FBI WATCH Making Cruelty visible

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Postby msfreeh » Mon Apr 29, 2013 2:23 pm

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FBI agent in hot water over affair
Link to brothel manager leads to indictment


April 28, 2006
A former FBI agent who was the scourge of corrupt sheriffs and drug kingpins across East Tennessee for more than a decade was indicted Wednesday for allegedly having an affair with a Korean brothel manager in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and concealing the relationship from his superiors.

Clyde William Merryman, 60, was issued a summons to appear in court May 5 after a federal grand jury in Florence, S.C., returned a seven-count indictment charging him with obstruction of justice, mail fraud, concealing a material fact, and falsifying records, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Charlotte, N.C., which is prosecuting the case.





Merryman, a 32-year FBI veteran who retired from the agency in 2003 to become public safety director in Surfside Beach, S.C., could face decades in federal prison if convicted of all the charges lodged against him.

He currently serves as town manager of Surfside Beach and was placed on administrative leave with pay Thursday by the Town Council, said his executive assistant, Jan Lewis.

Merryman, who worked extensively in East Tennessee in the 1980s and 1990s, was best-known for his work in the MACH-TENN corruption probe that led to the arrests of scores of people, including nearly a dozen county sheriffs, on drug and gambling charges.

In 1994, Merryman got into hot water with his superiors after he admitted to having a brief affair with the live-in girlfriend of a Blount County drug kingpin during an investigation. The FBI suspended Merryman without pay for two weeks and gave him a letter of censure but never publicly acknowledged the incident.

According to the indictment returned Wednesday, Merryman transferred to the FBI's office in Myrtle Beach, S.C., in 1999 and launched an investigation into Asian brothels in early 2002. At some point, he became sexually involved with one of the spa network's "top managers," an illegal Korean immigrant named Hye Yung Kang, the indictment alleges.

In September 2002, Merryman had Kang classified as a confidential witness for the FBI, which meant that the federal government paid some of her expenses. Merryman also allegedly provided her with a letter that allowed her "to travel at will, via airline, without any identification," records show.

Kang allegedly made several trips to New York City, and after one of those trips she returned to Myrtle Beach with more than $20,000 she had earned from the spa business, court records state. Merryman also allegedly tried to influence immigration officials to give Kang a "worker identification card," which she would need to obtain a Social Security account number.

After he retired from the FBI, Merryman "attempted to use his status as a former FBI agent and his current position" in Surfside Beach to "shield Kang from prosecution and circumvent the immigrations laws of the United States," according to the indictment.

Merryman and another former FBI agent, Joe Mann, are also defendants in a civil lawsuit pending in federal court in Knoxville related to the 1982 shooting of pharmacist David Comer. Merryman and Mann were allegedly working undercover in a probe of Cocke County chop shops when they learned that a car thief, Billy Hall, had confessed to shooting Comer.
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Postby msfreeh » Fri May 03, 2013 5:48 pm

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http://www.larouchepub.com/other/2013/4 ... _saud.html
May 3, 2013 issue of Executive Intelligence Review.
Boston Bombing: Anglo-Saudi
Terror Machine Strikes U.S.
by Jeffrey Steinberg and Stu Rosenblatt
[PDF version of this article]
April 29—In reaction against the Obama Administration's rush-to-judgment declaration that the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing was the work of two brothers who were radicalized by reading Internet sites, and who had no ties to global terrorist networks, some Members of Congress are demanding a thorough probe of the accused bombers, and the role of the FBI in one of the most deadly terrorist acts on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001.
Were such an investigation to take place, in spite of Obama White House and FBI interference, Americans may be given a long-overdue view into the Anglo-Saudi apparatus that has been responsible for nearly every act of global terrorism over the past several decades. This is the apparatus which was behind the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and the Sept. 11, 2012 assault on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, in which U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other U.S. personnel were killed.
Appearing April 28 on Fox News, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Tex.), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, declared that, after consulting with security professionals, he was convinced that the bombs used in the attack on the Boston Marathon were far too sophisticated to have been constructed based on Internet diagrams alone. He noted that the bombs were similar to those used frequently by terrorists in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and elsewhere. Both McCaul and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who appeared with him on Fox, demanded answers about the recruitment and training of the bombers, and about what global networks the two young Chechens had been tracked into.
In an April 20 letter to the Director of the FBI, the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), Reps. McCaul and Peter King (R-N.Y.), the previous head of the Homeland Security Committee, also demanded an accounting by the FBI of its failure to act on leads provided by Russian security services, well over a year before the Boston bombings. Russian officials alerted the FBI in 2011 that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the elder of the two brothers, should be investigated for ties to violent jihadist networks operating in the North Caucasus region of Russia. Similar warnings were provided by Russian officials to both the DHS and the CIA, and Tsarnaev was actually placed on a CIA watch list of suspected terrorists whose travels abroad should be monitored.
In their letter, McCaul and King cited at least five previous incidents, since the beginning of the Obama Administration, in which the FBI failed to pursue terror suspects, and in some cases, actually protected suspects as informants and agents provocateurs (see article, p. 23).
Two Tracks, Two Threats
In a very real sense, the Congressional demands for full disclosure from both the FBI and the Obama Administration define two separate, but critical tracks, of any serious investigation.
First and foremost, the Boston bombing, in which three people were killed, and many more grievously injured, demands an end to the coverup of the Anglo-Saudi guiding hand behind virtually all global terrorism. A serious probe into the apparatus behind decades of irregular warfare in the Caucasus region, Central Asia, Afghanistan-Pakistan, the Near East, and North Africa—an apparatus already implicated in the Boston bombings—would open up the entire British-Saudi alliance, and also lay bare the coverup by the George W. Bush and Obama administrations, a coverup which itself constitutes an impeachable crime.
At the same time that the full exposure of the Anglo-Saudi global terror machine is the top priority, it is also high time that a thorough probe of the criminal misconduct of the FBI be undertaken. The last time that Congress seriously looked into the abuses of power by the FBI, was back in the 1970s, when the Pike and Church committees in Congress, the Rockefeller Commission, and a Joint Congressional Inquiry into the Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. assassinations, found the FBI guilty of widespread abuses of power, including illegal spying on American citizens.
The long-delayed probe of Anglo-Saudi terrorism will also unravel a longstanding British penetration of U.S. national security institutions, which has drawn the United States into British colonial adventures around the globe, particularly in the Arab and Islamic world, that have transformed the U.S.A. into a hate object for some of the very people who previously saw the U.S. as the role model for liberation from the yoke of colonial repression and looting.
A Hundred-Year Marriage
While British domination over the Persian Gulf region dates back to the 18th Century, when the ports of the Gulf were the way-stations and security outposts of the British East India Company's vital trade routes to the Indian Subcontinent, a marriage between the British and Saudi monarchies was forged. This took place in the immediate aftermath of World War I, when the Ottoman Empire was dissolved, and the British and French divided the Middle East under the Sykes-Picot treaty.
In 1921, British Colonial Secretary Winston Churchill had the following words of praise for the House of Saud in remarks delivered before the British House of Commons. They are, he said,

"austere, intolerant, well-armed, and bloodthirsty, and that they hold it as an article of duty, as well as faith, to kill all who do not share their opinions and to make slaves of their wives and children. Women have been put to death in Wahhabi villages for simply appearing in the streets. It is a penal offence to wear a silk garment. Men have been killed for smoking a cigarette."

Churchill, in conclusion, praised King Ibn Saud for his unswerving loyalty to Britain.
From 1917-53, the year King Abdulaziz Ibn Saud died, British Intelligence's man on the scene was Harry St. John Philby, the legendary "Arabist" and father of the triple-agent Kim Philby. According to British historian Mark Curtis, the elder Philby's assignment was to

"consult with the Foreign Office over ways to consolidate the rule and extend the influence of Ibn Saud."

In 1973, in the immediate aftermath of the breakup of the Bretton Woods fixed-exchange-rate system, the British government forged a strategic investment partnership with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, that also merged Anglo-Saudi geopolitical objectives. In a series of high-level diplomatic exchanges between 1973 and 1975, culminating in an October 1975 meeting between then-Crown Prince Fahd and Queen Elizabeth II, London became the financial center for the Saudi oil empire. "Former" British SAS commandos were deployed in large numbers into Saudi Arabia to train the National Guard, and to establish direct control over the security mechanisms protecting the Saudi Royals.
1975 was also the year that British Intelligence's Dr. Bernard Lewis was permanently redeployed to the United States. While teaching at Princeton University, Lewis became the leading Middle East policy advisor to a host of American national security policymakers, including Zbigniew Brzezinski and Dick Cheney. Prominent American neoconservatives of the last 30-plus years, including Michael Ledeen and Harold Rhode, were parrots for what came to be known as the "Bernard Lewis Plan." The essence of the plan was for Western powers to support the spread of Islamic fundamentalism across the southern tier of the Soviet Union, from the Caucasus, to Central Asia, to the western provinces of China.
The Afghan mujahideen project, under which Britain, the United States, and Saudi Arabia poured hundreds of billions of dollars in arms into the hands of Wahhabi and Salafist "freedom fighters" battling to drive the Soviet Army out of Afghanistan between 1979 and 1990, directly spawned al-Qaeda, the Afghan Taliban, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, and scores of other radical jihadist terror fronts.
Al-Yamamah
The Anglo-Saudi alliance—and joint sponsorship of global terrorism—entered a new phase in 1985, with the "Al-Yamamah" ("The Dove") oil-for-arms deal between London and Riyadh. The deal was brokered by Prince Bandar bin-Sultan, the longtime Saudi Ambassador in Washington, and the son of Saudi Arabia's Defense Minister Prince Sultan.
As EIR revealed in an exclusive exposé,[1] the Al-Yamamah deal established an offshore black operations fund worth hundreds of billions of dollars, skimmed from the lucrative sales of Saudi oil on the world spot market. Saudi princes pocketed tens of billions of dollars in kickbacks from the deal, which continues to this day, despite major corruption probes in Britain and the United States in the last decade.
In a revealing authorized biography of Prince Bandar, Anthony Simpson boasted,

"Although Al-Yamamah constitutes a highly unconventional way of doing business, its lucrative spin-offs are the by-products of a wholly political objective: a Saudi political objective and a British political objective.
"Al-Yamamah is, first and foremost, a political contract. Negotiated at the height of the Cold War, its unique structure has enabled the Saudis to purchase weapons from around the globe to fund the fight against Communism. Al-Yamamah money can be found in the clandestine purchase of Russian ordnance used in the expulsion of Qadaffi's troops from Chad. It can also be traced to arms bought from Egypt and other countries, and sent to the Mujahideen in Afghanistan fighting the Soviet occupying forces."

Al-Yamamah funds not only armed the Afghan mujahideen and bankrolled several African coups; payoffs from the British arms cartel BAE Systems to Prince Bandar, laundered from the Bank of England through Saudi Embassy bank accounts at Riggs National Bank in Washington, found their way directly into the hands of at least two of the 9/11 hijackers, Nawaf Alhazmi and Khalid Almihdar. The two San Diego-based hijackers were bankrolled and protected by two agents of the Saudi General Intelligence Directorate (GID), Osama Basnan and Omar al-Bayoumi. The men received between $50,000 and $72,000 from Prince Bandar during the period that the 9/11 terrorists were under their sponsorship.
When the Joint Congressional Inquiry staff probing the security failures leading to 9/11 unearthed the money trail from Bandar to the terrorists, and included it in a 28-page chapter in their final report, President George W. Bush ordered the entire 28 pages redacted from the report and placed under national security seal.
Right up to the present, President Barack Obama has maintained the coverup of the Anglo-Saudi hand behind the financing of 9/11.
In a March 30 letter to Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), Chairman of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) demanded that the 28 pages be released to the public, and that hearings take place on the full implications of the evidence.
Benghazi, Syria, and Beyond
If there is any doubt that the Bandar funding of at least two of the 9/11 terrorists was part of a systematic Anglo-Saudi policy, and not an inadvertent act of charity to Saudi nationals in need, just consider the aftermath of the 9/11 coverup.
After leaving his post in Washington, Bandar returned to the Kingdom, and was named National Security Advisor to King Abdullah. In July 2012, the Prince was named Director of the Saudi GID. Senior U.S. diplomatic and intelligence sources have confirmed that, from his posts as national security advisor and GID head, Bandar is directing a far-flung terrorist operation, currently focused on the funding of al-Qaeda fronts in Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon to overthrow the Assad government in Syria; waging irregular warfare against Hezbollah in Lebanon; and running a terrorist destabilization of Iraq.
Two of the Bandar-funded jihadist groups, al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) and the al-Nusra Front in Syria, have recently merged into a united neo-Salafist terror apparatus, now armed to the teeth to wage permanent terror war throughout the Near East and North Africa.
While the Obama Administration at the top is committed to protecting this Anglo-Saudi terror machine at all costs, not everyone in the U.S. government has gone along with the protection racket. At the outset of the first Obama Administration, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton established a joint task force with the Treasury Department, to crack down on Saudi funding of jihadist terrorists.
In a Dec. 30, 2009 State Department cable, in preparation for a visit to Riyadh by Richard Holbrooke and David Cohen, the co-directors of the joint task force on terrorist financing, Clinton wrote that

"donors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide. Continued senior-level USG engagement is needed to build on initial efforts and encourage the Saudi government to take more steps to stem the flow of funds from Saudi Arabia-based sources to terrorists and extremists worldwide."

Documentation presented in lawsuits against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by survivors and relatives of victims of the 9/11 attack makes clear that the "donors" referred to in the Clinton cable are all either members of the royal family, officials of the Ministry of Religious Affairs, or heads of charities all sponsored by the Saudi Monarchy.
While there is no magic bullet solution to the growing plague of international terrorism, and while the recent Boston Marathon bombings show that there is no place to hide from the scourge, the indispensable first step toward eradicating this plague is to break the coverup and expose the top-down Anglo-Saudi hand behind world terrorism.
EIR has been the publication of record, exposing the British role in all global terrorism and illegal drug trafficking—the other primary source of funds to the worldwide terror machine. The Anglo-Saudi alliance must be broken, and the Bush and Obama administration officials who willfully covered up the terror trail must also be brought to justice. The pages that follow offer a small piece of the available evidence of this ongoing crime against humanity.
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Re: FBI WATCH Making Cruelty visible

Postby msfreeh » Sat May 04, 2013 12:24 pm

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http://progressive.org/node/146176/14010


The FBI’s File on Howard Zinn

By Matthew Rothschild, July 31, 2010

The FBI just released a voluminous file on progressive historian Howard Zinn.

The file alleges that Zinn was a member of the Communist Party in the late 1940s and early 1950s, though he steadfastly denied it when the FBI twice interviewed him.


Oddly, the FBI even tried to turn Howard Zinn into an informant, but when he refused to play ball or name names, they gave up on him. Later, in the 1960s, they deemed a high security risk to the country, a category that allowed them to summarily arrest him if an emergency were to be declared, the documents show.

The file also refers to Zinn’s influence on Martin Luther King’s attitude toward the FBI, with the agency adding that it should straighten King out.

Several documents also refer to Zinn’s wife, Roslyn, whom the FBI claimed was affiliated with the Communist Party for a while, as well.

J. Edgar Hoover himself kept apprised of Zinn’s activities from the earliest years. President Lyndon Johnson received FBI memos from Hoover about Zinn when he and Daniel Berrigan went to North Vietnam in 1968 and won the return of two captured U.S. airmen.

The first document, March 3, 1949, relies on information supplied by a “confidential informant” who said Zinn “is a Communist Party member and attends Party meetings five times a week in Brooklyn.” It also lists some of his political activities.

It says that Zinn picketed the White House on March 26, 1948, with the “American Committee to Protect the Jewish State and the United Nations.”

It says he was a “delegate to the American Peace Mobilization in Chicago.”

It says he was “picketing butcher shops” in Brooklyn on July 18, 1946.

It says his “name appears on letterhead of Brooklyn Citizens’ Committee for Right of Bank Workers to Organize.”

And it says he was a member of American Veterans Committee.

It also says that “an inquiry was made of the subject’s sister, Doris Zinn, 926 Lafayette Avenue, under suitable pretext.”

Zinn’s daughter, Myla Kabat-Zinn, is struck by this reference.

“My father never had a sister,” says Kabat-Zinn, who perused some pages of the file. “It’s just bizarre. If they thought he had a sister, I have to question a lot of what’s in the file.”



The second released document, dated March 30, 1949, and with “Director, FBI” on it, has Zinn’s name in caps and the words “Security Matter” under it. The New York office is instructed “to obtain additional information concerning this subject’s membership in the Communist Party or concerning his activities in behalf of the party.” The last line reads: “Particular emphasis should be placed on obtaining admissible evidence.”

The FBI kept track of Zinn while he was attending NYU, and the agency noted that “Zinn filed claim for ‘property damage’ against the State of New York” after the police failed to prevent anti-communist mobs from using violence to disrupt Paul Robeson’s performances.

In the strangest part of the file, the FBI tries to recruit Zinn as an informant. A document dated October 12, 1953, and sent to J. Edgar Hoover, outlines the effort. “When the subject is observed leaving his residence alone, and when he is a discreet distance from his place of residence, he will be contacted in a direct manner by two agents assigned to the Security Informant Program.”

On November 6, 1953, two agents of the FBI watched Zinn leave his home and then approached him, according to a document to Hoover dated November 25, 1953. “The agents introduced themselves to Zinn and advised him that they had a confidential matter to discuss with him,” the document says. “He was told that he was not being contacted with the idea of intimidating or having him incriminate himself but for the purpose of determining his attitude towards aiding the United States Government. It was noted that he was a citizen of this country, a parent and veteran, and had certain responsibilities to himself, his family, and country.”

Then they made their accusations. “He was advised that the Bureau had received information concerning his associations with the CP and was affording him this opportunity to discuss it with agents of the FBI,” the document says. “Zinn stated that he was not now or was he ever a member of the CP.”

Zinn told them “he was a liberal and perhaps some people would consider him to be a ‘leftist.’ Zinn said that he had participated in the activities of various organizations which might be considered Communist fronts but that his participation was motivated by his belief that in this country people had the right to believe, think, and act according to their own ideals. . . . According to Zinn, he was not ashamed of his past activities and did not believe that he or his activities constituted a threat to the security of this country or Government.”

Toward the end of this four-page “Letter to Director,” the agents describe Zinn as “courteous, friendly, and willing to discuss his activities except for the denials noted previously. He was reluctant, however, to discuss other persons who were associated with him in the various Communist front organizations.” The agents recommended that “Zinn should be recontacted under the Security Informant Program.”

That recontact occurred on February 8, 1954, according to a document to Hoover dated February 24 of that year. Again, Zinn denied that he or his wife had ever been a member of the Communist Party. And again, Zinn refused to name names. “He stated under no circumstances would he testify or furnish information concerning the political opinions of others.” The agents concluded that it was no use. “It is believed that additional interviews with Zinn would not turn him from his current attitude; therefore he will not be reinterviewed under the SI program, and this matter will be closed.”



After that, the FBI continued to keep tabs on Zinn, his political activities, his attendance at Columbia, and his move to Atlanta to teach at Spelman College. It even noted that he “subscribed to the ‘National Guardian’ in 1953,” according to a document dated March 29, 1957. The FBI also got a hold of a 1950 letter Zinn wrote to the Supreme Court about the trial of eleven Communists under the Smith Act. Wrote Zinn to the Court: “Free speech is the cornerstone of a free America and it cannot be preserved unless the Smith Act is declared unconstitutional.”

For a few years, Zinn’s time at Spelman didn’t concern the FBI. But then Zinn wrote a report for the Southern Regional Council about race relations in Albany, Georgia. Zinn was harshly critical of the FBI in that report, noting that “the FBI has not made a single arrest on behalf of Negro citizens.” The New York Post ran an article about his criticisms on November 16, 1962. On a copy of the clipping, Hoover himself wrote: “What do we know of Zinn?”

Agency officials responded with a memo on November 27, 1962, rehashing the old accusations against Zinn. It added: “Files indicate that Zinn has been active in protesting policies of this country concerning Cuba.” The memo was sent to assistant director Cartha “Deke” DeLoach. Handwritten at the bottom is the notation: “Suggest our friends on Georgia papers be alerted.”

On December 23, 1962, an FBI document again refers to Zinn’s Albany report and notes that it “has also been commented upon by Reverend Martin Luther King. King went along with the general theme of the article.” It added: “Assistant Directors Sullivan and DeLoach have made an attempt to contact Reverend Mr. King to straighten him out concerning the work of this Bureau.”



On May 21, 1963, an FBI document reported that Zinn had participated on a panel about blacks in the media. “Zinn was critical of the Administration, the President, and the Vice President concerning their position on civil rights. He also stated, ‘Our Attorney General is callous, and the FBI incompetent to deal with civil rights problems.’ ” Clyde Tolson, associate director of the FBI, was reported asking, “What do our files show on Zinn?”

On May 29, 1963, another FBI memo, with the director’s name on it, orders agents to dig up and spread information about Zinn. “You are instructed to review your files, contact logical sources, and submit an up-to-date report suitable for dissemination. This report should include all pertinent public source information concerning the subject.”

On July 31, 1963, the FBI noted that “subject dismissed from position at Spelman College.” The agency followed him back to Newton, Massachusetts, and obtained “four photos of subject, wife, and daughter,” according to another memo to Hoover dated November 18, 1963. It listed Zinn’s occupation as “self-employed—writer.”

On January 8, 1964, an FBI memo discussed a Boston Globe article that covered Zinn’s repeated criticism of the FBI for failing to protect blacks against white mob violence. As before, the recommended action: “friendly news sources in the Boston area may be contacted concerning our role in civil rights matters.”

On January 10, 1964, Hoover wrote a memo ordering Zinn’s name to be “included in Reserve Index, Section A,” a classification that would mean he could be rounded up if an emergency were declared. In this memo, Hoover says Zinn “has continued to demonstrate procommunist and anti-United States sympathies.”

The FBI repeatedly asked its contacts within the Communist Party in the Boston area about Zinn, but “they did not know the subject and could furnish no information concerning him,” notes one document from the Boston office on February 18, 1964. (Several subsequent documents all show the Boston office finding no contacts between Zinn and the Communist Party there.)

On May 18, 1964, an FBI memo discusses an article Zinn wrote for The Nation entitled “Incident in Hattiesburg” about the FBI and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. This prompted the FBI to classify Zinn as an even higher security risk.


“Because of lack of evidence of membership in a basic revolutionary organization since 1953, subject’s name was included in the Reserve Index, Section A, rather than in the Security Index,” states the document from the FBI’s J. F. Bland to assistant FBI director W. C. Sullivan.

Bland then spells out what these classifications mean. “The Reserve Index represents a special group of individuals scheduled to receive priority attention with respect to investigation, interrogation, or detention under the terms of the Emergency Detention Program following invoking of the Program and arrest of all Security Index subjects.” (NB: The original is not in bold.)

Bland goes on to explain why Zinn deserves to be placed in the higher-risk category. “Subject’s activities make this a close case as to whether he belongs on the Reserve Index or the Security Index. He can, however, be included on the Security Index under the criterion “facts have been developed which clearly and unmistakably depict the subject as a dangerous individual who may commit acts inimical to the national defense and public safety of the United States in time of an emergency.’ ”

On May 19, 1964, a memo with “Director, FBI” on it, says: “The Bureau is of the opinion that subject’s name should be included in the Security Index.”

On March 7, 1966, Hoover wrote the director of the Secret Service about Zinn, Hoover did so again exactly a year later. The reason: “Because of background is potentially dangerous; or has been identified as member or participant in communist movement; or has been under active investigation as member of other group or organization inimical to U.S.”

The FBI followed Zinn’s civil rights and anti-Vietnam War activities, noting his “Logic of Withdrawal” pamphlet and the fact that he spoke at a 1967 rally in New York with Martin Luther King and Dr. Benjamin Spock.

The file also reveals that Hoover sent a coded teletype to the President, the Secretary of State, the Director of the CIA, the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Department of the Army, the Department of the Air Force, and the White House Situation Room about the trip Zinn took with Berrigan to free the two U.S. airmen on January 31, 1968.

The last document, dated April 2, 1968, refers to an anti-draft rally planned for the next day in Boston Commons. “This demonstration is expected to last approximately two to three hours and attract some 10,000 persons,” the document says. “Howard Zinn, well-known Boston University professor and Security Index subject, and Avram Noam Chomsky, a Selective Service subject, will be among the speakers.”

Zinn’s daughter, Myla Kabat-Zinn, isn’t shocked that the FBI kept such a voluminous file on her dad.

“We all expected this,” she says. “This is not a surprise. Anybody who was active in protesting and speaking out at that time kind of expected to have an FBI file. My father always knew they had a file on him.”
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http://newsone.com/2436064/angela-davis ... ta-shakur/

Angela Davis: FBI Targeting Assata Shakur ‘Reflects Very Logic Of Terrorism’
May 5, 2013

ANGELA-ASSATALegendary activist, scholar, author and former political prisoner Angela Davis (pictured left), who is currently a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, is still speaking truth to power, specifically as it pertains to revolutionary freedom fighter, Assata Shakur (pictured right).

In an interview on Democracy Now with Amy Goodman and Juan González, Davis said that the FBI placing Shakur on its “Most Wanted Terrorists” list, the first woman to be so designated, “reflects the very logic of terrorism.”

“It seems to me that this act incorporates or reflects the very logic of terrorism,” Davis says. “I can’t help but think that it’s designed to frighten people who are involved in struggles today. Forty years ago seems like it was a long time ago. In the beginning of the 21st century, we’re still fighting around the very same issues — police violence, healthcare, education, people in prison.”

Davis was joined by Lennox Hinds, Assata Shakur’s attorney since 1973 and professor of criminal justice at Rutgers University, who also said the act is politically motivated:

Shakur, formerly Joanne Chesimard, was a member of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army. In addition to being the first woman placed on the “Most Wanted Terrorists,” Shakur, the godmother of slain Hip-Hop artist, poet, actor and activist, Tupac Shakur, is only the second person from inside the United States to placed on the list. In an unexpected move, the state of New Jersey announced it was adding $1 million to the FBI’s $1 million reward for her capture.

Though the politically accepted version of events vilifies Shakur, please read below for the facts.


Hip-Hop artist, actor and activist Yasiin Bey, formerly Mos Def, showing support for Assata Shakur.

Shakur was falsely convicted of having killed an officer on May 2, 1973. While driving on the New Jersey Turnpike, Assata, Zayd Shakur, and Sundiata Acoli were stopped by state troopers, allegedly for having a “faulty taillight.” A shootout ensued where one state trooper killed Zayd Shakur, and another trooper, Werner Foerster, ended up dead. Shakur was charged with both murders, despite the fact that the other trooper, James Harper, admitted he killed Zayd Shakur.

Assata had been, following police instructions, standing with her hands in the air, when she was shot by Trooper Harper more than once, including a bullet to the back. Trooper Harper lied and said he had seen Shakur reach for a gun, a claim he later recanted. He also claimed she had been in a firing position, something a surgeon who examined her said was “anatomically impossible.” The same surgeon said it was “anatomically necessary” for her arms to have been raised for her to receive the bullet wounds she did. Tests done by the police found that Shakur had not fired a gun, and no physical or medical evidence was presented by the prosecution to back up their claim that she had fired a gun at Trooper Harper.

While she was in trial proceedings, the state attempted to pin six other serious crimes on her, alleging she had carried out bank robberies, kidnappings and attempted killings. She was acquitted three times, two were dismissed and one resulted in a hung jury.

Shakur was put on trial in a county where because of pre-trial publicity 70 percent of people thought she was guilty, and she was judged by an all-white jury. Without any physical evidence to present, the prosecution had to rely totally on false statements and innuendo aimed at playing on the prejudices of the jury pool against Black people, political radicals, and Black revolutionaries in particular. Finally, after years behind bars, the state secured her conviction for the Turnpike shooting.

In 1979, Shakur escaped from jail and fled to Cuba where she received political asylum and has lived ever since.

She once wrote, “I am a 20th century escaped slave. Because of government persecution, I was left with no other choice than to flee from the political repression, racism and violence that dominate the U.S. government’s policy towards people of color.”

Watch Democracy Now’s interview with Lennox Hinds and Angela Davis below:

It speaks to the hypocrisy of the United States that there are police officers who have not only killed unarmed, innocent people, but are roaming free and lauded for their bravery. Based on the criteria, there are certain police departments who should be characterized as domestic terror cells. But instead, the FBI is going after a 65-year-old revolutionary who isn’t even guilty and — by international law — has the right to seek political asylum.

It is amazing — and pathetic — how swiftly the FBI felt compelled to frame the domestic terrorism conversation around a Black revolutionary living in Cuba, instead of two White men from Boston.

Timing is everything — and the timing of this travesty of justice speaks volumes.

To show your support and say Hands Off Assata Shakur, sign the Change.org here.
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Don't ever speak to the FBI without a tape recorder running and a lawyer present

Tue, May 7, 2013

Civil liberties and civil rights attorney Harvey Silverglate made this video to show you how to protect yourself from FBI agents who will interview you, then claim you lied so they can threaten you with imprisonment unless you become their puppet.
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Obama, FBI Silence Critics, Plan Warrantless VoIP Wiretaps, ISP Fines
May 8, 2013 9:40 AM

Big government's transformation into "big brother" takes another step forward

While warrantless surveillance is nothing new, modern technology is allowing a zealous U.S. government to utilize it in a more pervasive and Orwellian manner than ever before. A former U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation agent recently acknowledged that the agency stores -- mostly without warrant -- all cellular and land-line phone calls in the U.S. Likely archived as text, such a high-tech Big Brother scheme is only possible via advances like exabyte storage and advanced dictation software.

I. Ring, Ring It's the Police State (Now on VoIP)

Now the Obama administration is preparing to expand the wiretap program yet further, moving to retrofit FBI rules to allow for warranted and warrantless wiretaps of voice-over internet protocol (VoIP) telephony conversations, according to a report in The New York Times. The plan was reportedly masterminded by FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, a top official in Obama's inner circle whose great-grandfather was a railroad tycoon. Mr. Mueller reportedly complained that the agency's efforts to spy on Americans without warrant were "going dark" amid increasing VoIP use.

The original plan was to force every internet service provider (ISP) to develop its own capability to filter, duplicate, and archive a copy of VoIP traffic for government use. Now the proposal has been changed to fine ISPs who don't comply with requests for data.

VoIP
The government may soon be able to spy on your voice-over IP calls.
[Image Source: Jon Ovington]

Writes the NYT report:

The difference, officials say, means that start-ups with a small number of users would have fewer worries about wiretapping issues unless the companies became popular enough to come to the Justice Department’s attention.

Of course that also means the U.S. Department of Justice becomes judge, jury, and executioner able to fine companies for "noncompliance" under a rather ambiguously defined set of rules.

The new plan is an extension of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (18 USC § 2522), which requires landline and cellular carriers to develop similar wiretap capabilities. While Congress has not yet passed a VoIP update to that law, that matters little as in recent years the executive branch has gained the power to effectively legislate via sweeping mandates.

Andrew Weissmann, the general counsel of the FBI, promised citizens that the new monitoring would mostly be used with warrant to fight "spies", "terrorists", and "suspected criminals". He comments, "This doesn’t create any new legal surveillance authority. This always requires a court order. None of the ‘going dark’ solutions would do anything except update the law given means of modern communications."

FBI masked agent
The FBI is pushing for a powerful new tool to spy on Americans. [Image Source: Alamy]

Under the current rules, agency officials say, ISPs can simply respond to court orders that they tried to wiretap and failed; now they will face stiff fines for such insubordinace. Within the date of the requested surveillance the company has 30 days to comply with the police state's request. If it does not, it faces fines of around $25,000 USD per day, per unfulfilled request.

II. Critics Pushed Aside

A former DOJ lawyer, Michael Sussman, says the proposal closely mirrors one from George Orwell's home nation, Britain. The British law, the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act of 2000, institutes similar strict fines to guarantee prompt obedience.

Critics, though, say the plan could help hackers gain access to private information given the government's poor security track record, in addition to the obvious abuse of power concerns. Comments Gregory T. Nojeim of the Center for Democracy and Technology, "I think the F.B.I.’s proposal would render Internet communications less secure and more vulnerable to hackers and identity thieves. IIt would also mean that innovators who want to avoid new and expensive mandates will take their innovations abroad and develop them there, where there aren’t the same mandates."

The revised plan, though, does drop the most alarming provision of the original plan, which would effectively outlaw secure encryption, forcing all encryption to be carried out an ISP level with the ISP caching your key for later use. With that provision dropped, encrypted conversations should still be safe from government spying, assuming sufficiently strong encrpytion methodology.
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Postby msfreeh » Mon May 20, 2013 9:10 pm

FBI 6 pack





three links for LINK DE JOUR


Dramatic helicopter shootout and car chase in Rio de Janeiro

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWead6WCFOI
http://www.courthousenews.com/2013/05/0 ... wnload.htm
http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/201 ... s_fbi_file




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http://www.dailytech.com/Obama+FBI+Sile ... e31508.htm


Obama, FBI Silence Critics, Plan Warrantless VoIP Wiretaps, ISP Fines
May 8, 2013 9:40 AM

Big government's transformation into "big brother" takes another step forward

While warrantless surveillance is nothing new, modern technology is allowing a zealous U.S. government to utilize it in a more pervasive and Orwellian manner than ever before. A former U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation agent recently acknowledged that the agency stores -- mostly without warrant -- all cellular and land-line phone calls in the U.S. Likely archived as text, such a high-tech Big Brother scheme is only possible via advances like exabyte storage and advanced dictation software.

I. Ring, Ring It's the Police State (Now on VoIP)

Now the Obama administration is preparing to expand the wiretap program yet further, moving to retrofit FBI rules to allow for warranted and warrantless wiretaps of voice-over internet protocol (VoIP) telephony conversations, according to a report in The New York Times. The plan was reportedly masterminded by FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, a top official in Obama's inner circle whose great-grandfather was a railroad tycoon. Mr. Mueller reportedly complained that the agency's efforts to spy on Americans without warrant were "going dark" amid increasing VoIP use.

The original plan was to force every internet service provider (ISP) to develop its own capability to filter, duplicate, and archive a copy of VoIP traffic for government use. Now the proposal has been changed to fine ISPs who don't comply with requests for data.

VoIP
The government may soon be able to spy on your voice-over IP calls.
[Image Source: Jon Ovington]

Writes the NYT report:

The difference, officials say, means that start-ups with a small number of users would have fewer worries about wiretapping issues unless the companies became popular enough to come to the Justice Department’s attention.

Of course that also means the U.S. Department of Justice becomes judge, jury, and executioner able to fine companies for "noncompliance" under a rather ambiguously defined set of rules.

The new plan is an extension of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (18 USC § 2522), which requires landline and cellular carriers to develop similar wiretap capabilities. While Congress has not yet passed a VoIP update to that law, that matters little as in recent years the executive branch has gained the power to effectively legislate via sweeping mandates.

Andrew Weissmann, the general counsel of the FBI, promised citizens that the new monitoring would mostly be used with warrant to fight "spies", "terrorists", and "suspected criminals". He comments, "This doesn’t create any new legal surveillance authority. This always requires a court order. None of the ‘going dark’ solutions would do anything except update the law given means of modern communications."

FBI masked agent
The FBI is pushing for a powerful new tool to spy on Americans. [Image Source: Alamy]

Under the current rules, agency officials say, ISPs can simply respond to court orders that they tried to wiretap and failed; now they will face stiff fines for such insubordinace. Within the date of the requested surveillance the company has 30 days to comply with the police state's request. If it does not, it faces fines of around $25,000 USD per day, per unfulfilled request.

II. Critics Pushed Aside

A former DOJ lawyer, Michael Sussman, says the proposal closely mirrors one from George Orwell's home nation, Britain. The British law, the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act of 2000, institutes similar strict fines to guarantee prompt obedience.

Critics, though, say the plan could help hackers gain access to private information given the government's poor security track record, in addition to the obvious abuse of power concerns. Comments Gregory T. Nojeim of the Center for Democracy and Technology, "I think the F.B.I.’s proposal would render Internet communications less secure and more vulnerable to hackers and identity thieves. IIt would also mean that innovators who want to avoid new and expensive mandates will take their innovations abroad and develop them there, where there aren’t the same mandates."

The revised plan, though, does drop the most alarming provision of the original plan, which would effectively outlaw secure encryption, forcing all encryption to be carried out an ISP level with the ISP caching your key for later use. With that provision dropped, encrypted conversations should still be safe from government spying, assuming sufficiently strong encrpytion methodology.

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http://www.globalresearch.ca/obama-make ... sm/5334405


Obama Makes Black Liberation Speech an Act of Terrorism
Black Panther activist Assata Shakur on most wanted terrorists list
By Margaret Kimberley
Global Research, May 08, 2013
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The announcement that the FBI added Assat Shakur to the list of most wanted terrorists was initially mystifying, a real life example of the shock doctrine. Shakur has been a fugitive ever since 1979 and was granted asylum by Cuba in 1984. It seemed inexplicable that the government would reinitiate searching for a 65-year old woman who had already been at large for more than thirty years. Yet the FBI made a grand show of the announcement, complete with a black agent at the podium and a phalanx of New Jersey state troopers. Not only was Shaukur added to the most wanted terrorist list but the government added $1 million to the $1 million bounty already in place.
Because of Barack Obama, Assata Shakur now faces the possibility of being kidnapped or murdered by the United States government. She may be held indefinitely without being charged or tried. Not only is she in danger, but because of Obama anyone who does as little as publicly defend her may potentially face the same fate.
It is the terrorist label which puts her and her supporters at greatest risk. The Patriot Act made giving “material support to terror” a federal offense which not only is punished very harshly, but is so amorphous as to mean anything the government chooses it to mean. In the Supreme Court decision which began the material support onslaught, a group attempting to teach peaceful activism was found nonetheless guilty because they had contact with the group designated as terrorist. The justices ruled that their intentions were of no consequence.
The only people safe in speaking of or contacting Shakur are those who mean her harm, and a bounty of $2 million will increase the number of persons who fall into that category. Not only is it important to resist the government and defend Shakur but also to name the villain in this story and that person is none other than Barack Obama.
One cannot be separated from the other. It is sad to see the continued effort to excuse Obama’s crimes and let him off the hook on so many occasions, but in the case of Assata Shakur the disingenuousness is particularly dangerous. Barack Obama has made manifest his predecessor’s desire to create a truly fascist machinery in this country. He resurrected the all but dead espionage act to prosecute whistle blowers and at a rate unknown under previous administrations. George W. Bush claimed the right to imprison anyone he wanted but Obama claims the right to kill anyone he wants.
On a recent broadcast of Democracy Now Angela Davis and attorney Lennox Hinds spoke quite eloquently about Shakur’s plight yet neither of them managed to mention the words Barack or Obama. The omission made the rest of their words meaningless. The justice department is Obama’s justice department. The FBI is his FBI and any and all of its decisions must get the green light straight from the president. If Assata Shakur or anyone else is labeled a terrorist by the United States government it is with Barack Obama’s express permission.
Assata Shakur could well end up dead at Obama’s hands like Anwar al-Awlakki and his sixteen year old son. Cuba may be attacked on the pretext of capturing Shakur. No president since John F. Kennedy has attempted an actual military assault on Cuban soil. Obama is known for his ability to go where other presidents have dared not. He killed Gaddafi and overthrew the Libyan government. Why wouldn’t he try the same with Cuba?
The significance of the renewed attack on Assata Shakur is not just of international significance. Obama is making a point about black America and those few who still dare to speak out against their nation’s domestic and international policy. Immediately after announcing the increased bounty and terrorist designation the FBI posted billboard sized wanted posters in Newark, New Jersey.
It seems a strange thing to do when Shakur is living thousands of miles away in Cuba. Of course the billboards are not meant to capture Shakur but to send a not so subtle message about the state of black liberation. Simply put, there won’t be any talk of black liberation. The Shakurs of the world who weren’t imprisoned, killed off by Cointelpro or bought off, have to be destroyed once and for all and any memory of them must be disappeared as well.
Assata Shakur will be used as a lesson to everyone else who didn’t get the memo. Obama’s election meant that any and all discussion of a black agenda will not only be ignored but will be consciously destroyed.
Time will tell if Cuba can withstand fifty years of attack from the United States and defend Assata Shakur and its right under international law to grant her asylum. The nearly forgotten Shakur has brought to our attention the imperial designs of America towards the rest of the world and why the people who have that power chose Barack Obama as their president.
Margaret Kimberley‘s Freedom Rider column appears weekly in BAR, and is widely reprinted elsewhere. She maintains a frequently updated blog as well as at http://freedomrider.blogspot.com. Ms. Kimberley lives in New York City, and can be reached via e-Mail at Margaret.Kimberley(at)BlackAgendaReport.com.

see link to view video
http://boingboing.net/2013/05/07/dont-e ... fbi-w.html
Don't ever speak to the FBI without a tape recorder running and a lawyer present
Tue, May 7, 2013



Civil liberties and civil rights attorney Harvey Silverglate made this video to show you how to protect yourself from FBI agents who will interview you, then claim you lied so they can threaten you with imprisonment unless you become their puppet.

see link for full story
http://www.courthousenews.com/2013/05/07/57406.htm


Tuesday, May 07, 2013


Ex-FBI Analyst Accused of Canoodling Can't Sue











(CN) - The FBI should not face a lawsuit from the analyst it claims to have fired after she became romantic with the son of an investigation target, the 5th Circuit ruled.
In a federal complaint for discrimination and retaliation, Bobbi-Anne Toy said the FBI actually barred her from stepping foot in her old office because her new boss at the bureau, Brett Davis, "had problems with women."
Toy said she had always gotten glowing reviews while working at the FBI's office in Beaumont, Texas, as a data and intelligence analyst employed by nonparty DynCorp.
When Davis stepped in as director of that office, however, he allegedly lodged a number of complaints about Toy, the FBI revoked her access and DynCorp fired her.
Toy denied having committed misdeeds such as installing software and buying unapproved items on FBI computers; participating in undercover operations without approval, falsely holding herself out as an FBI employee; and becoming romantically involved with the son of the target of an investigation.






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http://msbusiness.com/magnoliamarketpla ... n-dissent/

MSSC Justice Randolph blasts DOJ in Manning execution dissent (Updated)
May 7th, 2013
The Mississippi Supreme Court stayed the execution of Willie Jerome Manning, who was scheduled to die Tuesday night at 6 at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman.
Manning was convicted in 1994 of killing two Mississippi State students in front of the campus’ Sigma Chi fraternity house.
Justices voted 8-1 to issue the stay. Justice Michael Randolph, of Hattiesburg, dissented.
Randolph was critical of the court’s decision, writing that Manning had failed to comply with the statutory requirements attached to his claim that DNA testing on a hair found in one of the victim’s cars could possibly exonerate him. Randolph took particular issue with letters submitted with the hair analysis from the U.S. Department of Justice that were unsigned.
“The letters challenge not only former FBI experts in hair, but also ballistics. Our established law and justice require more,” Randolph wrote in his opinion.
Randolph also pointed out what he felt were discrepancies in one of the DOJ letters, which said mitochondrial DNA testing became routine in 2000. Randolph cited an article published by the DOJ in 1999 that said the testing became routine in 1992, and would have been available for Manning’s 1994 trial, if he had asked that it be done.

see link for full story
http://www.masslive.com/politics/index. ... ep_th.html

FBI agents: Massachusetts state Rep. Thomas Petrolati was target of federal investigation into probation department

on May 07, 2013




WORCESTER — A former and current FBI agent on Tuesday each testified that state Rep. Thomas M. Petrolati of Ludlow was a target of their investigation into rigged hiring in the state probation department.
The testimony by the two FBI special agents, which later came under fire from Petrolati's lawyer, came during the second day of the trial of Christopher J. Hoffman of Hatfield, the acting chief probation officer in Hampshire Superior Court. Hoffman is charged with intimidating and harassing a witness in the federal investigation into the probation department in 2011. Hoffman, who is on administrative leave without pay, is on trial in U.S. District Court in Worcester.
Kevin Constantine, special agent for the FBI, testified that Hoffman and William H. Burke III of Hatfield, a retired state deputy probation commissioner, would sell tickets for $100 a piece to Petrolati's annual fundraiser in Ludlow and that Petrolati, a Ludlow Democrat, was among several state legislators who recommended people for jobs at probation.
Constantine and Dominic Barbara, a former FBI special agent, testified that Petrolati was a target of the federal investigation. No state legislators have been charged in the statewide probation scandal.
"Our theory ... is the system was rigged and it was pay to play," said Barbara.
In an interview after the FBI testimony on Tuesday, John P. Pucci of Springfield, lawyer for Petrolati, criticized the long-running investigation into probation by the office U.S, Attorney Carmen Ortiz.
Pucci said "no" when asked if Petrolati will be charged in the case. Pucci said the federal government spent millions and millions of dollars investigating Petrolati and others and have little to show for it.
Pucci said it was "pretty shameful" to associate Petrolati with a so-called pay to play scheme when there is no evidence to support it.


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http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/5/prweb10711118.htm
A Just Cause and Friends of Justice, Advocates for Judicial Reform to Prevent Wrongful Convictions, Seek Congressional Inquiry into Missing Transcript in the IRP6 Case
Six executives of IRP Solutions appeal their criminal case, where they are convicted of co
“Mere access to the courthouse doors does not by itself assure a proper functioning of the adversary process.” Justice Thurgood Marshall www.thinkexist.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">http://us-mg5.mail.yahoo.com/neo/launch ... kexist.com)
Denver, Colorado (PRWEB) May 07, 2013
A Just Cause and Friends of Justice have been investigating a Colorado federal criminal case involving six businessmen believed to have been wrongly convicted. “This is a case involving six executives of a software development company called IRP Solutions Corporation,” says Sam Thurman of A Just Cause. “A Just Cause, Friends of Justice and other advocates for the defendants refer to the case as the IRP6 (http://www.freetheirp6.org)," adds Thurman. Court records show defendants as Kendrick Barnes, Gary L. Walker, Demetrius K. Harper, Clinton A. Stewart, David A. Zirpolo and David A. Banks.
After reviewing court records, A Just Cause and Friends of Justice are convinced that this case represents the dark side of our justice system. "This is a story about how prosecutorial tunnel vision created a tragic communication failure," says Dr. Alan Bean, Executive Director, Friends of Justice.
"Anyone that looks at this case says that it should have been handled as a civil matter from the very beginning. We trust that the appellate process works to give justice to the IRP6," says Thurman. "Court documents even show an FBI letter dated August 8, 2005 from Supervisory Special Agent Jean Andersen, Denver Division, replying to an alleged victim of the IRP case, that it was a civil matter and there was no basis for criminal action," adds Thurman. But, Assistant United States Attorney Matthew Kirsch pursued prosecuting the case. According to a 2005 search warrant affidavit, the men were accused of mail and wire fraud. The indictment did not come until June, 2009. Trial and conviction occurred in 2011.
According to court documents, the six Colorado businessmen developed software which could be used by law enforcement agencies like the Department of Homeland Security and the New York City Police Department.
Trial records show that the men defended themselves pro se. "Our court appointed attorneys were not doing their job to put together a viable defense," says Gary Walker, CEO, IRP Solutions Corporation. "They wanted us to do a plea deal," Walker adds. The case is currently under appeal based on Fifth Amendment Prohibition of Compulsory Testimony, Sixth Amendment Right to Present a Defense and Speedy Trial Act Violation.
The prosecution rested its case nearly a week and a half earlier than anticipated. As a result, defense witnesses were not available to testify. During a sidebar discussion, Judge Christine M. Arguello stated that the defendants would need to take the stand or she would rest their case for them. “If we didn't take the stand and the judge rested our case, it would have eliminated any opportunity to present a complete defense,” recalls David Banks, COO IRP Solutions Corporation.
When the defendants requested the transcripts for the date of October 11, 2011, they discovered the sidebar discussion was missing. “That short sidebar discussion implicates Judge Arguello making statements that violated our Fifth Amendment right against being compelled to testify in a criminal trial,” says Banks. "We had absolutely no intention of testifying. We were forced to either testify or kiss our defense goodbye," Banks adds. "This makes you step back and say, 'What? In America? This happens in America?'"
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Re: FBI WATCH Making Cruelty visible

Postby msfreeh » Tue May 21, 2013 8:57 pm

I recently interviewed Dick Gregory this month on May 12 2013

FBI agents tried to kill him.

http://www.dickgregory.com/
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Postby msfreeh » Sat May 25, 2013 9:50 am

see link for full story
http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/05/24/ ... terrorism/

May 24-26, 2013

Learning to Fear Obama
How CounterTerrorism Equals Terrorism
by DOUGLAS VALENTINE

Obama’s speech yesterday was totally predictable.

He played the usual word games, defining the situation in self-serving terms like Counter-Terrorism.

You know that song by heart: Counter-Terrorism in general, and drone warfare and facilities like Guantanamo in particular, are moral, legal, and necessary to defend America.

Obama can never say that Counter-Terorism is an aggressive form of political warfare that is necessary to expand and police the American Empire, coerce and weaken strategic enemies (Russia and China), and control the American people by expanding government surveillance, reducing civil liberties, and through the type of propaganda he spewed yesterday, shaping the political attitudes of the American people.

By political attitudes, I do not mean Republican and Democratic Party politics. I mean the politics of the State imposing its will on the people, and how much authority the people grant the State in the name of security.

Obama can never explain that the State has been waging political warfare for 65 years, expanding the empire and warping American minds, as the executive branch incrementally increases its extra-legal powers through the member agencies of the National Security Council, primarily the super secret CIA.

Most importantly, Obama will never say that Counter-Terrorism = Terrorism. That it is pure political violence.

His speeches – indeed, all of stated National Security policy regarding Counter-Terrorism – is designed to deflect attention from the fact that America engages in terrorism and imperial aggression on a massive scale.

I’ll give you an example. A few weeks ago I went to the FBI office in Springfield, Massachusetts, about ten minutes from where I live. I asked a Special Agent what constitutes terrorism and support for terrorism. He referred me to Washington, DC. The PR person in DC sent me excerpts from a law book defining terrorism and support for terrorism.

As a follow up question I noted that the Syrian rebels, including associates of Al Qaeda, are engaged in documented acts of terrorism against the Syrian government. I asked the FBI if the CIA, which supports the Syria rebels, is not by definition engaged in support for terrorism?

The FBI said it has no authority over the CIA. It did not dispute that the CIA engages in terrorism.

The only thing that means anything to the FBI is that the United States government claims that the Syrian government terrorizes Syrians. Thus, CIA aid to the rebels constitutes Counter-Terrorism.

And that’s how Counter-Terrorism = Terrorism. Always has, always will.

Drone warfare is the ultimate form of terrorism. It is political warfare designed to terrify foreign enemies and American citizens alike. It demonstrates to foreign enemies that the President can kill them and their supporters like a god hurling a lightning bolt from the sky. He knows each and everyone one of them by name and address, and he knows what they’re thinking. He knows what you’re thinking too. Drone warfare lets Americans know that Obama is omnipotent, remorseless, and above the law.

Despite what Obama says, you know this to be true.

Drone warfare is no longer experimental, either. It’s here to stay, and you have been conditioned to accept it.

Kidnapping people, rendering them, and holding them without due process in torture centers like Guantanamo is also terrorism, designed for all the same psychological reasons as drone warfare. Like drone warfare, administrative detention is not going away.

You know that too, and you know that you are powerless to do anything about it..

Doesn’t matter that you are more likely to be killed by a bee sting than a terrorist attack.

Doesn’t matter that 30,000 Americans die every year in automobile accidents. You will climb into your car and hurtle down the highway at 80 MPH, heedless of the danger. Fearlessly.

But you will fear Obama.

DOUGLAS VALENTINE is the author of five books, including The Phoenix Program and The Strength of the Wolf, which are available at his websites http://www.members.authorsguild.net/valentine/ and http://www.douglasvalentine.com/index.html .
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Postby msfreeh » Mon May 27, 2013 12:37 pm

MEMORIAL DAY EDITION
remembering activists assassinated by taxpayer funded FBI agents
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Farrakhan On Malcolm Shabazz Death: ‘FBI Worked To Destroy Him, Malcolm X Legacy’ [VIDEO]
May 27, 2013
By Kirsten West Savali

Malcolm Shabazz, Malcolm X

During part 20 of his weekly series, The Time And What Must Be Done, Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam answered criticism about his deafening silence on the murder of Malcolm Shabazz, the grandson of iconic human rights activist and revolutionary, Malcolm X.

RELATED: Funeral Program For Malcolm Shabazz Released

I was asked in a tweet whether I had offered condolences to the Malcolm Shabazz family over the loss of Malcolm Shabazz, the son of Sister Qubilah Shabazz,” Farrakhan began. “I sent word to the family through our International Representative, Brother Akbar Muhammad, who has contact with [Malcolm X daughter] Ilyasah Shabazz. He didn’t speak with her directly; but I gave him a message for the family, and he said he put it on her answering service. I hope that she received it; if not, the message is simply that we, in the Nation of Islam, send our deepest condolences and sympathies to the family.

But Farrakhan didn’t stop there. Exposing the toxic culture of the F.B.I. and its historical — and contemporary — role of terrorizing the Black community, the NOI leader suggested that the blame for young Malcolm’s death rested squarely on the organization’s shoulders.

But I want to say to Black America — that the same F.B.I. that hatched the plot to divide Brother Malcolm from his teacher [The Honorable Elijah Muhammad] and the Nation of Islam; that same F.B.I. that worked to destroy Black organizations and Black leadership — that same F.B.I. was dogging the footsteps of this young potential giant,” Farrakhan said.

Read young Malcolm’s complete statement on his arrest by clicking here.

As previously reported by NewsOne, young Malcolm alluded to his own assassination in March when sharing the harassment he and his family have consistently received from the F.B.I.

In the beginning of 2012 I had been informed that I was under investigation by the F.B.I.’s Counter Terrorism Task Force Unit located in Goshen, N.Y.



The formula for a public assassination is: the character assassination before the physical assassination; so one has to be made killable before the eyes of the public in order for their eventual murder to then deemed justifiable. And when the time arrives for these hits to be carried out you’re not going to see a C.I.A. agent with a suit & tie, and a badge that says “C.I.A.” walk up to someone, and pull the trigger. What they will do is to out-source to local police departments in the region of their target, and to employ those that look like the target of interest to infiltrate the workings in order to set up the environment for the eventual assassination (character, physical/incarceration, exile) to take place.

In the days prior to Malcolm’s death, he posted two cryptic — and now arguably foreshadowing — Facebook update about his “powerful enemies” and “weird” messages:

Malcolm Shabazz

Malcolm’s last Facebook status — one day prior to his death — was a picture of “The Last Supper.”

These updates, as well as the sketchy details surrounding his death have led some people to call for an investigation.

Though Farrakhan stopped short of saying that the F.B.I. was directly involved in young Malcolm’s murder, he clearly called out the U.S. government for working to destroy his life in hopes of forever burying the legacy of Malcolm X:

We are not clear on what happened in Mexico. But you know, when the enemy wants to get rid of you, one of the best places and times to do it is when you are away from your base. May God comfort the family and us in this loss; but at the same time, we really should look at the hypocrisy of a government that would place the picture of Brother Malcolm on a stamp, as though they really ‘admire him,’ and there’s been a ‘change of heart,’ and now they ‘love the man’ that they once loved to hate.
And then at the same time as his picture is on a stamp, they worked to destroy the only remaining male member to carry on his legacy and his name.

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http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2013 ... s_say.html
Undercover FBI agent ‘lured’ Tunisian student, allegedly linked to foiled terror plot, to U.S., supporters say
Ahmed Abassi, a 26-year-old Laval University student, was allegedly in regular contact with the agent, who secretly recorded them discussing a plot to attack a Via Rail passenger train.
Supporters of Ahmed Abassi, a Tunisian man allegedly linked to a foiled Canadian terror plot, say an undercover FBI agent posing as an Egyptian businessman provided money, advice and the promise of a job if Abassi would come to the U.S.
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MONTREAL—Supporters of Ahmed Abassi, a Tunisian man allegedly linked to a foiled Canadian terror plot, say an undercover FBI agent posing as an Egyptian businessman provided money, advice and the promise of a job if Abassi would come to the United States.
U.S. court documents have already revealed that an undercover agent played a crucial role in the arrest of Abassi, a 26-year-old student at Quebec’s Laval University.
Abassi was allegedly in regular contact with the agent, who secretly recorded them discussing a plot to attack a Via Rail passenger train; to cause the death of “up to 100,000 people” by contaminating the air or water; to provide financial support and weapons to anti-government fighters in Syria, and how to recruit other terrorists in North America.
But a Facebook page set up days after his arrest on immigration charges was announced says the FBI agent actually lured Abassi to New York, and to his eventual arrest, after his Canadian student visa was cancelled.
That unexplained immigration problem prevented Abassi from returning home with his new wife to their apartment in Quebec City and from continuing his studies.
The detailed account of the months leading up to Abassi’s arrest on April 22 at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport — which includes a video interview with Abassi’s sister — make two notable claims.
First, that American law enforcement agents may have enticed a suspected terrorist to enter the U.S. in order to further an investigation. Second, that an undercover FBI agent may have been operating on Canadian soil as part of that probe.
The two countries have a mutual legal assistance treaty that lets forces in either Canada or the U.S. pursue an investigation across the border as long as they are under the host country’s command. Authorities on both sides of the border have already acknowledged their close co-operation in the probe.
The Facebook page claiming Abassi’s innocence contains intimate wedding photographs, an up-to-date copy of the engineering student’s resumé and postings of support by people identifying themselves as relatives and friends. It also contains https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=p ... D7l7fQUE#!, speaking in Arabic to the news outlet Zoom Tunisia about her brother’s case. In the interview, she reiterates the details of the written account, including those about the Egyptian businessman.
The case summary, which is posted in Arabic, English and French said the “tension and anxiety” over the cancellation of Abassi’s Canadian student visa was compounded by a serious car accident that left a brother in a Tunisian hospital. That stress, it said, was partially relieved by the promises made a mysterious Egyptian entrepreneur in New York whom Abassi knew as Thamer Al-Nouri.
According to the Facebook case summary, Abassi first met Al-Nouri in August 2012 through Chiheb Esseghaier, a Montreal engineering student and alleged co-conspirator who was also arrested April 22 along with Toronto man Raed Jaser. Both are charged with conspiring to commit terrorist acts in Canada.
Abassi and Al-Nouri met again a few weeks later, once more in Quebec, when the Egyptian arrived on a purported house-hunting tour. But their relationship appears to have blossomed when Abassi found himself stranded in Tunisia in late January.
The Facebook account claims Al-Nouri sent money to help Abassi’s convalescing brother and then suggested he come to the United States to be closer to his wife. Al-Nouri also promised him a job and a lawyer to deal with the Canadian visa problem, and he took care of the U.S. work visa application, the account claims.
Abassi was reluctant but was later convinced to accept the offer after Al-Nouri persuaded the man’s wife and mother that this was the best option for him.
“Faced with no clear response from the Canadian Embassy in Tunis about his visa file, he was forced to accept the proposition to travel to the United States,” the summary said.
A spokesperson with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York would not comment on the claims made on the Facebook page. Sabrina Shroff, Abassi’s American lawyer, also would not comment. The Toronto Star’s requests for interviews with Abassi’s sister, his wife and the administrator of the Facebook page were either turned down or ignored.
Court documents corroborate some details of the Facebook summary, including the cover story that the agent was a businessman. After Abassi entered the U.S. in March 2013, they discussed visa requirements that would allow him to remain there, “purportedly in order to work for the (agent’s) U.S.-based company,” court documents state.
Upon his arrest, Abassi claimed to be working for the undercover agent’s company.
U.S. court documents say Abassi admitted to police under questioning that “he may have radicalized” Esseghaier, the accused Montreal plotter, as well as “discussed plots to poison a water system and to derail a passenger train.”

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Suspicious death of two FBI agents creates controversy
Mon May 27, 2013 2:10AM
Two well-trained Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents who were involved in the killing of a Boston bombing suspect have suspiciously died.


The FBI said in a statement that 41-year-old Christopher Lorek and 40-year-old Stephen Shaw were killed on May 17 as they fell out of a helicopter into water during a training mission off the coast of Virginia Beach.

US officials have blamed bad weather for the tragedy but some have questioned the credibility of the official account, considering it a cover-up.

They say the agents’ death adds to the suspicious death of a friend of the Boston bombing suspect, Ibragim Todashev, who was killed in his own apartment by an FBI agent.

Lorek and Shaw were part of the bureau's Critical Incident Response Group and were both members of the team investigating the Boston Marathon bombings in mid-April.

“You could always take it as one of an endless group of coincidences. We have so many [of them], when you look at the Boston investigation that these two individuals were involved in, everything had the stamp of CIA and FBI on it, from the first steps,” Gordon Duff, senior editor of Veterans Today, told Press TV.


“What we have in the US is that we don’t report, we don’t have the least free press here. There are powerful dissident elements within our military, intelligence services and government that are under the control of... I’ll call them organized crime on a worldwide basis. If you refer to hundreds of billions of dollars worth of narcotics and trillions of dollars worth of financial crimes, it is simply organized crime, it is the understatement of all time,” he added.

The incident has reminded many of the dramatic death of top US commandos in Afghanistan, who lost their lives three months after their involvement in the alleged killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in 2011.

On August 6, 2011, the helicopter of the Navy SEAL Team VI was shot down in Afghanistan.

The families of Navy SEAL members have blamed the government for the tragedy, saying the shooting down of the helicopter and the subsequent cover-up was planned by the government.

They said that US President Barack Obama turned the SEALs group into a Taliban target after the administration revealed they had conducted the bin Laden raid.

The families also claimed Taliban militants had received leaked information from the US government regarding the landing site of the commandos’ helicopter.

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http://www.patriotledger.com/crime/x103 ... -witnesses
MATT CONNOLLY: An Interesting discovery request, interesting witnesses
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By Matt Connolly
Whitey Bulger's attorneys J.W. Carney and Hank Brennan made the following request for discovery. They seek the following:
1. A confidential source informed the FBI that Kevin Weeks and several of his associates threatened individuals from testifying before the grand jury or cooperating with law enforcement. We request the identity of this source. See Bates # 00376348.
(There are lots of information in FBI reports that comes from confidential sources. As I pointed out many of it is raw and the FBI usually will respond to this request by saying the informant had no first hand knowledge about this and it is only based on "street talk." I've criticized the FBI for putting these things in writing as if they are valid assertions but when called upon to support them pass them off as mere rumors. It shows how the FBI wants to have its cake and eat it, a poor way to conduct a law enforcement agency.)
2. A 2006 FBI report indicates that a confidential source informed the FBI that Kevin Weeks and Patrick Nee were involved in the sale of illegal narcotics. See Bates # 00376367. Please provide the identity of the source and any and all documents reflecting an investigation into this tip. If no investigation was made, please indicate so. We consider this a promise or reward if no investigation was made or prosecution initiated.
(This is a good move by the Carney and Brennan team. The FBI will refuse to disclose the source and will be backed by the judge. But here things are a little different. If the FBI did nothing about the report then it may indicate that it was another inducement to Weeks to turn state's evidence and it may show there was a relationship between the FBI and Pat Nee that the FBI has wanted to hide.)
3. Captain Robert Kelliher of the Massachusetts State Police provided a summary report of an individual regarding allegations of an FBI agent and statements about his contacts with known associates of Mr. Bulger. The four page report is highly redacted. See Bates # 00082844-47. We request this document be produced in its entirety without redactions.
(We've seen how the ACLU requested something from the FBI under the Freedom of Information Act and it received 20 or so pages and everything on them were blacked out. Redactions destroy much of the worth of documents produced. Carney and Brennan should be able to see the full report of what happened between this FBI agent and Whitey's associates. Hopefully the judge recognizes this.)
4. The documents you produced on May 20, 2013 reveal two other testimonies of Julie Rakes related to the alleged extortion that we do not possess. The testimonies are from September 12, 1995 and December 6, 1996. See Bates # 00376942 and 00376728, respectively. Please produce these two transcripts.
(Julie Rakes has indicated Whitey extorted her husband's liquor store from him. She testified in the Connolly case about what had happened. Her story has been contradicted by her sisters and others. She is not listed as testifying for the government so I'm uncertain why Carney and Brennan want to see this. Her husband Steve Rakes is listed as a witness so they probably want it to contradict his testimony.)
By the way, the prosecutors have listed 82 people as witnesses. Two of them,James "Jimmy the Sniff" Katz (one of the smartest bookies I ever wiretapped) and Joseph "Joey Y" Yerardi (one of Martorano's guys) are men I arrested for booking and sent off to jail. The feds used my prior convictions of these guys to knuckle them under. Howie Levenson, another bookie, I tried to get but didn't is also scheduled to testify.
Both Katz and Levenson are called "relocated witnesses" which means they are in the witness protection program. Two other witnesses on the list are also in that program. I have to believe that Katz and Levenson are still booking only this time they are doing it under the protection of the FBI. This is what the deal was with Sammy Berkowitz a bookie in Chelsea who was protected by corrupt agent John Morris who had him as a top echelon informant and took money, the use of a Florida condo, and other gifts from him. The FBI has its own group of bookies.
Oh, yes, speaking of Agent Morris he is also scheduled to testify. We just have to wait with bated breath to see him cry when he tells of how he was caused to become corrupt by Whitey. He'll also cry when he tells us how he tried to have Whitey murdered. That in itself should be worth the price of admission seeing Jay Carney offer him a handkerchief to wipe away his faux tears.
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I love seeing how FBI agents spend my tax dime. don't you?
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AFP PODCAST & ARTICLE: Extreme Prejudice Against the Truth
May 28, 2013





Susan Lindauer, 49, was the first woman and the second non-Arab American to be charged with violating the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001, more commonly referred to as the Patriot Act, “a 7,000 page document,” she says, “that I happened to know nobody on Capitol Hill actually read before voting to approve.” USA PATRIOT is a 10-letter acronym that stands for Uniting (and) Strengthening America (by) Providing Appropriate Tools Required (to) Intercept (and) Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001.

Ms. Lindauer was arrested on March 11, 2004, by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and charged with “acting as an unregistered agent of a foreign government,” accepting $10,000 from the Iraqi Intelligence Service, and accused of meeting with an FBI agent posing as a Libyan. She was locked up for one year at United States prison Federal Medical Center, Carswell in Texas without trial or hearing, “and threatened with indefinite detention and forcible drugging to shut her up.” “During her incarceration she won the right to refuse forced anti-psychotic medication which the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) claimed would render her competent to stand trial.” On January 16, 2009, after nearly five years of being under indictment with no conviction or guilty plea, the DoJ dismissed all charges.

Ms. Lindauer explains that the reason for her extreme odyssey is because she was a U.S. intelligence asset covering anti-terrorism at the Iraqi Embassy in New York from 1996 up until Iraq War II, who also happened to be an antiwar activist in possession of Iraqi prewar intelligence that would expose the myriad lies used to justify hostilities. She also claims to have given advance warning on 9-11, and several independent sources have confirmed this.

Born in Oklahoma and raised in California and Alaska, “Lindauer is the daughter of John Howard Lindauer II, the newspaper publisher and former Republican nominee for Governor of Alaska.” She is also the second cousin on her father’s side to former White House Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush, Andrew Card, whom she delivered a letter to, urging him to intercede with Bush not to invade Iraq, while offering to act as a back channel in negotiations.

She was an honor student in high school and graduated from Smith College and received a master’s degree in public policy from the London School of Economics. She has worked as a reporter and editor at two Washington newspapers, and a reporter and researcher at the news magazine U.S. News & World Report.

She worked for several U.S. Democratic Representatives, including Peter DeFazio (Ore.), Ron Wyden (Ore.), and Zoe Lofgren (Calif.), and also as a press secretary and speech writer for Democratic Senator Carol Moseley Braun (Ill.).

As a result of her experiences, Ms. Lindauer wrote the 457-page book, Extreme Prejudice: The Terrifying Story of the Patriot Act and the Cover Ups of 9/11 and Iraq, which details her life as an intelligence asset, her arrest, imprisonment and eventual release.

AMERICAN FREE PRESS conducted an exclusive interview with Ms. Lindauer, to discuss the book.

AFP asked Ms. Lindauer when she first decided to write the book.

“I got the idea for writing the book from my boyfriend,” she said, “right after my indictment, and we knew that this was an important story, that Americans needed to hear the real truth about Iraqi prewar intelligence and the CIA’s advance warnings about 9-11. Everybody understood why they were suppressing the truth, because the government was so desperate to reinvent the facts so that politicians in Washington could escape their responsibility for having pushed the country into this catastrophic war.”

AFP asked how her background prepared her for her work as an intelligence asset, which are, according to her book, “private citizens who have developed some specialized field of expertise or interest that grants them special access to target groups desirable to the intelligence community.”

“I went to the London School of Economics, and there for the first time, I was exposed to Arabs and Muslims,” she said. “The London School of Economics at that time was a major educational institution for the sons and daughters of foreign diplomats and foreign leaders. They were heavily represented by the Middle East, and I was exposed to a broader global picture then I had ever imagined.”

AFP asked how she persevered through this terrible ordeal.

“It was a horrific nightmare, an appalling offense to the democracy of our country and the Constitutional protections,” she said.

“I am a formidable fighter. If I had been a weak defendant, they would’ve given me a trial. And if I had been a weak prisoner, they would’ve succeeded in forcibly drugging me. The fact that the Justice Department made the accusations and was unable to go into court and complete the case and make a presentation to a jury, should tell you…that I would’ve conducted my own oversight investigation into Iraqi prewar intelligence right in that courtroom.”

AFP asked how her experiences could apply to your average American.

“If they could do this to me, you have no chance. Because I know how to fight, the CIA taught me. I was trained by the CIA for a decade to run any blockade. I am a child, a creature, of black ops and operations. I’m not an analyst. I’m the one who goes in and deals face-to-face with terrorists. Terrorism was my baby for a decade.”

AFP asked what she had realized while locked up.

“What I believed while I was in prison was that a man can be judged by the strength of his enemies. And I was attacked by George [W.] Bush and Dick Cheney, Colin Powell and Paul Wolfowitz and right-wing neocons, who had to lie, they couldn’t even tell the truth about who I was.”
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can anyone help me find my missing tax dime?

couple reads for criminal justice consumers
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http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/que ... -1.1357148


FBI agent's car stolen in Ozone Park with assault rifle and bulletproof vest
The items were located in the trunk. The robbery took place at the off-duty agent's home, where in July, thieves tried to break into the agent's red Lexus sedan.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013


An FBI agent had his personal vehicle stolen outside his home in South Ozone Park. Inside it were a bulletproof vest and an M-4 assault rifle.

An FBI agent’s personal vehicle — with an assault rifle in the trunk — was stolen outside his Queens home Tuesday night, law enforcement sources said.

The silver Toyota Camry went missing outside the off-duty agent’s home on 130th St. near Sutter Ave. in South Ozone Park around 8 p.m., sources said

The car had an M-4 assault rifle and a bulletproof vest in the trunk, a law enforcement source said.

It appears that the federal agent has faced some serious trouble on his Queens block before.


2nd story

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http://archives.cnn.com/2001/US/07/17/FBI.computers/


FBI missing computers, weapons

July 18, 2001

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- An internal FBI review has turned up hundreds of stolen or missing firearms, including submachine guns, and laptop computers, including at least one containing classified information, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.

Attorney General John Ashcroft responded by asking the department's Inspector General to conduct a department-wide review of weapons and equipment inventories.

Nearly 500 weapons were missing, including rifles, pistols and submachine guns, officials said.
The FBI found 184 stolen or missing laptops, including one containing classified information from two closed investigations. Officials refused to identify which investigations were involved, but said they were two or three years old. FBI officials insist there is no evidence any investigation was compromised.

Two FBI officials also said the preliminary findings indicate possibly three other laptops also contained classified information, but they are still checking on that. Of the 13,000 laptops used by the FBI, they said 171 were missing and 13 were stolen.



3rd story


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FBI Reports On Missing Laptops and Weapons

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

The FBI said that 160 laptop computers were lost or stolen in less than four years, including at least 10 that contained sensitive or classified information -- one of which held "personal identifying information on FBI personnel," according to a report released yesterday.

The bureau, which has struggled for years to improve its sloppy inventory procedures, also reported the same number of missing weapons -- 160 -- from February 2002 to September 2005. Those weapons included shotguns and submachine guns, according to the report by Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine.

In addition to the 10 laptops that were confirmed to contain sensitive information, the FBI could not say whether 51 other computers may also contain secret data, the report said. Six were assigned to the counterintelligence division and a seventh belonged to the counterterrorism division. Both units routinely handle classified information.

"Without knowing the content of these lost and stolen laptops, it is impossible for the FBI to determine the extent of the damage these losses might have had on its operations or on national security," the report said.

The results are an improvement on findings in a similar audit in 2002, which reported that 354 weapons and 317 laptops were lost or stolen at the FBI over about two years. They follow the high-profile losses last year of laptops containing personal information from the Veterans Administration and the Internal Revenue Service.

In a statement yesterday, FBI Assistant Director John Miller emphasized that the report showed "significant progress in decreasing the rate of loss for weapons and laptops" at the FBI. The average number of laptops or guns that went missing dropped from about 12 per month to four per month for each category, according to the report.

But several lawmakers said they are still concerned about the FBI's difficulties in keeping track of weapons and sensitive data.

" 'Making progress' may seem like a win for the FBI, but it's unacceptable when you're talking about lost weapons and computers with sensitive information," said Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a frequent FBI critic.

The report acknowledged the FBI's improved loss rates, and said that "some weapons and laptops will inevitably be stolen or go missing" in a large law enforcement agency. But investigators said they were still troubled by the numbers of lost or stolen items and the haphazard record-keeping surrounding them.

The FBI maintains more than 52,000 weapons and 26,000 laptops, according to the report.

The FBI failed to report 20 percent of the missing weapons and 76 percent of the missing laptops to the Justice Department as required, the report found. In the case of stolen or lost weapons, the bureau even failed to enter the losses into its own criminal information database, the report said.

It also said that in four of the 10 confirmed cases involving missing laptops that contained sensitive data, FBI officials did not attempt to assess the potential damage to national security.


4th read


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http://blog.gulflive.com/mississippi-pr ... ted_t.html

Three facing charges related to stolen FBI guns in Hattiesburg
July 15, 2012


JACKSON, Mississippi -- Three men are charged with stealing or possessing guns and other equipment taken from an FBI agent's government car while it was parked in front of his house.

Court records say that Cameron Undrae Eatmon, 19, broke into the car in Hattiesburg on June 6, took a submachine gun, an assault rifle, a shotgun and other equipment and gave the loot to Christopher Ryan Burkett, 18. Authorities say Burkett spread the weapons out on his bed, took a cellphone photograph and sent out sales pitches by text message.



5th read

FBI Agent Has Gun and Badge Stolen From Car
http://on.aol.com/video/fbi-agent-has-g ... -517381101



6th read

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http://articles.latimes.com/1997-06-04/ ... _1_fbi-van

FBI SWAT Van Is Stolen, Stripped of Its Weapons
Crime: Truck is found burned after guns, other assault gear are taken in theft at Memphis hotel.
June 04, 1997|






MEMPHIS — An FBI SWAT van was stolen from a hotel parking lot, stripped of weapons, ammunition and assault gear and then burned, officials said Tuesday.

The gutted shell of the GMC Suburban was found in a poor industrial neighborhood in north Memphis, minus M-16 and MP-5 rifles, grenade launchers, tear gas equipment, ammunition, helmets and bulletproof vests with the FBI insignia.
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Obama nominates new head of FBI , hand picked for him by Military-Industrial complex where he
recently worked . The nominee for FBI Director James Comey refused to reveal an illegal spying operation
against American citizens when testifying before Congress .
Watch video to catch glimpse of next Obama Nightmare soon to be playing
at the J Edgar Hoover building and Main street USA.
http://www.ticklethewire.com/2013/05/30 ... ical-deal/

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http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/05/30/ap ... behest-in/





American Muslim sues FBI, saying he was tortured at their behest in Mideast
May 30, 2013



PORTLAND, Ore. – An American Muslim who says he was beaten with batons by prison interrogators while held in solitary confinement overseas for more than three months has sued the FBI and State Department, claiming the torture was done at their behest.

The lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Oregon seeks $30 million and several injunctions against the U.S. government concerning its treatment of citizens overseas.

Yonas Fikre said he was held for 106 days in the United Arab Emirates after refusing to cooperate with Portland, Ore.,-based FBI agents in an interview in Sudan. The State Department has confirmed previously that Fikre was held in Abu Dhabi "on unspecified charges," but said he was visited by State Department officials and showed no signs of mistreatment.

Fikre said the FBI agents named in the suit wanted him to become an informant at Portland's largest mosque, Masjid As-Saber, and were angered when he refused. He said interrogators in Abu Dhabi later used information Fikre had given to the FBI agents in his interrogation.

Fikre said he told his interrogators that many of their questions were the same ones he had been asked during his FBI interview.

"(Fikre) thus inquired whether his confinement and mistreatment was at the request of the FBI," according to the lawsuit. "On each such occasion, the interrogators responded by beating plaintiff severely."

Two other Oregon Muslims who worship at the mosque have also alleged they were held overseas and were asked to become informants by Portland-based FBI agents. Both men have returned to Oregon.
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http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/0 ... story.html

Former FBI supervisor John Morris (second from left) admitted to taking $7,000 in bribes from Bulger and Flemmi and leaking them information.
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The Facts Were Immaterial
The 'counterintelligence' operations of Hoover's FBI included harassment, vilification, violence – and fake 'underground' newspapers in Bloomington, D.C., and Austin
Fri., June 7, 2013


"Only a sustained, informed, courageous, and humane struggle can build a living community within the shell of the dying one." – Letter from the Citizens' Commission to Investigate the FBI, March 17, 1972

Since one purpose of most underground newspapers in the late 1960s was to disrupt and provoke, this almost benign announcement would have raised few eyebrows:

"San Antonio [field office] feels that from time to time steps can be taken to cause disruption within the ranks of the new left to expose them for what they are," reads the redacted Jan. 17, 1969, memo from the FBI San Antonio field office to Bureau Director J. Edgar Hoover. "One technique the San Antonio division would like to propose is that a publication be launched which would consist of a 1-page throwaway document which could be printed or mimeographed to expose or point out the identities of New Left individuals who are causing disruption ..."

That provocative "1-page throwaway" was intended to become The Longhorn Tale, a phony underground newspaper to be produced by the FBI, with the purpose of neutralizing anti-war and anti-draft sentiment on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin at the height of Sixties campus unrest. It wasn't the first such effort: The FBI had also produced four editions of a fake campus newspaper at Indiana University Bloomington in September and October of 1968, called Armageddon News, and then in December of 1969 produced and distributed a third and final fake newspaper – called the Rational Observer – at Washing­ton D.C.'s American University.

Barely noticed at the time and long unseen, the three papers were recently discovered in a cache of declassified FBI documents. "[They are] one of the 'smoking guns' that activists who produced the underground press in the Sixties and Seventies could little have imagined: right-wing campus papers produced by the FBI," said James Danky, instructor at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin, and author of Undergrounds, a librarian's catalog of alternative press publications. "These papers' faltering efforts ... speak to the cultural and political distance between the forces of repression led by J. Edgar Hoover and the seismic changes in America's social fabric."

"The idea that the FBI was producing such publications would have seemed far-fetched," Danky continued. "The FBI seemed too clumsy to pull it off." And judging from the agency's short-lived and frankly laughable products, indeed it was.
A thankfully unused sketch
A thankfully unused sketch

In May of 1968, as the New Left and anti-war movements intensified across the United States, Hoover implemented a secret FBI "counterintelligence" program called COIN­TELPRO, an insidious and constitutionally unlawful campaign across American college campuses to harass activists, and disrupt and infiltrate the college organizations, newspapers, and underground papers that the Bureau considered subversive – and especially those that had criticized Hoover or the FBI. "Our nation is undergoing an era of disruption and violence caused by various individuals generally connected with the New Left," reads a memo dated May 9, 1968, written to Domestic Intelligence Director William C. Sullivan by his deputy Charles D. Brennan, proposing the COIN­TELPRO program. "The New Left has on many occasions viciously and scurrilously attacked the Director and the Bureau in an attempt to hamper our investigation of it and to drive us off the college campuses.

"The purpose of this program is to expose, disrupt and otherwise neutralize the activities of this group and persons connected with it. It is hoped that with this new program their violent and illegal activities may be reduced if not curtailed."

The conspiracy-obsessed and megalomaniacal J. Edgar Hoover originated (on his own, with no higher authority) the first incarnation of COINTELPRO in 1956, to "infiltrate, penetrate, disorganize and disrupt" the U.S. Communist Party after the Rosenberg trial and following the fall of McCar­thyism. Bureau officials believed that existing laws were insufficient to control the activities of certain dissident groups, and were hampered by recent Supreme Court decisions in the early Six­ties limiting the Justice Department's ability to prosecute Amer­ican Communists. Accordingly, Hoov­er redirected COINTEL­PRO's operations toward the use of antagonistic strategies to "contain and disrupt" radical activists he perceived as threats to the American way of life. These activist organizations included the Socialist Work­ers Party (1961-69), white hate groups (1964-71), the Puerto Rican independence movement, and Black Nationalist groups (1967-71). The New Left found itself in Hoover's crosshairs in 1968 following the Columbia University student uprising, and, with protests against the Vietnam War increasing in intensity, Hoover initiated what would become the final phases of "CO­IN­TELPRO – Disruption of the New Left."

"The New Left movement is a loosely-bound, free-wheeling, college-oriented movement spearheaded by the Students for a Democratic Society and includes the more extreme and militant anti-Vietnam war and anti-draft protest organizations," reads an FBI memo of Oct. 28, 1968, which also cites the Southern Student Organiz­ing Com­mit­tee (SSOC), the Young Socialist Alli­ance (YSA), and the Student Nonviolent Coord­inating Committee (SNCC), among others.
From Harassment to Violence

The highly centralized Bureau micromanaged COINTELPRO from its Wash­ington headquarters through 59 field offices across the United States. Each field office's "Special Agent in Charge" (SAC) was expected to compile a description of all existing targets and key activists, then submit recommendations for effective counterintelligence activity to Hoover, who either authorized or rejected them. Nothing was done without prior Bureau approval, and SACs were required to provide quarterly progress reports.

According to the findings of the 1974 Church Committee investigating Bureau intelligence activities, COINTELPRO-New Left used about 14 types of harassment methods, from the simply annoying to the vicious and potentially deadly. The Bureau's attacks included anonymous letters, letters sent by fictitious authors ("Dillon J. O'Rourke" was the favorite of the San Antonio field office), planted evidence, informants, fake phone calls, and active target harassment. The Church Committee found that among other tactics, agency operatives got people fired by anonymously attacking their political beliefs; they also sent anonymous letters to spouses of intelligence targets in efforts to destroy their marriages. They monitored campus newspapers for political meetings and appearances by leftist speakers, and organized protests to stop or disrupt the events. They targeted radical leaders for police harassment and IRS audits. Frequently working with cooperative informants within city governments, they sometimes convinced local landlords to cancel leases or disconnect utilities at the homes of targeted activists. The FBI eventually acknowledged in 1976 conducting 2,218 separate COINTEL­PRO operations between 1956 and 1974, undertaken in conjunction with 2,305 warrantless telephone taps, 697 buggings, and the opening of 57,846 pieces of mail.

In one extreme case, Hoover – obsessed with the rise of the Black Panther Party – wrote in a memo to the Chicago SAC that the "purpose of counterintelligence action is to disrupt the Black Panther Party, and it is immaterial whether facts exist to substantiate the charge." Amplified by anonymous Bureau mailings and racist cartoons attributed to the Panthers, conflicts with the Chicago police escalated until officers raided Black Panther Party leader Fred Hamp­ton's apartment on December 4, 1969, and in a hail of gunfire killed him and fellow Panther Mark Clark.
Some 20,000 UT students, professors, and staff march through Downtown in response to the 1970 fatal shooting of student protesters at Kent State and Jackson State by the National Guard and state police, respectively.
Some 20,000 UT students, professors, and staff march through Downtown in response to the 1970 fatal shooting of student protesters at Kent State and Jackson State by the National Guard and state police, respectively.
Photo by Alan Pogue

Sometimes slander alone was sufficient to Hoover's purposes. In 1970, actress Jean Seberg went into premature labor after COINTELPRO-Black Extremist Groups leaked to the Los Angeles Times that she was pregnant by a Black Panther Party member, not her husband Romain Gary. The premature baby died two days later, and a distraught Seberg held an open-casket funeral so people could see the little girl was white.
Search and Destroy

"I joined SDS [Students for a Democratic Society] in spring of 1964," former UT student Alice Embree recalled recently. "I was involved in civil rights activity – the integration of dorms, sports, etc. I got involved with anti-war work as well as student rights."

In the fall of 1966, UT students Embree, Robert Pardun, and Thorne Dreyer organized a weekly, collectively-run, underground newspaper called The Rag. ("Under­ground" was an honorific term applied to free or cheap news-and-arts weeklies that sprung up across the country, often in college towns.) Like most such papers, it was staffed by advocacy journalists and SDS members who considered the mainstream press a failure in addressing the "new community" developing in Austin and the United States, pointing out the media's unwillingness to provide space for controversial ideas or present anti-establishment points of view on social issues, and especially in opposition to the Vietnam War. (In 2006, Dreyer and others revived the publication online, as "The Rag Blog" at www.theragblog.blogspot.com.)

Controversial events generating strong student engagement at UT in 1966-67 included a proposed 100% tuition hike, protests against the draft, and against Secretary of State Dean Rusk, who spoke at the Capitol in January 1967. The Bureau was watching: A memo said the FBI had acquired an SDS-produced "Wanted" poster of Rusk, which "set forth an artist's portrayal of Rusk and scurrilous statements, such as 'scum of the earth,' 'boob,' 'idjit,' and 'eternal sap.'"

In April of 1967, black activist and SNCC Chairman Stokely Carmichael appeared during "Flipped-Out Week," an unofficial student event that dismayed the UT admin­istration and that the FBI monitored closely. A few weeks later, the SDS sponsored an anti-war rally in defiance of a university ban on such activities. "I was one of six put on disciplinary probation in spring 1967 for giving an anti-war speech in an 'unauthorized location,'" said Embree. "It was a huge free speech fight." In the aftermath, SDS lost its campus-approved status.

In the spring of 1968, the FBI officially became concerned about New Left activities in the Austin area, especially those of the SDS, whose chapter at UT-Austin was in its fourth year. The FBI San Antonio/Austin field office first suggested to D.C. headquarters that, using "established sources or anonymous mailing," agents spread the rumor that an SDS leader was a "narcotics agent." Skittish only of potentially illegal activities that could implicate or embarrass the Bureau for failing to take enforcement action, Hoover rejected that idea, stating in a May 11 memo, "Your suggestion is not approved, as such an allegation ... would indicate a violation of federal law under the FBI's jurisdiction."

A July 5 memo reflects particular interest in other UT groups, such as the University Committee to End the War in Vietnam, Afro-Americans for Black Liberation, and the W.E.B. Du Bois Club. This memo also contains redacted personal data from the leaders of these groups obtained from FBI sympathizers via university records, including height, weight, build, hair color, even parents' names and addresses. An Aug. 12 memo suggests using actual articles from the local press to show the depravity of New Left leaders and members. "Letters and articles showing advocation of the use of narcotics and free sex are ideal to send to University officials, wealthy donors, members of the Legislature, and parents of the students who are active in New Left matters." The memo added that letters should be written not directly from the agency, but pseudonymously, "in the vein of an irate parent" or "an angry taxpayer."
Memo to Hoover proposing letter to<i> The Daily Texan</i> by supposed student Dillon J. O'Rourke – published Nov. 11, 1969.
Memo to Hoover proposing letter to The Daily Texan by supposed student "Dillon J. O'Rourke" – published Nov. 11, 1969.

Apparently, this indirect campaign received Hoover's approval, and a Bureau-sponsored campaign of harassment and slander was soon underway. The San Anton­io SAC rented a post office box under the name Dillon J. O'Rourke, PO Box 382, San Antonio, 78206, for the sole purpose of mailings to UT's The Daily Texan. O'Rourke became possibly the most prolific letter writer in Austin, with the name appearing on numerous letters to the editor in the campus paper until 1970, with the admonition from Hoover that "all necessary steps are taken to prevent the Bureau from being identified as the source of these notes."

Anonymous letters were also sent to parents of students employed at a Killeen coffeehouse called the Oleo Strut; agents informed the parents that their children were engaging in anti-war indoctrination of soldiers stationed at nearby Fort Hood. The letters – ostensibly written by "concerned citizens" – informed them their children were "living in a commune and attending pot parties."

An example of the lengths the field offices would go to vilify and destroy a target is evident in a memo dated Oct. 15, 1968, from the SAC San Antonio, reporting that a local schoolteacher had been a member of SDS while a student at Cornell University. SAC reviewed "credit and criminal records and selective service records" to verify the information. "If [redacted] was a member of the SDS this would be an excellent opportunity to discredit him with the South San Antonio school district." Bureau headquarters was almost giddy in its approval. "An investigation of [redacted] should be aggressively pursued to pursue his current status in regard to SDS."

The Bureau learned that the teacher in question had never been a member of the SDS, but had instead either turned in or destroyed his draft card while in Ithaca, N.Y. Undaunted, the FBI still mailed the revelation to the South San Antonio school system in January 1969. "I feel that we do not need this type of person in any school system," the letter said, signed by a "concerned citizen who believes in true academic freedom." An April 1970 follow-up memo verifies that teacher was fired and subsequently moved out of the state.
'The Longhorn Tale'

A conference of the Texas and Oklahoma chapters of SDS was held at UT in late October 1968. On Jan. 17, 1969, an FBI memo proposed the time was right to create The Longhorn Tale, a fake underground newspaper, to help counter the movement. The memo included two sketches of possible mastheads for the counterfeit publication, with an indirectly starring role for UT mascot Bevo. "At this time," the memo concludes in typically bizarre, stilted language, "San Antonio proposes that this document be entitled 'The Longhorn Tale.' It is to be noted that the mascot for UT is a Texas Longhorn steer. San Antonio feels that this title is a play upon words and feels that it possibly could be effective under this program."

The Bureau liked the "play upon words," replying Jan. 31 that the idea "has merit" and "warrants further consideration." "It is felt that these leaflets should be written in the vein of a moderate who opposes the war and the draft, but one who does not accept the use of these issues by subversives, such as found within the Students for a Demo­cratic Society, the Communist Party, and the Young Socialist Alliance, for their own purposes."

"With regard to the masthead," the memo concluded stiffly, "it would appear that the title 'The Longhorn Tale' would be appropriate." Headquarters had decided to get directly involved; the memo also said the Exhibits section at the Bureau would prepare a final masthead and forward it to the San Antonio SAC.
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couple of reads



1st read

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Kill shot? Man linked to Tsarnaev took FBI bullet to top of head
Jun 6, 2013



The father of a Chechen immigrant killed in Florida while being interrogated by the FBI about his ties to a Boston Marathon bombings suspect says agents killed his son “execution style.” Abdul-Baki Todashev showed journalists 16 photographs of his son, Ibragim, in the morgue with what he said were six gunshot wounds to his torso and one to the back of the head. He said the pictures were taken by his son’s friend Khusen Taramov. Photo: AP/Wide World photos
Ibragim Todashev, who was killed by the FBI during a questioning, was shot six times, once in the crown of his head, photos shown at a press conference in Moscow reveal. His father suspects it could have been a kill shot.
“I can show you the photos taken after the killing of my son. I have 16 photographs. I just would like to say that looking at these photos is like being in a movie. I only saw things like that in movies: shooting a person, and then the kill shot. Six shots in the body, one of them in the head,” Abdulbaki Todashev said at the press conference at RIA Novosti news agency in the Russian capital.
He explained that the photos were taken by friends of his son in the U.S., to whom the FBI handed the body.
“I want justice and I want an investigation to be carried out, I want these people (the FBI agents) to be put on trial in accordance with U.S. law. They are not FBI officers, they are bandits. I cannot call them otherwise, they must be put on trial,” he said.
Ibragim had been questioned twice by the FBI in connection with the Boston bombings, but not about the murder in which he was allegedly suspected, his father said.
The 2011 triple murder in Massachusetts, in which the Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was also implicated, was reportedly the subject of the third and final FBI interrogation of Ibragim Todashev.
His friend Khusen Taramov told the father that Ibragim had refused to come in for questioning on May 22, and instead asked the FBI agents to come and question him at home.
“Should something happen to me, call my parents,” Mr. Taramov quoted the last thing he heard from his friend.
On the day of Ibragim’s death, Mr. Taramov was questioned by the FBI separately on the street, and was refused entry back into his friend’s house, Mr. Todashev’s father claimed. He was “sent off” to wait in a nearby café on the grounds that Ibragim Todashev was still being questioned and that “the interrogation would take a long time.” After some eight hours passed since the start of interrogation and his (Todashev’s) phone still was not answering, Mr. Taramov returned, only to find the street cordoned off with police cars and an ambulance.
“They tortured a man for eight hours with no attorney, no witnesses, nobody. We can only guess what was going on there, until there is an official investigation,” Abdulbaki Todashev said.
Referring to the Boston bombings, Mr. Todashev said his son believed it was a “set-up.” But Ibragim never sympathized with radical or terrorist ideas, and was not a follower of a radical Islam, he added.
Also, Ibragim was never a close friend of Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev—he and Tamerlan only “went boxing at the same gym” and “exchanged phone numbers,” the father said.
So far, Mr. Todashev has received “no official explanation” of his son’s death from the U.S. side. He said he was only told there is an ongoing investigation “inside the FBI.”
Mr. Todashev called the earlier claims that Ibragim was shot attempting to attack an FBI agent “absurd,” saying four or five police and FBI officers could have easily handled such an attack without needing to kill his son.
“Maybe my son knew something, some information the police did not want to be made public. Maybe they wanted to silence my son,” Mr. Todashev’s father said.
Abdulbaki Todashev said his main aim now is to go to the U.S. and get his son’s body.
“My brother and I, we went to the American embassy today. We both want to fly there, we’ve applied for a visa,” he explained.
‘Indications of extrajudicial killing’
Mr. Todashev’s killing “shows signs of international human rights violations,” and “indications of an extrajudicial killing,” war correspondent, political analyst, and member of the Presidential Council of Human Rights Maksim Shevchenko, said at the RIA conference. It looks like a “cold-blooded murder,” he claimed.
Ibragim Todashev was killed just two days before he was due to fly back home to Russia, Mr. Shevchenko said as he pointed to a “striking chain of coincidences” in the U.S.
Two “key witnesses” of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s arrest have also died recently, Mr. Shevchenko said, referring to the “accidental” death of members of the FBI’s elite counterterrorism unit, who fell a “significant distance” from a helicopter May 23.
Lawyer Zaurbek Sadakhanov of the Moscow Interterritorial Bar Association said he fully believes this is a case of an extrajudicial execution.
Atty. Sadakhanov questioned why international human rights organizations, as well as Russian rights activists, have ignored the shooting.
He also urged Mr. Todashev’s friend Khusen Taramov to return to Russia as “being a witness in the U.S. is not safe.”
This is not the first time experts have questioned whether the FBI acted lawfully when shooting at Ibragim Todashev after he allegedly attacked an officer, with what some called “a use of excessive force.”
But a recent report revealed Mr. Todashev was completely unarmed when the FBI agent opened fire, raising questions over why lethal force was deemed necessary to subdue the strongly outnumbered man.


2nd read

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http://fortheloveofthedogblog.com/news- ... rist-video


Dog Killing FBI Agent Gets a “Slap on the Wrist” VIDEO
July 12th, 2009

Lovett Leslie Ledger indicted for shooting dead of neighbor's dogThere are times when I’m not sure why I ever actually expect more from our justice system. Last February, a Waco, TX FBI agent, a sniper and member of the FBI SWAT team, Lovett Leslie Ledger, Jr. shot and killed a neighbor’s little 3-lb chihuahua named Sassy, with a pellet rifle and although indicted for felony animal cruelty the only ones who paid for this crime were the dog with its life and the family who lost their tiny little furry family member.

Cyndi Mitchell, who lives across the street from FBI agent, Lovett Leslie Ledger, told authorities that she witnessed Ledger shoot the dog in front of her house with a pellet rifle on Feb. 29.

Mitchell has said that her dogs were barking and she went to the door and saw Sassy walking on Estes Road in front of her house.

The dog lurched to one side upon being shot, then rolled into a yard where she died, she has said.

“I’ve never heard a noise like that from an animal,” Mitchell said, describing it as “a screaming sound.”

As neighbors gathered around the fallen dog, Ledger took the pellet gun, turned and walked inside his house with one of his children.

Initially when confronted by authorities about the crime, Ledger lied but changed his story when witnesses came forward.

He was later indicted by a grand jury for cruelty to animals, a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in a state jail and a $10,000 fine.

Pleading no contest, Judge Matt Johnson in 54th District Court sentenced Ledger to two years deferred probation and ordered to perform 300 hours of community service. Not only that, if he completes the term of probation, the conviction will be expunged from his record.

FBI spokesman Erik Vasys said Wednesday the agency will determine whether Ledger faces any sanctions, which could range from suspension to dismissal, after an internal inquiry is completed. Initially it was reported that if convicted of the felony, that would mostly likely be the end of his career, with Ledger getting deferred adjudication probation, the FBI will probably just let him get away with it too. After all, if the justice system doesn’t care, why should they. It was “just a dog” after all!

Yet another injustice from our justice system! Sure, shoot and kill a 3-lb dog for no reason…. who care…. just a dog!


3rd read
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http://www.krqe.com/dpp/news/crime/judg ... bi-shot-at


Judge tosses charge for man FBI shot at
19 yo accused of trying to run into agent's car
Friday, 07 Jun 2013, 10:58 AM MDT

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The FBI and James Ronquillo, 19, have two very different stories about what led to an agent shooting his service weapon at Ronquillo Tuesday.

For now, Ronquillo is a free man after a U.S. Magistrate judge dismissed a serious federal charge against him in federal court Thursday.

"I don't have violent history, I don't go stabbing people, I don't go robbing banks, I don't go robbing stores, I don't go stealing candy from Walmart," Ronquillo told KRQE News 13. "I'm a pretty good guy... They're trying to get me, they're trying to do me bad."

In a federal affidavit, the FBI says Ronquillo sold undercover law enforcement $7,000 worth of what turned out to be fake crack cocaine, part of a joint drug operation conducted with APD.

The affidavit says Ronquillo returned home and drove off in a Nissan Altima.But Ronquillo and his sister Stephanie say the two were at their mother's home helping take care of young children at the time.

"We are at home going to leave, me and my brother and a friend we were going to go pick up our stepdad from work," Stephanie Ronquillo said.

Stephanie Ronquillo says she was behind the wheel, driving with a friend and her brother when she noticed they were being followed by unmarked cars and men with guns. James Ronquillo says he called 9-1-1 and was calling for help while his sister tried to evade the mysterious cars, eventually taking them to a neighborhood off of Cassandra Street, near Sage and Unser SW.

Stephanie Ronquillo says she and her friend jumped out of the car and her brother took the wheel.

"If they're going to kill me they're probably going to kill my son, so I needed to get to my son," James Ronquillo said.

Ronquillo says he turned a corner and saw a vehicle in the road and armed men trying to get out.

Ronquillo hit the gas and ducked while an FBI agent fired at least two shots at the car, which hit the driver's side door as Ronquillo drove by.

According to a federal affidavit, the agent says he believed Ronquillo was accelerating to try and crash into a car his partner was still inside. The agent says he was wearing a bulletproof vest with the word "Police" on it. Ronquillo says he never saw that.
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Weekend Edition June 7-9, 2013

NSA and the PRISM Project
Surveillance USA
by BINOY KAMPMARK

Ever since The Patriot Act came into being, the body of liberties citizens cherish have been chipped away by a bloated security state keen to find nourishment. When rights and liberties are deferred to the voyeurs, the monitors, and the paranoid, a bill of rights starts looking like a bill of words, easily sidestepped and disregarded.

A series of outlets have been chasing up the story that the NSA has been keeping track of every single US Verizon customer’s phone activity since the Boston bombing. Complicity with tech companies in this enterprise is also rampant – Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Apple – have been recipients of tapping efforts by the NSA and FBI, something they have been doing since 2007.

More specifically, The Guardian has managed to secure access to records of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court about the specifics of Verizon’s networks and government access. In the document, the NSA compels Verizon to hand over “an electronic copy of the following tangible things: all call detail records or ‘telephony metadata’ created by Verizon for communications (i) between the United States and abroad; or (ii) wholly within the United States, including local telephone calls.” The document further states that disclosure of that fact – that the FBI and NSA sought or obtained such “tangible” things under the order – is prohibited except to appropriate authorities. Gagging is de rigueur.

The classified program under which such activities are taking place is called PRISM, which involves the security agencies extracting audio and video chats, photographs, documents, e-mails, and connection logs (The Washington Post, Jun 7). What is troubling about the program is that it was the devil spawn of something equally insidious – the warrantless surveillance of the Bush administration. Given that such behaviour earned the judicial ire of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the new presidency sought other sources to legitimise mass surveillance programs.

As is typical with the Obama administration, the law is something to twist and turn, a matter of rhetorical play rather than substantive realities. Legality is the spice of the new surveillance state. The Protect America Act of 2007 and the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 were olive branches to the new presidency, affirming that data mining was well on its way to becoming standard practice.

The document which wound its way to The Washington Post reveals the existence of what many have feared – that the government is merrily going about its business of keeping tabs on you in virtually every conceivable way. The document itself features “Collection directly from the servers of these U.S. Service Providers: Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, PayTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple.” The Guardian has similarly obtained access to the 41 PowerPoint slides of the leaked NSA document detailing the PRISM program in all its inglorious intrusiveness.

Corporations from the Silicon Valley set have denied being free with the information of their users when it comes to the spooks and the analysts of the NSA. A spokesman for Apple claimed that the company had “never heard of PRISM. We do not provide any government agency with direct access to our servers and any agency requesting customer data must get a court order” (The Guardian, Jun 7). Similarly, an emphatic Joe Sullivan, chief security officer for Facebook, claimed that, “We do not provide any government organisation with direct access to Facebook servers.”

Being high and mighty about legality, as we know, is not necessarily Facebook’s forte. For years now, the company has been at the forefront of a social media revolution that has one vital pitch: privacy is dead and deeply buried. Despite this, Sullivan is clear that any request for data and information “about specific individuals” is carefully scrutinised within the framework of the law. We can all rest easy that Mark Zuckerberg is not playing second fiddle to the American empire and the security perverts.

Constitutions are often needed to guard against political excess, the conscience of a state when its representatives have ceased to have any. The responses from the Washington elite suggest the anaesthetised state they have fallen into – liberties need to be shredded to protect liberties; legality demands bouts of illegality and so forth. Nothing to be surprised about, claimed Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga). “This has been going on for seven years under the auspices of the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] authority, and every member of the United States Senate has been advised of this” (Forbes, Jun 6).

Even more striking of the amoral numbness of such surveillance activities is Chambliss’ remark that “we have not had any citizen who has registered a complaint relative to the gathering of this information, and its simply what we call ‘meta data’.” Give it a cryptic, functional label, and people are bound to go along with it. That’s if they even know about it.

Senator Diane Feinstein, head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, has again made it clear that the mass surveillance of public chatter and communications is entirely appropriate. The Republic is besieged by enemies external and internal. “As far as I know, this is the exact three-month renewal of what has been in place for the last seven years.” The message: This is normal. Stop being so wet about it.
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Postby msfreeh » Mon Jun 10, 2013 8:55 am

Robert Mueller's FBI neighborhood
Today's word boys and girls is voter fraud
can you say voter fraud boys and girls?
good!
Now can you say FBI agents committing voter fraud?
No?
Well you better read this story, boys and girls

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Must-Watch Video: JFK Motorcade and Odd Secret Service Behavior
By James Huang on Jun 9, 2013





You will be riveted by this video, not even three minutes long, showing JFK’s Secret Service protection being waved away from his car, and the perplexed reaction of at least one Special Agent.
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COUPLE OF STORIES
LET GOD SORT OUT THE TRUTH



http://www.dallasobserver.com/2013-06-1 ... tion/full/



Can You Say "Assassination?"
Dallas mossbacks still think they can silence debate at the JFK anniversary.
A A AComments (8)By Jim Schutze Thursday, Jun 13 2013
Wrong. I said the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination in Dallas would be no big deal. It will be. And it looks as if Dallas, to the delight of many, will step right into the middle of that big deal looking guilty as sin of something or other. The question will be what.
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Guilty of complicity in the assassination itself? Or guilty of being stupid? It's my town and by God I love it, so I'm going with the second door.
First of all, Hollywood alone will guarantee major renewed interest in the assassination and in all of the legends, myths, folklore and theory that surround it. Tom Hanks has a movie in production starring Paul Giamattiand Billy Bob Thornton, to be calledParkland. The plot is not known, but I'm guessing it's JFK with a serious head injury waiting to be seen by a doctor at Parkland Hospital for 18 hours. We all know how that scenario ends.
Leonardo DiCaprio has another JFKer in the works called Legacy of Secrecy, which is supposed to "blow the lid off what really happened in Dallas," according to some publicity I saw. That poor lid by now, eh?
There's another movie in the works, supposedly, about a documentary filmmaker who gets tied up in a conspiracy to make a dishonest documentary about the assassination. Also, Errol Morris, the internationally acclaimed real documentary maker, is supposed to have something JFK-based in the works. I heard about another documentary being produced locally by some serious talent I can't name yet.
Then last week I had coffee with yet another documentary maker, a European with good credits who was here scouting a film based onDealey Plaza. I suggested we meet in the Zapruder Cappucino Shop, as I call it, across the street from the Sixth Floor Museum. It's the museum annex gift shop (they have two), where you can sip coffee beneath an endless loop of assassination-related home movies projected on the wall.
I love/hate that place. It's a special intersection of the universe where banality and horror collide head-on. (Banality wins.)
Now, you do realize, I trust, that if all these documentary makers ever get together and make a documentary about a documentary filmmaker making a documentary about a documentary filmmaker making a documentary about the Kennedy assassination, then we will enter the realm of Kennedy assassination documentary quantum physics.
Last March I reported here hopefully that our mayor, Mike Rawlings, had met quietly in Washington with John Judge of the Coalition on Political Assassinations (COPA), seeking a resolution of the standoff between conspiracy scholars and a small private committee of mossbacks who have been put in charge of all events during assassination week in Dallas. The mossbacks, with support from City Hall and the police, intend to ban the public from Dealey Plaza for two entire weeks bracketing the November 22 anniversary of the assassination. In fact, they intend to ban the word assassination — I am not kidding — decreeing instead that the event is to be called only "The 50th."
Are we weird enough yet?
They do not like that word. Documents produced recently in a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city show that officials of the Sixth Floor Museum began meeting with Dallas police officials in 2010 seeking ways to ban people who go to Dealey Plaza to promote or discuss assassination conspiracy theories. In an email June 28, 2010, Sixth Floor Museum Executive Director Nicola Longford updates her board of directors on the ongoing police crackdown against conspiracy theorists in general and especially Robert Groden, an author about whom I have written in the past.
This is a special form of suppression of free speech, called "content-based." All suppression of free speech is bad, but some of it may be inspired by mistaken or simply stupid notions about speech — that it might disturb the peace, offend somebody, clash with a special party theme like Grease!, or something like that. But using the cops to suppress speech because you disagree with the argument being made in the speech is the worst, the most Soviet, the least defensible. That's what Dallas has been doing to Groden since 2010.
Groden has been ticketed or arrested by the city more than 80 times for lecturing and selling books and videos in Dealey Plaza. Every single ticket and every single arrest has been thrown out by judges who found he had broken no law. He is in federal court now suing the city for abridgment of his civil rights.
But Dallas has its own little home-fried way of working these things out. U.S. District Judge Royal Furgeson Jr. recently dismissed the city from Groden's lawsuit on some very Alice-in-Wonderland grounds. Groden's lawyers had demanded the city answer 38 "discovery questions" aimed at finding out who in particular had ordered the crackdown on Groden. You and I know from the emails I mentioned above that specific police and park department officials met with Longford and then began cracking down.
But the city refused to answer any of Groden's questions. The judge then said Groden didn't know who had ordered the crackdown, so he didn't have anybody in particular to sue. He also said Groden, who is white, isn't entitled to the same civil rights protections as minorities. And he said there was no proof the city deliberately broke the law by cracking down on Groden, because there was no proof the city knew it was against the law to do so. In his ruling Furgeson did not mention the 80-plus times the city's own municipal judges had told city officials, in so many words, "What you're doing to do this guy is illegal."
Judge Furgeson is an interesting jurist. He took a hard smackdown at the beginning of 2012 after disciplining a bankrupt person by imposing unusually severe penalties and conditions that the person in question claimed amounted to slavery. A federal appeals court agreed and ruled that Furgeson's action was "an abuse of discretion." Slavery, you know, not every judge has that on his record.
Furgeson has not been at ease in his work, anyway. He recently wrote an article for theTexas Bar Journal saying the paltry pay for federal judges, about $174,000 a year, may just force some of them to retire. "Salary erosion may compel senior judges who are losing ground financially to eventually choose retirement," he warned, "so that they can return to the private sector to make up for lost economic opportunity."
That's just what he is doing, by the way, after doing Dallas a big solid on the Groden case. Furgeson, now finishing up some work in the courts, will retire this year, but his fate will not be left to the vicissitudes of the private sector. As soon as he clears his desk at the courthouse — and maybe the Groden case does it for him — Furgeson will report for work as dean of the new college of law that the University of North Texas is starting in downtown Dallas because the world needs another law school. His selection was announced by University of North Texas System Chancellor Lee F. Jackson, who before retiring from politics to enter the academic world at the top was head of the Dallas County Commissioners Court, where he was best known for his ardent championing of the Trinity River toll road.
So at least within the comfortable confines of Dallas, things just have a way of working out, don't they? The problem — and this is what Dallas will walk straight into next November — is that the Kennedy assassination does not belong to Dallas. It is not the right or privilege of Dallas to throttle the event. Behaving as if it has that right is just wrong on so many levels. If the world, for some bizarre reason, did decide to choose somebody to throttle "The 50th," Dallas would not be selected, because Dallas is where the man got shot.
Last week I checked back with the mayor. His staff told me there had been no progress on a compromise between the assassination scholars, who want to carry out a moment of silence in Dealey Plaza that day, and the mossback committee, which wants them fenced and penned inside a small "dissent" area behind City Hall. The mossback committee has declined over three months even to respond to a request from COPA for a meeting.
When I met with the European documentary maker in the Zapruder Cappuccino Shop, I explained all of this. He asked if I thought the mayor would overrule the mossbacks, especially since the mayor had said such nice things about COPA and John Judge after meeting with them in Washington. I explained that the mayor lacks the ability or authority to overrule them. In Dallas, the mayor doesn't tell the mossbacks what to do. They tell him.
I could see the wheels spinning inside that European documentary filmmaker mind. A shadowy committee of elders who can defy the mayor and even make him dance to their tune, with a fear of the word "assassination." Just think if you had a hero figure who freezes the mossbacks to the ground by stalking them with forefingers held before him in a cross, muttering the word, "Assassination ... assassination."
Groden's civil rights suit, by the way, is by no means dead. He has other grounds and avenues on which to proceed, but the suit probably is stalled until after November 22. I hope nobody is stupid enough to think that will help. By the time "The 50th" gets here, the entire focus will be on the mossbacks. The T-shirts are already being printed (again, not kidding).
So I see us getting down to two choices. We act like this in front of the world because we're idiots. Or we act like this because we did it. Me, I'm not going anywhere near that event without a propeller beanie, short shorts and a huge lollipop.



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Jun. 13, 2013 12:42 PM
FBI files show disdain for Wash. Gov. Rosellini
By MIKE BAKER - Associated Press
OLYMPIA, Wash. --
Over his decades in public life, former Gov. Albert Rosellini helped bring Washington into the modern era, burnishing his reputation as one of the state's most effective leaders.
But FBI officials who scrutinized Rosellini's activities in the 1960s saw something else. They questioned his political associations and probed a series of allegations that Rosellini was corrupt. The Seattle special agent in charge once wrote to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover that Rosellini was "a thorough scoundrel."

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Boston's 'Operation Urban Shield' planned for backpacks with explosives, but bombs hit first --'The real thing happened before we were able to execute.' 08 Jun 2013 The scenario had been carefully planned: A terrorist group prepared to hurt vast numbers of people around Boston would leave backpacks filled with explosives at Faneuil Hall, the Seaport District, and in other towns, spreading waves of panic and fear. Detectives would have to catch the culprits. Months of painstaking planning had gone into the exercise, dubbed "Operation Urban Shield," meant to train dozens of detectives in the Greater Boston area to work together to thwart a terrorist threat...The planned exercise has eerie similarities to the police investigation that led to the capture of the alleged Boston Marathon bombers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, whose images were caught on video cameras and who were captured after a car chase and shoot-out with police. [These 'terror attacks' all have 'eerie similarities' to the drills because the same 'people' run both.]

A.C.L.U. Sues to Bar 'Dragnet' Collection of Phone Records 12 Jun 2013 The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration over its "dragnet" collection of logs of domestic phone calls, contending that the once-secret program -- whose existence was exposed by a former National Security Agency contractor last week -- is illegal and asking a judge to both stop it and order the records purged. The lawsuit, filed in New York, could set up an eventual Supreme Court test. The program "gives the government a comprehensive record of our associations and public movements, revealing a wealth of detail about our familial, political, professional, religious and intimate associations," the complaint says, adding that it "is likely to have a chilling effect on whistle-blowers and others who would otherwise contact" the A.C.L.U. for legal assistance.

NSA memo pushed to 'rethink' 4th Amendment 09 Jun 2013 The National Security Agency pushed for the government to "rethink" the Fourth Amendment when it argued in a classified memo that it needed new authorities and capabilities for the information age. The 2001 memo, later declassified and posted online by George Washington University's National Security Archive, makes a case to the incoming George W. Bush administration that the NSA needs new authorities and technology to adapt to the Internet era. In one key paragraph, NSA wrote that its new phase meant the U.S. must reevaluate its approach toward signals intelligence, or "SIGINT," and the Constitution's Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure.

US senators bid to force government to reveal secret surveillance rulings --Bill would compel government to disclose opinions of secret Fisa court whose judgments underpin US surveillance programs 11 Jun 2013 A bipartisan group of eight senators will introduce a bill on Tuesday that would force the government to reveal how it interprets the laws underpinning the massive surveillance programs revealed by the Guardian. The bill by Senator Jeff Merkley (D- OR), which his office said it planned to introduce to the Senate on Tuesday, would force the government to disclose the opinions of a secretive surveillance court that determines the scope of the eavesdropping on Americans' phone records and internet communications. The bill has the support of senators Mike Lee (R-UT), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Dean Heller (R-NV), Mark Begich (D-AK), Al Franken (D-MN), Jon Tester (D-MT) and Ron Wyden (D-OR).

Intelligence chief Clapper: I gave 'least untruthful' answer on U.S. spying 10 Jun 2013 Director of National Intelligence James Clapper is really struggling to explain why he told Congress in March that the National Security Agency does not intentionally collect any kind of data on millions of Americans. His latest take: It's an unfair question, he said, like "When are you going to stop beating your wife?" And it seems to depend on the meaning of "collect." "I responded in what I thought was the most truthful, or least untruthful, manner by saying 'no,'" Clapper told NBC News on Sunday. A newly revealed NSA program, however, in which the agency secretly vacuumed up the telephone records of millions of Verizon customers seems to fit the definition of both "data" and "millions of Americans."

Russia May Consider US Spy Leaker's Asylum Request - Media 11 Jun 2013 The Russian authorities will consider political asylum for Edward Snowden, who risks prosecution in the United States for his recent blockbuster spy leaks, if he sends a proper request, business daily Kommersant said Tuesday, citing the Kremlin spokesman. "If we receive such a request, we will consider it," Kommersant quoted presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov as saying. Snowden, a 29-year-old former employee of the CIA and the National Security Agency (NSA), unmasked himself on Sunday as a source of recent disclosures about US government's secret surveillance programs.

Prism whistleblower: Edward Snowden told to leave Hong Kong or face extradition back to US over NSA revelations --Snowden: 'I am not afraid' 10 Jun 2013 A senior figure in Hong Kong law enforcement has suggested NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden should leave the city. Regina Ip, a pro-Beijing legislator who was previously the city's top security official, said Hong Kong was "obliged to comply with the terms of agreements" with the US government, which included the extradition of fugitives. She added that, after he leaked the largest amount of classified information in the history of the US National Security Agency, she strongly recommends Snowden depart the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. [Yeah, China just pimped the US out to invade and occupy Iraq, so China could have Iraq's oil. Worked well for US and Chinese corpora-terrorists, such as BP. --LRP]

Beyond Hong Kong: Edward Snowden's best options for asylum 10 Jun 2013 Edward Snowden's choice of Hong Kong as a refuge from US retribution has been admired by some international lawyers – but it has not quelled speculation that he may seek asylum in another state, and activists in Iceland are making preparations should the whistleblower try to head there. Birgitta Jónsdóttir, the Icelandic MP and open information campaigner who was centrally involved in the WikiLeaks disclosures, said she was lobbying Iceland's immigration services and interior ministry about possible asylum for Snowden. But she added the process would only seriously get under way once the NSA whistleblower made clear his intentions.

Booz Allen Terminates Employment of NSA Leaker Edward Snowden, Releases Salary Information 11 Jun 2013 [Corpora-terrorists] Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp. said it fired Edward Snowden, the employee who leaked secret information about U.S. surveillance programs, for violating its code of ethics and firm policy. In a four-sentence statement posted to its website, Booz Allen underscored that Mr. Snowden, 29 years old, worked at the firm for less than three months. His salary was $122,000, and Booz Allen terminated his employment Monday.

Booz Allen Hamilton: Edward Snowden's US contracting firm --$6bn company that employed NSA whistleblower is closely connected to US intelligence community and its leaders 09 Jun 2013 Booz Allen Hamilton, Edward Snowden's employer, is one of America's biggest security contractors and a significant part of the constantly revolving door between the US intelligence establishment and the private sector. The current of director of national intelligence (DNI), James Clapper, who issued a stinging attack on the intelligence leaks this weekend, is a former Booz Allen executive. The firm's current vice-chairman, Mike McConnell, was DNI under the George W Bush administration. He worked for the Virginia-based company before taking the job, and returned to the firm after leaving it.

U.S. explores criminal charges against Snowden 10 Jun 2013 U.S. authorities were weighing criminal prosecution strategies Monday against a former federal contractor who acknowledged disclosing information about two secret surveillance programs run by the National Security Agency. Possible criminal charges against Edward Snowden, who fled to Hong Kong after supplying highly classified documents to reporters, are "under discussion'' at the Justice Department, a federal law enforcement official said. The official, who was not authorized to speak publicly, said criminal charges would mark the first steps necessary to pursue the 29-year-old suspect's return to the U.S., either through extradition or other means.

Ex-CIA man says exposed spy scheme to protect world 10 Jun 2013 An ex-CIA employee working as a contractor at the U.S. National Security Agency said he was the source who leaked details of a top secret U.S. surveillance program, acting out of conscience to protect "basic liberties for people around the world." Holed up in a hotel room in Hong Kong, Edward Snowden, 29, said he had thought long and hard before publicizing details of an NSA program code-named PRISM, saying he had done so because he felt the United States was building an unaccountable and secret espionage machine that spied on every American.
New layer of secrecy emerges at Guantanamo 'court' 10 Jun 2013 When the war [kangaroo] court reconvenes this week, pretrial hearings in the case of an alleged al-Qaida bomber will be tackling a government motion that's so secret the public can't know its name. It's listed as the 92nd court filing in the death-penalty case against a Saudi man, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who was waterboarded by CIA agents. And in place of its name, the Pentagon has stamped "classified" in red. Also on the docket for discussion this week is a classified defense motion that asks the Army judge to order the government to reveal information "related to the arrest, detention and interrogation" of al-Nashiri. By the time he got to Guantanamo in 2006, according to declassified investigations, CIA agents had held him at secret overseas prisons for four years during which, according to declassified accounts, he was waterboarded and interrogated at the point of a revving power drill and racked pistol. But what makes the no-name government motion so intriguing is that those who've read it can't say what it's about, and those who haven't don't have a clue. Not even the accused, who, unless the judge rules for the defense, is not allowed to get an unclassified explanation of it - and cannot sit in on the court session when it's argued in secret.
US nuclear bombs 'based in Netherlands' - ex-Dutch PM Lubbers 10 Jun 2013 Some 22 US nuclear weapons are stored on Dutch territory, says former Dutch Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers. Mr Lubbers, a centre-right prime minister from 1982-94, said they were stored underground in strong-rooms at the Volkel air base in Brabant. He made the revelation in a documentary for National Geographic - saying: "I would never have thought those silly things would still be there in 2013." The presence of nuclear weapons on Dutch soil has long been rumoured.

Pakistan's Nawaz Sharif declares end to secret approval of U.S. drone strikes 10 Jun 2013 In office for less than a week, Pakistan's new prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, vented his anger Monday at two recent U.S. drone strikes, all but accusing his country's overbearing military of lying to Pakistanis about its cooperation with the CIA to eliminate terrorism suspects in northwest tribal regions bordering Afghanistan. "The policy of protesting against drone strikes for public consumption, while working behind the scenes to make them happen, is not on," Sharif said, according to an official statement issued after the first meeting of his Cabinet.

US terror drone strike kills five in north Yemen: Locals 09 Jun 2013 At least five people have been killed in an air raid carried out by a US assassination drone in north Yemen, local sources say. A tribal source said on Sunday that the strike targeted a vehicle in the Khab al-Shath area located in Yemen's northern province of al-Jawf. According to witnesses, the first aerial attack was followed by three other raids.

Afghan supreme court staff killed in suicide blast --Seventeen dead in Kabul bombing claimed by Taliban as revenge attack aimed at judges 11 Jun 2013 A suicide bomber killed and injured dozens of Afghan supreme court employees when he struck commuter minibuses filling up for the afternoon drive home on Tuesday, in one of the deadliest Taliban operations this year. It was the second big assault on the capital in as many days, after seven attackers holed up on a construction site to fire rockets on Kabul airport. That group fought for hours but killed no one apart from themselves and did little damage to their target.

Taliban launch large attack on Kabul international airport 10 Jun 2013 Seven Taliban insurgents including suicide bombers attacked the main airport in the Afghan capital, Kabul, early on Monday, with explosions and gunfire heard near an area that also houses major foreign military bases. The attackers took up positions inside a partially constructed building next to the international airport, interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said, and fought Afghan security forces for about four hours before the raid ended. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

70 die in day of carnage in Iraq 11 Jun 2013 A wave of attacks has killed seventy people and injured dozens across Iraq after several days of relative calm. No group has claimed responsibility for Monday's attacks, but officials say the main suspects are militants linked to al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh]. A triple bombing at a vegetable market in the town of Judaida al-Shat in Diyala province left at least 13 people dead and injured 50 people.

State Department memo reveals possible cover-ups, halted investigations 10 Jun 2013 CBS News has uncovered documents that show the State Department may have covered up allegations of illegal and inappropriate behavior within their ranks. The Diplomatic Security Service, or the DSS, is the State Department's security force, charged with protecting the secretary of state and U.S. ambassadors overseas and with investigating any cases of misconduct on the part of the 70,000 State Department employees worldwide. CBS News reports that according to an internal State Department Inspector General's memo, several recent investigations were influenced, manipulated, or simply called off.

1 wounded in shooting at US Army post in Texas 10 Jun 2013 An instructor at an Army medical training school at a military base in Texas was wounded Monday when a fellow service member shot her outside her office, authorities said. The incident took place at Fort Sam Houston's Army Medical Department Center and School at about 2:50 p.m. The suspect is in custody at Fort Sam Houston, but authorities wouldn't say if he's been charged. Authorities locked down the base for about two hours while military police cleared the building where the shooting took place.

Bomb threat forces evacuations near Ga. State Capitol 11 Jun 2013 Two bomb threats near the Georgia State Capitol forced the evacuation of buildings housing the state Attorney General's office and the state Supreme Court. Employees were allowed to return to the buildings shortly before 11 a.m. Georgia Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Tracey Watson said bomb-sniffing dogs searched both buildings and did not find any explosives. The state judicial building, home of the Supreme Court and Attorney General's office, are located across the street from the State Capitol building.

Princeton University Reopens Following Bomb Threat --University Was Shut Down For 8 Hours as Campus Was Swept 11 Jun 2013 An evacuation of the Princeton University campus following an earlier bomb threat was lifted Tuesday evening. A total of 6,900 people were forced to leave on- and off-campus university buildings, after the university received the threat against multiple buildings on campus around 9 a.m., Princeton spokesman Martin Mbugua said. The all-clear was given at 6:25 p.m.

Princeton University evacuated after multiple bomb threats --'This is NOT a test. There has been a bomb threat to multiple unspecified campus buildings,' said one of the school's tweets. 11 Jun 2013 Princeton University evacuated its campus Tuesday after receiving a bomb threat to multiple buildings. The university announced on its website around 10:25 a.m. that a bomb threat was called in to the New Jersey campus: There has been a bomb threat to multiple unspecified campus buildings. Please evacuate the campus and all University offices immediately and go home unless otherwise directed by your supervisor. Drivers and pedestrians were told to leave the campus after the bomb threat was received, the school said on its Twitter account. Those without cars were directed by police to evacuation sites, the school said.

Fifth Letter, Sent to CIA, Found in Spokane Ricin Investigation --Unopened letter sent to National Bioforensic Analysis Center for further testing 08 Jun 2013 On Saturday, postal workers at the U.S. Post Office on W. Riverside Avenue, Spokane, Washington, located the fifth letter being sought by FBI and USPIS investigators in connection with four others containing the active ricin toxin. It came through the post office after being returned to sender by a location that does not receive mail deliveries. It had been addressed to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

New York lays out $20 billion plan to combat effects of global warming 11 Jun 2013 New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday announced a *20 billion plan to prepare for rising sea levels and hotter summers expected as a result of climate change global warming in the coming decades. The plan, which follows widespread destruction wreaked by Superstorm Sandy last year, included about 250 recommendations ranging from new floodwalls and storm barriers to upgrades of power and telecommunications infrastructures. It coincided with a report updating projections of the impact of climate change global warming, saying that over the next 40 years the number of sweltering summer days could double or even triple and that the sea level surrounding New York City could rise by 2 feet (0.6 meter).

1,400 protest at state capitol; 60 arrested in sixth Moral Monday rally 11 Jun 2013 About 60 people were arrested Monday in the Legislative Building during an NAACP-sponsored protest against the GOP-led legislature and policies of Republican Gov. Pat McCrory. The arrests came during the sixth Moral Monday rally at the General Assembly. Before the arrests, more than 1,400 people demonstrated at the Halifax Mall behind the Legislative Building, holding hands, singing religious songs and praying. The demonstrators included clergy members, union members and teachers.

The Battle of Chicago Teachers Union Vs. Out-of-Town Billionaires 22 Aug 2012 In a recently released video, Chicago Teachers Union shows the games played by wealthy elites to smear the Union in the midst of heated contract negotiations. Chicago Teachers Union has maintained that it will not bargain in the press over a fair contract, but associates of Mayor Rahm Emanuel have apparently used backroom deals in Springfield, paid protesters and even members of the Michigan Tea Party to distort the public's image of the Union. The video, "Astroturf Billionaires Vs. The Chicago Teachers Union" shows all of these tricks in graphic detail.

U.S. Drops Bid to Limit Sales of Morning-After Pill 11 Jun 2013 The Obama administration has decided to stop trying to block over-the-counter availability of the best-known morning-after contraceptive pill for all women and girls, a move fraught with political repercussions for President Obama. The government's decision means that any woman or girl will soon be able to walk into a drugstore and buy the pill, Plan B One-Step, without a prescription. The Justice Department had been fighting to prevent that outcome, but said late Monday afternoon that it would accept its losses in recent court rulings and begin putting into effect a judge's order to have the Food and Drug Administration certify the drug for nonprescription use.

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FBI agents did assassinate President Kennedy

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What did Al Qaeda anthrax lab head Yazid Sufaat discuss at the meeting in Kandahar with Adnan El-Shukrijumah and KSM before Adnan set off to return to the United States shortly after 9/11?

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How Many FBI Informants Commit Murder While on the FBI’s Payroll?
June 18, 2013.


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James Whitey Bulger:

Excerpt:

His calm voice in sharp contrast to the horrors he described, former hit man John V. Martorano today outlined multiple murders in which James “Whitey” Bulger allegedly played a role, including Bulger’s fatal shooting of a Dorchester man in a phone booth in 1975.

Martorano is a key prosecution witness against Bulger, the notorious gangster accused in a sweeping federal indictment of participating in 19 murders while at the same time under protection as a prized informant for the FBI, along with his former right-hand man, Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi.

H. Paul Rico:

Excerpt:

Another dark, sad chapter unfolded recently in the long-running scandal of corruption and other misdeeds involving America’s most elite law enforcement agency – the FBI. On October 9th 2003, Oklahoma and Florida authorities arrested former FBI agent, H. Paul Rico, 78, for the 1981 mob-hit murder of an Oklahoma businessman. According to Federal authorities and U.S. Senate Committee Representatives, Rico’s arrest was the latest turn of an ongoing Justice Department investigation of corruption between Boston’s FBI agents and the informants under their supervision decades ago. The FBI recruited members of the Irish Mafia, James “Whitey” Bulger and Stephen “Rifleman” Flemmi to take down the New England Italian Mafia – the Patriarca and the Angiulo crime families. Bulger and Flemmi have been charged with 22 murders and several racketeering charges – crimes committed while being employed as FBI informants. In 2002, ex-FBI Agent John Connolly, who handled Bulger as an informant, was sent to prison for ten years on charges of obstruction of justice related to Bulger’s Mafia enterprise. Bulger, an FBI most-wanted criminal, has been a fugitive since 1995.

Police arrested Rico at his spacious, elegant-style home in Miami Shores, Florida. He remains in jail without bond, pending extradition to Oklahoma. Oklahoma prosecutor Tim Harris charged the retired agent with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the death of millionaire tycoon Roger Wheeler, the 55-year-old chairman and owner of Telex Corporation based in Tulsa Oklahoma. Wheeler was shot point-blank in the head at Southern Hills Country Golf Club on May 27, 1981.

Current and former U.S. Attorneys and FBI agents were stunned to hear of Rico’s arrest. Robert Fitzpatrick, a former assistant chief of the FBI office in Boston where Rico previously worked said, “This is the first time a former agent has been charged with conspiring with the mafia to commit murder. That doesn’t happen – that’s shocking.” FBI scandals and serious crimes committed by agents have been exposed publicly for years but a murder rap against a highly-respected, ex-FBI agent is rare.

Mani Chulpayev:

The FBI has opened an investigation into accusations that one of its agents took lavish gifts and cash from an informant who has been indicted in the murder of a popular Atlanta rapper known as Lil Phat.

The informant, Russian ex-mobster Mani Chulpayev, has told investigators for the Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General that he was asked for and gave the FBI agent gifts of cash, jewelry, watches, expensive sports shoes, basketball game tickets, hotel rooms and the use of luxury cars, according to his lawyer, George Plumides.

“The agent obstructed a murder investigation,” Plumides told ABC News in an interview to broadcast tonight on ABC News’ “World News with Diane Sawyer” and “Nightline”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BuSKZfbD2A&noredirect=1

Killers: Gregory ‘Grim Reaper Scarpa’ and Frankie ‘Blue Eyes’ Sparco:

Excerpt:

FBI informants collected hundreds of thousands of dollars as government witnesses ‘while continuing to commit murder for the mafia’

Mafia informants collected hundreds of thousands of dollars from the FBI working as government witnesses while continuing to commit murder for the mob, according to a stunning report written by a leading organized crime researcher.

Angela Clemente, a New Jersey soccer mom who has been investigating the FBI’s mob informants for Congress for the last 10 years, presented her findings to lawmakers last week, including Sen Chuck Grassley.

Clemente concludes that the FBI looked the other way as mobsters who were giving them information about New York’s organized crime families continued to gun down mob rivals, as well as innocent bystanders who got in the way.
Joe ‘The Animal’ Barboza

Excerpt:

On February 11, 1976, when Joe Barboza was shot to death on Moraga and 25th Ave there was little speculation about who did it or why. It was more “why did it take so long.”

The FBI described Barboza nicknamed “The Animal,” “the most vicious criminal in New England” and “a professional assassin responsible for numerous homicides.” He had been a top enforcer for the New England Mafia but lost favor and was abandoned when he was arrested on a weapons charge in 1966. He became a star witness for the FBI and hit the jackpot when his testimony helped convict seven Mafiosi for the murders of Willie Marfeo and Teddy Deagon. In the Deagon case four men to death row, and two to prison for life. In the Mafeo case, the FBI hit the jackpot when New England Mafia Boss Ray Patriarca was convicted and sent to Atlanta Federal Penitentiary.

There was nothing a grateful FBI would not do for Joe and he became the first participant in the Federal Witness Protection Program. Although Joe admitted killing 26 people he was given a sentence of one year, including time served. The FBI agents he worked with also overlooked another of Joe’s foibles – five of the six people his testimony convicted in the Deagon case were actually innocent. Joe admitted later that “ the Mafia screwed me and I’m going to screw as many of them as possible.”

Other FBI Informants who continued to kill while on the FBI payroll enjoying FBI protection:

DICK CAIN, aka RICARDO SCALZETTI.

He was a sheriff’s investigator in Cook County, Ill., who joined the mob and rose to become right-hand man to Chicago boss Sam Giancana. Cain was convicted of conspiracy in a robbery and sentenced to 10 years in prison. An FBI informant who helped solve that crime was murdered after Cain helped unmask him. Nevertheless, Cain was later recruited as an FBI informant.

“We had been turning a blind eye on his machinations as he tried to take over gambling in Chicago. What an ambition! The deal was that we would not focus on his activity if he spun off his competitors to us,” Cain’s FBI handler, William Roemer, wrote in his book, “Accardo: The Genuine Godfather.”

While informing for Roemer, who is now dead, Cain became a suspect in a 1972 gangland killing. Roemer said he initially dropped the informant, but Cain wasn’t prosecuted and soon went back to informing for Roemer.

Cain was killed in an apparent mob hit in 1973. Years later, Roemer remembered him as “one of my closest friends.”

GREGORY “THE GRIM REAPER” SCARPA SR.

He was both a Colombo family mob captain in New York City and longtime FBI informant. Scarpa sided with mob boss Carmine Persico in the early 1990s in a war to put down a family mutiny. Authorities came to suspect that Scarpa, while acting as an informant, took part in as many as 13 murders by the Persico side.

Hearing of one Scarpa murder, handler Lindley DeVecchio slapped a desk and declared triumphantly, “We’re going to win this thing!” another agent later testified. Government prosecutors later conceded that evidence suggested DeVecchio leaked information to Scarpa, including names of enemies cooperating with the FBI. DeVecchio later said FBI supervisors knew of the murder suspicions but let him keep using the informant.

Scarpa eventually pleaded guilty to committing three of the murders and playing a role in others.

MICAEL BURNETT, aka MICHAEL RAYMOND.

A swindler who was sentenced to 13 years for fraud in 1979, he was also suspected in at least five murders dating back to the early 1970s. Authorities believed the killings were Burnett’s way of eliminating witnesses to his scams. Nevertheless, he was enlisted as an informant in FBI stings on corrupt public officials in Chicago and New York in the 1980s.

Florida police who wanted to talk to Burnett about murders say the FBI isolated him while he worked as an informant. Later, he was charged with a 1975 murder, but the case collapsed when a witness recanted. He was finally sentenced to life in prison for plotting the 1994 murder of a witness set to testify against him in a bank fraud case.

The prosecutor, Margaret Giordano, assistant U.S. attorney in the New York borough of Brooklyn, calls Burnett “a serial killer in the true sense of the word – except he is motivated by greed.” She says the FBI was aware of the murder suspicions during his years as an informant.

LENNY PATRICK.

He rose to become a lieutenant in the Chicago mob and later admitted in court to killing six men. Faced with racketeering accusations, he agreed in 1989 to become an FBI informant, wearing a wire to a meeting with Chicago mob boss Gus Alex. Paid $7,200 over two months as an informant, Patrick kept working as a mob leader, according to FBI handler Roemer.

Patrick testified against Alex in 1992 and helped send him to prison. Once asked in court about suspicions he had killed more than the six victims he acknowledged, Patrick replied in a raspy voice, “No, I’ve run out of cemeteries.” Patrick later joined the federal Witness Protection Program.

VINCENT JAMES “JIMMY THE BEAR” FLEMMI.

Stephen’s younger brother, Jimmy was recruited as an FBI informant in 1965, even though the bureau knew his goal was to become Boston’s top hitman. He is believed to have killed at least eight people.

FBI documents show that Boston agents allowed innocent men to go to prison for one of the murders they knew their informant had committed. Flemmi died in prison in 1979 after Massachusetts authorities convicted him of attempted murder in another case.

GEORGE STINER and LARRY STINER.

During the social tumult of the late 1960s and early ’70s, then FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover identified the Black Panthers as the single greatest threat to the internal security of the country. In 1969, two leaders of the Panthers were killed at the University of California. Two brothers, George and Larry Stiner, members of a rival black nationalist group, the United Slaves, were convicted of conspiracy to commit the murders and were sentenced to life in prison. Both were FBI informants at the time of the murders, according to former agent Wesley Swearingen, who worked in the Los Angeles office.

Subsequently, a May 26, 1970, FBI memo obtained by a congressional committee disclosed that Los Angeles agents had laid a plan to secretly advise the United Slaves of the time and location of Black Panther events “in order that the two organizations might be brought together and thus grant nature the opportunity to take her due course.”

The Stiners escaped from San Quentin in 1974. Larry Stiner turned himself in 19 years later; his brother George remains at large.

GARY THOMAS ROWE JR., aka THOMAS NEAL MOORE.

In the 1960s, Rowe was an FBI informant who helped convict three Ku Klux Klan members of federal rights violations in the killing of a civil rights volunteer in Alabama. The state charged Rowe with the murder, but the case was dropped after the federal government said his work as an informant gave him immunity.

He admitted to congressional investigators that he had beaten blacks, with the permission of his FBI handlers, in order to maintain his credibility with Klansmen. He said agents told him: “We know it’s something you have to do, and we understand it, and we need the information.”

After five years as an FBI informant, Rowe went into the federal Witness Protection Program. He died of a heart attack in 1998.

ROBERT FOLEY.

A roughneck from rural Kentucky, Foley first killed in 1976, shooting a man who called him a name. He was given a 35-year sentence but won parole in four years. In 1991, he was again in legal trouble on forgery and weapons counts. However, an FBI agent went before an Ohio judge and helped Foley gain release to work for the bureau as an informant.

Eight months later, while helping the FBI, he shot two brothers to death after a fist fight during a party at his home, pumping a total of 12 rounds into them. Eventually, he was convicted of those two murders and four others that took place in 1989 – the first for informing on him to his parole officer and the three others because they were witnesses. The family of the two brothers eventually sued the FBI for $12 million, saying it was responsible for their murders.

The bureau acknowledged that it broke its own rules in handling Foley, but it argued it could not foresee the murders and Foley wasn’t technically an employee. A judge dismissed the suit. The bureau said several agents were “mildly sanctioned.” Foley has claimed he was framed for all the murders and remains on death row in Kentucky.

It goes on and on, case after case of informants who continue to commit heinous crimes including murder while living in luxury under the protection of the FBI. When will something be done to end this practice? Who will protect us from the FBI informants?

By: Patricia Baeten

http://www.boston.com/metrodesk/2013/06 ... story.html

http://www.americanmafia.com/Feature_Articles_257.html

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/fbi-agent ... cCQ0djQ4k4

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... esses.html

http://www.crookstour.com/blog/2011/09/ ... nimal.aspx

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FBI Informant Charged With Four Murders



By CLAYTON SANDELL (@Clayton_Sandell)
Oct. 7, 2009

Scott Lee Kimball was released from prison to become a paid FBI informant, married the unsuspecting mother a young woman he had allegedly murdered, and spent their honeymoon camping and off-roading in an area where her daughter's body was buried.

Kimball also used the alias "Hannibal" to befriend a prison cellmate's girlfriend who vanished, allegedly murdered by Kimball and buried in a remote Utah canyon.

Kimball has been in jail since 2005 on related charges, but grisly new details emerged in an arrest affidavit released Tuesday in Boulder, Colo. The court papers charge Kimball with being a serial killer, accused of murdering both missing women as well as a third woman and his own uncle.

Kimball, already sentenced to 48 years in prison on related charges, is being held on $2 million bail. He will be arraigned on the new charges Thursday.

His alleged victims include his uncle Terry Kimball, Jennifer Marcum, Kaysi McLeod and LeAnn Emery. Authorities believe the murders took place between August 2003 and September 2004.

The plight of families searching for the missing women and the slow pace of the investigation was the subject of a John Quinones story on "20/20" last year. Families also criticized the FBI for not keeping a better eye on Kimball after he was released to work as an informant.

Parents of the dead women say Kimball's arrest has been too long in coming, but are thankful it's finally happened.

"I'm ecstatic," said Kaysi's father Rob McLeod told ABC News. "Happy is the wrong word, but I can't think of another one."

Jennifer Marcum's father Robert said he's glad that Kimball has finally been charged in the crimes, and says he'll make the trip from Illinois to Colorado for Kimball's arraignment. Even though Kimball is expected to plead guilty, Marcum says he'll believe it when he sees it.

"The real thing will come when he's convicted of murder. Until then, I'm not getting my hopes up," Marcum said. "This guy has buffaloed people for so many years."

Marcum's remains have never been found. Her father hopes Kimball will have something to say about that in court.

"I want to hear if he'll say something we don't know, and I'd really like to know" he said. "She is really missed and loved and we are so unhappy it's unbelievable."

Kimball convinced authorities to let him out of prison in December 2002 in order to work as an informant in a murder-for-hire plot involving former cellmate Steven Ennis and his girlfriend, Jennifer Marcum, the 25-year-old mother of a 4-year-old boy. A few months later, Marcum disappeared.

According to the affidavit another former cellmate, Brett Lee Gamblin, told police that Kimball asked Gamblin if he thought breast implants could be traced. Gamblin wondered why anyone would be concerned with breast implants when a body could be identified by fingerprints or teeth.

Despite repeated searches, Marcum's remains have never been found.

In August 2003, Kaysi McLeod went missing.

Kimball Honeymooned Where He Buried Bride's Daughter

Kimball told a former cellmate that a member of the Sons of Silence motorcycle gang had hired him to kill McLeod, 19, because she was set to testify as a witness in a drug trial against the gang's leader.

Kimball claimed, the cellmate says, that in order to get close to Kaysi, he started dating her mother Lori. After Kaysi's disappearance, Kimball married Lori during a ceremony in Las Vegas.
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If the FBI Never Kills Anyone by Mistake, Why Kill Tsarnaev's Maybe-Accomplice?
Jun 19, 2013

Last month an FBI agent killed Ibragim Todashev, a man who was friends with the dead Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev and very well might have had information tying him to a triple murder to better explain the marathon attack. There were many conflicting accounts of that night, all of which led to the question of why a house full of law enforcement officials used lethal force against an apparently unarmed man who was about to peacefully sign a confession as Tsarnaev's accomplice. If past statistics of the agency's internal examinations hold, expect the FBI to fully justify Todashev's killing — even though it's taking a suspiciously long time to do so.

The New York Times's Charlie Savage and Michael Schmidt have your stark FBI statistic and conspiracy theorist fodder of the day (emphasis ours), as a result of their four-year investigation:

[F]rom 1993 to early 2011, F.B.I. agents fatally shot about 70 'subjects' and wounded about 80 others — and every one of those episodes was deemed justified, according to interviews and internal F.B.I. records obtained by The New York Times through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

So, essentially, the FBI says that the FBI has never made a mistake in the agency's 70 or so deadly shootings in the past eighteen years. And the key word here is "justified." The bureau's policy, as Savage and Schmidt explain, "allows deadly force if agents fear that their lives or those of fellow agents are in danger." But there are scant details of what the threshold of "danger" entails. If the FBI is after a suspect, isn't there some implicit danger in that already? And that leads to the most pertinent question: What makes an FBI kill justified?

Indeed, the FBI's own people kill people, the FBI's own people tend to take over investigations after the killing, and then the FBI's own people are the ones who deem whether or not a mistake was made. And many of the rest of us people don't have the Freedom of Information Act skills that Savage possesses.

Tim Murphy, a former deputy director of the FBI who conducted some investigations of agency shootings during a 23-year career, told Savage and Schmidt the agence believes that all the mistake-free shootings are due to agents being better, older, and more experienced than police officers — and that those better agents are involved in planned operations as opposed to more random ones.

In the case of Todashev, there are still plenty of questions. In the initial reports, there were varying accounts of whether or not he was armed. Todashev was first reported to be wielding a knife, while some accounts had him stabbing an agent, and later the leaked news reports about the knife — or even that he was wielding a sword — were walked back by law enforcement officials. The FBI has not officially said whether or not the was armed. And the agency has declined to describe the events that led to the May 22 shooting of the 27-year-old ethnic Chechen near Universal Studios in Orlando. Nor have officials really explained how this all happened in a house full of FBI agents and other law enforcement officials when the FBI is supposed to be so good at using lethal force these days.

The Boston Globe's Maria Sacchetti explains that protocol is out of step with the way the agency usually treats shootings, citing a deadly FBI shooting in Illinois that occurred 12 days before the Todashev case. "Within 24 hours, the FBI issued a press release saying agents shot and killed Tony Starnes, 45, when he allegedly rammed an agent’s vehicle with a stolen Honda Civic," Sacchetti reported.

Savage and Schmidt did find some punishments had been doled out: Of the 289 deliberate FBI shootings in the time frame which their FOIA requests examined, they found five "bad shoots." None of those left anyone wounded, and the typical punishment was adding "letters of censure to agents' files."


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The FBI's Nearly Unbelievable Record of "Justified" Shootings
June 19, 2013, at 10:19 AM



We're still waiting for the FBI to finish its internal investigation into exactly what happened in an Orlando apartment last month, when an FBI agent shot and killed Ibragim Todashev, a Chechan man who knew Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Since the shooting, unnamed officials have painted a number of different pictures of the scene in the room in the moments before the agent opened fire. Among them, that Todashev was unarmed, that he was brandishing a knife, and that he was carrying a pipe or maybe a broomstick.

For all the current uncertainty surrounding exactly what led the agent to shoot and kill Todashev, the bureau's next step appears almost a foregone conclusion: Based on recent history, the FBI's final report is all but certain to conclude that the shooting was justified. The New York Times with the agency's eye-raising track record:

[F]rom 1993 to early 2011, F.B.I. agents fatally shot about 70 "subjects" and wounded about 80 others — and every one of those episodes was deemed justified, according to interviews and internal F.B.I. records obtained by The New York Times through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. The last two years have followed the same pattern: an F.B.I. spokesman said that since 2011, there had been no findings of improper intentional shootings. ...

Out of 289 deliberate shootings covered by the documents, many of which left no one wounded, five were deemed to be "bad shoots," in agents' parlance — encounters that did not comply with the bureau's policy, which allows deadly force if agents fear that their lives or those of fellow agents are in danger. A typical punishment involved adding letters of censure to agents' files. But in none of the five cases did a bullet hit anyone.

Depending on how you read those numbers—more than 150 shootings that wounded or killed a subject in the past 20 years, all justified; 284 deliberate shootings in all, 279 justified—that's either an extraordinary track record, or an unbelievable one. Regardless, it raises some obvious red flags about the fairness and validity of those internal reviews. Perhaps as troubling, as the Times explains, is that in most of those cases the FBI internal investigation was the only inquiry into the shooting, as it currently is in the Orlando incident.

Go check out the full NYT piece here, which also breaks down the conflicting accounts of a 2002 shooting the agency declared justified that independent investigators weren't so sure about. (During the episode in question an agent shot an innocent Maryland man in the head after mistaking him for a bank robber.)
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FBI Foiled and Followed Author
June 21st, 2013


The feds tried to prevent visits by Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes in the 1960s and 1970s – and recruited sources at NYU and Columbia to keep tabs on him, documents reveal.

Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes’ Marxist leanings and criticism of the Vietnam War led the U.S. State Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to purposefully delay — and deny — the author’s visa applications during the 1960s, newly released documents reveal.

The FBI’s file for Fuentes, one of the 20th Century’s most influential Latin American authors, chronicles more than two decades of monitoring that included keeping tabs on him through sources who worked at New York University and Columbia University.

Fuentes, best known for “The Death of Artemio Cruz” and “The Old Gringo,” was the first Mexican novelist to make the New York Times bestseller list. He died in May 2012 at age 83 after suffering an internal hemorrhage in his Mexico City home.

The NYCity News Service filed a request for Fuentes’ file under the Freedom of Information Act ­– which requires the agency to release certain documents to the public once a person has died – in September 2012. The file was posted Thursday to the FBI’s website. The 170-page dossier doesn’t include dozens of documents that the file indicates were destroyed.

Visa Issues

The file, which tracks Fuentes’ movements within the United States and abroad over a quarter century, begins in 1962 with a note about an intentionally delayed visa that prevented the writer from coming to the U.S.

His purpose for travel: a televised debate with then-Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Richard Goodwin.

An urgent message sent by the FBI in April 1962, about a month before the scheduled debate, advised the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City of “Instruction from Washington to delay if (visa) application is made.”

The file makes clear that the FBI’s upper echelons were interested in Fuentes’ movements. Long-time FBI Associate Director Clyde Tolson – widely known as founding FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover’s right-hand man – was copied on several updates about Fuentes.

When Fuentes did make his way into the U.S., he often visited and taught at Ivy League colleges and other top academic institutions. The FBI’s files on Fuentes indicate that the agency developed sources at universities throughout the country during the 1960s and early 1970s, including New York University, Columbia University and the University of Michigan. While tracking Fuentes, the FBI frequently turned to contacts at NYU and Columbia, who furnished the agency “with a considerable amount of information,” according to the dossier.

“Discreet Inquiries”

In one instance in September 1965, the FBI discovered that Fuentes was listed as a speaker in a flyer for a “teach-in” about the Vietnam War that had been held at the University of Michigan. The next four months saw a flurry of memos circulating between agents at field offices in New York, Washington, Detroit and Mexico City, all trying to determine if their efforts at barring Fuentes had failed.

“Discreet inquiries” made by an NYU employee to “people in the education field had failed to produce any information,” according to one memo.

An agent “reviewed records at the morgues of The New York Times and The New York Herald Tribune,” and sifted through education publications at the New York Public Library, in search of any record that Fuentes had made it to the discussion.

The FBI would later discover that Fuentes actually had entered the U.S. during that time period, arriving by train in Laredo, TX apparently headed to New York City to meet with his literary agent.

That same year, the FBI also “discreetly” was attempting to procure a copy of “Una Alma Pura” a film written by Fuentes that the agency determined to be “anti-American.” During production, an actress who feared she might lose her citizenship for appearing in the film contacted a U.S. Attorney. Her name was not divulged in the documents.

“They had impression all persons connected with production of film were communists,” an agent wrote.

Tide Turns

Fuentes managed to bypass the FBI’s restrictions on several occasions during the 1960s, by using a position with the Mexican Institute of Fine Arts to obtain “a-2″ diplomatic visas, the file notes. Memos reveal that in the late 1960s, the FBI and State Department debated whether it was wise to continue barring Fuentes, in light of media coverage that was typically critical of the policy.

In 1969, Fuentes was removed from a transatlantic cruise ship, traveling from Barcelona, Spain to Veracruz, Mexico, when it docked in San Juan, PR. Newspapers around the world covered his detainment and a State Department telegram lamented the coverage.

The memo quotes one editorial in particular, which stated: “Immigration regulations keeping out men like Fuentes are both sad and silly.”
- See more at: http://www.nycitynewsservice.com/2013/0 ... 7lBYh.dpuf

FBI Foiled and Followed Author
June 21st, 2013

The feds tried to prevent visits by Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes in the 1960s and 1970s – and recruited sources at NYU and Columbia to keep tabs on him, documents reveal.

Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes’ Marxist leanings and criticism of the Vietnam War led the U.S. State Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to purposefully delay — and deny — the author’s visa applications during the 1960s, newly released documents reveal.

The FBI’s file for Fuentes, one of the 20th Century’s most influential Latin American authors, chronicles more than two decades of monitoring that included keeping tabs on him through sources who worked at New York University and Columbia University.

Fuentes, best known for “The Death of Artemio Cruz” and “The Old Gringo,” was the first Mexican novelist to make the New York Times bestseller list. He died in May 2012 at age 83 after suffering an internal hemorrhage in his Mexico City home.

The NYCity News Service filed a request for Fuentes’ file under the Freedom of Information Act ­– which requires the agency to release certain documents to the public once a person has died – in September 2012. The file was posted Thursday to the FBI’s website. The 170-page dossier doesn’t include dozens of documents that the file indicates were destroyed.

Visa Issues

The file, which tracks Fuentes’ movements within the United States and abroad over a quarter century, begins in 1962 with a note about an intentionally delayed visa that prevented the writer from coming to the U.S.

His purpose for travel: a televised debate with then-Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Richard Goodwin.

An urgent message sent by the FBI in April 1962, about a month before the scheduled debate, advised the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City of “Instruction from Washington to delay if (visa) application is made.”

The file makes clear that the FBI’s upper echelons were interested in Fuentes’ movements. Long-time FBI Associate Director Clyde Tolson – widely known as founding FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover’s right-hand man – was copied on several updates about Fuentes.

When Fuentes did make his way into the U.S., he often visited and taught at Ivy League colleges and other top academic institutions. The FBI’s files on Fuentes indicate that the agency developed sources at universities throughout the country during the 1960s and early 1970s, including New York University, Columbia University and the University of Michigan. While tracking Fuentes, the FBI frequently turned to contacts at NYU and Columbia, who furnished the agency “with a considerable amount of information,” according to the dossier.

“Discreet Inquiries”

In one instance in September 1965, the FBI discovered that Fuentes was listed as a speaker in a flyer for a “teach-in” about the Vietnam War that had been held at the University of Michigan. The next four months saw a flurry of memos circulating between agents at field offices in New York, Washington, Detroit and Mexico City, all trying to determine if their efforts at barring Fuentes had failed.

“Discreet inquiries” made by an NYU employee to “people in the education field had failed to produce any information,” according to one memo.

An agent “reviewed records at the morgues of The New York Times and The New York Herald Tribune,” and sifted through education publications at the New York Public Library, in search of any record that Fuentes had made it to the discussion.

The FBI would later discover that Fuentes actually had entered the U.S. during that time period, arriving by train in Laredo, TX apparently headed to New York City to meet with his literary agent.

That same year, the FBI also “discreetly” was attempting to procure a copy of “Una Alma Pura” a film written by Fuentes that the agency determined to be “anti-American.” During production, an actress who feared she might lose her citizenship for appearing in the film contacted a U.S. Attorney. Her name was not divulged in the documents.

“They had impression all persons connected with production of film were communists,” an agent wrote.

Tide Turns

Fuentes managed to bypass the FBI’s restrictions on several occasions during the 1960s, by using a position with the Mexican Institute of Fine Arts to obtain “a-2″ diplomatic visas, the file notes. Memos reveal that in the late 1960s, the FBI and State Department debated whether it was wise to continue barring Fuentes, in light of media coverage that was typically critical of the policy.

In 1969, Fuentes was removed from a transatlantic cruise ship, traveling from Barcelona, Spain to Veracruz, Mexico, when it docked in San Juan, PR. Newspapers around the world covered his detainment and a State Department telegram lamented the coverage.

The memo quotes one editorial in particular, which stated: “Immigration regulations keeping out men like Fuentes are both sad and silly.”
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Circuit Finds FBI Informant Issued 'True Threat' Against Judges

June 24, 2013

A divided federal appeals court Friday upheld the conviction of a blogger for threatening three judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Two Second Circuit judges said the evidence at trial was sufficient to prove that Harold Turner committed a "true threat" of violence when he issued a blog post saying that Seventh Circuit Judges Frank Easterbrook, William Bauer and Richard Posner deserved to die when they upheld a Chicago gun ban, finding the Second Amendment does not apply to the states.
Second Circuit Judge Debra Ann Livingston (See Profile) and Eastern District Judge Brian Cogan (See Profile), sitting by designation, said the evidence at Turner's trial in Brooklyn federal court was "more than sufficient" to meet each of the elements for threatening a federal judge under 18 U.S.C. §115(a)(1)(B) and that "Turner's conduct was unprotected by the First Amendment."
Judge Rosemary Pooler (See Profile) dissented in United States v. Turner, 11-196-cr, saying "as a matter of law" Turner's speech was not a "true threat" under the statute and the First Amendment.
Turner began running the Hal Turner Show on a website in 2000 that was popular with groups such as the Klu Klux Klan and Aryan Nations. Between 2003 and 2007, he also helped the FBI by providing information on extremists who visited his web site and proposed acts of violence. The FBI dropped him in 2007 after he was admonished for his own violent speech on the website and his agent handler came to believe there were "serious control problems" with Turner, according to the circuit's opinion.
Turner published a blog post on June 2, 2009 following the Seventh Circuit 's decision in National Rifle Association of America v. Chicago, 567 F.3d 856 (7th Cir. 2009).
"Let me be the first to say this plainly: These judges deserve to be killed. Their blood will replenish the tree of liberty. A small price to assure freedom for millions," he wrote.
Turner then referred to the murders of U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow's husband and mother in the judge's Chicago home in 2005, connecting it to Lefkow's role in a case involving white supremacist Mathew Hale and his organization "World Church of the Creator."
Lefkow had ruled against Hale in a 2002 trademark infringement case, finding that his church infringed on a trademark belonging to another group. In 2003, Hale was arrested for plotting to kill Lefkow. In 2005, Hale was convicted of soliciting Lefkow's murder, and he was sentenced to 40 years in prison.
On June 3, 2009, Turner posted photos of the three Seventh Circuit judges, the room numbers of their chambers at the Everett McKinley Dirksen U.S. Courthouse, photos of the courthouse and a map that indicated the location of "Anti-truck bomb barriers."
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Smile! FBI scanning driver's license images
June 23, 2013

The FBI has gained access to driver’s license photos for residents of Nebraska, Illinois, South Carolina, Utah, North Carolina, Delaware, Texas and other states to hunt for suspects in criminal investigations.

In memorandums obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by the Electronic Privacy Information Center, the FBI is authorized to search state databases, which include images and personal information.

“A probe photo refers to the photo of the subject of an active FBI investigation that is submitted for search against a photo repository,” states the FBI’s agreement with Illinois, which is nearly identical to agreements with other states.

“The anticipated result of that search will be a photo gallery of potential matches. These potential matches (candidates) will be forwarded to the FBI, along with any associated information stored with the photo.”

The disclosure comes even as the FBI has been caught obtaining the records of news, the National Security Agency has been found to be mining the cell phone records of millions of innocent Americans, the Internal Revenue Service has admitted to operating to targeting tea-party groups and Americans’ trust in their government in plunging.

The agreements between the state motor vehicle divisions and the FBI allow the FBI to use facial recognition systems to compare subjects of investigations to the millions of license and identification photos retained by states.

The organization asked for information on the strategies after last summer’s meeting of a Senate Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law in which facial recognition technology was discussed.

EPIC’s letter explained: “The increasing expansion of facial recognition technology carries with it a number of privacy and security concerns. Facial recognition data is personally identifiable information and improper collection, storage, and use of this information can result in identity theft or inaccurate identifications.

“Additionally, an individual’s ability to control access to his or her identity, including determining when to reveal it, is an essential aspect of personal security that facial recognition technology erodes. Finally, ubiquitous and near-effortless identification eliminates individuals’ ability to control their identities, posing special risk to protesters engaging in lawful, anonymous speech. The U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly upheld the right to engage in political speech anonymously.”

EPIC also is suing the FBI to learn more about its development of a vast biometric identification database. It references the “Next Generation Identification” system, which reportedly aggregates fingerprints, DNA profiles, iris scans, palm prints, voice identification profiles, photographs and other identifying information.
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