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Records: FBI agent who shot at Grand Rapids officer was on trip from Las Vegas
FBI agent in custody after shooting at Grand RFBI agent arrested after allegedly shooting at police

December 06, 2016

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - An FBI agent is in custody after police say he shot at a Grand Rapids officer outside a gym.

It happened around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Planet Fitness on 28th Street in Grand Rapids. 

While investigating this incident, WZZM 13 found through Kent County court records that the 35-year-old suspect is FBI agent Rueben Hernandez. He was in town from Las Vegas on business. Court records indicate he arrived in Grand Rapids on Monday and was booked Tuesday into the Kent County Jail.

According to Grand Rapids police, Hernandez walked into the Planet Fitness gym and showed off a gun. Reports indicated that he fired three shots near Lake Eastbrook Boulevard.

At the time, about seven people were inside the gym -- no one was hurt. When Grand Rapids police arrived on scene, police say Hernandez fired at a Grand Rapids sergeant and the officer did not return fire.

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NYPD sergeant suspended after Long Island drunken driving arrest
Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 1:48 PM

Lynda Chervoni, 39, was suspended after a drunk driving arrest. (ANTHONY DEPRIMO/STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE)
An NYPD sergeant whose job is to screen department candidates has been suspended after she was arrested for drunken driving in Long Island, officials said.

Sgt. Lynda Chervoni, 39, was pulled over on the Long Island Expressway in Roslyn Heights after several people complained she was swerving

Robert E. Hecht Sr., savings and loan executive, dies
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Beginning in 1954, he was an FBI special agent until being injured in a gun incident in 1959 at Quantico, Va. In 1959, Mr. Hecht joined what was then Baltimore ... ... -1.2900659

SEE IT: NYPD cop caught on video playing dice on Bronx street
with suspect unattended in cruiser
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Donald Trump and his intended attorney general signal a dramatic shift for reforms
Trump’s Department of Justice could kill police reform
Dec 5, 2016
If and when Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions assumes the role of United States attorney general in Donald Trump’s new administration, he will inherit a Department of Justice that has devoted considerable attention and resources to police reform over the past eight years

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The Ghost of Roy Cohn
by Paul David Collins ©, May 7th, 2007

Her name is Deborah Jeane Palfrey and she has Washington circles worried. Why are powerful and important people breaking into a sweat when they hear Palfrey’s name? Deborah Jeane Palfrey’s former company, Pamela Martin and Associates, was a prostitution service that was patronized by people high up on the American political totem pole . Furthermore, Palfrey is in a position to ruin a lot of political careers. Her lawyer, Montgomery Blair Sibley, claims he has:

been contacted by five lawyers recently, asking whether their clients’ names are on Palfrey’s list of 10,000 to 15,000 phone numbers. Some, Sibley said, have inquired about whether accommodations could be made to keep their identities private.

The Palfrey scandal has already cost one person his job. Randall L. Tobias resigned from his position as deputy secretary of state after admitting to ABC’s Brian Ross that he was a client of Pamela Martin and Associates . Deborah Jeane Palfrey is definitely in a position to blackmail the powerful and influential. This begs a question: Is Palfrey’s outfit part of an operation connected to the intelligence community that keeps politicians in line with the Establishment agenda through a system of sexual rewards and punishments?

In an interview with former NYPD detective James Rothstein, this author discovered that such operations do exist and go far back into America’s secret history. Rothstein is no conspiracy theorist. He is a legend in American law enforcement and speaks from experience. Furthermore, he gave me two notable examples from his time as a detective. Rothstein had an opportunity to have a sit-down with infamous McCarthy committee counsel Roy Cohn. During this sit-down, Cohn admitted to Rothstein that he was part of a rather elaborate sexual blackmail operation that compromised politicians with child prostitutes (Rothstein, no pagination). Cohn told Rothstein that this operation was being carried out as part of the anticommunist crusade of the time

Rothstein also had an opportunity to speak to infamous Watergate burglar Frank Sturgis. During this conversation, Sturgis revealed one of the reasons for breaking into the Watergate. According to Sturgis, there was a “Pedophile Book” hidden away at the Democratic National Committee headquarters The book was supposed to have a list of pedophiles on the American political scene . One can only imagine the power G. Gordon Liddy would have held over the government if he had such a book in his possession.

I asked Rothstein if Roy Cohn was a real anticommunist or just using the fear of communism to justify his sex ring. It seemed like a fair question. After all, Cohn had argued against homosexuals being schoolteachers when he himself was a homosexual. Perhaps Cohn’s hypocrisy extended to his anticommunism. Rothstein made it clear that Cohn was a genuine anticommunist . Anticommunist sentiments aside, evidence suggests that the sex ring operation started by Cohn was used for more than fighting the threat of domestic communists. Fugitive ex-CIA officer Frank Terpil has claimed that sexual blackmailing operations directed by the CIA were intensive in Washington during the Watergate era (DeCamp 179). Terpil also asserts that his former partner, Ed Wilson, was coordinating one of these sexual blackmail operations (179). In a letter to author Jim Hougan, Terpil revealed Wilson’s modus operandi:

“Historically, one of Wilson’s Agency jobs was to subvert members of both houses [of Congress] by any means necessary…. Certain people could be easily coerced by living out their sexual fantasies in the flesh…. A remembrance of these occasions [was] permanently recorded via selected cameras…. The technicians in charge of filming… were TSD [Technical Services Division of the CIA]. The unwitting porno stars advanced in their political careers, some of [whom] may still be in office.” (Qtd. in DeCamp 179)

According to John DeCamp, a former Nebraska Senator and Vietnam War hero, Wilson’s operation was merely a continuation of the one set up by Cohn When I asked James Rothstein if Palfrey’s outfit was a continuation of the sexual blackmail rings that began with Cohn, he answered in the affirmative .The NYPD veteran made it clear that Palfrey’s outfit could not exist in Washington unless it was a tool for the power elite and sinister factions of the intelligence community .Somewhere in a Queens cemetery, the corpse of a high-powered attorney is smiling in his grave.

Sources Cited

DeCamp, John. The Franklin Cover-Up: Child Abuse, Satanism, and Murder in Nebraska. 1992. Lincoln, Nebraska: AWT Inc., 1996.
Montes, Sue Anne Presley. “I Abhor Injustice,” Alleged Madam Says.” Washington Post 29 April 2007
Rothstein, James. Telephone interview. 1 May 2007.
About the Author

Paul David Collins is the author of The Hidden Face of Terrorism and the co-author of The Ascendancy of the Scientific Dictatorship. In 1999, he earned his Associate of Arts and Science degree from Clark State Community College. In 2006, he received his bachelor’s degree with a major in Liberal Studies and a minor in Political Science from Wright State University. He worked as a professional journalist for roughly four years.

From 2008 to 2012, Paul covered local news for several Times Community News publications, including the Enon Messenger, the New Carlisle Sun, the Tipp City Herald, the Kettering/Oakwood Times, the Beavercreek News Current, the Vandalia Drummer, the Springboro Sun, the Englewood Independent, the Fairborn Daily Herald, and the Xenia Daily Gazette.

Paul also wrote for other local papers, including the Enon Eagle, the New Carlisle News, and the Lusk Herald. In addition to his work in the realm of mainstream, Paul has published several articles concerning ... -92063990/

Dec. 6, 2016
L.A. can resume shipping sewage sludge to Kern County after judge overturns voters' ban

A judge has ruled that the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation can continue to ship tons of treated sewage to Kern County’s Green Acres Farm, seen on a chilly morning in 2006.
December 6, 2016, 5:40 p.m.
A judge has struck down a voter initiative passed in 2006 that banned dumping Southern California shipments of about 450,000 tons a year of treated human waste on Kern County farmlands.

Tulare County Superior Court Judge Lloyd Hicks, in a 48-page opinion issued Monday, ruled that Measure E “is invalid and void for all purposes, for the dual reasons that it exceeds Kern’s police power and is preempted by state law.”

He also ruled that “there is no evidence of risk to human health” posed by the shipments of treated waste used as fertilizer and soil amendment on Green Acres, a 4,700-acre farm the city of Los Angeles bought in 1999 for $15 million.

The sludge is tilled into the farm’s soil to fertilize crops, including corn and wheat.

Foundation for Economic Freedom: DEA’s War on Painkillers to Blame for Many Deaths

By The Foundation for Economic Freedom
Value Walk

Many of these deaths result not from painkillers, but from the DEA’s war on painkillers.

Heroin overdose rates doubled in 28 states between 2010 and 2012, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A record-breaking 28,000 Americans died of opioid overdoses in 2014. In 2000, the age-adjusted drug overdose death rate was 6.2 per 100,000 persons. By 2014, it had more than doubled, to 14.7, according to the CDC.

What happened?

The truth is that many of those deaths are completely preventable and result not from painkillers, but from the Drug Enforcement Administration’s war on painkillers.

This week, the Senate is likely to pass the 21st Century Cures Act. Among other things, it allocates $1 billion to help states “combat heroin and painkiller addiction and recovery.” Policymakers would be wise to make sure that states don’t use that $1 billion to make the problem worse.

Who’s Taking Opioids?
Marine corporal Craig Schroeder served in Iraq. In the so-called “Triangle of Death” region, south of Baghdad, a makeshift-bomb explosion ... -interview

December 05, 2016 - 10:56 AM EST
Watchdog wants FBI's notes from Obama interview in Blagojevich probe

A conservative watchdog group that made headlines hounding Hillary Clinton over her private email setup is renewing a fight over a former Illinois governor's efforts to receive favors in return for President Obama’s empty Senate seat.

In 2011, Rod Blagojevich (D) was convicted on more than a dozen corruption charges for trying to sell the president’s former seat in the Senate for campaign contributions and other perks.

As part of the federal investigation into the former governor, the FBI interviewed several high-profile figures, including Obama and his aides Valerie Jarrett and Rahm Emanuel, who is now mayor of Chicago.
On Monday, the watchdog group Judicial Watch filed a new lawsuit to make the FBI’s notes about those interviews public.

“The public should not be forced to wait any longer” to see the interview summaries, the group said in its filing.

Judicial Watch had previously filed a lawsuit to obtain the material, but the suit was tossed out as Blagojevich was in the midst of a resentencing process, following action by an appeals court. The former governor is currently ser ... ia-refuse/

December 5, 2016
DEA refuses to release evidence backing Kratom ban
Agency responds to request for hard data with press releases and copies of federal laws
Written by anthony roberts
Edited by JPat Brown
A version of this article appeared on

On August 30th, 2016, the DEA filed a notice of intent to temporarily designate Kratom (specifically its alkaloids mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine) as a schedule 1 drug. That notice listed 33 footnotes/references, but the actual references themselves were not included in the document itself.

Later that day, I filed a FOIA request for all of the data and documents referenced in the 33 footnotes.

This is a fairly straightforward request. The DEA wants to make this stuff illegal, and I want the public to have access to the same information as the DEA. Tens of thousands of people signed the petition to keep kratom legal (over 100k in the first week), and as a result, the DEA opened up a comment period for the public to respond. But in order to respond fully, we need to know what we are responding to. This means we need to see the information referenced in their footnotes, which is the evidence they’re relying on to ban kratom.

In the case of some of the footnotes, I was asking for specific data they’d collected (from footnote (17 and 18, for example):

“abuse of kratom/mitragynine [17] were analyzed by Federal, State, and local forensic laboratories.[18] According to data from the System to Retrieve Information from Drug Evidence (STRIDE) and STARLiMS (a web-based, commercial laboratory information management system), from January 2006 through March 2016, there were 293 records for kratom and/or mitragynine”
In other words, I was asking for the actual data references in footnotes 17 and 18, respectively, i.e. if there are 293 records on kratom abuse from January 2006 through March 2016, and those records were considered when the DEA attempted to schedule kratom, then the public should be able to inspect them.

But the DEA has refused to provide us with their evidence. In fact, they provided absolutely none of the data they referenced. Instead, they provided documents that were already available (FDA press releases, copies of federal laws and regulations, etc), none of which I didn’t already

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Dec. 6, 2016
California KKK leader arrested in North Carolina stabbing before Trump victory parade

The FBI and the KKK

Although on the face of it the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Ku Klux Klan seem to be very different organizations, they have more in common than one might imagine. In fact, the Bureau and the Klan share a long and complicated history.

Beginning with their first confrontation in 1922, this book examines the similarities, covert collaborations and common goals of the FBI and the KKK. After briefly describing the history of each, it explores the development of their association and the specific ways in which each organization furthered the other's goals. The book traces eighty years of parallel development and the conservative attitudes that drew the FBI and the KKK together, especially in the area of civil rights. Political, societal and historical contributions to the atmosphere that encouraged this complicity are explored in detail. Statistics regarding Klan membership, racial violence and a suspicious lack of federal involvement lend support to the author's analysis of events. Special emphasis is placed on the leaders of each group, especially J. Edgar Hoover, who shaped the very foundation of the FBI. The final chapters cover more recent events, up to and including those following the 1995 bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City

The FBI Police State is in Final Stages ... -92060314/

Dec. 6, 2016
L.A. subway commuters encounter bag searches, heavily armed deputies as city responds to terrorism threat

L.A. commuters encounter heightened security as city responds to terrorism threat
December 6, 2016, 3:30 p.m.
Los Angeles subway commuters were met by heavily armed deputies, dogs and bag searches Tuesday as authorities responded to a report of a possible terrorist attack on the Metro Red Line’s Universal City station.

Increased security was visible across the Los Angeles County transit system as the FBI, LAPD and Sheriff’s Department dealt with what they characterized as imminent threat of unknown credibility following a report from an overseas tip line.

Los Angeles Police Cmdr. Horace Frank, a top department counter-terrorism expert, said word of a potential attack came from a public tip line in Australia. Analysts are still trying to assess the credibility of the information, he said.

“It was very specific and detailed, and given it was imminent, the decision was made to make it public," he said, “If they are testing us or turns out not to be credible, we have shown we have the ability to gather information from overseas and respond rapidly in Los Angeles.”

At a hastily called news conference Monday night, the FBI as well as Los Angeles-area law enforcement leaders, said the threat was considered specific and imminent, but investigators were still examining its credibility

At the Universal City station, a sign warned riders they would not be allowed to use the Red Line subway system to downtown L.A. without their bags being searched.

Since early Tuesday morning, sheriff's bomb squad teams with K-9s have combed the station and other areas of the transit systems.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said beyond the visible presence, undercover deputies will be a presence on trains across the system.

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FBI uses animal abuse data to study correlation to crimes against ...
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Dog Killing FBI Agent Gets a “Slap on the Wrist” VIDEO - For the Love of the Dog › dog-killin...
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The F.B.I. Deemed Agents Faultless in 150 Shootings - The New York Times
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Cop Shoots Dog With an AR-15 During a 5-Year-Old’s Birthday Party

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Re: Frogger sodomizes Donkey Kong on a Commodore 64

Postby fruhmenschen » Sun Dec 11, 2016 11:14 pm

''No taste is so acquired as that for someone else's quality of mind.''
Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. "The Journal of Cyril Connolly 1928-1937," p. 230, David Pryce-Jones, Journal and Memoir (1983).

Seth -Jane Roberts

The Nature of Reality
As words would give little hint of the reality of color or sound to someone who did not experience these, so words can only give insight into the nature of reality. I have been sent to help you, and others have been sent through the centuries of your time, for as you develop you form new dimensions, and you will help others.

There is never any justification for violence. There is no justification for hatred. There is no justification for murder. Those who indulge in violence for whatever reason are themselves changed, and the purity of their purpose adultered.

If you do not like the state of your world, it is you yourselves that must change, individually and en masse. This is the only way that change will be effected.

The responsibility for your life and your world is indeed yours. It has not been forced upon you by some outside agency. You form your own dreams and you form your own physical reality. The world is what you are. It is the physical materialization of the inner selves which you have formed.

It is wrong to curse a flower and wrong to curse a man. It is wrong not to hold any man in honor, and it is wrong to ridicule any man. Your must honor yourselves and see within yourselves the spirit of eternal validity. You must honor all other individuals, because within each is the spark of this validity. When you curse another, you curse yourselves, and the curse returns to you. When you are violent, the violence returns.

I speak to you because yours is the opportunity to better world conditions and yours is the time. Do not fall into the old ways that will lead you precisely into the world that you fear.

There is no man who hates but that hatred is reflected outward and made physical, and there is no man who loves but that love is reflected outward and made physical.

Beyond myself there is another self and still another, of which I am aware. And that self tells you that there is a reality beyond human reality and experience that cannot be made verbal or translated into human terms. And to that self, physical reality is like a warm breath forming in the winter air... ... lications/

Amicus Brief Filed on Behalf of FBI Whistleblower with Larger ...
Whistleblowers Protection Blog

On December 6th, the National Whistleblower Center filed an amicus brief in support of FBI whistleblower Darin Jones. Jones alleged he made whistleblower disclosures about an improper award of a $40 million contract and other improper procurement spending at the FBI. The FBI fired him from his position as a Supervisory Contract Specialist, which Jones alleges was done as an act of retaliation for his whistleblowing. The FBI argued that the current inadequate whistleblower protections at the FBI did not protect Jones because they require whistleblowers to report to the highest-ranking FBI official at their job site, rather than reporting to their immediate supervisor, which is consistent with FBI policy. Because Jones behaved in a manner consistent with standard practices at the FBI of reporting alleged wrongdoing through the managerial chain of command, he was written out of whistleblower protection for supposedly not reporting his allegations to the correct office and the retaliation against him has thus far been tolerated by the Department of Justice.

In an amicus brief filed in support of Jones this week, the National Whistleblower Center argues that the whistleblower protections do in fact apply to Darin Jones. The argument here is that if FBI officials have the authority to hire or fire personnel, they are necessarily acting in the shoes of the Attorney General of the United States. This means the Whistleblower Protection Act prohibits these officials from retaliating against a whistleblower if they are aware of the Whistleblower’s legal reporting activities because under current law FBI employees are protected if they disclose wrongdoing to the Attorney General. In Jones’s case the FBI officials who fired him were acting on behalf of the Attorney General and they were the very same officials to whom he reported his whistleblower disclosures. You can read the amicus brief here. ... and-badge/

'Drunk' cop stripped of his gun and badge
The NYPD cop suspended for being drunk on the job had a sobering morning on Friday — walking into his upstate house clutching a ­giant Dr Pepper cup.

Officer Richard Evans, 44, refused to comment outside the Newburgh home at about 9 a.m., hours after The Post reported that he was stripped of his gun and badge for being “unfit for duty” Thursday during his midnight-to-8-a.m. shift in The Bronx’s 52nd Precinct.

Evans had responded early Thursday to a report of a drunken dispute, and a civilian there accused the cop of being drunk as well.

Someone at the scene shot video of the allegedly drunken Evans and complained to 311, according to a law-enforcement source.

Adding insult to injury Thursday, a photo emerged of Evans passed out in a chair in the station-house locker room, his shirt pulled up to ... mpted-hack

Georgia’s Secretary of State Accuses Homeland Security of Attempted Hack

Georgia’s secretary of state alleges Homeland Security tried to illegally hack the state’s computer network that contains the voter registration database.

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp claims in a letter to Homeland Security that his office discovered that a DHS Internet address tried to breach the computer system, the Hill reports.

The system also contains personal information of more than 6.5 million residents, 800,000 corporate entities and 500,000 licensed or registered professional.

“On November 15, 2016, an IP address associated with the Department of Homeland Security made an unsuccessful attempt to penetrate the Georgia Secretary of State’s firewall,” Kemp wrote. “I am writing you to ask whether DHS was aware of this attempt and, if so, why DHS was attempting to breach ... t-ag-says/

FBI will increasingly rely on foreign help to stop hackers, Assistant AG says

FBI Director James Comey (Flickr / Brookings Institution)

Chris Bing Dec 8, 2016 | CyberScoop
The emergence of cybercrime as a global phenomenon is causing the FBI and Justice Department to increasingly rely on international law enforcement collaboration, legal treaties and informal agreements in addition to cooperation from the private sector, Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division Leslie Caldwell described, Thursday.

“We have greatly increased our international cooperation with international law enforcement partners all around the world, including in countries that just two years ago we had no relationship with,” Caldwell said. “As cybercrime proliferates so too does our relationships with countries around the world. We’ve got to continue to do build those international relationships and grow them and improve them because they are going to be more and more critical every single day.”

In an effort to fight these criminals, Caldwell said the Justice Department will be pursuing new legislative remedies next year in the same vein as recent changes made to Rule 41, which became effective as of Dec. 1.

These changes to Rule 41 — a mandate first designed in the scope of wiretap authorization procedures — enables investigators to secure warrants during the course of computer crime cases even while the suspect’s actual location is hidden. Critics believe the rule change will cause the FBI to expand its use of hacking techniques to access evidence on computers.

“There are other laws that we look to fix and to change and to update. As I have said, most of these proposed fixes are very technical and very narrow and they are designed just like the Rule 41 change to address very specific issues that we have encountered,” said Caldwell.

The Assistant Attorney General provided no further information regarding proposed, future changes to existing federal rules of criminal procedures and was unavailable for questions follow her public speaking event.

Caldwell’s comments — which were made during a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a D.C.-based think tank — come just one week after european law enforcement authorities disclosed multiple arrested associated with the dismantling of an international cybercrime network known as Avalanche.

“We’ve really developed our capabilities to disrupt criminal networks both here and overseas … working hand in hand with international partners to address technical threat like botnets, bulletproof hosts, darknet markets and international hacking forums,” said Caldwell.

The downfall of Avalanche is being trumpeted as a sort case study, showing how domestic law enforcement can combat digital crime through multi-stakeholder cooperation.

The Avalanche takedown operation included help from prosecutors and investigators in 40 different countries. It is believed that the criminal network caused more than $100 million in damages to a wide array of both public and private sector organizations — largely through the deployment of ransomware and banking trojans.

Broadly speaking, the advent and proliferation of hacking tools and anonymizing software are allowing cybercriminal to cause greater damage with less effort while seeing more of a return on their investment, Caldwell explained.

“We’ve seen a growth in global, very sophisticated cyberthreats. And there are some very significant loopholes in terms of our legal authorities, many of which have not kept pace with changes in technology,” Caldwell said.

She added, “in recent years and frankly since I have been on this job, there has been a drastic increase in warrant-proof encryption … [also] our access to offshore data and cross border access to data is very inefficient and very haphazard,” Caldwell said of the Justice Department’s challenges in prosecuting cybercrime.

While Caldwell — who said she plans to leave public service before the President-elect’s inauguration on January 20 — spoke extensively about the Bureau’s challenges to prosecute computer crimes on Thursday, it is also true that U.S. law enforcement is undoubtedly getting better at tracking down these types of criminals.

Over just the last four months, the Justice Department has announced the arrest of multiple prominent hackers, including a series of individuals responsible for breaking into email accounts belonging to U.S. officials. Other recent prosecutions include the sentencing of 22-year-old Timothy French, an accomplished hacker who targeted multiple universities an ... committee/

New FBI Headquarters Gets Green Light from Congressional Commitee

The long-delayed effort to build a new FBI headquarters has gotten the green light from the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to move forward.

But the GSA still needs to finalize the location of the new headquarters, Federal News Radio reports.

The committee approval was praised by chairman Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa.

“This will greatly improve the FBI’s security posture and its operations, and save money. But because of the size and complexity of the project, it will important to ensure there is strong congressional oversight to keep the project on time and on budget,” Shuster said.

The plan calls for the GSA and FBI to pay for the headquarters. President Obama’s 2017 budget proposal includes $1.4 billion for the project, which has already received $390 million under the fiscal 2016 omnibus spending bill.

Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., said many challenges are involved.

“What makes this project challenging is it is not a simple construction project of a single building. The project will be a secure campus with separate visitor screening, its own utility plant and specialized security requirements,” Barletta said ... NbBiqv41O/

Ken Paxton taps Ted Cruz adviser for key attorney general office job
METRO-STATE By Chuck Lindell - American-Statesman Staff

Chip Roy, a key political strategist for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, will be Attorney General-elect Ken Paxton’s right-hand man at the Texas agency, Paxton announced Tuesday.
Roy, who will serve as Paxton’s first assistant attorney general, was Cruz’s chief of staff for almost two years before moving into an advisory role in September — a move some saw as positioning Cruz for a potential presidential run in 2016.

Roy also has close ties to Gov. Rick Perry, helping to write “Fed Up!” — a book that helped launch Perry’s unsuccessful presidential campaign in 2012 — and running the Texas Office of State-Federal Relations in Washington, D.C., after he was appointed by Perry in 2011.

At his confirmation hearing before the Texas Legislature, Roy promised to run the state-federal office in a way that would uphold “liberty and state sovereignty” while opposing federal regulations that are “destroying our nation and endangering the state.”

Roy has also served as a special assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Texas and as a senior staff member for U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas.

“Chip is a longtime friend, and someone whose counsel I trust,” Paxton said in a written statement. “I am pleased that he will bring his strong legal mind, devotion to liberty and servant’s heart to the office of attorney general as first assistant.”

Ken Paxton taps Ted Cruz adviser for key attorney general office job
Paxton also announced his transition advisory team:

Roger Alford, law professor and associate dean at Notre Dame University

Ernest Angelo Jr., former chairman of the Texas Public Safety Commission and former mayor of Midland

Jordan Berry, campaign strategist with Berry Communications in Austin

Kevin Brannon, Paxton’s campaign manager

Susanna Dokupil, Senior fellow at the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation and former assistant solicitor general of Texas

Dee Kelly, founding partner of Kelly, Hart and Hallman in Fort Worth

Leonard Leo, executive vice president of the Federalist Society in Virginia

Oliver “Buck” Revell, former associate deputy director of the FBI.

Chip Roy, first assistant attorney general.

Kelly Shackelford, president and chief executive of Liberty Institute in Plano.

Andy Taylor, prominent Republican lawyer, former first assistant attorney general.

David Whitehurst, partner in the Whitehurst Cawley law firm in Addison.

Lockerbie — A Parallel

"The covert operators that I ran with would blow up a 747 with 300 people to kill one person. They are total sociopaths with no conscience whatsoever."
— Former Pentagon CID Investigator Gene Wheaton

On December 21, 1988, in the tiny town of Lockerbie, Scotland, 270 lives came to a traumatic and fiery end when Pan Am flight 103 was blown out of the skies. Two hundred and fifty-nine people plunged to their deaths, and 11 more died on the ground.

Several minutes before flight 103 took off from London's Heathrow airport, FBI Assistant Director Oliver "Buck" Revell rushed out to the tarmac and pulled his son and daughter-in-law off the plane.[1001]

How did he know?

Perhaps Revell's intimate knowledge derived from his relationship with Lt. Colonel Oliver North. In March of 1986, North advised Attorney General Edwin Meese to head off the FBI's ensuing investigation into Iran-Contra. Meese informed Revell. Consequently, North managed to keep abreast of the FBI's investigation by conveniently receiving copies of all FBI files.[1002]

Widely known for his inestimable and illegal support of the Contras, North (along with General Richard Secord and Iranian Albert Hakim) was a business associate of Syrian arms and drug runner Monzer al-Kassar. For his role in shipping Polish arms to North's mercenary army, al-Kassar became the recipient of North's undying gratitude [and laundered drug proceeds].[1003]

Like so many criminals, drug-dealers, and mass-murderers the CIA had cozied up to over the years, al-Kassar enjoyed the highly valued status of CIA "asset."

Al-Kassar was also closely aligned with Rifat Assad, brother of Syrian dictator Hafez Assad. Assad's daughter Raja was Kassar's mistress, and had once been married to Abu Abbas, a colleague of the notorious terrorist Abu Nidal. Rifat himself was married to the sister of Ali Issa Dubah, chief of Syrian intelligence, who, along with the Syrian army, controlled most of the opium production in Lebanon's Bekka Valley. The drug profits financed various terrorist groups, including the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC), run by former Syrian army officer Ahmed Jibril.[1004]

Al-Kassar also acted as middleman in the ransom paid by the French to effect the release of two hostages held in Beirut. Given his assistance in securing the release of those hostages, the CIA believed al-Kassar would prove invaluable in negotiating the release of the six American hostages then bein ... harry.html

Did Harry Morel Jr., the former St. Charles Parish district attorney now imprisoned for obstructing justice, get a sweetheart deal because of friendly ties between his defense attorney and a top prosecutor? Did the FBI retaliate against one of its agents because he aggressively pursued Morel and complained about the prosecutor?

That's what the chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee wants to know. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, sent letters inquiring into both issues on Nov. 15 to U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch and FBI Director James Comey Jr. A spokeswoman for Grassley's office said Wednesday (Dec. 7) he had not received a response.

Morel, 73, was the top prosecutor in Louisiana's 29th Judicial District for 33 years. He pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in New Orleans to obstruction of justice and is serving a three-year prison term in federal prison. 

In Harry Morel case, FBI agent challenged prosecutor's ethics
Investigation into St. Charles Parish DA was called Operation Twisted Justice

In his letters, Grassley said FBI agent Michael Zummer reported to the Judiciary Committee that a "relationship between then-First Assistant United States Attorney Fred Harper and defense attorney Ralph Capitelli may have resulted in a lenient plea agreement" for Morel. Zummer filed an ethics complaint in 2013 with the Justice Department's inspector general about Harper, who shared ownership in a condominium with Capitelli.

Harper later sold his share to his girlfriend, Grassley writes. Capitelli has dismissed Zummer's assertion of favoritism, and has described him as an overzealous agent whose investigatory tactics are questionable.

Fred Harper
In August, Zummer wrote a 31-page letter to Morel's sentencing judge, outlining his concerns about the way the prosecution was handled. U.S. District Judge, Kurt Engelhardt did not put the letter into the public court record but described it as "troubling" because of the ethical breaches alleged b ... b-outreach

FBI outreach
The FBI hosted an employment workshop on Buffalo's East Side Thursday, as it looks to further diversify its workforce. 

Listen Listening...1:55 WBFO's Chris Caya reports.
To help spread the word about its job opportunities, the FBI invited about 70 community leaders to First Shiloh Baptist Church for a recruitment workshop. Pastor Emory Brown of Refreshing Springs Church says familiarizing more people with what the FBI does can help start to improve the relationship between the community and law enforcement.  

"Especially at a time like this, you know, when there's so many difficulties in the community and across the country, I think it's very important to be able to get facts and get insight and build relationships and bridges so that we can move forward as a country as a city," he says.

The goal of 24-year-old Stephanie Mejia is to become a special agent. Mejia, a social worker, says she thinks the FBI's effort to hire "more minorities is awesome."

"Because the more people you see that are similar to you in the community, the more people are willing to open up to you, if say you are in a situation where a crime has occurred and you can trust them," she says. "Like I think we definitely need more trust in the community between civilians and law enforcement and this is great that they're trying to reach out to minorities and others in the Buffalo community."  

But it is not all law enforcement. In fact more than half of the FBI jobs are non-agent positions. Adam Cohen, Special Agent in Charge in Buffalo, says there are a variety of opportunities, including auto mechanics, IT specialists, intelligence analysts, linguists, scientists, accountants and more.

"So we have an entire range of positions available and we are ... wanted=all


WASHINGTON, A Chicago-based agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation has acknowledged that he and other white colleagues planned a campaign of ''retribution'' against a black agent, Donald Rochon, whose case has prompted a national debate over racism in the bureau.

Newly released F.B.I. documents also show that the white agent, Gary W. Miller, has conceded that in 1985 he forged Mr. Rochon's signature on an application for death and dismemberment insurance for the Rochon family.

Mr. Rochon has described the unsolicited insurance policy as a death threat. Mr. Miller, who was suspended without pay for two weeks as a result of that incident and others aimed at Mr. Rochon, has denied that he was trying to harass the black agent. Agents Admit Harassment

The disclosures, contained in court papers filed here Friday, amount to the first public acknowledgment by the bureau that white agents may have participated in harassment of Mr. Rochon in Chicago, where he was assigned from 1984 to 1986.

The newly released documents are bound to cause further embarrassment for the bureau, which has been criticized by Congress over the Rochon case and over other discrimination claims involving black and Hispanic employees. More than half of the F.B.I.'s Hispanic agents have joined in a separate lawsuit against the bureau, charging that they faced discrimination in hiring and promotion.

Mr. Rochon has said that while he and his family were living in Chicago, their safety was repeatedly threatened in anonymous telephone calls and obscene, racist letters from white F.B.I. agents.

The Justice Department and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission have found that Mr. Rochon was the victim of ''blatant racial harassment'' in the F.B.I.'s Omaha office in 1983 and 1984. In one incident, someone in the Omaha office taped a picture of an ape's head over a photograph of Mr. Rochon's son.

Mr. Rochon has long contended that the later incidents in Chicago, which are the subject of an inves ... int-lawyer

Footprint Prank Gets FBI Agent Suspended

BOSTON — An FBI agent screening a prominent black lawyer for a federal judgeship forced the lawyer to submit a footprint and then posted the print and joked about the stunt, the Boston Herald reported Saturday. Both the agent and his supervisor were suspended for the prank, which happened about a month ago, the newspaper said, citing sources it didn't identify. The agent, whose name was not disclosed, told lawyer Walter Prince that collecting footprints was standard procedure. Then he hung the print on a wall at the Boston FBI office. ''There can be no question that this type


"The FBI FRUHMENSCHEN program is one of the least known of the many illegal FBI black ops programs. FRUHMENSCHEN is a german word that means ape man. This program was created by FBI agents during the 1940's to target black elected officials in sting operations without cause because the FBI feels blacks are incapable of governing. The National Council of Churches of Christ issued a resolution condeming this program during the late 1980's. Dr Mary Sawyer , professor of Religious studies at Iowa State University wrote two books about this program including HARRASSMENT OF BLACK ELECTED OFFICIALS TEN YEARS LATER 1987. Former FBI agent Dr Tyronne Powers documents this program in his book EYES TO MY SOUL. Massachusetts filmaker Curtis Henderson of Jamaica Plain documented this program in his 1987 film ALABAMA SUMMER. FBI informant attorney Hirsch Freidman blew the whistle on this program. One offshoot of this program was the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King by FBI agents as documented in two books by King family attorney William Pepper. The books are ACT OF STATE and his earlier book called ORDERS TO KILL. Anyone analyzing the Ford trial must first look at the history of the FBI FRUHMENSCHEN program funded with American tax dollars Eyes to My Soul: The Rise or Decline of A Black FBI Agent by Tyrone Powers " One of the most readable and important of [recent African American autobiographies]....Powers is a compelling writer." William Jelani Cobb - Washington City Paper " The significance of this literary masterpiece has compelled me to violate my most sacred rule: never expose your battle plan to the enemy...with this work of art by Mr. Powers, my collection is now complete." James Wm. Morrison, Esq., Civil Rights Attorney About Eyes to My Soul Former FBI Special Agent Tyrone Powers, a veteran of the Maryland State Police, spent nine years as an FBI agent, with posting in Cincinnati and Detroit. He resigned in August 1994. The picture of the country's top law enforcement agency that emerges from Powers' eloquent prose reveals an organization beset by the same problems of racism that plague the rest of American society. Powers describes sheet -clad students at the FBI Academy impersonating Ku Klux Klansmen. He reports on FBI agents in Detroit raising funds for white Detroit policemen charged with (and later convicted of ) second degree murder in the death of Black motorist Malice Green. White agents according to Powers' narrative, urinated on photographs of President Bill Clinton and Vice-President Al Gore. Powers provides eyewitness evidence of the agency's extra- legal harassment of African American Mayors Coleman Young (Detroit), Marion Berry ( Washington, DC) and Harold Washington ... know-about

Racial Mapping
Shhhh – What The FBI Doesn’t Want You to Know About its Racial Profiling Program
By Nusrat Choudhury, Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project at 12:40pm

The FBI is using a racial and ethnic mapping program to collect intelligence on American communities – and it doesn’t want you to know which ones it’s spying on, or how it’s using census data to do so. The ACLU and the ACLU of Michigan filed a brief in federal court on Friday to challenge the FBI’s secrecy over its profiling practices.

FBI documents we already secured show that the Bureau is profiling some communities for intelligence collection based on false stereotypes that ascribe certain types of crimes to entire minority communities. Targeted groups include Muslims and Arab-Americans in Michigan, African-Americans in Georgia, Chinese and Russian-Americans in California, and broad swaths of Latino-American communities in multiple states.

We obtained these FBI documents through the ACLU's “Mapping the FBI” campaign. As part of the campaign, 34 ACLU affiliates filed public records requests in 2010 to uncover how the FBI is collecting and “mapping” information about racial and ethnic groups around the country. Here’s just one troubling example: a 2009 Detroit FBI field office memorandum shows that the Bureau sought to collect information about Middle Eastern and Muslim communities in Michigan – without any evidence of actual wrongdoing and based on a generalized and entirely unsubstantiated threat assertion.

The public needs – and deserves – to know more about the FBI’s racial and mapping program. For that reason, the ACLU and the ACLU of Michigan brought a federal lawsuit in July 2011 to enforce our request for records about how the program is being used in Michigan. But the Bureau refused to disclose hundreds of documents – and most problematically, it fought to keep secret its use of information from public sources.

On Friday, we filed a brief in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to challenge the FBI’s sweeping secrecy claims. Our brief makes a simple but important argument: the Freedom of Information Act doesn’t permit the FBI to hide its use of information about Michigan communities that is already publicly available, like U.S. Census and other demographic data.

This just makes sense. Congress passed the Freedom of Information Act to help uncover information about government programs – not to let the government claim secrecy over census statistics that are already public.

Our brief also raises another critical issue: whether the FBI (or any other government agency) can secure an entirely secret, one-sided judicial process to resolve a challenge to its potential use of the FOIA’s exclusion provision, 5 U.S.C. § 552(c). That provision allows a government agency to avoid confirming or denying the very existence of records in its possession in certain circumstances. The possibility of abuse is obvious, and that makes it all the more important that there be a meaningful process for FOIA requesters to challenge – and the public to know – whether a government agency is properly relying on the provision.

The details of this issue may sound technical, but in essence, it’s simple. The FBI proposed a one-sided, secret judicial process to decide whether its reliance on the provision was proper. We proposed to the court a fair and transparent alternative to secret process. We argue that the FBI’s proposal goes against a fundamental tenet of our judicial system: public access to courts and judicial opinions. It also undermines a critical purpose of the FOIA: to promote government transparency and accountability.

We hope the Sixth Circuit will adopt our process to resolve our claim and those of future FOIA requesters who fight back against government secrecy. And, ultimately, we hope to get the information we all need to know about the true impact of FBI racial and ethnic mapping on our civil rights and civil liberties.

Learn more about racial mapping and other civil liberty issues ... er-rights/

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Michael German, a former FBI agent and fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice, said he appreciated the decision to release the training guidance, but he ...

Secret Love Child Instead!
Thursday, 08 December 2016

Fidel Castro fathered a secret love child with a CIA operative dispatched to assassinate him — but instead of killing the Cuban strongman, she became the “spy who really loved him!”

Just days after the dictator’s death, double agent Marita Lorenz has revealed intimate details of their forbidden affair, and her shocking betrayal of her American handlers to in a blockbuster exclusive interview.

In yet another bombshell, 77-year-old Marita has claimed their child — who she thought she’d lost during her pregnancy — is alive and well, and living in Cuba!

“I had a forbidden love child with Fidel Castro!” Marita told Radar.

“The CIA and FBI wanted me to believe that Fidel killed our son, Andre, but that was a lie.”

She claimed Castro — who died at the age of 90 on Nov. 25 — reunited her with ... 2c579.html

AP sources: Mattis received anonymous email in Petraeus case
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Attorney entitled to fees in
ex-Panther case

Friday, December 9, 2016

OMAHA, Neb. — A lawyer who handled the final appeal of a man convicted in the 1970 bombing death of an Omaha police officer is entitled to attorney's fees, the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled Friday.
The state's high court found that Douglas County District Judge James Gleason abused his discretion when he refused to order payment to Timothy Ashford, an Omaha lawyer who claimed about $7,400 in fees for work he did on a post-conviction appeal for David Rice. Gleason had appointed Ashford to represent Rice, but later determined the appeal was frivolous and refused to order payment to Ashford.
But the high court said reasonable fees must be paid to a lawyer once he or she is appointed to a case. The high court ordered the case be sent back to Douglas County — but to a different judge — to determine the amount Ashford should receive.
Rice, who went by the name Mondo we Langa, was convicted along with fellow Black Panther Edward Poindexter in the death of officer Larry Minard. Authorities say they lured police to a house with a 911 call, then detonated a homemade bomb that killed Minard.
The pair maintained their innocence and argued they were targeted by an FBI program

Man Wrongfully Convicted by Perjured FBI Testimony Freed After 28 Years in Prison; Donald Eugene Gates Released on Basis of New DNA Evidence
Aug 5th, 2014 @ 10:37 am › Mary Jane Wilmoth

The following is from guest contributor Jon C. Hopwood.
This article was originally published in 2009 on Yahoo Voice and is reprinted here by permission of the author.

Summary: Donald Eugene Gates, who was convicted of the 1982 rape-murder of a Caucasian college coed, was released on the basis of new DNA evidence.

Donald Eugene Gates, a 58 year-old African American wrongfully convicted in 1982 of the rape-murder of Caucasian college coed Catherine Schilling, was freed by the D.C. Superior Court after a DNA test revealed that he could not be the culprit.

The prosecution of Gates was heavily dependent on the testimony of F.B.I. Crime Lab analyst Michael P. Malone, who testified that two hairs found on Schilling’s body came from an African American male. Schilling, who was a student at Georgetown University, was murdered in Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C. in 1981.

Gates, who has always maintained that he was innocent of the crime, had been imprisoned for nearly 30 years until ordered release by Senior Judge Fred B. Ugast. Ugast had overseen his trial back in 1982.

In 1988, Ugast had ordered a DNA test of the evidence used to convict Gates, but DNA testing a generation ago was primitive. The more sophisticated DNA testing of the 21st Century proved that Gates was right: He was innocent.

Crime Lab Corruption

Since the Gates trial, former F.B.I. agent Michael Malone has become notorious as an unreliable and unethical expert witness who likely committed perjury in hundreds of trials. Dr. Frederic Whitehurst of the National Whistleblower Center’s Forensic Justice Project first revealed the widespread corruption at the F.B.I. Crime Lab back in 1993, when he, too, was an F.B.I. employee.  

Whitehurst charged that Malone and other F.B.I. Crime Lab employees were not only manufacturing evidence to support prosecutors and law enforcement agencies, but were engaged in providing perjured testimony at trials using their evidence. Malone had a profitable sideline in providing expert testimony favorable to the prosecution.

A 1997 report from the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General validated Whitehurst’s charges, and cited Malone as one of 14 F.B.I. Crime Lab that conducted inaccurate tests and made false reports. Whitehurst had revealed that Malone had perjured himself and falsified evidence when testifying during the impeachment proceedings against federal judge Alcee Hastings (now a U.S. Representative from Florida’s 23rd Congressional District).

Facing Bureau discipline for his conduct in the Hastings case, Malone was allowed to retire. The Bureau apparently did not take any adverse action against him.

In contrast to the Bureau’s treatment of Malone, Whitehurst — the man who blew the whistle on Crime Lab corruption and illegal activities by Lab employees — was harassed by the F.B.I. and the Department of Justice. Whitehurst’s wife, who also worked for the Bureau, also was a victim of the F.B.I.’s smear campaign against her husband.

In a classic case of the king killing the messenger bearing unwanted news, Dr. Whitehurst was driven from the F.B.I. After years of litigation, the government settled lawsuits targeting its unlawful conduct against Whitehurst for $1.46 million.


Speaking from the bench, Judge Ugast termed the prosecution’s conduct in the Gates trial as “outrageous.” He demanded to know why it took the Office of the U.S. Attorney so long to investigate the use of phony evidence in the Gates case, in light of the knowledge that former Crime Lab analyst Malone has been revealed to be a serial perjurer who fabricated evidence.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joan Draper defended the government by claiming that the Office of the U.S. Attorney had begun looking into the situation “as soon as it was brought to our attention.”

Ugast ordered that all convictions in the District of Columbia that were obtained with testimony from Malone be reviewed.

Righting a Wrong

“We are trying to right a wrong,” Ugast explained when he ordered that Gates be freed. Ugast’s order gives Gates his freedom, but does not exonerate him. The U.S. Attorney may decide to try him again, though in the light of the new DNA evidence, that seems unlikely.

Defending their conduct in the Gates case, federal prosecutors claimed that their case was based on more than Malone’s hair testimony. The government’s case included the use of a jailhouse informant, who was paid for his testimony that Gates has confessed that he had raped and murdered Schilling.

Jail-house confessions are among the most notorious, underhanded methods by which prosecutors seek to gain a conviction. Dr. Sam Sheppard, whose case provided the basis for the TV series and movie The Fugitive, was wrongfully convicted of murdering his wife in the Cleveland suburb of Bay Village, Ohio in 1954. The perpetrator of the murder was left-handed while the 30 year-old Sheppard, a highly respected osteopathic physician, was right-handed.

Sheppard claimed that his wife had been murdered by an intruder, whom he had tried to subdue but who had beaten him. The doctor had suffered injuries on the night of his wife’s murder which his defense attorney claimed, during his trial, could not be self-inflicted.

Sheppard was convicted of murder and sentenced to life-in-prison. The case became notorious, and by the late 1950s, it was widely suspected that Cuyahoga County court had convicted an innocent man, who was imprisoned for life.

In 1966, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a federal district court decision on a writ of habeas corpus that had ordered that the State of Ohio to either release Sheppard or grant him a new trial. It is important to understand that Sheppard’s conviction was not overturned on the basis that he was innocent, which was irrelevant, but on the fact that there had been a great deal of negative, pre-trial publicity attacking Sheppard in the press that likely had led to his prosecution.

The High Court noted that the media campaign before and during Sheppard’s arraignment and trail created a “carnival” atmosphere that influenced the trial. It also cited the fact that the judge had failed to sequester the jury or insulate it from this ongoing media campaign against Sheppard. Furthermore, it cited the fact that the judge, on the first day of the trial, had said, “Well, he’s guilty as hell. There’s no question about it.”

The media-created “circus” atmosphere had poisoned his chances for a fair trial. The trial judge’s behavior and his failure to counter the effects of the anti-Sheppard media campaign violated his due process rights. The Supreme Court ruling effectively vacated his sentence, and granted a writ of habeas corpus that gave Sheppard his his taste of freedom in a dozen years. The state of Ohio improbably re-tried Sheppard for murder.

Sam Sheppard’s attorney, F. Lee Bailey, told the press during the second trial that he was going to have Sheppard take the stand in his own behalf. (Sheppard had testified at his first trial.) Bailey had learned that the Ohio prosecutors planned to use a jail-house informant as a rebuttal witness, after Sheppard took the stand. The informant would claim that the imprisoned Sheppard had confessed to him that he had murdered his wife.

Bailey did not let Sheppard testify, with the consequence that the Ohio prosecutors could not put the jail-house informant on the stand. While some saw this as a brilliant move on Bailey’s part, the fact was, Bailey revealed after Sheppard’s premature death in 1970, the wrongfully convicted doctor was in no shape, psychologically, to testify in court. Twelve years behind bars for a crime he did not commit had devastated him.

Within four years after being declared innocent at his second trial, Sam Sheppard was dead of liver failure due to acute alcoholism. He was 46 years old. Appearing on the Tonight Show With Johnny Carson soon after winning his freedom at his second trial, Sheppard had confessed to Carson during a commercial break that if he had been convicted again, he would have committed suicide.


Donald Eugene Gates was released from the federal prison in Arizona where he was serving his sentence. He was given a ticket to Ohio, where he has family, a set of winter clothes, and $75. Whether he will remain a free man, or will – like Sam Sheppard – be retired, remains to be seen.

A hearing to determine whether Gates should be exonerated is scheduled for December 23rd. At the hearing, prosecutors will examine the DNA testing of the evidence. If Gates is not exonerated, he will have to register as a sex offender – for a crime he did not commit.

Malone’s Legacy

Dr. Frederic Whitehurst first revealed Michael Malone’s malfeasance at the F.B.I. Crime Lab back in the 1990s. Now executive director of the Forensic Justice Project, he provided relevant information about Malone’s conduct at the Lab obtained via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit to Gates’ attorney, Sandra Levick.

In the wake of the Office of the Inspector General report on F.B.I. Crime Lab corruption, the Department of Justice set up the Brady Task force to investigate all of the cases Malone and the other 13 lab examiners criticized in the OIG report. The testimony of Malone and the others resulted in hundreds of convictions, all of them suspect and many surely wrongful, like that of Eugene Gates.

The Brady Task force was terminated in 2002. No report was ever issued, and Congress was never informed of its findings of the Brady Task force. Apparently, in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America, the F.B.I. was given a “pass” by the George W. Bush Administration and a Republican-controlled Congress, despite the fact that the incompetence and criminality revealed by whistleblowers like Whitehurst and former F.B.I. translator Sibel Edmonds show that such behavior actually undermines national security.

Ironically, after he retired under threat of disciplinary action that never came, Malone continued his relationship with the Bureau. As an F.B.I. contractor, Malone conducts security clearance background checks. Clearly, the Bureau intended to reward him for his falsification of evidence and perjury.

The message the F.B.I.’s continued employment of Malone sends to other wrong-doers in the Bureau and the national security establishment is unmistakable. It also sends a warning to those whistleblowers, like Sibel Edmonds, to think before they reveal corruption. The safety of the United States suffers as a result.

The Future

Though has been known for over a decade that hundreds of convictions obtained by prosecutors depending on the evidence of Michael Malone and the other 13 suspect F.B.I. Crime Lab employees have been tainted, those convictions have been allowed to stand. The federal government has not reviewed them, a situation highlighted by Judge Ugast’s remarks from the bench when freeing Eugene Gates.

The National Whistleblower Center has filed a FOIA seat to obtain the Brady Task force records, which come dribbling in on a monthly basis. Dr. Whitehurst has long contended that Malone manufactured evidence and that all of the cases in which he was involved in must be considered suspect. However, until the Gates case, nothing was done to uncover the truth in those cases.

Judge Ugast’s order that all cases in the District of Columbia involving Malone should be reexamined may be the first step towards obtaining justice for innocent individuals wrongfully convicted by manufactured evidence and perjured testimony provided by F.B.I. Crime Lab employees.


Associated Press: “DNA testing clears man who served 28 years”

Washington Examiner: “Man freed after 28 years in prison by DNA testing”

Washington Post: “DNA sets free D.C. man imprisoned in 1981 student slaying”


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To Carry a Light into Darkness — California Governor Jerry Brown Promises to Fight Like Hell Against Trump’s War on Science
“If Trump turns off the satellites, California will launch its own damn satellite.” — Jerry Brown

“Creating lists of employees smacks of McCarthyism and should cease immediately.” — The Union of Concerned Scientists

“Fear is palpable among U.S. climate scientists over Trump moves” — The Japan Times

“Assaults on science are characteristic of non-democratic, authoritarian, fascist governments. We worry it is going to get worse.” Dr Peter Gleick

“We’ve got more sun than you’ve got oil.” — Jerry Brown


Donald Trump hasn’t even taken office yet. But the war on climate science that he promised on the campaign trail has already begun. And in response, the good and necessary resistance is starting to form.

Last week, PEOTUS sent a chill through the scientific community when his transition team delivered a 74 question document to the Department of Energy asking for the names of all personnel who’ve worked on climate change or who attended U.N. climate talks within the last five years.

(Demonstrators protest in support of scientists outside the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco on December 14. Attacks against climate scientists have hit a fever pitch since the election of Donald Trump. Image source: Buzzfeed.)

Almost immediately after the letter’s delivery, The Union of Concerned Scientists made the following response:

 “The Union of Concerned Scientists strongly condemns the effort by the President-elect’s transition team to seek the names of federal employees who have conducted climate research and worked on issues such as the social cost of carbon. We cannot imagine any legitimate purpose to this inquiry…

“This action should not be viewed in isolation. The Trump transition team is teeming with individuals with a proven history of attacking climate scientists and undermining climate science. Several transition team members now overseeing federal agencies have harassed scientists based on their research and have long signaled a desire to dismantle federal climate science research. Over the past few years, Congress has increasingly singled out specific government employees when their work is politically inconvenient.

“Creating lists of employees smacks of McCarthyism and should cease immediately. And Department of Energy employees should resist complying with any demands that would compromise the independence of the agency’s experts.”

The Department of Energy subsequently refused to provide the names requested. But the impact of the circulated questionnaire was profound — prompting protests and a swell of outrage from scientists, journalists and concerned citizens. Workers and officials at DOE expressed fears that Trump was developing an enemies list. And, considering the purges and attacks on scientists that occurred in numerous countries around the world following the election of climate change deniers during recent years, these fears were sadly quite valid.

Eliminating NASA Funding, Death Threats on Twitter

In a separate but related instance, Trump Administration officials reportedly stated that they intended to eliminate NASA’s climate research funding. Not only would this result in a purge of climate scientists from U.S. government offices. It would also precipitate the loss of climate monitoring satellites and the potential loss of decades of scientific data collected by some of the top researchers in the world. Concerned that scientists would be suddenly expelled and that critical data would be lost, as happened during similar purges that occurred in Canada and Australia under climate change deniers Stephen Harper and Tony Abbott, workers for various agencies began frantically copying data in order to ensure its preservation.

Meanwhile, instances of politically motivated threats against climate scientists mounted. Peter Gleick, a hydro-climatologist and co-founder of the Pacific Institute, a nonpartisan think tank, reported to the Japan Times that he received death threats in the form of pictures of guns posted to him after he tweeted critically about threats of violence to scientists made by Brietbart on Twitter.

Jerry Brown, Governor of California Vows to Fight Against Trump’s Anti-Science Agenda

Concern for scientists as a class increasingly victimized by political extremists like Trump hit a fever pitch this week at the American Geophysical Union Conference in San Francisco. There, hundreds of pro-science protesters marched outside as the meeting halls swelled with over 20,000 worried scientists and their supporters.

Among the attendees was Governor Jerry Brown of California who delivered this impassioned speech:

(Jerry Brown has pushed for pro-renewable energy, pro-climate response policies in California for decades. He has vowed to defend both science and progressive values from an impending assault by Donald Trump. Video source: YouTube.)

Brown highlighted the tremendous danger that human civilizations now face. The oceans are rising and acidifying, the weather is worsening, habitats, food and water sources are being destroyed. He also noted that in order to prevent climate harms, people would have to face down both “big oil” and “big financial structures that are at odds with the survivability of our world.”

Brown called on scientists and their ‘truth teller and truth seeker’ supporters to fight back.  And, in doing so, he pledged the aid of California’s scientific and legal communities saying: “We’ve got the scientists and we’ve got the lawyers and we’re ready to fight back. We’re ready to defend.”

Brown cited past major environmental achievements by California including 28 percent renewable power generation, a goal to hit 50 percent in the coming years, and zero emissions vehicle and mileage standards that became the benchmark for the nation. Unlike Trump, Brown pledged to fully support international climate agreements and to work with over 200 states to help to reduce harms from climate change. Touting California’s 2.1 trillion dollar economy, Brown stated — “We will persevere. We will prevail.”

But Brown’s highest points involved his pledge to launch satellites if Trump shuts down NASA climate monitoring systems and to pit California’s economic might as a renewable energy power against the old fossil fuel interests. Brown stated:

“Well, I remember back in 1978, I proposed a Landsat satellite for California. They called me Governor Moonbeam because of that. I didn’t get that moniker for nothing. And if Trump turns off the satellites, California will launch its own damn satellite. We’re going to collect that data. …

“We’ve proved in California that the economy grows… in part because of the rules and the climate policy that we’ve adopted… and California is growing a whole hell of a lot faster than Texas and we’ve got more sun than you’ve got oil.”

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Taking Back Our Lives
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
We Need Help Fighting The Banks

The other day I got a letter from my credit card bank, Citibank. It began, “We’re replacing your existing Card Agreement with a new version, which is enclosed.” They claimed that “It’s designed with you in mind,” but I doubt that.

The new Agreement is described in detail, without any indication of what is new, so I don’t know what they have changed. What hasn’t changed is the tilt of the Agreement toward Citibank. Interest rates for loans are very low these days. Rates for mortgages range between 2.5% and 4%. Auto loans are even cheaper, between 2% and 3%. My home equity loan from my local bank is 3.5%. When big banks borrow money, they pay close to zero interest.

But don’t borrow money from your credit card bank. My new Agreement, like the old Agreement, lists huge rates for money I “borrow” from Citibank. If I owe money on my card, the rate is 14.24%. If I get a cash advance, the rate is 25.49%, beginning the moment I get the money. There are also fees. A cash advance costs 5% of the amount, in addition to the interest.

These are the costs of having a credit card. We might think they are unreasonable, but getting a card means agreeing to one-sided Agreements like this one. If I didn’t like any of the changes to my Agreement, whatever they were, I could close my account.

But on one new provision in my new Agreement, I was given a choice. Citibank wants any disputes about my account to be subject to arbitration, meaning that the dispute is settled by an arbitrator, without recourse to the courts. Here’s why Citibank and other credit card companies like this idea.

An arbitration is an individual case, so consumers can’t band together in a class action suit. The result is purely monetary, so if the dispute is caused by fraud or other illegal action by the bank, they are not subject to legal penalty. The cost of arbitration is picked up by the bank and they typically select the arbitrator (do you know one?), steering lots of business to arbitrators who deliver verdicts they like. One big arbitration service, the National Arbitration Forum, had to get out of the business of consumer arbitration because it was so cozy with the banks that it was being sued by many city and state attorneys.

Wells Fargo, the current Dishonest Bank of the Year, defrauded countless customers by creating millions of fake accounts in their names. Now it is killing lawsuits filed by its customers by moving the disputes to arbitration. If successful, the bank might have to repay fees they charged to the customers, but would not be liable for penalties due to fraud. Although some judges have ruled that Wells Fargo’s fraud should be adjudicated in court, other judges have forced customers to go to arbitration.

The dishonesty of Wells Fargo over many years, cheating millions of customers for many years, and thus far escaping with no jail time for any employee, shows how insignificant we consumers are when we come up against giant corporations. Even well known people, like the Los Angeles music star Ana Bárbara, get crushed by their power. A Wells Fargo employee created sham accounts and credit lines in her name, took out more than $400,000 of her money, then regularly went to her house to steal her Wells Fargo statements from her mailbox. She had to cancel appearances, costing her hundreds of thousands of dollars. Instead of her day in court, Bárbara will have to go to arbitration.

Protection for the consumer can only come from the government. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 takes its name seriously. Dodd-Frank does not let banks force consumers into arbitration for the biggest loans we take out, mortgage and home equity loans. It created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to write regulations to implement that change. It also asked the CFPB to study credit card arbitration agreements and report to Congress.

The government effort to examine credit card “agreements” about arbitration is why my bank offered me the chance to opt out of arbitration. All I had to do was write a letter to them saying I rejected the arbitration provision of my “updated Card Agreement”. I did that. Thank you, Dodd-Frank.

Republicans have fought against Dodd-Frank since it was first discussed in Congress. They tried to prevent the CFPB from ever being formed. Donald Trump has said he would dismantle Dodd-Frank, saying, ““Dodd-Frank has made it impossible for bankers to function.” Trump’s selection for Secretary of the Treasury, who will oversee banking regulations, is Steven Mnuchin. Mnuchin worked for Goldman Sachs, a financial firm that got a $10 billion bailout from the federal government in 2008. He made billions by foreclosing on homeowners during that financial collapse. His main qualifications for running Treasury is that he was Trump’s campaign finance chairman.

Dodd-Frank makes it less possible for the big banks to push us into tilted arbitration when the banks act like Wells Fargo. It’s an equalizer for the little consumer dealing with the big banks. Without it, we’re at their mercy.

Steve Hochstadt
Jacksonville IL
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“In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed William Donovan as head of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), an organization that was given the responsible for espionage and for helping the resistance movement in Europe. He was helped in this by William Stephenson and Britain’s MI6 chief, Stewart Menzies.

Donovan was given the rank of major general and during the Second World War he built up a team of 16,000 agents working behind enemy lines. The growth of the OSS brought conflict with John Edgar Hoover who saw it as a rival to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He persuaded President Harry S. Truman that the OSS in peacetime would be an “American Gestapo”. At the end of the war, Truman ordered the OSS to be closed down leaving a small intelligence organization, the Strategic Services Unit (SSU) in the War Department.

After leaving the OSS Frank Wisner joined the Wall Street law firm, Carter Ledyard. However, in 1947, he was recruited by Dean Acheson, to work under Charles Saltzman, at the State Department’s Office of Occupied Territories. Wisner moved to Washington where he associated with a group of journalists, politicians and government officials that became known as the Georgetown Set. This included Frank Wisner, George Kennan, Dean Acheson, Richard Bissell, Desmond FitzGerald, Joseph Alsop, Stewart Alsop, Tracy Barnes, Philip Graham, David Bruce, Clark Clifford, Walt Rostow, Eugene Rostow, Chip Bohlen, Cord Meyer, Richard Helms, Desmond FitzGerald, Frank Wisner, James Angleton, William Averill Harriman, John McCloy, Felix Frankfurter, John Sherman Cooper, James Reston, Allen W. Dulles, Walter Lippmann and Paul Nitze.

The group often met at the home of Chip Bohlen on Dunbarton Avenue. Most men brought their wives to these gatherings. Members of what was later called the Georgetown Ladies’ Social Club included Katharine Graham, Mary Pinchot Meyer, Sally Reston, Polly Wisner, Joan Braden, Lorraine Cooper, Evangeline Bruce, Avis Bohlen, Janet Barnes, Tish Alsop, Cynthia Helms, Marietta FitzGerald, Phyllis Nitze and Annie Bissell.

The Office of Strategic Services provided a model for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) that was established in September 1947. Others have suggested that it was the British Security Coordination (BSC) that was really the important organisation. According to Joseph C. Goulden several of the “old boys” who were around for the founding of the CIA like repeating a mantra, “The Brits taught us everything we know – but by no means did they teach us everything that they know.” The role of the CIA was to evaluate intelligence reports and coordinate the intelligence activities of the various government departments in the interest of national security. Frank Wisner remained concerned about the spread of communism and began lobbying for a new intelligence agency. He gained support for this from James Forrestal, the Defense Secretary. In June 1948, George Kennan, drafted a directive that resulted in the Office of Special Projects.

Wisner was told to create an organization that concentrated on “propaganda, economic warfare; preventive direct action, including sabotage, anti-sabotage, demolition and evacuation measures; subversion against hostile states, including assistance to underground resistance groups, and support of indigenous anti-Communist elements in threatened countries of the free world”. Thomas Braden later recalled: “Wisner brought in a whole load of fascists after the war, some really nasty people. He could do that, because he was powerful. Harrison E. Salisbury commented: “He (Wisner) was the key to a great many things, a brilliant, compulsive man, of enormous charm, imagination, and conviction that anything, anything could be achieved and that he could achieve it.”

Later that year Frank Wisner established Operation Mockingbird, a program to influence the American media. Wisner recruited Philip Graham (Washington Post) to run the project within the industry. According to Deborah Davis (Katharine the Great): “By the early 1950s, Wisner ‘owned’ respected members of the New York Times, Newsweek, CBS and other communications vehicles.”

Rear Admiral Sidney W. Souers, who was the Deputy Chief of Naval Intelligence, was appointed the first Director of Central Intelligence. Walter Bedell Smith took over the post in 1950 and held it until being replaced by Allen W. Dulles in 1953.

According to Deborah Davis, the CIA operative Cord Meyer became the “principal operative” of Operation Mockingbird. One of the most important journalists under the control of Mockingbird was Joseph Alsop, whose articles appeared in over 300 different newspapers. Other journalists willing to promote the views of the CIA included Stewart Alsop (New York Herald Tribune), Ben Bradlee (Newsweek), James Reston (New York Times), Charles Douglas Jackson (Time Magazine), Walter Pincus (Washington Post), William C. Baggs (Miami News), Herb Gold (Miami News) and Charles Bartlett (Chattanooga Times). According to Nina Burleigh (A Very Private Woman) these journalists sometimes wrote articles that were commissioned by Frank Wisner. The CIA also provided them with classified information to help them with their work.

After 1953 the network was overseen by Allen W. Dulles, director of the Central Intelligence Agency. By this time Operation Mockingbird had a major influence over 25 newspapers and wire agencies. These organizations were run by people with well-known right-wing views such as William Paley (CBS), Henry Luce (Time Magazine and Life Magazine), Arthur Hays Sulzberger (New York Times), Alfred Friendly (managing editor of the Washington Post), Jerry O’Leary (Washington Star), Hal Hendrix (Miami News), Barry Bingham Sr., (Louisville Courier-Journal), James Copley (Copley News Services) and Joseph Harrison (Christian Science Monitor).

The Office of Policy Coordination (OPC) was funded by siphoning of funds intended for the Marshall Plan. Some of this money was used to bribe journalists and publishers. Frank Wisner was constantly looked for ways to help convince the public of the dangers of communism. In 1954 Wisner arranged for the funding the Hollywood production of Animal Farm, the animated allegory based on the book written by George Orwell. According to Alex Constantine (Mockingbird: The Subversion Of The Free Press By The CIA), in the 1950s, “some 3,000 salaried and contract CIA employees were eventually engaged in propaganda efforts”. Wisner was also able to restrict newspapers from reporting about certain events.

Another project started by Frank Wisner was called Operation Bloodstone. This secret operation involved recruiting former German officers and diplomats who could be used in the covert war against the Soviet Union. This included former members of the Nazi Party such as Gustav Hilger and Hans von Bittenfield. Later, John Loftus, a prosecutor with the Office of Special Investigations at the U.S. Justice Department, accused Wisner of methodically recruiting Nazi war criminals. As one of the agents involved in Operation Bloodstone, Harry Rositzke, pointed out, Wisner was willing to use anyone “as long as he was anti-communist”.

John Simkin

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The Dumb American Presidents of The Past: Or Were They? The Ignoramus in Office.
December 19, 2016Uncategorized
It is hard to imagine that we have had so many dumb American presidents. I’m not confining this to one party but it appears this characteristic crosses both parties. For years now probably going back to John F. Kennedy, or perhaps even before him, all of those presidents have been engaged in an activity that is truly a waste of time. You would think they had better things to do with themselves.

I say they are dumb because the incoming president who says he is smart does not have to follow what they had to do. Trump said: “I don’t have to be told — you know, I’m like a smart person. I don’t have to be told the same thing and the same words every single day for the next eight years. It could be eight years — but eight years.”

You see the self-described smart person is not about to follow what all those other presidents did which can only mean they were dumb. Can you imagine what those prior presidents did? They received daily intelligence briefings.

Trump points it out: “But if they’re going to come in and tell me the exact same thing that they told me, you know, that doesn’t change necessarily. There might be times where it might change. I mean, there will be some very fluid situations. I’ll be there not every day but more than that. But I don’t need to be told, Chris, the same thing every day, every morning, same words. Sir, nothing has changed. Let’s go over it again. I don’t need that.”

Well, I’d suggest we are pretty lucky now that we have a president who is so clever. How did we ever survive all the years up to now with our other presidents being told the same thing over and over again? Were they really all retarded that each morning the intelligence briefing was carried on for a half an hour or more and it just consisted of “sir, nothing has changed. Let’s go over it again.”

But here is the problem that I see. If these presidents that preceded the Trump were not dumb but were clever and smart in their own right what are we supposed to make of all of them receiving daily intelligence briefings and the Trump deciding that he does not need them.

All I can conclude is that the Trump has no idea what the job of president involves. I’ve mentioned before that he is the first president ever to be elected who was not a general, politician or public servant with years of experience. He is a neophyte when it comes to working in the government. Yet at this early stage he has rejected the course followed by his predecessors to get daily briefings but has suggested because his underlings get them he does not have to receive them.

He said: “Now, in the meantime, my generals are great, are being briefed. Mike Pence is being briefed, who is, by the way, one of my very good decisions. He’s terrific. And they’re being briefed.” You have to wonder that if the Trump thinks the briefings are such a waste of time why are all these other people taking the time to listen to them. Is he suggesting that unlike him they are not smart and have to be told the same thing over and over again?

My take on the whole thing is that Trump wants to run the presidency like he runs his business. He knows what is involved in constructing a building, He does not have to be appraised of daily matters.

If he were smart he would know that he is woefully ignorant when it comes to running foreign policy. Things are fluid. They change by the moment, sometimes quickly, sometimes gradually. Even if they didn’t, no briefing should ever be the same.

The idea behind day-to-day briefings is to listen and then ask questions and propose solutions. The next day the briefing will answer the questions and discuss the solutions that should bring about more questions. The day after when they come back with answers more questions must be asked and solutions suggested. The next day they are discussed and more questions asked. It is an ongoing process so that the president will have thought about things, raised questions, and received answers. Solutions do not respond to quick judgments. They have to be thought about.

The Trump’s refusal to be briefed, to ask questions, to think about it, propose solutions and have the back and forth required to really understand something is disturbing. He does not understand his job. He is an ignoramus in office.

He will not only not be prepared when a crisis arrives he will have so alienated the intelligence agencies that their work will suffer. They will think if he doesn’t care and is going to act like a cowboy why should we put in all the work to get things right. Sadly America will suffer greatly.

New Government Studies Found That FBI Fails to Report Many Killings by Police

A new federal government study has found that the FBI has reported far fewer killings by police than actually happened.

The study found there were about 1,200 killings by police in in 2015, compared to the FBI’s official count of 442.

The discovery casts serious questions about the data collected by the FBI, which compiles what are supposed to be the official counts.

The study suggests tracking arrest-related deaths by using media reports and follow-ups with law enforcement and coroners’ offices.

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NYPD cop busted for stealing soap from Newburgh Walmart

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Donald Trump will violate the US constitution on inauguration day
Laurence H Tribe
Because of the emoluments clause, the electoral college would be fully justified in concluding that he is unsuited to the presidency

‘The looming constitutional shadow cast by a Trump presidency poses a frightening risk to our national security.’ Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters
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When Donald Trump swears at the inauguration that he will “faithfully execute the office of president of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the United States”, he will be committing a violation of constitutional magnitude.

Analysis How does the electoral college vote work – and can it stop Trump?
America’s unique system of electing a president was born of a constitutional crisis and means that the result of the 2016 is still – theoretically – in the balance
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The US constitution flatly prohibits any “Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under [the United States]” from accepting “any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State”.

Known as the emoluments clause, this provision was designed on the theory that a federal officeholder who receives something of value from a foreign power can be tempted to compromise what the constitution insists be his exclusive loyalty: the best interest of the United States. The clause applies to the president and covers even ordinary, fair market value transactions with foreign states and their agents that result in any profit or benefit. That a hostile government has gotten its money’s worth from our president is obviously no defense to a charge that he has abused his office.

Trump’s continued interest in the Trump Organization and his steady stream of monetary and other benefits from foreign powers put him on a collision course with the emoluments clause. Disentangling every improper influence resulting from special treatment of Trump’s business holdings by foreign states would be impossible. The American people would be condemned to uncertainty, leaving our political discourse rife with accusations of corruption. These problems are exacerbated by the fact that Tr
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The author, scholar and activist, Angela Davis, will be the keynote speaker at a banquet Jan. 14 in Memphis, said Mid-South Peace and Justice Center Executive Director Brad Watkins.

"Her huge body of work in the history of resistance and social change has been an inspiration to so many people," Watkins said.
Watkins said there is "no better time to reaffirm our commitment to the struggle for positive social change, to oppose bigotry and sexism and racism. I think she'll be a perfect person to bring the experiences of the past into a modern context and get us all ready for the work that is to come."
Davis, 72, a professor in the History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies Departments at the University of California, Santa Cruz, has lectured across the country and internationally. She is the author of nine books including, "Women, Race, and Class," "Are Prisons Obsolete?" and "The Meaning of Freedom."
Davis' activism began as a young person in Birmingham, Alabama. In 1970, Davis was placed on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list. She was arrested, incarcerated and ultimately found not guilty of murder, conspiracy and kidnapping in a Marin County, California courtroom shootout. The prosecution had alleged she was involved in a plot to take hostages and free three prisoners known as the Soledad Brothers. Her incarceration sparked the "Free Angela Davis" campaign.
Davis visited the University of Memphis in 1992 at then-Memphis State University where she spoke to an overflow crowd of more than 500 people and challenged students to question history as they knew it. She returned to the University of Memphis in 2008 where she voiced support for restoring voting rights to people convicted of crimes and opposition to the prison system.
January's event is sponsored by the criminal justice reform advocacy group Just City, Rhodes College and the Women's Foundation of Greater Memphis.
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Ex-NYPD boss defends city’s Muslim spying, welcomes Trump's plan

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Ex-cons: Florida's forgotten minority
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The presentation of the Top 25 stories of 2015-2016 extends the tradition originated by Professor Carl Jensen and his Sonoma State University students in 1976, while reflecting how the expansion of the Project to include affiliate faculty and students from campuses across North America has made the Project even more diverse and robust. During this year’s cycle, Project Censored reviewed 235 Validated Independent News stories (VINs) representing the collective efforts of 221 college students and 33 professors from 18 college and university campuses that participate in our affiliate program.

A Note on Research and Evaluation of Censored News Stories
How do we at Project Censored identify and evaluate independent news stories, and how do we know that the Top 25 stories that we bring forward each year are not only relevant and significant, but also trustworthy? The answer is that each candidate news story undergoes rigorous review, which takes place in multiple stages during […]

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25. NYPD Editing Wikipedia on Police Brutality
In March 2015, Kelly Weill reported in Capital New York that computers operating at One Police Plaza, the headquarters of the New York Police Department (NYPD), had been used “to alter Wikipedia pages containing details of alleged police brutality,” including the entries for Eric Garner, Sean Bell, and Amadou Diallo. As Mother Jones subsequently reported, […]

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24. India’s Solar Plans Blocked by US Interests, WTO
The United Nations Conference on Climate Change, held in December 2015 in Paris, featured lofty rhetoric about international cooperation to tackle climate change, including overtures by the US and other nations to include India. Anticipating the Paris summit, World Trade Organization (WTO) director-general Roberto Azevêdo wrote, “The challenge is not to stop trading but to […]

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23. Modern-Day Child Slavery: Sex Trafficking of Underage Girls in the US
In December 2015, D. Parvaz published “Selling American Girls,” a seven-part investigative report for Al Jazeera America that documented sex trafficking in the US. Each part of her report examined a different role in the sex trafficking trade and its enforcement, from the prostitutes and their buyers, pimps, and advocates, to law enforcement officers and […]

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22. Department of Education Cooperates with ALEC to Privatize Education
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State Department Employee Makes Deal in Child Porn Case
December 26, 2016

Summary: A Department of State diplomatic security officer made a plea to one felony count for child pornography.

Diplomatic security officer for the Department of State was caught in an undercover FBI child pornography operation.  The officer pleaded guilty to one felony count after striking a deal with federal prosecutors. James Cafferty, 45, pleaded to transporting child pornography. Cafferty faced a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison but the judge could have sentenced him up to 20 years. In the end, he was sentenced to seven years.

Cafferty’s most recent position was at the U.S. Embassy in London. In the plea agreement filed in a U.S. District Court in Tampa, he admitted to bringing 15,000 images of child pornography on three hard drives with him on his trip back from England in August. The images were both photos and videos.

A search of his Largo, Florida home by law enforcement found over 30,000 child porn images on digital storage media devices. When questioned by federal agents, he admitted to “photo-shopping himself into scenes constituting ... story.html

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West Oakland Action Feeds Folks, Saves a Home, Denies Cops a Photo Op
Tue Oct 25 2016 People's Block Party Supplants Oakland Police "Copaganda" Effort, Saves Home

Word got out that the Oakland Police Department had intentions to do neighborhood outreach in West Oakland on October 18. Knowing that OPD holds public relations events such as these to whitewash their earned reputation as racist, violent, and corrupt, the Anti Police-Terror Project set out to prevent OPD from exploiting local residents for a propagandistic photo op.

Oakland police planned their "copaganda" event for 3pm at 24th and Linden streets, so the Anti Police-Terror Project (APTP) beat them to it by arriving a little after 1:30pm. As tents, a children's play area, and a barbecue were being set up for a community block party, folks noticed a tow truck a few houses up the street preparing to make off with a parked recreational vehicle while a civilian Oakland police technician supervised.

Just as the tow truck began to drive away with a man's home, several people rushed in front of the truck, preventing it from leaving. About an hour later, after plenty of back and forth with police, it was agreed that the tow truck would release the RV and the owner would be afforded time to take care of legal requirements for a non-operational vehicle. ... 66980.html

More to story than Christopher Young allegedly distributing child porn, ex-Jefferson Parish president's brother argues
DEC 26, 2016 - 2:25 PM (3)

The Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, headed by Commissioner Troy Hebert, right, and Louisiana State Police, headed by Superintendent Col. Michael D. Edmonson, left, announce the details of a monthlong undercover operation named 'Operation Trick or Treat' naming five strip clubs as having allegedly been locations of acts of prostitution, illegal drug use, and lewd or improper acts in front of the Louisiana Supreme Court Building in the French Quarter in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015.
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Six months after alleging that federal child porn charges against him are the result of a "selective and vindictive" prosecution, the war of words between Baton Rouge lawyer and former state liquor lobbyist Christopher Young and prosecutors rages on in court filings.

Young, the brother of former Jefferson Parish President John Young, claims the only reason he's being prosecuted in U.S. District Court in Baton Rouge is because he refused to cooperate with federal authorities in a public corruption probe.

Federal prosecutors counter that nothing could be further from the truth. The truth, they say, is that a Baton Rouge federal grand jury indicted Christopher Young in May on possession of child pornography and distribution of child pornography charges because he forwarded videos of boys engaging in sex acts with donkeys to friends, family, clients and others

U.S. District Judge John deGravelles held hearings in September and October on Young's motion to dismiss the federal charges but hasn't issued a ruling.

In court documents filed since the hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorneys Cam Le and René Salomon insist there's "no improper motive" behind the prosecution of Young.


Man claims FBI 'extorted' him on sex charge in swap for dirt on ex-ATC chief Troy Hebert
Young's attorneys — Billy Gibbens, Marci Blaize and Taylor Townsend — beg to differ and say federal authorities were interested in Young only because of his lobbying activities before the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control and his relationship with former ATC Commissioner Troy Hebert.

"Rhetoric aside, Young knows that he is being prosecuted because he engaged in illegal child sexual exploitation by repeatedly distributing, over a two-year period of time, graphic child pornography bestiality videos to his friends, family, clients and colleagues," the prosecutors argue in asking deGravelles to deny Young's motion.

Just because Young claims he had no lustful interest when he distributed and possessed the videos doesn't mean he should be shielded from federal prosecution, the government attorneys add.

Le and Salomon note that the investigation arose out of an unsolicited referral from a local lawyer to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

"Subsequent forensic analysis revealed that Young … distributed child pornography bestiality videos, on 33 separate occasions, to 38 different individuals," the prosecutors state.

Young's attorneys argue that what began as a child porn investigation quickly morphed into a public corruption probe when the federal government learned of Young's lobbying activities and his friendship with Hebert.

"It took a child pornography case that it normally would not have prosecuted and used it to try to force Mr. Young to become a government agent in a fishing expedition for public corruption," his lawyers contend.

Not true, according to Le and Salomon, who say Young's decision not to cooperate with law enforcement "was not the motivation for the Government's decision to seek an indictment."

"Defendants regularly reject plea agreements; there is no evidence that Young's choice to do so here made prosecutors retaliate against him," the prosecutors argue.

Young testified in deGravelles' courtroom in September that FBI agent Maurice Hattier Jr. told him that "whatever is on that phone doesn't have to become public if you cooperate with us in a public corruption investigation."

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Timeline of BART Police Killings and Militarization
Sun Nov 20 2016 Center for Convivial Research and Autonomy Documents BART Police Violence

A timeline mapping Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police violence and militarization was collectively generated as part of a larger ongoing convivial research effort to expose low intensity war across the Bay Area and state. The timeline was produced through a collaboration between the Center for Convivial Research and Autonomy (CCRA) and Carville Annex Press as part of the struggle for Justice for James "Nate" Greer.

The timeline is a tool that remembers, counts, mourns and honors our dead. It is a collaborative effort of documentation over time that makes visible the many resistances that have refused erasure. This refusal itself is a confrontation against state violence. The timeline reflects our insurgent and organized community across the Bay Area and in its detail is reflected the work and tears and blood of many over time.

Construction of the BART system in the 1960s notoriously cut through Black and Brown communities across the San Francisco Bay Area, disrupting vibrant social life and vernacular circuits of activity. It forced the relocation of Black and Brown families, businesses, and civic institutions often creating competition between the two. When BART began running in 1972 it already had a state sanctioned police force and by 1976 BART police exercised full police powers across all 52 California counties. ... 793142.php

Oakland Police Veteran Says OPD Covered Up Domestic Murder by Officer
Sat Nov 5 2016 Sergeant Mike Gantt Sues Oakland Police for Retaliation Related to Murder Investigation

Oakland police sergeant James "Mike" Gantt has come forward with allegations of the Oakland police department and city leaders retaliating against him for his investigation as to whether fellow officer Brendan O'Brien murdered his wife, Irma Huerta-Lopez, on June 16, 2014. With a long record as a homicide inspector for OPD, Gantt unequivocally states that he believes O'Brien did indeed murder his wife and OPD covered it up, retaliating against him for attempting to do an honest examination of the evidence. ... ights.html

Joe Kennedy Democrat says no to the FBI

Ten members of the Encryption Working Group signed off on the report, including Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Fred Upton (R-MI), Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), Bill Johnson (R-OH), Yvette D. Clarke (D- NY), Darrell Issa (R-CA), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Suzan DelBene (D-WA). Two other members—Joe Kennedy (D-MA) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL)—reportedly refused to put their names on the report.
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L.A. sheriff's deputies disciplined after horrific torture death of 8-year-old boy

It was the worst case of child abuse that local officials had ever seen.

The death of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez became a grim symbol of the failure of Los Angeles County’s child welfare system, prompting criminal charges against four social workers and far-reaching reforms of how authorities oversee abused and neglected children. Gabriel’s mother and her boyfriend were charged with his murder.

But far less public scrutiny has been given to the role of L.A. County sheriff’s deputies who investigated Gabriel’s situation in the months before his 2013 death.

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Americann University Removes Controversial Statue of Man Convicted of Killing FBI Agents

American University is removing a controversial statue of a Native American activist who was convicted of murdering two FBI agents in 1977.

The decision to remove the statue of Leonard Peltier came after the president of the FBI agents association urged the university to take down the work of art because it was offensive.

Many Native Americans believe Peltier was wrongly convicted and sentenced to two life terms.

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A voter-approved measure in Nevada to require more gun background checks isn’t enforceable, says the FBI and Nevada’s attorney general.

Under the measure, which was supposed to go into effect on Jan. 1, gun transactions between private citizens must involve federal screenings through the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

But according to the Washington Times, the FBI won’t conduct the checks.

In a letter to state officials, the FBI said the state is tasked with background checks and the ballot initiative’s approval “cannot dictate how federal resources are applied.”

The measure prohibits the state from conducting the background checks involving private sales.

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Former FBI Agent Calls for Clemency for Leonard Peltier

In a letter sent to President Obama, a former FBI Special Agent called for the president to grant clemency to Native American activist and federal prisoner Leonard Peltier, who has served over 40 years in prison after being convicted in a flawed trial for the deaths of two FBI agents.
Former Agent John C. “Jack” Ryan wrote in the letter “In my opinion…the circumstances surrounding the case in combination with the passage of 4 decades of time served support his request to live his final years at home.”
Peltier was convicted in 1975, and has remained behind bars despite concerns about political bias and injustice that have clouded his case. Now the 72 year-old’s health is failing, he has exhausted all appeals, and he is not up for parole until 2024. More than 100,000 people have signed an Amnesty International petition calling for him to freed.
Ryan was a charter member of the FBI Agents Association and was with the Bureau from 1966 to his removal in 1987, when he refused to investigate activists protesting U.S. involvement in Nicaragua because he believed that they had done nothing wrong. As an agent, he wrote in his letter, “we were taught to follow orders and we acted on good faith on the directions given, believing we were doing the right thing.” Of the events that led to the end of his FBI career, he said “I was faced with a moral dilemma and did what I thought was right.”
“The FBI's perpetual demonization of Leonard Peltier is an effort to poison public opinion and avoid self-reflection,” said Cynthia K. Dunne, a former federal prosecutor and co-counsel for Peltier. “Mr. Peltier's clemency petition is not a referendum on federal law enforcement. It presents a moral imperative which President Obama has the opportunity to address. By reckoning with the past and moving forward in the best interests of justice, reconciliation and compassion, we can become a stronger nation. It is time to free Leonard Peltier.”
“Leonard Peltier may die in prison unless the president acts before his term is up,” said Zeke Johnson of Amnesty International USA. “President Obama should seize the opportunity to grant clemency to Leonard Peltier as a humanitarian gesture that President-elect Trump cannot reverse.”
Last week, the former head of the prosecution team that convicted Peltier also wrote to President Obama calling for clemency. Former U.S. Attorney James H. Reynolds wrote that clemency for Peltier would be “in the best interest of Justice.” 
Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, Dave Archambault II also sent a letter to President Obama about the case. Over 50 Members of Congress and others—including federal appellate Judge Gerald Heaney, who sat as a member of the court in two of Peltier’s appeals—have all called for his immediate release.

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The Plot to Kill Martin Luther King: Survived Shooting, Was Murdered in Hospital

Martin Luther King was murdered in a conspiracy that was instigated by then FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. Review of William Pepper's Book

By Craig McKee
Global Research, September 05, 2016

For one bright moment back in the late 1960s, we actually believed that we could change our country. We had identified the enemy. We saw it up close, we had its measure, and we were very hopeful that we would prevail. The enemy was hollow where we had substance. All of that substance was destroyed by an assassin’s bullet. – William Pepper (page 15, The Plot to Kill King)

The revelations are stunning. The media indifference is predictable.

Thanks to the nearly four-decade investigation by human rights lawyer William Pepper, it is now clear once and for all that Martin Luther King was murdered in a conspiracy that was instigated by then FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and that also involved the U.S. military, the Memphis Police Department, and “Dixie Mafia” crime figures in Memphis, Tennessee. These and many more incredible details of the King assassination are contained in a trilogy of volumes by Pepper culminating with his latest and final book on the subject, The Plot to Kill King. He previously wrote Orders to Kill (1995) and An Act of State (2003).

With virtually no help from the mainstream media and very little from the justice system, Pepper was able to piece together what really happened on April 4, 1968 in Memphis right down to who gave the order and supplied the money, how the patsy was chosen, and who actually pulled the trigger.

Without this information, the truth about King’s assassination would have been buried and lost to history. Witnesses would have died off, taking their secrets with them, and the official lie that King was the victim of a racist lone gunman named James Earl Ray would have remained “fact.”

Instead, we know that Ray took the fall for a murder he did not commit. We know that a member of the Memphis Police Department fired the fatal shot and that two military sniper teams that were part of the 902ndMilitary Intelligence Group were sent to Memphis as back-ups should the primary shooter fail. We have access to the fascinating account of how Pepper came to meet Colonel John Downie, the man in charge of the military part of the plot and Lyndon Johnson’s former Vietnam briefer. We also learn that as part of the operation, photographs were actually taken of the shooting and that Pepper came very close to getting his hands on those photographs.

Unfortunately, the mainstream media has ignored all of these revelations and continues to label Ray as King’s lone assassin. In fact, Pepper chronicles in detail how a disinformation campaign has featured the collaboration of many mainstream journalists over almost half a century. He says he suspects that those orchestrating the cover-up, which continues to this day, are no longer concerned with what he writes about the subject.

“I’m really basically harmless, I think, to the power structure,” Pepper said in an interview.

“I don’t think I threaten them, really. The control of the media is so consolidated now they can keep someone like me under wraps, under cover, forever. This book will probably never be reviewed seriously by mainstream, the story will not be aired in mainstream – they control the media. It was bad in the ’60s but nowhere near as bad as now.”

And the most stunning revelation in The Plot to Kill King – which some may question because the account is second hand – is that King was still alive when he arrived at St. Joseph’s Hospital and that he was killed by a doctor who was supposed to be trying to save his life.

“That is probably the most shocking aspect of the book, that final revelation of how this great man was taken from us,” Pepper says. (By the way, when I quote Pepper as having “said” something I mean in our interview. If I’m quoting from the book, I’ll indicate that.)

The hospital story was told to Pepper by a man named Johnton Shelby, whose mother, Lula Mae Shelby, had been a surgical aide at St. Joseph’s that night. Shelby told Pepper the story of how his mother came home the morning after the shooting (she hadn’t been allowed to go home the night before) and gathered the family together. He remembers her saying to them, “I can’t believe they took his life.”

She described chief of surgery Dr. Breen Bland entering the emergency room with two men in suits. Seeing doctors working on King, Bland commanded, “Stop working on the nigger and let him die! Now, all of you get out of here, right now. Everybody get out.”

Johnton Shelby says his mother described hearing the sound of the three men sucking up saliva into their mouths and then spitting. Lula Mae described to her family that she looked over her shoulder as she was leaving the room and saw that the breathing tube had been removed from King and that Bland was holding a pillow over his head. (The book contains the entire deposition given by Johnton Shelby to Pepper, so readers can judge for themselves whether they think Shelby is credible – as Pepper believes he is.)

William Pepper with his friend Martin Luther King.

In fact, a second invaluable source was Ron Adkins, whose father, Russell Adkins Sr., was a local Dixie Mafia gangster and conspirator in the planning of the assassination even though he died a year before it took place. Ron told Pepper he had overheard Bland, who was his family’s doctor, tell his father that if King did survive the shooting he had to be taken to St. Joseph’s and nowhere else. As Pepper describes it:

He remembers Breen Bland saying to his father, ‘If he’s not killed by the shot, just make sure he gets to St. Joseph Hospital, and we’ll make sure that he doesn’t leave.’

Ron, who was just 16 when the shooting took place, was apparently taken everywhere by his father in those days, and he was able to recount many details of what happened as the assassination was planned and carried out.

“I definitely found him credible,” Pepper says. “I found him troubled, I found him disturbed in a lot of ways by things that went on earlier in his life.”

His deposition is also contained in the book, which Pepper explains was important so that readers could judge the statements for themselves.

“What I wanted to do was to make sure that the entire deposition of these critical moments and this critical information was there, so that one could go and read the depositions and see that I was being accurate,” Pepper says.

Besides describing what he heard Bland tell his father, Ron Adkins described the many visits made to Russell Sr. by Clyde Tolson, J. Edgar Hoover’s right hand man. Known to Ron as “Uncle Clyde,” the high-level FBI official often delivered cash to the elder Adkins for jobs he and his associates would carry out on behalf of Hoover. Among those the younger Adkins said were paid to supply information about the activities of Martin Luther King were the reverends Samuel “Billy”  Kyles and Jesse Jackson.

The basics of the official story

If you seek out any information from a mainstream source about James Earl Ray, you’ll find him described as the killer of Martin Luther King, just as Lee Harvey Oswald and Sirhan Sirhan are labelled “assassins” in the murders of John and Robert Kennedy.

But once you read any or all of Pepper’s three books on the King slaying, you see very clearly that Ray is not a killer at all. Instead, he was a petty criminal who was a perfect “follower.” Like Oswald and Sirhan, Ray was set up to take the fall for an assassination that originated within the American deep state. In fact, Pepper says he’s convinced that knowledge of the plot went all the way to the top.

“The whole thing would have been part of Lyndon Johnson’s playbook,” Pepper says. “I think Johnson knew about this.”

As the official story of the shooting goes, at 5:50 p.m. on April 4, Kyles knocked on the door of room 306 of the Lorraine Motel to let King and the rest of his party know that they were running late for a planned dinner at Kyles’s home. Kyles then walked about 60 feet down the balcony where he remained even after King came out of the room at about 6 p.m. (Although Kyles has maintained ever since that he spent the last half hour in the room, Pepper has proven otherwise.)

Andrew Young (left) and others on balcony of the Lorraine pointing to where the shot originated while King lies at their feet. (Joseph Louw photo)

Members of a militant black organizing group the Invaders, who were also staying in the motel because of King’s visit, were told shortly before the shooting by a member of the motel staff that their rooms would no longer being paid for by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and that they had to leave immediately. When they asked who had given this order, they were told it was Jesse Jackson. At the time of the shooting, Jackson was waiting down by the swimming pool. Ron Adkins also identified Jackson as the person who called the owners of the Lorraine Motel and demanded that King be moved from a more secure inner courtyard room to an exposed room on the second floor facing the street.

The Memphis Police Department usually formed a detail of black officers to protect King when he was in town, but did not this time. Emergency TACT support units were pulled back from the Lorraine to the fire station, which overlooked the motel. Pepper also learned that the only two black members of the Memphis Fire Department had been told the day before the shooting not to report for work the next day at the fire station. And black detective Ed Redditt was told an hour before the shooting to stay home because a threat had been made on his life.

Just about a minute after King exited his room, a single shot was fired and the bullet ripped through King’s jaw and spinal cord, dropping him immediately. The shot appeared to come from across Mulberry Street. King was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead just after 7 p.m.

According to the official story, the shot was fired by Ray from the bathroom of a rooming house above a bar called Jim’s Grill, which backed on to Mulberry and faced onto South Main Street. But, as Pepper’s investigation proves, the shot actually came from the bushes located in between the rooming house and the street.  In fact, the only “witness” who placed Ray at the scene was a falling-down-drunk named Charles Stephens, who later did not recognize Ray in a photograph and who cab driver James McCraw had refused to transport a short time before because he was too intoxicated.

The bushes that concealed the shooter were conveniently trimmed the day after the shooting, giving a false impression that a shooter could not have been concealed there. Several witnesses, including journalist Earl Caldwell and King’s Memphis driver, Solomon Jones, described seeing the shot come from the bushes and not from the bathroom of the rooming house as the official story states.

Another casualty of the King murder was cab driver Buddy Butler who reported that he saw a man running from the scene right after the shot, going south on Mulberry St., and jumping into a police car (this would turn out to be MPD Lieutenant Earl Clark). Butler reported this to his dispatcher and later to fellow cab driver Louie Ward. Butler was interviewed at the Yellow Cab Company later that evening by police. Ward was told the next day that Butler had either fallen, or was pushed, to his death from a speeding car on the Memphis-Arkansas Bridge.

The owner of Jim’ Grill, Loyd Jowers, would later admit to being part of the conspiracy to kill King, and he would be found responsible – along with various government agencies – for the killing in a 1999 civil lawsuit by the King family, which was represented by Pepper.

“The King family got enormous comfort out of the results of that trial and the evidence that came forward from that,” Pepper says.

Betty Spates, a waitress at Jim’s Grill and girlfriend of Jowers, says she saw him rush into the back of the Grill through the back door seconds after the shot, white as a ghost and holding a rifle, which he then wrapped in a tablecloth and hid on a shelf under the counter. He turned to her and said, “Betty, you wouldn’t do anything to hurt me, would you?” She responded, “Of course not, Loyd.” Spates, who didn’t come forward until the 1990s, also recounted that Jowers had been delivered a large sum of money right before the assassination.

James McCraw stated that Jowers had shown him a rifle the day after the shooting and told him it was the one used to kill King.

“We confronted Loyd,” Peppers explains. “We told him he was likely to be indicted if he didn’t help us, if he didn’t give more information. Jowers didn’t know there was no way the grand jury was going to indict him. All he knew was what he did, what he participated in, how much money he got for it – he got quite a large sum of money, built a taxi cab company with it, had his gambling debt with [local Mafia figure Frank] Liberto forgiven.”

Liberto, an associate of Louisiana crime boss Carlos Marcello, turned out to be involved in the assassination also. He owned a produce warehouse and one of his regular customers, John McFerren, was making his weekly shopping trip there when he overheard Liberto shout into the phone an hour before the shooting: “Shoot the son of a bitch on the balcony.” Nathan Whitlock and his mother, LaVada Addison Whitlock, who owned a restaurant frequented by Liberto, stated that Liberto had told them he was responsible for the King murder.

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Prosecutors say that in September 2015, the officer met a then-16-year-old girl who was a cadet in the L.A. Police Department’s Community Youth Program. The program runs 18 weeks and provides physical training and criminal-justice education to students ages 13 to 20, according to the program’s website.

Through October 2015, prosecutors alleged that Montes De Oca sought an inappropriate relationship with the girl, sending her text messages and other missives via social media.

Once the officer’s mistreatment of the girl was disclosed, prosecutors alleged, he tried to delete photos and messages from his phone and computer. He also told the girl to wipe out any evidence of his correspondence, according to the city attorney’s office.

Police arrested Montes De Oca in August at the LAPD’s downtown headquarters.

Montes De Oca’s defense attorney, Lou Shapiro, said his client did not dispute that he inappropriately texted with the girl or destroyed evidence. Shapiro said the key issue was whether Montes De Oca was guilty of two counts of child annoyance — graver charges that carry stiffer penalties. The jury ultimately acquitted him of both counts.

“Defense expert Dr. Sanjay Sahgal testified that for a 31-year-old male to be sexually attracted to a 16-year-old post-pubescent female was not abnormal or unnatural from a clinical point of view,” Shapiro said. “[Sahgal] conceded that it was not normal from a moral point of view.”

Shapiro thanked the jurors “for being able to set aside the fact that he was a police officer and simply judge him based on the facts and evidence.”

Los Angeles City Atty. Mike Feuer had harsher words for Montes De Oca after the verdict was announced.

"This was an egregious breach of trust by an LAPD officer responsible for supervising student cadets,” Feuer said in a statement. “It is essenti

Ex-FBI Agent Pleads for the Release of Leonard Peltier for Humanitarian Reasons
Forty years in jail, six in solitary confinement, guilt questionable; it is time to let Peltier out of prison.
By John C. Ryan / AlterNet January 18, 2017

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I was an agent with the FBI when two of my fellow agents were murdered at the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1975. Today I’m calling on President Obama to free the man convicted of killing them.

I didn’t know Special Agents Jack Coler and Ronald Williams personally, but I felt the same shock and horror everyone in the FBI felt at their deaths. Like former United States Attorney James Reynolds, who handled the prosecution in the critical post-trial period, I believe that clemency for Leonard Peltier “is in the best interest of justice.” I further believe that keeping him incarcerated any longer perverts the system of justice for which the two agents died, and which the agency is sworn to uphold.

I do not make this call lightly, and it should not be seen as a criticism of the actions of the well-meaning, patriotic agents of the Bureau, nor as a referendum on the Bureau itself. A benefit of hindsight is that sometimes it provides an opportunity to address an injustice like this.

According to the Eighth Circuit, witnesses were coerced and ballistics evidence was withheld from Peltier's attorneys at trial. U.S. Attorney Reynolds has re-emphasized in recent interviews that the government had no proof to support its trial theory that Peltier was the person who shot the two FBI agents, and he remains in jail today on a thin “accomplice” theory.

Despite the disturbing number of red flags, judicial criticism of government conduct, and his accomplice status, Peltier has been held in prison for more than four decades, four times longer than former FBI Special Agent Mark Putnam, who had an affair with an informant, murdered her when he learned she was pregnant and then obstructed the investigation into her disappearance. Over the course of those four decades, Leonard Peltier has spent no less than six years in solitary confinement; conditions ... le/2006365

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Justice deferred: Ethel Rosenberg innocent, per Seton Hall Law team

Ethel and Julius Rosenberg in custody in 1951

January 18, 2017
Almost 64 years after Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were sent to the electric chair, a team of investigators from Seton Hall Law School in Newark uncovered a document showing that Ethel, a Jewish woman with two small sons, was executed wrongfully.

Heading the investigation was a law professor who believed anti-Semitism was partly behind the prosecution and punishment of the Rosenbergs. The couple was executed in 1953 on charges of conspiring against the United States by providing classified material on the country’s nuclear program to the Soviet Union.

The Seton Hall team unearthed a one-page memo written on July 17, 1950, from FBI special agent A.H. Belmont to D. Milton Ladd, assistant to FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. It relayed the findings of Assistant Attorney General James McInerney, who wrote that “there is insufficient evidence to issue process against her at the time.”

The memo added, “Mr. McInerney requested that any additional information concerning Ethel Rosenberg…might be possible to utilize her as a lever against her husband.”

In other words, prosecutors and FBI agents knew that evidence against Ethel was not strong enough to warrant putting her on trial. Nonetheless, the FBI urged prosecutors to threaten her with the death penalty unless she agreed to betray her husband. She stood fast in her refusal to do so and was put to death in the electric chair at Sing Sing prison on June 19, 1953.

“The reason for her prosecution seems clear: Ethel was executed because she refused to cooperate with the government to help convict her husband,” said Mark Denbeaux, the Seton Hall law professor who shepherded 25 of his students through a three-year review of the case. “Ethel was merely a pawn used for leverage in the government’s attempt to build a case against Julius Rosenberg.”

Their findings were published on Dec. 21.

Many scholars familiar with the case believe that anti-Semitism played a role in their prosecution, even suggesting it was a reason for their being electrocuted on a Friday night. Among them is Denbeaux, a Protestant whose opinion was strongly influenced by his father, a Presbyterian chaplain in World War II. The elder Denbeaux returned home keenly attuned to Jewish suffering after taking part in the liberation of two concentration camps. “My father never talked about combat,” said the professor, “only about the camps.”

When the Rosenbergs were arrested in 1950 for conspiracy to commit espionage, the professor’s father was skeptical of their guilt. “I grew up believing from him that they were both innocent and wouldn’t have been executed if it wasn’t for anti-Semitism. My dad saw anti-Semitism in many places,” he said.

One longstanding theory is that several Jews were given prominent roles in order to dispel the notion that officials’ motivation for pursuing the case was related to anti-Semitism. Noting that the judge in the case, Irving R. Kaufman, was a Jew, as were prosecutor Irving Saypol and his deputy, Roy Cohn, Denbeaux said his father believed their presence spoke volumes. “If you didn’t think religion mattered, why would you make sure the judge, the prosecutors, and the investigators were all Jews?” he asked.

Intrigued by the case, Denbeaux tasked his students in 2013 to start digging into 250,000 pages of testimony and evidence relating to the investigation, trial, and execution of the Rosenbergs, who were convicted of joining in a conspiracy to violate the Espionage Act of 1917.

Their alleged accomplices were Ethel’s brother and sister-in-law, David and Ruth Greenglass. Originally David told the FBI his sister had no involvement in the plot. Then he changed his testimony to implicate Ethel so his own wife would not be indicted. In 1996, he confessed to lying under oath, telling a New York Times reporter, “My wife is more important to me than my sister.”

Greenglass served 15 years in prison for his role in the alleged spy ring. His wife never spent a day behind bars.

“What’s revelatory is the government, the FBI, admitted it,” said Denbeaux. “It is one thing to say we want her to roll over, but it is another to say, ‘We’ve got nothing on her but we can use her as leverage.’ I can see that to be the significant statement in that memo.

“The government did not believe she was guilty and executed her anyway. That seems to me to be a dramatic, shocking fact. How often do you have people in the government say, ‘We’ve really got to hammer her to make her talk?’”

The law students wrote that what is known is that “even though Ruth and David played much larger roles in the conspiracy than Ethel, it was Ethel who was sent to the electric chair, while David received a 15-year sentence, and Ruth walked away without ever being indicted. That supports the theory that the government only actively prosecuted Ethel to obtain a confession, and cooperation, from her husband.”

Amanda Frankel, a third-year law student from South Orange who worked on the study, said that although she feels that Ethel’s execution was unjustified, she doesn’t consider it a result of anti-Semitism. “I just associated it with anti-communism,” she said.

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Personal Freedom
By Judge Andrew P. Napolitano
January 19, 2017 7 Min Read

On Jan. 3, outgoing Attorney General Loretta Lynch secretly signed an order directing the National Security Agency — America's 60,000-person-strong domestic spying apparatus — to make available raw spying data to all other federal intelligence agencies, which then can pass it on to their counterparts in foreign countries and in the 50 states upon request. She did so, she claimed, for administrative convenience. Yet in doing this, she violated basic constitutional principles that were erected centuries ago to prevent just what she did.
Here is the back story.
In the aftermath of former President Richard Nixon's abusive utilization of the FBI and CIA to spy on his domestic political opponents in the 1960s and '70s — and after Nixon had resigned from office in the wake of all that — Congress passed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which created a secret court that was charged with being the sole authority in America that can authorize domestic spying for non-law enforcement purposes.
The standard for a FISA court authorization was that the subject of the spying ne
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Move to Give FBI More Warrantless Spying Powers
Thursday, January 26, 2017

Congress is backing off from a push to grant the Federal Bureau of Investigations more warrantless surveillance powers.
Lawmakers had been attempting to use the annual intelligence policy bill to allow the FBI to obtain more sensitive digital information from Americans, using only a subpoena.
That effort, however, has been abandoned, this year, according to a recently published Senate Intelligence Committee report on the legislation.
"This expansion of government surveillance authorities was both far-reaching and intrusive, potentially covering records related to Americans' email exchanges as well as their login history, IP addresses, and internet browsing history," said Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore).
Wyden said the proposal would have given the FBI such spying authorities "with no court oversight."
In the report, published late last week, on the day of Donald Trump's inauguration, Wyden noted that he would back the legislation, the Intelligence Authorization Act of 2017, with the additional surveillance powers stripped from the bill. He had held up the proposal on the Senate floor, in June 2016, after its authors sought to expand FBI's spying authorities.
Hawkish senators had attempted to grant the FBI such powers, in the wake of the June 12, 2016 shooting at Pulse, a popular gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. The massacre left 53 people wounded and 49 others dead, including

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Seattle Debates Removing FBI Cameras Under President Trump’s Administration

Seattle surveillance cameras, via Seattle City Council.

Seattle is considering removing federal surveillance cameras around the city to avoid potential misuse under President Trump’s administration.

The Seattle City Council plans to call for the removal of the cameras, which have been operating since at least 2015, Seattle Weekly reports.

Leading the move is Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant.

“It is totally unacceptable for the City of Seattle to be complicit in federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies surveilling Seattle’s public spaces,” Sawant said in a press release. “As a sanctuary city we should not be filming our general population, and we certainly should

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Chilean Wildfires are Worst to Ever Strike the Country
Drought in Chile has now lasted for more than a ten years.

Yearly precipitation deficits have ranged from 30-70% for most of central Chile for the last decade. But the ongoing drought’s intensity has increased since 2011. The result has been “an unprecedented drought in terms of intensity, spatial and temporal extent.”

Over recent days, the forests of Central Chile appear to have finally succumbed to the unprecedented and unrelenting punishment. One by one, massive wildfires ignited through Chile’s bone-dry woods — scorching hillsides, decimating more than 100 vineyards, and resulting in the tragic loss of four firefighters. As of today, more than 85 wildfires have burned approximately 190,000 hectares of land — or about 733 square miles.

This charred chunk of Chile more than half the size of Rhode Island represents the worst fire disaster in the state’s history. Now, nations are scrambling to help Chile respond to the crippling disaster as more than 35 large fires continue to rage out of control.

President Michelle Bachelet, visiting the hard-hit Maule region, stated to Reuters:

“We have never seen something of this size, never in Chile’s history. And the truth is the (firefighting) forces are doing everything that is humanly possible and will continue to do so until the fires are contained and controlled.”

(NASA satellite shot of massive wildfires burning in Central Chile on January 21 of 2017. Image source: LANCE MODIS.)

These massive fires serve as the most recent book-end to a crippling climate change related situation that has been impacting Chile and larger South America for years. The fire situation has obviously been set in place by current ‘Mega Drought’ conditions. A drought period that “stands out not only in the historical record but also in precipitation and stream flow reconstructions for the last 1000 years.”

It’s a drought situation that’s replete with climate change related signals. Negative Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) values helped to push Chile into a dry phase through 2012 even as drying was considerably stronger than during past negative PDO periods. As PDO flipped to positive from 2013 onward, related El Nino conditions failed to bring expected rainfall to the state and drought conditions worsened. Due to these factors, climate researchers note: “there is an strong suggestion that anthropogenic climate change is [at least in part] responsible for the present Mega Drought.”

(It’s not just wildfire-ravaged Chile. Large regions of South America are also experiencing severe drying which is helping to increase wildfire risk. Such drying is a feature of human-caused climate change in that human-forced warming due to fossil fuel burning increases evaporation rates and related stress to forests even as it drives fundamental alterations to precipitation patterns that can substantially worsen drought and wildfire intensity. Image source: NOAA.)

Climate change also appears to be driving drying in neighboring South American states like Brazil and Bolivia — where severe droughts and related warming are drying up massive lakes and helping to worsen the wildfire situation in the Amazon Rainforest. In Bolivia, drought has combined with a climate change driven removal of key mountain glaciers that has produced an endemic state of water scarcity. In Brazil, warming and deforestation are combining to remove a large portion of the atmospheric moisture plume that the great Amazon Rainforest provides. So the historic Chilean wildfires should also be considered in the larger context of ongoing South American droughts related to climate change.


The Current Mega-Drought in Chile — Is the Future Now?



Chile Battles Devastating Wildfires as International Help Pours In

More Than 100 Vineyards Decimated in Worst Wildfire Disaster in Chilean History

Four Firefighters Die in Chilean Wildfires

This Election is an Encounter with the Force of Destiny
Hi Everyone,

Well, Election Day has finally arrived. Whew. Today in deciding who will be our next President, we are truly casting a vote for which path of destiny this nation will follow, because symbolically that is the significance of this extremely chaotic, ground-shifting, mind-boggling political campaign. Clinton and Trump are symbols – at least from my perspective – of our collective energies, of all we have done wrong as a nation, of all we are losing within a once high functioning society, of hidden desires to return to eras long past, and of fears associated with going into the unknown. This election also represents what we imagine as our potential for a positive future – but the underlying rage and anger that we witness in so many people tells me that few actually trust that anything will change. They know it in their collective gut and their rage gives voice to their hopelessness and their feelings of helplessness. We all know those feelings these days to some extent.

Like all leaders that have arisen in times of great change – from Mahatma Gandhi to Nelson Mandala to Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt to the nightmares of Adolph Hitler and Joseph Stalin – such leaders rise on the wild spinning energies of the collective grace and psychic free radicals in the atmosphere that the societies-at-large generate. We are the engines that give life to those that emerge from the crowds. We are the residents of the societies-at-large. Leaders and candidates – whether from the past or Clinton and Trump – are not apples that randomly fall from trees. They are grand reflections of who we are and our responses to this moment in evolution and how we are handling it. They embody our collective values and morals – or lack thereof. Consider that Gandhi lifted the people of India into a conscious awareness of what their anger represented: They wanted radical change and freedom from British rule. Rather than hate each other and the British, he offered a positive means of channeling that collective energy into a positive transition. But like all transitions, it came at a price in the beginning stages because those who were comfortable in the old way, those who liked being superior to the Indian people (aka the British), did not want the system to change. Rulers never want a system to change and they will fight to the death to hold the high ground. But they always – and I do mean always – end up losing. Evolution itself inevitably defeats them.

We have approached that moment in history at which believing in any expression of superiority flows against the course of evolution. We are in the holistic age now. Your own body pulsates with that truth – and your body is the micro reflection of the macro collective Earth. You body will not heal if you do not approach your health – indeed your entire life – from a holistic template. All life systems are directing us to merge into a conscious community of human beings. Our religions are breaking down, our national boundaries our evaporating, and our technology is serving the creation of an intimate humanity. We have to move forward toward wholeness if for no other reason than all the problems we now face – from having the capacity to destroy ourselves through our own foolish nuclear weaponry – to refugees to food and water distribution to climate change and so many more – require every nation’s participation in creating solutions. This shift is epoch is size and scope. I believe it is greatest challenge in the history of civilization itself – the evolutionary leap to become a global humanity. We do not even have a thought in our head capable of seriously considering that. And we ourselves won’t make it to that Promised Land. But that is the path every molecule in us is on, magnetically, psychically and spiritually. All choices that we make that oppose that holistic map run counter to that archetypal map that now governs our psyche and soul.

No wonder this election has driven people to near madness. Deep in the blood and bones of people, they know that this election is not an ordinary one. It is a choice between paths of destiny – one going backwards and one going forwards. Neither person is popular because no one – absolutely no one – wants to be on this path. No one wants to vote for either because no one wants this election to be an encounter with the force of Destiny. But it is. So we can scream about emails or women’s issues or whatever – but that’s all nonsense. Utter blather. The real power is unfolding in the unseen world. Indeed, the power is unfolding in your very biology.

Choose wisely.


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WASHINGTON, July 4— A Chicago-based agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation has acknowledged that he and other white colleagues planned a campaign of ''retribution'' against a black agent, Donald Rochon, whose case has prompted a national debate over racism in the bureau.

Newly released F.B.I. documents also show that the white agent, Gary W. Miller, has conceded that in 1985 he forged Mr. Rochon's signature on an application for death and dismemberment insurance for the Rochon family.

Mr. Rochon has described the unsolicited insurance policy as a death threat. Mr. Miller, who was suspended without pay for two weeks as a result of that incident and others aimed at Mr. Rochon, has denied that he was trying to harass the black agent. Agents Admit Harassment

The disclosures, contained in court papers filed here Friday, amount to the first public acknowledgment by the bureau that white agents may have participated in harassment of Mr. Rochon in Chicago, where he was assigned from 1984 to 1986.

The newly released documents are bound to cause further embarrassment for the bureau, which has been criticized by Congress over the Rochon case and over other discrimination claims involving black and Hispanic employees. More than half of the F.B.I.'s Hispanic agents have joined in a separate lawsuit against the bureau, charging that they faced discrimination in hiring and promotion.

Mr. Rochon has said that while he and his family were living in Chicago, their safety was repeatedly threatened in anonymous telephone calls and obscene, racist letters from white F.B.I. agents.

The Justice Department and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission have found that Mr. Rochon was the victim of ''blatant racial harassment'' in the F.B.I.'s Omaha office in 1983 and 1984. In one incident, someone in the Omaha office taped a picture of an ape's head over a photograph of Mr. Rochon's son.

Mr. Rochon has long contended that the later incidents in Chicago, which are the subject of an investigation by a Federal grand jury, were more serious than the harassment in Omaha. Charges Rights Violations

The newly released documents were made available to Mr. Rochon's lawyer, David Kairys of Philadelphia, in preparation for trial on a civil lawsuit filed by Mr. Rochon in Federal District Court in Washington. The suit charges the bureau and several white F.B.I. officials in Chicago and Omaha with violations of Federal civil rights laws.

''It's quite significant,'' Mr. Kairys said of the F.B.I. documents. ''This corroborates what Don Rochon has been saying all along. It corroborates that there was a conspiracy among F.B.I. agents to racially harass Donald and his family.''

The documents, which include the records of an internal investigation of Mr. Rochon's charges, make it clear that Mr. Rochon became the foc

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So Now A Bunch Of Juggalos Are Going To March On Washington, Too. Fans of ICP want the FBI to stop classifying them as a “loosely organized hybrid gang.”.
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9/11 WTC Tower Had Power Turned Off For 36 Hours Weekend Before The
 A former data center worker who worked at one of the World Trade
Center (WTC) buildings before the 9/11 attacks has come forward with
bombshell information that suggests explosives were planted in the
buildings in the weeks prior to the attacks on September 11, 2001. 
Scott Forbes was employed by

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NYPD sergeant guilty of rape, sexual abuse of 13-year-old girl
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 1:45 AM

Vladimir Krull, 39, was led out of court in handcuffs after the
A Bronx jury has found an NYPD sergeant guilty of raping and sexually
abusing a 13-year-old girl.

Vladimir Krull, 39, was led out of court in handcuffs after the 1 p.m.
Monday verdict.

Krull, a 12-year NYPD veteran assigned to the Midtown North precinct,
started his abuse of the teen in September 2013, when he kissed her on
the mouth, prosecutors said.

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Correction officer arrested for Midtown club rampage

Baxter, 36, ran up a tab of over $1,000 — which he refused to pay — at
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Monday, January 30, 2017
New article showing lack of evidence for healthcare workers' flu
shots/ PLOS
The issue of healthcare worker (HCW) flu vaccine mandates is of
particular interest because no one has shown the shots help patients.
 Healthcare workers have had to accept many vaccines, including that
for Hepatitis B, for decades.  But flu vaccination mandates are
particularly egregious.

The flu shot is given yearly.  It does not prevent flu infections or
flu deaths in patients.  And the more often you get a flu shot, the
less well it works.  It may reduce absenteeism, but only by a small
amount-- because the effectiveness of the shots is low.  Effectiveness
is estimated at 37%, averaging CDC data on effectiveness over the past
12 years.  Per the Cochrane Collaboration, you need to vaccinate 71
people to prevent one case of clinical flu.  (I have added all these
citations to earlier posts.)

The experts at CDC, FDA, NIH and their parent DHHS know this.  We all
read the same literature, and they hold and attend conferences where
this is discussed. The federal govt paid for some of the research.

So why does the federal government insist on pushing these shots? Why
must healthcare workers get them, or in many cases, be fired?  Some

1.  Who controls healthcare? Healthcare workers (HCWs) must be trained
to march in lockstep with what their anointed health agencies tell
them, irrespective of the science. Loyalty must be to government and
employer, rather than to professional standards. Doctors may no longer
interpret the medical literature for themselves. Hospital
administrators have happily issued draconian edicts and fired disloyal
employees, increasing their power in the process.

2.  Once doctors and healthcare workers have been pacified, the rest
of the adult population, like the pediatric population, can be made to
take whatever vaccines the government designates.

3.  Autonomy is to be chipped away.  We are not to be in control of
our own bodies; rather, the government is, for the good of the
community.  Will mandated drugging be next?

4.  While the flu shot program is being sold using the powerful memes
of patient protection and Science, everyone who has looked into the
science knows neither is true. But (as in George Orwell's 1984) it is
the memes we must bow down to, not the science.

Anyway, the new PLOS study concluded, as have others: 
The impression that unvaccinated HCWs place their patients at great
influenza peril is exaggerated. Instead, the HCW-attributable risk and
vaccine-preventable fraction both remain unknown and the NNV (number
needed to vaccinate) to achieve patient benefit still requires better
understanding. Although current scientific data are inadequate to
support the ethical implementation of enforced HCW influenza
vaccination, they do not refute approaches to support voluntary
vaccination or other more broadly protective practices, such as
staying home or masking when acutely ill.
I believe the last sentence is  directed at healthcare administrators,
who a) demand unvaccinated staff wear face masks throughout flu season
(totally stupid since you can't spread flu when you don't have it--but
then, that is not why the mask edict was issued) and b) make it very
difficult for HCWs to stay home when they are sick.  
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Employers can use FBI database for real-time background checks
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Employers enrolled in federal and state “Rap Back” programs receive ongoing, real-time updates about their employees even after they are hired. They can ...

FBI internal affairs chief pleads guilty
Feb 17, 2004 - The former chief internal watchdog at the FBI has pleaded guilty to sexually raping 5 year old boys ... John H. Conditt Jr., 53, who retired in 2001, was sentenced last ... ... nforcement
FBI hosts outreach program to show youths how to interact with law ...
KSAT San Antonio-Feb 3, 2017
"If there's anything we can do that can improve community and police relations, we want to be a part of it," FBI Supervisory Special Agent Robert Krupa said. ... -past-week

Montaintop-removal coal mining: Voting 228 for and 194 against, the House on Feb. 1 passed a GOP-
u sponsored measure (HJ Res 38) that would nullify a new federal rule aimed at protecting streams and drinking water in Appalachian states from pollution caused by mountaintop-removal coal mining. The rule addresses the practice of companies blasting mountaintops and then dumping fractured rocks and other debris into nearby streams and valleys. Critics denounced the rule as a part of a "war on coal."
Thompson: Yes. Kelly: Yes. ... -violation

Jury finds Miami-Dade detective guilty of civil rights violations
Local 10-Feb 3, 2017

Former FBI agent: Muslim ban 'not about security' 3, 2017
Trump's Muslim ban 'not about national security', says former FBI agent and ... Former FBI agent and counterterrorism expert Ali Soufan says Trump's policy ... ... 46970.html ... artslide=0
Santa Rosa police put high school students through lifelike arrest ...
Santa Rosa Press Democrat-18 hours ago
“They're usually doing the right thing. If they've done something wrong, they should be held accountable.” Guzman, who said she wants to become an FBI agent, ...
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Pending Lawsuit Seeks to Expose Trump’s Neo-Nazi Connections
Posted by Bill Conroy - January 29, 2017 at 9:40 pm
US President Donald Trump Has Surrounded Himself With Advisors Who Are Sympathetic to White Supremacist Ideology
A lawsuit pending in federal court in Kentucky since this past April may shed some light on the oppressive executive orders issued recently by President Donald Trump that target refugees worldwide as well as immigrants from seven Muslim-majority nations.
The executive orders ban Syrian refugees from entering the US, temporarily suspend all refugee entries into the country and block citizens from seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the US for at least 90 days, even if they are legal US residents. The president’s orders left hundreds of people stranded in airports, many fleeing war zones or government persecution in their home countries, sparked nationwide protests and prompted federal judges in four states to issue rulings blocking part of Trump’s orders pending further court review.
Pleadings filed in the Kentucky case contend that it is likely Trump and his inner circle have more than a coincidental relationship with the various white supremacist groups that frequented his election campaign rallies. Recently, Narco

Evelyn Turner: “Sessions tried to jail me for helping people vote”

February 8, 2017 – Evelyn Turner, a longtime civil rights and voting rights advocate recounts her past encounters with Sessions in a new piece in USA Today: “While my husband and I were trying to help black people vote in Alabama, Jeff Sessions was trying to put us in jail.”

Oakland City Council to Consider Surveillance Ordinance

February 7, 2017 – Believe it or not, there’s some good news. The Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission, which is chaired by BORDC/DDF Patriot Award winner Brian Hofer, in January approved and passed to the Oakland City Council an ordinance that calls for close scrutiny of the city’s spy

Donald J. Trump and the Deep State, Part 2
The world’s richest are now more likely to be Internet billionaires than traditional “captains of industry.” However, these young mavericks are still trying to shape the world in a way that suits them. With regard to the deep state, the players may have changed, but the game remains the same.

Donald J. Trump and the Deep State, Part 1
On the campaign trail, Donald Trump attacked Wall Street, but now he plans to roll back the recent reforms of the financial sector. This action confirms the importance of his connections to big money, both new (often self-made) and old (mostly institutional).

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
US military has failed to publicly disclose potentially thousands of lethal airstrikes conducted since 2001 in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan/ Military Times
The U.S. military under former President Barack Obama quietly hid “potentially thousands of lethal airstrikes” from the American public that likely killed hundreds of civilians in war-ravaged Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan, the Military Times has found.
In 2016 alone, U.S. combat aircraft conducted at least 456 airstrikes in Afghanistan that were not recorded as part of an open-source database maintained by the U.S. Air Force, information relied on by Congress, American allies, military analysts, academic researchers, the media and independent watchdog groups to assess each war's expense, manpower requirements and human toll. Those airstrikes were carried out by attack helicopters and armed drones operated by the U.S. Army, metrics quietly excluded from otherwise comprehensive monthly summaries, published online for years, detailing American military activity in all three theaters. 
Most alarming is the prospect this data has been incomplete since the war on terrorism began in October 2001. If that is the case, it would fundamentally undermine confidence in much of what the Pentagon has disclosed about its prosecution of these wars, prompt critics to call into question whether the military sought to mislead the American public, and cast doubt on the competency with which other vital data collection is being performed and publicized. Those other key metrics include American combat casualties, taxpayer expense and the military’s overall progress in degrading enemy capabilities...
U.S. Central Command, which oversees military activity in all three war zones, indicated it is unable to determine how far back the Army’s numbers have been excluded from these airpower summaries. Officials there would not address several detailed questions submitted by Military Times, and they were unable to provide a full listing of annual airstrikes conducted by each of the Defense Department's four military services.  
Now why would the DOD want to publish false information?  Well, it helps in the effort to achieve "plausible deniability" --by denying a US mission took place when the US military commits a potential war crime, like deliberately bombing hospitals or bombing elite counter narcotics forces in Afghanistan, which the USG initially denied.  In fact, an unnamed Army official quoted in the article said he did not consider Apache helicopter attacks airstrikes! While according to Boeing, its manufacturer, “The Apache is the world's best armed, integrated and connected attack helicopter in production and in operational use today. It’s a flying weapons system that is fully integrated. It has options to have missiles, rockets or guns depending on what your enemy is."

If you have no report of thousands of air attacks, instead of bombing ISIS, you can bomb anti-ISIS targets and likely get away with it. There could be so many reasons to hide US military missions.
UPDATE:  From the Sept 7, 2015 Wall Street Journal, we learn that a US "friendly fire" airstrike in southern Afghanistan on Sept 6 "hit a 30 member elite counternarcotics police unit as they were on a mission..." [to stop opium trafficking.  We stopped them all right.]
At least 11 died in "one of the deadliest friendly fire incidents in the country in recent years." Here is the Reuters story. The US denied the strike in Helmand province, but admitted to airstrikes in the adjacent province of Kandahar. According to the Guardian, "The US is the only member of the NATO coalition known to have carried out bombing raids in Afghanistan this year." The AP/WaPo on 9/8/15 reported that, "Brigadier General Shoffner [Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications in Afghanistan] said 'based on information we received [on 9/8], we feel it is prudent to investigate the airstrike our forces conducted in Kandahar.'"
Deliberately falsifying the number of  US airstrikes in Afghanistan makes it impossible to know what was spent, how many Afghanis were killed, and what actually is being "accomplished" in Afghanistan.  

It makes it harder than ever to know why we are in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq, what our targets truly are, and what has been done in our name.  As I discussed here, the US presence in Afghanistan can only be explained as a grab for at least a trillion dollars' worth of oil and minerals, a pipeline, and a renewable resource called heroin. ... SKBN15N2UE

Feb 9, 2017 | 4:17pm EST
DEA agent spared prison over concealed strip club ties

David Polos (L), a former assistant special agent-in-charge at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, exits the federal court with his lawyer, Marc Mukasey (R), in Manhattan, New York, U.S., February 8, 2017.

A former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent avoided prison on Wednesday after being convicted last year of lying during a national security background check about operating a New Jersey strip club with another agency employee.

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Federal Court Hearing on FBI Clinton Records – Agency Wants Up to Two Years to Turn Over 35 Records

FEBRUARY 06, 2017
Hearing Set for Tuesday, February 7

(Washington DC) – Judicial Watch today announced a hearing will be held Tuesday, February 7, 2017, regarding Judicial Watch’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit seeking records held by the FBI containing text messages and emails of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stored on the equipment of Datto Inc., a commercial data management company, as well as FBI records about the device and what materials were recovered on it (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:16-cv-02369)). The case is before U.S. District Court Judge Randolph D. Moss.

At the previous hearing Tuesday, January 24, 2017, Trump administration lawyers for the FBI informed Judicial Watch and the court that it located 35 FBI records that concern the Datto device and that it may take up to two years to release the records. In addition, the FBI recovered approximately 10,000 messages from the Datto device. The messages were turned over to the State Department to be processed and released on its website.

Tomorrow’s hearing should address whether the Trump FBI will be able to slow walk the release of these records.

Judicial Watch’s lawsuit seeks:

All records, including but not limited to emails or text messages (SMSs, MMSs, BBMs, iMessages, etc.), discovered, recovered, retrieved from, or found on any Datto device, equipment, or hardware connected to or used to backup or support former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s email system.
All records relating to the FBI’s efforts to discover, recover, retrieve, or find emails or text messages stored on the Datto device, equipment, or hardware …
Clinton reportedly was using an online backup service called Datto Inc. to create copies of her data during a time when she and her aides were improperly handling classified material. Datto’s website company promises data is “invincible, secure, and instantly restorable at any time.

Datto announced it had turned over a “hardware device” to the FBI, along with all Clinton emails the company had in its possession, possibly including Clinton’s deleted private emails:

“With the consent of our client and their end user, and consistent with our policies regarding data privacy, yesterday, Tuesday, October 6, Datto delivered a hardware device to the FBI containing all backed up data related to Platte Rivers Networks’ client known to be in its possession,” said the company.

The court hearing is scheduled for Tuesday morning:

Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Time: 10 a.m. ET

Location: Courtroom 21

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

333 Constitution Ave NW

Washington, DC 20001

February 7-8, 2017 -- SPECIAL REPORT. Trump chief adviser was aide to two CNOs during the largest pedophile crime in U.S. naval history
publication date: Feb 6, 2017
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SEE IT: South Carolina police officer punches handcuffed suspect

Thursday, February 9, 2017, 1:57 PM

A South Carolina police officer caught on video punching a handcuffed suspect has been charged with assault.

Leroy Hair, 29, turned himself in Wednesday on a charge of third-degree assault and battery.

James Terry III was stopped ... -1.2968724

Mouse walking on crib in Kushner-owned Brooklyn home

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Black man allegedly raped by police officers was accidental

A group of police officers accused of beating and anally raping a black man with a baton did so accidentally, investigators said Thursday.

A 22-year-old man identified as Theo said four police officers sodomized him during an identity check on Feb 2.

One officer was charged with aggravated rape and the others with aggravated assault, Fren
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Blink Tank

This Country Has The Most Humane Prison System

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An East Harlem cop with an “odd fetish” on the job illegally stuck his finger in a disabled man’s anus during a bogus search at a bodega, a new lawsuit claims.

John Hidalgo says he went to a deli on E. 106th St. between First and Second Aves. on Sept. 7 to buy his daughter candy.

After greeting the clerk, a plainclothes NYPD officer in the store told Hidalgo he had a “bulge” in his shirt — which Hidalgo explained was his cell phone in a belt holder. He showed the officer the device.

But the officer, identified in the suit as Officer Febres from the 23rd Precinct, insisted on conducting a search. Despite not finding contraband, he allegedly “slipped his hands up into Plaintiff's shorts, and reached his hand to his underwear and started fondling, squeezing, jerking and pinching Plaintiff's testicles through his underwear,” Hidalgo's Manhattan federal lawsuit alleges. ... -1.2971767

A tattoo artist who alleges he was sodomized by police in a subway station and the city are still far apart on a settlement amount to end the long-running suit.

Michael Mineo, 32, is keeping on with a police brutality suit after two previous trials ended in hung juries.

Three officers were previously acquitted of criminal charges connected to the 2008 incident in which Mineo alleged cops restrained him and sodomized him with a police baton during his arrest for smoking marijuana in a Prospect Park subway station.

During a Monday court date, city lawyer Karl Ashanti said the sides haven’t had any recent settlement talks.

Michael Mineo at the courthouse where officer Richard Kern testified at his trial for aggravated sexual assa

Heat is Online

This is February? 80°F in Denver, 99° in Oklahoma, 66° in Iceland, 116° in Australia

By: Bob Henson , 4:17 PM GMT on February 14, 2017

The strong, recurrent Pacific jet stream that’s been delivering massive amounts of rain to California has also been pushing mild Pacific air downslope off the Rockies and eastward, keeping the southern two-thirds of the U.S. absurdly warm for early February. From New Mexico to Virginia southward to the Gulf Coast, trees and shrubs are budding out en masse up to three weeks ahead of schedule (see Figure 1). In Texas, Dallas-Fort Worth recorded its last freezing temperature on January 8. With no freezes expected into at least the last week of the month, there’s a chance that the Jan. 8 reading of 20°F will be DFW’s last freeze of the winter. That would eclipse the earliest final freeze of the season (Feb. 5, 2000), in records extending back to 1899. The February warmth comes after a three-month span that was milder in Texas than any Nov/Dec/Jan period since the 1930s Dust Bowl, according to state climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon.

The warm, moist air prevailing along the South has been teaming up with occasional jet-stream intrusions to produce severe thunderstorms, including an unusually large number of tornadoes for the year thus far. This includes six confirmed tornadoes across southeast Louisiana on February 7, with an EF3 twister causing more than 30 injuries and damaging or destroying more than 600 homes in and near East New Orleans (see the detailed National Weather Service survey report on all six tornadoes). As of February 13, NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center had tallied 163 U.S. tornadoes for the year thus far, not quite a record but far above average. On Tuesday morning, NOAA/SPC placed parts of the western and central Gulf Coast under a slight risk of severe weather, with a small enhanced-risk area along the central Texas coast near a large thunderstorm complex that had already produced several tornado reports west of Houston.

Figure 1. An index of the seasonal progress of leafy plants shows conditions 20 days or more ahead of schedule over large parts of the South and Southwest as of Sunday, February 12. Image credit: USA National Phenology Network via @TheresaCrimmins.

Figure 2. Spectators watch as a tornado-damaged water tower comes down in Rowlett, TX, on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. Workers toppled the Dallas-area water tower that was severely damaged during a 2015 tornado outbreak blamed for more than a dozen deaths. Image credit: Vernon Bryant/The Dallas Morning News via AP.

Close to the century mark in Oklahoma
While there’s been quite a few ups and downs to the national temperature picture in recent days, with frequent frontal passages, the low temperatures haven’t been all that low and the highs have been unusually high, as noted by WU blogger Steve Gregory. For the month to date through February 12, NOAA had compiled a preliminary total of 1207 daily record highs and 10 daily record lows, for a staggering ratio of more than 100 to 1. It’s a picture in line with recent months: November 2016 had the largest ratio of record highs to lows of any month in modern records. It’s also consistent with the inexorable effect of human-produced greenhouse gases in boosting temperatures to make record warmth more widespread and extreme than record cold.

One especially strong pulse of warm air jet pushed across the Southern Rockies and into the South from Friday into Sunday. As the already-mild air descended the Rockies, it warmed further due to downslope compression, leading to some eye-popping readings. Several stations in southwest Oklahoma soared into the upper 90s on Saturday. The town of Magnum hit an astounding-for-February 99°F, which tied the state record for any winter month (Dec/Jan/Feb) that was set at Arapaho on Feb. 24, 1918.

Here’s a sampling of the all-time February heat records set over the past several days. In many cases, you have to go to mid-March to find comparable warmth!

Friday 2/10:
Wichita Falls, TX: 94°F (next-earliest reading at least this warm was 98°F on 3/1/2006; records began in 1923)
Liberal, KS: 90°F (next-earliest 90° was 3/11/1989; records began in 1893)
Amarillo, TX: 89°F (next-earliest 89° was 3/10/1989; records began in 1892)
Goodland, KS: 87°F (next-earliest 87° was 3/10/1989; records began in 1895)
Denver, CO: 80°F (next-earliest reading at least this warm was 81°F on 3/16/2015; records began in 1872). A cooperative observing station at the site of Denver’s former Stapleton Airport, where official readings were taken until the mid-1990s, reported 83°F.

Saturday 2/11:
Lubbock, TX: 91°F (next-earliest reading at least this warm was 95°F on 3/11/1989; records began in 1911)

Sunday 2/12:
Norfolk, VA: 82°F (ties all-time monthly high set on 2/4/1890 and other dates; records began in 1874)

Figure 3. High temperatures across Oklahoma on Saturday, February 11, were similar to readings one might expect in early July. Image credit: Oklahoma Mesonet, @okmesonet.

Figure 4. Temperature departures from average for the period February 1-12, 2017. The warm anomalies will likely persist, as models are calling for continued milder-than-average weather over most of the nation through late February. Image credit: NOAA/CPC Climate Prediction Center.

Cold enough to ski; too mild to ice-climb
The abnormally mild February hasn’t put a dent in Colorado’s bang-up ski season. The highest slopes are still more than cold enough to support a healthy snowpack even with above-average temperatures. At, Joel Gratz noted that the statewide snowpack as of Sunday, February 12, had already matched the level reached during the early-April peak of an average year. “What an awesome season so far with more to come!” exclaimed Gratz. Meanwhile, at Colorado’s lower elevations, those hankering for winter recreation felt the pinch of unseasonal warmth. The state’s Ouray Ice Park climbing venue was forced to close for the season on Friday, February 10, a full month earlier than average. “While we still hold a glimmer of hope for this season at the Park, that is fading fast,” said the park in a plaintive online statement.

Surges of warmth continue to funnel into high Arctic
The strong jet streams crossing the U.S. of late have spun up several powerful Northeast snowstorms (see embedded video below) and gone on to push very mild, moist air deep into the Arctic. One such spike arrived late last week, with temperatures of 50°F or more above average approaching the North Pole as reported by Capital Weather Gang and The Weather Network (Canada).

Well downstream from the nor’easter that was slamming eastern New England on Monday, a swath of low-latitude air pushed the temperature at Eyjabakkar, Iceland, up to 19.1°C (66.4°F). If validated, this will rank a full 1°C (1.8°F) above the previous national record for February, set at Dalatangi on Feb. 17, 1998, according to international weather records researcher Maximiliano Herrera. He adds that temperatures in the free atmosphere over central Sweden were analyzed above the freezing mark on Monday at heights of up to 11,000 feet.

Unsurprisingly, the extent of Arctic sea ice remains at record-low levels for mid-February. Moreover, the extent of Antarctic sea ice is on the brink of setting a record-low value for any time of year.

Figure 5. This year is lagging all other years since records began in 1979 for sea ice extent in February. Image credit: National Snow and Ice Data Center.

Figure 6. Smoke billows from a wildfire near Mudgee, Australia, on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. The fire has consumed more than 5000 hectares (12,350 acres) of bush and grasslands northwest of Sydney. Image credit: New South Wales Rural Fire Service via AP.

Eastern Australia blisters in all-time record heat
Another swarm of heat records invaded eastern Australia, where a brutal summer is unfolding. Port Macquairie, where records have been kept since 1910, broke its all-time record for any date on Sunday with a scorching high of 46.6°C (115.9°F). That’s an incredible 3.3°C (5.9°F) above the city’s previous all-time high. “You don’t break [100-plus-year] records by 3C,” noted Andrew Watkins (@windjunky). An even older all-time high fell at Toowoomba, Queensland, where a maximum of 40.3°C (104.5°F) was the first reading above 40°C (104°F) since records began at Toowoomba way back in 1869. Fire danger across parts of tinder-dry New South Wales has been at near-

Investors with $2.8 trillion in assets unite against Donald Trump’s climate change denial.
The world’s biggest investors are joining forces to unite against Donald Trump in the fight against climate change. The Independent, United Kingdom.

US EPA workers try to block Pruitt in show of defiance.
Employees of the Environmental Protection Agency are calling their senators to try to defeat Scott Pruitt’s confirmation to run the agency. New York Times.

Trump administration takes down public-facing directory of Energy Department employees.
The Department of Energy has taken down its public-facing employee directory, making it far more difficult for journalists and members of the public to locate email addresses and phone numbers for agency personnel. Mashable. ... -1.2974812

EXCLUSIVE: Sergeant in charge of Bronx cop indicted for drunken driving on the job placed on modified duty
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, February 16, 2017, 4:13 PM ... rth-dakota

Veterans at Standing Rock see police retribution after arrest and charges
Charges against military veterans on their way to Standing Rock have raised concerns that they’re being targeted for aiding Native American activists
Matthew Crane, a founding member of VeteransRepsond, was charged with possession of medical marijuana. ‘It makes me sick that veterans are being attacked.’
Matthew Crane, a founding member of VeteransRepsond, was charged with possession of medical marijuana. ‘It makes me sick that veterans are being attacked.’

Police have filed charges against two US veterans supporting Standing Rock, holding one in jail for several days, raising concerns that law enforcement is trying to prevent them from aiding activists at the Dakota Access pipeline. ... -1.2972518

SEE IT: Pregnant 17-year-old girl screams in agony as NYPD cops shock her with Taser in the Bronx
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DEA Removes Misleading Information about Marijuana from Its Website

The DEA has removed from its website information deemed inaccurate about marijuana following months of public pressure.

Americans for Safe Access, a national nonprofit dedicated to making cannabis legal, filed a legal request with the Justice Department last year in hopes of forcing the DEA to remove factually inaccurate information, the L.A. Daily Post reports.

The nonprofit claimed there were more than 25 false statements on the DEA’s website, including inaccuracies about marijuana causing psychosis and irreversible cognitive declines.

“The DEA’s removal of these popular myths about cannabis from their website could mean the end of the Washington gridlock” said Steph Sherer, executive director of Americans for Safe Access. “This is a victory for medical cannabis patients across the nation, who rely on cannabis to treat serious illnesses. The federal government now admits that cannabis is not a gateway drug, and doesn’t cause long-term brain damage, or psychosis. While the fight to end stigma around cannabis is far from over, this is a big first step.” ... -1.2960167

Former inmate claims Ohio jail guards raped her after she was refused epilepsy medication

: Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 3:05 AM ... -1.2972414

Customs officer busted for letting drug smugglers through JFK airport inspections

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Brooklyn jail officer accused of sexually assaulting female inmate in Westchester County women’s jail

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Prosecutor recommends no jail for FBI agent who shot at officer
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Special Agents Symposium

Inaugural Event Highlights FBI Diversity
February 24, 2017
The inaugural African American FBI Special Agents Symposium—organized by former African-American agents and scheduled to coincide with Black History Month—was held in the nation’s capital last weekend to recognize the role agents of color have played in the FBI’s past and the vital role they will continue to play in the future.

On Friday, February 17, the group visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture. There, participants saw poignant exhibits, including an interactive lunch counter lined with stools from the Woolworth store in Greensboro, North Carolina, the site o ... f0f8f.html

Malcolm X remembered for Black History Month
After an undercover FBI agent acted as Malcolm's bodyguard, bugs, cameras, and more high tech surveillance equipment was secretly put in place to oversee ... ... ml?ref=yfp

Mike Edmonson should resign after State Police troopers' Vegas trip, U.S. Sen. John Kennedy says
FEB 24, 2017 - 5:19 P

U.S. Sen. John Kennedy on Friday called for the resignation of Col. Mike Edmonson, the Louisiana State Police superintendent, amid an investigation into a questionable road trip taken last year by four state troopers who took a costly detour to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon as they drove to a law enforcement conference in California.

The troopers charged suites at a resort and casino to state taxpayers, and three of them were paid for dozens of hours of overtime while driving across the country in October to attend the annual conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police in San Diego.

The head of the State Police's Internal Affairs Division, Maj. Derrell Williams, was among the four troopers, who drove a state SUV nearly 4,000 miles during the trip.  

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Kennedy, the longtime state treasurer until he was elected to the Senate last year, accused Edmonson of squandering taxpayer dollars at a time when the state has faced repeated fiscal challenges, including a more than $300 million budget shortfall that recently prompted a special legislative session. 

"I like the superintendent," Kennedy said in an interview with WVUE-TV. "But he has demonstrated that he is intent on being the tallest hog at the trough. And this is all taxpayer money."

Besides the money spent on the four troopers' road trip, Kennedy criticized Edmonson for sending 17 members of his agency to a conference at which Edmonson was presented a lifetime achievement award. ... t-training

Raytown students get real-life law enforcement training
By the end of the school year they're saying I want to be a highway patrol trooper, FBI agent, or I want to be a Kansas City police man,” explained Jim Ripley, ... ... -1.2982153

Brooklyn jail guards poisoned inmates' carrot cake: lawsuit

Saturday, February 25, 2017, 12:42 PM

The Thanksgiving Day 2015 menu at the Brooklyn House of Detention featured deliberately tainted carrot cake that left 16 inmates incapacitated, according to a new federal lawsuit.

Correction officers or other jailhouse workers caused the prisoners “to suffer food poisoning from (the dessert) ... containing poisons or including rat poison on said Thanksgiving Day,” the lawsuit charged ... handcuffs/

FBI Jokes About Seeing Hillary In Handcuffs

9:55 AM 02/22/2017

FBI agents in the New York field office were rumored to have joked about seeing former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in handcuffs, Vanity Fair reports.

A former Department of Justice official told Vanity Fair a segment of the New York field office had a high a level of animosity towards Clinton. “It was widely understood that there was a faction in that office that couldn’t stand her and was out to get her,” he continued to Bethany McLean.

McLean elaborated that the level of acrimony towards Clinton in the New York field office may have been so high, FBI Director James Comey placed the bulk of the Clinton investigation in Washington, D.C.

The anecdote fits with widespread reports of internal FBI dissatisfaction with the July 2016 decision not to prosecute Clinton for illegally using a private email server to conduct official State Department business ... tion-plant

FBI investigates theft at McAlester Army Ammunition plant
by Kameilla Weatherall
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Latest from the John Swallow corruption trial: Defense claims FBI agent perjured himself
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When Does Contact Between the FBI and the White House Cross ...
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Speaking to The Guardian, former FBI Agent Mike German said that “It is illegal for an FBI employee to take information from an ongoing criminal investigation .. ... 954521.php

Charges: Drug-trafficking jail guard ratted out snitch to dealer
Informants told their handlers to be careful sharing information with others in law enforcement

FBI Octopus ... 2055c.html

STATE OF THE NATION: Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick addresses ...
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Federal appeals court reverses Tennessee death penalty case
Washington Times
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Five reasons why liberals should boycott
Bill Maher

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Dancing Children


Knowing One’s Place in the Scheme of Things

I have come full circle. I was a boy born to a mother who died immediately, perhaps at the hands of my father but that is only a distant third-party allegation, who grew up to watch as a small group of sheltered and sheltering effete Eastern
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AG Sessions Indicates Justice Department Will ‘Pull Back’ on Investigating Police Abuses

AG Jeff Sessions at his confirmation hearing.
By Steve Neavling
The numerous federal investigations into troubled police departments under the Obama administration may be a thing of the past.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Tuesday that the federal government won’t be monitoring police departments as it had in the past.
Sessions claimed in his first speech as attorney general that the Justice Department investigations undermined police efforts nationwide.
“We need, so far as we can, in my view, help police departments get better, not diminish their effectiveness,” Sessions told the National Association of Attorneys General. “And I’m afraid we’ve done some of that. So we’re going to try to pull back on this, and I don’t think it’s wrong or mean or insensitive to civil rights or human rights.”
He added that the Trump administration is working “out of a concern to make the lives of people in particularly the poor communities, minority communities, live a safer, happier life so that they’re able to have their children outside and go to school in safety and they can go to the grocery store in safety and not be accosted by drug dealers and get caught in crossfires or have their children seduced into some gang.”
Sessions claimed that monitoring police departments did not help combat rising violence in some cities.
“One of the big things out there that’s, I think, causing trouble and where you see the greatest increase in violence and murders in cities is somehow, some way, we undermine the respect for our police and made, oftentimes, their job more difficult,” he said. ... d-perjury/
Jeff Sessions Admits Meeting with Russian Officials But Denies He Committed Perjury

Jeff Sessions discusses his communication with Russians.
By Steve Neavling
Attorney General Jeff Sessions acknowledged today that he met with Russian officials at least twice during the Donald Trump campaign, but insisted the election was never discussed.
During a press conference at 4 p.m., Sessions also said he plans to recuse himself from future investigations into the Trump campaign after consulting with Justice Department staff.
“I have decided to recuse myself from any existing or future investigations of any matters related in any way to the campaigns for President of the United States,” Sessions said.
The attorney general insisted he didn’t commit perjury by denying he had communication with Russian officials during his confirmation hearing, saying the meetings were unrelated to the presidential campaign.
Reports that suggested he exchanged information with the Russians, Sessions said, are “totally false.”
Sessions said he was having trouble remembering details of the discussions with a Russian ambassador.
“I don’t remember a lot of it,” Sessions said.

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March 1, 2017 7:09 PM
Former Secret Service man pleads guilty to dark, secret relationships with minors

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The Department of Justice says until his arrest on Nov. 9, 2015, Moore worked in the Secret Service-Uniformed Division and was assigned to the White House.
In Moore’s guilty plea, he admits to using a profile on the social media app “Meet24.” That’s where he began a two-month chat relationship with a 14-year-old girl in which some electronic conversation turned sexual. Moore sent the girl sexually explicit images of himself.
But Moore really was chatting and sexting with Delaware State Police detectives and members of the Delaware Child Predator Task Force. After they arrested Moore, he admitted to trading sexually explicit images with a minor in Florida, a 17 year old in Missouri and a 14 year old in Texas.

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One “National Emergency” Away From Disaster 3 of 4
March 2, 2017Uncategorized
You think it could never happen in America that D.Trump could shut down the media he deems hostile and suspend our Constitutional rights. But it has happened in the past and it happened under more than one president.
President Adams in 1798 in response to a French threat had his Alien and Sedition Acts. One Federalist in Congress declared, there was no need to “invite hordes of Wild Irishmen, nor the turbulent and disorderly of all the world, to come here with a basic view to distract our tranquility.” It was described as: “No protesting the government? No immigrants allowed in? No freedom of the press. Lawmakers jailed? ”
President Lincoln: “On April 27, 1861, President Lincoln, fearful that Southern troops might overtake the capital, suspended the writ of habeas corpus and declared martial law in Maryland. . . . On May 26, 1861, Chief Justice Roger Taney, sitting circuit, ruled that Lincoln had acted unconstitutionally — only Congress could suspend the Great Writ. Lincoln ignored the order and continued to seize and hold adversaries without a hearing” ... 45023.html
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JCC bomb threat info sent to FBI, chief says
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The York Jewish Community Center has been closed and evacuated following an "emergency situation," according to JCC spokeswoman Melissa Plotkin. ... y-march-5/

Local law enforcement to address Jewish community March 5
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Addressing the community will be San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman, San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore, and Eric Birnbaum, the FBI Special-Agent-in-Charge ... ... iff-gore/#
Do you plead the 5th, Sheriff Gore?

Lawsuit seeks to restore Facebook comment pertaining to Ruby Ridge
Oct. 29, 2014

The shooting of an unarmed woman holding her baby in Ruby Ridge, Idaho, in 1992 continues to follow San Diego County sheriff Bill Gore around and that goes for social media sites. Gore, according to a federal lawsuit, continues to dodge questions about the day’s events.
On October 27, Dimitrios Karras filed a federal complaint alleging that Sheriff Gore and his staff deleted comments he posted to the sheriff department's Facebook page, thus violating his right to free speech.
Karras posted his comment on September 2, 2014. It read:
"Sheriff Gore: Do you plead the 5th about your involvement in the MURDER of an unarmed woman who was holding her baby? REMEMBER RUBY RIDGE.”
Within an hour, the comment was removed and Karras was informed that he was not allowed to post any more comments on to the sheriff's Facebook fan page.
More than 22 years have elapsed since the FBI standoff at Randy Weaver's cabin in Ruby Ridge. At the time, Gore served as the bureau chief in Seattle, the lead office in charge of the standoff. Weaver, a white separatist facing gun charges, was holed up in the cabin along with his wife Vicki, infant daughter, and a man named Kevin Harrison.
Days before the seige, a gun battle occurred between FBI agent Michael Degan and Weaver, Harrison, and Weaver's 14-year-old son Sammy as they walked in the woods near the cabin. Weaver's son along with agent Degan were killed during the shootout. The men retreated back to the cabin where they stayed while agents surrounded the cabin.
The next day, Weaver and Harrison tried to leave to find a burial place for the deceased boy. During another shootout that ensued, Weaver's wife Vicki was shot and killed while holding her baby daughter. The men later surrendered. The FBI soon came under scrutiny for the tactics used and the murder of an unarmed woman. Gore denied that he gave the shooter the green light. He refused to testify at a congressional hearing.
Two decades later, people such as Karras still want an answer from Gore; Facebook proved to be no means of
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FBI director James Comey to speak at Boston College
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FBI director James Comey will deliver the keynote address at a Boston College cybersecurity forum next Wednesday. Comey is scheduled to speak about “the ... ... at-schiff/

FBI not answering Congress' questions on Russia probe: Democrat ...
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The FBI is at the center of a big unanswered question surrounding ...
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The FBI did not inform the Senate Judiciary Committee about its investigation into Attorney General Jeff Sessions' contacts with Russian officials during the 2016 ... ... story.html
Rep. Adam Schiff blasts FBI director, demands more information ...
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The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee criticized the FBI on Thursday, complaining that it failed to share enough information about its ... ... -back.html
Top Intelligence panel Democrat says FBI is sharing only a 'fraction ...
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The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee is blasting the FBI for holding back information, saying the FBI director is revealing only a 'fraction' about what it knows about Trump and Russia ... errorists/

FBI Thinks Standing Rock Protesters Might be Terrorists
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Senator Al Franken (D – MN) is challenging the FBI's investigation of at least three Dakota Access Pipeline protesters under their Joint Terrorism Task Force. ... -citizens/
7 Baltimore Officers Accused of Abusing Power, Robbing Citizens
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Rosenstein announced the indictments at a press conference with Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis and officials with the ... ase-denied
Judge won't dismiss Walter's trading case
In January, attorneys for Walters requested that the case be dismissed due to government misconduct after it was revealed that an FBI special agent had leaked ... ... nt-2501069 ... -1.2986207
Holding FBI agents liable after four Muslims landed on no-fly list could deter aspiring cops from the job, U.S. attorney argues

Muslims And Police: Anti-Islam Conspiracy Theorist To Train ...
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A former FBI agent turned anti-Islam conspiracy theorist, who once accused former CIA Director John Brennan of being a “secret Muslim,” is scheduled to give a ... ... estigation
Judge Orders Regular Updates on Investigation into FBI Grand Jury ...
Judge Castel wrote in the memorandum and order: "The conduct on the part of at least one special agent of the FBI in leaking grand jury material is worthy of the ... ... er-n728371

Why Was The FBI Attempting To Buy A Partisan Dossier On Trump?
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The Washington Post reported Tuesday that the FBI had verbally agreed to pay former MI6 agent Christopher Steele to continue work on his dossier regarding
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