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State Dept Dan Rosen’s Arrest: Cheat Sheet for Journos

Fairfax County PD Search Warrant for Daniel Rosen as reported by @NBC’s @JulieCareyNBC
When Senator Lamar Alexander’s (R TN) Chief of Staff, Ryan Loskarn, was arrested, last year, for trading in the rape and torture of children, aka child pornography, not one journalist provided context to the story. The media reported Loskarn’s arrest, and subsequent suicide pending trial, as if it were a one-off event. As if, no other high-level government employees were being arrested on child porn charges.
So, I suppose I should be thrilled to see that both Paul Farrell, the Breaking News Editor for Heavy, and Shane Harris, Sr. Intelligence and National Security Correspondent for The Daily Beast and New America Foundation Fellow, tried to provide context to the State Department’s Director of Counterterrorism, Daniel Rosen’s arrest, 26 February 2015, on charges of computer solicit of a child under 15 years old for sex/sodomy.

Daniel Rosen’s Fairfax County PD Arrest Warrant Reported by NBC’s @JulieCareyNBC
Farrell reported Rosen’s arrest was “the Second Child Sex Scandal to Hit D.C. in 12 Months.” Harris said Rosen’s arrest marks the “3rd U.S. Official Hit With Child Sex and Porn Charges.”
At least Paul and Shane poked their heads up and said something like: Hang on. Seems to me I’ve heard this story before. Haven’t there been other recent arrests of high level government officials on child sex abuse charges? Nonetheless, both are far off the mark. A simple Google or Twitter search reveals far more than two or three government officials arrested on similar charges.
Research 101
As I have been documenting, for years now, by all accounts there is both a national child porn crisis and, within that, a crisis of American federal and state employees engaged in child porn. In what appears to be epidemic numbers men are down-loading child porn often on their work computers at The Pentagon, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), The Department of Justice (DOJ), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), The Department of Transportation (DOT), The Transportation Security Agency (TSA), The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) not to mention state-level police departments from Maine to California.
Maine’s Governor, Paul LePage, has recognized this crisis by issuing the first, to my knowledge, of its kind Executive Order, on 20 February 2015, prohibiting Maine state employees from accessing pornographic or sexually explicit material on both state computers or devices even when they were off-duty on personal time.
North Carolina’s Congressman, Mark Meadows (R) also recognizes the scope of the crisis and put forward the Eliminating Pornography from Agencies Act. This law, if passed, would stop federal employees from accessing, watching or sharing pornography on government-issued computers and devices. Congressman Meadows introduced this 18 September 2014. To date, he has not one co-sponsor. Not one other member of Congress cares about this issue? Apparently not.
Other Recent Arrests of Government Employees
Because the Department of Justice is not collecting data on child porn arrests, no one knows how many government employees have been arrested on child porn related charges, much less how many are engaged in the child porn industry who have yet to be caught.
The arrests listed here are, therefore, an incomplete data-set, gathered from the most rudimentary search method: simple Google and Twitter searches. On my other Medium postings I have listed recent arrests of police and military. So many police chiefs, for example, are being arrested for trading in brutal child rape and torture, I had to create a separate section.
From the record of the following arrests alone, we can speculate, child porn within our government agencies has reached crisis level.
A Few Highlights
• Acting Director of Cyber Security at the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Timothy DeFoggi, age 56, was sentenced, January 2015, to 25 years in federal prison for “participating in a child pornography ring that sources say was so depraved, it even shocked veteran investigators.” DeFoggi was a registered user of an on-line child rape and torture, aka child porn, trading site. DeFoggi “expressed an interest in the violent rape and murder of children. DeFoggi suggested meeting one member in person to fulfill their mutual fantasies to violently rape and murder children.”
• Former Undersecretary of the Navy, 70 year old James Daniel Howard, arrested on child porn possession and reproduction charges in 2013. Howard had served as special assistant to President Ronald Reagan. He plead guilty to ten child porn counts and served only seven months in jail.
• Joint Strike Fighter Program Navy officer, Bruce Babchyck, arrested in 2014 for downloading “hundreds of gigabytes” of young girls and bestiality on government computers. He received a one year sentence.
• Anthony Mangione, 50 year old Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for South Florida, was arrested on “extreme child abuse” charges on 28 September 2011. He was sentenced, November 2012, to nearly six years in prison. Mangione is a 1982 graduate of the University of Maine Orono (UMO) where former Senior Child Protection Services (CPS) Cynthia Wellman claimed, at the time, CPS was operating a child sex ring, on campus, with UMO’s involvement. “Little is known about Mangione’s time at UMaine. Originally from Rhode Island, he arrived in Orono in August 1978.”
• David Bourque, formerly the 51 year old Police Captain of Granby, Connecticut, was sentenced to ten years for child porn possession and distribution. He had more than 328,528 images and 4,000 videos on his police department computer including “sadistic and violent acts” against infants and toddlers. His “collection” was organized into more than 300 sub-folders named “photos — babies — men” and “6–10yo boys pics.” In this excerpt Bourque is D for defendant.

David Bourque’s Criminal Complaint
Prosecutors said the images were “extremely disturbing; some are especially horrific” including: (1) a boy between 1 and 3 years old being raped by an adult male penis in the child’s anus, (2) a boy between 3 and 6 years old with a “penis of what appears to be an adult male pressed against the child’s anus” and (3) a child, less than a year old, “performing oral sex on an adult male.” Bourque showed “callous disregard” for the children being abused telling people to “enjoy” themselves and “have fun.” Samples of his on-line chats include extensive discussions of rape and bondage of children. Bourque was a decorated officer with more than 31 years in law enforcement.
• Army prosecutor and judge advocate, Daniel Wollverton, father of two, convicted in 2011 for infant sodomy and possession of over 30,000 images and 1,000 videos of brutal child sex abuse including that of a three month old infant.
• Maine Assistant Attorney General, 52 year old James Cameron, was sentenced to just over 15 years in federal prison, December 2014, for seven counts of child porn possession, receipt and transmission. Cameron, widely recognized as Maine’s “top drug prosecutor,” had been trading in PTHC - pre-teen hard core. Images/videos that investigators seized included “images depicted prepubescent children, sadistic and other violent conduct.”
• Army Colonel, 55 year old Robert Joel Rice, a war game developer at Army War College, was charged with 130 child porn counts. He had more than 30,000 images/videos of child sex abuse when his wife discovered the files and notified local police. The Army War College had continued to employ Rice, and allow him supervised access to Army computers, while on bail pending trial. Col. Rice had been scheduled for a July 2013 arraignment; however, Rice’s federal hearing was delayed until February 2015. Rice’s preliminary county hearing had been set for April 2013.
• David O’Brien, America’s chief scientist responsible for monitoring global nuclear activity at Patrick Air Force Base’s Technical Applications Center, which operates our Atomic Energy Detection System, was arrested May 2013 and charged with ten counts of child porn possession and distribution.

O’Brien had a large child porn collection on his home and Air Force computers. On 17 October 2014 he was sentenced to five years in federal prison in exchange for a guilty plea to one child porn count. O’Brien had download videos of the sex abuse of children as young as three years old. He had taken pictures of his granddaughter and placed images of her head over images of children being sexually abused. He also had pictures of Air Force employees transposed over sex abuse images.
US Department of State
• Carl Carey, a 54 year Senior Project Manager in Information Technology (IT) at the US State Department, was arrested on ten counts of child porn possession, April 2012, by the Fairfax County Police.
• Gons Nachman, a 42 year old former US diplomat “admitted taping his sexual encounters with teenage girls while stationed in Brazil and the Congo” was sentenced, August 2008, to 20 years in prison. Nachman also plead guilty to child porn possession. One of his videos was titled “Congo 2004 Sexual Adventures.” His law degree is from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was president of the Naturist Student Association and “led demonstrations involving public nudity in 1995.”
• James Cafferty, 45 year old Special Agent with the US State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security, pleaded guilty, 5 January 2012, to child porn charges and was sentenced, 26 April 2012, to 7 years in federal prison. Upon his arrest he had more than 30,000 images of child sex abuse. He “had shipped computer equipment containing many of those images from London to the United States when he returned home from his last official government assignment.”
• Timothy Towell, 75 year old former US Ambassador to Paraguay, was charged with “sex crimes” against an 18 year old in 2009.
• Howard Gutman, former US Ambassador to Belgium was accused of “routinely… soliciting sexual favors from both prostitutes and minor children” according to an Office Inspector General (OIG) investigation. Aurelia Fedenisn, a now former OIG investigator said her unit had found widespread evidence of “sex and drug scandals” but “were told not to look into it.” Fedenisn said “investigations into the allegations were called off by senior officials to avoid political embarrassment.”
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
• Andrew Warren, a 42 year old former CIA Chief of Station in Algeria, was arrested April 2010. Warren’s neighbors called Norfolk police when Warren exposed himself in public. “He had his genitals hanging out of his pants, over the top of ‘em,” said one witness. Warren reportedly said “Excuse me. I’ve had minor surgery so I get a little horny sometimes.” He had been terminated from employment with the CIA in May 2009, after he drugged the drink of a woman in Algiers and raped her. Warren plead guilty and, June 2009, was indicted on sexual assault charges. Diplomatic Security Service agents also found child pornography on Warren’s laptop computer in 2008. When he was the CIA’s Chief of Station in Algeria, he allegedly “drugged and raped multiple women before getting recalled home.” Warren was sentenced, on sex assault charges, among others, to more than five years in federal prison in March 2011. It appears Warren was not charged for the child pornography on his government computer.
Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)
• Donald Sachtleben, a 54 year old former FBI Agent was arrested, 14 May 2012, and charged on child pornography charges. He plead guilty to distribution and possession and was sentenced, 14 November 2013, to eight years in prison. He was also sentenced to unrelated charges of one count of disclosing and one count of possessing classified information. At the time of his arrest Sachtleben was Director of Training at the Center for Improvised Explosives at Oklahoma State University. He served the FBI from 1983 to 2008 as a bomb technician and counter terrorism investigator. Sachtleben had been using the handle when he was caught sending images of child sex abuse in an on-line forum. He wrote, “Saw your profile on (a file sharing network). Hope you like these and can send me some of ours (sic). I have even better ones if you like.”
• Keith Dietterle, a 28 year old FBI Analyst, was arrested, 23 November 2012, on child porn charges. He plead guilty to child porn possession and was sentenced, September 2013, to more than three years in prison. Dietterle was caught when he sent child sex abuse images/videos to an undercover Metro DC Detective. The detective was posing as a man sexually abusing his 3 year old nephew and 12 year old daughter. Dietterle described the rape of the children as “So hot man … how’d it start?” and discussed meeting the detective with the intention of sexually abusing the three year old boy. Upon his arrest, the FBI terminated Dietterle’s employment.
Homeland Security
• Brian Doyle, Deputy Press Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security, was arrested “for trying to seduce online someone he thought was a teenage girl.” Doyle was charged with 23 felony charges related to sexually graphic conversations with a person he thought was a 14 year old girl who, in reality was, an undercover detective. On 17 November 2006, Doyle was sentenced to five years in prison with ten years probation thereafter. He is a registered sex offender and was released from prison on 11 January 2015.
• 31 year old Eric Higgins, a Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection agent in Michigan, plead guilty to child porn possession. Over forty images of a child previously identified by law enforcement were found on his laptop.
• Nicholas Bolden, a 40 year old Homeland Security Customs and Border Patrol agent, was sentenced for child porn possession on his government computer. Bolden had accessed a Russian child porn website while at work from his work computer. A child porn CD was also found at his workplace desk.
• Gilbert Lam, a 38 year old Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection agent who worked at San Francisco airport, was charged with child porn possession and distribution. Investigators said his electronic resources were “elaborate” and included “a whole closet… independent server, several computers, several hard drives…”
• Robert Rennie, a 43 year old Homeland Security agent who worked in the National Protection and Programs Directorate, was charged with attempting to solicit sexual acts from more than seventy young girls using a fake Facebook account and pretending to be both a male student at a Virginia middle schools as well as a college student at George Mason University.
• An unnamed Homeland Security agent with Customs and Border Protection and Byungki Koo an Air Marshal were arrested for trafficking “young women” from South Korea in a sex-trafficking ring in Queens, New York.
National Children’s Museum
• Robert Singer, 49 year old father of two and Chief Operating Officer for Washington DC’s National Children’s Museum, was arrested, 6 November 2007, and charged on five child porn distribution counts. He plead guilty and was sentenced, 16 July 2009, to five years in prison. Singer was caught sending child sex abuse images of children as young as five years old, including from his work computer, to an undercover New York Police Detective who was posing as a 12 year old girl and her 33 year old mother. Singer was pretending to be a 15 year old boy. He was using the online handle badboy2. Upon his arrest, the museum terminated his employment.
Police Departments & Military Staff
Police officers are, of course, also government employees as are US military staff. The arrests, alone, of both state government employed police officers and federally employed military staff are stunning. These arrests are so numerous, and my record is very incomplete, that it appears trading in child sex rape and torture is almost encouraged within some police departments and military units. Recent arrests of Police Arrested for Trading in Child Rape & Torture and Military Staff Trading in Child Rape & Torture are listed in separate postings.
Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
• 48 year old Scott Whitcomb, a former police officer, at the time of his arrest a Drug Enforcement Agent, was sentenced for child porn production. He had been producing and distributing sex abuse of boys under sixteen years old since 2007. Whitcomb lured boys to his house with video games and porn magazines and would turn violent if the boys didn’t submit to the sex abuse. He had been an Air Marshal and a prison guard.
• DEA agent Darren Argento was arrested for possession and distribution of child sex abuse of girls between seven and fourteen years old his work laptop.
Department of Energy
• David Busby, 61 year old computer technician who had worked for the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center for 30 years, was arrested on child porn charges. He was sentenced, March 2014, to ten years in federal prison. He had been trading in child sex abuse on his US government computer. He was previously convicted for “lewd behavior” toward his 7 year old stepdaughter in 1990. At the time of his arrest, investigators found some 1,400 child sex abuse images/videos. Busby was also a Navy veteran who served in Vietnam.
Department of Agriculture
• James Spargo, a 66 year old employee with the Department of Agriculture in Florida, plead no contest plea to 20 felonies child porn counts and was sentenced, February 2015, to 10 years in prison. Spargo was arrested when investigators found child sex abuse images/videos on his government computer. Most of the children in the images/videos were infants and toddlers. “The activity we uncovered here was just was just horrible,” said Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services spokesperson Erin Gillespie. “It was horrifying, it was disgusting, and we gathered all the evidence we could to make sure that this arrest was going to happen.”
Forest and Park Rangers
• Bobby Kelly, a 31 year old US Forest Ranger was sentenced to five years for more than two dozen child porn related charges.
• Derek Alan Lee, a 44 year old US Forest Service employee, was sentenced for child porn. Lee was sentenced with his 21 year old step-son Jeffrey McMillan. Their computers were found sending “several hundred files” of child sex abuse on the internet. Lee said he had been downloading child porn for ten years. At the time of his arrest his computer had 111 videos and 116 images of child sex abuse. He also had a collection of “incest stories.”
Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS)
• William Shaffer, a Child Protection Services (CPS) staff was arrested, July 2013, after he purchased nearly $7,000 of child rape and torture, aka child porn. According Shaffer’s criminal complaint “a 1987 police report alleged Shaffer sexually molested a boy between the ages of 8 and 9. The police report alleged the incident happened while Shafer was a Child Protective Services employee.” Investigators also seized “sexual stories” from Shaffer’s home. “One of them describes a seventh grade boy being abducted, molested and sodomized. It is not clear if Shaffer wrote the story — but refers to Michigan State University and 16 Mile Road. Shaffer’s residence is located just south of Maple Road.”
• Stanley Dorozynski, a 53 year old Child Protective Services (CPS) employee, was arrested, 21 December 2010, and charged with two counts, one each, of possessing and receiving child porn. Upon his arrest, Dorozynski possessed more than 2,400 child sex abuse images/videos including the abuse of children as young as four years old. Investigators also recovered 11 zip discs of child porn in a locked trunk, among other CDs. Doroszynski had been trading in child rape and torture since 1990. Dorozynski plead guilty, 27 July 2012, and was sentenced to six years in federal prison. His girlfriend found the child sex abuse images/videos and notified law enforcement. He had been a police officer in Utica, New York, before he went to work for Health and Human Services.
Air Marshals
• Michael McGowan, a 41 year old Air Marshal, was convicted for molesting three young boys, age eleven to thirteen, and child porn possession. He had 1,300 videos and images, along with fake FBI and CIA badges.
• Richard Castillo, a Houston Air Marshal, was indicted for indecency with a child after his daughter’s fourteen year old friend said he sexually assaulted her during a sleepover.
• Air Marshal Byungki Koo, who was mentioned under the Homeland Security section, received four years probation for participating in the sex trafficking of young women from Korea in Queens.
Transportation Security Agency (TSA)
• 59 year old Boston TSA agent Jose Salgado, charged with possession and distribution of child porn. As of this arrest April 2012, it was reported that a total of twelve child sex crimes in the previous sixteen months had been brought against TSA agents across America.
• Michael Wilson, 41 year old Baltimore TSA agent was indicated for child porn possession including videos “depicting a prepubescent female engaged in masturbation and anal sex with an adult male.”
• Andrew Smeal, 39 year old Florida TSA agent, was charged with twenty-five counts of child porn possession. An investigator said “…the living room was loaded with electronics, storage devices, hard drives.” I couldn’t locate information on how much child porn he had or what it was depicting; however, given he was charged with twenty-five counts, one can assume he had a large amount of child sex abuse videos and images.
• Thomas Gordon, a 46 year old TSA agent in Philadelphia, was sentenced for possession and distribution of child porn. He had over 600 images and videos of child sex abuse including children as young as six years old which were described as “horrific.” He had as many as six fake Facebook accounts he was using to distribute child porn.
• TSA hired 65 year old Thomas Harkin, a former Catholic priest who had been removed from the church for the sex abuse of an eleven year old girl, among possible other victims, to work at Philadelphia airport.
• TSA Agent, 38 year old Miguel Angel Quinones, who worked at Manchester airport in New Hampshire, was indicted on twenty counts of child porn possession. He had more than 1,000 child sex abuse images and videos. He kept his child porn in his airport work locker.
Bureau of Indian Affairs
• Jasper Neil Blair, a 27 year civil engineer with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, was arrested for child porn possession and plead guilty, 31 May 2012, “to knowingly possessing an image of a six-year-old girl being sexually abused,” and was sentenced, 4 October 2012, to two and half years in federal prison. Blair was using his government computer to trade in child rape and torture, aka child pornography.
Corrections and Probation Officers
• Former West Virginia Corrections Center Officer, 35 year old Joseph Roush, plead guilty to child porn possession and distribution. He had more than 500 image of child sex abuse.
• Leon Perry Brookes, a 39 year old a Corrections Officer for Jacksonville (Florida) Sheriff’s Office was arrested for child porn possession and distribution. Among others, he had child sex abuse files called “pthc- freaky latin parents and 5yr daughter.mpg” and “video-8yr orgasm and anal fudge hard ! new ! (ptch) 2007 new girl img.
• Gerald Silva, a 59 year old Rhode Island State Probation Officer, was convicted of child porn for his $1,589 USD purchase of 22 orders of child sex abuse from Azov Film’s website, spending a total of $1,589 on 75 different videos. He was caught by USPS Inspectors and Toronto Police investigation, Project Spade.
• Stuart Forrest, 62 year old Chief Probation Officer of San Mateo County, California, was sentenced for child porn possession that included the abuse of young bound boys. He had more than 400 images and videos of child sex abuse. This case was also part of Project Spade, run by the USPS and Toronto Police.
• Supervisor of Adult Probation and Parole and Sex Offender Unit in New Mexico, Larry Franco, 56 years old, was charged two counts of fourth-degree felony sexual exploitation of a minor by possession and one count of tampering with evidence. He had originally been charged with 26 new child porn counts. He was producing child porn.
• James Leone, a 50 year old Senior Parole Official in New York who supervised officers who monitored paroled sex offenders, was arrested for child porn possession. He had been downloading child sex abuse images in online searches for “preteen hard-core” including ten or twelve year old girls being sexually abused by their parents and a brother. Leone was a Child Abuse Investigator with New York City Child Welfare Bureau before he became a parole officer.
• Barry Porter Griffith, a 45 year old Parole Officer from Flint Texas, was sentenced for child porn possession after investigators noticed “significant Internet bandwidth being used by a state-owned computer to view pornography” including child sex abuse from his office computer.
• James Kriegner, a 43 year old Corrections Officer with Mercer County, New Jersey, charged with downloading more than 100 child sex abuse images.
Media Coverage of Ryan Loskarn’s Arrest
The media coverage of late Senate staffer Ryan Loskarn’s arrest for graphic and violent child porn, including the rape of a six year old girl in the woods by her father, ignored, entirely, the children in the videos. These are real children suffering real harm. Will the six year old girl raped in the woods by her father be rescued? No one asked. No one wanted to know.
John Harwood, for example, a DC reporter for CNBC and The New York Times, tweeted “Feeling so sad about Ryan Loskarn. Knew him a bit as a reporter and liked him. RIP.” I asked Harwood about the children in Loskarn’s child porn collection. Harwood’s response was “as father of daughters I’m horrified by that violent abuse. But I knew Ryan Loskarn & yes, I am sad for him & his family.”
I responded, “I appreciate that. As the father of daughters will you focus media attention on finding the 6 yr girl in Loskarn’s video? That’s all I am asking. It’s a simple & I think appropriate request. Given #Loskarn’s final words were to the children. No?”
Harwood never replied.
Child Porn as a National Security Threat
America has a child porn crisis. The disturbing number of federal and state employees arrested for child porn charges makes this a national security issue. Over the past few years, I’ve been documenting the scope of America’s child porn industry and the apparent level of involvement by America’s national security and federal employees. Forbes, The Washington Times and others have published my research. Fox News and Canadian TV (CTV) invited me for interviews. My CTV interview went mini-viral as did my Forbes article. I was the first to ask, in 2012, if White House staff might have been involved in the Colombia Secret Service scandal.
I am now researching and writing a book: Child Porn Nation: America’s Hidden Security Threat. My starting premise is men, and increasingly women, are raping children, very young children, including infants and toddlers, and sharing videos, images, and live-streaming of this abuse at epidemic levels. These criminals are, by and large, getting away with it because America refuses to move beyond our denial.
We are sustaining crisis-level numbers of seemingly normal, often powerful and successful men, and some women, involved in America’s child sex abuse industry; far too many of whom are federal or state employees.
It does not matter if the perpetrator is on the demand-side, with incessant appetites for graphic child abuse to achieve sexual gratification, or the supply-side of abusing children, often their own or children of friends and relatives, and selling this abuse on-line. Both supply and demand, which often cross over, have reached epidemic proportions and no one is talking about it.
My research is intended to be a wake-up call. The problem of child sex abuse, and its cover-up, is real. A generation of American children are being destroyed. If you think this only happens to other children, and your children are safe, you are sadly mistaken. Your children might be enduring sexual abuse right now while you remain dangerously ignorant. Ryan Loskarn’s parents never knew, until they read his suicide note, that he had suffered sex abuse as a child.
America’s appetite for child porn puts all our children at risk. Your children and mine. Whether you acknowledge it or not.
Dr. Paul Farmer, a humanitarian and personal hero, has said we must find the words to talk about the most painful subjects if we hope to have any positive impact on this world of ours. This is my attempt to find those words and open a subject no one wants to discuss.
That is, that while no one was watching, America has become a child porn nation and that puts us all at risk.
Dr. Lori Handrahan’s forthcoming book Child Porn Nation: America’s Hidden National Security Risk details America’s child sex abuse epidemic. Her Ph.D. is from The London School of Ec
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Louis Ciminelli, two others resign from LPCiminelli
Buffalo Business First-
Frank Ciminelli said he has hired former FBI Special Agent and Chief Division Counsel Paul Moskal to handle risk assessment and an aggressive compliance ... ... /401189679" onclick=";return false;

Bill adds police stop education to training

5:10 PM. EST February 06, 2017

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Would you know what to do if you got pulled over by a police officer? The House is talking about a bill that would spell out the procedures for everyone, and some in our area say it's long overdue.

No one wants to get pulled over, but it happens. Thing is, not everyone knows exactly what to do.

“This is perfect-- this is exactly what we’ve been lobbying for.”

M. Quentin Williams is a former FBI agent and prosecutor who also wrote a book called “How Not to get Killed by the Police ... J4HYYP9FEV" onclick=";return false;

5 out of 5 stars

A Tour de Force of Investigative Reporting: Best Book Ever on the MLK Jr. Assassination!!
ByPhillip F. Nelsonon July 29, 2016
Format: Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The Plot to Kill King: The Truth Behind the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. This is an OUTSTANDING book, arguably the best ever compendium of the people, events and documented evidence related to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Do not let the "1 star" reviews confuse you, they have been written for the very purpose of reinforcing the lies and deceit that were planted decades ago to hide the true story of the outrageous plot. The trolls are easily identifiable because they are too cowardly to use their real names and hide behind the most ridiculous and banal monikers, which usually connote the opposite of what the term is meant to describe.

Dr. William Pepper has courageously--and nearly singlehandedly--completed the investigation that should have been done by the FBI nearly half a century ago. But, as he has amply demonstrated, since that was the organization behind the set-up for MLK's murder and cover-up, the reason for their failure to conduct that inquiry becomes painfully obvious. While Pepper has only hinted at the connection to the White House, to state that the plot to kill King was put in motion by high-level criminals in the FBI, with help from the local Memphis police, the CIA and the leaders of the Dixie Mafia, along with a cover up that repeated the same patterns as the JFK and RFK assassinations, as well the that of the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty in 1967, it is no stretch to complete the circle: That it was all done with either the blessing, the instigation or at least the acquiescence of the POTUS himself: LBJ.

There are many stunning discoveries that Dr. Pepper has uncovered as well, including the assertion that at least three men within MLK's own circle betrayed him, one of whom is still considered one of the "leaders" of the civil rights "movement." But under my "no spoilers" rule, those names will not be repeated here, let it be sufficient to say that they provided all that the FBI officials who were constructing the elaborate plans needed to know as to the "comings and goings" of MLK to complete their deadly mission.

Phillip F. Nelson, author of "LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination" and "LBJ: From Mastermind to The Colossus" ... r-children" onclick=";return false;

Parents: Learn more about dangerous mobile apps available to your ...
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Scheduled speakers include FBI Special Agent Jeffrey Robertson, Det. Chris McCarty of the Fort Wayne Police Department and Crista Miller, ... FXNo2_tM4g" onclick=";return false;

Police Sexual Abuse of Teenage Girls: A Update on “Driving While Female - Samuel Walker ›
by S Walker
on “Driving While Female” by the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The 2002 ... This report found 72 cases of police officer sexual abuse of teenage girls (and ..." onclick=";return false;

FBI battling 'rash of sexting' among its employees
By Scott Zamost and Drew Griffin, CNN Special Investigations Unit ... 956be.html" onclick=";return false;

FBI awards UOG master's grads
Grads receive award for campaign against sexting, cyberbullying

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Some of the University of Guam masters degree graduates yesterday received the 2016 Director’s Community Leadership Award from the FBI.

These graduates received national recognition for their creation of the nonprofit organization “Project Foresight Guam: Sexting & Cyberbullying Awareness Campaign” and the positive impact it has had on the community, according to a press release from the FBI.

FBI Honolulu Division’s Assistant Special Agent in Charge Tuan M. Nguyen recognized the graduates’ achievement.

Sixteen students from the Master of Public Administration’s Practicum class of Spring 2016, received the recognition ... SKBN15L2FH" onclick=";return false;

Judge Rejects New York Mafia Informant’s Lawsuit Against FBI

Joseph Barone was a former Mafia informant for the FBI when he spent 19 months in a Brooklyn prison before a federal jury acquitted him in 2010.

Barone, now 55, sued the FBI, saying the bureau wanted to discipline him for refusing to trick a gangster from the Gambino crime family into confessing crimin ... 1791995136" onclick=";return false;

Trump's New Head of Border Patrol Might Want to Delete This Tweet

US Custom and Border Protection’s new chief of Border Patrol, Ron Vietello (left) and a tweet he sent out in March of 2016 (right)
This week President Trump named Ronald ... story.html" onclick=";return false;

Seattle becomes the first city to sever ties with Wells Fargo in protest of Dakota Access pipeline

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Prosecutor recommends no jail for FBI agent who shot at officer
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Kent County Prosecutor's Office has recommended no jail time for an FBI agent accused of shooting ... ... -symposium" onclick=";return false;

Special Agents Symposium

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brooklyn jail guards poisoned inmates' carrot cake: lawsuit

Saturday, February 25, 2017, 12:42 PM

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

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

FBI Jokes About Seeing Hillary In Handcuffs

9:55 AM 02/22/2017

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

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

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

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

FBI investigates theft at McAlester Army Ammunition plant
by Kameilla Weatherall
Friday, February 24th 2017 ... corruption" onclick=";return false;

Latest from the John Swallow corruption trial: Defense claims FBI agent perjured himself
By JENNIFER DOBNER | The Salt Lake Tribune
First Published Feb 22 2017 09:06AM    •    Last Updated Feb 23 2017 09 ... ne/517845/" onclick=";return false;

When Does Contact Between the FBI and the White House Cross ...
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Speaking to The Guardian, former FBI Agent Mike German said that “It is illegal for an FBI employee to take information from an ongoing criminal investigation .. ... 954521.php" onclick=";return false;

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

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STATE OF THE NATION: Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick addresses ...
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He is a former FBI Supervisory Special Agent, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Emergency Medical Technician ... eath-case/" onclick=";return false;

Federal appeals court reverses Tennessee death penalty case
Washington Times
(AP) - A federal appeals court on Friday reversed a death penalty case prosecuted by Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich because the FBI paid a key .witness ... -1.2981756" onclick=";return false;

Five reasons why liberals should boycott
Bill Maher

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Friday, February 24, 2017 ... -children/" onclick=";return false;

Dancing Children


Knowing One’s Place in the Scheme of Things

I have come full circle. I was a boy born to a mother who died immediately, perhaps at the hands of my father but that is only a distant third-party allegation, who grew up to watch as a small group of sheltered and sheltering effete Eastern

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Fla. cop fired for shooting, killing 73-year-old in role-play

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 8:09 PM

A Florida cop has been fired after shooting and killing a beloved 73-year-old retiree during a citizen police academy where he was not supposed to be using real bullets. ... is-police/

Justice Department halts its review of Memphis police
DOJ said its COPS Office won't proceed with the collaborative reform process, and has made other technical assistance and training resources available

Mar 3, 2017 ... -1.2994635

AG Sessions seeks 46 U.S. attorney resignations including Bharara

Friday, March 10, 2017, 6:17 PM ... ndictments

Baltimore Declares End To Plainclothes Policing After Officer Indictments

Originally published on March 9, 2017 2:30 pm

In Baltimore, they're known as knockers or jump-out boys - police officers in street clothes - jeans, T-shirts, tactical vests - who were tasked with going after gun crimes and drug offenders. But after seven officers in this police intel unit were indicted last week on allegations of robbery, extortion and other crimes, the police commissioner said no more. The plainclothes unit is being dismantled, and its officers are being sent back on the street in ... n-sources/

FBI allegedly paid Geek Squad technicians as 'confidential human ...
Recently unsealed documents reveal the FBI has allegedly been paying Geek Squad technicians to search customers' computers for illegal material, allowing .. ... -in-report

China attacks US racial tensions, police brutality in report
Posted: Mar 09, 2017 10:46 PM EST
Updated: Mar 09, 2017 10:46 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) - China assailed what it called America's "terrible human rights problems," in its annual report on rights abuses in the United States, citing police brutality, high levels of incarceration ... 06371.html

22 FBI agents cheated on exam on counterterrorism - Washington Post
Washington Post › Metro
Sep 28, 2010 - The Justice Department said Monday that it found almost two dozen FBI agents, including supervisors, had cheated on an exam to test their ... ... misconduct

Fort Myers PD asks feds to look into misconduct
Posted: Mar 08, 2017 6:11 PM EST
Updated: Mar 08, 2017 10:51 PM EST

Fort Myers Police Chief Derrick Diggs is looking to the U.S. Attorney's Office for help conducting an investigation into officer misconduct.

The call for help comes after a scathing 71-page report about the department was released two weeks ago by the Freeh Group.

"He's gone the best way, the U.S. Attorney's Office," said Fort Myers City Councilman Forrest Banks.

The report revealed just how deep the suspected corruption went behind department doors. Officers were implicated in tipping off drug dealers and even alleged to have cheated on tests to gain promotions.

Banks is hopeful this will strengthen the city.

"I don't know what I expect," Banks said. "Hopefully it'll be a growing experience for us, and the city and good things will come of it."

Fort Myers City Manager Saeed Kazemi said the city is happy with the decision to involve ... -1.2994218

The notorious ex-cop jailed for murdering his third wife and then trying to have someone kill the prosecutor who put him behind bars was transferred to a federal prison because authorities felt he was a danger to the facility where he was serving out his sentence.

Drew Peterson last month was suddenly transferred from Menard Correctional Center in Illinois to a prison in Terre Haute, Ind. At the time, officials declined to discuss the move, but a prison memo obtained by the Chicago Tribune revealed they felt the former Bolingbrook police officer was “a threat to safety and security of the department.” ... ia-battle/

Judge Knocks FBI on Secrecy in Old FOIA Battle
– A murder investigation that has supposedly been closed for a quarter-century is at center of a federal court battle over old records that the FBI still keeps secret.

Hyram Kitchen, dean of the veterinary school at the University of Tennessee, was killed in 1990. Ambushed in his driveway while on his way out for an early morning meeting, the doctor was shot eight times – twice in the back of the head.

Police could not connect the murder to militant animal-rights activists but did acknowledge that there were rumors about extremists on a witch hunt for individuals like Kitchen.

The FBI closed its investigation of Kitchen’s murder more than 25 years ago, but his assailants remain unknown.

While fielding a request for its records on the case by Ryan Noah Shapiro, however, the FBI invoked exemption 7(A) of the Freedom of Information Act, which permits a law enforcement agency to withhold records whose exposure could interfere ... -1.2994730

NYPD cop convicted after backing up illegal arrest with lies

Friday, March 10, 2017, 6:20 PM ... ting-case/

Kern County Settles Videotaped Beating Case

Kern County and its sheriff’s officers have settled a 3-year old lawsuit accusing them of illegally arresting a man and seizing his cellphone after he recorded them beating another man to death ... -1.2994684

A former Queens postal worker allegedly beaten to a pulp by two cops showed up to work days later bloody, bruised and walking with a limp, his colleague testified Friday.

Christopher Larmond described seeing co-worker Karim Baker following his bloody run-in with Officers Angelo Pampena and Robert Carbone in Oct. 2015.

"He came in to work with dry blood on his face and clothes," Larmond testified in Queens Supreme Court. "He was all messed up with cuts and bruises. ... He was walking funny, had a little limp."

The 27-year-old Baker testified that he endured almost a year of police harassment after he unwittingly gave directions to would-be cop killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley who gunned down Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu outside a Brooklyn housing project in Dec. 2014.

Brooklyn man who said he was beaten by police admits to lying
The ex-postman, while being attacked, made two separate 911 calls screaming for help.

NYPD Officers Angelo Pampena (far l.) and Robert Carbone (r.) are accused of beating A former Queens postal worker allegedly beaten to a pulp by two cops showed up to work days later bloody, bruised and walking with a limp, his colleague testified Friday.

Christopher Larmond described seeing co-worker Karim Baker following his bloody run-in with Officers Angelo Pampena and Robert Carbone in Oct. 2015.

"He came in to work with dry blood on his face and clothes," Larmond testified in Queens Supreme Court. "He was all messed up with cuts and bruises. ... He was walking funny, had a little limp."

The 27-year-old Baker testified that he endured almost a year of police harassment after he unwittingly gave directions to would-be cop killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley who gunned down Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu outside a Brooklyn housing project in Dec. 2014.

Brooklyn man who said he was beaten by police admits to lying
The ex-postman, while being attacked, made two separate 911 calls screaming for help.

NYPD Officers Angelo Pampena (far l.) and Robert Carbone (r.) are accused of beating Baker bloody.
Baker says the beatdown was the culmination of 20 previous NYPD stops.

But Internal Affairs Bureau Sgt. bloody.
Baker says the beatdown was the culmination of 20 previous NYPD stops.

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Lying cop doesn't know Uber driver is actually a lawyer
March 9, 2017
When defense attorney Jesse Bright was pulled over in North Carolina while moonlighting as an Uber driver, he began filming the encounter. Allegedly, he had been pulled over for picking up a passenger from a known 'drug house,' but that didn't stop Bright from continuing to film, despite the police officers incorrectly telling him that it was illegal to do so. Jesse Bright shared the video on his Facebook page.

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FBI Arrests Blogger Gary Hunt For Divulging Informants' Names

An antigovernment “Patriot” blogger, who published names of reported FBI informants in an Oregon refuge investigation and refused to respond to a federal ... ... nd-n745446

Video Shows Cop Slam, Beat Black Pedestrian After Alleged Jaywalking
Video: Calif. PD launches probe after UOF incident goes viral
The department said the officer displayed "unacceptable conduct"

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Video released Monday shows an officer throw an alleged jaywalker to the ground and repeatedly strike him in the face.
Police told NBC News that an officer confronted Nandi Cain Jr. to detain him for “allegedly unlawfully crossing the street.”
In the video, the unidentified officer and Cain can be seen having a conversation before the officer grabs Cain and throws him to the ground. Cain told KCRA that he removed his jacket beforehand to show he was not armed.
"For an unknown reason, the officer threw the pedestrian to the ground and began striking him in the face with his hand multiple times," the department said in a statement. ... caretaker/
Fla. officer charged with shooting autistic man's caretaker
Officer Jonathan Aledda is charged with attempted manslaughter and misdemeanor culpable negligence

MIAMI — Officials say a Florida police officer who shot an autistic man's caretaker is facing criminal charges.
A news release from the Miami-Dade State Attorney's office says North Miami Police Officer Jonathan Aledda was charged Wednesday with attempted manslaughter and misdemeanor culpable negligence.
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Authorities say Aledda shot Charles Kinsey in the leg July 18 as he lay in the street next to his adult client. Arnaldo Rios had walked away from the group home where he lives. Kinsey was trying to coax him back when a woman called 911 saying a suicidal man was walking down the street with a gun. Rios was actually carrying his toy truck.
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Talk by pro-police author disrupted at Calif. college
Instead, conservative commentator and author Heather MacDonald spoke before a handful of observers while the college live-streamed the event
LOS ANGELES — Administrators expressed disappointment and threatened discipline in the wake of a demonstration that disrupted a planned public event last week featuring conservative commentator and author Heather MacDonald at Claremont McKenna College.
The campus demonstration was among the latest nationwide to impede the appearance of a conservative speaker.
At Claremont McKenna, east of Los Angeles, about 250 protesters on Thursday blocked the entrance to the Athenaeum, where MacDonald was scheduled to appear. Many chanted “black lives matter” and “black lives — they matter here.”
Campus officials and security decided not to force entry into the venue on behalf of those who came to hear MacDonald speak.
“Based on the judgment of the Claremont Police Department, we jointly concluded that any forced interventions or arrests would have created unsafe conditions for students, faculty, staff and guests,” Claremont McKenna College President Hiram E. Chodosh said in a statement. “I take full responsibility for the decision to err on the side of these overriding safety considerations.”
Instead, MacDonald spoke before a handful of observers while the college live-streamed the event to a viewing audience that Chodosh estimated at 250 — about the same num ... -1.3047650
Portland cops accused of tackling wedding guest, pulling down dress and ‘exposing her down to her waist’

A group of off-duty Portland police officers attending a wedding are accused of assault in a new $412,500 lawsuit.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 11:45 AM
A group of off-duty Portland cops were accused of falsely confronting a woman about a stolen wallet — then choking and tackling her before pulling down her strapless gown and “exposing” her at a wedding, according to a recently filed $412,500 lawsuit.
The confrontation took place on Aug. 22, 2015 at a home in Boring, Oregon, between Jessica Stradley and officers Patrick Mawdsley and Matthew Ginnow, according to the suit. Other officers were allegedly involved, but are not named in the suit.
The nuptials were attended by 200 to 250 guests, many of them cops as the groom, Ryan Mele, is a Portland police officer, Oregon Live reported.
Neither Stradley nor her husband are law enforcement officers, but friends of the couple getting married. The majority of the guests had been drinking for hours when the altercation began.
The incident was sparked after Mawdsley spotted his fiancee’s wallet sticking out of Stradley’s purse, according to the lawsuit cited by Oregon Live. He accused the 35-year-old woman of attempting to steal it, but Stradley brushed it off as a misunderstanding.
She told the officer the wallet “had obviously been placed there by accident” and placed it on a table.
Stradley’s husband pointed out how ridiculous it’d be to steal at wedding so heavily attended by law enforcement — and then one of the officers grabbed his wife and began to shake her, according to the suit.
Another cop rushed at Stradley from behind, shoving her into a different officer, who then pushed her to the ground.
The suit additionally claims an officer held Stradley down, clamping his hand onto her throat as he said, “I’m going to f--king kill you.”
When Stradley stood back up, another officer allegedly pushed her into a pole, cutting her head. She then tried to walk away when an officer “pulled down on her strapless dress, exposing her from the waist down.”
During the altercation, Stradley threatened to call the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.
“Go ahead and call the f--king police,” one officer allegedly replied. “We are the police.”
“I’ll tell them that your wife punched me in the face. Who do you think they’re going to believe, you guys? Or a bunch of cops?” another officer allegedly told Stradley's husband. ... omplaints/

More Than 1,000 Immigrants Held at Detention Centers Reported Being Sexually Assaulted

More than 1,000 people held at immigration detention centers reported being sexually assaulted in a little more than two years, according to an advocacy group, which cited Homeland Security data.
Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement obtained the information from a public records request, the Associated Press reports.
The AP wrote:
• Homeland Security inspector general’s office disclosed that it received 1,016 complaints from detainees reporting sexual abuse or assault from May 2014 to July 2016. More than 90 percent involved Immigration and Customs Enforcement, an agency within Homeland Security that has more than 30,000 beds at detention facilities nationwide.
• The inspector general received more than 33,000 allegations of a broader range of abuses from January 2010 to July 2016, including 702 for coerced sexual contact, 714 for physical or sexual abuse and 589 for sexual harassment, according to the group. The group’s analysis showed the inspector general ... og_wa.html
Portland police chief under investigation, city searches for new police leader
Police Chief Mike Marshman is currently on paid administrative leave pending an investigation regarding police bureau training
Apr 5, 2017
PORTLAND, Ore. — An investigation of the police chief and his executive assistant is underway after the assistant allegedly signed in the chief to a training session he never attended.
According to the Oregonian, Police Chief Mike Marshman and his executive assistant, Lt. Mike Leasure, were placed on paid administrative leave on March 24 as the city investigates. Marshman did not confirm what led to the investigation.

The command staff training regarded the use of the Employee Information System, which is used to identify at-risk employees who are flagged by high numbers of complaints and patterns of excessive use of force. The system was a part of a settlement the city reached with the U.S. Department of Justice after a 2012 investigation that uncovered excessive use of force against mentally ill people.
An anonymous source reported the chief’s lack of attendance to internal affairs, which then notified the ... 9638e10909

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Trump’s Former Campaign Manager Paul Manafort To Register As Foreign Agent: Reports
Manafort is reportedly the second former Trump adviser to emerge as a foreign agent.

WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort will register with the Department of Justice as a foreign agent, according to reports by The Associated Press and NBC News.

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Later today, subject to any legal intervention by Shell, we will publish the story of former FBI Special Agent Crockett Oaks III.
He joined Shell in 2003 and until recently was paid over $300,000 per year as head of Shell Security in the Americas.

How Shell fell out with former FBI Special Agent Crockett Oaks III
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Senate leader investigating possible FBI deception about Texas terror attack

A powerful U.S. senator has launched an investigation into whether the FBI knew about a planned attack by ISIS-inspired terrorists at an anti-Muslim cartoon show in the Dallas area and did nothing to stop it -- and also misled the lawmaker about circumstances of the 2015 attack.

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., chairman of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, said he learned from a recent ... t-at-grpd/

Jail for tearful ex-FBI agent who shot at GRPD
Prosecutor re-evaluating case against ex-agent's drunk partner

Published: April 20, 2017, 3:30 pm Updated: April 20, 2017, 6:13 pm ... story.html

FBI agent's gun, badge and other gear stolen from trunk
The San Diego Union-Tribune-Apr 18, 2017
A suspected gang member has been charged with stealing a trunkful of FBI gear — including a San Diego special agent's gun, ammunition, ...

FBI OCTOPUS ... story.html

Larry Hogan Sr., father to governor, gravely ill
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US surveillance court denied few monitoring requests in 2016

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“Radioactive Boy Scout” regularly visited by FBI for a decade, father says
New documents show David Charles Hahn was reported to authorities in 2007, 2010.

APR 23, 2017 1:00
Man who tried to build a homemade nuclear reactor didn’t die of radiation poisoning
David Charles Hahn, who was nicknamed the “Radioactive Boy Scout,” received regular visits from the FBI for nearly a decade from 2005 through 2015, Ars has learned.
Hahn, who was profiled by Harper’s Magazine in 1998 for his attempts to build a homemade breeder nuclear reactor in his mother’s backyard shed, passed away late last year in Michigan at the age of 39. Last month, Ars reported that Hahn did not die as a result of radiation poisoning.

Upon his death, we filed numerous Freedom of Information Act requests with various federal agencies, including the FBI. Amongst the documents we received were three FBI reports dating between 2007 and 2010. They detail three separate instances when people reported to law enforcement that they believed that Hahn may be trying to restart his nuclear activities. When local and federal authorities investigated, they found no such evidence.

With these reports, Ars contacted Kenneth Hahn, David’s father. He said he had never seen these documents before.

However, the elder Hahn told Ars that, upon his son’s return from military service in 2005, David would receive regular, unannounced visits from the FBI at least annually. The FBI would interview David and search for any evidence of nuclear material.

“Each time they were really hoping to find something,” Kenneth Hahn told Ars, adding that the searches took two to three hours.

When the FBI would turn up, Kenneth would drive over to his son’s house, just a half-mile away, and sit in his own car and watch. Kenneth said that the FBI team was always professional, but he felt frustrated by the frequency with which these searches happened. He was also frustrated that the federal agents frequently brought numerous law enforcement cars and search dogs with them.

“That would drive you nuts, wouldn’t it?” he said.

Kenneth Hahn said that the teams were always lead by Mark Davidson, a special agent with the FBI based in Detroit. Ars reached Davidson, who declined to comment, and referred us to the FBI’s press office in Washington, DC.

“The FOIA documents speak for themselves and we do not have an additional comment to provide,” a spokesman e-mailed.

“Does not possess any nuclear materials”

This fall, the “Radioactive Boy Scout” died at age 39
The earliest of the documents date back to April 23, 2007. That’s when someone (the name is redacted) reported to the FBI in Toledo, Ohio, that Hahn was mentally unstable and was again ... d=11843668

FBI director arrives in Queenstown
Sunday, 23 April 2017

FBI director James Comey has arrived in Queenstown for a 'top-secret' spy conference.

Comey, wearing sunglasses, a light blue shirt and chino pants, arrived on an FBI chartered Gulfstream Aerospace.

Comey was last in New Zealand in March 2016, when he met with Minister for the Government Communications and Security Bureau and Security Intelligence Service Chris Finlayson and Police Commissioner Mike Bush.

Before Comey's arrival, a CIA jet touched down on the tarmac at Queenstown Airport.

And, just like a scene out of an action flick, two security personnel stood guard as a number of men and women in suits exited the plane before being quickly ushered along the tarmac into waiting vehicles.

Passengers disembark from the jet owned by the CIA. Photo / Brett Phibbs
A quick Google search of the registration number on the white, Gulfstream Aerospace's tail revealed United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) owns the jet.

The Gulfstream has joined a second private jet at the airport, acting as added confirmation that the "Government conference" set to play out at luxury Millbrook Resort in Arrowtown in the coming week, is a meeting of spying network Five Eyes - the global alliance of the US, the UK, Canada, Australia and

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FBI restricts contact between its employees and media
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(CNN) The FBI is overhauling its media policy, restricting contacts between the news media and its employees amid controversy over alleged ... ... as-google/

In Secret Court Hearing, Lawyer Objected to FBI Sifting Through ...
The Intercept-Apr 21, 2017
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Here's How Much The FBI Planned To Pay Trump Dossier Author
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New details are emerging about the FBI's arrangement with the former British spy who compiled the infamous opposition research dossier on ... ... -americans

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2 cops, detective and NYPD crossing guard arrested over weekend
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Sunday, April 23, 2017, 4:01 PM ... -1.3091638

N.J. cop allegedly had sex with 2 teens, gave them booze, pills
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A cop in Rockaway Township, N.J., allegedly had sexual relations with two teenagers that he also provided alcohol and pills for.
A twisted New Jersey cop plied two teen girls with booze and pills and repeatedly had sex with them, prosecutors said Sunday.

Wilfredo Guzman, a cop in Rockaway Township, a hamlet about an hour west of Manhattan, was slapped with the charges by the Morris County Prosecutor’s office.

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100 US Senators Want Israeli High Crimes Suppressed

by Stephen Lendman

In an April 27 letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, all US senators demanded the world body ignore Israeli high crimes, calling truth-telling “anti-Semiti(c).”

“Too often, the UN is exploited as a vehicle for targeting Israel,” they said.

Fact: Much more needs to be done to hold Israel accountable for high crimes of war and against humanity - for decades of ruthlessly persecuting Palestinians, for committing slow-motion genocide, for attacking its neighbors.

The letter quoted neocon US UN envoy Nikki Haley, saying “(i)t is the UN’s anti-Israel bias that is long overdue for change” - an outrageous perversion of truth.

The senators praised the world body “for disavowing” the important Richard Falk/Virginia Tilley report, calling Israel a racist apartheid regime - “beyond a reasonable doubt.”

The entire US Senate urged the UN “to improve (its) treatment of Israel…” It demands no world body support for the vital global BDS initiative - or any other actions hostile to Israeli interests.

It wants information about its human rights abuses suppressed. It demands support for US interests. It calls truth-telling anti-Israeli “bias.”

All 100 US senators disgracefully signed the letter. Washington and Israel partner in each other’s high crimes - a ruthless axis of evil threatening humanity.

Last week, Haley accused the world body of holding “Israel-bashing sessions.” Ignoring US wars in multiple theaters, she lied claiming “Iran is using Hezbollah to advance its regional aspirations.”

“They are working together to expand extremist ideologies in the Middle East. That is a threat that should be dominating our discussion at the Security Council.”

Iran threatens no one. Neither does Hezbollah. Haley turned truth on its head. So did Tillerson days earlier, irresponsibly accusing Tehran of “alarming ongoing provocations” to destabilize regional countries.

Iranian UN envoy Gholamali Khoshroo debunked his remarks, calling them “misleading propaganda…”

Last week Washington asked which Middle East countries benefit from regional chaos, “and what are the connections between terrorist groups and these states?”

Israel, of course, benefits most. So does America by its belligerent presence in a part of the world not its own - waging endless wars of aggression, supporting terrorist groups it created, wanting pro-Western puppet rule replacing all sovereign independent governments.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at

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Victory! Maryland's Anti-Boycott Bill is Dead!
Last Monday was Sine Die, the final day of the Maryland General Assembly’s annual legislative session. We are pleased to announce that the Anti-Boycott Bill SB739/HB949 has officially died! The legislation never even received a single vote in any committee. For the third consecutive year, legislative attacks on supporters of Palestinian human rights failed decisively.

This outcome was not due to any back-door negotiation from insiders in the legislature or because of lobbyist efforts. It was mainly due to legislators (especially Democratic legislators) being convinced that this bill was unconstitutional or they simply disagreed with it's intent. This convincing was largely done by a grassroots statewide movement -- including

April 12, 2017

BDS Co-Founder Omar Barghouti Sends Letter to MD Assembly

During the hearings on the Zirkin/Kramer anti-Boycott bills (SB739/HB949), supporters of the bills repeatedly mentioned the name of Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement co-founder Omar Barghouti.

Omar Barghouti responded with a letter directly addressed to members of the Maryland General Assembly. Read his full letter here.

ACLU Says Anti-Boycott Bill is Unconstitutional. Warns of Censorship
Today the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland has released a statement saying that the Zirkin/Kramer Anti-Boycott Bill is unconstitutional.

While we take no position on the underlying boycott, we do oppose the bill, as it is inimical to democratic principles. The bill penalizes a point of view deemed unacceptable by government officials. It would allow the state to assume the role of censor in matters of political controversy.

It is well-accepted that boycotts are fully protected speech under the First Amendment

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The news from your local lockup is not good.
In San Jose, California, three jail guards stood trial this week, charged with beating an inmate to death, ripping his spleen nearly in half. In northeast Arkansas, two supervisors at a juvenile lockup pleaded guilty to conspiring to pepper-spray kids without cause. And in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, an inquest revealed that jail guards cut off water to an inmate’s cell seven days before he died of dehydration.

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VIDEO: Protesters demand murder charge for cop who forced motorcyclist off the road
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May 8, 2017
FBI struggled with “messaging challenges” surrounding its controversial counterterror program for teens
In internal emails Bureau decried “self-proclaimed activists who are providing incorrect information to the media” regarding CVE
Written by Waqas Mirza
Edited by JPat Brown
FBI officials fretted over critical press coverage of their interactive website and online game on violent extremism aimed at high school students and attempted to assuage concerns raised by civil liberties and Muslim organizations, according to documents released through a FOIA request by Michael Best.
The FBI’s Don’t Be a Puppet website is intended to raise awareness of violent extremism and the risk of radicalization to vulnerable students. It relies on flawed theories of radicalization which erroneously assumes that there are “indicators” or “risk factors” of violent extremism.

The website and the online game were immediately met with criticism and ridicule. A letter signed by 19 organizations, including the American Federation of Teachers, the National Immigration and Law Center, and others, accused the FBI website of promoting “bigotry and hatred” and doubling down on “the problematic law-enforcement strategy of profiling.”
The FBI held a meeting with representatives of many organizations which had criticized the website. According to Abed A. Ayoub, the legal and policy director for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, the meeting was “very tense” and FBI officials received “blowback from everybody.”
The documents released by the FBI are heavily redacted and exclude nearly every substantial discussion of the website, including meeting presentations and notes, changes proposed by groups, input by students and teachers, and media briefings.
What the documents do show, however, is the clear frustration of many FBI officials due to critical coverage of the website and pushback from civil liberties and community organizations.
One e-mail laments the “unfortunate press” in the New York Times and the Washington Post “as a result of criticisms by several groups” whose “characterizations of the website” it claimed were “very inaccurate.” The e-mail also claimed that such a response was not representative since FBI focus groups with “nearly 50 groups and 200 individuals” yielded an “almost universally positive” response.

Such critical press coverage was foreseen by at least one shrewd FBI official, who, in a response to queries by the New York Times reporter Laurie Goodstein, remarked to colleagues that “NYT should certainly be discouraged from writing a story as they have little to nothing to go on.”

There documents included notes on one meeting with the Muslim Leaders’ Council, perhaps to showcase the “almost universally positive” response to the website, which also derided “self-proclaimed activists who are providing incorrect information to the media.”

It is unclear exactly what the Muslim Leaders’ Council is. The notes refer to “our” Muslim Leaders’ Council and one of its members as one of “our” members, which seem to suggest that it has close connections to the FBI and would also explain the effusive response of the group to the FBI website.
Nonetheless, such an “almost universally positive” response by individuals and groups FBI held focus groups with did not solve the Bureau’s “messaging challenges,” for which it ultimately reached out to a woman who worked on the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) initiative in Montgomery County, MD.

The woman whose name is redacted is likely someone who works for the World Organization for Resource Development and Education (WORDE), which runs a CVE initiative that relies on a flawed theory of radicalization, stigmatizes Muslim Americans, and has the potential to curtail civil rights and political expression and organizing.
The Bureau attempted to confront its “messaging challenges” by replacing at least one “Islamic angle” with a focus on animal rights activists.

Nonetheless, the Bureau ran into an easily avoidable logistical difficulty when it attempted to meet with religious leaders to further its messaging efforts.

One individual invited to a briefing with the Bureau hoped the FBI’s CVE initiative would not brand bearded Muslims as terrorists.

To which an FBI official helpfully responded by stating that “facial hair” would not be a part of the discussion.

While the FBI boasts of holding focus groups and seeking inputs from students, teachers, community leaders, and members of religious organizations, the actual input is curiously not made available to the public. Previously, the Department of Education had rejected a FOIA request for the feedback that it provided to the FBI on its website. The documents released by the FBI also redact all input received from the public but include the consent forms signed by parents of students. ... ett-brown/

May 8, 2017
The Government Is Not Done Messing with Barrett Brown

A recent lawsuit against the FBI is shedding light on the complex game the Bureau is playing to silence investigators of the cyber-industrial complex.
The lawsuit concerns the subpoenaing of anonymous donor information to the legal defense fund for formerly incarcerated journalist Barrett Brown. Brown had investigated data from private intelligence corporations that was leaked by the hacker collective Anonymous. He created a wiki, ProjectPM, to crowdsource the work of sifting through the data — which found interesting bits of information, like an effort to discredit WikiLeaks and the journalist Glenn Greenwald through fake documents and propaganda.
The FBI did not like this snooping. Agents arrested Brown in September 2012 after a raid on his apartment and his mother’s house. They initially indicted him on the now infamous “linking” charge — because he linked the already leaked data from one chatroom to another — but that was dropped in favor of lesser charges: threatening an FBI agent on a Youtube video, interfering with a search warrant’s execution by hiding his laptop, and accessory after the fact. Brown was in prison for four years, before being released to a halfway house in November 2016. He is now on parole.
Kevin Gallagher, an advocate for privacy who followed Brown’s work and arrest, created the website and used the donation platform to collect anonymous donations for a legal defense fund during his incarceration. Suspecting that these anonymous donors may have had ties to hackers, or were hackers themselves, the FBI subpoenaed WePay for its information — demanding “any and all records” regarding the donations to Brown’s defense fund. Gallagher and an anonymous donor decided to officially retaliate, signing on as plaintiffs to the lawsuit.
Is the subpoena legal? Gallagher’s lawyers say no. The lawsuit claims that the FBI violated the First Amendment, the Stored Communications Act, and the privacy rights in the California Constitution (Gallagher and some of the donors are from California, according to the lawsuit). Whatever the charges against Brown were, the lawsuit claims that “the identities of, and the amounts donated by, the journalist’s supporters are completely irrelevant to the charges levied against the journalist.”
The gravity of the problem is right in the lawsuit: “the WePay subpoena was part of a larger scheme… to unlawfully surveil the donors in violation of the First Amendment.” We know the intelligence community has an unseemly knack for crushing dissent, the most high profile example being Edward Snowden; but the incarceration of Brown and the subpoenaing of anonymous donor information shows the lengths to which they will go. Snowden can at least be cast as a villain by the government because he leaked classified information, but Brown was deemed a criminal because he looked at information that was already leaked. And now donors, who have nothing to do with what Brown did, are on the FBI’s list.
Why would the FBI jail a journalist, whose worst crime was a mildly threatening Youtube video because he was angry about the FBI raiding his mom’s house, for four years? It was simply part of a long play to intimidate journalists, and to find more information on hackers. Once the defense fund was set up, the FBI saw an opportunity for more information and they subpoenaed it. Maybe some of those donors have hacker ties, or are hackers themselves, or maybe not. But an innocent man was jailed for those names.
Brown is now out on parole in Texas, but the ire of the FBI is not over. He was re-arrested on April 27 for speaking to the press about his plight, only to be released on May 1. According to Brown himself in a column for D Magazine, the Texas Bureau of Prisons (BOP) had begun demanding Brown and his interviewers sign forms prior to interviews, which Brown rejected on claim that there is no relevant rule, either in the Bureau of Prisons Program Statement on News Media Contacts or in the Constitution, which constrains his dealings with the press. The BOP retaliated by ordering him on the morning of April 27 to appear at the Volunteers of America halfway house that day, where he has biweekly meetings with his case manager.
Brown could tell something was amiss, so he called journalists and Dallas City Councilman Philip Kingston to tell them what was going on. At 10 am, Brown was taken into custody. He was never given an official explanation of why he had been re-arrested, and waited for four days while a lawyer retained by D Magazine, David Siegal of Haynes and Boone, made a series of calls to the BOP describing “what they’d gotten themselves into.” On May 1, the jail’s counselor summoned Brown into his office and told him “You won. Get your stuff ready. You’re leaving.”
But did he win? Brown was taken back to the halfway house and pressured, yet again, to sign forms that had nothing to do with his situation. The forms can be seen here and here; these are forms for the press gaining access to speak to a prison inmate, not for someone out on parole.
Brown wrote a detailed description of his last meeting:
“Woody Hossler, the aforementioned halfway house staffer, had to pick me up in his car and take me back to Hutchins, where I was given a breathalyzer and drug test before being cajoled into meeting with Wells, who this time had some other fellow in his office with him whom he identified vaguely as his new ‘program director.’ After commenting that I ‘look mad,’ Wells said that the BOP wanted me to sign two forms. I asked him what would happen if I didn’t. He replied that in that case we would ‘be back where we started’ and that he would have to call the BOP. I asked who at the BOP had told him all this; he said that Lujan was absent that day and someone else was acting in her role. I spent about two minutes trying to get him to admit that I was being threatened with yet another unlawful arrest if I failed to sign these two inappropriate forms, an idea that he attempted to depict as wholly silly. I asked, for instance, if I ... y-theorist

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Whistleblower Says USA Went Easy on Dumping in Gulf of Mexico

May 8, 2017
whistleblower who told authorities three oil drilling companies dumped chemicals in the Gulf of Mexico claims a federal prosecutor ignored his evidence, costing the United States $28 million in fines.
Evan Howington sued the United States on May 4 in Federal Court.
The Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships encourages whistleblowers to speak out, but they need the cooperation of federal prosecutors to collect any reward.
Whistleblowers can be paid up to 50 percent of penalties the government gets from a polluting ship operator under the law, which Congress passed in 1980.
Howington’s lawsuit turns on how that law defines a ship.
He says that Jon Maestri, an assistant U.S. attorney in New Orleans, came to the “patently incorrect” conclusion that an oil drilling support vessel from which Howington saw chemicals dumped into the Gulf is not “capable of being used as a means of transportation” so it does not meet the definition of a ship under the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships. ... -murder-2/

Texas Policeman Charged With Murder

A fired, white Dallas-area police officer who inexplicably shot and killed an unarmed black teenager with a rifle as he was leaving a party in a car was arrested late Friday on a murder charge and sued in federal court for wrongful death. ... iles-suit/

Tickled by CIA’s Tweets, Anthropologist Files Suit

May 8, 2017
BOSTON (CN) – The CIA’s tongue-in-cheek Twitter posts inspired a federal complaint from an anthropologist specializing in social media, hoping to get records on the spy agency’s funny bone.
Set to get her doctorate this year from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Amanda Johnson brought her May 4 complaint in Boston after waiting years on an answer by the CIA to her request under the Freedom of Information Act.
“It is rare for a federal agency – especially an agency whose duties are so serious – to employ a humorous tone when communicating with the public,” the 11-page complaint states. “This makes the CIA’s decision to do so a matter of both public and academic interest, especially for scholars in the humanities.”
Johnson notes that a sarcastic tone has been evident in the CIA’s Twitter communications from the get-go.


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Repeat Felon Is Hero Alt-Right Deserves

Ex-con has cracked heads at Berkeley street demonstrations
Kyle Chapman, 41, is a thrice-convicted felon who has spent ten years behind bars for his various crimes. He now seeks to destroy "neo-Marxists."

MAY 8--The latest hero of the alt-right, a California man who has beaten and maced anti-Trump protesters on the streets of Berkeley, is a thrice-convicted felon who has served three separate prison terms, jumped bail, twice violated parole, used cocaine, LSD, and meth, and was described by his own lawyer as having “severe psychological problems,” court records show.
Kyle Chapman, a 41-year-old rough boy committed to destroying the “neo-Marxist scourge,” was arrested March 4 following a melee at a rally organized by Trump supporters. While marchers purportedly were there in support of free speech, Chapman--who has spent a combined 10 years behind bars--came dressed for a fight.
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MEDIA IGNORES Time That Bill Clinton FIRED His FBI Director On Day Before Vince Foster Was Found Dead
- May 10, 2017

At the recommendation of both Attorney General Jeff Sessions and from Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey yesterday. In his letter to Comet, President Trump stated that he believed FBI Director James Comey was “not able to effectively lead the Bureau.” Deputy Attorney General Rod J.Rosenstein blamed Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email case. Attorney General Sessions agreed with Rosenstein saying “a fresh start is needed at the leadership of the FBI.”

In its 109-year history, only one F.B.I. director had been fired — until Tuesday, when President Trump fired James B. Comey. In July 1993, President Bill Clinton fired William S. Sessions, who had been nominated to the post by President Ronald Reagan in 1987. Mr. Clinton said his attorney general, Janet Reno, reviewed Mr. Sessions’s leadership and concluded “in no uncertain terms that he can no longer effectively lead the bureau.”

Former FBI Director William S. Sessions
Mr. Sessions had been cited for ethical lapses, including taking free trips on F.B.I. aircraft and using government money to build a $10,000 fence at his home. Mr. Sessions was asked to resign, and was fired when he refused to do so. “Despite the president’s severe tone, he seemed to regret having to force Mr. Sessions from his post,” The New York Times wrote about his dismissal:

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Rhodesia used anthrax against it's own people

Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Zimbabwe's historic anthrax epizootic: new analysis
A paper has been published here and, while in draft form, discussed at length here, which reanalyzes the features of Zimbabwe's anthrax epizootic, which began in 1978 and slowly tailed off after 1980.

The authors include an MD and geography specialists from the University of Nevada, Reno. The first author, James M. Wilson, MD, has founded a center to investigate and forecast epidemics. From his bio:
Director, Nevada State Infectious Disease Forecast Station @ the University of Nevada-Reno.This is the first operational infectious disease forecast station in the United States that operates at the state level.
The group has done a great job collecting information about weather (temperature, rainfall), soils, outbreak locations, possible means of spread, and number of animals and humans affected, as well as the movement of the epidemic over time. The group has pulled together the detail needed to create maps and tables that convey how the epidemic evolved chronologically.

The authors have [as I believe I did in 1992] put to rest a number of unsupported theories as to the nature of the epidemic, and confirmed that the geographic "hops" anthrax made are not explained by natural occurrences. The authors confirm that anthrax cases extended to the borders of Zimbabwe, but remained confined within Zimbabwe's boundaries. Adjoining countries experienced no similar epizootic.

The authors agree that the vast majority of human cases were associated with exposure to anthrax-contaminated animals, hides or meat.

Of interest, a number of anonymous commenters were extremely critical of Wilson's paper as it was in progress. Their arguments were mostly specious, and I would be able to knock each down if it was useful to do so; I did knock down a few, then stopped sparring with anonymous critics. If the critics were serious, presumably they would have used their names. What was interesting was the concerted attack on Wilson, some 38 years since the onset of the epizootic, to deny the event could have been due to biological warfare. Yet there is no other explanation, consistent with the facts, that has ever been put forward.

Wilson's paper also makes clear that the 2015 report on this epizootic, by Stephan P. Velsko from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), self-published by LLNL, is not worth the paper it is printed on. Velsko ditched the facts and built a house of cards based on his own inferences about the epidemic, providing an example of the extreme lengths a so-called scientific exercise can be taken to turn the scientific method on its head. I criticized his work here.

Wilson reported that I had been living in Zimbabwe at the time of the epizootic. Actually, I was living in the US. I travelled to Zimbabwe to study the epizootic in 1992, and did a poster presentation on the epizootic in Nairobi at the International Society for Infectious Diseases in July 1992, making the argument that the many unique features of this epizootic could only be explained as an act of biological warfare. Margarete Isaakson, a South African infectious disease scientist with likely connections to Project Coast, and an interest in Ebola, screamed at me in Nairobi for daring to present such rubbish. I believe this was because I came too close to her area of expertise.

Nothing has changed since Zimbabwe's tragic epizootic. Biowarfare is a horrible mode of warfare that has not been eradicated, identifying it is controversial, and developing the scientific tools that allow one to definitively identify when an act of offensive biowarefare has been used, shifts the balance of power from the perpetrators to the investigators and to those who were attacked. That seems a very fair power shift, but it isn't to everyone's liking. (What makes biological warfare especially attractive is the ability to hide that it actually occurred, and who caused it.) Scientific studies that remove this advantage are, unsurprisingly, being attacked.

The attacks, mostly spurious, that Wilson has received for his paper tell us there are still many people who would keep the whole subject under wraps.

Finally, despite a 2010 paper by Fasanella et al. that flies can transmit anthrax spores in the lab (and several similar earlier papers going back decades have found the same thing), the problem is the flies' failure to transmit enough spores or viable vegetative forms to cause illness in livestock, because on the order of one million spores is required to achieve an infectious dose. It is much more likely that flies could transmit anthrax to rodents, for whom several orders of magnitude fewer organisms are required. But in nature, they do not seem to do this, either. So much for the fly theory.

While I am pleased this subject is getting the careful attention it deserves, I wonder why it is getting it now?

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Disabled man spent 42 hours on filthy floor of Brooklyn jail after police took away his wheelchair: lawsuit

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Defense team for cop doesn’t want jury to know Philando Castile had permit to carry weapon
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NYPD sergeant charged with murder in fatal shooting of schizophrenic black Bronx woman Deborah Danner
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Justice Department didn't read letters they refused to release

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Teen in Bay Area police sex scandal to receive nearly $1M from Oakland after settlement

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The teen at the center of a Bay Area police sex scandal will receive nearly $1 million from the city of Oakland after her claims dredged up the muck of widespread alleged misconduct in its department.

Jasmine, a 19-year-old also known as Celeste Guap, said she was sexually involved with dozens of officers from multiple police departments in the Bay Area, including some while she was underage.

The Daily News does not normally identify alleged victims of sexual exploitation, though Jasmine says that she was coming forward to help other victims of mistreatment and wants to be known by her first name.

Oakland City Council voted Wednesday to approve $989,000 to settle with the teen, the daughter of an Oakland police dispatcher, who had sued for $66 million.

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Policing Sexuality: The Mann Act and the Making of the FBI
By Jessica R. Pliley

Glenn Greenwald
February 24 2014, 6:25 p.m.
One of the many pressing stories that remains to be told from the Snowden archive is how western intelligence agencies are attempting to manipulate and control online discourse with extreme tactics of deception and reputation-destruction. It’s time to tell a chunk of that story, complete with the relevant documents.

Over the last several weeks, I worked with NBC News to publish a series of articles about “dirty trick” tactics used by GCHQ’s previously secret unit, JTRIG (Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group). These were based on four classified GCHQ documents presented to the NSA and the other three partners in the English-speaking “Five Eyes” alliance. Today, we at the Intercept are publishing another new JTRIG document, in full, entitled “The Art of Deception: Training for Online Covert Operations.”

By publishing these stories one by one, our NBC reporting highlighted some of the key, discrete revelations: the monitoring of YouTube and Blogger, the targeting of Anonymous with the very same DDoS attacks they accuse “hacktivists” of using, the use of “honey traps” (luring people into compromising situations using sex) and destructive viruses. But, here, I want to focus and elaborate on the overarching point revealed by all of these documents: namely, that these agencies are attempting to control, infiltrate, manipulate, and warp online discourse, and in doing so, are compromising the integrity of the internet itself.

Among the core self-identified purposes of JTRIG are two tactics: (1) to inject all sorts of false material onto the internet in order to destroy the reputation of its targets; and (2) to use social sciences and other techniques to manipulate online discourse and activism to generate outcomes it considers desirable. To see how extremist these programs are, just consider the tactics they boast of using to achieve those ends: “false flag operations” (posting material to the internet and falsely attributing it to someone else), fake victim blog posts (pretending to be a victim of the individual whose reputation they want to destroy), and posting “negative information” on various forums. Here is one illustrative list of tactics from the latest GCHQ document we’re publishing today:

Other tactics aimed at individuals are listed here, under the revealing title “discredit a target”:

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Trevor Noah calls out racist police force in America, says he’s been stopped by cops ‘8-10 times’

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 12:28 PM

“I’ve been stopped a s--t ton of times, I’ve been stopped in rental cars, I’ve been stopped in my car ... I’ve been stopped in a Tesla,” the 33-year-old explained, referencing Castile's shocking 49 roadside encounters with police.

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FBI Fired Sebastian Gorka for Anti-Muslim Diatribes

Trump confidant Sebastian Gorka was taking money from the FBI—and declaring that the fight against Islamic radicals was “a holy war on our side,” too.

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The inflammatory pundit Sebastian Gorka worked for the FBI while he was a paid consultant to Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, lecturing bureau employees on counterterrorism issues.
Until the FBI terminated Gorka for his over-the-top Islamophobic rhetoric.
The Daily Beast has learned that the Federal Bureau of Investigation ended its contract with Gorka just months before he joined the White House as a senior adviser to President Trump.

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While we were all shocked, shocked to discover that the FBI secretly subpoenaed phone records from the Associated Press as part of a leak investigation, it's only the latest in a history of such collisions between the First Amendment and the Bureau's information collection techniques.

The FBI's spying on journalists is a generational problem going back at least to the 1940s -- every generation has its tale. I hate to be the guy who brings up COINTELPRO, but, well, I just did. The scope of the meddling with journalism in that case went beyond simple spying.

The much-vaunted reforms of the post-Watergate era didn't eliminate the tension between the FBI and journalism so much as it bureaucratized it. The FBI created a sensitive informant program that was applied during the 1980s and 1990s to sources within newspapers, television stations, and even extended past that to informants working in the offices of judges and congressmen. That program is currently the subject of a FOIA lawsuit by Jesse Trentadue that journalists interested in this issue would do well to follow. As exhibits in that case, Trentadue has submitted a number of FBI documents related to the program and highly redacted manuals describing its use, which should make for interesting reading.

The FBI's subpoena of Associated Press phone records was sweeping and shocking, but not unprecedented. The bureau, and presumably other U.S. intelligence-gathering agencies, are constantly redefining what's fair game in the world of journalism to fit the public relations demands of a new generation, but this tension has existed for decades without clear resolution. Perhaps it's time to stop treating this issue as if it was born anew every 10 years, but to tackle it with a longer view as a persistent problem, with an eye toward what has worked and what hasn't over the course of generations.

Buy J.M. Berger's book, Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam

Who Matters Online: Measuring Influence, Evaluating Content and Countering Violent Extremism in Online Social Networks
The SPLC's Hate List: Is America really being overrun by right-wing militants?
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Statement Before the House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
Washington, D.C.
June 21, 2017

FBI Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2018
Good morning Chairman Culberson, Ranking Member Serrano, and members of the subcommittee.

Thank you for allowing me to appear before you today and for your continued support of the FBI during this time of transition. The FBI especially thanks this committee for its support of the men and women of the FBI in the fiscal year (FY) 2017 appropriation. As the committee is aware, FBI personnel are the lifeforce of the organization—they work tirelessly to combat some of the most complex and serious national security threats and crime problems challenging the nation’s intelligence and law enforcement communities. Today, I appear before you on behalf of these men and women who step up to these threats and challenges every day. I am extremely proud of their service and commitment to the FBI’s mission and to ensuring the safety and security of communities throughout our nation. On their behalf, I would like to express my appreciation for the support you have given them in the past, ask for your continued support in the future, and pledge to be the best possible stewards of the resources you provide.

I would like to begin by providing a brief overview of the FBI’s FY 2018 budget request, and then follow with a short discussion of key threats and challenges that we face, both as a nation and as an organization.

FY 2018 Budget Request Overview

The FY 2018 budget request proposes a total of $8.77 billion in direct budget authority to carry out the FBI’s national security, criminal law enforcement, and criminal justice services missions. The request includes a total of $8.7 billion for salaries and expenses, which will support 33,533 positions (12,484 special agents, 2,950 intelligence analysts, and 18,099 professional staff), and $51.9 million for construction.

Eight program enhancements totaling $117.6 million are proposed to meet critical requirements and close gaps in operational capabilities, including $41.5 million to enhance cyber investigative capabilities, $19.7 million to mitigate threats from foreign intelligence services and insiders, $21.6 million for operational technology investments related to the “Going Dark” initiative and other investigative technology, $6.8 million to combat transnational organized crime, $3.5 million to support the FBI’s participation in the recently stood-up task force on violent crime and gun-related crime reduction and implementation of the recommendations that will flow from the task force, $8.2 million for physical surveillance capabilities, $8.9 million to improve the timeliness and accuracy of National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) services and enhance the ability to recruit and retain the specialized NICS examiner workforce, and $7.4 million for operation and maintenance costs of the new Biometrics Technology Center.

The FY 2018 request also proposes cancellations, offsets, and reductions totaling $211.5 million, including $195 million from Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) surcharge fee fund balances and a permanent program reduction of $16.5 million from the Secure Work Environment (SWE) Program, which, if necessary, can draw upon account balances to provide additional SWE space.

The FY 2018 request represents a decrease of $44.6 million for the salaries and expenses portion of the FBI budget and over 1,600 fewer positions, which is in line with a Department-wide recalibration of personnel levels. The FY 2018 request represents an 83 percent, or $368 million, decrease from the FBI’s construction account reflecting the non-recur of one-time construction project funding.

Key Threats and Challenges

This committee has been imperative in providing critical resources for the FBI to become what it is today—a threat-focused, intelligence-driven organization. Our nation continues to face a multitude of serious and evolving threats ranging from homegrown violent extremists to hostile foreign intelligence services and operatives; from sophisticated cyber-based attacks to Internet-facilitated sexual exploitation of children; from violent gangs and criminal organizations to public corruption and corporate fraud. Keeping pace with these threats is a significant challenge for the FBI. As an organization, we must be able to stay current with constantly changing and new technologies that make our jobs both easier and harder. Our adversaries—terrorists, foreign intelligence services, and criminals—take advantage of modern technology, including the Internet and social media, to facilitate illegal activities, recruit followers, encourage terrorist attacks and other illicit actions, and to disperse information on building improvised explosive devices and other means to attack the U.S. The breadth of these threats and challenges are as complex as any time in our history. And the consequences of not responding to and countering threats and challenges have never been greater.

The support of this committee in helping the FBI to do its part in facing and thwarting these threats and challenges is greatly appreciated. That support is allowing us to establish strong capabilities and capacities for assessing threats, sharing intelligence, leveraging key technologies, and—in some respects, most importantly—hiring some of the best to serve as special agents, intelligence analysts, and professional staff. We have built and are continuously enhancing a workforce that possesses the skills and knowledge to deal with the complex threats and challenges we face today—and tomorrow. We are building a leadership cadre that views change and transformation as a positive tool for keeping the FBI focused on the key threats facing our nation.

Today’s FBI is a national security and law enforcement organization that uses, collects, and shares intelligence in everything we do. Each FBI employee understands that to defeat the key threats facing our nation, we must constantly strive to be more efficient and more effective. Just as our adversaries continue to evolve, so, too, must the FBI. We live in a time of acute and persistent terrorist and criminal threats to our national security, our economy, and our communities. These diverse threats underscore the complexity and breadth of the FBI’s mission: to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States.

National Security


Preventing terrorist attacks remains the FBI’s top priority. The terrorist threat against the United States remains persistent and acute.

From a threat perspective, we are concerned with three areas in particular: (1) those who are inspired by terrorist propaganda and feel empowered to act out in support; (2) those who are enabled to act after gaining inspiration from extremist propaganda and communicating with members of foreign terrorist organizations who provide guidance on operational planning or targets; and (3) those who are directed by members of foreign terrorist organizations to commit specific, directed acts in support of the group’s ideology or cause. Prospective terrorists can fall into any of the above categories or span the spectrum, but in the end the result is the same—innocent men, women, and children killed and families, friends, and whole communities left to struggle in the aftermath

In this endeavor, our main focus is the so-called Islamic State—the group we refer to as ISIS. ISIS has proven relentless in its campaign of violence and has aggressively promoted its hateful message, attracting like-minded extremists, to include Westerners. Though many foreign terrorist organizations use various digital communication platforms to reach individuals they believe may be susceptible and sympathetic to extremist messages, no group has been as successful at drawing people into its perverse ideology as ISIS. ISIS’ extensive reach through the Internet and social media is most concerning as the group continues to aggressively employ the latest technology as part of its nefarious strategy. ISIS’ messaging effectively blends both officially endorsed and informal propaganda to recruit followers via numerous digital communication platforms. Due to many technological advances, the message of radicalization spreads faster than we imagined just a few years ago. Like never before, social media allows foreign terrorists to reach into our local communities—for the purpose of targeting our citizens to radicalize and recruit them.

As the threat to harm the United States and U.S. interests evolves, we must adapt and confront these challenges, relying heavily on the strength of our federal, state, local, and international partnerships. The FBI is using all lawful investigative techniques and methods to combat these terrorist threats to the United States, including both physical and electronic surveillance. Physical surveillance is a critical and essential tool in detecting, disrupting, and preventing acts of terrorism, as well as gathering intelligence on those who are capable of doing harm to the nation. To this end, the FY 2018 request includes 78 positions and $8.2 million to address the increasing demand for physical surveillance support.

Along with our domestic and foreign partners, we are collecting and analyzing intelligence concerning the ongoing threat posed by foreign terrorist organizations and homegrown violent extremists. We continue to encourage information sharing, which is evidenced through our partnerships with many federal, state, local, and tribal agencies assigned to more than 180 Joint Terrorism Task Forces around the country.

Be assured, the FBI continues to strive to work and share information more efficiently, and to utilize the full suite of lawful methods available to help stay ahead of threats to the homeland.


The nation faces a continuing threat, both traditional and asymmetric, from hostile foreign intelligence agencies. Traditional espionage, often characterized by career foreign intelligence officers acting as diplomats or ordinary citizens, and asymmetric espionage, typically carried out by students, researchers, or businesspeople operating front companies, is prevalent. Foreign intelligence services not only seek our nation’s state and military secrets, but they also target commercial trade secrets, research and development, and intellectual property, as well as insider information from the federal government, U.S. corporations, and American universities. Foreign intelligence services continue to employ more creative and more sophisticated methods to steal innovative technology, critical research and development data, and intellectual property, in an effort to erode America’s economic leading edge. These illicit activities pose a significant threat to national security and continue to be a priority and focus of the FBI.

A particular focus of our counterintelligence efforts are aimed at the growing scope of the insider threat—that is, when trusted employees and contractors use their legitimate access to steal secrets for personal benefit or to benefit another company or country. This threat has been exacerbated in recent years as businesses have become more global and increasingly exposed to foreign intelligence organizations.

To combat this threat, the FBI has undertaken several initiatives. We developed and deployed the Hybrid Threat Center (HTC) to support Department of Commerce Entity List investigations. The HTC is the first of its kind in the FBI; it has been well-received in the U.S. Intelligence Community and the private sector.

Over the past year, we have strengthened collaboration, coordination, and interaction between our Counterintelligence and Cyber Divisions in an effort to more effectively identify, pursue, and defeat hostile intelligence services using cyber means to penetrate or disrupt U.S. government entities or economic interests.

Finally, we have initiated a media campaign to increase awareness of the threat of economic espionage. As part of this initiative, we have made a threat awareness video available on our public website, which has been shown thousands of times to raise awareness and generate referrals from the private sector.

The FY 2018 request includes 93 positions and $19.7 million to combat these foreign intelligence threats.

Cyber Threats

Virtually every national security threat and crime problem the FBI faces is cyber-based or facilitated. We face sophisticated cyber threats from state-sponsored hackers, hackers for hire, organized cyber syndicates, and terrorists. On a daily basis, cyber-based actors seek our state secrets, our trade secrets, our technology, and our ideas—things of incredible value to all of us and of great importance to the conduct of our government business and our national security. They seek to strike our critical infrastructure and to harm our economy.

FBI agents, analysts, and computer scientists are using technical capabilities and traditional investigative techniques—such as sources, court-authorized electronic surveillance, physical surveillance, and forensics—to fight the full range of cyber threats. As we continue to see an increase in the scale and scope of reporting of malicious cyber activity that can be measured by the amount of corporate data stolen or deleted, personally identifiable information compromised, or remediation costs incurred by U.S. victims, the FBI has actively coordinated with our private and public partners to pierce the veil of anonymity surrounding cyber-based crimes.

As the committee is well aware, the frequency and impact of cyber-attacks on our nation’s private sector and government networks have increased dramatically in the past decade and are expected to continue to grow. We need to be able to move from reacting to cyber attacks after the fact to operationally preventing such attacks. That is a significant challenge, but one we embrace.

The FBI is engaged in a myriad of efforts to combat cyber threats, from efforts focused on threat identification and sharing inside and outside of government, to our internal emphasis on developing and retaining new talent and changing the way we operate to evolve with the cyber threat. The FY 2018 budget request includes an enhancement of 36 positions and $41.5 million to support these efforts.

Going Dark

The rapid pace of advances in mobile and other communication technologies continue to present a significant challenge to conducting court-ordered electronic surveillance of criminals and terrorists. There is a real and growing gap between law enforcement’s legal authority to access digital information and its technical ability to do so. The FBI refers to this growing challenge as “Going Dark,” and it affects the spectrum of our work. In the counterterrorism context, for instance, our agents and analysts are increasingly finding that communications and contacts between groups like ISIS and potential recruits occur in encrypted private messaging platforms. Some of our criminal investigators face the challenge of identifying online pedophiles who hide their crimes and identities behind layers of anonymizing technologies, or drug traffickers who use virtual currencies to obscure their transactions. In other investigations, ranging from white-collar crime to gang activity, FBI agents with court-ordered search warrants seize and attempt to search cellular phones, tablets, and other electronic devices, but are unable to access them due to technical barriers.

In just the first half of this fiscal year, the FBI was unable to access the content of more than 3,000 mobile devices submitted for analysis by FBI field agents and our law enforcement partners using appropriate and available technical tools, even though there was legal authority to do so. This figure represents nearly half of all the mobile devices the FBI attempted to access in that timeframe.

Where at all possible, our agents develop investigative workarounds on a case-by-case basis, including by using physical world techniques and examining non-content sources of digital information (such as metadata). As an organization, the FBI also invests in alternative methods of lawful engineered access.

Ultimately, these efforts, while significant, have severe constraints. Non-content information, such as metadata, is often simply not sufficient to meet the rigorous constitutional burden to prove crimes beyond a reasonable doubt. Developing alternative technical methods is typically a time-consuming, expensive, and uncertain process. Even when possible, such methods are difficult to scale across investigations—and jurisdictions—and may be perishable due to a short technical lifecycle or as a consequence of disclosure through legal proceedings.

Some observers have conceived of this challenge as a trade-off between privacy and security. In our view, the demanding requirements to obtain legal authority to access data—such as by applying to a court for a warrant or a wiretap—necessarily already account for both privacy and security. The FBI is actively engaged with relevant stakeholders, including companies providing technological services, to educate them on the corrosive effects of the Going Dark challenge on both public safety and the rule of law. The FY 2018 request includes 80 positions and $21.6 million for these efforts and to improve investigative technology.

Criminal Threats

We face many criminal threats, from complex white-collar fraud in the financial, health care, and housing sectors to transnational and regional organized criminal enterprises to violent crime and public corruption. Criminal organizations—domestic and international—and individual criminal activity represent a significant threat to our security and safety in communities across the nation.

A key tenet of protecting the nation from those who wish to do us harm is the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS. The goal of NICS is to ensure that guns don’t fall into the wrong hands and also ensures the timely transfer of firearms to eligible gun buyers. Mandated by the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993 and launched by the FBI on November 30, 1998, NICS is used by Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) to instantly determine whether a prospective buyer is eligible to buy firearms. NICS receives information from FFLs and checks to ensure that applicants do not have a criminal record or aren't otherwise prohibited and therefore ineligible to purchase a firearm. In the first complete month of operation in 1998, a total of 892,840 firearm background checks were processed; in 2016, approximately 2.3 million checks were processed per month.

In 2016, NICS processed 27.5 million checks—an increase of 19 percent over 2015. While most checks are completed by electronic searches of the NICS database within minutes, a small number of checks require examiners to review records and resolve missing or incomplete information before an application can be approved or rejected. Ensuring the timely processing of these inquiries is important to ensure law abiding citizens can exercise their right to purchase a firearm and to protect communities from prohibited and therefore ineligible individuals attempting to acquire a firearm. The FBI is currently processing a record number of checks, averaging over 2.1 million a month during the first five months of 2017. The FY 2018 request includes 85 positions and $8.9 million to annualize the salaries of examiners and contractors brought on in FY 2017 to process the increase in NICS checks, enhance the responsiveness of the NICS program, and enhance our ability to recruit and retain the specialized NICS examiner workforce.

Violent Crime

Violent crimes and gang activities exact a high toll on individuals and communities. Many of today’s gangs are sophisticated and well organized and use violence to control neighborhoods and boost their illegal money-making activities, which include robbery, drug and gun trafficking, fraud, extortion, and prostitution rings. These gangs do not limit their illegal activities to single jurisdictions or communities. The FBI is able to work across such lines, which is vital to the fight against violent crime in big cities and small towns across the nation. Every day, FBI special agents work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal officers and deputies on joint task forces and individual investigations.

FBI joint task forces—Violent Crime Safe Streets, Violent Gang Safe Streets, and SafeTrails—focus on identifying and targeting major groups operating as criminal enterprises. Much of the FBI criminal intelligence is derived from our state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners, who know their communities inside and out. Joint task forces benefit from FBI surveillance assets, and our sources track these gangs to identify emerging trends. Through these multi-subject and multi-jurisdictional investigations, the FBI concentrates its efforts on high-level groups engaged in patterns of racketeering. This investigative model enables us to target senior gang leadership and to develop enterprise-based prosecutions.

In March of this year, the attorney general issued a memorandum directing federal prosecutors to focus on violent crime offenders. To support this effort, he also established a task force on crime reduction and public safety composed of Department of Justice (the Department) representatives, including all four Department law enforcement agencies. These representatives are being tasked with making recommendations to the attorney general on ways in which the federal government can most effectively combat violent crime. The FY 2018 request includes 33 positions and $3.4 million to support the FBI’s participation and assist with the implementation of recommendations from this task force.

Transnational Organized Crime

More than a decade ago, organized crime was characterized by hierarchical organizations, or families, that exerted influence over criminal activities in neighborhoods, cities, or states. But organized crime has changed dramatically. Today, international criminal enterprises run multi-national, multi-billion-dollar schemes from start to finish. Modern-day criminal enterprises are flat, fluid networks with global reach. While still engaged in many of the “traditional” organized crime activities of loan-sharking, extortion, and murder, modern criminal enterprises are targeting stock market fraud and manipulation, cyber-facilitated bank fraud and embezzlement, identity theft, human trafficking, and other illegal activities. Preventing and combating transnational organized crime demands a concentrated effort by the FBI and federal, state, local, tribal, and international partners.

While the FBI continues to share intelligence about criminal groups with our partners and combines resources and expertise to gain a full understanding of each group, the threat of transnational crime remains a significant and growing threat to national and international security with implications for public safety, public health, democratic institutions, and economic stability across the globe. The FY 2018 budget request includes 65 positions and $6.8 million to work towards disrupting—with the end goal of dismantling—the most culpable and high ranking transnational organized crime syndicates.

Key Cross-Cutting Capabilities and Capacities

I would like to briefly highlight some key cross-cutting capabilities and capacities that are critical to our efforts in each of the threat and crime problems described.

Operational and Information Technology

As criminal and terrorist threats become more diverse and dangerous, the role of technology becomes increasingly important to our efforts. We are using technology to improve the way we collect, analyze, and share information. We have seen significant improvement in capabilities and capacities over the past decade, but keeping pace with technology remains a key concern for the future.

For example, the new Biometrics Technology Center came online recently. This shared facility will enhance collaboration between the FBI’s Biometrics Center of Excellence and the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Biometrics Fusion Center. Together, these centers will advance centralized biometric storage, analysis, and sharing with federal, state, and local law enforcement partners, DOD, and others. The FY 2018 budget request includes $7.4 million to operate and maintain the FBI’s share of this facility.

FBI special agents and intelligence analysts need the best technological tools available to be responsive to the advanced and evolving threats that face our nation. Enterprise information technology must be designed so that it provides information to operational employees rather than forcing employees to conform to the tools available. IT equipment must be reliable and accessible, thus decreasing the time between information collection and dissemination.


In closing, the FBI cannot be content to just work what is directly in front of us. We must also be able to look beyond the horizon and build toward the future so that we are prepared to deal with the threats we will face at home and abroad and understand how those threats may be connected. Toward that end, intelligence is gathered, consistent with our authorities, to help us understand and prioritize identified threats and to determine where there are gaps. We then try to fill those gaps and continue to learn as much as we can about the threats we are addressing and those we may need to address. We do this for national security and criminal threats, on both a national and local field office level. We then compare the national and local perspectives to develop a threat prioritization ranking for each of the FBI’s 56 field offices. By creating this ranking, we strive to actively pursue our highest threats where they are occurring. This gives us a better assessment of what the dangers are, what’s being done about them, and what we should spend time and valuable resources on.

Being expected to respond to a wide range of complex and ever-changing threats and crime problems is not new to the FBI. Our success in meeting these challenges is, however, directly tied to the resources provided to the FBI. The resources the committee provides each year are critical for the FBI’s ability to address existing and emerging national security and criminal threats.

Chairman Culberson, Ranking Member Serrano, and members of the subcommittee, I would like to close by thanking you for this opportunity to discuss the FBI’s FY 2018 budget request and the key threats and challenges that we are facing, both as a nation and as an organization. We are grateful for the leadership that you and this subcommittee have provided to the FBI. We would not possess the capabilities and capacities to deal with these threats and challenges today without your support. Your willingness to invest in and support our workforce and our physical and technical infrastructure allow the men and women of the FBI to make a difference every day in communities large and small throughout our nation and around the world. We thank you for that support.

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Quantifying the additional killings commited by cops when they get military weapons

The US Department of Defense's 1033 program sends "surplus" military equipment to US police forces ("surplus" in quotes because military contractors lobby for the US military to buy more weapons than they need in order to feed materiel to the program), which has created a situation in which cops show up in their communities literally clad in the armor of an occupying army.

This is reflected in many ways, such as the use of "civilian" to denote someone who isn't a police officer. Police are also civilians, which is why the military police are called "Military Police" -- to contrast them with "civilian police." If your police force considers you a "civilian" then they, perforce, consider themselves to be military occupiers, not community peace officers.

A academic trio consisting of a political scientist, a psychologist, and a social scientist examined the use of force records from similar police forces with differing levels of military equipment and training transfers under 1033 to determine whether militarizing the police results in increased use of force by the officers.

Conclusion: "We find a positive and statistically significant relationship between 1033 transfers and fatalities from officer-involved shootings across all models."

Moreover, they used clever methods to determine that the causal arrow runs in the direction they hypothesized, showing that it wasn't that cops in violent communities got more military stuff and were thus involved in more violence -- rather, getting military goods made the cops more violent.

Political scientists possess theoretical and methodological tools to weigh into today’s debates about police violence. This study answers the call for evidence-based policy analysis by Representative Ratcliffe and others as they continue to debate the merits of the 1033 program (Murtha, 2016). We acknowledge that the present analysis is relatively preliminary. Due to notoriously unavailable data on police violence against the public, we present what we consider to be a best attempt at establishing the proposed relationship between military transfers and violence.9 Further, while no research method offers full certainty of a causal effect, we attempt to increase the plausibility of the claim that 1033 transfers lead to more police violence. We do so by measuring the transfers in the previous year, as well as by leveraging three different dependent variables. While the first dependent variable – civilian killings – represents the most direct measure to test the claim, using the next two dependent variables – change in civilian killings and dog killings – helped bypass endogeneity concerns to an extent. As more social scientists take up this sort of research, we expect replication and extension of these results in different jurisdictions with different methods.

As for policy, our results suggest that implementing the EO to recall military equipment should result in less violent behavior and subsequently, fewer killings by LEAs. Taken together with work that shows militarization actually leads to more violence against police (Carriere, 2016; Wickes, 2015), the present study suggests demilitarization may secure overall community safety. The EO represents one avenue of demilitarization. However, given Kraska’s (2007) typology, other aspects of militarization may be targeted. For example, perhaps training can affect cultural or operational militarization leading to less violent outcomes. Future work should explore the relationship, though the highly-decentralized nature of US police institutions presents serious challenges to systematic cross-sectional study.

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The data is available for download right here. Just go under File > Download as > pick a format. We recommend downloading as csv. It wouldn’t hurt any to read our caveats here.

“The nation’s leading law enforcement agency [FBI] collects vast amounts of information on crime nationwide, but missing from this clearinghouse are statistics on where, how often, and under what circumstances police use deadly force. In fact, no one anywhere comprehensively tracks the most significant act police can do in the line of duty: take a life,” according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal in its series Deadly Force (Nov. 28, 2011).

This site is founded upon the premise that Americans should have the ability to track that act.

Fatal Encounters intends to help create a database of all deaths through police interaction in the United States since Jan. 1, 2000. You can check to see how far we’ve gotten with your state here.

We don’t believe we’re a finished product; we’re just the first step toward creating an impartial, comprehensive and searchable national database of people killed during interactions with law enforcement. We expect other media organizations, law enforcement, universities, artists and activist groups will advance our work, and that’s why we let anyone use the data for any reason for free.

This site will remain as impartial and data-driven as possible, directed by the theory that Americans should be able to answer some simple questions about the use of deadly force by police: How many people are killed in interactions with law enforcement in the United States of America? Are they increasing? What do those people look like? Can policies and training be modified to have fewer officer-involved shootings and improve outcomes and safety for both officers and citizens?


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A key House committee voted to repeal the resolution that’s served as the legal underpinning for dozens of U.S. military actions overseas since the September 11 attacks. The amendment was offered by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) – the only member of Congress who opposed the original authorization for the use of military force three days after the 9/11 attacks. She’s argued, unsuccessfully, for years that the resolution has turned into a blank check for presidents of both parties, so the lopsided vote in the House Appropriations Committee came as a surprise. (Federal News Radio)

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Safe Coalition NC Wins Grassroots Victory As City Council Adopts New Standards for Civilian Review Board Members

June 29, 2017 by Chip Gibbons

Safe Coalition NC scored an important victory in Charlotte, North Carolina. This Monday the city council voted unanimously to accept the coalition’s proposed administrative revisions to the Citizens Review Board. According to Robert Dawkins, Safe Coalition NC’s state organizer and Defending Rights & Dissent Patriot Award recipient, the changes include the following:

A stated commitment to diversify the board to reflect the city of Charlotte.
An interview process for potential board members instead of just an endorsement from a city council member.
Banning all current and former city employees and immediate family from serving on the board.
Staggered terms for serving on board.
The city council will also start the process of revising the trainings that Citizen Review Board members receive. There is some hope that this will included implicit bias trainings. Dawkins and other Safe Coalition NC activists feel like the training board members currently receive is “heavily police friendly.” They hope this can be offsetted by a training that includes “a history of why minorities do not trust police based on the history of police as oppressors.”

The Charlotte Citizens Review Board

The Citizens Review Board is an important potential tool for police accountability, yet since its formation in 1997 it has never ruled in favor of citizens bringing complaints against the police.

The board recently made headlines when it decided to review a police conclusion that the killing of Keith Lamont Scott by a police officer was justified. In a 8-2 closed door decision, the board determined there was “substantial evidence of error” in the police department’s decision. This does not mean that the board has decided that Scott’s killing was not justified, only that it would hold an evidentiary hearing on the matter. After hearing the evidence the board will decide whether they found the shooting to be justified or not.

Safe Coalition NC

Safe Coalition NC was formed in 2013 to promote police accountability. It led a campaign that resulted in the Charlotte City Council passing a civil liberties resolution based on Defending Rights & Dissent model ordinances. Safe Coalition NC is currently in court attempting to obtain dashcam and body camera footage of the fatal police shooting of Iaroslav Mosiiuk. ... -1.3294034

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Report: NYPD Unlawfully Interfered With Cop Watchers and Other Civilians Recording Police

June 29, 2017 by Joo-Hyun Kang

Yesterday, the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) released a report on hundreds of complaints and incidents of NYPD officers interfering in civilians’ Constitutional rights to film public police activity during the first 3 years of the de Blasio administration. Such interference by officers to block New Yorkers observing and documenting policing, the practice known as CopWatch, constitutes misconduct. (A copy of the report can be found here)

NYPD interference and misconduct cited in the CCRB report include:

Attempts to block filming of police interactions by the public, including physical interference and use of force, blocking recordings, knocking recording devices out of the hands of person(s) filming, and intimidation/threats
Unlawful searches, unlawfully reviewing/deleting recordings, damage to/destruction of filming devices, and taking recording devices from people filming
Retaliation by officers by issuing false summonses, unlawfully detaining people, false arrests and charges
Lying and false statements by officers — In a number of cases substantiated by the CCRB, there were numerous examples of lying and false statements by officers who engaged in above misconduct and officers who witnessed the misconduct. Available video from the public and civilian witnesses were often the only ways to prove that the version of events initially put forward by the NYPD was false — including justifications by NYPD officers for false summons/arrests.
This is an important report from CCRB and helps to validate the concerns that many individual Cop Watchers and Cop Watch teams from Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) member/partner organizations have raised for years. The report also reaffirms what we all know as the critical role that individuals play when observing, documenting and recording police misconduct and violence. Here is CPR’s statement on the report:

Remember – It’s legal to #FilmThePolice and #CopWatch. Observing, documenting and filming police activity and abuse is a key tactic that CPR has supported and promoted since our founding.
Lineage — Collectively, we owe so much to Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) for the lineage of #CopWatch training that many NYC CPR members have gone through, even before there was a CPR. MXGM also had one of the longest-standing #CopWatch teams in the City. And, of course, the lineage extends back to former Black Panther Party members and other activists in the Black Liberation Movement.

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Trump, Khashoggi, & Germany’s Criminal Deutsche Bank
Posted on June 26, 2017

It is public knowledge that two well-known customers of Deutsche Bank have deals considered sensitive to scrutiny. One is Donald Trump.

The other is—or was— Adnan Khashoggi.

The death of Saudi arms dealer and CIA fixer Adnan Khashoggi in London two weeks ago reminds the world again about Adnan Khashoggi’s rich history with fellow Palm Beach ‘homie’ Donald Trump.

Not just in yachts—as interminably reported in obituaries— but in banks.

Khashoggi spent 40 years in the intermittent glare of worldwide publicity, from the Lockheed bribery scandal in the 1970’s, Iran Contra in the 1980’s and BCCI, the Bank of Crooks & Criminals, in the early 90’s, to name just a few.

Had he lived a bit longer, he would likely become famous again, especially if Deutsche Bank continues to stonewall the Congressional probe into why the bank—alone among major banks worldwide—was willing to loan $300 million dollars to Donald Trump, a man who’d stiffed investors by declaring bankruptcy six times.

A continuing criminal conspiracy

Deutsche Bank loans to Donald Trump are relatively well-known. Just google “Trump and $300 million.”

On the other hand, Adnan Khashoggi’s business dealings with Deutsche Bank—except in certain circles—are not.

But Adnan Khashoggi’s criminal collusion with Deutsche Bank offers clues to Trump’s own, and may provide evidence supporting prosecutorial use of the three words many defendants fear hearing: “Continuing criminal conspiracy.”

The urgency of such an investigation was made clear in today’s Washington Post report detailing how Deutsche Bank gifted Trumps son-in-law Jared Kushner with a $285 million loan just one month before Election Day.

It’s ironic that Khashoggi, a notorious fame whore, will not be around for the fun part just beginning; the part where, when actor Hal Holbrook in “All The President’s Men” stands half-hidden in shadows in the middle of the night in a parking garage in Washington D.C. and whispers to Robert Redford that he should “Follow the money.”

This wasn’t Adnan’s first rodeo.

Journalists who track the underhand dealings of international fraudsters have long been well aware of Khashoggi and his assorted partners in crime, including infamous stock fraudsters in Vancouver.

As a former American security official who knew him told me, “He didn’t get involved in all those scandals by singing too loud in church.”

How the financial press covered it:

“Deutsche Bank settled a lawsuit filed against it by to recover losses incurred as part of a massive securities fraud allegedly orchestrated by the German financial giant, a fugitive Saudi arms dealer and other individuals that bankrupted the Minneapolis-based securities firm.”

“A Minneapolis brokerage Stockwalk subsidiary called MJK Clearing became insolvent after losing more than $200 million in a series of risky deals that involved borrowing and lending securities. Regulators took over MJK Clearing and forced it into bankruptcy.”

Khashoggi, an acknowledged stock fraud master, ran an intricately planned and spectacularly-successful pump and dump scheme that, with assistance from the Russian Mob and the Mafia—two organizations who also partnered with Trump—stole more than $300 million in just a few years.

The Khashoggi-Deutsche Stockwalk scam

Khashoggi and Deutsche Bank partnered in what became called the Stockwalk scandal, colluding in what were, financially-speaking, more innocent times.

Stockwalk was called “the most massive stock fraud in American history,” and it became the largest liquidation of a securities firm in U.S. history.

It was basically an ingenious financial game of musical chairs, during which Deutsche earned sizable fees, passing around stock normally settled in boring brokerage back offices as a bookkeeping function.

Only this time, the brokerage left standing when the music stopped, Minneapolis’ Stockwalk Group, was left holding $200 million of worthless stock in a Khashoggi company called Genesis Intermedia, now worth just pennies.

Earlier Genesis stock had been pumped up as high as $26 dollars a share by Khashoggi’s cronies, before everyone in on the joke cashed out and went home.

When the scam collapsed in 2001, the poor Minneapolis brokerage filed for bankruptcy and went under. 200 employees lost their jobs. Khashoggi and his chief lieutenant, Ramy El Batrawi, went home at least $130 million dollars richer.

What Really Happened

Deutsche Bank’s little Khashoggi indiscretion cost the bank a record $280 million dollar fine in the U.S. The bank settled shareholder lawsuits worldwide out of court, paying $350 million dollars in cash, while nonetheless denying responsibility.

U.S. officials scoffed at the bank’s claim of innocence.

“Full recoveries just don’t happen,” said Ken Caputo, senior associate general counsel for litigation at the The Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC). “You’re hard pressed to find anybody with money to provide recompense. You might get judgments. But these guys paid in full.”

As for Khashoggi? “Well, no one knows just where he is, Caputo said. “He’s one of those elusive guys.”

From the New York Times:

”El-Batrawi, Khashoggi and others also drove up the price of the stock by engaging in large numbers of buys and sells,” the S.E.C. said in the suit. ”The buys and sells were often done in small lots of 100 to 500 shares, amplifying the false appearance of general investor interest.”

“Lawyers for Mr. El-Batrawi and Mr. Khashoggi could not be immediately located for comment. An S.E.C. lawyer, Kara Brockmeyer, said the agency had not determined who their lawyers were. Mr. El- Batrawi has no listed telephone number in Los Angeles, and Mr. Khashoggi’s whereabouts is unknown.”

They became the object of what—with hindsight— was doubtlessly a half-hearted search. Even so, finding Khashoggi and his chief lieutenant proved elusive.

Later, a Palm Beach resident who’d clashed with Trump over Indian gaming (which Trump at the time was against) told me the rumor locally had been that Khashoggi, also wanted at the time in the collapse of a bank in Thailand, was hiding out in a bungalow at Mar-a-Lago.

Deutsche Bank-HSBC race to the bottom

Germany’s Deutsche Bank has been in a race with HSBC Bank in London for the title of World’s Biggest Criminal Bank, based on the size of fines each pays to host governments who—who knows?—may even be mildly chagrined at being unable to bring individual bankers to justice.

Deutsche Bank has paid more than nine billion dollars in fines and settlements since 2008. The bank paid up after getting caught conspiring: to manipulate the price of gold and silver; defraud mortgage companies; violating U.S. sanctions against illegal trading; more.

Deutsche Bank was caught manipulating the London Interbank Rate, or Libor, the uber-interest rate banks charge one another; (it paid a two and a half billion dollar fine.)

Deutsche Bank’s own staff blew the whistle in 2010, accusing the bank of masking twelve billion dollars’ worth of losses. One of the whistleblowers, a former risk analyst, told the Securities and Exchange Commission that if the bank’s true financial health had been known in 2008, it might have collapsed.

“There was cultural criminality,” the whistleblower told reporters. “Deutsche Bank was structurally designed by management to allow corrupt individuals to commit fraud.”

“Mirror, mirror, on the wall…Just launder my money already”

In January, Deutsche Bank agreed to pay $630 million in fines over a sophisticated-yet-simple money laundering scheme called mirror trading, used to launder—just in recent years—more than $60 billion out of Russia.

Lawmakers are seeking information about Deutsche Bank’s latest scandal: a Russian “mirror trading” scheme that allowed $10 billion to flow out of Russia in sham trades. One Deutsche customer would buy Russian stocks for rubles, while selling an identical amount of stock to a related customer for dollars.

It was instant money laundering. No need to add water.

What happens if they come for the furniture?

There’s an unexamined downside in demanding explanations from Deutsche Bank for its unexplained benevolence towards Donald Trump, the ominous prospect that during Trump’s however-brief time in office, the American people will endure a national embarrassment unequalled in history.

Because he was desperate for money, in his loan dealings with Deutsche Bank Trump broke one his own cardinal rules.

Gulp before you read this: he personally guaranteed the loans. Donald Trump is personally on the hook to Deutsche Bank for roughly $300 million. The debt—on a Florida golf resort, a Washington D.C. hotel and a Chicago tower—is currently being paid.

But if the loans default, the bank could go after Trump’s other assets. Americans may be witness to the horrible spectacle of watching a bank foreclose on a sitting President of the United States.

The White House, at least currently, appears to be safe.

Get aboard the Money Train

Deutsche Bank is desperately trying to keep the money train running from Moscow to New York (and perhaps to Donald Trump), in the face of demands by Democrats in Congress for Trump’s banking records.

Deutsche Bank politely demurred, claiming privacy laws prevent turning over records of loans made to Trump of reportedly $300 million, with loan guarantees in excess of $1 billion.

Lawmakers fired back that Federal laws protecting banking customers’ confidentiality do not apply to requests from Congress, said a

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North Georgia FBI agent pleads guilty to disclosing confidential information

July 14th, 2017

An FBI agent who ran a "To Catch a Predator"-style task force in North Georgia pleaded guilty Thursday to disclosing confidential information.

According to a release from the U.S. Department of Justice, Special Agent Ken Hillman let Emerson Russell and his wife, Angela, observe agents chatting undercover with potential child predators. He also let them ride along for meet ups and arrests of the task force's targets.

In addition, Hillman let Angela Russell chat with suspects on an FBI laptop, as if she were an agent herself.

The Northwest Georgia Internet Crime and Child Exploitation Task Force, spearheaded by Hillman, also consisted of officers from multiple local agencies, including the Catoosa County Sheriff's Office. The investigators would post on websites like Craigslist or, pretending to be fathers and uncles willing to pawn off children for sex.

The task force disbanded after Hillman's relationship with Angela Russell became public in February 2013. According to an internal Ringgold police investigation, Officer Tom Evans stopped Hillman and Angela Russell in the parking lot of a local bar, after the staff called 911 to report a couple that might be driving away drunk.

According to the investigation, the officer drove them to an apartment in the Chattanooga area. The officer also said that Hillman told him he was having an affair with Angela Russell. Emerson Russell later said he watched his estranged wife chat with the task force's targets while they were still together. ... ainst.html

Family of Temple professor joins lawsuit against FBI for false arrest

Jul 14, 2017,

The family of a Temple University professor who was falsely accused of being a Chinese spy is joining his civil rights lawsuit against the FBI.

Xiaoxing Xi was chair of the physics department at the North Philadelphia university in May of 2015 when the FBI arrested him during a raid at his Penn Valley home, accusing the renowned expert in superconductivity of selling U.S. defense technology to China.

Xiaoxing Xi is the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Physics at Temple University.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia dropped the charges four months later after Xi, a naturalized citizen who was born in China, was able to prove to investigators he did not share or discuss restricted technology in emails with his contacts in China and was just collaborating with other academics.

In May of this year, the 57-year-old professor filed a civil rights lawsuit against an FBI agent who Xi claims fabricated evidence and pursued charges against him despite knowing he did not engage in illegal activity. It also alleges that the charges were motivated by Xi's Chinese ethnicity and is the latest in a string of discriminatory accusations against Asian-American scientists.

Xi's family's now joined the lawsuit, alleging the search of their home and seizure of property was illegal.

"We saw him get dragged away. After that, we were kind of at a loss of words," Xi's daughter Joyce Xi told Newsworks in 2015. "It was hard to sleep. It was hard to concentrate. It was hard to do any work." She also said agents pointed guns at the family as they walked down the stairs of their house.

Other Asian-American advocacy groups are backing Xi's suit, according to a recent announcement. They argue Xi's case is in line with at least three others in which Asian-American scientists were charged by the FBI but later saw those charges dropped.

"Professor Xi’s prosecution is indeed part of a disturbing string of recent cases in which Chinese Americans have been accused by the federal government of spying for China, only to have those charges later dropped with no explanation, no apology and no accountability," Executive Director of Chinese for Affirmative Action Vincent Pan said in a statement.

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Teens graduate from FBI "Future Agents In Training" Program

Future FBI agents in training

It's Graduation Day for Future Agents in Training for the FBI.

Michaela MacDonald, WHAS 6:21 PM. EDT July 14 2017
LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) -- School may be out for summer, but for this group of teens it has been a week full of learning in the FBI's Future Agents in Training Program.

"We had them visit our FBI office, we talked to them about our SWAT program, about our evidence response team, but we also talked to them about our investigations, our cyber investigations, all the things we do, counter terrorism, counter intelligence, white collar crime, violent crime, transnational organized crime," said Amy Hess, FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Louisville office.

These 18 students graduated from the program held at the Chestnut Street YMCA in front of their families Friday afternoon. A celebration to culminate a week of expanding their horizons from developing leadership skills to learning CPR to meeting a bomb technician.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions Criticized for Speaking to ‘Hate Group’

Democrats and LGBT groups assailed Attorney General Jeff Sessions for an off-camera, closed-door speech Tuesday to an organization designated as a "hate group" by a prominent civil rights watchdog.

As announced on his public schedule, Sessions addressed a crowd at the Alliance Defending Freedom’s Summit on Religious Liberty in Orange County, California.

As the news of the scheduled speech traveled, nonprofit advocacy groups and Democrats issued statements asking why the head of the U.S. Justice Department was speaking at a summit put on by the ADF, designated a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2016.

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“You can judge a person by the company they keep and tonight — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is choosing to spend his time speaking in front of one of the country’s leading anti-LGBTQ hate groups,” Democratic National Committee spokesman Joel Kasnetz wrote in a statement emailed to NBC News. “Sessions’ appearance at this event, as the top law enforcement official in the country, brings into question whether the attorney general intends to protect all Americans.”

"The nation’s top lawyer rallying with an anti-LGBTQ hate group? Outrageous," the Human Rights Campaign said in a blog post Wednesday.

NBC News asked the Justice Department for comment on the public outcry but did not receive a response. An additional request for comment sent to Alliance Defending Freedom did not receive a reply.

ADF is essentially a powerhouse Christian law firm, defending clients like Masterpiece Cakeshop, the bakery taking its refusal to make a same-sex wedding cake all the way to the Supreme Court. But with millions in its war chest, ADF does more than just litigate: The firm wrote model legislation called the Student Physical Privacy Act that built a foundation for dozens of proposals and policies around the country that are frequently referred to as “bathroom bills.” ADF’s model legislation, and the national trend that stems from it, is aimed at keeping transgender people out of restrooms and other private facilities that correspond to their gender identity and presentation.

Related: Gay Rights Group Launches $26M Campaign Ahead of Midterms

Founded in 1994, the Alliance Defending Freedom was a coalition effort between conservative Christian leaders aiming to preserve traditional social norms, restrict access to abortion and fight the “homosexual agenda.” Much of the firm’s early work came in the form of court briefs urging states to keep anti-gay sodomy laws on the books and in fighting attempts to legalize same-sex marriage. After Massachusetts legalized gay marriage in 2003, ADF issued an official statement deriding the “radical homosexual” state policy.

"Radical homosexual activists have made their intentions clear – ‘couples’ will now converge on Massachusetts, ‘marry,’ and return to their respective states and file lawsuits to challenge Defense of Marriage Acts (DOMAs) and try to force the states to recognize their ‘marriages.’ We are disappointed but we’re going to continue the fight state by state,” longtime ADF president Alan Sears wrote at the time.

The list of anti-LGBTQ remarks by ADF co-founders is long; James C. Dobson wrote an entire book about the gay “culture war” in 2004’s “Marriage Under Fire.” But after a Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges made same-sex marriage legal across America, ADF pivoted away from a now-futile fight and toward a new goal: keeping transgender people out of bathrooms.

Related: Lesbian's Workplace Discrimination Case May Be Headed to Supreme Court

In April, ADF attorney Kellie Fiedorek disputed the idea that the firm’s model legislation — and general motivation — is anti-LGBTQ or harmful to the rights of transgender people.

"The bills protecting privacy are simply ensuring that when it comes to intimate facilities, they are simply limiting them to biological sex. We all have a right to privacy," Fiedorek said. "Even if you believe you are a man, a woman shouldn’t have to undress in front of you."

In response to ADF being designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Fiedorek said the latter was “increasingly irrelevant” and “extreme,” saying ADF was the world’s “largest religious freedom legal advocacy organization.”

SPLC’s Heidi Beirich, though, told NBC News in April her organization doesn’t recklessly toss around the hate group label and had good reason to classify ADF as such a group.

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The planned change by Secretary of State Brian Kemp follows media reports that cybersecurity experts discovered the state's 6.7 million voter records and other sensitive files had been left exposed for months on the public website of the Center for Election Systems. The researchers raised an alarm in March, prompting an FBI investigation and revealing still more problems. ... story.html

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Secret Service Investigating Lawmaker over ‘Aggressively Sarcastic’ Anti-Trump Facebook Post

By Steve Neavling

The Secret Service is investigating a state lawmaker in Maine after causing alarm over a Facebook post about President Trump.

Rep. Scott Hamann called Trump a “half-term president, at most, especially if I ever get within 10 feet.”

The Democrat later said he regretted the social media post, describing his comments as “aggressively sarcastic and inappropriate.”

A Secret Service spokesman confirmed the investigation to Fox News. ... -1.3331723

Australian woman living in US fatally shot by Minneapolis police after she called 911 to report a 'possible assault

Monday, July 17, 2017, 4:08 AM

A 40-year-old Australian woman who was engaged to be married was fatally shot by a Minneapolis police officer after she called 911 to report a possible assault in the alley behind her home.

One of the two officers who responded to the scene shot and killed Justine Damond, the Star Tribune reported.

Police arrived in a squad car and the officer seated in the passenger seat shot the Sydney, Australia, native through the driver's side window, sources familiar with the incident told the media outlet.

The two officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave.

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"Two Minneapolis police officers responded to a 911 call of a possible assault just north of the 5100 block of Washburn Avenue S, just before 11:30 p.m. Saturday," the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said in a news release.

"At one point, an officer fired their weapon, fatally striking a woman," it adds.

"The BCA's investigation is in its early stages. More information will be available once initial interviews with incident participants and any witnesses are complete. ... The officers' body cameras were not turned on at the time and the squad camera did not capture the incident. Investigators are attempting to determine whether any video of the incident exists."

The woman was not named by police but people at the scene confirmed her identity, according to the Tribune.

NYPD may use body camera vids to fight false claims against cops
Justine Damond was fatally shot by police Saturday after she called 911 to report a possible assault in an alley behind her home.
Justine Damond was fatally shot by police Saturday after she called 911 to report a possible assault in an alley behind her home. ( INSTAGRAM )
No video of the incident has been released, and investigators are working to determine whether any exists.

The officers' body cameras were not turned on and the squad camera did not capture the incident.

Police didn't say why the body cameras were turned off.

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges also questioned the circumstances.

KING: Seattle-area officers killed man wielding pen for no reason
"I have questions about why the bodycams weren't on," she said in a press conference Sunday.

Minneapolis police officers are required to activate their cameras during "critical incidents," according to department policy.

A "critical incident" includes "any action by an officer that causes or is intended to cause Death or Great Bodily Harm."

The 40-year-old's death was not captured on police body camera.

Justine Damond was engaged to Don Damond, 50, whose 22-year-old son, Zach Damond, was at the scene Sunday morning.

"Basically, my mom's dead because a police officer shot her for reasons I don't know," he told the Tribune. "I demand answers. If anybody can help, just call police and demand answers. I'm so done with all this violence," he said.

Zach said Justine called police after she "heard a sound in the alley," which neighbors described as being well-lit at night.

They also described Justine as "a beautiful light" who was "so in love" with her fiance. ... imination/

FBI agent was Ex-Las Vegas prosecutor, key player in Russia probe, cited for sex discrimination

Greg Bower, a former top prosecutor who currently is the FBI’s top liaison with Congress during its investigation in Russian election meddling, has been cited for misconduct in an 8-year-old sex discrimination case.

While Bower was in charge of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Nevada from January 2008 to October 2009, a former female prosecutor was subjected to sexual discrimination and retaliation, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

An administrative judge said Brower acted hostilely toward a prosecutor after she alleged he had made a sexist comment.

“While acts of discrimination and retaliation are no doubt common within the federal service, it is extremely rare to see such a finding against the U.S. attorney’s office, which is charged with upholding the laws of this country,” said Las Vegas attorney Adam Levine, who has represented clients in the federal equal employment opportunity process. “If any agency should be aware of the prohibition against retaliation, it is the U.S. attorney’s office.” ... -1.3330069

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Federal agencies fail to report hate crimes to FBI

Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from ProPublica

In violation of a long-standing legal mandate, scores of federal law enforcement agencies are failing to submit statistics to the FBI’s national hate crimes database, ProPublica has learned.

The lack of participation by federal law enforcement represents a significant and largely unknown flaw in the database, which is supposed to be the nation’s most comprehensive source of information on hate crimes. The database is maintained by the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division, which uses it to tabulate the number of alleged hate crimes occurring around the nation each year.

The FBI has identified at least 120 federal agencies that aren’t uploading information to the database, according to Amy Blasher, a unit chief at the CJIS division, an arm of the bureau that is overseeing the modernization of its information systems.

The federal government operates a vast array of law enforcement agencies — ranging from Customs and Border Protection to the Drug Enforcement Administration to the Amtrak Police — employing more than 120,000 law enforcement officers with arrest powers. The FBI would not say which agencies have declined to participate in the program, but the bureau’s annual tally of hate crimes statistics does not include any offenses handled by federal law enforcement. Indeed, the problem is so widespread that the FBI itself isn’t submitting the hate crimes it investigates to its own database.

“We truly don’t understand what’s happening with crime in the U.S. without the federal component,” Ms. Blasher said in an interview. ... ign-policy

War with Iran is back on the table – thanks to Trump
Trita Parsi
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Trump's tax proposal would push US below Greece on inequality index
Researchers say tax reform plan would increase gap between rich and poor
US already does ‘very badly’ on global inequality index

Sunday 16 July 2017 19.01 EDT Last modified on Monday 17 July 2017 09.36 EDT

Donald Trump’s tax reform plans would, if enacted, increase the gap between rich and poor Americans and see the US slip below Greece on a new global index of inequality.

According to the Commitment to Reducing Inequality (CRI) index, developed by researchers at Oxfam and Development Finance International, the US already distinguishes itself among wealthy countries by doing “very badly” at addressing inequality.

Which countries are the most (and least) committed to reducing inequality?
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But it would fall a further six places from its ranking of 23rd overall if Trump’s tax reform effort is successful, with the US’s specific rating on tax policies plummeting 33 places from 26th to 59th – just below Peru, Chile and Sri Lanka.

“When you already have countries like Portugal and Slovenia ranking higher than the United States on the overall index, we think that’s a concern considering the wealth of the US,” Paul O’Brien, Oxfam America’s vice-president for policy and campaigns, told the Guardian.

If the White House passes its budget, which would slash social service spending and could leave millions of Americans without health insurance, the US would fall behind Greece, which is crippled by a debt crisis; Spain, which for 10 months in 2016 did not have a government; and Argentina, which has been plagued by high inflation, according to the report.

O’Brien said global understanding of inequality has grown significantly in the past decade, but this awareness has not led to the creation of pervasive government policies. Compilers of the index spent a year looking at policies around taxation, social service spending and labor in 152 countries.

“The reason we did this comparative index,” O’Brien said, “is in large part to challenge policymakers like President Trump to look to other economies and other societies, to give people smarter ways to give everyone an opportunity to lift themselves from poverty.”

The US performance on the index is strikingly bad compared to other wealthy countries, including the 35 members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). These countries account for 63% of the world GDP. The US is ranked 21st among them in the inequality index, despite being the wealthiest country in the history of the world.

Threaded through the new report are stark facts that explain some of the ways the US has earned its low ranking. In 2012, 43.3% of corporations in the US paid no federal income tax. US employers are required to provide zero days of paid maternity leave, while Sweden offers 480 days. The US federal minimum wage of $7.25 is well below the $10.60 an hour needed for a family of four to stay above the federal poverty line.

The report makes clear that inequality in the US could get worse if efforts to reform tax and repeal the Affordable Care Act are successful. If, instead, Trump decided to attack inequality in the US, O’Brien said he would need to create a more progressive tax system that lessens the burden on the poorest people, improve labor laws, and “ensure that investments in healthcare, education and social protection gave all Americans an equal shot at the American ... l-election

Member of India's lowest caste expected to be elected president
Ram Nath Kovind, nominee of Narendra Modi’s party, is from dalit (Untouchable) community, the country’s most oppressed

Monday 17 July 2017 06.33 EDT Last modified on Monday 17 July 2017 09.32 EDT

A member of India’s poorest and most oppressed caste is expected to be elected president.

Ram Nath Kovind, the governor of Bihar until last month, was announced as the nominee of Narendra Modi’s government in June, in what was widely seen as part of a decades-long strategy by Hindu nationalists to win over members of the dalit (Untouchable) community.

Nearly 5,000 Indian state and federal members of parliament took part in a secret nationwide ballot on Monday to decide the next president using specially designed violet ink pens with unique serial numbers.

The five-year post has significant responsibility under India’s constitution, but similar to other Westminster-style governments, it is largely ceremonial in practice.

India's caste system: ‘They are trying to erase dalit history. This is a martyrdom, a sacrifice’
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Unlocking the Files of the FBI
A Guide to Its Records and Classification System
This volume is the first comprehensive guide to the records of the FBI. At last historians have clear descriptions of the FBI's documents and how to gain access to them.
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Re: Reasons to create a volunteer civilian review police board with subpoena powers

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Cambridge, MA PD Citizen Complaints

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer filed this request with the Cambridge Police Department of Cambridge, MA.
Submitted July 18, 2017

From: Alexander Cartwright
Subject: Public Records Law Request: Cambridge, MA PD Citizen Complaints
To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I hereby request the following records:
1. What is the total number of citizen complaints made against your department’s officers annually for the last 10 years?
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?
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 total number of calls for service your department received annually for the past 10 years?
4. What is the number of officers involved in shootings in your department for the past 10 years?
Please include the number of officer-involved shootings resulting in discipline.
5. Which of the above data are published publicly? Please provide a link to any and all publicly available reports containing the data above.
I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.
I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.
In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.
Alexander Cartwright
From: Warnick,Jeremy
Subject: RE: Public Records Law Request: Cambridge, MA PD Citizen Complaints
Mr. Cartwright,
Please note that we are currently processing this request. Due to the large volume of requested information, a cost estimate may be required in order to fulfill the request.
Jeremy Warnick
Director of Communications
Cambridge Police Department
From: Warnick,Jeremy
Subject: Re: Public Records Law Request: Cambridge, MA PD Citizen Complaints
Mr. Cartwright,
In response to your request, please find the below and attached information that will address the information you are seeking.
Jeremy Warnick
Director of Communications
Cambridge Police Department

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The mother of a man who was shot and killed in March during an encounter with Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies has sued the county and the Sheriff’s Department, saying that deputies lacked proper training and used unnecessary force against her son, who suffered from a mental illness.

The civil rights lawsuit was filed Monday in U.S. District Court. It follows another federal lawsuit filed by the children of Dennis “Todd” Rogers, 41, who was shot by deputies the night of March 7 outside a 24 Hour Fitness gym in Ladera Heights.

Peter Morris, an attorney representing Rogers’ mother, said that Rogers had been asked to leave the gym, where he was a member. Rogers complied, but returned a few hours later and was shot and killed by one or more deputies, Morris said.

The lawsuit alleges that deputies attempted to shock Rogers with stun guns, and that Rogers was “unarmed and made no offensive moves towards the deputies when they killed him.”

“The sheriff’s deputies did not handle this situation in the proper way and as a result Todd is dead,” Morris said.

Rogers graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in accounting and finance, and he moved to Los Angeles from Houston around November 2015 to pursue a career in acting.

Janet Williams, Rogers’ mother, told reporters at a news conference outside the federal courthouse downtown that Rogers had called her every day, telling her about his auditions. Williams recalled that after she saw an audition video in which he played the role of a villain, she told him, “You’re not going to make it — you’re smiling too much.”

Rogers had bipolar disorder, which he managed with medication, his mother had previously told The Times.

She said Monday that at the time of the incident Rogers was off his medication.

“He was harmless,” she said. “ ... 1797432481

We Are Suing for Roger Ailes' FBI File

This morning, Gizmodo filed a lawsuit against the FBI seeking access to any files it holds on Roger Ailes, the one-time chief executive of Fox News.

Gizmodo sought access to the records under the Freedom of Information Act on May 18, the day Ailes was found dead in his Palm Beach home due to a traumatic brain injury aggravated by his hemophilia. As one the most influential and controversial political figures of his era, we believe these files are likely to exist. The FBI failed to provide or formally deny access to the records within the time period allowed under the federal statute. Needless to say, we’d really like to read them.

Depending on whom you ask, Ailes either cultivated or destroyed American conservative politics. After humble beginnings in an abusive blue-collar home in Warren, Ohio, he grew to become a fixture in the White House by lending his media expertise to presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush. For more than a decade, he reigned over what became the most-watched network in cable news history, serving to more than 2 million Americans daily his own brand of divisive, vitriolic and often racially-charged commentary.

As the story goes, President Obama once addressed him as “the most powerful man in the world.” Ailes replied back coolly: “Don’t believe what you read, Mr. President. I started those rumors myself.”

But his achievements will forever be overshadowed by the accusations of sexual harassment, coercion, psychological torture, blackmail, and surveillance of his employees that ultimately led to his downfall. Given the seriousness of the allegations raised by more than a half dozen women, he naturally found a home on the presidential campaign of Donald Trump, whom he’d gifted years before with a weekly segment on the Fox and Friends morning show.

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Ohio Prohibited Books
Alec Shea filed this request with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction of Ohio.
Submitted July 31, 2017
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From: Alec Shea
Subject: Open Records Request: Ohio Prohibited Books
To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Ohio Open Records Law, I hereby request the following records:
All lists of books and periodicals prohibited in Ohio prisons
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 would request your response within ten (10) business days.
Alec Shea
Subject: FW: Open Records Request: Ohio Prohibited Books
Attached is the current list of books and printed materials screened and excluded in the past four years. Per ODRC retention policy, items drop off the list after four years.
Stephen A. Young
Legal Counsel
Dept. of Rehabilitation & Correction
770 West Broad St.
Columbus, OH 43222
(614) 752-1784 phone
(614) 752-1034 fax
Please note that this message and/or any attachments may contain confidential attorney work product and/or may otherwise be privileged or confidential and/or protected from disclosure by applicable law. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that you have received this message in error. Any review, dissemination, distribution or copying of this message is strictly prohibited. If you have received this message in error, please notify the sender by reply or by telephone at 614-752-1784 and immediately delete this message and any attachments.

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Republican Congressman Calls for Resignation of Robert Mueller

By Steve Neavling

An Arizona congressman is calling for the resignation of special counsel Robert Mueller, suggesting he had two conflicts of interest.

U.S. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., joined President Trump’s claims that Mueller should be disqualified to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election because at least four people on the special counsel’s staff donated to Hillary Clinton’s campaign. ... ies-40213/

Subject: Public Records Law Request: FIO Policies
To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I hereby request the following records:
The current departmental policies and procedures for field interrogation, observation, frisk and/or search practices. I also request policies and procedures related to bias-free policing.
I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.
I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.
In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.
Grace Raih
From: Media Relations
Subject: Re: Public Records Law Request: FIO Policies
Dear Ms Raih,
Please contact my office directly as we need clarification to fill this
request. Thank you
Lt detective Michael McCarthy
From: Media Relations
Subject: Re: Public Records Law Request: FIO Policies
August 1, 2017
via email only
Dear Ms Raih,
This email is being sent in response to your July 18, 2017 request for
records that may be in custody or control of the Boston Department.
Specifically you requested: The current departmental policies and
procedures for field interrogation, observation, frisk and/or search
practices. I also request policies and procedures related to bias-free
Please find attached Boston Police Rule 323 Field Interaction / Observation
/ Encounter Report and Boston Police rule 113A Biased Free Policing. Both
of these documents as well as all BPD rules and procedures are avail by
going to
If you have been denied records by the Boston Police Department you have
the right to appeal this decision with the Supervisor of Public Records at
the Public Records Division of the Secretary of the Commonwealth.
Lieutenant Detective Michael McCarthy
Director, Media Relations

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Persistent FBI surveillance put no damper on I.F. Stone’s incisive pen
Thousands of pages track the free speech principles of one of the agency’s earliest and longest agitators
Written by Beryl Lipton
Edited by JPat Brown
Isidor Feinstein Stone - popularly known as I.F. Stone and to the Federal Bureau of Investigation by a variety of alternate spellings - had one of the longest journalistic careers as a critic of federal operations, and, accordingly, his FBI file is thousands of pages long. Born before the First World War, by the time WWII was eminent, Mr. Stone was already an editor at The Nation and his writing career carried through the engagement, the early Cold War years, and much of the Vietnam era before his health required retirement.

In his November 9, 1959 edition of I.F. Stone’s Weekly, Mr. Stone highlighted the agency and its collusion with the House Un-American Activities in identifying communist sympathizers. By that point, they had already been following him for nearly two decades - he had piqued their interest during the discussion over the Smith Act - and as recently as four days prior, they had been in attendance at a rally of a reported three hundred-ish people gathered under the curious cause - almost certainly a Communist cabal in the Bureau’s consideration - of “First Amendment Defendents.”

The collection of honored attendees was something of a lightning rod for federal attention at the time, comprised of educators, authors, labor organizers, and others who had already been called before or proved of interest to the HUAC.

Among them was Lloyd Barenblatt, whose case before the Supreme Court had been decided against him at the beginning of the summer, finding that he had been in contempt of Congress when he refused to answer its questions about his political and religious leanings.

Mr. Stone took the opportunity to direct attention to the G-Men who might be in the audience, calling out their alliance with tyranny …

and their camaraderie with a particular noted Biblical backstabber …

The event is but one in the long-standing saga between Mr. Stone’s staunch First Amendment advocacy and the Feds’ Soviet suspicions.

Would you like to know more? Continue browsing the file via the request page. You can also access more of I.F. Stone’s Weekly, as well as other writings and speeches on the website of I.F. Stone.

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Re: Reasons to create a volunteer civilian review police board with subpoena powers

Postby msfreeh » Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:30 pm ... ccountable

In Washington, D.C., the stalwart anti-war activists of Code Pink held a 24-hour anti-nukes vigil outside the White House on August 8-9. According to a statement from the organization, Code Pink has three demands:

1. Negotiate a freeze of North Korea’s nuclear and long-range ballistic program in exchange for a U.S. security guarantee that would include suspending U.S.-South Korea military exercises.

2. Initiate a peace process with North Korea, South Korea and China to replace the 1953 Armistice Agreement with a binding peace treaty to end the Korean War. Women must be significantly represented in the peace process in accordance with the spirit of UNSCR 1325.

3. Support citizen diplomacy to heal the legacies of the Korean War by establishing a liaison office in Washington and Pyongyang to facilitate retrieval of U.S. Korean War servicemen’s remains and Korean-American family reunions.

If you couldn't get to D.C., you can still call your representatives. Thursday morning, Indivisible released Tell your Members of Congress: Don’t Let Trump Start a War with North Korea. They recommend asking your Members of Congress to do the following, especially during this current August recess:

Co-sponsor Sen. Jeff Markey and Rep. Ted Lieu's “Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act” (H.R. 669 in the House and S. 200 in the Senate).
Demand that Trump finally nominate qualified, career professionals for critical but vacant State Department positions including Ambassador to South Korea, Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security. There are many more, but these are important starts.
Publicly denounce Trump's dangerous, deluded rhetoric, which is a danger to our national security.
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BW joins ProPublica’s Documenting Hate project
By Angela K. Evans - August 10, 2017

In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, the U.S. has experienced an increase in media reported incidents of discrimination and hate crimes. The Southern Poverty Law Center reported 867 hate incidents in the first 10 days following Donald Trump’s election alone. A hate incident is an altercation motivated by prejudice based on race, religion, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

Since then, hate crimes have drawn the national spotlight to Oregon, Kansas, Colorado, Minnesota, New York and Florida and nearly everywhere in between. Children have experienced anti-immigrant bullying at their schools and many people of color have had the words “Go home” shouted at them as they navigate their daily lives. Jewish cemeteries around the country have been desecrated while Jewish Community Centers have received an increasing number of bomb threats. And swastikas, the age-old symbol of hate, have been showing up with more regularity in many cities, including Boulder and Longmont. Elsewhere in Colorado, Boulder Weekly has been reporting on threats and vandalism at mosques and refugee centers following President Trump’s controversial travel ban.

Even though such incidents are increasing around the country, the national data concerning these hate crimes is sorely lacking. While the FBI is required by law to track these hate incidents, the Bureau is largely dependent upon the reporting of other law enforcement agencies in order to track such crimes — many of which don’t report or track such incidents.

According to nonprofit, investigative news organization ProPublica, at least 120 federal law enforcement agencies don’t contribute data to the national tally, and an Associated Press investigation uncovered that roughly 17 percent of city and county law enforcement agencies in the country haven’t reported a single hate incident in the last six years. Furthermore, the data the FBI does track only accounts for incidents reported to law enforcement and we know that most hate incidents are never reported. As a result, FBI data shows only 5,000-6,000 such incidents each year, while the Bureau of Justice Statistic (BJS) — which works from surveys that account for crimes that went unreported to law enforcement — reported an average of 250,000 incidents of hate crime victimization each year from 2004 to 2015. BJS also estimates that between 2011 and 2015, 54 percent of hate incidents weren’t reported to the police. This inconsistency has created a black hole when it comes to having an accurate picture of hate in America.

In order to create a more accurate view of hate incidents in the U.S., ProPublica is partnering with local news organizations through its Documenting Hate Project.

Boulder Weekly is proud to announce it has joined ProPublica and more than 100 newsrooms across the country in this important effort to create a national database of hate crimes and bias incidences.

As part of this project, we will be verifying submissions of hate incidents by either eye-witnesses or people who have personally been targeted.

In order to make this project a success, we are asking for your help in reporting hate crimes or incidents of bias. If you have witnessed or experienced such acts, please share your story by using the form below. Our reporters may follow up with you, but your information will remain protected within the Documenting Hate network. By using the form provided, a report to law enforcement will not be made on your behalf.

So thanks in advance for helping us continue to track, report and expose the incidents of hate and bias in our community with accuracy. We believe that with your help our communities can move toward a brighter, more safe and equal future for everyone.
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Ex-Tulsa cop acquitted in fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher has a new deputy job

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Ex-FBI agent deemed at risk from prisoners
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Judge Orders New Search for Clinton Emails
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Arrested Vikings fan cleared, alleges excessive force

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Trial day 4: Jurors see videos of Lake County Sheriff Buncich accepting money from tow truck drivers

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Kenna Elementary students receive armed intruder training from FBI
We love them,” Kenna Elementary teacher Lee Ann Dent said. The FBI and teachers said this training helps prepare them with ways to keep the students safe. ... earch-cuts

From the FBI to NASA, Here Are Trump’s Research Cuts
The value of R&D contracts awarded by federal agencies has fallen 16 percent so far this year. This chart gives the blow-by-blow.
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After 27 years in prison for vacated sexual assault conviction, Wisconsin man's future remains unclear
Michelle Liu, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Published 2:47 p.m. CT Aug. 10, 2017 | Updated 3:45 p.m. CT Aug. 10, 2017

Beranek has maintained his innocence in the 1987 incident, for which he was sentenced to more than 200 years in prison.

The conviction was vacated by Reserve Judge Daniel Moeser, who presided over Beranek's original trial, and heard defense arguments earlier this year about why an FBI agent likely overstated the scientific probability that hair recovered from the scene matched Beranek's. New DNA testing has also concluded that the hair is not Beranek's.

The case against Beranek began two years after a Stoughton woman was attacked in her home in 1987.

In 1989, Beranek was arrested and convicted of a sexual assault in Chippewa County. Police believed he resembled a composite drawing of the Stoughton suspect. The Stoughton woman then identified Beranek in a photo as most likely her attacker.

Though six alibi witnesses claimed Beranek was in North Dakota when the assault occurred, "the jury made the right decision," Moeser said at the time.

Recently, lawyer Dean Strang, who defended Steven Avery in the case made famous by Netflix's "Making a Murderer," has joined Beranek's defense team.

RELATED: Freed from prison by the Innocence Project, lawyer now is on a mission to free others ... 1f464c09a2

Trump Called for Acting FBI Director’s Firing Hours After Manafort FBI Raid

08/10/2017 06:04 pm ET
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DC Metro Sued for Rejecting
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Washington, D.C.’s public transit system illegally rejects ads that “might give offense,” the ACLU says in a constitutional complaint on behalf of a right-wing provocateur, an abortion provider and an animal rights group. ... ive-order/

Court Grapples With Trump's One-In, Two-Out Executive Order
Taking a stand against the executive order that requires federal agencies to repeal two old regulations for every new one implemented, an attorney told a federal judge Thursday that President Donald Trump’s exercise of executive authority here is “unprecedented.” ... /463421536

Report faults King County Sheriff's handling of rape claim against Sheriff
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Environmentalists Complain of Infiltration by Conservative Group
An environmental advocacy group has made a criminal complaint in California against a group of conservative activists, accusing them using fake identities, unauthorized recordings and other misrepresentations to infiltrate the environmental group. ... cve-33591/

Subject: Sunshine Law Request: Correspondence regarding CAIR and CVE
To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Florida's Sunshine Law (Fla. Stat. secs. 119.01 to 119.15 (1995)), I hereby request the following records:

All emails to and from Deputy Sheriff Nezar Hamze which mention the words "Council on American Islamic Relations," "CAIR," "Countering Violent Extremism," "CVE," and "Muslims."

You can restrict your search to records created from December 1, 2016 to the date this request is processed.

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 would request your response within ten (10) business days.


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Ex-NYPD big uncorks Twitter barrage on assistant chief: ‘u will hide in a corner like a b---h’

Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 10:24 PM

A retired NYPD deputy inspector went berserk on social media, threatening the department’s transit bureau chief over a perceived slight.

Corey Pegues, a former commanding officer of the 67th Precinct in Brooklyn, posted bizarre rants in which he called out Chief Joseph Fox — one of the city’s highest-ranking cops.

Pegues, 48, referring to his daughter who is a police officer, posted on Twitter Monday, “Chief Fox, don’t ever say anything to my child!”

He linked that remark to the Twitter pages of NYPD News and Police Commissioner James O’Neill.

Later Monday, on Facebook, he added, “If anyone ever sees that racist punk from the NYPD Chief ‘Kiss A--’ Fox tell him to give me a call, my number still the same. Don’t hide behind your 3 Stars punk come and get at me.

“Address still the same also so come see me and u can bring ya team punk! I’ll be waiting but as usual u will hide in a corner like a b---h!” ... ak-to-TMZ/

Deputy arrested in Fort Lauderdale airport shooting video leak to TMZThe agency arrested a veteran deputy Wednesday, accusing him of secretly recording security video of the airport gunman

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The Broward County Sheriff’s Office arrested a veteran deputy Wednesday, accusing him of secretly recording security video that showed a gunman shooting at passengers in January at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Two days after the mass shooting that took five lives, the video appeared on the gossip website ... l-climate/

Research investigates effects of peer officer leadership on law enforcement ethical climateAll levels of law enforcement are asked to participate in a dissertation study of the current ethical climate in law enforcementAug 17, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — On a daily basis, it is possible to read about police officers who commit acts of misconduct, with many of these acts having causes that are unfathomable to other officers and the public. An important area to examine in understanding law enforcement misconduct is the role of peer officer leadership.

Misconduct incidents repeatedly show the effects of unethical peer officers on their fellow officers. While officers receive formal training in ethics throughout their careers, law enforcement subculture related to ethics is learned through informal social processes among officers. These informal social processes linked to ethical climate may lead to ethical perceptions and decisions that may not be in line with normative law enforcement ethical practices and codes of conduct.

This study is being conducted to develop quantitative understandings of ethical climate in law enforcement.

FBI Octopus
State's top FBI official leaving to run Vermont Lottery
Recent FBI actions affecting Vermont have included an investigation of a land deal at the now-defunct Burlington College and a probe related ...
he head of Vermont’s office of the FBI will leave his post to become the executive director of the Vermont Lottery Commission.
Daniel Rachek has led the FBI office for six years and has been with the bureau for 22 years. He will start the new job Nov. 13.

FBI to host agent recruitment event in San Antonio
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"RACIAL MAITERS": THE FBI'S SECRET FILE ON BLACK AMERICA, 1968-1972. By Kenneth O'Reilly.1 New York: Free Press, 1989. Pp. vii, 456. Cloth, $24.95.

The 1988 movie "Mississippi Burning" depicted the FBI as a protector of blacks. Led by Gene Hackman, its agents streamed into Mississippi to do battle with bigots and the Klan. Although "Mississippi Burning" simply reiterated in a somewhat more fic- tionalized form the heroic portrayal of the FBI's role in the fight for racial justice already presented by Don Whitehead in his 1970 book Attack on Terror3 and by the 1975 made-for-television movie of the same title, it became the target of vocal critics, such as Coretta Scott King, who complained that, among other things, the film grossly overstated both the FBI's commitment to the cause of civil rights and its contributions to the success of the civil rights movement.4 Professor Kenneth O'Reilly's compelling account, Racial Matters, proves beyond question that the critics were correct. O'Reilly dem- onstrates that, far from protecting the civil rights movement, for about a decade in the 1960s and early 1970s the FBI waged war on black America. He leaves in doubt only the motivation behind the Bureau's attack. ... i-director

Democrat introduces bill to protect FBI director

A Black House Democrat has introduced legislation to prevent future directors of the FBI from meeting the same fate as James Comey did under President Trump.

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, filed a bill that would limit the president’s at-will ability to remove an FBI director by only allowing dismissal for specific wrongdoing.

That would include violating the Justice Department’s code of conduct or ethics policy; being convicted of a crime; misusing the FBI’s resources; making false statements during official duties; or “for other good cause.”

“A free and independent federal law enforcement agency is critical to upholding our democracy, and all the values we cherish as Americans,” Johnson said in a statement. “Instead of the FBI director serving at the pleasure of the president, this legislation will mandate a for-cause standard to justify an FBI director’s dismissal.”

Current law limits FBI directors’ terms to 10 years as a way to help protect them from electoral politics. Yet the decadelong limit is also designed to avoid another entrenched FBI director like J. Edgar Hoover, who led the nation’s law enforcement agency for 48 years.

Comey was just under four years into his term before Trump abruptly fired him in May and offered contradicting explanations as his reason. Before Comey, the only other FBI director to be dismissed prematurely was William Sessions in 1993 by President Bill Clinton, amid ethics concerns.

The Trump administration originally cited Comey’s handling of the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as the reason for the dismissal. But the president later said in an interview with NBC News that he was thinking of “this Russia thing” when he decided to fire Comey amid the agency’s probe of whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government during the 2016 election.

The Senate confirmed Comey’s successor, Christopher Wray, as the new FBI director earlier this month.

Another House Democrat previously introduced a similar bill to prevent another FBI director from being dismissed under circumstances like Comey’s.

Rep. Anthony Brown (D-Md.) filed a bill — the Fighting for Intelligent, Rational and Ethical Dismissal (FIRED) Act — in mid-May that would only allow the president to remove the FBI director for “inefficiency, neglect of duty or malfeasance in office.” ... 1797939332


Should Black Folks Trust the FBI’s Russia Investigation, Given Its History of Targeting Our Communities?

Martin Luther King Jr. asks that then-President John F. Kennedy issue an executive order declaring all forms of racial segregation illegal at a press conference June 5, 1961, in New York. (Associated Press)
Why trust the FBI or any intelligence agency on Russia? They targeted civil rights activists for years.

We really don’t have proof of the Russians doing anything. Why trust these agencies now?

These are completely legitimate questions that I hear from black folks from time to time on social media and in person. I get it. Black people have a very conflicted relationship with law enforcement, be it local or federal policing. There are plenty of examples throughout the decades of these powerful entities harming black communities. Yet we depend on them to protect and serve us, despite their horrendous records of abuse.

The FBI has a particularly violent history (and if we are discussing the intelligence community in general, that extends to the present) of being aggressive against black liberation movements. COINTELPRO, for example, was one of the most disruptive anti-black law-enforcement programs the nation has ever waged against black civil rights activists.

Yet today the FBI stands as the single most important federal entity that will ultimately determine whether charges should be filed against people in Donald Trump’s presidential campaign for working with Russian entities to secure his victory on Election Day.

Jeffrey O.G. Ogbar, a historian at the University of Connecticut who researches the history of law enforcement targeting black people, told me he looks at the FBI the same way he does police agencies, school systems, the military or any other institution in the United States over the course of history. Ogbar brings up the history of the Atlanta Police Department as an example. One-quarter of the officers were once allegedly Ku Klux Klan members, and black officers could not arrest white people until 1960, Ogbar told me. By comparison, today’s Atlanta Police Department is majority African American and has black leadership.

“Institutions aren’t static,” said Ogbar, who believes the intelligence community’s assessment of Russian collusion. “I can’t see the Atlanta Police Department the same as it was in 1960, any more than I can think [the] FBI is the same as it was in 1960. It doesn’t mean it is incapable of committing some of the same offenses as it did before.”

For me, one of the toughest facts to respond to is that there is no publicly available smoking gun proof connecting the Democratic National Committee hack and other disinformation efforts to the Kremlin. The intelligence report released (pdf) in January is an assessment of what happened, not proof of an actual crime. It’s the job of the FBI and special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation to figure out if any crime happened from either the Russian or Trump sides.

C. Christian Grant, who spent 12 years as an FBI and Defense Intelligence Agency officer, told me it could take decades before Americans learn the real facts of the Russia investigation. For starters, if the intelligence community laid out every detail of proof it has of Russia collusion, it could hamper the current investigation and even lead to the loss of life.

“If you divulge that information, you run the risk of divulging sources and collecting methods, and you want to still continue to be able to collect [information],” Grant, who is African American and tracked Russian targets in the U.S. for four years, told me. “That information is probably held by a small number of individuals or possibly one individual. If that information gets out, Russia, as you know, has a way of dealing with spies and folks who they think are giving up information.”

A recent example of the FBI’s surveillance of black people dates back to the years after 9/11, when, Vice reported, the bureau identified Ayyub Abdul-Alim as a possible informant who could spy on members of the Mosque of the Islamic Brotherhood in Harlem, which was connected to the black nationalist movement during the 1960s. Somehow, the FBI drew a connection between black nationalism and al-Qaida, Michael German, a fellow with the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University and a former FBI special agent specializing in terrorism, told Vice earlier this year.

“The [FBI] files suggest that Muslims with family connections to black nationalist groups of the 1960s and 1970s were, after 9/11, viewed as suspicious, as part of the heightened focus on international terrorism and al-Qaida,” German said.

Abdul-Alim is serving a four- to six-year sentence for illegal-gun-possession charges. He believes that the charges are connected to his refusal to become an FBI informant.

Of course, the Russia investigation is a different can of worms. But the case of Abdul-Alim is another example of how our federal agencies have tried to draw conclusions that simply are not there. There was no proof of criminal activity at the Mosque of the Islamic Brotherhood, but the possibility of criminality was strongly considered after Sept. 11.

I asked Grant, the FBI and DIA officer, if he was ever asked to spy on black organizations. He said, “No.” (I get it. He would not admit to such actions anyway, but I had to ask.) But he did tell me that he was very aware of the history of modern-day ... sing-girls

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POLICE SEXUAL ABUSE OF TEENAGE GIRLS: A 2003 Update on “Driving While Female”

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Arpaio pardon flouts constitution, ex-White House officials say
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Kremlin’s Quid Pro Quo Deal With Trump Camp Comes Into Focus
Posted by Bill Conroy - July 17, 2017 at 8:22 pm
Pact Appears to Implicate an Unlikely Alliance Involving the Russian Arms Business, a Hollywood Actor and the NRA
It’s a good bet most people haven’t heard of Russian billionaire Igor Kesaev, even though he is on Forbes magazine’s list of the world’s richest people.
His business holdings include real estate; a major Russian retail chain; an extensive cigarette-distribution empire that involves a partnership with the U.S. cigarette-manufacturer Philip Morris; and the V.A. Degtyarev Plant weapons factory, which produces, among other deadly weapons, anti-tank missiles, portable air-defense systems, machine guns and Kalashnikov automatic rifles.
Kesaev, who supports a foundation called the Monolit fund, which benefits veteran Russian intelligence agents and military officers, also has been targeted for U.S. Magnitsky Act sanctions for his alleged complicity in conspiring with Russian government officials to violate the human rights of Russian business owners via extortion, incarceration and other intimidation in order to appropriate their business assets and perpetrate tax fraud. Kesaev, of course, bills himself as a legitimate Russian businessman and patriot.
He is precisely the type of individual Russian attorney and suspected Kremlin intelligence asset Natalia Veselnitskaya was seeking to protect when she met at Trump Tower with a team of the U.S. president’s top advisors — including Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner — on June 9, 2016.
The purpose of that meeting, based on an assessment of press reports to date, was likely to lobby the Trump team to support freezing and, in time, sunsetting the Magnitsky Act sanctions, which target Russian officials accused of human rights violations. In return, the Kremlin would assist in dirtying up presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. As president, Donald Trump now has the power, via the State and Treasury departments, to add names to or withhold names from the Magnitsky sanctions list, although it would take an act of Congress and the president’s signature to undo the Magnitsky Act itself.
The Magnitsky Act stems from events that played out in Russia more than a decade ago, and the law has been a thorn in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s despotic paw ever since it was enacted. From the mid-1990s until 2005, businessman William Browder operated Hermitage Capital Management, which oversaw the largest foreign-investment fund in Russia at the time. He had a falling out with the Kremlin, however, and was expelled from Russia in 2005, after being declared a national security threat — and his company’s assets were seized as part of what Browder alleges was an elaborate tax-fraud scheme perpetrated by Russian authorities.
Sergei Magnitsky, Browder’s Russian attorney, began to dig into the suspected conspiracy and was later arrested by the same authorities his investigation had implicated in the alleged tax fraud against Hermitage. Magnitsky died in jail in late 2009 after months of brutal torture.
Magnitsky’s fate sparked international outrage, leading to President Barack Obama in 2012 signing into law the Magnitsky Act, which places visa sanctions and asset freezes on all those believed to be involved in the mistreatment and ultimate death of Magnitsky.
So, winding up on the Magnitsky sanctions list for Kesaev, and others who are part of Putin’s inner circle, would be a major business disruptor. In the case of Kesaev, those business interests include a $1.5 billion partnership with cigarette maker Philip Morris and co-investor Japan Tobacco. They also include plans to expand arms sales from his Moscow weapons factory by exploiting the U.S. gun-rights market — an effort being enabled by some interesting U.S.-based bedfellows, including the National Rifle Association (NRA) and Hollywood actor Steven Seagal.
Manafort in the Middle
Trump confidante Manafort’s presence at the June 9, 2016, meeting with the Russian attorney Veselnitskaya is of particular interest, given his past relationships with Kremlin-based actors.
In the mid-2000s Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chair who remains a close advisor to the president, was working deals in Ukraine that involved Russian interests. Manafort worked as a close advisor to former Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych, whose regime was supported clandestinely by Russian President Putin. Manafort helped to get Yanukovych elected as president of Ukraine in 2010. Yanukovych abandoned his presidency and fled to Russia four years later, after his government was toppled in the wake of mass protests over his corruption and ties to the Kremlin.
Yanukovych also is allegedly linked to Russia’s FSB intelligence service (which replaced the KGB) through the billionaire Kesaev, who controls the Russian conglomerate the Mercury Group, which operates a subsidiary called Megapolis that dominates the cigarette-distribution market in Russia and Ukraine.
Sergiy Vysotskiy, a member of the Ukrainian parliament (or Verkhovna Rada), alleged in a past interview with Narco News that Kesaev has close ties to the Russian FSB. Neither Keaseav nor officials from his company replied to a request for comment from Narco News.
A past investigation by the Center for Public Integrity explored Kesaev’s links to the Russian deep state in-depth — including Kesaev’s role as the head of a fund that provides financial assistance to former Russian security-service officers (including veteran FSB and Russian military officers) and his partnership in the weapons business with former high-ranking Russian military officials.
In addition, Vysotskiy, a member of Ukraine’s People’s Front political party, contends that Yanukovych and various of his cronies are in business with Kesaev through the Russian magnate’s cigarette-distribution operations in Ukraine. That business partnership, by extension, raises questions about the extent of Manafort’s relationship with Kesaev, given Manafort was intimate with former Ukrainian President Yanukovych’s world as his longtime political advisor and strategist.
“The heads of Ukraine intelligence and security services during the time of Yanukovych were all FSB-connected persons,” Vysotskiy said. “So, is he [Manafort] an idiot and didn't see what's was happening around him? Or he just didn't care that he is building a PR and foreign-relations strategy for criminal, corrupted government that was ready to sell out my country to Kremlin like it was a garage sale?”
Since Yanukovych’s ouster from power, Ukrainian anticorruption officials have uncovered logbooks showing Yanukovych paid some $2 billion in bribes while in office. Some $12.7 million worth of the bribes entered in the ledgers, according to recent media reports, were earmarked for Manafort between 2007-12. Manafort contends, however, that he never received any such payments.
The NRA ‘Tour’
So how would the Russian attorney Veselnitskaya’s play to enlist Trump’s top advisors, including Manafort, in an effort to neutralize the Magnitsky sanctions help Kesaev?
Well, should Kesaev be placed on the U.S. sanctions list, his billion-dollar partnership with U.S. based Philip Morris almost certainly would be in jeopardy, as would another project: Kesaev’s plan to expand arms sales from his V.A. Degtyarev weapons-manufacturing plant. That plan entails undertaking a lobbying effort in the U.S that is focused on getting the U.S. government to lift restrictions on the sales of Russian weapons in the United States.
The Moscow Times reported in 2013 that Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who is on a U.S. sanctions list related to Russia’s invasion of the Crimea in 2014, is leading the arms-sales charge that would benefit Kesaev’s weapons plant and has even enlisted U.S. actor Steven Seagal “to lobby for easing restrictions on the sale of Russian sporting rifles to the United States.”
More form the Moscow Times story:
Seagal, a long-time acquaintance of President Vladimir Putin, met with Rogozin on Tuesday [March 19, 2013] in the Cabinet building. The official asked the movie star to lobby U.S. hunting and rifle associations [such as the NRA].
"Your connections within the American establishment could help resolve this issue," Rogozin said while addressing Seagal, who wore black clothes and a big sports watch.
Rogozin even tweeted about the relationship with Seagal a year later, on May 11, 2014:
Btw I also publish Steven Seagal photo who got engaged in promoting Russian weapons and supported us in crisis days.
Seagal’s relationship with the Russian arms industry was exposed further by England’s Guardian newspaper:
The actor Steven Seagal has become an unlikely business envoy for a pre-Russian revolutionary arms factory [Kesaev’s V.A.Degtyarev weapons plant]after agreeing to feature in adverts marketing its weapons in the US.
"… My friend Igor Kesayev [alternate spelling of Kesaev]invited me here. On his request, I will feature in adverts for Kovrov weapons for the US," the Russian tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda reported Seagal as saying. "I trust Kesayev. Whatever's put in my hands, I will advertise."
So, it would appear Kesaev and Seagal are business buddies in the arms trade. And, based on a Seagal tweet in reaction to Trump’s inauguration speech, he also is a fan of President Trump.
Congratulations to President Donald Trump! Wonderful speech! So grateful & proud to finally have a president 4 the People!
Seagal also appears to be tight with another Russian billionaire family, Emin Agalarov and his father, Aras. The father-and-son team last year attended a coming-out party for a new watch collection being marketed by Seagal. In addition, Emin Agalarov and Seagal, an aspiring blues guitarist, have worked on entertainment-related projects together, including a music video, according to media reports.
Emin Agalarov, besides his role as an executive with his father’s real estate development company, the Crocus Group, also is a Russian pop music star and business acquaintance of Donald Trump Jr. The Agalarovs partnered with the senior Donald Trump to stage the Miss Universe pageant in Russia in 2013 and have had continuing access to the Trump family, according to media reports.
It was Emin Agalarov who helped to coordinate the meeting at Trump Tower in June 2016 between Russian attorney Veselnitskaya and Trump Jr. — and fellow presidential advisors Manafort and Kushner.
The weapons connection doesn’t end with Seagal, however. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, and by extension Kesaev and his arms factory, also have courted the National Rifle Association (NRA), which was among President Trump’s biggest campaign backers.
In late 2015, Russia hosted a delegation from the NRA, including some of its top leadership. While in Russia, the NRA delegation met with Deputy Prime Minister Rogozin, even though he is the target of U.S. sanctions, according to the Daily Beast:
The NRA had previously objected to the parts of the U.S. sanctions regime that blocked Russian-made guns from import into the United States. But curiously, David Keene, the former NRA president and current board member who was on the Moscow trip, insisted the meeting with the high-ranking member of the Kremlin government had nothing whatsoever to do with geopolitics.
“Rogozin is chairman of the Russian Shooting Federation and his Board hosted a tour of Federation HQ for us while we were there,” Keene told The Daily Beast. “It was non-political. There were at least 30 in attendance and our interaction consisted of thanking him and his Board for the tour.”
Also part of the NRA delegation to Russia was vocal Trump backer and hardline gun advocate Milwaukee Country Sheriff David Clarke, who was until recently in line for a major Department of Homeland Security post with the Trump administration, which Clarke ultimately decided to turn down. The same week as NRA leaders were gathering in Russia in December 2015, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security advisor, was having dinner with Putin at a Moscow gala sponsored by Russia Today, a state-backed media outlet, the Daily Beast reported.
The Red Dragon
The assurances from the NRA’s Keene that the gun-lobbying organization’s involvement with a member of Putin’s inner circle was solely about an office “tour” now seem to ring hollow, and likely merit further scrutiny in light of Rogozinand Kesaev’s efforts to expand Russian arms sales in the U.S. — which are focused on consumer sales of sporting rifles.
And add to that Putin-backed gun-lobbying effort the recent revelations about the Kremlin-linked lawyer’s efforts to strike a quid pro quo deal with the Trump administration — which appears to have called on Trump to support a freeze and eventually roll back of Magintsky Act sanctions in exchange for help in dirtying up presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
But don’t expect the truth to be easy to get at in this case. Kesaev’s alleged links to the state-sponsored company raids and related tax-fraud schemes that led to the murder of Russian attorney Magnitsky were first advanced in 2010 by Russian attorney Alexander Dobrovinsky. At the time, he represented a Russian businessman jailed as part of an alleged effort to seize his company assets.
Dobrovinsky voiced his concerns about Kesaev’s ties to his client’s plight in a letter to the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission.
Russia! Magazine reported on the allegations at the time:
Dobrovinsky's letter [to the Helsinki Commission], a copy of which was obtained by Russia! Magazine, recounted how his client, Moscow entrepreneur Armen Yeganyan, was allegedly blackmailed by corrupt Russian officials attempting to seize his $120 million wine and cognac business. Many of the officials involved in the attempted takeover, Dobrovinsky wrote, were also implicated in the tragic 2009 case of Sergei Magnitsky.
…"The information available to us indicates a possible link between the ... criminal case against Armen Yeganyan [and] an attempt to establish control over KiN Moscow Wine and Cognac Plant's activity on the part of the structures controlled by [Russian businessman] Igor Kesayev, one of the major Philip Morris distributors in this country, and the actions of law enforcement agencies subsequent to this conflict with respect to Mr. Yeganyan," Dobrovinsky wrote. [Emphasis added.]
Dobrovinsky’s letter to the Helsinki Commission, chaired at the time by U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, can be found at this link.
Narco News contacted Dobrovinsky via email about the KiN case and his allegations of Kesaev’s complicity with the parties involved in the Magnitsky-related corruption, and he indicated that he has since reconsidered his position on Kesaev’s involvement.
From Dobrovinsky’s email to Narco News:
Everything that I said [at] that time was true. But during the litigation I didn't feel it anymore. For my biggest surprise.
… The two parties find solution, and if I remember correctly, my client [Yeganyan] sold his shares [in his company] for much more that he expected.
His lawyer [Dobrovinsky] was very happy
Hermitage Capital Management co-founder Browder, who alleges his life has been threatened by the Putin regime since he and Magnitsky helped to expose its corruption, was not convinced of Dobrovinsky’s sudden change of heart when contacted by Narco News.
“Dobrovinsky could easily have changed his story out of money or fear,” Browder said.
Dobrovinsky’s recanting of the allegations against Kesaev — Browder’s speculation aside — might well have been the end of the matter, if Narco News had not been provided a dossier on Kesaev by a former CIA officer, who claimed to have ... story.html

Editorial A TSA agent who may have lied about a bomb threat can't be sued? That's appalling

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In 1965, narcotics agents burst into the home of Webster Bivens without a warrant, manacled him in front of his family, threatened to arrest his wife and children and marched him off to the Brooklyn courthouse. Six years later, the lawsuit Bivens brought reached the Supreme Court, which ruled for the first time that agents of the federal government could be sued personally for damages if they violated a citizen’s constitutional rights, even if Congress hadn’t explicitly authorized such lawsuits.

That case, Bivens vs. Six Unknown Federal Narcotics Agents, may sound like a landmark decision, and so it seemed at the time. But over the years, the courts have found one excuse after another to ignore its central insight: that if there is a violation of the Constitution, there must also be a remedy.

The most recent example of judicial abdication is a federal appeals court decision protecting a Transportation Security Administration employee who accused a traveler of making a bomb threat — a charge that a judge later found to be baseless — after the man complained about disrespectful treatment during a security screening.

The traveler, an architect named Roger Vanderklok, was preparing to fly from Philadelphia International Airport to Miami in 2013 to participate in a half-marathon. Because his carry-on luggage contained an electronic heart monitor enclosed in a plastic tube, Vanderklok was subjected to a secondary screening supervised by TSA employee Charles Kieser. According to Vanderklok, after he threatened to file a complaint against Kieser for disrespectful and aggressive behavior, the TSA employee called the police and claimed that Vanderklok had suggested that he could bring a bomb to the airport and “you would never find it.”

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Former FBI Head, Comey to Lecture at HU Draws Mixed Reactions
August 26, 2017

Some Washingtonians and Howard University students are somewhat confused by University President Wayne A.I. Frederick’s naming former FBI head James Comey as the 2017-2018 Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy.

“There is no bigger person who is in opposition to Donald Trump – the sitting President — than Comey, so while it may appear like a good thing for students to learn policy from him, his appointment raises other flags for me,” Jeff Canady, a Howard alumnus told the AFRO. “Comey’s relationship, historically, to the FBI and its relationship to Blacks needs to also be examined a bit more fully.”

FILE – In this June 8, 2017, file photo, former FBI director James Comey speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Comey will give a series of lectures at Howard University, the historically black college in the nation’s capital and the keynote address at the school’s opening convocation Sept. 2. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
However, others welcome the move as a step forward for students and the university.

Comey, who served as the seventh director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation under Barack Obama, will also serve as Howard’s Opening Convocation keynote speaker this year.

“I am pleased to welcome Mr. Comey to Howard,” said Frederick in a statement. “His expertise and understanding of the challenges we continue to face today will go a long way in sparking rich discussion and advancing meaningful debates across campus.”

Trump fired Comey on May 9 after he reportedly refused to investigate and bring charges against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for using her family’s private e-mail server for official communications.

Comey’s tenure at Howard includes facilitating five lectures, which will coincide with the release of his highly-anticipated memoir (still untitled), which is set to be published by Flatiron Books in the Spring of 2018.

“His book promises to take us inside those extraordinary moments in our history, showing us how these leaders have behaved under pressure,” Bob Miller, the president and publisher of Flatiron Books, said in a statement. “By doing so, Comey will give us unprecedented entry into the corridors of power, and a remarkable lesson in leadership itself.”

Comey said he was honored to hold the appointment at Howard.

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NYPD top cop James O’Neill overturns judge’s guilty verdict against officer in police misconduct case

, August 26, 2017, 6:06 PM

Police Commissioner James O’Neill made a rare move to overturn an administrative judge’s guilty verdict against an officer in in a police misconduct case. (MARCUS SANTOS)
The city’s top cop has rejected an administrative judge’s guilty verdict against an officer in a police misconduct case — but the public may never know why.

Police Commissioner James O’Neill’s rare move to overturn the July decision and find the officer innocent after a departmental trial was his first time tossing a judge’s ruling. The last time it happened was under Commissioner Bill Bratton in early 2016.

The judge had ruled the cop guilty of some unspecified misconduct, records show.

But neither the NYPD nor the Civilian Complaint Review Board, which prosecuted the case, will disclose why the cop was found guilty, why O'Neill reversed the decision or any details about the case.

“If the police commissioner is going to throw out a guilty verdict, the public deserves to know the details of the case and why the officer escaped punishment,” said Christopher Dunn, associate legal director of the New York Civil Liberties Union.

“Reversals like this perfectly illustrate why police discipline should not be shrouded in secrecy.”

Added Dick Dadey of Citizens Union, “It's outrageous in this day of increased scrutiny of police misconduct that the NYPD doesn't seize this opportunity to inform the public. It's saying to the public, ‘We're hiding information we don't want you to know.’” ... a-warrant/

Court: Locating suspect via stingray definitely requires a warrant
But, judge rules in Ellis, cops didn't need warrant due to "exigent circumstances."

- 8/26/2017, 9:00
Federal prosecutor struggles to describe stingray use in attempted murder case
A federal judge in Oakland, California has ruled against the suppression of evidence derived from warrantless use of a cell-site simulator. The simulator, a device often referred to as a stingray, was used to locate the lead defendant in an ongoing attempted murder case.
In the 39-page ruling, US District Judge Phyllis Hamilton notably found that the use of stingray to find a man named Purvis Ellis was a "search" under the Fourth Amendment—and therefore required a warrant. However, in this case, the judge also agreed with the government’s assertion that there were exigent circumstances, along with the "good faith exception" to the warrant requirement. In other words, use of the stingray was wholly justified.

"Cell phone users have an expectation of privacy in their cell phone location in real time and that society is prepared to recognize that expectation as reasonable," Judge Hamilton wrote, citing an important Supreme Court decision from 1967 known as United States v. Katz.

But because Ellis was believed to be involved in another shooting that happened one day earlier on January 20, 2013, the judge felt there were exigent circumstances.

"Though Ellis was not known to be the shooter, he was believed to be a suspect in possession of firearms," Judge Hamilton continued. "The need to prevent escape by a suspect presented exigent circumstances here."

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Pharma industry ‘getting away with murder’ abroad/ STAT
Chilling report from STATon how Big Pharma is suing governments and overturning patent laws around the world to raise the price of its meds:
AUGUST 21, 2017

Seven months after President Trump accused the pharmaceutical industry of “getting away with murder,” he is busy lining the pockets of large pharmaceutical companies worldwide by giving them more power to charge higher prices overseas. Their price monopolies are likely to be extended under a draft executive order promising “greater intellectual property protection” in multilateral and bilateral trade agreements. The North American Free Trade Agreement, for example, has already been pegged to harmonize foreign intellectual property standards to reflect those found in the United States. Canada, it seems, will be the first target of U.S. indoctrination.
The Canadian government has been repeatedly excoriated for its failure to parrot U.S. intellectual property laws, receiving numerous reprimands in congressional hearings and Office of the United States Trade Representative reports for daring to define its own standards of patentability. While the U.S. vehemently defends its own sovereignty and singularity, it seems like it cannot tolerate these principles in other nations.
That was certainly the view held by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly when, in November 2012, it filed an investor-state arbitration claim against the Canadian government for overturning two of its pharmaceutical patents. As McGill University’s E. Richard Gold recently described in STAT, disgruntled with its losses, Eli Lilly sued the Canadian government for $500 million for its “radical departure” from U.S. intellectual property standards. Five years later, the company has spent more than $12 million trying to educate the Canadian government on what is, and what is not, an acceptable margin of change in its domestic law.
The company’s strategy to mold Canadian law in its image ultimately prevailed. In June, the Canadian Supreme Court delivered a stunning decision, overturning decades of Canadian precedent to arrive at the same standard of patentability demanded by Eli Lilly and applied in the U.S.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce gleefully praised the decision, while Canadian academics lamented the boon to foreign patent holders at the expense of local startups. The Canadian Supreme Court had pre-empted NAFTA’s renegotiation, which had identified Canada’s patentability standards as a “serious problem” that would need to be addressed.
The chilling effect of investor-state arbitration on national sovereignty is not new, and the Eli Lilly case is only one in a long line of throw-downs by deep-pocketed corporations anxious to wring more profits out of foreign markets.
The Australian government spent six years (and millions of taxpayer dollars) defending its plain packaging laws from tobacco giant Phillip Morris in a dispute so decidedly comical it even made the desks of late-night comedy shows. That a sovereign nation could not pass laws designed to protect the health of its citizens without being slapped with a billion-dollar lawsuit seems so determinedly ridiculous that one has to wonder how these disputes continue to arise. But they do — in the shadows of corporate boardrooms, behind the closed doors of arbitral proceedings, and on the fringes of mainstream media.
Here’s another example. The Colombian government had sought to supply its citizens with an affordable generic version of Gleevec, a cancer drug made by Novartis. Worried about losing profits on its $15,000 pill, Novartis threatened the Colombian government with an investor-state dispute, and the Colombian government had no choice but to accede. Similarly, the threat of an $800 million investor-state dispute was used by Gilead Sciences to force the Ukrainian government to deregister a generic drug that was competing with sofosbuvir (Sovaldi), Gilead’s $84,000 hepatitis C medication.
The increasing use of investor-state litigation by big pharmaceutical companies to bully sovereign nations into withdrawing public health measures reflects the broad and dangerous reach of investor-state arbitration. And the strategy isn’t limited to this industry.
Wealthy foreign companies can bring investor-state claims against anygovernment measure that adversely affects corporate profits, including the closure of nuclear power plants, a ban on mining that was contaminating water, or the closure of a poisonous metal smelter.
National governments are increasingly confronting a shrinking domestic policy space, hemmed in by the chilling effect of closed-door arbitration that prioritizes profits over public health. As long as international trade agreements permit investor-state disputes, Eli Lilly, Phillip Morris, Novartis, and other companies will continue to bully sovereign nations into serving their bottom line.
As we continue to witness the private arbitration of public interests, we must ask ourselves whether Trump will continue abetting pharmaceutical companies at “getting away with murder.”
Brook K. Baker is a professor of law at Northeastern University in Boston and senior policy analyst for Health GAP (Global Access Project). Katrina Geddes is a research fellow at Global Access in Action at Harvard Law School.
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Area 51 in Nevada has long been one of the greatest enigmas on Planet Earth. No other governmental facility has had such a high level of secrecy associated with it. President Obama was the first American president to publicly admit that Area 51 even exists. Before that, it was just a spot on the map, a feature in movies such as "Independence Day," a secret military site that ordinary people could not visit and official people could not talk about.

But with President Obama's admission on Sunday, 8 December 2013, that Area 51 exists (see also the CIA acknowledgment) it now becomes a valid target for remote viewing. There are lots of verifiable elements on the surface that can be corroborated with remote viewing done totally blind. The only question remaining is what exists BELOW the surface. That is the million dollar question, and that is what the secrecy is all about.

Now, for the first time ever, the secrecy of what is below Area 51 ends. Farsight sent some of the best and most highly trained remote viewers anywhere to take a look, and all under totally blind conditions. The viewers knew only that "there is a target," nothing more. The viewers did not communicate with one another during the data-collection period. They recorded their data live on video, all solo. And when everything was said and done, the secret of Area 51 was no longer a secret.

The only real "problem" now is that what really is below the surface of Area 51 is stranger than anyone could have possibly imagined. The Area 51 reality extends far beyond the fictional plot of any Hollywood movie. Now we know why all the secrecy has existed regarding that facility. Now we know why "THEY" were afraid to let the public know what "THEY" knew.

Fortunately for this project, mainstream science has not yet accepted remote viewing as real. That state of denial will end one day soon. But the current existence of denial has opened up a window in which the greatest secrets can be told. This is a moment of opportunity, a moment when humans can re-assume control over their own existence by claiming knowledge of that which is. Nothing sets one free more than knowledge of simply "what is."

The Farsight Institute is the leading venue for large public projects involving remote viewing as it is done using methodologies that are derived from those developed and used by the U.S. military for espionage purposes. But Farsight is civilian, and now we focus those methodologies on targets that reveal what has been hidden from so many for so years.

Joseph McMoneagle

Joseph McMoneagle (born January 10, 1946 in Miami, Florida) is a retired U.S. Army NCO and Chief Warrant Officer. He was involved in "remote viewing" (RV) operations and experiments conducted by U.S. Army Intelligence and the Stanford Research Institute. He was among the first personnel recruited for the classified program now known as the Stargate Project (1978–95).[1] Along with psychic colleague Ingo Swann, McMoneagle is best known for claims surrounding the investigation of RV and the use of paranormal abilities for military intelligence gathering. His interests also include near-death experiences, out-of-body travel and unidentified flying objects.

Joseph McMoneagle
Nickname(s) Remote Viewer No. 1
Born January 10, 1946 (age 71)
Miami, Florida
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1964–1984 (20 years)
Rank Chief Warrant Officer
Unit Stargate Project, DIA
Awards Legion of Merit
Other work Monroe Institute

Early years
McMoneagle describes a remarkable memory of very early childhood events. He grew up surrounded by alcoholism, abuse and poverty. As a child, he had visions at night when scared, and began to hone his psychic abilities in his teens for his own protection when he hitchhiked. He enlisted in the Army in 1964, at the age of 18, to get away from the family turmoil. McMoneagle subsequently became an experimental remote viewer while serving in U.S. Army Intelligence.[2]

Military career
McMoneagle's early career was as an NCO and he retired after 20 years as a chief warrant officer. He was severely injured in a helicopter accident in Vietnam. He was involved in intelligence work for 15 years. From 1978, he was known as "Remote Viewer No. 1" at Project Stargate — the U.S. Army's psychic intelligence unit at Fort Meade, Maryland.[3] At his retirement McMoneagle earned his Legion of Merit for his last 10 years of service, including 5 years of work in SIGINT (SIGnals INTelligence) and 5 years in the RV program.[4][5][6][7] He retired from the Army in 1984, but continued work as a consultant at Stargate until 1993.

In 1995, funding for Project Stargate was terminated and the unit was decommissioned after the official finding that "no discernible benefit had been established".[1] McMoneagle became a speaker at the Monroe Institute,[8] where he had previously been sent as part of his RV training.[9] McMoneagle then ran an RV business aimed at the corporate world called Intuitive Intelligence Applications, Inc.[10] His services included that "he can help a wildcatter find an oil well or a quarry operator know where to mine".[11]

Views and assertions

According to McMoneagle, remote viewing is possible and accurate outside the boundaries of time.[2] He believes he has remote-viewed into the past, present, and future and has predicted future events. Among the subjects he claims to have remote-viewed are a Chinese nuclear facility, the Iranian hostage crisis, the Red Brigades, and Muammar Qadhafi.[3] He writes that he predicted the location and existence of the Soviet "Typhoon"-class submarine in 1979, and that in mid-January 1980, satellite photos confirmed those predictions.[12] McMoneagle says the military remote viewing program was ended partly due to stigma: "Everybody wanted to use it, but nobody wanted to be caught dead standing next to it. There’s an automatic ridicule factor. ‘Oh, yeah, psychics.’ Anybody associated with it could kiss their career goodbye."[13] Supporters of his claims include Charles Tart.[14]

According to author Paul H. Smith, McMoneagle predicted "several months" into the future,[15] and McMoneagle's own accounts provide differing claims of accuracy of his remote viewing, varying from 5 to 95 percent[16] to between 65 and 75 percent.[17] McMoneagle claims that remote viewing is not always accurate but that it was able to locate hostages and downed airplanes.[13] Of other psychics, he says that "Ninety-eight percent of the people are kooks."[13]

McMoneagle's future predictions included the passing of a teenager's "Right to Work" Bill,[18] a new religion without the emphasis of Christianity, a science of the soul,[19] a vaccine for AIDS,[20] a movement to eliminate television,[19] and a 'temporary tattoo' craze that would replace the wearing of clothing,[21] all of which were supposedly to take place between 2002 and 2006.

He reports that he worked with Dean Radin at the Consciousness Research Laboratory, University of Nevada, Las Vegas to seek patentable ideas via remote viewing for a "future machine" Radin conceived.[22] McMoneagle also says he has worked on missing person cases in Washington, San Francisco, New York and Chicago.[13] as well as employing remote viewing as a time machine to make various observations such as the origin of the human species. According to McMoneagle, humans came from creatures somewhat like sea otters rather than primates and were created in a laboratory by creators who "seeded" the earth and then departed.[23] p

Media appearances

McMoneagle was featured on a National Geographic Channel episode of "Naked Science"[5] along with parapsychologist Edwin C. May[24] who tested McMoneagle's ability to "remote view" six locations in the San Francisco Bay area, with mixed results.[25]

In 1994, McMoneagle appeared on an ABC network television special Put to the Test[26] also with Edwin May who said that "About 20 per cent of what Joe does is as close to spectacular as I can possibly wish. Scientists don't like to use the term "miracle" very often, but this is as close to one as you can imagine". According to Dean Radin, "The best psychic averages about 3 in 10, like the best baseball hitters .300, the rest of us bat about 1 or 2 in 10."[27] According to paranormal researcher Brian Dunning "The only thing I found impressive about McMoneagle's demonstration was their editing and narration job to make it look like the most amazing and miraculous psychic feat in history." The show took a 15-minute test and edited it down to 2 minutes leaving only what the producers felt were the best hits. After McMoneagle's vague pronouncements of a metallic sound, a pedestrian bridge, something tall that isn't a building, a river or running water, something with a stripe on it and perpendicular lines.[28]

In 1995, McMoneagle defended the Stargate program in an interview for the Washington Post.[29]

McMoneagle co-wrote an episode of the psychic science fiction show The Dead Zone. In the episode, remote viewing was used in the hunt for Osama Bin Laden. USA Network, which aired The Dead Zone, canceled the episode's initially scheduled broadcast because of concern about the subject matter, but did air the program a few months later, after the series returned from a mid-season hiatus.[30]

In 2002, McMoneagle started receiving regular coverage on Nippon Television's prime-time Chounouryoku Sousakan show (roughly translated, "FBI: Psychic Investigator"), during which he performed remote viewings related to unsolved police cases.[31]

In 2004, in Jon Ronson's Crazy Rulers of the World documentary (Episode 3, "The Psychic Footsoldiers", Channel 4), McMoneagle was interviewed and vividly described his technique for traveling "out of body" to Communist China to remotely view a trigger mechanism in a military nuclear weapons laboratory.


Mind Trek: Exploring Consciousness, Time, and Space Through Remote Viewing. Hampton Roads Publishing Company. 1993. ISBN 1-878901-72-9. OCLC 29858629.
The Ultimate Time Machine: A Remote Viewer's Perception of Time and Predictions for the New Millennium. Charlottesville, VA: Hampton Roads Publishing Company. 1998. ISBN 978-1-57174-102-8. OCLC 40308919.
Remote Viewing Secrets: A Handbook. Charlottesville, VA: Hampton Roads Publishing Company. 2000. ISBN 1-57174-159-3. OCLC 44115863.
The Stargate Chronicles: Memoirs of a Psychic Spy. Charlottesville, VA: Hampton Roads Publishing Company. 2002. ISBN 1-57174-225-5. OCLC 50679067.

^ a b Nigel West (26 June 2006). Historical Dictionary of International Intelligence. Scarecrow Press. pp. 242–. ISBN 978-0-8108-6493-1.
^ a b Memoirs of a Psychic Spy : The Remarkable Life of U.S. Government Remote Viewer 001 by Joseph McMoneagle, Hampton Roads Publishing Co., 2002, 2006, Revised and updated version of McMoneagles' The Stargate Chronicles, first edition
^ a b Szegedy-Maszak, Marianne; Charles Fenyvesi (19 January 2003). "Enemies in the mind's eye". US News. Retrieved 2009-05-04.
^ See complete text of Joseph McMoneagle's Legion of Merit and Certificate in Memoirs of a Psychic Spy: The Remarkable Life of U.S. Government Remote Viewer 001 by Joseph McMoneagle, Hampton Roads Publishing Co., 2002, 2006, pp. 287–88, This book is an updated version of McMoneagle's The Stargate Chronicles, The first edition[self-published source?]
^ a b National Geographic program about Remote Viewing and McMoneagle[permanent dead link], February 2005
^ Reading the Enemy's Mind: Inside Star Gate: America's Psychic Espionage Program By Paul H. Smith, Forge Books, 2004
^ Mind Trek: Exploring Consciousness, Time, and Space Through Remote Viewing by Joseph McMoneagle, Hampton Roads, Publishing Co., Inc., 1997[self-published source?]
^ "Looking into Higher Dimensions: Research with Joseph McMoneagle", Ronald Bryan 2007, p. 2
^ "Captain of My Ship, Master of My Soul", F. Holmes Atwater, p. 127 ISBN 1-57174-247-6.
^ Company listing for Intuitive Intelligence Applications
^ Weeks, Linton, "Up Close & Personal with a Remote Viewer: Joe McMoneagle Defends the Secret Project", The Washington Post, 4 December 1995.
^ Memoirs of a Psychic Spy : The Remarkable Life of U.S. Government Remote Viewer 001 by Joseph McMoneagle, Hampton Roads Publishing Co., 2002, 2006, p. 123, Revised and updated version of McMoneagles' The Stargate Chronicles, first edition
^ a b c d Cote, John (5 January 2003). "Psychics, Others Offer to Help Police in Search". The Modesto Bee. Retrieved 2009-05-04.
^ The Ultimate Time Machine: A Remote Viewer's Perception of Time and Predictions for the New Millennium by Joseph McMoneagle, Foreword by Charles T. Tart, Hampton Roads Publishing Co., Inc., 1998
^ Reading the Enemy's Mind: Inside Star Gate America's Psychic Espionage Program by Paul H. Smith, Forge Books, 2005, pp. 128–29
^ Mind Trek: Exploring Consciousness, Time, and Space Through Remote Viewing by Joseph McMoneagle, Hampton Roads, Publishing Co., Inc., 1997, p. 216
^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-10-12. Retrieved 2008-01-23. Psychic World / Summer 1998
^ McMoneagle, The Ultimate Time Machine, p. 173
^ a b McMoneagle, The Ultimate Time Machine, p. 170
^ McMoneagle, The Ultimate Time Machine, p. 244
^ McMoneagle, The Ultimate Time Machine, p. 158
^ The Ultimate Time Machine: A Remote Viewer's Perception of Time and Predictions for the New Millennium by Joseph McMoneagle, Hampton Roads, Publishing Co., Inc., 1998, p. 109
^ The Ultimate Time Machine: A Remote Viewer's Perception of Time and Predictions for the New Millennium by Joseph McMoneagle, Hampton Roads Publishing Co., Inc., 1998 pp. 93–94
^ Institute of Noetic Sciences | Consciousness | Science | Spirituality | Wisdom Archived 2007-11-11 at the Wayback Machine.
^ remote viewing
^ Memoirs of a Psychic Spy: The Remarkable Life of U.S. Government Remote Viewer 001, Hampton Roads Publishing Co.,Inc, 2002, 2006, pp. 230–36
^ The scientific edge, UNLV professor explores the link between mind and matter by Mary Manning, Las Vegas Sun, 14 Sep 1996, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-12-03. Retrieved 2014-02-10.
^ Dunning, Brian. "Skeptoid #44: The Truth About Remote Viewing". Skeptoid. Retrieved 2011-11-09.
^ Weeks, Linton. "Up Close & Personal with a Remote Viewer: Joe McMoneagle Defends the Secret Project" Washington Post, 04 December 1995
^ Sullivan, Brian Ford. "USA to Air Banned Episode of 'Dead Zone'". The Futon Critic. Retrieved September 23, 2012.
^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-05. Footage from Chounouryoku Sousakan 8
External links

Official website of Joseph and Nancy McMoneagle
Burnett, Thom (2005). Conspiracy Encyclopedia. Collins & Brown. ISBN 1-84340-287-4.

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September 6, 2017
The Enduring Octopus: What FOIA withholdings reveal about the PROMIS scandal Part 1
Government claims wiretaps, the CIA Act, and pending proceedings justify withholding documents on Danny Casolaro’s mysterious death
Written by Emma Best
Edited by JPat Brown
Over two decades after Danny Casolaro died while investigating the PROMIS affair, a recent FOIA response from the National Archives (NARA) confirms that it truly is “the scandal that wouldn’t die,”. Where a previous release saw only 4% of the total redacted and nothing withheld in full, this release sees 23% of the pages redacted or withheld in full. The letter from NARA suggests that the difference is due to the presence of wiretap information in the Casolaro investigation, a fact which has been previously undisclosed by the government.

NARA responded to a FOIA request from William Hamilton, the creator of the PROMIS software, for Boxes 2 and 3 of AAG John Dwyer’s files on the Inslaw case, both of which were among the boxes labelled the Casolaro Investigation (other documents from Dwyer’s files have been released and made available here). In response, NARA released 1,256 pages in full while redacting 208 pages and withholding the entirety of 180. Compared to previous releases of other documents from Dwyer’s files, the increase in the number of redactions and withholdings is significant - in February 2016, NARA responded to a Special Access Review request filed by this author by releasing the 2,164 pages out of 2,258 pages in Boxes 1 and 13. The remaining 94 pages were released with some redactions. One reason for the presence of additional redactions here is given in the letter from NARA: it concerns wiretaps.

Considering the scope of the case and the labels on the boxes, the wiretap information likely relates to one of three things. The first is the use of an otherwise wholly undisclosed wiretap used specifically in the monitoring of Casolaro, or the investigation of his death. The former would hardly be surprising given the nature of the case, though it would be significant if it had been used in the latter - the fact that the government had never disclosed their use of a wiretap, while maintaining that suicide was the only possibility they ever found plausible, would have significantly undermined that claim. It would also require a reexamination of the DOJ’s apparent-ignoring of the contradictory alibis given to them by the main suspect in Casolaro’s death.

The second likely possibility is that the wiretap was on William Hamilton, the creator of PROMIS and head of Inslaw who was in regular contact with Casolaro. According to Hamilton, he was repeatedly warned by Sean McDade of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police - known for investigating parts of the PROMIS scandal - that Hamilton’s telephone and email communications were being intercepted and monitored. Hamilton states that McDade offered this as a statement rather than an opinion. Similar to above, this would be consistent with the scope and importance of the case while still being something the government had refused to confirm.

The only likely possibility that wouldn’t add much additional information is if the wiretap related primarily to Robert Booth Nichols, who is known to have been subject to physical and electronic surveillance due to his high-level connections with organized crime. Due to his well-publicized death and the prior disclosure of the wiretap and the public disclosure of the affidavit in support of the application for it, Nichols’ is the least likely person to have had this information withheld. While the details of those wiretaps might justifiably still be withheld, they’re unlikely to have been included in these files and Robert Booth Nichols’ file was maintained by Dwyer in a separate folder.

A digital copy of the file has yet to be made available, though researchers in the Maryland area may view the files at Boxes 2 and 3 of Entry P 345, RG 60, Stack 230, Row 62, Compartment 12, Shelf 3 of the College Park facility.

The response from the NARA also confirms that some of the files remain under court seal, similar to the police files on the death of Casolaro. By citing exemption b(7)(d), NARA also confirms that the Casolaro investigation involved at least one confidential informant, as the release of the information “could reasonably be expected to disclose the identities of confidential sources and information furnished by such sources.” To date, the only known confidentially informant for the FBI on Casolaro was his father, while Casolaro was investigating overlooked aspects of the then-unfolding Watergate affair.

Regardless of withholding the material, the NARA’ response confirms the use of a wiretap which was relevant to the Casolaro investigation. While the vague, the information is nevertheless significant and highlights the importance of the case and how much has yet to be revealed. The implications, discussed in part 2 of this article, of the DOJ’s confirmation of the ongoing nature of a PROMIS-related probe and a need to protect the Intelligence Community’s “sources and methods” are even more staggering.

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Crime in Decline: Study Shreds White House Rhetoric

September 6, 2017
MANHATTAN (CN) — Before invoking “American carnage” at his inauguration, President Donald Trump often likened U.S. cities to war-torn Afghanistan. His attorney general Jeff Sessions later described rising crime as a “dangerous permanent trend” in the nation.

Confirming what many critics noted at the time, however, the New York-based Brennan Center for Justice reported Wednesday that such urban scaremongering holds little water.

Relying on police data from the top 30 largest U.S. cities, “Crime in 2017: A Preliminary Analysis” projects that the U.S. crime rate will dip by 1.8 percent this year if current trends hold, reaching its second-lowest level since 1990.

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Published: August 9th, 2017
One of the most powerful climate pollutants on earth, hydrofluorocarbons or HFCs, account for a small portion of U.S. climate pollution, but scientists say it’s important for countries to urgently cut them just because they’re so potent — and growing.

Efforts to cut HFCs became more difficult both in the U.S. and globally on Tuesday, when a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency has overstepped its authority in regulating HFCs under the Clean Air Act. ... 42627.html

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CNN exclusive: FBI misconduct reveals sex, lies and videotape

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

FBI misconduct revealed

Internal documents obtained by CNN show misconduct by agents, supervisors
One document says one employee shared information with his news reporter girlfriend
More than 300 FBI employees out of 34,000 are disciplined each year, the bureau says
For more on this story, watch"The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer" tonight at 5 p.m. ET
Editor's note: Some content in this report may be offensive to readers. For more on this CNN exclusive story, watch Kyra Phillips' full report on "The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer" tonight starting at 6 p.m. ET.
Washington (CNN) -- An FBI employee shared confidential information with his girlfriend, who was a news reporter, then later threatened to release a sex tape the two had made.
A supervisor watched pornographic videos in his office during work hours while "satisfying himself."
And an employee in a "leadership position" misused a government database to check on two friends who were exotic dancers and allowed them into an FBI office after hours.
These are among confidential summaries of FBI disciplinary reports obtained by CNN, which describe misconduct by agency supervisors, agents and other employees over the last three years.
Read the FBI documents obtained by CNN
The reports, compiled by the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility, are e-mailed quarterly to FBI employees, but are not released to the public. ... 3_0000.pdf

1. Domestic Violence: During argument with spouse, Employee broke spouses e-reader in half and pointed unloaded gun at dog's head while dog was sitting in spouse's lap. In mitigation, Eniployee had been struggling with spouses mental health issues and fol!owing this incident, entered marriage counseling. In aggravation, Employee introduced a firearm into a domestic dispute, an extraordinarily serious escalation.
PENALTY: 45-Day Suspension
OFFENSE: Assault/Battery, Offense Code 4.1
2. DUI: Erriployee was stopped by police for driving private ly-owned vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. lt was Employee's second DUI whUe employed by the FBI. A second DUI while employed at the FBI resuits in dismissal.
PENALTY: Dismissal
OFFENSE: DUI in Privately-Owned Vehicle, Offense Code 4.4
3. lmproper Financial Relationship with a Source: Employee purchased a used car from a Confidential Human Source (CHS). Employee had previously served as the CHSs handler. In mitigation, Employee did not seek a discount, paid fair market value for the car, and is a valued employee with an excellent record.
PENALTY: 3-Day Suspension
OFFENSE: Improper Financial Relationship with a Source, Offense Code 1.2
4. lmproper Handling of Evidence: Employee failed to properly secure and accurately account for evidence seized during a search warrant. Empioyee was in charge of irventorying the evidence. Employee failed to recount the currency to verify its correct amount prior to placing it in evidence vault, resulting in a subsequent discrepancy. Employee also failed to properly secure drug evidence in the safe, instead co-mingling it with non-valuable evidence. In mitigation, Employee was responsible for multiple duties on the day ofthe search and was overburdened. In addition, Employee is a nine-year employee with no previous disciplinary matters.
PENALTY: 3-Day Suspension
OFFENSE: Investigative Deficiency, Offense Code 1.6
5. lmproper Handling of Evidence; Lack of Candor Not Llnder Oath: Employee failed to follow Bureau procedures for the destruction of drug evidence. Employee did not weigh each item prior to destruction, despite specific instruetions to do so from the Evidence Control Technician and Employee's supervisor. Also, Employee improperly stated all drug eviderice had been properly
weighed. In mitigation, Employee was attempting to adhere to a tight timeframe; Employee verified there was no tampering with any packages prior to their destruction; Employee's coriduct did not negatively impact pending investigations; and Employee self-reported his misstatements. In aggravation, Employee's actions in failing to follow the proper procedure served as a poor example to more Junior employees and Employee was under administrative inquiry at the time for unrelated conduct.
PENALTY: 8-Day Suspension
OFFENSE: Investigative Deficiency, Offense Code 1.6
Lack of Candor Not Under Oath, Offense Code 2.5
6. lmproper Relationship with Criminal Element; Lack of Candor Under Oath: Employee engaged in a romantic relationship with former boyfriend (now husband) knowing he was a drug user/dealer. Employee also lied under oath when questioned during the administrative inquiry about her husband's activities. Prior to polygraph exam, Employee adnitted husband's drug use, inciuding being aware when she married hirn that he was a habitual drug user' who sold drugs to rnake

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Special FBI team probes NC girl's disappearance 17 years ago
SHELBY, N.C. (AP) — The FBI says it will use a special team that investigates missing children to try and figure out what happened to a North Carolina girl ... ... -ks-34112/

Subject: Kansas Open Records Act Request: Firearm Project, Overland Park, KS

Pursuant to the state’s public records law, I am a journalist requesting access to and copies of data and others records from your agency as part of a national reporting project on the use of stolen firearms in crimes. I have broken the request into three parts, each of which details the records that we are seeking. As expressed below, the date range for each part of this request is January 1, 2010 to the present:

1) Detailed information on stolen guns

It is our understanding that law enforcement agencies keep detailed records about firearms that were reported stolen by the citizens they serve. We are therefore requesting the following for each case of reported firearm theft in your jurisdiction:

-- The police report number and/or incident number for the firearm theft
-- The serial number, make, model, caliber, type and any other descriptive information for each firearm that was reported stolen

If possible, I would be grateful if this data was collated into a spreadsheet where each row represents one firearm. Here is an example:

If a spreadsheet is provided, please provide the record layout and/or code sheet. If such a spreadsheet is not available, please provide any other records that contain this information.

2) Detailed information about seized and/or recovered guns, any guns in evidence, and/or any gun of which the department has taken custody

Third, it is our understanding that law enforcement agencies maintain detailed records about firearms that were used in crimes, found at crimes scenes or other incidents, seized during investigations, placed into evidence or otherwise under the custody and control of the department, including the make, model and serial number of each gun. We are therefore requesting the following:

-- The following records regarding firearms used in crimes in your agency’s jurisdiction, found at crime scenes, seized during investigations or otherwise recovered or taken in by your agency: the make, model, and serial number of each gun; the date of the crime and/or incident from which it was recovered or seized; the police report number for the crime and/or incident; the type of crime the firearm was used in; and the address where the crime was committed and/or the incident occurred. Please include firearms for all offense and incident types, including homicide, robbery, assault, traffic stops, etc.

If your agency maintains a spreadsheet or database containing these records, we ask that you please provide that database. I would be grateful if this data was collated into a spreadsheet where each row represents one case, the same as part 1) “Detailed information about stolen guns.” If a spreadsheet is provided, please also provide a record layout and/or code sheet. If a spreadsheet or database is not available, please release any other records containing the information we seek.

The date range for this part is also January 1, 2010 to the present.

3) Detailed information on lost, stolen or unaccounted for law enforcement guns

Finally, it is our understanding that law enforcement agencies maintain detailed records about firearms that, while owned by the department or under the control and/or in the possession of their employees, went missing, were lost or stolen, or are otherwise unaccounted for. Therefore we request the following:

-- Any and all records of department-issued firearms that were lost, stolen, went missing or are otherwise unaccounted for.

-- If your department does not issue firearms, then we ask for any and all records of firearms that were lost, stolen, went missing or otherwise became unaccounted for while under the control and/or in the possession of one of your employees.

The records should include but not be limited to the following:

• The make, model, serial number and caliber of each firearm
• The location and address where the firearm was lost or stolen
• The date of the loss or theft.
• The date the loss or theft was reported
• Whether each lost or stolen firearm was recovered
• If the lost, stolen or missing firearm was recovered, the date and location of the recovery
• A description of how the firearm was lost, stolen or went missing
• Whether negligence on the part of the employee is/was suspected in the loss or theft of the firearm
• Whether the employee in control of the firearm retired, was terminated or otherwise left the department, and if so, the date and circumstances of the employee’s departure and whether his or her gun was retrieved and/or recovered.
• Any other individual reports and findings on the individual lost, stolen or missing firearms

The records should include but not be limited to audits, inventory reports, databases, internal reports, memos, internal affairs investigations, emails or other correspondence, and/or any other records.

The date range for this part is also January 1, 2010 to the present.

Please label each record in a clear manner. As a 501c3 nonprofit news organization, we will be making information obtained from this request available to the general public and are not requesting it for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you informed me of the total charges before completing my request. We request that if you send an invoice, you make it out to The Trace.

I would prefer the requested information be sent via an e-mail attachment if available, or a mailed CD-ROM if not. If standard mail must be used, we ask that you send the request to the following address:

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Thank you in advance for your help with this request. I look forward to receiving your response. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me on my cell phone: (919) 522-6354


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SEPTEMBER 14, 2017 AT 5:23 AM
FBI probe of tie between Saudi ambassador, al Qaeda leader put on ice

Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan, right, and Guantanamo detainee Abu Zubaydah
For 14 years, the FBI kept secret that a top al Qaeda leader captured in Pakistan in 2002 possessed the unlisted phone number of an offshore company tied to Saudi Arabia’s U.S. ambassador, Prince Bandar bin Sultan.

The news got out last year after President Obama ordered the release of the “28 pages,” a long-suppressed chapter of a 2003 congressional report on 9/11. Also disclosed: FBI agents in Denver were assigned to investigate the company, ASPCOL Corporation, which the FBI described as “the umbrella corporation that manages the Colorado residence of Prince Bandar.”

But agents assigned to investigate ASPCOL, whose unlisted number was found in the phone book of “high-value” Guantanamo detainee Abu Zubaydah, quickly suspended the probe.

“The Denver office did not attempt to make any local inquiries about ASPCOL, as they believed that any inquiries regarding ASPCOL would be quickly known by Prince Bandar’s employees,” the 28 pages said. “Due to the sensitivity of this matter, they decided to hold the investigation of ASPCOL in abeyance until they received additional guidance from FBI headquarters.”

The guidance Washington gave its Denver agents is not known, and FBI spokesmen won’t discuss it. It now appears, however, that the FBI never restarted its suspended investigation. Two witnesses told Florida Bulldog the FBI never contacted them to inquire about ASPCOL.

Witnesses not interviewed

One witness owned a company identified in the 28 pages of Congress’s Joint Inquiry into 9/11 as having provided security at Bandar’s magnificent 15- bedroom, 16 bath residence in Aspen known as the Hala Ranch. The other is a well-known Washington attorney who helped incorporate ASPCOL and served on its board of directors.

Prince Bandar’s Hala Ranch in Aspen, Colorado
The FBI’s Denver office identified the company as Scimitar Security, but provided no other details about it. Colorado corporate records identify Scimitar’s president as Hans Marschler. In an interview, Marschler, who now resides near Houston, confirmed that he owned the now-closed Scimitar Security and that the company had worked at Hala Ranch.

“It was a very small operation, one person during the day and one at night. We spent time watching the house. People came to work, we kept an eye on them,” Marschler said. “The FBI never contacted me.”

Marschler added that when Bandar was present he was accompanied by additional heavy security. “They brought in their whole teams,” he said. “Whoever was head of security, I don’t know.

Another Scimitar Security, this one a still active company based in San Diego, CA., has a connection to allegations of terrorism, but owner Abdul Halim Mostafa said his firm never worked for ASPCOL, Bandar or anywhere outside California.

Mostafa’s son is Jehad Serwan Mostafa, who is wanted by the FBI “for his alleged terrorist activities and acting as an operating member of al-Shabaab, a Somalia-based terrorist organization” with ties to al Qaeda. An indictment charging Mostafa, a U.S. citizen who was licensed as a security guard from 2000 to 2006, with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization was unsealed in 2010. The U.S. has a $5 million bounty on Mostafa’s head.

The Duttons of Arabia

The second person with information about ASPCOL the FBI never contacted is Washington attorney Nancy Dutton. Dutton represented the Saudi embassy for several decades until last year. Similarly, she represented the Saudi foreign ministry from 1975 until about two years ago.

Dutton and her late husband Fred Dutton, an attorney and key strategist to many big-name Democrats in the 1960s and 1970s who later became a counselor to Prince Bandar and a lobbyist for Saudi Arabia, incorporated ASPCOL in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles in December 1988 and later served on its board of directors.

“No, the FBI never called me and I doubt whether they called Fred or I would have known it,” said Dutton, a White House aide under President Kennedy. She declined further comment.

Another person involved with ASPCOL is Aspen attorney William “Willy” Jordan III, who would not be interviewed. Jordan represented Bandar’s interests in the area and served as APSCOL’s managing director for many years before it was liquidated and closed in January 2014.

The island of Curacao is a financial center in the Caribbean known for strict bank secrecy that has facilitated drug related crime. The U.S. currently lists the tiny country that’s part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands as a “jurisdiction of primary concern” where “money laundering occurs through real estate purchases and international tax shelters.”

Records show that a month after ASPCOL N.V. was incorporated it paid $3.5 million for 90 acres in Aspen. The mansion was constructed in 1991. Pitkin County property records show that ASPCOL sold the property for $49 million in May 2012.

Bandar, 68, was Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the U.S. from 1983 to 2005.

He was close to President George W. Bush, earning him the nickname Bandar-Bush. A White House photo taken two days after 9/11 shows Bandar on the White House’s Truman Balcony with Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice.

Bandar interview secret

The 9/11 Commission interviewed Bandar on Oct. 7, 2003. The government continues to keep secret the interview citing national security.

Zacarias Moussaoui
In October 2014, imprisoned 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui gave a deposition to attorneys representing victims of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on New York and Washington. He talked about how his superiors in al Qaeda had tasked him with creating a digital database of the group’s donors. “Shaykh Osama wanted to keep a record [of] who give money…to the jihad,” Moussaoui said, according to a transcript.

He went on to name numerous contributors he said were on the list. They included Bandar and other members of the Saudi royal family such as Prince Turki al-Faisal, Prince al-Waleed bin Talal and Prince Mohammed al Faisal.

Questions have long been raised about Bandar’s possible ties to 9/11. More than a decade ago it was reported that his wife, Princess Haifa, had for some time sent a monthly check of $2,000 to the wife of Osama Bassnan, a suspected Saudi agent and alleged al Qaeda sympathizer who FBI records identify as a “close associate” of Omar al-Bayoumi, another apparent Saudi agent who provided financial and other support to two 9/11 hijackers in San Diego in 2000. ... -1.3496864

Florida ‘hot cop’ who went viral for his good looks is accused of writing anti-Semitic Facebook posts
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, September 14, 2017, 11:08 PM
“Here is one for everybody, “What’s the difference between boy scouts and jews?” Anybody know? Well it is because “Boy scouts come back from their camps,” the post continued.

In another screenshot, Hamill rails against “stupid people”, concluding, “Put them in an oven and deal with them the Hitler way. Haha.” ... aling.html

Jury convicts cop of stealing 'drug money' in FBI sting

If Iran-Contra prosecutor Lawrence Walsh had wanted to know the extent of former Colonel Oliver North's involvement in the smuggling of drugs from Central America to the United States, Walsh might have made at least one phone call to Celerino 'Cele' Castillo in San Antonio, Texas.

Between 1985 to 1991, Castillo was the Drug Enforcement Administration's main agent in El Salvador, where, he says, he uncovered "and reported" a huge drug and gun smuggling operation that was run out of the Ilopango military airport by the 'North Network' and the CIA.

North, the former Republican nominee for the U. S. Senate in Virginia, initially prevailed at the nominating convention by positioning himself far to the right of his rival, former Reagan budget director James Miller III, promising that if elected he will work to "clean up the mess" in Washington, and by cultivating the support of the same fundamentalist Christian Republicans who responded to the direct-mail campaign to finance the North defense committee. Fortunately for America, North lost his bid for the U. S. senate.

But Castillo, the first government official with first-hand knowledge of North's drug dealing to speak publicly about it, says North belongs in prison, not in the U.S. Senate. "We saw several packages of narcotics, we saw several boxes of U.S. currency, going from Ilopango to Panama," Castillo said.

According to Castillo, the entire program was run out of Ilopango's Hangars 4 and 5. "Hangar 4 was owned and operated by the CIA and the other hangar was run by Felix Rodriguez, or 'Max Gomez,' of the Contra operation [directed by North]. Basically they were running cocaine from South America to the U.S. via Salvador. That was how the Contras were able to get financial help. By going to sleep with the enemy down there. North's people and the CIA were at the two hangars overseeing the operations at all times," Castillo said.

CIA spokesman David French said Castillo's allegations are "not something that we would comment on."

Cele Castillo joined the DEA in 1979, after a tour with the First Cavalry in Vietnam, where he earned a bronze star, and a six-year stint as a police officer in Edinburg. His first DEA assignment was in New York, working undercover investigating organized crime. After that, because of his Vietnam experience, he was transferred to Lima, Peru, where he conducted air strikes against jungle cocaine labs and clandestine airstrips. In 1985, he was transferred to Guatemala, where he oversaw DEA operations in Belize, Honduras and El Salvador. Castillo posed as a member of one of the drug cartels, he said, and almost immediately became aware of the drug smuggling operations at Ilopango's hangars 4 and 5. "We took several surveillance pictures...and they were running narcotics and weapons out of Ilopango, with the knowledge of the U.S. embassy."

Though Castillo had been reporting his findings all along, to no avail, a December 1988 report prepared by the Congressional Subcommittee on Terrorism, Narcotics and International Operations (the Kerry Committee) confirmed Castillo's allegations and concluded: "There was substantial evidence of drug smuggling through the war zones on the part of the individual Contras, Contra pilots, mercenaries who worked with the Contras, and the Contra supporters throughout the region."

The committee, chaired by Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, also found that on March 16, 1987, a plane owned by known drug smugglers was seized by U.S. customs officers after dumping what appeared to be a load of drugs off the Florida coast: "Law enforcement personnel also found an address book aboard the plane, containing among other references the telephone numbers of some Contra officials and the Virginia telephone number of Robert Owen, Oliver North's courier," the committee reported. And on July 28, 1988, DEA agents testifying before Kerry's committee said it was North's idea in 1985 to give the Contras $1.5 million in drug money being used by DEA informant Barry Seal in a sting operation aimed at the drug cartels.

If that wasn't enough to compel investigators to pursue North himself as a drug dealer, Castillo provided them with what should have been the clincher. In a February 14, 1989, memo to Robert Stia, the country attache in Guatemala, Castillo laid out in minute detail the structure of the Ilopango operation and identified more than two dozen known drug smugglers who frequented Hangars 4 and 5.

Huge quantities of drugs and guns were being smuggled through Ilopango by mercenary pilots hired by North, Castillo wrote. "Now, all these contract pilots were documented [in DEA files] traffickers, Class I cocaine violators that were being hired by the CIA and the Contras," the memo stated. "And the U.S. embassy in El Salvador was giving visas to these people even though they were documented in our computers as being narcotics traffickers."

Among those Castillo identified was Carlos Alberto Amador, "a Nicaraguan pilot mentioned in six (6) DEA files....The DEA was advised by a source at the U.S. embassy in San Salvador that personnel from the CIA had allegedly obtained a U.S. visa for Amador." Amador, Castillo discovered, kept four planes at Ilopango, and a frequent companion of his was was Jorge Zarcovick who "is mentioned in twelve (12) DEA files," and "was arrested in the U.S. for smuggling large quantities of cocaine."

Walter 'Wally' Grasheim was another smuggler tagged by Castillo. "He is mentioned in seven (7) DEA files," Castillo wrote. "He is documented as a cocaine and arms smuggler from South America to the U.S. via Ilopango airport. He utilized hangars 4 and 5. Grasheim is also known to carry DEA, FBI, and CIA credentials to smuggle cocaine." "Wally Grasheim," Castillo said, "was an American working hand-in-hand with Colonel Oliver North." Grasheim lost his life while accompanying CIA contract arms smuggler Eugene Hasenfus, whose plane was shot down during a clandestine flight over Nicaragua in 1986. When the DEA raided Grasheim's house in El Salvador, agents found explosives, weapons, radio equipment and license plates, Castillo said, adding that much of the weaponry and other material was traced back to the U.S. embassy in El Salvador. Castillo said that when he tried to gather more information on the munitions, he was told by the Pentagon to drop the investigation.

It would not be the last time Castillo was told to back off. Nor was it the last time he ignored such an order and kept on digging.

Much of Castillo's information came from a DEA informant who had worked at the Ilopango airport, doing flight plans and keeping flight logs. The informant, who used the pseudonym 'Hugo Martinez,' was in an ideal position to witness and document North's drug deals. Martinez passed the information he gathered on to Castillo. In an interview, Martinez confirmed Castillo's story about widespread drug and arms dealing by the CIA and the North network at Hangars 4 and 5.

Castillo said additional information obtained after he was transferred from El Salvador to San Francisco confirmed what he had learned in El Salvador. While tracking drug smuggling into Miami, Texas and San Francisco in 1991, Castillo arrested the wife of Carlos Cabezas. In an attempt to make a deal for his wife, who had attempted sell Castillo five kilos of cocaine, Cabezas, a Nicaraguan, told Castillo that he was one of the pilots who had worked for North, smuggling vast quantities of cocaine into the United States from Ilopango. Cabezas described in detail the operations at Ilopango and identified many of the traffickers who worked there. The information he provided matched Castillo's own findings.

Beginning in 1986, Castillo tried to report what he had discovered, launch a full-scale investigation, and shut down the smuggling operation. On several occasions, he met with Edwin Corr, the then-U.S. ambassador to El Salvador, to tell him about the operation. "His words to me were that it was a covert White House operation run by Colonel Oliver North and for us to stay away from the operation. My feeling was the fact that Corr did not agree with what was going on at Ilopango but his hands were tied. He was only following orders from the White House to give all the assistance he could to Oliver North and his covert operation." Corr, now a professor at the University of Oklahoma, would only say, "I deny Cele's allegations that I told him to back off *on the basis of White House pressure.*"

Castillo even managed to give the information he had gathered directly to George Bush. On January 14, 1986, Castillo met the then-Vice-President at a cocktail party at the ambassador's house in Guatemala City. After describing his job to Bush, Castillo detailed North's operation. Without missing a beat, Castillo said, Bush "shook my hand and he walked away." [CN -- "This scourge must stop!"]

Even though Castillo couldn't get anyone to act on his Ilopango information, in July 1987, attache Robert Stia recommended him for a bonus and a promotion. "Castillo is an extremely talented agent," Stia wrote, "...a tireless worker, exceeding all requirements of overtime and work hours. His administration of cases is outstanding."

Nevertheless, as Castillo continued to pursue the North investigation, he fell from favor with his superiors, who suspended him for three days in 1990, and then in 1991 transferred him to San Francisco, where he worked undercover, investigating Hells Angels in Oakland. In June 1992, after further conflicts, Castillo resigned from the DEA.

Before resigning, though, in 1991, he tried to give the government one last chance to use the information he had gathered on North. He secretly met with FBI agent Mike Foster, who was assigned to Special Prosecutor Lawrence Walsh. "Foster said it would be a great story, like a grand slam, if they could put it together. He asked the DEA for the reports, who told him there were no such reports. Yet when I showed him the copies of the reports that I had, he was shocked. I never heard from him again."

On May 4, 1989, North was convicted on the relatively minor offenses of illegally accepting gratuities (his famous security fence), interfering with a Congressional investigation and obstruction of justice. But even those convictions were overturned when an appeals court ruled that they were based on testimony North gave under a grant of Congressional immunity.

Although they talked about drugs, neither Walsh nor the Iran- Contra committee ever seriously investigated the drug-dealing charges. North, who did not return phone calls made to his campaign headquarters in Virginia, has consistently denied having been involved in drug smuggling.

Another former DEA agent, Michael Levine, said he has pored over North's diaries and found "hundreds" of references to drugs that "have never been investigated." For example, Levine said, on July 9, 1984, North wrote: "RDEA, Miami. Pilot went, talked to [Federico] Vaughn, wanted aircraft to go to Bolivia to pick up paste, want aircraft to pick up 1500 kilos."

"My god," said Levine, author of The Big White Lie, "when I was serving as a DEA agent, you gave me a page from someone in the Pentagon with notes like that, I would've been on his back investigating everything he did from the minute his eyes opened, every diary notebook, every phone would have been tapped, every trip he made."

But both Levine and Castillo said the investigation never happened. (DEA officials have not returned repeated phone calls.) In an interview, the FBI's Foster said, "Of course I can't confirm or deny that [his interview with Castillo]. I am aware of Mr. Castillo and his position on Central America," Foster said. "In the course of the Iran-Contra investigation, it's no secret that I was involved in that and was the FBI investigator in that, but I am prohibited from commenting." Foster said he is very skeptical about the drug claims generally. "There are individuals that have a loose relationship with the government and those people are not all choirboys and they have been doing all kinds of weird things. But I think you would be hard pressed to show a concerted government backing or involvement in [drug trafficking]."

It is just that kind of attitude, Castillo said, that led officials to ignore North's operation, allowed him to evade prosecution for drug dealing, and now has him poised to move into the United States Senate.

"There was nothing covert going on in El Salvador regarding the Ollie North operation and narcotics trafficking," Castillo said. "What we're talking about is very large quantities of cocaine and millions of dollars." ... /170919910

Woodland man sentenced to 30 years for producing child porn

POSTED: 09/14/17,
SACRAMENTO >> A 43-year-old Woodland man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for producing child porn.

The decision was handed down to Raul Gonzalez by U.S. District Judge Morrison England Jr. to 30 years in prison for production of child pornography, U.S. Attorney Phillip Talbert announced.

According to court documents, the case originated from a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children when an email address was discovered that was linked to an online photo-sharing site featuring images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. ... 568443600/

FBI agent wants to serve jail time in style

AUGUSTA, Maine -- A retired FBI agent serving nine months in jail for sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl is asking to serve a subsequent house-arrest term at an Idaho apartment complex with a swimming pool, tennis court and jacuzzi. ... t-country/

Convicted sex offender and former cop may have violated probation again and left the country
Posted by Andre Coleman | Sep 14, 2017 | 0 |

During his preliminary hearing, a girl from Crabtree’s church told the court that she first encountered the former sergeant on an Internet chat room when she was 15. However, she did not know his real identity. The girl further testified that she had never masturbated until Crabtree walked her through the process online.

Crabtree retired for medical reasons, but his time there was fraught with disturbing incidents. In one instance, he threatened to arrest a woman who had attempted suicide if she did not have sex with him. Also during his time there, a pornographic website called had been operated out of the police station.

A few years after he was released from prison in 2009, Crabtree fled the country after probation officials found him in possession of a computer and movies and recordings for children — all stuff Crabtree was not supposed to have. After four years he was captured by Mexican police in 2016 in Puerta Villarta and extradited to the United States. He did a year in county jail and has been free but on parole since last April. ... ar/5608987

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CIA director Mike Pompeo skips Harvard talk on same day senior fellow resigns over Chelsea Manning hire
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China and Russia Warn the U.S.

Do Not to Seek North Korean Regime Change

By Ting Shi and David Tweed
Beijing, Moscow worked to weaken sanctions on North Korea
China says it will never allow war on Korean peninsula.

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US Senate votes against amendment to stop ‘endless’ war in Iraq and Afghanistan | 13 Aug 2017 | The US Senate has voted 61-36 to kill the amendment, proposed by Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) which would repeal the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMF) in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Senate can’t repeal the AUMF without replacing it with a new authorization, said Senator John McCain (R-Sociopath-Arizona). Paul had vowed to delay the passage of the $700-billion dollar National Defense [sic] Authorization Act (NDAA) if he didn’t get a vote on repealing the AUMF. “We have been there for 16 years. It is time for [the wars] to end. It is time for Congress to vote on whether or not they should end,” Paul said on Monday.

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Mike Rogers Joins 4iQ Board of Directors
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Pennsylvania hospital staff accused of taking photos of patient's privates
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Sheriff’s deputy arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting 2 female inmates

The assaults occurred early Wednesday morning at the Century Regional Detention Facility, McDonnell said. The victims, described only as adult women, reported the assaults to a teaching instructor around 9 a.m. Wednesday, he said.

The women were in the same cell, according to the sheriff, who said Scotti was able “to put himself in a place where he was alone” with the two. The attacks took place over the course of an hour, he said. ... ase,442007

2 years for officer in child-porn case

Alan C. Vigiard, a 46 year old Sergeant with the Adams Police Department in

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Massachusetts who served as a child exploitation officer, was charged, October 2009, and pleaded guilty to 10 counts of child pornography. Vigiard was sentenced, 22 June 2011, to two years in jail, serving only one year, and five years supervised release. He was free pending sentencing. The Police Department allowed him to resign. On 1 November 2016, Vigiard was arrested for a second time on child pornography charges. He was held without bail pending sentencing and was sentenced, December 2016, to 10–12 years in jail. Vigiard was originally caught viewing child sexual abuse at work; spending, on average, one to six hours per shift viewing pornography, including child pornography, and was caught masturbating in the evidence room. ... b0bbc52b62

Sep 14 2017
Utah County to Create A Prosecutor Watchdog Group

Following a handful of local cases that raised concerns about prosecutorial overreach, the Utah County Commission has decided to create a committee that will look into prosecutorial misconduct.
“I don’t want to limit what prosecutors should be doing,” Commission Chairman Bill Lee said. “But it’s important to me that the public also has trust in our legal system as well.”
The County Commission passed a resolution last month affirming its intent to create the committee by the end of 2017. It would be called the Utah County Restorative Justice Commission and would report any allegation of prosecutorial misconduct to the County Commission, which would then refer those reports to another law enforcement agency, most likely the Utah Attorney General’s Office.
Lee said he heard from a wide range of people who convinced him that the committee was necessary.
“I had conversations with multiple groups of people who are concerned, and they brought forth allegations, which I don’t know if they are true or not,” Lee said. “I don’t have a legal background, so I’m not going to review cases myself.”
Lee said he wanted the committee members to have wide range of expertise, and possibly include former judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and non-lawyers. The details about exactly how appointments will be made to the commission are still being worked out.
Connor Boyack, president of Libertas Institute, a libertarian think tank, has been a vocal supporter of creating the committee. As the Daily Herald reported in May, Boyack appeared before the County Commission and said that the goal of the committee “would be to ensure that, if someone was a victim of prosecutorial misconduct, that they would be ‘made whole,’ including reimbursement for costs such as defense fees.”
As Injustice Today previously reported, former Provo City Councilman Steve Turley was charged in 2011 on multiple counts of fraud involving real estate deals. While those charges were pending, prosecutors from the Utah County listened in on conversations Turley had with his attorneys.
All charges against Turley were eventually dropped, and Turley subsequently filed a civil lawsuit alleging malicious prosecution and ethical misconduct by Utah County Attorney’s Office.
Turley was one of the people who urged the commissioners to create the Utah County Restorative Justice Commission.
Another high profile case involved Conrad Truman, who was ultimately exonerated after serving four years in prison for the 2012 murder of his wife, Heidy Truman.
Truman was originally convicted and sentenced in 2014 for first-degree murder and obstruction of justice. But those convictions were overturned in 2016 after it was ruled that misleading evidence was presented at his first trial.
The evidence in question involved inaccurate measurements of the Truman home. Defense lawyers argued that correct measurements of the home increased the possibility that Heidy Truman died of a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head, rather than having been murdered.
Truman was acquitted in a second trial in February 2017.
Utah County Attorney Jeff Buhman, who has been criticized for the Turley and Truman cases, said his office would work with the new commission.
“This is done with us,” Buhman said. “This is not the commission independent of the county attorney, this is us working together.” ... cap-71217/

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 7/12/17
Author Jonathan Blanks Posted on July 13, 2017
Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, July 12, 2017:

Bexar County, Texas: An officer was arrested for family violence.
Update: Orlando, Florida (First reported 8/23/16): One of two officers fired last August was rehired to avoid an arbitration loss. He has been re-assigned to airport duty, given 25 public complaints on his record.
Update: Columbus, Ohio (First reported 4/12/17): An officer was fired for kicking a suspect in the head while the suspect was pinned on the ground by another officer.
El Paso, Texas: An officer was placed on leave after he was arrested for negligent homicide for the bathtub drowning death of his infant.
Newark, New Jersey: Two officers were disciplined for unrelated misconduct. One was suspended after he punched a subdued suspect; the other was reprimanded for causing $300 in damage to a prosecutor’s door in a fit of anger.
Update: Niagara County, New York (First reported 3/8/16): The County will pay the family of a man killed in a crash caused by deputy $2,750,000. The now-former deputy pled guilty to three moving violations and was ordered to pay roughly $500 in fines.
Dawson, Georgia: An officer was arrested for pulling a gun on someone during an off-duty altercation.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection: An officer pled guilty to an interstate marijuana smuggling conspiracy.
Update: El Paso County, Colorado (First reported 9/6/16): The now-former sheriff was acquitted of three of seven tampering and misconduct charges. The jury deadlocked on the remaining four charges.

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Michigan State Police director apologizes for calling kneeling athletes ‘anti-American degenerates’
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Pimp cop gets five years in prison for employing teen prostitute
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, September 28, 2017, 12:58 AM

Eduardo Cornejo, was still working for the NYPD when he started running a prostitution ring of at least 10 women — including a girl Brooklyn federal prosecutors say was turning tricks for him when she was 16. ... n-hinckle/

September 26, 2017
FBI investigated Gonzo godfather Warren Hinckle over IRA ties
Bureau’s fears that Ramparts editor was promoting Irish Republican terrorism only helped draw attention to the cause
Written by Beryl Lipton
Edited by JPat Brown
Warren Hinckle didn’t appear in the files of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) until the early 1980s, but by that point, the arguably-Rubenesque rapscallion had already solidified a spot as a San Francisco leftist legend through his role as Ramparts editor-in-chief and as the man who set Hunter S. Thompson up with his iconic illustrator Ralph Steadman.

It was his support of the Irish Republican Army (IRA), however, that ultimately initiated the Bureau’s interest in him. In a file begun in August 1981, alongside that of Irish anarchist John McGuffin, the Feds tried to fuel a terrorist-like concern over the journalist’s subversive sympathies, sparked in part “Frisco,” the magazine that at-the-time had Hinckle at the helm, and this ad that appeared in the December 1981 edition:

The paid spot likened the IRA to the patriots of the American Revolution and called for United States residents to step up and serve alongside the Irish, as the French did for the colonies in the 1770s.

In the same issue, Hinckle also suggests that President Reagan will attempt to slow any look at CIA by “bottling up the wicked FOIA” and compares the American Volunteer Brigade for Ireland (AVB) to the volunteers who traveled to Europe during the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s.

Hinckle also notes that it was Michigan State Senator John Kelly who was behind the AVB advertisement, and the FBI file includes another article announcing that an investigation was opened.

However, in conversations with the senator, he denied having any involvement with the ad outside of a conversation with Hinckle at some point.

And in the end, the Bureau realized that it was simply elevating Hinckle’s attempt to draw attention to the IRA.

Read the full file embedded below, or on the request page.

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Calif. cop charged after video captures ‘excessive force’ in DUI arrest
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 3:44 PM

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Woman scolded by cops after helping to rescue child from burning truck
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 5:19 PM

When first responders arrived, Isaacson told them that she broke the glass door. Instead of responding with thanks, a Washington State Patrol Trooper told her that using a fire extinguisher without permission is theft no matter how good the intentions, KOMO News reported.’ ... 8/Y/M.html


A few months ago after reading the book Master Manipulator, I wrote an article about Poul Thorsen, MD, PhD, the Danish medical researcher who produced the ‘premiere safety study’ that vaccines do not cause Autism; however, the study was produced fraudulently, but the CDC still promotes it and has not retracted it from vaccinology research, as science protocol requires. One of the questionable studies involved is “A population-based study of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination and autism” co-authored by Poul Thorsen, See comment in PubMed Commons below N Engl J Med. 2002 Nov 7;347(19):1477-82. It’s the study CDC particularly likes to point to regarding vaccines and Autism, and is published online here. The research was about ethylmercury in Thimerosal attributing to and/or causing Autism. ... atabase-i/

Nixon study resulted in CIA creating a database of intelligence leaks
Agency’s efforts raised questions like “what is a leak?”, “who was criticized?”, and “do we really care?”
Written by Emma Best
Edited by JPat Brown
In August of 1971, the White House directed Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to conduct a “crash study of intelligence leaks” that had appeared in the press since the beginning of the Nixon Administration on January 20, 1969. The study was quickly completed, and has been requested in a new FOIA, but it resulted in a new proposal - an Agency created and maintained database of past and present leaks to help track their damage and identify the leakers. While ultimately successful, the creation of the database raised some unexpected questions for the Agency, such as who should be responsible for it, what counted as a leak, and did the Agency care? ... gb-cowboy/

How KGB cowboys and a fictional plot against Reagan helped the CIA’s war on oversight
Unfounded allegations of Russian penetration increased threats to GAO’s access in the early ’80s
Written by Emma Best
Edited by JPat Brown
For years, accusations of KGB penetration of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) helped further the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) efforts to pit the Congressional committees against GAO. In the early 1980s, an opportunity presented itself that would deepen these divides without any action from CIA. ... rated-film

September 20, 2017 on Entertainment, Lifestyle
ELLSWORTH — Sedgwick filmmaker Richard Kane’s 2016 film about Little Cranberry Island’s 94-year-old creative wonder, Ashley Bryan, will be shown at The Grand on Sunday, Sept. 24, at 5 p.m.

Bryan’s life works range widely from award-winning picture books to puppets and stained-glass windows made from his beach finds.

Born in 1923, Bryan grew up to the sound of his mother singing from morning to night in his family’s home in the New York City borough of the Bronx. The African-American artist was nurtured by New York artist Romare Beardon at the tuition-free Cooper Union School of Art – where applicants were not interviewed in person – on the sole basis of his portfolio.

World War II, however, interrupted his art career, and he was drafted into the segregated U.S. Army at age 19. Hiding his art materials in his gas mask, he recorded everyday life in his port battalion.

A Kane-Lewis Productions film, Kane and Brooksville artist Robert Shetterly made the documentary as part of the Union of Maine Visual Artists’ Maine Masters Project. Nineteen films, whose subjects range from William Irvine to Dahlov Ipcar, have either been distributed or are in development as part of the series.

In the works for several years now, “I Know a Man … Ashley Bryan” takes viewers on a journey from the artist’s return to Cooper Union, summer at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in central Maine, his extensive teaching career and permanent move to the Cranberry Isles in 1988. He already had visited and spent summers for decades in the Cranberry Isles since the early 1950s.

A highly prolific artist who is always working on multiple projects, from his plein-air flower paintings to more than 50 illustrated books, Bryan most recently won a 2017 Newbery Honor Award for his latest book, “Freedom over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life.”

“He [Ashley Bryan] has been using his entire life to celebrate joy, mediate the darkness of war and racism, explore the mysteries of faith and create loving community,” said the filmmakers.

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“Four Corners” is a found object sculpture by the late Maine artist J. Fred Woell.

J. Fred Woell, circa 1995 (Photo by: Sheila Bohlin)
ROCKPORT — The premiere of Maine filmmaker Richard Kane’s newest film, “J. Fred Woell: An American Vision,” will take place Sunday morning, Sept. 17, as part of the Dirigo Docs lineup of the 2017 Camden International Film Festival.
An edit of the new documentary will screen in the 10 a.m. program of Maine short subjects at the Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St. A Q&A with Kane and Patricia Wheeler, artist/wife of J. Fred Woell, will follow.
Woell is an icon in the American Craft Movement, coming on the scene in the early 1960s just as crafts was becoming much more inclined towards fine art … and much more revolutionary. Today, Woell's political statements through his art are every bit contemporary, even prescient. The film follows Woell for six years through his teaching at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts on Deer Isle and its adult and high school mentorship programs; and places him in a rightfully significant place as the one artist who opened the door to using found objects to comment on the times.
“We're honored to have been selected to screen at the Camden International Film Festival, one of the USA's best documentary festivals,” said Kane.
The full version of the film will be screened Thursday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. at the Stonington Opera House. A Q&A with director Kane, Wheeler and producer Robert Shetterly will follow. For more information and tickets, visit To see the new film’s trailer, check the link below.
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JFK Had Ordered Full Withdrawal from Vietnam: Solid Evidence
Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s documentary series on Vietnam is capturing America’s attention. But it skates very lightly over one of the war’s most contentious questions: Did President John F. Kennedy intend to pursue the fight or to pull out? ... obbed-dad/

Keeping it in ‘The Family:’ Director’s Mobbed-Up Dad


Doug Liman, the director of the new Tom Cruise movie ‘AMERICAN MADE,’ has a dirty secret in his family closet. His Dad was a Mafia groupie. Which wouldn’t matter, except Liman loudly claims his new film is based on the true story of Barry Seal, when it isn’t. And it amounts to a further Iran Contra-Cocaine Cover-Up.

ALSO: Isn’t the Mob involved somehow, at least reportedly, in the drug trade, the subject of Liman’s new movie?

Harvard lawyer, ultra-Establishment, had secret side
Doug Liman’s father, Arthur Liman, a respected and even lionized Establishment figure in the 1980’s, is regularly portrayed as a prominent Wall Street lawyer who selflessly served as lead counsel in the U.S. Senate’s Iran-Contra investigation, better-known as The Kerry Commission. The probe never got to the bottom of the over-ripe and completely-exposed Contra Cocaine scandal.

Which now makes a certain sense. Because attorney Arthur Liman was also a Mafia groupie, a “toadying sycophant” to a man whose extensive Mob ties went back to his days growing up in Brooklyn.

For more than 20 years, he was the consigliere to Steve Ross, the media mogul who engineered the world’s largest media and entertainment company into existence with the disastrous TIME-WARNER merger.

The deal began the destruction of the TIME INC journalism empire , but made Ross $193 million (in 1980’s money).

Doug Liman isn’t even the first member of his family to help conceal the truth about CIA drug trafficking. That’s because—just like Frank Sinatra— Arthur Liman had a “hoodlum complex.”

There are no “alternative facts”
The real Barry Seal flew for the CIA at the Bay of Pigs. He flew for the CIA again with Air America in Laos. While getting ready to fly for them again in 1972, he was busted on a DC-4 cargo plane loaded with 13,500 pounds of C4 plastic explosive.

Just 10 days after the Watergate break-in, the plane was on its way to Mexico where the explosives were to be traded for heroin, which could be sold to pay off the busted Watergate burglars, already clamoring for hush money.

Yet according to the movie ‘AMERICAN MADE’ Barry Seal only showed up on the CIA’s radar when the Agency noticed that he was successfully smuggling Cuban cigars into the U.S. (Talk about sticking it to the man.)

Did the filmmakers test that proposition with focus groups? Does smuggling cigars show Seal as naughty but not too naughty to be sympathetic?

Couldn’t Liman have made a rollicking romp—about a happy-go-lucky drug smuggler in the cocaine-fueled go-go ‘80’s—just as easily with Tom Cruise and his aviator shades playing someone named Tommy Two-Ton? Or Bolivia Bob?

Instead, the movie Doug Liman made deliberately distorts the life of Barry Seal, an authentic and important American historical figure.

And thereby hangs a tale.

Days of Christmas past
It was Dec 23 1991, two days before Christmas. The driveway in front of Guild Hall in East Hampton was choked with limousines for the funeral of Steve Ross.

Steve Ross’ bodyguard Tony Battisti, who had been at his side for over a decade, stood at the door surveying everyone who entered. Crowded into a small space were executives from the new TIME-WARNER, as well as the people they had recently deposed.

Ross had made the stars his intimates. There to pay their respects were Steven Spielberg and his wife Kate Capshaw, Lisa and Dustin Hoffman, Chevy Chase, Quincy Jones and Nastassja Kinski, Paul Simon, and Barbra Streisand.

But there were still some present who recalled his former life, like Caesar Kimmel, Ross’s partner in Kinney parking, who author Connie Bruck said was currently the manager of a gambling casino in Moscow.

And, of course, Arthur Liman, who for more than 20 years had been Ross’s lawyer, close friend, booster and protector. Liman was the only business associate to address the group.

“Reading from notes, Liman spoke about Ross in much the same way he always had, emotional, admiring, adoring,” wrote Connie Bruck, in “Master of the Game” her book about Steve Ross.

Bruck had previously authored “Predators Ball,” about Michael Milken, who was one of Arthur Liman’s clients.

“I rail, as you do, that I cannot speak with him just once more,” Liman said.

“Quincy Jones also spoke. Addressing Ross directly, as he lay in his casket, voice quavering, he said “On a dance floor, Steve, you could really kill it!”

Steven Spielberg spoke. So did opera star Beverley Sills.

Barbra Streisand sang “Papa can you hear me.”

Mob Boss

Steve Ross, who grew up poor in Brooklyn, married into a chain of New York area funeral parlors, which he took public by merging with Kinney, a parking lot company that was a Mob front.

Ross’s partner in Kinney was Caesar Kimmel. Among Caesar Kimmel’s interests was owning Jai Alai facilities. One of his partners was “Fat Tony” Salerno.

Caesar Kimmel’s father, Emanuel Kimmel, had been a bootlegger, a major bookmaker, gambler, and one of the first operators of the numbers racket in New Jersey.

He was also a “close associate” of Mobster Abner ‘Longie’ Zwillman, who at the height of the Thomas Dewey Mob prosecutions was named one of the “Big Six.”

The others were Lucky Luciano, Bugsy Siegel, Louis Lepke Buchalter, Jake Shapiro and Meyer Lansky.

Kinney made payoffs to Fat Tony Salerno, who Fortune magazine once called “the wealthiest gangster in America.” Salerno, convicted of racketeering in 1986, was sentenced to 100 years in prison.

Bragging in a wiretapped call about how much money the Genovese family made from Kinney, he said, “We OWN Kinney.

Steve Ross’ early partners were gangsters, and he never lost his connection with them. Throughout his subsequent career, he was dogged by Mob ties.

Every time I try to get out…
In 1969, Steve Ross purchased the moribund Warner-Seven Arts film and record company for $400 million. But even after Steve Ross moved into the movie business and began shedding friends like a reptile shedding old skin, he continued doing business with his Mobster associates.

One example: at the height of Steve Ross’ success, Warner executives took bribes to invest in the Westchester Premier Theater, a Mafia-run business set up to skim money. The soon-to-be defunct suburban New York theater gave a Warner’s assistant treasurer $170,000 in return for investing Warner funds in the theater’s public offering.

Three Warner executives and several organized crime figures were convicted of everything from defrauding investors to looting the theater while it was in bankruptcy. Yet despite the treasurer’s close personal and business ties to Ross, he was never charged in the case.

Author Connie Bruck wrote that he could thank Arthur Liman.

The scandal featured a famous photograph of Ol’ Blue Eyes taken in Sinatra’s dressing room backstage at the Westchester, after his April 11, 1976, performance.

In the picture with Sinatra are Carlo Gambino, Joseph Gambino, Jimmy ‘The Weasel’ Fratianno, future Gambino boss Paul Castellano, Frank ‘Funzi’ Tieri, reputed head of the Genovese family, Gregory De Palma and Richard Fusco.

Carlo Gambino, of course, was the “the Boss of Bosses” at the time, and head of the crime family that still bears his name.

Barry Seal’s fellow pilot James Miller told of a meeting the two of them took with Gambino when they were seeking permission to fly fresh shrimp from Honduras to restaurants in New York.

Paul Castellano was Carlo Gambino’s successor. Castellano was later shot and killed outside of Sparks Steak House on the Upper East Side, presumably by John Gotti or a Gotti associate. Jimmy Fratianno was considered the West Coast head of organized crime until he testified against the mob and entered the Witness Protection Program.

The TIME guys weren’t dummies
Near the end of his long and remarkable business run, Steve Ross acquired TIME INC. TIME executives thought they were acquiring Ross’ Warner Communications.

Steve Ross was the man who talked the Ivy League journalists at Time Inc into “merging” with his Warner Communications and creating TIME-WARNER. TIME was a remarkably genteel upper-class world, a white-shoe company where money-making was in the service of journalism.

As the merger talks gained steam, the former president of TIME INC. James Shepley, and Arthur Temple, a TIME INC director, were overheard fanning the flames about Ross.

Shepley said, “Steve Ross is Mafia.”

After the Time board voted for the merger, one director said “Mafia, 12; Whiffenpoofs, 0.”

Toady toady toady
Are we making too much of what could be seen as Arthur Liman’s attorney-client relationship with Steve Ross?

Not according to Connie Bruck’s book about Ross, in which Liman is almost a constant presence “Master of the Game.” From her bio at The New Yorker:

“Connie Bruck has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1989. She writes about business and politics.”

Bruck portrays Arthur Liman as a toadying sycophant so blinded by loyalty to Ross that he was more cohort than counsel, bending the law to near-breaking point to protect Ross from answering for any number of breaches of fiduciary duty to shareholders.

In a supporting role, there is attorney Arthur Liman, the lapdog Wall Street barrister who endlessly protected Ross from stockholders, the press and those few corporate board members who sought to call their imperious leader to account.”

“Some who knew the two men believed that Liman was so protective of Ross that, in matters involving him, Liman lost his sense of proportion.”

“Some commented, too, on Liman’s seeming infatuation with Ross, on the way this highly-sophisticated middle-aged lawyer seemed more a starry-eyed adolescent when he talked about his friend.”

“Among those who legitimized Steve Ross in the eyes of the people at TIME were Felix Rohatyn and Arthur Liman. Liman was the single most influential force for Ross with TIME.”

“Rhapsodic as always when he was speaking about Ross, Liman told me that Ross had just created the greatest deal in history.”

“During the nearly twenty years that Liman had been at Ross’ side, through recurrent crises, Liman had saved Ross repeatedly. And his own stature had grown. The more stellar Liman’s reputation grew, the more invaluable he became to Ross.”


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Watch the Trailer for the Documentary Frank Serpico
In the first trailer for Frank Serpico, a man tells Frank, the legendary cop, “You got a loud mouth, Serpico, would you just listen for a moment?” Serpico shoots back: “At least it’s honest!” The new documentary from Antonino D’Ambrosio gets the man to talk in his own words about his upbringing, blowing the whistle on widespread corruption in the NYPD in the 1960s and 1970s, and his life after publicly exposing the illegal dealings of his fellow officers. You’ve seen the Sidney Lumet and Al Pacino version of this story. Now you can have a feature-length experience with the real, larger-than-life Frank Serpico in theaters on November 1. ... -1.3551765

Rookie firefighter fired for gifting mostly black station with watermelon
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, October 9, 2017, 2:48 PM

Mesa police fatally shoot an armed woman threatening suicide

MESA, Ariz.

Police in Mesa say a woman has been fatally shot after she threatened to commit suicide and refused to drop a handgun.

The name and age of the woman haven’t been released.

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The elites “have no credibility left”

An interview with journalist Chris Hedges
By David North

WSWS International Editorial Board Chairman David North interviewed Chris Hedges, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author, lecturer and former New York Times correspondent. Among Hedges’ best-known books are War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, The Death of the Liberal Class, Empire of Illusion: the End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, which he co-wrote with the cartoonist Joe Sacco, and Wages of Rebellion: the Moral Imperative of Revolt.
Chris Hedges

In an article published in Truthdig September 17, titled “The Silencing of Dissent,” Hedges referenced the WSWS coverage of Google’s censorship of left-wing sites and warned about the growth of “blacklisting, censorship and slandering dissidents as foreign agents for Russia and purveyors of ‘fake news.’”

Hedges wrote that “the Department of Justice called on RT America and its ‘associates’—which may mean people like me—to register under the Foreign Agent Registration Act. No doubt, the corporate state knows that most of us will not register as foreign agents, meaning we will be banished from the airwaves. This, I expect, is the intent.”

North’s interview with Hedges began with a discussion of the significance of the anti-Russia campaign in the media.

David North: How do you interpret the fixation on Russia and the entire interpretation of the election within the framework of Putin’s manipulation?

Chris Hedges: It’s as ridiculous as Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction. It is an absolutely unproven allegation that is used to perpetuate a very frightening accusation—critics of corporate capitalism and imperialism are foreign agents for Russia.

I have no doubt that the Russians invested time, energy and money into attempting to influence events in the United States in ways that would serve their interests, in the same way that we have done and do in Russia and all sorts of other countries throughout the world. So I’m not saying there was no influence, or an attempt to influence events.

But the whole idea that the Russians swung the election to Trump is absurd. It’s really premised on the unproven claim that Russia gave the Podesta emails to WikiLeaks, and the release of these emails turned tens, or hundreds of thousands, of Clinton supporters towards Trump. This doesn’t make any sense. Either that, or, according to the director of national intelligence, RT America, where I have a show, got everyone to vote for the Green Party.

This obsession with Russia is a tactic used by the ruling elite, and in particular the Democratic Party, to avoid facing a very unpleasant reality: that their unpopularity is the outcome of their policies of deindustrialization and the assault against working men and women and poor people of color. It is the result of disastrous trade agreements like NAFTA that abolished good-paying union jobs and shipped them to places like Mexico, where workers without benefits are paid $3.00 an hour. It is the result of the explosion of a system of mass incarceration, begun by Bill Clinton with the 1994 omnibus crime bill, and the tripling and quadrupling of prison sentences. It is the result of the slashing of basic government services, including, of course, welfare, that Clinton gutted; deregulation, a decaying infrastructure, including public schools, and the de facto tax boycott by corporations. It is the result of the transformation of the country into an oligarchy. The nativist revolt on the right, and the aborted insurgency within the Democratic Party, makes sense when you see what they have done to the country.

Police forces have been turned into quasi-military entities that terrorize marginal communities, where people have been stripped of all of their rights and can be shot with impunity; in fact over three are killed a day. The state shoots and locks up poor people of color as a form of social control. They are quite willing to employ the same form of social control on any other segment of the population that becomes restive.

The Democratic Party, in particular, is driving this whole Russia witch-hunt. It cannot face its complicity in the destruction of our civil liberties—and remember, Barack Obama’s assault on civil liberties was worse than those carried out by George W. Bush—and the destruction of our economy and our democratic institutions.

Politicians like the Clintons, Pelosi and Schumer are creations of Wall Street. That is why they are so virulent about pushing back against the Sanders wing of the Democratic Party. Without Wall Street money, they would not hold political power. The Democratic Party doesn’t actually function as a political party. It’s about perpetual mass mobilization and a hyperventilating public relations arm, all paid for by corporate donors. The base of the party has no real say in the leadership or the policies of the party, as Bernie Sanders and his followers found out. They are props in the sterile political theater.

These party elites, consumed by greed, myopia and a deep cynicism, have a death grip on the political process. They’re not going to let it go, even if it all implodes.

DN: Chris, you worked for the New York Times. When was that, exactly?

CH: From 1990 to 2005.

DN: Since you have some experience with that institution, what changes do you see? We’ve stressed that it has cultivated a constituency among the affluent upper-middle class.

CH: The New York Times consciously targets 30 million upper-middle class and affluent Americans. It is a national newspaper; only about 11 percent of its readership is in New York. It is very easy to see who the Times seeks to reach by looking at its special sections on Home, Style, Business or Travel. Here, articles explain the difficulty of maintaining, for example, a second house in the Hamptons. It can do good investigative work, although not often. It covers foreign affairs. But it reflects the thinking of the elites. I read the Times every day, maybe to balance it out with your web site.

DN: Well, I hope more than balance it.

CH: Yes, more than balance it. The Times was always an elitist publication, but it wholly embraced the ideology of neo-conservatism and neoliberalism at a time of financial distress, when Abe Rosenthal was editor. He was the one who instituted the special sections that catered to the elite. And he imposed a de facto censorship to shut out critics of unfettered capitalism and imperialism, such as Noam Chomsky or Howard Zinn. He hounded out reporters like Sydney Schanberg, who challenged the real estate developers in New York, or Raymond Bonner, who reported the El Mozote massacre in El Salvador.

He had lunch every week, along with his publisher, with William F. Buckley. This pivot into the arms of the most retrograde forces of corporate capitalism and proponents of American imperialism, for a time, made the paper very profitable. Eventually, of course, the rise of the internet, the loss of classified ads, which accounted for about 40 percent of all newspaper revenue, crippled the Times as it has crippled all newspapers. Newsprint has lost the monopoly that once connected sellers with buyers. Newspapers are trapped in an old system of information they call “objectivity” and “balance,” formulae designed to cater to the powerful and the wealthy and obscure the truth. But like all Byzantine courts, the Times will go down clinging to its holy grail.

The intellectual gravitas of the paper—in particular the Book Review and the Week in Review—was obliterated by Bill Keller, himself a neocon, who, as a columnist, had been a cheerleader for the war in Iraq. He brought in figures like Sam Tanenhaus. At that point the paper embraced, without any dissent, the utopian ideology of neoliberalism and the primacy of corporate power as an inevitable form of human progress. The Times, along with business schools, economics departments at universities, and the pundits promoted by the corporate state, propagated the absurd idea that we would all be better off if we prostrated every sector of society before the dictates of the marketplace. It takes a unique kind of stupidity to believe this. You had students at Harvard Business School doing case studies of Enron and its brilliant business model, that is, until Enron collapsed and was exposed as a gigantic scam. This was never, really, in the end, about ideas. It was about unadulterated greed. It was pushed by the supposedly best educated among us, like Larry Summers, which exposes the lie that somehow our decline is due to deficient levels of education. It was due to a bankrupt and amoral elite, and the criminal financial institutions that make them rich.

Critical thinking on the op-ed page, the Week in Review or the Book Review, never very strong to begin with, evaporated under Keller. Globalization was beyond questioning. Since the Times, like all elite institutions, is a hermetically sealed echo chamber, they do not realize how irrelevant they are becoming, or how ridiculous they look. Thomas Friedman and David Brooks might as well write for the Onion.

I worked overseas. I wasn’t in the newsroom very much, but the paper is a very anxiety-ridden place. The rules aren’t written on the walls, but everyone knows, even if they do not articulate it, the paper’s unofficial motto: Do not significantly alienate those upon whom we depend for money and access! You can push against them some of the time. But if you are a serious reporter, like Charlie Leduff, or Sydney Schanberg, who wants to give a voice to people who don’t have a voice, to address issues of race, class, capitalist exploitation or the crimes of empire, you very swiftly become a management problem and get pushed out. Those who rise in the organization and hold power are consummate careerists. Their loyalty is to their advancement and the stature and profitability of the institution, which is why the hierarchy of the paper is filled with such mediocrities. Careerism is the paper’s biggest Achilles heel. It does not lack for talent. But it does lack for intellectual independence and moral courage. It reminds me of Harvard.

DN: Let’s come back to this question of the Russian hacking news story. You raised the ability to generate a story, which has absolutely no factual foundation, nothing but assertions by various intelligence agencies, presented as an assessment that is beyond question. What is your evaluation of this?

CH: The commercial broadcast networks, and that includes CNN and MSNBC, are not in the business of journalism. They hardly do any. Their celebrity correspondents are courtiers to the elite. They speculate about and amplify court gossip, which is all the accusations about Russia, and they repeat what they are told to repeat. They sacrifice journalism and truth for ratings and profit. These cable news shows are one of many revenue streams in a corporate structure. They compete against other revenue streams. The head of CNN, Jeff Zucker, who helped create the fictional persona of Donald Trump on “Celebrity Apprentice,” has turned politics on CNN into a 24-hour reality show. All nuance, ambiguity, meaning and depth, along with verifiable fact, are sacrificed for salacious entertainment. Lying, racism, bigotry and conspiracy theories are given platforms and considered newsworthy, often espoused by people whose sole quality is that they are unhinged. It is news as burlesque.

I was on the investigative team at the New York Times during the lead-up to the Iraq War. I was based in Paris and covered Al Qaeda in Europe and the Middle East. Lewis Scooter Libby, Dick Cheney, Richard Perle and maybe somebody in an intelligence agency, would confirm whatever story the administration was attempting to pitch. Journalistic rules at the Times say you can’t go with a one-source story. But if you have three or four supposedly independent sources confirming the same narrative, then you can go with it, which is how they did it. The paper did not break any rules taught at Columbia journalism school, but everything they wrote was a lie.

The whole exercise was farcical. The White House would leak some bogus story to Judy Miller or Michael Gordon, and then go on the talk shows to say, ‘as the Times reported….’ It gave these lies the veneer of independence and reputable journalism. This was a massive institutional failing, and one the paper has never faced.

DN: The CIA pitches the story, and then the Times gets the verification from those who pitch it to them.

CH: It’s not always pitched. And not much of this came from the CIA. The CIA wasn’t buying the “weapons of mass destruction” hysteria.

DN: It goes the other way too?

CH: Sure. Because if you’re trying to have access to a senior official, you’ll constantly be putting in requests, and those officials will decide when they want to see you. And when they want to see you, it’s usually because they have something to sell you.

DN: The media’s anti-Russia narrative has been embraced by large portions of what presents itself as the “left.”

CH: Well, don’t get me started on the American left. First of all, there is no American left—not a left that has any kind of seriousness, that understands political or revolutionary theories, that’s steeped in economic study, that understands how systems of power work, especially corporate and imperial power. The left is caught up in the same kind of cults of personality that plague the rest of society. It focuses on Trump, as if Trump is the central problem. Trump is a product, a symptom of a failed system and dysfunctional democracy, not the disease.

If you attempt to debate most of those on the supposedly left, they reduce discussion to this cartoonish vision of politics.

The serious left in this country was decimated. It started with the suppression of radical movements under Woodrow Wilson, then the “Red Scares” in the 1920s, when they virtually destroyed our labor movement and our radical press, and then all of the purges in the 1950s. For good measure, they purged the liberal class—look at what they did to Henry Wallace—so that Cold War “liberals” equated capitalism with democracy, and imperialism with freedom and liberty. I lived in Switzerland and France. There are still residues of a militant left in Europe, which gives Europeans something to build upon. But here we almost have to begin from scratch.

I’ve battled continuously with Antifa and the Black Bloc. I think they’re kind of poster children for what I would consider phenomenal political immaturity. Resistance is not a form of personal catharsis. We are not fighting the rise of fascism in the 1930s. The corporate elites we have to overthrow already hold power. And unless we build a broad, popular resistance movement, which takes a lot of patient organizing among working men and women, we are going to be steadily ground down.

So Trump’s not the problem. But just that sentence alone is going to kill most discussions with people who consider themselves part of the left.

The corporate state has made it very hard to make a living if you hold fast to this radical critique. You will never get tenure. You probably won’t get academic appointments. You won’t win prizes. You won’t get grants. The New York Times, if they review your book, will turn it over to a dutiful mandarin like George Packer to trash it—as he did with my last book. The elite schools, and I have taught as a visiting professor at a few of them, such as Princeton and Columbia, replicate the structure and goals of corporations. If you want to even get through a doctoral committee, much less a tenure committee, you must play it really, really safe. You must not challenge the corporate-friendly stance that permeates the institution and is imposed through corporate donations and the dictates of wealthy alumni. Half of the members of most of these trustee boards should be in prison!

Speculation in the 17th century in Britain was a crime. Speculators were hanged. And today they run the economy and the country. They have used the capturing of wealth to destroy the intellectual, cultural and artistic life in the country and snuff out our democracy. There is a word for these people: traitors.

DN: What about the impact that you’ve seen of identity politics in America?

CH: Well, identity politics defines the immaturity of the left. The corporate state embraced identity politics. We saw where identity politics got us with Barack Obama, which is worse than nowhere. He was, as Cornel West said, a black mascot for Wall Street, and now he is going around to collect his fees for selling us out.

My favorite kind of anecdotal story about identity politics: Cornel West and I, along with others, led a march of homeless people on the Democratic National Convention session in Philadelphia. There was an event that night. It was packed with hundreds of people, mostly angry Bernie Sanders supporters. I had been asked to come speak. And in the back room, there was a group of younger activists, one who said, “We’re not letting the white guy go first.” Then he got up and gave a speech about how everybody now had to vote for Hillary Clinton. That’s kind of where identity politics gets you. There is a big difference between shills for corporate capitalism and imperialism, like Corey Booker and Van Jones, and true radicals like Glen Ford and Ajamu Baraka. The corporate state carefully selects and promotes women, or people of color, to be masks for its cruelty and exploitation.

It is extremely important, obviously, that those voices are heard, but not those voices that have sold out to the power elite. The feminist movement is a perfect example of this. The old feminism, which I admire, the Andrea Dworkin kind of feminism, was about empowering oppressed women. This form of feminism did not try to justify prostitution as sex work. It knew that it is just as wrong to abuse a woman in a sweatshop as it is in the sex trade. The new form of feminism is an example of the poison of neoliberalism. It is about having a woman CEO or woman president, who will, like Hillary Clinton, serve the systems of oppression. It posits that prostitution is about choice. What woman, given a stable income and security, would choose to be raped for a living? Identity politics is anti-politics.

DN: I believe you spoke at a Socialist Convergence conference where you criticized Obama and Sanders, and you were shouted down.

CH: Yes, I don’t even remember. I’ve been shouted down criticizing Obama in many places, including Berkeley. I have had to endure this for a long time as a supporter and speech writer for Ralph Nader. People don’t want the illusion of their manufactured personalities, their political saviors, shattered; personalities created by public relations industries. They don’t want to do the hard work of truly understanding how power works and organizing to bring it down.

DN: You mentioned that you have been reading the World Socialist Web Site for some time. You know we are quite outside of that framework.

CH: I’m not a Marxist. I’m not a Trotskyist. But I like the site. You report on important issues seriously and in a way a lot of other sites don’t. You care about things that are important to me—mass incarceration, the rights and struggles of the working class and the crimes of empire. I have read the site for a long time.

DN: Much of what claims to be left—that is, the pseudo-left—reflects the interests of the affluent middle class.

CH: Precisely. When everybody was, you know, pushing for multiculturalism in lead institutions, it really meant filtering a few people of color or women into university departments or newsrooms, while carrying out this savage economic assault against the working poor and, in particular, poor people of color in deindustrialized pockets of the United States. Very few of these multiculturalists even noticed. I am all for diversity, but not when it is devoid of economic justice. Cornel West has been one of the great champions, not only of the black prophetic tradition, the most important intellectual tradition in our history, but the clarion call for justice in all its forms. There is no racial justice without economic justice. And while these elite institutions sprinkled a few token faces into their hierarchy, they savaged the working class and the poor, especially poor people of color.

Much of the left was fooled by the identity politics trick. It was a boutique activism. It kept the corporate system, the one we must destroy, intact. It gave it a friendly face.

DN: The World Socialist Web Site has made the issue of inequality a central focus of its coverage.

CH: That’s why I read it and like it.

DN: Returning to the Russia issue, where do you see this going? How seriously do you see this assault on democratic rights? We call this the new McCarthyism. Is that, in your view, a legitimate analogy?

CH: Yes, of course it’s the new McCarthyism. But let’s acknowledge how almost irrelevant our voices are.

DN: I don’t agree with you on that.

CH: Well, irrelevant in the sense that we’re not heard within the mainstream. When I go to Canada I am on the CBC on prime time. The same is true in France. That never happens here. PBS and NPR are never going to do that. Nor are they going to do that for any other serious critic of capitalism or imperialism.

If there is a debate about attacking Syria, for example, it comes down to bombing Syria or bombing Syria and sending in troops, as if these are the only two options. Same with health care. Do we have Obamacare, a creation of the Heritage Foundation and the pharmaceutical and insurance industries, or no care? Universal health care for all is not discussed. So we are on the margins. But that does not mean we are not dangerous. Neoliberalism and globalization are zombie ideologies. They have no credibility left. The scam has been found out. The global oligarchs are hated and reviled. The elite has no counterargument to our critique. So they can’t afford to have us around. As the power elite becomes more frightened, they’re going to use harsher forms of control, including the blunt instrument of censorship and violence.

DN: I think it can be a big mistake to be focused on the sense of isolation or marginalization. I’ll make a prediction. You will have, probably sooner than you think, more requests for interviews and television time. We are in a period of colossal political breakdown. We are going to see, more and more, the emergence of the working class as a powerful political force.

CH: That’s why we are a target. With the bankruptcy of the ruling ideology, and the bankruptcy of the American liberal class and the American left, those who hold fast to intellectual depth and an examination of systems of power, including economics, culture and politics, have to be silenced.

~ Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist, New York Times best selling author, former professor at Princeton University, activist and ordained Presbyterian minister.

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Read the Pentagon’s report on Che Guevara’s death
CIA archives contain a first-hand account from one of Guevara’s Bolivian captors, which tells a very different story of the revolutionary’s fate
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On October 9, 1967, 50 years ago today, Ernesto “Che” Guevara died in Bolivian captivity. However, a report located in the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) declassified archives by Emma Best shows that it wasn’t until four years later that the Pentagon finally got what was allegedly a first-hand account of what happened, and even then the details were sketchy. ... -1.3551731

President Trump’s support plummets in rural areas and small towns, poll shows
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, October 9, 2017, 2:31 PM

Lawsuit says canceled funding led to harassment by sheriffs

Oct. 04, 2017

LINCOLN, Neb. A lawsuit accuses two county sheriffs and a police chief of harassing two employees with the Nebraska Crime Commission after it denied grant funding to a western Nebraska anti-drug task force.

The lawsuit filed Monday in Lancaster County District Court by Lisa Stamm and Vanessa Humaran said officials improperly used a state criminal database to check out the two in an attempt to discredit and harass them.

Stamm is grants division chief for the commission and Humaran is federal Justice Assistance Grants administrator.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Doing Things The Right Way

Doing things the right way is hard. It takes more time, energy, and resources than any of the other possibilities that we think of to ease the load. Daily compromises are unavoidable.

Doing things the wrong way in public means running the risk of being caught, the risk that your shortcuts, maybe justifiable, maybe not, are publicly discussed. Those moments are revealing about people who don’t try to get things right.

Tom Price was Cabinet Secretary of Health and Human Services, confirmed by the Senate, right at the center of American politics. He must have thought that appointment was a promotion from his House seat, Newt Gingrich’s seat in Georgia, where he had no primary challenger and beat his opponent for his seventh term 62% to 38%.

Now he could play a dominant role in achieving his political dream, getting rid of Obamacare and recreating America’s entire health care system, having led the Republican charge since 2009. After that, maybe he could go one step further and get rid of Medicare: his organization, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, publishes “The Physicians Guide to Opting Out of Medicare” and works to make vaccinations optional.

What a dream job. But now, as the Minneapolis StarTribune headlined on Saturday, “High-flying Price takes off”. From May to September, Price took a flight every week on private charter planes at taxpayers’ expense, costing us $400,000 in just a few months. He spent $25,000 of public money to fly from Washington to Philadelphia, when a train costs $72 and takes about the same time.

Price didn’t steal anything. All of his very expensive travel was on government business. His mistake was thinking that his time and comfort were worth a great deal to us, the people who are paying, at the same time as he was arguing that the government is spending much too much on our health care. Price is a hypocrite who doesn’t care a bit about the values of “Trump voters” or any voters.

In the wake of Price’s ouster, other Trump appointees have hastened to draw a clear ethical line. Billionaires Betsy DeVos and Wilbur Ross pay for all of their travel on their own planes, and others like Ben Carson and Alex Acosta fly commercial unless they are with the President or Vice President. They are clear that they would never use government money to pay for personal travel. That would be stealing.

So where does that leave Steven Mnuchin? The Secretary of the Treasury requested that a government jet take him and his bride on their honeymoon to Scotland, France and Italy this summer. Mnuchin is worth about $300 million. Mnuchin is also not guilty of stealing, because his request was turned down. But he tried, in a textbook attempt at corruption.

Now he says he’ll do the right thing in the future: “I can promise the American taxpayer the only time that I will be using milair [military aircraft] is when there are issues either for national security or where ... there’s no other means.”

Is the swamp being drained? Seems not.

Price resigned under pressure. Before his flights became a public scandal, Trump announced to the Boy Scouts that if Price failed to get the votes to repeal Obamacare, Trump would say “Tom, you’re fired.” A “senior White House official” complained that Price was “nowhere to be found” in the Republicans’ final effort to kill Obamacare. Price made the boss look bad, not because he wasted our money, but because he couldn’t deliver.

He’s gone, but the swamp is deeper.

Price’s luxury travel is the visible tip of the iceberg of the wider corruption of values and morality of those in power. Price said “all of this travel was approved by legal and HHS officials.” The Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin took his wife to Europe, where they visited four palaces, took a river cruise, and watched the Wimbledon tennis tournament, paid by taxpayers. He did a bit of work, too. The VA said that its “ethics counsel” okayed everything. The Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, who is proposing big cuts in his department, which includes the EPA, flew an entourage in private jets to the Virgin Islands for 3 days. Not a peep out of the swamp-drainer-in-chief.

Mnuchin will still decide what taxes we all will pay in the future. He and his fellow multi-millionaires will save enough by the tax cuts to take European vacations whenever they want.

Trump’s voters thought that draining the swamp in Washington would be the right thing. There is no evidence that it’s happening. Trump’s hand-picked advisors are living it up in unprecedented fashion at our expense. His ethics watchdogs say it’s all okay.

That’s not doing anything the right way.

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Wounded Tropical Forests Now Emit 425 Million Tons of Carbon Each Year — Restoration, Fossil Fuel Emissions Cuts Now Urgent
by robertscribbler
In his seminal piece -- Collapse -- Jared Diamond documented how a number of civilizations who failed to protect their forests ultimately also experienced severe systemic decline.

Forests provide innumerable ecosystem services. They filter the air and water, provide a habitat for helpful plants and animals, prevent erosion, sequester moisture that enables healthy rainfall patterns. To keep forests safe and to nourish them is to keep the land itself safe. To keep life safe. To, ultimately, keep human civilizations safe.

In other words, a city or nation cannot healthily exist without healthy forests to support it.

Mistreated Tropical Forests become Carbon Source

From the point of view of confronting climate change, maintaining healthy forests is also essential. Healthy forests sequester more carbon -- keeping that carbon locked in plants and soils. Unhealthy forests do the opposite -- they release carbon stored over years and decades.

Since time immemorial, short-sighted forms of human civilization have harmed forests by cutting down too many trees, or worse, by burning the forests down. Ultimately, most of those civilizations also cut their own life-spans short. In the present day, we see this kind of harmful activity throughout the tropics. And, as a result, the tropical forests which have done us such an amazing service by drawing down a substantial portion of the fossil-fuel based carbon emission are ailing.

(In this image from Earth Nullschool, we can see high present carbon dioxide concentrations at the Earth's surface. High CO2 concentrations show up in light colors. Low CO2 concentrations show up in dark colors. As you can see in the above image, the rainforest regions of the Amazon and Equatorial Africa are presently drawing down a considerable amount of atmospheric CO2 -- which is generating a lower local concentration. That said, these forests do not draw down as much carbon as they used to. They have been disrupted by harmful human activity such as clear cutting and hunting of key species. As a result, through decay, fire, and drought, these forests are now emitting more carbon than they take in on net.)

According to a recent report out of the journal Science, about 425 million tons of carbon are being released, on net, from tropical forests around the world each year. This is equivalent to about 4 percent of global human emissions (primarily from fossil fuel burning) of around 11 billion tons of carbon each year. In other words, poor forest management is already amplifying the impact of fossil fuel based climate change. The tropical forest carbon release occurred between 2003 and 2014.

Study authors noted in The Guardian:

“This shows that we can’t just sit back. The forest is not doing what we thought it was doing. As always, trees are removing carbon from the atmosphere, but the volume of the forest is no longer enough to compensate for the losses. The region is not a sink any more.”

These same authors attributed this turning of a net carbon sink into a net carbon source primarily to poor land management practices. Primary sources of harm and loss involved the thinning of tree density and the culling of biodiversity below an apparently protected canopy – usually as a result of selective logging, fire, drought and hunting. More of the forested land has been turned over to developers and hunters when the land should have been set aside for parks and for the use of indigenous peoples whose ways of living help to support forest ecosystems.

An Urgent Need to Rapidly Cut Carbon Emissions While Restoring Healthy Forests

While human-caused climate change is now adding pressure to tropical forests, poor land management is presently a greater source of harm. In the past, sustainability-minded scientists had assumed that tropical forests would remain mostly functional as a carbon sink until warming approached 3-4 C above late 19th Century averages. At that point, heat alone will be enough to wring carbon out of these forests on net. But harmful human activity has pushed that time forward to the first decade of the 2000s.

Ultimately, the early failure of forests as a tropical carbon sink means that there's less of a so-called carbon budget available. At this blog, we have long asserted that the effective carbon budget for a safe Earth at this time is basically zero. What this means is that some bad climate outcomes such as worsening weather, reduction of habitability in the Equatorial and near-Equatorial region, possible disruptions to growing seasons, declining ocean health for at least the next century, and sea level rise forcing mass abandonment of coastal settlements are already possible, likely, or happening now. That said, rapid cuts to fossil fuel emissions can still prevent worse outcomes such as more rapid sea level rise, much worse weather, very extreme heat rendering large regions practically uninhabitable for present societies, and a potentially worst-in-class global mass extinction associated with a hothouse ocean anoxic event.

(How removal of large animals through hunting and poaching can harm a forest's ability to sequester carbon. Image source: Carbon Brief.)

Present science pointing toward loss of Tropical forests as a carbon sink means that our window is, again, rather smaller than past scientific oracles previously identified. The urgency for rapid carbon emissions cuts, therefore, could not be greater. But we also need to protect and restore forest vitality -- which will be necessary to help the natural world bounce back from the insult we've already produced.

From study author Wayne Walker:

"We need to be positive. Let’s turn tropical forests back into a sink. We need to restore degraded areas. As far as technology for reducing carbon is concerned, this is low-hanging fruit. We know how to protect and sustain forests. It’s relatively cost effective.”

But to be clear, without emissions cuts and subsequent atmospheric carbon drawdown substantial enough to prevent 3-4 C warming, these forests will eventually be in trouble due to the very harmful impacts of rising heat alone. So we need to do both. And we need to do it now.


Tropical Forests are Now a Net Carbon Source

Alarm as Study Reveals Tropical Forests are a Huge Carbon Source

Earth Nullschool

Carbon Brief


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Nonprofit accuses high-level FBI agent of stealing thousands
Monday, October 16th 2017, 11:55 pm EDT

A former high-ranking FBI official in Honolulu is under fire after a local nonprofit accused him of stealing more than $33,000.

In a police statement filed last month, the nonprofit Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation said that between November 2016 and August 2017, 56-year-old Robert Kauffman wrote improper checks and made several unauthorized withdrawals from the foundation's bank account.

Kauffman is a former assistant special agent-in-charge of the FBI’s Honolulu field office, and served with the bureau for more than 20 years where he investigated organized crime and espionage cases. He also served as the foundation's treasurer.

“Several of these checks and bank account withdrawals were in excess of $3,000, which requires the approval of two board members,” attorney and foundation director David Brustein wrote.

“Robert did not have signatures or board approval,” Brustein added.

But Kauffman's attorney, Myles Breiner, said his client is “innocent of any embezzlement,” and was safeguarding the money from being misspent.

He said Kauffman returned the money with a cashier's check even before the foundation went to the police.

“Mr. Kauffman is innocent of any embezzlement. We believe that there was a disagreement over the handling of funds by the Legacy Foundation,” said Breiner.

“(He) was concerned about some of the decision being made about the costs and financing of various projects the foundation was endorsing."

Kauffman is currently chief investigator for the state Judiciary's Office of Disciplinary Counsel, which oversees attorney conduct.

He’s also listed as the CEO of The Wellness Group LLC, which unsuccessfully applied for a medical marijuana dispensary license. Among the Wellness Groups’ investors included foundation board members Brustein and Dr. David McEwan.

Brustein said Kauffman’s role at the two organizations are unrelated.

The Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation is a tax-exempt organization that supports causes for the gay, lesbian and transgendered people and is a big organizer of the Honolulu Pride festival happened throughout October. ... -1.3569814

Lightning winger J.T. Brown's raised fist leads to training shift with Tampa cops

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 5:30 PM

It didn’t take long for the death threats to arrive.

Right after Lightning winger J.T. Brown put his fist in the air during the national anthem earlier this month, he said he received threats over social media. Brown is the first NHL player to demonstrate against racial injustice during the national anthem, and the treatment he’s received is no different than the many NFL players who have protested racial injustice during the anthem.

He said in a recent statement that the threats “prove why this topic must be talked about.”

Brown, 27, is one of almost 30 NHL players who are black. He grew up in Minnesota, the son of former Minnesota Viking Ted Brown, and for the last year, he wrestled with the idea of joining the anthem protests sweeping through professional sports. Finally, on Oct. 7, prior to a road game against the Panthers, he raised his fist like John Carlos and Tommie Smith did at the Olympics 49 years ago this week.

NHL’s Joel Ward explains why he decided not to kneel for anthem
“It’s been a process,” Brown told the Daily News. “I just made the decision I felt was right.”

J.T. Brown tells the Daily News he spoke with members of the military before deciding to raise his fist.
Brown said the decision to demonstrate was clinched after speaking with military veterans. Similar to Green Beret Nate Boyer recommending Colin Kaepernick take a knee (rather than sit) during the anthem a year ago, Brown decided to raise a fist after speaking with servicemen.

“I think if you ask each individual military member, they may give you a different story. Just like if you ask each member of a team, you’re going to have different opinions,” Brown said. “But the overwhelming majority said, ‘Whether or not I agree with you, it’s your right to do it and it’s not going to change how I feel about you. I’ll stand right with you. If I was standing next to you, I’d put my hand on your shoulder, whether you’re sitting, kneeling, doesn’t matter.’”

As a black hockey player, Brown has said he’s endured racism throughout his career. He and a handful of other black NHL players have talked about social issues, but so far Brown is the only one to demonstrate.

VIDEO: J.T. Brown, Lightning forward, raises fist during anthem
“We have had discussions, but the most important thing is outside,” Brown said. “The change happens outside the rink.”

Consistent with that belief, Brown met with Tampa police last Friday and spent the day training with officers. After he put his fist in the air, Brown was offered an invitation by interim Police Chief Brian Dugan, a former Lightning employee. The experience was eye-opening.

“It was nice for him to reach out and say, ‘How can we work together?’” Brown said. “I think that’s the most important thing is working together and finding the common ground and being able to step outside of my comfort zone and see what it’s like over on their side.”

Brown went through various training exercises with cops, ranging from domestic disturbances to drunk and disorderly conduct, to the use of tasers and pepper spray. One particular exercise, in which Brown took part in a staged traffic stop, was especially scary when the driver pretended to open fire at him.

“I know they have a hard job. But that put it in perspective. I want to learn,” Brown said. “I wanted to be able to learn from them and get the first-hand experience.”

Brown is no stranger to activism. Last year he pushed back against Columbus and former Rangers coach John Tortorella after he threatened to bench any Team USA players who kneel during the anthem. Brown tweeted “Wouldn’t benching a black man for taking a stance only further prove Kap’s point of oppression?”

Brown also donated $1,500 to a fund committed to taking down a Confederate statue in Tampa.

The Lightning issued a statement supporting Brown after his protest. The NHL does not prohibit players from demonstrations during the anthem.

Raanta, Zibanejad lift Rangers to 1-0 OT win over Lightning
“The Tampa Bay Lightning celebrate the moment before every game when we can unite as a community, paying homage to a flag that is representative of our nation and those who have sacrificed,” the team said in a statement. “At the same time, we respect our players and individual choices they may make on social and political issues.”

For now, Brown remains the only NHL player to demonstrate during the anthem. He plans to continue to do work in the community and keep raising his fist on the nights he does play.

“We can’t just stick to the status quo,” Brown has said. “I want young minorities to see that what they maybe be going through is not being ignored by the hockey community.”

Brown said the decision to demonstrate was clinched after speaking with military veterans. Similar to Green Beret Nate Boyer recommending Colin Kaepernick take a knee (rather than sit) during the anthem a year ago, Brown decided to raise a fist after speaking with servicemen.

“I think if you ask each individual military member, they may give you a different story. Just like if you ask each member of a team, you’re going to have different opinions,” Brown said. “But the overwhelming majority said, ‘Whether or not I agree with you, it’s your right to do it and it’s not going to change how I feel about you. I’ll stand right with you. If I was standing next to you, I’d put my hand on your shoulder, whether you’re sitting, kneeling, doesn’t matter.’”

As a black hockey player, Brown has said he’s endured racism throughout his career. He and a handful of other black NHL players have talked about social issues, but so far Brown is the only one to demonstrate. ... s-50535220

Lawsuit seeks disclosure of FBI 9/11 investigation file

October 17, 2017 Updated: October 17, 2017 10:27am

A lawsuit seeking disclosure of FBI files that may detail a U.S.-based support network for the 9/11 hijackers has reached a federal appeals court, which is being asked by a Florida online publication to order a Freedom of Information Act trial on the dispute.

The case centers around reporting published by the Broward Bulldog on the FBI's investigation into a Saudi family that abruptly left its home in a gated Sarasota community two weeks before the 2001 terror attacks. One FBI document written in 2002 that was disclosed in court said agents had found "many connections" between the family and some of the hijackers who took flying lessons at a nearby airport, including ringleader Mohamed Atta.

Later, however, the FBI disputed its own document, telling a 9/11 review commission in 2015 that it was "poorly written and unsubstantiated."

The former Sarasota residents, Saudis Abdulaziz and Anoud al-Hijji, have denied having connections with or supporting the hijackers. They now live overseas.

And the FBI's position is that it doesn't have to explain why it discounts its 2002 memo, despite details that were reported by the Bulldog and other media a decade after the attacks. Those 2011 stories on the Al-Hijjis focused on how neighbors had reported that they abruptly moved out of their home in an upscale, gated Sarasota community before the 9/11 attacks, leaving behind cars, clothes, furniture and even a refrigerator full of food. The possible connections to hijackers include gate records indicating some had visited the home as well as telephone calls involving them.

Documents filed Monday with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta by Broward Bulldog attorneys seek an order overturning a Miami judge's June decision not to have a FOIA trial over the FBI documents provided to the review commission. The FBI has asserted seven exemptions to the FOIA requirements, including that releasing the files would endanger national security and expose law enforcement techniques.

"How much information concerning its investigation of the 9/11 attacks must the FBI share with the public? The answer, according to the district court, is very little," Bulldog attorney Thomas Julin wrote in the document, adding that the hidden records are "paramount to the nation's right to know how the FBI handled the investigation of 9/11."

The appeal also seeks an order enabling the Bulldog attorneys to take a sworn deposition of the FBI agent who told the 9/11 review commission to discount the Sarasota "many connections" memo.

The attacks by 19 hijackers in four planes in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania killed 2,977 people.

Separately, the Broward Bulldog is awaiting a different judge's decision on whether any or all of some 80,000 pages of files from the FBI's Sarasota investigation will be made public. U.S. District Judge William Zloch has been reviewing those documents in private since 2014, and announced this month that his review is complete. Zloch has asked the FBI and the publication to suggest how he should rule.

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Neo-Nazi comes out as gay and reveals Jewish roots while renouncing ties to far-right groups
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 4:02 PM

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Photo of white Maine roofers stopping work to stand for national anthem goes viral
By Dialynn Dwyer 10:39 AM

Three roofers in Maine have gained national attention after they halted work Saturday to stand, hands across their hearts, for “The Star-Spangled Banner” as it played at a nearby high school football game.
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Why is Maine so white? And why does it matter?

September 14, 2012 9:59 am
Updated: September 14, 2012 6:11 pm

AUGUSTA, Maine — When 95 percent of the people around you have a different skin color, it’s hard not to notice that you’re different.

That reality marks life for people of color who live in Maine.

“I recently took my family to an agricultural fair,” said Professor Charles Nero, who moved from the South to teach rhetoric and African-American studies at Bates College in Lewiston. “In the back of my mind, I asked if I should bring my family there. I didn’t see other black people, but people were really nice to me. As a black person, you do think a lot about how freely you can move about.”

“I have an 8-year old daughter who is biracial. She and her mother, who is white, went to see a concert in Bangor,” said Pious Ali, a native of Ghana who now lives in Portland.

When she returned from the concert, Ali’s daughter asked him why there were so few people who look like her in the audience.

“In Portland, she sees a very diverse community,” he said. “She sees a lot of kids like her: Arabs, Asians, Hispanics. When she leaves Portland, she doesn’t see many other people. I think she was amazed when she looked around and saw very little diversity.”

Although Maine ranks just behind Vermont as the whitest state in the nation, census figures indicate that the Pine Tree State is slowly becoming more racially and culturally diverse. Ethnic populations increased in all 16 counties between 2000 and 2010.

And the state’s three largest metropolitan areas — Bangor, Lewiston-Auburn and Portland-South Portland — saw increases during the past decade of 6.2 percent, 3.8 percent and 5.4 percent, respectively, in the percentage of residents who identify their ethnicity as something other than non-Hispanic white, according to data compiled by Harvard School of Public Health.

But that change toward a more culturally diverse society in Maine occurred at a much slower pace than in most other parts of the United States during the past 30 years, according to a recently released Brown University study. That report lists Bangor, Lewiston-Auburn and Portland-South Portland among the 25 least diverse metro areas in the nation.

The Brown study measured how evenly population is spread across five groups: Hispanics of any race, non-Hispanic whites, blacks, Asians and “others,” which includes non-Hispanic Native Americans, other races and multiracial people.

While the number of Portland and Lewiston-Auburn residents who identified themselves as non-Hispanic blacks increased 109 percent and 496 percent, respectively, between 2000 and 2010, that ethnic group still only represents 1.5 percent of the overall population in Portland-South Portland and 3.6 percent of Lewiston-Auburn’s population, according to the Harvard School of Public Health information.

Why do so few people of color choose to live in Maine?

Ali, who moved to Portland from New York and founded the Maine Interfaith Youth Alliance “to create community dialogues” among young people of different backgrounds, believes “culture shock” has something to do with it.

Because Maine is a large, rural state with a few scattered metropolitan areas, “even for a white person from New York who moves here, there will be shock,” he said.

Being a person of color increases the challenge of adjusting to life in Maine, and being an immigrant makes it even more difficult, Ali said.

“You need support from people who understand you,” he said. While most Mainers he has encountered are “warm-hearted” and try to be supportive, they don’t share the common experience of being a relatively new immigrant.

“I honestly think there are a lot of people out there who want to understand where you come from. I’ve been a lot of places where people are open-minded,” he said. “But people are scared of what they don’t know. The fear of the unknown plays a big role.”

Young people who come to Maine from more ethnically diverse communities, especially those where white people are a minority, often feel “anxious about moving to a different kind of place,” said Laura Lee, assistant dean of student affairs at Bowdoin College in Brunswick. Lee advises international students and coordinates the college’s host family program for them.

The weather and isolation from a major city top concerns among international and nonwhite students, according to Lee. “Being a really white state did not seem to be their top association with Maine,” she said.

Having grown up in the warm climate of Ghana, Ali said that adapting to Maine’s cold winters played a role in his adjustment to life here.

But Nero warns that blaming the cold for Maine’s limited diversity feeds a false, negative stereotype.

“I don’t agree that cold and remote location discourage migration,” he said. “There is a historic black population in this state. Black people have a pioneering spirit and have moved to diverse regions of the nation. There is this belief that does circulate that black people are warm-climate people. That’s not true.”

Instead, Nero points to Maine’s rural character and economic climate as factors that discourage people of color from settling in the state.

“Diversity is created by economic reality,” Nero said. “Currently in Maine, we don’t have those economic realities. The [Brown University] study refers to certain kinds of business and educational structures that attract diversity. Maine ... story.html

A nurse's aide plays video games while a Vietnam veteran dies at Bedford VA Medical Center - The Boston Globe
The hospital admitted its care for Bill Nutter was not “up to our standards,” but the reality was uglier. Now, the FBI is investigating.
Bill Nutter was very sick. Not only had he just lost his second leg to diabetes, but he also suffered from a condition that could cause his heart to stop beating without warning.

But his daughter, Brigitte Darton, felt reassured because her mother had found a bed for the ailing Vietnam veteran and retired police detective at the Bedford VA Medical Center. He would be under the watchful eyes of the staff at a hospital ranked by the Veterans Administration as one of its best nationwide.

So Darton went on a long-planned family vacation in July 2016, only to get a shocking call from her mother the next day. “Your father passed away,” Carol Nutter said. “He didn’t wake up.”

A doctor eventually told Carol Nutter that a staff member on the night shift had failed to check on him hourly, as she should have.

But that was not the full story. ... -1.3568539

Kansas man set free after spending 23 years behind bars for crime he didn't commit — and state gives him $0
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 9:14 AM ... use-report

Regreening the planet could cut as much carbon as halting oil use – report
Natural solutions such as tree planting, protecting peatlands and better land management could account for 37% of all cuts needed by 2030, says study ... -1.3568346

Former NYPD sergeant faces prison in New Jersey

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NY to set new rules for solitary confinement in local jails ... ane-force/

Another Historic Storm: Surreal Ophelia Strikes Ireland with Hurricane Force
“Ophelia is breaking new ground for a major hurricane. Typically those waters [are] much too cool for anything this strong. I really can’t believe I’m seeing a major just south of the Azores.” — National Hurricane Center scientist Eric Blake on Twitter.


Warmer than normal ocean temperatures due to human-forced climate change are now enabling major hurricanes to threaten Northern Europe. A region that was traditionally considered primarily out of the range of past powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricanes under 20th Century climatology. One that, in a warmer world, is increasingly under the gun.

(Ophelia roars over Ireland. Image source: NASA Worldview.)

On October 14, Ophelia hit major hurricane status as it moved swiftly toward Europe. Packing 115 mph maximum sustained winds over a region of ocean where we’ve never recorded this kind of powerful storm before, Ophelia set its sights on Ireland. Crossing over warmer than normal North Atlantic Ocean waters, the storm maintained hurricane status up to 12 hours before barreling into Ireland. At that time, cooler waters caused the storm to transition to extra-tropical. But this transition was not enough to prevent Ireland from being struck by hurricane-force gusts up to 119 mph, storm surge flooding, and seeing structural damage reminiscent to a category one storm.

360,000 power outages and two deaths were attributed to a storm that should have not maintained such high intensity so far north and east. Yet another historic storm that forced the National Hurricane Center to shift its tracking map east of the 0 degree longitude line (Greenwich) since they had not planned for a hurricane or its tropical remnants to move so far out of the typical zone for North Atlantic hurricanes (see image at bottom of page).

the terrifying beauty of mama nature #Ophelia

— Stiofan mac (@REDEARL777) October 16, 2017

(Human-caused climate change produces angrier seas off Ireland as amped-up Ophelia rages.)

As with many of the recently powerful storms, 1 to 2 degree Celsius above average sea surface temperatures were a prime enabler allowing Ophelia to maintain such high intensity so far north. And under the present trend, it appears that the Atlantic coasts of Spain, Portugal, France, Ireland and England are now all more likely to see tropical storm and hurricane impacts in the future as sea surface temperatures continue to rise. In the past, strikes by tropical cyclones to places like Ireland were considered to be rare — with the last Hurricane to impact Ireland being Debbie in 1961. But recent climate science studies indicate that global warming is likely to increase the frequency of hurricane and tropical storm impacts to Northern Europe:

In a paper published in April 2013, the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute predicted that by the year 2100, global warming would greatly increase the threat of hurricane-force winds to western Europe from former tropical cyclones and hybrid storms, the latter similar to Hurricane Sandy in 2012. One model predicted an increase from 2 to 13 in the number of cyclones with hurricane-force winds in the waters offshore western Europe. The study suggested that conditions favorable for tropical cyclones would expand 1,100 km (700 mi) to the east. A separate study based out of University of Castile-La Mancha predicted that hurricanes would develop in the Mediterranean Sea in Septembers by the year 2100, which would threaten countries in southern Europe.

The present Atlantic hurricane season can now only be described as a surreal caricature of what we feared climate change could produce. Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and a dozen or more Caribbean islands are now devastated disaster areas. Some locations may feel the effects of the off-the-charts powerful storms enabled by a warmer than normal ocean for decades to come. Puerto Rico, unless it receives far more significant aid from the mainland than the Trump Administration appears to be willing to provide, may never fully recover. And now Ophelia has maintained hurricane status until just twelve hours before striking Europe’s Ireland as a powerful extra-tropical storm.

2017 has also been an extraordinary year basin-wide by measure of storm energy. Total accumulated cyclone energy (ACE) for the North Atlantic as of October 15 was 222.5. So far, according to this measure, 2017 is the 7th strongest hurricane season ever recorded since records began in 1851. The most intense season, 1933, may see its own record of 259 ACE exceeded over the coming days and weeks. For storms still appear to be forming over record warm waters. According to the National Hurricane Center, a disturbance off the East Coast of the United States now has a 40 percent chance of developing into the season’s 16th named storm over the next 48 hours. Meanwhile, during recent years, powerful late October storms like Matthew and Sandy have tended to crop up over warmer than normal ocean waters even as late season storms ranging into November and December appear to be more common. In other words, we’re not out of the woods yet and 2017 may be a year to exceed all other years for total measured storm intensity as well as overall damage.



Ex-Hurricane Ophelia Batters Ireland Under Orange Skies

The National Hurricane Center

Colorado State: Accumulated Cyclone Energy

NASA Worldview

Tropical Cyclone Effects in Europe

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Cop arrested for allegedly flashing two young girls in the Bronx has done it before

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 12:21 PM ... -1.3569897

Prison used inmate as bait to catch perv, then punished her: lawsuit
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Manhattan judge banned from bench after dropping F-bomb in heated spat with colleague in court

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Two officers fired for violently dragging doctor from United Airlines flight, a third resigns
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 3:16 PM

The law enforcement officers caughtdragging a Kentucky doctor from a plane destined for Louisville no longer work for United Airlines, officials said.

The Chicago Department of Aviation fired two officers — one of them an Aviation Security Sergeant — and a third officer resigned for their role in booting Dr. David Dao from a United Airlines plane at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago back in April, NBC News reported.

Another officer was handed a five-day suspension — later shortened to two following an appeal — for their involvement in the incident, the footage of which almost immediately went viral.

Dao refused to leave the Kentucky-bound flight after being told by officials that his seat was needed for a crew member.

David Dao settles with United after being dragged from plane
Cell phone video of the incident shows the doctor being dragged through the plane’s aisle by a group of security officers while nearby passengers express confusion and disgust.

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After Night of Drinking, F.B.I. Supervisor Wakes to Find a Prostitute Stole His Gun
November 19,2017 ... .html?_r=0

see link for full story

WASHINGTON — An F.B.I. counterterrorism supervisor is under internal investigation after a woman stole his gun following a night of heavy drinking in a North Carolina hotel, according to documents and government officials.

In July, Robert Manson, a unit chief in the F.B.I.’s international terrorism section, had his Glock .40-caliber handgun, a $6,000 Rolex watch and $60 in cash stolen from his room at the Westin hotel in Charlotte, N.C., according to a police report.

Read the Police Report on an F.B.I. Supervisor’s Stolen Gun
Robert Manson, an F.B.I. counterterrorism supervisor, reported stolen property, including a gun, in July in Charlotte, N.C. The police report, which denotes that Mr. Manson was incapacitated by alcohol, states that his gun, Rolex watch, and cash were stolen from his room at the Westin Hotel.

Nov. 9, 2017
The episode is an embarrassing mishap for the F.B.I. As a unit chief assigned to the bureau’s headquarters, Mr. Manson oversees all terrorism investigations in the Midwest and the Carolinas. An F.B.I. spokesman, Michael P. Kortan, said the incident was the subject of an internal investigation and declined to give additional comment.

Mr. Manson and other senior agents were in Charlotte for training, according to a law enforcement official familiar with the episode. The agents later told the police that they had been drinking with women who said they were exotic dancers, according to a second person who was briefed on the investigation but, like the first, was not authorized to discuss it publicly.

“Investigators determined that the victim, Robert Manson, met a woman in the hotel bar the prior night and took her back to his hotel room,” Robert Tufano, a spokesman for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, said in a statement.

At 6:30 the next morning, police officers for the department were called to the hotel. Mr. Manson was incapacitated because of alcohol, according to the police report, which he did not file himself. A fellow agent, Kevin Thuman, gave the report, which says the theft happened from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. The hotel bar closes at 2 a.m.

The gun was identified in the police report as a Glock 27, a compact model that is easy to conceal. Federal law allows agents to carry concealed weapons while off duty, but not while they are intoxicated. It is unclear where Mr. Manson kept the gun. F.B.I. rules prohibit agents from leaving their guns in unsecure places. Every room in the Westin is equipped with a safe.

One F.B.I. agent was cited in an internal review this year after a family member accidentally shot him. Last year, an assistant special agent in charge was charged with drunken driving, and an internal review found that he had improperly carried his gun while intoxicated. ... ed-n813221

'I Know They're Watching Us': Black Lawmakers, Activists Alarmed Over FBI Report
Black activists and lawmakers are concerned a leaked FBI report on 'Black Identity Extremists' targets black communities.

by Chandelis R. Duster and Donna Owens / Nov.09.2017 / 11:56 AM ET ... es-baldwin

The FBI Files

Inside the FBI Files on James Baldwin
The FBI Files
Baldwin is a literary touchstone for Black Lives Matter. A new book offers a deeper appreciation of the cost the queer black author paid for speaking truth to power.

NOVEMBER 09 2017 5:08 AM EST

James Baldwin: The FBI File by William J. Maxwell argues that James Baldwin isn’t just the most tweeted literary authority of the Black Lives Matter movement but also the most relevant 20th-century author in our current political moment. Maxwell shows that Baldwin is the “literary conscience, touchstone, and pinup” for this generation’s activists, connecting a black queer-led movement with a black queer writer whose voice reaches across generations.

Baldwin has emerged as a central figure for the Black Lives Matter era largely because he is a kind of queer father to those of us coming of age in the post-post-civil rights era, a symbol of the intersection of black art and black activism, and evidence that one can be confronted by years of state violence and still survive.

Baldwin’s FBI file is excerpted and reproduced throughout the work as evidence of a witch hunt, a collage of acts of terror waged against Baldwin because he was considered a threat. Commentary by Maxwell is effectively sprinkled in to provide continuity and context. The commentary is in fact often critical, because Maxwell’s observations connect the files with Baldwin’s biography. Baldwin emerges as a more complex individual in the process. Even those familiar with his work will find a deeper appreciation of what he endured and the cost he paid for speaking truth to power.

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In December 1969 in Istanbul, Baldwin, then 45, said he felt that “in some ways” he was the last unassassinated black leader of his generation, but added he had not withdrawn from the civil rights struggle or lost hope for the future.

Baldwin first becomes of significant interest to the FBI in 1961, when he spoke at the Liberation Committee for Africa — in the audience was an FBI spy. Being stalked by the agency was a reoccurring experience throughout Baldwin’s life. The book effectively assembles the FBI’s records of Baldwin (essential reports and clips of media about him) to paint a picture of an obsessive and monstrous FBI director and an agency intent on destroying Baldwin’s life.

The files read less as boring, bureaucratic, lifeless memos, and more as obsessive and paranoid recordings by Hoover and his underlings. Baldwin’s sexuality was constantly scrutinized, with the agents attempting to find evidence of his suspected — but never quite confirmed — homosexuality. A 1966 report indicates “it has been heard that Baldwin may be a homosexual and he appeared as if he may.” The impression one conjures of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover is of a desperate voyeur: constantly following Baldwin, going through his garbage, listening in on his calls, attending speaking events to record what he said, reading his interviews, and most intriguingly, reading his books.

The reaction of the FBI to Baldwin’s literary work is particularly interesting. Maxwell recounts a report by the Justice Department’s General Crimes Section that found the novel Another Country by James Baldwin to contain “literary merit” and “may be of value to students of psychology and social behavior.” This was after considerable scrutiny of the novel and consideration of whether it could even be sold and possessed legally.

Despite a lifetime being pursued by the FBI, Baldwin was never detained or interviewed. Their fear justified their pursuit, and their fear also justified their unwillingness to apprehend him. As it was pointed out in a 1964 memo, because of his platform, prominence, and involvement in civil rights, any attempt to interview him might prove to be “embarrassing.” That fear ultimately saved Baldwin from more direct FBI intimidation. (Arcade Publishing) ... ans-706421


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Former FBI agent Mike "911 coverup "Rogers says "TSA fails most tests in latest undercover operation at US airports "
Nov 9, 2017, 1:10 AM ET

also see Mike in action here ... rial.shtml

Mike Rogers Tries To Make The Case That Glenn Greenwald Should Be Prosecuted For 'Selling
Stolen Material

Feb 4, 2014 ·
Mike Rogers apparently just can't help but spin wild and ridiculous conspiracy theories. .... and their laughable cover up they came up with that NIST official 911 story and that this whole extreme paranoia ... ... 11-report/

Florida congressman denied access to censored pages from Congress' 9/11 report by Rep Mike Rogers - Florida Bulldog | Florida Bulldog › 2014/12 › flor...
Dec 29, 2014 · Graham has long called for declassifying those pages in order to help 9/11 victims and their families find ... on Foreign Affairs, said his denial was engineered by outgoing Chairman Mike Rogers, R ...


This is a pervasive pattern of covering up the role of Saudi Arabia in 9/11 by all of the agencies of the federal ... the Republican chairman (Mike Rogers) misrepresented information to the committee about my actions.”.

Saudi Arabia and the U.S. Intelligence Community: Allies Against 9/11 Transparency?

February 4, 2015 28 pages, 9/11, Bob Graham, CIA, cover-up, FBI, ISIS, Norm Coleman, NSA, Richard Clarke, Saudi Arabia
By Brian McGlinchey

To what lengths will the FBI go to force Apple to build back doors into your cell phone ?
The book The Terror Factory by Trevor Arronson will answer your question.
Inside the FBI's Manufactured War on Terrorism
by Trevor Aaronson ... r-factory/

Florida Center for Investigative Reporting co-founder Aaronson debuts with a shocking report on the FBI's war on terrorism.

The FBI, writes the author, spends $3 billion of its $5 billion annual budget fighting terrorism. Aaronson sets out to show that the “evidence in dozens of terrorism cases…suggests that today's terrorists in the United States are nothing more than FBI creations, impressionable men living on the edges of society who become bomb-triggering would-be killers only because of the actions of FBI informants.” The author bases his conclusions on a database of 400 people prosecuted in the U.S. between 9/11 and March 2010, and his analysis of the kinds of threats represented, how many of the operations involved government stings using informants and whether the informants could be considered provocateurs. The author drew on the expertise of current and former FBI officials to interpret the data. His summary results show that the FBI has recruited a pool of about 15,000 informants, as it has pursued more than 500 prosecutions since 9/11. Three of these posed threats to people and property, 150 involved defendants caught conspiring with FBI informants and the others involved crimes like money laundering. Aaronson argues that the defendants may technically be terrorists, but the definition of the word is being stretched “to such a degree that credulity strains.” He discusses how the FBI recruits informants through its use of the criminal and immigration statutes, pressuring likely targets to cooperate. He presents relevant case studies and provides detailed profiles of some of the key informants—e.g., Elie Asaad, who was paid $80,000 for his work in the Liberty City Seven case.

A real eye-opener that questions how well the country's security is being protected. ... ion-debate

Apple says it immediately contacted FBI about unlocking Texas shooter’s iPhone

Apple is refuting the FBI’s official account

Nov 8, 2017, 8:47pm

Apple is refuting the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s account of the aftermath of the Texas gunman’s attack this past Sunday, saying it reached out to the bureau “immediately” to offer assistance in getting into the gunman’s iPhone and expedite its response to any legal process. The attack, which left 26 dead and many more injured, was committed by now-deceased Devin P. Kelley, who is confirmed to have been carrying an iPhone that may have crucial information about his activities in the lead up to the shooting.

The FBI originally cast blame on Apple yesterday without mentioning the company by name, with FBI special agent Christopher Combs blaming industry standard encryption from preventing law enforcement from accessing the contents of devices owned by mass shooters. “Law enforcement is increasingly not able to get into these phones,” Combs said at a press conference. “I can assure you that we are working very hard to get into the phone.”

However, a Reuters report earlier today revealed that the FBI did not ask Apple for assistance during a critical 48-hour window, in which Kelley’s fingerprint could have still unlocked an iPhone equipped with Touch ID. (The model of Kelley’s iPhone remains unknown, as does whether he enabled Touch ID.) An Apple spokesperson, in a statement obtained by BuzzFeed, now says it did in fact contact the FBI right away:

The Washington Post is reporting that an FBI official even acknowledged Apple’s offer of assistance late yesterday evening, but that it did not need the company’s assistance as experts in the bureau’s crime lab were determining whether there was another method of accessing the data.

In other words, the FBI appears to be playing fast and loose with the facts regarding the timeline here, in an apparent effort to drum up support for weakening tech industry encryption. Apple and the FBI engaged in a high-profile showdown last year over the iPhone 5C of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook, with the FBI ultimately backing down from a court battle with Apple after it paid $1 million to a third-party company to help it bypass that specific device’s encryption. A federal court ruled in late September that the FBI did not have to disclose how much it paid for the exploit, the name of the vendor who supplied it, or any other information about how exactly it broke into Farook’s iPhone.

Still, it would seem as if the FBI would rather not have to go to such extreme measures to access the contents of an American citizen’s device, especially considering the fact that the exploit in the San Bernardino case likely doesn’t work on devices of all types. Although Apple legally complies with warrants for iCloud data, the FBI still has no definitive method for bypassing the encryption protecting iPhone authentication locks, which Apple purposefully makes near-impossible to bypass without the user’s access code.

In the case of Kelley, because 48 hours had passed without him using his fingerprint to unlock the iPhone in question, the access code security feature kicked in and locked the FBI out. Had law enforcement accepted Apple’s offer for assistance right away, perhaps they would already have what they’re looking for. But in that case, the FBI wouldn’t be able to blame encryption for its failure.

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Hoover's FBI and the Fourth Estate
The Campaign to Control the Press and the Bureau's Image

Matthew Cecil

AEJMC Book Award

Finalist, Frank Luther Mott-Kappa Tau Alpha Research Award

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

—Annals of Iowa

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

—Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation was an agency devoted to American ideals, professionalism, and scientific methods, directed by a sage and selfless leader—and anyone who said otherwise was a no-good subversive, bent on discrediting the American way of life. That was the official story, and how J. Edgar Hoover made it stick—running roughshod over those same American ideals—is the story this book tells in full for the first time.

From Hoover's first tentative media contacts in the 1930s to the Bureau's eponymous television series in the 1960s and 1970s, FBI officials labored mightily to control the Bureau's image—efforts that put them not-so-squarely at the forefront of the emerging field of public relations. In the face of any journalistic challenges to the FBI's legitimacy and operations, Hoover was able to create a benign, even heroic counter narrative, thanks in part to his friends in newsrooms. Matthew Cecil's own prodigious investigation through hundreds of thousands of pages from FBI files reveals the lengths to which Hoover and his lackeys went to use the press to hoodwink the American people. Even more sobering is how much help he got from so many in the press.

Conservative journalists like broadcaster Fulton Lewis, Jr. and columnist George Sokolsky positioned themselves as "objective" defenders of Hoover's FBI and were rewarded with access, friendship, and other favors. Some of Hoover's friends even became adjunct-FBI agents, designated as Special Service Contacts who discreetly gathered information for the Bureau. "Enemies," on the other hand, were closely monitored and subjected to operations that disrupted their work or even undermined and ended their careers. Noted journalists like I. F. Stone, George Seldes, James A. Wechsler, and many others found themselves the subjects of FBI investigations and, occasionally, named on the Bureau's "custodial detention index," targeted for arrest in the case of a national emergency.

With experience as a political reporter, a press secretary, and a scholar and professor of journalism and public relations, Matthew Cecil is uniquely qualified to conduct us through the maze of political intrigue and influence peddling that mark—and often mask—the history of the FBI. His work serves as a cautionary tale about how manipulative government agents and compliant journalists can undermine the very institutions and ideals they are tasked with protecting.

About the Author

Matthew Cecil is Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

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Facebook and NZ Police team up to find missing children

Facebook director of trust and safety Emily Vacher said all it took for police to activate the alert was sending an email to a dedicated Facebook email address that was monitored 24/7.

"As soon as we get the alert from the police, we prepare the notice.

"People care so deeply about the children in their communities, that really, this was just something that Facebook could assist with by building a tool."

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Law Enforcement Officers Arrested for Trading in Child Rape

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

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Dr. Nick Begich Talks About The FBI's Involvement In The Murders Of His Father Congressman Nick Begich & Congressman Hale Boggs
Jul 2, 2011 · The "new telexes" (which conveniently showed up after this author posted the following article in regard to my concerns that Hale Boggs was murdered as the result of a criminal conspiracy between the ...

FBI Fabrication Of Telexes Used To Contradict Earlier Telexes Obtained By Role Call Magazine Which Prove The FBI Knew The Whereabouts Of Congressman Hale Boggs Downed Aircraft
Editor's Note: After this author posts the following article, several months later, a Website which contains information on the original Role Call attainment of three telexes it procured from the U.S. Freedom Of Information Act, posts an update in regard to "new information" which claims to discredits the original three telexes.

The Website also contains a "new" statement from Cokie Roberts, the youngest daughter of Congressman Hale Boggs, claiming that Boggs was not unhappy with the Warren Commission Report, and that he did not believe that there was a conspiracy within the U.S. federal government in which to murder John F. Kennedy.

Cokie Roberts' statement is a blatant lie. The released White House tapes contain a recording between Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford describing how Boggs had openly criticized the FBI while speaking on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, for bugging several members of Congress (including Boggs himself). The conversation between Nixon and Ford in regard to Boggs, leaves one with the impression that they are very concerned that Boggs is going to go public with his concerns over the Warren Commission's being a complete fraud, which would prompt the American people to call for a new investigation into the murder of John F. Kennedy.

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Hale Boggs on J. Edgar Hoover : Rhetorical Choice and Political Denunciation /​ Dirk Gibson.
Gibson, Dirk.
[Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1981.
Physical Description
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Discourse Analysis.
Persuasive Discourse.
Speech Communication.
Boggs (Hale) Hoover (J Edgar)
Federal Bureau of Investigation House of Representatives Senate
This paper examines United States Representative Hale Boggs's 1971 speech on the House floor, in which he denounced J. Edgar Hoover and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for wiretapping members of Congress and infiltrating campus student groups. Following an introduction to the objectives of the paper, the first section reviews Boggs's academic and political career, giving some insight into his personality. The second part discusses the nature of Boggs's 1971 speech and the accuracy of the charges he leveled against Hoover and the FBI. The third part of the paper examines Boggs's motives for denouncing Hoover, speculating as to whether he personally had become a victim of the FBI surveillance that he had denounced and elaborating on Boggs's feelings toward Hoover. In the fourth part, the paper describes the reactions of the House and Senate and of Mr. Hoover to Boggs's allegations. The paper concludes that the object of Boggs's speech was to stir Congress to investigate the FBI in protection of the Bill of Rights, and that the brief but intense rhetoric of his speech was successful. (HTH)
ERIC Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (31st, Minneapolis, MN, May 21-25, 1981). Parts of report are marginally legible.
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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. (PA)

The Military's Pandora's Box

by Dr. Nick Begich and Jeane Manning

This article was prepared to provide a summary of the contents of a book written in 1995 which describes an entirely new class of weapons. The weapons and their effects are described in the following pages. The United States Navy and Air Force have joined with the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, to build a prototype for a ground based "Star Wars" weapon system located in the remote bush country of Alaska.

The individuals who are demanding answers about HAARP are scattered around the planet. As well as bush dwellers in Alaska, they include: a physician in Finland; a scientist in Holland; an anti-nuclear protester in Australia; independent physicists in the United States; a grandmother in Canada, and countless others.

Unlike the protests of the 1960s the objections to HAARP have been registered using the tools of the 1990s. From the Internet, fax machines, syndicated talk radio and a number of alternative print mediums the word is getting out and people are waking up to this new intrusion by an over zealous United States government.

The research team put together to gather the materials which eventually found their way into the book never held a formal meeting, never formed a formal organization. Each person acted like a node on a planetary info-spirit-net with one goal held by all -- to keep this controversial new science in the public eye. The result of the team's effort was a book which describes the science and the political ramifications of this technology.

That book, Angels Don't Play this HAARP: Advances in Tesla Technology, has 230 pages. This article will only give the highlights. Despite the amount of research (350 footnoted sources), at its heart it is a story about ordinary people who took on an extraordinary challenge in bringing their research forward.

HAARP Boils the Upper Atmosphere

HAARP will zap the upper atmosphere with a focused and steerable electromagnetic beam. It is an advanced model of an "ionospheric heater." (The ionosphere is the electrically-charged sphere surrounding Earth's upper atmosphere. It ranges between 40 to 60 miles above the surface of the Earth.)

Put simply, the apparatus for HAARP is a reversal of a radio telescope; antenna send out signals instead of receiving. HAARP is the test run for a super-powerful radiowave-beaming technology that lifts areas of the ionosphere by focusing a beam and heating those areas. Electromagnetic waves then bounce back onto earth and penetrate everything -- living and dead.

HAARP publicity gives the impression that the High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program is mainly an academic project with the goal of changing the ionosphere to improve communications for our own good. However, other U.S. military documents put it more clearly -- HAARP aims to learn how to "exploit the ionosphere for Department of Defense purposes." Communicating with submarines is only one of those purposes.

Press releases and other information from the military on HAARP continually downplay what it could do. Publicity documents insist that the HAARP project is no different than other ionospheric heaters operating safely throughout the world in places such as Arecibo, Puerto Rico, Tromso, Norway, and the former Soviet Union. However, a 1990 government document indicates that the radio-frequency (RF) power zap will drive the ionosphere to unnatural activities.

" ... at the highest HF powers available in the West, the instabilities commonly studied are approaching their maximum RF energy dissipative capability, beyond which the plasma processes will 'runaway' until the next limiting factor is reached."
If the military, in cooperation with the University of Alaska Fairbanks, can show that this new ground-based "Star Wars" technology is sound, they both win. The military has a relatively-inexpensive defense shield and the University can brag about the most dramatic geophysical manipulation since atmospheric explosions of nuclear bombs. After successful testing, they would have the military megaprojects of the future and huge markets for Alaska's North Slope natural gas.

Looking at the other patents which built on the work of a Texas' physicist named Bernard Eastlund, it becomes clearer how the military intends to use the HAARP transmitter. It also makes governmental denials less believable. The military knows how it intends to use this technology, and has made it clear in their documents. The military has deliberately misled the public, through sophisticated word games, deceit and outright disinformation.
The military says the HAARP system could:

Give the military a tool to replace the electromagnetic pulse effect of atmospheric thermonuclear devices (still considered a viable option by the military through at least 1986)
Replace the huge Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) submarine communication system operating in Michigan and Wisconsin with a new and more compact technology
Be used to replace the over-the-horizon radar system that was once planned for the current location of HAARP, with a more flexible and accurate system
Provide a way to wipe out communications over an extremely large area, while keeping the military's own communications systems working
Provide a wide area earth-penetrating tomography which, if combined with the computing abilities of EMASS and Cray computers, would make it possible to verify many parts of nuclear nonproliferation and peace agreements
Be a tool for geophysical probing to find oil, gas and mineral deposits over a large area
Be used to detect incoming low-level planes and cruise missiles, making other technologies obsolete
The above abilities seem like a good idea to all who believe in sound national defense, and to those concerned about cost-cutting. However, the possible uses which the HAARP records do not explain, and which can only be found in Air Force, Army, Navy and other federal agency records, are alarming. Moreover, effects from the reckless use of these power levels in our natural shield -- the ionosphere -- could be cataclysmic according to some scientists.
Two Alaskans put it bluntly. A founder of the NO HAARP movement, Clare Zickuhr, says "The military is going to give the ionosphere a big kick and see what happens."
The military failed to tell the public that they do not know what exactly will happen, but a Penn State science article brags about that uncertainty. Macho science? The HAARP project uses the largest energy levels yet played with by what Begich and Manning call "the big boys with their new toys." HAARP is an experiment in the sky, and experiments are done to find out something not already known. Independent scientists told Begich and Manning that a HAARP-type "skybuster" with its unforeseen effects could be an act of global vandalism.

HAARP History

The patents described below were the package of ideas which were originally controlled by ARCO Power Technologies Incorporated (APTI), a subsidiary of Atlantic Richfield Company, one of the biggest oil companies in the world. APTI was the contractor that built the HAARP facility. ARCO sold this subsidiary, the patents and the second phase construction contract to E-Systems in June 1994.
E-Systems is one of the biggest intelligence contractors in the world -- doing work for the CIA, defense intelligence organizations and others. $1.8 billion of their annual sales are to these organizations, with $800 million for black projects -- projects so secret that even the United States Congress isn't told how the money is being spent.
E-Systems was bought out by Raytheon, which is one of the largest defense contractors in the world. In 1994 Raytheon was listed as number forty-two on the Fortune 500 list of companies. Raytheon has thousands of patents, some of which will be valuable in the HAARP project. The twelve patents below are the backbone of the HAARP project, and are now buried among the thousands of others held in the name of Raytheon. Bernard J. Eastlund's U.S. Patent # 4,686,605, "Method and Apparatus for Altering a Region in the Earth's Atmosphere, Ionosphere; and/or Magnetosphere," was sealed for a year under a government Secrecy Order.

The Eastlund ionospheric heater was different; the radio frequency (RF) radiation was concentrated and focused to a point in the ionosphere. This difference throws an unprecedented amount of energy into the ionosphere. The Eastlund device would allow a concentration of one watt per cubic centimeter, compared to others only able to deliver about one millionth of one watt.

This huge difference could lift and change the ionosphere in the ways necessary to create futuristic effects described in the patent. According to the patent, the work of Nikola Tesla in the early 1900's formed the basis of the research.

What would this technology be worth to ARCO, the owner of the patents? They could make enormous profits by beaming electrical power from a powerhouse in the gas fields to the consumer without wires.

For a time, HAARP researchers could not prove that this was one of the intended uses for HAARP. In April, 1995, however, Begich found other patents, connected with a "key personnel" list for APTI. Some of these new APTI patents were indeed a wireless system for sending electrical power. Eastlund's patent said the technology can confuse or completely disrupt airplanes' and missiles' sophisticated guidance systems. Further, this ability to spray large areas of Earth with electromagnetic waves of varying frequencies, and to control changes in those waves, makes it possible to knock out communications on land or sea as well as in the air.

The patent said:

"Thus, this invention provides the ability to put unprecedented amounts of power in the Earth's atmosphere at strategic locations and to maintain the power injection level particularly if random pulsing is employed, in a manner far more precise and better controlled than heretofore accomplished by the prior art, particularly by detonation of nuclear devices of various yields at various altitudes... "
" is possible not only to interfere with third party communications but to take advantage of one or more such beams to carry out a communications network even though the rest of the world's communications are disrupted. Put another way, what is used to disrupt another's communications can be employed by one knowledgeable of this invention as a communication network at the same time."
"... large regions of the atmosphere could be lifted to an unexpectedly high altitude so that missiles encounter unexpected and unplanned drag forces with resultant destruction."
"Weather modification is possible by, for example, altering upper atmosphere wind patterns by constructing one or more plumes of atmospheric particles which will act as a lens or focusing device.

... molecular modifications of the atmosphere can take place so that positive environmental effects can be achieved. Besides actually changing the molecular composition of an atmospheric region, a particular molecule or molecules can be chosen for increased presence. For example, ozone, nitrogen, etc., concentrations in the atmosphere could be artificially increased."
Begich found eleven other APTI Patents. They told how to make "Nuclear-sized Explosions without Radiation," Power-beaming systems, over-the-horizon radar, detection systems for missiles carrying nuclear warheads, electromagnetic pulses previously produced by thermonuclear weapons and other Star-Wars tricks. This cluster of patents underlay the HAARP weapon system.

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November 20, 2017
Records show D.C. Police used an LRAD sound cannon to “direct crowd flow” during the Women’s March
Despite risks which include permanent hearing loss, LRADs are increasingly part of police’s crowd control arsenal
Written by Curtis Waltman
Edited by JPat Brown
After a wait of nearly ten months, MuckRock has finally received documents from the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department regarding their response to the protests surrounding President Donald Trump’s inauguration early this year. Surprisingly, while we didn’t receive any records related to the J20 protests, we did receive documents relating to January 21st’s Women’s March, which in Washington D.C. alone attracted by conservative estimates between 450,000 and 500,000 people. While it was the largest protest in the city since the anti-Vietnam War protests of the ’60s and ’70s, no arrests were made.

The After-Action Report provided by the DCMPD, under the header “Improvements,” contains the information that the department utilized both a D.C. National Guard Jump Team, and a Long Range Acoustical Device, better known as an LRAD. The LRAD was used “to assist in instructing the crowd flows on continuing to flow away from the entrances of the stations.”

Since the first documented use of an LRAD sound cannon on protesters by Pittsburgh Police during the 2009 G20 summit, LRAD use by police against activists appears to be on the rise. The Pittsburgh Police Bureau used it again in 2011 during the Super Bowl, the New York Police Department has used it several times including the Eric Garner protests and during Occupy, the Oakland Police Department also used it against Occupy protesters, and more recently and perhaps most prominently, an LRAD was deployed during the Ferguson unrest and the Standing Rock protests.

There are various models of LRAD, with military grade versions that can send voice communications up to 5.5 miles away, and slightly less powerful versions like the LRAD 500X or 300X which are what police departments generally use. All can produce a sound somewhat akin to a high-powered car alarm that can cause intense headaches, nausea, loss of balance, and potentially permanent hearing loss.

The National Institutes of Health says that the risk of hearing loss can begin at as low as 85 dB. The higher the decibels, the higher the chances of permanent hearing damage - pain from sustained sound begins at 120 dB, and at 130 dB, permanent hearing loss is inevitable. Even low-powered models of LRAD’s can easily go up to 140 dB, with most police models capable of reaching at least 152 dB.

In a Motherboard piece written just after Ferguson, protesters describe the experience of being on the receiving end of this sound cannon. Photojournalist Anika Edrei told Motherboard reporter Alex Pasternack, “It was really loud - I could hear it through my fingers.” She continued,

“For the first week, I had a migraine, and just a lot of facial pressure,” she said. “Since the LRAD incident, I’ve been pretty freaked out about going back,” she added. “I’m worried about what damage it caused and it could cause if I went out there again.”
Said photojournalist Shay Horse,

“It feels like your eardrums are beating out of your head. It makes the side of your body that you’ve been hit on feel numb and that your sinuses are inflamed. I felt like I had blood coming out of my orifices. I heard the ringing for about a week.”
DCMPD refused all comment on the subject, so we do not know whether the department has their own LRAD (like the NYPD, which purchased one for roughly around $35,000), or whether it was borrowed from another agency, nor do we have any information on usage or training guidelines. We hope a public records request can uncover some of the answers.

What we do know is that this won’t be the last time the DCMPD plans on deploying its LRAD. If you look at the opening page of the After-Action Report embedded below, it includes the line, “The use of this document is critical for future planning and deployment of Metropolitan Police Department assets and resources.” Read the full records embedded below, or on the request page. ... of-rights/

November 20, 2017
J. Edgar Hoover once called the Bill of Rights “literature favorable to Russia and in opposition to the U.S. foreign policy.”
FBI director railed against tax-exempt status of peace groups, called for investigation of judge associated with the NAACP
Written by Emma Best
Edited by JPat Brown
A recently released Federal Bureau of Investigation file shows that then-director J. Edgar Hoover personally wrote to the head of the Internal Revenue Service to complain about the tax exempt status of pro-peace groups, alleging they were led by ‘concealed Communists’ and that they sent out “literature favorable to Russia and in opposition to the U.S. foreign policy” - literature such as the Bill of Rights.The file also reveals that Hoover personally requested a former Governor of the United States Virgin Islands and then-U.S. federal judge be investigated by the Bureau for his association with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Other files show that the FBI’s tracking of NAACP members was hardly a one time affair, as the Bureau dedicated an entire index to NAACP members and leaders. Other groups that received this treatment included La Cosa Nostra (the mafia) and alleged Communists. While the FBI has only acknowledged a handful of people being assigned to their special NAACP index, the Bureau’s dedication to tracking the group underlines the severe racism of the time - a state of affairs which, it appears, has hardly abated.

After a conversation with future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and then member of the NAACP and NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Max Rabb of the Eisenhower Administration reported to the Bureau that two names had been supplied to him by Marshall, saying that they “influenced the NAACP” on a national level. One of the two people was identified as Judge William Henry Hastie, prompting Hoover to personally request information about him on the sole basis of his affiliation with the NAACP.

In response, a memo was produced noting that, among other things, Judge Hastie was affiliated with the Southern Conference for Human Welfare, the National Negro Congress, and the National Conference on Constitutional Liberties. The Bureau’s memo noted with apart alarm that these groups had been designated Executive Order 10450, which targeted spies and anyone involved in “any criminal, infamous, dishonest, immoral, or notoriously disgraceful conduct, habitual use of intoxicants to excess, drug addiction, or sexual perversion.”

For its part, the Central Intelligence Agency objected to the portions of the EO that acknowledged the right to legal counsel, arguing “informally” that portions of the EO didn’t apply to the Agency. This EO wouldn’t be explicitly repealed until the final days of the Obama administration as a result of it’s final Executive Order, EO 13764.

Hoover’s request for information also turned up the FBI’s curious idea of what constituted “Treason.” One of the individuals who had been named was Samuel Ralph Harlow, whose FBI file apparently went back at least two decades prior. In one instance, an informant had complained that Harlow was part of the National Committee of National Religion and Labor Foundation, which was “very leftist” and accused of having “forsaken” G-d in favor of attempting “to solve the world’s troubles by Socialist formulae.” In other words, the group had abandoned “thoughts and prayers” in favor of attempting an actual policy solution.

According to the FBI, this was taken from case number 61-443, serial number 1226. The prefix number of 61 indicates that it was filed under “treason.”

The Bureau also noted that Harlow had been part of some of the same organizations as Judge Hastie, which had been identified pursuant to EO 10450.

One of the organizations that Harlow was associated with appears to have been the target of Hoover’s particular disdain. Hoover went as far as to write a letter, marked CONFIDENTIAL, to the IRS Commissioner about a group called Promoting Enduring Peace, citing it as a matter of Internal Security.

The purpose of the letter was ostensibly to inform the IRS Commissioner of the IRS’ activities, specifically that they had granted the group tax exempt status. Given that Hoover appears to have had no reason to doubt that the IRS was aware of its own activities, this may have been an excuse to send the letter and prod the IRS Commissioner into withdrawing the tax exempt status without actually requesting that.

This seems more likely in light of the fact that Hoover’s letter notes that the IRS had already received this information from the Bureau. The only ostensibly new information in Hoover’s letter was that the group had been soliciting donations and mentioning its tax exempt status.

The Bureau noted that, according to the Acting Superintendent of the local Post Office, the group’s primary objective was distributing “literature favorable to Russia and in opposition to the U.S. foreign policy.” According to an unnamed confidential informant, the group’s leader was also “a concealed member of the Communist Party.”

As for the “literature favorable to Russia and in opposition to the U.S. foreign policy”? It included such subversive materials as the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the U.S.’ own Bill of Rights. It was this pamphlet that Hoover cited in his letter to the IRS. Hoover’s letter did not mention or cite any other publications or pamphlets produced by the group.

You can read portions of the file below, and peruse the rest on the request page. ... thing-yet/

Global Electrical Vehicle Sales Grew by 63 Percent in the Third Quarter, But Model 3, Leaf, and Bolt Say You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet
Tesla may still be the industry leader in global electrical vehicle sales. And though a very important player — primarily as a gadfly that’s helping to spur key renewable energy innovation through clean energy business models and competition — this story of a breakout in new energy production isn’t just about Tesla.

During July, August and September of 2017, according to Bloomberg, 287,000 electrical vehicles were sold worldwide. This is some pretty stunning growth equaling 63 percent more than during the same period of 2016 and 23 percent more than during April, May and June of 2017.

Electrical vehicle sales saw broad growth in all major markets. However, China experienced very rapid expansion of EV sales and was the primary driver of such a large jump with 160,000 electrical cars sold there in the 3rd quarter alone. Europe came in second with around 70,000 EV sales with North America following third with more than 55,000 EV sales. Since Bloomberg only tracked these major markets, total global EV sales were likely even higher, particularly when you consider that EV sales in places like Japan, India, other parts of Southeast Asia, and Australia are also on the rise.

China’s incentives aimed at cleaning up dirty air through EV purchases weighed strongly. In addition, pledges by various cities, states and nations to fully transition to electrical vehicles coupled with numerous policy incentives are helping to produce a ground swell of rising EV demand. However, EVs are also increasingly available, lower cost, and feature an expanding array of capabilities that are often competitive with or superior to their global warming producing fossil fuel competitors. And a number of new developments indicate that EV sales will continue to rapidly expand in the near term.

Signs the Model 3 Production Log Jam May Be Starting to Clear, Serious Competition on the Rise

During 2017, primarily on the strength of Model S and X sales, Tesla is the global sales leader for EVs at 73,227 cars sold through September. Chevy, runs a distant 7th with 36,963 EV sales through same period. While BYD, BMW, BAIC, Nissan and Toyota fall 2-6th in the global sales rankings thus far.

In the coming months, Tesla plans to be adding thousands of high-quality, lower cost Model 3s to its trend-setting volume. For 2017, the company is likely to hit near 100,000 sales in total. But if Tesla is able to achieve 5,000 Model 3 per week production by early 2018, that number could more than double in the follow-on year.

Presently, Tesla represents 10 percent of global electrical vehicle sales. And Bloomberg expects 1 million electrical vehicles to be sold globally during 2017. Yet during 2018, vehicles like the Leaf, the Model 3, and Chevy’s Bolt really have the potential to blow the lid off even these far-stronger numbers.

(The 2018 Nissan Leaf sold a pheonomenal 14,000 units during October of 2017. A record setting number of an all-electrical vehicle launch. Image source: Nissan.)

Nissan launched its longer range Leaf on October 1 of 2017 in Japan and Europe. And early reports indicate that sales of this model have just been going gangbusters. In total, 14,000 of the vehicles are reported to have moved in just one month — close to Tesla’s goal of hitting 20,000 per month by early 2018. The 2018 Leaf features a shorter range than the Model 3 (150 miles vs 210 for the base Model 3). But it also has a more attractive base price of 30,000 dollars (5,000 dollars lower than the base Model 3). And though not as zippy or sporty as the Model 3, the Leaf’s new design and 147 horsepower are nothing to shake a stick at. In total, for the same price, Leaf buyers are now getting a far more attractive and capable zero emissions vehicle. And though not in the same class as the Model 3, the Leaf is a serious competitor for those without the extra cash.

Hunger for lower cost EVs was also evident in Chevy’s sales of 2,871 Bolts in the U.S. during October. Though nowhere near the pheonomenal Leaf sales totals, the Bolt is giving Tesla a serious run for its money on its home turf in the U.S. And the high quality, 238 mile range Bolt is certainly a competitor of note. Priced about the same as the Model 3’s base vehicle at around 36,000 dollars, the Bolt is unable to compete on performance in any measure other than range. And its economy styling is certainly less appealing. However, the Bolt is nonetheless capable of capturing serious market share. Probably at least in the range of 30,000 to 50,000 annual sales.

With 500,000 pre-orders, the lower cost, longer range EV market still appears to be the Model 3’s to lose. And with a production ramp struggling to reach 440 vehicles by end October, Tesla looked like it was in a bit of a bind as competitors circled in. Yet some clouds appear to be readying to clear for Tesla as lots swell with Model 3s and the company opens up Model 3 orders to regular reservation holders. An indicator that production may finally be starting to ramp.

Understanding the Context — Sooner or Later, Model 3 Ramp is Imminent

In other words, the fact that Tesla is now transferring reservations into orders is an indicator that Tesla is now more confident in its ability to clear bottle necks and to rapidly ramp production. With a large number of employee pre-orders that need to be completed before it starts to meet regular customer orders, it appears that Tesla may be set to hit in excess of 1,000 Model 3s produced per week sooner than feared. However, we’ve seen hopeful signs of Tesla hitting an early production ramp disappointed before. So this news may just be another false signal.

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Jury awards wrongfully convicted Baltimore man $15 million


A federal jury has awarded $15 million to a wrongfully convicted man in his lawsuit against the Baltimore Police Department and two detectives.

The 47-year-old Burgess spent nearly two decades in prison after being convicted in 1995 of killing his girlfriend. He was sentenced to life plus 20 years in prison. Burgess was released in 2015 after being exonerated.

Burgess’ lawyer Jon Loevy says the $15 million verdict is among the largest in the country for a wrongful conviction case.

In the civil trial, Burgess accused now-retired homicide detectives Gerald Goldstein and Steven Lehman of pinning the crime on him without pursuing other credible leads. ... -1.3648822

Top cop James O'Neill defends promoting NYPD captain who made controversial rape remarks
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Judge dismissed lawsuit accusing Parma police of conducting shoddy investigation in rape case

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Southampton police officer settles discrimination lawsuit

Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 9:50 AM


A veteran police officer has settled a gender discrimination lawsuit she filed against the Southampton Town Police Department on eastern Long Island.

Detective Sgt. Lisa Costa claimed in the suit that she was passed over for promotions and faced lewd comments from male colleagues. ... f10a3.html

Corrections officer arrested on sex charge involving inmate
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NYPD detective sets husband’s clothes on fire at Long Island home
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Redding police chief under investigation
By Katrina Koerting Updated 10:47 pm, Monday, November 20, 2017

Valenti hanged himself after texting friends that he needed police assistance at his home. Police found Valenti in the shed, but Fuchs and other officers at the scene did not initially allow an emergency medical technician to examine him, saying it was a “crime scene.” After a delay of about 13 minutes, the medic tested Valenti and determined he still had some cardiac activity. ... -2012-case

Police board overrules superintendent, will review 2012 case


Chicago’s police oversight agency has decided an officer involved in the 2012 fatal shooting of a 15-year-old boy must face a disciplinary hearing that could cost him his job.

Earlier this year, the Independent Police Review Authority determined Officer Brandon Ternand used excessive force when he shot to death Dakota Bright.

The teen was fleeing from police and was 50 feet (15 meters) away when he was struck. The officer said he thought the teen was armed and turned toward him. Investigators didn’t find a weapon.

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Summit County sheriff's deputy charged with domestic violence

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Terror convict: I was mentally incompetent, entrapped by FBI

Published: 11/22/17 @ 12:00


An Ohio man serving 30 years in prison for plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol in support of the Islamic State group wants his plea and sentence thrown out, arguing that he was mentally incompetent and was entrapped by the FBI.

Christopher Lee Cornell, 23, of suburban Cincinnati, recently asked a court to overturn his sentence. He filed the request from a federal prison in Fairton, N.J.

FBI agents arrested him in January 2015 after he bought guns and ammunition, which investigators said were to be used to attack during President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.

Cornell claims in his request that he was lured into the plot and encouraged by an FBI informant. He says the FBI manufactured the case by taking advantage of his mental illness.

“This is one of the many cases where the FBI created and facilitated a phony terrorist plot to make it appear as though they are doing their job and winning the so-called ‘War on Terror,”’ he says.

Cornell says his counsel should have pursued

The U.S. government has prosecuted 829 people for terrorism since the 9/11 attacks. Most of them never even got close to committing an act of violence.

The U.S. government segregates terrorism cases into two categories — domestic and international. This database contains cases classified as international terrorism, though many of the people charged never left the United States or communicated with anyone outside the country.

Since the 9/11 attacks, most of the 829 terrorism defendants prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice have been charged with material support for terrorism, criminal conspiracy, immigration violations, or making false statements — vague, nonviolent offenses that give prosecutors wide latitude for scoring quick convictions or plea bargains. 535 defendants have pleaded guilty to charges, while the courts found 180 guilty at trial. Just 2 have been acquitted and 3 have seen their charges dropped or dismissed, giving the Justice Department a near-perfect record of conviction in terrorism cases.

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From: Grace Raih
Subject: Freedom of Information Request: Free Speech Rally Boston (DHS)
To Whom It May Concern:
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:
Any and all reports generated by or in custody of the Department of Homeland Security that concern the August 19th, 2017 "Free Speech Rally" held in Boston, MA with regard to the surrounding counter protests that took place on Boston Common.
I also request any and all relevant Boston Police Department, or Boston Regional Intelligence Center documents in custody of DHS that were generated before, during or after the aforementioned Boston demonstration.
This includes, but is not limited to: electronic communications that mention "Free Speech Rally", Arrest and After Action Reports, compilations of munitions and equipment to be used, Field Analysis Reports, memoranda, photography, videos, Suspicious Activity Reports or Special Threat Assessment Reports (SETAs).
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.
In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.
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Retired FBI agent Shepard speaks Dec. 7 at Foley Library
David Shepard, retired FBI Agent, will present a program on Thursday, Dec 7 at 2 p.m. at the Foley Public Library entitled The Mission of the FBI Abroad.

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State Police head allowed to retire first before criminal charges brought against him

Report:State Police head deleted texts amid travel probe

BATON ROUGE, La. — A former head of the Louisiana State Police is accused of deleting text messages amid an investigation of allegations that troopers improperly billed for thousands of dollars in overtime and expenses during a road trip, according to a newly released police report.
Before his retirement in March after nine years as state police superintendent, Mike Edmonson publicly condemned a pricey side trip to Las Vegas that several troopers took during their drive to a law enforcement conference in California last October. Edmonson claimed he hadn’t approved the side trip.

But a state police report, obtained by The Advocate through a public records request, says cellphone records show Edmonson was in contact with the troopers throughout their trip and received photographs of them sightseeing at the Hoover Dam in Nevada.

The report also says Edmonson took a cellphone from Rodney Hyatt, a trooper who had been on the road trip, and altered its settings so it would purge any text messages older than 30 days.

“Lt. Hyatt explained the settings feature was set to keep text messages forever until Colonel Edmonson changed it,” Capt. David McClendon wrote in the internal affairs report. “Therefore, he had no (texts or messages) on his phone from 2016.”

However, investigators recovered text messages from a cellphone belonging to Hyatt’s wife. They showed Edmonson stayed in contact with troopers during their cross-country drive. In one message, Edmonson said it appeared the group was “having fun.”

Efforts to reach Edmonson on Thursday weren’t immediately successful.

In a statement Thursday, state police Maj. Doug Cain said: “We as well as the public are aware of the ongoing audits and inquiries into our agency. We continue to offer our full cooperation and we are confident that at the appropriate time all of the facts will be made public and the appropriate action will be taken. This continues to be an ongoing process.”

Hyatt was recently demoted for submitting falsified time sheets from the road trip and disregarding other state police policies.

The report shows Edmonson announced his decision to retire one day after internal investigators briefed him about “several concerns” they had about the troopers’ side trip. The meeting where Edmonson allegedly altered settings on Hyatt’s phone also occurred one day before his retirement announcement. ... -as-police
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Concerned Wesport residents push out police officer
By Sophie Vaughan Updated 3:40 pm, Thursday, November 30, 2017

WESTPORT — A New Haven Police detective set to become a Westport police officer this week appears to be reconsidering the move after allegations of misdeeds boiled up.
According to published reports, Daniel Conklin was accused tampering with evidence, and defying department policy in three instances while an officer in New Haven. He reportedly resigned as a detective with New Haven Police department effective Nov. 27. and was set to be sworn-in as an entry-level officer in Westport the same day.
However, Conklin rescinded his resignation from the New Haven Police department and is no longer leaving for Westport, David Hartman, public information officer for the New Haven Police department, confirmed.
In an email Thursday morning, Lt. Jillian Cabana wrote, “If you are calling with questions regarding Daniel Conklin, we had a meeting with him and are working on the situation. When I have more answers, I will get back to you.”
First Selectman Jim Marpe told the Westport News Thursday afternoon, “We have not received anything formal from him (Conklin) saying he’s withdrawing. Our expectation is that that’s what he’s doing.”
Marpe added that he does not know Conklin’s motives for rescinding his resignation from New Haven, but added, “We can conjecture that in some way things he was hearing caused him to rethink his decision.”
Thursday’s developments capped off an up and down week for Conklin and the Westport police.
As public sentiment against Conklin grew stronger, however, town officials postponed Conklin’s swearing-in. Then on Thursday, it was revealed Conklin rescinded his resignation from New Haven and early Friday morning, members of the Westport Police department met with Jim Marpe to discuss the situation.
A mix of Westport residents and Representative Town Meeting pushed back against Conklin’s move to Westport on town blogs and news sites.
District 4 RTM Representative Kristan Peters-Hamlin was chief among the online dissidents. In a statement to the Westport News, Hamlin said she was concerned about the choice of Conklin because of the New Haven police department’s findings of misconduct against Conklin as reported in the New Haven Independent.
Hamlin, who formerly worked as a US attorney in Washington D.C. and practiced law in Conn. and New York City, explained Conklin’s prior misconduct would discredit evidence he may collect as an officer in Westport and thus compromise future cases with which he works.
“He would be subject to impeachment with the prior findings of mishandling and destroying evidence; making ‘proof’ beyond a reasonable doubt’ quite difficult. As a consequence, if he cannot touch evidence in conjunction with his duties, his utility to the police department will be greatly compromised,” Hamlin said.
At first, Westport officials stood behind the decision to hire Conklin. In a press release dated Nov. 27, Chief of Police Foti Koskinas said, “We want to assure the public that Mr. Conklin has been property thoroughly vetted through an extensive background investigation process. We are confident in our decision to hire him as a Westport police officer.” ... 396434.php

Abelove awaits grand jury's decision
Rensselaer County DA will appear in court at 1 p.m. Friday
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Nurse accused of helping inmate sneak out multiple times so they could have sex
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Schemer behind Roy Moore setup of Washington Post hid criminal conviction in his N.Y. tax filings

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Indicted Baltimore officer faces new corruption charges

BALTIMORE — An indicted member of a disbanded Baltimore police unit allegedly duped a fellow officer into discovering a cache of heroin he planted in a car during a 2010 arrest, authorities alleged in a new indictment announced Thursday.

Police Commissioner Kevin Davis later identified the betrayed officer — dubbed “Officer No. 1” in the indictment — as Detective Sean Suiter, who was fatally shot in the head with his own gun just over two weeks ago while probing a triple homicide in a particularly rough West Baltimore neighborhood.

During a Thursday press conference, Davis told reporters that Suiter was “set up” by indicted former officer Wayne Earl Jenkins to discover planted narcotics. He said Suiter was “not involved in any way, shape or form” in the deception.

Speaking of Jenkins, Davis said: “This guy was able to operate with impunity on this police department for far too long.”

Jenkins, 37, a former Baltimore police sergeant who is one of the indicted members of Baltimore’s disbanded Gun Trace Task Force and a onetime supervisor of the squad, is one of eight Baltimore law enforcers being investigated by a federal grand jury.

The elite unit was tasked with getting illegal guns off the streets of Baltimore, but federal prosecutors say they used their position to detain people on false pretenses, steal their money, fake police reports, lie to investigators, and defraud their department.

If Thursday’s indictment is proven, Jenkins also tricked a fellow officer into finding narcotics he planted himself and wrongly put two people behind bars for heroin possession charges.

A new five-count indictment announced Thursday by the acting U.S. attorney and Baltimore’s FBI special-agent-in-charge alleges that on April 28, 2010, Jenkins was driving an unmarked police car with another officer dubbed “Officer No. 1,” who Davis confirmed was Suiter. He allegedly told a third officer he was going to send Officer No. 1 to search a suspect’s car because he was “clueless” that drugs had already been planted.

Umar Burley was convicted and sentenced to 15 years as a result of the 2010 arrest where 28 grams of heroin were found in 32 individual packets. Brent Matthews was sentenced to nearly four years. They both pleaded guilty despite knowing they were innocent, according to a statement from the Department of Justice.

“Both men concluded that in a trial involving Sergeant Jenkins’ word against theirs, they would lose,” the statement said.

Two lawyers for Burley, who was released from prison in August after the government moved to reduce his sentence to time served, did not immediately respond to phone calls or an email seeking comment. Matthews was released from prison after 2 ½ years in 2013The 2010 arrest also followed a chaotic high-speed chase that resulted in the death of an elderly man when Burley’s car crashed.
Jenkins is currently detained awaiting a January trial on criminal racketeering and fraud charges. If convicted, he now faces an additional sentence of 20 years for the additional charges announced Thursday.

As he has done repeatedly in recent days, Baltimore’s police commissioner stressed Thursday that Suiter was “never the target of an FBI investigation.”

Rumors about Suiter’s unsolved Nov. 15 shooting in a vacant lot went into overdrive last week when Davis confirmed that the acting U.S. attorney and FBI informed him that the detective was gunned down the day before he was to testify in an ongoing probe of the specialized gun recovery unit.

Police say he and his partner were in the rough Harlem Park neighborhood canvassing for information when Suiter approached a “suspicious” man in a vacant lot, leading to a violent confrontation in which he was shot with his own gun. His partner can be seen on private surveillance video taking cover across the street, according to Davis.

Suiter was found clutching his radio. A brief radio transmission indicated he was in distress and his clothes had signs of a “violent struggle,” according to Davis. Suiter died at a hospital a day later.

The detective’s murder is unsolved. There is a $215,000 reward for information leading to the shooter’s arrest.

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Requester's Voice: National Security Cinema's Tom Secker
November 29, 2017
Requester’s Voice: National Security Cinema’s Tom Secker
The story of how two researchers used FOIA to show Uncle Sam’s secret producer role - plus, #CIAaMovie to win a free copy of the book
Written by Michael Morisy
Edited by JPat Brown
Tom Secker and Matthew Alford spent years digging into a secret that was hiding in plain site. Or rather, hiding in movie theaters, television sets, and streaming services everywhere: The secret influence the Department of Defense and intelligence community had on Hollywood.

In this Requester’s Voice, Secker shares what he learned researching for their book National Security Cinema.

Plus: Win a free copy of the book and free MuckRock requests by imaging how the CIA would revise a classic film. See below

How did you first got interested in this topic?

Well I was one of those people who always liked spy stories. I read a lot of spy stories, watched a lot of spy films as a kid and as a teenager. And as I got more into them, I started wondering how much of this is true? I mean even the Roger Moore James Bond films are kind of ridiculous and camp, but there are still true elements in terms of what MI6 agents actually get up to.

So I wondered about that and I wondered to what extent are these things being used as a kind of public image for these services and these agencies that we know so little about. Because even on just a basic historical level, they didn’t formally admit the existence of MI6 until the ’90s. By that point there had been at least 15 James Bond films. So like I say, to what extent were those films a kind of fill in for that gap in our knowledge about what these agencies are and what they actually do?

And then around 2011, 2012, I started noticing that there was quite a lot more media coverage and a lot of academic books and things being written on this topic, and so I thought it seems like a good topic to delve into. By that point I was already relatively proficient with the Freedom of Information Act and National Archives searches and the sorts of research you have to do to get this information so that just seemed like a next logical step. And that’s when I set up the site, and started archiving everything I could find.

How did you first get into using the Freedom of Information Act and other public records?

That was in my research into terrorism essentially. In the first ten years or so after 9/11, the main focus of my research was trying to understand what is this thing, the War on Terror? What is this supposed enemy that we’re allegedly fighting? And just trying to understand the history of Al Qaeda, the history of terrorism more generally. And so that involved requesting records from the FBI, searching court records and other data bases, all these sorts of things. And so that’s how I first got into it I guess.

When you’re kind of digging into the relationship between Hollywood and the Central Intelligence Agency, the DOD, what sort of techniques did you find useful from prior research

This was quite different because in the terrorism research, a lot of that stuff I was essentially requesting I found references to in books, you know when you’re reading through the footnotes and you see, Federal Bureau of Investigation document or FBI file. And I’d just stick in a request for it. But this was largely stuff that had already been released before to someone but wasn’t available online or it was stuff that there were clear references. It was quite easy to see this is what I’m asking for, this is what I’m trying to get.

With the DOD, which is where I’ve had the most success in this whole government involvement in Hollywood area, it essentially involved asking for everything and anything I can think of and then going through the documents that come back, finding references to other documents within those documents, asking for that stuff and so on and so forth. So it’s been more of a scavenger hunt approach, rather than a method of confirming a bunch of stuff that I read in books, if you like.

Right. You’ve got a tremendous amount of material. How many requests roughly do you think sort of when into gathering all this?

Well I guess over the last three, four years since I’ve been doing this in a focused way, we’re probably talking about maybe a hundred? Maybe more like 150? Because a lot of these requests didn’t find anything, or they came back with something that wasn’t quite what I was looking for so I had to followup with a more specifically tailored request, trying to get something else. And so yeah, we’re talking a long period of trial and error, a lot of stuff where like I say following up on what they did or didn’t release already and so on.

Some of these turned up 1,700 pages of stuff, but a lot of the time, when you get 1,700 pages, 1,500 of those pages are a bunch of guff.

So in all honesty sometimes it’s been the very, very specific ones, where I’ve been able to get say copies of scripts notes, the actual notes that different branches of the DOD liaison offices have sent to film or TV producers and said, “This is specifically what we want you to change or remove from your script.” Very, very hard to get but in some instances we have been even been able to get those and they are half a dozen pages of absolute gold in terms of this area of research. So it really does depend from request to request how useful it’s been.

So you couldn’t ask for, “I want all script production notes”?

Well for one thing, my co-author Matt had already tried that approach to some extent and had not really gotten very far. So what I tended to do on the script notes was to go through the reports from the Entertainment Liaison offices. They’re effectively office diaries of what they got up to week to week, what projects they were working on, how far they’d got, blah, blah, blah. And I went through and essentially requested every single time one of those diary entries mentioned communications with the filmmakers or mentioned script notes, I asked for them.

So that they couldn’t then turn around and say, “Oh, no, no. We don’t know what you’re talking about.” Their own documents said that they sent these things. I asked for those. In a lot of cases, they didn’t come back but in some cases they did. So like I say, it’s quite a sort of laborious process but sometimes you can pry loose the most amazing stuff.

For DOD, it seems like a lot of these things are very relationship driven and sort of given to very few individuals a lot of leeway. Is that your experience diving into this?

Yeah, I mean we don’t know exactly how many people the DOD have working in these liaison offices. It could be three and it could be fifty. So exactly what all of these people are up to and how many of them there are, it’s difficult to say. I suppose you’re not talking about a huge number of people even if it is the upper end of that. They actually have quite a formal process when it comes down to the support that they give to Hollywood and the way that they rewrite scripts is a byproduct of that or possibly even the main intention of that.

When it comes to their more general activities in Hollywood, they’re out hobnobbing with studio executives. They’re going to retirement parties at Warner Bros. They’re having meetings with senior executives to try and get more involved at earlier stages in the production process. Outside of that formal support process, they seem to have quite a lot of time on their hands for doing other things and they seem to have a huge amount of leeway in terms of what they actually decide to do day-to-day and who they decide to target as someone they want to build a relationship with in Hollywood.

Yeah and I guess on the CIA side, I was kind of surprised about some of the stories and the influence that Chase Brandon had in terms of being to like essentially be writing scripts, be rewriting and helping set the plot lines. Was that kind of influence surprising to you and that sort of individual power surprising to you?

I suppose you’ve got to go back to when I first started looking into this. Yes, it was quite surprising when I first came across this and for example, when I read Tricia Jenkins book because she covers a lot on Brandon in that book. She’s done some great work into that period in the CIA’s history. I was certainly surprised when I find out that he effectively ghost wrote The Recruit, the Al Pacino and Colin Farrell movie which is all about a guy who gets recruited into the CIA. Because my understanding of it was that they would probably operate the same way that the DOD would but they essentially wait for these requests to come in. And then they try and deal with a script that’s already there and say, “We want this scene change. We want this bit of dialogue removed and so on.”

But Brandon, he seems to have spent huge amount of his time just phoning up writers and producers and saying, “What about this idea?” Or “Have you considered implementing that?” Or “Would you like to work together on a script about this?” I mean he was like a one-man liaison office. I’m not even sure who he answered to. I guess it would have been the Director of Public Affairs but it seems the Director of Public Affairs didn’t know what he was up to most of the time.

I think this has continued since Brandon left - I think in late 2006, maybe early 2007 because the 2012 CIA Office of the Inspector General report that looked at working in Hollywood basically in the period after Brandon left up to 2012, they said they hardly kept any records. They didn’t know what these people were doing most of the time. You had active CIA officers meeting outside of Langley, just like they were meeting with Hollywood producers and writers in coffee shops, restaurants under cover identities, sometimes even in disguise. No one knows what they were talking about. No one knows what the influence that this had, really. I mean what were the results of this? Even the IG doesn’t know.

So yeah, it does seem certain that when it comes to the CIA, they’re kind of cowboying around, doing their own thing, not really answering to anyone.

Is there guidance or assessment when you have agencies kind of engaging in something that has First Amendment implications like you’ve outlined?

No, there isn’t, nothing as specific as that that we’ve come across. I mean the IG’s report that I just mentioned does say that they subsequently issued some kind of guidelines, but most of those guidelines were just about keeping records. They don’t seem to have been about what you’re actually allowed and not allowed to do in terms of influence and entertainment products. Phil Strub, the head of the DOD’s liaison offices, he said, “We have no formal guidelines. We have no straight forward process where a filmmaker is allowed to do this but anything beyond that we would have to say no.” Or like you say, regarding their own behavior, they don’t seem to have any strict guidelines saying, “You’re not allowed to do this.”

And so as a result, their influence on some of these films is massive. They’re fundamentally changing the creative process that brings about these films. So yeah, there is something in the works though. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence is supposed to be producing a report anytime now where they review all of these different agencies’ involvement in Hollywood. So we’d be talking about certainly FBI, NSA, CIA and I assume the DOD as well because they are technically, they fall under this if you look at the legislation. We can only hope that report will shed some light on all of this and actually review some of these practices and maybe ask some of these questions.

But I mean you brought up the First Amendment. There is nothing in the DOD’s instructions on their liaisons in Hollywood, on their support for entertainment media that even mentions the First Amendment. That simply isn’t a consideration so I can only assume, it’s not really part of the dialog when this process is going on, it’s not something that’s even in their mind.

So going back to the documents that you were able to get: production assistance agreements, these sort of daily work diaries. What categories of records were you able to kind of target and sort of how did you use those different categories?

When I started, I simply asked for a bunch of lists. I just asked all the different branches of the DOD and the Central DOD office themselves for lists of productions that they’d supported and they’d granted assistance to. And a bunch of partial - well we now know were incomplete - records came back that were just effectively lists of titles. Then I found on a website called Government Attic some of these office diary reports from around 2004, 2005. So in 2014, maybe 2015, I filed a bunch of requests basically asking for everything they had in terms of these diary reports from about 2006 onwards. And what came back - in some instances - was over 1,000 pages. I mean we got over 1,000 pages from the Army and the Marine Corps. The Navy are still avoiding releasing any of those diary reports or indeed, almost any documents to me at all.

So that was something that allowed us to I guess calculate the scale of this thing. I mean that was one of the major discoveries of our book, National Security Cinema, is that along side hundreds of films, the Pentagon has worked on over a thousand different TV series. And no one realized this before, no one realized it was on that kind of scale until we did this research. So it was very important that we got those reports for that. Then the next step was trying to get more information on script changes and that was something that required a much more targeted approach, like I said, and a much more sophisticated and persistent approach because a lot of the time it doesn’t turn up anything. Sometimes it doesn’t turn up anything useful, so you have to just keep battering away and battering away until you finally get the real pay dirt, you know, the stuff you’re really looking for.

So these different categories of documents, you mentioned the production assistants’ agreements as well which they are largely the same, to be honest, across the different, the 20 or so that we’ve managed to get. But they do illustrate for example that they bend the rules for a franchise that they’re really happy to work on, like Transformers, they’re quite happy to sign these agreements before the script is even finished, they’re that confident that the finished script will conform to all of their requirements. So things like that, it shows that they’re bending the rules of their own instructions governing how they’re supposed to go about this. So once again, this proves that they’ve got quite a lot of leeway in terms of what they can and can’t do.

And yeah, different bits of information came together from all of these different documents. The diary reports mostly illustrated the scale, the production assistants’ agreements provided us with further evidence of which production that actually supported. In some case we got these agreements with films that they deny providing assistance to so make of that what you will. And the script notes I think are the real gold, ‘cause they’re the bits where you see what did they actually change? What did the script originally look like and how did this process change it into the thing that we ended up seeing in the cinema and why?

Did you find evidence or did you get the sense that there was sort of a larger, strategic view of these efforts by the DOD and the CIA or was more of it driven by sort of these individual people in the liaison offices?

Well certainly when you read in the office diary reports, they do mention quite often like how well a film did on its opening weekend or how many people watched a particular TV broadcast, so they are monitoring the impact of these things, at least in that way, in that sense that like you say, a marketing firm would. In terms of the more general impact, I’m not sure. I’m genuinely not sure from reading these documents whether they have a longterm propaganda strategy or merely a series of short term propaganda objectives because they do also monitor to some extent audience responses and critical reception to these products. So it is something they’re thinking about but like I say, I can’t tell from the information that we have whether that’s a longterm or a short term thing. I don’t know.

“What kind of documents do you feel like you were not able to get that you should have been entitled to? Any sort of thing that you requested and you were frustrated about those rejections and felt like they were really kind of out of bounds?

Oh, all sorts. For one thing, like I said, the Navy just doesn’t seem to want to release any documents to me. I have a request with them going back nearly two years now. Still no response from them. And the Marine Corps, they completely screwed up several of my requests when it came to asking for script notes and the production folders. They actually have an archive which has more than 90 boxes of this stuff which must comprise what hundreds, maybe thousands of folders on different productions. So I asked for again, quite targeted requests, I was asking for very specific ones from this archive, they screwed up several of those and they refused to release some material from those.

For example, they won’t give me scripts. Some of these folders contain draft scripts that were submitted to the Marine Corps and we presume that have annotations on, which again would tell us what kind of influence they had over these productions. They won’t release those to me for supposed copyright reasons, so now I’m having to go through the long route of going to Hollywood studios and asking, “Can you give me permission for a script that you wrote seven years ago? There’s a copy of it in the Marine Corps that they won’t give me.”

So things like that, you just think I mean you must know this. If they can find an excuse to not give you something, they’ll generally use that excuse. So whether it’s commercial confidentiality, whether it’s so-called national security concerns, they’ll redact anything they can get away with redacting and they’ll not release anything they can get away with not releasing. That even as I say under the FOIA this is actually the opposite of how it’s supposed to work, that they’re actually supposed to err on the side of releasing more stuff than they should rather than hold back, but they don’t. That’s clear.

What do you think worked for you that other people didn’t try or didn’t do?

That’s a good question. I guess other people probably didn’t do it on the same scale that I did. They just didn’t file as many requests and often with FOIA you have to try the side door and the front door and the back door and one of those actually leads to the thing that you’re looking for. So there’s that element to it. There’s the fact that I was working with an academic who’s been working on this subject for I don’t know, several years before I even came to it, so over a decade now. So he very much helped in terms of focusing, what is it we actually want here? What is it we’re trying to get? Rather than just kind of filing off random requests looking for anything and everything. So there’s that.

There’s also I did develop a relatively good relationship with the senior FOIA official at the Marine Corps and that relationship has now gone rather sour. But nonetheless, for a time, she was actually very helpful in explaining what kinds of records they had, because sometimes you can just ask them these questions and bizarrely they will tell you. So then you can followup saying, on the basis of this email, I’d like to request this, this and this. So those are the techniques that I’ve used. They’ve been reasonably successful, not as successful actually even as I would have hoped but certainly like you say, I seem to have done better than most people who tackled this topic.

So that would be my only advice to people is persist, keep filing more and more requests and don’t let up or lose enthusiasm, lose hope. And keep asking questions because when you get a reply from these officials, it’s quite often via email and you can just email them back and ask them some straight forward polite questions about something that might even clarify what’s going on here and where this stuff is and therefore what you have to put in your subsequent FOIA request in order to try and get it.

Any techniques, you got back a lot of material, going through it all, making sure you didn’t miss any of those clues?

Well firstly, OCR (optical character recognition) everything that comes back because you know what they’re like. They quite often will not run a PDF through an OCR so that it’s actually digitally searchable. They’ll just send you scanned images cobbled together into a PDF. So I use a program - I think it’s called PDF Xchange Editor. It has a free OCR scanning function in it so I slap everything into that so that makes it easier to search through to find specific phrases.

Also when you’re going through, if you notice something that was phrased in a way that wouldn’t be something you’d naturally search for, write down that phrase so that you can search for it and see, oh does this come up somewhere else? What does this actually mean? Because sometimes they don’t call them script notes. Sometimes they’ll call them feedback to the producers so then you go through and search about all references to feedback or feedback to writers, so on and so forth. Emails to writers. That helps you just get to grips with what’s in these documents and what isn’t. How do they say things? Like I say write down those phrases and follow up on them.

Just again it’s about being persistent and being willing to devote the time to actually keep following up and sometimes keep hassling these agencies, because you know as well as I do, if you don’t followup, sometimes they just let them slide. They just kind of shove them at the bottom of the pile and pretend they’ve forgotten about them or something.

That genuinely seems to happen. I can’t understand their behavior otherwise.

One final tip actually that I found very useful is going through the FOIA logs for different agencies so you get like every request that they had filed in 2015 and you just look through the subject matter of those requests and anything that jumps out at you as relevant to your avenue of inquiry, your topic, whatever it might be you’re trying to find out about, just ask. Give them that reference number and say, “I want anything released in response to this request.”

So they don’t even have to conduct any big search or anything. They just have to see, did we release something in response to this one and if they did, they send you a copy. That’s also very, very useful and kind of a short cut or a side door way of getting some more stuff that might be relevant to what you’re trying to get and trying to find out about. ... combatant/

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Bystander shot by Indiana officer files excessive force suit


A lawsuit filed by a bystander who was shot by a northern Indiana police officer says he was left paralyzed from the waist down and was the victim of excessive force.

The federal lawsuit from 68-year-old Fernando Cuevas against the city of Goshen claims he wasn’t near the man whom officers where pursuing when one officer shot at him in a parking lot on April 5.

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Bills end immunity for cops who have sex with prostitutes

LANSING, Mich. — Police in Michigan would no longer be legally allowed to have sex with prostitutes during undercover investigations under legislation nearing Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk.

The Senate unanimously approved a bill Thursday, and the House passed a related one 91-17. Both chambers had voted for the bills earlier this year. ... as-suspect

Texas officer fired in killing of black man seen as suspect

MESQUITE, Texas— A police officer in suburban Dallas has been fired after investigators determined he violated department policy in the shooting of a black man who was mistaken for a burglar as he attempted to unlock his own truck.

Mesquite police Chief Charles Cato said in a statement late Wednesday that officer Derick Wiley was fired following a review of the Nov. 8 shooting.

Authorities have said Lyndo Jones was shot twice after officers responded to a report of someone breaking into a vehicle, setting off its alarm. The shooting occurred as Jones scuffled with Wiley, who is also black, and other officers.

Authorities later acknowledged that the truck belonged to Jones.

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Pet owners seek shelter for their animals as California wildfires spread
The Ventura County Fairgrounds has become a makeshift animal shelter as the wildfires in California continued to spread. Over 600 small pets entered the shelter on Dec. 5.
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Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Santa’s On His Way

Rejoice! Rejoice! Your tax cut is almost here!

All you taxpayers, your standard deduction is going way up! You will be able to deduct thousands more dollars from your income, tax-free! You’ll save big.

Oh, you’re a single filer? Well, you still save, but not big. Although the standard deduction goes up by $5650, the personal exemption of $4050 disappears. That leaves you an extra $1600 sheltered from income tax. If you are an average earner, with an income of about $31,000, you’ll save about $500. A few more cups of coffee every week. But only for a few years, since the individual rate cuts are temporary.

You’re a married couple? Your standard deduction also nearly doubles from $12,700 to $24,000, but you lose two personal exemptions. Say you’re an average household making $51,000 – your savings could be about $700, nothing to sneeze at. Put it away, because the tax cut expires soon.

Your family has children? That’s much more complicated, of course. Now the loss of personal exemptions really hurts. But there’s another wrinkle: the tax credit for each child goes up from $1000 to $1600 in the House bill and to $2000 in the Senate bill. You have two kids and make $75,000? That higher tax credit really helps, bringing your tax bill down more than $1500. Oops, the higher tax credit is also temporary.

Some other goodies in the Republican plan are really sweet. You’ll still only pay a 20% tax on your carried interest earnings, while your neighbors pay up to 39% on their income. You don’t know what carried interest is? Then you probably don’t own a hedge fund, so it’s better not to think about this tax break for the richest Americans.

But congratulations, you don’t have to worry any more about passing on your hard-earned inheritance to your children. The Senate bill doubles the amount to $11 million that you can pass on and the House bill eliminates the estate tax completely. That’s good – but only if you are even richer than most 1%-ers. If not, rejoice for them!

Stop. Let’s get serious. This tax bill is not for you and me, unless we’re among the lucky 1%-ers who are the real beneficiaries of Republican “tax reform”. Just in the final hours before the Senate vote, even more goodies for the very, very wealthy were shoved into the legislation. Although the top rate for income over $500,000 (know anyone like that?) is 39.6%, a few new categories of income will now get a reduced rate of 29.6%: pass-through entities, investments in mortgages held by real estate investment trusts, and certain income from gas and oil operations. That means about $114 billion less revenue. The White House will be rejoicing: much of Trump family income will benefit from these new loopholes.

Have you been hiding billions in off-shore accounts? If so, you can now bring those profits home for less than 15% tax, even lower than the new 20% corporate tax. Good news for those tax cheaters.

But not for you. Those big breaks have to be paid for somehow. Here’s one way: if your employer rewards you a $50 gift card, you’ll have to declare that as income.

There’s not much for us to rejoice about. But wait – if you want smaller government, rejoice, rejoice! Because the new tax bill will cause huge deficits, a law that goes back to the Bush administration mandates automatic cuts in spending in hundreds of government programs. Smaller government, here we come! Isn’t that great?

Unless you want Medicare to pay for some of your health care – the cut is “only” 4%, so just reach more deeply into your pocket for the $25 billion that will be cut. Unless you are a victim of crime – the cut will be $13 billion. Unless you have black lung disease or need Meals on Wheels or care about wildlife restoration, public health, highways, or hundreds of other federal programs, which will all automatically be cut, often to zero, because of this tax bill.

Well, perhaps we just need to postpone our rejoicing. The Republicans say that the best way to help the rest of us is to give billions now to the wealthy and to corporations. They will be so happy that they’ll raise everybody’s wages and create new jobs.

That’s called trickle-down economics. It’s working right now – the economy is booming, big banks are making huge profits, big corporations have trillions of dollars in reserve, and wages are skyrocketing.

Oops, that last part is not true. Average wages have been rising about 2% a year for 7 years, just a bit faster than inflation has eaten those gains up. The rich have been getting a lot richer, corporations have made huge profits, and the middle class has been stuck.

Nothing has been trickling down.

Republicans say this new tax bill will change everything. Trump saysabout the tax bill, “This is going to cost me a fortune.”

If you believe in Santa Claus, rejoice, rejoice.

What’s next for us? Just take a look at Paul Ryan’s New Year’s resolution – cut Medicare and Social Security.

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Ari Fleischer: While I Still Have Faith in Mueller, ‘We Have Legitimate Reasons’ To Doubt The FBI
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FBI Documents link Goldson with Cuba in 1967
BELIZE CITY, Mon. Dec. 4, 2017-Information gleaned from a document “Released under the John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992,” suggest that the challenge to Hon. Philip Goldson’s leadership of the National Independence Party (NIP), by the attorney Dean Lindo in 1969, might have been orchestrated by Washington and Whitehall because of FBI intelligence which showed that Goldson had gotten too close to Fidel Castro and communist Cuba. When Lindo made his challenge, the NIP, which held two seats in the House of Representatives (Goldson’s Albert seat and Edwin Morey’s Toledo North seat), was constitutionally considered Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition.

The revelations are astounding for political historians, because Mr. Goldson was surrounded in the late 1960s by people who were pro-British, pro-American, Christian, and definitely anti-communist. It is true that Mr. Goldson was so intense where the Guatemalan claim to Belize was concerned, that he might have thrown caution to the winds, so to speak. But it would be safe to say that most of Mr. Goldson’s supporters would have been alarmed by a Cuban connection.

After Mr. Lindo was defeated by Goldson for the leadership of the NIP, he left the party to form the People’s Development Movement (PDM) in October of 1969. Lindo’s split with Goldson in mid-1969 put the People’s United Party (PUP), which, under the leadership of the Hon. George Cadle Price, held 16 of the 18 seats in the House of Representatives at the time, on easy street politically, and a hastily assembled “NIPDM” party was crushed at the polls in the general elections of December 1969. Of the eighteen candidates the NIPDM put up, only Philip Goldson was able to win a seat – the aforementioned Albert seat. The Opposition were caught with their pants down when Mr. Price called general elections in November of 1969, elections which were not due until March of 1970.

The PDM was basically pro-American, which, especially in that era (the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s during the so-called Cold War), meant anti-communist, that is to say, anti-Cuba. In early 1973, the PDM merged with the Goldson-less NIP (Mr. Philip was in London studying law), a newly formed Liberal Party, and a faction of the UBAD Party which had broken away from that group’s core base, to form the United Democratic Party (UDP). Belize, it was then felt in conservative, business circles, had a party to counter Mr. Price’s budding socialist tendencies. And, for the first time, Belize had an Opposition political party, the new UDP, which explicitly considered the “economic development” of Belize more important than Guatemala’s ugly claim to our territory.

Cuban leader Fidel Castro had been increasingly hostile to Guatemala after that Central American country allowed its territory to be used as a training base for Cuban exiles, organized and financed by the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), planning to invade Cuba and overthrow Castro in 1961. Indeed, Guatemala was already in the bad books of progressive politicians in our region, such as Fidel, after the Guatemalan oligarchy, with the support of the said CIA, overthrew the land reform government of President Jacobo Arbenz and drove him into exile in 1954. Right-wing Guatemala’s disdain for its peasant class exploded during a civil war which began in 1960 and lasted for 36 years. Guatemala’s armed forces massacred over two hundred thousand of the republic’s Indigenous citizens.

Did our beloved Belizean national hero, Hon. Philip Goldson, secretly forge an alliance with Cuba to help protect our nation when Washington and London schemed against us? In 1968, Goldson led Belize’s rejection of Bethuel Webster’s Seventeen Proposals which, effectively, would have made Belize into a satellite state of Guatemala. Every step of the way, it now turns out, Mr. Goldson was under intense surveillance by the United States FBI and British Intelligence. It is possible that Mr. Goldson attracted that increased scrutiny after he exposed the Thirteen Proposals in 1966. The Thirteen Proposals were what Mr. Goldson remembered of talks being held between the British and the Guatemalans in the United States, with the PUP and NIP as observers. The Belizean politicians had been sworn to secrecy. Mr. Goldson therefore risked jail when he revealed the Thirteen Proposals. The official release of the Seventeen Proposals in 1968 confirmed Mr. Goldson’s honesty, accuracy, and courage.

An FBI paper dated January 5, 1968, claimed that a then confidential source, one William George Gaudet (the publisher of Latin-American Reports), stated that he was in Belize (British Honduras) during the Christmas holidays (1967), and that “he heard several comments from acquaintances that Philip Goldson … was giving every indication of working with the Cuban Government. Goldson, it was rumored, was conducting a siege of agitation to create continued friction between Belize and Guatemala.” Gaudet, who claimed to be a “personal acquaintance” of then British Honduras Governor, Sir John Paul, said he had “interviewed Sir Paul in connection with the Goldson matter.” The same FBI paper to which we referred earlier in this paragraph, says that Sir Paul reportedly told Gaudet “that British Intelligence is almost sure that Goldson is being paid by Cuban authorities in cash monies by the courier route … that British Intelligence is conducting their investigation with the assistance of Jamaican informants to the extent that they hope to trap Goldson cold when he is contacted by a courier for a payoff.”

Another paper from the FBI, also dated January 5, 1968, spoke of a confidential source, “an American businessman (who by) virtue of his frequent travel to Latin-American countries is in a position to meet individuals who are closely associated with officials of various national governments in Latin America.” This “source” was also in Belize during the Christmas holidays of 1967, and he “received information that Philip Goldson … is suspect by British officials as a result of certain recent actions”; “for example, it is reported that Goldson, during his recent visit to London, England, told acquaintances there that leaders in the United States and London were engaged in a twin conspiracy to turn Belize over to Guatemala.”

Belizeans recall that Cuba was in the forefront of support for Belize when our government lobbied the United Nations to support Belize’s Independence. We are forever indebted to Panama’s Omar Torrijos, Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega, Cuba’s Fidel Castro, and the leaders of the Caribbean bloc, for without them Belize would never have realized September 21, 1981. That we marched into statehood as a full member of the United Nations, with all our territory intact, is testament to the fortitude and the determined leadership of heroes like Philip Stanley Wilberforce Goldson. The irony of these fifty-year-old FBI documents, which accuse Mr. Philip of a Cuban connection, is that it was Mr. Goldson’s political opponent, the PUP’s Rt. Hon. Price, who sealed the Cuban support which was so vital in Belize’s successful journey to political independence and territorial integrity. ... More_Pos12

Bridgewater guards to stand trial in patient’s death

Eight years after the tragic death of a 23-year-old patient with schizophrenia at Bridgewater State Hospital, three prison guards are slated to stand trial Tuesday on charges they killed Joshua K. Messier while forcefully strapping him to a bed in a brutal scene captured on prison video.

The trial, scheduled to unfold in Plymouth Superior Court, once seemed highly unlikely even though the medical examiner ruled that the guards caused Messier’s death. Plymouth District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz in 2010 determined there was insufficient evidence to pursue criminal charges, and none of the guards was charged or even disciplined.

But four years later, after The Boston Globe reported on the guards’ rough treatment of Messier on the night he died, Attorney General Martha Coakley appointed a special prosecutor to investigate. ... d-on-bail/

Protesters arrested for sit-in at Senator Collins’ office released on bail

December 5, 2017 12:12 pm
Updated: December 5, 2017 5:11 pm

The five protesters arrested Monday for staging a sit-in in Sen. Susan Collins’ Bangor office were released that night and are due in court Jan. 17.

The demonstrators were released on recognizance bail, meaning they paid no money but agreed to appear in court and abide by conditions of release that stipulate they commit no crimes, according to the Penobscot County Jail.

Nothing in their conditions of release forbids the five protesters from returning to the federal building or Collins’ office.

Penobscot County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy declined Tuesday to say whether the five would be prosecuted. His office has opted not to prosecute protesters in the past.

“I am unable to make any decisions on this situation right now,” he said. “We have no set policy. Each circumstance gets its own evaluation.”

Meanwhile, Annie Clark, the Republican senator’s communications director, said that Senator Collins “appreciates hearing from her constituents and respects their right to protest. In this particular situation, the Bangor federal building is run by the Federal Protection Services, and it was their decision alone to arrest the protestors. This is now a matter for law enforcement and the protestors to resolve.”

Sarah Bigney of Maine AFL-CIO, which organized the protest with Mainers for Accountable Leadership, said Tuesday morning that her group has not planned any more demonstrations.

Bigney, 33, of Hallowell was arrested alongside Nicholas Paquet, 39, of Benton; Tina Davidson, 47, of Portland; James Betts, 66, of Winthrop; and Erin Oberon, 37, of Old Town.

The group — along with a sixth person who left before police arrived — gathered Monday afternoon inside Collins’ offices at the Margaret Chase Federal Building at 202 Harlow St. to protest her vote to support the Republican tax bill. Collin was in Washington at the time and did not communicate with protesters. ... omestic-v/

Kalispel Tribal Police chief accused of domestic violence
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Oxford County officials to ask LePage to remove sheriff from office

BDN Staff • December 5, 2017 3:25 pm
Updated: December 5, 2017 6:07 pm

The commissioners have asked LePage to remove Gallant and appoint another sheriff to serve the remainder of his four-year term. The sheriff has denied that he sexually harassed employees.

The commissioner’s complaint to the governor states that, while in uniform, Gallant sent a female employee of another law enforcement organization photographs in which his genitals were exposed. It also says that the sheriff sent a subordinate officer multiple text messages with “indecent photographs” and solicitations of sex from the employee and his “female companion.”

These allegations mirror ones made against Gallant by an organizer for the union that represents employees in the sheriff’s office. But the complaint also refers to what seem to be other instances of Gallant allegedly making sexual requests of people who worked for him.

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Pentagon report confirms decades of failure to report convictions
In a two-year period ending Dec. 31, 2016, the military failed to submit roughly one in four fingerprint cards, and almost a third of its final disposition reports, to the FBI's Next Generation Identification database, a national computerized system for storing, comparing and exchanging fingerprints and criminal histories, the study ... ... orks-vgtrn

There's a Westboro Baptist Church Movie in the Works
'Hate (A Love Story)' follows the case of Al Snyder, a gay man who took on the hate group after it picketed at his Marine son's funeral.
Officer charged in killing must give up guns, wear ankle GPS

OKLAHOMA CITY A judge has granted bond for an Oklahoma police officer charged with fatally shooting a suicidal man, but he must wear an ankle GPS monitor and surrender handguns and rifles from his home.

Oklahoma City Sgt. Keith Sweeney was released Wednesday on $75,000 bond.

He was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder for the Nov. 15 killing of 29-year-old Dustin Pigeon. Pigeon had doused himself with lighter fluid and was trying to set himself on fire when Sweeney shot him. ... under.html

Cleveland police officer under internal investigation after appearing in online video

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A Cleveland police officer is being investigated by the department's internal affairs bureau after a video surfaced online that shows him listening to a rap song with the lyrics "F--k the police." ... 462416373/

St. Paul police dog attacked innocent black woman , suit says
Gabe, the police dog, ignored more than 10 commands to release the woman, the suit said.
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Collins was treated at Regions Hospital for her injuries, and required a return visit and outpatient care; she could not change her own dressings because her left hand was amputated when she was a child. She also receives ongoing counseling. ... ing-of-man

White Texas police officer indicted in shooting of black man

DALLAS A former police officer in a Dallas suburb has been indicted in the shooting of a black man who was mistaken for a burglar while trying to unlock his own truck.

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Postby msfreeh » Tue Dec 19, 2017 7:40 pm ... -1.3709884

NY City Council passes police reform bills that will change how NYPD cops conduct searches

Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 8:07 PM

A pair of fiercely fought police reform bills that will slap new restrictions on how cops do stops and searches passed the City Council on Tuesday.

After bottling it up for more than three years, pols approved the Right to Know Act in a close vote at their last meeting before a new Council takes over in January.

A last-minute deal to change the legislation got the support of the NYPD and Mayor de Blasio — but it alienated advocates, who urged Council members to vote down one bill.

One measure requires cops to tell people they have a right to refuse to be searched when there’s no legal basis to force a search, and to get proof of their consent. The other forces officers to identify themselves with a business card when they do many kinds of stops, and to state the reason.

The Right to Know Act will improve police-community relations
“I grew up in the projects. I grew up in the Bronx. I’m not from an ivory tower. And I’m convinced ... from my own lived experience that this bill will have a real impact in improving the day-to-day interactions between police and civilians,” said Councilman Ritchie Torres (D-Bronx), the sponsor of the identification bill, who gave an impassioned defense of his deal after being hit with a torrent of criticism.

“I believe what I’m doing is right. And I will defend what I’m doing, even if it means I stand alone,” he said.

The identification bill passed 27-20, with three abstentions. The consent-to-search mandate passed 37-13.

In the deal with the NYPD, low-level stops were excluded from Torres’ bill, which will now apply only to stops based on the suspicion of criminal activity, as well as searches. Traffic stops were excluded

City Council committee passes controversial police reform bills
“That means if an officer stops me, asks me for my ID, asks me why I’m here, asks me a bunch of questions, that officer does not have to give me a card. That doesn’t make sense,” said Councilman Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn), who voted against the revised bill.

Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito had blocked votes on the two bills — previously making a deal with the NYPD to instead make internal policy changes — but moved them forward after last week’s compromise.

The votes came amid a marathon session, the last in Mark-Viverito’s term as speaker, where the body voted on 38 bills.

Both the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association and police reform advocates ended up lobbying pols to vote against the identification bill. The union slammed the whole package as an unneeded burden on cops.

One measure requires cops to tell people they have a right to refuse to be searched when there’s no legal basis to force a search, and to get proof of their consent. The other forces officers to identify themselves with a business card when they do many kinds of stops, and to state the reason.
One measure requires cops to tell people they have a right to refuse to be searched when there’s no legal basis to force a search, and to get proof of their consent. The other forces officers to identify themselves with a business card when they do many kinds of stops, and to state the reason. (NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)
“Today the City Council chose politics over public safety by passing two pieces of harmful legislation. As we’ve said from the beginning, the 'Right to Know’ bills will discourage police officers from proactively addressing the threat of crime and terrorism — a threat that is no doubt growing based on recent events,” said PBA president Pat Lynch.

He charged the Council has “continuously piled on new burdens and second-guessing for our police officers, presenting a dangerous distraction that will place New Yorkers in harm’s way.”

A police reform coalition that had pushed the Right to Know Act backed only the consent to search measure, rejecting the ID requirement it said was too watered down.

“We have the right to know who the officers are that are stopping us,” said L. Joy Williams, head of the Brooklyn chapter of the NAACP. “We’re not accepting a piece of the pie. I want the whole damn thing.”

But Torres, who is running for Council speaker, rejected the criticisms, saying advocates had “no business asserting veto power” and denying he was motivated by politics.

“There is no political calculation under which I’m making a remotely rational decision. The bill I’m advancing has no organized support. It faces hysterical opposition,” he said.

He said he opted not “to go to political war with the NYPD and risk a revolt,” like the one that happened among rank and file cops in 2014 ... isconduct/

What is Police Misconduct?
Police misconduct encompasses illegal or unethical actions or the violation of individuals’ constitutional rights by police officers in the conduct of their duties. Examples of police misconduct include police brutality, dishonesty, fraud, coercion, torture to force confessions, abuse of authority, and sexual assault, including the demand for sexual favors in exchange for leniency. Any of these actions can increase the likelihood of a wrongful conviction.
Police misconduct statistics gathered by the Cato Institute’s National Police Misconduct Reporting Project confirm that around 1% of all police officers commit misconduct in a given year and that the consequences of such misconduct are grim. Keith Findley from the Wisconsin Innocence Project conducted a study and found that police misconduct was a factor in as many as 50% of wrongful convictions involving DNA evidence.
At times, police misconduct is systematic. In one such case, Former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge was arrested on federal obstruction of justice and perjury charges for allegedly lying about whether he and other officers under his command participated in torture and physical abuse of suspects in police custody dating back to the 1980s. On more than one occasion, Burge participated in the torture and physical abuse of persons in police custody in order to obtain confessions and Burge was aware that detectives he supervised engaged in torture and physical abuse of people in police custody. On one specific occasion, in order to coerce a confession, the police officers placed a plastic bag over the suspect’s head until he lost consciousness. He was fired from the police department in 1993 and was later convicted in federal court for perjury connected to a civil lawsuit flied against the city.
Four of Burge’s victims of torture, who were on death row because of their coerced confessions, were granted innocence pardons by the governor after Burge’s police misconduct was brought to light. In all, there were 14 documented cases where death sentences were based on confessions involving allegations of torture.
In most misconduct cases, the misconduct is more subtle than torture. Often times police simply push the envelope in order to obtain a witness statement. In the case of Timothy Atkins, Atkins was convicted after a witness, Denise Powell, testified that Atkins had confessed to the crime. After Atkins was incarcerated for more than two decades, the California Innocence Project presented evidence that Powell was pressured by police to testify. When reversing Atkins’ conviction, the judge held that the officers who interviewed Powell threatened her with jail if she did not provide information about the case.
Like prosecutors, police officers are tasked with making our society safe. Sometimes their zeal leads them to cross the line and use the power of their badges to make a case that otherwise would not be triable. Especially when a brutal and senseless crime occurs, the zeal to see justice done can actually lead to great injustice. Other officers are often reluctant to report misconduct because of the loyalty they feel for their fellow officers. The proliferation of cell phone cameras have allowed citizens to record and report police misconduct. Although, in the past, most misconduct stories were assumed to be false, now, a quick search on results in hundreds of videos exposing incidents of police misconduct. One example of a compilation of news and amateur video about the problems inherent in this system is BrasscheckTV’s Youtube page.
Even now, however, actually making a report of police misconduct can be a challenge for the average citizen, largely because when reporting police misconduct a person has to make the report to the agency being complained about. In many cities, a citizen’s review board will review complaints against police officers. Reforms and close monitoring are required to ensure that police misconduct is discovered quickly and that innocent persons are not falsely accused.
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The Richmond Police Department is accepting applications for Class #25 of the Richmond Citizen's Police Academy (RCPA).
The purpose of the Citizen's Police Academy is to provide residents with a better understanding of the operations of the Richmond Police Department.
The classes will begin on Thursday, Feb. 1, at the Richmond Police Department, 600 Preston St. in Richmond. Class hours are from 6:30 until 9:30 p.m. Classes will be held every Thursday for 10 sessions. The only cost for this opportunity is a resident's time and dedication.
During the academy, citizens will be exposed to many areas of law enforcement including but not limited to:
Meeting the staff and officers of the Richmond Police Department.
Touring the Richmond Police Department and Fort Bend County Jail.
Riding along with Richmond Police Officers during their shifts, if citizens choose.
Participating in the "TASER training." (Full participation optional)
Participating in the "Shoot, Don't Shoot" Firearms Training Scenarios
Join the more than 600 involved citizens who have graduated from the Richmond Citizen's Police Academy by completing an online application at the Richmond Police Department website. Visit ... ce-academy. Completed applications may be mailed, emailed or faxed to the Richmond Police Department, Attn: Lt. Lowell D. Neinast, 600 Preston St., Richmond, Texas 77469; Fax 281- 232-0004; call 281-342-2849 or email for more information. ... ok-review/


Judge rules San Diego deadly shooting was justified


A federal judge has ruled that a San Diego police officer acted reasonably when he killed an unarmed man he thought was holding a knife.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that a judge ruled Monday in a civil rights lawsuit brought by the family of 42-year-old Fridoon Nehad.

Police were called in 2015 after reports that Nehad was threatening people with a knife. Officer Neal Browder said he found the man in an alley and shot him as Nehad walked toward him with something in his hand. It turned out to be a pen. ... oenix-cops

Lawsuit filed over man’s death in struggle with Phoenix cops


A lawsuit alleging excessive force has been filed against the city of Phoenix in the death of a homeless man during a struggle with police officers nearly a year ago outside a community center.

Muhammad Abdul Muhaymin, 43, died shortly after officers took him into custody for having an outstanding criminal warrant. Police were called to the Maryvale Community Center after a dispute arose there over whether Muhaymin, who suffered from mental disabilities, could bring his service dog into a public bathroom with him.

The lawsuit, filed earlier this month by Muhaymin’s sister, seeks $10 million from the city. It alleges excessive force and wrongful death, saying officers caused the death by using unjustified force in restraining Muhaymin, who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia and acute claustrophobia.

The Phoenix Police Department on Tuesday declined to comment on the lawsuit. The agency also declined to specify the charge that Muhaymin faced in the outstanding warrant or say whether any officers were disciplined as a result of the encounter. ... f-teenager

Texas officer found guilty in shooting death of teenager


A jury in Dallas has found a former police officer guilty of murder in the shooting death of a 16-year-old teenager who had burglarized the cop 's SUV.

Former Farmers Branch officer Ken Johnson was found guilty Tuesday of murder and also of aggravated assault.

His sentencing was postponed until next month.

Prosecutors previously told jurors that Johnson was off-duty in March 2016 when he chased Jose Cruz and another teen.

Surveillance video shows that Johnson chased the teens with his SUV, rammed their car and then repeatedly fired into their stopped vehicle.

Cruz died in the shooting in the Dallas suburb of Addison and the other teen was seriously injured. ... department

Settlement allows Rockford officer to retire in good standing

A settlement agreement has been reached that will allow a Rockford police officer who was involved in the 2009 police shooting death of an unarmed black man to retire in good standing. ... -1.3709641

Congress secretly settled sexual harassment, discrimination claims with over $342G in taxpayer funds
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 5:30 PM ... -detective


A lawyer for two men whose federal convictions were recently overturned is raising fresh questions about an April 2010 incident that led to their convictions on bogus drug charges and involved a Baltimore detective fatally gunned down last month just as he was set to testify before a grand jury investigating indicted police colleagues.

Attorney Steven Silverman represents a pair whose federal convictions were vacated Monday by a U.S. judge after they spent years in prison based on 2010 police work done by a group of allegedly corrupt officers.

He asserts that Detective Sean Suiter, then an officer, was driving an unmarked vehicle that intentionally rear-ended a car of one of his client’s. Suiter was among a group of officers dressed in black, wearing face masks, and showing no visible badges during the April 2010 incident, Silverman alleged.

A high-speed chase ensued, ending with the fatality of an 87-year-old man when client Umar Burley’s car slammed into another vehicle. A state court convicted him of manslaughter in the death.

Burley said he thought the masked figures were criminals trying to rob him. “I felt like I was in imminent danger and I took off,” he said in a Tuesday phone call.

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U.S. lifts ban on funding risky virus research
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 4:24 PM

The National Institutes of Health announced Tuesday that it would allow the federal government to resume funding controversial research that makes viruses more contagious and deadly—despite scientists’ concern that the risks of such experiments outweigh potential advantages.

The federal government will lift a three-year pause, instituted in October, 2014, on funding the research projects.

The so-called “gain-of-function” experiments involve genetically altering viruses including bird flu, SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), and MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome) to make them more transmissible and pathogenic, in order to study the kinds of genetic changes that can make a disease more transmissible from person to person.

But scientists are leery of the testing — suggesting that there might be less risky ways to draw conclusions.

The moratorium was imposed after government employees mishandled anthrax and avian flu, suggesting that labs’ biosafety and security standards were inadequate. ... -1.3709136

Electric power to the people: Volkswagen plans 2,800 new EV charging stations in 17 U.S. cities
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 12:44 PM ... ooting-son

Mother sues San Francisco police for fatally shooting son


A Northern California mother filed a civil rights lawsuit Tuesday alleging a San Francisco police rookie wrongfully shot and killed her unarmed son as he fled from a stolen van he was driving earlier this month.

The lawsuit alleges that poor police training led to O’Neil’s death. The officer who shot O’Neil graduated from the police academy four days earlier and was a passenger in a patrol car driven by a training officer.

Body-worn cameras captured officer Christopher Samayoa firing through the closed passenger-side window of the police car he was riding in, the bullet shattering glass before it hit O’Neil in the head.

“At the time of the fatal shot, Mr. O’Neil was unarmed and did not present an immediate threat to the officers or anyone else,”

San Francisco police did not immediately return phone and email inquiries Tuesday. The San Francisco Police Officers Association Union also did not return a telephone message seeking comment.

Police have not released the name of the training officer. Samayoa was placed on paid administrative leave after the shooting while it was investigated. ... =n&clmob=y

A knife-wielding man shot by Minneapolis police during a tense confrontation in an interview room clung to life Tuesday, while union officials said officers followed proper procedures when handling an armed suspect believed to be a danger to himself or others.

Officers fired several shots at the teen on Monday afternoon after the 18-year-old, identified as Marcus Terrell Fischer of Minneapolis, produced a knife and began repeatedly stabbing himself in the chest and neck, ignoring repeated commands to throw the weapon down, according to multiple sources.

Fischer was later hospitalized with critical injuries; department sources said it was uncertain whether he would survive.

He had been brought in for questioning about a Dec. 13 robbery in northeast Minneapolis, in which a 21-year-old man was shot during a gun deal gone awry, police records showed.

Fischer was arrested about 2:25 Monday afternoon by members of the department's Violent Criminal Apprehension Team and turned over to the detective handling the shooting case. Fischer also has an open weapons possession case.

He was brought to police headquarters downtown and taken into an interview room in Room 108, which houses specialized units like Homicide and Robbery.

Suspects are seldom handcuffed during interviews, sources say, and that it isn't unusual for detectives to leave the room periodically.

At some point, investigators left the room, leaving Fischer unattended. When they returned, he was holding a knife and had stabbed himself at least 11 times in the neck and the chest and was trying to slash his own throat. By then, more officers came running over to the room, drawn by the commotion, according to a source familiar with the case. ... 0df6c.html

Newburyport woman receives jail time for placing branch across driveway of FBI neighbor
By Dave Rogers Staff Writer Dec 19, 2017 Updated ... 440294.php

Mayor: East Haven PD has rebuilt public trust and restored accountability after exhibiting racist behaviour
By Clare Dignan Published 10:07 pm, Monday, December 18, 2017

The consent decree between the town and DOJ came after a two-year investigation that concluded in 2011 found the EHPD engaged in patterns of biased policing against Latinos, intentionally targeting them. It was sparked by incidents in 2009 that brought to light that East Haven officers were targeting Latinos. The DOJ found that the EHPD engaged in “systematically discriminating against Latinos,” according to the investigation’s report. ... tly-right/


Anyone who has worked at a television network has loads of stories about pieces that were spiked or totally suppressed because the corporation went into damage-control mode. One recent example: 60 Minutes.

On December 3, during a congenial retrospective presentation — “Fifty Years of 60 Minutes” — the iconic news program re-lived some of the show’s biggest moments: trophy interviews, scoops and revelations, and, commendably, a few jumbo mistakes.

But in the course of serving up confessions, such as Mike Wallace’s spiked interview with a tobacco company whistleblower, to which they devoted only a few seconds, they also mentioned how they were led astray on a key incident in the career of George W. Bush. And they blamed it on the sloppy reporting of Dan Rather and his producers.

By doing so, the network perpetuated a serious fiction about the 2004 election, in a way that only underlined its cowardice in dealing with an embarrassing scandal.

The real problem with Rather was not — as CBS would have us believe — that he failed to properly vet a fake document during an investigation into whether George W. Bush pulled strings to avoid combat duty in Vietnam.

In fact, the documentation for Bush’s self-serving actions is clear and compelling.

The core issue is what CBS left unsaid. Rather’s producers were poking into an authentic story that powerful political forces had long been trying to suppress: how the then-President of the United States, who had taken the country into war in Iraq under false pretenses, resulting in untold unnecessary deaths, himself had gone AWOL from military service years earlier — and covered it up.

That’s a big deal. And a news organization worth its salt doesn’t run from the truth.

Another mainstream outlet, the Los Angeles Times, mocked Rather by putting the word “Truth” in quotation marks in the title of a story published in 2015 — “Dan Rather is sticking to the ‘Truth’ of his story about George W. Bush.” But at least that newspaper gave him a chance to defend himself. In his response, Rather made clear that he regrets the use of documentation that was not properly vetted. But he went on to strongly refute any inference that this invalidates the thrust of the original report:

“It’s not a matter of opinion whether the central facts of the story were true or not; it’s true,” he says of the 2004 report. “One: That through the influence of his politically powerful father, George W. Bush got into a so-called champagne unit of the Air National Guard as a way of assuring he wouldn’t have to go to Vietnam. And two: After he got in… he disappeared for more than a year.”

We agree. To find out why, and for all the sordid details, have a look at this story, previously published by WhoWhatWhy.

(Original publishing date October 15, 2015)

George W. Bush sent thousands of Americans to their deaths in wars that could have been avoided — while he himself dodged the draft as a young man. Dan Rather’s reporting on how Bush allegedly got away with it led to the famed television news anchorman’s spectacular downfall.

A new film, Truth, starring Robert Redford as Rather, and Cate Blanchett as his producer Mary Mapes, claims to show what really happened. The film is about to open, and we haven’t seen it yet. But we thought you’d be interested in WhoWhatWhy editor Russ Baker’s own discoveries on the tricks behind the scenes to rewrite history — including indications that a trap was laid for Rather and Mapes, with the goal of scaring all media off the investigative trail. Here, from his best-seller Family of Secrets, are related excerpts. (This is the first of a two-part series.)


The Skeleton in W.’s Closet
Even before George W. Bush attained his first public office, his handlers were aware of a skeleton rattling noisily in his closet. It was one that undercut the legend of principle and duty — the story of a man’s man and patriot. It would have to be disposed of.

At a televised debate in 1994 between incumbent Texas governor Ann Richards and challenger George W., Austin television reporter Jim Moore asked Bush to explain how he had gotten so quickly and easily into National Guard pilot training as an alternative to serving in Vietnam.

Candidate Bush simply asserted that favoritism had played no role and that he had honorably served. End of discussion. There were no follow-up questions.

But the moment the debate was over, Bush’s communications director, Karen Hughes, came at the journalist. “Karen just makes a beeline for me and gets in my face and tries to separate me from the crowd,” Moore said. “Then she starts a rant.

‘What kind of question is that? Why did you ask that question? Who do you think you are? That’s just not relevant to being governor of Texas. He’s not trying to run the federal government. He’s going to run the state of Texas. What does his service in the National Guard have to do with anything? He doesn’t have an army to run here in Texas. Why would you ask such a question, Jim?’”

Karen Hughes Photo credit: Bill Rice / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)
Karen Hughes Photo credit: Bill Rice / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

In response to Hughes, Moore said, “It’s about character, Karen. It’s about his generation and mine coming of age, and how we dealt with what we all viewed as a bad war.”

As the reporter was turning to go file his story, Bush’s chief strategist, Karl Rove, came at him next. “‘What was that question, Moore?’ And I said, ‘Well, you know what it was, Karl.’ I said it’s a fair question. And he said, ‘It wasn’t fair. It doesn’t have anything to do with anything.’”

Bush’s handlers thought they could get reporters off a story by intimidating them. Often they turned out to be right. It sometimes seems that the entire story of George W. Bush’s life has been rewritten by hired hands.

Allbaugh told James that Karen Hughes and Bartlett would be coming out to Camp Mabry, which was on the outskirts of Austin, to comb through the records in preparation for a book on Bush, and he instructed the general to have the records prescreened. According to Burkett, Allbaugh said, “Just get rid of the embarrassments.”
Just one of hundreds of such examples: During his unsuccessful Midland congressional bid in 1978, W.’s campaign literature described his wartime service as “Air Force” — a claim also made for him in Poppy’s autobiography. Presumably both men knew the difference between the National Guard and the Air Force. Nevertheless, that claim remained in W.’s official biography until the 2000 presidential campaign, at which point the correction was quietly made.

After Bush’s election as governor in 1994, his political team worked to inoculate their man against further inquiries into his Guard service. Dan Bartlett, an eager staff aide then in his twenties, and with no military service of his own, was named as liaison between the governor and the National Guard. And Bush replaced Texas’s adjutant general Sam Turk, the administrative head of the Guard, who had been appointed by Governor Richards, with General Daniel James.

Lt. Gen. Daniel James III, Director, Air National Guard Photo credit: Master Sgt. Jim Varhegyi / US Air Force

Cleaning up the Texas Guard records became a lot easier once W. was the titular commander in chief of the state’s National Guard units. The effort got under way just months after Bush’s inauguration. On May 16, 1995, Joe Allbaugh, by then Bush’s chief of staff, met with Guard officials and asked to see Bush’s personnel records. Three days later, they were sent over to the governor’s office from the office of the outgoing adjutant general. “I am enclosing copies of the Texas Air National Guard personnel records for Mr. Daniel O. Shelley and Governor George W. Bush,” wrote Turk.

It is not clear why Shelley’s records were also requested, except that he was about to be named Bush’s legislative director. In any case, asking for two records rather than one likely was a form of cover — comparable to what happened in 1972 when George W. Bush failed to take his mandatory National Guard physical and was joined in this violation by his friend Jim Bath. In each instance, the special treatment accorded W. was made to seem more “routine” by the fact that at least one other person was included.

That the people around the governor were concerned was evident when Dan Bartlett traveled to Denver to personally review the microfiche copy of Bush’s records on file at the Air Reserve Personnel Center.

Enter Bill Burkett
In 1996, the new adjutant general, Daniel James, hired Lieutenant Colonel Bill Burkett, a former Guardsman and tough cattle rancher who doubled as a private management consultant, to lead a task force assessing the state of the organization. Burkett returned several months later with a devastating report, documenting how outmoded, inefficient, unprepared, and even corrupt the service was.

What Burkett and his team discovered went way beyond unjustified promotions of politically connected officers. They also uncovered that the Texas Guard rolls were full of “ghost soldiers,” military personnel kept on the books after they had left the unit to justify the continued flow of money allocated for their pay. Equally important, the ghost numbers made units appear to be at authorized troop levels when reviewed by state and federal authorities.

Burkett and his team believed their findings were so important and so sensitive that they had to take them straight to the top. Not knowing who was responsible for the fraud, “we decided we had to go to the boss,” Burkett recalled. But James, the man governor Bush had handpicked to run the Guard, seemed far more upset about the breach of military procedure in reporting the news of corruption and malfeasance than in the news itself. According to Burkett, James responded: “Now guys, I want to know what I’m supposed to tell the chief of staff, Colonel Goodwin, when he wants to have your heads ’cause you violated the chain of command and came in here over his head.”

When Burkett asked for — and received — a promise of funding from the Clinton-Gore administration to begin repairing holes in the Guard, Governor Bush angrily declined the help. According to Burkett, Bush’s chief of staff, Joe Allbaugh, informed General James that henceforth his primary function was to ensure that Bill Burkett be kept as far as possible from the media.

“Just get rid of the embarrassments.”
Meanwhile, according to Burkett, there was discussion of Bush’s impending presidential bid and how it would become a priority for state officials. One day in 1997, Burkett said, he was in the vicinity of General James’s office when a call came in. James took it on the speakerphone. It was Joe Allbaugh, with Bush’s Guard liaison Dan Bartlett on the line. According to Burkett, Allbaugh told James that Karen Hughes and Bartlett would be coming out to Camp Mabry, which was on the outskirts of Austin, to comb through the records in preparation for a book on Bush, and he instructed the general to have the records prescreened. According to Burkett, Allbaugh said, “Just get rid of the embarrassments.”

About ten days after Allbaugh’s call, Burkett claims, he came upon Guard officials going through Bush’s records and observed a trash can nearby that included between twenty and forty pages of Bush’s military documents. Burkett had a few moments to see what they contained.

Another Guard officer and friend of Burkett’s, George Conn, would later corroborate much of this story, but then withdraw confirmation while steadfastly maintaining that Burkett was an honorable and truthful man. Clearly, Conn was in a difficult position, working for the military on a civilian contract, while his wife served as head of the secretarial pool for a large law firm that was a leading bundler of campaign contributions to the Bush campaigns.

“I was there. I know what I saw in the trash. I know what actions I saw taking place,” Burkett told me during one of several lengthy conversations. One of the documents that has been missing from the released files, Burkett claims, is a “counseling statement” from a senior officer to Bush, explaining why he was grounded and the changes to his assignment, slot, and pay rate. Burkett told me he glimpsed Bush’s counseling statement at the top of the discard stack, but did not have time to read it through.

“In a perfect world, I guess I should have just stepped up and grabbed the files and made a federal case of it all right there,” he said. “Looking back, I probably would have. It would have been simpler to have confronted the whole mess right then and there.”

Burkett, whose claims would surface publicly on a Web site for a Texas veterans’s group in 2000 and were subsequently detailed in Jim Moore’s 2004 book, Bush’s War for Reelection, first made his allegations within Guard circles in 1997. The next year he laid them out in letters to state legislators and in eight missives to Bush himself, addressing broad problems with the Guard, as well as in sworn public testimony.

“Dan Bartlett knew about it,” Burkett said.

“I called Dan in May or June 1998. I told him it’s gotten to the point where you need a new [National Guard] adjutant general.”

Getting Even
Burkett was pulled away to other projects, and then in 1998 abruptly and unexpectedly dispatched on federal orders to Panama. On his trip home, he fell seriously ill. It was when he had trouble receiving proper medical care under his benefits package that he tried to use his knowledge of the destruction of Bush’s military record as leverage.

Even efforts by Texas congressman Charles Stenholm and the surgeon general to arrange hospital care for Burkett were rebuffed by Guard headquarters. Two close friends of Burkett’s within the Guard who tried to get him help for emergency medical bills — George Conn and Harvey Gough — would themselves be fired from the Guard.

To this day, it remains unclear whether the treatment of Burkett was retribution for embarrassing the Guard with claims of corruption and of the destruction of documents concerning George W. Bush’s service.

The undeniable fact is that essential paperwork one would expect to find in W.’s file somehow was missing. This included records of how the military handled Bush’s transfer to Alabama, documentation of additional service after May 1972 or an explanation of why no such evidence existed, and a report from the panel that typically convened when a pilot stopped flying prematurely. However it happened, it certainly would appear that someone purged parts of the governor’s National Guard file.

“Accident” at National Records Center
Circa 1997, the same year as the trash-can incident, microfilm containing military pay records for hundreds of Guardsmen, including Bush, was irreversibly damaged at a national records center. When the government finally acknowledged the incident seven years later, it was described as an accident during a routine “restoration” effort.

Until May 23, 2000, the efforts of Bush’s team to keep their man’s military record from public view seemed to be succeeding. Then, with Bush closing in on the GOP presidential nomination, The Boston Globe ran a story headlined, 1-YEAR GAP IN BUSH’S GUARD DUTY: NO RECORD OF AIRMAN AT DRILLS IN 1972 — Reporter Walter Robinson had obtained and reviewed 160 pages of military documents. It was Robinson who first interviewed Bush’s former commanders, only to discover that none could recall Bush performing service during that period.

The Globe’s revelations gave rise to a veritable cottage industry of bloggers, with citizen journalists launching their own inquiries, complete with their own Freedom of Information requests. Together they provided sophisticated, rigorous analysis of the fine points of military procedure and record keeping.

Evidence of Service: a Torn Scrap of Paper?
The Bush camp swung into damage-control mode. Bartlett called in the retired Guard personnel director, General Albert Lloyd, and asked him to review W.’s record to look for any proof of his service. Armed with a request letter from Bush for access to his files, and, as he confirmed to me, left alone in the records room at Camp Mabry, Lloyd found a torn piece of paper with Bush’s social security number and a series of numbers. Though no one explained why the paper had come to be torn, or established the authenticity or validity of the document, it would be turned over to news organizations and the visible partial-date information extrapolated upon as evidence of service.

Texas Air National Guard 1st Lt. George W. Bush with the 111th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, Ellington Air Force Base, TX. Photo credit: US Air Force / Wikimedia (Public Domain)

Bush carried into the White House with him an official biography that by now reflected an already thoroughly discredited scenario:

“George W. Bush was commissioned as second lieutenant and spent two years on active duty, flying F-102 fighter interceptors. For almost four years after that, he was on a part- time status, flying occasional missions to help the Air National Guard keep two of its F-102s on round-the-clock service.”

Yet, in actuality, after he went on part-time status, Bush did not fly for four more years, but rather just one year and nine months.

Since that time, the White House has, without acknowledging or explaining the changes, repeatedly revised the script. Ultimately, the latter period of Bush’s Guard service would be presented this way: after April 1972 the high-flying and highly visible pilot suddenly becomes a ground-hugging reservist reading manuals in back offices both in Alabama and in Texas, unobserved by his former flight mates, and therefore unremembered.

The personable Bush, once nicknamed “the Lip” and “the Bombastic Bushkin,” had disappeared into a cubbyhole. In spite of this, when he became governor, his F-102 was symbolically refurbished like new, and a ceremony honoring his service was held, featuring Bush-supplied promotional materials containing the misleading biographical information.

Meanwhile, the original justification for Bush’s staff to review his Guard records — that they were seeking information to include in his “autobiography” — proved suspect. When the book, A Charge to Keep, finally appeared, all mentions of his Guard duty were couched in the vaguest possible language.

“It was exciting the first time I flew and it was exciting the last time … I continued flying with my unit for the next several years … My fellow pilots were interesting people … We were different, but we worked well together …”

From the moment journalists started to look into Bush’s military records, it was clear that some essential documents were missing. But after initial Freedom of Information requests had elicited the “complete record,” other documents — such as laudatory press releases — were mysteriously supplied in response to later rounds of FOIA requests. There was no adequate explanation of where these new documents came from.

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The National Security Threat that Inflicted 400 Billion in Damages This Year
Back in the 1990s, the U.S. Navy asked Congress to address the issue of rising sea levels at the Norfolk Naval Base. The Navy wanted to raise the piers, which were becoming vulnerable to flooding due to rising waters. For various reasons, including climate change denial, Congress has delayed funding for elevating the base’s 12 piers beyond the present and near term projected reach of ongoing sea level rise. Only four so far have been lifted.

According to former Norfolk Naval Base Commander Joe Bouchard, “Washington went bonkers” when it failed to recognize and address an obvious problem — sea level rise.

Up and down the U.S. coastline, the story is much the same. But it’s not just a case of Navy Base piers. It’s a case that every coastal city in the U.S. now faces rising seas threatening homes, real estate, infrastructure. And at the same time that seas are rising, the strongest storms are growing stronger and fire seasons that once ran through a few months of the year in places like California are now a year-round affair.

(A ribbon-thin rise of land separates the Norfolk Naval Base from flooding due to climate change driven sea level rise. Flooded bases not a national security threat? See related article by Vox. Image source: Wikipedia.)

This is the very definition of climate change as a threat to the security, not just to the world’s largest naval base, but to most if not all of the United States.

So how bonkers is Donald Trump and the climate change denying GOP now? How nuts is it that Trump yesterday made the anti-factual determination, in bald defiance of a plethora of U.S. military leaders, that “climate change is not a national security threat?”

Increasingly Destructive Hurricanes are Putting a Growing Number of People and Structures at Risk

This year, the U.S. has experienced not one, not two, not three, not four, but at least five major weather disasters that were made much worse by human-caused climate change. Three of them — hurricanes Maria, Irma, and Harvey all roared out of a warming ocean. They all formed in a hotter atmosphere loaded up with a higher level of moisture. These factors gave them more fuel to feed on. They unarguably increased their peak potential intensity. Scientific studies have found that Harvey alone was three times more likely to form due to human-caused climate change. That its rainfall was considerably enhanced in a warmer atmosphere.

The storms ran in to land on a higher ramp. Seas, like those at the Naval Base and in so many other places, have risen by a foot or more from the Gulf Coast to New England and on into the Caribbean because the Earth has, indeed, warmed. And this made storm surge impacts worse.

You could go on and on with the list of climate change related factors that compounded this year’s disasters. About the climate zones moving north. About hot blobs in the ocean and bigger blocks in the atmosphere. About enhanced convection and ice cliff instability. About ridiculously resilient ridges and persistent troughs. But it’s just a simple fact that the storms were worse than they would have been. That climate change made them more likely (in some cases far more likely) to occur in the first place. In total, and in large part due to the nefarious influence of fossil fuel burning on the world’s weather, these three storms alone have inflicted 368 billion dollars in damages.

That’s billion with a capital B. A level of harm often attributed to warfare but one that can instead be put at the feet of weather indiscriminately weaponized by fossil fuel burning. For the Atlantic Hurricane season this year, at a time when global temperatures are 1.1 to 1.2 C hotter than 1880s averages, was the most destructive ever recorded. These climate change enhanced storms left whole island nations and entire regions in ruins. In many cases it will take months, years, or even a decade or more to fully recover.

Wildfires are Increasing and Wildfire Season is Getting Longer in the Western U.S.

But in the grim tally of climate change related damages during 2017, we don’t stop at just hurricanes. For California, during 2017 experienced its worst fire season on record. One in which 11,306 structures have so far been damaged or destroyed. We say so far because what is likely to become the largest fire in California history — the Thomas Fire — is still burning.

11,306 structures would be enough to make a decent sized city. All gone due to a fire season that is now year round. Due to western heating, drying and temperature extremes that are increasingly forced to well outside the normal range. Total damages this year for California are presently estimated at more than 13 billion dollars. That’s nothing to shake a stick at. But this damage total is likely to continue to climb as the tally of losses is counted.

(Abnormally above average temperatures and below average precipitation contributed to fire danger in California during December. This odd heat and drought was driven, in no small part, by climate change. Image source: NOAA.)

As with hurricanes, the presently more intense fires are linked in numerous ways to a warming climate. Warmer temperatures increase the rate of evaporation and the intensity of precipitation in the most extreme events. Such variance increases the rate at which vegetation grows during wet season and the rate at which it dries during times when the rains depart. This adds more ready fuels for fires. In addition, northward movement of the Arctic sea ice contributes to an overall warmer and drier pattern for the U.S. West. This pattern, helps to produce stronger high pressure systems that, in turn, strengthen the fire-fanning Santa Ana winds.

This year, December, which is typically a wet month for the U.S. West, especially during La Nina (which we are presently experiencing) has been incredibly dry. This dryness helped to fuel the Thomas Fire. But the dryness didn’t happen in a vacuum. It was associated with a major climate change related influx of heat into the Arctic linked to climate change driven polar amplification.

Failure to Recognize Climate Change Leaves U.S. Citizens Vulnerable to Harm

Anyone following the increasingly clear evidence of how Trump campaign officials coordinated with Russia to disrupt the 2016 elections and how ardently Trump is attempting to cover the whole thing up could draw the reasonable conclusion that Trump cares more about his own personal advancement than the safety and security of the American people. Trump’s, and by extension, the GOP’s climate change denial, can be seen through the same morally relativistic lens. Wealthy fossil fuel donors have for a long time now held an unreasonable influence over persons in higher office. The denial of climate change for both the Republican Congress and the Presidency is, in other words, well-funded.

(GOP funding by fossil fuel donors just keeps going up and up in lockstep with GOP climate change denial and anti-environmental policy. Image source: InsideClimate News.)

Such denial may line the pocketbooks of republican politicians and wealthy oil, gas, and ailing coal companies. But it places the American people, their homes, their livelihoods, beneath the blade of a falling ax. So when Trump says climate change is a hoax, forces government websites to shut down, scrubs words related to climate change from government communications, opposes alternative clean energy, and tells the Department of Defense not to treat climate change as a national security threat, he is culpable and a contributor to a very clear, present, and growing danger.

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