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

Postby msfreeh » Fri Nov 04, 2016 11:24 pm

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FBI agents allow another terrorist event to happen

Security Guard Wounded In ISIS Attack: “FBI Responsible”
November 3, 2016 10:08 PM

GARLAND (CBSDFW) – The security guard who survived last year’s ISIS terrorist attack on the Culwell Center in Garland said not only are the terrorists responsible but so is the FBI for his injuries and the attack itself.

“I feel like they are not coming clean,” said Bruce Joiner about the FBI.

Joiner, 59, was the Garland school district security officer, shot in the leg by Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi. The two ISIS recruits drove to the Culwell Center and started firing before they were killed by Garland Police. Joiner managed to help them stop Simpson and Soofi before they ever got close to the ballroom with about 200 people at a contest for cartoons of the Muslim prophet Muhammad. Joiner was treated at a hospital and released hours after suffering a lower leg wound.

But Joiner said there’s more to what happened that day. He has now claimed that three officers told him an undercover FBI agent was following terrorists in another vehicle.

“I know that there was a third person. I know he had his life saved by claiming he was an FBI agent,” said Joiner.

Joiner said Garland officers had guns pointed at the man dressed in Middle Eastern attire and quickly taken away by federal agents.

“He was detained put in the back of a squad car,” said Joiner. “They put a bag over his head and took him away to another location.”

But both the FBI and Garland Police have refused to confirm or deny that account.

Still Joiner is using that information as the basis for a possible lawsuit, accusing the FBI of allowing the violent plot to go forward.

“I think they allowed it to go too far,” said Joiner.

“They are responsible… they have an intentional tort on their hands,” said Trent Roberts, Joiner’s attorney.

Roberts said the government has stonewalled him about its undercover activities before the attack.

The FBI arrest affidavit stated that an undercover agent was tracking the terrorists for weeks even sending a text urging them to quote “tear up Texas.”

FBI Director James Comey said Garland was sent a bulletin three hours before the attack warning that someone could be on their way.

Joiner believes and may soon try to prove in court that the FBI could have stopped it but chose not to.

“I don’t know of any undercover agent that can allow their fellow officers and citizens to be fired upon in the course of an investigation you have to stop that before that happens,” said Joiner.

Joiner said were it not for the quick thinking of Garland SWAT officers he bel

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Cop Fired For Allegedly Giving ‘Fecal Sandwich’ To A Homeless Man
“This was a vile and disgusting act.”
An officer with the San Antonio, Texas, police department is on “indefinite suspension” after his colleagues accused him of giving a homeless man two pieces of bread filled with feces.

The San Antonio Express-News, which first reported the story Friday, referred to the item as a “fecal sandwich.” San Antonio Police Department spokeswoman Romana Lopez provided the disturbing

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Guliani’s law firm has long been general counsel to the FBI Agents Association (FBIAA), which represents 13,000 former and current agents. The group’s leader, agent Rey Tariche, resigned from the FBI New York office on Monday following Director James Comey’s release of a memo saying the agency was once again looking into Hillary Clinton.

From Barrett’s story:


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Rudy Giuliani promotions of Bernard Kerik

Rudy Giuliani at a State Department briefing with Bernard Kerik and others. September 2002.
Rudy Giuliani, as mayor of the City of New York, promoted the career of Bernard Kerik (by appointment or recommendation) on several occasions. Critics have charged that Giuliani showed consistently poor judgment in doing so.

History of promotions Edit
Bernard Kerik, who started out as a New York Police Department detective driving for his campaign, then became the city's Commissioner of the Department of Correction and later New York City Police Commissioner and a founder of Giuliani Partners. Kerik also served as bodyguard for Giuliani.[1][2] Giuliani is godfather to Kerik's two younger children, by Kerik's third wife, Hala Matli (born 1972, married 1998): Celine Christina and Angelina Amber.[3]

More than half of mayor Giuliani's cabinet opposed his 2000 appointment of Kerik as police commissioner.[4] Kerik's selection came despite the fact that he lacked a college degree. (Kerik was a high school dropout with a General Equivalency Diploma.[5]) Possession of a college degree was a requirement of police department officials at the captain rank and higher,[4] a practice instituted by former police commissioner Benjamin Ward.

After Giuliani's terms as mayor completed, Kerik became a founder of Giuliani Partners.

Giuliani then pushed President George W. Bush to nominate Kerik to be Secretary of Homeland Security, at which point multiple scandals derailed the nomination and Kerik's career; subsequently Kerik pleaded guilty to corruption charges dating from his Corrections days (1999). (He pleaded guilty in Bronx court to state misdemeanor charges related to undeclared acceptance of $165,000 in apartment renovations performed by Interstate Industrial, a reputably mob-associated firm.)[4][6] In March 2007, The New York Times reported that Kerik was likely to also be indicted for tax fraud and illegal eavesdropping, and also disclosed that Giuliani had testified under oath in April 2006 that he had in fact been briefed on Kerik's mob links in 2000 — prior to his appointment of Kerik as Corrections Commissioner. Giuliani had previously denied knowing of these connections until years later.[7] Kerik is also under investigation for conspiracy to eavesdrop on the conversations of the husband of Jeanine Pirro, Albert Pirro, whom Ms. Pirro suspected of having an affair.[8]

Briefing of Giuliani Edit
Mayor Giuliani said that neither he nor his aides could remember being briefed about Kerik's involvement with Interstate Industrial. However, a late 2007 New York Times investigation of the diaries and investigator's notes of Edward J. Kuriansky, the city investigations commissioner, indicates that such a meeting did indeed occur. Additionally, Kuriansky also remembered briefing one of Giuliani's closest aides, Dennison Young Jr., about Kerik's involvement with Interstate Industrial just days before the police commissioner appointment. Regarding Giuliani's appointment patterns and loyalty as a factor in professional relationships, former deputy mayor (under Giuliani) Fran Reiter said, "Rudy can fall for people big time, and sometimes qualifications are secondary to loyalty."[4]


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Rudy Giuliani's Five Big Lies About 9/11
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The FBI looks like Trump's America
According to numbers from August, 67 percent of FBI agents are white men. Fewer than 20 percent are women. The number of African-American agents hovers ...

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NOV. 3 2016 4:10 PM
The Theory That the FBI Is Out to Get Clinton Is Becoming More Plausible

When Democrats reacted to FBI Director James Comey's letter to Congress about the sort-of-reopened investigation into Hillary Clinton's private server by accusing Comey of trying to meddle in the election on behalf of the Republican Party, the accusation seemed far-fetched. Comey was, until last Friday, generally despised by Republicans for his earlier decision to recommend against prosecuting Clinton. But while there's been of yet no evidence revealed that Comey himself has an ax to grind, a number of data points have emerged indicating the presence of a politically motivated anti-Clinton faction within the agency.

For one, leaks keep coming out of the FBI that are unflattering to Clinton. First there was the revelation that the Clinton emails the FBI is currently checking for classified info came from Anthony Weiner's computer. (A good rule of thumb is that no political candidate wants his/her name anywhere near a headline that also involves the notorious A-Weens.) Then there was a story on Fox News (and a much more measured one in the Wall Street Journal) about the existence of an investigation into potential corruption at the Clinton Foundation. And the FBI also tweeted about a document release related to Bill Clinton's controversial pardon of Marc Rich.

On a parallel track, there was a report Thursday in the Guardian about FBI agents actively supporting Trump:

“The FBI is Trumpland,” said one current agent ... The currently serving FBI agent said Clinton is “the antichrist personified to a large swath of FBI personnel,” and that “the reason why they’re leaking is they’re pro-Trump.”
Longtime Trump expert Wayne Barrett wrote Thursday in the Daily Beast, meanwhile, about the connections between Trump and the FBI. The FBI Agents Association—a unionlike 13,000-member group—has close ties to Rudy Giuliani, a top Trump surrogate, and Giuliani has said on Fox News that he's in touch with current agents who are upset about Comey's decision not to prosecute Clinton. A former agent named Jim Kallstrom has appeared on Fox several times saying the same thing; Kallstrom's Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation has received funding from Trump and the Trump Foundation, and one of its directors is Rush Limbaugh.

The Guardian piece notes that other sources besides its quoted agent "dispute the depth of support for Trump within the bureau." And Barrett is writing only about Trump allies making claims of connections to current agents; we don't know whether those connections are in fact as strong as Giuliani and Kallstrom make them out to be, or whether said agents are upset about the Clinton email situation specifically because they support Trump. But when you combine the Guardian/Barrett reports with the kind of leaks that are comin

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Why We Should All Fear the Rot Inside the FBI

11.05.16 12:01 AM ET
When a black church burned in Greenville, Mississippi, leaving charred walls and roof and the words “vote Trump” scrawled on the side of the building, local authorities called in the FBI. Its offices in Jackson, the state capitol, and Washington D.C. were put on the case.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been doing that kind of work for decades. It was the FBI, under pressure from Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, that sent scores of agents to Philadelphia, Mississippi in June of 1964 to investigate the disappearance of three civil rights workers: Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney, who had themselves been investigating the firebombing of a black church that was to serve as a “freedom school,” in preparation for registering black Mississippians to vote. When the three men were found dead—lynched and discarded in an earthen dam—it was FBI agents who made the discovery, acting on an informant’s tip.
The FBI has had its dark days, too. It was the federal law enforcement agency, under director J. Edgar Hoover, that tried to harass Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. literally to death; and that infiltrated, sabotaged and set up members of the civil rights movement, anti-war movement, the Black Panthers, and more; from COINTELPRO to infiltrating and spying on groups opposed the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The most recent target of massive surveillance by the FBI: protest movements organized under the broad banner of Black Lives Matter, which collectively are aimed at reforming policing, to reduce often fatal violence against unarmed black civilians.

Americans have, at various times, leaned on the FBI for a measure of justice that local and state police couldn’t be counted on to deliver, and recoiled in fear at their exercise of raw federal power. That uneasy trust; the combination of need and dread, is the lot that FBI agents live with day to day.
The events of the past two weeks have made it all but impossible to have much faith in the FBI now. The agency has, through the actions of a minority cell of unknown size, been severely tainted, potentially dragging down the reputations of even the finest agents in its ranks.
After all, how can we trust the nation’s foremost federal law enforcement agency now that it has become clear that a faction of its agents used a conspiracy theory-hawking political book to launch a partisan probe into a presidential candidate?

FBI Octopus

Honesdale police chief charges council violated Sunshine Act
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FBI agent visits Morehead campus
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FBI special agent, Lori Greenwell, spoke with students at MSU Career Services on Tuesday, November 1, 2016. Photo by Leah Floccare.

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Sanders Would Have Easily Defeated Donald Trump ‘Without the Baggage’

VarietyNovember 5, 2016

Although he supported Bernie Sanders in the primaries, Michael Moore couldn’t allow himself to sit on the sidelines of the 2016 election. In September, over 11 days, he shot a secret documentary, “TrumpLand,” in an Ohio auditorium, urging voters to elect Hillary Clinton as the next president. And he’s been a vocal critic of Donald Trump on Twitter, blasting his policies and criticizing FBI director James Comey for trying to hurt the Democratic nominee by publicly re-opening an investigation into her email server.

Moore talked to Variety about “TrumpLand,” which is playing in theaters and iTunes, as well as the election.

When you made this movie, the word “TrumpLand” meant something else — it described the region of the country where you shot the film. Now people are using it as a code word for the FBI.  
Yeah, I saw that today. It was The Guardian that broke the story of the FBI agent inside, saying the agency was so pro-Trump and anti-Hillary, that they call it “TrumpLand.” I texted the guy at iTunes to see if there was an uptick [in my movie’s sales]. I think what Comey did was disgraceful.

The national police are trying to tip the election. It is one of the things that begins to happen when you have a real police state, which we don’t have yet. When you have federal police trying to affect the outcome of an election, trying to scare people into not voting for her, implying she’ll be under investigation for her entire term. You have a very dangerous situation. You have people trying to thwart democracy. The same thing happens when Trump says he may not accept the results of the election if it goes against him. The difference between liberals and conservatives is that liberals don’t think that way. Somebody said to me the other day, these theaters showing your movie should be showing another movie, it should be equal-time. I said, “You’re implying there’s right-wing art.” Go ahead, tell me the right-wing movies, the right-wing directors.

What about Dinesh D’Souza?
He’s a propagandist whose fake documentary has been completely disproven.

Have you seen his movie?
No. It’s not a movie. You keep calling it a movie! It’s a long-form political ad piece of propaganda that’s full of lies.

Do you have a prediction for who will win the election? 
I’m not a pundit. I can tell you living in Michigan, what it feels like, and it doesn’t feel good.

Does it feel like Trump will win?
It feels like he has an excellent chance, and because the election this year is in the second week of November, which is what we call winter, if there’s low-voter turnout that would benefit him. It’s about the turnout.

The reason I ask is that you wrote an essay over the summer, with five reasons why Trum

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Five myths about the FBI
No, it’s not apolitical, and the White House doesn’t control the FBI director.

Could FBI Director James Comey have kept the Clinton probe quiet until after the election?
November 4 at 1:16 PM
FBI Director James Comey’s 9.0-magnitude political earthquake, announcing in a vague letter to Congress 11 days before the election that new evidence of unknown importance had surfaced in the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email server, has shined a bright light on the bureau’s unique role in Washington. Here are some myths about its culture and power.

The FBI isn’t political.
One of J. Edgar Hoover’s first acts when he became director of the FBI in 1924 was to clean house of the bureau’s political appointees — and ever since, directors have proudly bragged that the FBI is completely nonpartisan. It’s simply a “fact-finding agency,” Hoover often promised. This summer, Comey himself assured that the Clinton server investigation had been conducted “in an entirely apolitical and professional way.”

But while the FBI may technically be nonpartisan, it has long been one of the most politically astute institutions in the government. Its files have regularly been deployed as political weapons, from the 1948 election — in which Hoover backed Thomas Dewey over Harry Truman — to Watergate, where leaks from then-Deputy Director Mark Felt helped bring down Richard Nixon. Moreover, the bureau spent much of the 20th century as something akin to America’s “morality police,” shifting resources decade by decade to combat perceived threats to the nation’s social fabric, from Harlem Renaissance authors in the 1930s to antiwar activists in the 1960s to “deadbeat dads” in the 1990s. During his 48-year tenure, Hoover used the power of the traditionally conservative bureau to cozy up to powerful politicians and to bludgeon, publicly and privately, civil rights leaders, political dissidents, gays and especially communists.

Comey has made a point to try to stand against that era: FBI recruits visit the Holocaust Memorial Museum to understand, Comey has said, “in a palpable, nauseating and gut-wrenching way, the consequences of the abuse of power on a massive scale.” He’s ordered new recruits to learn about the bureau’s history with the Rev. Martin Luther King, whom Hoover tried to blackmail into giving up his efforts. But the bureau (and particularly its director) retains a black belt in behind-the-scenes political judo: It skillfully navigated the politics of the 9/11 Commission, halting a move to break it apart following its failure to prevent the Sept. 11 attacks. It uses its reputation for integrity, moral authority and justice to push presidents and lawmakers to back its programs and budget requests. Presidents know: You don’t want to be on your FBI director’s bad side.

The FBI director can’t be fired.
While many national security roles, such as CIA director, typically turn over at the beginning of a presidential term, the FBI directorship over the past 40 years has been seen as an apolitical post. Ever since director-for-life Hoover died in May 1972, FBI chiefs have been appointed to a congressionally mandated, nonrenewable 10-year term. When Comey’s predecessor, Robert Mueller, reached the end of that term, President Obama asked him to stay an additional two years — a move that required a special act of Congress.

But that fixed term doesn’t limit how or why a president can remove an FBI director, and, according to U.S. law, a firing doesn’t have to be “for cause.” When Bill Clinton took office in 1993, Director William Sessions was already under siege for mismanagement. A scathing 161-page inspector general report said he misused government transportation and engaged in other abuses of his office. Clinton, with the recommendation of Attorney General Janet Reno, fired Sessions outright after the director refused to resign.

The White House controls the FBI director.
The FBI is part of the Justice Department, so technically the director reports up through the attorney general and to the White House itself — which is why this summer’s “social” meeting on the tarmac at a Phoenix airport between Bill Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch

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

Postby msfreeh » Fri Nov 11, 2016 5:43 pm

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FBI ran 23 Dark Web child porn sites to gather visitor info
Published time: 11 Nov 2016
The FBI was authorized to operate 23 child-porn websites on the Tor network in order to collect data on users via malware, according to unsealed court documents. In January, it was revealed that the FBI had similarly ran a top child porn site for 13 days.
Court documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union show that the FBI was authorized by a Maryland judge to target child porn users of "Websites 1-23." The sites operated in areas of the "Dark Web" on the browser Tor, where IP addresses are hidden.

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

Postby msfreeh » Mon Nov 28, 2016 11:23 pm

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November 28, 2016
He’s in charge: FBI file reveals Alexander Haig as architect of the Saturday Night Massacre
File lends credence to theory that Haig manipulated Nixon into disastrous Watergate firings that helped end his Presidency

A version of this article appears on Glomar Disclosure

As a fixture in both the civilian and military worlds of politics, the FBI file for General Alexander Haig promised to be quite interesting. As a United States General who had served as the Supreme Allied Commander Europe for NATO, the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, the Chief of Staff for Presidents Nixon and Ford, and the Secretary of State for Ronald Reagan, General Haig was a key player in several decades worth of history for both the United States and the world.

Although much of the file focuses on standard background issues and threats against the general several new facts stand out. One section, in particular, sheds new light on the Watergate scandal and the ensuing Saturday Night Massacre.

The Saturday Night Massacre refers to the firing of independent special prosecutor Archibald Cox, followed by Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General Ruckelshaus, which resulted from the fight over the White House tapes and President Nixon’s refusal to simply hand them over. This provoked an additional wave of backlash against Nixon, and ultimately proved to be his undoing, as it was seen as one attempt too many to interfere with the investigation.

At the time, outrage focused on Nixon, but over the years, various journalists and historians have reexamined the matter and found that many of the threads pointed back to General Haig, in his role as White House Chief of Staff, as one

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Nov. 28, 2016
L.A. County sheriff's deputies sentenced in beating of mentally ill inmate and coverup

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Twin Towers Correctional Facility in 2015.

November 28, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
Two former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were sentenced to federal prison Monday for beating a mentally ill inmate and falsifying reports to cover up the attack, the latest department officials to face imprisonment in connection with the county’s jail abuse scandal.

Bryan Brunsting, 31, was ordered to spend 21 months in custody, and Jason Branum, 36, was given five months, but U.S. District Judge George Wu ordered that they could remain free pending their appeals.

Both sentences fell below what prosecutors — and in Brunsting’s case, even the defense — had requested, with Wu noting that the pair’s actions stemmed from an “us-versus-them culture” pervasive in the jails.

Wu also questioned whether handing down lengthy sentences would deter other law enforcement officers from similar misconduct. He asked whether the prosecution really thought an officer would look at the sentences and say, “I’d do it if I get six months, but I won’t do it if I get three years?”

“Yes,” Asst. U.S. Atty. Brandon Fox said emphatically, adding that he’s heard people on wiretaps urging each other to knock off criminal behavior after stiff sentences were handed to others.

Defense attorneys portrayed Brunsting as a young, immature deputy thrust into a position of teaching other deputies early in his career despite having no training on managing mentally ill inmates. Prosecutors, however, accused him of fostering a culture of abuse among a new generation of deputies.

Branum, meanwhile, was described by his attorney as a decorated war hero who earned a Bronze Star for his service before giving up his military career to devote himself to his family.

“I’ve spent the majority of my adult life protecting people who can’t protect themselves,” Branum told the judge before his sentencing.

Their case revolved around allegations made by a former recruit who said he was only days on the job at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility on March 10, 2010, when he was summoned by his training officer, Brunsting, and told that an inmate had left his cell without permission and mouthed off to jail staff.

“We’re going to teach him a lesson,” Joshua Sather recalled Brunsting telling him.

Sather, who had graduated from the academy at the top of his class, testified he tackled the inmate and punched him several times but then stopped because he wasn't resisting. Other deputies then set upon the inmate with a barrage of kicks and blows. The inmate, Sather said, lay curled up on the ground throughout, screaming and crying.

Prosecutors alleged that the inmate, Philip Jones, was attacked in a locked hallway of the jail that lacked surveillance cameras. They told jurors he was kicked in the genitals, punched and pepper-sprayed.

When they were done, Sather testified, the deputies gathered privately to concoct a justification for the beating that they gave sheriff’s officials in falsified reports.

“This is acting with impunity. This is saying, ‘We are above the law,’” Fox said. “They conspire

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Climate Change Has Left Bolivia Crippled by Drought
“Bolivians have to be prepared for the worst.” — President Evo Morales.


Like many countries, Bolivia relies on its glaciers and large lakes to supply water during the lean, dry times. But as Bolivia has heated with the rest of the world, those key stores of frozen and liquid water have dwindled and dried up. Warming has turned the country’s second largest lake into a parched bed of hardening soil. This heat has made the country’s largest lake a shadow of its former expanse and depth. It has forced Bolivia’s glaciers into a full retreat up the tips of its northern mountains — reducing the key Chacaltaya glacier to naught. Multiple reservoirs are now bone-dry. And, for hundreds of thousands of people, the only source of drinking water is from trucked-in shipments.

Drought Emergency Declared for Bolivia

After decades of worsening drought and following a strong 2014-2016 El Nino, Bolivia has declared a state of emergency. 125,000 families are under severe water rationing — receiving supplies only once every three days. The water allocation for these families is only enough for drinking. No more. Hundreds of thousands beyond this hardest hit group also suffer from some form of water curtailment. Schools have been closed. Businesses shut down. 60,000 cattle have perished. 149 million dollars in damages have racked up. And across the country, protests have broken out.

The city of La Paz, which is the seat of Bolivia’s government and home to about 800,000 people (circa 2001) has seen its three reservoirs almost completely dry up. The primary water reservior — Ajuan Kota — is at just 1 percent capacity. Two smaller reserviors stand at just 8 percent.

(Over the past year, drought in Bolivia has become extreme — sparking declarations of emergency and resulting in water rationing. It is the most recent severe dry period of many to affect the state over the past few decades. President Morales has stated that climate change is the cause. And the science, in large part, agrees with him. Image source: The Global Drought Monitor.)

In nearby El Alto, a city of 650,000 people (circa 2001), residents are also suffering from water shortages. The lack there has spurred unrest — with water officials briefly being held hostage by desperate citizens.

As emergency relief tankers wind through the streets and neighborhoods of La Paz and El Alto, the government has established an emergency water cabinet. Plans to build a more resilient system have been laid. And foreign governments and companies have been asked for assistance. But Bolivia’s larger problem stems from droughts that have been made worse and worse by climate change. And it’s unclear whether new infrastructure to manage water can deal with a situation that increasingly removes the water altogether.

Dried out Lakes, Dwindling Glaciers

Over the years, worsening factors related to climate change have made Bolivia vulnerable to any dry period that may come along. The added effect of warming is that more rain has to fall to make up for the resulting increased rate of evaporation. Meanwhile, glacial retreat means that less water melts and flows into streams and lakes during these hot, dry periods. In the end, this combined water loss creates a situation of drought prevalence for the state. And when a dry period is set off by other climate features — as happened with the strong El Nino that occurred during 2014 to 2016 — droughts in Bolivia become considerably more intense.

Ever since the late 1980s, Bolivia has been struggling through abnormal dry periods related to human caused climate change. Over time, these dry periods inflicted increasing water stress on the state. And despite numerous efforts on the part of Bolivia, the drought impacts have continued to worsen.

(In this NASA satellite shot of northern Bolivia taken on November 6, 2016, we find very thin mountain snow and ice cover in upper center, a lake Titicaca that is both now very low and filled with sand bars at upper left, and a completely dried up lake Poopo at bottom-center. Bolivia relies on these three sources of water. One is gone, and two more have been greatly diminished. Scientists have found that global warming is melting Bolivia’s glaciers and has increased evaporation rates by as much as 200 percent near its key lakes. Image source: LANCE MODIS.)

By 1994, added heat and loss of glaciers resulted in the country’s second largest lake — Poopo — drying up. The lake recovered somewhat in the late 1990s. But by early 2016, a lake that once measured 90 x 32 kilometers at its widest points had again been reduced to little more than a cracked bed littered with abandoned fishing hulls. Scientists researching the region found that the rate of evaporation in the area of lake Poopo had been increased by 200 percent by global warming.

Bolivia’s largest lake — Titicaca — is also under threat. From 2003 to 2010, the lake is reported to have lost 500 square miles of surface water area. During 2015 and 2016 drought near Titicaca intensified. In an act of desperation, the government of Bolivia allocated half a billion dollars to save the lake. But despite this move, the massive reservoir has continued to shrink. Now, the southern section of the lake is almost completely cut off by a sand bar from the north.

In the Andean mountains bordering Bolivia, temperatures have been increasing by 0.6 degrees Celsius each decade. This warming has forced the country’s glaciers into full retreat. In one example, the Chacaltaya glacier, which provided 30 percent of La Paz’s water supply, had disappeared entirely by 2009. But the losses to glaciers overall have been widespread and considerable — not just isolated to Chacaltaya.

Intense Drought Flares, With More to Come

By December, rains are expected to return and provide some relief for Bolivia. El Nino has faded and 2017 shouldn’t be as dry as 2015 or 2016. However, like many regions around the world, the Bolivian highlands are in a multi-year period of drought. And the over-riding factor causing these droughts is not the periodic El Nino, but the longer-term trend of warming that is melting Bolivia’s glaciers and increasing rates of evaporation across its lakes.

In context, the current drought emergency has taken place as global temperatures hit near 1.2 degrees Celsius hotter than 1880s averages. Current and expected future burning of fossil fuels will continue to warm the Earth and add worsening drought stress to places like Bolivia. So this particular emergency water shortage is likely to be just one of many to come. And only an intense effort to reduce fossil fuel emissions can substantially slake the worsening situation for Bolivia and for numerous other drought-affected regions around the world.


Bolivia Declares National Emergency Amid Drought

Bolivia Schools Close Early as Drought Empties Reservoirs

Is the World Running out of Water? Bolivia Declares National Emergency Due to Drought

Hothouse Turns Bolivia’s Second Largest Lake into Withered Wasteland

The Global Drought Monitor


Climate Hot Map — Chacaltaya Glacier

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Cops arrested an off-duty NYPD school safety agent early Sunday after she brawled with a friend at a ritzy Kips Bay hotel, police said.

Cops charged Wend

Hours later, cops busted an off-duty NYPD school agent in Brooklyn on drunk driving charges. Quintina Escobar-Balmir, 26, blew a red light and nearly smashed into a cop car on Church and Coney Island Aves., in K

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Did Föhn Winds Just Melt Two Miles of East Antarctic Surface Ice in One Day? 
It’s right there in the satellite image. A swatch of blue that seems to indicate an approximate 2-mile long melt lake formed over the surface of East Antarctica in just one day. If confirmed, this event would be both odd and concerning. A part of the rising signal that melt stresses for the largest mass of land ice on the planet are rapidly increasing.

(Possible large melt lake on the surface of an ice shelf along the Scott Coast appears in this NASA satellite image. The melt lake seems to have formed after just one day during which föhn winds ran downslope from the Transantarctic Mountain Range — providing a potential period of rapid heating of the glacier surface.)

Surface Melt Now Showing Up in East Antarctica

While scientists and environmentalists are understandably concerned about ocean warming melting the undersides of sea-fronting West Antarctic glaciers — resulting in risks for rapid sea level rise for the near future, another consequence of global warming is also starting have a more visible impact on the frozen and now thawing continent. Surface melt, which was hitherto unheard of for most of East Antarctica, is now starting to pop up with increasing frequency.

East Antarctica, according to Stewart Jamieson, a glaciologist at Durham University in the U.K., is “the part of the continent where people have for quite a long time assumed that it’s relatively stable, there’s not a huge amount of change, it’s very, very cold, and so, it’s only very recently that the first supraglacial lakes, on top of the ice, were identified.”

But now, even in austral springtime, we find evidence of surface melt in the satellite record.

On November 27, 2016, what looks like an approximate 2 mile long melt pond appeared in a section of ice shelf along the Scott Coast and just North of the Drygalski Ice Tongue in the region of McMurdo Sound. The lake — which is visible as a light blue swatch at center mass in the NASA-MODIS satellite image above — suddenly showed up in November 27 satellite image along a region where only white ice was visible before. And it appears in a region of East Antarctica that, before human-forced warming altered the typically-stable Antarctic climate, had rarely, if ever, seen surface melt.

(Near melting point temperatures appear along the Scott Coast in conjunction with an apparent föhn wind event. Image source: Earth Nullschool.)

The pond shows up coordinate with recorded near 0 C surface temperatures in the GFS monitor for November 26-27 and along with evidence of downsloping (föhn) winds. GFS indicators show downsloping winds gusting to in excess of 50 mph over the period. Such winds have the potential in increase surface temperatures by as much as 14 degrees Celsius in a matter of minutes. And they have, increasingly, produced surface glacial melt events in regions of Greenland and Antarctica during recent years.

Surface Melt as a Feature of Glacial Destabilization

Supraglacial lake is just another word for a surface glacial melt lake. And these new lakes pose a big issue for ice sheet stability. Surface melt lakes are darker than white glacier surfaces. They act as lenses that focus sunlight. And the comparatively warm waters of these lakes can flood into the glacier itself — increasing the overall heat energy of the ice mass.

(A NASA researcher investigates a surface melt pond in Greenland. During recent years, these climate change related features have become more common in Antarctica. Image source: NASA.)

But water at the glacier surface doesn’t just sit there. It often bores down into the ice sheet — producing impacts for months and years after the surface lake’s formation. Sub surface lakes can form in the shadow of surface ponds. Transferring heat into the glacier year after year. In other cases, water from these lakes punches all the way to the glacier’s base. There the added lubrication of water speeds the glacier’s flow. All of these processes generate stresses and make glaciers less stable. And it is the presence of surface melt ponds that has been responsible for so much of Greenland’s speeding melt during recent years.

Now, a similar process is impacting the largest concentration of land ice on the planet. And while Greenland holds enough ice to raise sea levels by around 21 feet, East Antarctica contains enough to lift the world’s oceans by about 195 feet. Surface melt there, as a result, produces considerably more risk to the coastal cities of the world.



These Stunning Blue Lakes Give us New Reason to Worry About Antarctica

Earth Nullschool

New Maps Chart Greenland Glaciers’ Melting Risk

Hat tip to Shawn Redmond (and a special thanks for being the first here to ID the rather odd apparent melt pond forming along the Scott Coast.)

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Danny Lyon on why he's naming and shaming 'climate criminals'
The veteran photographer tackles the effects of climate change in his new book and shares phone numbers of deniers, such as Vice President-elect Mike Pence

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Professor Watchlist Is Seen as Threat to Academic Freedom
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Perpetual War on Terror
11.28.16 6:05 PM ET
Preparing for a multi-generational, international fight against terrorists, U.S. special operations chiefs are launching a new counterterrorist nerve center at an undisclosed location in the Middle East to fight the so-called Islamic State, al Qaeda, and any other terrorist actor.
The Joint Special Operations Command, the U.S. military’s premier counterterrorist strike force, is expanding its existing targeting nerve center in the region to make space for more American terror hunting personnel from three-letter agencies like the CIA, NSA, and FBI to foreign partners like Britain, France, Iraq and Jorda

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JFK exhibit at Ingram Library
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Dana and Amber Hearn browse the “Hidden History of the John F. Kennedy Assassination” exhibit that opened Monday at the Ingram Library on the University of West Georgia campus. The exhibit, which will be up through Nov. 22, will include a free presentation by Lamar Waldron on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 11 a.m. at the library. Waldron has written several books about JFK and his assassination. His talk will focus on evidence that the president was killed as the result of a conspiracy, a claim that has been rejected by many authorities, yet persists among many other scholars. One of Waldron’s books on the JFK assassination, “Legacy of Secrecy: The Long Shadow of the JFK Assassination,” is currently being developed as a feature-length motion picture that will star Leonardo DiCaprio. Waldron has also been interviewed numerous times on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, the Discovery Channel and the History Channel. Admission to Waldron’s presentation will also be free. Special public parking is being provided for Waldron’s talk in the Townsend Center gated lot, accessed from West Georgia Drive.

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

Postby msfreeh » Mon Dec 19, 2016 10:29 am

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Though Incompetent, FBI is America’s Secret Police

Dear John Podesta:

I get that you’re upset about the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) role in the outcome of the recent presidential election. I read your op-ed.

You noted that the FBI had its agents crawling all over every aspect of Hillary Clinton’s email server, and that the director, James Comey, re-fanned that scandal’s flames in late October in a way that may have swung the election. Yet as you pointed out, Comey couldn’t be bothered to send a single agent to the Democratic National Committee to share the Bureau’s conclusion that the Dems were being hacked by Russians.

And you said:

Congress should more vigorously exercise its oversight to determine why the FBI responded overzealously in the Clinton case and insufficiently in the Russian case. The FBI should also clarify whether there is an ongoing investigation into Trump, his associates and their ties to Russia. If ever there were a case of ‘intense public interest,’ this is it. What’s broken in the FBI must be fixed and quickly.

But, as you are experienced in the ways of Washington, it is hard to believe that you are just discovering something “broken” in this enormously powerful institution.

Or just learning that it marches to the beat of some other drummer — never truly conforming to the dictates of the president, or the public.

Since you blew it with Hillary Clinton’s campaign, it seems self-serving to announce only now that there’s something troubling at the J. Edgar Hoover Building — and to confine your comments to the narrowest possible issue, the one that deals only with your candidate.

If you really want to do something for the country, you should take a good look at the broader and deeper — much deeper — range of problems related to an agency that is, in some respects —America’s secret police.

WhoWhatWhy has been almost alone among news organizations in asking questions about the FBI — about the frequent “mistakes” it makes, about its imperviousness to outside investigation or legitimate criticism.

These “mistakes” are inextricably linked to basic threats to democracy in America  —  and even to the physical safety of its citizens.

And we can prove it. Here are a few stories that are well-documented — and that is why they are so hair-raising:

The FBI had advance knowledge of a contingency plot to assassinate Occupy leaders in Houston and issued no warning to those in danger.

The FBI targeted friends of the Boston bombers to silence them — to keep them from revealing, among other matters, some curious Russian aspects to the story.

The FBI was warned about the future NY/NJ bomber but did nothing.

The 1993 World Trade Center bombing occurred after the bureau pulled a key informant out of the ring behind the attack. That same year, the FBI had a human source in direct contact with Osama bin Laden and discovered that he was eager to finance terror attacks on the United States.

The FBI ignored and then covered up warnings, from one of its own agents, about a 9/11 conspirator, the so-called “20th pilot”.

The FBI discovered direct ties between 9/11 hijackers and a Florida family wired into the Saudi royal family — and has covered that up ever since.

The FBI warned the former head of the Senate Intelligence Committee to stop looking into aspects of the 9/11 attacks.

The FBI had a snitch in the middle of the Oklahoma City bombing conspiracy — before the bombing.

Reports of interviews filed by FBI agents are known to be so unreliable and dishonest that in one case, a federal judge refused to be interviewed by agents unless he was allowed to review their report and make corrections.

The FBI went viciously after selected individuals whose public-spirited acts threatened corporate interests. 

The FBI sat back while its snitch directed cyber-attacks and tried to entrap others.

The Department of Justice admitted that the FBI “microscopic hair comparison unit”regularly overstated forensic matches when testifying against criminal defendants  — which may have led to wrongful convictions in hundreds of cases.

Instead of correcting the problems they exposed, the FBI punished agents who quietly brought those problems to their attention, and who became whistleblowers only as a last resort.

Half a century ago, the FBI hyped false claims about Lee Harvey Oswald in order to connect Fidel Castro to the assassination of John F. Kennedy. 

The FBI continues to withhold evidence related to Pearl Harbor 75 years later. At the time, Hoover had been informed of a “general investigative delinquency in the field during the period immediately prior to and subsequent to Pearl Harbor.” But Hoover pointed the finger at others.

And that’s just a sampling.


Curious why the FBI still holds its vaunted and enormously powerful position atop the American establishment after so many egregious “missteps”? Why J. Edgar Hoover’s ghost has never been exorcised from the place?

In part, the blame rests with the media, which has been complicit with the FBI by continuously presenting the FBI in a falsely flattering light from its inception until now.

And in part, it rests with Democrats who wear the mantle of reformers, but perpetually play it safe, and avoid asking tough questions or demanding change.

As for Republicans, they — with the exception of Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley — have never shown the slightest interest. Indeed, the GOP has long viewed the FBI as a reliable ally with shared values.

With Trump’s election, we may have a better sense why.

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Atmospheric rivers fueled by climate change could decimate wild oysters in San Francisco Bay

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FBI agent leaked insider trading probe involving gambler, pro golfer
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Trump smart to be skeptical of FBI, CIA — just look at their track record
The Hill (blog)-
The FBI knew about but did not pursue the eventual hijackers. ... J. Edgar Hoover, head of Americas' FBI, apparently didn't trust the agent and declined to pass ...

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From Abbie Hoffman to Malcolm X, Ol' Dirty cupcake to the Insane Clown Posse, FBI files read like a veritable Who's Who of the 20th Century. This project aims to sift through the hundreds of thousands of agency archival material we've managed to get released, so we can better understand why the FBI Bureau had an eye on these people - and through that, better understand who they're keeping tabs on today.

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Police say 73-year-old shot by officer had crucifix that was mistaken for gun
Francisco Serna was killed in Bakersfield, California after police responded to a 911 call from Serna’s neighbor claiming that he was armed with a gun

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Cop in fatal wrong-way crash was full of beer
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-Oregon trooper convicted of abusing son still owns his gun
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Emotional Abuse: A manual for self-defense Kindle Edition
by Zak Mucha (Author), Joel Dvoskin (Introduction),

be written.”

Like any self-defense, we have to first identify “what hurts.” We have to recognize our own pain.

We have been socialized to believe emotional abuse is not serious. We have been taught emotional abuse itself is nothing more than “hurt feelings” and there is no “real” evidence other than the victim’s complaints. And if the only evidence is the victim’s complaints, we wrongly justify, there is no way to verify whether a person was “actually hurt.” The victim of

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A Spy Coup in America?
December 18, 2016

Exclusive: As the Electoral College assembles, U.S. intelligence agencies are stepping up a campaign to delegitimize Donald Trump as a Russian stooge, raising concerns about a spy coup in America, reports Robert Parry.

By Robert Parry

As Official Washington’s latest “group think” solidifies into certainty – that Russia used hacked Democratic emails to help elect Donald Trump – something entirely different may be afoot: a months-long effort by elements of the U.S. intelligence community to determine who becomes the next president.

I was told by a well-placed intelligence source some months ago that senior leaders of the Obama administration’s intelligence agencies – from the CIA to the FBI – were deeply concerned about either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump ascending to the presidency. And, it’s true that intelligence officials often come to see themselves as the stewards of America’s fundamental interests, sometimes needing to protect the country from dangerous passions of the public or from inept or corrupt political leaders.

CIA Director John Brennan addresses officials at the Agency’s headquarters in Langley, Virginia. (Photo credit: CIA)
It was, after all, a senior FBI official, Mark Felt, who – as “Deep Throat” – guided The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein in their Watergate investigation into the criminality of President Richard Nixon. And, I was told by former U.S. intelligence officers that they wanted to block President Jimmy Carter’s reelection in 1980 because they viewed him as ineffectual and thus not protecting American global interests.

It’s also true that intelligence community sources frequently plant stories in major mainstream publications that serve propaganda or political goals, including stories that can be misleading or entirely false.

What’s Going On?

So, what to make of what we have seen over the past several months when there have been a series of leaks and investigations that have damaged both Clinton and Trump — with some major disclosures coming, overtly and covertly, from the U.S. intelligence community led by CIA Director John Brennan and FBI Director James Comey?

FBI Director James Comey
Some sources of damaging disclosures remain mysterious. Clinton’s campaign was hobbled by leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee – showing it undercutting Clinton’s chief rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders – and from her campaign chairman John Podesta – exposing the content of her speeches to Wall Street banks that she had tried to hide from the voters and revealing the Clinton Foundation’s questionable contacts with foreign governments.

Clinton – already burdened with a reputation for secrecy and dishonesty – suffered from the drip, drip, drip of releases from WikiLeaks of the DNC and Podesta emails although it remains unclear who gave the emails to WikiLeaks. Still, the combination of the two email batches added to public suspicions about Clinton and reminded people why they didn’t trust her.

But the most crippling blow to Clinton came from FBI Director Comey in the last week of the campaign when he reopened and then re-closed the investigation into whether she broke the law with her sloppy handling of classified material in her State Department emails funneled through a home server.

Following Comey’s last-minute revival of the Clinton email controversy, her poll numbers fell far enough to enable Trump to grab three normally Democratic states – Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin – enough to give him a victory in the Electoral College.

Taking Down Trump

However, over the past few weeks, the U.S. intelligence community, led by CIA Director Brennan and seconded by FBI Director Comey, has tried to delegitimize Trump by using leaks to the mainstream U.S. news media to pin the release of the DNC and Podesta emails on Russia and claiming that Russian President Vladimir Putin was personally trying to put Trump into the White House.

Russian President Vladimir Putin during a state visit to Austria on June 24, 2014. (Official Russian government photo)
This remarkable series of assessments from the CIA – now endorsed by the leadership of the FBI – come on the eve of the Electoral College members assembling to cast their formal votes to determine who becomes the new U.S. president. Although the Electoral College process is usually simply a formality, the Russian-hacking claims made by the U.S. intelligence community have raised the possibility that enough electors might withhold their votes from Trump to deny him the presidency.

If on Monday enough Trump electors decide to cast their votes for someone else – possibly another Republican – the presidential selection could go to the House of Representatives where, conceivably, the Republican-controlled chamber could choose someone other than Trump.

In other words, there is an arguable scenario in which the U.S. intelligence community first undercut Clinton and, secondly, Trump, seeking — however unlikely — to get someone installed in the White House considered more suitable to the CIA’s and the FBI’s views of what’s good for the country.

Who Did the Leaking?

At the center of this controversy is the question of who leaked or hacked the DNC and Podesta emails. The CIA has planted the story in The Washington Post, The New York Times and other mainstream outlets that it was Russia that hacked both the DNC and Podesta emails and slipped the material to WikiLeaks with the goal of assisting the Trump campaign. The suggestion is that Trump is Putin’s “puppet,” just as Hillary Clinton alleged during the third presidential debate.

Former British Ambassador Craig Murray
But WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has publicly denied that Russia was the source of the leaks and one of his associates, former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan Craig Murray, has suggested that the DNC leak came from a “disgruntled” Democrat upset with the DNC’s sandbagging of the Sanders campaign and that the Podesta leak came from the U.S. intelligence community.

Although Assange recently has sought to muzzle Murray’s public comments – out of apparent concern for protecting the identity of sources – Murray offered possibly his most expansive account of the sourcing during a podcast interview with Scott Horton on Dec. 13.

Murray, who became a whistleblower himself when he protested Britain’s tolerance of human rights abuses in Uzbekistan, explained that he consults with Assange and cooperates with WikiLeaks “without being a formal member of the structure.”

But he appears to have undertaken a mission for WikiLeaks to contact one of the sources (or a representative) during a Sept. 25 visit to Washington where he says he met with a person in a wooded area of American University. At the time, Murray was at American University participating in an awards ceremony for former CIA officer John Kiriakou who was being honored by a group of former Western intelligence officials, the Sam Adams Associates, named for the late Vietnam War-era CIA analyst and whistleblower Sam Adams.

Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern, a founder of the Sam Adams group, told me that Murray was “m-c-ing” the event but then slipped away, skipping a reception that followed the award ceremony.

Reading Between LInes

Though Murray has declined to say exactly what the meeting in the woods was about, he may have been passing along messages about ways to protect the source from possible retaliation, maybe even an extraction plan if the source was in some legal or physical danger.

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Story That Russia Does Not Want You to See: The Rosneft Share “Sale” as a Sham Transaction
Posted on December 17, 2016 by WashingtonsBlog
By John Helmer, the longest continuously serving foreign correspondent in Russia, and the only western journalist to direct his own bureau independent of single national or commercial ties. Helmer has also been a professor of political science, and an advisor to government heads in Greece, the United States, and Asia. He is the first and only member of a US presidential administration (Jimmy Carter) to establish himself in Russia. Originally published at Dances with Bears

Preface (and title above) by Naked Capitalism:

John Helmer’s site came under heavy attack as soon as he posted this story. It was not the usual DDoS attack, which can be launched by script kiddies, but a sophisticated hack aimed at the internals of his site. It succeeded in taking his site down.

This effort to quash Helmer’s story has backfired. It is being rushed into print in two different countries. The attacks had the effect of validating its importance.

As Helmer said via e-mail:

For obvious reasons, not one of the Russian agitprop sites will run it, and the Moscow Russian press cannot. Sechin is suing them for reporting the obvious.

As famous hoaxers go, Igor Sechin, the chief executive of Rosneft, Russia’s largest oil company, is at least as clever as Clever Hans, a German horse of the late 19th century.

Hans was apparently good at arithmetic. If his owner asked him to multiply three by four, he would tap his hoof twelve times. He could tell the square root of sixteen by tapping four times. He was also able to give answers to questions he hadn’t heard before. So he was a very famous horse in Germany. That was until a sceptical psychologist realized Hans would only get the answers right if his owner also knew the answers, and if the horse could see him when the questions were asked. If the owner or another questioner was invisible to the horse’s eye, Hans would fail. He even bit the psychologist after a string of tests produced wrong answers. The psychologist’s conclusion was that the horse was gifted, but not at arithmetic. Hans could detect the visual cues his questioner would give out when the horse was reaching the correct number of hoof taps, and he would stop. The owner wasn’t attempting a fraud, and Hans was exceptionally intelligent. But his calculations were a hoax.

In last week’s Rosneft share sale — the deal President Vladimir Putin has called the biggest privatization in Russia, and also the biggest oil sector sell-off in the world this year — clever Igor, like clever Hans, has proved his indubitable intelligence. But the arithmetic which the president has announced — €10.5 billion paid into the Russian state budget – is a hoax. That’s because a curtain has been drawn across all questions of where the money has come from.

In fact, Kremlin and Russian banking sources acknowledge, the money originated from the Central Bank of Russia, recycled through the Russian state banks to Rosneft and back, and finally concealed inside secret fiduciary agreements with a consortium of Glencore, the Swiss trading company, and the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), an Arabian Gulf state agency. The agreements appear to make Glencore and QIA the owners of a 19.5% shareholding in Rosneft – when they are fiduciary shareholders – and that’s not the same thing as owners.

“The transaction has been financed by money creation by the Central Bank”, said a source close to the dealmakers. “The Central Bank can’t simply print money and give it to the federal budget. So this deal was engineered for Glencore and the Qataris to appear to be buying shares when the terms of the agreement reward them for acting as fiduciaries, but ensure they cannot vote the shares without instruction from the Russian state; that’s Mr Sechin. This means the privatization of the shares isn’t genuine. Also, three-quarters of the money going into the state budget is coming from the Central Bank.”

A Russian banker in London comments: “There’s a golden rule in Russian banking. If you fiddle around, never involve foreigners because in the end they will expose you. The announced terms of the Rosneft deal cannot stand the light of day. Inevitably, the truth will come out.” According to Swiss sources, the truth has already been demanded by the US Government of the Swiss Government, which will obtain the contracts from Glencore.

Until the start of this month, the Russian government held 69.5% of Rosneft through a wholly owned state enterprise called Rosneftegaz. British Petroleum (BP) owned 19.75%, and the National Settlement Depository, 10.36%. https://www.rosneft.com/Investors/Equit ... structure/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

When Putin met Sechin on December 7 to announce the privatization sale of a 19.5% shareholding in Rosneft, it was pats on the back all round. http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/53431" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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“[PUTIN] Mr Sechin, I would like to congratulate you on the conclusion of a privatisation deal to sell a large stake in our leading oil and gas company Rosneft: 19.5 percent. The deal was made on an upward trend in the price of oil and it therefore reflects on the value of the company itself. In this respect, the timing is very good and the overall value of the deal is significant: 10.5 billion euros…I very much hope that new investors – a consortium of the Qatar state fund and Glencore, a major international trading company – I hope that their participation in managing bodies will improve corporate procedure and the company’s transparency and will ultimately increase its capitalisation. Meanwhile, the company’s controlling stake will remain in the hands of the Russian state: over 50 percent. Overall, this is a very good result. I would like to congratulate all of you, your colleagues who have worked on it. And naturally, the question arises: when will the money come to the Russian budget?”

“[SECHIN] “This amounts to over 1 trillion rubles, which will come to the budget, including 10.5 billion euros for Rosneft’s 19.5 percent stake. The consortium that will become Rosneft’s shareholder was established by the Qatar Sovereign Wealth Fund and Glencore trading company, which is our long-standing partner. The consortium participants hold equal stakes: 50 percent each. Payment to the state budget will be made both with our own resources and with a loan organised by one of Europe’s largest banks…Overall, the privatisation of 49 percent of Rosneft in a series of transactions has earned us $30 billion, no, nearly $34 billion, which is four times more than returns from all other privatisation transactions in Russia’s oil and gas sector.”

“I am sure that the high standards of our investors and Rosneft’s transition to a new dividend payment system, which the Government has approved at 35 percent, will definitely improve the company’s capitalisation, including the state-owned stake. We estimate the state-owned stake after the transaction at approximately 80 billion rubles…Also, I would like to say that we received the necessary amount of assistance from the Government while preparing the deal.”

“[PUTIN] “The budget must receive the full sum in the ruble equivalent, in rubles.”

The London market, where Rosneft is listed, was not persuaded by the valuation of the 19.5% shareholding. By conversion of €10.5 billion into US dollars on the deal day, December 7 — $11.13 billion – the transaction figure turns out to be $300 million less than the market capitalization of Rosneft the day before at $11.43 billion. Glencore and QIA got themselves a 3% bargain.


Source: https://www.bloomberg.com/quote/ROSN:LI" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; The market capitalization of Rosneft on December 7 was $58.6 billion.

The pickup in the Rosneft share price since has followed the rise of the crude oil price. That has helped enhance the subsequent gain in the value of the foreign consortium’s side of the deal. The market value of Glencore’s and QIA’s 9.75% stakes on December 7 was $5.7 billion apiece. With the rise in Rosneft’s share price by December 13, their stakes are now worth $6.8 billion.

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After four years behind bars, journalist and activist Barrett Brown was released from federal prison on the morning of November 29, 2016, and ordered to report to a halfway house in Dallas, Texas. “I was picked up by my parents and Alex Winter and his camera crew,” Brown told Shadowproof. “They filmed me on the six-hour drive over to Dallas. We had to get to the halfway house by 4:00 pm, or it would be an escape charge. So, we barely made it.” “[The Bureau of Prisons] originally gave me less time than was necessary to get there, and I had to go in there and forcibly get them to give me an hour more,” he said. “They also told me falsely that I could go in any car, and it wouldn’t be any problem, when in fact I could actually go back to jail for not being in a registered car.” SOURCE: SHADOWPROOF

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US politics
Leak reveals Rex Tillerson was director of Bahamas-based US-Russian oil firm
Documents from tax haven will raise more questions over suitability of Donald Trump’s pick for US secretary of state

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

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Not the First Time a Terror Suspect Apparently Left a Paper Trail -- or Was Previously Known

Photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from DutchGamingCommunity DGC / YouTube, Bundesrepublik Deutschland / Wikimedia and Screenshot
Today, WhoWhatWhy has seen heavy traffic coming from Google searches that point to a story we ran almost two years ago. Why the sudden interest? It took us only a moment to discover the connection: We had written about the odd phenomenon of terrorists repeatedly leaving ID papers behind at the scene. And now, with the Berlin truck attack, we see yet another such example.

We also see that, in a pattern we have previously reported on with other terror incidents, the suspect was already known to authorities — had even been in custody, but was released.

From CNN:

The Berlin truck attack suspect had been arrested in August with forged documents on his way to Italy but was released by a judge, a German security official tells CNN.

The suspect’s identity papers were found inside the truck used in Monday’s attack on a Christmas market, which left 12 people dead, German security officials said.

The suspect was known to German security services as someone in contact with radical Islamist groups, and had been assessed as posing a risk, Interior Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia Ralf Jaeger told reporters.

The suspect was believed to have entered Germany in July 2015, Jaeger said. His asylum request was refused in June, and Tunisian authorities were informed when the deportation process started.

What does it all mean? That’s for you to decide. You can start by reading the original article, below.

Original story:
One intriguing—if barely discussed—aspect of the Paris massacre was the quick progress authorities made in their investigation.

According to CNN, this was thanks to a staggering error—by one of the two now-dead alleged perpetrators. The man, Said Kouachi, reportedly left his identification card in the abandoned getaway vehicle. “It was their only mistake,” Dominique Rizet, police and justice consultant for CNN-affiliate BFMTV, opined.

Said Kouachi’s ID card. Allegedly found in the getaway car.

Nonetheless, it was a most curious mistake.

After all, this is the same man who went to such trouble to seemingly hide his identity by wearing a mask.


Intriguingly, such apparent gaffes have marked other watershed violence. Consider these examples, and draw your own conclusion:

The Bundle of James Earl Ray: The accused killer of Martin Luther King escaped from a prison shortly before the attack, and left several items on the sidewalk near the assassination site—in a bundle that included his rifle, binoculars, clothing, his prison radio, and a newspaper clipping revealing where King would be staying.

Bundle of evidence dropped by James Earl Ray.

The Wallet of Lee Harvey Oswald: The alleged assassin of John F. Kennedy and killer of Officer J.D.Tippit purportedly dropped his wallet, which was found at the scene of Tippit’s murder. To some, this appeared a little too neat. In any case, original law enforcement reports with this scenario were almost immediately replaced by another version: that the police took the wallet from him after he was arrested. (See “Assignment: Oswald” by former FBI agent James P. Hosty.)

Oswald’s military ID, said to have been stained by FBI fingerprinting fluid.

Contents of Oswald’s wallet.

The Visa of Satam al-Suqami: This identify document of one of the alleged 9/11 hijackers somehow survived unscathed a few blocks from the twin towers, though the plane itself was virtually obliterated.

Visa belonging to Satam al-Suqami

The Passports belonging to Ziad Jarrah and Saeed al-Ghamdi: The passports of two alleged hijackers of United Airlines Flight 93 supposedly survived the fiery crash in Pennsylvania that left the aircraft itself charred and widely scattered—with one passport entirely intact.

Remains of Ziad Jarrah’s visa.

Passport of Saeed al-Ghamdi

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General James “Mad Hog” Mattis: A Typical Trump Appointment
December 24, 2016
As a Marine my initial impression was that Mad Hog was a good appointment as secretary of defense. I had read somewhere after it was first announced that he was not like the other generals who left service in retirement. He was substantially different. A bachelor and a scholar of military history. The article I read spoke of his independence and unwillingness to be like those who sold their souls to the industries surviving on military contracts.

I heard he had a stellar reputation. He reportedly served the American people from 1969 to 2013 a period of 44 years. It was actually 41 years because he did not go on active service until 1972. He retired on May 22, 2013, three and a half years ago. I pictured him sitting at home studying his books and living on his $237,144 yearly pension while shaking his head at those other greedy bastards who sold themselves to the highest bidder. A true patriot and man of the people.

Then I learned the truth. It turned my stomach to learn he is probably worse than the others. He has turned himself into an industry whore seeking to benefit the people employing him and himself by using his military connections to get contracts for his new bosses. I feel so bad that he went for the big bucks. I now question where his loyalties lie. What will do once he has control of the defense department?

Just recently at a friend’s house in Maine I was telling how great it was that Maddis had been nominated for the position. I explained how after he served in the Marines he was not tempted to sell himself to some private industry so he could use his connections with his underlings to get good deals for himself and his company.

Maybe it is just me that gets turned off by these people constantly ripping off the taxpayers by using inside connections to help their new best friend get contracts they can not get competing on the merits. I know it is common practice. Inside dealings will become more common under the president-elect but it still turns me off seeing all the undeserving pigs at the government trough.

Are you aware as noted here the Pentagon has buried “an internal study that exposed $125 billion in administrative waste in its business operations.” The Pentagon spends $134 billion dollars a year not on preparation for war but on “core business operations such as accounting, human resources, logistics and property management.” You want to know why. It’s because of hogs like Mattis.

Mad Hog went to work for General Dynamics three months after retiring gaining a position on its board of directors. General Dynamics is a big military contractor and as noted here “a $30-billion colossus that heavily relies on Pentagon contracts overseen by the Defense Secretary.” which is vying to get its share of the budget. He has received from General Dynamics in his three years almost $600,000 in salary and $900, 00 in company stock.

You know one thing, General Dynamics is not a charity. It expects a good return on its money. While working there Mad Hog went before Congress saying the caps on spending were jeopardizing our national security.

It gets worse. He was pushing a company’s product while in a command position and then went to work for the company, Theranos, two months after retiring. In 2012 while the head of operations in the Middle East and Central Asia he pressured the Army to buy Theranos blood testing equipment which had not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use. Last year Theranos was warned by the FDA to stop using an uncleared blood collection device.

Mattis and the president of Theranos 27-year-old Eizabeth Holmes (shown above) met in 2011 at a Marine Memorial event. Mattis, was smitten. Despite being busy overseeing the war in Afghanistan as commander of the U.S. Central Command, he expressed interest in testing Theranos’s technology in combat areas, according to the e-mails. “I’ve met with my various folks and we’re kicking this into overdrive,” Mattis wrote to Holmes in June 2012. “I’m convinced that your invention will be a game-changer for us and I want it to be given the opportunity for a demonstration in-theater soonest.”

Mattis knew nothing about the field. Theranos “was running most of its tests on devices made by other firms instead of its own “breakthrough” technology.” Here you can read more. There’s more here and here.

I had Mattis on a pedestal until I saw he was just another military hog. Bad enough he signed with General Dynamics but what about while in charge pushing an untested device to be used in combat when lives were on the line. I wonder what and how Theranos paid him.

I guess you could say that Ike was very prescient. Does capitalism really ruin a man’s soul? Are there no good men left?

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Black family brutalized by Texas cop for reporting assault

Thursday, December 22, 2016, 9:33 AM

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December 21-22, 2016 -- Obama's Halloween scare for America: he threatened Putin over the "Red Phone" with war
publication date: Dec 21, 2016
Obama almost became the final president of the United States on October 31, 2016.

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Several police officers with the Jersey City Police Department are under federal criminal investigation in connection with an alleged private security and no-show job scandal.
Sources familiar with the investigation said as many as 10 police officers could be charged with corruption early next year.

Jersey City police officers can work security jobs while off duty, but private business must hire them through the city and pay extra administrative fees to the city. But a group of officers allegedly ran their own security operation, according to investigators, at times demanding cash payments from construction firms to avoid city rules and fees.
In many cases, off-duty officers were paid even though they did not show up at sites where private security

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All the celebrities who turned down performing at inauguration
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Friday, December 23, 2016, 10:48 AM

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Son of Ohio cop dies after shooting himself with father's gun

Updated: Friday, December 23, 2016, 1:09 PM

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L.I. officer commits suicide three days before Christmas: cops

Friday, December 23, 2016, 12:08 AM

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Rockettes get Scrooged as they're told to dance for Trump
or else!
Friday, December 23, 2016, 9:39 AM


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Cop busted after posting photo of NYC family cuffed on Snapchat
December 23, 2016, 11:13 PM

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Texas teen who recorded violent arrests of mom, sister speaks out
Friday, December 23, 2016, 1:42 PM

Mother and daughter who were arrested speak in front of police station

The black Texas teenager who recorded video of a white officer violently arresting her little sister and mom said she was scared for her life and wanted to document the altercation in case the cop pulled out his gun.

“We see police kill people every day on video. And that could have easily been my mother, myself or my 15-year-old sister,” Brea Hymond, 19, said at a news conference Thursda

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Off-duty NYPD cop accidentally shoots himself in the hand

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Saturday, December 24, 2016, 10:55 AM

The 24-year-old cop called 911 and paramedics took him to Elmhurst Hospital, where he was in stable condition. (VIC NICASTRO/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS )
An off-duty police officer accidentally shot himself in the hand in Queens early Saturday, officials said.

The 24-year-old cop was sitting in his car at Steinway St. and 23rd Ave. in Astoria when the gun discharged

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Photo Credit: Steve Jurvetson / Wikimedia adapted by WhoWhatWhy
Many leading conservative voices are telling President-elect Donald Trump to trash the international nuclear deal with Iran.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he looks forward to speaking to Trump about “what to do about this bad deal.”

Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS), nominated as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, said: “I look forward to rolling back this disastrous deal with the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism.”

Retired General James Mattis, Trump’s choice for Secretary of Defense, said, “The Iranian regime, in my mind, is the single most enduring threat to stability and peace in the Middle East.”

Former Defense Intelligence Agency Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Trump’s choice for national security adviser, said: “I don’t trust Iran. … What I’ve seen over certainly the last 10 years, if not the last 30, they are not a nation to be trusted. … Stop all engines on this nuclear deal. Take a step back. Really take a deep-dive look at everything going on in the Middle East.”

We suggest they also take a “deep-dive look” at the US track record when it comes to complying with these kinds of deals. See our story below, first published August 4, 2015.

Trump, who fancies himself a master negotiator, is also an expert when it comes to not honoring agreements. None of this bodes well for US-Iranian relations and the future of a deal involving six countries that took years to craft.

If you think Iran presents the greatest danger of nuclear war today, think again.

It is none other than the United States that has consistently violated the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty—and it’s these violations that are one of the main drivers of the spread of nuclear weapons and the threat of nuclear war across the world.

While some worry about inspecting Iran’s nuclear facilities, Americans should be pushing first for inspecting something nearer to home: the embarrassing and dangerous record of nuclear treaty violations committed by the US and its fellow nuclear states.

And there’s something else that bears closer inspection: how the mainstream media’s misreporting about nuclear armaments played a key role in justifying the Iraq war and other recent conflicts.

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Meet Trump’s Worst Nominees For Civil Liberties

December 19, 2016 – Throughout the campaign, President-elect Donald Trump made shocking promises to create a Muslim registry, championed stop and frisk, and in general promised us more profiling, more surveillance, and less protections for civil liberties. His cabinet nom… [Read More]
What Does Gen. John Kelly Mean for Civil Liberties?

December 19, 2016 – DHS is responsible for a number of areas where civil liberties are concerned. It oversees immigration enforcement, as well as, the US response to the border. DHS has been implicated in the monitoring of domestic social movements. It is therefore highly inappropriate that Kelly, given his background of human rights abuses and anti-civil libertarian views, would be named to head the DHS.

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

Postby msfreeh » Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:38 pm

Bonus Read

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Brother of Fla. airport shooting suspect blames FBI

Saturday, January 7, 2017, 11:08 PM

The unhinged Army veteran who flew 5,000 miles to execute five strangers at a Florida airport could face the death penalty for his baggage carousel killing spree.

Esteban Santiago, described by his brother as a walking time bomb, was charged with an act of violence resulting in death at an international airport — making him eligible for federal execution.

“(The) charges represent the gravity of the situation and reflect the commitment of federal, state and local law enforcement personnel to continually protect the community and prosecute those who target our residents and visitors,” said U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer.

A day after the massacre — the nation’s first mass shooting of 2017 — investigators were still stumped over why Santiago, 26, flew from his home in Alaska to target passengers at the Fort Lauderdale airport.

Victims identified after mass shooting at Fort Lauderdale Airport
A federal complaint revealed the New Jersey-born Santiago told the investigators that his carnage was planned, right down to purchasing a one-way ticket to Florida.

Esteban Ruiz Santiago, 26, was taken into custody after the shooting. (BROWARD SHERIFF'S OFFICE/AP)
As officials searched for a motive, Santiago’s brother said the assault could easily have been prevented if the FBI had stepped up and used a little common sense.

“We’re not talking about someone who emerged from anonymity to do something like this,” siblin

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Black Lives Matter And Police: In Portland, Unusual Punishment For Civil Disobedience
Protesters in Maine cut a plea deal with prosecutors.

01/06/17 AT 3:19 PM
Black Lives Matter Protesters Block M4 Route Into Heathrow Airport

Activists in Portland, Maine, were arrested last summer after blocking a downtown intersection for several hours to protest the shooting deaths of unarmed black men in Minnesota and Louisiana. The 17 protesters struck a plea deal Thursday with the local district attorney. Their punishment? Talk with police.

The defendants are the first in the history of the state of Maine to enter a restorative justice program for civil

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Blogger is asked to delete info on Oregon refuge informants
Herald and News (blog)-
Hunt said an FBI agent on Thursday handed him a cease-and-desist order signed by Holsinger, chief of the criminal division in the Oregon U.S. Attorney's Office, ...

FBI Octopus

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Ex-Abilene FBI agent Macnoll growing beef cattle dream
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Four being considered for U.S. attorney in northern Ohio, sources say
He is a former FBI agent and also worked as a special assistant U.S. attorney. McCaffrey has taken on several high-profile cases, including defending Jerrell ...

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Did The FBI Use Best Buy Co Inc's (NYSE:BBY) Informant To ...
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No Civil Rights Charges in Police Killing of Paralyzed Man
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The FBI has decided to let one of its Playpen defendants walk rather than turn over information on its Network Investigative Technique. The NIT, deployed

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Airport shooting suspect used gun once seized by police, confesses
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The Indian Express
iPhone stoush: FBI hides identity of firm that obtained data
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New York Sun
The superintendent rejected the bribe and arrested the hapless fellow who proffered it, only to discover that “briber” was attempting a sting for the FBI. Bridgeport ...

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

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President Trump thanks FBI for ensuring
his election win

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It's President Trump
The president rode in his official vehicle for the first portion of the parade and stepped out in front of FBI headquarters along Pennsylvania Avenue. He got back ...

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Retired FBI agent Jim Feldkamp, who twice was the Republican nominee to challenge Democratic Rep. Peter DeFazio in Oregon’s 4th Congressional District, has been charged with secretly recording himself having consensual sex with a university student in Arlington, Va., according to local media reports.

Feldkamp, 53, a Roseburg native, ran twice for Congress, in 2004 and 2006, each time securing the GOP nomination. But he lost heavily against DeFazio in the general election on both occasions.

Feldkamp has been an adjunct professor at George Mason University in Virginia since 2008. He met the female student on campus but wasn’t teaching her at the time of the alleged recording, according to the media reports. They had consensual sex last August, but the student allegedly didn’t agree to Feldkamp recording their encounter.

The student found the camera in Feldkamp’s apartment and saw the video. After Feldkamp allegedly downplayed the recording, the woman called police.

Feldkamp first was arrested in November, court records show. He’s facing a charge of nonconsensually filming a person in the nude. That’s a first-class misdemeanor in Virginia, punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine. Feldkamp is due back in court on Jan. 31, according to court records.

Feldkamp, a former Navy commander and FBI special agent, taught courses on domestic and international terrorism at George Mason. But his faculty

FBI Lost and Found

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Machine-gun stolen from FBI agent's car
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Secret Service, Agents Settle Over Racial Discrimination Allegations

January 18, 20178:06 AM ET

A member of the Secret Service stands guard while President Obama attends a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton in August 2016 in College Park, Ga.
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A long-running lawsuit accusing the Secret Service of discriminating against black agents appears to be coming to an end without a trial.

The Department of Homeland Security, the Secret Service and more than 100 agents have reached a settlement agreement, the department says. A court still needs to approve the settlement.

The Washington Post reports that the agreement calls for the Secret Service to pay $24 million, including lump sum payments as high as $300,000 per agent, but does not require the agency to admit wrongdoing.

In a statement late Tuesday, Homeland Security Secretary

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When Nixons Henchmen Plotted to Assassinate a Journalist
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Thursday, January 19, 2017
Why is the Deep State Fighting So Hard Against Trump? His treatment of women, Mexicans, Muslims is the last thing they care about
From Mike Whitney at Counterpunch, what we all should consider, as we seek to understand the craziness of the last several months : 
"Trump wants to fundamentally change Washington’s  approach to policy, that is, he wants to abandon the destabilizing wars and regime change operations that have characterized US policy in the past and work collaboratively with countries like Russia that have a mutual interest in establishing regional security and fighting terrorism.
This has not been warmly received in Washington, in fact, Trump’s recommendations have triggered a firestorm among elites who now believe that he is a serious threat to their interests. Recent attacks in the media and preemptive provocations with Russia, suggest that an effort to remove the new president from office is already underway. We expect that these attacks will only intensify in the weeks ahead. Here’s an excerpt from the speech Trump delivered in Cincinnati on December 1 that is the source of the controversy: 
“We will pursue a new foreign policy that finally learns from the mistakes of the past…We will stop looking to topple regimes and overthrow governments…. Our goal is stability not chaos, because we want to rebuild our country [the United States]… We will partner with any nation that is willing to join us in the effort to defeat ISIS and radical Islamic terrorism …In our dealings with other countries, we will seek shared interests wherever possible and pursue a new era of peace, understanding, and good will.” 
None of the major media published Trump’s comments, and for 'good' reason. The statement is a straightforward repudiation of the last 70 years of US foreign policy during which time the United States has either overthrown or attempted to overthrow 57  foreign governments according to author William Blum. Removing governments that refuse to follow Washington’s diktats has been a mainstay of US foreign policy for the better part of the last century. Regime change is what we do. And while GOP administrations have relied more on direct military power (Re: Afghanistan, Iraq) as opposed to the more covert operations (proxy-wars –Syria, Ukraine, Libya) preferred by the Democrats,  both parties fully support the violent and illegal ousting of foreign leaders provided Washington’s geopolitical objectives are achieved. 
Trump has charted a different course altogether, which is why the media, the Intelligence Community, the political establishment and the deep state puppet-masters who operate behind the curtain,  have abandoned all restraint and are doing whatever they can to delegitimize him, back him into a corner and potentially remove him from office. .."

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Video shows police cornering mentally ill man and fatally shooting him: 'This was an execution'

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NYPD unable to direct trained cops to deal with mentally ill
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Thursday, January 19, 2017, 1:58 PM

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Two 17-year-old girls claim cops roughed them close to school
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, January 19, 2017, 8:19 PM

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Retired FBI agent to be featured author at library
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"Behind the Mask" is an FBI thriller about an idealistic FBI agent who goes deep undercover to befriend and infiltrate a dangerous group of domestic terrorists.

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Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Continues to Eat Away at ...
The Patriot Act permitted FBI agents to write their own search warrants for business records (including medical, legal, postal and banking records), and ...

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Project Star Gate: CIA makes details of its psychic control plans public

The project looked to use 'remote viewing' and telekinesis as a weapon
Wednesday 18 January 2017

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Jan. 20, 2017

Huntington Beach police detective charged with stealing from officers' donation fund

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Jan. 20, 2017

L.A. County sheriff's deputy arrested in fatal stabbing of wife

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Jan. 20, 2017
LAPD officers ordered to stand trial on charges they covered up crash, filed false reports

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Hawaii Republicans gather to watch Trump inauguration
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FBI Octopus
Making FBI tentacles visible

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Ex-FBI sleuth recalls tracking stolen art
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Before Lynne McKee became the manager of the Benton County Fairgrounds, she was the head of the FBI's international art theft investigation program.

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About Town
Elk Grove Citizen
The Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Feb. 3 breakfast that will feature a FBI special agent who will give a talk on cyber security for businesses.

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FBI tech sentenced to 2 years in China spy case
A former technician for the FBI who pleaded guilty in August to charges of acting as an agent of the Chinese government and passing sensitive information was ...

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What has the FBI been up to for the past 15 years, and will a Trump ...
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Device with propane tank explodes next to Police Car

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Chattez: Rep member promises to keep investigating Clinton

Though the FBI recommended not prosecuting Clinton, Chaffetz promised after the election to continue his independent House probe.

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

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12,000+ Tweets about Assassinating Trump Create Challenge for Secret Service

Since Donald Trump’s Inauguration Day, more than 12,000 people have tweeted “assassinate Trump,” causing a headache for the Secret Service.

Some of the tweets are jokes or hyperbolic, but some are serious, Mashable reports.

But it’s unclear how serious the Secret Service is taking the tweets.

There are reports of agents arriving at the homes of social media users, including a Kentucky woman who tweeted, “If someone was cruel enough to assassinate MLK, maybe someone will be kind enough to assassinate Trump.”

An Ohio man was charged with making threats to Trump following several tweets about killing the Republican on election night.

“It’s the people who have a true and genuine intent to do harm that

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new doc film 10 stars out of 10

I Am Not Your Negro review – James Baldwin's words weave film of immense power
5 / 5 stars

Raoul Peck’s stunning look at the civil rights era ends up as the writer’s presumptive autobiography, but it gets there via an unexpected route

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D.A. investigator's lawsuit says he was beaten and unlawfully detained by L.A. County sheriff's deputies

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San Francisco Police Pull Out of FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force

San Francisco police are pulling out of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force as the city continues to distance itself from the Trump administration.

Civil liberty leaders have long criticized the collaboration with the FBI because the task force authorized police to gather intelligence on people engaging in protests and religious services, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Police suggested they stopped participating in the task force because the memorandum of understanding was set to

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Off duty cop critically injured, woman killed in Bronx car crash
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Thursday, February 2, 2017, 10:54

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Muslim cop claims she was harassed at NYPD for wearing hijab
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 6:35 PM

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Secret Rules 'Enable FBI Spying' on Reporters

According to a new report by The Intercept, classified FBI rules enable agents to obtain the phone records of journalists with only

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Pastor gets caught sleeping with man's wife, flees naked

Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 4:20 PM

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San Bernardino deputy caught on video threatening to 'create' charges and send man to jail

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Fukushima nuclear reactor radiation at highest level since 2011 meltdown
Extra Extraordinary readings pile pressure on operator Tepco in its efforts to decommission nuclear power station

February 2017 05.19 EST Last modified on Friday 3 February 2017 17.00 EST

Radiation levels inside a damaged reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station are at their highest since the plant suffered a triple meltdown almost six years ago.

The facility’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), said atmospheric readings as high as 530 sieverts an hour had been recorded inside the containment vessel of reactor No 2, one of three reactors that experienced a meltdown when the plant was crippled by a huge tsunami that struck the north-east coast of Japan in March 2011.

The extraordinary radiation readings highlight the scale of the task confronting thousands of workers, as pressure builds on Tepco to begin decommissioning the plant – a process that is expected to take about four decades.

The recent reading, described by some experts as “unimaginable”, is far higher than the previous record of 73 sieverts an hour in that part of the reactor.

A single dose of one sievert is enough to cause radiation sickness and nausea; 5 sieverts would kill half those exposed to it within a month, and a single dose of 10 sieverts would prove fatal within weeks.

Tepco also said image analysis had revealed a hole in metal grating beneath the same reactor’s pressure vessel. The one-metre-wide hole was probably created by nuclear fuel that melted and then

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Jury finds Miami-Dade detective guilty of civil rights violations
William Kostopoulos could face up to 22 years in prison

By Andrea Torres - Digital Reporter/Producer
Posted: 7:44 PM, February 03, 2017

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Federal trial likely for cop accused of stealing

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Judge Lifts Secret Gag Order on WhatsApp
The documents reveal a New York FBI agent used a grand jury subpoena to demand subscriber information and communications log for the WhatsApp user.

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Deputy arrested on
Fraud Charges Stemming From Faked Burglary

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Border Patrol Union Pushed for Muslim Ban From Breitbart News Studios
Feb 3, 2017, 12:37pm

An official from a union representing U.S. Border Patrol agents suggested the union, which backed President Trump's 2016 campaign, should be credited with the president's executive orders banning travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

Shawn Moran, vice president of media relations for the union representing 18,000 agents and support personnel in the U.S. Border Patrol, suggested in a recent Green Line episode that NBPC should be credited with the president's executive orders banning travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
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Months before President Trump issued sweeping anti-immigration executive orders, he told U.S. Border Patrol employees that their union would play a critical role in cracking down on asylum seekers and refugees seeking to enter the United States.

In July, Trump appeared on the Green Line, the National Border Patrol Council’s (NBPC) podcast, promising Border Patrol agents they would be “given the tools” to patrol the border as they saw fit.

The weekly podcast is recorded at several Breitbart News Studios, which is owned by the white nationalist site Breitbart.

Trump has avid backers in the unions behind Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Border Patrol that combined, represent 21,000 immigration officers. Shawn Moran, vice president of media relations for the Border Patrol union, representing 18,000 agents and support personnel in the U.S. Border Patrol, suggested in a recent Green Line episode that the NBPC should be credited with the president’s executive orders banning travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

“This is not the result of anybody in the chain of command at the Reagan Building doing anything. … Don’t even think for a second this has anything to do with the commissioner [of Customs and Border Protection] or the chief of the Border Patrol, because it’s not,” said Moran, who in the podcast often conflates immigration with terrorism and charges that “illegals” are responsible for a number of social ills. “It’s because of the hard work of border patrol agents nationwide. We found somebody that was willing to listen, we supported him, he got elected, and now he is following through on what some people thought were just hyperbolic campaign promises.”

Like Trump, Moran often characterizes undocumented immigrants as criminals and murderers, often citing the case of Kathryn Steinle, who was shot and killed in San Francisco in 2015. An undocumented immigrant is charged with murder in Steinle’s death and is awaiting trial.

Trump during the 2016 campaign repeatedly referenced Steinle’s story, relying on unsupported and anecdotal evidence about the number of murders carried out by undocumented immigrants to justify draconian immigration laws. But according to studies conducted by the American Immigration Council and others, “immigrants are less likely to commit serious crimes or be behind bars than the native-born, and high rates of immigration are associated with lower rates of violent crime and property crime. This holds true for both legal immigrants and the unauthorized, regardless of their country of origin or level of education. In other words, the overwhelming majority of immigrants are not ‘criminals’ by any commonly accepted definition of the term.”

Trump is one of many anti-immigrant leaders to appear on the Border Patrol union’s Green Line podcast. Others include former Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, known for “terrorizing” undocumented immigrants; and Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the anti-immigrant group Center for Immigration Studies, whose research was used as a reference on Trump’s campaign website for his formal immigration policies.

Moran said, “Thank God for Brandon Darby, thank God for Breitbart News.”

Darby is a former FBI informant and the managing director of Breitbart. He is responsible for articles such as, “Border Patrol Union: Feds Risking Agents’ Lives to Appease ‘Fringe’ Groups,” a reference to Border Patrol agents having their vehicles affixed with cameras after allegations of abuse and corruption. Darby has featured Moran in his work and has quoted him extensively. Usually, Moran is openly critical of Border Patrol officials, accusing the federal immigration agency of “backing down” to “special interest groups,” such as human rights organizations fighti

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

Postby msfreeh » Thu Feb 23, 2017 8:40 pm

FBI Informant Ahned Salem confirned as creator of 1993 World Trade Centee bombing

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Few Americans will mourn sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, who died after two decades in prison for conspiracy to overthrow the U.S. government.

To most, the blind sheik was the cartoon-caricature jihadist who masterminded the first World Trade Center bombing.

Having represented him for a short time, with the late William Kunstler, I have a different view of the case and the man.

The sheik was convicted entirely upon the content of conversations he had with a federal informant, an agent of the hated Mubarak regime. There was no evidence that he ever participated in orders, or directed others, to commit any crime against the U.S. or against Americans.

Indeed, Abdel-Rahman liked being in the United States. From a modest apartment in New Jersey, he recorded and sent cassettes of his teachings to his followers in Egypt, without fearing arrest and torture.

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FBI Crime family authorized some informants to engage in unlawful activity at refuge

FBI Informants engaged in unlawful activity

While Bretzing was questioned further about the FBI's use of informants or if he gave any approval for them to engage in unlawful activity while at the refuge, he said he didn't have direct knowledge.

Bretzing said he would have been "briefed on the activities of informants,'' but wasn't familiar with them by name, other than that of informant Mark McConnell. He said he couldn't say whether or not an FBI informant had participated in guard duty or fortifying the refuge.

"I'm not familiar with each place the confidential human source may have been at,'' Bretzing said.

In contrast, FBI Special Agent Ronnie Walker, who was called by the government as a witness later in the day, was very clear. He testified that some informants were authorized to engage in "otherwise unlawful activity'' during the occupation.

Prosecutors have said there were nine informants sent into the refuge during the occupation.

Walker, the FBI's trial agent for the case, said informants' range of stays at the refuge ran from two hours to 23 days.

Fabio Minoggio, who was outed by the defense in the first Oregon standoff trial, was the last informant to leave the refuge on the night of Jan. 26, 2016, after the fatal police shooting of occupation spokesman Robert "LaVoy" Finicum on U.S. 395 between Burns and John Day.

Some informants, including Minoggio, were allowed to carry guns when they went to the refuge, Walker testified.

If one was asked by occupier Ryan Payne to do guard duty at the refuge, "I would encourage the informant to do so, simply to maintain credibility,'' Walker told jurors.

Under cross-examination by defense lawyer Jesse Merrithew, Walker confirmed that Payne asked an informant to lead one of the security teams of occupiers.

Walker said he didn't know if the informant directed others to do guard duty or take other security measures, but said it would be "fair to infer'' that the informant would delegate responsibilities to others.

Asked if he knew Minoggio was training those at the refuge in hand-to-hand combat, Walker responded, "Oh yes, of course."

Merrithew continued, asking Walker if he knew Minoggio trained people at the refuge in the use of weapons. "That's one way of putting it,'' Walker said.

During redirect, Assistant U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Barrow asked the FBI agent if any informant participated in the initial occupation of the federal refuge. Walker said no.

"Did any informant initiate the idea of security teams'' at the refuge, Barrow asked.

"No,'' Walker answered.

Why, Barrow asked, was informant Minoggio allowed to train people.

Walker said it was done "to make the place safer.''

Minoggio heard shooting by the boat launch and went to check it out, Walker said.

"He saw firearms behavior that was unsafe,'' Walker said, so Minoggio "interjected himse

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An off-duty NYPD cop accused of attacking a subway train conductor tried to deflect blame for the bizarre incident, court papers show.

"I didn't push her. She landed on me," Tremel Davis, 33, allegedly told a fellow cop investigating the incident inside a downtown J train subway car at Essex and Delancey St. during the morning commute on Sept. 14, 2016.

Davis, who also identified himself a police officer in the aftermath, is accused of violently attacking 38-year-old J train conductor Kiyya Rivera during an explosive episode around 9 a.m.

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Music and control of chaos in the brain


Recent researches revealed that music tends to reduce the degree of chaos in brain waves. For some epilepsy patients music triggers their seizures. Loskutov, Hubler, and others carried out a series of studies concerning control of deterministic chaotic systems. It turned out, that carefully chosen tiny perturbation could stabilize any of unstable periodic orbits making up a strange attractor. Computer experiments have shown a possibility to control a chaotic behavior in neural network by external

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Taking Back Our Lives

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The World is Laughing at America

On a Sunday at the end of January, a Dutch television program aired a satirical video with a voice-over pretending to be Donald Trump. The TV host, Arjen Lubach, began by showing a clip of Trump saying at his inauguration, “From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first.” Lubach said about Trump, “He had a clear message to the rest of the world: ‘I will screw you over big time.’”

Then he played the video, supposedly an official Dutch government introduction of the Netherlands, in English, to the new American President. “We speak Dutch. It’s the best language in Europe. We’ve got all the best words. All the other languages failed. Danish – total disaster. German is not even a real language. It’s fake.” The video shows a Dutch dike: “This is the Afsluitdijk. It’s a great, great wall, that we built to protect us from all the water from Mexico.” The video made fun of the crowd at Trump’s inauguration, his negative comments about NATO, and his attitudes toward blacks. The Dutch politician Jetta Klijnsma is shown using a walker: “We also have a disabled politician for you to make fun of.”

The video ends, “We totally understand it’s going to be America first. But can we just say, the Netherlands second? Is that okay?” The clip was downloaded 42 million times from the show’s Facebook page.

A German late-night TV host reacted to the viral video about a week later. Jan Böhmermann said he was furious that the Netherlands wanted to be second. “Stop, Holland! We want to be number two. Germany wants to be second, because we are strong, we are big. And who, if not us, deserves a third chance?” So he presented a similar video, saying he wanted to make it as simple as possible for our President, who “reads nothing”. “Mr. President, this is for you.”

The German video is more pointed. There are photos of Hitler, who “made Germany great again. Steve Bannon absolutely loves him.” “Germany hosted two world wars in the last 100 years. They were the best world wars in the world, and we won both of them. Bigly. Anyone who says anything else is fake news.” “We built a great German wall. And we made the Russians pay for it.” The video referenced Trump’s comments about being backstage at the Miss Universe pageant and about grabbing women. It’s very funny.

By that time, similar videos were being produced by late-night shows across Europe. They all poked fun at their own nation’s histories and politics, and at their neighbors, by references to Trump. Most of them are not as funny, perhaps because they are less subtle. Serbia: “Mr. President, just like you, we also like to grab women by the genitals.” Poland: “You want to destroy the EU, we’re already doing it from the inside.” Switzerland said the KKK were Trump’s friends. “We also love to treat our women badly. Love it. We didn’t let them vote until 1971. In some places, even until 1990. We grabbed them by the civil rights. And they let us do it. It was great.” Norway: “We might even award you the Nobel peace prize. You’ve already done more than Obama to bring people of the world together. Against you.”

Soon the viral video craze spread beyond Europe. A version from India said, “We know you love grabbing women by the [cat meows]. We have an ancient manual, the Kamasutra, which lists more than 245 ways to grab someone by their [cat meows].” Mexico: “We build walls. Nobody builds walls better than us.” An Israeli one was very funny, saying that Jews controlled Hollywood, but that Alec Baldwin was not Jewish. It contained frequent references to sexual assault and making fun of the handicapped. The website collecting the videos displays 29 of them, mostly from Europe, but ranging to Australia and Namibia. A bit of web surfing reveals many others.

The idea seemed so good that non-nations got into the act. A video from the 566 sovereign nations of the USA, meaning Native American tribes, said, “We know all about cleansing, immigrants coming in, destroying your communities, taking your water, taking your land, taking your women.” Others came from Mars, Mordor (the evil empire in the Lord of the Rings trilogy), the Galactic Empire, former East Germany, and the North Pole, which stresses all the different white animals there. “Everybody is white for sure.”

These videos typically make fun of insignificant issues, like the size of Trump’s hands or the way he combs his hair. But they all address in a joking way much more serious issues. His most important policy ideas, his demeaning behavior towards the handicapped, and his prejudices about blacks, Mexicans and Muslims are treated in his own words, seemingly in his own voice. Trump’s comments about grabbing women come up in all of these videos.

The whole world is invited to laugh at, and simultaneously disdain, the American President. After showing the video, Böhmermann said in English: “When the whole world is standing up to make fun of you, you really achieved something truly great.”

America has become the laughingstock of the world. That’s not so great.

Steve Hochstadt
Published in the Jacksonville Journal-Courier, February 21, 2017

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Cop still collecting salary after downloading child porn

In September 2016, an undercover Wahoe County Sheriff's Sgt. Dennis Carry in Reno, Nev. spotted nearly two dozen computer files containing child pornography available on a sharing site for download from a computer with an IP address leading to Trenton home of 29-year Detroit Police Officer Miguel A. Martinez, according to the complaint filed in Detroit's federal court Wednesday.

The videos showed prepubescent children engaged in sexual acts with each other and adults, according to the complaint.

In response to a subpoena, AT&T provided the officer's home address and further investigation revealed 100 or more files on his computer containing suspected child pornography. The federal complaint says the number of files were increasing through January.

On Feb. 21, Martinez agreed to an interview and admitted to investigators he frequented a peer-to-peer, bit torrent website and "may have seen" child pornography files.

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Congress correctly ended gun background check rule

February 23, 2017
The writer of the letter to the editor referring to Rep. Charlie Dent's vote on the HJ Resolution 40 (requiring Social Security to report all persons receiving disability benefits, due to mental illness, to the FBI) suggests the mass shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007 could have been prevented by such Social Security reporting on folks receiving benefits for mental illness.

Unfortunately, it does not appear that the shooter at Virginia Tech ever received any benefits from Social Security for treatment of mental illness. Though I've not made any exhaustive search, it appears that none of the other mass shooters, who were considered as suffering from some sort of mental illness, received Social Security treatment benefits at the time of the shootings.

No doubt there exist many shortcomings concerning the need for better cooperation between those providing care for the mentally ill and law enforcement. Nevertheless, such arbitrary Social Security requirement is even opposed by the ACLU, not a usual supporter of gun-rights folks.

Donald Neuman

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Customs and Border Protection Officer agent arrested wearing body armor after shooting roommate in the hand
By Feb 23, 2017 Updated 1

Vincent Schroeder is facing a long time in prison if convicted of six felonies after allegedly shooting a 34-year-old Lincoln Park man in the hand Feb. 20.

Schroeder, 32, was arraigned by video in 25th District Court. He is charged with one count each of discharging a firearm in a building, assault with intent to do great bodily harm, possession of a controlled substance (the drug commonly known as ecstasy), assault with a deadly weapon, wearing body armor in the commission

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Angry, frustrated crowds follow Grassley to Charles City

Becky Higgins, of Nora Springs, criticizes Sen. Grassley in Charles City on Thursday.

Sen. Charles Grassley speaks at a town hall meeting in Charles City on Thursday.
CHARLES CITY | U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley heard North Iowans express disgust and distrust in government and with President Trump during a town hall meeting at the Floyd County Courthouse Thursday morning.

A crowd of about 125 squeezed into a third-floor courtroom to comment and question Grassley about Obamacare, the Supreme Court, President Trump's cabinet picks, his credibility and stability and many other topics.

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Boy Scouts in Eastchester and Tuckahoe enjoyed a live demonstration by members of the FBI bomb squad. Photo Credit: Contributed Boy Scouts in Eastchester

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Prosecutors move to dismiss charges against former Scout leader

January 3, 2007

NEW HAVEN, Conn. --Federal prosecutors have moved to dismiss charges against a retired FBI agent who was indicted on child sex charges dating back more than a decade when he was a Boy Scout leader, in response to the death of his accuser.

William Hutton, 63, of Killingworth, was arrested in February on charges he enticed a member of his Scout troop to Maine for the purpose of sexual activity in 1994 and 1995.

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Former Scout leader, FBI agent indicted on child sex charges
News-Times, The (Danbury, CT)
Saturday, February 4, 2006

NEW HAVEN- A retired FBI agent was indicted Friday on federal child sex charges dating back more than a decade when he was a Boy Scout leader.
William Hutton, 63, of Killingworth, was arrested Friday. The federal grand jury indictment accuses Hutton of enticing a member of his Scout troop to Maine for the purpose of sexual activity in 1994 and 1995.

"It's obviously devastating. He was an FBI agent in this district and was reputed in this district," defense attorney Hugh Keefe said.

"The people who worked with him in the U.S. attorney's office and FBI respected him."

Keefe said the investigation has been going on for years. He would not discuss the details of the case or how the allegations surfaced.

Investigators asked anyone who knows anything about the case to call the FBI. U.S. Attorney Kevin O'Connor said that's standard practice whenever there might be more victims.

"In any case that's a concern," O'Connor said. "Whether that's the situation here I can't say."

If convicted on all four charges, Hutton faces up to 30 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines.

Hutton was released on a $200,00 bond. He may not own any firearms or have any unsupervised contact with children. He was also ordered to stay away from playgrounds, schools, arcades or anywhere children congregate.

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FBI Workers Suspected of Secretly Taping Teens in Dressing Room

Two FBI workers are accused of using surveillance equipment to spy on teenage girls as they undressed and tried on prom gowns at a charity event at a West Virginia mall.

The FBI employees have been charged with conspiracy and committing criminal invasion of privacy. They were working in an FBI satellite control room at the mall when they positioned a camera on temporary changing rooms and zoomed in for at least 90 minutes on girls dressing for the Cinderella Project fashion show, Marion County Prosecutor Pat Wilson said Monday

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9/11 and Other Deep State Crimes Teleconference

** wtc7   pentagon

** Draft minutes, January 25, 2017

February 17, 2017
Craig McKee, Secretary 9/11 Monthly Teleconference Call

Draft minutes for the Wed., January 25, 2017 regular conference call

Present were:

Ken Freeland, Teleconference co-facilitator, Houston 9/11Truth
Cheryl Curtiss, Teleconference co-facilitator, Connecticut 9/11 Truth
Craig McKee, Teleconference secretary, Truth and Shadows
Graeme MacQueen, 9/11 researcher
Kee Dewdney, 9/11 researcher
Bill Wilt, Mass. Congressional candidate
John O’Malley, DC911Truth
Cat McGuire, 9/11 Truth Outreach
Barbara Honegger, Behind The Smoke Curtain
Wayne Coste, Truth Action Project
David Cole, Nine Eleven Accountability Team
Barton Bruce, Massachusetts 9/11 Truth
Tim Michael, Truth Action Project
Nita Renfrew, NY 9/11 activist
Charles Ewing Smith, The Demolition of Truth
James Hufferd, 9/11 Grassroots
Michael Cook, AE911Truth

The minutes of the December 28, 2016 conference call were APPROVED.

The draft agenda was APPROVED.

UK 9/11 poll
Graeme MacQueen made a presentation about a poll that found that just 4% of Muslims in the UK believe the official story of 9/11. You can find his article on the subject on globalresearch.ca (http://houston911truth.us5.list-manage1 ... 91763ac879" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;)

* The results of the survey of last week’s Pentagon debate listeners were announced: 10 voted that Craig McKee made the stronger case (that no plane was destroyed at the Pentagon), 2 concluded that Barbara Honegger was more effective (in saying that a plane was destroyed), 1 found that both were equally effective, and 1 found that neither party was effective.
* Richard Gage of AE911Truth contacted the teleconference about his concern that Barbara Honegger had indicated during the Jan. 18 debate that he had endorsed her theory or theories about what happened at the Pentagon. He asked that this statement be read: “AE911Truth does not endorse any particular theories or researchers regarding what happened at the Pentagon on 9/11. And while I have been initially impressed by various presentations on this subject, and offered quotes implying such, these quotes should in no way be construed as an endorsement of any presentations, theories or researchers.”
* Ken Freeland added that he, too, did not intend for his supportive comments about Barbara’s overall research efforts to be construed as support for “any particular theories or conjecture on Barbara’s part regarding explanations of elements of her research.”
* Barbara congratulated Craig for the debate result and added that she had not implied in any way that Richard Gage had supported any specific theory about the Pentagon.

Call began at 8 p.m. EST and adjourned at 9:40 p.m. EST/5 p.m. to 6:40 p.m. PST

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Acclaimed forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht spoke recently about the Kennedy assassination. He laid out his case for doubting the official explanation — and asserted that this horrific event was nothing less than the overthrow of the government.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017
5 top Russian diplomats die in 3 months--plus Putin's chauffeur died in freak car wreck in September--and former CIA Acting Director Mike Morell told Charlie Rose he would assassinate Russians "to make them pay a price"

100 Strange Russian deaths

Vitaly Churkin, Russia's UN ambassador since 2006,  died unexpectedly at age 64 in the consulate, two days ago.  And while it was said initially that Churkin died of a heart attack, that is not the case, according to his autopsy.

He is the fifth Russian diplomat to die unexpectedly in 3 months.  Turkish ambassador Karlov was shot at an art exhibition in December, Soviet Foreign Ministry officer Polshikov was shot in his Moscow apartment in December, Indian ambassador Kadakin died "from illness" in January, and Greek consul Malanin's death in January is unexplained. 

Putin's chauffeur is the sixth politically important Russian to die recently and suspiciously. 

Don't forget that on Christmas day, a Russian military jet went down over the Black Sea, killing 60 members of the Red Army choir and 33 others.

Sergei Krivov, said to be a security officer, died in the Russian consulate in NY on election day 2016 from an undisclosed cause, possibly head trauma.

The video of Putin's chauffeur crashing and dying (passenger less) looked like no ordinary wreck.

And here is another odd coincidence:  none of the western mainstream media have reported this spate of Russian diplomat deaths, at least not with my Google search.

Churkin's autopsy did not show a heart attack, stroke or pulmonary embolism (all generally easily identifiable).  These are the 3 usual (non-drug) causes of sudden unexplained death. Following the autopsy, the NY Medical Examiner said that toxicology and other studies will need to be performed to determine why Churkin died.

This looks suspiciously like the Deep State (aided by rogue intelligence officers) trying to provoke Russia.  Or at least, send (several) messages to Putin, while sending another interesting message to Trump.

Six ways from Sunday

It appears that Trump may not be in control of his intelligence services, and furthermore, Churkin's death happened in Trump's home town.  Which is also the home of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who said Trump was "really dumb" to threaten the CIA. “Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you,” Schumer told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow on January 3, 2016.

Since when do Senators threaten Presidents in such an open manner?  These are no ordinary times.

Who is in control of assassinations of US 'enemies'?  Who designates who our 'enemies' are? Recall that after JFK fired CIA Director Allan Dulles, and said he would destroy the CIA, it was Kennedy who got killed, while the CIA prospered.  

Please watch this short Charlie Rose interview with former CIA Acting Director Michael Morell--it is really scary.  Morell talks about his plan to assassinate Russians ("to make them pay a price") and kill Iranians, and destroy Assad's helicopter or plane, on the ground, to send Assad a warning. The interview was broadcast August 8, 2016. And now, his threats have come true. Will Schumer's also come true?

Last month, on "Meet the Press" Senator Lindsey Graham said Trump should "make Russia pay a price for trying to interfere" in the election.  Are assassinations the price, despite no evidence being proffered that Russia hacked the election--and who is extracting the price? Who is calling the shots? 

Putin will have to do something about this. He has been patient, until now. Who will have to pay the next price?

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Who at the FBI is responsible for withholding Ivins’ Notebook 4282, containing the notes from the time of the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings?

Posted by Lew Weinstein on February 17, 2017

* OGIS Mediation has proved ineffective in avoiding litigation with the FBI over its withholding of Notebook 4282

* The FBI reports that it will look for the emails from Patricia Fellows and Mara Linscott and Dr. Ivins’ Notebook 4282 — all of which the FBI provably has and has wrongfully withheld for years

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Crockett County deputy Fields held without bond
Jackson Sun-
Fields had driven his patrol car through the area of the shooting, and coached the suspect in the shooting on the best route to avoid police.

Crockett County Sheriff's Office deputy Calvin Fields is being held without bond after testimony Thursday indicated he assisted in a drive-by shooting and admitted to assisting in transporting cocaine through Crockett County.

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WASHINGTON — The Justice Department will step up enforcement of federal laws against recreational marijuana, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Thursday, offering the Trump administration’s strongest indication to date of a looming crackdown on the drug, even as a solid majority of Americans believe it should be legal.

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Regina Smith spent 120 days by herself, shackled and bound, praying that she wouldn’t lose her mind.

“There are people who are literally losing their mind, who are being abused, tortured and we don’t know,” Smith said Thursday. “For women, it’s brutal because we go through emotions that no one knows, only a woman can really experience that.”

Smith, who served three and a half years on drug charges, spent 120 consecutive days in solitary confinement at Albion Correctional Facility in upstate Orleans County.

On Thursday, she joined about two dozen protesters in Harlem, calling for the passage of the Humane Alternatives to Long-Term Solitary Confinement

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

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MARY BRASWELL: Tuesday is National Cereal Day
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In 1936, former FBI agent Melvin Purvis hosted a children's radio program called “Junior G-Men.” He became the face of Post Toasties from General Mills.

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

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NYPD cop busted for public masturbation is a serial offender
Monday, March 27, 2017, 2:03 PM

Robert Francis, an off-duty NYPD detective, was busted on Saturday for the perverted acts.
An off-duty NYPD detective busted for peering into women’s windows and pleasuring himself is a serial perv who has committed the sick act many times, police in Long Island said Monday.

Rockville Police Department Commissioner Charles Gennario detailed the two-month investigation that led to Det. Robert Francis, 46, being charged with four counts public lewdness.

Rockville detectives received three separate reports beginning Feb. 5 about a man who would get the attention of a woman by shining a light in her window. He’d then begin fondling himself. When the woman ran to get help, the perverted suspect would flee the scen

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Dennis Kucinich: FBI Director Must Recuse Himself from Russia Investigation

FBI Director James Comey

By Former Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Fox News

FBI Director James Comey should recuse himself from all further investigations into the 2016 presidential campaign and its aftermath.

Here’s why:

On Oct. 28, Comey announced the discovery of new Clinton emails, creating a media firestorm that tilted the election toward Donald Trump.

This week, testifying before the House Intelligence Committee, Comey confirmed a report leaked to the media last summer that the FBI was investigating allegations of a connection between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

Comey could have shared his concerns about both campaigns before the November election, and let the public decide. He did not.

If it was appropriate to withhold information about an investigation into the Trump campaign in July, he should have applied that same logic to the Clinton campaign in October. Hillary Clinton, charged not with a crime but by innuendo, paid the price at the polls. She was convicted in the court of public opinion.

Comey’s announcement this week that the FBI was investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government made national and world headlines and rocked the White House.

But why now? Why not eight months ago? Has new, substantive information been brought forward? Was there even a real investigation in July? Or did an insider leak a story to the FBI back then for political purposes?

Someone on the House or Senate Judiciary Committee should ask for the FBI agents’ time sheets over the past eight months to see if the Bureau was actually investigating, or whether this is another case of abuse of process — using an alleged investigation to smear a candidate.

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CLIMATE SCIENCE IN the United States is in an existential crisis. President-elect Donald Trump has promised to cut funding for Earth science, and the Republican-controlled


The Climate Movement and the Liabilities of Hope

* As the climate becomes more unstable, media coverage craters   (March, 2017)

* World's oceans found to be dramatically hotter than previously thought  (March, 2017)


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From Canada to Siberia, Permafrost Thaw Produces ‘Hell’s Mouth’ Craters, Sinking Lands, and 7,000 Methane Pockets Waiting to Blow 
In places like Canada and Siberia, a memory of ice ages long past is locked away in the very soil. There, dig about three feet down, and you’ll encounter a layer of frozen earth running from 200 feet to almost a mile deep in some places. It’s like a great glacier secreted away underground and covering about 19 million square kilometers of the Northern Hemisphere. We call this frozen ground permafrost.

An Enormous Pile of Sequestered Carbon

Permafrost generally forms in regions where the mean annual temperature is below zero degrees Celsius. And the presently large expanse of permafrost has formed over the past 2-3 million years in which long, cold ice ages and short, and somewhat warmer interglacial periods have dominated.

(Recent research indicates that up to 120 billion tons of carbon could release from thawing permafrost this Century due to the warming that is now being caused by human fossil fuel burning. Such a release would roughly equate to 12 years of present fossil fuel burning adding approximately 40 ppm of CO2 equivalent gasses to the Earth’s Atmosphere [adding about 0.4 C to medium term warming and 0.8 C to long term warming]. The risk posed by this additional carbon feedback coming from the Earth System highlights the need to halt fossil fuel burning as swiftly as possible. Image source: The Impact of Permafrost Carbon Feedback on Global Climate.)

Locked away in all that permafrost is a massive store of carbon. Including peat, methane and methane hydrates, permafrost is estimated to have sequestered some 1,400 to 1,700 billion tons of a material that, if released as gas, could considerably contribute to the volume of heat trapping substances (like CO2 and CH4) already held aloft in the Earth’s atmosphere in a process that scientists call an amplifying climate feedback.

Evidence of Thaw and a Building Carbon Feedback

But now, human fossil fuel burning is causing the Arctic to rapidly warm — at about 3 times faster than the rate of warming for the rest of the globe (0.6 C per decade in the Arctic). And with atmospheric CO2 concentrations presently above 400 parts per million (and CO2e concentrations above 490 parts per million), the world is now starting to thaw out of the icy period of the last 2-3 million years. As a result, the permafrost is melting.


(Thermokarst lakes near Hudson Bay. Image source: Commons.)

When permafrost melts it changes the land around it. Often times, land subsides and deforms as the icy permafrost below collapses when it thaws. The resulting underground cavities can also telegraph to the surface in the form of sink holes. In places where microbes or hydrates are present, the cavities can fill with gas — which can sometimes erupt in a methane blow hole or ‘hell’s mouth’ crater. In Canada, a new study recently discovered that 52,000 square miles of northwestern permafrost is already thawing. The thaw is producing large sink holes, causing coastlines to rapidly erode, and proliferating the round ponds known as thermokarst lakes.

But it’s not just Canada that’s feeling the thaw. In Siberia, warming is also eating away at the permafrost. And what is happening there is arguably on a much grander and more disturbing scale than what we presently see in Canada. In East Siberia, for example, a 100 meter deep, 1 kilometer long crater has formed in the sagging Permafrost. It is officially called the Batagaika crater. But the locals know it as the Gateway to the Underworld. The crater began as a small deformation during the 1960s when permafrost thaw in the region initiated. It has, over the decades, grown considerably larger — with the growth rate accelerating along with permafrost melt during recent years.

(Time lapse of Batagaika Crater expansion from 1984 to 2016 as provided by Google’s Earth Engine.)

Further west, the Yamal region of Russia is seeing strange bulges dispersing across the land. The bulges, according to Russian scientists and to reports in the Siberian Times, are being caused by bubbles of methane gas beneath the surface. The scientists state that these formations are likely being triggered by warming — in which either methane hydrates trapped within the permafrost are thawing or where microbes have come in contact with thawed permafrost carbon to break it down and produce methane. And in recent years, this region of Arctic Siberia has seen some very warm temperatures — with readings hitting as high as 35 C (95 F) during the summer of 2016.

These same researchers now note that some 7,000 underground methane bubbles exist in this region and that warming is pushing them to erupt. When the pressure below the land surface reaches a critical point, the Siberian Times report suggests that the land above can be displaced — bursting outward. The Siberian Times went on to note that large holes forming in the Yamal region during 2014 and 2015 were caused by just this kind of methane eruption.

(The Yamal Crater was one of the first indications that methane pockets forming beneath the Siberian Tundra were starting to erupt due to human-forced warming. Image source: The Siberian Times.)

Touchy Subject Scientifically and Politically

Permafrost thaw producing high volumes of feedback carbon release can be a touchy subject in the sciences and politically. The reason is that rational responses to this threat moves decision points forward on human carbon emissions cuts and it adds to the concern that atmospheric carbon capture will be needed later this century and on through many centuries to follow in order to prevent a scenario in which carbon feedbacks cause a form of warming runaway.

It doesn’t help that the science on permafrost carbon feedback is also new and rife with uncertainty — generating a kind of gray area in which rumors and misinformation can multiply. And there also appears to be some indication that the fossil fuel industry is attempting to use the issue to push gas extraction and burning in the Arctic — falsely claiming that all of the gas is going to release anyway. Which is not true — a portion of the permafrost carbon and related methane would remain sequestered even as human extraction efforts, if they continued indefinitely, would ultimately result in the release of a much larger portion of this carbon to the atmosphere than mere feedbacks alone.

It is worth noting that presently accepted science indicates that the present rate of atmospheric carbon release due to fossil fuel burning is likely many times that of the potential annual carbon release coming from the permafrost even under the worst case warming scenarios. And because that realized rate of permafrost carbon release is directly tied to how much fossil fuel we ultimately burn, we should be very clear that the urgency to cut these emissions couldn’t be higher.



The Impact of Permafrost Carbon Feedback on Global Climate

The Siberian Times

Massive Permafrost Thaw Documented in Canada

Time lapse of Batagaika Crater expansion

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Here's what Jimmy Breslin wrote about Donald Trump decades ago
Updated: Monday, March 20, 2017, 2:55 PM

Jimmy Breslin took a look at one of New York’s biggest characters, Donald Trump, and saw a chump.

The legendary columnist, who died Sunday, was an original champion of the working class, using his space in the Daily News and other papers to spotlight heroes and villains for ordinary New Yorkers.

And many years before Trump’s unprecedented rise to the presidency, Breslin summed up the fellow Queens boy as an enemy of the people.

In the ‘80s and ‘90s, Breslin saw through Trump’s worst instincts — his bullying and bragging, his cheapskate scams, his abuses of the press and the public — while most metro media marveled at the real estate mogul as a symbol of success.

Legendary Daily News columnist Jimmy Breslin dead at 88
One of Breslin’s earliest mentions of Trump avoided even using the name that would soon be screamed from front pages and skyscrapers worldwide.

In a 1982 Daily News column, Breslin brushed past “a young builder named Junior with a Big Ego,” who had recently made a famous but fruitless bid to buy the newspaper.

“His civic responsibility in the past consisted of getting tax abatements,” Breslin mused about the man who would become a daily fixture in the city’s tabloids.

Jimmy Breslin died Sunday at 88.
In a series of Newsday columns years later, which the paper republished Sunday, Breslin unleashed harsh truths about Trump that have only gained more currency since the tycoon took the White House.

Jimmy Breslin to join N.Y. Journalism Hall of Fame
“Trump, in the crinkling of an eye, senses better than anyone the insecurity of people, that nobody knows whether anything is good or bad until they are told, and he is quite willing to tell them immediately,” Breslin wrote in a 1988 column about Trump’s purchase of an airline, which turned out to be one of his biggest business failures.

Breslin saw Trump as a Queens guy running “crap games” while a hungry public admired him for “t

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A 23-year-old NYPD school safety agent without a valid driver's license was busted for drunken driving in the Lower East Side Sunday, according to cops.

Henry Ortiz was driving a Ford Mustang when he slammed into two parked cars on the FDR Drive service road near Delancey St., close to the Williamsburg Bridg

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Florida cop admits he used police access to help steal identities

Florida lawman pleaded guilty in federal court to using his police access to obtain records for identity theft.

Frantz Felisma — who’s been held without bail since his December arrest — will be sentenced in early June for credit card and identity theft charges, according to local reports.

Over a 21-month period, the then-Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputy is accused of having fed people’s personal information to a criminal who then ripped off their identity, prosecutors said.

In court on Thursday, Felisma admitted he broke the law by handing over t

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Secret Service agent pleads guilty to sexting minors
Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 7:48 PM

Former Secret Service Lee Robert Moore plead guilty to charges Wednesday.
A former Secret Service agent pleaded guilty to charges Wednesday after admitting he sent explicit text messages and photos to minors while working at the White House, prosecutors said.

Lee Robert Moore, 38, pleaded guilty in Florida federal court to charges of enticing a minor to engage in sexual activity and attempting to transfer obscene imag

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Secret Service officer arrested on felony burglary charge
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WASHINGTON — A Secret Service officer has been placed on leave after his arrest Friday morning in the latest embarrassment for the agency.

A spokeswoman for D.C.’s Metropolitan Police said officers arrested Arthur Baldwin on a felony charge of first-degree attempted burglary and destruction of property.

According to cops, Baldwin is accused of being armed with his service weapon when he tried to break into his girlfriend’s house.

Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary, without identifying Baldwin, confirmed the arrest of “an off-duty USSS Uniformed Division Officer assigned to Foreign Missions Branch.”

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NYPD Officer Richard Haste, who fatally shot Bronx teen Ramarley Graham, showed up at work Sunday to quit so he would avoid getting fired, a high-ranking cop source told the Daily News.

Haste learned Friday night that the commissioner from his departmental trial concluded he was guilty of all charges and would recommend Police Commissioner James O’Neill fire him — which O’Neill planned to do Monday, the source said.

Haste shot and killed the unarmed Graham, 18, on Feb. 2, 2012, in the teen’s Bronx

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Aug 17, 2016 - A Pittsburgh police recruit assaulted his wife repeatedly, at times ... He was arrested Tuesday on charges of aggravated and simple assault, ...
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Feb 6, 2017 - Undersheriff Pat Ivey of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office announced Monday morning that a corrections recruit was arrested Saturday and faces ...
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Aug 17, 2016 - PITTSBURGH - A Pittsburgh police recruit accused of assaulting his wife was arrested Tuesday, according to a criminal complaint.

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Feb 6, 2017 - The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is expected to announce Monday the arrest of a JSO employee.

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Aug 17, 2016 - PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A Pittsburgh Police recruit has been arrested for allegedly abusing his wife. Jabbar Karwan, 28, is accused of ...

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Cleveland Division of Police Recruit Deshuan Wells just arrested by Columbus Police for OVI and weapons charges. Sources say he had apersonal handgun in car.
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Feb 6, 2017 - A corrections recruit with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office was fired ... 19, is charged with fleeing and attempting to elude police, reckless driving ...
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Mar 5, 2017 - A New Orleans Police Department recruit was arrested after officials say he got into a domestic violence incident with his wife Saturday ...
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Mar 5, 2017 - According to police, Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Deputies arrested 29-year-old NOPD recruit Justin Hammonds in River Ridge Sunday ...

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LUBBOCK, TX - The Lubbock Police Department reports an academy recruit was arrested by Levelland Police early Sunday morning. According to a news release ...
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Nov 9, 2016 - OKLAHOMA CITY - A wanted man is in jail after he was caught allegedly breaking into a truck by a marine in training. Marine Poolee ...

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Feb 15, 2016 - COLUMBUS, Ohio-- A Cleveland Division of Police recruit was arrested for drunken driving in Columbus this weekend. Police said ...
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Aug 17, 2016 - A Pittsburgh police recruit is arrested over allegations that he handcuffed and assaulted his wife, threatening her with his nightstick and ...

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Border Patrol Agent Sentenced to 13+ Years for Smuggling Cocaine

A former Border Patrol agent was sentenced to more than 13 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to charges that he tried to smuggle cocaine in Arizona.

Juan Pimentel, of Rio Rico, was arrested in November 2015 after authorities say he thought he was smuggling 110 pounds of cocaine, the Associated Press reports. He actually was unwittingly part of a sting operation and

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Secret ATF Account Paid for $21000 Nascar Suite and Las Vegas Trip New York Times-Apr 11, 2017 ATF agents dipped into an off-the-books bank account for personal trips and other inappropriate expenses. The New York Times found that agents used the money to take a trip to Las Vegas and rent a $21,000 suite at a Nascar race. One agent even used the money to donate to the school of one of his or her children. The private bank account also was tapped to finance undercover operations, possibly violating laws prohibiting governme

http://www.npr.org/2017/04/10/523311433 ... e-searches The number of cell phones turned over to demanding Border Patrol agents has nearly tripled from 2015 to 2016. That has led Congress to consider legislation the would require a warrant before people would be entitled to turn over their phones on the requests of agents, according to a new NPR report. Here’s a partial transcript of the interview: As the Trump administration looks to carry out extreme vetting of those who want to enter the U.S., one screening practice has already been amped up. In 2016, the number of people asked to hand over their cell phones and passwords by Customs and Border Protection agents increased almost threefold over the year before

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http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/tel ... 065716.php 'Deadliest Catch' 11:18 am, Tuesday, April 11, 2017 This image released by Discovery Channel shows a crane removing a pot from the stack as the Summer Bay crew sets its gear in "Deadliest Catch." Climate change is one of the main characters in the new season of "Deadliest Catch," with the crab fishermen in one of Discovery's most enduring and popular shows forced to deal with a sudden warming of the Bering Sea that chases their prey into deeper, more dangerous water. The show's 13th season debuts Tuesday at 9 p.m. NEW YORK — Climate change is one of the main characters in the new season of "Deadliest Catch," with the crab fishermen in one of Discovery's most enduring and popular shows forced to deal with a sudden warming of the Bering Sea that chases their prey into deeper, more dangerous water. That leads the adventure series into its own uncharted waters. The show's 13th season debuts Tuesday

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Pastor who criticized gay lifestyle of Orlando victims convicted of molestation NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 2:20 PM

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/blu ... -1.3043213 Blue Apron’s co-founder sues city, NYPD cops NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 10:55 AM

Blue Apron's co-founder Matthew Wadiak found himself roughed up by cops — then falsely arrested, a new lawsuit alleges. (@MWADIAK VIA TWITTER) The co-founder of meal delivery company Blue Apron found himself roughed up by cops — then falsely arrested — when he tried to figure out why they were at his Lower East Side Pilates studio, a new lawsuit alleges. Matthew Wadiak was on his way to his Chrystie St. home, which is in the same building as a Pilates studio he owns, late April 9, 2014, according to his Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit. When Wadiak, 39, got to the building between Stanton and Rivington Sts., he saw NYPD officers who appeared to be investigating a possible burglary at the studio, Padilla said. When he asked what happened, the officers allegedly replied in a "vulgar, combative and unprofessional" way wit

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WATCH: FBI Agents Seize Cameras from PINAC Reporter Citing ...
FBI agents in Texas ripped two cameras out of the hands of a PINAC reporter who was standing in front of a federal building legally recording ...
FBI agents in Texas ripped two cameras out of the hands of a PINAC reporter who was standing in front of a federal building legally recording from a public sidewalk Thursday, claiming they were in fear for their safety.
“I don’t want to be struck in the face,” said Keith A. Byers, an Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the El Paso FBI office at 660 South Mesa Hills Drive.
However, David Worden made no indication he would strike the agents in the face with his cameras.
In fact, Worden had been standing on the public sidewalk in front of the FBI building for more than 15 minutes, debating with a pair of other FBI agents about whether or not they had the right to tell him to stop recording, including one agent who made it clear he was not threatened by the cameras.
But Byers stormed up and swiped his camera anyway, a hulking man claiming to be terrified of cameras.

Keith Byers during a previous interview with mainstream media, apparently not fearing the cameras could be used as weapons.
Byers then had the two other agents grab Worden’s wrists to snatch his iPhone, which was live streaming, claiming that it could also be used as a weapon.

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April 18, 2017
Kansas Cop Kills Army Veteran’s Service Dog, then Issues him Two Citations

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In Secret Court Hearing, Lawyer Objected to FBI Sifting Through NSA Data Like It Was Google

April 21 2017, 7:01 a.m.

Public Advocate Objected to FBI’s Unrestricted Access to NSA Data
In 2015, in her first appearance as a “friend of the court” representing the American public, Amy Jeffress, a former federal prosecutor, argued before the very secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, that the FBI was violating the Fourth Amendment by giving agents “virtually unrestricted” access to data from one of the NSA’s largest surveillance programs that included untold amounts of communications involving innocent Americans, reports Alex Emmons of the the website, Intercept.
One big problem is that while the program is supposed to target foreigners, it ends up capturing a large number of communications from Americans.

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New video shows FBI agent firing at Grand Rapids police
Fox17-Apr 19, 2017
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Several months after a December 2016 incident in which an FBI agent fired shots at a Grand Rapids police cruiser ...

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SecuGen Offers Another Early Look at FAP 45 Reader at Connect:ID
It also adheres to the FBI's Appendix F standard, and the company is targeting the device primarily at the law enforcement and government markets. “We have ...

https://www.thenation.com/article/sport ... m-x-wrong/

'Sports Illustrated' Gets Everything About Muhammad Ali and ...
The Nation.
(We also know from declassified FBI surveillance files that there were those in the Nation of Islam unhappy with his very public opposition to the draft, but he held ...

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Pilot exec accuses agents of intimidation; details of 2013 raid emerge
Knoxville News Sentinel-
Agents with the FBI and the IRS Criminal Investigation Division watched a ... The agents had been building a case – using Pilot insiders – to try to prove top ...


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FBI is coming to Goodwood
Forgery and Collecting will be the topic of the night, May 4, over a delicious dinner at Goodwood Museum's Collectors and Crooks event. Special Agent ...

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Prayer, faith, hope important tools to reach incarcerated, help ...
Alabama Baptist-
FBI did report a 3 percent increase in violent crime between 2014 and 2015. ... more than two decades as a judge and before that was an FBI special agent, said ...

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Betty Jean Grant to Run For Buffalo Mayor
Bernie Tolbert, a Democrat, had experience as the FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Buffalo Field Office but had not been elected to any positions. Nor had ...

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Albert Einstein was more than a 'Genius': Five things you didn't know
“It's true that the FBI under (J. Edgar) Hoover kept a file on Einstein and investigated and surveilled Einstein for many years,” says Biller. “We speculate in a very ...

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/201 ... g-warrant/

FBI allays some critics with first use of new mass-hacking warrant
Ars Technica-
And perhaps most unusual, the FBI recently obtained a single warrant in Alaska to hack the computers of thousands of victims in a bid to free them from the ...

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It's Not 'McCarthyism' to Demand Answers on Trump, Russia and the ...
BillMoyers.com-26 minutes ago
I remember her refusing to let FBI agents into our house (I was so proud of her). I remember looking out the dining room window and watching them search our ...

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Reputed Texas mafia founder sues Colorado Supermax warden
The Denver Post
The lawsuit names as defendants the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons; FBI agent Martin Martinez; John Oliver, warden of the Administrative Maximum U.S. ...

Reputed Texas mafia founder sues Colorado Supermax warden
Heriberto “Herb” Huert seeks $4.5 million in compensatory and punitive damages

PUBLISHED: April 24, 2017 at 9:59 am | UPDATED: April 24, 2017 at 10:16 am
The reputed founder and president of the Texas Mexican Mafia has sued the warden of Supermax in Florence and the U.S. prison system claiming he has been held for 22 years in solitary confinement on false pretenses.

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Florida deputy’s body cam catches him stealing cash from men he arrested 

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Saturday, June 3, 2017, 5:21 PM

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"We Don't Have the Rule of Law": Barrett Brown on Incarceration, Journalism and His Next Steps
Saturday, June 03, 2017

Barrett Brown, who was arrested in 2012 and subsequently imprisoned for his reporting on hacked emails from private intelligence contracting firms, was unexpectedly back in the news recently after he was rearrested during a check-in for "failure to obtain permission" to speak to the press.

In 2011, Brown not only exposed that the private intelligence firm Stratfor had been snooping on activists on behalf of corporations, but also revealed plans by intelligence contractors to hack and smear activists.

Brown pleaded guilty in 2014 to two charges related to obstruction of justice and threatening an FBI agent. Truthout was in the courtroom when he was ultimately sentenced to five years and three months in prison. Last year, Brown won a National Magazine Award for his columns in The Intercept about his experiences in prison. He was released to a halfway house in November and then subsequently released to his residence under house arrest. Since May 25, he has been on supervised release.

In a sit-down interview with Truthout at his Dallas residence, Brown detailed his recent rearrest and discussed his ideas for creating new online models for civic engagement and journalism. He also shared some of his plans for what to do next, now that he is no longer incarcerated. The following transcript has been edited for clarity and length.

Candice Bernd: Just to start, I wanted to ask you a little about your current house-arrest situation and the terms of your probation. Are you currently allowed to use a computer or the internet?

Barrett Brown: Well, the terms of my supervised-release period, which is set by the court in sentencing, last for two years. It begins five days from [May 20]. Now, the [Bureau of Prisons (BOP)] has nonetheless decided that they have the right to unilaterally interpret those terms of confinement as applying partially to my BOP supervision period, which has gone on for the past six months, and that's incorrect. So, as soon as I got to the halfway house, I was informed that I could not use computers, the internet or even a PlayStation 4, for instance, because it has internet access, and according to a regional BOP representative, can be turned into a "micro computer," whatever that is. I think she may have misread an article about the US government having used like 20,000 PlayStation 4s to build a supercomputer.

This is a pattern we've seen, when I was in the prison and then outside; most recently, when I was rearrested a few weeks ago for talking to the press, even though, as I showed, that's not in the BOP policy. You have local officials making up policy, refusing to put policy in writing, calling the [US] Marshalls and having them arrest you illicitly, without any documentation, to enforce that, and then backing off when lawyers get involved. That's pretty much the pattern of the BOP in general.

Can you provide any updates regarding that rearrest incident?

After the lawyers from Haynes and Boone up in New York that Wick Allison of D Magazine hired for me threatened [the BOP], challenging my confinement in a court, they immediately released me. I was taken back to the halfway house, and I hadn't had a chance to talk to these lawyers since that morning, so I didn't really know what was going on. I got there and the director of the halfway house took me in his office, and there was some other fellow there who he claimed was his new program director, and said, "Here are these two forms, and the BOP wants you to sign them," and I said, "Well, what happens if I don't sign them?" and he said, "Well, we're back to where we were last week."

I kept trying to get him to admit that this was again, a threat for a false arrest if I don't comply with these non-policies. The forms in question, one of them was a form I'd already signed six months prior at my own request. It was a form that allows the BOP to respond to questions about my case in press. Six months ago [the regional BOP representative] had declined to talk to reporters about this computer thing because those forms weren't signed. So I said let me have that form, and I signed it. So they gave me the same form I had already signed, and then another form, for inmates who are in a prison to give permission to ... media representative. So they wanted me to sign this other form, and modified it to apply to this situation.

So, [the halfway house director] made me sign a form that said, "I consent to all future interviews." This wasn't the same form that they had brought in last time. They weren't talking anymore about getting permission for interviews on each individual instance, and they weren't talking anymore about getting me to have PBS or VICE or whoever sign another form, which again is for getting into a prison. So they backed off that.... I think a decision was probably made, again by the regional [BOP] office, just based on no real legal strategy, just based on kind of a haphazard, wriggling, low-intelligence, imaginary legal strategy. So I said I would sign these forms -- they were different forms -- if I could take copies with me, and so he allowed that, and I did that.

Since then there's been no word on it.... I could pursue this, but there's other things I'd be more interested in pursuing regarding the BOP. So I haven't come to a decision yet on what to do, if anything. I think it's actually more important just to show that this is what can happen to you. That's the thesis I'm trying to present. These things are ingrained in our system. They're [systemic]. They're not just, "Oh, these things happen." This is a [systemic] flaw in our system.

We don't have the rule of law. We just don't. It's a myth, a dangerous myth.

I'm curious to know what other issues you do plan to continue to pursue, journalistically, legally or otherwise, regarding the BOP and the prison-industrial complex, especially as it relates to your own experiences.

I have this book with [Farrar, Strauss and Giroux] that will come out next year. A third of that will be about prisons, not just for the sake of the prison story but also, again, to present my thesis as to what the institutions in this country are actually like, and why they have to be opposed more aggressively. In legal terms, what I'm interested in is a law firm that wants to challenge the constitutionality of the administrative-remedy process. The Prison Litigation Reform Act requires [prisoners], if they want to take someone to court or challenge anything, to go through this long, involved process that the BOP or state prisons, respectively, oversee, and can interfere with at will, as I've documented with The Intercept when I went through this process after they took away my email for a year, illicitly. They'll send you back forms from the regional office, and say, "You've got to make three copies of this, and you have until this day to do it," and that day is negative. It's 15 days before you received it. So you have negative 15 days to comply. Stuff like that. That didn't just happen to me. It happens regularly. It's [systemic]. It's a shadow policy.

But even when a National Magazine Award-winning journalist presents it in The Intercept, nothing comes of it because it has to hit that threshold that things have to meet for people to care or for Congress to get involved. So, it all flows back into that same thesis, that eventually, we're going to have to engage in enhanced civil disobedience to get these things changed.

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FBI agent and daughter charged with murder

Motion: Father of Jason Corbett's first wife blamed Corbett for his daughter's death
By Michael Hewlett Winston-Salem Journal  Jun 2, 2017  (11)

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Bilderberg Chart

Below is a chart showing exactly how this secretive agency is connected throughout the world.


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Three jail guards guilty of beating mentally ill inmate to death

Thursday, June 1, 2017, 9:02 PM

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The Tahiratain- attorneys Tahirah Clark and Tahira Amtal-Wadud are readying for the civil case

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Operation Car Wash: Is this the biggest corruption scandal in history?
What began as an investigation into money laundering quickly turned into something much greater, uncovering a vast and intricate web of political and corporate racketeering. By Jonathan Watts

http://www.nydailynews.com/newswires/ne ... -1.3212990

Muslim activist critical of Israel is cheered at graduation

Thursday, June 1, 2017, 7:11 PM

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/2 ... e-internet

Is this computer geek a hacker who harassed an FBI agent, or a hero trying to secure the internet?

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc ... -1.3214524

NYPD cop who punched Bronx woman up to 20 times in his underwear dodges jail time

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Friday, June 2, 2017, 1:36 AM

NYPD cop Eugene Donnelly leaves court in Manhattan in June 2016. On Thursday, he was sentenced to three years' probation for attacking a woman inside her Bronx home. (COREY SIPKIN/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)
An NYPD cop who broke into a woman’s Bronx home and beat her up in his underwear, will not serve any time for the bizarre attack.

Decorated Officer Eugene Donnelly was sentenced to three years' probation for misdemeanor assault in Bronx Criminal Court Thursday. He must also undergo alcohol abuse treatment.

He avoided jail time because the victim told prosecutors he needed rehab, not time in a cell, authorities said.

“I am relieved to have the formal aspect of this over,” the 33-year-old woman told the Daily News. Donnelly remains on modified duty, according to an NYPD spokesman.


What is International CURE?

Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE) is a grassroots organization that was founded in Texas in 1972. It became a national organization in 1985. 

We believe that prisons should be used only for those who absolutely must be incarcerated and that those who are incarcerated should have all of the resources they need to turn their lives around. We also believe that human rights documents provide a sound basis for ensuring that criminal justice systems meet these goals.

CURE is a membership organization. We work hard to provide our members with the information and tools necessary to help them understand the criminal justice system and to advocate for changes.
See an introduction to CURE, by Charlie Sullivan, on:


          International CURE's Platform           
           A Power-Point slide show citing reported problems 
           in 5 Problem Areas,  48 Ways Forward,
           and CURE's Five Year Goals.

           note: a FREE Power-Point Viewer is available at


         CURE's Expectations for a Justice System
          A challenging view of an  ideal system.

        Sixth International CURE Conference
       Transforming Justice and Prison Systems 
        Ultimate Purpose/4 Goals/30 Steps 
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           PreTrial Detention Reform Campaign
         Three short videos found in "Recent Posts" in 
Click here to see a list of International CURE Chapters and Contact Information.


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

Why Inglewood has given few details of a deadly police shooting even after the 5 officers involved left the force

Angel Jennings, Matt Hamilton and Richard WintonContact Reporters
Fifteen months have passed since five Inglewood police officers unleashed a barrage of bullets at a Chevy sedan stopped at a busy intersection, killing the man and woman inside.

Despite protests, a civil lawsuit and two separate investigations, Inglewood officials have released few details about how Kisha Michael and Marquintan Sandlin were shot dead.

The city announced this week that the five officers involved in the shooting were no longer on the force and that an internal investigation had been completed. Still, Mayor James T. Butts Jr. and Police Chief Mark Fronterotta have balked at releasing a detailed account of the Feb. 21, 2016, incident.

Butts said he would consider providing more information after the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office concludes its review of the shooting.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nationa ... -1.3214568

A Princeton University professor who recently called President Trump “a racist and sexist megalomaniac” has canceled her upcoming lectures out of fear for her safety.

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, an assistant professor of African Studies at the New Jersey Ivy League school, made the comments about Trump during a commencement speech at Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., on May 20.

Taylor said in her address that she wanted to broach the subject to warn graduates about Trump’s America, saying the 45th President poses a clear threat to the future.

https://consumerist.com/2017/06/01/digi ... nformants/

Digital Rights Advocates Sue Justice Dept. To Learn More About FBI Paying Off Best Buy informants

June 1, 2017


A child pornography case in California has grown into a strange thing over the years, as lawyers for the defendant argued — and later proved — that the FBI had been paying Best Buy employees after they found illegal content on customers’ devices. Now the EFF is suing the Justice Department to find out just how the feds found, recruited, and trained these informants, and just how widespread the practice is.

The EFF, a major digital rights advocacy group, has now filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Justice Department to learn more about how the FBI attracted, trained, and used Geek Squad employees.

This challenge is several years in the making.

About a year ago, in 2016, a California man facing charges for possessing child pornography claimed that his case should be thrown out. Why? Because, his lawyer alleged, the Best Buy Geek Squad employee that found and reported the images on his computer had been paid by the FBI after he reported them. That, the lawyer argued, meant the employee was a government agent who searched the computer without a warrant, violating the defendant’s Fourth Amendment rights.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/g ... -1.3214622

GoFundMe page emerges for NYPD cop Hugh Barry, officer charged with murder in fatal shooting of Deborah Danner a african american woman

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Friday, June 2, 2017, 4:08 AM

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/ ... arrassment

Tesla fires female engineer who alleged sexual harassment
Lawyer for AJ Vandermeyden says termination was retaliatory after she took lawsuit public, accusing the company of discrimination

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

An assault by an LAPD officer led to a criminal conviction — and now, a $500,000 settlement

The Los Angeles City Council agreed Wednesday to pay up to $500,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a man assaulted by a police officer in South Los Angeles, an arrest caught on video that resulted in a rare criminal conviction — but no jail time — for the officer.

In a 12-0 vote, city lawmakers agreed to close the books on a federal civil rights case brought by Clinton Alford, who was kicked, punched and elbowed by an officer during a 2014 arrest.

The settlement marks the financial fallout of a case that echoed the larger national debate about how police use force: a black man, assaulted by an officer, recorded on video. The officer’s actions were criticized by many police officials, particularly after seeing the footage captured by a nearby security camera.


About Solitary Watch
Solitary Watch is a national watchdog group that investigates, documents, and disseminates information on the widespread use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons and jails. Our mission is to provide the public—as well as practicing attorneys, legal scholars, law enforcement and corrections officers, policymakers, educators, advocates, people in prison and their families—with the first centralized source of unfolding news, original reporting, firsthand accounts, and background research on solitary confinement in the United States. Our hope is that such information will catalyze discussion, debate, and change on a vital domestic human rights issue. (Scroll down for a detailed description.)

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Westchester school security guard helped former cop execute four men in drug deal: prosecutors

Updated: Friday, June 2, 2017, 8:48 AM

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A Quantitative Description of FBI Public Relations.
Gibson, Dirk C.
Public Relations Review, v23 n1 p11-30 Spr 1997
States that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had the most successful media relations program of all government agencies from the 1930s to the 1980s. Uses quantitative analysis to show why those media efforts were successful. Identifies themes that typified the verbal component of FBI publicity and the broad spectrum of mass communication channels that were tapped.

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


People's Police Report #70 - January 2017

Table of Contents (text only- May 2017)

(Note: you can also see a pdf version of the newsletter with graphics)
• Police Kill 1st Man in a Year; Former Chief Indicted
• Shootings in Other Oregon Jurisdictions
• Bad Police Contract Rushed Into Place
• Judge Seeks Fixed DOJ Oversight Body
• Review Board Makes Recommendations
• Proposed Oversight Changes in Works
• Cop Complaints Sustained Over Civilians'
• Profiling: "Gang" List, $90K Settlement
• Updates PPR 70
• Cops Sweep Houseless from Springwater
• Policy Changes at a Standstill
• Sheriff Reese Keeps Job Till 2018
• WashCo Sheriff Troubling Behavior
• Training Council Squanders Time with Chief
• Mohammed Loses Appeal
• Quick Flashes PPR 70
• PPB Violence at Post-Election Protests
• City Pays Big Bucks for Misconduct
• Rapping Back #70

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Minn. police officer found not guilty in Philando Castile Facebook Live shooting death
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Friday, June 16, 2017, 6:32 PM

Castile tried telling Yanez that he was a licensed gun owner and had a firearm with him at the time, according to Reynolds, who said her boyfriend was shot as he reached for either his wallet or seat belt.

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FBI Octopus

https://www.verdenews.com/news/2017/jun ... wn-sedona/

Ron Bayne named new commander for Sedona Police Department

After an extensive search to recruit for a new police commander, Ron Bayne will join the Sedona Police Department in August 2017.

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

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

Retired FBI Agent Speaks at 100 Club Of Bay County Celebration
Longtime FBI special agent Walt Reynolds made sure to have excellent relationships with local law enforcement wherever he served. Between ...

FBI working to open communication with business leaders to fight ...
KITV Honolulu-
"We've invited the executives of prominent sectors of our state, because we all have a stake in the solution," Paul Delacourt, FBI Special Agent said. "I think it's ...

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FBI says it won't release the Comey memos because of 'a pending ...
The Week Magazine
The FBI has denied requests for the release of former FBI Director James Comey's memos recording his private conversations with President Trump. The FBI ...


Above the Law

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read Above the Law and learn:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Selected Excerpts

Annotated Table of Contents





FBI investigated Ayn Rand superfan who saw himself as the heir apparent to her Objectivist philosophy
by Nathanael King
June 16, 2017
Ayn Rand had a competitor for status as the most dizzyingly incoherent and morally questionable writer of the 20th century: her stalker. FBI files released to Emma Best show that the unnamed man sent Rand dozens of mommy issue-riddled letters over the course of the late ’60s, some making threats on her life.
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“The word was ‘dick.’” DC and Marvel FCC complaints
by Emma Best
June 15, 2017
There are a lot of stupid FCC complaints, but some of the stupidest are complaints about superhero and comic book TV shows. Things like a citizens crime-stopper group taking on the Flash for calling somebody a dick are too far-fetched to appear in a show with an evil mind-controlling gorilla, but that didn’t stop an Orlando based group from trying to do just that.
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Courts rule that FCC can’t regulate in-state prison phone calls
by Beryl Lipton
June 15, 2017
The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Tuesday that the Federal Communications Commission lacks the authority to cap intrastate prison phone call rates, putting to an end an Obama-era effort to rein in the bloated costs that come with dialing home from jail.
Read Mor

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Criminal probe of Chicago cop's death was underway when widow cop died, sources sayah

Police coverup in cop's death.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nationa ... -1.3253124

Former dominatrix fighting to keep job as New Jersey police officer

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Friday, June 16, 2017

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/0 ... story.html

Water at state’s largest prison raises concerns
A Globe review found that 43 percent of water samples collected at MCI-Norfolk since 2011 showed elevated levels of manganese.

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Pro-Trump protester storms stage at ‘Julius Caesar’ performance
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Saturday, June 17, 2017, 1:14 AM


May 17, 2013
7 Rules When Recording Police

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rule #2 Don’t Secretly Record Police

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

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

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

Rule #3: Respond to "poo poo Cops Say"

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

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

"What are you doing?"

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

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

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

"Let me see your ID."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Stand back."

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

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

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

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

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

Rule #5: Prepare to be Arrested

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

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

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

"Shut it off, or I’ll arrest you."

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

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

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

Rule #6: Master Your Technology

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By Jan Ransom GLOBE STAFF JUNE 30, 2016

The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts filed a federal lawsuit against the Boston Police Department and the Suffolk District Attorney on behalf of two civil rights activists who said they have feared retaliation after openly making recordings of police officers.[/quote]

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

Postby msfreeh » Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:43 pm

FBI Octopus

http://pagesix.com/2017/06/28/legendary ... z-retires/

The legendary FBI agent in charge of New York’s counterterrorism division, Carlos T. Fernandez, is retiring after 21 years.

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

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

https://www.ted.com/talks/trevor_aarons ... terrorists

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

This talk was presented at an official TED conference, and was featured by our editors on the home page.
The FBI is responsible for more terrorism plots in the United States than any other organization. More than al Qaeda, more than al Shabaab, more than the Islamic State, more than all of them combined.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/2 ... nce-240049

Grassley, Graham want the FBI's Russia surveillance warrants
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and panel member Lindsey Graham are asking the FBI to turn over

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/27/maga ... e-fbi.html

How Donald Trump Misunderstood the FBI
New York Times-Jun 27, 2017
Mindermann joined the F.B.I. 50 years ago, after a stint with the San Francisco police force, whose corruption he was happy to leave behind.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/investig ... a5f2cc0c48

The man who showed Donald Trump how to exploit power and instill fear
June 17, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Roy Cohn Donald Trump and the FBI
Human Compromise and the Protection Racket

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

Bone, James. “Roger Stone: I tipped off FBI about Eliot Spitzer sex scandal.” Times Online 24 March 2008 http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/w ... 607708.ece
Braun, Stephen, et al. “Blacklisted Russian Tied to Iraq Deals.” Los Angeles Times 14 December 2004 http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/1214-04.htm
Casey, Michael. “US Seeks Weapons Suspect’s Extradition.” Associated Press 7 March 2008 http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gNUR ... gD8V8J3J00
“Colombia’s most powerful rebels.” BBC 19 September 2003 http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/1746777.stm
Dolmetsch, Chris. “Cheers on NYSE Floor, Shock in Albany: Spitzer’s Fall.” Bloomberg 13 March 2008 http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid= ... k&refer=us
“Eliot Spitzer Prostitution Scandal” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eliot_Spit ... on_scandal
“High-Ranking Member of Colombian FARC Narco-Terrorist Organization Extradited To U.S. On Terrorism, Drug Charges.” Department of Justice 31 December 2004 http://www.usdoj.gov/opa/pr/2004/Decemb ... rm_808.htm

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

Postby msfreeh » Fri Jul 07, 2017 12:49 pm


The U.S. government has prosecuted 805 people for terrorism since the 9/11 attacks. Most of them never even got close to committing an act of violence.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/que ... -1.3308886

NYPD cop arrested in Queens for biting wife, choking her


http://www.wweek.com/news/city/2017/07/ ... ts-a-riot/

Protest Emails Between Portland Police and Homeland Security: “It’s a Riot”
Emails from "Operation Columbia Crest" show law-enforcement agencies prepared for a crackdown by discussing rumors of Molotov cocktails.

http://politics.blog.ajc.com/2017/07/07 ... detainees/

Muslim group: Probe FBI nominee on post-9/11 immigrant detainees

Tamar Hallerman
July 7, 2017

http://www.wbur.org/radioboston/2017/07 ... -fbi-sting

The Case Of Alex Ciccolo: How The FBI Uses Sting Operations
July 07, 2017
Alison Bruzek, Jill Kaufman

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/20/politics/ ... index.html

FBI Director nominee removed reference to case involving Russian government from law firm bio -

CNNPolitics.com - CNN.com
CNN.com › 2017/06/20 ›
Jun 20, 2017 - Christopher Wray represented an American energy executive in 2006 who was being criminally investigated by the Russian government. The detail, which was included on Wray's biography on the website of the law firm King and Spalding dating back to 2009, was removed in 2017 ...

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nationa ... -1.3308931

KING: Thomas Jefferson was a horrible man who owned 600 human beings, raped them, and literally worked them to death

Shaun King

Friday, July 7, 2017, 11:55 AM

Heat is online

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

131-year-old heat record in downtown L.A. could fall on Saturday, forecasters say

https://www.theguardian.com/environment ... protection

Texas companies penalized in less than 3% of illegal air pollution cases – report
Figure underscores need for federal oversight as the Trump administration seeks to slash the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget and roll back rules

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/201 ... lean-dirty

Trump's Hollywood star: fans polish it while haters take the piss
The Hollywood Walk of Fame has become a zero-sum battleground as Trump supporters clean up dirt, graffiti, beer and urine left behind by angry citizens

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyl ... es-aged-78

Sheila Michaels, who brought 'Ms' into mainstream, dies at 78
Feminist turned the term into a symbol signifying a woman’s right not to be defined by any relationships to men

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/ ... us-huxley/

July 7, 2017

FBI kept tabs on Aldous Huxley’s dark vision of the future
Bureau followed with interest Huxley’s warnings of technology eroding the foundation of democracy
The FBI file of Aldous Huxley, released after a FOIA request by Joseph Lloyd, reveals that while the English author was never under official investigation, the Bureau found his dystopian view of the future interesting enough to follow him and take notes.

The file begins in 1958, after Huxley had been interviewed on television by Mike Wallace. The interview was the work of the Fund for the Republic, a think tank founded in opposition to McCarthyism, which was itself enough to raise the FBI’s eyebrows. Huxley, the file notes, had never been deemed sufficiently suspicious to warrant an investigation …

though the Bureau was wary about his strong views on pacifism.

Despite the lack of official investigation, the Bureau taped the program and even took notes on Huxley’s views.

Those views include the literally growing threat of overpopulation …

the danger of emerging technology’s ability to erode reason …

the gradual conditioning of human beings to accept and embrace totalitarianism …

and the unfathomable horrors of science’s unintended consequences.

The Bureau, interest piqued, did their own version of subscribing to Huxley’s newsletter and started collecting press clippings.

Huxley apparently left enough of an impression on the FBI that when he spoke at a conference at UCLA three years later, there was an agent in attendance, again taking notes.

The last few years must have mellowed Huxley somewhat, as his “science will doom us all” message had been tempered into “science shouldn’t doom us all, if we can help it.”

(The old man still had enough harsh truth in him, however, to start the occasional “riot.”)

And in a true reversal, he even managed to end on a pretty heartwarming, optimistic note …

or at least as heartwarming and optimistic as you can get in the notes of an undercover FBI agent.

Read the full conference summary embedded below, or on the reque

http://www.arkansasmatters.com/news/loc ... /759548116

Governor Creates Law Enforcement Task Force to Combat Violent Crime in Capital City
"The looming cloud of violence harms us all."

By: Jessi Turnure
Posted: Jul 06, 2017 07:14 PM CDT
Updated: Jul 06, 2017 10:20 PM CDT

https://lasvegassun.com/news/2010/dec/2 ... nslaughte/

Jury finds ex-FBI special agent guilty of manslaughter in hammer death of woman
whom he beat to death with hammer
Judge sets sentencing for February for 63-year-old former law enforcement officer

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/ ... cia-213197

Yes, the CIA Director Was Part of the JFK Assassination Cover-Up
John McCone was long suspected of withholding information from the Warren Commission. Now even the CIA says he did.
By PHILIP SHENON October 06, 2015


A Quantitative Description of FBI Public Relations.
Gibson, Dirk C.
Public Relations Review, v23 n1 p11-30 Spr 1997
States that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had the most successful media relations program of all government agencies from the 1930s to the 1980s. Uses quantitative analysis to show why those media efforts were successful. Identifies themes that typified the verbal component of FBI publicity and the broad spectrum of mass communication channels that were tapped. (PA)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/new-book-re ... ssination/

New book reveals how much FBI, CIA knew about Oswald before Kennedy assassination - CBS News
CBS News › news › new-book-reveals-h...
Oct 27, 2013 - Some of the FBI's other attempts to cover up their connections with Oswald have previously been revealed, such as the fact that Dallas-based FBI agent James Hosty had received and later destroyed a ...

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/ ... 102603214/

Christopher Wray's law firm has ties to Russian energy companies - USA Today
USA Today › opinion › 2017/06/08 › tr...
Jun 8, 2017 - On paper, Christopher Wray appears to be an excellent choice to serve as the next FBI director. He has "impeccable" academic credentials (Yale law school) and has had a decades-long ...

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

Postby msfreeh » Thu Jul 13, 2017 5:31 pm

link du jour

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/ ... -extremism


https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/ ... ation-ties

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/ ... n-american

https://www.theguardian.com/business/20 ... ing-treaty

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/ ... anka-coast

http://www.commdiginews.com/politics-2/ ... tus-91264/

CIA whistleblower: Mueller’s FBI computers spied on Trump and SCOTUS

The FBI's James Mueller, now special prosecutor for Russia-Trump, helped expand the NSA's program of domestic surveillance. He and James Comey oversaw the program that spied on Donald Trump. So why is Mueller leading the investigation?

Jul 13, 2017

WASHINGTON, July 13, 2017 — Former FBI Director Robert Mueller, currently Special Counsel in the Russia investigation, provided FBI computers to a secret CIA/NSA surveillance program that was launched in 2004. That program morphed into a domestic surveillance program that spied on Donald Trump and his associates.

This is according to former CIA/NSA/DIA subcontractor-turned-whistleblower Dennis Montgomery and his attorney Larry Klayman.

According to Montgomery:

“This is very, very, very powerful technology, and it was created under Robert Mueller’s watch. The last person I would think that should be investigating Donald Trump is Robert Mueller, who was collecting information on Donald Trump ten years ago … Mueller has a huge conflict of interest, a huge conflict of interest.”

Klayman, the founder of Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch, did not mince words when explaining the dangerous high-stakes maneuvering around Montgomery’s case:

“These are vicious people. These people are capable of killing people to keep this thing secret. That’s why, Congress I believe, doesn’t want to look into this. They are afraid of them too. They are more powerful than the President of the United States … This government knows no bounds.”

Special Counsel Mueller’s alleged involvement in a secret surveillance program said to have targeted Trump came to light during the July 8, 2017 broadcast of the radio program “Special Prosecutor with Larry Klayman.”

According to former billionaire Tim Blixseth, whose ex-wife was Montgomery’s business partner, the CIA decided in 2009 to expand the surveillance program by dedicating $5 million in additional computer hardware.

According to Blixseth, the new equipment gave the surveillance program the far greater technical power needed for hacking into secure networks and devices.

image: http://commdiginews.wpengine.netdna-cdn ... 54x170.png

Dennis Montgomery (Image: GoFundMe.com)
On Klayman’s radio show, Montgomery discussed his claim that under Mueller, the FBI provided computers used to spy on Trump and other Americans.

Montgomery added journalists and reporters to the list of individuals and groups that he has identified as alleged surveillance targets. He also added embattled Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. Montgomery had previously indicated that Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and 156 judges were also surveillance targets.

Bundy, who is currently incarcerated while awaiting trial, has been under surveillance since 2003, claims Montgomery.

Read more at http://www.commdiginews.com/politics-2/ ... jpirVKR.99


Colorado Bob

Student of the Natural Sciences and Human Folly

http://www.enr.com/articles/42360-senat ... hq-project

Democrats lead charge to build new FBI building

Senate Panel to Look Into Decision to Kill FBI HQ Project
Plan includes new suburban D.C. FBI building, redeveloping downtown site

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/ ... -fbi-file/

The FBI considered charging the American Indian Movement’s John Trudell with “Insurrection”
by Curtis Waltman
July 13, 2017
To mark the 49th anniversary this week of the founding of the American Indian Movement (AIM), we’re taking a look at the FBI files of John Trudell, esteemed Santee Dakota poet, writer, speaker, and musician who was a key member of AIM, rising to the rank of National Chairman by the mid seventies. To the Bureau, Trudell was a renowned “agitator,” but within his community he was a motivator who inspired Indigenous peoples across the nation to strive for a better life.
Read More

http://fox8.com/2017/07/13/cleveland-di ... al-agents/

Cleveland Division of FBI recruiting new special agents
“We are doing a big recruit push for special agents,” said FBI Special Agent Vicki ... On Monday, the Cleveland Division of the FBI is having a recruiting event ...

http://www.metro.us/news/politics/jeff- ... s-day-late

DOJ provides court-ordered disclosure on Jeff Sessions' Russia contacts a day late
Form proves Sessions lied about meetings with Russian officials.

Published : July 13, 2017

The Justice Department has reportedly missed a court-ordered deadline to release parts of Jeff Sessions’ form to obtain security clearances dealing with contacts with Russian officials.

In response to a lawsuit by a Washington-based watchdog group, a federal judge said on June 12 the department had to provide the information within 30 days. That deadline passed on Wednesday.

Jeff Sessions’ disclosure form detailing the attorney general’s contacts with foreign governments was submitted Thursday morning, NPR reported.

In the filing with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the Justice Department released the part of Sessions’ security clearance form that asks, “Have you or any of your immediate family in the past seven (7) years [bold font in original] had any contact with a foreign government, its establishment (such as embassy, consulate, agency, military service, intelligence or security service, etc.) or its representatives, whether inside or outside the U.S.?"

Sessions answered, “No.”

The form confirms what the public already knows: Sessions did not disclose meetings he had last year with Russian officials when he applied for his security clearances.

Jeff Sessions met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at least two times last year. He did not note those meetings on his form or in his Senate confirmation hearing.

The ethics watchdog group, American Oversight, filed a Freedom of Information Act request into Session’s Russian contacts in March. The organization filed suit against the government a month later when it wasn’t provided the documents, The Hill reported.

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/ ... -rape-kit/

Great sexual assault evidence collection policies exist, but continue to be the exception to the rule
by Vanessa Nason
July 12, 2017
The best sexual assault policies adopted by this country’s law enforcement agencies illustrate a careful balancing act - Gardner, Massachusetts, with its victim-focused approach, a team of officers trained in handling sexual assault, and clear evidence collection policies, stands out. But until every police department in the country has these, the national backlog will continue to exist.
Read More

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politic ... -1.3324078

Former President Jimmy Carter hospitalized for dehydration in Canada during Habitat for Humanity trip
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Thursday, July 13, 2017, 2:01 PM

http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/n ... 475276001/

Judge orders documents sealed in case against FBI agent in Malheur
Statesman Journal-
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge says government documents from a case against an FBI agent will remain sealed to protect the identities of other law ...

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/n ... -1.3323196

North Carolina officer charged for killing pedestrian he struck while driving 100 mph
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, July 13, 2017, 8:42 AM


CIA’s 60 year war with the Government Accountability Office: The ‘70s Part 2
by Emma Best
July 13, 2017
In an April 1975 letter for CIA Director William Colby, the Agency’s Assistant Legislative Counsel laid out the arguments the Agency intended to make against a bill requiring they allow the Government Accountability Office access to CIA records. In an accompanying cover letter, the Agency lawyer drafting the letter noted they “really slung the B.S.,” and asked for Colby’s help in determining if they had overplayed the CIA’s position a bit.
Read More

https://www.theguardian.com/environment ... rs-tracker

98 environmental
defenders have been killed so far in 2017
while protecting their community’s land or natural resources

https://newrepublic.com/article/143586/ ... -syndicate

Trump’s Russian Laundromat
How to use Trump Tower and other luxury high-rises to clean dirty money, run an international crime syndicate, and propel a failed real estate developer into the White House.
July 13, 2017

Trump’s Russian Laundromat

In 1984, a Russian émigré named David Bogatin went shopping for apartments in New York City. The 38-year-old had arrived in America seven years before, with just $3 in his pocket. But for a former pilot in the Soviet Army—his specialty had been shooting down Americans over North Vietnam—he had clearly done quite well for himself. Bogatin wasn’t hunting for a place in Brighton Beach, the Brooklyn enclave known as “Little Odessa” for its large population of immigrants from the Soviet Union. Instead, he was fixated on the glitziest apartment building on Fifth Avenue, a gaudy, 58-story edifice with gold-plated fixtures and a pink-marble atrium: Trump Tower.

A monument to celebrity and conspicuous consumption, the tower was home to the likes of Johnny Carson, Steven Spielberg, and Sophia Loren. Its brash, 38-year-old developer was something of a tabloid celebrity himself. Donald Trump was just coming into his own as a serious player in Manhattan real estate, and Trump Tower was the crown jewel of his growing empire. From the day it opened, the building was a hit—all but a few dozen of its 263 units had sold in the first few months. But Bogatin wasn’t deterred by the limited availability or the sky-high prices. The Russian plunked down $6 million to buy not one or two, but five luxury condos. The big check apparently caught the attention of the owner. According to Wayne Barrett, who investigated the deal for the Village Voice, Trump personally attended the closing, along with Bogatin.

If the transaction seemed suspicious—multiple apartments for a single buyer who appeared to have no legitimate way to put his hands on that much money—there may have been a reason. At the time, Russian mobsters were beginning to invest in high-end real estate, which offered an ideal vehicle to launder money from their criminal enterprises. “During the ’80s and ’90s, we in the U.S. government repeatedly saw a pattern by which criminals would use condos and high-rises to launder money,” says Jonathan Winer, a deputy assistant secretary of state for international law enforcement in the Clinton administration. “It didn’t matter that you paid too much, because the real estate values would rise, and it was a way of turning dirty money into clean money. It was done very systematically, and it explained why there are so many high-rises where the units were sold but no one is living in them.” When Trump Tower was built, as David Cay Johnston reports in The Making of Donald Trump, it was only the second high-rise in New York that accepted anonymous buyers.

In 1987, just three years after he attended the closing with Trump, Bogatin pleaded guilty to taking part in a massive gasoline-bootlegging scheme with Russian mobsters. After he fled the country, the government seized his five condos at Trump Tower, saying that he had purchased them to “launder money, to shelter and hide assets.” A Senate investigation into organized crime later revealed that Bogatin was a leading figure in the Russian mob in New York. His family ties, in fact, led straight to the top: His brother ran a $150 million stock scam with none other than Semion Mogilevich, whom the FBI considers the “boss of bosses” of the Russian mafia. At the time, Mogilevich—feared even by his fellow gangsters as “the most powerful mobster in the world”—was expanding his multibillion-dollar international criminal syndicate into America.

In 1987, on his first trip to Russia, Trump visited the Winter Palace with Ivana. The Soviets flew him to Moscow—all expenses paid—to discuss building a luxury hotel across from the Kremlin.Maxim Blokhin/TASS
Since Trump’s election as president, his ties to Russia have become the focus of intense scrutiny, most of which has centered on whether his inner circle colluded with Russia to subvert the U.S. election. A growing chorus in Congress is also asking pointed questions about how the president built his business empire. Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, has called for a deeper inquiry into “Russian investment in Trump’s businesses and properties.”

The very nature of Trump’s businesses—all of which are privately held, with few reporting requirements—makes it difficult to root out the truth about his financial deals. And the world of Russian oligarchs and organized crime, by design, is shadowy and labyrinthine. For the past three decades, state and federal investigators, as well as some of America’s best investigative journalists, have sifted through mountains of real estate records, tax filings, civil lawsuits, criminal cases, and FBI and Interpol reports, unearthing ties between Trump and Russian mobsters like Mogilevich. To date, no one has documented that Trump was even aware of any suspicious entanglements in his far-flung businesses, let alone that he was directly compromised by the Russian mafia or the corrupt oligarchs who are closely allied with the Kremlin. So far, when it comes to Trump’s ties to Russia, there is no smoking gun.

But even without an investigation by Congress or a special prosecutor, there is much we already know about the president’s debt to Russia. A review of the public record reveals a clear and disturbing pattern: Trump owes much of his business success, and by extension his presidency, to a flow of highly suspicious money from Russia. Over the past three decades, at least 13 people with known or alleged links to Russian mobsters or oligarchs have owned, lived in, and even run criminal activities out of Trump Tower and other Trump properties. Many used his apartments and casinos to launder untold millions in dirty money. Some ran a worldwide high-stakes gambling ring out of Trump Tower—in a unit directly below one owned by Trump. Others provided Trump with lucrative branding deals that required no investment on his part. Taken together, the flow of money from Russia provided Trump with a crucial infusion of financing that helped rescue his empire from ruin, burnish his image, and launch his career in television and politics. “They saved his bacon,” says Kenneth McCallion, a former assistant U.S. attorney in the Reagan administration who investigated ties between organized crime and Trump’s developments in the 1980s.

It’s entirely possible that Trump was never more than a convenient patsy for Russian oligarchs and mobsters, with his casinos and condos providing easy pass-throughs for their illicit riches. At the very least, with his constant need for new infusions of cash and his well-documented troubles with creditors, Trump made an easy “mark” for anyone looking to launder money. But whatever his knowledge about the source of his wealth, the public record makes clear that Trump built his business empire in no small part with a lot of dirty money from a lot of dirty Russians—including the dirtiest and most feared of them all.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfr ... l-outreach

Evangelicals scratch Donald Trump's back – and he's returning the favor
Daniel José Camacho

FBI Octopus

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/13/us/p ... trump.html

Job One at Homeland Security Under Trump: Immigration
New York Times-
... the rise, said Erroll Southers, a former F.B.I. agent who is the director of a program at the University of Southern California that studies homegrown extremism.

http://wjla.com/news/nation-world/unfai ... xperts-say

Unfair to judge officers' actions in hindsight, experts say | WJLA
WJLA › news › nation-world › unfair-to...
Sep 22, 2016 - ... based on only their judgment and training,” said Tyrone Powers, director of the Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Institute at Anne Arundel Community College and a former FBI special agent.

http://www.hgazette.com/news/local_news ... 5bc80.html

Haverhill Mass

Middle East discussion: The Council on Aging is hosting a discussion group on terrorism in the Middle East.

Jay White, a retired FBI agent and a former member of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, lead the discussion. White is an adjunct faculty member at several area colleges.

The group meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. Call 978-374-2390 if you wish to participate.

http://www.bostonherald.com/news/us_pol ... orm_is_out

Blacked out page of Sessions security clearance form is out
Boston Herald-
A department spokesman says the FBI agent who helped with the form said those encounters didn't have to be included as routine contacts as part of Sessions' ...

https://www.abqjournal.com/1032279/five ... sting.html

Five pounds of meth lost in ‘reverse sting’ in Albuquerque
By Mike Gallagher / Journal Investigative Reporter
Thursday, July 13th, 2017 at 12:02am

FBI agents lost 5 pounds of methamphetamine last month during a “reverse sting” in a parking lot on Coors near I-40.

The incident also sent a member of the FBI Safe Streets Task Force to a hospital after he was struck by the suspects’ car in the Home Depot parking lot.

Agents fired their weapons at the suspects but didn’t hit anyone.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/1 ... ote-240533

Democrats signal support for quick vote on FBI nominee Wray

By SEUNG MIN KIM 07/13/2017

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20170 ... ture.shtml

Too Much Free Time
Thu, Jul 13th 2017

Desk Jockeying: FBI Puts Out The Call For 'Cyber Security Furniture'
from the bringing-the-war-to-work dept
If you're going to fight in the Cyber Front, you're going to want the most up-to-date office chairs. Here's an unlikely use of federal tax dollars, as spotted by the EFF's Dave Maass: "FBI Cyber Security Furniture."

Disappointingly, the FBI isn't actually looking for something along the lines of Matrix dental exam chairs for office drones to monitor... uh... multiple monitors during crucial cyber operations. Instead, the FBI is looking for standard office furniture to furnish its new Colorado cyber security office.
But the scope of work doc [PDF] indicates not just any office furniture will do. On the FBI's Cyber Titanic, reshuffle-ability of deck chairs is crucial.
The furniture solution for the workspace (individual and team) is expected to be adjustable, adaptable and easily interchangeable into different configurations as required by the work force.

Technology will be integrated at all levels of the project. Furniture must be adaptable to the continuously changing technology solutions required to maintain a collaborative, mobile, and sustainable work environment.
In total, the FBI is looking for 24 workstations, 30 office chairs, and an out-of-the-box "STEELCASE Private Office" [pictured below].
If any vendors carry something more cybertastic than what's described in the request, they are cordially disinvited from responding. The FBI is going sole-source and pouring federal dollars back into the local economy.
The General Services Administration has a new requirement that it intends to sole source for New Steelcase and Mayline Office Furniture from Officescapes, LLC a local dealer in Colorado.
The sole-source provider won't have it easy, though. The demands for bog standard office furniture are far more rigorous than most demands for off-the-shelf solutions. It needs to do far more than prevent FBI cyber warriors from having to perform their duties sitting on the carpet. The new furniture must also work as a "quality of life patch" for the field office. Here's part of a long list of things purchased furniture is expected to do:
Improv[e] work/life balance
Attract and retain the best talent
Hopefully no employees signed with the new Cyber Security office in hopes of being part of the office of the future. Team Cyber (Denver, CO) will be doing its work in the more familiar "office of the present," with all of its boring chairs, workstations, and conspicuous lack of monitor-covered walls.

Moving Beyond Backdoors To Solve The FBI's 'Going Dark' Problem
There Is No 'Going Dark' Problem
EFF Sues FBI Over Withheld NSL Guideline Documents
Trump Lawyer Threatens To Report A Former FBI Employee To The Inspector General

13 Jul 2017 @ 2:41pm
The FBI Wants Backdoors, Except When They Don't

From the STEELCASE Private Office website:
A traditional advantage of the private office is the ability to concentrate and protect confidential information. Yet this security and control is compromised if workers are approached from behind by guests entering the office.
So the FBI doesn't want any information getting out via backdoors. Hmm.

http://markets.businessinsider.com/news ... 1002167313

Hugh M. Hefner Foundation Announces First Amendment Award Winners for 2017

Jul. 12, 2017, 09:00 AM
LOS ANGELES, CA--July 12, 2017) - The Hugh M. Hefner Foundation is pleased to announce its 2017 First Amendment Award winners to those who have dedicated their profession, and some their lives, to upholding and exercising their First Amendment rights.

Christie Hefner established the Awards in 1979, in conjunction with Playboy Magazine's 25th anniversary, to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to protect and enhance First Amendment rights for all Americans. A press reception with the winners and judges will be held on August 7, 2017 at the Playboy Mansion.

This year's Lifetime Achievement Award will be bestowed upon Burt Neuborne, the Norman Dorsen Professor of Civil Liberties at NYU Law School, who for 45 years has been one of the nation's foremost civil liberties lawyers. He receives a Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award for his unwavering defense of civil liberties and civil rights and who, as founding legal director for The Brennan Center for Justice, had the vision and foresight to spearhead its establishment.

Highlights of Professor Neuborne's career include serving as National Legal Director of the ACLU from 1981-1986, Special Counsel to the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund from 1990-1996, and as a member of the New York City Human Rights Commission from 1988-1992. He has argued numerous Supreme Court cases and has litigated hundreds of important constitutional cases in the state and federal courts. From 1995 to 2007, he directed the legal program of the Brennan Center, focusing on efforts to reinforce American democracy and secure campaign finance reform. The Brennan Center was established in 1994 to honor Justice William Brennan, Jr.'s monumental contribution to American Law.

"For decades, the First Amendment Awards have honored and celebrated distinguished individuals whose actions support and often fight to preserve the values of the First Amendment," says Christie Hefner, Chairman of the Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Awards. "Especially now, it feels like the First Amendment is under assault, so it is more important than ever that we recognize those who fight to preserve this precious right."

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been a staple of American popular culture since its christening in 1935. That year also marked the beginning of the popular "G-Man" phenomenon that helped establish the Bureau's image, beginning with the aptly titled James Cagney movie, G Men. Although the detective novel and other police-related entertainment had long enthralled audiences, the FBI itself can take some of the credit for its media prominence. J. Edgar Hoover, the Bureau's "patriarch", took an active interest to ensure that it was not only well represented in the media, but also that the FBI was depicted in a heroic, positive light and that the message, "crime doesn't pay", was blatantly conveyed to audiences. The context, naturally, has changed profoundly since the 1930s "war on crime", and especially so since Hoover's death in 1972.[2]


The Press.

The following excerpts are from Failure of the Public Trust.

Patrick was harassed beginning October 26, 1995, and the harassment obviously involved the FBI. Five months later, we completed Patrick's Report of Witness Tampering, detailing and proving the harassment (which you read portions of above), and gave it to almost all the major newspapers. No articles appeared.
On October 24, 1996, just under a year after the harassment (before the one-year statute of limitations for the assault count expired), Patrick filed his civil rights lawsuit. Because the timing was on the eve of the Presidential election, the suit was filed under seal in anticipation of attacks that the suit was politically motivated. On November 12, 1996, one week after the election, it was unsealed and distributed at a press conference held on the steps of the federal courthouse in Washington. Many representatives of the press attended. There was almost no coverage.
A year later, October 10, 1997, Patrick's 20-page submission wasattached as an Appendix to Mr. Starr's Report on Mr. Foster's death, by order of the Special Division for the Purpose of Appointing Independent Counsels of the United States Court of Appeals. The media received the Report and its Appendix, much of which is reprinted above. Despite the obvious historical significance of evidence of the FBI cover-up in the case being ordered attached to the Independent Counsel's Report, the media suppressed its existence. Some of the articles even mentioned Patrick's name, but not his Court-ordered Appendix. On the evening of October 10, 1997, Peter Jennings announced that Starr's report should "satisfy even the most ardent conspiracy theorists." (Only three out of ten Americans believed him. )
In October of 1998, Patrick's Amended Complaint was filed (before the expiration of the three-year statute of limitations period for the civil rights violation). It names as defendants United States Park Police Sergeant Robert Edwards, Deputy Chief Medical Examiner James Beyer and his unknown assistant, Deputy Director of the FBI Robert Bryant, FBI agents Lawrence Monroe and Russell Bransford, unknown FBI Lab technicians, Scott Bickett, and the group of men who harassed Patrick: Ayman Alouri, Abdel Alouri, and 24 John Does. The press ignored it.
Those are the developments in the case, each of which occurred in October of the last four years. They were the harassment in October of 1995, the filing of the suit in October of 1996, the Court-ordered Appendix to the OIC's Report in October of 1997, and the filing of the Amended Complaint in October of 1998. The media still fails to apprise the public of these facts.
We cannot explain it, but, despite the fact that evidence of the cover-up is obvious, no major news organization has ever assigned a single reporter to the case. Our efforts to apprise members of the press have been steadfastly rebuffed. The press has acted mostly as a conduit for the official announcements and conclusions of the executive branch, like a public relations department, or the press in countries that do not enjoy the same guarantees of free speech as we do. By its attacks on doubters as conspiracy theorists, the media has a record of turning questions of fact in the case into questions of the motives of those who question the official conclusion, and even into questions of mental stability.
Besides repeating the official conclusions, the media's reporting of the facts of the case is generally limited to the verdict of depression. In light of the physical evidence in the case, the facts of which the press has yet to report, the print on the depression verdict could be the basis of a study on the role of the press during the progress of the cover-up.
Here we simply point out what is now manifest. After six years of anobvious cover-up under the nose of the Washington press corps, the media has a powerful interest in keeping the facts of the case from public view. Mike Wallace remarked on 60 Minutes that some people even accused him of being "a part of the conspiracy." He is not. But his most valuable professional asset, his credibility, as well as the credibility of his industry, will be diminished when the existence of the conspiracy is no longer a secret. Today, suppressing the truth of Mr. Foster's death is a matter of professional self-preservation for numerous members of the news media.
Immediately after this filing is unsealed, it will have been delivered to every major news organization in America. Every day that goes by without its being reported makes the point that much stronger. The media just will not inform the public what it knows of the truth in the case.
End excerpt pages 440-442

Endnote 33: The media
March, 1996, Report of Witness Tampering provided to: Sarah Fritz & Tom McCarthy, LA Times; Robert Hohler, Boston Globe; R.W. Apple, New York Times; Marilyn Rauber, John Crudele, & Steve Dunleavy, N.Y. Post; Jerry Seper, Wash. Times; Anne Devroy, Wash. Post; Michael Isikoff, Newsweek; Micah Morrison, Wall Street Journal; Lou Kilzer, Denver Post; editor, Chicago Tribune; editor, Philadelphia Inquirer; Jack Loftis, Houston Chronicle; Charles Zehren, Newsday; Jamie Dettmer, Insight on the News; Washington editor, Reuters News Agency; Pete Yost, Associated Press; Brian Gaffney, Dateline NBC; Ted Koppel; Julia Malone, Cox News; Lisa Tutman, Cox Broadcasting; HardCopy; Unsolved Mysteries; Inside Edition.
Representatives from the following media organizations present at a November 12, 1996 press conference on the steps of federal District Court in Washington, unsealing Patrick Knowlton's civil rights lawsuit: CNN, Insight on the News, Wash. Post, N.Y. Times, Wash. Times, ABC News, NBC News, CBS News, Fox News, Time Magazine, N.Y. Observer, Cox News, among others.
Media accounts of the October, 1997 release of the OIC's Report on Mr. Foster's death, mentioning Patrick Knowlton's name but failing to report the existence of his Court-ordered Appendix:
S. Labaton, Report of Foster's Suicide portrays a
depressed man, N.Y. Times, October 11, 1997: The report also dismisses the testimony of Patrick Knowlton, a witness who says he was at the park the day Foster died and did not see his car but did see a person who stared at Knowlton menacingly. The report concludes that there is no reliable evidence that anyone at the park "had any connection to Foster's death."
B. York, Vince Foster, In the Park, with the Gun, The Weekly Standard Magazine, October 27, 1997: Byron York is an investigative writer with the American Spectator *** [C]onspiracy theorists... have already begun to complain about Starr's treatment of Patrick Knowlton, a motorist who says that on July 20 he stopped in Fort Marcy to relieve himself and saw a man in a car who stared at him menacingly... But Starr found no other evidence to support Knowlton's story, and the report mentions the incident only briefly.
M. Morrison, In Re: Vincent Foster, Wall Street Journal, November 25, 1997: "Most of the other allegations, including the recollections of much-touted witness Patrick Knowlton, represent the confusions inevitable in any large investigation of a dramatic event."
Some responses from journalists when asked by the authors whether they are interested: George Will, Feb., 1996: "We're not interested in that [Foster case]; Fred Barnes, Feb. 23, 1996: "Conservatives should ignore the death of Vincent Foster and stick to the real issues... It was a suicide... No, I don't want to meet Patrick Knowlton;" Tim Russert, Feb. 29, 1996: "I appreciate your taking the time... It is important to have your input;" James Stewart, March 20, 1996: "Now I think it is too much of a coincidence that he [Foster] would be that depressed and then that somebody would somehow move in and fake some kind of crime. Life just doesn't work like that;" Haynes Johnson, May 28, 1996: "You have raised provocative questions;" Ted Gest, 1996: "Our magazine [Newsweek] covers consumer issues, that is not the kind of story we cover, try one of the daily papers;" James Whalen (St. Paul Journalism Prof.), "If there was anything suspicious about Foster's death the Washington press would cover it;" Paul Gigot (Wall St. J.), July 23, 1996: "Foster committed suicide. Everything points to that... No, I don't want to meet him [Patrick Knowlton] and you probably think I am part of the conspiracy;" Michael Barone, July 30, 1996: "I'm not going to defend the coverage of Vincent Foster by U.S. News & World Report, I do not know enough about the Foster story;" Jerry Seper (Wash. Times), Oct. 17, 1996: "I don't cover Foster, I'm covering Whitewater. Ask George Archibald, he has been assigned the Foster story;" George Archibald, Oct. 24, 1996: "Foster is dead. I don't cover Foster... My time is limited;" Eugene Meyer (Wash. Post), Nov. 5, 1996: "No, it's not my job... I don't care about your friend;" Karen Ballard (Wash. Times), Nov. 5, 1996: "Why don't you write the story;" William Kristol, Nov. 8, 1996: "Amazing... What kind of work does Mr. Knowlton do?" Candy Crowley (CNN), Kwame Holman, Peter Kenyon (NPR), Nov. 19, 1996: "If it was reported I would cover it... I have to cover other news, it's not my job;" Carl Stern, Michael McCurry, Marlin Fitzwater, & Charles Bierbauer (CNN), Feb. 13, 1997: "We don't know anything about it;" Cokie Roberts, April 13, 1997: "Thousands of reporters have looked into the death of Vincent Foster and everyone including the numerous investigations have concluded that his death was a suicide;" Paul Harvey, July 16, 1997: "The death of White House counsel Vincent Foster has now been investigated four times including Kenneth Starr's most recent one and all four have reached the same conclusion. There was no conspiracy, no cover-up, it was suicide;" Mike Wallace, July 23, 1997: "Just wait until Ken Starr's report is released, then you can apologize to me;" Tom Sherwood, WRC-DC, July 31, 1997: "I can't believe there would be a cover-up... Why don't you contact Mike Isikoff;" Michael Isikoff, Aug. 13, 1997: " do not have enough evidence to go with the story about Patrick Knowlton's allegations;" Martha Malan, (St. Paul Press), Oct. 12, 1997: "We don't have the resources to cover the Foster story... No, I don't want to talk to Patrick Knowlton;" John Crudele (N.Y. Post), Nov., 1997: "I don't believe there is a cover-up;" Steve Labaton, (N.Y. Times), Nov., 1997: "The court had to attach your submission;" Bob Zelnick, May 30, 1998: "[There isn't] any credible evidence that Vincent Foster was murdered. Can I ask to change the subject?" Harold Hostetler, June 25, 1998: "Mr. Knowlton does appear to be an honest and forthright person who is sticking up for his principles and beliefs. However, I do not see this as a potential story for Guideposts;" Sam Fullwood (L.A. Times) at Sanford Ungar AU forum (with L. Brent Bozell III, Karen DeYoung & Bill Plante), Sept. 8, 1998: "It's not my kind of story... Why don't you post it on the Internet then everyone will know... Why don't you write a book, you could make lots of money;" Matt Drudge, "I'll read this [written materials] but I was just about ready to believe the body was moved and now you're saying he was murdered;" Frank Sesno, Sept. 24, 1998: "I'll look at this;" Helen Thomas, Oct. 7, 1998: "[T]his should be reported to the American people;" Helen Thomas, April 9, 1999: "Q. I gave you the addendum to Starr's Report. Will you write about Patrick Knowlton? A. No... I don't have time. Q. Can I quote you? A. No. Q. You said then that his story should be reported. A. It is very unfair of you to do this to me. Just forget it."

Attacks on Patrick Knowlton's mental stability: Excerpt from Knowlton v. Edwards et al, USDC, DC, CA No. 96-2467:
170. Defendants also accomplished their object of publicly discrediting Plaintiff. On November 24, 1997, a book review entitled The Secret Life of Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, written by Michael Isikoff, appeared in the widely circulated Weekly Standard Magazine. In it, Isikoff wrote:

* * *
Evans-Pritchards' work, such as it is, consists of little more than wild flights of conspiratorial fancy coupled with outrageous and wholly uncorroborated allegations offered up by his "sources" - largely a collection of oddballs... and borderline psychotics.
* * *
Back in Washington, Evans-Pritchard breaks one of his big stories: Patrick Knowlton, a construction worker who stopped to urinate at Fort Marcy Park on the afternoon of Vince Foster's death and -- here's the key part -- recalls seeing a mysterious "Hispanic-looking" man lingering around the parking lot. No sooner has Evans-Pritchard popped this bombshell in the Telegraph than, Knowlton reports, menacing-looking men in business suits begin following him and staring really hard at him...
* * *
But for the moment I prefer my own conspiracy theory: Evans-Pritchard doesn't believe a word he has written... designed to discredit critics of the Clinton White House by making them look like a bunch of blithering idiots.

* * *
The next day, November 25, 1997 another book
review, entitled Conspiracy Central, authored by Jacob
Cohen, appeared in the widely circulated National
Review Magazine. In it, Cohen wrote:

* * *
...Patrick Knowlton, who claims that he came to the park at 4:30 on the afternoon of July 20 to relieve himself, and at that time saw in the parking lot a brown Honda with Arkansas plates...
* * *
He insists that a very sinister-looking man was hovering around the parking lot and may have monitored his peeing... Knowlton seems to have a penchant for seeing the sinister in the glances of those he meets... Mysterious cars follow him, he says. Carefully organized teams of men constantly pass him and his girlfriend on the streets, giving them very menacing stares... Apparently, they are present during every walk Knowlton takes, so that any experimental stroll will reveal them. One wonders, is there a school that teaches federal agents this methodology of intimidation?

An analysis of the use of the media during the progress of the cover-up could include:
(1) A comparison of the initial published accounts of Mr. Foster's demeanor (no noticeable signs of distress) to the accounts that suddenly began appearing upon the "discovery" of torn note six days after the death (rapid weight loss and other symptoms consistent with severe depression);
(2) The alliance between the Washington press corps and the Justice Department -- permanent institutions of government;
(3) The chilling effect on witnesses of the steady
stream of press leaks that the OIC was soon to issue a report validating earlier official conclusions (see January 1995 Scripps-Howard wire reporting Starr's suicide conclusion appearing the same day that the OIC began grand jury proceedings into the death, February, 1995 Wall Street Journal feature quoting sources close to Starr as saying the case had been closed as a suicide, October, 1995 60 Minutes piece declaring that Starr's suicide report would be out shortly, December, 1995 Fox News report that Starr's Washington office was to issue a suicide report within six weeks, July, 1996 60 Minutes piece declaring that Starr had concluded the death was a suicide and that a report would be issued that summer, November, 1996, Newsweek cover story by M. Isikoff quoting unidentified sources as saying that the suicide report was to be released imminently);
(4) Years of repeating of the official suicide
conclusion in stories about other matters, like
the OIC's Supreme Court litigation of its
subpoena of attorney James Hamilton's notes of a
consultation he had with Mr. Foster shortly
before the death;
(5) Pulitzer Prize winning journalists who
misreported the Foster story: Haynes Johnson,
David Broder, Bob Woodward, Anthony Lewis, Mary
McGrory, James Stewart, and Mike McAlary;
(6) The accounts of the death in virtually every book written on the Clinton Presidency: Bob Woodward, The Agenda, Simon & Schuster, 1994; David Brock, The Seduction of Hillary Clinton, Free Press, 1996; Haynes Johnson & David Broder, The System, Little & Brown, 1996; James Stewart, Blood Sport, Simon & Schuster, 1996; Gary Aldrich, Unlimited Access, Regnery, 1996; R. Emmett Tyrrell, Boy Clinton, Regnery, 1996; HowardKurtz, Spin Cycle, The Free Press, 1998; Ann Coulter, High Crimes and Misdemeanors, Regnery, 1998; Michael Isikoff, Uncovering Clinton, Crown Publishing, 1999; George Stephanopoulos, All Too Human, Little Brown & Company, 1999; Lanny J. Davis, Truth To Tell, Free Press, 1999; Joyce Milton, The First Partner, William Morrow & Company, 1999; Helen Thomas, Front Row At The White House, Scribner, 1999;
(7) Unpublished accounts of witnesses -- in addition to Patrick Knowlton -- who contacted members of the news media to report what they know of the cover-up.
W. Barret, Freedom to Steal, Why Politicians Never go to Jail, New York Magazine, February 4, 1980: Crooked politicians have nothing to fear in New York. Contrary to much of the post-Watergate anti-corruption ballyhoo, the three United States attorneys who have served in Foley Square for the last ten years have failed to make a single case against a crooked politician within their jurisdiction. As astounding as it may seem, not since the legendary Carmine DeSapio was convicted back in 1969 for bribery has a top politician or any of the thousands of public officials in the Southern District's territory -- Manhattan, the Bronx, and Westchester -- found himself in handcuffs. It is uncertain whether this pattern of timidity on the part of the politically appointed prosecutors will change now that John S. Martin has been designated by Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan to replace Robert B. Fiske in the prestigious post... The failure on the part of the federal prosecutors in the Southern District to involve themselves in political-corruption cases is one of the most fascinating, if unspoken, mysteries in city government. The end of Fiske's term, in March will, in fact, conclude a ten-year period in which Nixon- and Ford-appointed U.S. Attorneys have presided over the transformation of the Southern District into a red-light district for political corruption. *** The description of all political-corruption cases handled during the first three years of Fiske's term consumes only 6 of the 187 pages enumerating major cases in the U.S. attorney's annual reports. *** [T]he former WNEW-TV reporter who broke much of the Velez story, recalls numerous meetings with Weinberg and Fiske. "Once I know I brought them absolute, cold evidence of a crime," he said... but nothing happened. *** Charges of campaign-finance irregularities had been made [against Al DelBello] ...Fiske closed it [the grand jury] four months after he opened it... [and] sharply limited this inquiry... *** Fiske's office terminated an eight-month probe of the city's most political bank. Jack Newfield's recent piece on Staten Island Congressman Murphy in the Village Voice centers on an alleged $50,000 bribe *** [It] has now been quietly closed without result. *** Then U.S. Senator James Buckley delayed Fiske's appointment for several weeks because of his concern that Fiske's long-standing connections to Morgan Guaranty, one of the city's six major banks... Fiske did not "recuse" - the legal term for withdrawing... *** Nonetheless, six months after the SEC final report, Fiske released a one-page statement closing the securities case... There are a number of other cases, reported in the media, that have been covered by Southern District silence and inactivity... *** Agents from various federal departments say they prefer to work with assistants from other offices where assistants are closer to the streets and more willing to work with agents as partners... Fiske, for example, has a hard-and-fast rule that assistants are not to do field work with agents, a rule that has no parallel in other, neighboring federal districts. The price we all pay for these relationships and priorities is a federal jurisdiction where official corruption appears legally impenetrable.
Compare Now You Know..., Wash. Post June 22, 1998: President and Hillary Rodham Clinton fed the hands that bite them Friday night, hosting more [than] 1,000 White House reporters, spouses and progeny at a South Lawn carnival.*** But tickled reporters jammed the Ferris wheel, arcade, merry-go-round and Twister, a stomach-churning pendulum. Nothing could kill the horde's locust like appearance for children, sausages, ice cream and cotton candy.
End excerpt pages 504-510 from Failure of the Public Trust

The Press.

The following excerpts are from Failure of the Public Trust.

Patrick was harassed beginning October 26, 1995, and the harassment obviously involved the FBI. Five months later, we completed Patrick's Report of Witness Tampering, detailing and proving the harassment (which you read portions of above), and gave it to almost all the major newspapers. No articles appeared.
On October 24, 1996, just under a year after the harassment (before the one-year statute of limitations for the assault count expired), Patrick filed his civil rights lawsuit. Because the timing was on the eve of the Presidential election, the suit was filed under seal in anticipation of attacks that the suit was politically motivated. On November 12, 1996, one week after the election, it was unsealed and distributed at a press conference held on the steps of the federal courthouse in Washington. Many representatives of the press attended. There was almost no coverage.
A year later, October 10, 1997, Patrick's 20-page submission wasattached as an Appendix to Mr. Starr's Report on Mr. Foster's death, by order of the Special Division for the Purpose of Appointing Independent Counsels of the United States Court of Appeals. The media received the Report and its Appendix, much of which is reprinted above. Despite the obvious historical significance of evidence of the FBI cover-up in the case being ordered attached to the Independent Counsel's Report, the media suppressed its existence. Some of the articles even mentioned Patrick's name, but not his Court-ordered Appendix. On the evening of October 10, 1997, Peter Jennings announced that Starr's report should "satisfy even the most ardent conspiracy theorists." (Only three out of ten Americans believed him. )
In October of 1998, Patrick's Amended Complaint was filed (before the expiration of the three-year statute of limitations period for the civil rights violation). It names as defendants United States Park Police Sergeant Robert Edwards, Deputy Chief Medical Examiner James Beyer and his unknown assistant, Deputy Director of the FBI Robert Bryant, FBI agents Lawrence Monroe and Russell Bransford, unknown FBI Lab technicians, Scott Bickett, and the group of men who harassed Patrick: Ayman Alouri, Abdel Alouri, and 24 John Does. The press ignored it.
Those are the developments in the case, each of which occurred in October of the last four years. They were the harassment in October of 1995, the filing of the suit in October of 1996, the Court-ordered Appendix to the OIC's Report in October of 1997, and the filing of the Amended Complaint in October of 1998. The media still fails to apprise the public of these facts.
We cannot explain it, but, despite the fact that evidence of the cover-up is obvious, no major news organization has ever assigned a single reporter to the case. Our efforts to apprise members of the press have been steadfastly rebuffed. The press has acted mostly as a conduit for the official announcements and conclusions of the executive branch, like a public relations department, or the press in countries that do not enjoy the same guarantees of free speech as we do. By its attacks on doubters as conspiracy theorists, the media has a record of turning questions of fact in the case into questions of the motives of those who question the official conclusion, and even into questions of mental stability.
Besides repeating the official conclusions, the media's reporting of the facts of the case is generally limited to the verdict of depression. In light of the physical evidence in the case, the facts of which the press has yet to report, the print on the depression verdict could be the basis of a study on the role of the press during the progress of the cover-up.
Here we simply point out what is now manifest. After six years of anobvious cover-up under the nose of the Washington press corps, the media has a powerful interest in keeping the facts of the case from public view. Mike Wallace remarked on 60 Minutes that some people even accused him of being "a part of the conspiracy." He is not. But his most valuable professional asset, his credibility, as well as the credibility of his industry, will be diminished when the existence of the conspiracy is no longer a secret. Today, suppressing the truth of Mr. Foster's death is a matter of professional self-preservation for numerous members of the news media.
Immediately after this filing is unsealed, it will have been delivered to every major news organization in America. Every day that goes by without its being reported makes the point that much stronger. The media just will not inform the public what it knows of the truth in the case.
End excerpt pages 440-442

Endnote 33: The media
March, 1996, Report of Witness Tampering provided to: Sarah Fritz & Tom McCarthy, LA Times; Robert Hohler, Boston Globe; R.W. Apple, New York Times; Marilyn Rauber, John Crudele, & Steve Dunleavy, N.Y. Post; Jerry Seper, Wash. Times; Anne Devroy, Wash. Post; Michael Isikoff, Newsweek; Micah Morrison, Wall Street Journal; Lou Kilzer, Denver Post; editor, Chicago Tribune; editor, Philadelphia Inquirer; Jack Loftis, Houston Chronicle; Charles Zehren, Newsday; Jamie Dettmer, Insight on the News; Washington editor, Reuters News Agency; Pete Yost, Associated Press; Brian Gaffney, Dateline NBC; Ted Koppel; Julia Malone, Cox News; Lisa Tutman, Cox Broadcasting; HardCopy; Unsolved Mysteries; Inside Edition.
Representatives from the following media organizations present at a November 12, 1996 press conference on the steps of federal District Court in Washington, unsealing Patrick Knowlton's civil rights lawsuit: CNN, Insight on the News, Wash. Post, N.Y. Times, Wash. Times, ABC News, NBC News, CBS News, Fox News, Time Magazine, N.Y. Observer, Cox News, among others.
Media accounts of the October, 1997 release of the OIC's Report on Mr. Foster's death, mentioning Patrick Knowlton's name but failing to report the existence of his Court-ordered Appendix:
S. Labaton, Report of Foster's Suicide portrays a
depressed man, N.Y. Times, October 11, 1997: The report also dismisses the testimony of Patrick Knowlton, a witness who says he was at the park the day Foster died and did not see his car but did see a person who stared at Knowlton menacingly. The report concludes that there is no reliable evidence that anyone at the park "had any connection to Foster's death."
B. York, Vince Foster, In the Park, with the Gun, The Weekly Standard Magazine, October 27, 1997: Byron York is an investigative writer with the American Spectator *** [C]onspiracy theorists... have already begun to complain about Starr's treatment of Patrick Knowlton, a motorist who says that on July 20 he stopped in Fort Marcy to relieve himself and saw a man in a car who stared at him menacingly... But Starr found no other evidence to support Knowlton's story, and the report mentions the incident only briefly.
M. Morrison, In Re: Vincent Foster, Wall Street Journal, November 25, 1997: "Most of the other allegations, including the recollections of much-touted witness Patrick Knowlton, represent the confusions inevitable in any large investigation of a dramatic event."
Some responses from journalists when asked by the authors whether they are interested: George Will, Feb., 1996: "We're not interested in that [Foster case]; Fred Barnes, Feb. 23, 1996: "Conservatives should ignore the death of Vincent Foster and stick to the real issues... It was a suicide... No, I don't want to meet Patrick Knowlton;" Tim Russert, Feb. 29, 1996: "I appreciate your taking the time... It is important to have your input;" James Stewart, March 20, 1996: "Now I think it is too much of a coincidence that he [Foster] would be that depressed and then that somebody would somehow move in and fake some kind of crime. Life just doesn't work like that;" Haynes Johnson, May 28, 1996: "You have raised provocative questions;" Ted Gest, 1996: "Our magazine [Newsweek] covers consumer issues, that is not the kind of story we cover, try one of the daily papers;" James Whalen (St. Paul Journalism Prof.), "If there was anything suspicious about Foster's death the Washington press would cover it;" Paul Gigot (Wall St. J.), July 23, 1996: "Foster committed suicide. Everything points to that... No, I don't want to meet him [Patrick Knowlton] and you probably think I am part of the conspiracy;" Michael Barone, July 30, 1996: "I'm not going to defend the coverage of Vincent Foster by U.S. News & World Report, I do not know enough about the Foster story;" Jerry Seper (Wash. Times), Oct. 17, 1996: "I don't cover Foster, I'm covering Whitewater. Ask George Archibald, he has been assigned the Foster story;" George Archibald, Oct. 24, 1996: "Foster is dead. I don't cover Foster... My time is limited;" Eugene Meyer (Wash. Post), Nov. 5, 1996: "No, it's not my job... I don't care about your friend;" Karen Ballard (Wash. Times), Nov. 5, 1996: "Why don't you write the story;" William Kristol, Nov. 8, 1996: "Amazing... What kind of work does Mr. Knowlton do?" Candy Crowley (CNN), Kwame Holman, Peter Kenyon (NPR), Nov. 19, 1996: "If it was reported I would cover it... I have to cover other news, it's not my job;" Carl Stern, Michael McCurry, Marlin Fitzwater, & Charles Bierbauer (CNN), Feb. 13, 1997: "We don't know anything about it;" Cokie Roberts, April 13, 1997: "Thousands of reporters have looked into the death of Vincent Foster and everyone including the numerous investigations have concluded that his death was a suicide;" Paul Harvey, July 16, 1997: "The death of White House counsel Vincent Foster has now been investigated four times including Kenneth Starr's most recent one and all four have reached the same conclusion. There was no conspiracy, no cover-up, it was suicide;" Mike Wallace, July 23, 1997: "Just wait until Ken Starr's report is released, then you can apologize to me;" Tom Sherwood, WRC-DC, July 31, 1997: "I can't believe there would be a cover-up... Why don't you contact Mike Isikoff;" Michael Isikoff, Aug. 13, 1997: " do not have enough evidence to go with the story about Patrick Knowlton's allegations;" Martha Malan, (St. Paul Press), Oct. 12, 1997: "We don't have the resources to cover the Foster story... No, I don't want to talk to Patrick Knowlton;" John Crudele (N.Y. Post), Nov., 1997: "I don't believe there is a cover-up;" Steve Labaton, (N.Y. Times), Nov., 1997: "The court had to attach your submission;" Bob Zelnick, May 30, 1998: "[There isn't] any credible evidence that Vincent Foster was murdered. Can I ask to change the subject?" Harold Hostetler, June 25, 1998: "Mr. Knowlton does appear to be an honest and forthright person who is sticking up for his principles and beliefs. However, I do not see this as a potential story for Guideposts;" Sam Fullwood (L.A. Times) at Sanford Ungar AU forum (with L. Brent Bozell III, Karen DeYoung & Bill Plante), Sept. 8, 1998: "It's not my kind of story... Why don't you post it on the Internet then everyone will know... Why don't you write a book, you could make lots of money;" Matt Drudge, "I'll read this [written materials] but I was just about ready to believe the body was moved and now you're saying he was murdered;" Frank Sesno, Sept. 24, 1998: "I'll look at this;" Helen Thomas, Oct. 7, 1998: "[T]his should be reported to the American people;" Helen Thomas, April 9, 1999: "Q. I gave you the addendum to Starr's Report. Will you write about Patrick Knowlton? A. No... I don't have time. Q. Can I quote you? A. No. Q. You said then that his story should be reported. A. It is very unfair of you to do this to me. Just forget it."

Attacks on Patrick Knowlton's mental stability: Excerpt from Knowlton v. Edwards et al, USDC, DC, CA No. 96-2467:
170. Defendants also accomplished their object of publicly discrediting Plaintiff. On November 24, 1997, a book review entitled The Secret Life of Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, written by Michael Isikoff, appeared in the widely circulated Weekly Standard Magazine. In it, Isikoff wrote:

* * *
Evans-Pritchards' work, such as it is, consists of little more than wild flights of conspiratorial fancy coupled with outrageous and wholly uncorroborated allegations offered up by his "sources" - largely a collection of oddballs... and borderline psychotics.
* * *
Back in Washington, Evans-Pritchard breaks one of his big stories: Patrick Knowlton, a construction worker who stopped to urinate at Fort Marcy Park on the afternoon of Vince Foster's death and -- here's the key part -- recalls seeing a mysterious "Hispanic-looking" man lingering around the parking lot. No sooner has Evans-Pritchard popped this bombshell in the Telegraph than, Knowlton reports, menacing-looking men in business suits begin following him and staring really hard at him...
* * *
But for the moment I prefer my own conspiracy theory: Evans-Pritchard doesn't believe a word he has written... designed to discredit critics of the Clinton White House by making them look like a bunch of blithering idiots.

* * *
The next day, November 25, 1997 another book
review, entitled Conspiracy Central, authored by Jacob
Cohen, appeared in the widely circulated National
Review Magazine. In it, Cohen wrote:

* * *
...Patrick Knowlton, who claims that he came to the park at 4:30 on the afternoon of July 20 to relieve himself, and at that time saw in the parking lot a brown Honda with Arkansas plates...
* * *
He insists that a very sinister-looking man was hovering around the parking lot and may have monitored his peeing... Knowlton seems to have a penchant for seeing the sinister in the glances of those he meets... Mysterious cars follow him, he says. Carefully organized teams of men constantly pass him and his girlfriend on the streets, giving them very menacing stares... Apparently, they are present during every walk Knowlton takes, so that any experimental stroll will reveal them. One wonders, is there a school that teaches federal agents this methodology of intimidation?

An analysis of the use of the media during the progress of the cover-up could include:
(1) A comparison of the initial published accounts of Mr. Foster's demeanor (no noticeable signs of distress) to the accounts that suddenly began appearing upon the "discovery" of torn note six days after the death (rapid weight loss and other symptoms consistent with severe depression);
(2) The alliance between the Washington press corps and the Justice Department -- permanent institutions of government;
(3) The chilling effect on witnesses of the steady
stream of press leaks that the OIC was soon to issue a report validating earlier official conclusions (see January 1995 Scripps-Howard wire reporting Starr's suicide conclusion appearing the same day that the OIC began grand jury proceedings into the death, February, 1995 Wall Street Journal feature quoting sources close to Starr as saying the case had been closed as a suicide, October, 1995 60 Minutes piece declaring that Starr's suicide report would be out shortly, December, 1995 Fox News report that Starr's Washington office was to issue a suicide report within six weeks, July, 1996 60 Minutes piece declaring that Starr had concluded the death was a suicide and that a report would be issued that summer, November, 1996, Newsweek cover story by M. Isikoff quoting unidentified sources as saying that the suicide report was to be released imminently);
(4) Years of repeating of the official suicide
conclusion in stories about other matters, like
the OIC's Supreme Court litigation of its
subpoena of attorney James Hamilton's notes of a
consultation he had with Mr. Foster shortly
before the death;
(5) Pulitzer Prize winning journalists who
misreported the Foster story: Haynes Johnson,
David Broder, Bob Woodward, Anthony Lewis, Mary
McGrory, James Stewart, and Mike McAlary;
(6) The accounts of the death in virtually every book written on the Clinton Presidency: Bob Woodward, The Agenda, Simon & Schuster, 1994; David Brock, The Seduction of Hillary Clinton, Free Press, 1996; Haynes Johnson & David Broder, The System, Little & Brown, 1996; James Stewart, Blood Sport, Simon & Schuster, 1996; Gary Aldrich, Unlimited Access, Regnery, 1996; R. Emmett Tyrrell, Boy Clinton, Regnery, 1996; HowardKurtz, Spin Cycle, The Free Press, 1998; Ann Coulter, High Crimes and Misdemeanors, Regnery, 1998; Michael Isikoff, Uncovering Clinton, Crown Publishing, 1999; George Stephanopoulos, All Too Human, Little Brown & Company, 1999; Lanny J. Davis, Truth To Tell, Free Press, 1999; Joyce Milton, The First Partner, William Morrow & Company, 1999; Helen Thomas, Front Row At The White House, Scribner, 1999;
(7) Unpublished accounts of witnesses -- in addition to Patrick Knowlton -- who contacted members of the news media to report what they know of the cover-up.
W. Barret, Freedom to Steal, Why Politicians Never go to Jail, New York Magazine, February 4, 1980: Crooked politicians have nothing to fear in New York. Contrary to much of the post-Watergate anti-corruption ballyhoo, the three United States attorneys who have served in Foley Square for the last ten years have failed to make a single case against a crooked politician within their jurisdiction. As astounding as it may seem, not since the legendary Carmine DeSapio was convicted back in 1969 for bribery has a top politician or any of the thousands of public officials in the Southern District's territory -- Manhattan, the Bronx, and Westchester -- found himself in handcuffs. It is uncertain whether this pattern of timidity on the part of the politically appointed prosecutors will change now that John S. Martin has been designated by Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan to replace Robert B. Fiske in the prestigious post... The failure on the part of the federal prosecutors in the Southern District to involve themselves in political-corruption cases is one of the most fascinating, if unspoken, mysteries in city government. The end of Fiske's term, in March will, in fact, conclude a ten-year period in which Nixon- and Ford-appointed U.S. Attorneys have presided over the transformation of the Southern District into a red-light district for political corruption. *** The description of all political-corruption cases handled during the first three years of Fiske's term consumes only 6 of the 187 pages enumerating major cases in the U.S. attorney's annual reports. *** [T]he former WNEW-TV reporter who broke much of the Velez story, recalls numerous meetings with Weinberg and Fiske. "Once I know I brought them absolute, cold evidence of a crime," he said... but nothing happened. *** Charges of campaign-finance irregularities had been made [against Al DelBello] ...Fiske closed it [the grand jury] four months after he opened it... [and] sharply limited this inquiry... *** Fiske's office terminated an eight-month probe of the city's most political bank. Jack Newfield's recent piece on Staten Island Congressman Murphy in the Village Voice centers on an alleged $50,000 bribe *** [It] has now been quietly closed without result. *** Then U.S. Senator James Buckley delayed Fiske's appointment for several weeks because of his concern that Fiske's long-standing connections to Morgan Guaranty, one of the city's six major banks... Fiske did not "recuse" - the legal term for withdrawing... *** Nonetheless, six months after the SEC final report, Fiske released a one-page statement closing the securities case... There are a number of other cases, reported in the media, that have been covered by Southern District silence and inactivity... *** Agents from various federal departments say they prefer to work with assistants from other offices where assistants are closer to the streets and more willing to work with agents as partners... Fiske, for example, has a hard-and-fast rule that assistants are not to do field work with agents, a rule that has no parallel in other, neighboring federal districts. The price we all pay for these relationships and priorities is a federal jurisdiction where official corruption appears legally impenetrable.
Compare Now You Know..., Wash. Post June 22, 1998: President and Hillary Rodham Clinton fed the hands that bite them Friday night, hosting more [than] 1,000 White House reporters, spouses and progeny at a South Lawn carnival.*** But tickled reporters jammed the Ferris wheel, arcade, merry-go-round and Twister, a stomach-churning pendulum. Nothing could kill the horde's locust like appearance for children, sausages, ice cream and cotton candy.
End excerpt pages 504-510 from Failure of the Public Trust

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'Would reveal sensitive details about how much money was being moved around'

(News.com.au) Missing pages from a heavily censored internal FBI report on 9/11 contain explosive information on Saudi Arabia’s role in the 2001 terrorist attack, according to a group of investigative journalists.

The declassified version of a slide show titled “Overview of the 9/11 Investigation” was published by Florida Bulldog, a non-profit investigative journalist outfit, after it sued the FBI for the records in 2015.

The FBI made the presentation to the 9/11 Review Commission in secret on April 25, 2014.

But the agency redacted 13 pages and completely deleted an additional nine pages from the report, which was believed to have originally contained around 60 pages, before releasing it in March.

The document, released under America’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was also obtained by public records database Government Attic, which posted it online yesterday.

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Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Overview of the 9/11 Investigation Slide show
What is the FBI hiding in redacted 9/11 slide show documents?
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FBI's mysterious 911 slideshow

MISSING pages from a heavily censored internal FBI report on 9/11 contain explosive information on Saudi Arabia’s role in the 2001 terrorist attack, according to a group of investigative journalists.
The declassified version of a slide show titled “Overview of the 9/11 Investigation” was published by Florida Bulldog, a non-profit investigative journalist outfit, after it sued the FBI for the records in 2015.
The FBI made the presentation to the 9/11 Review Commission in secret on April 25, 2014.
But the agency redacted 13 pages and completely deleted an additional nine pages from the report, which was believed to have originally contained around 60 pages, before releasing it in March.
The document, released under America’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was also obtained by public records database Government Attic, which posted it online yesterday.
According to Florida Bulldog, which has conducted a long-running investigation into Saudi Arabia’s possible link to the West’s most notorious terrorist attack, the censored pages detail “the transfer of money prior to and funding of the attacks”.
Some of the slides released are blank except for their tantalising titles which include “Funding of the 9/11 Attacks”; “Early to Mid-2001: Additional Funding”; “August 2011: Reserving 9/11 Tickets”; and “KSM (Khalid Sheikh Mohammed) Non-Immigrant Visa Application”.
Of the 19 hijackers who crashed planes into New York’s Twin Towers and the Pentagon in Virginia, 15 were Saudi Arabian.
In documents tendered to court earlier this year, Florida Bulldog alleged the FBI improperly redacted key intelligence related to the funding of the 9/11 attacks.
The first page of the FBI’s 60-page, heavily censored Power Point presentation on the 9/11 attacks.

When the FBI finally released its internal slide show to the public in March, 13 pages were redacted and nine had been completely deleted from the presentation.Source:Supplied
In May, Miami judge Cecilia Altonaga ruled the document should be largely opened for public inspection, after the FBI failed to establish Freedom of Information Act Exemption 7(E) applied. The exemption applies when the information would “disclose techniques and procedures for law enforcement investigations or prosecutions”.
But the FBI asked her to reconsider, arguing that while the document doesn’t discuss techniques, it could still reveal some techniques used. As an example it cited a photograph taken from a security camera which could reveal the camera’s location unless redacted.
On July 6, Judge Altonaga had a change of heart, siding with the FBI and reversing her May decision, dismissing Florida Bulldog’s application for a Freedom of Information Act trial.
“The court sees no need for further facts to be elicited at trial,” she said.
The pages exempt from disclosure include two slides titled “Funding of the 9/11 Attacks” and “Early to Mid-2001 Additional Funding” and others that currently appear blank under the headings: “Early to Mid-2000: Pilots/Intended Pilots Arrive U.S.”; “Investigative Findings regarding hijacker Identification”, “Financial”, “Early to Mid-2001: Non-pilots arrive U.S.”,‘July-August 2001: Knife Purchases” and “August 2001: Reserving 9/11 Tickets” as well as four pages titled, “Ongoing Investigation”.
Lawyers for Florida Bulldog have indicated they may challenge the ruling in the Supreme Court.
Florida Bulldog co-founder and editor Dan Christensen says the FBI’s grounds for continuing to withhold information on the 9/11 attacks are weak and make no sense. He addressed the agency’s concerns, including the mysterious redacted photograph, in an article posted on his website last month.
But he believes the real reason for the FBI’s secrecy relates to questions about who financed the 9/11 attacks.

Survivors and relatives of the almost 3000 victims are currently engaged in a fraught civil litigation with Saudi Arabia amid accusations that the kingdom and its official charities were among those who supplied funds. The country has denied any wrongdoing.
“Another page the FBI wants to remain hidden ‘contains specific factors deemed pertinent in the analysis of the actions of the hijackers’ concerning financial transactions before September 11, 2001,” Christensen said.
“(According to the FBI) disclosure of this information would reveal what the FBI already knows about the hijackers’ financial actions and how they were able to stay ‘under the radar’.”
FBI record chief David M Hardy expanded on this in his submission to keep the reacted and missing pages secret.
This page, with its promising title, is one of several which were left otherwise blank in the FBI’s heavily censored report.
This page, with its promising title, is one of several which were left otherwise blank in the FBI’s heavily censored report.Source:Supplied
Nothing to see here. Several pages of the FBI's internal slide show on 9/11 have been redacted and nine have been deleted entirely.
Nothing to see here. Several pages of the FBI's internal slide show on 9/11 have been redacted and nine have been deleted entirely.Source:Supplied
“The release of this information would reveal sensitive details about how much money was being moved around, when it was being moved, how it was being moved, the mode of transfer and locations the FBI had detected movements in,” Mr Hardy told the court in his sixth court declaration in June.
“Disclosure of this information would provide a playbook to future subjects on how much money one can move around in certain forms without attracting attention.”
Christensen claims the FBI has also redacted details relating to:
*The types of weapons and identification the conspirators carried;
*The timing of the arrival of the pilots, intended pilots and conspirators in the US;
*Information about when the conspirators moved to their respective departure cities and the timing of their plane ticket purchases;
* A timeline of telephone records and money transfers between conspirators; and
*Information about previous flights the conspirators took before the attacks to include the collection and timing and locations of flights.
“One page, withheld in full, ‘is a photo taken by a security camera’. The FBI does not identify the photo’s subject, the date it was taken or its general location,” Christensen said.
“This was withheld because the release of this picture would disclose the location of the security camera at the site where the photo was taken. The disclosure would allow future subjects to know where to find the security camera so as to avoid the area in which the camera points, thereby circumventing detection or the ability for the FBI and law enforcement to try to obtain an image of the subject.
“Two more pages from the overview section about the FBI’s ‘ongoing investigation,’ also completely withheld, contain “information about a conspirator and his actions taken in preparation for the attacks. This is sensitive information, which if revealed, would put at risk the collection techniques used to obtain such information. It also reveals sensitivities that future subjects could exploit in the future while

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Asking for probe of misconduct claims against police 'symbolic,' St. Louis County Police board chairman says

Former County Executive Charlie Dooley appointed Corvington, a retired FBI agent, to the police board in March 2012. Dooley also appointed The Rev. Lawrence Wooten Sr., vice chairman, and Laurie Westfall, secretary.

Roland Corvington’s comments follow Tuesday night’s 5-1 vote by council members in favor of requesting an outside agency to investigate the allegations raised in a series of stories by Post-Dispatch Columnist Tony Messenger.

The newspaper obtained public documents, photos and video from Metro that supported allegations of county police officers’ loitering in offices, covering a camera at the North Hanley MetroLink substation and refusing to cooperate with Metro public safety officials.

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Long Island police officer forced woman to perform sex act at precinct

Thursday, July 27, 2017, 3:36 PM
While processing the woman wanted for outstanding traffic and vehicle offenses, the Sayville cop brought her to an isolated room and exposed himself, Brooklyn federal prosecutors said. When she refused the proposition, McCoy held her head down, court filings show.

At one point, someone walked by the door and McCoy "quickly zipped up his pants and took her out of the room."

In the course of the act, semen fell on the victim's shirt, court papers state.

More than a week later, McCoy texted the victim — who at first couldn't figure out who was contacting her.

"I put you [in] handcuffs...remember now?," McCoy wrote, court papers claim.

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April 14, 2002
"THIS WAS SOMETHING that all the girls knew," a 22-year-old woman named Elizabeth Hardman recently told The Post. Ms. Hardman was referring to the commonly held belief that for years, out on I-66 and I-95 and Route 28, Route 29 and around the watering holes of Manassas, there was a Virginia state trooper, William A. "Buck" Carter, who showed a predilection for targeting women. He liked, Ms. Hardman said, to hang out in parking lots, watching for women leaving bars. He liked to follow them in his police car. He liked to pull them over. This went on, and on, and on, until allegedly he went too far: This month, Mr. Carter was indicted for soliciting sex from a 20-year-old. According to prosecutors, he arrested her for drunk driving, took her to the Prince William jail, let her understand the gravity of that place, then told her that if she left and had sex with him, the charge would disappear. The day the indictment was handed down, Trooper Carter resigned.

It goes without saying that most police don't behave this way; most Virginia troopers treat women, and men, with respect and courtesy. All the more reason to be outraged by this story: an alleged stalker operating under the aegis of the state police, using the power of his badge to violate rather than protect -- and the "girls" weren't the only ones who had an inkling. Some of the troopers knew; they've said so. Officials at the state police knew, or should have known: Last May, a local law enforcement officer complained about Mr. Carter's arrest habits. An internal investigation was done; it found that while 19 percent of those arrested in the county for drunk driving are women, Mr. Carter was arresting 53 percent women, almost three times the average. No problem, headquarters concluded. After all, half the people in the county are women. Looks okay to us.

Belatedly, everyone is taking this seriously. The commonwealth's attorney, who has been forced to drop cases against nearly 40 women Mr. Carter arrested, has charged him with bribery. The superintendent of state police, calling this "possibly profiling of a different nature," says he wants to know who knew what, when. More needs to happen: Last year in New York, the attorney general filed a federal civil rights complaint against the town of Wallkill, charging that officers pulled over young women to solicit dates. Federal civil rights folks should look here too, to see whether women were deprived of their constitutional right not to be unfairly targeted -- and, if so, to see what sort of culture was permitting this profiling to go on. One cannot help wondering: When Buck Carter took that young woman down to the jail, started to book her, abruptly stopped, and left with her, did nobody notice? Was everybody looking the other way?

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Deputy Calif. attorney general who is son of Watergate figure G. Gordon Liddy arrested for child porn possession
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The deputy, Michael Raines, was uninjured in the gunfight, but died the next year after overdosing on fentanyl-laced heroin, the Chicago Tribune reported.

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FBI Honolulu Division hosts a joint information sharing conference for some of Guam's leading businesses

Posted: Jul 27, 2017 2:46 AM EDT
Updated: Jul 27, 2017 2:46 AM EDT

On July 27, 2017, the Honolulu Division of the FBI hosted a joint information sharing conference for some of Guam's leading businesses. This Strategic Partnership Engagement Conference was an opportunity for the FBI and other law enforcement entities to provide the state's leading industries with unique access to current threats facing the United States as well as specific issues facing Guam. It is part of a national effort led by the FBI's Office of the Private Sector to build deeper and more meaningful relationships with infrastructure, industry, and security stakeholders.

"Typically, law enforcement challenges are overcome by two elements: meaningful community relationships and coordinated law enforcement response," said FBI Honolulu Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) Tuan Nguyen. "The Executive Partnership Engagement Conference is an opportunity for our office in Guam to enhance both these dynamics. Our experience has shown that the time to build these relationships is not in the midst of a crisis. This conference serves as a building block in establishing meaningful dialog between law enforcement and industry leaders."

During the conference, law enforcement subject matter experts briefed industry executives about trending threats in the areas of terrorism, counter-intelligence, economic espionage, and cyber intrusions. ASAC Nguyen noted, "We intend for this to be the next step in a long-term relationship we will have with infrastructure and industry in our community."

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Jay White, a retired FBI agent and a former member of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, lead the discussion. White is an adjunct faculty member at several area ...

Middle East discussion: The Council on Aging is hosting a discussion group on terrorism in the Middle East.

Jay White, a retired FBI agent and a former member of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, lead the discussion. White is an adjunct faculty member at several area colleges.

The group meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. Call 978-374-2390 if you wish to participate.

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Video of woman telling Somali women she’s going to kill Muslims goes viral, gets her fired
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, July 27, 2017, 1:48 PM

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Will a Document Targeting Bill Clinton Come Back to Haunt Trump?
Nearly 20 years ago, in the wake of the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky scandal, a legal paper was produced concerning whether a sitting president could be indicted. Today, that document seems more relevant than ever.

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Boy Scouts chief apologizes for Trump’s strange speech
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, July 27, 2017, 5:10 PM

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Senate committee tries to revive FBI relocation process
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WASHINGTON - The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday will consider language requiring the FBI to develop a new plan to consolidate its workforce ..

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Harlem Gospel Choir singer claims cops wrongfully arrested her after altercation with pro-Trump

Thursday, July 27, 2017, 5:37 PM

A singer who performs with the Harlem Gospel Choir plans to sue the city, claiming cops falsely arrested her after she was harassed by a pro-Trump protester outside Trump Tower.

LennAsia Harvey, 21, of East Orange, N.J., claims she was leaving a choir gig at the Plaza Hotel with a fellow singer and heading toward the subway about 9:45 p.m. on Nov. 10, 2016.

As she and Shacara McLaurin, 23, passed two groups of competing protesters outside the President's building on W. 57th St. and 5th Ave., she claimed a Trump supporter began taunting.

“He was saying things like 'Why are you protesting? You don't even know why you don't like Trump,’” she said of a man she identified as James Durkan, 74, of Manhattan.

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“We weren't even protesting. We were just walking to the subway.”

Durkan, she said, trailed after them for more than a block and called them the n-word and “black b-----s.”

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After cops heard about the spat and arrived to interview all three, an NYPD supervisor said, “Lock them up,” Harvey said. (ANDREW SAVULICH/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)
“I was trying to ignore him, but my friend is very protective and he was getting aggravated,” said Harvey, who has performed with the choir at Madison Square Garden, Barclays Center and elsewhere. “He targeted us because we were young, black and female.”

McLaurin confronted him and told him to back off and then pushed him when he drew too close to her, Harvey said.

Cops cart off 25 protesters outside Trump Tower
Harvey alleges that Durkan dramatically fell to the ground. Durkan and other witnesses then reported the incident to police.

After cops arrived and interviewed all three, an NYPD supervisor said, “Lock them up,” Harvey said.

"I was asking them why they were arresting me and they are not answering me at all," she said. “I was just like panicking. It was annoying. Period.”

Harvey said she was held for three hours before she was released without charge — with cops calling it a misunderstanding.

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“We weren't even protesting. We were just walking to the subway," said Harvey. (DEBBIE EGAN-CHIN/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)
“I think due to the complete absence of probable cause to believe that my client had done anything illegal, the only explanation for my client’s false arrest is that she was arrested because she is black,” said her lawyer, Joe Stancati.

An NYPD spokeswoman countered that multiple witnesses reported that McLaurin pushed Durkan, leading to her arrest for assault.

“As a result, the victim fell to [the] ground causing a laceration and substantial pain,” the spokeswoman said.

“Harvey was temporarily detained based on allegations made by a complainant. She was removed from an ongoing demonstration. After a brief investigation it was determined that the complainant’s

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Oklahoma to Build World’s Second Largest Wind Farm as France + UK Pledge to Ban Fossil Fuel Vehicles
If we’re going to effectively deal with climate change while maintaining economic prosperity, then it’s absolutely essential to rapidly transition fossil fuel based energy to non-carbon emitting energy. And some of the best options for doing so presently involve leveraging economies of scale with three widely available technologies — wind, solar, and low cost storage and EV batteries.

Oklahoma Wind Capacity to Rise Above 30 Percent of Electrical Generation

Over the past week, serious advances continue to be made on these fronts. In the Oklahoma panhandle, Invenergy has partnered with GE Renewable Energy to build a 2 GW onshore wind farm. Once finished, the farm (named Wind Catcher) will be the largest U.S. wind farm and the second largest such farm in the world. The farm itself will be composed of 800 massive 2.5 megawatt wind turbines. This is GE’s largest wind turbine model and its size will help to lower the cost of producing electricity, some of the benefits of which will then be passed on to energy customers.

(According to the American Wind Energy Association, Oklahoma presently ranks as third in the U.S. for wind electrical generation capacity at 6,645 megawatts. Adding another 2,000 megawatts would considerably increase Oklahoma’s wind energy share by 30 percent. As a result, present Oklahoma wind generation of 25 percent of the state’s electrical supply would likely rise to 32.5 percent as a result of this single large project.)

Pete McCabe, President and CEO of GE’s Onshore Wind business noted in Clean Technica:

“GE is delighted to be a part of the groundbreaking Wind Catcher project with Invenergy and American Electric Power. We look forward to putting our teams to work in these communities as we continue to move toward our goal of ensuring that no one has to choose between sustainable, reliable and affordable energy.”

The project which will cost 4.5 billion dollars hits a pretty amazing price of around 2.25 cents per kilowatt hour installed. And with new wind energy projects costing as little as 2.5 cents per kilowatt hour on average in 2017, it appears that raw economic factors alone are likely to continue driving large and lucrative wind projects like the one now being pursued in Oklahoma. A single project that will increase Oklahoma’s wind energy generation capacity by 30 percent to 8,645 GW and push wind’s total share of state electrical generation to around 32.5 percent (see image and caption above).

France and UK Pledge to Ban Fossil Fuel Vehicles

Even as wind gains a larger share of energy production capacity in a red state, the UK and France have now joined a growing number of cities and nations in providing a responsible pledge to ban petrol and diesel based vehicles by 2040. These national moves match a recent initiative by Norway — which aims to sell only electrical vehicles in country by 2025. Meanwhile, India has also recently set a goal to sell only electrical vehicles in its own markets by 2030. Cities such as Madrid, Munich and Stuggard are also considering diesel bans.

Concerns about worsening air quality, recent cheating by automakers on emissions standards, worries about climate change and a major threat to traditional automaker market share by all-electric manufacturers like Tesla appear to have reached a kind of critical mass.

From the New York Times:

Britain’s decision is, however, the latest indication of how swiftly governments and the public in Europe have turned against diesel and internal combustion engines in general. Automakers, though reluctant to abandon technologies that have served them well for more than a century, are increasingly resigned to the demise of engines that run on fossil fuels. They are investing heavily in battery-powered cars as they realize their traditional business is threatened by Tesla or emerging Chinese companies, which have a lead in electric car technology. The shift away from internal combustion engines is in large part a result of growing awareness of the health hazards of diesel.

According to reports from the BBC, France’s own July 6 decision to ban petrol and diesel vehicle sales by 2040 was spurred by the Trump Administration’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord. France has long aimed to reduce its carbon emissions and the 2040 vehicle ban is part of a larger plan for the country to become carbon neutral by 2050.


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

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Fire in the Land of Ice: Massive Wildfires Rage Over Greenland and Siberia
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Like never before, regions we typically associate with cold and ice are being over-run by wildfires. It's a situation brought on by human-caused climate change. For our continued burning of fossil fuels is causing the Arctic to warm twice as fast as the rest of the globe. Under this oppressive influx of heat, the permafrost is thawing. And the fragile plants, frozen lands, and soils dependent on much cooler conditions simply cannot cope. Increasingly, and on greater and greater scales, they are burning.

(Large Greenland fire captured by NASA's Earth Observatory on August 7th.)

This past week, an outlandish wildfire ignited about 100 miles southwest of Ilulissat near the western coast of Greenland. The fire, visible by satellite, cast a long smoke plume even as it exploded into fierce intensity. The odd blaze subsequently generated a rash of expert chatter among Arctic observers on twitter even as news sources like NPR scrambled for contextual information.

Due to typically very low fire incidence, Greenland lacks a national forest fire information center. However, widespread satellite reports and news based observation provide a pretty clear context for this odd event. According to news reports from NPR, the fire itself is a complex of multiple blazes -- the largest of which has expanded to 3,000 acres. It's a massive forest fire. And it's exceptionally odd seeing such a blaze light up in typically-frozen Greenland.

August 7, 2017

(Time lapse of massive Greenland wildfire provided by Meteos.)

The fire ignited as temperatures rose to near 70 degrees (F) across the region. A range that is well above average for this Arctic zone. And brisk, down-sloping winds likely helped to speed the fire's initial rapid expansion.

Fires do occur at times in Greenland. But they are usually rare and small. This year's fires, on the other hand, have been exceptional. Preliminary satellite observation indicates that as much as 8 times the typical number of active fires have ignited so far in Greenland during 2017. And there is every indication that this particular fire complex is the largest ever recorded on an island that is mostly blanketed by thousands of feet of ice.

To wrap up: wildfires have occurred in the past over Greenland but 2017 is exceptional in number of active fire detections by

(Analysis of active wildfire pixels in Greenland satellite analysis indicates a substantially increased rate of burning in 2017.)

The fire itself is burning through peatlands -- which contain deep, carbon-rich soils. In many regions, thawed permafrost ultimately becomes peat. In addition, peat itself is very sensitive to climate change related warming. For as exceptional heat dries the peat, it becomes a deep, dense fuel for fires. When the fires ultimately come, they can eat far into the peat soils -- burning 3 feet or more beneath the ground.

Though not as bad as fossil fuel burning for the climate system, peat fires do provide a troubling amplifying feedback to human-caused climate change if they become widespread and if large permafrost zones thaw into peat and subsequently burn. One researcher noted to the New York Times last year that: "It's carbon that has accumulated over several thousands of years. If it were to be released, the global CO2 concentration would be much higher."

(Fires burning near the melting Greenland Ice Sheet are likely in a recently thawed permafrost zone. Permafrost contains a massive carbon store that if released will further exacerbate human-caused warming. Wildfires are one mechanism promoting that release. And as Arctic lands thaw and warm, more large fires are popping up across the Arctic.

Jessica L. McCarty, an Assistant Professor of Geography at Miami University provides further context regarding the massive Greenland fires:

“They are likely occurring in areas of degraded permafrost, which are predicted to have high thaw rates between now and 2050 with some evidence of current melt near Sisimiut. Fires in the High Northern Latitudes release significant CO2, CH4, N20, and black carbon. A fire this close to the Greenland Ice Shelf is likely to deposit additional black carbon on the ice, further speeding up the melt.”

Siberian Wildfires Now Extremely Intense

In many places throughout the Arctic, rapidly warmed and dried peatlands, forests and previously frozen permafrost is also burning. In Siberia the inky smoke plumes from massive fires today stretch for nearly 2,000 miles. Numerous fire complexes that dwarf the odd Greenland blaze are plainly visible in the satellite picture.

(The smoke plume in this image would blanket most of Greenland. Massive wildfires belch giant plumes of inky smoke over Siberia and the Arctic Ocean on August 9th. For reference, bottom edge of frame is 1,200 miles. I

The fires come with extreme heat along a high pressure ridge zone stretching from Lake Baikal all the way to the shores of the Arctic Ocean. Today, temperatures in this Arctic and near Arctic region are ranging from 80 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit or as much as 35 degrees (F) above average.

With so much Arctic warming and thawing now ongoing, massive fires have become a frequent occurrence during summertime in Siberia recently. And this year, Russia has resorted to cloud seeding in an apparently fruitless attempt to suppress the enormous blazes.

Most of today's fires are burning in Yakutia -- which contains one of the largest global stores of permafrost carbon in the world. During recent years, permafrost has more and more rapidly thawed through this zone -- providing a larger and larger store of peat-like fuels for the kinds of fires we are seeing today.


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Wildfires are Burning in Greenland

Greenland Hit by Largest Wildfire on Record

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Police Receive God’s Eye Technology, Google Earth with Real Time Tivo Capabilities
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Imagine Google Earth with Real Time Capabilities Able to Search Anyones Location By a Click of a Mouse

Kristan T. Harris | American Intelligence Report

Many may remember the Batman movie, The Dark Knight Returns starring Christian Bale. In the movie Batman searches in his computer for the jokers precise location and finds it down to the very floor of the building he is in. This technology has now become a reality and specialized police departments are beginning to use it to fight crime.

“A new surveillance system that collects and records information in real-time — and then lets trackers rewind, zoom in and follow certain targets — has hit the test market streets of Baltimore, Md., and Dayton, Ohio, and in at least one crime-fighting unit in California,” the Washington Times reported.

The surveillance software sounds a lot like Google earth with real time and TIVO like capabilities, able to search any individuals location and associations through out their day. A law enforcement officer could track your daily voyage from when you leave your home in the morning until you return in the evening.

The system will be able to track your daily trends, where you travel to, who you are with, when you visit and for how long. Any crimes you may commit throughout your day could be used against you.

You may feel like you don’t do anything wrong and have nothing to hide but a recent article by the Wall Street Journal published that the average American commits 3 felonies a day, and the odds are you don’t even know it!

According to the Center of Investigative Reporting (CIR), the software uses facial recognition allowing the system to identify individuals located in the systems database.

“The system was kind of kept confidential from everybody in the public,” L.A. County sheriff’s Sgt. Doug Iketani told CIR. “A lot of people do have a problem with the eye in the sky, the Big Brother, so in order to mitigate any of those kinds of complaints, we basically kept it pretty hush-hush.”

What happens to all the faces that are not targeted and recorded by this new Big Brother system?

Jennifer Lynch from the Electronic Frontier Foundation voiced her concern, “Once the nation has a facial recognition database, and once facial recognition capabilities improve to the point that we can identify faces in a crowd, it will become possible for authorities to identify people as they move through society.” This data could easily be merged with the criminal databases, these files are currently kept separate from each other.

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Vengeful criminal clocks corrupt NYPD cop who he's grappled with in past: 'What now motherf---er'

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L.A. to pay nearly $1 million to family of man who died after police officers arrested him

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The Dangerous Implications of SPLC’s Influence in America
The Southern Poverty Law Center seems to define any disagreement on the truths of sexuality and gender as “hate.”
Dustin Siggins
Readers of the Register are undoubtedly familiar with the influential leftist group Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). According to the Media Research Center's Dan Gainor, SPLC was “once a legitimate civil rights organization” that has become a “leftist propaganda shop.”

Today, they use their influence to malign organizations that don't kowtow to new definitions on marriage, sexuality, and gender as “hate groups.”

Recently, ABC News and NBC used SPLC to label the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) as a hate group. ADF, which has won a number of cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and represents clients whose religious liberty is at stake, has received support from conservatives, including a U.S. Senator who reminded ABC that “disagreement is not the same as discrimination and it’s not the same as hate.”

Some of the implications of SPLC's influence – which from 2007 to 2014 included being an official partner of the FBI – are obvious. Many conservatives hold them accountable for at least a shooter who went after the Family Research Council in 2012, and another shooter who targeted GOP Members of Congress. In 2015, they won a court case that put a reparative therapy group out of business. Under President Obama, they pushed LGBT propaganda onto military service members.

However, there are two other implications that are often overlooked:

1. SPLC's definition of a “hate group” could risk the legal status of mainstream religious groups like the Catholic Church. LifeSiteNews Editor-in-Chief John-Henry Westen told me he thinks this is the goal. “SPLC point is to criminalize the Catholic Church and similar Christian faiths that disagree with SPLC’s ideological views, especially those on human sexuality,” said Westen in an e-mail.

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US Drops Case Against NY Financier After Judge Slams FBI
(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. moved to drop fraud charges against Benjamin Wey, the founder of the private equity firm New York Global Group, after a judge threw ...

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Emergency responders practice for future FBI disasters?
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NEW HAVEN, CT — A man who served nearly 20 years in prison for a murder charge that was later dismissed has settled with the city for $9.5 million.

Scott Lewis, 52, had charges dismissed in 2015, according to the New Haven Register. He was convicted of killing former Hill Alderman Ricardo Turner and his lover Lamont Fields.

The FBI investigated and found that Detective Vincent Raucci was involved in the city's cocaine trade and had a witness testify that Lewis and Stefon Morant were involved in the murder, according to the New Haven Independent. The witness was arrested by Raucci for another murder and Raucci promised to let him go, according to a federal appeals ruling.

Mayor Toni Harp said the city could have spent up to $18 million and decided settling was the less costly option. The city will go into debt to pay the settlement.

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FBI to hold diversity recruitment session at Henry Ford College
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A Special Agent: Gay and Inside the FBI

A former FBI agent describes how, once his homosexuality was revealed, he fought to regain the job he loved, taking his fight to the American public and to court.

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 30— A Federal district judge in Texas found today that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had discriminated against Hispanic agents in promotions and working conditions and that the bureau's internal procedure for dealing with discrimination complaints was ''bankrupt.''

In a ruling that could lead to widespread changes in the bureau's employment practices for Hispanic Americans and other minority groups, the judge, Lucius D. Bunton 3d of Midland, Tex., said that ''Hispanic agents suffer disparate treatment in the conditions of their employment'' and ''these conditions affect their promotional opportunities in an adverse manner.''

Judge Bunton, ruling on a discrimination lawsuit brought in El Paso by most of the bureau's 439 Hispanic agents, said he would order remedies after a court hearing on the issue.

The ruling was vindication for the Hispanic agent who first brought the suit, Bernardo M. Perez of El Paso, who said that his career had been sabotaged by bigots at the highest levels of the F.B.I.

Judge Bunton found that Mr. Perez, once the bureau's highest-ranking Hispanic agent, was the victim of retaliation by non-Hispanic supervisors because of his discrimination complaints.

Mr. Perez was demoted from senior F.B.I. posts, the judge said, even though ''Perez's record demonstrates the kind of character and courage which helped rank the bureau among the highest quality professional law-enforcement agencies in the world.''

Of the bureau's 9,600 agents, 4.5 percent are Hispanic Americans. According to Government figures, Hispanic Americans make up about 8 percent of the population. Only 1 of the bureau's 58 field offices around the country is led by a Hispanic agent.

Bureau officials who asked not to be named conceded that Judge Bunton's ruling was a serious blow to an agency that is responsible for enforcing the nation's civil rights laws. In recent years, the bureau has faced a series of embarrassing allegations of internal racism.

Allegations by a black agent, Donald Rochon, of racial harassment while he was assigned to the bureau's field office in Omaha have already been upheld by Government investigators. 'Taco Circuit' Is Cited

In his harshly worded 95-page decision, Judge Bunton found that Hispanic agents were routinely given low-level assignments, often as little more than assistants to non-Hispanic colleagues, because they were able to speak Spanish.

The judge agreed with plaintiffs who charged that there was a ''taco circuit'' in which Hispanic agents were transferred around the country on temporary assignments requiring Spanish-speaking investigators.

Often, he said, Hispanic agents were assigned to the tedious duty of listening to Spanish-language conversations overheard on wiretaps, or to dangerous undercover work requiring the language, and that similar demands were not made of non-Hispanic agents who also spoke Spanish.

Removed from their regular duties, the careers of Hispanic agents had suffered, the judge found, ''Other agents compile a long record of years of successful operations as the Hispanic linguist performing frequent temporary duty assignments receives letters of appreciation but fewer successes on the important indices which lead to promotion,'' he said.

Judge Bunton appeared to reject the bureau's central defense: that the best interests of law enforcement demand that Hispanic agents be assigned in disproportionate numbers to certain types of investigations and to specific regions of the country. ''The protection of the public safety and welfare does not justify the discrimination demonstrated at trial,'' the judge said.

His decision described the bureau's internal procedure for discrimination complaints, the equal employment opportunity program, as ''deficient'' and indicated that he would soon order changes.

''The court is inclined to find injunction relief in the form of significant improvements to a bankrupt E.E.O. process,'' Judge Bunton said, noting that Mr. Perez had faced ''retaliation'' after filing an internal complaint about discrimination.

''There is strong evidence of discrimination and retaliation,'' the judge said of Mr. Perez. ''The testimony demonstrated a collusive pattern of employment decisions made with adverse impact on Perez.''

Once the agent in charge of the bureau's office in San Juan, Puerto Rico, office, Mr. Perez was demoted in 1982 to a post as a assistant agent in charge in Los Angeles. He is now an assistant special agent in charge of the El Paso office, which Mr. Perez described in court last summer as a ''dumping ground'' for the bureau.

According to F.B.I. officials, inspections showed Mr. Perez was incompetent in his assignments in San Juan and Los Angeles. Mr. Perez alleged that he was, instead, the victim of discrimination by supervisors in Washington who were fearful of competition from a fast-rising Hispanic agent.

Judge Bunton today appeared to side with Mr. Perez. ''The court is of the opinion that on balance, Perez was highly successful in his position as special agent in charge in San Juan and the record does not support the negative evaluations made by the inspection process,'' the decision said. 'Strong Evidence' Found

''The court finds the poor inspection reports, transfer and career decisions made by the bureau were a pretext for prohibited considerations of Bernardo Perez based on his national origin.''

Judge Bunton also found there was ''strong evidence'' that the bureau retaliated against three bureau employees who assisted Mr. Perez in his discrimination compalints.

The ruling today came after a trial in El Paso last summer in which nearly 40 Hispanic agents testified about what they described as pevasive discrimination within the bureau.

Judge Bunton said in his opinion that he that he might order ''significant improvements in the promotional system, and the institution of a compensation system'' that could guarantee higher salaries and benefits for Hispanic agents.

In an interview today, Mr. Perez said that Hispanic agents of the F.B.I. ''are finally being recognized for what we do.''

''The F.B.I. won today,'' he said, describing himself as ''overwhelmed'' by the personal vindication contained in the judge's decision. ''The organization will be better for this,'' Mr. Perez said. ''I hope Mr. Sessions is paying attention to what happened here.''

His lawyers, Antonio V. Silva and Hugo Rodriguez, said the ruling could lead to discrimination suits by Hispanic employees in other professions and elsewhere within the Federal Government.

''We've been contacted by Hispanic employees in two major airlines, by Hispanic law-enforcement officials in Miami and New York and Los Angeles, by an Hispanic woman in a big eight accounting firm,'' said Mr. Rodriguez, himself a former F.B.I. agent. ''This is a watershed decision.''

Photo of Bernardo M. Perez, discussing the verdict against the F.B.I. at a news conference in El Paso (AP) (pg. 33)

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F.B.I. Is Accused of Intimidation By Attorneys for Hispanic Agents

EL PASO, Aug. 26— The Federal Bureau of Investigation is using surveillance and an unfounded investigation in an effort to intimidate the attorneys for 311 Hispanic agents who have charged the bureau with discrimination in a lawsuit, the lawyers have asserted.

Milt Ahlerich, the bureau's assistant director for Congressional and public affairs, said the charge was ''outrageous and repugnant.''

The flurry of charges and counter-charges came at the end of the nine-day trial Thursday before Federal District Judge Lucius Bunton, who said he hoped to rule by Oct. 1.

The 311 Hispanic agents contended in the suit that the bureau discriminated in the promotion, discipline and assignment of Hispanic agents. They sought an unspecified amount in damages and changes in bureau's policies.

About 400, or 4.3 percent, of the bureau's 9,400 agents are Hispanic agents, compared with about 8 percent of the general population. 'Bringing Out Dirty Laundry'

The plaintiffs' attorneys, Hugo Rodriguez and Antonio Silva, said the bureau had kept watch on them and possibly begun an investigation to discredit them. Mr. Rodriguez, who resigned from the bureau last year, said: ''You've heard witness after witness state that the first rule of the F.B.I. is, 'Don't embarrass the bureau.' That's what this case is doing. It's bringing out the dirty laundry of the F.B.I.''

About 40 agents testified that the bureau transfers Hispanic agents more often to undesirable posts, gives them assignments that are less glamorous or more dangerous, promotes them more slowly and gives them less recognition for their successes. Witnesses called by the bureau denied the accusations.

Mr. Rodriguez and Mr. Silva were notified Thursday that the bureau was concerned about a possible security breach in connection with an affidavit that disappeared from Mr. Rodriguez's briefcase. Someone had mailed the affidavit to the bureau's headquarters. Mr. Rodriguez and Mr. Silva implied the bureau stole the document so it could start an investigation.

Mr. Ahlerich, the bureau spokesman, denied an investigation resulted from the disappearance of the affidavit.

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MIDLAND, Tex., Dec. 3— A Federal district judge has ruled that agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation misused a Federal grand jury to retaliate against a Hispanic agent who filed a lawsuit against the bureau charging discrimination.

The judge, Lucius Bunton, ruled in a 17-page opinion Friday that bureau agents requested a grand jury subpoena in an internal investigation of the agent, Bernardo Perez, after he and other Hispanic agents sued the bureau. There was no legitimate purpose for the subpoena, Judge Bunton said.

The lawsuit by the Hispanic agents, filed in January 1987, contended that the F.B.I. promoted Hispanic agents too .

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Michael Brown was shot three years ago. America still hasn't changed

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'Straight up BS': inmates paid $1 to clear homeless camps they once lived in
In Portland, which prides itself on being a beacon of progressive politics, the practice of using prisoner work crews is painted as a win-win – but that’s not how some see it

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Former FBI agent, his daughter found guilty of murdering her husband
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Re: FBI WATCH 114 days left to shut down the FBI

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Resource: Investigate the FBI & DHS Letter From 131 Civil Society Groups

Civil Society Letter Demands that Congress Investigate the FBI and DHS

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2 KKK Members Who Served as Correctional Officers in Fla. Convicted in Plot to Kill Black Inmate

Charles Thomas Newcomb and David Elliot Moran
Two Ku Klux Klan members who also somehow managed to serve as correctional officers for the Florida Department of Corrections were both convicted in a plot to kill a black inmate upon the man’s release, Attorney General Pam Bondi announced on Tuesday.

As News4Jax reports, David Elliot Moran, 49, and Charles Thomas Newcomb, 45, were both found guilty of one count each by a Columbia County jury for plotting to kill the inmate over some fight that he had with a third guard, identified as 27-year-old Thomas Jordan Driver, who is also a member of the KKK.

Driver already pleaded guilty in March to one count of conspiracy to commit murder and has been sentenced to four years in prison.

At the time of the murder plot, Driver and Moran were both active correctional officers at the Florida Department of Corrections. Newcomb was a former correctional officer.

“These men had positions of trust, which they violated when they conspired to kill a former inmate, and we worked closely with our law enforcement partners to ensure they are held accountable for their crimes,” Homeland Security Investigation Tampa Special Agent in Charge James C. Spero told the news station.

The three men were arrested back in 2015 after an investigation by the North Florida Joint Terrorism Task Force, spearheaded by the FBI and HSI with help from other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

“These Klansmen plotted to murder a black inmate after he was released from prison, but swift action and clever investigative tactics on behalf of investigators foiled their plot and may have saved a life,” Attorney General Bondi said. “We will continue to work daily to ensure the KKK or any other hate-filled organization is unable to inflict violence on the citizens of our great state.”

Driver handed a picture of the inmate that they wanted to attack over to an FBI informant who had managed to infiltrate the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. Driver told the agent that he had a fight with the inmate, who remains unidentified, and added that he and Moran wanted the inmate, who was out on supervised release, “6 feet under.”

Over the next few months, the FBI said that their agent met with all three men to discuss how to kill their target, including potential plans to shoot him during a car ride or inject him with insulin to make the death look like an accident.

Looks like those racist dummies had been watching too many crime shows.

The FBI even went as far as to stage a homicide scene, taking pictures of the former inmate to make it look like he had been murdered.

“Photographs were shown to each of the men. They expressed happiness. They shook the source’s hand and the source even went to the point of asking is this what you wanted,” said Nick Cox, state prosecutor.

The FBI took the former inmate into protective custody while they infiltrated the Klan and investigated the case, ultimately arresting all three losers.

According to the Associated Press, Moran and Newcomb both face up to 30 years in prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

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Prisons on trial: Department of Corrections settlements
by Beryl Lipton
August 15, 2017
State Departments of Corrections nationwide are regularly taken to court by employees and inmates, and returns from an initial round of MuckRock requests begin to provide some insight into how prevalent those conflicts are.
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A top FBI investigator has unexpectedly stepped away from special counsel Mueller's Russia probe

A highly experienced FBI investigator and former army officer hired by special counsel Robert Mueller to examine Russia's interference in the 2016 election has unexpectedly stepped away from the probe, ABC News reported on Wednesday.

Peter Strzok, a veteran counterintelligence investigator, is now working for the FBI's human resources division, according to ABC. It is unclear why he stepped aside, or if he did so voluntarily.

Asha Rangappa, a former FBI counterintelligence agent and associate dean at Yale Law School, said that she had "never heard of an agent being moved to the human resources department."

"I have seen instances where if some issue comes up, the agent might be moved to another investigation or to the operations center, where you essentially field calls all day," Rangappa said. "But why he would be moved to HR is just bizarre."

Rangappa did not want to speculate on what may have happened in Strzok's case, but said there were many factors — ranging from small administrative violations to more significant incidents — that could raise questions about an agent's ability to stay on a case.

A former FBI agent who worked with Strzok on and off over several years in the bureau's counterintelligence division said that Strzok's move to HR means he has now been separated from counterintelligence work altogether.

The FBI sometimes parks agents in the human resources department, the agent explained, when they need to be reassigned quickly away from substantive matters and there's no other place to put them. Christopher Wray, who was confirmed as the new FBI director two weeks ago, would have played a role in reassigning Strzok.

Strzok headed the FBI's counterespionage division last year and was one of the top officials overseeing the criminal investigation into whether Hillary Clinton mishandled classified information while she was secretary of state. He had previously worked on some of the "most secretive investigations in recent years involving Russian and Chinese espionage," according to the New York Times.

Rangappa noted that the DOJ's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) opened an investigation in January into the FBI's handling of the email probe, including former FBI Director James Comey's decision to announce a new inquiry into her email server 11 days before the election. It is not clear whether Strzok, who supervised elements of the email probe, was caught up in the OIG investigation.

The OIG declined to comment. But their website lists the probe as ongoing.

Strzok's departure also came one week after The Washington Post reported that Mueller had obtained a search warrant to raid the home of President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. The Post report cited "people familiar with the search," prompting questions about whether anyone on Mueller's team had leaked the existence of the search warrant to the Post.

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State Department diplomatic courier delivers pouched items to a US Embassy Paris officer on the airport tarmac in Paris (left). Diplomatic courier hands a diplomatic pouch through a window of the Orient Express to the US Vice Consul Raymond Baine in Milan, Italy (top right). .38 caliber revolvers. Photo credit: DS Records / DoS, DoS and Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from Hmaag / Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0).la
“JUSTIFICATION: Murder is not morally justifiable. Self-defense may be argued if the victim has knowledge which may destroy the resistance organization if divulged. Assassination of persons responsible for atrocities or reprisals may be regarded as just punishment. Killing a political leader whose burgeoning career is a clear and present danger to the cause of freedom may be held necessary.

But assassination can seldom be employed with a clear conscience. Persons who are morally squeamish should not attempt it.” — CIA Training Manual, 1952

Nor, apparently, should the morally squeamish be assigned to examine the means by which such noble ends are accomplished.

July 24 was a big day for JFK assassination researchers. The National Archives began releasing the remaining trove of classified/redacted documents related to the tragedy of November 22, 1963.

WhoWhatWhy is now combing through these files, which were either fully or partially held back from an earlier release of several hundred thousand documents during the 1990s. By law, the remaining files must be made public by this October — unless President Trump agrees with the originating agency’s appeal to yet again keep the documents secret.

The release included over 3,000 “formerly released in part” documents — meaning they had previously been seen only with some key portions redacted. However, documents, especially official documents, do not always say what they mean, or mean what they say.

Notable in Harvey’s planning for operational security is his order that there be no notes or records of the recruitment of hitmen and that the Agency’s own “201” personnel files be phonied up to disguise their mission. The Agency blinded itself and anyone else who would rely on the documentary record.
Each of these releases must be examined not simply for what they literally say, but for the deeper meaning, revealing or obfuscatory, when placed in context with earlier and subsequent versions.

One eye-opening document we found was a report from the Rockefeller Commission titled Summary of Facts: Investigation of CIA Involvement in Plans to Assassinate Foreign Leaders (file name: DOCID-32105829.pdf; previously released under RIF# 178-10004-10116, dups. 178-10003-10355, 178-10004-10189, 178-10003-10241; also in the Ford Library).

Written in 1975, this report spelled out the lengths that the CIA was willing to go to in 1960 to effect regime change. It describes a secret operation to help dissidents overthrow an old ally, military dictator Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican Republic. Fearing Trujillo’s sadistic tyranny had so alienated the population that his continuation in power would spark a communist-led uprising like Cuba’s the year before, the Eisenhower administration opted to support liberals who hoped to replace the dictator with a pro-US military-civilian junta.

That’s not news. This is: The newly unredacted portions of the document (quoted below in bold) shed new light on a gun-smuggling operation via diplomatic pouch:

On March 22, the CIA Station Chief renewed his request that headquarters send him three .38 calibre revolvers and ammunition by diplomatic pouch.


Three days later, on March 25, the Deputy Director of Plans (Editor’s note: Richard M. Bissell, Jr.) cabled the station setting forth United States policy with respect to the Dominican Republic and stating that the revolvers and ammunition would be sent by diplomatic pouch in the near future.

The use of a diplomatic pouch to send weapons for such purposes was prohibited by regulations of the CIA’s Clandestine Services, and it is also illegal under international law. The Deputy Director of Plans approved the waiver of the internal regulations. There is nothing to indicate that the Department of State was informed of the use of the pouch, and the fact that the March 25 cable instructed the Chief of Station not to advise the Consul General of the use of the pouch suggests that the CIA acted unilaterally in this regard.

The CIA files indicate that the revolvers were passed to the dissidents, and the Department of State files indicate that one was passed by the Consul General and the other two by Agency officers. Neither the Consul General nor the former Chief of Station has any particular recollection of the matter.


(Editor’s note: The following section refers to a separate attempt to smuggle in three M3 submachine-guns.)

The Chief of Station returned to Washington for consultations in early April. He was able to convince his superiors that the pouch was the only feasible and secure means of getting the weapons into the Dominican Republic for delivery to the dissidents. The Deputy Director for Plans approved on April 10, and the pouch was sent on April 14 but with the restriction that the weapons not be passed without further approval.


…and that the United States could not afford a precedent which might convince the world that our diplomatic pouches are used to deliver assassination weapons.

In each document of this trove, the same question arises: Why exactly did the government initially withhold or censor this particular phrase or fact? Beyond the usual reasons — disclosure of sources and methods that could put spies and agents at risk — what justification might there have been for withholding evidence of official law-breaking, even murder of political foes, from investigative agencies and the public?

At first glance, you might think this document was censored in order to disguise an embarrassing exception to the general prohibition against using diplomatic cover — that repeatedly redacted word “pouch” — to transfer weapons in violation of international law, specifically the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961, which codified earlier bilateral treaties.

The shipping country certifies that the container (and there’s no limit on size) does not hold anything inconsistent with diplomatic use; in return, Article 27.3 bars the host country from opening or inspecting the contents, even with an X-ray. But such secrecy was (and is) simply too tempting for criminally inclined diplomats and countries alike.

The US has always denied using diplomatic pouches to smuggle contraband, drugs, guns, poisons, detonators, nuclear material — Or, at least, its representatives have “no particular recollection…” — while demanding that its word be taken as true.

Conveniently, there’s no way of proving otherwise, except with a confession or accidental discovery.

Cynicism and hypocrisy lie behind this diplomatic word of honor. “Gentlemen do not read other gentlemen’s mail,” President Herbert Hoover’s Secretary of State Henry Stimson once sneered. (They leave that to the FBI and CIA, both of which established long-running and illegal programs to do just that.)

More likely, the key to the redactions comes in the last line of the above quote: The real motive was to hide the fact that the weapons were to be used in an attempted assassination of a head of state — an action specifically prohibited by both internal policy and US law.

The punctilious obedience to policy expressed in this report was actually the exception, whereas breaking the rule, in the manner described here, was common practice in CIA tradecraft — as evidenced by the fact it required authorization from higher authority in the CIA in order to avoid embarrassment by “rogue” operations. So the earlier release of a strategically redacted version actually served as a kind of meta-cover-up, a strategy to reveal a little to conceal a lot.

Nelson Rockefeller, President Gerald Ford, Henry Kissinger
President Gerald R. Ford meeting with Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, April 28, 1975.
Photo credit: National Archives / Wikimedia

This can be seen more clearly if viewed in historical context. The President’s Commission on CIA Activities Within the United States, empanelled in 1975 by President Gerald Ford in the wake of the Watergate scandal, was headed by Ford’s newly installed Vice President, Nelson Rockefeller.

Rockefeller had a long and intimate relationship with the CIA. His family’s businesses worldwide provided information, cover for agents, and safehouses going back at least to the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in World War II, and the future vice president himself supervised operations in Latin America for CIA’s forerunner, the Office of Policy Coordination. And Ford’s National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger had been plucked from academia as Nelson’s foreign policy tutor in 1958, then loaned to Nixon.

Damage Control
Given this nexus, it defies the odds that either man was not already privy to the Agency’s secrets, including assassinations. The purpose of releasing the carefully redacted documents was not to reveal those activities but to head off congressional investigations already underway — in short, damage control — as Kissinger and former DCI Richard Helms made clear in this “memorandum of conversation” in the White House.

The Rockefeller Commission gingerly examined allegations that the spy agency had engaged in assassinations of foreign leaders, among other activities that violated US and international laws. The assassination targets included not only the much-hated dictator Trujillo but earlier the elected president of Guatemala, Jacobo Arbenz, as evidenced by materials finally released by CIA in 1997.

These included a carefully compiled and vetted hit-list of suspected communists with the victims’ names still redacted — 25 years after the fact — to prevent disclosure of whether the murders contemplated on the “Junta disposal list” were successful.

Later, Patrice Lumumba of the newly independent Congo and other leaders were marked for murder, most notably, Fidel Castro in Cuba, along with, possibly, Ngo Dinh Diem of South Vietnam, during the Kennedy years and later, Salvador Allende of Chile and his military chief, Gen. Rene Schneider, by Nixon, Kissinger himself and DCI Helms, all of whom denied responsibility for the work of their henchmen.

“The Health Alteration Committee”
The assassinations were planned by the CIA’s Special Affairs Staff, which had a “Health Alteration Committee” to evaluate targets. This was an operational unit hidden in the Signals Intelligence section “D” of the Foreign Intelligence division, code-named KUTUBE/D. The actual program, dubbed “Executive Action” and the Cuban component code-named ZR RIFLE, was managed by a veteran CIA officer, William Harvey, and his deputy, Sam Halpern.

To maintain the “plausible deniability” of the president and of the CIA itself, the so-called “wetwork” was hired out to henchmen of organized crime (the Sicilian-American Mafia), who recruited foreign gangsters and mercenaries as cut-outs, decoys and patsies.

In some cases, Harvey’s program empowered ambitious and sympathetic foreign military units or mercenaries on loan to do what the US wanted but couldn’t do without unacceptable repercussions, ranging from diplomatic embarrassment to war. Harvey notoriously called this murder program “the last resort beyond last resort and a confession of weakness.”

Notable in Harvey’s planning for operational security is his order that there be no notes or records of the recruitment of hitmen and that the Agency’s own “201” personnel files be phonied up to disguise their mission. The Agency blinded itself and anyone else who would rely on the documentary record.

Then, to compound the epistemological problem (how do we know what we think we know?) veteran CIA officers like E. Howard Hunt, hired by the Nixon White House to conduct psychological warfare against political opponents, fabricated cables to implicate JFK personally in the decision of the CIA’s coup plotters to kill Diem.

Rafael Trujillo's,1957 Chevy
Rafael Trujillo’s bullet ridden 1957 Chevy.
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Trujillo was in fact assassinated in March 1961 by Dominicans who riddled his car with a machine gun.

The CIA, of course, claimed it had nothing to do with it. Presumably, any fingerprints, literal or figurative, had been carefully wiped from the guns slipped into diplomatic pouches or otherwise conveyed to the assassins. (In Arbenz’s case, United Fruit Co. loaned CIA a freighter for a multi-ton delivery of weapons to troops it trained for the coup, but Arbenz fled into exile and later committed suicide in a New York hotel room.)

It was the bungled attempts to kill Castro that prompted the so-called Church and Pike Committees — Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities, chaired by Sen. Frank Church, (D-ID), and the House subcommittee chaired by Otis Pike, (D-NY) — to reveal the existence of the program in 1975 and to request documents like this one.

But according to historian John Prados, Ford’s deputy, Richard Cheney, personally edited materials, including the summary provided to the Rockefeller Commission that was based on a CIA history of the Guatemala coup, commissioned in 1967. The Guatemala operation, codenamed PBSUCCESS, provoked an uprising of peasants who were denied the land reforms Arbenz had promised; this led to a 50-year civil war in which tens of thousands were killed by the US-supported army and police.

In the Dominican Republic, the assassination of Trujillo (“he may be a son-of-a-biscuit but he’s our son-of-a-biscuit,” FDR once said) led to a crackdown by his son, which provoked an uprising that the US suppressed by sending in airborne troops in 1965 to install another regime.

In the end, the Rockefeller Commission accepted the CIA’s word — that is, Cheney’s heavily redacted version — that such operations were prohibited by policy and law. Nonetheless, as suggested by the Commission in its 1975 report, Ford issued an executive order that formally reiterated a ban on political murder — a policy that remains honored in the breach.

In other words, “We didn’t do it and we promise to never do it again.”

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Flash-bang grenade injures hand of FBI agent in lower Manhattan as it detonates in his hand

Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 2:40 PM

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Kinder Morgan paid Massachusetts State Police $115 thousand to defend controversial pipeline
by Grace Raih
August 16, 2017
In May, Massachusetts State Police was paid over $ 115 thousand for “pipeline authority” and “pipeline security” services by Kinder Morgan, Inc, recently-released records reveal.
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Denver pushes electric vehicles to ease climate change
Denver is pressing ahead on its promise to help make Paris climate agreement cuts in heat-trapping greenhouse gas pollution by accelerating a local takeoff of plug-in vehicles.

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Disgraced cop, sacked for his $20 fib in 'integrity test,' sues NYPD in bid to get his dismissal reversed

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Six years after earmarking funds, Dallas has only tested half of its rape kit backlog
by Vanessa Nason
August 16, 2017
Our request for data and policies regarding the collection, maintenance, and testing of backlogged rape kits in Dallas shows that, as of May 2017, more than 1,000 kits still have not been submitted to crime labs. Of those submitted, only 50% have been tested, and just 35% of those tested have been uploaded into CODIS.
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Trump to reverse Obama-era order aimed at planning for climate change
The executive order would eliminate a planning step for infrastructure related to climate change and flood dangers

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Pueblo woman found shot to death with daughter had been Colorado prison correctional officer
Woman was a correctional officer at the highest security state prison in Colorado

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Attkisson Calls Out the FBI for Lying Again About Surveillance

Aug 16, 2017 6:00 PM
Attkisson Calls Out the FBI for Lying Again About Surveillance

You may recall reporter Sharyl Attkisson's battle with CBS over what she called biased coverage. Attkisson, who often pursued stories on Obama administrations scandals like Fast and Furious and Benghazi, insisted that CBS had blocked her from airtime. She resigned in 2014 and wrote a book about her experience, “Stonewalled: One Reporter’s Fight for Truth in Obama’s Washington," in which she described her alienation.

The scandal went beyond CBS. In 2013, reports confirmed that someone had hacked into Attkisson's computer. Because of the nature of her negative reporting, she fully suspected the Obama administration to be the culprit.

In October 2014, Attkisson shared video footage of what she believed to be the government directly hacking into her computer. In the footage, you can see words being deleted from her documents. She was so convinced the government was involved that she sued the Obama White House. The Justice Department denied the allegation.

The FBI reportedly opened an investigation into the hacking without her knowledge. In April, she asked why the agency was withholding her entire file with no explanation. "What on earth is in there?" she tweeted.

To this day, Attkisson has reason

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A counterintelligence agent says there are 3 strategies you can use to connect with anyone

F up to a stranger at a party, a networking event, or just a new acquaintance and wanted to make sure they left the conversation with a positive impression?

Robin Dreeke, a Naval Academy graduate, former Marine, former head of a federal behavioral analysis program, a current FBI agent, and coauthor of "The Code of Trust" shared three strategies with Business Insider to connect with anyone, anywhere. Following is a transcript of the video.

Three ways to build connections with people is by asking questions, active listening, and decoding nonverbal behavior. It's really pretty simple because when you ask questions, the other person's brain's automatically engaging. It's the best thing you do.

Again, when you're asking questions, again, nonjudgmentally or in a challenging way, but from a seeking to understand way, you're demonstrating their value and you're demonstrating an affiliation, and their brain is really rich and rewarded for it.

Did you ever hear the expression, "Hey, you want to plant seeds for someone to think about tomorrow?"

You don't do that by telling someone what to do, or telling them your thoughts and opinions. You do that by asking them questions because their brain will engage those things and they can't stop. So, that's the first one.

Active listening — that is really simple for me because, by just demonstrating that you're listening by following up on the statements and information they're giving you during an encounter.

Get rid of the things that you think you had to say in any kind of script, and pay attention to what they're saying and follow up with even deeper questions about understanding who they are and their thoughts and opinions.

And finally is the nonverbals. And what we're in nonverbal behavior to demonstrate that we actually do have affiliation and liking going on, is we're looking for the smiling, maybe a little head tilt, exposing a carotid artery, trusting the world not to rip out my jugular.

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Statement on Rasmea Odeh’s Departure From The United States

August 14, 2017 by Rights & Dissent

Rasmea Odeh, a Defending Right & Dissent Patriot Award winner, is leaving the United States as a result of the culmination of a years long, politically motivated witch hunt. Rasmea, became a naturalized citizen in 2004, but was stripped of her citizenship and sentenced to 18 months in prison in 2014 after being convicted of unlawful procurement of naturalization in a politically motivated trial that was marred by due process errors. Due to these errors Rasmea was granted a new trial, but in a retaliatory move the prosecutor brought a superseding indictment adding that Rasmea had failed to disclose she was a member of a terrorist organization. Given the political climate, Odeh pled guilty to unlawful procurement of naturalization on the agreement that she would leave the country without facing prison time.

We are deeply saddened to see Rasmea leave and are angered by the circumstances under which she departs. Rasmea has worked tirelessly as a community organizer. Even the last few months, she has continued to fight for social justice, acting as one of the organizers of the March 8 International Women’s Strike.

It is shameful that instead of honoring Rasmea’s contributions to the community at large, the US government instead chose to go to elaborate lengths to persecute her, remove her citizenship, and then deport her from her home of over 20 years.

Defending Rights & Dissent gives Patriot Awards to individuals and organizations who have dedicated themselves to fighting for civil liberties, social justice, or human rights. Recipients have included grassroots organizers, federal whistleblowers, and others who courageously speak truth to power. Regardless of what federal prosecutors may think, Rasmea embodies the ideals of our Patriot Award and it was an honor to bestow it upon her.

Related: Rasmea Odeh Named December 2015 Patriot Award Winner

Background on Rasmea’s Case

In 1969, as the result of a confession coerced through torture, Rasmea was convicted by an Israeli military court, which have a 99% conviction rate, of a supermarket bombing that killed two people. Odeh was released a decade later as part of a prisoner exchange. In the following decades, she was outspoken about her experience as a torture survivor.

Rasmea immigrated to the United States in 1994 and became a US citizen in 2004. During this time, she was a community activist. She helped found and run the Arab Women’s Committee of the Arab American Action Network, which serves over 600 immigrant women in the Chicago area. She also during this time continued to speak out about being a torture survivor.

In September 2011, the FBI raided the homes of anti-war and socialist activists. Osteniablly these raids were about “material support for terrorism” and were based on the claims of an undercover FBI infiltrator, who had concocted a phony story about how her deceased father wished to give a $1,000 to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which the State Department has designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. The activists all refused to testify before a grand jury and to this date no charges have been brought.

Related: Solidarity Foils the FBI’s Material Support Habit

Rasmea was not one of those targeted by the FBI raids, but one of her co-workers was. It is believed that it was during this fishing expedition that federal authorities first became aware of Rasmea. Federal authorities discovered that in spite of the fact that Rasmea answered on her naturalization form that she had never been arrested, she had been tried and convicted (based on a confession coerced through torture) in an Israeli military court. This didn’t require much effort on the part of federal officials, as Rasmea had always been outspoken about her experience of being tortured.

Rasmea was barred from presenting evidence about her torture to the jury nor was a PTSD expert allowed to testify on behalf of the defense. Prosecutors, on the other hand, were allowed to put into evidence inflammatory Israeli military documents. Rasmea was convicted and sentenced to 18 months in prison, as well as to lose her citizenship.

Following a successful appeal, Rasmea was set to have a new trial, during which an expert witness on PTSD was to be allowed to testify. However, given the prosecutor’s new superseding indictment and the worsening political climate in the US, along with the chance that Rasme, a torture survivor with PTSD, could be incarcerated and then deported, Rasmea agreed to a plea deal.

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Here's What J. Edgar Hoover Called "Fake News"

Aug 30 2017, 12:15pm

FBI officials have long watched journalists who pissed them off.

Long before President Donald Trump coined the term "fake news," disparaged the New York Times, the Washington Post, and CNN, or declared a war on the media, there was a dogged reporter named Ben Bagdikian (above), who rattled the Nixon White House and landed on FBI director J. Edgar Hoover's enemies list.

Bagdikian, who died in March 2016 at the age of 96, was the dean of the journalism school at the University of California, Berkeley, and an Armenian American journalist and author who was probably best known as the reporter who obtained a copy of the Pentagon Papers about America's secret role in the Vietnam War—the greatest and most important leak in US history—and advocated publishing it in the Washington Post to his editor, Ben Bradlee.

After his death, I filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the FBI to see if the bureau had any documents on Bagdikian, given his place in history. Sure enough, a year later the bureau sent me its file on the muckraker: nearly 200 pages, spanning more than two decades.

The FBI first opened a file on Bagdikian in 1951, digging for dirt on him simply because his reporting pissed them off. More than half a century later, the Trump administration has threatened to do the same thing to journalists who dare write critically of the president and his family. The files underscore that as Trump openly battles with the Fourth Estate, the venom he spews, while alarming, is not unique.

What initially set off Hoover and the FBI was a series of stories Bagdikian published in the Washington Star titled "What Price Security" that was about—wait for it—Russia and communist sympathizers. Specifically, Bagdikian condemned a government program to issue "loyalty checks" to employees in order to ensure "hostile agents and unreliable citizens" were not infiltrating it.

1. After Bagdikian's series was published, an FBI Special Agent in Charge (SAC) from the Boston field office (Bagdikian was a former Massachusetts resident) sent a memo to "Director, FBI" (Hoover), informing him about the status of a criminal search for records on Bagdikian. The term "ReBulet" on this page means "Referring to previous Bureau Letter." The memo notes that the FBI's Boston office did not have any records on Bagdikian, so the FBI went a step further and looked up Bagdikian's credit report, which is illegal without a warrant. The agent noted that Bagdikian's "credit record was favorable and his character and habits were recorded as good."

2. There's a saying that goes, "If you are pissing people off, you know you are doing something right." This May 23, 1961, letter to "Mr. DeLoach" (Cartha DeLoach, who went on to become Hoover's top aide and the FBI's liaison to the White House) from FBI agent D.C. Morrell, is evidence Bagdikian was doing something right. Apparently, the bureau was not happy with Bagdikian's article in the Providence Journal-Bulletin marking Hoover's 37th anniversary running the agency. Morrell noted that Bagdikian's story "made a number of snide comments relative to the FBI and to Mr. Hoover." Hoover's response? "See that Bagdikian is not on our mailing lists and gets no cooperation." (I doubt Bagdikian depended upon access for his reporting.) The memo then highlights the FBI's troubled relationship with the Journal-Bulletin due to "vicious" editorials that took the FBI to task for being, in Agent Morrell's words, "almost immune to the traditional process of checks and balances," notably regarding its confidential informant program. The memo has some parallels to news stories that were published about the agency in the last ten years.

3. On July 20, 1967, DeLoach sent a letter to Mildred Stegall, one of President Lyndon B. Johnson's closest aides. Apparently, she'd requested an FBI records check on Bagdikian and the editor of the Riverside Press-Enterprise in California. By this time, Bagdikian was a contributor to the Saturday Evening Post. It's unclear from the documents why Stegall wanted background information on Bagdikian, but DeLoach informed her the FBI had nothing derogatory. He did, however, alert her to the series of articles Bagdikian had published 12 years prior, "which were critical of several phases of loyalty investigations concerning government employees."

4. It wasn't just the government that was alarmed by Bagdikian's reporting; his readers were, too. In fact, in 1964, one reader from Kentucky wrote a letter to Hoover after Bagdikian reported that communists were feeding hungry citizens in his state. "It is not my intention to overlook a rumor that suggests Communists are at work in Kentucky and to add insult to injury feeding our people."

5. Hoover personally responded to the author of the letter, whose name was withheld, stating, "Although I would like to be of service to you, information contained in the files of the FBI must be maintained as confidential in accordance with regulations of the Department of Justice and is available for official use only." A footnote to the letter that was for internal use only says, "Correspondent [the reader] is not identifiable in Bufiles [bureau files]." That means the FBI checked to see if there were any records on the reader. The footnote further states, "Ben Haig Bagdikian is well known in Bufiles as a writer who has criticized the FBI in the past. He has made snide remarks relative to Mr. Hoover and some of his work has been described [specifically, by Hoover] as 'utter bunk.'" ("Fake news" in today's parlance.)

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Lawyers in East Bay corruption case see racial profiling in FBI stings

August 30, 2017 Updated: August 30, 2017 6:00am

The attorneys for two Oakland contractors charged with bid rigging in an offshoot of the FBI investigations that netted former state Sen. Leland Yee and Chinatown gangster Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow are accusing the FBI of conducting a decadelong campaign to entrap African Americans in and out of office in crimes that the agency itself created.

In a court filing this week, the attorneys said the FBI used a “well-paid contract employee” who went by the name William Joseph to “travel around the country and tell racially charged lies to African American citizens and public officials in an effort to entrap those officials into participating in government sting operations.”

The court filing doesn’t name the agent, but in an unusual move states that, “If one simply googles the phrase ‘Possible Government Witness Has Criminal History,’ a photo of the agent, along with his true name” appears.

What pops up is a news story from a Baton Rouge, La., TV station about a “private citizen” who was paid $547,000 by the FBI from 2006 to 2010 to take part in stings in Louisiana and elsewhere. (The “criminal history” refers to another figure involved in the Louisiana case, not Joseph.)

Dennis Riordan, who made the filing in U.S. District Court in San Francisco along with fellow attorney Martha Boersch, a former federal prosecutor, said they’ve determined that the private citizen was Joseph and that most of the sting targets were, like Joseph, African American.

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“It’s a classic case of racial profiling,” Riordan said.

Riordan and Boersch are seeking to have their clients, Oakland construction company executives Len Turner and his brother, Lance Turner, tried separately from six other defendants charged in the case of alleged bid rigging and bribery. The case involves construction contracts at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and two facilities operated by the state Department of Veterans Affairs.

To back up their charge that the FBI was targeting blacks in the Bay Area, Riordan and Boersch cite the “unsuccessful effort to entrap four African American city council persons in 2013, two in San Francisco and two in Oakland.”

We first reported in April 2014 that an FBI operative posing as an Atlanta developer named William Joseph had met with San Francisco Supervisors London Breed and Malia Cohen — and later with Oakland City Council members Larry Reid and Lynette Gibson McElhaney — claiming to be flush with cash and looking to do business deals. All four officeholders are African American.

The undercover operative expressed interest in doing everything from rehab work for Section 8 housing in San Francisco to building a five-star hotel near the Coliseum complex in Oakland, the officials told us.

Nothing came of the meetings, and none of the officials was accused of wrongdoing.

However, earlier this year, the feds announced indictments against eight defendants in the East Bay — six of whom, including the Turner brothers, are black — who were caught in an FBI sting operation in which Joseph played a key role.

According to an indictment, the Turners engaged in bid rigging for a 2014 contract to renovate a Department of Energy-owned building at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The Turners allegedly were aided in the scheme by Reid’s son, Taj Reid.

He and the Turners allegedly colluded with a “developer” — the FBI’s operative — willing to pay bribes. The Turners are accused of agreeing to submit a higher bid so the developer could secure the contract with a lower bid.

Separately, Taj Reid and Eric Worthen, a onetime aide to Yee who later became an assistant deputy secretary at the state Department of Veterans Affairs, allegedly accepted $12,000 in bribes from Joseph in exchange for helping him obtain construction contracts at a pair of veterans homes in Southern California.

The Turner brothers, Taj Reid and the other five defendants have all pleaded not guilty.

Asked to respond to the racial-profiling allegations, a spokesman for the FBI in San Francisco said only that the agency “does not target individuals based on race” and referred us to the U.S. attorney’s office for further comment.

Office spokesman Abraham Simmons said federal prosecutors “look forward to addressing the allegations in court” and declined further comment.

Joseph and an undercover FBI agent identified as Mike King helped win federal convictions in 2015 of Yee, for taking bribes in exchange for votes, and former San Francisco school board President Keith Jackson, for helping to set up the bribery scheme and take payoffs himself to traffic in guns and drugs and arrange a supposed murder for hire.

Joseph and King were also part of the case against Chow, who was sentenced to life in prison last year for racketeering and murder.

And both have figured in an attempted bribery case that San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón has brought against against Jackson and former city Human Rights Commission member Nazly Mohajer and former agency employee


Turner leans on LaRouche fans

January 29, 2009
City Councillor Chuck Turner has made a move that has some of his most ardent supporters groaning. While Sen. Dianne Wilkerson was admitting to the Boston Globe that she took some $70,000 in off-the-books cash donations, and while House leader Sal DiMasi was signaling his intention to resign amidst a swarming influence-peddling investigation, Turner - accused by the FBI of extorting and accepting a $1,000 bribe - was meeting with a previously-undisclosed branch of his faithful, the Lyndon LaRouche Movement.

The LaRouchies, as they are often referred to by other radical political groups, can often be seen near Winter Street adjacent to Boston Common or at the entrance to political events such as the inauguration celebration at the Strand Theatre last Tuesday. They hand out flyers and books with titles like "Children of Satan" and "Your Enemy George Soros," which are treatises - essentially - on how a media-military-industrial-complex conspiracy led by the "British financial oligarchy" is working to lower the world's population, among other things.

Many elected officials, organizations, and journalists say the movement's leader, Lyndon LaRouche, is a conspiracy theorist and an anti-Semite (using the term "British," for instance, as code for "Zionist"). For his part, LaRouche has denounced anti-Semitism in his writings and is often referred to by his followers as the greatest living economist.

The LaRouche Movement has been called by many a cult that tries to persuade college students to drop out and go to work for the organization. At the very least, LaRouche is a highly controversial figure who has bounced around in far-left and far-right radical political circles his entire life.

"I've had conversations with them going back into the '80s," said Turner last Saturday after a LaRouche Political Action Committee meeting that was called to support him and discuss the history of the FBI's alleged prosecution of black political leaders. "Do I agree with all of their perspectives? No. The LaRouche organization has a lot of baggage that it comes with in the public media. But the reality is, if you're looking for certain information, I think their website and their magazines are a good source."

Turner toting around a LaRouche book entitled, "The End of Our Delusion; Prolegema for A Democratic Party Platform" said he has turned to the LaRouchies in the past for their economic analyses. But Saturday's meeting was clearly aimed at helping Turner by linking the charges against him to a version of history that has the FBI routinely targeting black political officials.

Speaking after the councillor at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Boston to a crowd of around 100 that laughed at his every joke and clapped hands together each time he finished a thought, Harley Schlanger, LaRouche PAC's Western States spokesman, tied the charges against Turner and Wilkerson to "Fruhmenschen," an alleged FBI conspiracy against black political leaders that Schlanger claimed was launched in 1950s by then-FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. "Fruhmenschen" is a German word meaning early or primitive man.

"Hoover deployed the FBI on the idea that if you led black people into office they would be corrupted. Years later, nothing's changed," said Schlanger, before launching into a speech that addressed everything from the possibility that George W. Bush planned 9/11 to deriding the end of the Bretton Woods era 0 an international monetary management system set up after World War II.

With Turner and Schlanger's oratory, the meeting lasted nearly three hours. Said Schlanger: "He needs our support and we're going to give it to him.

Unlike COINTELPRO, an oft-cited FBI operation that targeted radical organizations in the 1960s, dozens of released FBI documents belie the existence of a "Fruhmenschen" initiative. LaRouche is also focused on the ideas of Franklin D. Roosevelt, who helped set up the Bretton Woods conference and who is credited with turning the U.S. economy around after the Great Depression and duringWorld War II.

Now, in a sign of the times, Schlanger said his organization is not criticizing but instead has a "cautious optimism" about President Barack Obama. "I think Barack Obama is looking to you," said Schlanger. "I think he woke up after the election."

Turner readily tied the new president to his own plight in his speech, and complained that U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan is using his case as a career booster.

"We're asking people to write to Obama and ask that they investigate the prosecutors," said Turner. "And not only here, but the prosecutors around the country… If there's going to be change, we have to be the agents of change."

He then defended his right to speak out about the case, even as a motion for a gag order is due to be heard by a federal judge on Feb. 12.

"The prosecutors will collaborate with the media to put out all kinds of information that they call evidence, but it's not evidence because it's not being cross-examined," said Turner at the podium. "No reporter pointed out that the picture is not a picture of a crime - if it's even a picture of me. I still have no remembrance of meeting

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California teen arrested, beaten after she was mistaken for large man by cops files legal claim against city, police say
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, August 30, 2017, 12:10 PM

A California teen who claimed police used excessive force after mistaking her for a bald, large man has filed a legal claim against the city of Bakersfield and its officers.

Tatyana Hargrove was riding her bicycle in June when she was stopped and detained at gunpoint. Hargrove said an officer put his knee in her back and another knee on her head.

"I told him 'I can't breathe, I can't breathe' and then I started yelling out 'somebody help, somebody help me, they're gonna kill me,'" she said during an interview last month.

She was seen with bruises and bites in the interview, which was posted on Facebook and has been viewed nearly eight million times. She was also bitten by a police dog during the arrest.

Calif. teen beaten during arrest says she was mistaken for man

Tatyana Hargrove has filed a legal claim against the city of Bakersfield and the police. (AP)
The Bakersfield chapter of the NAACP claims race played a role in the arrest.

The 19-year-old Hargrove was hit with a series of charges, including resisting arrest and assaulting an officer. The charges were later dismissed.

Cops admitted they mistook her for a male suspect who was much taller. Hargrove stands at 5-foot-2.

Hargrove suffered cuts and bruises on her body during the arrest.
"What happened to Tatyana Hargrove is a serious injustice, but perhaps what is even more troubling is that this appears to be a pattern of conduct by the Bakersfield Police Department," said lawyer Neil Gehlawat. "This case is

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So Let’s Talk About the Science of How Climate Change Kicked Harvey into Higher Gear
Harvey is finally on the move.

After making a second landfall early Wednesday, the storm is passing slowly out of the East Texas region that has suffered so much first from Harvey’s initial lashing as a rapidly intensifying category 4 storm, and second from its long-lasting and unprecedented rainfall.

(Harvey rapidly intensifies into a category 4 monster just prior to landfall. This rapid intensification and other climate change related factors helped to make Harvey a more dangerous storm. Image source: NASA.)

At this point we can take a bit of a step back to look at the larger situation. Sure, impacts will probably continue and even worsen for some areas. And due to a historic pulse of water heading downstream, the hammered city of Houston is far from out of the woods.

But as with Sandy and so many other freakish strong storms in a present climate that has warmed by around 1.2 C above pre-industrial values, we would be remiss if we didn’t discuss the climate change related factors that gave Harvey more fuel, that helped it to rapidly intensify, that worsened its flooding — both from rains and from storm surge, and that may have helped to produce a still pocket in the upper level winds that allowed it to stick around for so long.

Warmer Ocean Surfaces Mean More Rapidly Intensifying Storms, Higher Peak Intensity of Worst Storms

Hurricanes like Harvey cannot readily form in cool waters below a range between 70 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Ideally, the storms require ocean surface temperatures warmer than 80 degrees (F). And the more heat that’s available at the ocean surface, the more energy that’s available for a storm when it does form.

This energy comes in the form of atmospheric lift. In other words, air rises off the water more vigorously as water temperature rises. This lifting energy is called convection. And the more that’s available, the more powerful storms can ultimately become.

(Sea surface temperatures were between 1 and 2 degrees Celsius above average as Harvey approached Texas. Human-forced climate change is causing the oceans to warm. This, in turn, provides more fuel for hurricanes like Harvey — helping them to rapidly intensify and pushing their peak strength higher. Image source: NOAA.)

According to Dr Michael Mann, Ocean surfaces in the Gulf of Mexico are fully 1 to 1.5 degrees Celsius warmer, on average, than they were just 30 years ago. This warming provides more energy for storms that do form. And this, in turn, raises the top potential intensity of storms.

Some scientists, like Dr. James Hansen, refer to this prevalence of worsening extremity as loading the climate dice. If, in the past, we were rolling with a die six with a 1 representing the lowest storm intensity and a 6 representing the highest, we’re now rolling with something like a die six +1. The result is that the strongest storms are stronger and the absolutely strongest storms have an ability to achieve previously unattainable strengths due to the fact that there’s a lot more energy there to kick them into a higher state.

Increased potential peak storm intensity as a climate change factor does not necessarily result in more tropical storms forming overall. That part of the science on hurricanes is highly uncertain. But that heat engine in the form of warmer surface waters is available for the storms that do form to tap. And that can make them a lot stronger and more damaging than they otherwise would have been.

(Loading the climate dice — changes in frequency of cold and warm temperatures also has an impact on heatwaves, droughts, wildfires, storm intensity, and heavy precipitation events. Image source: NASA.)

As Harvey approached land, it tapped the energy of this much warmer than normal ocean surface. And that energy caused the storm to rapidly strengthen — first from a minimal tropical storm to a Hurricane, and then from a minimal hurricane to a Category 4 monster. Meteorologists tend to call such periods of rapid intensification — bombification. This term comes from minimum pressures that rapidly drop in swiftly strengthening storms — seeming to bomb out. And due to warming, the science indicates that rapid strengthening is also more likely. With some models pointing toward a 10-20 fold increase in the frequency of rapidly intensifying storms by the end of this Century if human forced warming of ocean surfaces continues.

Warmer Atmosphere Means Heavier Rainfall

Related to a warming of the ocean surface (and land surfaces as well) is the basic scientific fact that such warming causes the amount of water vapor in the atmosphere to increase. In total, with each 1 degree Celsius of warming near the Earth’s surface, the atmosphere ends up holding about 6-7 percent more moisture. The properties of this warming-driven increase in atmospheric moisture are described by the scientifically proven Clausius–Clapeyron relation which defines, in meteorology, how atmospheric water vapor content is driven by various factors, including temperature.

If we dig just a little bit further into our understanding of how this scientific driver impacts the atmosphere in a warmer world, we find that not only does the moisture content of a warmer atmosphere increase, but both the rates of evaporation and precipitation increase.

(Global warming has brought with it a sharp increase in the number of record-breaking daily rainfall events. This is due to the fact that a warmer world holds more storm-fueling moisture in its atmosphere. This warmer, wetter atmosphere increased the peak potential rainfall from Harvey enabling it to smash records for rainfall rates and precipitation totals. Image source: Increased Record-Breaking Precipitation Events Under Global Warming.)

It is here that we return to the loaded climate dice mentioned above. If, as we find today, the Earth is about 1.2 degrees Celsius warmer than in the past, then the atmosphere holds more moisture. About 7-8 percent more. And since there’s more heat, evaporation is more intense where it does happen. This loads the climate dice for more intense droughts. But since what goes up in the form of evaporation results in a heavier load of moisture in the higher clouds and in the storms that do form, the rains that follow will also tend to be more intense. This loads the dice for more severe rainfall events. And we have a very clear scientific observation that the most extreme rainstorms are becoming much more intense overall (see above graphic).

For Harvey, this meant that more moisture was available to provide the record-setting rainfall amounts coming from that system. Peak rainfall totals from the storm are now at nearly 52 inches. This is the most rainfall ever to occur in Texas from a tropical system in our records. A measure that may also break the all-time U.S. record for rainfall from a tropical storm. And Harvey was enabled to produce such high rainfall amounts by a warmer atmosphere.

Harvey a Brown Ocean Cyclone?

Increasing rates of evaporation and precipitation had one obvious effect in Harvey — they increased the potential severity of rains coming from this kind of storm. But they also increase the ability of storms like Harvey to maintain strength or even intensify over land. If, for example, a storm like Harvey dumps a very heavy load of rainfall over land and if the evaporation from these recent rains has increased in a warming world, then storms like Harvey can tend to draw strength back from what amounts to a small ocean on land.

A recent NASA scientific paper on this issue describes a Brown Ocean effect. The 2013 NASA paper noted:

Before making landfall, tropical storms gather power from the warm waters of the ocean. Storms in the newly defined category derive their energy instead from the evaporation of abundant soil moisture – a phenomenon that Andersen and Shepherd call the “brown ocean.”

…The research also points to possible implications for storms’ response to climate change. “As dry areas get drier and wet areas get wetter, are you priming the soil to get more frequent inland tropical cyclone intensification?” asked Shepherd.

In essence, cyclones are better able to maintain strength or even re-intensify over wet areas of land in a warmer world due to increasing levels of evaporation and it was Harvey’s ability to maintain tropical storm strength over land for up to three days that helped to enable it to keep dropping such heavy volumes of rain.

Higher Seas Mean Worse Storm Surge Flooding

A warmer climate also brings with it the melt of continental glaciers and the thermal expansion of ocean waters. As glaciers flood into the world’s oceans, they rise. And since fossil fuel burning began at the start of the industrial age this related warming of the Earth and melting of glaciers has caused the oceans around the world to rise by more than 20 centimeters globally.

(Global warming increases the base ocean level which, in turn, worsens storm surge flooding. Harvey’s storm surge came in on this higher ramp. Image source: Sea Level Rise Science.)

Such higher seas alone are causing some coastal settlements to flood even on sunny days. But when storms like Harvey come roaring ashore, they do so on a higher overall launching pad. And this produces a multiplier effect for storm surge damages. A multiplier that would not have been there if the world hadn’t warmed.

Polar Warming Contributes to Blocking Patterns That Make Weather Stick Around in One Place Longer

Another climate change related factor that contributed to Harvey’s danger was its persist hovering over the same region. Harvey would not have been as damaging for Texas and the Gulf if it hadn’t hung over East Texas for more than five days. But here, again, we find that climate change related factors appear to be contributing to the increased lingering of various extreme weather producing systems.

To understand how, we need to look at the upper level atmospheric circulation pattern that moves weather systems from place-to-place. In other words — the Jet Stream. Climate change influences the Jet Stream by generating more warming at the poles than near the Equator. This in turn, according to the research of scientists like Dr Jennifer Francis, changes atmospheric slope. Warmer poles, in other words, create a taller atmosphere at the poles relative to the Equator.

(A high amplitude ridge-trough pattern helped to create a stagnant upper air slot in which Harvey stalled. This voiding of upper level steering currents enabled Harvey’s persistence. Some scientists are pointing toward increasing prevalence of these kinds of high amplitude ridges and troughs related to polar warming warming which is an upshot of global warming. Image source: Earth Nullschool.)

Since atmospheric slope and temperature differences between the poles and Equator drive the speed of the Jet Stream, warmer poles cause the Jet Stream to slow down and meander. This generates big ridges and deep troughs. It also appears to assist the generation of large blocking high pressure systems. And all of these features can tend to cause weather patterns to get stuck.

This year, a persistent trough in the Eastern U.S. has generated a consistent stormy pattern and aided in the firing of powerful thunderstorms that produced record rains over places like Kansas City, Missouri. In the West, a persistent ridge has produced record heat and very extreme wildfires while aiding the formation of a very intense flash drought in Montana and the Dakotas. Harvey got stuck in a stagnant pocket between these two relatively fixed weather patterns. A climate change related feature that may have increased the duration of Harvey and facilitated its record rains falling over such a long period.

Other Factors — Interaction With The Eastern Trough

Finally, we can state that Harvey’s interaction with the very deep eastern trough also helped to fuel it. The trough provided a moisture and instability kick to Harvey as it moved over Texas — helping to wring out tropical moisture over the Lone Star State. And if we accept the fact that polar warming contributed to the depth of this eastern trough by slowing down the Jet Stream, then its interaction with Harvey was also a climate change related factor.

Qualifying This Discussion

What can be said with certainty is that climate change did not cause the hurricane. That hurricanes do happen in a normal climate. But this is the same same thing as saying that home runs happen in both middle school and major league baseball. It’s all baseball, but the factors from one to the other have qualitatively changed in an obvious fashion. The same thing happens to weather in a warming world. And it is due to the changes in these underlying factors that we can say without a doubt that climate change made Harvey worse.

What we can also say is that our certainty of all these various climate change related factors involved varies. For example, we can say with very high certainty that global warming is worsening rainfall extremes and that sea level rise is worsening storm surges. We can say with a good level of confidence that the peak intensity of the worst storms is also increasing and that bombification is more likely. And we can say with moderate confidence that climate change is altering atmospheric circulation patterns (an issue that is still under considerable debate).

But the varying degrees of certainty with regards to these aspects do not change basic facts. Your climate is your weather averaged over 30 years. And if the world warms, both your climate and your weather change.

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Hurricane Ted Cruz drowns Houston?

350 Action: Name Hurricanes After Climate-Change Deniers …
Aug 26, 2013 – Activist Group: Hurricanes Should be Named after Michele Bachmann and Marco Rubio

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robertscribbler / August 30, 2017
Maybe Hurricane Exxon… It was an excellent proposed action aimed at holding those responsible accountable. Too bad it didn’t go through. Now it’s down to lawsuits and other forms of all-too-appropriate public shaming.

eleggua / August 30, 2017
Great stuff, Robert. Thank you for being on top of things and keeping us so well informed and aware.

‘The Energy 202: We asked Texas Republicans about Harvey and climate change. Only one answered.’
By Dino Grandoni August 30 at 9:02 AM

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When members of Congress from Texas return to work next week, the fallout from Harvey, likely the worst disaster to ever hit the state, will follow them back to Washington.

Unless it is reauthorized by the end of September, the National Flood Insurance Program, which is nearly $25 billion in debt, will lose most of its borrowing power at a time when it will begin making payouts on claims on the Texas Gulf Coast. And President Trump has promised to work with Congress on a federal aid package for affected communities in Texas.

From Bloomberg’s Jennifer Epstein:

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Harvey aid “going to be a costly proposition,” Trump says, mentioning Cruz & Cornyn. “I think we’ll come through with the right solution.”
1:56 PM – Aug 29, 2017

But that aid request puts many Texas Republicans in Congress in a bind four years in the making. In 2013, all but one Texas Republican who was serving in Congress then and is still in office now voted against an aid package for New York and New Jersey following Hurricane Sandy.

“The congressional members in Texas are hypocrites,” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), a Trump ally, said this week. “I said back in 2012, they’d be proven to be hypocrites. It was just a matter of time.” See a clip below:

hristie took direct aim at Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), who voted against Sandy help four years ago, today on “Morning Joe:”

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Chris Christie on “Morning Joe” raked Ted Cruz for saying 2/3 of Hurricane Sandy relief bill was pork. “He made it up” and “he knows it.”
4:45 AM – Aug 30, 2017

The Energy 202 reached out all 38 members of Texas delegation to ask about that and other issues related to Harvey (follow The Post’s comprehensive coverage here) as they prepare to return to Washington.

Only one Republican, Rep. Lamar Smith, responded to defend his 2013 vote.

“It is my hope that our funding package for aiding those affected by Harvey doesn’t include funding unrelated to damage caused by the storm,” said Smith, who is the chairman of the House Science Committee and a frequent critic of federal climate scientists. “The Sandy bill was used as an opportunity for fiscally irresponsible politicians to exploit natural disaster spending in order to fund pet projects with taxpayer money.”

In 2013, many Republicans derided the Sandy aid bill as being laden with spending provisions unrelated to the hurricane, such as fixes to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

On MSNBC this week, Cruz claimed that “two-thirds of that bill had nothing to do with Sandy.” (Cruz’s office did not reply to The Post’s request for comment.)

However, fact checkers have pointed out that a Congressional Research Service report on the bill concluded that it “largely focused on responding to Hurricane Sandy.”

Texas’s other senator and the No. 2 Senate Republican, John Cornyn, also defended his Sandy vote, noting that he did approve a smaller, $9.7 billion increase in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s borrowing power before rejecting the larger $50.5 billion aid package. (Cornyn’s office also didn’t reply.)

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Cornyn tells reporters he’s talked w/ WH about Congress first making a “down payment” on Harvey aid and they seem “sympathetic” to the plan.
2:28 PM – Aug 29, 2017

Texas Democrats, however, criticized their Republican colleagues for voting against the Sandy package and said they agreed with scientists who say climate change increases the severity of disasters like Harvey.

“Natural disasters know no party, and it was regrettable that Texas Republicans played politics with the Hurricane Sandy aid package in their time of need,” Rep. Marc Veasey (D-Tex.) said.

Calling from a school in his Houston-area district that has been converted into a shelter, Rep. Al Green (D-Tex.) added that Congress should pass an aid package not only to help the people of Texas, but “because we want every American to know that your government is going to be there for you in a time of crisis.”

The lone Republican “yes” vote from the Lone Star State for that Sandy bill came from Rep. John Abney Culberson, whose district encompasses parts of Houston and its suburbs.

On the question of climate change, Republicans from Texas were also mute.

Meanwhile, the six Texas Democrats who responded to The Post’s request for comment — Reps. Joaquin Castro, Henry Cuellar, Lloyd Doggett and Eddie Bernice Johnson along with Green and Veasey — agreed with scientists who say climate change increases the severity of disasters like Harvey.

“The flooding in Houston caused by Harvey marks the third ‘500-year’ flood to hit the city in the past three years,” said Johnson, who serves with Smith on the House Science Committee as its top Democrat. “It is hard to believe these catastrophic events can be occurring so frequently by chance.”

However, Smith pointed to an interview that Bill Read, the former director of the National Hurricane Center, gave on CNN, in which Read declined to attribute the Harvey’s intensity to climate change.

“This is not an uncommon occurrence to see storms grow and intensify rapidly in the western Gulf of Mexico,” Read said. “That’s as long as we’ve been tracking them, that has occurred.”

Indeed, climate scientists say singling out this one hurricane as a global-warming-driven anomaly would be a mistake. But they also argue that climate change can worsen the hurricanes that do occur.

“The storm is a bit more intense, bigger and longer lasting than it otherwise would be,” Kevin Trenberth, a climate researcher with the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., told The Post over the weekend.

As for the National Flood Insurance Program, The Post’s Mike DeBonis offers this breakdown:

Even before stormwaters swept across metropolitan Houston, debate on how to restructure the NFIP exposed fissures in Congress that crossed traditional partisan lines, pitting conservatives who want to scale back the government costs for the program against lawmakers from flood-prone regions wary of jacking up their constituents’ premiums.

“Leaving millions of homeowners without flood insurance is not an option,” Castro, a Texas Democrat, said. “Congress must either modify the program in a way that keeps rates affordable or simply pass an extension of the current program.”

Meanwhile, Harvey made landfall for a second time early Wednesday as a tropical storm in Louisiana. The storm hit west of Cameron, La., around 4 a.m. local time, according to the National Hurricane Center. The center predicted another 3 to 6 inches of rain would fall from southwestern Louisiana and between the area near the border with Texas and into western Kentucky, with “isolated amounts up to 10 inches.” The center warned of “catastrophic and life-threatening flooding” that would continue in and around Houston and into southwest Louisiana for the remainder of the week.
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robertscribbler / August 30, 2017
Well, the republicans have been terrible on this issue. And so far they haven’t paid the price. It’s partly due to the fact that the public has been slow to wake up on climate change. But the other thing that republicans rely on is people not paying attention to what they actually do with legislation. Once people realize how bad this legislative agenda has been, there will be hell to pay for republicans.

climateplace / August 30, 2017
Note that with the temperature anomaly graphs, the probability of “Extremely Hot Summers” (3 standard deviations above normal or “3-sigma”) have increased ~50X in the past 50 years so when a 3-sigma event happens, you can say there was a ~98% chance that it was caused by global warming. If we had similar probability distribution charts for rain events, I’m sure the probabilities would be similar (that’s why “500-year events” are common now).

robertscribbler / August 30, 2017
Good points, CP.

wili / August 30, 2017
I didn’t click on all the links in the text of your post, so apologies if these have already been reference (and thanks to jaim at asif for drawing these to my attention):

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... e-shifting

Why Harvey Is Stuck Near Texas

“Hurricanes gain strength from warmer oceans, but climate change might be causing another problem higher in the sky.

In March, Mann and several colleagues published a study in the journal Scientific Reports that demonstrates a relationship between extreme events, such as the 2011 Texas drought and 2010 Pakistan flooding, and a rare stationary phase that upper atmospheric currents sometimes go through in the mid-latitudes.

Stefan Rahmstorf, a co-author of that paper and head of Earth Systems Analysis at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, explained that there may really be several things going on. In general, the jet stream, the high-flying river of air that flows west-to-east, has slowed and gone all wavy in recent summers, with pronounced north-south meanders. That’s one thing that may have helped hold Harvey in place. Researchers have sparred since 2012 over whether Arctic warming, which is occurring at twice the global average, is driving this atmospheric wobble, consequently creating more opportunities for persistent weather farther south.

In a number of extreme cases analyzed by their paper—California drought, Russia’s 2010 heatwave and Pakistan’s related flood—the meandering north-south river of the jet-stream stabilizes for periods of time in some places, creating an insurmountable wavelike band. The researchers looked for some kind of misbehavior in atmospheric circulation after realizing that heat-related effects alone couldn’t explain the extreme nature of some disasters.”

wili / August 30, 2017
James Hansen also discusses this on Democracy Now! today https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/30/ ... nsen_there

sdbast / August 30, 2017
Reblogged this on sdbast.

eleggua / August 30, 2017
Hurricane Harvey Coverage LIVE on CBSN

coloradobob / August 30, 2017
At the Beaumont-Port Arthur Airport, 26.03” of rain fell on Tuesday, which is more than double Beaumont’s previous calendar-day record of 12.76″ on May 19, 1923, in records going back to 1901. Between 10 pm last night and 1 am this morning, 11.86” fell. So far on Wednesday, 4.71” has been reported (as of 11 am CDT), bringing their 5-day storm total rainfall to a staggering 47.98”.

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Hurricanes and earthquakes aren’t our punishment for homosexuals, but maybe hate

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Saturday, September 9, 2017, 2:58 PM

Equally hateful Ann Coulter tweeted: “I don’t believe Hurricane Harvey is God’s punishment for Houston electing a lesbian mayor. But that is more credible than ‘climate change.’”

Maybe she’s right and God IS pissed. But if God is punishing us, it’s more likely because of all the hate we have towards one another. And that is as credible — and as real — as climate cha


Exxon knew about climate change half a century ago.1 They deceived the public,2 misled their shareholders,3 and robbed humanity of a generation’s worth of time to reverse climate change.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/scientif ... te-change/

Academic study concludes Exxon Mobil misled on climate change
August 23, 2017 at 6:20 PM EDT

http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik ... story.html

A new study shows how Exxon Mobil downplayed climate change when it knew the problem was real
FILE - In this July 21, 2017 file photo, researchers look out from the Finnish icebreaker MSV Nordic
The crew of a Finnish icebreaker examines sea ice in Canada's Northwest Passage, which has been opening up sooner and for a longer period each summer due to climate change. (David Goldman / Associated Press)
Michael Hiltzik Michael HiltzikContact Reporter
Big corporations are known for being two-faced — presenting a nurturing, maternal face to the outside world while ruthlessly pursuing profit on the inside.

But few have been charged with as much of a divergence between its outside and inside views as Exxon Mobil, which has been accused of downplaying publicly for decades what its own scientists were saying internally about climate change — that it posed a material threat to the company’s future.

A new study by Geoffrey Supran and Naomi Oreskes, experts in the history of science at Harvard, presents fresh evidence of how great the gap was. The study matches hundreds of Exxon Mobil’s internal reports and peer-reviewed research papers with its advertising — especially paid “advertorials” the company placed in the op-ed section of the New York Times from 1972 through 2001. The authors’ conclusion is that Exxon Mobil systematically “misled non-scientific audiences about climate science.”

It’s pretty clear that their strategy was the same as tobacco’s. Delay looked to them as a smart business choice, and it may well have been.
— Naomi Oreskes, Harvard University
Supran and Oreskes say their work, which was published late Tuesday in the journal Environmental Research Letters, is the first empirical comparison of Exxon Mobil’s internal and peer-reviewed research with its public statements on climate change. Their goal was to address the company position that earlier investigations were based on “cherry-picked” documents.

“We looked at the whole cherry tree,” Supran says, “and the evidence speaks for itself.”

The study may be especially timely now, because a coalition of state attorneys general and the Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating whether the company lied to the public and investors about what it knew about the dangers of climate change. In 2015, New York Atty. Gen. Eric Schneiderman subpoenaed company research on the causes and impact of climate change dating back to 1977, and financial disclosures, public statements and internal reports on the topic dating back to 2005. The company has moved to quash the subpoena.

The study also involves research and public statements issued by the company while Rex Tillerson, the current secretary of state, was a senior executive. Tillerson isn’t mentioned in the paper, but he became a production general manager in 1999, president and a director in 2004, and chairman and chief executive in 2006.

The new study fleshes out previous reporting on the divergence between what Exxon Mobil knew about climate change and the picture it presented for public consumption. The Times, working with the Energy and Environmental Reporting Project at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, reported in 2015 that the company had invested heavily in research into how climate change could affect a variety of operations in the Arctic, with company scientists using widely accepted climate models that its executives publicly dismissed as unreliable.

At the company’s annual meeting in 1999, The Times reported, then-CEO Lee Raymond denigrated the models underlying the company’s own research as projections “based on completely unproven climate models, or, more often, on sheer speculation.”

In 2005, science writer Chris Mooney documented the company’s years of financial support of individuals and groups fighting policies and government actions to address global warming, typically by instilling doubt about climate science. InsideClimate News in 2015 laid out the discrepancies between Exxon Mobil’s “cutting-edge climate research” and its public stance of climate change denial. Oreskes, co-author of the book “Merchants of Doubt” about the tobacco industry’s decades-long effort to undermine research on smoking’s health effects, that same year showed the similarities between that effort and Exxon Mobil’s campaign of “disinformation, denial and delay.”

More than 80% of Exxon Mobil's peer-reviewed and internal research acknowledged that global warming was real and human-caused, but about 80% of its "advertorials" took the opposite view. (Geoffrey Supran and Naomi Oreskes)
“It’s pretty clear that their strategy was the same as tobacco’s,” Oreskes told me this week. “Delay looked to them as a smart business choice, and it may have been.”

The 187 documents examined by Supran and Oreskes included 72 peer-reviewed papers and 36 “advertorials” on the topic. Although the authors largely treat Exxon Mobil as a single company, it’s the product of a 1999 merger between the two oil giants; in most of the period covered by the advertorials, they were placed by Mobil prior to the merger. Tillerson came up through the Exxon ranks prior to the merger.

They ranked each one according to whether its thrust was to acknowledge human activities as a cause of global warming, cast doubt on that conclusion, or reflected both viewpoints. They found that the company’s serious research and internal reporting acknowledged human-caused global warming — as well it would, since corporate decision-making depended on the most accurate possible assessment of the future.

In this snippet from a 2000 "advertorial," Exxon Mobil claimed that science pointing to human responsibility for global warming was "unsettled." It wasn't. The scientist who produced the Sargasso Sea graph called its use here "very misleading." (Exxon Mobil)
But Exxon Mobil’s public communications, which were geared more toward influencing public policy, projected the opposite view.

Of the company’s internal reports and peer-reviewed papers, more than 80% acknowledged that global warming was real and human-caused. Only 2% expressed doubt, and in those cases the doubt reflected a conventional scientific caution about making categorical findings. Of the advertorials taking a position, however, 81% expressed doubt. Typical, Supran and Oreskes say, was a 1997 advertorial citing a “knowledge gap” in climate science and suggesting that a scientific consensus had not been reached — although by then it had.

Exxon Mobil has responded to the reporting by denying that its scientists reached firm conclusions about climate change that the company hid or suppressed while it was placing skeptical “advertorials” in the press. In a statement issued after the signing of the Paris climate agreement in 2016, the company said it “unequivocally” rejected allegations that it “suppressed climate change research,” and said it understands that “climate change is real.”

Referring to the reporting by InsideClimate News about internal company documents, Exxon Mobil responded that the documents demonstrated “a robust culture of scientific discourse on the causes and risks of climate change.” The company cited more than 100 papers dating from the 1980s that Exxon Mobil scientists either wrote or co-wrote, “with the aim of enhancing the state of the world’s knowledge on the issues surrounding climate.”

Exxon Mobil, in a comment emailed early Wednesday, called the study “inaccurate and preposterous. “ExxonMobil acknowledges the risk of climate change is clear and warrants action,” the company said. It asserted that the study “was paid for, written and published by activists leading a five-year campaign against the company.” Supran and Oreskes, in a financial disclosure statement, said the study was paid for by Harvard University faculty development funds and the Rockefeller Family Fund, and said they have “no other relevant financial ties.”

Supran and Oreskes say it’s accurate, as Exxon Mobil asserts, that the company’s scientists “recognized the developing nature of climate science … [and] mirrored global understanding.” At some points, its scientists even projected more rapid global warming than other experts.

“The question is not whether Exxon Mobil ‘suppressed climate change research,’” Supran and Oreskes write, “but rather how they communicated about it” to a lay audience. Their conclusion is that the company in its marketing and advertising systematically cast doubt on it.

The campaign, they argue, stepped up in advance of the Kyoto protocol on climate change, an international agreement that was reached in December 1997 and currently incorporates commitments by 192 countries. The U.S. has not ratified the protocol.

“Their clear motivation was to undermine Kyoto,” Supran says. In its public statements about the agreement, Exxon Mobil argued that it would bind signatories to financially ruinous policies despite uncertainties about the science. “Let’s not rush to a decision at Kyoto,” urged one advertorial cited by the authors. “Climate change is complex; the science is not conclusive; the economics could be devastating.”

That final phrase may open a window into what Exxon Mobil was thinking in publicly undermining a scientific consensus its own researchers shared: The company may have felt that the short-term economic drag from addressing climate change outweighed the wisdom of accepting scientific fact and joining an international consensus on its consequences.

“With a strategy of delay,” Oreskes says, “they could continue with a very profitable business for another 25 years.”

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Did Exxon Mobil fund assassination of President Kennedy?

Is it possible that Clint Murchison helped to fund the JFK assassination? Murchison was a close friend of both Lyndon Johnson and J. Edgar Hoover. His relationship with LBJ dates back to the 1948 Senate election. Murchison was one of his largest financial backers.

Texas oil millionaires such as Murchison, fought hard to maintain its tax concessions. The most important of these was the oil depletion allowance. It allowed producers to use the depletion allowed to deduct just 5 per cent of their income and the deduction was limited to the original cost of their property. However, in 1926 the depletion allowance was increased to 27.5 per cent.

As Robert Bryce pointed out in his book, Cronies: Oil, the Bushes, and the Rise of Texas, America's Superstate: "Johnson's 1948 race was reportedly the most expensive political campaign ever wages in Texas. The money flowed to Johnson like an inexhaustible river. By befriending Richardson, Murchison, Hunt, and other oilmen like Amon Carter of Fort Worth, Wesley West of Austin, and R. J. Parten of Houston, Johnson assured himself of nearly unlimited funding."

Philip F. Nelson, the author of LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination (2011) has pointed out that the oil depletion allowance, "allowed them to retain 27.5 percent of their oil revenue tax-tree; its loss, according to World Petroleum magazine, stood to cost the industry as much as $280 million in annual profits. The original rationale for such an allowance was that the product that their investments yielded yeas a finite resource that would require continual investments in exploration and recovery in order to extend the flow of raw material; the more the companies produced, the less was available. Recognition of this depletion of the asset was intended as an incentive for finding and recovering more oil fields. (How this particular commodity was materially different from other forms of mining, or commercial ocean fishing, or even farming, was never fully explained, other than perhaps the oilmen having better lobbyists than the others.)"

Murchison also became friends with J. Edgar Hoover, the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was the start of a long friendship. According to Anthony Summers, the author of The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover (1993): "Recognizing Edgar's influence as a national figure, the oilmen had started cultivating him in the late forties-inviting him to Texas as a houseguest, taking him on hunting expeditions. Edgar's relations with them were to go far beyond what was proper for a Director of the FBI."

Hoover and his boyfriend, Clyde Tolson, were regular visitors to Murchison's Del Charro Hotel in La Jolla, California. The three men would visit the local racetrack, Del Mar. Allan Witwer, the manager of the hotel at the time, later recalled: "It came to the end of the summer and Hoover had made no attempt to pay his bill. So I went to Murchison and asked him what he wanted me to do." Murchison told him to put it on his bill. Witwer estimates that over the next 18 summers Murchison's hospitality was worth nearly $300,000. Other visitors to the hotel included Richard Nixon, John Connally, Lyndon B. Johnson, Meyer Lansky, Santos Trafficante, Johnny Rosselli, Sam Giancana and Carlos Marcello.

Clint Murchison was also closely liked to the Mafia. In 1955 a Senate committee discovered that 20 per cent of the Murchison Oil Lease Company was owned by Vito Genovese and his family. The committee also discovered Murchison had close financial ties with Carlos Marcello. Later, Bobby Baker claimed that. "Murchison owned a piece of Hoover. Rich people always try to put their money with the sheriff, because they're looking for protection. Hoover was the personification of law and order and officially against gangsters and everything, so it was a plus for a rich man to be identified with him. That's why men like Murchison made it their business to let everyone know Hoover was their friend. You can do a lot of illegal things if the head lawman is your buddy."

In 1958 Murchison purchased the publishers, Henry Holt and Company. He told the New York Post: "Before I got them, they published some books that were badly pro-Communist. They had some bad people there.... We just cleared them all out and put some good men in. Sure there were casualties but now we've got a good operation." One of the first book's he published was by his old friend, J. Edgar Hoover. The book, Masters of Deceit: The Story of Communism in America (1958), was an account of the Communist menace and sold over 250,000 copies in hardcover and over 2,000,000 in paperback. It was on the best-seller lists for thirty-one weeks, three of them as the number one non-fiction choice.

William Sullivan was ordered to oversee the project, claimed that as many as eight agents worked full-time on the book for nearly six months. Curt Gentry, the author of J. Edgar Hoover: The Man and the Secrets (1991) points out Hoover claimed that he intended to give all royalties to the FBI Recreational Association (FBIRA). However, he claims that the "FBIRA was a slush fund, maintained for the use of Hoover, Tolson, and their key aides. It was also a money-laundering operation, so the director would not have to9 pay taxes on his book royalties." Gentry quotes Sullivan as saying that Hoover "put many thousands of dollars of that book.... into his own pocket, and so did Tolson."

In 1955 Lyndon B. Johnson became majority leader of the Senate. Johnson and Richard Russell now had complete control over all the important Senate committees. This was proving to be an expensive business. The money used to bribe these politicians came from Russell’s network of businessmen. These were men usually involved in the oil and armaments industries. According to John Connally, large sums of money was given to Johnson throughout the 1950s for distribution to his political friends. “I handled inordinate amounts of cash”. A great deal of this came from oilmen like Murchison.

In 1956 there was another attempt to end all federal price control over natural gas. Sam Rayburn played an important role in getting it through the House of Representatives. This is not surprising as according to Connally, he alone had been responsible for a million and a half dollars of lobbying. Paul Douglas and William Langer led the fight against the bill. Their campaigned was helped by an amazing speech by Francis Case of South Dakota. Up until this time Case had been a supporter of the bill. However, he announced that he had been offered a $25,000 bribe by the Superior Oil Company to guarantee his vote. As a man of principal, he thought he should announce this fact to the Senate.

Johnson responded by claiming that Case had himself come under pressure to make this statement by people who wanted to retain federal price controls. Johnson argued: “In all my twenty-five years in Washington I have never seen a campaign of intimidation equal to the campaign put on by the opponents of this bill.” Johnson pushed on with the bill and it was eventually passed by 53 votes to 38. However, three days later, Dwight D. Eisenhower, vetoed the bill on grounds of immoral lobbying. Eisenhower confided in his diary that this had been “the most flagrant kind of lobbying that has been brought to my attention”. He added that there was a “great stench around the passing of this bill” and the people involved were “so arrogant and so much in defiance of acceptable standards of propriety as to risk creating doubt among the American people concerning the integrity of governmental processes”.

Murchison and Sid Richardson began negotiations with President Eisenhower. In June, 1957, Eisenhower agreed to appoint their man, Robert Anderson, as his Secretary of the Treasury. According to Robert Sherrill in his book, The Accidental President: "A few weeks later Anderson was appointed to a cabinet committee to "study" the oil import situation; out of this study came the present-day program which benefits the major oil companies, the international oil giants primarily, by about one billion dollars a year."

During the 1960 presidential election John F. Kennedy gave his support for the oil depletion allowance. In October, 1960, he said that he appreciated "the value and importance of the oil-depletion allowance. I realize its purpose and value... The oil-depletion allowance has served us well." However, two years later, Kennedy decided to take on the oil industry. On 16th October, 1962, Kennedy was able to persuade Congress to pass an act that removed the distinction between repatriated profits and profits reinvested abroad. While this law applied to industry as a whole, it especially affected the oil companies. It was estimated that as a result of this legislation, wealthy oilmen saw a fall in their earnings on foreign investment from 30 per cent to 15 per cent.

On 17th January, 1963, President Kennedy presented his proposals for tax reform. This included relieving the tax burdens of low-income and elderly citizens. Kennedy also claimed he wanted to remove special privileges and loopholes. He even said he wanted to do away with the oil depletion allowance. It is estimated that the proposed removal of the oil depletion allowance would result in a loss of around $300 million a year to Texas oilmen.

Rumours began to circulate that Murchison might have been involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy. A friend of Murchison, Madeleine Brown, claimed in an interview on the television show, A Current Affair that on the 21st November, 1963, she was at his home in Dallas. Others at the meeting included Haroldson L. Hunt, J. Edgar Hoover, Clyde Tolson, John J. McCloy and Richard Nixon. At the end of the evening Lyndon B. Johnson arrived. Brown said in this interview: "Tension filled the room upon his arrival. The group immediately went behind closed doors. A short time later Lyndon, anxious and red-faced, reappeared. I knew how secretly Lyndon operated. Therefore I said nothing... not even that I was happy to see him. Squeezing my hand so hard, it felt crushed from the pressure, he spoke with a grating whisper, a quiet growl, into my ear, not a love message, but one I'll always remember: "After tomorrow those goddamn Kennedys will never embarrass me again - that's no threat - that's a promise."

Gary Mack has argued that this party never took place: "Could LBJ have been at a Murchison party? No. LBJ was seen and photographed in the Houston Coliseum with JFK at a dinner and speech. They flew out around 10pm and arrived at Carswell (Air Force Base in northwest Fort Worth) at 11:07 Thursday night. Their motorcade to the Hotel Texas arrived about 11:50 and LBJ was again photographed. He stayed in the Will Rogers suite on the 13th floor and Manchester (William Manchester - author of The Death of a President) says he was up late. Could Nixon have been at Murchison’s party? No. Tony Zoppi (Entertainment Editor of The Dallas Morning News) and Don Safran (Entertainment Editor of the Dallas Times Herald) saw Nixon at the Empire Room at the Statler-Hilton. He walked in with Joan Crawford (Movie actress). Robert Clary (of Hogan’s Heroes fame) stopped his show to point them out, saying “. . . either you like him or you don’t.” Zoppi thought that was in poor taste, but Safran said Nixon laughed. Zoppi’s deadline was 11pm, so he stayed until 10:30 or 10:45 and Nixon was still there."


Clint Murchison was at the core of the JFK assassination. H.L. Hunt and D.H Byrd very likely were, too. Murchison, like his investment LBJ, was heavily "mobbed up" and like LBJ had close ties to military intelligence. Murchison, in fact, was a business partner with Jack Crichton, military intelligence, who was the man who provided the controversial interpreter Illya Mamantov for Marina. Jack Crichton was the Texas GOP nominee for governor in 1964. Murchison was plugged in at the highest levels LBJ (Demos) and Crichton (GOP).

Clint Murchison was the top business leader and behind the scenes political leader in Dallas in the 1963 era. In fact, if one person personified the center of business and political power in Texas in 1963 it would be Clint Murchison, Sr. His son, Clint Jr. was a founding owner of the Dallas Cowboys in 1960.

The 11/21/63 party is not necessary in order to deduce Murchison's role in the JFK assassination. Forget the party; focus on who the man Murchison was. I think what happened was LBJ called Madeleine Brown in the morning of 11/22/63, from the Fort Worth Hotel, and made all those threatening remarks about the Kennedys. When Madeleine was interviewed by Geraldo Rivera, she did not mention the Murchison party, but she did say LBJ called her in the morning. And she did say that LBJ later told her it was Dallas, TX oil men, "the fat cats," and the CIA that was behind the JFK assassination.

Lyndon Johnson on the morning of 11/22/63 to Madeleine Brown:

"His snarling voice jolted me as never before - "That son-of-a-biscuit crazy Yarborough and that goddamn _____ Irish mafia cupcake, Kennedy, will never embarass me again!"

I managed to say, "I'm looking forward to tonight," when he blasted out even louder, "I've got about a minute to get to the parking lot to hear that cupcake!", and he slammed down the phone. I was startled ... an uneasiness gripped me over Lyndon's actions and temper." [Madeleine Duncan Brown, Texas in the Morning, p. 167]

Then there is this nugget from 1963 which shows the close personal ties between John J. McCloy and Clint Murchison, Sr.:

"That summer, McCloy relaxed more than he had for many years. He hunted whitewings with Clint Murchison on the Texas oil man's Mexico farm." [Kai Bird, The Chairman, p. 542]

Now check out this passage from the biography Clint: Clint Williams Murchison by Ernestine Orrick Van Buren who was Murchison's personal secretary for 20 years. Note 3 things: 1) Murchison is in "cold disbelief" at the idea of Lyndon Johnson on the ticket with John Kennedy. 2) The author completely skips over the Kennedy years. 3) Clint turns down an LBJ presidential phone call to resume a nap. That shows hierarchy. Very few folks turn down a presidential phone call.

"Clint was in La Jolla during the Democratic Convention in Los Angeles, in July 1960, and he avidly followed the proceedings on television. The avalanche of superb organization which gave John F. Kennedy the nomination on the first ballot was a huge disappointment. When the word was flashed that Lyndon Johnson had accepted the vice-presidential spot on the Kennedy ticket, Clint Murchison listened in cold disbelief.
In December 1963, soon after Lyndon Johnson became president following the assassination of John F. Kennedy, there was a soft rap on the bedroom door where Clint was napping. It was Warren Tilley, butler at Gladoak Farms. "Washington calling, Mr. Murchison. The president [Lyndon Johnson] wants to speak with you.
A brief silence followed. Then through the closed door came the muffled voice of Clint Murchison. "Tell the president I can't hear him." Clint resumed his nap."*
*Virginia Murchison Linthicum Interview, September 20, 1980
[Ernestine Orrick Van Buren, Clint, pp. 317-318]

What kind of a person turns down a phone call from the president of the USA to instead continue a nap? Someone who thinks they are more important than the president of the USA.

When JFK was slaughtered, Russia’s Khrushchev was literally crying, fearing nuclear war. Cuba’s Castro worried and feared an US invasion and gave an impressive speech the next day deconstructing the CIA’s deception provocation for war. Meanwhile at Clint Murchison’s home, their family maid May Newman describes the scene: “The mood in the Murchison family home was very joyous and happy. For a whole week after like champagne and caviar flowed, every day of the week. But I was the only one in that household at that time that felt any grief for his assassination." [The Men Who Killed Kennedy, The Guilty Men, Episode 9]

Russ Baker:

"…Lyndon Johnson shared in the prevailing oil belt enmity toward Kennedy. In fact, he was the one person in the White House the oilmen trusted….After Johnson ascended to the presidency, he and newly elected congressman Bush were often allies on such issues as the oil depletion allowance and the war in Vietnam….[oil executive Jack] Crichton (close with Bush and head of a secretive Dallas-based, oil-connected military intelligence unit that deeply immersed in aspects of the tragic events of November 22, 1963) was so plugged into the Dallas power structure that one of his company directors was Clint Murchison Sr., king of the oil depletion allowance, and another was D. Harold Byrd, owner of the Texas School Book Depository building.…."

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/201 ... -timeline/

A Brief History of Big Tax Breaks for Oil Companies
There will be subsidies: Nine decades later, “perhaps the most glaring loophole” in the tax code is still going strong.


JFK Theory: Texas Oil Men
Theory: Texas Oil Men
Just before John F. Kennedy was assassinated he upset people like Clint Murchison and Haroldson L. Hunt when he talked about plans to submit to Congress a tax reform plan designed to produce about $185,000,000 in additional revenues by changes in the favourable tax treatment until then accorded the gas-oil industry. Kennedy was particularly upset that Hunt, who had an annual income of about $30,000,000, paid only small amounts of federal income tax.

Madeleine Brown claims that she was Johnson's mistress. In her autobiography, Texas in the Morning (1997) Brown claims that the conspiracy to kill Kennedy involved Lyndon B. Johnson and several Texas oil men including Clint Murchison, Haroldson L. Hunt and J. Edgar Hoover. This theory was supported by Craig Zirbel in his book The Texas Connection: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy (1991).

Joachim Joesten, an investigative journalist, believes that Johnson's secretary, Bobby Baker was involved in this
Despite their frequent intervention in political campaigns in Northern States, the Texas millionaires proclaim themselves strong advocates of what they call "States' rights"-which, from their point of view, excludes all outside intervention in the State of Texas. Northerners cannot quite understand the bitterness which Texans feel against the government in Washington, and Northern financiers in general-a feeling which appears to be quite general in Texas. Thus, the New York Times of October 16 , 1956 expressed astonishment that "the Governor of Texas, a rich man and a conservative, castigates `Wall Street' in terms used by the Daily Worker." It seems strange that men who have benefited from a tax concession which grants them commercial advantages no other section of the country can match, should nevertheless feel deep resentment, first, against the businessmen in other and less favoured industries and, second, against the Federal Government which has granted the concession to them. Yet this has been so. The Texas millionaires maintain that even the advantages they have are not sufficient; that their taxes are oppressive; that the bureaucrats from Washington are trying to take over Texas. Curiously, though, the State of Texas is one of the principal beneficiaries of Federal grants of one sort or another, quite apart from the tax policy which we already have discussed-and at the same time, Texas spends so little of her own tax money on social services that the average Texas citizen receives less aid than those in other States. Texas, for instance, gets more help from Washington than any other State for various child welfare services, yet ranks no more than 44th in money spent for this same purpose; Texas is the second State in money it accepts to help the blind and aged, but is 40th in money spent; Texas ranks third in its receipts from Washington for all purposes, yet 32nd in expenditures on public education.

The men whom the oligarchs in the State of Texas regard as their main enemies are those who dare propose reduction of their tax concession. Frank Ikard, a Texas Congressman, has called such persons "bombthrowing liberals." The Texas oil men are inclined to feel that epithet is much too mild; for them, the men who want to lower the oil depletion allowance are nothing short of Communists, although two critics of the present level of "depletion allowances" have been the late Republican leader, Senator Robert Taft, and former President Harry Truman, neither noted for pro-Communist opinions. Taft said it was "to a large extent a gift-a special privilege, beyond what any one else can get;" and Truman charged, "No loophole in the tax law is so inequitable." The first serious efforts to bring the taxes of the oil industry into closer correspondence with those of other U.S. industries were made by the New Deal, and no one hated President Roosevelt more bitterly than such Texans as John Nance Garner, who served as Vice-President during Roosevelt's first term and then opposed him for the second. When Roosevelt died in 1945, while the United States was still at war, a San Antonio millionaire announced a cocktail party to celebrate his death. In recent years, the chief foe of the Texas oil men has been Democratic Senator Douglas of Illinois, who proposed to keep the 27.5 per cent bonus for the small producers, but reduce it to 15 per cent for big ones. Douglas pointed out that there had been one oil company in 1954 which had a net income of four million dollars and paid only $404 in taxes, lower than the average US married couple; that there was another company which made five million dollars and paid no income tax at all; a third showed profits of 12 million dollars in 1953 and yet received a $500,000 tax credit; this same company made 10 million dollars the next year, and received another $100,000 tax credit.

To such arguments, the Texans have responded that the national security itself depends on their ability to guard their present rate of profit. "Oil, gentlemen, is ammunition," a Congressional committee was assured by General Ernest O. Thompson, Commanding General of the Texas National Guard. "In defence," he said, "oil is a prime mover. Why tamper with a system that... has made oil available in such quantities that we have been able to win two wars?"

Two wars, and so... why not a third one? Of all sections of the country, none was more opposed to any indication that an understanding might be reached between the President of the United States and Khrushchev, none is more convinced that the United States not only could survive a nuclear attack but could go on and win the war, especially if the U.S. had made the "first strike"-and that it might be worth it. Some of this hostility to a détente may be ascribed, of course, to cynical self-interest, for Texas has achieved an annual expansion, since the cold war started, more than six times greater than the national economy has averaged; conversely, if disarmament were actually to begin, no other section of America would suffer such immediate disruption of its industry, since an extremely high proportion of defence work has been concentrated in the State of Texas.

Neither cynical self-interest nor fear, however, totally explains the attitude of the oligarchy - or, at least, a portion of them. A major part of it must be ascribed to boredom. These oligarchs started as gamblers and gamblers they have remained. But in recent years there has been nothing left on which to gamble, except perhaps the whole future of the United States. This theory is, I think, worth some serious consideration. They have run out of new fields to conquer in the State of Texas; they've begun expanding. We have one of the most powerful and wealthy oligarchies in the world, controlled-as no society has ever been before-by men whose instincts are not those of businessmen, but gamblers. I suggest the impact of this fact upon world history, in any country which possesses the atomic bomb, is terrifying.

Why does Thomas G. Buchanan believe that the Texas Oil Industry might have been involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy?

(L5) Joachim Joesten, How Kennedy Was Killed (1968)

When District Attorney Garrison, in his statement of September 21, 1967, made the startling disclosure that the assassination of President Kennedy had been ordered and paid for by a handful of oil-rich psychotic millionaires, he

didn't name any names. But I'm quite sure that all the good people of Dallas, if any of them were privileged to hear the news, instantly thought of their fellow-resident Haroldson Lafayette Hunt, the boss of the immensely rich Hunt Oil Company of Dallas.

Hunt is not only by far the richest of all the Texas oil millionaires but he is also, and more importantly, the one with the most pronounced and most vicious spleen. And, above all, the one who hated Kennedy most.

It so happens that H. L. Hunt is also a longtime friend, admirer and financial 'angel' of the most prominent Texas politician of our time, Lyndon B. Johnson, the man who was destined to become President of the United States automatically the moment Kennedy died. Perhaps this is the reason why Garrison preferred not to be too specific.

What evidence does Joachim Joesten use to claim that the "assassination of President Kennedy had been ordered and paid for by a handful of oil-rich psychotic millionaires"?

(L6) Dr. Albert E. Burke attending a meeting at the home of Haroldson L. Hunt in Dallas in 1961. Later he gave an account of the meeting.

I have listened to communists and other groups that can only be called enemies, accuse us of the worst intentions, the most inhuman ways of doing things, as the most dangerous people on earth, to be stopped and destroyed at all costs... But nothing I have heard in or from those places around us compared with the experience I had in the Dallas home of an American, whose hate for this country's leaders, and the way our institutions worked, was the most vicious, venomous and dangerous I have known in my life. No communist ever heard, no enemy of this nation has ever done a better job of degrading or belittling this country. That American was one of this nation's richest and most powerful men!

It was a very special performance by a pillar of the American community, who influences things in his community. It was a very special performance because in that living room during his performance - in which he said things had reached the point where there seemed to be "no way left to get those traitors out of our government except by shooting them out" during that performance, there were four teenagers in that room to be influenced. His views were shared on November 22, 1963.

Interestingly, the man accused of that crime claimed to be a Marxist, a communist. But my host assured me - when I objected to his remarks - that he believed as he did because he was anti-communist!

What happened in that home in Dallas, of one of America's richest and most powerful men, shashed that goal of America as a united country for the four teenagers in on that conversation that night.

Why does Dr. Albert E. Burke believe that Haroldson L. Hunt was involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy?

(L7) Madeleine Brown, interviewed on the television programme, A Current Affair (24th February, 1992)

On Thursday night, Nov. 21, 1963, the last evening prior to Camelot's demise, I attended a social at Clint Murchison's home. It was my understanding that the event was scheduled as a tribute honoring his long time friend, J. Edgar Hoover (whom Murchison had first met decades earlier through President William Howard Taft), and his companion, Clyde Tolson. Val Imm, the society editor for the now-defunct Dallas Times Herald, unwittingly documented one of the most significant gatherings in American history. The impressive guest list included John McCloy, Richard Nixon, George Brown, R. L. Thornton, H. L. Hunt and a host of others from the 8F group. The jovial party was just breaking up when Lyndon made an unscheduled visit. I was the most surprised by his appearance since Jesse had not mentioned anything about Lyndon's coming to Clint's. With Lyndon's hectic schedule, I never dreamed he could attend the big party. After all, he had arrived in Dallas on Tuesday to attend the Pepsi-Cola convention. Tension filled the room upon his arrival. The group immediately went behind closed doors. A short time later Lyndon, anxious and red-faced, reappeared I knew how secretly Lyndon operated. Therefore I said nothing... not even that I was happy to see him. Squeezing my hand so hard, it felt crushed from the pressure, he spoke with a grating whisper, a quiet growl, into my ear, not a love message, but one I'll always remember: "After tomorrow those goddamn Kennedys will never embarrass me again - that's no threat - that's a promise."

Who does Madeleine Brown think was involved in planning the assassination of John F. Kennedy?

(L8) Madeleine Brown, Texas in the Morning (1998)

Just a few weeks later (after the assassination) I mentioned to him that people in Dallas were saying he himself had something to do with it. He became really violent, really ugly, and said it was American Intelligence and oil that were behind it. Then he left the room and slammed the door It scared me.

According to Madeleine Brown, who did Lyndon Johnson believe was behind the assassination of Kennedy?

(L9) Jim Marrs, Crossfire: The Plot that Killed Kennedy (1990)

Madeleine Brown, reported to be Johnson’s mistress for twenty years, has publicly stated that Johnson had foreknowledge of the assassination. But did Johnson really have enough power to initiate the assassination and force literally dozens of government officials and agents to lie and cover up that fact? Probably not.

What reasons does Jim Marrs give for not believing Madeleine Brown's theory about the assassination?

(L10) Gary Mack published an account of Madeleine Brown's story on 14th May, 1997.

Madeleine has claimed over the years that she attended a party at Clint Murchison’s house the night before the assassination and LBJ, Hoover and Nixon were there. The party story, without LBJ, first came from Penn Jones in Forgive My Grief. In that version, the un-credited source was a black chauffeur whom Jones didn’t identify, and the explanation Jones gave was that it was the last chance to decide whether or not to kill JFK. Of course, Hoover used only top FBI agents for transportation and in the FBI of 1963, none were black. Actually, there is no confirmation for a party at Murchison’s. I asked Peter O’Donnell because Madeleine claimed he was there, too. Peter said there was no party. Madeleine even said there was a story about it in the Dallas Times Herald some months later (which makes no sense), but she had not been able to find it. Val Imm (Society Editor of the Dallas Times Herald) told Bob Porter (of the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza staff) recently she had no memory of such an event and even looked through her notes - in vain.

Could LBJ have been at a Murchison party? No. LBJ was seen and photographed in the Houston Coliseum with JFK at a dinner and speech. They flew out around 10pm and arrived at Carswell (Air Force Base in northwest Fort Worth) at 11:07 Thursday night. Their motorcade to the Hotel Texas arrived about 11:50 and LBJ was again photographed. He stayed in the Will Rogers suite on the 13th floor and Manchester (William Manchester - author of The Death of a President) says he was up late. Could Nixon have been at Murchison’s party? No. Tony Zoppi (Entertainment Editor of The Dallas Morning News) and Don Safran (Entertainment Editor of the Dallas Times Herald) saw Nixon at the Empire Room at the Statler-Hilton. He walked in with Joan Crawford (Movie actress). Robert Clary (of Hogan’s Heroes fame) stopped his show to point them out, saying “. . . either you like him or you don’t.” Zoppi thought that was in poor taste, but Safran said Nixon laughed. Zoppi’s deadline was 11pm, so he stayed until 10:30 or 10:45 and Nixon was still there.

Does Gary Mack believe Madeleine Brown's story (L6) about what happened the night before the assassination?

(L11) Barr McClellan, Blood Money and Power: How L.B.J. Killed J.F.K. (2003)

Soon after, there was another private meeting at Johnson's ranch. The vice president was certain he would be dumped, and he had to know what Clark was planning. He needed to know when action would be taken. After all, two years had passed and the politics for Johnson had only worsened. Something had to be done.

Clark was not about to let Johnson know any of the details. The assassination had to be a complete surprise to Johnson. Under no circumstances would he know what was planned. This time, when Johnson called for Clark, the lawyer decided to "woodshed" the vice president. The process was like taking a child out behind the woodshed to paddle him until he learned to do the right thing. In the case of witnesses for lawsuits, the woodshedding was to be sure they said the right thing, that they told the correct story before a jury. What the witness said and did had to be shaded just right...

Clark had one more worry detail, a small one in the overall scheme of things but an important one. He knew how pleased, even ecstatic, Johnson would be when the assassination occurred. He wanted Johnson to react with surprise and then express the correct condolences for the Kennedy family with appropriate assurances to the nation. The best approach for Johnson would be the usual one, to say and do nothing. As things turned out, Johnson would react in good form except on three minor but telling occasions. As Clark had feared, Johnson would overreact.

Why did Edward A. Clark not give Lyndon Johnson details of the planned assassination?

(L12) Phil Brennan, Some Relevant Facts About the JFK Assassination (2003)

There's an explosive new book that lays out a very detailed - and persuasive - case for the probability that the late President Lyndon Baines Johnson was responsible for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

I say persuasive because the author, Barr McClellan, was one of LBJ's top lawyers, and he provides a lot of information hitherto unknown to the general public - much more of which he says is buried in secret documents long withheld from the American people....

McClellan and others before him have discussed the fact that LBJ faced some pretty awful prospects, including not only being dumped from the 1964 ticket but also spending a long, long time in the slammer as a result of his role in the rapidly expanding Bobby Baker case - something few have speculated about because the full facts were never revealed by the media, which didn't want to know, or report, the truth...

Bobby Kennedy, called five of Washington's top reporters into his office and told them it was now open season on Lyndon Johnson. It's OK, he told them, to go after the story they were ignoring out of deference to the administration.

And from that point on until the events in Dallas, Lyndon Baines Johnson's future looked as if it included a sudden end to his political career and a few years in the slammer. The Kennedys had their knives out and sharpened for him and were determined to draw his political blood - all of it.

In the Senate, the investigation into the Baker case was moving quickly ahead. Even the Democrats were cooperating, thanks to the Kennedys, and an awful lot of really bad stuff was being revealed - until Nov. 22, 1963.

By Nov. 23, all Democrat cooperation suddenly stopped. Lyndon would serve a term and a half in the White House instead of the slammer, the Baker investigation would peter out and Bobby Baker would serve a short sentence and go free. Dallas accomplished all of that.

Bobby Baker was Lyndon Johnson's secretary and political adviser. In November 1963 Baker was under investigation for corruption. Why do some people believe this case played an important role in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy?

(L13) Bobby Baker, interviewed in 1990.

Clint Murchison owned a piece of Hoover. Rich people always try to put their money with the sheriff, because they're looking for protection. Hoover was the personification of law and order and officially against gangsters and everything, so it was a plus for a rich man to be identified with him. That's why men like Murchison made it their business to let everyone know Hoover was their friend. You can do a lot of illegal things if the head lawman is your buddy.

Clint Murchison was a Texas oil billionaire. What is the significance of the comments made by Bobby Baker?

(L14) Peter Dale Scott, Deep Politics and the Death of JFK (1993)

According to President Kennedy's secretary, Evelyn Lincoln, Bobby Kennedy was also investigating Bobby Baker for tax evasion and fraud. This had reached the point where the President himself discussed the Baker investigation with his secretary, and allegedly told her that his running mate in 1964 would not be Lyndon Johnson. The date of this discussion was November 19, 1963, the day before the President left for Texas.

A Senate Rules Committee investigation into the Bobby Baker scandal was indeed moving rapidly to implicate Lyndon Johnson, and on a matter concerning a concurrent scandal and investigation. This was the award of a $7-billion contract for a fighter plane, the TFX, to a General Dynamics plant in Fort Worth. Navy Secretary Fred Korth, a former bank president and a Johnson man, had been forced to resign in October 1963, after reporters discovered that his bank, the Continental National Bank of Fort Worth, was the principal money source for the General Dynamics plant.

What motives did Lyndon Johnson have for wanting John F. Kennedy dead?

(L15) Matthew Smith, JFK: The Second Plot (1992)

Interestingly, there were several arrests made in the Dal Tex building (on the 22nd November, 1963). The third man arrested there was extremely interesting. He was Jim Braden, also known as Eugene Hale Brading, a known Mafia courier. He said he had had an appointment to meet Lamar Hunt, son of H.L. Hunt, the oil millionaire, on oil business. Braden was with a friend, Morgan H. Brown, who bolted when he heard he had been taken in for questioning. A man with 30 arrests to his record, Braden had been staying at the Kabanya Motor Hotel, where Jack Ruby - who was to kill Lee Harvey Oswald in the Police Headquarters basement two days after the assassination - had met some of his Chicago friends the night before the President was killed. Braden was not detained. Five years later, however, Braden was to turn up in Los Angeles when Senator Robert Kennedy was murdered.

What was Jim Braden's connection with the H. L. Hunt? What is Matthew Smith suggesting in this account?

(L16) John Kelin, review of Noel Twyman's book, Bloody Treason (1998)

When Twyman finally names his real villains, we recognize three men whose involvement has been alleged for years: Lyndon Johnson, J. Edgar Hoover, and H.L. Hunt. The author says they acted from that oldest of motivations, self-preservation, and that "they had the the power and the money to make it happen and cover it up." It is amusing, in a sick sort of way, when Twyman says that Hoover seems to be the one person involved who had no redeeming qualities. "I have searched the literature and ... if there was something likable about him I haven't found it."

What does John Klein mean when he says Lyndon Johnson, J. Edgar Hoover, and H.L. Hunt acted from that "oldest of motivations, self-preservation"?

(L17) Edward Jay Epstein, Esquire Magazine (December, 1966)

In January of 1964 the Warren Commission learned that Don B. Reynolds, insurance agent and close associate of Bobby Baker, had been heard to say the FBI knew that Johnson was behind the assassination. When interviewed by the FBI, he denied this. But he did recount an incident during the swearing in of Kennedy in which Bobby Baker said (in January, 1961) words to the effect that the s.o.b. would never live out his term and that he would die a violent death.

What did Don B. Reynolds accuse Bobby Baker of saying in January, 1961?

(L18) Matthew Smith, JFK: The Second Plot (1992)

Another group which hated the President and which merited investigation was the extreme right-wing John Birch Society. Centred on Dallas, the group made no secret of its disdain for the Kennedy administration, in fact it advertised it well. To its members, the young President was a Communist-lover, and, in their world, that represented just about the worst thing anybody could be. In their vocabulary, to call anybody a name like that represented using real venom. That was reaching down the barrel to find the biggest of all insults. Some John Birch members were oil barons, and the oil men made up an overlapping group which, when it came to its opinions of the President, had a great deal in common with the Society. The oil industry in Texas had enjoyed huge tax concessions since 1926, when Congress had provided them as an incentive to increase much needed prospecting. The oil depletion benefits were somehow left in place to become a permanent means by which immense fortunes were amassed by those in the industry and, well aware of the anomaly, John Kennedy had declared an intention to review the oil industry revenues. There was nothing in the world which would have inflamed the oil barons more than the President interfering with the oil depletion allowance. In the minds of many, the conspirators could very easily have come from the ranks of either the John Birch Society or the oil men, which is not to say they didn't belong to both groups.

Why does Matthew Smith believe that the Texas oil industry and the John Birch Society were both involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy?

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Court records indicate that Headley, earlier known as Dawood Gilani, was arrested twice on drug charges and on both the occasions, his sentence was reduced and was able to leave the jail early as he turned out to be a good informant to the drug enforcement agencies and helped them in unearthing of some of the major drug cartels.
Given the strong case against him in Mumbai attacks, Headley is unlikely to come out of the jail and faces death penalty. "But by talking this time, Headley might escape the death penalty," Philadelphia Inquirer said.
Headley has been charged in a 12-count criminal information with six counts of conspiracy to bomb places in India and Denmark and for providing material support to terrorist plots.


Evidence FBI Involvement in 1993 World Trade Center Bombing
Michael Latham


Rare TV NEWS Dan Rather reports on WTC bombing FBI Foreknowledge
kevin chambers


FBI connivance permeated and interconnected the 1993 World Trade Center (WTC) attack, the Oklahoma City (OKC) bombing and the 9/11 attacks. The FBI had foreknowledge of these attacks but refused to stop the attacks beforehand even though the FBI participated in their planning with the use of FBI informants and provocateurs. Some of the same participants are known to the FBI to have been involved in all three of these terror attacks. By deliberately not moving against these participants even to this day and by deliberately failing to try and stop the attacks in advance and warn and adequately protect innocent victims, the FBI gave active and passive consent to the criminal acts of terrorists known to the FBI and to the criminal acts of FBI informants and FBI provocateurs.

The FBI’s and DOJ’s continued cover up, obstruction of justice, falsification of evidence, intimidation of key witnesses, pretended ignorance of the John Doe participants, informants and provocateurs and refusal to take action against known perpetrators is further evidence of the FBI and DOJ connivance and complicity. The FBI and DOJ actions are particularly egregious because the FBI and DOJ is supposed to protect the public from terror attacks, not expose the public to greater risk of attack and not intimidate witnesses or withhold critical evidence that may also be incriminating to the FBI and DOJ.

After the 9/11 attacks, former President GHW Bush make public statements urging the public to be more accepting of US agents committing crimes (in violation of laws and the Constitution) inside the US in order for the agents to earn the trust of the terror groups they were trying to infiltrate and collect intelligence about. This philosophy has already been used badly in the past by the FBI in Boston organized crime cases and in the 9/11 attacks, the OKC bombing and the 1993 WTC attack. In these instances, the FBI allowed murders and crimes to be committed to protect FBI operations. And these operations often did not succeed in stopping the groups involved but did succeed in keeping the public from knowing of the FBI connivance and failures.

Attorney General (AG) Ashcroft and FBI director Mueller have blocked the Congress, courts and the public from knowing about these FBI failed operations by refusing to honor subpoenas, ordering FBI agents not to testify and by refusing to turning over ALL incriminating evidence such as ALL withheld FBI 302 interview reports and ALL surveillance tapes relating to major attacks in the US. And President GW Bush personally ordered that the Senate Intelligence Committee hearings on the FBI failures be seriously curtailed and that the House Government Reform Committee’s 13 subpoenas (to have been responded to on 9/11/02!) against AG Ashcroft on these matters not be honored. FBI agent Kelly was put in charge of controlling and manipulating the flow of information to the Intelligence Committee hearings even though Senator Grassley bitterly complained that FBI agent Kelly was the man who Senator Danforth had publicly charged with obstructing Danforth’s investigation of the FBI cover up of Waco.

Yet Ashcroft and Mueller and CIA director George Tenet have also publicly urged, like former President HW Bush, that Federal agents be allowed to commit illegal acts inside the US in order to provide what they term better human intelligence. These illegal acts would violate local, state and Federal laws as well as rights of citizens under the Constitution. Tenet and Mueller are holdovers from the Clinton administration that appear to be continuing to try to justify their using agents in both the Clinton and Bush administrations to commit crimes inside the US for intelligence purposes.

But there is other evidence of this wayward and lawless mentality of trying to justify criminal actions of Federal agents being continued from the Clinton administration to the Bush administrations. FBI agent Rogoskey filed a Federal lawsuit against FBI Direct Louis Freeh and AG Janet Reno in 2000 after Rogoskey was blocked from telling Congress about laws being broken inside the US by the FBI during national security operations.

The same conniving, reckless and poisonous philosophy and policy of allowing agents to break the law inside the US for national security operations as advocated by GHW Bush, Ashcroft, Reno, Mueller and Freeh was used by an FBI undercover agent to deliberately encourage the OKC bombing. This is according to what Congressman Ernest Istook of Oklahoma told an OKC bombing victim in a taped conversation. Istook told the victim that the FBI had used an undercover agent to help build the bomb in an effort to establish the agent’s credibility with other groups the FBI hoped to later arrest and discredit. Istook told the victim that the victim had no right to question the operation since it was a national security operation.

The tape of the Istook conversation was transcribed by the former Pentagon terror advisor Jesse Clear and played by Clear to Istook’s staff. The tape has been authenticated by experts associated with the Secret Service and court approved experts from a prestigious university in California. Istook had his staff threaten the New American reporter William Jasper over reporting of the taped conversation and transcript.

But Istook also told two deputy sheriffs on the night of the bombing that the FBI knew in advance of the OKC bombing. After the sheriffs held a news conference in 1997 about what Istook told them, the sheriffs were threatened by FBI agent James Carlisle who falsified his interviews with the sheriffs. A review of Carlisle’s interviews shows that Carlisle was trying to protect Istook and keep the public from knowing of the FBI’s complicity and connivance in the OKC bombing.

Istook was in a position to make claims to the victim of a national security operation and to know of the FBI foreknowledge and forewarnings because he served on the National Security subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee at the time of the OKC bombing. Istook was very close to the FBI and once told me in August of 1995 that there was nothing that I or the late Glen Wilburn (lost both of his grandsons in the bombing) could tell him about the OKC bombing that ”he (Istook) and the FBI did not already know.” But as will be further demonstrated in this summary, Istook would have also been in a position to know because of specific, detailed and official warnings to select House members and law enforcement prior to the bombing.

As in the Rogoskey case, the tendency has been for the FBI and DOJ to use Congressmen like Istook to improperly invoke, hide behind and use national security as a pretext and an excuse for committing and then covering up criminal operations inside the US in violation of laws and the Constitution. A similar line of reasoning and propaganda invoking false claims of national security was used by the FBI and Danforth to justify the illegal use of the US military in the Waco siege by the FBI. And when that was not accepted, then the FBI and DOJ made false claims of child, gun and drug abuse to justify their improper use of the military at Waco.

And the FBI agent James Carlisle was involved with the FBI public information officer, Mr. Collingwood to smear, intimidate and falsely attempt to discredit my efforts that uncovered FBI wrongdoing. Carlisle came to my house to threaten and intimidate me just as he did to the deputy sheriffs over their account of what Congressman Istook told them. Collingwood wrote a letter to my Senator James Inhofe stating that the FBI had sent Carlisle to my house to admonish me not to “further” repeat committing a felony of impersonating the FBI. Collingwood’s letter falsely indicated that I had impersonated the FBI. I have never impersonated the FBI and the FBI knows that. I have shown a copy of the Collingwood letter to an attorney experienced with FBI matters. The attorney’s opinion is that the FBI clearly was deliberately trying to smear me with Inhofe to discredit my information about FBI criminal conduct.

The FBI was particularly concerned about Inhofe believing my allegations since Inhofe is on the Senate Intelligence committee and is from Oklahoma. But the FBI concern over Inhofe does not end there. Herb Johnson, Inhofe’s chief of staff, wrote a letter in September 1998 describing that the DOJ had ordered the FBI about 72 hours after the OKC bombing to cover up and keep the Middle Eastern involvement from the public, press and others in government. Johnson had been told this by Johnson’s close friend who served at the FBI command post in OKC. Johnson gave his letter to attorney Dan Nelson of OKC who is married to a relative of Inhofe. I discussed the Johnson letter personally with Nelson in 1998 and personally with Inhofe in 1999. Kenneth Timmerman who writes for Insight magazine and is close to Inhofe and his staff told me earlier this year that the FBI had tried to intimidate Senator Inhofe over the OKC bombing case.

James Carlisle’s efforts for the FBI cover up also included hundreds of questionable and likely falsified FBI interview302 reports he did for the OKC bombing that were questioned in the Nichols trial and hearings by Judge Matsch himself. The FBI deliberately misspelled names so reports could not be found, wrote several 302 interview reports about the same information (including defense attorney Stephen Jones) to confuse or discredit witnesses and sources and their information, and withheld (did not lose them as they falsely claimed in several instances) reports from the courts.

But the FBI’s attempts to keep the public from knowing of FBI connivance and corruption in the OKC bombing did not just end with Istook , the sheriffs, Inhofe and myself. It extended to FBI threats 72 –74 hours after the bombing against Army recruiters who saw McVeigh with John Does in the Murrah building. Recall that 72 hours is the same period that Herb Johnson’s letter says that the DOJ ordered the FBI to cover up the Middle Eastern involvement. The FBI’s illegal attempts also included FBI threats and intimidation against multiple witnesses trying to get them to change their stories (to protect the FBI from being accused of crimes), to keep them from being known to the press and from being brought before the trials. I have written on FreeRepublic.com about some of these crucial witnesses such as Debbie Burdick, Leah Moore, Danny Wilkerson and other witnesses of Middle Eastern participants (informants?) who FBI agent Floyd Zimms brow beat and falsified his 302 interview reports about according to what the witnesses and other investigators claim.

The FBI has been since at least 1993 and is still today following a connivance policy of allowing known terrorists to enter the US and roam with impunity (no deportation or arrest) for years in the US while the terrorists set up terror cells, recruit more terrorists, set up training camps and commit terrorist acts. When one of these terrorists should happen to get publicly exposed or commit publicized terror acts, such as in the case of FBI informant Ali Mohammed, the FBI claims that the FBI just lost track of the terrorists. And the FBI defends moving against these terrorist (as the FBI has done many times in the OKC bombing case) by claiming to do so would harm the FBI undercover agents who have infiltrated the terror cells and deprive the FBI of important human intelligence. What good has the FBI intelligence been when the FBI has been unwilling to pull their undercover agents out periodically and move against the terrorists before they commit more terror acts and recruit more terrorists?

A notable example of the FBI connivance policy with known terrorists is the case of the Egyptian and security officer for Egypt Air, US Army Sergeant Ali Mohammed. Ali Mohammed served as an instructor for US Special Forces, then for the CIA and then as an informant for the FBI out of Sacramento from 1992 to 1998. While Ali was working to “help” the FBI he moved Bin Laden from Sudan to Pakistan, wrote Bin Laden’s terrorist training manual, set up terror cells and training camps in the US, squired Bin Laden’s top lieutenant and head of Egyptian Islamic Jihad, Al Zawahiri, around Califiornia twice, taught AlQaeda operatives to thwart airline security like in the 9/11 attacks, and helped another Bin Laden lieutenant, Khalid Mohammed, mastermind and carry out the 1993 WTC attack and the OKC bombing. It has been recently revealed that the recent attack at the LAX ticket counter for el Al airlines was known to and encouraged by Ali Mohammed and Al Zawahiri. How many more AlQaeda sleepers Ali Mohammed trained that are in side the US and who could strike again is not known.

When Ali Mohammed was arrested in 1998, he was carrying documents showing how to plant and hide explosives in public buildings like what is suspected was done in the OKC bombing. Ali Mohammed was convicted in 1999 for his role in the 1993 WTC and Tanzanian and Kenyan bombings. But Ali Mohammed signed a special plea bargain agreement with Janet Reno and has yet to be sentenced. Anrea Mitchell reported for MSNBC that the Egypt Air flight was deliberately crashed was as a result of the imprisonment of Ali Mohammed who had once worked for Egypt Air security. As in the case with the FBI informant Salem for the 1993 WTC bombing, the FBI knew for over six months in advance the details of the attack on the Tanzanian and Kenyan embassies from reading computer hard drives of terrorists who worked with Ali Mohammed.

Unfortunately, the 1993 WTC and Tanzanian and Kenyan bombings are superlative examples of extreme FBI connivance for failure to stop theses attacks when the FBI knew to do so and had the means to at least try to stop the attacks. Yet last year Congress was told that the FBI and CIA lost track of and was double crossed by Ali Mohammed for all these years during all these attacks while he was an FBI informant and was allowed to roam inside the US setting up more cells. The FBI still defends bring in known terrorists and allowing them to roam in the US for years. The FBI connivance with Ali Mohammed is another proof that the continuing FBI policy is a spectacular failure which should be terminated and that these terrorists should be arrested and deported as soon as possible. And this same type of FBI connivance also was practiced by the FBI in the OKC bombing and 9/11 attacks as will be described later in this editorial.

I have been complaining strongly to legal counsels for the Senate Judiciary and Intelligence Committees and the Pentagon terror advisor Jesse Clear for over four years (years before the 9/11/2001 attacks) about the FBI connivance policy of allowing terrorists like Ali Mohammed into the US, to roam with impunity and to commit terror acts. To prove that this is an ongoing problem which has not been corrected and can lead to more terror attacks, I cite the fact that I received a call in May 2001 assuring me that Congress was now reviewing this failed FBI policy. The call came from Chad Groover, a legal counsel for Senator Grassley, on the Senate Judiciary Committee. I told Groover that Congressional review of the failed FBI policy was not enough and that change of the policy was required to save lives and our country.

I am not overly optimistic that Congress will adequately change or debate the failed FBI connivance policies since Congress has known about and has been ratifying the FBI policies for years. In May 1995 FBI Director Louis Freeh testified before Congress about the FBI policy of deliberately helping known Middle Eastern terrorists come into the US on student visas (by taking advantage of weaknesses in INS laws) for years to populate Abu Nidal cells (closely aligned with Iraq) in LA, Dallas and in Virginia. The FBI has been monitoring but not moving against Hamas terror cells in Oklahoma, Chicago and Dallas (Holy Land Foundation) who aided the OKC bombing and the 9/11 attacks for over ten years without arrests even to this day.

Bob Woodward of the Washington Post reported in October 2001 that senior FBI officials told Woodward that the FBI was continuing to deliberately allow five known AlQaeda cells to operate inside the US including near DC and in Dallas. The FBI used Dallas police officers to track known AlQaeda terrorists inside the US and overseas since at least 1995. The Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Dallas, Danny Defenbaugh, got into trouble with the Dallas police chief in 1998 for not telling the chief about the FBI operation and for not compensating Dallas taxpayers. El Hage, Bin Laden’s secretary for AlQaeda, was allowed to live in and operate out of Dallas for years while he was being monitored by the FBI.

If Congress were to publicly debate and possibly change the failed FBI connivance policies, it might cause the public to learn of the policies and cause the public to believe that the Congress has not only been wrong to support the FBI connivance policies but also is guilty of improper connivance itself by, in effect, aiding and covering up (keeping the details of the Congressional role from the public) terror operations and attacks like 9/11 and the OKC bombing. In spite of Congressional failures to properly oversee the FBI and DOJ, the public should still hold Congress accountable and should still not allow FBI and DOJ officials and agents to get away with falsely claiming the Nuremberg defense of carrying out orders inside the US under the pretense of name of national security when the orders were in fact unlawful and in violation of the Constitution.

The 1993 bombing of the WTC and subsequent attacks on the WTC such as the 9/11 attacks was carried out by Ramzi Yousef after the bombing and attacks were discussed, planned in part and ratified at a Hamas sponsored conference in Oklahoma City in December 1991. One of the masterminds of the 1993 WTC bombing, the OKC bombing and the 9/11 attacks has been identified by the FBI and DOJ as Bin Laden lieutenant Khalid Mohammed, the nephew of Ramzi Yousef. The advisor and consultant for the 1993 WTC attack was the FBI informant and Egyptian Ali Mohammed who was described earlier in this editorial as also being a Bin Laden lieutenant and author of AlQaeda’s terrorist training manual.

The FBI knew of the 1993 WTC attack by Yousef a year in advance from the FBI informant and Egyptian Salem. Two of Salem’s FBI agent handlers admitted publicly that FBI supervisors refused to stop the 1993 WTC attack or render the truck bomb inert. The FBI may also have learned of the bombing in advance from the FBI informant Ali Mohammed who was Egyptian just as Salem.

Yousef had the support of other participants who would later be involved in the OKC bombing and who helped Yousef obtain explosive materials and rent a truck. to deliver the bomb for the 1993 WTC attack. Recall that the 1993 WTC bombing was originally planned in OKC by a local Hamas group protected by the FBI. The Sidiqqy brothers, Asad and Anis, from Brooklyn New York, have been identified as suspects in the 1993 WTC and 1995 OKC bombings. Even the black American citizen and Muslim convert, Melvin Latimore, had his credit card used to pay for expenses of the 1993 WTC attack. Court documents show that Lattimore was also identified as a participant in the OKC bombing by an FBI informant one day after the OKC bombing.

Since Lattimore is a black man, Lattimore’s involvement with McVeigh would show that the FBI portrayal of McVeigh as a racist was deliberately false. This explains in part why six FBI agents tried to have the Travelers Aid witnesses change their stories for over nine months, took few notes, never adequately reported the witnesses in FBI 302 interview reports or had sketches done with sketch artists. The other reason for the FBI agents corrupt performance with the Travelers Aid witnesses is because the FBI did not want the public or courts to know that FBI informants and provocateurs were involved with McVeigh namely James Rosencrans and Peter Ward.

Lattimore was also seen with other FBI informants James Rosencrans and Peter Ward driving McVeigh’s car on the day before the OKC bombing when they visited the Travelers Aid in OKC. The FBI, DOJ, Freeh, Reno, Mueller and AG Ashcroft have covered up this fact and obstructed justice for years. Lattimore was also the roommate of the 9/11 hijacker pilot trainee, Zacharias Moussaoui, while he lived in Norman Oklahoma and attended the Airman flight school. The FBI also told the owners of the Norman flight school in 1999 that the FBI knew then of other pilots who had visited the Norman flight school that the FBI also knew were training for airplane attacks on public buildings including Mohammed Atta as well as Bin Laden’s own personal pilot.

Lattimore was even seen prominently involved at an OKC motel in 1995 at the same time as meetings took place between McVeigh and other Middle Eastern participants and FBI informants such as the Iraqi Al Hussaini and employees of Hamas terrorist operative Samir Khalil to plan and construct the truck bomb for the OKC bombing. But this same motel also was used in OKC in August 2001 by Atta and Moussaoui to discuss the 9/11 attacks. The FBI has refused to take action as a result of the witness accounts at this motel and it is very plausible that the meetings were being monitored at various times by the FBI either by electronic means and/or by FBI informants in the meetings.

So like Khalid Mohammed, Lattimore was involved in all three terror attacks (OKC, 1993 WTC and 9/11) and known to the FBI either as an informant or from FBI informants or likely both. The FBI has chosen to put Lattimore out of reach with a conviction of carrying a firearm while being a felon to keep the press and public from knowing of the FBI connivance in these attacks with Lattimore, Khalid Mohammed and the FBI informants. In fact it is likely that Lattimore was an FBI informant and certainly was known to an FBI informant who reported him to the FBI as being involved in the attacks. FBI failure to take action against Lattimore for the attacks for so many years and to put him out of reach on a minor charge is further evidence of FBI connivance, that Lattimore was an FBI informant and that the FBI was complicit for failing to take action against Lattimore for the OKC and the 1993 WTC attacks when the FBI had enough time and knew to do so.

But FBI foreknowledge from February 1995 of the Khalid Mohammed plot to fly airplanes in to US skyscrapers was not just supplemented by what the FBI learned in 1999 from the Norman, Oklahoma Airman flight school. The FBI also learned of the plans for the 9/11 attacks three years before 2001 by hijacker pilot Hanny Hanjour (who also traveled through Oklahoma-given a speeding ticket) from Phoenix FBI informant Adjae Collins . Collins told his story to ABC Pentagon reporter John McWethey a few months ago. Collins was one of the sources of information for the memo that FBI agent Kenneth Williams sent to the FBI in DC last summer warning the FBI of Bin Laden sponsored attacks in the US on US skyscrapers and government buildings. Kenneth Williams also sent his memo to the CIA and spoke to the CIA directly after the FBI in DC failed to act on his information.

A CIA memo containing the William’s info reached President GW Bush’s desk in a National Security Council briefing August 6, 2001. The White House originally tried to claim the memo only talked about attacks overseas, but quickly clammed up when Adjae Collins interview was broadcast. It seems that connivance with Middle Eastern terrorists and failure to act on forewarnings and foreknowledge does not just reside with the DOJ and FBI, it emanates from the White House who gives the DOJ and FBI their marching orders. No President should be immune from removal from office and prosecution for issuing to the FBI, DOJ and CIA unlawful orders that violate the Constitution or that could also be considered acts of treason.

Khalid Mohammed and his nephew Ramzi Yousef moved to the Philippines in 1994 where they shared an apartment to plot terror attacks against American targets for Bin Laden, ALQaeda and Abu Sayeff. These men’s efforts were aided and funded in the Philippines by AlQaeda and Abu Sayeff initiator Wali Khan and by Abu Omar, a name used by several of Bin Laden’s lieutenants including the Egyptian and FBI informant Ali Mohammed. Yousef kept their terror plans on his computer hard drive in their apartment. The plans included chemical formulas and details of remote controlled bomb devices very similar to those suspected as being planted in the OKC Murrah Federal building using techniques developed by Ali Mohammed. And later reported as being found in a Taliban notebook in Afghanistan in 2001.

But Yousef’s and Khalid Mohammed’s computerized plots contained much more which were later to be carried out such as flying airplanes loaded with explosives into the White House, Congress, the Pentagon and tall skyscrapers like the WTC as was done during the 9/11 attacks.

By January 1995 Yousef had met with Terry Nichols in the Philippines to plot the OKC bombing along With another American John Lebney, a Philippine government undercover agent Edqwin Angeles and Murad, a member of Abu Sayeff and AlQaeda. Khalid Mohammed very likely masterminded the meetings of his nephew Yousef with Nichols to plot the OKC bombing for Bin Laden especially since Khalid also masterminded the 1993 WTC and 9/11 attacks and worked closely with top Bin Laden lieutenants Al- Zawahiri and Ali Mohammed.

On the same day as a fire in Yousef’s apartment in January 1995, Yousef fled to Pakistan where he was later arrested, Nichols returned to the US, and Khalid Mohammed may have gone to OKC to oversee preparations for the OKC bombing in April 1995. By February 1995 the FBI had arrested and thoroughly interrogated Murad to learn in detail about the Yousef and Khalid Mohammed plots and the meetings to plan the OKC bombing and plan crashes into skyscrapers inside the US. The FBI also later arrested Wali Khan and learned similar details the FBI had learned from Murad. The FBI would have learned of the Nichols meetings plotting the OKC bombing from the Philippine undercover agent for Abu Sayeff, Edwin Angeles.

Also by the end of February 1995 the FBI had seized, analyzed and learned of the explosives and same plots (as revealed by Murad and Edwin Angeles) from Yousef’s computer hard drive. The FBI also may have learned of the plots from the FBI informant Ali Mohammed known as Abu Omar, the name of the man who funded Khalid Mohammed and Ramzi Yousef. Furthermore these details reached the upper levels of FBI decision makers in DC after going through the FBI legal attaché and station chief in the Philippines in February 1995.

McVeigh’s attorney Stephen Jones and former Pentagon terror advisor Jesse Clear both were blocked by the US prosecutor Larry Mackey and by the FBI legal attaché in 1996 from learning the details of what the FBI already learned and knew for certain by February 1995 about the OKC bombing and 9/11 style plots with Khalid Mohammed and Yousef from Murad, from Wali Khan , from Edwin Angeles, from Yousef’s computer and perhaps from the FBI informant Ali Mohammed.

The tenth circuit court of appeals in Denver further rejected Jones attempts to expose to the court and in the trials what the FBI had learned and knew in advance about the OKC bombing plot. The tenth circuit court rejected Jones’ Writ of Mandamus filed on March 25, 1996 on the false grounds and false pretense of the need to protect national security. The court may have rationalized that the court was protecting the country and hence national security from internal dissent toward certain members of the FBI and government should the public have been allowed to learn of FBI criminal connivance in the OKC bombing during open court proceedings.

By March 3, 1995 enough of the details of the Philippine plot for OKC by Yousef, Nichols and Khalid Mohammed had reached DC for an official warning notice to be issued to select members of the House and intelligence and law enforcement agencies by the Director of the House Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare, Youseff Bodansky. Bodansky’s official warning also went to his boss, the chairman of the House task force, Republican Congressman James Saxton from New Jersey.

Bodansky’s and Saxton’s official warning included the Murrah building in OKC as a likely target of a Middle Eastern sponsored attack around April 1995 using “lily whites”, a reference to men with no criminal records, perhaps Caucasian and not fully aware of all the details. The memo also mentioned the use of Hamas terrorist training camps in the US. Some of these Hamas camps were in the Chicago area and in Oklahoma where Hamas demolition experts resided according to a letter published in a May 1995 OKC newspaper from the former Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Dave McCurdy. The Bodansky and Saxton warning memo was deliberately kept from the OKC bombing trials, from the public, from the Oklahoma County grand jury investigating the bombing in order to protect he FBI and the members of the House Task force from public outrage of FBI and Congressional connivance and foreknowledge of the OKC bombing. Bodansky himself called and told a reporter not to make the memo available to the public (and to the courts) because it was “too hot (politically?) to handle”.

The entire Federal family in OKC was warned in March 1995 of a pending Middle Eastern sponsored attack on a Federal building in OKC around April 1995 as revealed by US prosecutor Beth Wilkinson in a pretrial hearing with Judge Matsch and Jones in Denver in early 1996. The head of the US Marshals, Edwardo Gonzales, in charge of protecting the Federal family of judges and Federal buildings put out a memo in March 1995 giving a similar warning of a pending attack on a Federal building in the US as reported by the Newark Star Ledger in March 1995. The US Marshals memo and the warning to the Federal family testified to by Beth Wilkinson likely originated with the official memo issued by Saxton and Bodansky and the intelligence learned from Yousef’s computer and the interrogations of Murad, Angeles and Wali Kahn.

Proof that the warnings reached the Federal family came from OKC Federal Judge Wayne Ally who told his hometown newspaper the Oregonian in May 1995 that Ally was tipped (by the US Marshals) of a possible attack on an OKC Federal building. As a result, Ally stayed at home to work after April 4, 1995 and told his children to take his grandchildren out of the Murrah building day care center. Other proofs that the official warnings were taken seriously is that the BATF agents were told they did not have to report to work in the Murrah building on the morning of the OKC bombing. FBI agents were also told not to go to the Murrah building that morning even though the FBI had 3-4 agents inside the Murrah building everyday very punctually by 9 am and sometimes dropped off children at the day care center.

Al Hussaini , an Iraqi Gulf War veteran living in OKC, assisted McVeigh before and at the scene of the OKC bombing. Hussaini was brought to OKC after serving in the Iraqi Army for possible clandestine operations in the US and later in Iraq by the US if Sadam Hussein should be toppled from power. Hussaini and another OKC bombing suspect Abraham Ahmad were employees of an FBI protected Hamas cell operative in OKC, Samir Khalil who provided Hussaini with a false alibi for the day of the bombing. As mentioned earlier Hussaini was seen with McVeigh at a meeting at an OKC motel before the OKC bombing with Melvin Lattimore and other Khalil employees. Abraham Ahmad was brought back to the US the day after the bombing when blue jogging suits seen at the bomb scene and bomb making materials were found in his luggage in London after he left OKC. Inexplicably, the FBI later released Abraham Ahmad.

Hussaini was known to the FBI as a participant in the OKC bombing from many witnesses on the day of the bombing including Kay Heron. Heron was almost run over by Hussaini and another individual, perhaps Ahmad, in a late model brown Chevy truck that was the subject of an FBI APB issued with the knowledge of OKC FBI agent Dan Vogel the first week of the bombing.

Samir Khalil is known to have traveled to Las Vegas and is believed to have met an Iraqi recruiter and intelligence officer and McVeigh at O’Bannion’s Horseshoe near the MGM Grand Hotel. I drove a reporter to Khalis’s home in 1995 for an interview. The reporter said that Khalil was wearing a hat from O”Bannion’s Horsehoe. A man identified as an Iraqi intelligence officer by Iraqi expert Lorie Mylroie was photographed with Khalil and Hussaini in OKC shortly after the bombing near the body shop where it is believed that the brown Chevy get away truck was repainted yellow. The FBI impounded the repainted truck at an apartment complex in OKC where a group of Middle Eastern men had abruptly left not paying their rent on the day of the OKC bombing. The truck was seen being brought into the apartment complex by a resident named Olie Ahmad, a possible relative of Samir Khalil’s employee, Abraham Ahmad.

It is suspected that Samir Khalil is an FBI protected Hamas operative in part because he has never been known to be adequately questioned by the FBI AND especially because a Federal Grand Jury investigation against him by the assistant US attorney Ted Richardson was abruptly dropped after the OKC bombing. The grand jury was investigating Khalil for HUD property scams and for income tax evasion believed to have raised funds for Hamas terror operations in the US and against Israel. Richardson was found dead from a shotgun blast near his church and near Khalil’s house in May 1997.

Samir Khalil’s secretary, Sharon Twilley, identified Khalid Mohammed as being in OKC in 1995 where he was paid three checks written on behalf of Samir Khalil and handed to Khalil by Twilley. Recall that Khalid Mohammed has been identified as the mastermind of the 1993 WTC and 9/11 attacks and behind the OKC bombing planning meetings with Terry Nichols and Ramzi Yousef in the Philippines in January 1995. If the story about Twilley is true, it would further substantiate that Bin Laden and Khalid Mohammed were involved if not masterminds of the OKC bombing.

The information about Twilley’s identification came from James Reeser in a public reply he posted November 3, 2001on FreeRepublic.com under BlueDogDemo. I was asked to contact Reeser in October 2001 by phone to request that he obtain protection for Twilley. I later asked the person requesting the protection if Reeser’s story was true and if Twilley had received protection. The person replied in the affirmative to both questions. I sent this information publicly posted by Reeser to William Dunke, an aide for Senator Shelby on the Senate intelligence committee over a month ago after first describing the info about Khalid Mohammed to Dunke on the phone. I have received no response from Dunke as of yet.

And Al Hussaini appears to have been protected for a time in Houston after the OKC bombing by CIA asset, Heider Barbouti, whose father Ishan assisted President GHW Bush transfer technology for weapons of mass destruction (biological, chemical and nuclear) to Sadam Hussein and Iraq before the Gulf War (see the Congressional Record and statements by Congressman Henry B. Gonzales). Ishan Barbouti assisted Iraq in OKC to try to acquire a rocket fuel booster (and bomb accelerant) TK7 from Israeli investor Moshe Tal.

Hussaini and McVeigh called the same phone number in Iraq according to what sources in the Pentagon told US News and World Report in October 2001. The Pentagon sources complained of FBI connivance to withhold the Iraqi involvement from the Pentagon. This may be another proof that Senator Inhofe’s chief of staff was correct went he wrote that the FBI was ordered to cover up involvement of Middle East participants in the OKC bombing. But was it done to cover up corruption and foreknowledge with Middle East terrorists or was it done to protect a State Department peace initiative? Either way the American public was not protected or well served by the cover up.

Terry Nichols was seen with a man resembling Hussaini one day before the OKC bombing in Newkirk, Oklahoma by the wife of a police officer and two other witnesses. Nichols and the Hussaini looking suspect were with a convoy of men driving Nichol’s blue pickup truck and a short Ryder truck with an overhang. The FBI showed sketches to the witnesses in Newkirk of a man resembling Hussaini within a few weeks of the OKC bombing after the BATF showed up in town to canvass for witnesses and dust for fingerprints. A man resembling Hussaini was also seen with McVeigh in Ogden, Kansas before the OKC bombing at Pat’s Pawn shop and FBI sketches were shown by the FBI to verify this. The Hussaini visits to Newkirk, Oklahoma and Ogden, Kansas with McVeigh and Nichols were withheld from the courts and not adequately documented in FBI 302 interview reports.

The FBI has yet to interview Al Hussaini even though many witnesses place him with McVeigh and Nichols. Since the FBI refuses to follow up on witness reports that Hussaini was seen at a motel in OKC meeting with McVeigh and possible FBI informant Melvin Lattimore (who himself was known to other FBI informants), it is very plausible that Hussaini may be a protected FBI or CIA informant and provocateur. Hussaini was known by the FBI for several years to have become a baggage handler at Boston’s Logan Airport including on the day of the 9/11 attack flights leaving from Boston. Was Husssain allowed to help terrorists on 9/11 or was Hussaini trying to help the FBI catch terrorists at Boston’s airport? Continued failure of the FBI to pursue Hussaini for what ever reason is indefensible and is another proof of FBI connivance in the OKC bombing and 9/11 attacks that puts the public at risk from more terror attacks.

As mentioned earlier, two of three Pakistanis, Anis and Asad Sidiqqy, were seen by witness Debbie Burdick with McVeigh near the Murrah building just prior to the Murrah building explosion after their arrival from Brooklyn New York. The Sidiqqy brothers were also suspects in the 1993 WTC attacks. The Pakistanis were arrested on the day of the OKC bombing, with one arrest made in Dallas and the other in OKC. Janet Reno and Deputy FBI Director Weldon Kennedy lied to the public about these arrests at the time. Bomb sniffing dogs found traces of explosives in the Pakistani’s luggage. The Pakistanis were inexplicably released after false information was given to local police authorities by FBI agent Floyd Zimms concerning their get away car. FBI 302 interview reports of the Pakistani’s arrests were withheld from the courts until early 2001 when they were found in FBI OKC Bomb Task Force Inspector Danny Defenbaugh’s Dallas office.

FBI agent Odom called witness Debbie Burdick from Denver before and after the McVeigh and Nichols trials to admonish her not to talk to the press or defense attorneys about her seeing McVeigh with the Pakistanis. The FBI treatment of witness Debbie Burdick is another example of extreme FBI criminal connivance.

FBI agents wrote multiple 302 interview reports to confuse the story of Pakistani involvement in the OKC bombing as reported originally to the FBI by former CIA Middle Eastern operations chief Vincent Cannistraro. Cannistraro had told the FBI that he was told by the head of Saudi intelligence a few hours after the OKC bombing that Sadam Hussein had hired seven Pakistanis to assist in the OKC bombing. This would be consistent with the arrests of the Pakistanis and what the Pentagon told US News World Report about McVeigh and Al Hussaini calls to Iraq. It also is consistent with what FBI agent Dan Vogel revealed in OKC in January 1999 to an OKC reporter, namely that the FBI had been tracking some of the seven Middle Eastern men in Dallas that had been identified as possible suspects in the OKC bombing.

Yet FBI agent Floyd Zimms who had been involved in the cover story for the arrest of the Pakistanis was seen meeting in an upscale OKC bar frequented by suspects of the OKC bombing as late as 1997 during the McVeigh trials. Zimms had brow beaten a key witness of Middle Eastern John Does or FBI informants seen with McVeigh. Zimms had also allegedly falsified his FBI 302 report with the witness after refusing to give the witness a lie detector test.

Was Zimms acting on orders to cover up the FBI connivance with Middle Eastern provocateurs and informants such as Hussaini and the Pakistanis involved with McVeigh? A close friend of Zimms came to my house in 1999 to tell me I should not be so critical of Zimms, that Zimms was only carrying out orders and doing what he was told to do. My response to Zimms friend was that the Nuremberg defense of FBI agents knowingly carrying out unlawful orders does not apply and does not justify Zimms actions.

The FBI even knew of a government helicopter used to track the delivery of the Ryder truck in front of the Murrah building. This helicopter was seen by more than three witnesses above the Murrah building moments before it was bombed. FBI agent Dan Vogel personally refused to investigate the witness sightings of the helicopter called into him at the FBI on April 21, 1995. OKC police officer Don Browning investigated and confirmed the helicopter movements that were known to the FAA in OKC. Browning’s supervisors told him that a reporter called the police and tried to have Browning sanctioned by the police internal affairs department over his efforts to investigate the helicopter incident.

The FBI learned of and tracked the OKC bombing plot in advance not only from the Philippine meetings with Nichols, but also from FBI informants and provocateurs operating with domestic terror individuals working with McVeigh.

Cary Gagan was given a grant of Federal immunity by the US attorney in Denver after working with the FBI agents to inform them of a plot against a Federal building in OKC. Gagan delivered to Dwight, Kansas bomb making materials and equipment believed to be used in the OKC bombing. Gagan’s grant of immunity was rescinded when Gagan publicly complained after the bombing that the FBI deliberately had not tried to stop the OKC bombing based on his information. Gagan’s complaints should remind us of similar complaints made by the FBI informant Salem for not stopping the 1993 WTC attack when Salem was involved with bomb making materials for the 1993 WTC bombing. The FBI refused Salem’s pleas to stop the 1993 WTC bombing just like the FBI refused to stop the OKC bombing based on Gagan’s information.

New American magazine reporter William Jasper traveled with Gagan to retrace Gagan’s steps and confirmed Gagan’s story. Jasper reported his findings in the New American magazine about Gagan and approache Judicial Watch and Congressman Bob Barr in an attempt to get them to do something about about Gagan’s story. Also, attorney Stephen Jones met with Gagen but did not use Gagan’s story in the McVeigh trial.

McVeigh is known to have traveled in Kansas with German national and FBI provocateur Andreas Strassmeyer who was the military training officer hat the FBI infiltrated radical compound Eloheim City in Oklahoma near Arkansas. McVeigh attended a meeting at Eloheim City shortly before the OKC bombing and also called Strassmeyer at the compound. The McVeigh meeting was described in court documents for the Washington state trial of Chevy Kehoe who knew of the OKC bomb plot. A witness living near Eloheim City gave McVeigh directions to Eloheim City. McVeigh was also known to have been associated with other FBI informants living at the compound including Peter Ward and the compound’s spiritual leader, Reverend John Milar.

FBI director Louis Freeh is known to have discussed Strassmeyer’s undercover operations at Eloheim City with German authorities in Germany in 1993. Strassmeyer was protected from arrest for a traffic violation near Eloheim City by the US State Department. After the OKC bombing the FBI agent John Hippard of OKC assisted Strassmeyer in leaving the US across the Mexican border to avoid questioning by the INS.

FBI informant Peter Ward was with three other men using McVeigh’s car at the Travelers Aid in OKC the day before the OKC bombing. One of these men was James Rosencrans, an FBI informant and prosecution witness against McVeigh for the Federal Grand Jury in OKC in the summer of 1995. Another of these men was a man looking like Melvin Lattimore, the black man seen at an OKC motel meeting with McVeigh and the Iraqi Al Hussaini. Lattimore was also named to the FBI by an FBI informant the day after the OKC bombing as a participant in the OKC bombing but the FBI ignored their own informant.

Peter Ward was also the man in McVeigh’s Kansas motel room identified by Jeff Davis who delivered Chinese food a few days before the OKC bombing. The FBI refused to check the identification of fingerprints collected in the motel room perhaps fearing the identification would reveal the presence of the FBI informant Peter Ward.

James Rosencrans was a drug dealer and Michael Fortier’s neighbor in Kingman, Arizona. Fortier was sentenced to fourteen years in prison for knowing of the bombing plot but not telling authorities. FBI informants like Ward and Rosencrans were not sentenced for knowing about and helping encourage the OKC bombing. Rosencrans was allowed by the FBI to keep the proceeds from the sale of guns stolen from Arkansas gun dealer Roger Moore that the FBI had claimed in court were used to finance the OKC bombing. Less than a week after the OKC bombing, ammonium nitrate like that used in the OKC truck bomb was found dumped next to Rosencran’s trailer according to press

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

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related to the Bob Ricks story below



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Was OKC Bomber Timothy McVeigh Working for the FBI?

By William F. Jasper
Created 2007-03-07 18:33

In a 19-page affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City, convicted Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Lynn Nichols alleges that the bombing plot was actually under the supervision of top FBI officials. According to a February 21 report in Salt Lake City's Deseret News, the Nichols affidavit charges that Timothy McVeigh, who was executed for his role in the bombing, was actually working under Larry Potts, the controversial FBI official who was forced to resign under a cloud for his roles in two other major FBI scandals: the deadly FBI assaults on Ruby Ridge in 1992 and Waco in 1993. Terry Nichols is not a terribly credible witness: he's a mass murderer and he lied consistently through the OKC investigation, but his claims should not be dismissed outright.

As the assistant director in charge of criminal investigations at FBI headquarters, Larry Potts was the Washington-based manager of the 1992 operation against the Randy Weaver family near Ruby Ridge in remote northern Idaho. In that incredible and tragic operation, Randy Weaver's wife Vicki was shot in the head and killed by an FBI sniper, while holding her infant child. The Weavers' 14-year-old son Sammy was also killed, shot in the back by federal agents. Larry Potts was the FBI official who approved the illegal "license to kill" order that resulted in those deaths.

The FBI's infamous assault on the Branch Davidian church complex near Waco, Texas, left more than 80 people dead, including 22 children. Potts, again, played a key role, both in authorizing the use of deadly force against innocent civilians, and, later, in the campaign of lies and coverups aimed at thwarting congressional investigations into the deadly fiasco.

Larry Potts was also the FBI's man charged with overall supervisory responsibility for the Oklahoma City bombing investigation in 1995. Together with Attorney General Janet Reno, FBI Director Louis Freeh, and Bob Ricks, the special agent in charge of the FBI's Oklahoma City office, Potts helped misdirect the OKC investigation, purposely steering investigators away from individuals who should have been considered top suspects as McVeigh's co-conspirators in the bombing plot.

One of the primary suspects who benefited from this misdirection was Andreas Strassmeir, a German national who was in the United States illegally and was serving as chief of security at the white separatist compound known as "Elohim City," in rural eastern Oklahoma. McVeigh's phone records show he called the compound on the same day that he called the Ryder truck agency to rent the vehicle used for the truck bomb.

According to the FBI's own documents, the witness at Elohim City who took the call said McVeigh was calling for Strassmeir. Elohim City was well-known as a hangout and hideout for the notorious Aryan Republican Army bank robbers, several of whom have turned out to be federal informants or agents provocateur.

Rather than arresting and questioning Strassmeir, the FBI allowed him to wander freely for eight months and then slip into Mexico before fleeing back to Germany. Andreas Strassmeir and McVeigh's connections to Elohim City have been subject of numerous reports in The New American's extensive and ongoing investigation into the Oklahoma City bombing. (See, for example, "Elohim, Terror, and Truth [0]" and "Undercover: The Howe Revelations [0]." The latter title refers to Carol Howe, an ATF informant who provided federal agents prior knowledge of the Oklahoma City bombing.)

After Louis Freeh promoted Potts to be his top assistant, he was forced to demote and suspend him when congressional and Justice Department investigations revealed Potts' illegal activities in the Ruby Ridge and Waco operations. Was Potts "running" Strassmeir, McVeigh, and other OKC bombing suspects who were listed in the original federal indictment as "others unknown"? The answer to that question may be revealed when other sealed FBI documents on Elohim City, McVeigh, and Strassmeir are released.

http://www.edmondsun.com/news/ricks-bei ... 777da.html

FBI agent Ricks being honored with ‘salt and light’ award

Former Edmond Police Chief Bob Ricks will be honored with the Salt & Light Award.

Each year the Christian Business Men's Connection of Oklahoma City honors a man whose life reflects the “salt and light” that Christ asked believers to be in Matthew 5:13-16.

Ricks will be honored from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd Street, Oklahoma City.

Born in Houston, Ricks earned his bachelor degree from Baylor University in 1967, and his Juris Doctorate from Baylor Law School in 1969, where he was an editor for The Baylor Law Review. He immediately began his law enforcement career, serving more than 47 years.

In the FBI, he rose from the position of special agent to special agent-in-charge of the FBI for Oklahoma. He supervised the FBI’s most widely-known undercover operation “ABSCAM,” which led to the conviction of one U.S. Senator and six Congressmen.

During his time with the FBI, he was detailed to the Drug Enforcement Administration where he served as chief counsel and senior inspector. Also, during his career with the FBI, he founded the New Jersey Terrorism Task Force in 1985, which led to multiple arrests of domestic terrorists responsible for scores of bombings in the United States. As Deputy Assistant Director, he was responsible for all FBI investigations of domestic and international terrorists.

He was appointed by President Reagan to head up “Operation Goldenrod,” which resulted in the first extra-territorial rendition of an international terrorist. He helped lead the U.S. response to the downing of Pan Am 103.

In 1993, he was the press spokesman and coordinator of negotiators during the Branch Davidian standoff in Waco and served as the initial Incident Commander of the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.

In 1995, Ricks was appointed Commissioner of the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety and Cabinet Secretary for Safety and Security. In 2002, he was appointed the first director of Homeland Security for Oklahoma by then-Gov. Frank Keating, following the events of 9-11.

Following eight years of service with the Department of Public Safety, Ricks was hired as the Chief of Police for the City of Edmond in October 2003.

He retired from the Police Department in February after 13 years. During his tenure with the Edmond Police Department, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Hall of Fame. Under his leadership, the Edmond Police Department was able to build a new state-of-the-art police facility that is expected to serve the needs of Edmond for at least the next 50 years.

He and his wife Janis met in Washington, D.C., blending Bob’s Texas roots with Janis being from the East Coast. Both of them are well traveled but have come to realize Edmond “is probably the best place in the world to live,” Ricks said.

Ricks always emphasized to those whom he led during his career that one should always put God first, family second and their careers third in that order to be successful.

He is an active member of Henderson Hills Baptist Church where he taught juniors and seniors in the Youth Ministry for more than 10 years; an active member of Edmond Noon Rotary where he reads weekly to a second-grade class at Ida Freeman Elementary; is currently President of the Committee of 100; and is a board member of the Emergency Responders Assistance Program, which gives assistance to first responders who have experienced traumatic incidents.

He is also serving on the boards of directors for the Oklahoma Golf Association and Oak Tree Country Club. He is a former board member of WINGS, an organization dedicated to building a community for adults with special needs, and a former member of the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training.

Ricks is a Life Member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); a member of IACP’s Homeland Security Committee; and a former chairman of the Metro Area Chiefs’ Association. Ricks is also a Ronald Reagan Alumni Association member; Former chairman of the Boy Scouts of America’s Eagle District; a member of Baylor University’s Ex-Lettermen’s Association; a member of the Ex-Agents Association of the FBI; and he is an Honorary Member of the FBI National Academy Associates.

Ricks has been married to Janis for 33 years, and he is the proud father of two married children and five grandchildren, all of who know and love Jesus Christ.

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TERROR IN OKLAHOMA: THE INVESTIGATION; Justice to Change Its Team As Hunt for Suspects Slows

But Mr. Kennedy's assignment to Oklahoma City was perceived by some F.B.I. veterans as a sign that Mr. Freeh lacked confidence in Robert Ricks, head of the F.B.I.'s Oklahoma City office. He had been a highly visible F.B.I. official during the Branch Davidian standoff but has been nearly invisible since the bom

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How the Media Conned the Public into Loving the FBI: Book Review - WhoWhatWhy
WhoWhatWhy › 2014/04/09 › media-co...
fbi control of media from whowhatwhy.org
Apr 9, 2014 - A review of “Hoover's FBI and the Fourth Estate: The Campaign to Control the Press and the Bureau's ... But when mass media have been corrupted, the reliability of the “knowledge” becomes suspect.

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The FBI: A Comprehensive Reference Guide
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Athan G. Theoharis - 1999 - ‎Law
In 1933, to offset occasional embarrassing publicity, Hoover began a formal media program in which FBI ... Although this image derived in large part from the 1930s politics of crime control, FBI officials also turned this ...

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US Govt Just Legalized Operation Mockingbird — FBI Can Now Impersonate the Media
By Claire Bernish - September 22, 2016

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Efforts to keep police guns out of dangerous hands fail with SF killing
By Vivian HoSeptember 24, 2017

No weapons have been stolen since Santa Clara County’s sheriff bought gun vaults for deputies’ staff and personal cars in 2016. Officers who travel with guns can’t take them in places where they are ... more
The killing of Kate Steinle on a San Francisco pier in July 2015 shook the law enforcement community when investigators traced the pistol that took her life to a federal ranger. Four days earlier, he had returned to his parked car in the city’s downtown to find a window smashed and the weapon gone.

Over the next seven months, at least seven other guns were snatched from law enforcement officers’ vehicles in the Bay Area, and the rash prompted some chiefs and sheriffs to tighten policies on how officers secure guns, whether off-duty or on.

State legislators sought to punish cops who leave firearms vulnerable to car burglars. San Francisco supervisors took up the issue, as did Marin County’s civil grand jury.

But two years later, after criminals allegedly stole a gun from the personal car of a San Francisco officer and used it to kill a young man in the Mission District, critics say the push for changes fell short. The thefts keep happening, with devastating consequences. And though police have made some reforms, the efforts have been uneven.

Some departments bought officers lockboxes that can be fastened to the interior of their vehicles, providing stronger security, but many others have not.


A Glock 17. (Glock.com) SF deputy whose gun was stolen from rental car now out of a job Abel Esquivel poses with a certificate from the Central American Resource Center in San Francisco’s Mission District, where he worked as a summer intern. Esquivel was killed on Aug. 15 with a gun that was stolen from a city police officer’s vehicle. Anguish, outrage over street killing of SF man with gun stolen An SFPD patrol car. Police arrest 2 in SF killing and reveal gun had been stolen from
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors considered making it a misdemeanor — punishable by up to six months in jail — for off-duty officers to leave a gun unsecured in a car. But they ultimately voted to exempt San Francisco officers and deputies and apply the measure to everyone else, as long as the police and sheriff’s departments enforced internal policies.

The civil grand jury in Marin County, in a report released in May 2016, said just one police agency there had toughened policies on gun storage in vehicles since Steinle’s death on Pier 14, and that most agencies did not use lockboxes.

“The Grand Jury believes that the best policy is for law enforcement never to leave a firearm in a vehicle,” the report said. “Short of that, lockboxes should be installed in every department vehicle and policies should state specifically how firearms are to be secured.”

The problem persists as vehicle break-ins rise in some Bay Area cities. Victims reported 17,970 car burglaries in San Francisco through the end of July, or about 85 a day, up 28 percent from the same period in 2016.

Still, information about the theft of police guns is scarce: Local, state and federal authorities do not publish figures on how often it happens, and police agencies do not typically reveal whether or how they punish employees who lose guns in violation of internal policies, because of California laws that keep officer discipline private.

Law enforcement critics say police — now more than ever — should know better than to leave guns unsecured in vehicles and must be held to a higher standard.

“You know what is out there, and you know what is happening every day,” said attorney Frank Pitre, who is representing Steinle’s family in a lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management. He also represents the family of Antonio Ramos, who was shot in September 2015 while painting a mural in Oakland by an attacker who used a gun stolen from the rented car of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent.

“Criminals are just looking for opportunities,” Pitre said, “and you’re giving them a gold mine when you allow them to steal a weapon they wouldn’t have otherwise.”

Some police officers and advocates, though, say there’s no simple solution to stopping the thefts. They say officers obliged to carry guns are victims of the same scourge of home and car burglaries as civilian gun owners. According to federal gun regulators, 1.4 million firearms were reported stolen in the six-year period from 2005 to 2010.

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Edward Snowden describes how the FBI could physically extract passcode from iPhone chip without Apple’s help

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Utah protest defends DACA, demands legalization for all
By Sean Taylor | September 19, 2017

SDS leads a march in SLC to defend DACA. Students for a Democratic Society lead a march in Salt Lake City, Utah to defend DACA. (Fight Back! News / Staff)
Salt Lake City, UT — Over 100 people joined Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) to protest Donald Trump’s repeal of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Sept. 15, at the Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building downtown.

Shirley Reyes, with SDS, kicked off the rally, denouncing the repeal that puts 800,000 young people at risk of deportation. “We cannot rely on the system; it is up to all of us. We are not only here to defend DACA, but to demand legalization for all.”

Griseille Davila, a DACA recipient and SDS member, gave an impassioned call to unite as a community. Davila called on the crowd to fight for immigrant rights and to defend undocumented immigrants from incarceration and deportation.

Sara Kang, another SDSer, began to cry while addressing the crowd, saying that she was worried for her friends who may face deportation. Kang finished her speech urging those assembled to fight back against the racist attacks from the Trump administration.

Emmaly Anderson, also with SDS, called out the hypocrisy of the University of Utah which has claimed to support undocumented students. Anderson said the U of U refused to meet student demands. She also said the U of U needs to refuse to host the on-campus event for Ben Shapiro, a racist right-wing columnist who has called for completely closing the U.S.-Mexico border.

After the speeches, the crowd moved into the street and marched north to the State Capitol building. Chanting “Liberation not deportation!” and “Sí se puede!” they shut down the usually busy roads in downtown Salt Lake City. Upon reaching the Capitol, Reyes closed out the rally with an announcement of SDS’s counter-demonstration against Ben Shapiro (the event page can be found at this link: https://www.facebook.

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Anniversary of FBI raids on anti-war and international solidarity activists
Commentary by Joe Iosbaker | September 24, 2017

Chicago, IL – Today, Sept. 24, is the seventh anniversary of the 2010 FBI raids targeting 7 homes of anti-war, international solidarity and Palestinian-American activists. Subsequent grand jury subpoenas were served to nine additional activists in December of that same year.

The raids and grand jury investigation were designed for three purposes.

First, as an act of repression against the antiwar movement. The homes and office targeted in the raid were those of organizers of the anti-war march on the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Saint Paul, Minnesota, in 2008.

That objective backfired instead, as the anti-war movement was revived by the defense campaign of the 23 grand jury resisters, and later by the case of Carlos Montes. We defeated the threats to compel us to testify or face prison time for contempt; then we won a victory in court for Carlos. Many of the targeted activists went on to help lead the largest anti-war march during the Obama years, protesting the NATO summit in Chicago in 2012.

Second, while our solidarity with the struggle in Colombia was the thing that first got the attention of the undercover cop who infiltrated the Twin Cities based Anti-War Committee in 2008, the U.S. Attorney leading the investigation subsequently became focused on the growing movement in support of Palestinian rights. That repression continues today with the increasingly desperate efforts by Zionists, politicians, the FBI and university administrators to attack the Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) movement that targets Israel for its crimes against the Palestinian people. But the movement in support of Palestine continues to grow.

The most powerful show of support for Palestine has been the movement that embraced Rasmea Odeh as she resisted the racist attack that resulted in her deportation last week. We miss her terribly, and even though the cabal within the Department of Justice was successful in taking her from her home in Chicago, the courage and steadfastness she taught us helped the forces in the U.S. supporting Palestinian liberation make a great advance over the four years since she was arrested.

Of course, Rasmea’s case itself grew from the unconstitutional case against the Anti-war 23. When Assistant U.S. Attorney Barry Jonas failed to get any of the 23 to testify to his grand jury, the Joint Terrorism Task Force first went after Carlos, and then Rasmea.

Last night, Hatem Abudayyeh and I spoke with Chicago Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa after he was honored at the dinner of the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. We thanked him for having the courage of his convictions by refusing to renounce his pro-Palestinian views, a decision that caused him to lose his position as candidate for lieutenant governor in Illinois, as the running mate of Daniel Biss, who dropped him from the ticket. This is one more example that solidarity with Palestine is taking hold in the hearts of people from all nationalities here.

Finally, the raids were an attack on Freedom Road Socialist Organization. We know that we were singled out among the forces in the anti-war movement because we were becoming more effective as an organization. I’m here to report that our effectiveness continues to grow. To see evidence of that, you need only read the stories of struggle across the country that are posted every day at FightBackNews.org - most of which involve members

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More Holes in Russia-gate Narrative
Posted on September 23, 2017 by WashingtonsBlog
By William Binney and Ray McGovern. Bill Binney worked for NSA for 36 years, retiring in 2001 as the technical director of world military and geopolitical analysis and reporting; he created many of the collection systems still used by NSA. Ray McGovern was a CIA analyst for 27 years; from 1981 to 1985 he briefed the President’s Daily Brief one-on-one to President Reagan’s most senior national security officials. Originally published by Consortium News. Republished with permission.

It is no secret that our July 24 VIPS Memorandum for the President, entitled “Was the ‘Russian Hack’ an Inside Job?,” gave rise to some questioning and controversy – nor was it a surprise that it was met with almost total silence in the mainstream media.

The ongoing U.S. media campaign against Russia has been so effective that otherwise intelligent people have been unable even to entertain the notion that they may have been totally misled by the intelligence community. The last time this happened in 2003, after a year of such propaganda, the U.S. attacked Iraq on fraudulent – not “mistaken” – intelligence.

Anticipating resistance from those allergic to rethinking “what everybody knows” about Russian “meddling,” we based our VIPS analysis on forensic investigations that, oddly, the FBI had bent over backwards to avoid. In other words, we relied on the principles of physics and the known capability of the Internet in early July 2016.

We stand by our main conclusion that the data from the intrusion of July 5, 2016, into the Democratic National Committee’s computers, an intrusion blamed on “Russian hacking,” was not a hack but rather a download/copy onto an external storage device by someone with physical access to the DNC.

That principal finding relied heavily on the speed with which the copy took place – a speed much faster than a hack over the Internet could have achieved at the time – or, it seems clear, even now. Challenged on that conclusion – often by those conducting experiments within the confines of a laboratory – we have conducted and documented additional tests to determine the speeds that can be achieved now, more than a year later.

To remind: We noted in the VIPS memo that on July 5, 2016, a computer directly connected to the DNC server or DNC Local Area Network, copied 1,976 megabytes of data in 87 seconds onto an external storage device. That yields a transfer rate of 22.7 megabytes per second.

Recent Tests

Over the last few weeks, we ran three tests to determine how quickly data could be exfiltrated from the U.S. across the Atlantic to Europe.

–First, we used a 100 megabits-per-second (mbps) line to pull data from a one-gigabyte file to Amsterdam. The peak transfer speed was .8 MBps.

–Second, we used a commercial DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) to send the same one-gigabyte file to a commercial DSL in Amsterdam. The peak transfer speed was 1.8 MBps.

–Third, we pushed the same one-gigabyte file from a data center in New Jersey to a data center in the UK. The peak transfer speed was 12 MBps.

None of these attempts achieve anything close to the average rate of 22.7 megabytes per second evident in the July 5, 2016 download/copy associated with the DNC. In fact, this happens to be the speed typical of a transfer to a USB-2 external storage device. We do not think this pure coincidence; rather, it is additional evidence of a local download.

We are preparing further trans-Atlantic testing over the next few weeks.

Some researchers have noted that some partitioning of the data might have occurred in the U.S., allowing for a transfer to be made at the measured speed over the Internet, and that this could have made possible a hack from the other side of the Atlantic. One of our associate investigators has found a way to achieve this kind of data partitioning and later transfer.

In theory, this would be one possible way to achieve such a large-data transfer, but we have no evidence that anything like this actually occurred. More important, in such a scenario, the National Security Agency would have chapter and verse on it, because such a hack would have to include software to execute the partitioning and subsequent data transfer. NSA gives the highest priority to collection on “execution software.”

Must Americans, apparently including President Donald Trump, remain in a Russia-did-it-or-could-have-maybe-might-have-done-it subjunctive mood on this important issue – one that has been used to inject Cold War ice into relations with Russia? The answer is absolutely not. Rather, definitive answers are at hand.

How can we be so confident? Because NSA alumni now active in Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) are intimately familiar with NSA’s capabilities and practice with respect to bulk capture and storage of fiber-optic communications. Two of us actually devised the systems still in use, and Edward Snowden’s revelations filled in remaining gaps. Today’s NSA is in position to clear up any and all questions about intrusions into the DNC.

In sum, we are certain that the truth of what actually happened – or didn’t happen – can be found in the databases of NSA. We tried to explain this to President Barack Obama in a VIPS Memorandum of Jan. 17, just three days before he left office, noting that NSA’s known programs are fully capable of capturing – and together with liaison intelligence services do capture – all electronic transfers of data.

Our Jan. 17 Memorandum included this admonition: “We strongly suggest that you ask NSA for any evidence it may have indicating that the results of Russian hacking were given to WikiLeaks.” … “If NSA cannot give you that information – and quickly – this would probably mean it does not have any.”

We also appealed to Obama in his final days in office to order the chiefs of the NSA, FBI and CIA to the White House and have them lay all their cards on the table about “Russian hacking,” and show him what tangible evidence they might have – not simply their “assessments.” We added, “We assume you would not wish to hobble your successor with charges that cannot withstand close scrutiny.” Having said this, we already were reaching the assumption that there was no real evidence to back the “assessments” up.

FBI: Not Leaning Forward

The FBI could still redeem itself by doing what it should have done as soon as the DNC claimed to have been “hacked.” For reasons best known to former FBI Director James Comey, the Bureau failed to get whatever warrant was needed to confiscate the DNC servers and computers to properly examine them.

In testimony to the House Intelligence Committee six months ago, Comey conceded “best practice is always to get access to the machines themselves.” And yet he chose not to. And his decision came amid frenzied charges by senior U.S. officials that Russia had committed “an act of war.”

But is it not already too late for such an investigation? We hope that, at this point, it is crystal clear that the answer is: No, it is not too late. All the data the FBI needs to do a proper job is in NSA databases – including data going across the Internet to the DNC server and then included in their network logs.

If President Trump wants to know the truth, he can order the FBI to do its job and NSA to cooperate. Whether the two and the CIA would obey such orders is an open question, given how heavily invested all three agencies are in their evidence-impoverished narrative about “Russian hacking.”

Let us close with the obvious. All three agencies have been aware all along that NSA has the data. One wonders why it should require a Presidential order for them to delve into that data and come up with conclusions based on fact, as opposed to “assessing.”

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Pro- and anti-Trump supporters face off at free speech rally in Berkeley

Right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos gave a speech at the free speech rally, though left about 20 minutes after he arrived and was met with dozens of counter-protestors amidst the handful of Trump supporters.

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Navy Doctor: Bullet Found in JFK’s Limousine, and Never Reported
This is the story of a bullet — a spent, misshapen, but otherwise intact, bullet — that a Navy doctor said was found late at night, on the floor, in the back of John Kennedy’s limousine. No one seems to want to acknowledge it.

Today, a majority of Americans assume the government lied about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. New evidence seems to prove they are right.

This is the story of a bullet — a spent, misshapen, but otherwise intact, bullet — that James Young, a Navy doctor, said was found late at night, on the floor, in the back of Kennedy’s limousine. He inspected it himself.

The bullet was found by two chief petty officers who, during the autopsy, were sent to retrieve any skull fragments they could find in the limousine. They came back with three pieces of bone, and the bullet. The skull fragments were reported — but not the bullet.

Years later, when reviewing a memoir he wrote in 1963, Young thought about that bullet, and tried to find some mention of it in the Warren Commission Hearings. To his dismay, he found nothing. In 2000, he wrote to President Gerald Ford to ask him about it. After all, Ford had been on the Warren Commission. But Ford said he knew nothing about it either. In 2001, two Navy historians interviewed Young who gave them a highly detailed account of the events of November 22, 1963, some of which he witnessed personally. And he mentioned the bullet.

Recently, Dr. Randy Robertson, a board member of the Assassination Archives and Research Center (AARC) came upon Young’s papers at a Navy website. This was an exciting discovery.

To understand the significance of this discovery, readers need to know that — according to the official record — only one whole bullet was recovered, the “magic bullet” found on Governor John Connally’s stretcher. And, agents found inside the limousine what is presumed to be two parts of one broken bullet. Numerous very small lead fragments were also found in the limousine, Connally’s wrist, and Kennedy’s brain. If close inspection of the bullet allegedly found in the back of the limousine were to show that it was not fired from Lee Harvey Oswald’s rifle, this would prove to be a threat to the official narrative of a lone assassin. (Please go here for an essay on neutron activation analysis, another test the bullet would have been subjected to.)

Here, Robertson describes in an email to WhoWhatWhy how he came upon this apparently suppressed evidence:

“I was surfing the internet and somehow stumbled upon the Navy Live website. I found the What Price A Rose piece [the memoir] and found it intriguing because although I had heard of Young I never knew he attended the autopsy…”

Robertson is referring to excerpts of the memoir — none of which included the part about the bullet. But he delved further:

“After that I found the earlier piece Navy Medicine and the Kennedy Assassination which contained the dynamite about the bullet…

“After that it was detective work. I FOIA’ed the transcripts and received them and found out the actions Young had taken to find out what had happened to the bullet he had seen and corroborate what he had told the Navy interviewers. That led me to the Ford Library and the wonderful letter.”

Robertson remains cautious about this discovery since only one witness corroborates Young’s claims — the petty officer who found the bullet.

Below you will find links to Young’s letter to Ford and Ford’s bewildering response, as well as a link to Young’s entire memoir which includes a brief history of other unsuccessful attempts to find out what happened to the bullet.

For the convenience of the reader, I have retyped vital parts of Young’s letter to Ford, and Ford’s response.

Letter From James Young to Gerald Ford (Excerpted)
Dear President Ford,

I was active-duty Navy and assigned to the White House as White House Physician in 1963, when President Kennedy was assassinated…

Knowing that you were on the Warren Commission at that time, I am writing to you confidentially, to see if you have any knowledge about an issue which has puzzled me for years…

My particular problem is a description of what occurred at the autopsy. During the autopsy examination, Dr. Jim Humes, then the Chief of Pathology at Bethesda Naval Hospital, and two other pathologists stated that some pieces of President Kennedy’s skull bones were missing. In order to reconstruct the President’s head for burial, Dr. Humes wanted to find those pieces which were missing. Dr. Burkley and I requested two of our corpsmen who were assigned to our White House medical unit, to go to the Executive Office Building where the Secret Service had placed the “Queen Mary,” the open convertible in which President Kennedy had been shot, for bone fragments.

Two of the corpsmen left and returned sometime later with three varying sized pieces of President Kennedy’s skull bones. In addition, they brought back in an envelope a spent misshapen bullet which they had found on the back floor of the “Queen Mary” where they had found the pieces of skull bones. The bullet and pieces of skull were given to Dr. Jim Humes.

I have never seen anything written about that spent bullet in the Warren Report or elsewhere. Do you recall any testimony or comments which would clarify my concerns?

Letter From Gerald Ford to James Young
Dear Dr. Young,

I appreciate your most interesting letter of December 27th involving the assassination of President Kennedy.

As a member of the Warren Commission I was very conscientious about my participation in the hearings. However, I have no recollection of “the spent bullet” you refer to.

Enclosed [is] a document I sent out to individuals who ask me my current views on the conclusions of the Warren Commission.

There are several excellent books on the assassination which might be helpful.

1.) Nov. 22, 1963: You Are The Jury, by David Belin.

2.) Case Closed, by Gerald Posner.

Both of these books should be in any major public library.

Best regards,

Regarding Young’s memoir and interview, please bear in mind that, although Young describes what he saw with his own eyes, he also includes a great deal of history which he necessarily learned from other sources.

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Climate change in the Caribbean – learning lessons from Irma and Maria
Increasingly unfamiliar and unpredictable weather events mean that business as usual is not an option for these islands to survive

Friday 6 October 2017 06.43 EDT

As a Caribbean climate scientist, I am often asked to speak about how climate change affects small islands. In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, one of two category five storms to batter the eastern Caribbean in just a week, three words resonate in my mind.

The first word is “unfamiliar”. Scientific analysis shows that the climate of the Caribbean region is already changing in ways that seem to signal the emergence of a new climate regime. Irma and Maria fit this pattern all too well. At no point in the historical records dating back to the late 1800s have two category five storms made landfall in the small Caribbean island chain of the eastern Antilles in a single year.

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Charges dropped against California cop in Oakland police sex scandal
LOS ANGELES TIMES Friday, October 6, 2017, 11:55 AM

Prosecutors Thursday dropped charges against an Oakland police officer accused with several co-workers in a sprawling sex scandal that drew national attention last year, marking the fourth case in which charges against law enforcement officers implicated in the controversy have collapsed.

Alameda County Asst. Dist. Atty. Teresa Drenick said Thursday that her office will not pursue sex crime charges against Giovani LoVerde, who had been accused of felony oral copulation with a minor.

The charges against LoVerde and six other law enforcement officers stemmed from a sex scandal that rocked several East Bay departments last year, resulting in the firing of Oakland Police Chief Sean Whent.

In June 2016, a teenage Richmond, Calif., woman alleged she had sex with more than a dozen Oakland police officers, some of the encounters occurring when she was underage.

The woman, now 20, contended she also had sex or other inappropriate contact with officers from other police agencies. The Times generally does not name people who report being victims of sexual abuse.

But in recent weeks, a judge found there was insufficient evidence to pursue charges against Ricardo Perez, a former Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department employee, and Oakland police officer Brian Bunton.

Citing those rulings, prosecutors decided to drop charges against LoVerde, though they plan to appeal the ruling in Perez’s case, according to Drenick.

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“There exists a conflict in the law interpreting the criminal statutes that govern the crimes charged, and we have determined that we will seek an appellate remedy,” Drenick said via email. “We are always mindful of how difficult it has been for the victim in these matters to testify in open court about her exploitation, and we made today’s decision in close consultation with her.”

"Jasmine," 19, who went by the street name Celeste Guap, reached a nearly $1 million settlement against the Oakland Police Department. She said she had sex with multiple officers from the Oakland Police, some when she was underage.
"Jasmine," 19, who went by the street name Celeste Guap, reached a nearly $1 million settlement against the Oakland Police Department. She said she had sex with multiple officers from the Oakland Police, some when she was underage. (NBC)
Prosecutors last year dropped charges against Oakland police officer Warit Utappa because of insufficient evidence.

Earlier this year, retired Oakland police officer LeRoy Johnson pleaded no contest to charges that he failed to report the sexual abuse of the woman. Retired Livermore officer Dan Black pleaded no contest to one count of lewd conduct in public, but the charges will be dismissed after a year under the terms of his plea deal, provided he commits no other crimes, according to attorney Michael Cardozo, who represented both Black and LoVerde in their criminal cases.

The only pending case involves ex-Oakland police officer Tyrell Smith, who was charged with improperly searching a law enforcement database. Smith is expected to stand trial in 2018, Drenick said. Smith resigned from the Oakland Police Department last year.

Utappa and LoVerde are still employed by the Oakland Police Department, according to a department spokesman. LoVerde is currently on administrative leave, Cardozo said. Bunton is no longer employed by the department, according to a police spokesman.

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Report: August FBI Memo Called ‘Black Identity Extremists’ New Terror Threat

OCTOBER 6, 2017 4:00 PM
In August, the FBI’s counterterrorism division published a report warning law enforcement across the country of a new threat. It called the threat “Black Identity Extremism.”

In reality, there is no “Black Identity Extremist” movement, at least not one that goes by that name. It appears to be an invented label, Foreign Policy reported. The publication revealed the existence of the counterterrorism memo Friday and briefly posted the actual document on its website before removing it.

According to the FBI, “it is very likely some BIEs are influenced by a mix of anti-authoritarian, Moorish sovereign citizen ideology, and BIE ideology.”

The report found it “very likely” that the police killing of Ferguson, Missouri teenager Michael Brown — and the subsequent decision by a grand jury not to indict the officer responsible for his death — “spurred an increase in premeditated, retaliatory lethal violence against law enforcement and will very likely serve as justification for such violence.”

ncidents of alleged police abuse against African Americans since then have continued to feed the resurgence in ideologically motivated, violent criminal activity within the BIE movement,” the report said, referring to Michael Brown’s death.

Running 12 pages — including end notes and citations — the report included six examples of premeditated violence against police officers by black people judged to have been motivated by identity extremism.

“In all six targeted attacks since 2014,” the report said, “the FBI assesses it is very likely the BIE suspects acted in retaliation for perceived past police brutality.”

It noted: “Even though five of these attacks occurred following controversial police shooting of African Americans by white police officers, BIE targeting of officers was not, in every incident, based on their specific race.”

One individual profiled was Micah Johnson, who killed five police officers in a rampage in Dallas in July 2016, firing his first shots during a Black Lives Matter march. “ased on Johnson’s journal writings and statements to police, he appeared to have been influenced by BIE ideology,” the report said.

The term “black identity extremists” doesn’t appear to have been used by counterterrorism officials before the FBI’s August report. The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services appears to have been one of the first organizations to employ the new term, in a course description flagged by Foreign Policy for the upcoming training event “Introduction to Domestic Extremism and Hate Groups.”

“Domestic extremist movements covered will include white supremacists/white nationalists, black identity extremists, anarchists, animal rights and eco-terrorists, anti-government and other radical separatists groups,” the course description read.

Counterterrorism and homeland security experts interviewed by Foreign Policy expressed skepticism at the new label.

Michael German, a former FBI agent turned Brennan Center fellow, said: “Basically, it’s black people who scare them.”

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FBI agents spit on Martin Luther King's body before smothering him to death with pillow

January 17, 2017

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

Truth and Shadows

Our thoughts are with MLK Jr. Martin Luther King Day, January 15, 2016. This article was first published by GR on September 5, 2016

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

The revelations are stunning. The media indifference is predictable.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The basics of the official story

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Setting up the patsy

One thing that many don’t know is that Ray was in prison in 1967, the year before the assassination, serving a 20-year sentence for a grocery store robbery in 1959. After a couple of unsuccessful escape attempts, Ray succeeded in breaking out of prison on April 23, 1967. Unknown to Ray was the fact that the escape had been orchestrated, because he had already been chosen as the patsy in the planned assassination of King, which was still a year away.

The warden of Missouri State Penitentiary was paid $25,000 by Russell Adkins Sr. to allow the escape (as confirmed by Ron Adkins). The money was delivered to Adkins by Tolson, and it was this same connection that would later be used to finance the assassination of King.

After his escape from prison, Ray went to Chicago for a few weeks where he got a job. But, worried about getting caught, he went to Canada, specifically Montreal, and took the name Eric S. Galt. His intention was to get a passport under a false name and to travel to a country from which he could not be extradited.

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James Earl Ray spent the last 30 years of his life in prison for a murder he did not commit.

At the Neptune Bar in the Montreal dock area in August 1967, Ray met a mysterious figure who identified himself as “Raul.” Raul asked Ray to help him with a smuggling scheme, and Ray agreed. In the months ahead, Ray would do a number of jobs, including gun running, for Raul for which he was paid and given a car. Always, Ray had to wait to be contacted by Raul, who Ray said co-ordinated his activities right up until the day of the assassination.

At one point Ray was instructed to purchase a deer rifle with a scope (although Raul was not satisfied with the one he bought and made him exchange it for another). Ray was instructed to go to Memphis (he arrived April 3, 1968) and upon meeting with Raul in his motel was given the name of Jim’s Grill, where the two were to meet at 3 p.m. the next day. He also handed the rifle over to Raul and always maintained that he never saw it again.

Ray rented a room at the rooming house above Jim’s Grill (the two met the day of the assassination as planned). About an hour before the shooting, he was given money to go to the movies, but first he tried to have a tire repaired because Raul had said he wanted to use the car. But when Ray heard the sirens that followed the shooting, he got scared and left the area.

Fearing he had been set up, Ray left the country and ended up in England where he was captured on June 8, 1968 at London’s Heathrow Airport as he was trying to leave the UK. Once charged with the crime, Ray was pressured by his second lawyer, Percy Foreman, to plead guilty on the grounds that the evidence was too strong against him and Foreman was not in good health and couldn’t offer a strong defence.

“Foreman was sent in with the purpose of replacing the original lawyers,” Pepper says.

Foreman offered Ray $500 to get another lawyer if he pleaded guilty and even put this in writing. Ray would regret accepting this offer for the rest of his life. He tried unsuccessfully to rescind the guilty plea and get a trial for the next 30 years, finally dying in prison of cancer in 1998.

Pepper becomes convinced of Ray’s innocence

It was 10 years after the assassination before Pepper would even consider meeting with Ray. He had taken for granted at first that Ray was the assassin, but he was encouraged to meet him by Rev. Ralph Abernathy, who had succeeded King as President of the SCLC. Abernathy had remained unsatisfied with the official account of the shooting.

In the book, Pepper describes his first meeting with Ray in 1978 and how he quickly came to believe that Ray had not been the shooter and that the case was essentially still unsolved. It wasn’t until 1988 before Pepper became certain that Ray had not played any knowing part in the conspiracy, and at that point he agreed to represent him, which he did until his death.

Purveyors of the official story of the assassination have always claimed that Raul was an invention of Ray’s, and mainstream media accounts refer to this question as still unanswered even though Pepper not only found witnesses who described their connections to Raul, he actually found Raul himself with the help of witness Glenda Grabow (Pepper learned that his last name was Coelho). She identified Raul as someone she had known in Houston in 1963 and who around 1974, in a fit of rage, had implicated himself in the King assassination right before raping her. Grabow also identified Jack Ruby as someone who she had seen with Raul in 1963. This fascinating story is recounted both in An Act of State and The Plot to Kill King.

One of the most intriguing things to come out of both of these books is the account of a young FBI agent named Don Wilson who after the assassination was sent to check out a white Mustang with Alabama plates (Ray drove a white Mustang) that had been abandoned and that was thought to be connected to the assassination. Wilson opened the car door and some papers fell out. He examined them later and found a torn-out piece of a 1963 Dallas, Texas telephone directory. Written on the page was the name “Raul” and the initial “J” and a phone number, which turned out to be that of a Las Vegas night club run by Jack Ruby, the man who had shot Lee Harvey Oswald in the basement of the Dallas police station. A second piece of paper had a list of names with amounts of money beside each. Wilson decided to hold on to this evidence, fearing it would disappear forever if he turned it in. He held on to it for 29 years before making it available to Pepper and the King family.

The shooter revealed

Another incredible revelation in The Plot to Kill King is the identity of the man who appears to have fired the fatal shot. Pepper learned his identity from Lenny B. Curtis, who was a custodian at the Memphis Police Department rifle range. Curtis told Pepper this in 2003, and Pepper recorded a deposition with him but kept it confidential out of fear for Curtis’s life. Only after his death in 2013 did Pepper reveal what Curtis had said – that the shooter was Memphis police officer Frank Strausser.

“We had to be very careful about [Curtis’s safety],” Pepper says.

Curtis said to Pepper in his deposition that he heard Strausser say about King four or five months before the assassination that somebody was going to “. . . blow his motherfucking brains out.” He also described that Strausser had practised in the rifle range with a particular rifle that had been brought in four or five days earlier by a member of the fire department. That fireman had shown the rifle to Curtis and asked, “How would you like that scoundrel, that baby there?” When Curtis said it look like any other rifle, he replied, “No, this is a special one; that baby is special.” Lenny remembered that on the day of the assassination, Strausser spent the whole day practicing with it. (Strausser has given several conflicting accounts of where he was and what he was doing that day.)

After the assassination, Curtis says he was followed and intimidated by Strausser. Pepper writes:

Lenny said that he subsequently became aware that strange things were happening around him. His gas was strangely turned on once when he was about to enter his house. He had lit a cigarette, but as he opened the door he smelled gas and quickly put out the cigarette. A strange Lincoln was occasionally parked across the street from his apartment house. He was frightened. One morning when the car was there, he got into his own car and quickly drove off, and the strange car pulled out and followed him. He managed to see the driver. It was Strausser.

In the book, Pepper describes how he came to meet with Strausser, who he describes as a committed and devoted racist.

“He had no respect for black people at all,” Pepper says. “He wasn’t explicit about his racism. But he was not at all sympathetic to what Martin King was all about.”

In the hope of prompting an admission, Pepper lied and told him that he had been implicated in the killing by Loyd Jowers – but Strausser didn’t take the bait. Pepper also told Strausser that the footprints found in the bushes after the shooting were from size 13 shoes (which they were). Then he asked him about the size of his feet:

“He had a bit of a grin on his face, and he said ‘13 large,’” Pepper says.

Pepper also arranged to have cab driver Nathan Whitlock, who Strausser knew, tell him that there was a good possibility that he (Strausser) would be indicted for the shooting. He responded: “What are they going to indict me for, something I did 30 years ago?” Then he caught himself and added, “Or something I knew about 30 years ago?”

A threat to the powers that be

As Pepper explains, King was not only hated by the establishment as he rose to prominence in the 1960s, he was feared. Not only did he have the ability to move large numbers of people with his message of peace and tolerance, but he had designs on a political career. According to Pepper, King was planning to run for president on a third-party ticket with fellow anti-war activist Dr. Benjamin Spock. He was also causing panic in powerful circles because he intended to bring hundreds of thousands of poor people to an encampment in Washington, D.C. in the spring of 1968 to bring attention to the plight of the poor.

“They were terrified that the anger level when [the demonstrators] were not going to get what they wanted was going to rise to such a point where Martin was going to lose control of that group and the more radical among them would take it over and they’d have a revolution,” Pepper explains. “And they didn’t have the troops to put it down. That was a real fear that the Army had. And I think it was a justifiable fear.”

King would also have posed an increasing threat to the political establishment because he intended to become much more vocal in his opposition to the Vietnam War. He had been influenced by an article and photos by Pepper called, “The Children of Vietnam,” which was published in Ramparts Magazine in January 1967 and later reprinted in Look magazine. (The man who published the piece in Look, Bill Atwood, actually told Pepper he received a visit from former New York governor and ambassador to the Soviet Union Averill Harriman who passed on a message from President Johnson that he would appreciate it if Atwood never published anything by Pepper.)

Beyond King’s importance as a powerful force for justice, peace, and equality, he was also Pepper’s friend. And the lawyer/journalist had to deal with that loss as he sought the truth about who really killed King and fought for justice for the man falsely accused of his murder. He writes:

For me, this is a story rife with sadness, replete with massive accounts of personal and public deception and betrayal. Its revelations and experiences have produced in the writer a depression stemming from an unavoidable confrontation with the depths to which human beings, even those subject to professional codes of ethics, have fallen. In addition, there is an element of personal despair that has resulted from this long effort, which has made me even question the wisdom of undertaking this task. (page xiv, The Plot to Kill King)

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Tulsa police union deletes Facebook post that uses Las Vegas massacre to take shot at NFL player protests
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Trump’s Lewd Access Hollywood tape is playing on a loop on the National Mall in D.C.
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AG Jeff Sessions weakens anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people with religious liberty directive
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September was hotter and drier than usual in Maine

Scot Gardner of St. Francis does a back flip into the deep pool below "Jacuzzi Falls" on the Fish River in Fort Kent as temperatures soared well above 80 degrees Fahrenheit in late September.

CARIBOU, Maine — The lack of rainfall that has plagued much of the state this summer continued last month, with Mainers experiencing mostly drier than normal weather coupled with above average temperatures.

Mark Bloomer, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Caribou, said Wednesday that at most of the climate sites across the region, September averaged between five and six degrees above average.

It was the third warmest September on record in northern and central Maine and the second warmest September in

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08.11.1708:00 AM

THE MOST FORMAL manifestation of the scientific consensus on climate change is an organization called the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Headquartered in Geneva, under the aegis of the United Nations, it coordinates the volunteer efforts of several thousand scientists, industry experts, nonprofit researchers, and government representatives into reports issued every five to seven years. These reports underpin virtually every climate-based decision on Earth, from the US military’s threat assessments to the Paris climate agreement itself.
So it’s maybe surprising that the IPCC is a shoestring operation, running on just over $4.3 million a year. It gets that money from about 25 different countries, plus a few UN groups. Historically, the biggest chunk of that money comes from the US. Or rather, it used to.

Congress and the Trump administration effectively zeroed out America’s nearly $2 million contribution for 2017, and the 2018 budget explicitly bars the State Department from giving the IPCC money. Congress, remember, has the power of the purse. But the budget starts and ends with Trump: first as a proposal, and finally as a bill he signs into law. Removing the IPCC from the budget doesn’t necessarily put the organization in an immediate bind; it has savings. But it could leave US scientists out of many important scientific discussions—and leave the US underprepared as climate change progresses.
The UN established the IPCC as an independent research organization in 1988, because member nations were worried about the rising chorus of alarming climate science. They wanted a group to review the research and deliver actionable recommendations to the UN. The IPCC’s fifth assessment came out in 2014, and the sixth is due in 2022.

Every country that wants to participate can do so, and the IPCC’s executive committee selects delegates based on the needs of the working groups—not just scientists, but industry representatives, nonprofit experts, and other climate-interested professions. “The US people that work in these groups are generally selected by the DOE or by the EPA," says Daniel Kammen, a UC Berkeley energy physicist who has been working with the IPCC since 1999. "They get a letter saying you are requested, and the US will cover your travel with the understanding that all the work you do is volunteer.”

Those volunteers don’t conduct any new research. Rather, they review the existing literature in order to present a consensus on climate change, its impacts, and how the world can prepare for the worst of them. Numerous subgroups investigate the nuances in renewable energy, agriculture, sea level rise, and so on. Most of that work happens remotely. The only thing the IPCC pays for is flying the delegates to working group meetings once or twice a year—flights that eat up the bulk of the organization’s budget.
The working group meetups are the meat and potatoes of the IPCC. They decide the focus of the big reports. Which is why the US pulling out its funds could bite back. “The topics we are mostly concerned about, like climate change and drying soils, and the impacts of that on US farmers, will get less attention,” says Kammen. The US only accounts for 2 percent of the Earth’s surface, so it makes a big difference when US scientists are present to stand up for domestic interests.

Despite the IPCC’s relative low cost and undeniably outsized scientific importance, Republican lawmakers have been trying to zero out the US’s contribution for years. It's a familiar dance: Early every year, the State Department sends a budget request to the appropriations committees in both the Senate and House of Representatives. And every year, the respective committees write back, detailing their thoughts on which programs do and don't deserve money. For most of Barack Obama’s presidency, the notes from the House of Representatives have trashed environmental programs, including the payouts to the IPCC. But then the bill would make its way to the Senate, and some politician or aide would work these programs back into the budget. And because the amount was so small ($2 million is less than a percent of a percent of the total US budget), the quibble apparently wasn't worth expending political capital over.

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Justice Department records confirm PROMIS scandal’s ties to Israel
by Emma Best
October 12, 2017
Justice Department documents recently released by the National Archives confirm what some Inslaw witnesses have been saying for decades: that a copy of PROMIS software was given to Israel.
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Kris Kristofferson, Arlo Guthrie & More Headlining Benefit for Native American Activist Leonard Peltier


Kris Kristofferson performs during NSAI 50 Yearsof Songs at Ryman Auditorium on Sept. 20, 2017 in Nashville, Tenn.

Two days before President Obama left office in January, he denied Native American activist Leonard Peltier's application for clemency that would have meant an early release from prison. The International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee has since hired David Frankel, a civil rights attorney and former prosecutor, to revive Peltier’s fight for freedom. And to help cover legal expenses, Kris Kristofferson will headline a benefit concert Nov. 6, at the Bank of Oklahoma Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Joining him are the folk and country artists Jamey Johnson, Arlo Guthrie, Jessi Colter, Shooter Jennings, Rita Coolidge, Joe Ely, Doors drummer John Densmore and Folk Uke. Video messages from Peter Gabriel, Tom Morello and Steven Van Zandt will also be played.

During a shootout on an Indian reservation in 1975, two F.B.I. special agents were murdered execution-style. Nobody knows who fired first. Nobody saw Peltier kill the detectives. Yet he was sentenced to back-to-back life terms and has served 40 years.

Arlo Guthrie performs during the 2016 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival at Fair Grounds Race Course on May 1, 2016 in New Orleans.
Arlo Guthrie on Dad Woody's Legacy 50 Years After Death: Protest Songs Were 'The Original Social Media'
Last month, days before Peltier turned 73, he underwent sudden heart surgery at a high-security prison in Florida. Peltier’s poor health could help his chances for parole, Frankel told Billboard. He’ll be eligible in 2024.

“At this point, this is a matter of simple mercy,” Guthrie told Billboard. “There’s no direct proof that this guy committed a crime. In cases like this, we should err on the side of compassion.”

Peltier “represented the F.B.I.’s last chance to obtain a conviction” in the reservation murders after two Native Americans were acquitted, Peter Matthiessen argued in his 1983 book, In the Spirit of Crazy Horse.

The History Channel has 0 credibility .
They pulled their show The Guilty Men off the air and refuse
to sell it.

It details the evidence for FBI Director Hoover assassinating President Kennedy.
Want to see how much the FBI controls the US Supreme Court?
Read Cloak and Gavel by attorney Alec Charns see


Cloak and Gavel: FBI Wiretaps, Bugs, Informers and the Supreme Court (University of Illinois Press 1992)
*"Cloak and Gavel" . . . is the product of an eight-year struggle to force the FBI to reveal its Supreme Court snooping. Charns got . . . hard evidence that Hoover attempted to monitor the court's private deliberations and manipulate some of the justices." Wall Street Journal, A13, 9/1/92
*"The FBI's scandalous techniques ranged from illegal wiretapping, to disinformation campaigns, to using Justice Abe Fortas as a Bureau informant." Harvard Law Review, Vol 106, p. 812.
*"[A] bonanza of Supreme Court history, providing depth and perspective to some great cases of our time." St Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/18/92.

Essay: "How it took Thirteen Years and Two Lawsuits to get J. Edgar Hoover's Secret Supreme Court Sex Files," (co-written with Paul M. Green), Athan Theoharis, editor, A Culture of Secrecy. The Government vs. the People's Right to Know (University Kansas Press 1998)
The New York Times (no by-lines)
"FBI Kept Secret File on the Supreme Court" Aug. 21, 1988
"Report on Kennedy Ended a Hoover-Warren Alliance" Nov. 29, 1985
"FBI Maintained Close Watch on Justice Douglas" July 22, 1984
"Legal Moves Keep '79 Dispute Active: Anti-Klan Rally in which 5 Died is Subject of U.S. Inquiry and Private Lawsuits" Nov. 14, 1982
The Washington Post
"My Hero Still [Thurgood Marshall]," Dec. 16, 1996
"How the FBI Spied on the High Court" Dec. 3, 1989
"Major Question Linger in Klan-Nazi Trial" Feb. 25, 1984 (contributor byline)
"Slaves are Free at Last in North Carolina?" Aug. 23, 1983
San Francisco Examiner
"How JFK Report Split Warren and Hoover" Nov. 30, 1985
Southern Exposure Magazine
"Gavelgate" Fall 1990
"U.S. Supreme Court and Federal Judges [FBI] Files," UPA (1992) (microfiche)

I see the hand of the FBI in this news story

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Thurgood Marshall Had a Secret Relationship with the FBI
History-Oct 12, 2017
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Rehnquist's Skeletons, Part 2

By Bonnie Goldstein
Time for another nibble from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's twin background checks on William Rehnquist, conducted when Rehnquist was nominated for Supreme Court justice in 1971 and, later, when Rehnquist was nominated for chief justice in 1986. (To see our previous "Hot Document" on Rehnquist, click here.)

Today's document is a medical record from Rehnquist's Dec. 1981 stay at George Washington University Hospital for a chronic back ailment. While in the hospital, Rehnquist was taken off the prescription sedative Placidyl, to which he'd been addicted for at least four years. The hospital's "clinical record" (see below) describes the hallucinations that Rehnquist suffered as a result. In the record's fourth entry, we learn that Rehnquist told a nurse, "Voices outside the room are saying they're going to kill the President." The nurse "walked the [patient] out in the hall so he could see that no one" was there. Rehnquist was returned to his hospital room to eat his lunch. At "1300 hours" (in civilian time, 1 p.m.), the Supreme Court justice cried, "There is gas coming out of the radiator." Mr. Justice Rehnquist bolted from his room, hospital gown flapping, and made it all the way to the elevator before he was spotted and escorted back by hospital security. This at a time when Rehnquist was already considered the most influential justice on the court! Oyeziz mir!

Thanks again to attorney Alex Charns, author of Cloak and Gavel: FBI Wiretaps, Bugs, Informers, and the Supreme Court, who provided the document, which the FBI released as part of a giant Freedom of Information Act dump of Rehnquist-related material.

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Subject: Illinois Freedom of Information Act Request: Peoria, IL PD Citizen Complaints
To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (5 ILCS 140/1 to 11), I hereby request the following records:
We are Economics Professors in the College of Business at Ferris State University, and are engaged in an empirical research project on police behavior and citizen complaints. This project requires us to request data from your department. If you have questions about this request or suggestions, we would be happy to discuss them with you.
1. What is the total number of citizen complaints (allegations of misconduct) made against your department’s officers annually for the last 10 years? If your department logs complaints in a database, spreadsheet, or other log, a copy of those logs is fine instead.
Please include the type of complaint (i.e., use of force, abuse language, unwarranted search) and the result of complaint (i.e., sustained, exonerated).
2. What is the total number of complaints police officers made against their peer officers in department annually for the last 10 years? If your department logs complaints in a database, spreadsheet, or other log, a copy of those logs is fine instead.
Please include the type of complaint (i.e., use of force, abuse language, unwarranted search) and the result of complaint (i.e., sustained, exonerated).
3. What is the annual number of officers involved in shootings in your department for the past 10 years? Any documentation or reports that detail the annual number of officer-involved shootings in your department for the past 10 years would be sufficient.
Please include documentation regarding how many of these officer-involved shootings involved disciplinary action. (Please list officer firearm discharge directed at a person separately from a shooting involving an animal and separately from accidental firearm discharges).
Please include the number of officer-involved shootings resulting in discipline.
4. Which of the above data are published publicly? Please provide a link to any and all publicly available reports containing the data above.
Collecting this information is very important to our research, so we would like to emphasize, if you have questions about my request or suggestions, we would be happy to discuss them with you.
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.
In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.
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NYPD lieutenant suspended for going home instead of hospital when two cops in his command were shot
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Tronc, Inc.

The Tribune Tower in Chicago, Illinois is the headquarters of Tronc.

Website www.tronc.com
Among other publications, the company's portfolio includes the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, The San Diego Union-Tribune, the New York Daily News, the Hartford Courant, the Orlando Sentinel, South Florida's Sun-Sentinel, and The Baltimore Sun. It also publishes several local newspapers in these metropolitan regions, which are organized in subsidiary groups. It is the nation's third-largest newspaper publisher (behind Gannett and The McClatchy Company), with eleven daily newspapers and commuter tabloids located throughout the United States.

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Congress wants to tie the intelligence community's hands for no reason

What happens when you start with panicky civil libertarians, sprinkle in some right-wing conspiracy theories about "unmasking" intelligence, and polish it off with a healthy dose of congressional dysfunction and a self-imposed legislative deadline? You get bad surveillance policy in the name of reform. Don't look now, but that's what's shaping up in Congress at this moment.

In a little less than three months, Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) - which authorizes the government to monitor, without an individualized warrant, the communications of non-U.S. persons reasonably believed to be overseas - is set to expire. Section 702 is a very big deal; it cannot be allowed to expire for any length of time without real damage to ongoing intelligence operations. So the closer we get to the sunset, the more opportunity there is to include mischievous "reforms" that the intelligence community simply has to accept - everyone knows the intelligence community would rather take some very bitter pills than lose a program it needs to accomplish its mission.

Last week, the House Judiciary Committee introduced legislation to reauthorize the 702 authority, but it included a number of changes - including a few that are quite significant. No, this bill isn't the worst thing in the world. The sky isn't falling. And plenty of other proposals to reform 702 would inflict far more serious harms than this one would. But it's not a good bill either. It would make the FBI's job harder for no good reason. It responds to imagined risks, rather than real abuses.

The Judiciary Committee bill is the product of an endeavor that was flawed from the outset. Its drafters were operating from the apparent premise that while 702 is a critical national security authority that must be preserved, a "clean reauthorization" of it without changes is currently a political impossibility. Why is that? Liberals and civil libertarians have always had anxieties about 702. Libertarian conservatives and tea party types have more recently joined the fray. Over the last year, the fraudulent "unmasking" controversy - most of which has nothing to do with 702 - has stoked these anxieties. And lots of people have instinctive difficulty vesting powerful authorities in the hands of the intelligence community under President Donald Trump. The House Judiciary Committee is one of the House's more polarized committees, so the apparent goal was to thread the needles and draft a bipartisan bill that might satisfy calls for reform while minimizing operational impacts. And if it passes the Judiciary Committee, the bill has a good chance to become law.

If you accept the premise that precluded a clean reauthorization, the committee's bill is a decent - though far from perfect - effort.

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We don't accept the premise, however, but start with a different one: This is an already dense and complicated area of law in which it is tough for national security operators to do their jobs. To make it denser and more complicated, you need a reason. Reform for reform's sake is not a good enough reason to add complexity.

The current bill's most substantive reforms take aim at the so-called "backdoor search loophole," which critics claim is a civil liberties concern worthy of legislative attention. The argument goes like this: In targeting non-Americans, the National Security Agency regularly, though incidentally, sweeps up information about Americans - information that the FBI is then permitted to query, without a warrant, for purposes unrelated to foreign intelligence. Privacy advocates have warned that information collected for foreign intelligence purposes will inevitably come to be used against American citizens for things like minor drug crimes and tax evasion.

Even steadfast national security types like former CIA acting Director Michael Morell have called to end the practice. In a Washington Post op-ed, Morell, together with co-author Geoffrey Stone, wrote that "[t]he government should no longer be permitted to search the data collected under Section 702 without a warrant when seeking information about U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents."

Rather than requiring the government to get a warrant for all U.S. person queries, as many privacy advocates have called for, the Judiciary Committee bill offers a compromise. It would require that the contents of communications queried for evidence of a crime may only be "accessed or disseminated" where the attorney general has obtained a court order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) upon a showing of probable cause that the communication may provide evidence of a particular crime. But it contains an exception to the requirement for queries that have been "reasonably designed for the primary purpose of returning foreign intelligence information."

It's an elegant solution, in theory. The bill bifurcates criminal investigations - those of primary civil liberties concern - from foreign intelligence investigations. But it's an elegant solution to a problem that doesn't exist.

While reform advocates point to the possibility of the government using 702 to circumvent warrant requirements in prosecuting non-national security offenses or to comb through troves of data about Americans for reasons unrelated to the authorized collection, they can't point to any evidence that it has actually happened.

Despite widespread misperceptions to the contrary, the FBI is only allowed to query an extremely small subset of 702 information relevant to its investigations, not the full range of 702 collection. An agent isn't allowed to run a query out of curiosity or some other undefined impulse; the only authorized queries are those determined by procedures to be reasonably designed to return either evidence of a crime or strictly foreign intelligence information (as it relates to the FBI's national security functions).

In either case, if there is 702 information responsive to a query, the agent is only able to access it if he or she holds a FISA clearance in the course of normal duties. Otherwise, the agent needs to seek out a colleague with the necessary authorization and training on FISA minimization and handling procedures. Department of Justice oversight has repeatedly affirmed that its audits show FBI field agents understand and comply with the rules and offer valid justifications for queries. Despite advocate protestations to the contrary, federal courts have found that the intelligence community's practice complies with all requirements of the Fourth Amendment.

What does this all amount to in practice? In 2016, exactly one FBI query in a non-national security investigation returned 702-acquired data about an American, and there was no whiff of impropriety in that case. The government has never used 702-obtained information in a criminal trial for a non-national security matter. Skeptics will point to any numbers of ways that government could theoretically be using 702 information short of that, but not to evidence that it is doing so. And there are a lot of things the government could be doing that might violate your Fourth Amendment rights - breaking into your home while you're at work and rifling through your underwear, for example. We normally don't legislate prophylactically against abuses that we have no reason to think are happening. Civil liberties, like other policymaking, is about priorities. This is far from the most pressing issue in U.S. national security or surveillance reform.

A number of the other reforms included in the Judiciary Committee legislation are even more baffling.

The legislation codifies the end of a practice known as "abouts collection," in which communications about a target are acquired in addition to communications to and from a target. This provision of the bill seems like an easy win: The NSA already voluntarily ended abouts collection earlier this year following a series of inadvertent compliance violations. The House Judiciary Committee bill would codify that as law for the next six years. But why? Ostensibly, it is to prevent the NSA from reversing itself on a whim. But in order to restart this form of collection, the NSA would have to demonstrate to the FISC that significant changes in technology or other circumstances made reliable compliance more feasible. The FISC would have to sign off on new procedures. The NSA would be required to notify Congress of the change. Is it really good policy to tie the NSA's hands even where the court finds all issues remedied?

Or consider the strange provision that requires that the FISA court must appoint an amicus curiae, or special advocate and expert, in the certification process for Section 702's surveillance programs to make the proceedings more adversarial with respect to the government's position. Previously, the court appointed amici - which were established in the 2015 USA Freedom Act - at its discretion. The court has never indicated any need for a change in practice; indeed, if it wanted to appoint amici in every case it would and could. Currently, FISC judges rely on highly specialized staff attorneys and call on amici when they deem outside counsel useful to their decision-making. This provision usurps judicial discretion and further burdens a heavily strained court that would now need to justify each and every decision to not use the help it didn't ask for.

So how did we get here?

Usually, a problem or controversy emerges and Congress decides reforms are needed to address that problem. That's more or less the process that occurred during the last round of surveillance reauthorization, whereby Section 215 of FISA was amended by the USA Freedom Act. This wave of reform reflects a different phenomenon: Here, Congress decided reforms were politically necessary and then set out in search of problems to fix.

This is partly a product of the sunset provisions that automatically expire certain FISA authorities after a designated period. Sunset provisions can serve a valuable function by shifting the inertia away from congressional inaction and forcing periodic debate on important legislative matters. Without sunset provisions, any number of valuable surveillance reforms would not have happened. The trouble is that sunset provisions

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Kenya police shoot dead 2 protestors

October 13, 2017, 10:37 AM

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Coup Attempt in The Gambia
Military Action Violated Federal Neutrality Act

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Media Wants Rethink Of Gag Orders On FBI Data Requests
By Kelly Knaub

Law360, New York (October 13, 2017, 4:41 PM EDT) -- Media organizations including The New York Times Co. and Dow Jones & Co. Inc. asked the Ninth Circuit Thursday to rehear a decision ending a constitutional challenge to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's use of national security letters that bar service providers from telling users about government requests for their data.

In one amicus brief, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, The New York Times, Dow Jones and 18 other media companies told the appeals court that the panel erred in ruling that the...

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Retired FBI Official Kevin Kendrick: ‘Taking a Knee or Locking Arms During the National Anthem is Their Way of Saying Freedom Isn’t Being Afforded to Everyone’

The writer, a native Detroiter, graduated from Cass Tech and Wayne State University. He was as assistant special FBI agent in charge of the Detroit field office from 1999-2002 and retired in 2006 as head of the Charlotte Division in North Carolina. He recently moved from Michigan to North Carolina.

By Kevin Kendrick

What does freedom mean to you? One dictionary I recently referenced defined it as this: the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint. Of course, inherent in the definition of freedom is the right to interpret the word yourself. Attendant with that however, is the understanding that your definition and my definition may be different. And that’s o.k.

When I look at incarceration rates for young black men in my country I am appalled. Sentencing data helps to inform me that disparate treatment is still occurring.

Kevin Kendrick: “Segregation and separation were a part of my life.” (LinkedIn photo)
This is part of the reason why we see people challenging the status quo of criminal justice in our country now in the way that they do. Taking a knee or locking arms during the National Anthem is their way of saying freedom isn’t being afforded to everyone on an equal footing in America.

It may not be your way of expressing and it isn’t my way. I prefer to use the very valuable lessons history has shared with us to show how illusory freedom can be, how very different it can be for all of us. But the very word, freedom, affords them the opportunity to do that.

Isn’t that what ultimately, this is about?

Freedom Looks Different

Freedom does in fact, look different to different people. As an African-American, I am never too far removed from the reality that my freedom is something that’s very different from that of white Americans.

My freedom wasn’t actually realized until December 6, 1865 when the 13th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified. It wouldn’t be until 1868 when the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing equal protection under the laws among other things, would be ratified. And in 1869, a new Amendment, the 15th, guaranteed all American citizens the right to vote. By all appearances, blacks in America would have equality . . . freedom.

Unfortunately, those appearances were exactly that. Reconstruction in the South came to an abrupt end through a seemingly never-ending succession of laws passed by various states aimed at restricting the rights of blacks, the “Jim Crow” laws as they were known, succeeded in making freedom elusive for most people of color.

Lynchings were carried out on a frequent basis and became almost carnival-like with large crowds gathering and hawkers present. Post cards of lynchings including photos of people who were literally gutted and burned alive were popular and often used to show friends and relatives in other places what might lie in store for blacks who dared to violate any of these Jim Crow norms.

Freedom for my ancestors at that point meant simply existing to the next day and trying mightily not to offend anyone. Voting was certainly something most blacks in the South couldn’t do because of contrived poll tests. Segregation became the law of the land, including the North, after Plessy v. Ferguson and black freedom meant knowing your place…and staying in it.

Segregation and separation were a part of my life from the very beginning. I was born in a hospital designated for blacks because in 1956; my mother wasn’t welcomed in hospitals for whites.

We lived in a largely segregated neighborhood but with all due credit to my parents, I was allowed to grow up in an environment where I didn’t realize I was “different”. It wasn’t until a visit to Columbus, Georgia when I was seven years old and my grandmother slapped me for winking at a white female bank teller that skin color began to take on meaning. Freedom for me at that time meant making sure I didn’t cross any lines drawn for young black kids then, like Emmett Till.

When I purchased my first home, a duplex in Detroit in 1976, I was surprised to see what I later learned was a restrictive covenant on the deed. It specifically forbade the home being occupied by “Negroes” or Jewish people or any part of it being subleted to either group. Although these were now deemed unconstitutional, it was a wake-up call and a realization that freedom for people like me didn’t include living where you wanted to live.

Tracing Family Roots

I began studying my genealogy in the early 1980s. It was so much fun to find relatives in old census records and other documents and envision what their lives must have been like. One of the most telling moments for me, however, was the stark reality that I couldn’t really get much beyond the 1860s in looking at my African-American ancestors because they weren’t even counted in census records as people, individuals with hearts and feelings and names until the 1870 census.

Prior to that time, most blacks appeared as numbers under their owner’s documentation of number of slaves owned. Freedom to know your history, know your family is a precious thing.

As a new agent of the FBI, I was asked by another agent when I might want to go and have my undercover driver’s license issued by the state Department of Motor Vehicles.

I was rather surprised by that and asked if that was something all agents did. He looked at me rather quizzically and said that he assumed I wanted to do that since it would help in what he also assumed was my desire to establish an alias and buy drugs in various situations.

I assured him that doing work like that wasn’t necessarily on my “wish list”. Freedom for me at that time, meant being an agent on working on regular investigations, not necessarily being pigeon-holed into activity I wasn’t thrilled about doing.

Fast forward to today. I am an older, perhaps not much wiser man, but I still am viewed differently by others.

Church Experience

Even in one of the churches we attended for several years, the pew where Jenny and I sat would almost always be the very last to fill.

I wore suits as frequently as I did because it got old being viewed with suspicion most times I walked into a business. The suit gave me cover, helping to assuage fear and concern.

Freedom to me now means being treated like anyone else. Not being afforded special treatment because of my color, not being treated differently because of what I did in a previous life, but being treated the same as anyone else. No presumption of guilt, no presumption of doubt.

And the ability to speak out, however that may be.

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Over two-thirds of all Title IX cases that have ever been resolved were a result of guidelines Betsy Devos just rescinded
by Vanessa Nason
October 13, 2017
A recently-released list of all closed Title IX complaints regarding sexual assault at postsecondary institutions shows that over two-thirds of all cases that have ever been resolved came after the 2011 Dear Colleague letter was introduced - making Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ decision to rescind those guidelines all the more frustrating.
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Daughter of anti-drug pol facing possible murder charge after providing fentanyl-laced heroin to pregnant woman
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FBI ‘Finds’ New Documents About Clinton-Lynch Tarmac Meeting

12:39 PM 10/13/2017

The FBI has found 30 pages of documents related to the June 2016 airport tarmac meeting between Bill Clinton and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch, even after the bureau claimed to not have any records related to the matter.

FBI lawyers revealed the existence of the records in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch, the conservative watchdog group.

The FBI had informed Judicial Watch last October that the bureau did not have any records related to the June 27, 2016 meeting between Clinton and Lynch. That encounter, which occurred on the tarmac at Phoenix’s airport, was significant because it took place while the Justice Department was investigating Hillary Clinton’s potential mishandling of classified information on her private email account.

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CIA’s classified KKK joke
by JPat Brown
October 12, 2017
In the mid-’80s, stories started circulating around Washington about an investigation into an alleged Ku Klux Klan meeting at Central Intelligence Agency’s headquarters in Langley. While the Agency insisted that the whole thing was a “tasteless joke” that had gotten out of hand, the public was left with no choice but to take their word for it - the report containing the investigation’s findings was classified.
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Archivists, Recordkeeping, and the Declassification of Records: What We Can Learn from Contemporary Histories

FBI Octopus
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Candidate Scott Turner lives in Ocean View with his wife, Kelli, and their two children, Ryan and Megan. Both are students in the Dennis Township School District. Scott was born in Cape May Court House and spent his childhood in both Dennis Township and Green Bank. He is a former FBI Special Agent who now works in his family business, Ocean View Resort Campground.


this is what US Congressman Trafficante had to say about the FBI

Time to investigate the FBI
U.S. Congressman Santo Trafficante (D-Ohio) asked and was given permission to address the House of Representatives for one minute and to revise and extend his remarks on May 15, 2001.

"What is the big surprise, Mr. Speaker, in the McVeigh case? The FBI has been hiding evidence for years. Think about it. If you really believe that two Libyan mules blew up Pan Am 103, you are on Prozac.

"If you really believe that the best FBI sharpshooter just happened to accidentally shoot Mrs. Weaver right between the eyes, you still believe in Mother Goose.

"Congress, if you believe the Waco jury heard the whole truth from the FBI , you still believe in the Tooth Fairy.

"And, Congress, if you still believe the propaganda about the assassination of JFK, by God, you still believe that Mae West is a virgin.

"Beam me up. It is time for an investigation into FBI hiding and concealing exculpatory evidence on criminal defendants.

"I yield back the FBI corruption from Boston, Massachusetts to Youngstown, Ohio."

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Deputy shot ex before fatally shooting himself in botched murder-suicide attempt
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Re: FBI WATCH 114 days left to shut down the FBI

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Case dropped against man tried on bogus FBI hair evidence 32 years ago

October 18, 2017 10:32 pm

Prosecutors on Wednesday dismissed charges against a man who spent three decades in prison for a rape conviction even though the victim described her attacker as a man without any facial hair and he had a beard.

George Perrot was convicted of raping 78-year-old Mary Prekop in her Springfield home in 1985 based in part on one strand of hair. But he was freed last year after a judge found an FBI agent’s testimony about microscopic hair evidence was flawed and granted him a new trial.

Prosecutors had appealed the judge’s order for a new trial, but they said in court documents filed Wednesday that “the interests and administration of justice are best served by the termination of prosecution of this matter.”

Perrot said Wednesday that he is now “truly free.”

“Words can’t express how grateful I am for the team of individuals who made this exoneration happen. The people who stuck by me when I was at my lowest and never quit,” Perrot said in a statement through the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University in Waltham, which has been investigating his case since 2011. “This exoneration was hard fought and there were many times over the 30 years that I felt I would die as a convicted man.”

A spokesman for the Hampden district attorney didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment on Wednesday.

The judge who released Perrot in February 2016 said he is “reasonably sure” that the man didn’t rape Prekop.

Prekop repeatedly said the man who beat and raped her didn’t have any facial hair. On the night of the attack, Nov. 30, 1985, Perrot had a beard and a mustache.

When Prekop was shown Perrot’s lineup photo during his trial and was asked if he was her attacker, she replied, “How can I say it when this man has a mustache and a beard?”

An attorney for Perrot said the decision means the man, who was 17 when he was arrested, won’t have the cloud hanging over him any longer.

“It was really a huge outcome and a really major win for him,” attorney Christopher Walsh said.

The U.S. Department of Justice flagged Perrot’s case in 2014 as one of hundreds that involved erroneous statements from FBI agents about hair analysis. Microscopic hair analysis has since been found to be far from exact. The FBI now acknowledges that the science is not conclusive and uses it only in conjunction

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Tainting Evidence
Inside the Scandals at the FBI Crime Lab

Prologue: Examining the Examiners

The tall, graying legislator strode past the American flag onto the platform of Committee Room 226. With a quick adjustment of his black-and-white spotted tie, he seated himself at the center of a semicircular dais under the carved eagle on the hardwood-paneled wall. As the lights of six television cameras were switched on and photographers and cameramen began to jostle for position, Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa began to read slowly from three sheets of paper. It was his opening statement as chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight into the Courts at hearings entitled, "A Review of the FBI Laboratory: Beyond the Inspector General's Report."

His purpose, he explained, was to help restore public confidence in federal law enforcement in general and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in particular. But the facts the senator went on to outline hardly seemed likely to do that. The hearings had had to be postponed twice, he stated, because of the FBI's refusal to cooperate by supplying requested documentation and by making FBI employees available to testify without the bureau's lawyers present. This, Senator Grassley said, was despite FBI director Louis Freeh's appeal for more oversight to another congressional subcommittee just four months earlier, when he had stated that the FBI could be the most dangerous agency in the country if "not scrutinized carefully."

Senator Grassley said the FBI was being hypocritical. "It is not the message that rings true. It's the actions. The Bureau's actions contradict the director's assertion that it is inviting oversight. And until the actions match the words, the ghosts of FBI past are still very much in the present." He went on to say that he expected the requested documentation to arrive the moment the hearings finished. In fact, within an hour, Senator Grassley had to apologize to the packed committee room for being "so cynical." The documents had arrived but were so heavily redacted as to be virtually useless, he said, holding up page after page of blacked-out FBI memos.

Senator Grassley's hearings took place in the wake of the release five months earlier of a damning 517-page report by the Inspector General's Office of the Department of Justice, the result of an eighteen-month investigation into the FBI laboratory. The investigators had included a panel of five internationally renowned forensic scientists, the first time in its sixty-five-year history that the FBI lab, considered by many -- not least, by itself -- the best in the world, had been subject to any form of external scientific scrutiny. The findings were alarming. FBI examiners had given scientifically flawed, inaccurate, and overstated testimony under oath in court; had altered the lab reports of examiners to give them a pro-prosecutorial slant, and had failed to document tests and examinations from which they drew incriminating conclusions, thus ensuring that their work could never be properly checked.

FBI lab management, meanwhile, had failed to check examinations and lab reports; had overseen a woefully inadequate record retention system; and had not only failed to investigate serious and credible allegations of incompetence but had covered them up. Management had also resisted any form of external scrutiny of the lab and had failed to establish and enforce its own validated scientific procedures and protocols -- the same ones that had been issued by managers themselves in an effort to combat the lab's known shortcomings in the first place.

But the IG's report, shocking as its conclusions were, was severely limited. It had looked at just three of seven units in the FBI lab's Scientific Analysis Section, a fraction of the lab's total of twenty-seven units.* The IG had been mandated to look into the specific allegations of just one man, Dr. Frederic Whitehurst, a Ph.D. chemist and FBI supervisory special agent who for eight years, until 1994, had worked solely on explosives-residue analysis -- trace detection, and identification of the residue left behind by explosions in the lab's Materials Analysis Unit.

For nearly ten years, until he was suspended and put on "administrative leave" just weeks before the IG's report was published in April 1997, Whitehurst had reported his own observations and what others had told him. Underpinning his complaints and their persistence were three things: the unscientific nature of so much of what was being passed off as science in the FBI lab; the culture of pro-prosecution bias rather than scientific truth that pervaded the lab, including the possibly illegal withholding of exculpatory information; and the complete inability of the FBI lab or its management to investigate itself and correct these problems.

Not only had the IG report confined itself to Whitehurst's admittedly limited sphere of knowledge within the FBI lab, it had no mandate to look into the evidentiary matters raised, to ask how particular cases might have been affected, or to look at the possibility of charges against FBI lab employees heavily criticized by the report. Given the plentiful evidence of pro prosecution bias, false testimony, and inadequate forensic work, it was only logical to assume that cases had been affected. How many people might be in jail unjustly? How many might be on Death Row by mistake? If innocent people were in jail for crimes they did not commit, how many guilty ones were walking the streets?

Senator Grassley and others in Congress quickly realized that the inspector general's report had to be the beginning, not the end. The issues Whitehurst had raised, the inspector general had investigated, and now the hearings were examining further, went to the heart of the credibility of justice and the courts in the United States. In the end, the IG's report had raised more questions than it had answered, not least perhaps the most important of all: How had this happened in the first place and how might it be avoided in the future?

The task of assessing what exculpatory evidence had been withheld, how many cases had been affected, and who in the FBI lab, if anyone, should face charges for what had been uncovered had now fallen to a task force in the Criminal Division of the Justice Department. The task force had to identify the prosecutors in each case, then release forensic documentation to them in order to allow them to decide if anything crucial had been withheld. The floodgates, in other words, were controlled by the nation's prosecutors, whose records had been built on legal victories they were now supposed to question. "Is it cynical to question whether these prosecutors are virtually the worst officials to objectively evaluate tainted evidence in their own cases? Clearly the fox is guarding the henhouse," noted Congressman Robert Wexler at the hearings.

The Justice Department refuses to provide updates as to the progress of the task force or even to name its members. However, the scale of the potential fallout is clear: just one of the numerous examiners heavily criticized by the IG's report handled more than six hundred cases in a decade of work at the FBI lab. Defense lawyers believe that thousands of cases will be affected. "The IG's report was a starting, not a finishing point," says one attorney. "I think we will be living with the ramifications of this for years, and not just in terms of the number of appeals you can expect. No defense lawyer in the country is going to take what the FBI lab says at face value any more. For years they were trusted on the basis of glossy advertising. Now the real product turns out to be a dud."

As Fred Whitehurst, a mustached Vietnam veteran sat, arms crossed, at the back of the room, Senator Grassley went on to recount that it was "the FBI's say-one-thing-do-another habit" that made him hesitant to simply accept assurances that everything was now in order at the FBI lab. "The subcommittee's investigation has revealed that systemic problems remain at the lab....The problems exist and flourish because of a cultural disease within the FBI," Grassley continued. "The question is, how will these changes ensure the integrity of the scientific process within the lab, which seeks to discover the truth, when a culture exists within the FBI to apparently cut corners and slant lab reports in favor of the prosecution, which seeks to convict. The IG report did not reconcile this dilemma. The FBI will not admit the problem exists. That is why we are here today."

During the hearings, senators would hear Congressman Robert Wexler call for legislation to ensure the FBI's "future integrity" and express outrage that Whitehurst, "the courageous whistle-blower, was out...while dozens of FBI agents who suppressed evidence, altered evidence, or testified falsely were still there." Clearly angered by what he had heard at the previous hearings four months earlier, Wexler would now accuse the IG of failing to draw logical conclusions from its own findings. How could obvious lying on the witness stand not be considered perjury? How could the systematic alteration of lab reports to make them more incriminating not be considered intentional?

The committee would hear four past and current FBI lab employees all express support for Whitehurst and the general charges he had made. They would hear Dr. Drew Campbell Richardson, an adviser to the FBI lab's deputy assistant director and a highly qualified scientist, say that the FBI lab ignored scientific evidence that did not suit its purposes. They would hear how Bill Tobin, the FBI's metallurgist, and Jim Corby, Whitehurst's former boss, had made repeated complaints about the same examiners Whitehurst had accused, only to have them ignored. And they would hear how one of those heavily criticized in the report had been promoted to head the FBI lab's Explosives Unit, despite being under investigation at the time, passing over Ed Kelso, a widely respected firearms instructor and bomb expert with twenty-five years experience.

This book seeks to explore how all this happened. It seeks to go beyond the inspector general's informative but restricted investigation of the FBI lab and tell the story that the report did not. It seeks to go beyond Fred Whitehurst's serious but limited allegations and show how what he charged applies to other parts of the FBI lab that were never investigated. We have done this with the help of hundreds of hours of interviews of current and former FBI lab staff and thousands of pages of documents, memos, lab reports, interviews, and audits, many of them only released under the Freedom of Information Act after months of stonewalling by the FBI and the IG's office. Some of these documents were the raw material of the IG's report, a number of them indicating problems with lab units and cases never investigated by the investigators.

There was, of course, no cooperation from the FBI in the writing of this book, although we were allowed to talk to Fred Whitehurst on the same terms as the rest of the media -- essentially, without reference to specific cases. In August 1997, the authors submitted a request to interview twenty past and present lab staff; in September we were told our request had been lost; in October it was still pending. In November the authors received a letter thanking us for our interest in the FBI but turning down our request. One of the themes of this book is the FBI's obsession with how it appears rather than what it actually is. This book and its subject did not fit the Bureau's agenda.

In the Introduction and Chapter 1 we look at the state of forensic science in this country and the FBI lab in particular. We show that while claiming to have investigated Whitehurst's allegations and found no problems, management was fully aware that there were massive problems with the FBI lab, its science, its supervision, and its safety. We show that management knew that if it ever agreed to real external scrutiny, if it was ever forced to publish the research data on which its forensic tests were based, if it ever had to make public the results of its internal proficiency tests, the image of the FBI lab as the best forensic laboratory in the world would rapidly dissolve. For this, as Senator Grassley remarked at the Senate hearings, is a culture that rewards "public image-building over discovering the truth."

The extent of the lab's dysfunction becomes clear in Chapters 2 through 8, where we look at major cases the FBI lab has handled. In particular, we detail the failings of four key FBI staff members -- Terry Rudolph, Tom Thurman, Roger Martz, and David Williams -- whose practices in several high-profile cases demonstrate the dangers of the lab's modus operandi. Some of these are cases the IG looked at -- the World Trade Center bombing, the Unabomber investigation, the VANPAC case, the 0.J. Simpson trial. Others are cases the IG did not investigate or examined only partially -- the lab's role in the Ruby Ridge investigation, the Jeffrey MacDonald case, the Oklahoma City bombing.

All of these are celebrated cases involving massive forensic and other investigative resources. The FBI lab's role in all of them raises a huge and still unanswered question: If this is what happens in these high-profile, well-scrutinized cases, what is happening in thousands of less publicized ones?

In talking to dozens of forensic scientists and FBI lab personnel, one thing has become clear to us. Few were surprised at the revelations of the IG report. Many people, inside and out, have known for many years that there were serious problems at the FBI lab. Very few, however, inside or out, have chosen to speak out. With a few honorable exceptions, forensic scientists outside the FBI lab have been reluctant to take on the Bureau, which now wields enormous power throughout the profession, through training programs, research grants, and consultancy work. Many of those working inside the FBI lab seem to have been intimidated by the climate of fear that is a constant theme of Fred Whitehurst's 237 written complaints. In failing to come forward, or in some cases even to support Fred Whitehurst when he did, they have only themselves to blame for the broad-brush condemnation with which all at the FBI lab, good or bad, have now been tainted. They are in essence living testimony to what Senator Grassley describes as the FBI's "cultural problem."

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FBI's Forensic Test Full of Holes

Sunday, November 18, 2007
Hundreds of defendants sitting in prisons nationwide have been convicted with the help of an FBI forensic tool that was discarded more than two years ago. But the FBI lab has yet to take steps to alert the affected defendants or courts, even as the window for appealing convictions is closing, a joint investigation by The Washington Post and "60 Minutes" has found.

The science, known as comparative bullet-lead analysis, was first used after President John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963. The technique used chemistry to link crime-scene bullets to ones possessed by suspects on the theory that each batch of lead had a unique elemental makeup.

In 2004, however, the nation's most prestigious scientific body concluded that variations in the manufacturing process rendered the FBI's testimony about the science "unreliable and potentially misleading." Specifically, the National Academy of Sciences said that decades of FBI statements to jurors linking a particular bullet to those found in a suspect's gun or cartridge box were so overstated that such testimony should be considered "misleading under federal rules of evidence."

A year later, the bureau abandoned the analysis.

But the FBI lab has never gone back to determine how many times its scientists misled jurors. Internal memos show that the bureau's managers were aware by 2004 that testimony had been overstated in a large number of trials. In a smaller number of cases, the experts had made false matches based on a faulty statistical analysis of the elements contained in different lead samples, documents show.

"We cannot afford to be misleading to a jury," the lab director wrote to FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III in late summer 2005 in a memo outlining why the bureau was abandoning the science. "We plan to discourage prosecutors from using our previous results in future prosecutions."

Despite those private concerns, the bureau told defense lawyers in a general letter dated Sept. 1, 2005, that although it was ending the technique, it "still firmly supports the scientific foundation of bullet lead analysis." And in at least two cases, the bureau has tried to help state prosecutors defend past convictions by using court filings that experts say are still misleading. The government has fought releasing the list of the estimated 2,500 cases over three decades in which it performed the analysis.

For the majority of affected prisoners, the typical two-to-four-year window to appeal their convictions based on new scientific evidence is closing.

Dwight E. Adams, the now-retired FBI lab director who ended the technique, said the government has an obligation to release all the case files, to independently review the expert testimony and to alert courts to any errors that could have affected a conviction.

"It troubles me that anyone would be in prison for any reason that wasn't justified. And that's why these reviews should be done in order to determine whether or not our testimony led to the conviction of a wrongly accused individual," Adams said in an interview. "I don't believe there's anything that we should be hiding."

The Post and "60 Minutes" identified at least 250 cases nationwide in which bullet-lead analysis was introduced, including more than a dozen in which courts have either reversed convictions or now face questions about whether innocent people were sent to prison. The cases include a North Carolina drug dealer who has developed significant new evidence to bolster his claim of innocence and a Maryland man who was recently granted a new murder trial.

Documents show that the FBI's concerns about the science dated to 1991 and came to light only because a former FBI lab scientist began challenging it.


Wall Street’s War on Corporate Whistleblowers Reaches Supreme Court
By Gabrielle Nagle on October 16, 2017
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The fate of corporate whistleblowers and compliance programs is on the line as the U.S. Supreme Court reviews the case of Digital Realty Trust V. Somers. At issue in this case is whether whistleblowers who report potential violations within their organizations, as opposed to reporting directly to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), are protected under the Dodd-Frank Act (DFA).

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

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CaptureThe FBI had a human source in direct contact with Osama bin Laden in 1993 and discovered that he was eager to finance terror attacks on the United States, according to little-noticed testimony in a court case several years back.

The testimony, just reported by the Washington Times, underlines how poorly we understand the degree to which the federal government was interacting with Osama bin Laden and monitoring the activities of a network that came to be widely known as Al Qaeda.

The information, which emerged during an obscure employment dispute case filed by an agent, was provided by Edward J. Curran, who had been a top official in the Bureau’s Los Angeles office. “It was the only source I know in the bureau where we had a source right in al Qaeda, directly involved,” Curran told a nearly empty courtroom in 2010.

The source was credible enough that the Bureau was able to use his information to prevent an attack on a Los Angeles Masonic temple at the time.

Several former lawmakers involved with 9/11 reviews told the newspaper they were unaware of the FBI-Al Qaeda connection.

“I think it raises a lot of questions about why that information didn’t become public and why the 9/11 Commission or the congressional intelligence committees weren’t told about it,” said former Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-MI), who chaired the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in the aftermath of the 9/11 report.

The Commission’s former executive director, Philip Zelikow, now a history professor at the University of Virginia, characterized the panel’s limited appetite for a long view of the events culminating on September 11, 2001. Of the 1993 time frame when the FBI apparently had its source into bin Laden’s outfit, he said, “We did not delve as deeply in this period because it was so distant from the plotting that led directly to the 9/11 attack.”

The notion that what was happening in 1993 had little to do with the 2001 attacks, however, is questionable. It was in 1993 that plotters who had been trained in Al Qaeda camps in Afghanistan detonated a truck bomb beneath the North Tower of the World Trade Center in a plot that failed to bring the towers down. The alleged financier of that early attack, Khaled Sheikh Mohamed, is credited with coming up with the subsequent idea of crashing a plane into CIA headquarters and later conceptualizing the 9/11 attacks for Al Qaeda. Furthermore, an FBI informant, Emad Salem, was deeply involved with the 1993 plotters while apprising his Bureau handlers.

FBI Hotline to Osama

According to Curran’s testimony, the agent developed a source who was connected to Omar Abdel-Rahman, the so-called “Blind Sheik” credited with the 1993 Trade Center bombing. Even more significantly, the source went overseas and personally met with bin Laden. He was described as “very in tight, close,” to bin Laden’s leadership team.

While with bin Laden, the source learned that the Saudi had picked out a target for a bombing in the LA area—which is believed to have been a Masonic lodge. The FBI supervisor said the source also knew all about California-based cells.

The general thrust of Curran’s testimony was borne out by documents.

In a particularly revealing moment, Curran explained how the Al Qaeda source was pressured to cooperate, including by working with the source’s wife from an arranged marriage to first deport the source and then let him come back in return for betraying his comrades.

FBI Defaults to Not Remembering

The FBI, which has not in memory admitted to having withheld information from elected officials, predictably told The Washington Times that it could not document whether or not it had briefed the 9/11 Commission about the 1993 asset or plot. One question might be: Why not? Does it not keep records on briefings to government officials? The Times does not appear to have asked this of the Bureau, but did note its standard, highly qualified disclaimer, quoting Assistant Director Michael P. Kortan:

“The FBI made all relevant information available to the 9/11 Commission and the joint intelligence community inquiry. Throughout both of these reviews, the FBI shared pertinent documents and knowledgeable personnel in order to present all known information to commission and inquiry personnel.”

Of course, as Zelikow’s analysis underlines, words like “relevant” and “pertinent” are highly subjective and can be used to exclude crucial evidence that would fundamentally alter our understanding of major events.

In fact, the FBI clearly withheld the information about its Al Qaeda asset. Stephen Kohn, attorney for the FBI agent who filed the discrimination suit, Bassem Yousef, and who has represented numerous important FBI whistleblowers, said the information might never have come out through normal channels. Even his client did not reveal the Al Qaeda angle because it was classified—it only emerged in the legal proceedings.

“I was shocked when it came out, and I was frustrated because the FBI had censored that information clearly to hide it from the public,” said Kohn, who has represented some of the FBI’s most famous whistleblowers over the years.

“There was absolutely no reason for that to be kept secret,” he told The Washington Times. “In some respects, it was kind of demeaning for the FBI because they had kept secret one of the most significant triumphs in the war on terror all so they wouldn’t have to give credit to Bassem for the work he had done. As a result, none of the bureau got the credit it was due for what was a spectacular counterterrorism triumph.”

What Kohn seems to have missed—or perhaps could not say as it is not in his narrow purview as an attorney representing clients, is that it is hardly likely that the FBI withheld information about a source in Osama bin Laden’s inner circle and had to keep its successes quiet just to best one agent in a job dispute.

Indeed, had the FBI revealed what has only emerged now, everything would be different. For one thing, the 9/11 commission would not have been able to pooh-pooh notions that the 2001 attack had domestic roots going back years.

Growing Questions about the FBI

This is hardly the first instance in which the FBI has been involved in controversial or unexplained interactions with terrorists, alleged terrorists, or potential witnesses—and failed to properly brief elected officials with purported responsibility for providing oversight of security matters on behalf of the public. In addition to the harassment and shooting of potential Boston bombing case witnesses, there is the suppression of information about an FBI investigation into Saudi-9/11 ties out of Florida, and of information concerning the targeting of Occupy movement leaders by snipers.

Former Congressman Hoekstra, clearly alarmed by the latest revelation, nonetheless resorted to pro forma, cautious language and failed to raise larger questions about the FBI and who is in control of the powerful agency. “This is just one more of these examples that will go into the conspiracy theorists’ notebooks, who say the authorities are not telling us everything,” Hoekstra told The Times. “That’s bad for the intelligence community. It’s bad for law enforcement and it’s bad for government.”

To be sure, though, it is difficult in this matter, as in others involving the Bureau, to sort out willfulness from incompetence. Bassem’s discrimination case stemmed from the FBI blocking Bassem from his job as a top anti-terrorism officer because superiors worried that he was a Muslim of dubious loyalties. In fact, Bassem was and is Christian.

If the FBI truly did not know that, then it deserves a whole other level of scrutiny.

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FBI says its inability to hack into mobile devices is a ‘huge, huge problem’

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The FBI’s surprising inability to bypass basic security measures on mobile devices was thrust into the spotlight nearly two years ago following the San Bernardino terrorist attack of December 2015. If you remember, the FBI was unable to access the contents of a locked iPhone 5c which belonged to one of the shooters. In turn, the FBI asked Apple to develop a customized version of iOS which would have enabled the bureau to perpetually guess the device’s passcode without having the device wipe itself.

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WASHINGTON -- The former chief internal watchdog at the FBI has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl and has admitted he had a history of molesting other children before he joined the bureau for what became a two-decade career.

John H. Conditt Jr., 53, who retired in 2001, was sentenced last week in Tarrant County Court in Fort Worth to 12 years in prison after he admitted he molested the daughter of two FBI agents after he retired. He acknowledged molesting at least two other girls before he began his law enforcement career, his lawyer said.


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During Sunday’s Face the Nation, Moderator John Dickerson became the first member of the Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) to crack the broadcast TV blackout of the Hillary Clinton-Uranium scandal. But his mention of the story came five days after The Hill first exposed how the FBI was investigating Russian bribery of public officials to purchase the radioactive substance. And the segment brought their total coverage time of the scandal to a whopping 69 seconds.

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Note To FBI Criminal Justice

Twice last week I got visits from FBI criminal justice to exactly the same page.

You see that, don’t you? They are interested in you and what you’re doing. What they should have been interested in is this.

My words for you, chattering class and politicians, is that you are all a bunch of bitchy, cowardly, whiny, scared little chicken shits who would sell their own mothers, wife and children into slavery if it meant being accepted by the elitists. You disgust me, one and all. Furthermore, you DoJ and FBI employees who knew all about this, I feel the same way about you. You disgust me, one and all.

Not only will this effect this nation’s access to important nuclear material for weapons, it will also effect the supply of fuel for commercial nuclear reactors used for peaceful, clean, reliable energy for your children and children’s children.

The FBI has foolishly squandered its moral authority. It has none left. And yet like the pigs in Animal Farm, it wants information on you. And more of it, and more of it, and all it can get. They have no interest in rehearsing their own malfeasance, and no particular problem with their moral turpitude.

And if the information we discussed here isn’t enough for you, you can read all about Bill Clinton’s meetings with Vladimir Putin, how Robert Mueller tried to entrap an acquaintance, how a U.S. consulting firm tied to the Clintons lobbied on behalf of Russian companies, about the DoJ blocking an FBI informant from testifying about the Uranium One deal, and how they all conspired to cover it up.

The abscess festers, and the cancer runs deep. But the DoJ and FBI have lost moral authority, and when they speak now, it is only as the mouthpiece of the evil one.


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St. Louis County's 'Interfering' with Police Law Is Unconstitutional, Lawyers Argue
Posted By Doyle Murphy on Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 2:28 pm

During the Ferguson protests, police repeatedly turned to a convenient, versatile charge they could use to lock up protesters who otherwise didn't seem to be breaking any laws.

"Interfering with an Officer, Unlawful" is the catch-all section of a St. Louis County ordinance that forbids people from obstructing a police officer's work "in any manner whatsoever."

Maggie Ellinger-Locke of the National Lawyers Guild argued this morning in front the Eastern District of the Missouri Court of Appeals that the county ordinance is unconstitutional, violating the rights to free speech and due process.

"It's critical that we enshrine the right to protest," Ellinger-Locke told the three-judge panel of the state appellate court.

Hundreds of protesters have been charged under the ordinance. Yet it's written so broadly, the attorney says, that police could arrest people just for angering police. She gives the hypothetical example of lawyers calling out legal advice to someone being taken into custody. As soon as officers decide official duties are being interfered with, they can make an arrest.

"This ordinance is absolutely unconstitutional, and I think the case law bears that out," Ellinger-Locke says.

Although the case began with the unrest in Ferguson three years ago, using controversial ordinances to charge protesters has come up again with a new wave of demonstrations following the acquittal of ex-St. Louis police Officer Jason Stockley. During the first weekend, police blasted protesters for vandalism and allegedly assaulting officers, but the vast majority of those arrested were charged with failing to disperse, a violation of a municipal ordinance that relies heavily on police interpretation.

The appellate case that was argued this morning dates back to 2015 when Ellinger-Locke and attorney Brendan Roediger of the Saint Louis University Law Civil Litigation Clinic sued the county, county Counselor Peter Krane and then-Attorney General Chris Koster on behalf of the Rev. Melissa Bennett and audiologist Koach Baruch Frazier, who were arrested during a 2014 protest outside the Ferguson Police Department. The lawyers argued the language of the ordinance was unconstitutional and should be removed from the books.

Circuit Court Judge Gloria Reno ruled against them in February, saying in her decision that the terms were clear, commonly understood and legal. The attorneys appealed, and Ellinger-Locke presented the case this morning in the courtroom inside the Old Post Office on Olive Street.

Attorney Carl Becker, representing the county, argued that no one is getting locked up simply for saying the wrong thing to a cop. He told the judges that the interference is paired with conduct and isn't meant to stifle free speech. To make his point, he suggested a scenario of an officer prevented from rendering first aid because someone is screaming in his ear, keeping him from communicating with a patient.

"The Supreme Court recognized that you have to draw the line somewhere," he told the judges.

Each side had fifteen minutes

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Respect for Respectable Ideas

I went out to breakfast on Sunday. I planned to fight the weeds in my garden in the afternoon, so I had on torn jeans. I was concerned that I would be out of place among the well-dressed Sunday public.

I was wrong. Jeans, hoodies, T-shirts, basketball shorts and camo were everywhere. My long-sleeve Levi’s shirt put me in the sartorial elite.

My expectations had been formed in another era, and I had not adjusted to the reality passing before my eyes. It’s not just dress styles that have changed. The whole idea of respecting Sunday has been shifting during my lifetime.

Membership in a religious congregation fell from three-quarters of Americans to just over half since the 1950s. Going to church has fallen slowly, too, from about 50% to a low of 36% last year.

Following public behavior, American governments have gradually stopped enforcing Christian practice. There was no baseball in Boston on Sundays until 1929, and then Red Sox could not play in Fenway on Sundays, because there was a church nearby, and had to play in the Boston Braves stadium.

Forbidding the sale of liquor on Sundays lasted much longer, into the 21st century in many states. The lingering effort to keep Sunday respectable by not selling disrespectful alcohol continues in less and less rational forms, such as the prohibition in Illinois of retail alcohol sales until 11 AM, except in Chicago, where only the big supermarkets can sell alcohol after 8 AM. You also can’t buy a car on Sunday, but you can get gas, get your car fixed, and buy a motorcycle. Of course, you can buy guns on Sunday.

The most socially significant change on Sundays is the intrusion of retail commerce, led by the big national chains trying to put local business out of business. Respect for a common day of rest is gone.

Why was I concerned anyway, aren’t torn jeans fashionable? Just check the internet. You can get jeans with “distressing and a frayed hem for an extra edge of attitude” for $51, marked down from $80, or many varieties of torn jeans from Nordstrom’s for over $200. “Gentlemen’s Quarterly” offers a style guide to ripped jeans, which declares that more than 2½ tears is trying too hard. Yves St. Laurent offers ripped men’s jeans for $750.

Big city folks putting on the Ritz usually get others to tear the jeans. My small-town students mostly do their own ripping.

But fashion rarely imitates life. Jeans with grass and dirt stains, ragged holes at the knees and obvious wear don’t pass GQ’s test and aren’t hawked on the internet.

So what do the artificial holes mean? Tearing jeans ruins them for work. Eventually they no longer can do their job of protecting the body from the rigors of dirty work. I don’t understand those carefully planned tears, but I don’t think they represent respect for the physical labor that causes real holes.

Maybe respect is what has really changed. Respect for Sunday, respect for work, respect for the ideas and customs which were dominant when I grew up. We see the evidence of new definitions of respect and disrespect in the news every day.

Some of the respect revolution has been welcome. Men generally exhibit much more respect for the integrity of women’s bodies, so now violators get slapped in the face, not on the back. But it will take more than a few outraged slaps to make any further progress.

Disrespecting black people is also no longer normal. Roger Angell tells the story of the presence on the Harvard lacrosse team of a black student in 1941, which caused the US Naval Academy team to refuse to play, until the Harvard athletic director overruled the coach and sent the student home. The President of Harvard apologized to the Naval Academy commander for the inconvenience.

There is still plenty of gender and racial disrespect across America, but the change has been remarkable.

Some respect shows disrespect for others. The conventional respect for Christian Sunday was not matched by any public respect for Jewish Friday evening and Saturday. America may be a majority Christian nation a bit longer, but government Christianity is no longer a virtue in the democratic US.

My torn jeans on Sunday are not a sign of disrespect, but an expression of a different culture, one of many that have combined to make America. We don’t need to all respect the same things. Respecting our diversity means understanding that Americans will respect different things.

Some traditional forms of respect are now controversial. Our public space is torn about the idea of respecting the Confederacy. Respect of equal rights leads to disrespect for slavery and its defenders. The oldest US universities, so disrespected by conservative pundits, are among the leaders in examining how they profited from and strengthened slavery. What conservatives call political correctness, I call honesty about the past.

Respect is good, when it comes out of the broadest respect for our fellow humans of all kinds.

Steve Hochstadt
Jacksonville IL

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