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Re: FBI WATCH 114 days left to shut down the FBI

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http://www.newburyportnews.com/news/loc ... 80f1e.html

FBI agent accuses neighbor of vandalizing property
By Dave Rogers Staff Writer




FBI wants to unlock your cell phone, they just need to find a good excuse so they allowed the Air Force
to create their plausible denial shooter like what happened in San Bernadino California.
FBI allows Air Force to commit background check violations. FBI Department of Public Relations does the rest.

https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-wor ... cellphone/


FBI again finds itself unable to unlock a gunman’s cellphone
Originally published November 8, 2017 at 12:53 am Updated November 8, 2017 at 10:39 am




in other news



https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/na ... 94a2279385

FBI paid professional hackers one-time fee to crack San Bernardino iPhone





FBI sees no need to force Military to comply.
Yes they are part of the police state family

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/ ... 338907.php

FBI data indicate military rarely reports domestic violence
By St. John Barned-Smith and Sig Christenson Updated 10:29 am, Wednesday, November 8, 2017




https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=G2Wj4R7i1Nk

Multiple Shooters in Las Vegas Witnesses Testimony Compilation





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Kevin Barrett “Gladio Never Ended. The Texas Church Shooting Has All The Hallmarks Of It.”
Posted on November 7, 2017 by willyloman






https://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2017 ... onviction/


Texas church shooter: what no one is saying about the insanity of his prior conviction Nov
7
by Jon Rappoport
Texas church shooter: what no one is saying about the insanity of his prior conviction

by Jon Rappoport

November 7, 2017

Devin Kelley, the Texas church shooter, was convicted of crimes by a military court in 2012.

Mainstream press outlets are reporting this fact to show he never should have been allowed to purchase a gun after his release from prison—except the Army failed to enter his criminal record in a national database that would have red-flagged him, when he tried to buy several weapons.

But there is another issue.

In 2012, while stationed at Holloman Air Force base, Kelley “pleaded guilty to two charges of assault and battery on his then-wife and aggravated assault on his infant stepson. Five other charges that included multiple incidents in which he allegedly aimed either a loaded or unloaded firearm at his wife were withdrawn as part of the plea deal.” (ABC News)

Kelley kicked and choked his wife a number of times. He fractured his infant stepson’s skull. The Air Force stated Kelley used enough force to kill his stepson or at least cause “grievous bodily harm.” In his plea deal, Kelley admitted he struck his stepson intentionally.

Here is the payoff, from ABC News: “A mixed jury of officers and enlisted personnel sentenced him [Kelley] to a year’s confinement and a reduction in two ranks from an airman first-class (A1C) to airman basic. He also received a bad conduct discharge.”

That sentence is a crime compounded on Kelley’s crimes.

A year’s confinement?

How about 50 years in prison?

What kind of plea deal did the Air Force allow, and why? Who is investigating THAT?

With any sort of reasonable sentence, Kelley would never have shown up at the Texas Church.

Over the years, I’ve looked into numerous crimes of repeat offenders. I’m sure you’ve read reports as well. So-and-so robbed a store and shot the manager. At the time, he was serving probation after a conviction of assault on two teenagers…

What?!

In Kelley’s case, there is obviously some degree of political correctness at work. “Well, he didn’t actually kill anybody, so let’s confine him for a year and demote him…”

As my readers know, I investigate and report on many high-level corporate and government crimes—and the failure to adequately prosecute the offenders. But the same lunacy applies to street-level felonies.

Instead of, “Well, Bob is one of our own, a pillar of the community, so what if he’s poisoning thousands of people with his company’s medical drugs, let’s fine him and let him off with a promise to mend his ways,” it’s: “Well, this f




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Friend of Boston Marathon bomber asks US Supreme Court to hear his case



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FALL 2011
INSIDE THE FBI'S DECADES-LONG EFFORT TO COURT ALLIES IN THE MEDIA

BY THE WILSON QUARTERLY
J. Edgar Hoover's hidden wordsmiths



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Tonight at 11: Technology in an emgergency
Wednesday, November 8th 2017, 8:30 am EST



When emergency hits, one of the first things we think about is where are our loved ones.

But what do you do if cell towers are down, and you can't get a signal?

With Hurricane Irma's aftermath still impacting South Florida, mass shootings in Las Vegas and Texas, and a terror attack in New York safety is on everyone's mind.

"I think it's been proven that any place in the United States is vulnerable," said former FBI agent Stuart Kaplan.









https://www.deseretnews.com/article/660 ... BI-op.html

Nichols says bombing was FBI op
Detailed confession filed in S.L. about Oklahoma City plot

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

A declaration from Terry Lynn Nichols, filed in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City, has proven to be one of the most detailed confessions by Nichols to date about his involvement in the bombing as well as the involvement of others. However, one congressman who has investigated the bombings remains skeptical of Nichols' claims.

The declaration was filed as part of Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue's pending wrongful death suit against the government for the death of his brother in a federal corrections facility in Oklahoma City. Trentadue claims his brother was killed during an interrogation by FBI agents when agents mistook his brother for a suspect in the Oklahoma City bombing investigation.

The most shocking allegation in the 19-page signed declaration is Nichols' assertion that the whole bombing plot was an FBI operation and that McVeigh let slip during a bout of anger that he was taking instruction from former FBI official Larry Potts.

Potts was no stranger to anti-government confrontations, having been the lead FBI agent at Ruby Ridge in 1992, which led to the shooting death of Vicki Weaver, the wife of separatist Randy Weaver. Potts also was reportedly involved in the 51-day siege of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas in 1993, which resulted in a fire that killed 81 Branch Davidian followers.

Potts retired from the FBI under intense pressure and criticism for the cover-up of an order to allow agents to shoot anyone seen leaving the Weaver cabin at Ruby Ridge.










https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/fbi-st ... ng-efforts


November 8, 2017

STEM and the FBI
Recruiting the Best and the Brightest





FBI agents spit on the dying body of Martin Luther King then smother him to death with a pillow


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MLK Day: The Plot to Kill Martin Luther King: Survived Shooting, Was Murdered in Hospital | Global Research - Centre for Research on ...

from www.globalresearch.ca
Jul 23, 2017 · Thanks to the nearly four-decade investigation by human rights lawyer William Pepper, it is now clear once and for all that Martin Luther King was murdered in a conspiracy that was instigated ...





see FBI agent Ryan Seese for further details

http://tucson.com/news/local/crime/fbi- ... c81c9.html


FBI agent gets 5 days in jail, probation in exposure case
Jan 18, 2008
An FBI special agent who pleaded guilty to indecent exposure in connection with an incident at the University of Arizona was sentenced Thursday to five days in jail and three years probation.

Pima County Justice of the Peace Jose Luis Castillo also ordered Ryan Seese, 34, to undergo a psycho-sexual evaluation and participate in any treatment programs recommended as a result, said Deputy Pima County Attorney Jesse Delaney.

Seese was cited last May on suspicion of public sexual indecency, criminal trespassing and indecent exposure after a custodial worker told officers she opened a bathroom stall in the Student Union and saw Seese masturbating, according to UA police.



Seese was caught after a short chase that led to a nearby parking garage, Sgt. Eugene Mejia said at the time.

Seese told UA police he was with law enforcement, so they checked his credentials, which verified he was an FBI agent, Mejia said.








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"ORGIES WITH UNDERAGE GIRLS, HEAVY DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE" - SAUDI PRINCESS UNVEILS THE KINGDOM'S DARK SIDE
Feature News Saudi Arabia
"Orgies with underage girls, heavy drug and alcohol abuse" - Saudi princess unveils the Kingdom's dark side
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Amira Bint Aidan Bin Nayef, the ex-wife of the Saudi Prince Al Waleed bin Talal (who was recently arrested in scope of the anti-corruption purges in the country), went on a rampage against the ruling Saudi regime in her exclusive statements to the French newspaper Le Monde, saying that those who accuse others of corruption and money laundering, are in fact highly corrupted themselves.

The princess said they’ve turned the city of Jeddah into a slave market where underage girls are being exploited for noisy sex parties involving drug and alcohol abuse.

She said that one of the main reasons why this keeps going on is that the members of the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (Saudi Sharia police) tend to keep away from the matter, fearing they might lose their jobs, should they intervene.

The newspaper quoted the princess as saying that a Hallowen event was recently held in Jeddah, and which was attended by 150 people, including employees of the consulates. The scene was like a typical nightclub anywhere outside the Kingdom, with available wines, dancing couples in fancy costumes, and a DJ.

Bint Aidan said the price of smuggled liquor in the country is very high. For instance, the price of the Smirnoff vodka is 1500 Riyals ($ 400), sometimes forcing party organizers to refill the original bottles with a local wine called Siddiqui.

She said that slavery in Saudi Arabia has different forms, but it is done in secrecy and permitted only among the primary beneficiaries of the princes of the House of Saud.

But then she mentioned one of the most repulsive things: Buying and renting the children, especially the orphans, from countries like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Djibouti, Somalia, Nigeria, Romania and Bulgaria.

The children become the property of those who buy them and are not allowed to leave without permission.

Even the Asian maids who come to work



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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 11:36 AM





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With all that has seemingly been unleashed on the minds of the public in the last week alone, it should not be too difficult for most to be able to sense that something rather large is on the horizon. While the vast majority of independent media and average individuals alike are losing themselves to one rabbit hole or another, few are stopping to truly consider where these “leads” originated. And even fewer are willing to consider what it is they are being distracted from. This is not to suggest that there is nothing of value to be seen and digested within these new revelations, quite the contrary, but only to caution that much could be lost to the distraction of it all, and intentionally so, should we fail to stay vigilant.

This week on The Collaboration, we touch on many different topics, including Corey Feldman, and the JFK files, and primarily the recent Mueller indictments and the almost entirely ignored Uranium One and Steele dossier aspects of the “Russian Collusion” distraction. While these are very real crimes, the real goal is to make Americans forget about the greater agenda happening all around the world at the behest of the Deep State, while this country eats itself from the inside out, by design, essentially doing their dirty work for them.


These crimes, on both sides of the aisle, need to be followed up, but not at the expense of this nation’s future and that of its people, which is exactly what we stand to lose should we fall victim to the psychological operations of those who would lead us astray. When independent investigators begin to get too close to the truth, the real truth, that is when we see the rare occasion come to pass that one of the protected elite get “Weinstein’d,” just as it seems we are beginning to see with Hillary, yet she very well may know far too much to ever see the inside of the cell she very much deserves.

This is the beauty, and horror, of well executed propaganda, something the Deep State controlled US has perfected over the years. It has the ability to completely control and direct the minds of those too invested to see anything else. Yet, the people are beginning to see through the lies none the less. And that — the rising awareness of the people — has them terrified.





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Barak unwittingly gave Weinstein information that helped him reach out to Israeli firm Black Cube, hired to research his accusers and to scuttle reports of his sexual abuse

Haaretz

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak gave Harvey Weinstein information that facilitated his hiring of an Israeli firm to investigate several women accusing him of sexual assault and the journalists working on the stories, Israel’s Channel 2 reported on Tuesday.

The New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow reported Monday that among a number of firms hired by Weinstein was the Israeli firm Black Cube, whose employees are self-advertised as “highly experienced and trained in Israel’s elite military and governmental intelligence units.” According to the contract, signed in July, Weinstein explicitly hired Black Cube to prevent the New York Times and the New Yorker’s original reporting on Weinstein, as well as actress Rose McGowan’s book detailing his alleged abuse.

According to Channel 2, Ehud Barak unwittingly played a role in leading Weinstein to Black Cube. Weinstein even invited Barak and the head of Black Cube to a Hillary Clinton fundraiser.

A statement released on Barak’s behalf said that “over a year ago, he was asked by Weinstein if he knows about an Israeli security firm that Weinstein had heard about and can help him deal with business issues he’s currently facing.

“Barak confirmed to Weinstein that the firm he heard about was probably Black Cube and that it does operate from Israel. Barak does not personally know the firm or its officials and he only transferred to Weinstein information that allowed him to reach out to them on his own.”

In response to the report, Black Cube says that it does not comment on clients as a policy and would never confirm or deny what it described as “speculations.” It said all of its activities were legal and up to ethical standards.

According to the New Yorker, Weinstein first mentioned wanting to hire Black Cube, which earned an international reputation for digging up business intelligence around the world through legally murky methods, last year. David Boies, Weinstein’s lawyer who is renowned for championing liberal causes at the highest level of the U.S. judicial system, offered Black Cube financial incentives for preventing the articles’ publication and obtaining drafts of McGowan’s books. Boies confirmed hiring the firm to the New Yorker.

Among the firm’s responsibilities was to reportedly compile psychological profiles of Weinstein’s accusers while digging dirt on their personal histories. Weinstein also hired corporate-intelligence firm Kroll to perform the same task. According to the New Yorker, a Black Cube private investigator and former Mossad agent met with actress Rose McGowan, pretending to be a women’s-rights activist. The same investigator later reportedly met with journalists working on the Weinstein story, pretending to have her own set of allegations against the Hollywood producer.

An additional Black Cube operative also reportedly posed as a source for New York Magazine reporter Ben Wallace, who was working on his own Weinstein story, citing his ex-wife as leverage in potentially killing the story.

Black Cube was founded in 2010 by Yanus and Dan Zorella, who served in a secret Israeli intelligence unit — as have many of the company’s employees. Black Cube describes its employees as “a select group of veterans of the elite Israeli intelligence community, whose diverse experience in information gathering, analysis, research, and field operations make Black Cube a unique resource in the global market.” Most of the firm’s business is in supporting legal disputes between large business entities, when one side is trying to collect intelligence on the other side in an attempt to win the case.

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Carl Icahn hit with subpoena as authorities investigate whether he swayed biofuel policy as Trump adviser
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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 4:12 PM


The high of 37 will be almost 20 degrees below average for this time of year.

An initial cold front moved through the Northeast, sweeping away warmer air between Monday and Tuesday.

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Re: FBI WATCH 114 days left to shut down the FBI

Postby msfreeh » Sun Nov 12, 2017 10:49 am

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national ... 11fb05e26e

FBI database for gun buyers missing millions of records







CNN exclusive: FBI misconduct reveals sex, lies and videotape

The Situation Room
By Scott Zamost and Kyra Phillips, CNN Special Investigations Unit

Washington (CNN) -- An FBI employee shared confidential information with his girlfriend, who was a news reporter, then later threatened to release a sex tape the two had made.
A supervisor watched pornographic videos in his office during work hours while "satisfying himself."
And an employee in a "leadership position" misused a government database to check on two friends who were exotic dancers and allowed them into an FBI office after hours.
These are among confidential summaries of FBI disciplinary reports obtained by CNN, which describe misconduct by agency supervisors, agents and other employees over the last three years.








http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/21/us/fbi-mi ... index.html


Misconduct revealed within FBI



An internal FBI report revealed employees were cited for check fraud, sexting on FBI phones and other misconduct.Source: CNN


-- One employee engaged in a "romantic relationship with former boyfriend (now husband) knowing he was a drug/user dealer. Employee also lied under oath when questioned during the administrative inquiry about her husband's activities."
-- Another FBI worker "hid a recording device in supervisor's office. In addition, without authorization, employee made copies of supervisor's negative comments about employee that employee located by conducting an unauthorized search of the supervisor's office and briefcase." It said the employee "lied to investigators during (the) course of the administrative inquiry."
-- An FBI supervisor "repeatedly committed check fraud and lacked candor under oath."
-- One employee "was involved in a domestic dispute at mistress' apartment, requiring police intervention. Employee was drunk and uncooperative with police" and "refused to relinquish his weapon, making it necessary for the officers to physically subdue him, take the loaded weapon and place employee in handcuffs."
-- In other cases, an employee was charged with DUI for the second time, one used a lost or stolen credit card to buy gas, and another was caught in a child pornography sting operation, according to the internal reports.
All of the employees in these cases were fired.
More FBI employees were disciplined for their transgressions, including one woman who -- according to the reports -- "used (a) personal cell phone to send nude photographs of herself to other employees" which "adversely affected the daily activities of several squads." Another FBI worker e-mailed a "nude photograph of herself to ex-boyfriend's wife." Both employees received 10-day suspensions.
Another who visited a massage parlor "and paid for a sexual favor from the masseuse" received a 14-day suspension. And an employee who used a government-issued BlackBerry "to send sexually explicit messages to another employee" was suspended for five days.
Will expressed surprise at some of the behavior outlined in the reports.
"As long I've been doing this ... there are days when I think 'OK, I've seen it all,' but I really haven't," Will said. "I still get files and I think, 'Wow, I never would have thought of that.'"
Some of the recent cases follow what CNN uncovered in 2011 after obtaining several years of the internal disciplinary reports. Those reports included incidents involving FBI employees sleeping with informants, a sex tape made by an agent and his girlfriend, tapping into FBI databases for unauthorized searches, viewing pornography on bureau computers and other cases of drunk driving.





https://www.amazon.com/Hoovers-FBI-Four ... 0700619461

Hoover's FBI and the Fourth Estate: The Campaign to Control the Press and the Bureau's Image Hardcover – January 23, 2014
by Matthew Cecil (Author)


"In the present day, when Edward Snowden’s journalistic salvo has exposed the National Security Agency for peering over every digital shoulder, Hoover’s FBI offers key insights into the origins of the still contentious boundaries between the members of the Fourth Estate and the modern police state that Hoover began to build 90 years ago."—Annals of Iowa

"Ultimately, as a history book, Hoover’s FBI and the Fourth Estate should be required for all young and aspiring journalists. Just as Hoover and the FBI used journalists to burnish a public image that lasted for decades, so too are today’s reporters subject to similar forces, especially inside access to get the story. Let us hope history does not repeat itself here."—Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly

"A rare book—enormously entertaining and scrupulous scholarship. A major contribution to our understanding of J. Edgar Hoover, America’s modern-day Machiavelli. Cecil has the facts behind the FBI legend, and they are fascinating."—Tim Weiner, author of Enemies: A History of the FBI

"Matthew Cecil’s thoughtful and well researched monograph convincingly documents the covert and sophisticated efforts of Hoover’s FBI both to promote a positive image and to immunize the FBI from legitimate criticisms of its abusive practices. His study is a primer for our time—highlighting the dangers to civil liberties and democratic values posed by secretive and effectively unaccountable intelligence agencies."—Athan Theoharis, author of The FBI and American Democracy: A Brief Critical History

"Matthew Cecil has dug up important and original new evidence about the malignant propaganda apparatus wielded by J. Edgar Hoover, who for decades flattered, cajoled and intimidated America's media establishment into shamelessly exaggerating FBI exploits and hiding its criminal abuses. The author’s painstaking review of tens of thousands of FBI documents demonstrates that while the nation's top editors and reporters cravenly competed to become Hoover’s hagiographic handmaidens, the handful of journalists brave enough to challenge the FBI were viciously targeted for retribution by America’s most powerful law enforcement agency. Hoover’s FBI and the Fourth Estate is detached and fair-minded scholarship but doesn't shrink from the inevitable conclusion that it was Hoover who was the true threat to U.S. democracy. At a time when our government is once again asking us to trust it with unparalleled spying powers, this book provides an urgent and timely warning of the perils of unchecked police power—and the need for vigorous watchdog journalism to expose it. Anyone who cares about civil liberties should read this disturbing reminder of what can go wrong."—Mark Feldstein, author of Poisoning the Press: Richard Nixon, Jack Anderson, and the Rise of Washington’s Scandal Culture

"A very strong and well written study on a topic that has never been explored at any great length and is thus a significant contribution to our understanding of the history of Hoover’s FBI."—Douglas M. Charles, author of FBI’s Obscene File: J. Edgar Hoover and the Bureau's Crusade against Smut

"Cecil takes a long overdue look at one of the pillars in the FBI temple J. Edgar Hoover built . . . the director’s shrewd use of and manipulation of the press. Should be on the shelf of anyone interested in the Bureau’s history."—Max Holland, author of Leak: Why Mark Felt Became Deep Throat


"A rare book--enormously entertaining and scrupulous scholarship. A major contribution to our understanding of J. Edgar Hoover, America's modern-day Machiavelli. Cecil has the facts behind the FBI legend, and they are fascinating."
--Tim Weiner, author of Enemies: A History of the FBI

"Matthew Cecil's thoughtful and well researched monograph convincingly documents the covert and sophisticated efforts of Hoover's FBI both to promote a positive image and to immunize the FBI from legitimate criticisms of its abusive practices. His study is a primer for our time--highlighting the dangers to civil liberties and democratic values posed by secretive and effectively unaccountable intelligence agencies."
--Athan Theoharis, author of The FBI and American Democracy: A Brief Critical History


"Matthew Cecil has dug up important and original new evidence about the malignant propaganda apparatus wielded by J. Edgar Hoover, who for decades flattered, cajoled and intimidated America's media establishment into shamelessly exaggerating FBI exploits and hiding its criminal abuses. The author's painstaking review of tens of thousands of FBI documents demonstrates that while the nation's top editors and reporters cravenly competed to become Hoover's hagiographic handmaidens, the handful of journalists brave enough to challenge the FBI were viciously targeted for retribution by America's most powerful law enforcement agency. J. Edgar Hoover and the American Press is detached and fair-minded scholarship but doesn't shrink from the inevitable conclusion that it was Hoover who was the true threat to U.S. democracy. At a time when our government is once again asking us to trust it with unparalleled spying powers, this book provides an urgent and timely warning of the perils of unchecked police power--and the need for vigorous watchdog journalism to expose it. Anyone who cares about civil liberties should read this disturbing reminder of what can go wrong."
--Mark Feldstein, author of Poisoning the Press: Richard Nixon, Jack Anderson, and the Rise of Washington's Scandal Culture

"A very strong and well written study on a topic that has never been explored at any great length and is thus a significant contribution to our understanding of the history of Hoover's FBI."--Douglas M. Charles, author of FBI's Obscene File: J. Edgar Hoover and the Bureau's Crusade against Smut

"Cecil takes a long overdue look at one of the pillars in the FBI temple J. Edgar Hoover built . . . the director's shrewd use of and manipulation of the press. Should be on the shelf of anyone interested in the Bureau's history."--Max Holland, author of Leak: Why Mark Felt Became Deep Throat

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Inside The FBI's Half-Secret Relationship With the Media
Government documents reveal the relationship between the FBI and filmmakers.

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How the FBI Cracks down on Drugs and Gangs in Utah
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We brought Cop Mike Ruppert to speak at Bates College in the spring of 2001

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Advertisers ditching Fox News’ ‘Hannity’ after coverage of Roy Moore’s sexual misconduct allegations
BY RICH SCHAPIRO
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Sunday, November 12, 2017, 12:29 AM




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Re: FBI WATCH 114 days left to shut down the FBI

Postby msfreeh » Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:30 pm

http://www.sfgate.com/local/article/D-B ... 357487.php

Investigators: D.B. Cooper letter confirms suspect, FBI cover-up
A fifth Cooper letter obtained through FOIA, allegedly from the real hijacker, team says, FBI not interested in revisiting case
By Daniel DeMay, SeattlePI 12:27 am, Sunday, November 19, 2017



https://bangordailynews.com/2017/11/17/ ... ng-minors/

Jury needs more time to decide fate of Maine deputy accused of sexually abusing minors




http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nationa ... -1.3646345


White Oklahoma cop sentenced to 15 years in prison for killing daughter’s black teenage boyfriend
BY CHRIS SOMMERFELDT
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Monday, November 20, 2017, 2:01 PM








https://apnews.com/d0ac150388764303aa9e ... in-secrecy

Shootings by officers, other Kansas cases cloaked in secrecy


TOPEKA, Kan.


Some Kansas police departments do not identify officers involved in fatal shootings, and body camera footage from the incidents may never become public. Records in unsolved criminal cases can remain closed indefinitely, even to victims’ families.

Grieving families can wait years to get answers about relatives who’ve been killed, and weak state transparency laws can allow law enforcement agencies to avoid public scrutiny, The Kansas City Star reports . And Kansas is less open than other states, including neighboring Missouri.

Kansas in 2014 became the last state in the nation to open affidavits that spell out the details behind arrests, though judges in some counties still seal them.

“I don’t trust a government that wants to let us know what we can and cannot know,” said attorney Cheryl Pilate, who recently helped win the release of a Kansas City, Kansas, man who was wrongly convicted of a 1994 double homicide. Pilate works in both Kansas and Missouri, and said obtaining investigative records is far easier in Missouri.

A 2016 state law designated officers’ body camera footage as a criminal investigation record, meaning that without a court order, authorities can refuse to make it public.

Topeka has refused to release body camera footage from the September shooting of a 30-year-old black man by two as-yet-unidentified officers and even told his family’s attorneys that for now only his minor children could see it. The family of a 47-year-old Leavenworth man shot to death in July by a police officer does not know the officer’s name and hasn’t seen body camera footage.

In response to open records requests on shootings involving officers since 1980, police departments in Kansas City, Kansas, Olathe, Overland Park, and Wichita declined to name the officers involved. Authorities cite officer safety and the need for thorough investigations.

“There’s a climate of anti-law enforcement sentiment in this country,” said Overland Park Police Chief Frank Donchez.

Hours after a fatal shooting in Minneapolis, the officer’s name, how long he’d been on the job and some details from his personnel file were released. That same month, the names of two Plant City, Florida, police officers were released days after a fatal shooting.

In Kansas, secrecy can surround more than shootings involving police officers. Harold and Alberta Leach filed a lawsuit to get access to records related to the 1988 disappearance of their son, who has never been found. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says it is still investigating the case when new leads arise.







https://apnews.com/41dd7b51a75348388056 ... pringfield

Police dog to regularly search public schools in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD, Ill.


Springfield Public Schools officials have hired a canine handler to regularly search middle and high schools for drugs, bombs and guns.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that the school board has hired a former Springfield police officer who spent 20 years training police dogs and handlers. School officials say the searches will deter bringing contraband into schools buildings and possibly allow schools to avoid an evacuation if there’s a bomb threat. Springfield Public School District 186 has had six bomb threats so far




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Florida church warns visitors ‘we are heavily armed’
BY CASSIDY GROM
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, November 20, 2017, 10:57 AM








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Woman with 'F--- Trump' sticker adds new decal for sheriff who allegedly targeted her
BY BRIAN LISI
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, November 20, 2017, 10:02 AM







https://robertscribbler.com/2017/11/20/ ... -recorded/

The Equatorial Pacific is Going Through its Variable Cool Phase, But 2017 is 94 Percent Likely to be the Second Hottest Year Ever Recorded
During late 2016, the Pacific Ocean started to cool off along its Equatorial region after experiencing one of the strongest warming events for that zone ever recorded. But despite this late cooling phase, the year ended up being the hottest ever recorded in the 137 year climate record — topping out at around 1.22 degrees Celsius above preindustrial temperatures. A longer term warming trend that has been directly driven by human burning of fossil fuels and related greenhouse gas emissions.


This year, the periodic Equatorial cooling known as La Nina is again taking place in the Pacific during fall following a very mild warming during winter and spring. But despite the appearance of a second such periodic cooling event, according to NASA 2017 is 94 percent likely to be the second warmest year ever recorded (see above).

October readings have come in and at 0.9 C above NASA baseline (1.12 C above 1880s averages), temperatures are disturbingly high. The month is now the second hottest ever seen by modern humans. With only October of 2015 coming in warmer at 1.08 C above the 20th Century baseline (1.3 above 1880s).



(Heat transfer into the polar zones is increased during La Nina periods. This effect is enhanced by polar amplification related to human caused climate change. This week, very high relative temperature departures are expected for the Arctic. Image source: Climate Reanalyzer.)

Over the past two years, La Ninas (cooling Pacific) appear to have been at least partly off-set by very strong warming in the Arctic and Antarctic. Atmospheric circulation tends to transport more heat into the polar zones as the Pacific cools. This is due to the fact that temperature differential between Equator and poles during La Nina is less and the lower temperature differential causes the upper level winds to slow and meander. Coupled with polar amplification due to human-caused climate change, the result can be some pretty extreme temperature departures. This week is no exception as Arctic temperatures by Thursday through Saturday are expected to be between 4 and 5 degrees Celsius above average for the entire region above the 66 North parallel.

Such record warm temperatures do not occur in isolation. They help to drive extreme weather events such as severe droughts, rainfall, and powerful hurricanes. They are also accelerating sea level rise by melting glaciers even as both warming temperatures and related increasing ocean acidification contribute to dead zones, coral reef deaths and declining ocean health. Global temperature rise coupled with rising CO2 is therefore producing a major systemic crisis the world over.



https://www.noi.org/cointelpro/

FBI COINTELPRO: THE U.S. GOVERNMENT'S WAR AGAINST DISSENT
FBI COINTELPROCOINTELPRO (an acronym for Counter Intelligence Program) was a series of covert, and often illegal, projects conducted by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) aimed at spying on, infiltrating, discrediting, disrupting and destroying domestic organizations considered "subversive". According to the FBI, "intensified attention under this program should be afforded to the activities of such groups as the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Revolutionary Action Movement, the Deacons for Defense and Justice, Congress of Racial Equality, and the Nation of Islam."
On March 8, 1971, a group of anonymous activists broke into the small, two-man office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Media, Pa., and stole more than 1,000 FBI documents that revealed years of systematic wiretapping, infiltration and media manipulation designed to suppress dissent. The Citizens' Commission to Investigate the FBI, as the group called itself, forced its way in at night with a crowbar while much of the country was watching the Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier fight. When agents arrived for work the next morning, they found the file cabinets virtually emptied.
Within a few weeks, the documents began to show up -- mailed anonymously in manila envelopes with no return address -- in the newsrooms of major American newspapers.

COINTELPRO tactics included discrediting targets through psychological warfare, planting false reports in the media, smearing through forged letters, harassment, wrongful imprisonment, extralegal violence and assassination. Covert operations under COINTELPRO took place between 1956 and 1971, however the FBI has used covert operations against domestic political groups since its inception.
FBI COINTELPRO Program Memo (August 25, 1967)
FBI COINTELPRO Program Memo (January 7, 1969)
COINTELPRO 2017? FBI targets so-called “Black Identity” groups (October 24, 2017)
Nation of Islam targeted by Homeland Security (December 24, 2009)
Master W. Fard Muhammad and FBI COUNTERINTELLIGENCE PROGRAM
National Security Council Memorandum-46 - Black Africa and the U.S. Black Movement (March 17, 1978)
The Untold Story of COINTELPRO -Past and Present
The Murder of Malcolm X
CIA Manipulation of the Press/Media
Official documents expose U.S. Government's role
in the 1966 overthrow of Kwame Nkrumah (1st President of the Republic of Ghana)
Inside ADL's spy operation -Paper trail of deceit
RAP COINTELPRO - Subverting the power of Hip-Hop





https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions ... d041a73696

By Richard Cohen Opinion writer November 20 at 7:15 PM
I was Ubering down Pennsylvania Avenue the other day when I passed my favorite Washington location that demands a wrecking ball. It’s not a statue to some forgotten slaveholder nor a memorial to some Jim Crow booster — Woodrow Wilson, for instance — but a building bearing the name of a racist, anti-communist zealot who, in the name of God and the American flag, set out to destroy Martin Luther King Jr. I am talking about J. Edgar Hoover and the lump of cement named for him.

The J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building, headquarters of the FBI.




https://whowhatwhy.org/2014/04/09/media ... ok-review/


MEDIA FAIL
APRIL 9, 2014 | STEVE WEINBERG
HOW THE MEDIA CONNED THE PUBLIC INTO LOVING THE FBI: BOOK REVIEW

A review of “Hoover’s FBI and the Fourth Estate: The Campaign to Control the Press and the Bureau’s Image” by Matthew Cecil, University Press of Kansas, 355 pages, $34.95

Matthew Cecil, a communications professor at Wichita State University, has resolved a conundrum that’s bedeviled me since 1970, when I was a fledgling investigative reporter.

I had just completed my first interaction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the supposedly crackerjack national law enforcement agency. But the crackerjack part escaped me. My initial experience suggested an agency that produced inaccurate information inefficiently, failed to respect the constitutional liberties of U.S. citizens, and often resorted to intimidation and lies to get their way. Yet many of my journalistic “betters” told me I was misguided.

Smart people who think they are well informed about a subject—say, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s role as the nation’s elite law enforcement agency—usually “know” what they think they know based on exposure to mass media—television, radio, newspapers, magazines, books. But when mass media have been corrupted, the reliability of the “knowledge” becomes suspect. That’s the case with the FBI.

As “Hoover’s FBI and the Fourth Estate: The Campaign to Control the Press and the Bureau’s Image” shows, the performance of supposedly first-rate FBI agents has been dismal time and again when the citizens of the United States needed them most, including perhaps most notably the run-up to the events of September 11, 2001.

1Readers of WhoWhatWhy will be familiar with our frequent reports of problems with FBI operations (see for example this, this and this). And may be asking themselves: why don’t I see this in the media? The answer is in this book.

What the FBI excelled at, especially under its long-time chief J. Edgar Hoover, was a non-stop public relations campaign that portrayed the agency as a heroic band of G-men who skillfully tracked and felled dangerous criminals.

“Tales of the FBI’s infallible laboratory and army of honest and professional agents became part of popular culture,” Cecil writes. Thanks to mass media, “the FBI was widely considered to be an indispensable government agency.”

In fact, in all too many cases, dangerous criminals were eluding capture, while that “infallible” forensic laboratory wrongly analyzed evidence again and again, leading to the pursuit and convictions of innocent individuals.

J. Edgar’s 48-Year Reign

The publicity juggernaut to gild the FBI’s image began during the directorship of J. Edgar Hoover. He died in 1972, after 48 years at the helm. But the campaign he initiated was so pervasive, and the propaganda he peddled so appealing, that the image of incorruptible, invincible agent-heroes lives on in perpetuity.

Only gradually, since Hoover’s death, has the true story of the FBI begun to emerge. As Cecil explains, the course of events and countless investigations have exposed “a lawless and uncontrolled Bureau that expended enormous amounts of time and resources policing political thought rather than investigating violations of federal law… Hoover had ultimately transformed the Bureau into an American secret police force, even as he convinced the public and many in the news media that he was a trustworthy defender of civil liberties.”

Cecil says he wanted his book to reveal “how, in a nation so proud of its watchdog press, a high-profile federal agency managed to hide the reality of its activities for so long. The answer is as complex as the FBI’s decades-long deception, but it surely includes failings entrenched in the ideology of journalism and in readers’ and viewers’ often uncritical acceptance of news as truth.”

The reference to the “watchdog press” is central here. Yes, starting in the first decade of the twentieth century, what today we call “investigative reporting” began to take root in the U.S. media. But no more than a handful of media organizations ever practiced serious investigative journalism. The vast majority of journalists were too untrained or lazy or gullible or corrupt to seek the truth behind the FBI’s public-relations façade.

Unfortunately, as Cecil points out, many, probably most, consumers of news cannot or will not distinguish the excellent journalists from the untrained, lazy, gullible and corrupt ones and therefore have no idea whom to believe about the FBI. Through wise choice of media outlets and via pure luck, some consumers of mass media inevitably learned the ugly truth about the FBI—while most never did.

In the book’s Introduction, Cecil renders the abridged history of the FBI public relations campaign:

“After a few tentative steps into the realm of publicity during the late 1920s, the Bureau became a key element of FDR’s New Deal war on crime in the mid-1930s. Two journalists, independent author Courtney Ryley Cooper and Neil (Rex) Collier, collaborated with Hoover and his top lieutenants to create a template for FBI news stories emphasizing responsibility and science and featuring Hoover as America’s always careful and reliable top law enforcement officer. With the creation of the public relations-oriented Crime Records Section in 1935 and the establishment of clear lines of public communication authority, Hoover had both a public relations message and a management team to amplify and enforce it.”

During the mid-1930s, Collier, a Washington Star reporter, oversaw a comic strip called “War on Crime” that ran for two years in 80 newspapers across the United States.

Cecil summarizes the first six weeks of the strip: “Week one of ‘War on Crime’ focused on Hoover, who, Collier wrote in the comic strip’s text, ‘had the vision of a man twice his age.’ Hoover had cleaned up the Bureau, and ‘now he had men of unassailable integrity’ in the field.”

After touting the agents’ grueling training regimen and the cutting-edge science of the FBI’s crime-fighting laboratory, the strip focused on the Agency’s success in capturing criminals: “In the morgue of the Fingerprint Division are the cancelled records of criminals removed from circulation such as Dillinger, Floyd, and Nelson.”

J. Edgar Hoover (left) with Sumner Blossom, Editor of The American Magazine, and journalist Courtney Ryley Cooper
J. Edgar Hoover (left) with Sumner Blossom, Editor of The American Magazine, and journalist Courtney Ryley Cooper

Cooper had worked as a publicist for a circus before turning to newspaper feature writing. He met Hoover in 1933, while rewriting a profile of the FBI chief for American Magazine. After completing the rewrite, Cooper suggested a more permanent arrangement to Hoover. Soon, articles ghost-written by Cooper about the FBI began appearing in magazines and newspapers under Hoover’s byline. Other pieces appeared under Cooper’s name after FBI staff had carefully vetted them. Among the influential periodicals that published such public relations material as “news” were the respectable magazines Cosmopolitan and Saturday Evening Post.

Cecil notes:

“At a time when Americans were desperate for government to do something right, the FBI’s pursuit and elimination of John Dillinger and the other ‘Robin Hood’ outlaws of the Midwest provided a compelling hook on which to hang the Bureau’s reputation. Hoover built on that narrative, erecting an FBI built not only on real law enforcement innovation but also on a manufactured public relations foundation that hid mistakes and excesses from public view for nearly 40 years.”

Accused bank robber Bennie Dickson, for example, died on a St. Louis street during 1939 after he supposedly threatened to unload his weapon in the direction of four FBI agents. Cecil, relying in part on previously undisclosed FBI reports, shows that Dickson was actually trying to flee the scene when a trigger-happy agent shot him in the back.

The evidence appears overwhelming that in the aftermath of Dickson’s death, FBI agents coordinated their accounts, offered perjured testimony and threatened a key witness into silence after she had told the truth.

Cecil says that holes first began to appear in the FBI’s holier-than-thou image around 1940. Media accounts of agents falsifying testimony, conducting illegal wiretaps and raiding homes of Americans involved in the Spanish Civil War brought the agency unwanted attention.

Hoover found ways to fight back. His staff maintained lists of hundreds of journalists, and categorized each as friend or foe. Foes were denied access to FBI information, while friends, like famed columnist Walter Winchell, got “insider” tips they could use, often unattributed, to spin coverage of specific investigations and to burnish the FBI’s overall reputation.

While most major media outlets willingly joined the pro-FBI chorus, low-circulation intellectual magazines like The Nation and The New Republic probed deeper.

Fred Cook’s critical reporting about the FBI filled the entire 58 pages of The Nation magazine for October 18, 1958. Cook questioned the American public’s “worship” of an agency that was “part heroic fact” to be sure, but also “part heroic myth.” Cook would expand the magazine tour de force into a 1964 book, “The FBI Nobody Knows.”

While trying without success to refute Cook’s facts, Hoover and his supporters accused him, and other critics, of being un-American—a charge that bore considerable weight during the Communist-hunting hysteria of the 1950s.

***

But even Fred Cook’s hard-hitting expose could not come close to neutralizing the Bureau-friendly “journalism” of Don Whitehead.

Whitehead had established his credentials as a newspaper reporter and war correspondent by the time he completed an “authorized” history of the FBI in 1956. “The FBI Story: A Report to the People” became a big seller. Whitehead had no qualms about FBI censors vetting his manuscript. In discussing the agency’s propensity for tapping telephones and bugging private homes and offices, Whitehead compared these actions to a potential employer examining “every possible source for information as to the honesty and reliability of a prospective employee.”

As Cecil sees it, “Whitehead sold out his own journalistic credibility to the heroic history of the FBI. Hoover counted on the public’s logical conclusion that a famed, objective journalist had reviewed the evidence and verified the Bureau’s history as it had always been told.”

1In 1959, Whitehead’s book “became the basis for a popular motion picture, also titled ‘The FBI Story,’ starring Jimmy Stewart. And when Hoover moved the FBI story into television in 1965, carefully selected scriptwriters were provided copies of Whitehead’s book.”

Under press liaison Louis B. Nichols, FBI staff “edited and rewrote news, feature, and magazine stories produced by cooperative reporters…[plus] rewrote scripts for radio, television, and film.”

In 1965, the hour-long television drama “The F.B.I.” started airing on the ABC network, a co-production of Warner Brothers and Quinn Martin. The dramatization of FBI cases reached millions of viewers each week, 241 episodes over a nine-year period, not including re-runs and syndication showings. An FBI agent worked on the set. FBI employees reviewed and rewrote the scripts line by line. The agency had the right to approve production crew members, performers and advertisers.

The FBI censors objected to scenes in which agents killed criminals, because that seemed to indicate a lack of responsibility. “In addition to limiting violence…FBI reviewers rejected scripts that showed agents drinking alcohol, using diet pills to make their weight requirements, exercising poor judgment, losing their composure, and…demonstrating excessive compassion for criminals.” The censors insisted any reference to wiretapping be omitted.

I watched episodes of the television drama while in my final year of high school and during my freshman year of college, and swallowed whole the idealized image of the FBI. But in the years since 1970 when I began my career as a professional journalist, I have cast a skeptical eye on all kinds of institutional glorification. I now know that much of the FBI story I bought qualified as… bananas.

In this book, Cecil spells out how Americans were sold an image of an FBI beyond reproach. It’s not only a solid, fascinating work of history, it’s a cautionary tale against current and future attempts to mold public opinion about government actions in the face of inconvenient facts.










https://www.independent.co.uk/life-styl ... 65096.html

How to tell someone's lying to you by watching their face
The Independent-
Mark Bouton, an FBI agent for 30 years and author of "How to Spot Lies Like the FBI," tells Business Insider that he used certain tells to help identify Timothy McVeigh as the Oklahoma City bomber.




https://www.deseretnews.com/article/660 ... BI-op.html

Nichols says bombing was FBI op
Detailed confession filed in S.L. about Oklahoma City plot

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

A declaration from Terry Lynn Nichols, filed in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City, has proven to be one of the most detailed confessions by Nichols to date about his involvement in the bombing as well as the involvement of others. However, one congressman who has investigated the bombings remains skeptical of Nichols' claims.

The declaration was filed as part of Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue's pending wrongful death suit against the government for the death of his brother in a federal corrections facility in Oklahoma City. Trentadue claims his brother was killed during an interrogation by FBI agents when agents mistook his brother for a suspect in the Oklahoma City bombing investigation.

The most shocking allegation in the 19-page signed declaration is Nichols' assertion that the whole bombing plot was an FBI operation and that McVeigh let slip during a bout of anger that he was taking instruction from former FBI official Larry Potts.

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Re: FBI WATCH 114 days left to shut down the FBI

Postby msfreeh » Sun Dec 03, 2017 1:45 pm

http://www.bates.edu/news/2000/01/05/co ... on-crimes/

Conference on crimes connected to the government to be held at Bates
By Bates News. Published on January 5, 2000

The 11th annual Maine Conference Investigating Crimes Committed by the FBI by will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 15, in the Olin Arts Center Concert Hall. The public is invited to attend free of charge.

The conference, sponsored by Maine Citizens to Defend the Bill of Rights and the New World Coalition, a student organization at Bates, features a talk by Raymond Kohlman, an attorney who in December 1999 successfully represented the family of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in a lawsuit claiming the civil rights leader was the victim of a vast murder conspiracy, not a lone assassin. The King family had sued Loyd Jowers, a retired businessman who claimed six years ago that he paid someone other than James Earl Ray to kill King in Memphis, Tenn., in 1968. Kohlman claimed the FBI, CIA, the Mafia and the U.S. military were involved in the assassination.

The conference also features a talk by Hoppy Heidelberg, a member of the Oklahoma City bombing grand jury who believes the FBI was involved in the destruction of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Heidelberg, a Reform Party gubernatorial candidate in Oklahoma, also is a member of Oklahomans for Truth, a group that recently took depositions from an FBI informant who testified to the FBI’s involvement in the Oklahoma City bombing






http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainmen ... -1.3673687


Book chronicles how N.W.A. beats odds to become stars, lyrics stirred fear in FBI
BY JACQUELINE CUTLER
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Sunday, December 3, 2017, 4:52 AM





http://www.nydailynews.com/newswires/ne ... -1.3674124
Trump, in a series of tweets, attacks own FBI, says its reputation 'in Tatters - worst in history after FBI elected him President

All Smoke and Mirrors folks

Sunday, December 3, 2017, 8:23 AM




https://lawandcrime.com/high-profile/an ... be-others/

Anti-Trump FBI Agent Could Be Used to Jeopardize Mueller’s Case Against Manafort (and Maybe Others)
by Rachel Stockman | 11:11 am, December 3rd, 2017





https://whowhatwhy.org/2017/12/01/rogue ... s-america/



DECEMBER 1, 2017 | JEFF SCHECHTMAN
A ROGUE AMERICAN SPY AND WHY NORTH KOREA HATES AMERICA


https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to- ... 9579d144a8


A model tattooed her eyeball purple. She now could lose her eye.



Link du jour

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/201 ... y-glendale


http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Good ... 394896.php

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/ret ... ee58e39d4c


https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/he ... 0bd97446de


https://www.theguardian.com/environment ... -abandoned






http://www.denverpost.com/2017/12/02/ne ... l-license/

An 84-year-old doctor in New Hampshire who refuses to use a computer has lost her medical license



https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/201 ... lor-purple

Texas
Texas prisons ban The Color Purple and Monty Python – but Mein Kampf is fine
Prisoners cannot read more than 10,000 titles but Hitler’s autobiography and two titles by former KKK wizard David Duke are not among them




Professor Ron Bryan is one of those Physics professors
that winds up in those who’ s
who compendiums.
I contacted him 5 or so years ago hoping to arrange
an interview on video with him
because of his work with CIA Fort Meade
trained remote viewer Joe McMoneagle
. I had reaf Joe’s book Mind Trek after reading
Psychic Warrior by Colonel David Morehouse.
Morehouse was also a CIA Fort Meade
trained remote viewer.

Professor Ron Bryan had collaborated with Joe McMoneagle on a physics
problem Bryan was hoping to resolve.
Where are the portals between the 3rd and 4 dimensions The entranceway
or doors into those realms.

Here is the published result of that work.

http://people.physics.tamu.edu/bryan/10 ... eprint.pdf

Looking into Higher Dimensions: Research with Joseph McMoneagle – Texas A&M University
PDFTexas A&M University › physics › people › …
by R Bryan · 2007 · Related articles
1. Looking into Higher Dimensions: Research with Joseph McMoneagle. Ronald Bryan*. Department of Physics, Texas A&M University. College Station, Texas 77843-4242. September 7, 2007. Abstract. A world- class .

The remote viewers at the Farsight Institute including Daz Smith from Great Britain
and Dick Algire from Hawaii have the same level of skill.
Follow the link

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2t_OjFeZLwc





http://www.straitstimes.com/world/unite ... of-justice
House Republicans prepare contempt action against FBI, Department of Justice

http://host.madison.com/opinion/editori ... 32c11.html


Editorial: Cop camera study doesn't refute the need for them in Madison

Critics of putting body cameras on police officers in Madison and other communities have seized on a study in Washington, D.C., suggesting the devices had no significant effect on the behavior of police or the public.

The findings differ from previous research, including a yearlong review of uniform cameras in Rialto, Calif. That study, touted by the Obama administration’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, found a dramatic drop in the use of police force and complaints against officers who wore cameras.

Why do the studies differ so much? That’s not clear.

But this much is: Madison should still adopt the technology — as so many other law enforcement agencies have — because cameras provide crucial, clear and unbiased evidence of controversial police encounters.

That’s the main reason the cameras are needed in Madison and other cities still resisting progress.




https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/201 ... wilderness

Why did Roy Moore escape to Australia? Clues remain in the outback wilderness

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Re: FBI WATCH 114 days left to shut down the FBI

Postby msfreeh » Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:50 am

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/11/g ... r-six-year


Government Documents Show FBI Cleared Filmmaker Laura Poitras After Six-Year Fishing Expedition

BY JAMIE WILLIAMS AND KAREN GULLODECEMBER 6, 2017
The government recently revealed for the first time that federal agents maintained an open investigation of our client, Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras, for six years despite never finding any evidence that she committed a crime or was a threat to national security.

Coming up empty handed after Poitras had been subjected to dozens of border searches, the FBI finally closed the investigation, according to agency documents we obtained.

We’ve learned about this fishing expedition through documents we obtained in a Freedom of Information (FOIA) lawsuit filed on Poitras’s behalf to find out why she was constantly being stopped by federal agents during her travels. Border agents detained Poitras at airports over 50 times from 2006 to 2012. The detentions began after she directed and released documentary films about post-9/11 life in Iraq and Yemen that challenged the U.S. government’s narrative about the war on terror.

Poitras was subjected to hours of questioning, and had her belongings searched and notes seized at U.S. and international airports. Border agents once threatened to handcuff her when she tried to take notes during a stop.

On another occasion agents seized her electronic devices without a warrant —an increasingly common U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) practice in recent years. Her treatment is a clear example of the government abusing its vast surveillance power at the border.

Poitras filed her FOIA lawsuit in 2015 to find out not only why her detentions started in the first place, but also why they abruptly stopped in June 2012, coincidentally (or not) just two months after her detentions made national news. EFF’s suit forced the government last year to turn over 1,000 pages, some of which answered the first question: The government’s reasoning for making Poitras the target of an intelligence investigation was because they speculated she had foreknowledge of an ambush of American forces in Baghdad in 2004 in which a U.S. soldier was killed and others seriously wounded. Poitras has repeatedly denied the allegation. In addition, the government never sought her footage from that day, which shows she did not film an ambush.

The speculation was based on her mere presence with a film camera on a rooftop on a day of intense fighting. Documents turned over in the FOIA case showed that a journalist embedded with the military, John Bruning, believed Poitras had prior knowledge of the attack and kept quiet so she could film it, which would have been criminal. But Army investigators found no evidence supporting his claim. Furthermore, in April 2006—three months before Poitras’s detentions began—they said in a letter to the FBI that there was “no credible evidence” that she had committed any crime.

The redacted documents obtained by EFF reveal multiple new aspects of the investigation for the first time:

-- The government’s investigation into Poitras was classified as secret

-- A grand jury was convened in 2007

-- Poitras’s personal records were subpoenaed from multiple companies

-- FBI agents were sent to film screenings where Poitras participated in Q&As

Vast portions of the documents are redacted, so EFF is now challenging the government’s basis for continuing to withhold this information.

However, these documents still didn’t explain why the detentions stopped in 2012. It wasn’t until after we pointed out this missing information that the government turned over another six pages. These heavily redacted pages said, “no potential criminal violations or priority threats to national security warranting further investigation were identified.” Federal agents closed the investigation, according to an August 2012 declassified FBI report.

We now know that even though investigators determined in 2006 that there was no evidence Poitras had committed a crime, the FBI maintained a fishing expedition for another six years, finally closing the matter and giving up its efforts to find something it could use against Poitras after journalist Glenn Greenwald published an article about Poitras’ experiences and a group of documentary filmmakers submitted a petition to the Department of Homeland Security protesting her treatment. It’s concerning to think that these detentions may have continued indefinitely had they not been called out. The government’s use of border crossings as an opportunity to target a journalist for intelligence investigations is disturbing and wrong.

It’s particularly troubling in light of the exponential increase in warrantless searches and seizures of travelers’ digital devices in recent years—a fact that CBP touts on its website. According to CBP data, the agency conducted 14,993 electronic device searches in the first half of fiscal year 2017 alone, up from 8,503 searches during the entire 2015 fiscal year. These searches have ensnared tens of thousands of Americans from all walks of life, including other journalists, artists, students, former military personnel, engineers, and limousine drivers. In September, EFF and the ACLU filed a lawsuit on behalf of 11 travelers whose smartphones and laptops were searched at the U.S. border without a warrant or explanation.

Our digital devices contain massive amounts of information—including emails, texts, contact lists, photos, work documents, and medical or financial records—that can reveal sensitive details of our personal lives. The government should not be allowed to use border crossings as an opportunity to conduct fishing expeditions into our personal, private information. The Fourth Amendment requires border agents to have probable cause before seizing digital devices and to get a warrant before searching those devices.

There is still much we don’t know about how the government decides who to pull out of line and, increasingly, whose digital devices to seize and search. We are seeking additional documents in Poitras’ case and hope to shed more light on the government’s unjust and potentially chilling treatment of a journalist. And we hope our new lawsuit will force the government to start respecting constitutional rights at the border.







http://www.pressherald.com/2017/12/06/t ... -industry/

Climate change causes first time ever
Late-season toxic algae bloom closes most shellfishing areas in Casco Bay
The surprising invasion of phytoplankton affects hundreds of acres of clam flats in Freeport and Brunswick and at least 12 mussel and oyster farms.



http://www.pressherald.com/2017/12/06/o ... legations/


Resize Font
Oxford County sheriff steps down in wake of sexual harassment allegations
Wayne Gallant, who held the position for 11 years, submits his resignation to the county and the governor a day after commissioners asked that he be removed from the job.



http://www.pressherald.com/2017/12/06/j ... biddeford/

Judge rejects motion to dismiss shooting victim’s lawsuit against Biddeford Police
Susan Johnson's lawsuit alleges police didn't do enough to prevent her landlord from wounding her and killing her son and his girlfriend in 2012.




http://www.pressherald.com/2017/12/07/n ... cates-say/


New Maine lead exposure standard fuels 10-fold jump in children tested
Under the new law, thresholds for testing have been lowered to align with federal Centers for Disease Control recommendations.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/s ... -1.3683402
South Carolina cop Michael Slager awaits sentence of 19 to 24 years in Walter Scott shooting death





http://www.pressherald.com/2017/12/07/l ... -moderate/

Letter to the editor: Sen. Collins makes bad decisions, can’t be viewed as a moderate
Sen. Susan Collins, moderate Republican? Let’s review some facts:

She voted for a process called “reconciliation” that ensured the Senate tax bill would not be a bipartisan effort. Then she voted to approve the resultant tax bill, which she (like her fellow senators) hadn’t fully read, although it obviously stiff-arms the middle class, provides welfare for the super-rich, sows the seeds of massive cuts to Social Security and Medicare, and adds greatly to the national debt. She based her vote on claimed assurances from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, both of them masters of the false promise.


Earlier this year, she proudly introduced Jeff Sessions at his Senate confirmation hearing for the post of attorney general, despite his prior record as a racist. She continues to defend him even though he has been caught in at least three lies of his own making while testifying under oath.

She has voted to confirm Trump Cabinet nominees even though it’s obvious that most were ethically challenged, had lied under oath and were untruthful in their required financial and other official submissions.

Now, thanks to special counsel Robert Mueller, we are beginning to find out how much of a criminal enterprise the White House and the executive branch have become.

Susan Collins has not done the job she was elected to do. As I see it, she has failed to understand what she is voting on, whether legislation or nominations. I believe her votes and words have enabled the Trump administration to ignore the meaning of integrity in favor of personal profit, lower the standing of the U.S. in the eyes of the world and made the world a more dangerous place.

Moderate Republican? Heir to the image of Margaret Chase Smith? I don’t think so. Maine deserves better. Our country deserves better.




http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nationa ... -1.3681262

Florida officer hailed as hero in Pulse shooting to be terminated from police force



http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainmen ... -1.3682305

Lionel Richie cancels Las Vegas show to help family evacuate from California wildfires
BY KATE FELDMAN



http://www.nydailynews.com/news/souther ... -1.3678528
Southern California fires force thousands to evacuate




http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/h ... -1.3681510
Low-calorie diet shown to reverse type 2 diabetes
BY CONSTANCE GIBBS
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 4:53 PM



Link du jour
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http://www.nydailynews.com/newswires/ne ... -1.3681572

http://thehill.com/homenews/administrat ... ias-in-fbi



http://www.denverpost.com/2017/12/06/ri ... rora-rape/

Former police officer in Mexico convicted of raping a woman at Aurora apartment complex
Ricardo Corral-Venegas is a former police officer in Chihuahua, Mexico



http://www.wral.com/fayetteville-police ... /17166482/
Fayetteville police officer on administrative leave following Ft. Bragg assault





http://www.heraldonline.com/news/local/ ... 99299.html
Police officer accused of groping woman fired in S. Carolina



CHESTER, S.C. A police officer in South Carolina accused of groping a woman at a restaurant has been fired.

The Rock Hill Herald reports Union police charged 45-year-old James Franklin Johnson with third-degree assault and battery. The warrant says the Chester police officer groped the wife of a Union County sheriff’s deputy Saturday night.







http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ss ... lic_1.html

Former head of Cleveland police commission pleads not guilty to forging travel expenses

Updated 10:12 AM; Posted 10:11 AM


https://nypost.com/2017/12/07/bulletpro ... gents-car/


Bulletproof vests, $8K in cash swiped from FBI agent’s car
By Tina Moore and Daniel Prendergast December 7, 2017 | 1:26pm
Modal Trigger Bulletproof vests, $8K in cash swiped from FBI agent’s car

A thief broke into an FBI agent’s car and stole a safe containing over $7,800 and several bullet proof vests as it sat parked in the shadow of Manhattan’s Federal Plaza, police said.

Link du jour
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http://www.denverpost.com/2017/12/07/co ... urt-picks/

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Re: FBI WATCH 114 days left to shut down the FBI

Postby msfreeh » Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:37 am

http://thehill.com/opinion/civil-rights ... ret-police

Yes, the FBI is America’s secret police
BY JAMES BOVARD, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR — 12/11/17 08:40 AM EST

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Re: FBI WATCH 114 days left to shut down the FBI

Postby msfreeh » Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:24 pm

http://www.motherjones.com/crime-justic ... h-the-fbi/

Here’s the First Guy Computer Hackers Call When They’re in Trouble With the FBI
Tor Ekland “steps up for the thankless poo poo,” says a fellow lawyer, “just because people need help.”
AJ VICENSNOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017 ISSUE



http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nationa ... -1.3724215

Law enforcement official resigns after being accused of having sex with crash victim on duty
BY CAITLYN HITT
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, December 28, 2017, 2:32 PM

http://wfla.com/2017/12/27/investigatio ... e-on-duty/

When Maus next texted Abruzzese's wife, the husband answered pretending to be her.

"'So, do you like being my little w---e for a trooper?' And then I answered a response, 'cause I had the phone at that time, and I said, 'I don't know, let me ask your supervisor,'" Abruzzese said.

He later texted Maus, "Hi. He called. Now I have to speak to an internal affairs person."



"He waited at the Walgreen's down the street and once he passed her, she followed him to this location where they proceeded to have sex in the back of the patrol vehicle," Abruzzese said.



http://www.motherjones.com/politics/201 ... rime-data/


The Administration Claims Crime Is on the Rise. So Why Did the FBI Delete Key Crime Data?
Criminologists say they can’t properly analyze crime trends without the missing data.







http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nationa ... -1.3724328

Relatives of Black Alabama teen Ulysses Wilkerson claim cops used excessive force in arrest: 'The family wants justice'


Thursday, December 28, 2017, 6:24 PM


"He had trauma to the brain, swelling on the brain, and a cracked eye socket in three different places," his father Ulysses Wilkerson Jr. told CNN affiliate WDHN.

Wilkerson was charged with obstruction of governmental operations and resisting arrest, but his father told WDHN that the charges were dropped.






http://www.newsweek.com/trump-fbi-criti ... ons-762782


CRITICISM OF FBI TAKING TOLL ON RANK AND FILE, AGENTS ASSOCIATION HEAD SAYS
BY MAX KUTNER ON 12/28/17 AT 3:59 PM





https://theintercept.com/2017/12/28/how ... bi-agents/

HOW THE INTERROGATION OF REALITY WINNER REVEALS THE DECEPTIVE TACTICS OF “EXCEEDINGLY FRIENDLY” FBI AGENTS
Peter Maass
December 28 2017, 7:29 a.m.







http://stevehochstadt.blogspot.com/2017 ... ystem.html


Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Good and Bad in New Tax System


We have a new federal income tax system. The Republicans who created it say that it will transform our economy, of course for the better.

Republicans insistently repeat that tax structure determines economic behavior: people will alter their behavior depending on how their money is taxed, including moving to states with lower taxes. Let’s examine what the tax bill shows about how Republicans think Americans should earn money.

In any tax system, there is good income and bad income. Good income is taxed at low rates and bad income is taxed at high rates. For example, in current US tax policy, so-called “carried interest” is very good income. Carried interest is a kind of performance fee for managers of private equity and hedge funds, a share of the profits, which is typically the major source of income for such investment managers. Although these managers earn enormous incomes, which would normally put them into the highest tax bracket of 39.6%, special rules tax this money at only 20%, less than the rate for normal income of the majority of Americans. That’s great income.

Here’s an example of bad income that affects millions of retired Americans. If your only income is Social Security, you will probably pay no income tax on it. But if you also have some other pension income, you could pay taxes on up to 85% of your SS benefits.

Under the current system, a couple who received $40,000 in Social Security and another $20,000 in other pensions would pay under $100 in taxes. But if instead they got $40,000 in pension income, they would pay $4500 in taxes. That works out to an effective rate of about 23% on the added $20,000 in pension income, even though their total income only falls into the 15% tax bracket. Their extra pension income is bad, because it transforms non-taxable SS benefits into taxable ones.

The new tax system does not change either the good carried interest income or the bad pension income. Donald Trump famously said as a candidate that the carried interest benefit allowed the very rich to “get away with murder” and promised to eliminate it if he were elected. Of course, he has done no such thing, and the new tax bill continues this very favorable treatment of such income. No politician in either party has talked about changing the penalty for pension income.

The Republican tax reform creates new types of good and bad income. A new kind of “good income” is earned by owners of businesses which are not corporations. Their profits are taxed as individual income. Now they will be able to deduct 20% of what they earn from their taxable income, effectively dropping their tax rate by 20%. There is a limit to how much income can be sheltered this way, but complex rules put in at the last minute will allow very wealthy owners of real estate firms, like Trump himself, to shelter much more income.

Other kinds of good income in the Republican tax bill are: inheritances between $5.6 million and $11.2 million, which used to be taxed but will be tax-free; and income used to pay private school tuition, which is now deductible for the first time.

New kinds of bad income are: money spent as moving expenses, which is no longer deductible; money spent as part of your job, which is reimbursed by your employer, now to be classified as income; many kinds of employee expenses, which are no longer deductible, such as business travel, research expenses, tools and supplies.

In the new tax bill there are good and bad tax cuts. According to Republicans, corporations deserve the best tax cut. Their tax rate falls from 35% to 21%, a provision which will add $700 billion to the deficit over 10 years, even under optimistic guesses about economic growth. That cut is permanent. The smaller cuts for individuals are temporary.

You can search far and wide looking for any Republican who says that making the tax cuts for individuals temporary is a good idea. They did this because they had to limit how much the tax bill would add to the deficit in order to be able to pass it with their tiny majority in the Senate. If those individual tax cuts become permanent, that would greatly raise the impact on the deficit. If they expire as the new law says, the advantages for individuals would disappear in a few years, while corporations would continue to benefit.

Leading Republicans admit that it’s “bad policy”: White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney calls it “gaming the system”. Mostly Republicans just hope that the economy will expand so much that the individual tax cuts can be made permanent without hurting the deficit.

Why choose to make the so-called “middle-class tax cut” temporary and the corporate tax cut permanent? Why give most taxpayers a break by cutting rates and then take away much of that benefit by eliminating the personal exemptions? Why add provisions which only help the rich, such as reducing the estate tax? Why at the last minute reduce the top rate from 39.6% to 37%?

Why make some of the income of average people “bad” while making lots of rich people’s income “good”? That shows us what Republican economic policy is all about.

Steve Hochstadt
Bloomington, IN
Published in the Jacksonville Journal-Courier, December 26, 2017




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Two NYPD cops suspended after allegedly ignoring order to check on Brooklyn mother who was later found dead
BY ESHA RAY CHELSIA ROSE MARCIUS ROCCO PARASCANDOLA THOMAS TRACY
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Thursday, December 28, 2017, 11:45 AM






http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/m ... -1.3724098

Man bit off piece of family member's ear during Christmas Eve argument over weed
BY CAITLYN HITT
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, December 28, 2017, 12:49 PM






https://www.ems1.com/opioids/articles/3 ... -epidemic/

Opioid distributors point the finger back at DEA for not stopping the epidemicThe distributors argue that if anyone is to blame, it’s the Drug Enforcement Administration, which oversees their regulatory requirement Dec 25, 2017




By Mark Young
The Bradenton Herald








http://money.cnn.com/2017/12/27/media/t ... index.html

Truck blocks cameras from filming Trump on golf course

by Tom Kludt @tomkludt
December 27, 2017: 11:27 PM ET






http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/a ... -1.3724039

Antivirus founder John McAfee has his Twitter hacked
BY CONSTANCE GIBBS
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, December 28, 2017, 12:09 PM







http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc ... -1.3723626


Queens firefighter attacks NYPD traffic agent over parking ticket
BY ESHA RAY
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, December 28, 2017, 2:20 AM




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Judge denies Roy Moore's attempt to delay Alabama Senate results




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63 Documents the Government Doesn't Want You to Read Hardcover – April 4, 2011
by Jesse Ventura (Author),‎ Dick Russell (Author)
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Arizona police officer charged with eight felony sex crimes



An Arizona police officer is facing a slew of felony sex crime charges in California.

Jared Elkins, a 33-year-old officer with the Yuma Police Department, was charged with eight counts — including forcible rape, rape of an intoxicated person, forcible oral copulation and sexual penetration by use of force.

Authorities on Sept. 14 responded to a Kensington home after receiving a phone call from the 23-year-old victim’s mother. She claimed in the 4 a.m. call that the Yuma officer had raped her daughter.



Elkins, who has been married since 2013 is a seven-year veteran with the Yuma police department. He was placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the trial, and was released on $250,000 the day after his arrest.




http://www.nationalreview.com/article/4 ... esponsible

The Unsolved Mystery Behind the Act of Terror That Brought Putin to Power

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/4 ... esponsible

by DAVID SATTER August 17, 2016 4:00 AM All available evidence points to Putin’s complicity in the 1999 apartment-building bombings in Russia. Those who have tried to investigate have been killed off, one by one. I believe that Vladimir Putin came to power as the result of an act of terror committed against his own people. The evidence is overwhelming that the apartment-house bombings in 1999 in Moscow, Buinaksk, and Volgodonsk, which provided a pretext for the second Chechen war and catapulted Putin into the presidency, were carried out by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB). Yet, to this day, an indifferent world has made little attempt to grasp the significance of what was the greatest political provocation since the burning of the Reichstag. I have been trying to call attention to the facts behind the bombings since 1999. I consider this a moral obligation, because ignoring the fact that a man in charge of the world’s largest nuclear arsenal came to power through an act of terror is highly dangerous in itself. Russian human-rights defenders Sergei Yushenkov, Yuri Shchekochikhin, Anna Politkovskaya, and Alexander Litvinenko also worked to shed light on the apartment bombings. But all of them were murdered between 2003 and 2006. By 2007, when I testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee about the bombings, I was the only person publicly accusing the regime of responsibility who had not been killed.

Read more......







http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/p ... -1.3724192

Putin says"I will not control Russians by fear before the Presidential elections"
Refuses to answer if he created terrorist event. FBI says don't look at us we only
taught him how to make terrorist device. sic


Putin declares explosion at St. Petersburg market a terror attack, orders suspects killed on spot if they resist arrest


Thursday, December 28, 2017, 2:01 PM



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https://m.youtube.com/watch?time_contin ... NUhZM9oACM

https://californiainnocenceproject.org/ ... isconduct/


http://www.motherjones.com/food/2017/12 ... co-boston/







2017 Senators Grassely and Leahy do nothing about FBI sexual assaults


https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/na ... 886e15461e




Inspector general says mishandling of sexual harassment complaints at Justice Department is a ‘systemic’ problem


“We were troubled to learn that subjects of pending sexual misconduct investigations or individuals who had been recently disciplined for sexual misconduct still received performance awards,” Horowitz said.

Some of the most troubling allegations, Horowitz said, have been in the Justice Department’s Civil Division. His office examined the handling of those allegations, which occurred several years ago, after receiving a complaint that the Office of Immigration Litigation had not properly disciplined an attorney who had committed sexual misconduct.

In his report, the IG wrote that a senior, supervisory attorney in the Office of Immigration Litigation, Victor Lawrence, groped the breasts and buttocks of two female trial attorneys and made sexually charged comments to them at an office happy hour. Lawrence, whose name was redacted from the report but who was identified by people familiar with the incidents, had previously received a reprimand and diminution of title for sending emails of a sexual nature to co-workers.


After the second incident with the two women, Lawrence began a scheduled detail to another division “apparently with no notice to the component of the misconduct allegations,” the inspector general wrote. After the groping allegations were investigated, Lawrence received a written reprimand for inappropriate touching, a further change in title and relief from supervisory duties.

The IG noted that Lawrence received no suspension or loss in pay or grade. The deciding official in the Civil Division said a suspension “would unnecessarily deprive the government of [his] litigating services,” according to the report.

“I was terrified I was going to get in the elevator and he would be in there,” said a woman who was involved in one of the groping incidents.” The Post does not identify victims of sexual misconduct without their agreement.

[What makes some men sexual harassers? Science tries to explain the creeps of the world]

Horowitz’s report also concluded that this case “presented potential criminal assault violations, yet we found no evidence in the case file that a referral was made to the [Inspector General] or any other law enforcement entity.”

Another senior attorney in the Office of Immigration Litigation admitted stalking a female attorney by hacking into her personal email account and conducting “a catfishing operation,” by creating a “fictitious online profile to entice her,” the inspector general found.

The attorney, Theodore Atkinson, who received a written reprimand and reduction in title, was restricted for one year from entering the building in which the attorney he had stalked worked and was moved to a different section in the Civil Division. But he received no suspension or loss in pay or grade.

The IG said this case also “raises potential criminal concerns, yet we found no evidence that a referral was made to [the Inspector General] or any other law enforcement entity,” the report said. Atkinson’s name was redacted from the report, but he was also identified by people familiar with the matter.

Atkinson was recently given a “Special Commendation Award from the Civil Division.”

Neither Atkinson or Lawrence responded to requests for comment.

A third attorney, even after being counseled about inappropriate behavior toward female co-workers and interns, allegedly “peered” through high windows into the offices of two different women who had closed their doors while they were pumping breast milk, according to an IG report. The attorney caught peeping told his supervisor that it was “an honest mistake,” an explanation the supervisor accepted, the IG report said. The matter was not fully investigated, the inspector general found, and the attorney was verbally counseled. He is still working in the Office of Immigration Litigation. His alleged behavior became such an issue that some women at the Justice Department have taped wrapping paper over the windows outside their offices.

All three Civil Division attorneys received performance awards after their misconduct, the report said.



In August, a group of 17 Justice Department employees also wrote Rosenstein, saying that some of them had experienced or witnessed sexual harassment at the department. In the letter, the DOJ Gender Equality Network, which has hundreds of members throughout the department, said it wanted to help Rosenstein’s office formulate steps to achieve a “zero tolerance” environment.






http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/21/us/fbi-mi ... index.html


2013 Senators Grassely and Leahy do nothing about FBI sexual assaults



FBI battling 'rash of sexting' among its employees
By Scott Zamost and Drew Griffin, CNN Special Investigations Unit
Updated 5:35 AM ET, Fri February 22, 2013


The internal reports over the last year don't specify job titles, names or the location of the employees. Yet, they provide exact details of their misdeeds:
-- One employee engaged in a "romantic relationship with former boyfriend (now husband) knowing he was a drug/user dealer. Employee also lied under oath when questioned during the administrative inquiry about her husband's activities."
-- Another FBI worker "hid a recording device in supervisor's office. In addition, without authorization, employee made copies of supervisor's negative comments about employee that employee located by conducting an unauthorized search of the supervisor's office and briefcase." It said the employee "lied to investigators during (the) course of the administrative inquiry."
-- An FBI supervisor "repeatedly committed check fraud and lacked candor under oath."
-- One employee "was involved in a domestic dispute at mistress' apartment, requiring police intervention. Employee was drunk and uncooperative with police" and "refused to relinquish his weapon, making it necessary for the officers to physically subdue him, take the loaded weapon and place employee in handcuffs."
-- In other cases, an employee was charged with DUI for the second time, one used a lost or stolen credit card to buy gas, and another was caught in a child pornography sting operation, according to the internal reports.
All of the employees in these cases were fired.
More FBI employees were disciplined for their transgressions, including one woman who -- according to the reports -- "used (a) personal cell phone to send nude photographs of herself to other employees" which "adversely affected the daily activities of several squads." Another FBI worker e-mailed a "nude photograph of herself to ex-boyfriend's wife." Both employees received 10-day suspensions.
Another who visited a massage parlor "and paid for a sexual favor from the masseuse" received a 14-day suspension. And an employee who used a government-issued BlackBerry "to send sexually explicit messages to another employee" was suspended for five days.





2011 Senators Grassely and Leahy do nothing about FBI sexual assaults



http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/01/27/siu.fb ... index.html


CNN exclusive: FBI misconduct reveals sex, lies and videotape

By Scott Zamost and Kyra Phillips, CNN Special Investigations Unit
January 27, 2011 10:07 a.m. EST


FBI misconduct revealed

Internal documents obtained by CNN show misconduct by agents, supervisors
One document says one employee shared information with his news reporter girlfriend
More than 300 FBI employees out of 34,000 are disciplined each year, the bureau says
For more on this story, watch"The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer" tonight at 5 p.m. ET
Editor's note: Some content in this report may be offensive to readers. For more on this CNN exclusive story, watch Kyra Phillips' full report on "The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer" tonight starting at 6 p.m. ET.
Washington (CNN) -- An FBI employee shared confidential information with his girlfriend, who was a news reporter, then later threatened to release a sex tape the two had made.
A supervisor watched pornographic videos in his office during work hours while "satisfying himself."
And an employee in a "leadership position" misused a government database to check on two friends who were exotic dancers and allowed them into an FBI office after hours.
These are among confidential summaries of FBI disciplinary reports obtained by CNN, which describe misconduct by agency supervisors, agents and other employees over the last three years.
Read the FBI documents obtained by CNN
The reports, compiled by the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility, are e-mailed quarterly to FBI employees, but are not released to the public.
And despite the bureau's very strict screening procedure for all prospective employees, the FBI confirms that about 325 to 350 employees a year receive some kind of discipline, ranging from a reprimand to suspension.
About 30 employees each year are fired.
"We do have a no-tolerance policy," FBI Assistant Director Candice Will told CNN. "We don't tolerate our employees engaging in misconduct. We expect them to behave pursuant to the standards of conduct imposed on all FBI employees."
However, she said, "It doesn't mean that we fire everybody. You know, our employees are human, as we all are. We all make mistakes. So, our discipline is intended to reflect that.
"We understand that employees can make mistakes, will make mistakes. When appropriate, we will decide to remove an employee. When we believe that an employee can be rehabilitated and should be given a second chance, we do that."
Will, who oversees the bureau's Office of Professional Responsibility, said most of the FBI's 34,300 employees, which include 13,700 agents, follow the rules.
"The vast majority of our employees do not lie," Will said. "The vast majority of our employees do not cheat. The vast majority of our employees do not steal. The vast majority of our employees do not engage in the type of misconduct you are describing. There is an occasional employee who will engage in such misconduct, and that employee will answer for it."
However, the internal summaries show that even with serious misconduct, employees can keep their job (names and locations of the employees are not listed in the reports):
-- An employee had "a sexual relationship with a source" over seven months. The punishment was a 40-day suspension.
-- The supervisor who viewed "pornographic movies in the office while sexually satisfying himself" during work hours received a 35-day suspension.
-- The employee in a "leadership position" who misused a "government database to conduct name checks on two friends who were foreign nationals employed as exotic dancers" and "brought the two friends into FBI space after-hours without proper authorization" received a 23-day suspension. The same employee had been previously suspended for misusing a government database.
-- An employee who was drunk "exploited his FBI employment at a strip club," falsely claiming he was "conducting an official investigation." His punishment was a 30-day suspension.
-- And an employee conducted "unauthorized searches on FBI databases" for "information on public celebrities the employee thought were 'hot'" received a 30-day suspension.
Will said she could not discuss individual cases, and added: "I can't even confirm whether or not your information is accurate."
She said the bureau follows established guidelines for punishing employees.
"What we try is the holistic approach of the total employee," she said. "You look at the full record of that employee's career. You look at whatever the division has to say about the employee and you look at the facts in the particular case. You look at the employee's disciplinary history as to whether or not they have ever been in trouble. You look at how well they performed in the past, and you try to get a sense of whether or not this is an employee who can be rehabilitated, and if so, a period of suspension is imposed and if not, the employee is removed."
The employee who made the sex tape with the reporter, for instance, resigned before being fired, according to the report.
That employee "misused administrative leave, misused his credentials to get into a night club, misused a government vehicle, provided law-enforcement-sensitive documents to his girlfriend, who was a news reporter, improperly stored secret documents in a hotel room, which were viewed by his girlfriend, and following their break-up, threatened his girlfriend with the release of a sex tape the two had made, which threats she referred to a U.S. attorney's office," the internal summary report said.
Another employee, who used a "video camera to record (a) co-worker changing in (the) women's bathroom," also resigned, according to the report. The employee "lied about his conduct to (a) co-worker and attempted to erase the video when asked to relinquish the camera upon being caught."
And an employee who harassed a "former boyfriend, his mother and his new girlfriend" with "repeated phone calls, text messages, e-mail" was fired, the report said.
"If you lie under oath, you are gone," Wills told CNN. "If you tell the truth --- it's sort of Watergate 101. It's not always the behavior itself that results in a seriously adverse finding. It can just be the cover-up."
Konrad Motyka, the president of the FBI Agents Association, said, "Specifically, demonstrable, incorrect conduct or criminal conduct is not acceptable and never should be. But...our rate of conduct is actually less than in a lot of places, and human beings, being what they are, with the size of the organization we have, occasionally there will be some issues that come up."
Our employees are human, as we all are. We all make mistakes. So, our discipline is intended to reflect that.

Asked if there should be zero tolerance for serious misconduct, Motyka told CNN: "I believe there is zero tolerance for serious misconduct. Once it is adjudicated and proven to be a fact, just as anywhere else, people have the right to a fair hearing to determine whether the facts actually meet the circumstances."





https://medium.com/@LoriHandrahan2/law- ... e48164430f


Law Enforcement Arrested for Trading in Child Rape
The following summary of 103 law enforcement officers (LEOs) arrested for trading in child rape updates earlier research. In November 2014, I profiled seventy local and state police officers arrested on child pornography related charges — Police Trading in Child Rape & Torture. My research was out of date almost as soon as I hit publish. A year later I posted When Law Enforcement is the Perpetrator reviewing one month, November 2015, when more than two LEOs per week were in the news for trafficking in child sex abuse. This research is not comprehensive but rather a small sample of LEOs arrested and does not include federal law enforcement. Without institutional support, conducting a complete study of all local, state and federal law enforcement has not been possible.
As for the weak argument someone always seems to make, “there is a certain number of pedophiles in the population and the number within law enforcement is perfectly normal” — let me respond. No pedophile should ever wear a badge, carry a gun and swear an oath to serve and protect. Not one person trading in child rape should ever be employed in law enforcement. Ever. Period. If we cannot keep pedophiles out of law enforcement, what kind of country have we become? If law enforcement cannot keep child rapists out of their ranks — what kind of “protection” are we paying for with our tax money?
Imagine, as you read these arrests, you are a parent reporting to police your child has been raped, or is missing or trafficked. How do you think the police here might have handled your complaint? How well do you think your children are being protected? These are real children being raped and tortured in the videos and images. American children. Every time an image/video is shared that child is trafficked again. Far too many police are involved in the trafficking.
For further information, please see the National Police Misconduct Reporting Project (NPMRP) at Cato Institute and the Associated Press (AP) year long investigation, 2015, into police misconduct.







https://theintercept.com/series/the-fbis-secret-rules/


The FBI’s Secret Rules

President Trump has inherited a vast domestic intelligence agency with extraordinary secret powers. A cache of documents offers a rare window into the FBI’s quiet expansion since 9/11.

Learn more
Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide
The rulebook governing all FBI agents’ activities, in unredacted form for the first time. This is the 2011 edition, which remains the baseline document today, although the FBI recently released some updates from 2013.
SEE DOCUMENT
Hidden Loopholes Allow FBI Agents to Infiltrate Political and Religious Groups
Cora Currier
Beneath the FBI’s redaction marks are exceptions to rules on “undisclosed participation.”
National Security Letters Demand Data Companies Aren’t Obligated to Provide
Jenna McLaughlin, and Cora Currier
Internal documents suggest the FBI uses the secret orders to pursue sensitive customer data like internet browsing records.
Despite Anti-Profiling Rules, the FBI Uses Race and Religion When Deciding Who to Target
Cora Currier
The bureau still claims considerable latitude to use race, ethnicity, nationality, and religion in deciding which people and communities to investigate.
In Secret Battle, Surveillance Court Reined in FBI Use of Information Obtained From Phone Calls
Jenna McLaughlin
Secret Rules Make It Pretty Easy for the FBI to Spy on Journalists
Cora Currier
Rules governing the use of national security letters allow the FBI to obtain information about journalists’ calls without going to a judge or informing the targeted news organization.
Annotation Sets

Bureau Hid Doubts About Reliability of Stingray Evidence Behind Redaction Marks
Jenna McLaughlin - Jan. 31 2017
CIA and NSA Dossiers Are Available to the FBI in the Absence of Any Crime, Raising Privacy Questions
Cora Currier - Jan. 31 2017
FBI Spy Planes Must Abide Rules When Looking Into Homes
Jenna McLaughlin - Jan. 31 2017
On Campus, the FBI Sometimes Operates Outside Restrictions
Cora Currier - Jan. 31 2017
To Probe the Digital Defenses of Targets, the FBI Turns To a Special Program
Jenna McLaughlin - Jan. 31 2017
Confidential Human Source Policy Guide
Detailed rules for how the FBI handles informants. Classified secret. This unreleased September 2015 document is a major expansion and update of a manual from 2007 on the same topic.
SEE DOCUMENT

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Re: FBI WATCH 114 days left to shut down the FBI

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Stejskal: Unabomber Agrees With Me on the Inaccuracy of the Discovery Channel Series



A few months ago, I wrote a critique of the Discovery Channel series, “Manhunt: Unabomber.” My concern shared by a number of agents that were on the Unabom Task Force was that the series portrayed a minor player on the UTF, Jim Fitzgerald, as the agent who broke the case and was involved in key aspects of the investigation. None of which was true. The series then built on that fiction by depicting a relationship between Fitzgerald and the Unabomber/Ted Kaczynski that never happened. *

Now, it seems that Ted Kaczynski is also critical of the Discovery Channel series, and in a weird twist Kaczynski cites my critique to bolster his position.

Kaczynski was responding to a letter he received from a woman (I will call her Jane Doe.) asking him about certain aspects of the Unabomber series. Jane sent the letter to Kaczynski at the federal maximum-security penitentiary at Florence, Colorado, where he is incarcerated. Specifically, Jane’s inquiry was about the series indicating that Kaczynski’s criminal activity was at least in part due to Kaczynski’s participation in a psychological study while an undergrad at Harvard in 1959. According to the TV series, the study at Harvard was part of a secret CIA project code named MK Ultra.

Mind Control Program

MK Ultra was a CIA program initiated in 1953 to develop techniques and drugs to be used for interrogation to elicit information and/or confessions through “mind control.” The program was a response to Soviet, Chinese and North Korean use of mind-control techniques (also referred to as brainwashing) on US prisoners during the Korean War – the “Manchurian Candidate” phenomenon. **

Much is still not known about the MK Ultra project as many records were destroyed. It is known that the project involved about 80 institutions in Canada and the US including at least 44 colleges and universities, also some hospitals and prisons. Some of the institutions were not aware of that the CIA was sponsoring the studies. The CIA used front organizations to hide their involvement.


Greg Stejskal

Some of the participants weren’t even aware they were participating in a study. This was especially true in the project’s efforts to develop mind-controlling drugs. LSD was one of the main drugs experimented with and sometimes administered without the subjects’ knowledge.

One of the CIA’s primary concerns was that there were “moles,” double agents, controlled by the Soviets within the US’ and its allies’ intelligence services. There was a fixation on developing techniques and drugs that could be used to elicit the truth from suspected moles or their handlers.

It has been theorized and the Discovery Channel Unabomber series portrays as fact that the personality study that Kaczynski participated in at Harvard which was supervised by Professor Henry A. Murray was part of the MK Ultra project. This study, it is alleged, was so traumatizing that it resulted in psychological damage to Kaczynski which led to his later criminal acts.

Professor Murray used 22 Harvard undergrads in his study including Kaczynski. The studies were controversial and, among other things, were designed to measure people’s reactions under extreme stress. This had the legitimate goal of trying to determine what personality traits are most beneficial in dealing with stress. Consequentially, a large portion of Murray’s study involved the use of personality traits questionnaires. (Prof. Murray was one of the pioneers in developing the ubiquitous personality questionnaires, e.g., would you rather be in a room full of people or in the woods by yourself.)

There does not seem to be any evidence that Prof. Murray’s studies were connected to the CIA MK Ultra project although Prof. Murray did work with the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during World War II, helping to produce a psychological profile of Adolph Hitler. The OSS became the CIA after the War.


But even if Prof. Murray’s studies were part of the MK Ultra project, Kaczynski in his response to Jane Doe’s letter debunks the theory that his participation in the study caused such psychological damage to him that it resulted in his serial bombings.

Kaczynski’s Letter

This is a portion of Kaczynski’s letter addressing the Discovery Channel Unabomber series:

“From several people I’ve received letters concerning that Discovery Channel series about me, and it’s clear from their letters that the Discovery series is even worse than most of the other media stories about me. In fact, the greater part of it is pure fiction. Among other things, they apparently passed on to their viewers the tale through the agency of Harvard professor H. A. Murray I was repeatedly “tortured” as part of the an “MK-Ultra” mind-control program conducted by the CIA. The truth is that in the course of the Murray study there was one and only one unpleasant experience. It lasted about half an hour and could not have been described as “torture” even in the loosest sense of the word. Mostly the Murray study consisted of interviews and the filling-out of pencil-and-paper personality tests. The CIA was not involved.

“Since people may find it difficult to believe that the media would broadcast such a conglomeration of outright lies, I’m sending you herewith a copy of an article by FBI agent Greg Stejskal in which Stejskal confirms that the greater part of the Discovery series is fiction. Stejskal’s purpose is to defend the honor of the FBI, not to tell the truth about Ted Kaczynski (in fact, not all of his statements about me are strictly accurate), but the fact that Discovery lied about the FBI investigation should make it easier for people to believe that they lied about me too.”

It is an interesting and sort of tantalizing theory that a CIA mind-control project caused Kaczynski’s later criminal acts – he became a “Manchurian Candidate” run amuck. But Kaczynski dispels that whole notion.

Kaczynski already provided the reasoning and motivation behind his bombings in his 35,000-word manifesto.

For the record I’m ambivalent about being in common cause with Ted Kaczynski regarding the factual accuracy of the Discovery Channel Unabomber series, but in a sense, we both have an interest in protecting the integrity of the historical record.

** The Manchurian Candidate, a 1959 novel, by Richard Condon adapted into a movie in 1962 and again in 2004. It’s a political thriller abou



http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2 ... l-workout/

Our Legal System Is About to Get a Real Workout
KEVIN DRUMJAN. 5, 2018 3:02 PM




http://www.motherjones.com/environment/ ... -drilling/



Trump Administration Proposes Massive Expansion of Offshore Drilling
The draft plan includes 25 of 26 offshore planning areas and makes available for lease roughly 90 percent of the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf.
ALEXANDER C. KAUFMAN AND CHRIS D’ANGELOJAN. 4, 2018 6:37 PM






http://beta.latimes.com/politics/la-na- ... t12aH-2gp2

U.S. dramatically increased searches of electronic devices at airports in 2017, alarming privacy advocates





Link du jour

http://www.wilhelmreichtrust.org


https://www.peabody.harvard.edu

https://www.boston.com/news/weather/201 ... ary-5-2018

https://www.harvardartmuseums.org


http://pennyforyourthoughts2.blogspot.com



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https://www.farnsworthmuseum.org





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Temperature Anomalies in the US currently
anything red warmer than average



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https://www.seattlepi.com/local/crime/a ... 476572.php

FBI: Border Patrol agent duped teens into making nude photos
Sumas-based agent accused of posing as teen boy, visiting at high school looking for teen girl
By Levi Pulkkinen, SeattlePI Updated 11:26 am, Friday, January 5, 2018






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America’s Trade in Child Rape


http://www.lorihandrahan.com/epidemic
Apr 17, 2017
Law Enforcement Arrested for Trading in Child Rape
The following summary of 103 law enforcement officers (LEOs) arrested for trading in child rape updates earlier research. In November 2014, I profiled seventy local and state police officers arrested on child pornography related charges — Police Trading in Child Rape & Torture. My research was out of date almost as soon as I hit publish. A year later I posted When Law Enforcement is the Perpetrator reviewing one month, November 2015, when more than two LEOs per week were in the news for trafficking in child sex abuse. This research is not comprehensive but rather a small sample of LEOs arrested and does not include federal law enforcement. Without institutional support, conducting a complete study of all local, state and federal law enforcement has not been possible.
As for the weak argument someone always seems to make, “there is a certain number of pedophiles in the population and the number within law enforcement is perfectly normal” — let me respond. No pedophile should ever wear a badge, carry a gun and swear an oath to serve and protect. Not one person trading in child rape should ever be employed in law enforcement. Ever. Period. If we cannot keep pedophiles out of law enforcement, what kind of country have we become? If law enforcement cannot keep child rapists out of their ranks — what kind of “protection” are we paying for with our tax money?
Imagine, as you read these arrests, you are a parent reporting to police your child has been raped, or is missing or trafficked. How do you think the police here might have handled your complaint? How well do you think your children are being protected? These are real children being raped and tortured in the videos and images. American children. Every time an image/video is shared that child is trafficked again. Far too many police are involved in the trafficking.
For further information, please see the National Police Misconduct Reporting Project (NPMRP) at Cato Institute and the Associated Press (AP) year long investigation, 2015, into police misconduct.







https://www.propublica.org/article/mumb ... in-advance

FBI Was Warned Years in Advance of Mumbai Attacker's Terror Ties
Three years before the Mumbai attack, the U.S. was warned that a key figure in the plot had terror ties.
by Sebastian Rotella Oct. 15, 2010, 11:18 a.m. EDT

Three years before Pakistani terrorists struck Mumbai in 2008, federal agents in New York City investigated a tip that an American businessman was training in Pakistan with the group that later executed the attack.

The previously undisclosed allegations against David Coleman Headley, who became a key figure in the plot that killed 166 people, came from his wife after a domestic dispute that resulted in his arrest in 2005.

Courtroom drawing of David Coleman Headley, left. Dec. 9, 2009. (Verna Sadock/AP Photo)In three interviews with federal agents, Headley’s wife said that he was an active militant in the terrorist group Lashkar-i-Taiba, had trained extensively in its Pakistani camps, and had shopped for night vision goggles and other equipment, according to officials and sources close to the case. The wife, whom ProPublica is not identifying to protect her safety, also told agents that Headley had bragged of working as a paid U.S. informant while he trained with the terrorists in Pakistan, according to a person close to the case.

Federal officials say the FBI “looked into” the tip, but they declined to say what, if any, action was taken. Headley was jailed briefly in New York on charges of domestic assault, but was not prosecuted. He wasn’t captured until 11 months after the Mumbai attack, when British intelligence alerted U.S. authorities that he was in contact with al Qaeda operatives in Europe.





https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/ ... ullabaloo/


January 4, 2018
LBJ’s “hullabaloo” made the FBI decide to avoid doing security checks for Congress
Fearing a scandal or a conflict with the Capitol Police, the Bureau decided to shy away from searching the Senate for bugs and wiretaps
Written by Emma Best
Edited by JPat Brown
In June 1956, Lyndon B. Johnson caused a “hullabaloo” over the search search of a Senator’s office conducted by Department of Defense security officers who were looking for a potential listening device. Johnson caused such a stink that the Federal Bureau of Investigation decided to avoid helping the Senate with security issues lest they be subject to unnecessary scandal the way the DOD security officers were.

The incident arose after two DOD security officers noticed loose insulation around a vent in a Senate hearing room. The security officers traced the vent to a storage room in Senator Herbert Lehman’s office, which they proceeded to search along with a member of the Capitol Police. Lehman called the incident “inexcusable, outrageous, and highly dangerous,” with Senator Stuart Symington calling it “another example of bureaucracy and overager flatfooted individuals.” Senator Leverett Saltonstall defended the security officers, noting the incident was being blown out of proportion. In response, Johnson called the matter “outrageous” and “typical bureaucratic flatfoot stupidity.” Johnson reportedly reacted with “utter disgust” and “utter horror,” calling on the rest of the Senate to denounce the search.



Johnson went on to call for a report on the matter from the Capitol Police, with Lehman arguing that the incident somehow affected “the dignity and independence of the Senate,” seemingly because of their brusque manner. Senators Hubert Humphrey and Paul Douglas called for a search of the Senate and rules governing such matters, respectively.



According to an FBI memo written the next day, Douglas was sending a letter to Senator Theodore Green, the Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, “requesting that the entire Senate building be checked.” Green’s staff, in turn, reached out to the Bureau to inquire if they could be of any assistance, or where else the Senator’s office should address their inquiry.



The memo appears to briefly lament the Bureau’s inability to simply refer the matter to a commercial contractor.



The memo reasonably points out that they would need to know the specifics because they could calculate a response to the request, and that covering “the entire Capitol would be a tremendous job.” Less reasonably, the memo seems to argue against checking for existing listening devices by pointing out that a device could be planted after they perform the check.



An addendum to the memo argues that the Bureau should stay out of the matter, and tell the Senator’s office that they should have the Capitol Police arrange for a check with the telephone company.



Another memo, written three days later, similarly recommends that the Bureau avoid the matter. Assistant FBI Director Louis Nichols cited “the hullabaloo that was raised on Capitol Hill” as reason to “decline to make any security checks” for the Senate “unless it comes from sources wherein we could not avoid it.” A handwritten note below the memo seems to agree, noting that the Bureau would “have to carefully evaluate all requests.”



According to the memo, one such unavoidable source was the Appropriations Committee. While it’s not immediately unclear from the file if the Bureau actually refused any offers, it does appear that they complied with them from the Appropriations Committee. In the following January, the Appropriations Committee requested the Bureau perform a sweep similar to the ones they had done in the previous years. Citing a lack of structural changes to the hearing room in the past year, the Bureau felt that it wasn’t necessary to perform a detailed survey - but that “a cursory technical survey of the obvious points in the room” should be given “favorable consideration” as a precautionary matter.



At least one search for a committee not suggested as an exception was conducted soon after - the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. In response to a request from Green, the Bureau conducted a search of both the Committee Room and the Chief Clerk’s office.



One memo noted that the Bureau limited the search to “the most likely places,” while another noted the Bureau explained the limits of the search to the Senator. While just a few years prior, the FBI and the phone company had decided to withhold the ability to use inactive phones as listening devices from the White House, the Bureau now readily admitted to Green that this was possible, but that the countermeasures the Bureau had installed would prevent it from happening to his phones. This was apparently the Senator’s main issue, as he was so unconcerned with his phone conversations being listened to that he would, out of annoyance, tell others “to go ahead and record his conversations.”



While it’s unclear just how damaging LBJ’s “hullabaloo” was to the Senate’s relationship with the Bureau, it’s interesting that the ruckus he caused, along with Lehman and Symington, was enough to have the Bureau reconsider whether to comply with truly optional Senate security requests, or to pass the buck to another jurisdiction - that of the Capitol Police. While the Capitol Police are immune to FOIA, the Bureau isn’t and a new request has been filed with them to learn more about the relationship between the two agencies. In the meantime, you can read the relevant portion of the file below.





http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/bro ... -1.3739680

NYPD sergeant who overturned car in high-speed Bronx crash charged in death of cop



January 5, 2018, 12:27 PM



An NYPD sergeant who struck a tree stump and overturned his car in a fiery Bronx crash that killed a young cop in his passenger seat was drunk when he careened off the road and has been charged with manslaughter, authorities said Friday.

Prosecutors charged NYPD Officer Randolph Price in the death of Bianca Bennett, 27, who died when fast-moving flames consumed Price’s Dodge Charger after the Feb. 1 crash near City Island









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January 5, 2018
Rules governing the release of autopsy reports vary state-to-state
Let us know what you’ve learned about death records in your area
Written by Beryl Lipton
Edited by JPat Brown
Death, that great divide, is one of the most distinctive moments in an individual’s existence, and after it’s come to pass, the legal world of the living considers that person much differently. Most obviously, the official recognition of privacy is erased, which is why materials like Federal Bureau of Investigation files or military records become public record when a subject dies. But materials directly related to the death itself - the grim details of the final moments or the professional evaluation of the departed’s body - aren’t always subject to the same sort of disclosure.

On the federal level, most materials that aren’t related to open investigations are releasable, like the National Transportation Safety Board’s Aircraft Accident Package related to fatal events.

But on the state level, whether an autopsy or a coroner’s report is conducted and whether these evaluations are subject to public release vary widely.

California and Florida, for example, generally recognizes these materials as public, and sending a simple request to the appropriate coroner’s office with the deceased’s name can get easy returns.



However, if you’re looking for one specific to a crime or similar investigation, it can be withheld under each state’s broad investigatory file exemptions. Alabama’s law similarly assumes public access in the absence of a criminal inquiry.

In contrast, New Hampshire assumes all autopsy reports will remain confidential without the permission of the next-of-kin - Connecticut, which handles release of death materials through its state-level Office of the Chief Medical Examiner limits disclosure to those with “a legitimate interest,” but extends that interest to include any member of the public if the decedent was in state custody at the time of death.

Even in a state like Louisiana, where such records are recognized as public …



unrelated but common records confusion or obstruction can hinder access.

A lot can learned from the details of the dead. If you run into a rejection or an exemption while requesting an autopsy or coroner’s report, please let us know, either via info@muckrock.com or by clicking the red appeal at the bottom of your rejected request and sending us a message via the “Get Appeal Help” button.






http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ss ... lio_1.html


Appeals court upholds $4 million award to family of man shot to death by Cleveland police officer




CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A federal appeals court panel on Friday upheld a verdict awarding $4 million to the family of an aspiring musician who was shot to death by a Cleveland police officer in 2012.

Three judges at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit in Cincinnati affirmed a jury's 2015 finding that Cleveland police officer Roger Jones used excessive force and was civilly liable for the death of 20-year-old Kenny Smith.

Lawyers representing Smith's family, Terry Gilbert and Jacqueline Greene, celebrated the panel's opinion as a moment of accountability in the national conversation on police shootings.

"This was a horrific and heartbreaking shooting," Greene said in a news release. "We hope the outcome of Kenny's case sends a message that unjustified police shootings will not be tolerated."

Jones shot Smith in the back of the head at East 9th Street and Prospect Avenue in March 2012. Police stopped the car because they believed the driver, Devonta Hill, had just fired into a crowd outside Wilbert's Food & Music in downtown Cleveland.

Then-Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty initially cleared Jones of wrongdoing and wrote in an April 2014 letter that the officer "correctly and heroically took action to protect the safety of the citizens of Cleveland."



The officer said Smith refused an order to get out of the car, and resisted when Jones tried to pull Smith out of the car, according to a recitation of the facts included in the court opinion handed down Friday.

Smith reached for a gun in the center console, and Jones fired a single shot, the officer said.

But two eyewitnesses from a different car, Kayla Hodge and Alexis McCray, testified at civil trial that Jones pulled Smith out of the car and ordered him to kneel on the pavement, according to the opinion handed down Friday.

As Smith complied, Jones placed his gun onto the back of Smith's head and fired a single shot, the witnesses testified.

Investigators found none of Smith's blood in the car. They did find the expelled bullet cartridge from Jones' gun in a puddle of Smith's blood outside the car, according to the opinion.




https://apnews.com/6b887422c830475c8dff ... harassment

Oregon police chief charged with harassment
BEND, Ore.

An Oregon police chief has been charged with harassment after a state Justice Department investigation found that he struck a fellow officer while both were on duty







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January 4, 2018
The CIA’s Classified Clichés: CONFIDENTIAL article poked fun at Agency’s bad writing
Managers in the Agency’s Directorate of Operations couldn’t help but rib their own writing style
Written by Beryl Lipton
Edited by JPat Brown
Any office environment settles into its own quirks, frustrations, and comedic breaks. The Central Intelligence Agency’s world of repetitive reports and reviews - even those from spydom - is no exception.

A 1994 issue of the CIA’s inside academic publication, Studies in Intelligence, includes a piece by Carol Willett excerpting and poking fun at the way certain managers expressed themselves in performance appraisal reports, or employee evaluations. Pulled from the CIA’s CREST archives, the article highlights some of its managers’ more egregious literary flourishes.

Lazy language …



strained metaphors …



and general vagaries are personal failings even the Agency sees in its own recordkeeping.



Of course, the critics in this case are the promotional panels of the Directorate of Operations, whose parenthetical peanut gallery reactions are culpable of their own sort of corniness.



We’ll leave them to do the parting shot.



You can see the whole piece here and more issues of Studies of Intelligence in

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Re: FBI WATCH 114 days left to shut down the FBI

Postby msfreeh » Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:35 am

https://theintercept.com/2018/01/09/dar ... -evidence/


WELCOME TO LAW ENFORCEMENT’S “DARK SIDE”: SECRET EVIDENCE, ILLEGAL SEARCHES, AND DUBIOUS TRAFFIC STOPS
Trevor Aaronson
January 9 2018, 9:57 a.m.


FEDERAL AGENTS AT the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration speak in veiled terms about the secret DEA unit that shares intelligence from the National Security Agency and other organizations with law enforcement for use in criminal investigations. They call it the “Dark Side.”

The Special Operations Division receives raw intelligence from the NSA’s surveillance programs, including from the mass surveillance programs revealed in documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden. DEA agents in this unit then analyze the surveillance data and disseminate leads to federal and local police nationwide. But the information comes with a catch. Law enforcement can’t use it to secure search warrants or in any way reveal the intelligence community as the source of their leads. Instead, they must find another way to justify their searches and broader investigations.

An egregious example of this law enforcement tactic occurred in 2004 when, through intercepted phone calls and their own subsequent surveillance, the DEA discovered that Ascension Alverez-Tejeda was transporting drugs from Los Angeles to Washington state in his car. To search the vehicle without revealing the phone calls as their original source, DEA agents set up an elaborate ruse.

Alverez-Tejeda and his girlfriend were stopped at a traffic light. As the light turned green, the car in front of them started to move and then stopped quickly. Alverez-Tejeda braked in time, but a truck rear-ended him. As Alverez-Tejeda inspected the damage, police arrived and arrested the truck driver for drunken driving. Officers instructed Alverez-Tejeda and his girlfriend to drive their car to a parking lot, leave the keys in the car, and sit in the police cruiser for processing. Just then, a car thief jumped into Alverez-Tejeda’s car and drove off. Police recovered the car, obtained a search warrant, and found cocaine and methamphetamine.

Other than Alverez-Tejeda and his girlfriend, every person involved in this piece of theater was a DEA agent or local police officer: the person driving the car in front of Alverez-Tejeda’s, the “drunk” truck driver, even the supposed car thief. While a federal judge ruled that the DEA hoax violated Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure, an appeals court overturned the ruling and described this abuse of Alverez-Tejeda’s constitutional rights as “relatively mild.”

The convoluted and secretive process of building a case to obscure the use of underlying intelligence, known as “parallel construction,” is meant to protect the intelligence community’s sources and methods, according to internal DEA documents. It also often deprives the accused of a fair shot at defending themselves in court because some of the evidence against them is not made public.

“The federal government is deliberately concealing methods used by intelligence or law enforcement agencies to identify or investigate suspects — including methods that may be illegal.”
The DEA’s Special Operations Division is one of several tools the government uses to hide the origins of criminal investigations nationwide, in potential violation of constitutional protections. In a report released today, “Dark Side: Secret Origins of Evidence in U.S. Criminal Cases,” Human Rights Watch documents the use of parallel construction by federal and local police agencies, finding the practice is used in the United States “frequently and possibly even daily.”

“A growing body of evidence suggests that the federal government is deliberately concealing methods used by intelligence or law enforcement agencies to identify or investigate suspects — including methods that may be illegal,” the report states. “It does so by creating a different story about how agents discovered the information, and as a result, people may be imprisoned without ever knowing enough to challenge the potentially rights-violating origins of the cases against them.”

Among Human Rights Watch’s findings:

Traffic stops and vehicle searches are commonly used as the pretext for investigations in order to protect the true source.
Government agents use parallel construction to conceal both high-tech methods, such as the NSA’s surveillance programs, as well as crude ones, such as illegal searches of vehicles and bags.
Prosecutors assist law enforcement agents in concealing the origin of investigations by telling judges and defense lawyers that they are not required to find out if certain agencies, including the NSA, were involved in the case.


AS HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH has documented, parallel construction, and the internal government debate about its efficacy and legality, extend back at least to the mid-1970s. A panel of intelligence officials in 1976 lamented that if prosecutors disclosed the use of intelligence information to defendants and judges, secret surveillance “methods could be publicly revealed.” A 1983 CIA document suggested that drug agencies use intelligence information to power their investigations but that they protect that information by building “a firebreak in the evidentiary [trail] leading to sources and methods.”
Indeed, the pioneers of parallel construction appear to be drug agents. Not all federal law enforcement agencies were on board at first. The FBI was skeptical that the methods the DEA used were legal, Michael Horn, the first special agent-in-charge of the DEA’s Special Operations Division, said during a 2015 DEA panel. “When [the FBI] started seeing some success, they … kind of changed their mind,” Horn said.

In a sophisticated form, parallel construction may involve the use of information from the NSA’s mass surveillance programs that is then re-obtained through the less controversial powers granted by the 1976 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. When prosecutors present the information in court, they source it to traditional FISA, rather than the more controversial mass surveillance program. The Intercept reported in November 2017 that this occurred in the case of Fazliddin Kurbanov, who was convicted in Idaho on terrorism-related charges. Although classified NSA documents revealed that Kurbanov’s communications had been intercepted through PRISM, a warrantless mass surveillance program, the Justice Department claimed in court that he had only been subjected to warrant-based surveillance under traditional FISA powers.

“Defendants have no way of knowing their rights have been violated.”
In its cruder and likely more common form, parallel construction may involve information from mass surveillance, a highly sensitive informant, or an illegal search that is then disguised. In a case Human Rights Watch discovered, security video at a New Mexico bus station showed a DEA agent illegally searching luggage left on a Greyhound bus during a layover. When passengers returned, the DEA agent asked for consent to search a passenger’s bag, already knowing that it contained methamphetamine.

“Under human rights law, everybody has the right to a fair trial,” said Human Right Watch investigator Sarah St. Vincent. “And that means what it says, so when you have the government deliberately concealing investigative actions that may have been illegal, defendants have no way of knowing their rights have been violated.”

Even DEA employees seem to know something untoward is afoot in the Special Operations Division, the unit that passes intelligence to law enforcement. As Arthur Rizer, a former federal prosecutor who worked in the unit, told St. Vincent: “When we all left, we got little keychains of Darth Vader.”

Correction: Jan. 9, 2018
An earlier version of this story mistakenly attributed a quote from DEA official to an interview with Human Rights Watch. The quote, which appeared in an HRW report, was from a 2015 DEA panel.





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WILKES-BARRE — Two Wilkes-Barre Police Benevolent Association officials have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city, alleging officials retaliated against them for raising concerns about leadership — including allegations that the police chief has been cooking the books to make it appear the crime rate went down.







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Warming oceans are suffocating marine life
Climate Change Is Suffocating Large Parts of the Ocean

A new study says warming has reduced the oxygen levels in large swaths of the deep ocean, threatening marine life around the world.
National Geographic, Jan. 4, 2018

One day more than a decade ago, Eric Prince was studying the tracks of tagged fish when he noticed something odd. Blue marlin off the southeastern United States would dive a half-mile deep chasing prey. The same species off Costa Rica and Guatemala stayed near the surface, rarely dropping more than a few hundred feet.

Prince, a billfish expert who has since retired from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, was stumped. He’d studied blue marlin off the Ivory Coast and Ghana, Jamaica and Brazil, and he’d never seen anything like it. Why wouldn't these expert divers dive?

The billfish, it turns out, were trying to avoid suffocation. The marlin near Guatemala and Costa Rica wouldn't plunge into the murky depths because they were avoiding a deep, gigantic and expanding swath of water that contained too little oxygen. The discovery was among the first examples of the many ways sea life is already shifting in response to a new reality that hasn't gotten much attention: Marine waters, even far out in the high seas, are losing oxygen thanks to climate change, upending where and how sea creatures live.

"This is a global problem, and global warming is making it worse," says Denise Breitburg, senior scientist at the Smithsonian Research Center. "It requires global solutions," she says.

Breitburg is the lead author of a new study published today in Science that examined all the major research on ocean oxygen loss. The authors conclude that it’s emptying vast regions of the ocean, changing what and where creatures live and eat, threatening to shrink fish populations and individual fish, and making overfishing more likely. Like warming seas and ocean acidification, oxygen loss is one of the most important byproducts of climate change, but one that few people understand.

"Loss of oxygen in many ways is the destruction of an ecosystem," Breitburg says. "If we were creating vast areas on land that were uninhabitable by most animals, we'd notice. But we don't always see things like this when they are happening in the water."

Bigger Than Coastal Dead Zones

Breitburg's research isn't focused just on coastal dead zones, such as the polluted runoff-fueled area in the Gulf of Mexico, but enormous stretches of deep water in the open ocean that can extend for thousands of miles.

These low-oxygen zones occur naturally, but have grown by more than 4.5 million square kilometers—an area roughly as large as the entire European Union—just since the mid-20th century. In part that's because of rising temperatures.

Warm water simply carries less oxygen. It also stokes the metabolism of both microbes and larger creatures, causing them to use more of whatever oxygen there is. Finally, as climate change warms the ocean from the surface down, making the surface layer more buoyant—warm water is lighter than cold water—it makes it harder for fresh oxygen from the air to mix down into the deep layers where the oxygen-poor zones are located.

Today, those low-oxygen zones are expanding toward the surface by as much as a meter a year. That includes major areas in the eastern Pacific and Baltic Sea. One area down deep off southern California has seen an oxygen decline of 30 percent in just a quarter century. A low-oxygen area of the Atlantic Ocean near the coast of Africa is broader than the continental United States, and has grown 15 percent since the 1960s

In fact, the world's oceans have lost about two percent of their oxygen in just 50 years, while the amount of water that's completely free of oxygen has increased fourfold, according to the new study. Scientists now can identify 500 sites along the coasts where oxygen is exceedingly low. Fewer than 10 percent of those were known before the mid-20th century.

A Threat Multiplier

For some marine creatures, low oxygen waters can impair reproduction, shorten lifespans, and change behavior. Even brief exposure can change immune systems and increase disease. Low-oxygen waters can even affect future generations by altering gene expression in fish and other marine creatures.

The change is already forcing everything from tuna and sharks, to herring, shad, mackerel, Pacific cod, and swordfish into ever-smaller bands of oxygen-rich water near the surface. Concentrating all these creatures makes them easier pickings for turtles, birds, and other surface predators—including fishing fleets.

Breitburg's team also found that oxygen loss is affecting some of the world's most productive areas—"upwelling zones," such as the ones off the west coast of the U.S. and South America, where winds draw nutrient-rich cold water to the surface. Warming is expected to increase such upwelling, but increasingly it’s bringing low-oxygen waters to the surface. In places such as central Oregon, that has helped create new dead zones.

Of course, declining oxygen isn't happening in isolation, Breitburg says. Warming itself threatens marine food webs, as does the acidification caused by increased carbon dioxide in the water. But the threats asre worse when combined.

"We've been doing work in Chesapeake Bay and we've found that acidification actually makes some fish more sensitive to low oxygen," she says.

What’s more, areas with extremely low oxygen also seem to produce their own greenhouse gas, which could further worsen climate change.

"There's potential for a feedback, where warming increases low-oxygen areas which produce nitrous oxide, which then causes more warming," Breitburg says. "That's a real concern."

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DON’T LIONIZE JAMES COMEY. THE FBI DID SOME TERRIBLE THINGS UNDER HIM.
Trevor Aaronson
May 17 2017, 5

WHEN DONALD TRUMP asked FBI Director James Comey in February to drop the investigation of former National Security Adviser (and then-unregistered foreign agent) Michael Flynn, the president apparently didn’t realize that Comey would behave like one of his more than 13,000 special agents.

As the New York Times reported from a source close to Comey, the FBI director went back to his office and wrote down from memory a summary of his conversation with Trump.

“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” Trump told Comey, according to a memo the FBI director wrote. “He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”

About three months after Trump allegedly said this, the president fired Comey.

Had this been a normal criminal investigation, and had Comey been a special agent in the field, the memo he would have written would have been known, in the FBI’s parlance, as an FD-302. The FBI does not record conversations with subjects related to criminal investigations. Instead, FBI agents, using their memory and sometimes handwritten notes, draft memos that summarize the conversations and include purportedly verbatim quotes. Federal judges and juries have consistently viewed these memos as indisputable fact. For this reason, Comey’s memo is no normal government memo. It could do lasting damage to Trump’s presidency, if not contribute to costing him the nation’s highest office altogether.

While Comey is now positioned for history to remember him as the cop who took down Trump, or tried to at great professional expense, there should be wariness about lionizing Comey in the way the news media have in recent days. Under Comey, the FBI pushed investigative and surveillance powers to new and controversial limits and employed tactics that were morally and ethically bankrupt.

In short, Comey’s FBI did some terrible things.

Trevor Aaronson’s conversation with Jeremy Scahill on the FBI can be heard on the latest episode of the Intercepted podcast:




In an effort to stop terrorist attacks before they happen, Comey expanded the practice instituted by his predecessor, Robert Mueller, to use undercover agents and informants to catch would-be attackers in sting operations. These stings never caught terrorists on the eve of their attack. Notably, the FBI twice investigated Omar Mateen, the Orlando nightclub shooter who killed 49 people and wounded 53 others while claiming allegiance to ISIS in a 911 call, but did not deem him a threat. At the same time, Comey’s FBI agents aided in the prosecution of Sami Osmakac, a Florida man caught in a sting operation, despite having called him in private conversations a “retarded fool.” They also busted penniless, mentally ill homeless men who claimed to be associating with ISIS. In one of those cases, an informant even gave a homeless man $40 so he could purchase the machete and knives he needed for his supposed plot. To catch a lonely Michigan man, the FBI used two female informants to set up a honeypot, in which the FBI informants claimed to be in love with the target so as to manipulate him. The target, in turn, claimed to have an AK-47 and to have attempted to travel to Syria. But it turned out he was just saying all that to impress the ladies.

When the FBI busted the dark web child-porn site Playpen, agents did not shut down the enterprise, going against previous FBI policy. In investigations of child pornography under Mueller, the FBI shut down child-porn websites immediately, believing that allowing distribution of the images and videos would further victimize the children who had been exploited. Comey’s FBI continued to operate Playpen for nearly two weeks in an effort to surreptitiously install tracking software on the computers of its users; child pornography was available from FBI servers during this period of time.

Just days before his firing, Comey testified before Congress that one-half of all smartphone and computer devices analyzed by the FBI can’t be examined “with any technique” due to encryption. During his tenure, Comey worked aggressively to give the FBI access to encrypted devices. Notably, Comey battled in court with Apple over the tech company’s unwillingness to help unlock the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters. The FBI later paid a hacker somewhere in the neighborhood of $1 million to help unlock the phone. At the time, Comey told a House committee: “There is no such thing as absolute privacy in America.”

Despite being portrayed as flawless by movies and television shows, the FBI Laboratory turned out to be a vehicle for bad science and injustice. In 2015, the FBI acknowledged that examiners in its microscopic hair comparison unit had given flawed testimony, including in 32 cases in which defendants were sentenced to death.

Comey endorsed the practice of FBI undercover agents posing as members of the news media, though he called the practice “rare.” Of known cases in which FBI agents pretended to be journalists, they emailed a bomb-threat suspect near Seattle by posing as Associated Press employees, claimed to be a documentary film crew to investigate Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his supporters, and purported to be an investigator working with a journalist to conduct an undercover inquiry in Colorado.

Other examples of problems under Comey’s watch include the following:

An FBI translator, Daniela Green, traveled to Syria in 2014 and married Denis Cuspert, an ISIS operative and former German hip-hop artist. The FBI employee wasn’t undercover when this happened. She was in love. When she returned to the United States, Green received favorable treatment by becoming a cooperating witness — just two years in prison for making false statements — despite dozens of FBI cases in which ISIS sympathizers do far less and receive significantly harsher sentences.
More than a year after two men attacked a convention center near Dallas where Pamela Geller had organized the “First Annual Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest,” the FBI admitted in a court filing that it had an undercover agent embedded close to the two attackers, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi. After one of the attackers posted a link to the “Draw Muhammad” event, the undercover agent wrote: “Tear Up Texas.” The undercover agent was on site during the attack but fled when the shooting started. In April, after CBS’s “60 Minutes” covered the story, Sen. Charles Grassley, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, wrote a letter to Comey asking, among other questions: “Did the FBI suspect that Simpson and Soofi planned an attack at the drawing contest? Did the FBI have any formal or informal operational plan to intervene to stop Simpson and Soofi from carrying out an attack?”
The FBI expanded its authority to investigate people in the United States even when they are not suspected of being involved in criminal activity. This is commonly done in the service of recruiting informants, of which the FBI has more than 15,000. According to a classified FBI manual on the handling of informants that was updated under Comey, FBI agents are encouraged to build files on possible informants, may use undercover identities to recruit informants, and with proper clearances may recruit minors as well as journalists, clergy, and lawyers. The FBI under Comey also codified a policy of using immigration as leverage to recruit informants and the threat of removal to keep coerced informants productive.


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