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Postby fruhmenschen » Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:03 pm

College teams: Don't use the police to tell kids they got a scholarship

https://www.wral.com/nc-investigator-pi ... /18126452/

NC investigator pinged feds over 2018 election concerns

College teams: Don't use the police to tell kids they got a scholarship

https://komonews.com/news/nation-world/ ... it-for-23m

Mother settles wrongful death police shooting suit for $2.3M

https://www.nj.com/news/2019/01/attorne ... force.html

Attorney general begins nationwide search to reform how N.J. tracks police use of force
Updated Jan 15, 5:33 PM; Posted Jan 15, 5:33 PM

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/worl ... 29876.html

Men in police uniforms ‘massacre’ unarmed civilians in Haiti
'They were shooting and I was running to save my life'

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/14/nyre ... lance.html

Did the Police Spy on Black Lives Matter Protesters? The Answer May Soon Come Out

https://www.rt.com/usa/448905-dea-agent ... aundering/

'One of the biggest black eyes in DEA history': Star agent made millions off drug traffickers
Published time: 16 Jan, 2019 02:37
Edited time: 16 Jan, 2019 02:48

http://www.deadlinedetroit.com/articles ... ed_4_hours

Lengel: 34 Years Ago My Interview With Coleman Young Lasted 4 Hours

January 15, 2019, 9:57 PM by Allan Lengel

https://www.latimes.com/world/la-na-el- ... uratedpage

Former Mexican president took $100-million 'El Chapo' bribe, witness says
JAN 15, 2019 | 7:10 PM

https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la- ... story.html
LAPD deploys controversial drone for the first time
JAN 15, 2019 | 8:10 PM

https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la- ... story.html
LAPD detective accuses fellow officer of physical abuse and sharing explicit photos
JAN 15, 2019 | 5:05 PM

https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la- ... story.html
L.A. County sheriff reinstates deputy fired over domestic abuse and stalking allegations
https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny ... story.html
Victim in upcoming cop rape trial accuses prosecutors of 'corruption'
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Postby fruhmenschen » Tue Jan 29, 2019 6:37 pm

Jesse Trentadue


https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions ... cad6db9079

The Trump administration gave up on federal oversight of police agencies — just as it was starting to work

https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/ ... 688490002/

Detroit police commander suspected of driving while intoxicated

Dejanay Booth, Detroit Free PressPublished 5:33 p.m. ET Jan. 26, 2019 | Updated 4:4

https://www.alternet.org/2019/01/the-il ... t-us-9-11/

The illegal CIA operation that brought us 9/11

written by Robert Scheer / Truthdig January 27, 2019

Was it conspiracy or idiocy that led to the failure of U.S. intelligence

https://www.nj.com/expo/news/g66l-2019/ ... -2018.html


These 14 people were killed by New Jersey police in 2018

By Matt Gray | For NJ.com | Posted January 27, 2019 at 07:45 AM | Updated January 27, 2019 at 09:41 AM


Davis Senior High School: Home Page

· Juniors interested in learning what it's like to be an FBI agent can apply for the Spring Sacramento FBI Teen Academy held on Friday, April 12 at the FBI headquarters in Roseville. At the academy, students will learn ...

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Federal Court Refused To Unseal Documents Justifying FBI Raid On Reported Clinton Foundation Whistleblower - Conservative Daily ...

31 minutes ago · A federal court refused to unseal government documents that permitted the FBI to raid the home of a ... Cain informed the lead FBI agent that he was a protected whistleblower, but the raid commenced ...



2:00 PM 01/27/2019 | OPINION

Kenneth Strange | Former FBI Special Agent

https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny ... story.html

NYPD cop who shot himself in the head has died

https://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/ar ... 270544.php

California opens some police misconduct records to public view

https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/edi ... 156363.php

Editorial: California can’t afford to pass up police reform

Chronicle Editorial Board Aug. 14, 2018 Updated: Aug. 14, 2018 5:45 p.m.

https://www.sfchronicle.com/crime/artic ... 560373.php

Contra Costa County police unions ask judge to block release of police misconduct records

Megan Cassidy Jan. 24, 2019

https://www.pressherald.com/2019/01/25/ ... -shooting/

NATION & WORLD Posted Yesterday at 10:08 PM Updated at 12:27 AM


St. Louis officer killed in apparent Russian roulette shooting

Another officer is charged after apparently pointing a revolver loaded with a single round at 24-year-old Katlyn Alix's chest and pulling the trigger.

https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny ... story.html

Detective in NYPD's Crime Stoppers unit pleads guilty to bank fraud



JAN 25, 2019 | 5:45 PM

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/201 ... fa-protest

How a California police officer protected neo-Nazis and targeted their victims

Court hearings reveal investigator in stabbings of leftwing protesters pursued criminal cases against anti-fascists but advocated no charges for armed white supremacists

The testimony of a California police officer leading the inquiry into a series of stabbings at a neo-Nazi rally indicated that he targeted leftwing activists and victims rather than focusing his investigation on armed white supremacists.

The officer, Donovan Ayres, 12-year-veteran of the California highway patrol, admitted he pursued information on the political affiliations and online activity of leftwing activists and victims. He testified Tuesday as a key witness in the state’s ongoing case against three anti-fascist activists charged with assault and “rioting” during a bra

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Subject: Updated JFK Conference Information - April 4th - 8th - Olney Central College

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Ernest Withers: Undercover Agent for FBI or Forced to be a Spy?

https://lasentinel.net/ernest-withers-u ... a-spy.html

Ernest Withers: Undercover Agent for FBI or Forced to be a Spy?

https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny ... story.html

Ex-NYPD detective and prosecutor will testify at trial challenging murder convictions



JAN 24,

https://local12.com/news/local/3-member ... stigations

3 members of Wilmington Police Department on leave amid multiple investigations

https://www.nydailynews.com/news/nation ... story.html

Ph.D. student tackled by cops for 'stealing' own car settles lawsuit for $1.25 million


JAN 23, 2019 | 8:55 PM

https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la- ... story.html

'Stop-and-frisk in a car:' Elite LAPD unit disproportionately stopped black drivers, data show


JAN 24, 2019 | 11:05 AM

https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la- ... story.html

O.C. sheriff’s deputy used excessive force when he shot man, stomped on his head, jury rules


JAN 24, 2019 | 12:05 PM

https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny ... story.html

Disgraced NYPD lieutenant reveals what he says was special treatment for Trump and other VIPs looking to get gun permits



https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny ... story.html

Brooklyn real estate agent allegedly brokered gun permits known as 'a de Blasio special' in corrupt NYPD License Division



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Postby fruhmenschen » Wed Feb 06, 2019 5:54 pm

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KING: Louisiana police chief charging people with a felony hate crime, punishable by 10 years in prison, if they resist arrest


JAN 25, 2017 | 11:04 AM 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions ... 7d74ca286c

Multiple D.C. police officers have abused underage girls. Where’s the accountability?

https://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/ ... story.html
LAPD employee charged with murdering his wife and son


FEB 01, 2019 | 6:28 PM 

https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la- ... story.html

Dozens of CHP officers suspected of faking overtime are temporarily relieved of duty
The investigation found evidence that officers exaggerated the number of hours they worked in protection details for Caltrans workers doing freeway maintenance.

https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny ... story.html

Bombshell report says NYPD's disciplinary process is secretive, 'susceptible to pressure'



https://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/ ... story.html
St. Louis police officer allegedly 'consumed alcohol' before killing fellow cop in game of Russian Roulette


FEB 01, 2019 | 10:20 AM 

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/201 ... california
Revealed: FBI investigated civil rights group as 'terrorism' threat and viewed KKK as victims

Bureau spied on California activists, citing potential ‘conspiracy’ against the ‘rights’ of neo-Nazis
https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny ... story.html
Off-duty NYPD officer beat man bloody in bar brawl, then lied - prosecutors


JAN 31, 2019 | 10
Crooked lieutenant who blew whistle on favors in NYPD License Division sentenced to 18 months



https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la- ... story.html
Sheriff Alex Villanueva has harsh criticism for predecessor's jail reform efforts

https://www.sfchronicle.com/crime/artic ... 578919.php

Multiple Fairfield police officers disciplined for sexual advances, records show

Megan Cassidy Jan. 31, 2019 Updated: Jan. 31, 2019 5:22 p.m.

Three Fairfield police officers engaged in sexual misconduct with members of the public. Four others had sustained findings of dishonesty — they withheld evidence, committed forgery or falsified reports. And several other officers used a level of force that broke bones, required surgeries and killed two people.
These are the findings of more than two decades of internal investigations recently unsealed by the Fairfield Police Department.

https://www.courthousenews.com/federal- ... e-reforms/

Federal Judge Green-Lights Chicago Police Reforms 
January 31, 2019

https://www.muckrock.com/foi/rhode-isla ... ice-61897/

law enforcement trip to israel (Rhode Island State Police)
Leila Young sent this request to the Rhode Island State Police of Rhode Island

https://www.courthousenews.com/judge-ad ... -mans-dog/

Judge Advances Case Against Cops Who Killed Man’s Dog 
January 30, 2019

https://www.courthousenews.com/attorney ... nt-rights/

Judge Advances Protesters’ Free Speech Lawsuit Against San Diego Police 
January 30, 2019

https://www.wbaltv.com/article/taneytow ... t/26099842

Taneytown police chief resigns after the FBI executes search warrant at department


The FBI invented a fictitious "abortion extremist" movement, then warned local cops about potential acts of domestic terror from it

http://baltimorepostexaminer.com/if-you ... 2019/01/31

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If you want to learn about the FBI’s investigation of the Las Vegas Massacre you will have to pay $3,000 and travel to California

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/ ... 604929002/
Why an ex-FBI agent decided to break through the blue wall of silence
Philip Hayden, Opinion contributorPublished 12:28 p.m. ET Jan. 31, 2019 | Updated 12:30 p.m. ET Jan. 31, 2019

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/c ... 71155.html

'All we are asking for is a fair trial' - Molly and FBI agent Tom Martens' murder appeal begins

https://www.theepochtimes.com/testimony ... 86159.html

Bill Priestap, then-Assistant Director of the FBI's Counterintelligence Division, testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Dec. 12, 2018. (Jennifer Zeng/The Epoch Times)
Testimony Reveals FBI Official in Charge of Clinton, Trump Probes Was Excluded From Key Meetings, Decisions
Closed-door testimony by former head of counterintelligence Bill Priestap reveals handpicked group ran the investigations outside of his control
January 31, 2019 Updated: January 31, 2019

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/reps-j ... one-arrest
Reps. Jordan and Meadows join call for FBI to explain show of force in Roger Stone arrest

https://whowhatwhy.org/2019/01/19/kenne ... en-probes/


https://whowhatwhy.org/2019/01/11/georg ... echnology/


https://journaltimes.com/news/local/cri ... a0116.html

RPD sergeant to plead 'not guilty' to criminal OWI, hit-run charges

http://www.canoncitydailyrecord.com/opi ... nly-member

Cañon City Police Chief: Kevin Easter only member of department accused

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/30/us/r ... lling.html

St. Louis Prosecutor Accuses Police of Obstructing Inquiry Into Killing of Officer

https://www.washingtonpost.com/crime-la ... 93477bff28

New Orleans police pioneer new way to stop misconduct, remove ‘blue wall of silence’

https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/01/29/ ... g-reports/

Rio Vista: Two cops fired from tiny department over bad arrests, use of force, falsifying reports
Records released under California’s new police transparency law show two officers in a tiny delta department made bad arrests, tampered with reports and in one case, placed a man in a deadly chokehold that wasn’t necessary

https://www.kpbs.org/news/2019/jan/30/e ... o-vista-p/

Excessive Force, False Reports Detailed In Rio Vista Police Misconduct Files
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Sukey Lewis, Nadine Sebai, Alex Emslie and Thomas Peele/Bay Area News Group

https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/lo ... 538282002/

Officer involved in 1st Arizona police shooting of 2019 has history of misconduct
Perry Vandell and Uriel J. Garcia, Arizona RepublicPublished 6:00 a.m. MT Jan. 30, 2019

https://www.sltrib.com/news/2019/01/30/ ... ah-police/

Cops who take drugs, have sex on the job or commit domestic violence face less punishment in Utah than in other states, audit finds

https://www.policeone.com/officer-misco ... -officers/

Fla. police review board will try to walk thin line between critics and officers
The board will be made up of 11 volunteer civilians appointed by the mayor and city council

https://www.tcpalm.com/story/news/local ... 716734002/

Fla. ex-sheriff challenges suspension over Parkland shooting

https://www.nbc-2.com/story/39874997/fl ... ing-attack

Florida deputy shoots K-9 during attack - NBC2 News
NBC-2.com › story › florida-deputy-sho...

18 hours ago · LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a Florida deputy shot and killed a K-9 that attacked him while he was feeding the dog. The Ledger reports that the attack and shooting occurred Monday night.

https://www.policeone.com/investigation ... -of-Valor/

Jury rules against Calif. LEO in OIS that earned him Medal of Valor
A jury found that the LEO used "non-lethal excessive force" against a knife-wielding man who attacked a fellow officer

https://www.intellihub.com/stephen-padd ... r-the-fbi/

https://worldtruth.tv/feds-scramble-as- ... mployment/

Feds Scramble As Vegas Shooter’s Girlfriend Reportedly Listed FBI As Place of Employment
A bombshell revelation in regard to the massacre that took place last October in Las Vegas has surfaced this week, suggesting that Stephan Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley could’ve been an FBI asset. According to a credit application, 

https://www.policeone.com/active-shoote ... killed-58/

FBI finds no specific motive in Vegas attack that killed 58

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/rankin ... one-arrest
Ranking Judiciary Committee Republican wants FBI to explain use of force in Stone arrest

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190 ... home.shtml

More Than Two Years After It Took Them, The FBI Still Won't Return Family Videos Seized During A Raid Of A Security Researcher's Home

Legal Issues
from the making-life-miserable-for-citizens-just-because dept
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Postby fruhmenschen » Tue Feb 12, 2019 4:50 pm

https://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/ ... story.html
Two strippers accused of stealing police officer's gun say he paid them $2,500 for sex


FEB 10, 2019 | 1:45 PM 

https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la- ... story.html

Police must release shooting records

https://cdn.muckrock.com/foia_files/201 ... 195761.pdf

FBI Drone Program

https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la- ... story.html
Authorities arrest Customs and Border Protection officer suspected of selling guns without license


FEB 06, 2019 | 10:15 PM 

https://www.denverpost.com/2019/02/05/d ... ournalist/

Denver officers disciplined for handcuffing journalist photographing arrest
Susan Greene was filming officers last July when they took her phone and put her in handcuffs

https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny ... story.html
Lawyers for two former detectives accused of rape in Brooklyn say victim lied in deposition


FEB 06, 2019

https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny ... story.html
NYPD demands Google stop revealing DWI checkpoint locations on its Waze app


FEB 06, 
https://www.nydailynews.com/news/nation ... story.html
Two Detroit police officers suspended after 'racially insensitive' comments during traffic stop


FEB 06, 2019 | 5:50 PM 

https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la- ... story.html

As pepper-spray use surges, auditors advise a ban at L.A. County juvenile facilities


FEB 05, 2019 | 5:00 PM 

http://www.fox8live.com/2019/02/04/tria ... -mistrial/

Trial of former DEA agent Chad Scott ends in mistrial

https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny ... story.html
An early-morning raid, a question about tactics and another allegation against a much-sued cop


FEB 05, 2019 | 


Assassinations and suspicious deaths

https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2019/02/0 ... dan-depew/

The Fatal Ensnaring of Dan DePew
Laura Kipnis

https://www.nme.com/news/music/new-inve ... ed-2443672

New investigation suggests James Brown might have been murdered


Feb 5, 2019 7:21 pm

Read more at https://www.nme.com/news/music/new-inve ... bv0OyyX.99

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states ... estigation

Ex-FBI Agent Is Out in Flint Water Investigation
The former head of the FBI in Detroit has been removed from the state's Flint water criminal investigation.

Feb. 5, 2019, at 4:43 p.m. 


https://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/fbi-s ... -1-8796910

FBI spy’s emails ‘warned Omagh was target for bombers’ 

Read more at: https://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/fbi-s ... -1-8796910

https://www.boston.com/news/national-ne ... oeb-aliens

Harvard’s top astronomer says an alien ship may be among us — and he doesn’t care what his colleagues think
"It changes your perception on reality, just knowing that we're not alone," Avi Loeb said.

https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la- ... story.html

Vallejo officer on leave after video shows him pulling a gun, detaining a man filming him

https://www.denverpost.com/2019/02/04/m ... t-lawsuit/

Bystander paralyzed in deadly Colorado Springs shootout sues law enforcement agencies, estate of slain Deputy Micah Flick
Thomas Villanueva’s lawsuit alleges poor training led to his injuries, 2 deaths in officer-involved shootout

https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny ... story.html
NYPD cops forced to pump breast milk in bathrooms, cars, filthy locker rooms - lawsuit


FEB 05, 2019 | 10:27 AM 

https://www.nydailynews.com/news/nation ... story.html

Cop justified in fatal shooting of Emantic Bradford Jr. at Alabama mall, state official says


FEB 05, 2019 | 1:20 PM 

https://www.nydailynews.com/news/nation ... story.html
Man's leg catches fire after being hit by police stun gun outside Philadelphia cheesesteak shop



https://www.nydailynews.com/news/photos ... llery.html
A look back at the fatal shooting of Amadou Diallo

https://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/ ... story.html
Two Colorado deputies charged with manslaughter after drunk man died following transport to addiction center


FEB 04, 2019 | 6:25 PM 

https://theintercept.com/2019/01/31/arr ... f-justice/
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Postby fruhmenschen » Tue Jul 02, 2019 9:29 am

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Subject: Freedom of Information Act Request: FOIA - The Spook Who Sat by the Door (Federal Bureau of Investigation)


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

All records relating to or mentioning the 1973 action crime–drama film The Spook Who Sat by the Door (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Spook ... Door_(film) )

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


J Ader

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Subject: eFOIPA Authorization Request


You have successfully requested access to FBI's eFOIPA website.

Please access the efoia.fbi.gov by following this temporary authorization url:


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Subject: eFOIA files available


There are eFOIA files available for you to download.


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Human kindness foundation

https://peopleslawoffice.com/pressure-m ... -memorial/

Pressure Mounts for Mayor Lori Lightfoot to Fund Torture Justice Memorial.

For over a quarter century the People’s Law Office has helped expose and represent people tortured under former police Cmdr. Jon Burge. Recently, the artist and activist-led collective, Chicago Torture Justice Memorials (CTJM) selected a design for a public memorial to honor the Burge torture survivors. The memorial is called Breath, Form & Freedom. It was designed by Chicago artists Patricia Nguyen and architectural designer John Lee.

“Breath, Form and Freedom” is a 1600 square foot structure with a winding hallway that is twelve feet wide and features the names and dates of survivors tortured by Jon Burge and his police in his Midnight crew. Click here to read more about the memorial and the process of choosing it.

While most of the historic reparations legislation package has been implemented Mayor Rahm Emanuel refused to provide funding for the public memorial. Now CTJM is calling on Mayor Lori Lightfoot to fund the construction of the memorial.

In an article published by the Chicago Tribune today, People’s Law Office attorney and co-founder of CTJM, Joey Mogul said “There is no better way in my opinion to name racism … than the city of Chicago building a memorial about these racially motivated police torture cases.” You can read the entire article here.



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A friend Ron Payne has died.....

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/05/24 ... -presente/

RIP Vermont Revolutionary Roz Payne

Posted on: 22 May 2019

We brought Roz to speak at Bates College for our 5th Annual Conference Investigating Crimes Committed by FBI agents held during the 1990’s where she exhibited her drawings done by FBI agents

that were used to create create discord between civil rights groups. She got the drawings from the FBI in response to her FOIA request to the FBI for their Black Panther files. See. http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/html/tamwag/tam_612/

More recently I stayed over at her home on my way to interview Dick Gregory who was speaking in Lake Placid at the homestead of John Brown commemorating the anniversary of Brown’s birth.

Roz gave me a copy of her Black Panther DVD collection to pass onto Dick Gregory.

Anyone blessed enough to be in Roz Payne’s prescence got elevated to a higher consciousness....

Bin Voyage my friend

https://www.madcowprod.com/2019/06/05/f ... ald-trump/

From Barry Seal to Donald Trump

By Daniel Hopsicker -

June 5, 2019

This is a story about ‘connections,’ elite deviance and the CIA. More specifically, Donald Trump’s connections, a word which has a long history of usage in organized crime.

As in, ‘He’s connected.’

A member of the Mafia is known as a ‘made guy.’ Someone who’s ‘connected’ has been vouched for by a ‘made guy,’ who typically refers to him as “a friend of mine.”

https://www.madcowprod.com/2019/06/21/h ... rug-busts/

‘Highly mysterious’ China company owned both container ships in Philly Port drug busts

By Daniel Hopsicker -

June 21, 2019


Saturday, May 18, 2019

NIH: Informed consent "NEEDED" for "most vaccines", AND PATIENTS HAVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE

Skip navigation

https://medlineplus.gov/ency/patientins ... 000445.htm

While the legislature has gone mad, fueled by fake news and Pharma largesse, forgotten are our minimum, legal standards that guarantee informed consent and prevent US patients from being forced to comply with vaccinations and other medical procedures.

Interestingly, the NIH has not forgotten we have this right.
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Postby fruhmenschen » Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:05 am

https://www.dailydot.com/layer8/jeffrey ... spiracies/

Epstein got a light sentence for his 2008 guilty plea to soliciting sex from a minor because he became an FBI informant

https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny ... story.html

SEE IT: NYPD officer kneels on man’s head, waves gun at onlookers during Brooklyn arrest


JUL 08, 2019 | 12:17 PM

https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny ... story.html

Off-duty cop pleads guilty to assault after attacking men at Staten Island bar over beer pong game


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NYPD detective arrested for perjury in April hit with two more charges of lying


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Police officer fired when money goes missing from a murder victim’s wallet


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Young Maine hacker shows off skills
11-year-old Old Orchard Beach girl hacks replica election results page in under 11 minutes

Updated: 6:51 PM EDT Aug 17, 2018

Steve Bottari

She's not yet old enough to vote, but Audrey Jones has already hacked her way into a replica of an election results page.

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Aug 17, 2018

The 11-year-old from Old Orchard Beach did so with a group of other tech-savvy kids at DEFCON in Las Vegas, the world's largest conference for hackers.
It took Audrey Jones about 11 minutes.
Once in, she could change votes, name

Kids as young as 7 hack into election systems at DEFCON event
Hacking convention shows vulnerabilities still exist three months before Election Day
Aug 16,2018

in key battleground states from 2016; pages built, organizers say, using actual vulnerabilities previously reported.
Yonatan Lensky, an 11 year-old from Nashua, New Hampshire, who won the award for his age group for "social engineering," was asked if the hack was pretty easy.
"Yeah," he quickly responded, while peering over a laptop computer and wearing small Ray Ban glasses. To prove it, Lensky made it appear as if a journalist won the election -- with 87 billion votes.
Bianca Lewis, an 11 year-old from New Jersey, was asked for her message to the American people. Looking directly at the camera and using a raised v

Jake Braun, the CEO of Cambridge Global Advisors, helped organize the Vote Hacking Village at this year's DEFCON, the world's largest convention of hackers. Over the course of three days, hundreds of them scanned, manipulated and sabotaged nine different types of actual voting equipment.
"This is not make believe," he said during interview in Las Vegas. "This is stuff that's actually happened."
Brad Evans, a hacker who tried to exploit one of the pieces of voting equipment at DEFCON, said that he was doing so because, "I want to help secure these things."
Among the flaws hackers at DEFCON say they found:
* A voting scanner and tabulator -- still used in up to 24 states, according to the group Verified Voting -- with no password or software verification to prevent it from being overridden,
* A touchscreen voting machine that hackers reprogrammed to play music and animated clips.
* An electronic poll book machine that signs in voters on Election Day hacked in five seconds, potentially exposing "unencoded" personal information on voters.
Even though 100 local election officials came to DEFCON, the National Association of Secretaries of State, in a statement the day before the event began, criticized the hacking as a "pseudo environment" that "in no way replicates" accurate protect

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ABC News claims anti-police violence is on the rise but offers no data.

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Visits to Mass. prisoners fall sharply under new rules

By Mark Arsenault Globe Staff,July 10, 2019, 7:18 p.m.

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‘A risk to democracy’: North Carolina law may be violating secrecy of the ballot

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Some Flowers for Architect Frank Lloyd Wright: Wright and Music

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A Florida cop planted meth on random drivers, police say. One lost custody of his daughter.

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An American Communist who paid too high a price


Leo Frank

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FBI Brass Ran Up $65K World Series Tab of Freebies in Luxury Box of LA Dodgers Owners While Team Was Target of FBI Grand Jury Probe

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Students undergo FBI training at Marquette University
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Posted: Jul 10, 2019 8:24 PM CDT

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Taking down the FBI agent turned Russian spy

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Former F.B.I. Agent Is Sentenced to Prison
APMAY 20, 1996
Continue reading the main story

A former F.B.I. agent who pleaded guilty to taking kickbacks from a pepper-spray manufacturer was sentenced on Friday to two months in Federal prison.
The former agent, Thomas W. W. Ward, 49, the bureau's former chief of pepper-spray testing and research, was sentenced to two months in prison and three years' probation.
In pleading guilty to one count of accepting an unlawful gratuity, Mr. Ward admitted taking $57,500 in kickbacks from a pepper-spray manufacturer.

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Jeffrey Epstein’s Light Sentence Was Not Engineered By Robert Mueller

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Judge rules for Biddeford and its police chief in sexual abuse lawsuit
U.S. District Judge Lance Walker says Matt Lauzon 'buried his head in the sand' by not coming forward with his claims sooner.

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Kamala Harris Has a Distinguished Career of Serving Injustice

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A real cop-out: Police and the DA point fingers about a failure to require Jeffrey Epstein to check in with New York authorities


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Mayor Wheeler Defends Portland Police Bureau’s False “Cement Milkshake” Tweet

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Watchdog: DEA supervisor had 'improper personal relationship' with confidential source
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Border Patrol Chief Not Only Knew about Secret FB Page, She Posted on It
Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost.
By Steve Neavling
Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost responded with repulsion when a news agency discovered a secret Facebook group filled with racist, demeaning and sexist content.
“These posts are completely inappropriate and contrary to the honor and integrity I see — and expect — from our agents day in and day out,” Provost said in a statement after Intercept revealed the group’s vulgar messages. “An

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Gun, ammo, jacket stolen from FBI agent’s vehicle in East Oakland
Latest in series of thefts from law-enforcement vehicles

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Bay Area Cops Lost at Least 944 Guns in The Last Six Years
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Man faces federal indictment after trespassing incident at Clarksburg FBI Center

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Native Americans rally behind case alleging FBI bias

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Prosecutors Plan To Call Michael Flynn’s Son, Ex-FBI Official As Witnesses In Turkish Lobbying Trial

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Former SC police chief pleads guilty to theft of federal funds

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FBI Records Could Have Solved A Civil Rights Cold Case. Now It's Too Late

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July 9, 20195:05 AM ET

Jason Chaffetz: Battle looming over FBI surveillance abuse – Will IG report become classification cover-up?

Inspector General Horowitz reportedly nears end of probe into FISA abuse
DOJ wrapping up its investigation; reaction and analysis from Rep. John Ratcliffe

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Texas cop charged in Sandra Bland’s death pleads not guilty in court appearance as he’s greeted by two dozen protesters 
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Here Is The List Of Attackers The FBI Was Warned About But Still Failed To Stop
By Becky Loggia
Published February 17, 2018 at

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Body-cam bill is bad for public transparency

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‘Ready to protect US & its assets’: Military warns 750k+ alien hunters NOT to storm Area 51
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Online porn ‘produces the same amount of carbon emissions as all the households in France’
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July 10, 2019
A glimpse inside the FBI Investigation into Judi Bari and Earth First!
The environmental activist’s file contains fake press releases, the Bureau’s take on the Civil Rights movement, and a redacted description of The Nation magazine
Written by Julia Rock
Edited by Beryl Lipton, JPat Brown
Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney, members of the environmental organization Earth First!, were driving Bari’s car through Oakland, California one night in May 1990 when a bomb exploded in the vehicle’s backseat. The Oakland Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation were soon on the scene, arresting the pair for possessing and transporting an explosive.
The FBI’s subsequent inquiry involved an intelligence gathering operation into the politics and tactics of Earth First!, according to the agency’s file on Bari, in addition to forensic research and interviews.
At the time of the car bombing that almost killed Bari, she and Cherney were organizing the Redwood Summer, a movement to stop lumber companies from clear-cutting old-growth redwoods in Northern California. In 2002, the FBI and OPD awarded Bari and Cherney’s estate $4.4 million following a federal civil suit against the agencies, which were charged with falsely arresting Bari and Cherney and violating their rights.

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Who Bombed Judi Bari? Documentary Trailer

While the mystery of the car bombing remains unsolved, the information contained in the file reveals the scope of the FBI’s investigation into Bari as a suspect in the case. The file contains notes from searches of Bari’s home, news clippings about Earth First! activities during the Redwood Summer, and arrest reports - all standard features of such an investigation. More unusual are letters addressed to the Bureau, which recount strange and interesting theories of who the perpetrator may have been: A religious extremist calling themselves “The Lord’s Avenger,” Maxxam, the owner of Pacific Lumber, and even the OPD or FBI itself.
The most striking aspect of the file is the presence of misinformation about Earth First! and Bari in the FBI file. Lies and smear tactics were an important aspect of the campaign by Maxxam and pro-logging groups against Redwood Summer, and it is notable that the FBI retained this “intelligence” as part of its investigation.
One document, sent to the FBI from Mother’s Watch, an organization that judibari.org lists as a front for Maxxam, is likely a flyer that was distributed as part of the group’s disinformation campaigns against Earth First!
This document is almost certainly fake - Earth First! sought solidarity with loggers as a key feature of their Redwood Summer platform.
Other disinformation about Earth First! tactics were retained by the FBI. One clipping from the Earth First! Journal headlined “Eco-Kamikazes Wanted” is included in the file, although the sender and recipient of the clip are redacted.
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Postby fruhmenschen » Thu Jul 18, 2019 2:12 pm

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New Jersey homicide detective charged with murdering his 3-month-old daughter


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Oklahoma inmate jailed for nearly 30 years freed after judge rules he’s innocent in 1991 murder


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Nipsey Hussle: community outraged at 'disgusting' LAPD investigation into rapper's business
City quietly targets late entrepreneur with criminal case, and South LA residents say police are ‘attacking his legacy’

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LAPD officer charged with rape after ‘cold’ DNA match, prosecutors say

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More details released in arrest of Sagadahoc County deputy
Matthew Shiers is accused of choking his live-in girlfriend at his home in West Bath.
Deliberately hurting animal.

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Widespread, oppressive and dangerous heat to roast much of the U.S. through the weekend

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CBP Investigating 62 Border Patrol Agents Who Used Demeaning Facebook Page

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Abrupt about-face on indictment of Louisiana coastal scientist shocks legal community


A string of deaths of prominent Ferguson activists and their relatives, as well as others who were murdered in a similar fashion, has left lingering questions about the circumstances. Given the recent detainment (with no justification given) of Iranian state TV journalist Marzieh Hashemi, who was working on a documentary about the murders, it’s worth re-examining the existing cases. We couldn’t find a comprehensive list placing the cases side-by-side, so we put this together. Some of the victims were notable figures in the protest movement, while others are related tangentially or by the strange nature of their deaths.

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Subject: Freedom of Information Act Request: James W. McCord Jr.
Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:
Previously unreleased records related to James Walter McCord Jr. (died June 15, 2017). Mr. McCord served as an FBI special agent and was one of the Watergate burglars.

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FBI, DHS Book Lists the 46 Indicators of Potential Violent Extremists

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From: Mackenzie Farkus
Subject: Freedom of Information Act Request: W.I.T.C.H.

To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:
All files on or related to the feminist group W.I.T.C.H., also known as the Women's International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell. They were originally active in the 1960s but numerous chapters have reformed in the 2000s.
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.
In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.
Mackenzie Farkus

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“The massive 19-ton cocaine bust on the docks in Philadelphia two weeks ago exposed a weakness— the use of well-worn templates—in the global drug cartel.”

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Subject: Freedom of Information Act Request: Project Chanology (Federal Bureau of Investigation)

To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:
Records relating to or mentioning Project Chanology AKA Operation Chanology, protest movement against the practices of the Church of Scientology by members of Anonymous, a leaderless Internet-based group. The project was publicly launched in the form of a video posted to YouTube, "Message to Scientology", on January 21, 2008. The video states that Anonymous views Scientology's actions as Internet censorship, and asserts the group's intent to "expel the church from the Internet". This was followed by distributed denial-of-service attacks (DDoS), and soon after, black faxes, prank calls, and other measures intended to disrupt the Church of Scientology's operations. In February 2008, the focus of the protest shifted to legal methods, including nonviolent protests and an attempt to get the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the Church of Scientology's tax exempt status in the United States.
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.
In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.
Emma Best

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December 20, 2013
Requester’s Voice: Ryan Shapiro
The MIT researcher gives tips on how to “street fight with the FBI and win
Written by George LeVines
Edited by Shawn Musgrave
In this week’s Requester’s Voice, MuckRock benefits from the experience of Ryan Shapiro, whose track record qualifies him as a FOIA super hero. A PhD candidate at MIT, Shapiro has developed a set of surgical FOIA tactics that have the FBI scrambling to block his requests. Shapiro’s ongoing “street fight” with the FBI has him convinced more than ever that our democracy depends on the health of the Freedom of Information Act.
What was your first FOIA request? How did it go? Why did you want/need to use public records in the first place?
I filed my first FOIA request to the FBI in 2005 when I was working on my master’s degree in modern American history. The request was for any records on a now deceased scientist who had been a prominent researcher and Cold Warrior in the 1940s and 50s, although he had earlier been a committed leftist. This scientist was also a leading professional proponent of animal research who routinely accused opponents of animal experimentation of being threats to American security and possibly even agents of the Kremlin itself. I wanted to know what, if anything, the FBI made of this scientist’s shifting politics in general, and of his (totally unfounded) allegations of subversion against animal protectionists in particular.
Though I knew almost nothing about FOIA at the time, this request was partially successful. In about a year, the FBI released to me roughly 150 pages. And though this was certainly not all the records the FBI had on this scientist, the release was useful nonetheless. It turns out the FBI completely ignored this scientist’s red-baiting of anti-vivisectionists, and instead continued to view the scientist himself as a potential threat to national security on the basis of his 1930’s leftism.
I first experienced significant FOIA-related problems with the FBI several years later when I began submitting requests for records about more recent history. I think my earliest request along these lines was in 2008 when I requested my own file.
The FBI responded they couldn’t find anything. I still knew relatively little about the intricacies of FOIA work. However, given my own background with aggressive activism beginning in the mid-1990s, I knew the FBI’s claim to find nothing was implausible. But I didn’t know what to do about it. As I developed my FOIA skills in the course of my PhD research, I submitted additional requests for my files. When the FBI again failed to respond adequately, I sued them about this and roughly 70 of my other FOIA requests. I now have a portion my own FBI file. However, the FBI is currently arguing in court that to release the remaining pages about me now would damage national security. This matter remains in litigation as one element of my ongoing Open America fight (discussed below).
Where did you learn how to become a successful document requester?
Reading other people’s FOIA requests was an important step, particularly at first. Reading as much FOIA case law as possible has also been key. Reading the records of FOIA lawsuits has been essential. Along these lines, agency declarations submitted in FOIA lawsuits are especially illuminative sources of information about a given agency’s internal FOIA practices. And endless conversations with expert FOIA attorneys have also been invaluable to my development. I’m especially fortunate to have the counsel of my amazing FOIA lawyer, Jeffrey Light.
In addition to the above, what has been most useful has simply been to file lots and lots of FOIA requests. In general, I design each request not only to hopefully produce the requested records, but also to further illuminate the agency’s FOIA operations. In my experience, successful FOIA work is often the product of tacit knowledge. Though it of course should not need to be this way, developing as intimate a familiarity as possible with an agency’s internal filing systems, databases, and FOIA practices is frequently the key to success.
How many requests do you file? Daily? Monthly? Yearly? Whatever metric makes sense.
I currently have about 600 FOIA requests in motion with the FBI, as well as a smaller number in motion with other agencies. How many requests I submit at any given time largely depends on the type of research I’m doing at that moment. Sometimes months will pass in which I submit no requests, and sometimes I’ll submit 50+ in a week.
Do you have any advice for MuckRock users? Tips or tricks you’ve come across over the years.
The first thing to know about dealing with the FBI for FOIA work is that the Bureau is simply not operating in good faith. While FOIA with some agencies can be akin to a protracted business meeting or an attempt to get telephone customer support from a faceless corporation, FOIA with the FBI is a street fight.
The FBI does nearly everything within its power to avoid compliance with the Freedom of Information Act. This results in the outrageous state of affairs in which the leading federal law enforcement agency in the country is in routine and often flagrant violation of federal law.

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One of the chief means by which the FBI accomplishes this is to deliberately search for records in such a way that the search routinely fails by design. There are numerous techniques a requestor can use to combat this, but two of the most crucial are: 1) Request a search not only for main file records (this is the FBI’s default search) but also for “cross-reference” records, and 2) Request an “ELSUR” (Electronic Surveillance) search. Despite the FBI’s (flatly dishonest) insistence to the contrary, a huge percentage of records will only be found if the FBI conducts these two additional searches, and the FBI will not conduct these searches unless you explicitly request it does so.
That said, the FBI frequently won’t conduct these searches even if you do request them. At that point, you can appeal the FBI’s inadequate search to the Department of Justice Office of Information Policy (OIP). However, this is frequently a slow and ultimately disappointing experience, as OIP often operates as little more than a rubber stamp for the FBI.
Sadly, the most effective means to compel the FBI to conduct an adequate search is to sue. It’s really the only way to hold the FBI accountable to the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act. I currently have five FOIA lawsuits against the FBI covering roughly 200 of my 600 requests.
Where does FOIA shine as a tool and where does it fall short?
FOIA is terrific in theory and largely toothless in practice. As a result, it shines primarily when dealing with agencies that view it with neutrality, or at least not antagonism. Unfortunately, the FBI and other intelligence agencies have long been flatly allergic to the Freedom of Information Act.
As an historian of the policing of dissent and the political functioning of national security, this is definitely a problem. Part of the issue is that FOIA itself is to some extent a misnomer. We don’t really have a freedom of information act in the country as much as we have an open records act. One can’t request information (in the form of a question), one needs to request records. This requires some advance knowledge of what those records are or might be. Especially when dealing with intelligence agencies that conceal the existence of the overwhelming majority of their records, this is frequently a prohibitive hurdle. And this is the challenge I was facing early in my PhD research.
My doctoral work at MIT builds upon my master’s degree research. My dissertation in progress and broader project in part explore the use of the rhetoric and apparatus of national security to marginalize animal protectionists as threats to the state from the late nineteenth-century to the present. As is standard with historians, much of my research is archival. As is sadly far from standard, much of my work is also FOIA-based. I’m fortunate that my program, MIT’s Program in History, Anthropology, & Science, Technology, and Society (HASTS), is very supportive of this approach.
One thread of my research that is heavily FOIA-dependent is my effort to map out the nature and evolution of the FBI’s understanding and handling of the animal rights movement. How did the animal rights movement first come to the attention of the FBI? How did the FBI’s understanding of the animal rights movement evolve over time? How does the FBI understand the animal rights movement as component parts and as a whole? How does the FBI develop infiltrators within the movement? What role did and does industry play in the evolution of the FBI’s understanding of the movement? And perhaps most importantly, beginning in 2004, how did the FBI come to designate the animal rights and environmental movements as the leading domestic terror threats in the U.S. without either movement physically injuring a single person in this country ever?
To answer these questions, I needed a lot of documents. Very few of these documents were publicly available in archives or elsewhere, so FOIA was the only real possibility for obtaining them.
However, I didn’t know what the overwhelming majority of these documents were. Worse, even when I had a fairly clear sense of what the broad subject of some these documents might be, the FBI consistently claimed it could find no records in response to my requests. So I began learning as much as I could about the FBI’s FOIA processes and experimenting with different kinds of requests.
One of the key elements of my eventual approach was to obtain signed consent forms from roughly 250 leading animal rights activists from the 1970s to the present allowing me to request their files. When successful, each one of these requests opened a tiny window into both the subject of my research and the deliberately byzantine filing systems of the FBI. I then combed through these releases for references to any additional specific documents or topics about which I could submit new requests, and then did the same again when I received records from those new requests. I would also compare the released records — and my requests that produced them — against my requests to which the FBI responded it couldn’t locate records.
In the process, I’ve come increasingly close to developing a set of methodologies that make FOIA function with the FBI in a way it has generally failed to do so to date: as a tool for broad-scale historical research. I’m especially honored to have been invited to lecture on these techniques at a host of interested institutions, including the annual convention of the National Lawyers Guild, the National Press Club, and a series of universities and law schools.
What is your favorite FOIA story?
Using the above approach, I’ve obtained roughly 40,000 pages so far from the FBI, and I have about 600 FOIA requests currently in motion with the Bureau. Most typically, however, the FBI has done with my requests what it so frequently does with FOIA requests. It simply sits on them. Though FOIA allows an agency only 20 working days to comply with a request, years would often pass with no apparent movement.
So I sued the FBI for failure to comply with the Freedom of Information Act. This lawsuit covers roughly 70 of my requests. In response, the FBI has invoked the “nuclear option” for a FOIA case. They’ve asked the judge for an Open America stay, which is basically a blanket exemption for an agency from having to comply with FOIA for a specified period of time. In my case, the FBI has asked the judge for an almost unheard of 7-year Open America stay.

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To this end, the FBI is relying upon a radical new interpretation of a Cold War era FOIA doctrine called “mosaic theory.” In so doing, the FBI is arguing that compliance with my dissertation FOIA research would “significantly and irreparably damage national security.” Keep in mind, the FBI isn’t arguing that giving me the documents I’ve requested would damage national security, although they clearly believe this to be the case. Rather, the FBI is asserting in court that simply deciding whether or not to give me the requested documents would irreparably damage national security.
More so, we can’t even read most of the FBI’s argument to support this contention, because the FBI submitted it in the form of an ex parte, in camera declaration. This is essentially a secret letter to the judge from the Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division. And — as journalist Will Potter recently wrote in an excellent article on my case for Mother Jones — the FBI asserts that allowing us to read this secret letter would “damage the very national security law enforcement interests it is seeking to protect.”
As I told Will, this is an especially circular and Kafkaesque line of argument. The FBI considers it a national security threat to make public its reasoning for considering it a national security threat to use federal law to request information about the FBI’s deeply problematic understanding of national security threats.
However, from the portions of its argument the FBI has submitted publicly, one thing is clear. The FBI’s efforts to exempt itself from the Freedom of Information Act in my case are so extreme and sweeping that, if the judge rules in the FBI’s favor, it could have a devastating impact on other FOIA requestors’ ability to obtain records from the FBI and government agencies in general. It’s for this reason that a host of civil liberties and open government organizations, including the Center for Constitutional Rights, the National Lawyers Guild, National Security Counselors, and the National Security Archive (along with TruthOut and Mark Zaid) have filed an amicus brief opposing the FBI’s radical efforts to shut down my research.
And I think this actually gets close to the heart of the matter.
It appears the FBI’s core motivation here has relatively little to do with the purported security threat posed by possible release of information about the animal rights movement. Instead, I believe the FBI is responding in large part to the increasing efficacy of my FOIA methodologies. Since its earliest days, the FBI has viewed political dissent as a security threat. And since the passage of the Freedom of Information Act, the FBI has viewed efforts to force Bureau compliance with the law in the same light. Over the years, the FBI has established countless means by which to avoid compliance with FOIA. Over the past five years or so, I’ve found ways around many of them. I believe the FBI’s unprecedented efforts to shut down my research are primarily a last ditch effort to preserve the Bureau’s functional immunity from the Freedom of Information Act.
I should note, I’m not sure the above necessarily qualifies as my “favorite” FOIA story, even if it is among the most dramatic. I think my favorite FOIA request is actually one I just submitted.
I recently had the good fortune to be having lunch with Daniel Ellsberg, the former top-level military intelligence analyst who in 1971 leaked the classified DOD report known as the “Pentagon Papers.” The leak of the Pentagon Papers unequivocally established that the DOD and a succession of presidents from Truman to Johnson had for decades willfully deceived the American public about U.S. military involvement in Vietnam. Ellsberg was deemed “the most dangerous man in America” by Henry Kissinger and was prosecuted by the Nixon administration under the Espionage Act (the same act under which Chelsea Manning was recently convicted and under which Edward Snowden is currently facing prosecution). Daniel Ellsberg is an American hero in the truest sense, and a longtime personal hero of mine. To my tremendous pleasure, at the end of our lunch, Ellsberg generously granted me signed permission to request his FBI file. I can’t wait to see how that turns out.
How do you think your work at MIT and the attention you’re getting from the federal government is affecting the FOIA landscape?
I’m not really sure how to answer this. What I can answer is how I’d like my work to affect the FOIA landscape. I’ll be very pleased if my work brings greater attention to the necessity of a robust Freedom of Information Act in particular, and to the pernicious effects of our government’s longstanding obsession with secrecy in general. I’m definitely interested in highlighting the absolute necessity of governmental transparency, especially in the face of the ever-growing menace posed by state surveillance and policing of dissent. Outside of a relatively small band of historians, journalists, attorneys, and activists, these topics simply have for decades not been part of any serious national conversation until recently.
Thanks largely to the documents provided and disseminated by Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, Glenn Greenwald, Jeremy Hammond, WikiLeaks, and others, such a conversation is finally getting underway. I would like my work, and the FBI’s outrageous responses to it, to contribute to and amplify this conversation.
Does the pushback ever get tiresome or wear on your drive to continue?
Ha. Not really. If anything, just the opposite. On this front I find myself in agreement with Robert, one of the young “Wolverines” in Red Dawn (the 1984 classic, not the appalling 2012 remake). When chastised, “All that hate’s gonna burn you up, kid,” he responds only, “It keeps me warm.”

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Seriously though, it’s not the pushback that upsets me. It’s what I frequently uncover when I do obtain documents.
For example, one 2003 document I obtained via a FOIA request reveals FBI advocacy of bringing federal terrorism charges against undercover investigators of factory farms (You can read about that document on GreenIstheNewRed.com here and at the Los Angeles Times here).
We’re talking about people who videotaped animals intensively confined in cages so small they can’t stand up, can’t spread their limbs and can’t turn around. This horrific existence is standard for many of the nine billion animals raised and killed every year on factory farms in the United States alone. And the FBI’s response to exposure of what goes on behind the closed doors of factory farms is to consider prosecution of the whistleblowers, and to do so under federal terrorism charges.
This is the sort of thing that makes me mad, and reading my own name on that document didn’t help. That said, this is also the sort of thing that makes me all the more committed to my work.
What has to take place for meaningful policy level changes to FOIA laws? Will we ever see that day?
The first thing that needs to happen is for more people to use FOIA and become invested in it. It’s for this reason (and many others) that MuckRock is such an invaluable resource and addition to the open government landscape. We also need more historians and journalists in particular to regularly utilize FOIA and promote the fruits of FOIA work.
I’ve already mentioned Will Potter’s great work above, and I encourage everyone to check out his news site Green Is The New Red and his award-winning book of the same name. I’m also very fortunate to collaborate with the intrepid journalist and fellow FOIA-prosthelytizer, Jason Leopold, but he’s a rarity.
Democracy cannot meaningfully exist without an informed citizenry, and such a citizenry is impossible without broad public access to information about the operations of government. The Bush administration initiated a disastrous welter of anti-transparency initiatives, yet the Obama administration has been, if anything, even worse. Despite entering office promising unprecedented openness, the Obama administration has provided just the opposite, including bringing more Espionage Act prosecutions of leakers than all previous administrations combined. It’s not surprising those in power wish to keep their actions secret. What’s surprising is how readily we tolerate it.
The Freedom of Information Act is one of the most underappreciated elements of the entire American experiment. As broken as FOIA is, the notion that the records of government are the property of the people, and all we need to do to get them is to ask, is radically democratic. FOIA must not only be defended against the FBI and others who view transparency as a threat, but strengthened, and dramatically expanded. The viability of our democracy depends upon it.

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9/11's Trainer in Terrorism Was an FBI Informant
(Peter Dale Scott Talk in Palo Alto, October 27, 2006)

If I had an hour, I would talk to you about how the 9/11 Report failed to reconcile Dick Cheney's conflicting accounts, which cannot all be true, of what he did on the morning of 9/11 in the bunker beneath the White House. But that story takes two whole chapters of my forthcoming book, The Road to 9/11. So instead I will expand on what I spoke about a month ago in Berkeley, concerning Ali Mohamed, Washington's double agent inside al-Qaeda, and also a chief 9/11 plotter.(1) I want to add important new material tonight. Ali Mohamed, an Egyptian, was a close ally of Osama bin Laden. As he later confessed in court, he also aided the terrorist Ayman al-Zawahiri, a co-founder of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, and by then an aide to bin Laden, when he visited America to raise money.(2) It is now generally admitted that Ali Mohamed worked for the FBI, the CIA, and U.S. Special Forces.
Patrick Fitzgerald, who testified to the 9/11 Commission about Ali Mohamed, knew him well. In 1994 he had named him as an unindicted co-conspirator in the New York landmarks case, yet allowed him to remain free. This was because, as Fitzgerald knew, Ali Mohamed was an FBI informant, from at least 1993 and maybe 1989.(3) Thus, from 1994 "until his arrest in 1998 [by which time the 9/11 plot was well under way], Mohamed shuttled between California, Afghanistan, Kenya, Somalia and at least a dozen other countries."(4)
What I first wrote in 2004, and again in 9/11 and American Empire, has to my knowledge has not yet been in the US press: it is that in 1993 Ali Mohamed had been detained by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Canada, (when he inquired at an airport after an incoming al Qaeda terrorist who turned out to be carrying two forged Saudi passports). Mohamed immediately told the RCMP to make a phone call to the FBI in the United States, and the call secured his release.(5) This release enabled Ali to go on to Kenya, take pictures of the U.S.. Embassy, and deliver them to bin Laden for the Embassy bombing plot.
In August 2006 there was a National Geographic Special on Ali Mohamed. We can take this as the new official fallback position on Ali Mohamed, because John Cloonan, the FBI agent who worked with Fitzgerald on Mohamed, helped narrate it. I didn't see the show, but here's what TV critics said about its contents:
Ali Mohamed manipulated the FBI, CIA and U.S. Army on behalf of Osama bin Laden. Mohamed trained terrorists how to hijack airliners, bomb buildings and assassinate rivals. [D]uring much of this time Mohamed was ... , an operative for the CIA and FBI, and a member of the U.S. Army.(6) ... Mohamed turned up in FBI surveillance photos as early as 1989, training radical Muslims who would go on to assassinate Jewish militant Meir Kahane and detonate a truck bomb at the World Trade Center. He not only avoided arrest, but managed to become an FBI informant while writing most of the al Qaeda terrorist manual and helping plan attacks on American troops in Somalia and U.S. embassies in Africa.(7)
That Mohamed trained al Qaeda in hijacking planes and wrote most of the al Qaeda terrorist manual is confirmed in a new book, The Looming Tower, by Lawrence Wright, who has seen US Government records.(8) Let me say this again: one of al-Qaeda's top trainers in terrorism and how to hijack airplanes was an operative for FBI, CIA, and the Army.
But what we have heard so far is a fall-back cover-up of even worse truths. Peter Lance, who first wrote the script for the National Geographic special, told about Mohamed's detention and release in Toronto. This important detail, along with others, was cut from the program. Lance withdrew from the project and complained on his website about these and other cuts, such as this one:
"Within days of 9/11 Cloonan ... interviewed Ali, whom the Feds had allowed to slip into witness protection, and demanded to know the details of the plot. At that point Ali wrote it all out - including details of how he'd counseled would-be hijackers on how to smuggle box cutters on board aircraft and where to sit, to effect the airline seizures."(9)
So let us sum up what we know so far about Ali Mohamed:
1. A key planner of the 9/11 plot, and trainer in hijacking, was simultaneously an informant for the FBI.
2. This operative trained the members for all of the chief Islamist attacks inside the United States -- the first WTC bombing, the New York landmarks plot, and finally 9/11, as well as the attacks against Americans in Somalia and Kenya.
3. And yet for four years Mohamed was allowed to move in and out of the country as an unindicted conspirator. Then, unlike his trainees, he was allowed to plea-bargain. To this day he may still not have been sentenced for any crime, and may even be in witness protection.(10)
Peter Lance has charged that Fitzgerald had evidence before 1998 to implicate Mohamed in the Kenya Embassy bombing, yet did nothing and let the bombing happen.(11) In fact, the FBI was aware back in 1990 that Mohamed had engaged in terrorist training on Long Island; yet it acted to protect Mohamed from arrest, even after one of his trainees had moved beyond training to an actual assassination.(12)
Mohamed's trainees were all members of the Al-Kifah Center in Brooklyn, which served as the main American recruiting center for the Makhtab-al-Khidimat, the "Services Center" network that after the Afghan war became known as al Qaeda.(13) The Al-Kifah Center was headed in 1990 by the blind Egyptian Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, who like Ali Mohamed had been admitted to the United States, despite being on a State Department Watch List. (14) As he had done earlier in Egypt, the sheikh "issued a fatwa in America that permitted his followers to rob banks and kill Jews."(15)
In November 1990, three of Mohamed's trainees conspired together to kill Meir Kahane, the racist founder of the Jewish Defense League. The actual killer, El Sayyid Nosair, was caught by accident almost immediately; and by luck the police soon found his two co-conspirators, Mahmoud Abouhalima and Mohammed Salameh, waiting at Nosair's house. They found much more: There were formulas for bomb making, 1,440 rounds of ammunition, and manuals [supplied by Ali Mohamed] from the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center at Fort Bragg marked "Top Secret for Training," along with classified documents belonging to the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff. The police found maps and drawings of New York City landmarks like the Statue of Liberty, Times Square -- and the World Trade Center. The forty-seven boxes of evidence they collected also included the collected sermons of blind Sheikh Omar, in which he exhorted his followers to "destroy the edifices of capitalism."(16)
All three had been trained by Ali Mohamed back in the late 1980s at a rifle range, where the FBI had photographed them, before terminating this surveillance in the fall of 1989.(17)
The U.S. Government was thus in an excellent position to arrest, indict, and convict all of the terrorists involved, including Mohamed.
Yet only hours after the killing, Joseph Borelli, Chief of NYPD detectives, struck a familiar American note and pronounced Nosair a "lone deranged gunman.."(18) Some time later, he actually told the press that "There was nothing [at Nosair's house] that would stir your imagination ... ..Nothing has transpired that changes our opinion that he acted alone."[19]
Borelli was not acting alone in this matter. His position was also that of the FBI, who said they too believed "that Mr. Nosair had acted alone in shooting Rabbi Kahane." "The bottom line is that we can't connect anyone else to the Kahane shooting," an F.B.I. agent said."(20)
In thus limiting the case, the police and FBI were in effect protecting Nosair's two Arab co-conspirators in the murder of a U.S. citizen. Both of them were ultimately convicted in connection with the first WTC bombing, along with another Mohamed trainee, Nidal Ayyad. The 9/11 Report, summarizing the convictions of Salameh, Ayyad, Abouhalima, and the blind Sheikh for the WTC bombing and New York landmarks plots, calls it "this superb investigative and prosecutorial effort" (i.e. by Cloonan and Fitzgerald).(21) It says nothing about the suppressed evidence found in Nosair's house, including "maps and drawings of New York City landmarks," which if pursued should have prevented both plots from developing.
Almost certainly, the 9/11 Commission knew more about this scandalous situation than they let on. It cannot be just a coincidence that they selected to write the staff reports about al Qaeda and the 9/11 plot, and conduct the relevant interviews, Dietrich Snell, who had been Fitzgerald's colleague in the Southern District of New York U.S. Attorney's office. (Thus Snell presumably drafted the praise for the superb effort by his former colleague Patrick Fitzgerald and the FBI). Of the nine people on Snell's team, all but one had worked for the U.S. Government, and all but two for either the Justice Department or the FBI.(22)
If you go to my website, www.peterdalescott.net, you will know that: Shortly after 9/11, in October 2001, U.S. and British newspapers briefly alleged that the paymaster for the 9/11 attacks was a possible agent of the Pakistani intelligence service ISI, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh. There was even a brief period in which it was alleged that the money had been paid at the direction of the then ISI Chief, Lieutenant-General Mahmoud Ahmad.(23)
Others have since argued that Saeed Sheikh worked for both America and Britain, since "both American and British governments have studiously avoided taking any action against Sheikh despite the fact that he is a known terrorist who has targeted U.S. and UK citizens."(24) The claim what Saeed Sheikh was recruited by MI-6 in Great Britain has been made by myself, by John Newman, and by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed; recently it has been pointed to in the new book by Pervez Musharraf, the President of Pakistan.(25)
And there may have been other double agents. Last month Robert Baer, a former CIA officer, told an Australian newspaper that ''In 1996, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [the al-Qaeda mastermind of the 9/11 plot] was in Doha [the capital of Qatar], the CIA found out about it, and wanted to arrest him and people in Washington stopped them. That has never been answered in the 9/11 commission report, why that arrest was stopped."(26)
One week after 9/11, in a story for Pacific News Service, I wrote the following (which is still on my website):
It is important to learn from the serious mistakes made by the United States and CIA in the past. The usual CIA mode of undermining foreign governments it does not like -- from Russia to Cuba to Iran -- has been to organize and train their opponents in criminal activities, including sabotage and smuggling. But time and again this strategy backfires. The problem is that as soon as the United States loses interest in its agents' cause, the sabotage techniques it has taught will more than likely be turned back against it.(27)
This is what happened with al Qaeda.
When I wrote this I did not yet know about the scandal of Ali Mohamed's tolerated terrorism. In 2004, when I did know, I reported a story in the London Independent (but not this country) that Mohamed was on the U.S. payroll at the time he was training the Arab Afghans, and that the CIA, reviewing the case five years after the first WTC bombing, concluded in an internal document that the CIA itself was "partly culpable" in the World Trade Center attack.(28)
I cannot tell you whether (as I would like to think) Mohamed and Saeed were examples of rogue agents out of control (in which case we have a CIA problem), or whether they were agents not out of control (in which case we have of course a much worse CIA problem). One way or the other, we have a fundamental and on-going problem, for which we need a more serious remedy than just putting a Democrat in the White House. As has happened after past intelligence fiascoes, our intelligence agencies were strengthened as a result of the 9/11 Commission, not brought under control, and their budgets were increased.
It's time to confront the reality that these agencies themselves, and their own sponsorship and protection of terrorist activities, have aggravated the greatest threats to our national security. Scott Ritter and others have written that, at this very moment, CIA-backed bombings are being undertaken in Iran by the Mujahideen e-Khalq (MEK or MKO), an opposition group listed by the United States State Department as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.(29) It appears that, as if having learned nothing, the CIA is still sponsoring terrorists.
I want to admit, in all fairness, that certain notable victories have been achieved in the narrow pursuit of al Qaeda. At the same time, after five years of the new broadened war on terrorism, we can say with confidence that the net result to date is a far more dangerous world than we had before.
Peter Dale Scott's latest book (co-edited with David Ray Griffin) is 9/11 & American Empire: Intellectuals Speak Out (Olive Branch Press, 2006). His website is http://www.peterdalescott.net.

1. I discuss Ali Mohamed in a book I co-edited with David Ray Griffin: David Ray Griffin and Peter Dale Scott (eds.), 9/11 & American Empire: Intellectuals Speak Out (Northampton, MA: Olive Branch Press, 2006), 74, 76-77.
2. This admitted connection to al-Zawahiri has led some to identify Mohamed (Abu Mohamed al Amriki) with the al-Amriki alleged by Yossef Bodansky to have acted as go-between between Zawahiri and the CIA: "In the first half of November 1997 Ayman al-Zawahiri met a man called Abu-Umar al-Amriki (al-Amriki means "the American") at a camp near Peshawar, on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. High-level Islamist leaders insist that in this meeting Abu-Umar al-Amriki made al-Zawahiri an offer: The United States would not interfere with or intervene to prevent the Islamists' rise to power in Egypt if the Islamist mujahideen currently in Bosnia-Herzegovina would refrain from attacking the U.S. forces there. Moreover, Abu-Umar al-Amriki promised a donation of $50 million (from unidentified sources) to Islamist charities in Egypt and elsewhere. This was not the first meeting between Abu-Umar al-Amriki and Zawahiri. Back in the 1980s Abu-Umar al-Amriki openly acted as an emissary for the CIA with various Arab Islamist militant and terrorist movements ... then operating under the wings of the Afghan jihad ... . In the late 1980s, in one of his meetings with Zawahiri, Abu-Umar al-Amriki suggested that Zawahiri would need "$50 million to rule Egypt." At the time, Zawahiri interpreted this assertion as a hint that Washington would tolerate his rise to power if he could raise this money. The mention of the magic figure, $50 million, by Abu-Umar al-Amriki in the November 1997 meeting was interpreted by Zawahiri and the entire Islamist leadership, including Osama bin Laden, as a reaffirmation of the discussions with the CIA in the late 1980s about Washington's willingness to tolerate an Islamic Egypt. In 1997 the Islamist leaders were convinced that Abu-Umar al-Amriki was speaking for the CIA -- that is, the uppermost echelons of the Clinton administration" (Bodansky, Bin Laden, 212-13). As we shall see, it is the case that Mohamed was allowed to travel to Afghanistan even after his designation as an unindicted co-conspirator in 1994 (San Francisco Chronicle, 10/21/01).
3. Peter Lance, "Triple Cross: National Geographic Channel's Whitewash of the Ali Mohamed Story," Huffington Post, 8/29/06, http://news.yahoo.com/s/huffpost/20060829/ cm_huffpost/028270. Unfortunately Lance's book on Mohamed, Triple Cross, was not yet available as this book went to press. Cf. Lawrence White, The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 (New York: Knopf, 2006), 181-82; Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon, The Age of Sacred Terror (New York: Random House, 2002), 236; Lawrence Wright, New Yorker, 9/16/02: "In 1989 -- Mohamed talked to an F.B.I. agent in California and provided American intelligence with its first inside look at Al Qaeda."
4. Raleigh News & Observer, 10/21/01, http://www.knoxstudio. com/shns/story.cfm?pk=ALIMOHAMED-10-24-01&cat=AN.
5. Toronto Globe and Mail, 11/22/01, http://www.mail-archive. com/hydro@topica.com/msg00224.html; Peter Dale Scott, "How to Fight Terrorism," California Monthly, September 2004, http://www.alumni.berkeley.edu/Alumni/C ... rorism.asp. Mohamed's companion, Essam Marzouk, is now serving 15 years of hard labor in Egypt, after having been arrested in Azerbaijan. Mohamed's detention and release was months after the first WTC bombing in February 1993, and after the FBI had already rounded up two of the plotters whom they knew had been trained by Ali Mohamed.
6. Dave Shiflett, Bloomberg News, 8/28/06, http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid= ... refer=home.
7. Glenn Garvin, Miami Herald, http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/en ... 310462.htm
8. Lawrence Wright, The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 (New York: Knopf, 2006), 181. The Report claims (56) that "Bin Ladin and his comrades had their own sources of support and training, and they received little or no assistance from the United States." But Wright reports that Mohamed, while on a leave from the U.S. army, went to Afghanistan and trained "the first al-Qaeda volunteers in techniques of unconventional warfare, including kidnappings, assassinations, and hijacking planes." This was in 1988, one year before Mohamed left active U.S. Army service and joined the Reserve.
9. Peter Lance, "Triple Cross: National Geographic Channel's Whitewash of the Ali Mohamed Story," Huffington Post, 8/29/06, http://news.yahoo.com/s/huffpost/20060829/cm _huffpost/028270.
10. According to publicity for the National Geographic special, Mohamed is "currently in U.S. custody," but "his whereabouts and legal status are closely guarded secrets" (Rocky Mountain News, 8/28/06, 2D). Lance wrote that Mohamed was put into the witness protection program. "David Runke [Ruhnke], a defense attorney in the African embassies bombing case, says, ``I think the most likely thing that will happen is he'll be released, he'll be given a new name and a new identity, and he will pick up a life someplace.''' (Shiflett, Bloomberg News, 8/28/06). As of November 2001, Mohamed had not been sentenced and was still believed to be supplying information from his prison cell.
11. "Ali Mohamed had stayed in [El-Hage's] Kenyan home in the mid 90's as they plotted the bombings. Another agent in Fitzie's squad Dan Coleman, had searched El-Hage's home a year before the bombings and found direct links to Ali Mohamed and yet Fitzgerald failed to connect the dots" (Lance, "Triple Cross," Huffington Post, 8/29/06).
12. Peter Lance, 1000 Years for Revenge (New York: Regan Books/ Harper Collins, 2003), 29-37.
13. Robert Dreyfuss, Devil's Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam (New York: Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt, 2005), 278; John K. Cooley, Unholy Wars: Afghanistan, America, and International Terrorism (London: Pluto Press, 1999), 87-88; Lance, 1000 Years for Revenge, 29-31; Independent, 11/1/98.
14. Rahman was issued two visas, one of them "by a CIA officer working undercover in the consular section of the American embassy in Sudan" (Peter L.. Bergen, Holy War, Inc.: Inside the Secret World of Osama bin Laden [New York: Free Press, 2001], 67). FBI consultant Paul Williams writes that Ali Mohamed "settled in America on a visa program controlled by the CIA" (Paul L. Williams, Al Qaeda: Brotherhood of Terror [[Upper Saddle River, NJ]: Alpha/ Pearson Education, 2002], 117). Others allegedly admitted, despite being on the State Department watch list, were Mohamed Atta and possibly Ayman al-Zawahiri (Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, The War on Truth: 9/11, Disinformation, and the Anatomy of Terrorism [Northampton, MA: Olive Branch Press, 2005], 205, 46).
15. Wright, The Looming Tower, 177.
16. Lance, 1000 Years, 34.
17. Lance, 1000 Years, 31; Peter Lance, Cover Up: What the Government Is Still Hiding about the War on Terror (New York: Regan Books/ HarperCollins, 2004), 25.
18. Newsday, 11/8/90; quoted in Lance, 1000 Years, 35.
19. New York Times, 11/8/90; Robert I. Friedman, Village Voice, 3/30/93.
20. New York Times, 12/16/90.
21. 9/11 Report, 72.
22. Kean and Hamilton, Without Precedent, 273 (chapters); Lance, Cover Up, 212-20 (reports). Snell was assisted by Douglas MacEachin, the former CIA deputy Director for Intelligence.
23. Peter Dale Scott "Who Paid the 9/11 Hijackers? Al-Hawsawi? Mahmoud Ahmad?" GlobalResearch.ca, 10/14/04, http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/SCO410A.html. Cf. David Ray Griffin, The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions (Northampton, MA: Olive Branch Press/Interlink, 2004), 104-07; Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, The War on Truth: 9/11, Disinformation, and the Anatomy of Terrorism (Northampton, MA: Olive Branch Press, 2005), 137-44; Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, The London Bombings: An Independent Inquiry (London: Duckworth, 2006), 169; Peter Dale Scott, "The CIA's Secret Powers: Afghanistan, 9/11, and America's Most Dangerous Enemy." Critical Asian Studies, 35:2 (2003), 233-258.
24. Ahmed, The War on Truth, 142; cf. John Newman, Remarks, Omissions and Errors in the Commission's Final Report, Rep. McKinney 9/11 Congressional Briefing, 18 August 2005, http://911readingroom.org/bib/whole_doc ... cle_id=422.
25. Pervez Musharraf, In the Line of Fire: A Memoir (New York: Free Press, 2006), 225: "It is believed in some quarters that while Omar Sheikh was at the LSE he was recruited by the British intelligence agency MI6. It is said that MI6 persuaded him to take an active part in demonstrations against Serbian aggression in Bosnia and even sent him to Kosovo to join the jihad. At some point he probably became a rogue or double agent."
26. Courier Mail (Australia), 9/23/06; cf. Robert Baer, Sleeping with the Devil (New York: Crown, 2003), 18-19.
27. Peter Dale Scott, "Made in the U.S.A. - How the U.S. Manufactures Terrorists," Pacific News Service, Sep 19, 2001.
28. Peter Dale Scott, "How to Fight Terrorism." California Monthly, September 2004; citing Andrew Marshall, Independent, 11/1/98, http://billstclair.com/911timeline/1990 ... 10198.html.
29. Scott Ritter, "The US war with Iran has already begun," ZNet, 6/21/05, http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle ... emid=8126.: "President Bush has taken advantage of the sweeping powers granted to him in the aftermath of 11 September 2001, to wage a global war against terror and to initiate several covert offensive operations inside Iran. The most visible of these is the CIA-backed actions recently undertaken by the Mujahadeen el-Khalq, or MEK, an Iranian opposition group, once run by Saddam Hussein's dreaded intelligence services, but now working exclusively for the CIA's Directorate of Operations. It is bitter irony that the CIA is using a group still labelled as a terrorist organisation, a group trained in the art of explosive assassination by the same intelligence units of the former regime of Saddam Hussein, who are slaughtering American soldiers in Iraq today, to carry out remote bombings in Iran of the sort that the Bush administration condemns on a daily basis inside Iraq." I have not yet seen Scott Ritter, Target Iran: The Truth About the White House's Plans for Regime Change (New York: Avalon Publishing Group, 2006)..

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July 18, 2019
Cooking with FOIA: How do your pastries measure up to the military’s standards?
The gluten? You can’t handle the gluten!
Written by JPat Brown
Edited by Michael Morisy
Back in May, we wrote about the military’s official brownie recipe from 2003, and requested the updated specifications. In response, we were pointed to a document on the Defense Logistics Agency’s website: PCR-C-007F, which covers the standards for all “cakes, brownies, muffin tops and filled cakes” consumed by the armed forces.

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TWA 800: The Crash, the Cover-Up, and the Conspiracy Hardcover – July 5, 2016
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Deputy in Georgia shoots and kills canine, not realizing it was his police dog

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Subject: Arizona Public Records Law Request: Extreme Heat Plan (Department of Emergency and Military Affairs)

To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Arizona Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:
All documents pertaining to the state’s emergency plans for a heat wave or for extreme heat.
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.
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Agents feared riots, armed themselves because of dire conditions at migrant facility, DHS report says

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Mueller Tells Congress: FBI ‘Currently’ Looking Into Issues of Trump Team Blackmail
“Yes, that was news,” Rep. Krishnamoorthi, whose question provoked the answer, told The Daily Beast. “I didn’t anticipate that.”

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Jordan asks Mueller why he didn’t charge an FBI informant with lying. He already explained why.

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AG Barr orders reinstatement of the federal death penalty
Barr also directed the federal government to schedule the executions of five death-row inmates convicted of murder.

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FBI wants public, law enforcement to identify signs someone is planning act of extremist violence
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FBI Abandons Use of Term ‘Black Identity Extremism’
Bureau has reorganized domestic terrorism categorization in favor of ‘racially motivated violent extremism’ category
By Byron Tau
Updated July 23, 2019 10:33 pm ET

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Mueller Did Not Know Strozk Said FBI Had No Case for Collusion 10 Months into Investigation

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The FBI Is Still So White: raceAhead
By Ellen McGirt
July 24, 2019

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It Looks Like Former FBI Chief Had A Spy Within The Trump White House

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FBI director lavishes praise on DOJ inspector general
by Jerry Dunleavy
| July 23, 2019 10:50 P

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Who REALLY Killed Martin Luther King Jr.?: The Case Against Lyndon B. Johnson and J. Edgar Hoover Paperback – January 14, 2020
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Mueller Refused To Deny His Team Leaked Roger Stone’s FBI Raid To CNN

JULY 24, 2019 By Tristan Justice
Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller refused

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Colorado Reps Ask FBI How Sol Pais Could Purchase a Shotgun Here
A bipartisan Colorado congressional delegation has sent a letter to the FBI asking how a Columbine-obsessed eighteen-year-old was able to unlawfully purchase a shotgun in April.
"We must ensure that our state's background checks are as effective as they can be and that the proper steps are being taken to stop this from happening again," said Congressman Joe Neguse in a statement released July 23.
Neguse is leading the charge for an inquiry to determine how Sol Pais was able to purchase a shotgun in Colorado, even though laws in her home state of Florida call for a multi-day waiting period before a purchase and require that a purchaser be at least 21 years of age. Federal law dictates that gun purchases by out-of-staters must fall in line with both the laws of the person's home state and the state where the purchase is happening.

Jason Crow Introduces Gun Bill to Close Loophole Used by Columbine-Obsessed Woman
Why It Was So Easy for Columbine Threat Suspect to Buy a Shotgun
What We Know About Columbine Threat Suspect Sol Pais
Representatives Diana DeGette, Ed Perlmutter, Jason Crow (all Democrats, like Neguse) and Scott Tipton (Republican) have all signed on to the request, which notes that the presence of Pais in the Denver area led to the closing of multiple school districts along the Front Range three days before the twentieth anniversary of the shootings at Columbine High School, which killed twelve students and a teacher. (The two shooters, both students themselves, committed suicide.)
"The reports that a system failure within the FBI allowed this individual to purchase a firearm they should never have been able to possess are extremely troubling," Tipton says in that same statement. "We must get to the bottom of what happened."

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Grassley Pressures DOD For More Information On FBI Spy Stephan Halper

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Not Mueller Time – At Last!

by David Stockman
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At his wrap-up press conference in May, Robert Mueller sternly underscored what he called "the central allegation" of the two-year Russia probe. Namely, that the Russian government engaged in
"multiple, systematic efforts to interfere in our election, and th


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July 24, 2019
CIA archives contain the Air Force’s SECRET sales pitch for getting stationed at Area 51
To deal with chronic staff retention issues, the USAF put together a situational report that reads like a tourism brochure
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Edited by Michael Morisy
News that over a million people are planning on breaking into the infamous government facility known as Area 51 would doubtlessly come as a surprise to those who were actually stationed there, which according to this formerly classified report in the Central Intelligence Agency archives. According to the files, the secretive Air Base employees there were all too eager to leave.

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Nearly 30 kids removed from Montana youth treatment center after allegations that staff ‘hit, kicked, body slammed and spit on’ children


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Lewiston police officer who died from fentanyl overdose seen pocketing drugs during arrest

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Retired FBI Special Agent to Lead Mississippi Department
Christopher Freeze
By Steve Neavling
Former FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Freeze has been appointed head the Mississippi Department of Human Services.
“I am confident Christopher Freeze will do a great job leading MDHS,” Gov. Phil Bryant said in a statement. “His intellect and leadership experience as a Special Agent in Charge at the FBI makes him an excellent fit to guide the agency during this period of

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Copies of the current or most recent memorandum of agreement (MOA) or memorandum of understanding (MOU) between your law enforcement agency and any fusion centers.
I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities, with some reaching over 100,000 readers. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. In addition, I discuss and comment on the files online and make them available through non-profits such as the Internet Archive and MuckRock, disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the government itself. As such, it is not necessary for me to demonstrate the relevance of this particular subject in advance.
As my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available, I request that fees be waived.
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Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.

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J. Edgar Hoover Was a pedophile, Blackmailed by Mob, Book Says - Los Angeles Times
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Former Head Cop of Pedophile Unit Arrested for not Registering as a Sex Offender
He was once the top cop of New Orleans pedophile unit. Now he's been arrested for not registering as a sex offender.
Stanley Carl Burkhardt, 68, the convicted pedophile who oversaw the New Orleans Police Department child sex abuse investigations unit between the 1970s until 1987, before he was revealed to be a pedophile himself, was arrested last week for not registering as a sex-offender.
And that's just the tip of

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Lawyers Press Case That 9/11 Confessions Given to F.B.I. Are Tainted
July 29, 2019 | The New York Times

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Subject: Freedom of Information Act Request: FBI files on Art Kunkin

To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:
- Any records regarding Arthur Glick Kunkin (March 28, 1928 - April 30, 2019), the Los Angeles-based publisher of the Free Press. Please search for cross-referenced records relevant to my inquiry, as well as ELSUR records. Proof of death is not required, as his death has been reported: https://www.latimes.com/local/obituarie ... story.html
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Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.
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Cop yells ‘back up!’ before fatally shooting dog, bodycam footage shows
Updated Jul 29, 5:58 PM; Posted Jul 29, 5:19 PM

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Man Shot Four Times by Cop thru Front Door says Call the Cops: "I am the Cops"

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Bridgeport cop arrested again, charged with violating terms of earlier discharge
By Daniel Tepfer Updated 4:41 pm EDT, Monday, July 29, 2019


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Man charged with felony over cop-mocking Facebook page allowed to sue cops
Published time: 30 Jul, 2019 02:14
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Someone Is Breaking Into Miami Cop Cars and Stealing Guns
In what has become a recurring theme over the past few years, the Miami Police Department is, once again, struggling with theft and missing property. According

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By: Shaddi Abusaid, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Valley Cop To Appeal Drug Corruption Conviction

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Amazon’s Ring reportedly partners with more than 200 US police departments
Law enforcement across the country works with Ring
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Did Bill Barr Call His Shot? Unanswered Questions about FBI’s Foreknowledge of the El Paso Shooting
William Barr’s warning that a “major incident” could occur “at any time” and “galvanize public opinion” around the unpopular encryption back-door policy he has been seeking seems to have come true in the weeks since the attorney general made those statements.

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PD: Military police officer accused of molesting toddler in Mesa
Posted: 11:48 AM, Aug 07, 2019

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'Heartbreaking' Scene on Boston Streets as Police Destroy Wheelchairs Belonging to Homeless Residents
"Can we all agree that it is inhumane and cruel and a waste of resources to crush the wheelchairs of people who are living on the street after a car accident in a full body cast?"

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Florida cop Lester Brown charged for battering handcuffed migrant worker
By Jorge Fitz-Gibbon
August 7, 2019 |

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By ELIZABETH DOBBINS | edobbins@lowellsun.com | Lowell Sun
PUBLISHED: August 5, 2019 at 8:41 pm | UPDATED: August 6, 2019 at 12:32 pm

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WATCH: California Cops Slap Phone out of Man's Hand for Recording: 'He Hit Me!'

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A Georgia Cop was Fired for Stalking and Harassing Women
Former Sergeant Scott Martin is a certified creep.
ZURI DAVIS | 8.6.2019 3:55 PM

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Judge Orders Baton Rouge to Release Psych Report of Cop Who Killed Alton Sterling Amid Reports of Abuse, Unprofessional Behavior

Anne Branigin
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$7.5K settlement could end lawsuit claiming school cop ‘abandoned’ first-grader in empty home
Posted Aug 7, 10:56 AM

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Second former NOPD cop takes plea deal in Mid-City bar beating case

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Cop Points Gun at Photog Because He ‘Doesn’t Know’ What a GoPro Is

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MINTZ CBS NEWS August 7, 2019, 8:17 AM
St. Louis sergeant: There are white supremacists on the police force

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Two officers in north Minneapolis Christmas tree controversy have been fired
The officers were put on administrative leave shortly after a photo of the tree surfaced on social media. The police union is appealing the firings. 
By Libor Jany Star Tribune AUGUST 7, 2019 — 8:34

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August 7, 2019, 7:39 AM
Arizona police slam racial bias training: "Absolute worst training I've ever had"

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Exclusive: El Paso suspect's mother called police concerned about gun

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We asked 155 police departments about their racial bias training. Here's what they told us.

AUGUST 7, 2019 / 7:32 AM / CBS NEWS

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Former Mt. Pleasant police chief sues borough over firing

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FBI employees disciplined for unauthorized disclosures received lighter punishments after internal review, docs show
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Postby liminalOyster » Thu Aug 08, 2019 3:37 pm

New Map Reveals That At Least 231 Cities Have Partnered With Ring (VICE)

An interactive map, researched and compiled as a personal project by an incoming college senior, gives the most comprehensive view of Ring’s partnerships with law enforcement to date.
By Caroline Haskins
Aug 8 2019, 12:05pm


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Postby fruhmenschen » Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:54 am

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How and why did Jeffrey Epstein die? Did he commit suicide to escape an embarrassing trial and a lengthy prison sentence as a child rapist? Or did he know too much about too many powerful people who did not want to be implicated? In any case, any serious person would admit that the timing was most convenient.
It is also curious that he supposedly attempted suicide once before. So shouldn’t the authorities at a  federal facility have been monitoring him? Amazingly, Epstein reportedly had been taken off  “suicide watch” a few days ago.  Could somebody whose power extended into a federal prison have used that first attempt as cover for an “involuntary suicide?”
Are we allowed even to talk about such possibilities? Ever since the CIA in 1967 issued a memo recommending the use of terms like “conspiracy theorist” to discourage inquiries in non-consensus directions, the corporate media has marched in lockstep to that tune.
It has continuously deployed this disparaging term to cast a cloud over a diverse range of individuals who have  nothing in common. These range from those who accept the most outrageous default explanation for almost everything, to serious investigators who wonder if it is possible that, say, every powerful politician in America has been killed by a “lone nut” —  this, while in other countries, people assume a reasonable probability that more may have been going on.
Besides, we know that actual conspiracies happen all the time.  Just a few examples of notorious conspiracies include long-denied and covered-up but ultimately documented plots by America’s intelligence services in which elected foreign leaders were deposed and murdered.  Then there are large conspiracies of the sort found in the Iran-Contra Affair. And all the price-fixing conspiracies And of course the stuff of “true crime,” in which everyone from spouses and lovers to business partners and enemies get together with others and secretly work out how to snuff someone.
What of Epstein? Does he seem like the sort that someone else might want out of the way?
Not only did association with him hang over a former and a current president, a corporate titan and a member of the British royal family, but also all manner of wealthy and famous people, plus a particularly voluble and litigious lawyer and const

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Deep State: Threats

https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/br ... story.html

“NOW HE CAN DO WHATEVER HE WANTS:” NYPD lieutenant accused of sexually harassing female precinct employee now works for Internal Affairs Bureau


AUG 12, 2019 | 6:00 AM

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/ ... ark-outcry

Hong Kong protests: brutal undercover police tactics spark outcry
Footage of helmeted protesters suddenly making arrests causes concern after weekend of intense clashes

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Coal is over': the miners rooting for the Green New Deal
Appalachia’s main industry is dying and some workers are looking to a new economic promise after Trump’s proves empty

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Olympic Games 2020
Concerns rise with Tokyo heat after rowers treated at Olympic test event
* British athlete among those treated for heatstroke
* Concerns also raised about wellbeing of spectators

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Jeffrey Epstein feared cellmate, a muscle-bound ex-cop charged in murder who was moved before financier's death: report

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Chicago cop in trouble after Hulk Hogan live-streams ride along on airport tarmac

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Probe of Michigan Police Officer's KKK Document May Lead to New Investigation of 2009 Shooting.

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Federal Judge Orders Release of Cop's Employment Record in Excessive Force Video

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Baltimore cop gets nine months in jail for pummeling suspect

https://meduza.io/en/feature/2019/08/12 ... o-his-name

A masked Moscow riot cop gut-punched a woman last Saturday. Now there’s a 100,000-ruble reward for information leading to his name.
6:08 am, August 12, 2019Source: Meduza

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Connecticut Cop Arrested for Alleged $57,000 Medicaid Fraud

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Texas Detective Sentenced to Prison for Helping Drug Cartels Deliver 1000 Kilos

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Pennsylvania Judge Rules Vehicle Search Prompted by Only Marijuana Odor Illegal

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WATCH: Cops Tackle, Arrest Man for Giving Finger, Saying F the Police

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Trooper Rips Out Car Window: "I'm not Going to Talk to You Through a Crack!"

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LA. Deputy Investigating Teen Girl's Rape Sentenced to 3 Years for Raping her

https://www.nbcnewyork.com/on-air/as-se ... 47581.html

Cop says Shoot 50 cent

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Photo: Orange County Jail
Florida cops arrested a 26-year-old man Friday after he threatened to shoot up a Walmart—FBI Still Fixated on ‘Black Identity Extremists’

Anne Branigin
Yesterday 12:19pmFiled to: PR

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Why Heather Heyer's name isn't on FBI hate crime list
In August 2017, a neo-Nazi drove his car into counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing Heather Heyer and injuring many more. But if you look at the federal hate crimes report, it's like it never happened at all. CNN's Sara Sidner reports.Source: CNN

https://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2019 ... p-judicia/

Clinton operatives fed false information to FBI on Trump, review of interview reveals

https://www.wsj.com/articles/fbi-and-fa ... 1565277021

Why would FBI agents create mass shooting events?

FBI Surveillance Proposal Sets Up Clash With Facebook
Agency solicits vendor proposals to collect data from Facebook, other social media to head off safety threats

https://whowhatwhy.org/2018/04/04/the-f ... ssination/

A Look at Who Really Killed Martin Luther King

The evidence that James Earl Ray did not kill Martin Luther King is overwhelming. As the Washington Post recently pointed out, famed attorney William Pepper stands astride all of the information and work that has uncovered the truth.
Pepper was a friend of King in the last years of his life. Some years after King’s death, Pepper went on to represent James Earl Ray in his guilty plea and subsequent conviction. But Pepper believes that Ray was framed by the FBI, the CIA, the military, the Memphis police, and organized crime figures from New Orleans and Memphis.
In this WhoWhatWhy podcast, William Pepper talks to Jeff Schechtman about the totality of the case. He tells of his initial interview with Ray, 40 years ago, and why it became clear to him right away that Ray was innocent. Pepper explains that Ray had no motive for the shooting, that he acted at the direction of his handler, a man named “Raoul,” with clear ties to Hoover and the FBI.
Pepper explains how, over the years, the evidence has mounted about Hoover’s hatred of King, which lay behind the FBI’s unending surveillance of King and the entire civil rights movement, and why Hoover sent his number two man, Clyde Tolson, to Memphis to help oversee the assassination of King and to help set up Ray as the patsy.
It’s a story that actually begins a half century ago today, in a hospital emergency room in Memphis. Pepper thinks it’s possible that King did not die from the gunshot wound — but that he was actually murdered in that emergency room.
William F. Pepper is the author of The Plot to Kill King: The Truth Behind the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Skyhorse Publishing,  January 16, 2018).

https://whowhatwhy.org/2019/08/11/the-t ... heft-auto/

The Terrible Toll of Grand Theft Auto
Reading Time: 4 minutes
How many fatalities on the world’s roads does Super Mario Kart cause each year? What role did the game Call of Duty play in the invasion of Iraq? And when will the video game industry be held to account for the carnage it causes?

http://ticklethewire.com/2019/08/12/fbi ... -theories/

Organization who assassinated Epstein and Dr King investigate the crime.
FBI Investigates Epstein’s ‘Apparent Suicide’ Amid Mounting Conspiracy Theories


Welcome to our website about the murder of Vince Foster, Deputy White House Counsel under President Clinton.  Brett Kavanaugh was in charge of the Foster death investigation and led the cover-up inside the Office of the Independent Counsel.  A federal court ordered Independent Counsel Ken Starr to include evidence, found in government records, of an FBI cover-up, to the final Report. 

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Failure of the Public Trust, FBI cover-up.com : Proof of FBI and OIC Cover-Up in: John; Knowlton, Patrick; Turley, Hugh Clarke: Amazon.com: Books
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Jeffrey Epstein’s Death Stinks

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The List of Clinton Associates Who Allegedly Died Mysteriously. Check It Out.
August 10, 2016 at 7:57 am
Filed Under:2016, bill clinton, Clinton, Clinton death list, Hillary Clinton, mysterious Clinton deaths, Politics
This is a message that began being forwarded via email in the mid-1990s of various Bill and Hillary Clinton associates alleged to have died under mysterious circumstances. This conspiracy theory continued to resurrect itself during Hillary Clinton’s 2008 and 2016 presidential bids.

1- James McDougal – Clintons convicted Whitewater partner died of an apparent heart attack, while in solitary confinement. He was a key witness in Ken Starr’s investigation.
2 – Mary Mahoney – A former White House intern was murdered July 1997 at a Starbucks Coffee Shop in Georgetown .. The murder …happened just after she was to go public w:th her story of sexual harassment in the White House.
3 – Vince Foster – Former White House counselor, and colleague of Hillary Clinton at Little Rock’s Rose Law firm. Died of a gunshot wound to the head, ruled a suicide.
4 – Ron Brown – Secretary of Commerce and former DNC Chairman. Reported to have died by impact in a plane crash. A pathologist close to the investigation reported that there was a hole in the top of Brown’s skull resembling a gunshot wound. At the time of his death Brown was being investigated, and spoke publicly of his willingness to cut a deal with prosecutors. The rest of the people on the plane also died. A few days later the Air Traffic controller commited suicide.
5 – C. Victor Raiser, II – Raiser, a major player in the Clinton fund raising organization died in a private plane crash in July 1992.
6 – Paul Tulley – Democratic National Committee Political Director found dead in a hotel room in Little Rock , September 1992. Described by Clinton as a “dear friend and trusted advisor”.
7 – Ed Willey – Clinton fundraiser, found dead November 1993 deep in the woods in VA of a gunshot wound to the head. Ruled a suicide. Ed Willey died on the same day his wife Kathleen Willey claimed Bill Clinton groped her in the oval office in the White House. Ed Willey was involved in several Clinton fund raising events.
8 – Jerry Parks – Head of Clinton’s gubernatorial security team in Little Rock .. Gunned down in his car at a deserted intersection outside Little Rock Park’s son said his father was building a dossier on Clinton He allegedly threatened to reveal this information. After he died the files were mysteriously removed from his house.
9 – James Bunch – Died from a gunshot suicide. It was reported that he had a “Black Book” of people which contained names of influential people who visited prostitutes in Texas and Arkansas
10 – James Wilson – Was found dead in May 1993 from an apparent hanging suicide. He was reported to have ties to Whitewater..
11 – Kathy Ferguson – Ex-wife of Arkansas Trooper Danny Ferguson, was found dead in May 1994, in her living room with a gunshot to her head. It was ruled a suicide even though there were several packed suitcases, as if she were going somewhere. Danny Ferguson was a co-defendant along with Bill Clinton in the Paula Jones lawsuit Kathy Ferguson was a possible corroborating witness for Paula Jones.
12 – Bill Shelton – Arkansas State Trooper and fiancee of Kathy Ferguson. Critical of the suicide ruling of his fiancee, he was found dead in June, 1994 of a gunshot wound also ruled a suicide at the grave site of his fiancee.
13 – Gandy Baugh – Attorney for Clinton’s friend Dan Lassater, died by jumping out a window of a tall building January, 1994. His client was a convicted drug distributor.
14 – Florence Martin – Accountant & sub-contractor for the CIA, was related to the Barry Seal, Mena, Arkansas, airport drug smuggling case. He died of three gunshot wounds.
15 – Suzanne Coleman – Reportedly had an affair with Clinton when he was Arkansas Attorney General. Died of a gunshot w
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Reported Hate Crimes on the Rise, But Federal Prosecutions Drop
August 13, 2019

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August 9, 2019

BATON ROUGE, La. – A district court improperly dismissed an officer’s negligence claim against the organizer of a 2016 Black Lives Matter protest in Baton Rouge, the Fifth Circuit ruled. The officer alleges the organizer led demonstrators onto a highway and provoked an altercation between police and protestors, causing the officer’s injuries. 
The officer has sufficiently alleged that his injuries were the result of organizer DeRay Mckesson’s “own tortious conduct in organizing a foreseeably violent protest.”

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states ... ity-bureau

Baltimore Police Hire FBI Agent to Lead Integrity Bureau
Baltimore's Police Commissioner has named a senior FBI agent as the head of the department's Public Integrity Bureau, which oversees officer misconduct investigations and has faced criticism

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John Conditt

http://archive.boston.com/news/nation/a ... sex_abuse/

Retired FBI agent guilty of sex abuse
Was bureau's chief of internal affairs
By Associated Press  |  February 18, 2004
WASHINGTON -- The former chief internal watchdog at the FBI has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl and has admitted he had a history of molesting other children before he joined the bureau for what became a two-decade career.
John H. Conditt Jr., 53, who retired in 2001, was sentenced last week in Tarrant County Court in Fort Worth to 12 years in prison after he admitted he molested the daughter of two FBI agents after he retired. He acknowledged molesting at least two other girls before he began his law enforcement career, his lawyer said.
Conditt sought treatment for sex offenders after his arrest last year, said his attorney, Toby Goldsmith.
"The problem these people have is they don't really feel like it is their fault," Goldsmith said. "The treatment doesn't work unless you admit you are the one who instigated it, and he did that."
Conditt headed the internal affairs unit, which investigates agent wrongdoing, for the Office of Professional Responsibility at FBI headquarters in Washington from 1999 until June 2001, the FBI said.
FBI officials said yesterday they had no information suggesting Conditt had any problems during his career and he was never the subject of an investigation. Assistant District Attorney Mitch Poe of Tarrant County, who prosecuted

https://www.muckrock.com/foi/los-angele ... ant-76484/

Subject: California Public Records Act Request: Denial of CVE Grant

To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the California Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:
All documents, communications, reports, briefs, memorandums pertaining to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s decision to turn down federal funds for countering violent extremism, chronicled in the below article:
https://www.dailynews.com/2018/08/16/la ... s-process/
This includes all written communication, email and otherwise, between Mayor Garcetti’s Office and the Department of Homeland Security which discuss these “countering violent extremism” grant proposals.
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.
In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.
Ava Sasani

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/ ... oundup-89/

August 9, 2019
This week’s FOIA round-up: Interior was interested in FBI’s “gold standard” FOIA policy, AP collects data on medical marijuana cards, and an Arkansas judge rules clerk broke public records law
Plus, see the results of the Oregon Public Records Advisory Council survey
Written by Shafaq Patel (@shafaqpatel)
Edited by JPat Brown
In this week’s FOIA round-up, the Department of the Interior staff emails show employees were interested in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s “500-page per month” policy, the Associated Press created a new dataset by collecting information from each state to see why people wanted a medical marijuana card, and an Arkansas judge rules that a clerk broke state public-records laws, but cites as extenuating circumstances the clerk was acting on advice that they had received from state judicial authorities.
See a great use of public records we missed? Send over your favorite FOIA stories via email, on Twitter, or on Facebook, and maybe we will include them in the next roundup. And if you’d like even more inspiration, read past roundups.
Department of the Interior staff emails show employees were interested in FBI’s “gold standard” policy
Internal emails show that Department of the Interior employees looked to the FBI’s FOIA policies as a potential solution to the increase in number of requests. Rachel Spector, an official with Interior’s Office of the Solicitor, wrote to an FBI official seeking information on their procedures in an email stating, “Sorry to be so persistent, but we are scrambling to get our arms around a significant surge in FOIA requests.” Spector also referred to the Bureau’s FOIA program as “the gold standard.”

https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny ... story.html

Attorneys for alleged terrorist Sayfullo Saipov demand feds reveal wiretaps with ISIS supporters or drop death penalty for Hudson River bike path attack


AUG 12, 2019 | 2:03 PM

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Facial recognition software mistook 1 in 5 California lawmakers for criminals, says ACLU

http://ticklethewire.com/2019/08/13/bor ... ith-truck/

Border Patrol Agent Admits He ‘Intentionally Struck’ Migrant with Truck

https://www.muckrock.com/foi/united-sta ... ion-78805/

Subject: Freedom of Information Act Request: Jeffrey Epstein files (Federal Bureau of Investigation)
Dear Federal Bureau of Investigation:
This letter is a formal Freedom of Information Act request for the following records.
This request concerns records related to Jeffery E. Epstein, who died recently while in Federal custody.
As proof of death, and subject identification, please see:
https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/statemen ... ey-epstein
https://www.google.com/search?q=Jeffrey ... ms&tbm=nws
This request includes both state and Federal records, including any such records that may be in each others' possession.
# Expedited processing
I request that part A of this request receive maximally expedited processing, as it concerns journalistic interest in multiple breaking news stories of international significance. For the same reason, I note that the journalistic waiver request below is particularly strong.
Please pay particular attention to the request below for rolling updates. Please prioritize your response in the order of records that can be produced the most quickly (including consideration of e.g. time to review), and keep me appraised of progress, ETAs, and records in pipeline (e.g. pending search or processing).
For the purposes of expedited interim rolling updates only, please ignore the format provisions of this request if (and only if) providing the records in another format would be faster, and only to that extent, i.e. provide the records in the fastest possible manner (and otherwise as requested). If you use this clause, then please say so clearly, and provide such records in the proper requested format pursuant to non-expedited processing.
# Exemptions moot due to death
Because dead people have no Privacy Act rights, this FOIA request includes all records that would otherwise be covered by the Privacy Act. No PA or similar waiver will be provided on anyone's behalf.
Please note that all criminal investigations into or prosecutions of Jeffrey Epstein have automatically terminated by his death, and therefore you may not invoke 5 USC 552(b)(7)(A, B, C, or F), or (c)(1), as to Epstein. See e.g. Davis v. DOJ, 460 F.3d 92, 97-98 (D.C. Cir. 2007); Schrecker v. DOJ, 349 F.3d 657, 661 (D.C. Cir. 2003); and Vest v. Dep't of the Air Force, 793 F. Supp. 2d 103, 122 (D.D.C. 2011) (re (b)(7) of dead people).
You may not claim 552(b)(5) as to records more than 25 years old. Please note that some of the cases listed below predate that cut-off.
Furthermore, if you wish to claim 552(b)(6) exemption as to Epstein's personal privacy, you would need to surmount a very high burden of proof, especially given that what has already been disclosed about Epstein has made it nearly impossible for him to be defamed. Defamation requires that the new information harm his reputation. As a dead serial child sex abuser, he has no reputation left to be harmed. See e.g. Grandison v. DOJ, 600 F. Supp. 2d 103, 114 (D.D.C. 2009); Schoenman v. FBI, 763 F. Supp. 2d 173, 176 (D.D.C. 2011); and Summers v. DOJ, 517 F. Supp. 2d 231, 241 (D.D.C. 2007) (re (b)(6) of dead people). See also Rosenfeld v. DOJ, No. 07-3240, 2012 WL 710186, at *4 (N.D. Cal. Mar. 5, 2012) and Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Wash. v. DOJ, 846 F. Supp. 2d 63, 71 (D.D.C. 2012) (re public figure).
However, I do not facially challenge the ability to invoke:
* (b)(7)(D) (confidential sources)
* (b)(7)(E) (methods)
* (b)(7)(A) (as to enforcement proceedings against someone other than Epstein)
* (b)(7)(B) (as to a reasonably expected prosecution of someone other than Epstein)
* (b)(7)(C) (as to the personal privacy of someone other than Epstein)
* (b)(7)(F) (as to the safety of someone other than Epstein)
(and equivalent state law).
# Exemptions related to any judicial seal
I understand that several responsive records may currently be under seal in one or more courts.
For such records, I stipulate that you may invoke 552(b)(3) (or state law equivalents), and will not contest (b)(3) exemption claims while the seal is in place, provided that you furnish, for each such record:
a) a complete citation to both the sealed record (case name, case number, court, filing date, ECF #) and all order(s) sealing the record (same)
b) a statement detailing any exemptions you claim on that record, other than the mere fact of the order of seal
c) a statement of whether you would object to a press-intervenor motion to unseal the record, given Epstein's death
# Other Jeffrey Epsteins
Please exclude records relating to persons named Jeffrey Epstein who are not the one identified above (i.e. the billionaire repeat sex offender).
I have already made efforts to exclude, e.g. in the case listing below:
Jeffrey M. Epstein
Jeffrey A. Epstein
Jeffrey Epstein, a lawyer in federal practice
If any cases identified in fact are about a different Epstein, please say so, and exclude those records.
# Component delegation
This request covers every Federal Bureau of Investigation component, including component agencies, departments, offices, OIGs, etc. See "# Forwarding; multi-agency / multi-component records" below.
Please note that this request imposes an affirmative obligation to take immediate steps to preserve responsive records against spoliation, including both any automated or routine record deletion and any act by an employee to delete such records.
This is an explicit evidence preservation demand, and the documents sought relate to ongoing and/or currently contemplated litigation.
At your discretion, you may either apply only a single tracking number for the whole request tree (acting for all subcomponents), or each subcomponents may apply its own tracking numbers.
In either case, you are expected to strictly comply with 5 USC 552(a)(6) and (a)(7), and analogous state law.
In particular, you are expected to provide notice (by email) of all referrals made, and any other tracking numbers of which you are aware.
# Primary request
A. Jeffrey Epstein's file(s)
0. Omnibus covering request and specific pointers
For all portions of this request, you are requested to use the following as search terms and locations to search.
As an omnibus covering request, please provide all records about Jeffrey E. Epstein that are in the possession of; or held, maintained, or created by; each of the following:
a) Agencies, offices, & locations
* Federal
i) Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
ii) FBI Field Office - Miami (FBI Miami)
iii) FBI Field Office - New York (FBI NY)
iv) FBI Headquarters (FBI HQ)
v) Department of Justice (DOJ)
vi) DOJ Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR)
vii) U.S. Attorney's Office (USAO) for the Southern District of New York (SDNY)
viii) USAO for the Southern District of Florida (SDFL)
ix) USAO for the District of New Jersey (DNJ)
x) USAO for the Middle District of Florida (MDFL)
xi) Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)
* New York
xii) New York Office of the Governor (NY Gov)
xiii) New York Office of the Attorney General (NY AG)
xiv) Metropolitan Correctional Center, New York (MCC)
xv) NY City (NYC) Police Department (NYPD)
xvi) NY State Police (NYSP)
xvii) NYC Dep't of Correction (DOC) (NYC DOC)
xviii) NY Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (NY DOC)
* Florida
xix) Florida Office of the Governor (FL Gov)
xx) Florida Office of the Attorney General (FL AG)
xxi) Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE)
xxii) Florida State Attorney's (FLSA) Office for the 15th Judicial Circuit (15th Cir.)
xxiii) Palm Beach County police / Palm Beach Sheriff's Office (PBSO)
xxiv) Town of Palm Beach Police Department (PBPD)
b) People
i) U.S. Attorney (USA) Geoffrey Berman
ii) USA R. Alexander Acosta
iii) USA Wifredo A. Ferrer
iv) Assistant USA (AUSA) A. Marie Villafaña
v) AUSA Dexter A. Lee
vi) AUSA Eduard I. Sanchez
vii) AUSA Andrew Laurie
viii) AUSA Bruce Reinhart
ix) FBI Special Agent (S/A) Timothy R. Slater
x) FBI S/A Nesbitt E. Kuyrkendall
xi) Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
xii) FLSA Barry Krischer
xiii) PBSO Sheriff Ric Bradshaw
xiv) PBSO Colonel Michael Gauger
xv) PBSO Captain David Sleeth
xvi) Chief Karen Atkinson (N. Div. 1)
c) Cases
Feinberg, et al v. Gonsalves, et al, No. 1:86-cv-749 (D.D.C.)
Stroll v. Epstein, No. 1:92-cv-1021, 818 F.Supp. 640 (S.D.N.Y. 1993)
USA v. Epstein, et al, No. 1:92-mj-2283 (S.D.N.Y.)
USA v. Epstein, et al, No. 1:93-cr-193 (E.D.N.Y.)
USA v. Epstein, No. 1:93-mj-73 (E.D.N.Y.)
Pierce Segerberg PC, et al v. Epstein, No. 1:95-cv-1109 (D. Colo.)
USA v. Epstein, et al, No. 1:96-cv-8307, 27 F.Supp.2d 404 (S.D.N.Y. 1998)
Mamberg f/k/a Epstein v. Epstein, 272 AD 2d 200, 707 N.Y.S.2d 439 (N.Y. App. Div., 1st Dept. 2000)
Epstein v. Epstein, 289 AD 2d 78, 734 N.Y.S.2d 144 (N.Y. App. Div., 1st Dept. 2001)
Financial Trust Company & Epstein v Citibank, No. 02-cv-108, (D.V.I.), 268 F.Supp.2d 561 (2003); 351 F.Supp.2d 329 (2004)
Citibank, N.A. v. Epstein, et al, No. 1:02-cv-5332 (S.D.N.Y.)
Shanks v. Wexner et al, No. 2:02-cv-7671 (E.D. Pa.)
Securities and Exchange Commission v. Glick et al, No. 1:04-cv-10801 (D. Mass.)
Coronel v. ADVO, Inc et al, No. 3:06-cv-1457 (D. Conn.)
Golden v. Harding et al, No. 3:06-cv-1470 (D. Conn.)
Kelleher v. ADVO, Inc et al, No. 3:06-cv-1422 (D. Conn.)
Field v. ADVO, Inc et al, No. 3:06-cv-1481 (D. Conn.)
In re Investigation of Jeffrey Epstein, No. 06-cf-945AXXXMB (Fla. 15th J. Cir.)
Williamson v. Culbro Corp. Pension Fund & Epstein, 41 A.D.3d 229, 838 N.Y.S.2d 524 (N.Y. App. Div., 1st Dept. 2007)
Highland Crusader Offshore Partners v. Terrestar Corp., No. 600320/08, 2008 NY Slip Op 32843 (N.Y. Cty. Oct. 14, 2008)
Cordero v. Epstein, 22 Misc. 3d 161, 869 N.Y.S.2d 725 (N.Y. Cty. 2008)
Ava a/k/a Cordero v. New York Post, No. 115597/07, 2008 NY Slip Op 51281 (N.Y. Cty. June 24, 2008)
Ava a/k/a Cordero v. New York Post, 64 A.D.3d 407, 885 N.Y.S.2d 247m 2009 NY Slip Op 5611 (N.Y. App. Div., 1st Dept. 2009)
Doe et al v. Epstein, No. 9:08-cv-80069 (S.D. Fla.)
Doe v. Epstein, No. 9:08-cv-80119 (S.D. Fla.)
Doe v. Epstein, No. 9:08-cv-80232 (S.D. Fla. Feb. 12, 2009)
Doe v. Epstein, No. 9:08-cv-80380 (S.D. Fla.)
Doe v. Epstein, No. 9:08-cv-80381, 611 F.Supp.2d 1339 (S.D. Fla. 2009)
Doe v. Epstein et al, No. 9:09-cv-80469 (S.D. Fla.)
Doe v. Epstein, No. 9:09-cv-80591 (S.D. Fla.)
Doe v. Epstein, No. 9:09-cv-80656 (S.D. Fla.)
Does v. USA, No. 08-cv-80736 (S.D. Fla.); 817 F.Supp.2d 1337 (2011); 950 F.Supp.2d 1262 (2013); 2015 WL 11254692 (Apr. 7, 2015); _ (July 6, 2015); 359 F.Supp.3d 1201 (2019)
* Non-prosecution agreement from In re Epstein filed at ECF No. 361-62, Feb. 10, 2016
* Appeals: Nos. 13-12923-C, 13-12926-C, 13-12928-C, & 19-10036-H (11th Cir.)
Doe v. Epstein, No. 9:09-cv-80802 (S.D. Fla. Nov. 18, 2009)
Doe v. Epstein et al, No. 9:08-cv-80804 (S.D. Fla. Oct. 3, 2008)
C.M.A. v. Epstein et al, No. 9:08-cv-80811 (S.D. Fla.)
Doe v. Epstein, No. 9:08-cv-80893 (S.D. Fla.)
Doe v. Epstein, No. 9:08-cv-80993 (S.D. Fla.)
Doe v. Epstein, No. 9:08-cv-80994 (S.D. Fla. Feb. 12, 2009)
Epstein v. State, No. 4D09-2554, 16 So. 3d 315 (Fla. D. App., 4th Dist. 2009)
Palm Beach Marine Construction, Inc. v. Epstein, No. 9:09-cv-80175 (S.D. Fla.)
L.M. v. Espstein, No. 9:09-cv-81092 (S.D. Fla.)
Molyneux et al v. Epstein, No. 3:10-cv-34 (D.V.I.)
Orseck v. Epstein, No. 1:10-cv-21586 (S.D. Fla.)
Doe v. Epstein, No. 9:10-cv-80309 (S.D. Fla.)
C.L. v. Epstein, No. 9:10-cv-80447 (S.D. Fla.)
J. v. Epstein et al, No. 9:10-cv-81107 (S.D. Fla.)
J. v. Epstein et al, No. 9:10-cv-81108 (S.D. Fla.)
J. v. Epstein et al, No. 9:10-cv-81109 (S.D. Fla.)
J. v. Epstein et al, No. 9:10-cv-81110 (S.D. Fla.)
J. v. Epstein et al, No. 9:10-cv-81111 (S.D. Fla.)
People v. Epstein, Indict. No. 30129/2010 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2010)
In re Edwards, No. 112345/10, 2011 NY Slip Op 31081 (N.Y. Cty. April 12, 2011)
People v. Epstein, No. 6081, 89 A.D. 3d 570, 933 N.Y.S.2d 239 (N.Y. App. Div., 1st Dept. 2011)
Irving H. Picard v. Kahn et al, No. 1:12-cv-2620 (S.D.N.Y.)
Edwards v. Epstein, No. 4D14-2282, 178 So. 3d 942 (Fla. D. App., 4th Dist. 2014)
Giuffre v. Edwards, No. 4D16-1847, 226 So. 3d 1034 (Fla. D. App., 4th Dist. 2017)
Doe v. Black, No. 13-usc-12923, 749 F.3d 999 (11th Cir. 2014)
Doe v. Epstein, No. 13-usc-12926 (11th Cir.)
Lederer v. N.Y. Daily News, No. 650400/15, 2016 NY Slip Op 31394 (N.Y. Cty. July 8, 2016)
Ransome v. Epstein and Maxwell, No. 15-cv-7433 (S.D.N.Y.), ECF No. 496 (Nov. 2, 2016); 221 F.Supp.3d 472 (Nov. 21, 2016); _ (April 27, 2017); ECF No. 892 (May 3, 2017); 325 F.Supp.3d 428 (2018); _ (Feb. 25, 2019)
Johnson v. Trump et al, No. 5:16-cv-797 (C.D. Cal.)
Hoffenberg v. Epstein et al, No. 1:16-cv-3989 (S.D.N.Y.)
Doe v. Trump et al, No. 1:16-cv-4642 (S.D.N.Y.)
Doe v. Trump et al, No. 1:16-cv-7673 (S.D.N.Y.)
Giuffre v. Epstein, No. 9:16-mc-81608 (S.D. Fla.)
Giuffre v. Maxwell, No. 16-cv-3945 (2d Cir.)
Doe (Ransome) v. Epstein et al, No. 1:17-cv-616 (S.D.N.Y.)
Brown v. Maxwell, Nos. 18-2868-cv, 16-3945-cv(L), 17-1625 (CON), 17-1722(CON) (2d Cir. July 3, 2019)
Giuffre v. Maxwell, No. 17-cv-1625 (2d Cir.)
Giuffre v. Maxwell, No. 17-cv-1722 (2d Cir.)
Giuffre v. Maxwell, No. 18-cv-2868 (2d Cir.)
Gerber et al v. The Financial Trust Company et al, No. 1:18-cv-7580 (S.D.N.Y.)
Epstein v. Brunel, No. 3D18-1997 (Fla. D. App., 3d Dist. April 24, 2019)
Edwards v. Epstein (Fla. Palm Beach County Court, 2018)
USA v. Epstein, No. 1:19-cr-490 (S.D.N.Y. July 18, 2019)
USA v. Epstein, No. 19-cr-2221 (2d Cir.)
Unknown sealed grand jury proceedings, indictments, or other criminal cases against Epstein, likely in SDNY, SDFL, MDFL, DNJ, and/or Fla. 15th Cir., or equivalent state jurisdictions
d) Press coverage & witness references
See e.g:
https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/statemen ... ey-epstein
https://edition-m.cnn.com/2019/08/06/us ... index.html
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/ ... 68342.html
https://edition-m.cnn.com/2019/07/25/us ... index.html
https://www.courthousenews.com/wp-conte ... n-bail.pdf
https://www.politico.com/f/?id=00000169 ... fff4490000
https://www.scribd.com/document/4212428 ... f-s-office
https://www.courtlistener.com/recap/gov ... .304.1.pdf
https://www.courtlistener.com/recap/gov ... .291.0.pdf
# Specific records by respondent / originating agency
The following sub-parts give more specific directions by respondent / originating agency.
Please provide all records you have about Epstein. These records are expected to be primarily related to surveillance, investigation, prosecution, transportation, incarceration, or carceral medical treatment of Epstein; any general dossier(s) about Epstein; and any of the cases listed above.
a) Please search
i) your automated indices
ii) the older general (manual) indices.
iii) the ELSUR electronic surveillance indices.
iv) all Field Offices, in particular those assigned to or located in MDFL, SDFL, SDNY, DNJ, & 15th Cir.
b) Please include any records related to Epstein's death, and his earlier injury, including photographs, medical records, autopsy, etc.
Please provide all records you have about Epstein. These records are expected to be primarily related to determinations about pursuing criminal charges against Epstein, review of prosecutorial decisions; ethics / professional responsibility / etc investigations into prosecutors assigned to Epstein; and any of the cases listed above.
a) Please note that this explicitly includes both the recent prosecution of Epstein, and the earlier state prosecutions & investigations which were Federally paralleled by investigation, consideration, and negotiations (though not resulting in a separate Federal indictment).
b) This includes related OPR & FDLE investigations, such as those into Acosta and Kirscher.
Please provide all records you have about Epstein. These records are expected to be primarily related to transportation, incarceration, or carceral medical treatment of Epstein, and any general dossier about Epstein.
a) Please include both HQ / non-local records, and those local to every facility or office in which Epstein was held or transported (however briefly).
b) Please include any records related to Epstein's death, and his earlier injury, including photographs, medical records, autopsy, etc.
# General
For all of the above, you may exclude any records that are part of the public (unsealed) record in any of the cases listed above, and are requested to do so if it would limit (rather than expand) any burdens related to search or production of records.
For all of the above, please first apply and act on a reasonable interpretation of the most likely sources of non-public records of possible public interest, so as to expedite at least partial release of responsive records.
Then, please contact me (at the email below) with an explanation of what records you are likely to have, how difficult they might be to find or produce (e.g. where they might be located, what parts would be more burdensome than others and why, etc), and I will work with you to narrow the request to suit your record storage practices, exclude records that are of no public interest, and limit the burdens of search or production.
Please note that in order to effectively negotiate a narrowing, I would need you to first provide me with such details. I do not know your storage practices and cannot divine where you may or may not have relevant records, nor can I name a specific record without knowing what the options are. I will be most able to narrow the request if provided with options for what to potentially include or exclude.
Fiat Fiendum FOIA template
Version 5.0
# FOIA template structure
All content after the version number line above, except for the contact details at the very end, is part of my standard FOIA request template and identical between all of my FOIA requests. The provisions below are generally applicable to all FOIA / Privacy Act requests that I make.
There is one exception: the contact details below my signature at the very bottom (provided by MuckRock) are different for each request. Please use the distinct contact details matching each request, to ensure that your responses are correctly tracked.
The template provisions specify e.g. additional requests relating to my FOIA/PA requests themselves, form and format, timing, redaction & review, rolling updates, § 508 compliance, identity, fee waiver, my identity, and the like. They apply to this request, but are not specific to it.
If anything in the request-specific section above explicitly overrides anything in this template section, the request-specific section controls. If there is any ambiguity about such an override, please ask me for clarification.
The version number above is provided to make it easier for you to process my requests. Since all content (except contact info) below identical version number lines is identical between my requests, you need track only the request-specific portions (at the top) and the latest version of my general provisions.
Please read each new version carefully, as updates generally contain substantive changes.
## Template version updates
If you receive any FOIA request from me with a newer template version number than any pending prior FOIA requests from me, please replace the template portion of all prior requests with the updated version, treat the update as a clarification of and/or extension to the prior request, and process each updated request accordingly. Do not close the original request or change its request date. If you are permitted by law to refuse to honor such an update, and you choose to exercise that refusal, please process any differences between the new version and the prior version as a new FOIA request in its own right.
# Additional FOIA requests
In addition to the records specified in the request-specific section above, I also request:
B. all records relating to the fulfillment of this request, such as FOIA logs, documentation of searches, referral emails, etc.
This part of the request is to be processed only after you have completed processing all of the above parts. This part does not request that you create any new record; rather, it requests the records that you will have created in processing the above parts, and will therefore exist before you conduct the search for this part. See McGehee v. CIA, 697 F. 2d 1095, 1100-05 (D.C. Cir. 1983) (agency must use time-of-search cut-off date, not time-of-request).
C. all records relating to any complaint(s), FOIA request(s)/appeal(s), and/or Privacy Act request(s)/appeal(s) made by me. This includes, but is not limited to:
1. all records relating to the processing my previous requests, complaints, etc;
2. all records containing the terms my name, email address(es), and other contact or identifying information, listed below my signature; and
3. all records containing any of my complaint, request or appeal identifiers.
Parts (B) and (C) must be processed only after you have processed the items above that line, i.e. such that at the time of the search, the records described will have already been created at the time you conduct the search. Part (C) must be processed after part (B) is completed.
Parts (B) and (C) may overlap with similar prior requests. However, the cut-off date is, at earliest, the date that you complete search on all of the above items. If you wish to administratively merge this request with a prior similar request, I consent on condition that you extend the cut-off date for the prior request, and provide rolling updates. Otherwise, you must treat this as a new request.
For all responsive records, I also request:
1. all parts of the record (i.e. no portion of a record with some responsive portion may be considered "non-responsive");
2. all versions of the record, whether or not currently in use;
3. all record metadata, such as dates on which they were drafted, passed, went into effect, withdrawn, or similar events; person(s) / office(s) responsible; authors; IDs; revision numbers; etc.;
4. a detailed index of all claims of exemption/privilege, regardless of whether the record is claimed to be exempt in whole or in part;
access to inspect the record directly, in its native electronic format; and
5. if any classification applies, mandatory declassification review (MDR) under E.O. 13526, and the result of the MDR, including any declassified records.
"All parts of the record" means that the "record" should be considered to be the most comprehensive record with any responsive portion. For instance:
a) if any portion of an email is responsive, the entire contents of all email thread(s) to which that email belongs is also responsive (including attachments);
b) if a record is part of a larger record, such as a responsive table that is in a chapter of a report, then the entire larger record (e.g. the full report) is responsive, together with any appendices, amendments, etc.;
c) if a record is part of a book, the entire book is responsive;
d) if a record is part of a database, all related database records are responsive;
"Related database records" has the technical meaning used in relational database management systems (such as SQL). It recursively includes all directly and indirectly related records (starting with all responsive records, include as responsive the full row of each, and recursively include as responsive all rows for which any responsive record has a foreign key or is referenced by a foreign key), together with the schema for all responsive records.
Items in part (D) should be prioritized at the same level as the record they apply to.
# Timing
For all requests above, the "cut-off date" is, at the earliest, the date that you conduct the search.
The priority order listed above is only for items that may take extra time to respond to, and must not be taken as blocking response to an otherwise lower priority item that could be released more quickly than a higher priority item that is pending time-intensive search or review.
# FOIA IA notice
Please note that this request is made after the enactment of Public Law No. 114-185, S. 337 (114th), the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 (FOIA IA). The revised statute, as specified in the FOIA IA, applies to this request. FOIA IA § 6.
In particular, please note that:
1. you must provide electronic format documents, §§ 552(a)(2) (undesignated preceding text), 552(a)(2)(E) (undesignated following text), 552(a)(3)(B), and 552(a)(3)(C);
2. you may not specify an appeal duration less than 90 days, § 552(a)(6)(C)(A)(i)(III)(aa);
3. you may not withhold any record unless "the agency reasonably foresees that disclosure would harm an interest protected by an exemption described in subsection (b), or disclosure is prohibited by law", § 552(a)(8)(A)(i);
4. you must segregate and partially release records where possible, §§ 552(a)(8)(A)(ii) and 552(b) (undesignated matter following (b)(9)); and
5. you may not claim deliberative process exemption for records more than 25 years old, § 552(b)(5).
# "Record" defined
For the purposes of this request, except as otherwise specified, "record" means any agreement, appendix, application, assessment, attachment, checklist, circular, contract, correspondence (including but not limited to email), data management plan, documentation of search parameters, email, email attachment, form, guide, handbook, index of records, information consent agreement, information sharing agreement, instruction, interpretation, kit, management instruction, manual, memorandum, memorandum of understanding, notice, notification, opinion, order, plan, policy, policy statement, processing note, publication, recording, referral, report, request certification form, request detail report, response, rule, script, standard operating procedure, submission, talking point, training document, video, or related record described, regardless of publication status.
# Anti-duplication exclusion
This request specifically excludes providing me with new copies of any records which have been already provided to me or published online for free (e.g. on the agency's online "reading room"), in full or identically to the form that would be provided to me under this request (i.e. with exactly the same format, redactions, and claimed exemptions).
This is only an exclusion on providing records under this request that are identical to those already provided to me or available online, and only if I am or have already been provided a link to the online version (if "available online").
This exclusion is only intended to limit unnecessary duplication or provision, not to limit what records are responsive to this request, nor to permit failure to disclose the location of a responsive record available online. If this exclusion would in any way increase the cost or duration to respond to this request, it is to be ignored to the extent it does so.
This request is to be treated as separate from all others that I have filed.
# Forwarding; multi-agency / multi-component records
Please forward this request to the FOIA office of every agency component and subcomponent that may have responsive records for independent processing, with a copy to me.
This request includes any records held jointly by your agency in conjunction with any other agency and/or department, in interagency and/or interdepartmental systems of records, or by other agencies or third parties (including contractors) acting pursuant to any agreement with your agency.
# Minimal redaction
Please note that the FOIA requires you to service the maximum extent of my request that can be done via e.g. partial redaction of exempt material. If you believe some portions of a record to be exempt because it contains Sensitive Security Information (SSI, 49 CFR 15 & 1520) or classified information (18 USC 798), please provide a version of the record redacted to the minimum extent necessary to remove exempt information (e.g. per 49 CFR 1520.15), along with adequate information to describe the reason for each specific exemption.
## Redaction of repeatedly occurring content
When redacting any content that appears more than once in the full set of responsive records, please assign a replacement identifier for each, so that your redaction does not obfuscate the commonality.
For example, suppose that responsive records include the names Alice, Bob, Charlie, and Diego, and you determine that each of those names are redactable (e.g. under (b)(7)(C)). Rather than redacting each with only the text "(b)(7)(C)", replace each instance of "Alice" with "(b)(7)(C) - Person 1", each instance of "Bob" with "(b)(7)(C) - Person 2", etc. This e.g. withholds Alice's identity while not withholding the fact of commonality between occurrences.
Please use reasonably descriptive identifiers. For instance, if Elizabeth's name is not redacted but her personal cellphone number is, and that cellphone number appears e.g. both in her email signature and elsewhere by itself, it should in both cases be redacted with the same descriptive identifier, such as "[Alice's cell #]". For documents, this can be specified in the margins. If space or file format does not permit you to do so, then please use a short code (e.g. "[#52]", and provide a table matching codes to full identifiers in your response letter.
If you make any such redactions, please keep but do not provide a table matching codes/identifiers to the redacted content, for use in case your redaction is examined or overturned on appeal or in litigation.
This is a form and format request pertaining to your process of redaction. Because it only applies in situations when you have already exercised the voluntary decision to alter the records from the original form requested, you have necessarily waived any objection to this section "creating a new record", since your act of redaction itself already "makes a new record" in that limited sense. This is only about how you do a redaction you have already decided to make.
This provision limits the scope of your redaction to the minimum possible extent, so that even if you decide to withhold some particular piece of content, you do not also withhold the fact of its being the same as the same content appearing elsewhere. That fact is itself metadata that is explicitly requested as part of this request.
If you decide that the mere fact of two pieces of content being the same is itself withholdable, then please redact it using an identifier that encodes only the reason, and provide a table matching those reason-only identifiers to justifications in your response letter.
# Estimates and rolling updates
In order to help tailor my request, please provide an upfront estimate of the time and cost it will take to complete this request, broken down any significant factors that would affect cost to service, number of records in each category, and your estimate of how many records in the category are likely to be exempt.
Please provide me with incremental updates, with updated estimates for fulfillment of the remainder, rather than having the entirety of the request be blocked until fully completed.
# No new records; electronic & original format
This request does not ask you to create new records.
If you determine that a response would require creating a new record that you do not want to create, please first contact me by email with an explanation of what records you have that would most closely match the information requested and might be acceptable substitutes, so that we can reasonably tailor the request.
In particular, I specifically request that you do not create new documents in response to this request that are modifications of a digital record, such as page-view images, print views, scans, or the like. No such creation or substitution is authorized by FOIA or the Privacy Act.
However, if the same or similar records are held in both electronic and paper formats, this request includes both the paper and electronic versions. The paper version and the digital version are distinct records, and each may contain distinct information such as handwritten or other markings on the paper copy and embedded metadata in the electronic version.
I specifically request both the original, electronic format record, and (if it contains any additional markings) the paper record.
To the extent that the native electronic format is proprietary or otherwise not in format accessible by widely available, open source software, I also request
1. an export of the proprietary format into a standard, open format, as described below, and
2. all proprietary software necessary to use and understand the original, proprietary format records.
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