentally diminished people to get them to commit crimes, he let out a bombshell statement, confirming what many of us already know.

“If you’re submitting budget proposals for a law enforcement agency, for an intelligence agency, you’re not going to submit the proposal that ‘We won the war on terror and everything’s great,’ cause the first thing that’s gonna happen is your budget’s gonna be cut in half,” states Fuentes. “You know, it’s my opposite of Jesse Jackson’s ‘Keep Hope Alive’—it’s ‘Keep Fear Alive.’ Keep it alive.”

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July 10, 2017
CIA abandoned logic to clear Soviet defector Yuri Nosenko
Agency decided the KGB would only dispatch a false defector to disavow Lee Harvey Oswald if the KGB wasn’t behind the shooting

Eleven years before the House Select Committee on Assassinations declared they were “certain Yuri Nosenko lied about Lee Harvey Oswald - whether it was to the FBI and CIA in 1964, or to the committee in 1978, or perhaps to both”, the Agency’s internal security report abandoned logic to conclude that the Soviet defector was a trustworthy individual who hadn’t been sent over by the KGB.

In the light of what’s known today, each of the criteria it used to declare Nosenko a bona fide defector now point to the opposite conclusion. The case for Nosenko being a double agent is so strong that his former CIA handler wrote a book whose conclusions which were later confirmed by a former KGB Chief.

The 1968 report from CIA’s Office of Security was provided to the FBI, and subsequently released as part of the initial response to a FOIA request for Yuri Nosenko’s FBI file. Nosenko, who had first approached the Agency in 1962 to offer a limited amount of information, became a national priority when he decided to defect in January 1964, essentially claiming that he had been the case officer for Lee Harvey Oswald during Oswald’s time in Russia and declared defection to the Soviet Union. Doubt was soon cast on Nosenko’s claims, in part because of things revealed by another alleged KGB defector, Anatoliy Golitsyn. While controversial and often publicly dismissed, Golitsyn’s public claims and transcribed CIA memos have withstood a significant measure of scrutiny. According to the very well respected book Wedge: The Secret War between the FBI and CIA, of Golitsyn’s 148 claims which could be verified or falsified, Golitsyn had a 93.9% accuracy rate.

The report, which Nosenko’s CIA handler would later declare a “whitewash,” concluded that he was a bona fide defector by manipulating both facts and logic. The report declared that there was no reason for the KGB to have dispatched Nosenko, with a single exception: Oswald. The report described the possibility in vague terms, stating that it was “conceivable that the Soviet leadership might” have taken steps “to convince the United States of their non-involvement in the assassination” of President Kennedy.

In describing this possibility, the report’s bias becomes blatantly apparent. According to the report, it was “conceivable that the Soviet leadership might have been prepared to take extreme steps to convince United States authorities of their non-involvement in the assassination,” but only based on “the premise that in fact there was no Soviet involvement.” The report went beyond ignoring the possibility that the KGB might have played a role in, or simply decided not to act to prevent, the assassination of President Kennedy. Instead, it argued that such an event wouldn’t provide the KGB with a motive to convince the United States of their non-involvement.

According to CIA’s report, Nosenko’s information was presented as the KGB’s “inside” story on Lee Harvey Oswald. This “clearly indicated that there was no KGB relationship with Oswald” and “no operational interest in Oswald.” Nosenko’s claims would indicate that the KGB had nothing to do with Oswald and therefore with nothing to do with the Kennedy assassination. While the latter may have been true, it is difficult to accept that the KGB would decide not to attempt to debrief a former Marine who was attempting to defect to the Soviet Union. Regardless of whether or not the KGB would have accepted Oswald’s bona fides, it beggars belief that they would not actually attempt to analyze the situation.

The report concluded that convincing the U.S. of non-involvement with Oswald in the aftermath of the assassination of Kennedy didn’t provide a plausible motive for dispatching Nosenko. According to Nosenko’s CIA handler, the report’s author, Ben Solie, “had only a shallow knowledge of the Soviet scene, knew little about the KGB, and possessed no experience in handling foreign agents.” Solie’s inexperience and bias both show in his declaration that there was no way to explain Nosenko’s initial 1962 contact with CIA, 17 months before President Kennedy had been killed.

Solie had previously declared that it only made sense for the Soviet Union to dispatch Nosenko about Oswald if the KGB had been truly uninvolved in the assassination of President Kennedy. Solie then argued that since it would only make sense for the Soviet Union to dispatch Nosenko if they were uninvolved in the assassination, there would be no reason for the Soviet Union to have Nosenko approach the CIA prior to the assassination of President Kennedy. Either Solie’s bias or his inexperience led him to conclude that it made no sense for the KGB to prepare parts of a coverup of a Presidential assassination ahead of time. Solie also overlooked several other possible explanations for dispatching Nosenko in 1962, ones which were more likely and less sinister.

It’s not uncommon for counterintelligence agencies to produce dangles in the hopes that an opposition service will bite. If they do, they have control of someone providing information to their adversary, which is a standard counterintelligence opportunity. It would hardly be unprecedented for the KGB to offer “chicken feed”, low quality intelligence that can boost the perceived reliability of a double agent, to CIA. Moreover, if the KGB had dispatched Nosenko in 1962 for reasons unrelated to Oswald, the reason is self-evident.

The information offered by Nosenko in 1962 offered an explanation for how one CIA’s prized GRU assets, Lieutenant Colonel Pyotr Semyonovich Popov, had been caught and executed. While Nosenko’s CIA handler would later conclude the Agency may have been the victim of betrayal, Nosenko offered the Agency a simpler explanation, and one that would attempt to steer the CIA away from a molehunt. According to Nosenko, Soviet surveillance of George Winter had turned up a letter addressed to Popov. This allegedly prompted surveillance of Popov, which yielded confirmation of his involvement with the U.S. While this is certainly possible, and may well be the truth, the possibility that Nosenko would be dispatch for this self-evident reason or for preparation for the assassination of President Kennedy are ignored and explicitly dismissed, respectively.

Solie then proceeded to contradict what he had stated three paragraphs earlier. After declaring that Nosenko’s “information clearly indicated that there was no KGB relationship with Oswald, that the KGB had no operational interest in Oswald, and that as a matter of fact Oswald had presented the KGB with a continuing series of problems,“ Solie declared that it was “not sufficiently convincing.”

Solie gave no indication of understanding that “unequivocal proof” is never expected to exist in the realm of covert action and assassination. He does, however, conclude his argument against a motive for dispatching Nosenko by contradicting himself once more. Having declared Nosenko’s information and career as “convincing” evidence that the KGB had “no operational interest” in Oswald, Solie argues that Nosenko’s career and position “would not permit even serious consideration that Nosenko could have logically been fitted” into a category of people who would have known about KGB involvement in the Kennedy assassination. While this is certainly true, Solie apparently chose to ignore the fact that Nosenko’s inability to convince the CIA of KGB involvement did nothing to contradict Solie’s assertion that Nosenko had convinced him of the opposite.

The whitewash evident throughout the file is neither unprecedented nor difficult to understand the rationale for. CIA Director John McCone has been revealed to have been at the heart of CIA’s “benign cover-up.” According to CIA historian David Robarge, the purpose was to focus the Warren Commission and others on “the ‘best truth’ - that Lee Harvey Oswald, for as yet undetermined motives, had acted alone in killing John Kennedy.” The Warren Commission itself was explicitly formed for the same purpose. According to a recording of President Johnson, Chief Justice Warren had no interest in participating in the Warren Commission until LBJ “pulled out what Hoover told [him] about a little incident in Mexico City.” After LBJ explained the stakes, the Chief Justice apparently broke down crying and agreed to do whatever LBJ said.

The Mexico City incident referred to Oswald’s attempts to contact the Soviets, including Valeriy Kostikov, who CIA “believed to work for Department Thirteen of the First Chief Directorate of the KGB. It is the Department responsible for executive action, including sabotage and assassination.” A letter allegedly written by Oswald to Kostikov’s alias discussed completing their business, all facts which were kept from the public for a long time as part of the Agency’s benign cover-up.

Given their desire to avoid World War III and the other aspects of CIA’s cover-up, it’s not surprising that the Agency would have continued the “benign cover-up” with a report whitewashing Nosenko as a bona fide defector - especially if the KGB truly had no involvement with the assassination of President Kennedy.

An appeal has been filed for more material from Nosenko’s FBI file, and copies of Nosenko’s interrogation transcripts, reports on Nosenko, and tape recordings are pending release from the National Archives. In the meantime, you can read CIA’s 1968 report on Nosenko here.

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Russia Questions Loom for Trump FBI Pick
When Christopher Wray goes before the Senate Judiciary Committee, he could face questions about why his law firm’s work for Russian clients was left off his disclosure

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Scandal rocks NO-based narcotics task force
Louisiana Weekly-
In addition to DEA agent Scott, a Tangipahoa Parish sheriff's deputy has already ... a law enforcement official familiar with the FBI inquiry told The New Orleans ...
The scandal, which is still unfolding, has already cost Chad Scott, a veteran DEA agent and leader of the task force, his gun and badge. It has reportedly also compromised a growing number of federal criminal cases and led to felony charges against two members of the Drug Enforcement Administration task force.

In addition to DEA agent Scott, a Tangipahoa Parish sheriff’s deputy has already pleaded guilty to his role in a wide-ranging drug conspiracy.

The New Orleans Advocate reported Wednesday that while the full scope of the DOJ investigation is still not clear, new concerns and questions are emerging regarding the oversight of the task force and a series of red flags that officials apparently overlooked for years before a DOJ investigation was launched in early 2016.

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Local man nominated as ambassador to Czech Republic
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June 12, 2017
FBI completely redacts James Comey’s talking points on challenge of balancing privacy and security
Bureau withholds hundreds of pages regarding “Going Dark” under b(5)

In October of 2014, then-FBI Director James Comey gave a speech at the Brookings Institute about the “Going Dark” problem, and the challenge of balancing privacy and security in the digital age.

In response, MuckRock user Joseph Uchill requested records about how the Bureau specifically planned to address this issue and any potential consequences that might result. Two years later, he got his response: hundreds of pages of talking points, withheld in their entirety.

Alarmingly, the vast majority of exemptions cited appear to be b(5) - the dreaded “withhold it because you want to exemption” whose name has become synonymous in the FOIA community for dubious and gratuitous redactions.

The fact that the Bureau would argue that hundreds of pages of talking points - which are specifically created for the purpose of communicating with the public - are inter-agency communications and should be exempted in their entirety at best beggars belief, and at worst raises serious concerns about the Bureau’s approach to oversight on an extremely sensitive issue.
Also, why break it into 31 separate sections if you’re just going to redact the whole thing? That’s just silly.
The “release” letter is embedded below, and the rest can be read on the request page: ... s-was-just

The $2 billion search for a new FBI headquarters was just called off
South China Morning Post
The government is cancelling its decade-long search for a new FBI headquarters, The Washington Post reported, forcing the agency to stay at its deteriorating ...

The Johnsons allege that their son was attacked by at least three students on Jan. 10, 2013, and suffered a fatal injury. They contend the students and others tried to hide their son’s body, failed to render aid to him and didn’t notify school authorities.

The school superintendent, then-sheriff and an FBI agent who is father of two of the alleged student attackers then devised a plan to cover up the “true cause of death” and involvement of those involved, Johnson’s parents allege.

Johnson’s parents contend the plan included rolling up the teen’s body in a gym mat so it would be discovered inside the Lowndes High School gym Jan. 11, 2013, by two of the superintendent’s daughters, who were students at the school.

They allege law enforcement failed to follow appropriate investigative procedures, that the coroner wasn’t notified until six hours after the body was discovered, and appropriate action wasn’t taken to preserve evidence contained in their son’s remains.

About six months after Kendrick Johnson’s death, his parents exhumed his body for a second autopsy, which they contend determined his death to have been caused by “blunt force trauma” from an injury “non-accidental in nature.”

The GBI rejected an offer to review the findings of the forensic pathologist who conducted the second exam, the Johnsons contend.

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July 10, 2017
FBI tried to fact check Norman Mailer’s factoids about their role in Marilyn Monroe’s death
Bureau considered setting the record straight - until they discovered Mailer was just making stuff up

FBI files released to Connor Skelding reveal that the Bureau was sufficiently alarmed about author Norman Mailer’s accusations about their role in Marilyn Monroe’s death, leading them to investigate if they had, in fact, wiretapped the actress phone.

The incident, near the end of Mailer’s sizable file, began in 1973, when the former agent in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles office, William Simon, received a call from Lloyd Shearer, the editor of Parade. Shearer had received an advance copy of Mailer’s upcoming book, which contained some fairly salacious gossip regarding the Bureau and the Blonde Bombshell.

Simon’s response was a pretty unequivocal “I have no idea what you’re talking about.”

While it’s unclear how believable Shearer found Simon’s protestations of innocence, the Bureau apparently found the charges alarming enough to inquire if they did actually know what Shearer was talking about.

While the investigation did confirm the existence of rumors surrounding Monroe and Robert Kennedy, there wasn’t anything to back up the “seizing of phone records” thing. Exonerated in their own eyes, the FBI debated internally whether it was worth getting Mailer to remove the offending passages.

The Bureau’s attitude changed completely, however, when they actually got ahold of an advance copy.

Mailer had apparently taken some of the more lurid theories surrounding Monroe’s death and ran with them, positing a joint CIA-FBI murder plot as retaliation against the Kennedys for being mad at them for bungling the Bay of Pigs invasion.

Mailer’s proof? “Writer’s instinct.”

Also included was the allegation of the Bureau monitoring Monroe’s phone calls, which was somewhat underwhelming alongside “joint CIA-FBI murder plot.”

The FBI, releasing the futility of fact-checking someone who was openly challenging the very concept of truth …

and who would no doubt capitalize on the controversy, decided to just let the matter rest here.

What’s the takeaway here? If you’re going to lie about the FBI, make it big. Read the file embedded below, or on the request page.
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North Georgia FBI agent pleads guilty to disclosing confidential information

July 14th, 2017

An FBI agent who ran a "To Catch a Predator"-style task force in North Georgia pleaded guilty Thursday to disclosing confidential information.

According to a release from the U.S. Department of Justice, Special Agent Ken Hillman let Emerson Russell and his wife, Angela, observe agents chatting undercover with potential child predators. He also let them ride along for meet ups and arrests of the task force's targets.

In addition, Hillman let Angela Russell chat with suspects on an FBI laptop, as if she were an agent herself.

The Northwest Georgia Internet Crime and Child Exploitation Task Force, spearheaded by Hillman, also consisted of officers from multiple local agencies, including the Catoosa County Sheriff's Office. The investigators would post on websites like Craigslist or, pretending to be fathers and uncles willing to pawn off children for sex.

The task force disbanded after Hillman's relationship with Angela Russell became public in February 2013. According to an internal Ringgold police investigation, Officer Tom Evans stopped Hillman and Angela Russell in the parking lot of a local bar, after the staff called 911 to report a couple that might be driving away drunk.

According to the investigation, the officer drove them to an apartment in the Chattanooga area. The officer also said that Hillman told him he was having an affair with Angela Russell. Emerson Russell later said he watched his estranged wife chat with the task force's targets while they were still together. ... ainst.html

Family of Temple professor joins lawsuit against FBI for false arrest

Jul 14, 2017,

The family of a Temple University professor who was falsely accused of being a Chinese spy is joining his civil rights lawsuit against the FBI.

Xiaoxing Xi was chair of the physics department at the North Philadelphia university in May of 2015 when the FBI arrested him during a raid at his Penn Valley home, accusing the renowned expert in superconductivity of selling U.S. defense technology to China.

Xiaoxing Xi is the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Physics at Temple University.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia dropped the charges four months later after Xi, a naturalized citizen who was born in China, was able to prove to investigators he did not share or discuss restricted technology in emails with his contacts in China and was just collaborating with other academics.

In May of this year, the 57-year-old professor filed a civil rights lawsuit against an FBI agent who Xi claims fabricated evidence and pursued charges against him despite knowing he did not engage in illegal activity. It also alleges that the charges were motivated by Xi's Chinese ethnicity and is the latest in a string of discriminatory accusations against Asian-American scientists.

Xi's family's now joined the lawsuit, alleging the search of their home and seizure of property was illegal.

"We saw him get dragged away. After that, we were kind of at a loss of words," Xi's daughter Joyce Xi told Newsworks in 2015. "It was hard to sleep. It was hard to concentrate. It was hard to do any work." She also said agents pointed guns at the family as they walked down the stairs of their house.

Other Asian-American advocacy groups are backing Xi's suit, according to a recent announcement. They argue Xi's case is in line with at least three others in which Asian-American scientists were charged by the FBI but later saw those charges dropped.

"Professor Xi’s prosecution is indeed part of a disturbing string of recent cases in which Chinese Americans have been accused by the federal government of spying for China, only to have those charges later dropped with no explanation, no apology and no accountability," Executive Director of Chinese for Affirmative Action Vincent Pan said in a statement.

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Teens graduate from FBI "Future Agents In Training" Program

Future FBI agents in training

It's Graduation Day for Future Agents in Training for the FBI.

Michaela MacDonald, WHAS 6:21 PM. EDT July 14 2017
LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) -- School may be out for summer, but for this group of teens it has been a week full of learning in the FBI's Future Agents in Training Program.

"We had them visit our FBI office, we talked to them about our SWAT program, about our evidence response team, but we also talked to them about our investigations, our cyber investigations, all the things we do, counter terrorism, counter intelligence, white collar crime, violent crime, transnational organized crime," said Amy Hess, FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Louisville office.

These 18 students graduated from the program held at the Chestnut Street YMCA in front of their families Friday afternoon. A celebration to culminate a week of expanding their horizons from developing leadership skills to learning CPR to meeting a bomb technician.

"We got to see the bomb technician, which personally I think is really good because that is kind of what I want to do, technician stuff, so it was a great experience all around," said Dakota O'Bannon.

O'Bannon says this experience reaffirmed her interest in being an evidence technician.

"I was kind of hesitant because I want to go into law enforcement, but I didn't know which path to take and when we went to the FBI building they told us that there is a lot of support behind and agent, so I was hoping that I could fall into the support group and just, find my way there," said O'Bannon. ... /456839514

St. Louis-area lawyer nominated for US attorney post

LOUIS - A former FBI agent and federal prosecutor may be the next U.S. ... Jensen worked as a certified public accountant before joining the FBI in 1989. ... the-lambs/

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FBI's 'G-Man' Image: From Comic Books To 'The X-Files' And 'The ...
WBHM (press release)
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Hiring another swamp creature for the FBI
American Thinker
Christopher Wray, President Donald Trump's FBI director nominee, seems a ... the federal government's top law enforcement agent didn't know the law (or was ... ... 80fa9.html

Hawaii soldier thought US government behind Sept. 11 attacks

Defense bill calls climate change a national security threat

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State Department spent more than $15,000 for rooms at new Trump hotel in Vancouver

By Amy Brittain July 12
The State Department spent more than $15,000 to book 19 rooms at the new Trump hotel in Vancouver when members of President Trump’s family headlined the grand opening of the tower in late February.

The hotel bookings — which were released to The Washington Post under a Freedom of Information Act request — reflect the first evidence of State Department expenditures at a Trump-branded property since President Trump took office in January. ... 0750-story

After 30 years, 'White Boy' Rick Wershe could be paroled Friday
Fox 2 Detroit
Wershe worked as an informant for Detroit police and the FBI while selling crack ... with the FBI going on now 46 years," said Gregg Schwarz, retired FBI agent. ... 66733.html

FBI's dark web sting activity in SC prison mail bomb plot kept secret ...
The State-
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FBI agents upgrade their ability to make explosive devices

FBI trains with Ellsworth EOD Airmen
DVIDS (press release)
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Betty Shelby, cop who fatally shot unarmed black Terence Crutcher, resigns from Tulsa police department
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Inequality and Opportunity in America
Under siege by liberals: the town where everyone owns a gun
Nucla, Colorado, was founded by socialists before becoming a mining town. Now, as wealthy liberals with different values encroach, the town is fighting for its economic survival
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Judge tosses conviction of female protester who laughed during Jeff Sessions' Senate hearing
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Friday, July 14, 2017, 12:11 PM ... up-n782356

JUL 12 2017, 11:42 PM ET

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Criticized for Speaking to ‘Hate Group’

Democrats and LGBT groups assailed Attorney General Jeff Sessions for an off-camera, closed-door speech Tuesday to an organization designated as a "hate group" by a prominent civil rights watchdog.

As announced on his public schedule, Sessions addressed a crowd at the Alliance Defending Freedom’s Summit on Religious Liberty in Orange County, California.

As the news of the scheduled speech traveled, nonprofit advocacy groups and Democrats issued statements asking why the head of the U.S. Justice Department was speaking at a summit put on by the ADF, designated a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2016.

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“You can judge a person by the company they keep and tonight — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is choosing to spend his time speaking in front of one of the country’s leading anti-LGBTQ hate groups,” Democratic National Committee spokesman Joel Kasnetz wrote in a statement emailed to NBC News. “Sessions’ appearance at this event, as the top law enforcement official in the country, brings into question whether the attorney general intends to protect all Americans.”

"The nation’s top lawyer rallying with an anti-LGBTQ hate group? Outrageous," the Human Rights Campaign said in a blog post Wednesday.

NBC News asked the Justice Department for comment on the public outcry but did not receive a response. An additional request for comment sent to Alliance Defending Freedom did not receive a reply.

ADF is essentially a powerhouse Christian law firm, defending clients like Masterpiece Cakeshop, the bakery taking its refusal to make a same-sex wedding cake all the way to the Supreme Court. But with millions in its war chest, ADF does more than just litigate: The firm wrote model legislation called the Student Physical Privacy Act that built a foundation for dozens of proposals and policies around the country that are frequently referred to as “bathroom bills.” ADF’s model legislation, and the national trend that stems from it, is aimed at keeping transgender people out of restrooms and other private facilities that correspond to their gender identity and presentation.

Related: Gay Rights Group Launches $26M Campaign Ahead of Midterms

Founded in 1994, the Alliance Defending Freedom was a coalition effort between conservative Christian leaders aiming to preserve traditional social norms, restrict access to abortion and fight the “homosexual agenda.” Much of the firm’s early work came in the form of court briefs urging states to keep anti-gay sodomy laws on the books and in fighting attempts to legalize same-sex marriage. After Massachusetts legalized gay marriage in 2003, ADF issued an official statement deriding the “radical homosexual” state policy.

"Radical homosexual activists have made their intentions clear – ‘couples’ will now converge on Massachusetts, ‘marry,’ and return to their respective states and file lawsuits to challenge Defense of Marriage Acts (DOMAs) and try to force the states to recognize their ‘marriages.’ We are disappointed but we’re going to continue the fight state by state,” longtime ADF president Alan Sears wrote at the time.

The list of anti-LGBTQ remarks by ADF co-founders is long; James C. Dobson wrote an entire book about the gay “culture war” in 2004’s “Marriage Under Fire.” But after a Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges made same-sex marriage legal across America, ADF pivoted away from a now-futile fight and toward a new goal: keeping transgender people out of bathrooms.

Related: Lesbian's Workplace Discrimination Case May Be Headed to Supreme Court

In April, ADF attorney Kellie Fiedorek disputed the idea that the firm’s model legislation — and general motivation — is anti-LGBTQ or harmful to the rights of transgender people.

"The bills protecting privacy are simply ensuring that when it comes to intimate facilities, they are simply limiting them to biological sex. We all have a right to privacy," Fiedorek said. "Even if you believe you are a man, a woman shouldn’t have to undress in front of you."

In response to ADF being designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Fiedorek said the latter was “increasingly irrelevant” and “extreme,” saying ADF was the world’s “largest religious freedom legal advocacy organization.”

SPLC’s Heidi Beirich, though, told NBC News in April her organization doesn’t recklessly toss around the hate group label and had good reason to classify ADF as such a group.

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Colombia producing more cocaine than ever before, UN figures show
About 866 tonnes of cocaine were produced in 2016, new report suggests
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Women's March leads hundreds in gun control protest at NRA headquarters
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Rinat Akhmetshin, lobbyist at Trump Jr. meeting, has been trying to repeal a major sanctions bill
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KING: Bernie Sanders would make a great third-party candidate — under a reformed Electoral College system
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Security mistakes prompt changes to Georgia election system

JULY 14, 2017 — 5:00P
ATLANTA — Georgia's top elections official announced Friday that his office plans to take over managing the state's elections technology after major security mistakes were discovered at the center that has done the work for 15 years.

The planned change by Secretary of State Brian Kemp follows media reports that cybersecurity experts discovered the state's 6.7 million voter records and other sensitive files had been left exposed for months on the public website of the Center for Election Systems. The researchers raised an alarm in March, prompting an FBI investigation and revealing still more problems. ... story.html

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