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Postby msfreeh » Tue Jun 24, 2014 6:30 pm

In 1995, We brought Ed Tatro to speak at Bates College about how the Texas Oil Mafia,Lyndon Johnson and FBI Director Hoover assassinated President Kennedy

The Warren Report 50 Years Later: A Critical Examination

What we know now, that we didn’t know then.

Presented By: The JFK Historical Group

David Denton, Ed Tatro, Walt Boyes, William Boyes,
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September 26th-28th

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Many of the leading experts on the JFK Assassination and critics of the Warren Commission findings will be meeting in Washington D.C. on this weekend, to give presentations on the
various aspects of this topic.

Ed Tatro, Doug Horne, Phil Nelson, Russ Baker, Gary Powers Jr., Peter Janney, James Wagenvoord (former Life magazine editor and current whistle blower), Don Adams, (former FBI agent
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Re: FBI WATCH Making Cruelty visible

Postby msfreeh » Mon Jun 30, 2014 6:17 pm

June 30, 2014

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*Supreme Court tells Cops: "Get a Warrant" for Cell Phone Searches [ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/sup ... -searches/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;]** [ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/sup ... -searches/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;]** *In a decision that weighs heavily in favor of Fourth Amendment and privacy rights, the Supreme Court Iphone last week ruled that police officers must generally get a warrant before searching the cell phones of people they arrest.

*Time to Ground the "No Fly" List [ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/tim ... -fly-list/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;]** [ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/tim ... -fly-list/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;]* The No Fly List is finally getting the scrutiny and skepticism it deserves. It is both a "diabolical bureaucratic beast" Passenger plane above the clouds. (according to former Nixon Counsel John Dean) and a bit of a laughingstock.

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Re: FBI WATCH Making Cruelty visible

Postby msfreeh » Thu Jul 03, 2014 6:23 am

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By Anthony Summers & Robbyn Swan

There have been allegations over the past twenty years that Florida’s Santo Trafficante and Louisiana’s Carlos Marcello admitted before they died that they had been involved in the assassination.
Do those allegations have merit?

The Mafia thought they had a deal, their help to get Kennedy elected in exchange for a complaisant Justice Department. The month after the election, though, John Kennedy announced that he was making his brother Robert Attorney General. Speaking from the steps of the Department of Justice, Robert made it clear that he intended to use the office to wage war on organized crime.

By early 1962, the Attorney General would be saying new laws and specialized intelligence had top gangsters on the run. Three hundred and fifty mobsters were indicted that year, 138 of them convicted. Some mobsters were fleeing the United States rather than face justice.

Lucky Luciano and Joe Adonis continued to languish in exile. Skinny D’Amato, the New Jersey nightclub owner who had acted as bagman during the West Virginia primary campaign of 1960, reminded Joe Kennedy that his help in the election had been against a promise of leniency for Adonis. Robert Kennedy had no intention of allowing Adonis to return, however, and D’Amato himself was indicted on tax charges.

The Attorney General pressed for the deportation of any other mafiosi who could be shown to be aliens. Early on, New Orleans Mafia boss Carlos Marcello had been flown out of the country to Guatemala – though he subsequently returned. There were new efforts to expel Frank Costello and Johnny Rosselli.

Rosselli and Sam Giancana had hoped for special treatment because both had been involved in CIA plots to assassinate Fidel Castro and – as Giancana put it – considered they had been “working for the government.” FBI wiretaps make clear Giancana simmered with rage. After the deal-making of the election – when his efforts had helped deliver Illinois for Kennedy – he felt he had been double crossed.

In November 1963, within hours of his brother’s death, Robert Kennedy asked rackets specialist Julius Draznin to look for Mob leads in Chicago. “He meant,” said Draznin, “Sam Giancana.” The focus of those who share RFK’s suspicion has long been on Giancana and two other Mafia bosses, Carlos Marcello and Santo Trafficante.

“The Mob typically doesn’t hit prosecutors or politicians,” said former House Assassinations Committee chief counsel Robert Blakey. “You are all right….just as long as you do not `sleep with them,’ that is, you do not take favors, either money or sex. Once the public official crosses the line, he invites violent retribution.”

In 1977 Santo Trafficante, the Florida Mafia boss, was forced by subpoena to testify on oath before the Assassinations Committee. The questions put to him included the following:

* Did you ever discuss with any individual plans to assassinate President Kennedy?

* Prior to November 22, 1963, did you know Jack Ruby?

* While you were in prison in Cuba, were you visited by Jack Ruby?

In response to all three questions, Trafficante responded, “I respectfully refuse to answer pursuant to my constitutional rights under the First, Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments.” “Pleading the Fifth” invokes the constitutional principle that no one can be forced to give evidence that may be self-incriminating.

Having been granted immunity from prosecution arising from what he might say, Trafficante testified again in secret. Then, in late 1978, he appeared at a public hearing to deny having said in advance of the assassination – as alleged – that President Kennedy was “going to be hit.” Asked whether he had been aware of threats to the President allegedly made by his Louisiana counterpart, Carlos Marcello, he replied, “No, sir; no, no chance, no way.”

There was also, however, a comment Trafficante had made in 1975, while being taped during an FBI surveillance operation. “Now only two people are alive,” the FBI microphone had picked up Trafficante saying—in conversation with Marcello—“who know who killed Kennedy.”

What he meant remains unknown and unknowable. Trafficante died in 1987. Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa, who had been his associate and who allegedly wanted both Kennedys dead, had vanished twelve years earlier—probably murdered by criminal associates.

Sam Giancana, the Chicago Mob boss who had conspired with Trafficante and the CIA to kill Cuba’s Fidel Castro, was also long dead. He had been found in 1975, lying face-up in a puddle of blood, just as the Senate Intelligence Committee was preparing to question him about the Castro plots. He had been shot once in the back of the head and six times—in a neatly stitched circle—around the mouth. It was the Mob’s way, one source said, of warning others not to talk. Some suspected that Trafficante had ordered the hit.

John Roselli had been killed soon after Giancana and Hoffa. What was left of him was found floating in Miami’s Dumfoundling Bay, crammed into an oil drum. He had testified to the Senate Intelligence Committee and was due to appear again. Trafficante was again a suspect.

Before Roselli died, it was reported, he had suggested that his former associates in the Castro assassination plots had gone on to kill President Kennedy. Within weeks of his death, the House of Representatives voted by a huge majority to reopen the Kennedy case—a decision that led to the formation of the House Assassinations Committee.

The Committee finding, in 1979, was that “extensive investigation led it to conclude that the most likely family bosses of organized crime to have participated in [planning the President’s assassination] were Carlos Marcello and Santo Trafficante.” While both had had “the motive, means, and opportunity to plan and execute a conspiracy,” however, the Committee could not pin anything on either mafioso.

In 1994, however, it seemed that credible testimony on the subject had perhaps emerged. Frank Ragano, an attorney who long represented Trafficante, Marcello, and Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa made remarkable claims in a new memoir. “Santo, Carlos, and Jimmy”, he wrote, had often spoken of their wish to see both Kennedy brothers dead. In July 1963, Ragano claimed, Hoffa had sent him to New Orleans to ask Trafficante and Marcello to kill the President. When he passed on this message, Ragano wrote, the mobsters’ response led him to think the idea “had already seriously crossed their minds.”

After the assassination, a gleeful Hoffa had supposedly exclaimed, “I told you they could do it. I’ll never forget what Carlos and Santo did for me.” Marcello supposedly said, “When you see Jimmy, you tell him he owes me and he owes me big.”
According to Ragano, Santo Trafficante had phoned him years later – on March 13, 1987 – to request a meeting. When the lawyer arrived to take him for a drive, the ailing 72-year-old mobster shuffled to the car in pajamas and a terry-cloth robe. Then, slumped in Ragano’s Mercedes-Benz, he talked in Sicilian of the old days, old murders, and of the Kennedys.

“That Bobby,” Ragano claimed the dying mobster had said, “made life miserable for me and my friends…God damn Bobby. Carlos e futtutu. Non duvevamu ammazzari a Giovanni. Duvevamu ammazzari a Bobby.” (“Carlos [Marcello] messed up. We shouldn’t have killed John. We should have killed Bobby.”)

Four days after this supposed admission to the crime of the 20th century, Trafficante died. He had not elaborated on his statement, and Ragano said he had not asked him to. He said he thought about it anxiously for a while after the mobster’s death, then confided in his wife, and eventually went public.

Trafficante’s widow, his two daughters, and several friends and neighbors, said the March 13, 1987, meeting never happened. According to Ragano it occurred in the city of Tampa, the family’s traditional base and his own hometown. Trafficante had long since, however, lived most of the time almost 300 miles away, in North Miami Beach. He had not visited Tampa since the Christmas holidays, according to his family. The mobster was so ill, they insisted, what with heart disease, thrice-weekly hospital visits to have kidney dialysis, and a permanent colostomy bag, that travel had become a major undertaking.

The time of his momentous March 13 meeting with Trafficante, Ragano had written, had been about 1:30p.m..Yet Jean Amato, the widow of one of Trafficante’s close associates, says she visited Trafficante and his wife at home in North Miami Beach between noon and 2:00p.m.. Jack Hodus, a pharmacist, said he saw Trafficante there at about 6:00 p.m., and other accounts place the mobster in Miami for dinner. Even if only Jean Amato told the truth, Trafficante could not have been in Tampa at 1:30 p.m., as Ragano claimed.

Ragano asserted he could respond to these counter-allegations with three witnesses of his own, but declined to produce them unless the Trafficantes tried to take him to court for libel.

Meanwhile, there is some medical evidence. The records of Miami’s Mercy Hospital indicate the mobster was being treated in the dialysis unit regularly in early 1987. He was there, receiving treatment until 7.15 pm on March 12 – the day before his alleged lunchtime confession to Ragano – and was back in the dialysis unit by the afternoon of March 14.
Trafficante Dialysis 3-12-87 Trafficante Dialysis 3-14-87

Dr. Felix Locicero, Trafficante’s Tampa nephrologist, told us he knew of no visit to Tampa on March 13 and thought it “unlikely” the mobster was in town.

Exposing Ragano as a possible liar does not dispose of the “Mob dunnit” theory, nor of the notion that Trafficante and Carlos Marcello played some part in Kennedy’s murder. “Mark my word,” Trafficante is reported to have said to a close associate in September 1962, “this man Kennedy is in trouble, and he will get what is coming to him…He’s not going to make it to the election. He is going to be hit.”

Carlos Marcello, the boss of the Mafia in the southeastern United States, had like Trafficante appeared before the Assassinations Committee. His principal business in life, he had earlier had the audacity to tell another committee, was as a tomato salesman earning about $1,600 a month. His answers related to the President’s assassination were no more illuminating.

Asked whether he ever made a physical threat against the President, Marcello replied, “Positively not, never said anything like that.” Trafficante, he said, had never talked with him about assassinating Kennedy. Their contacts had been “strictly social.” He did not know of any discussion with U.S. officials about killing Fidel Castro, had not been to Cuba before or after 1960, never had any interests there. He “never knew” either alleged assassin Lee Oswald or Jack Ruby.

More, just a little more, emerged from FBI surveillance obtained during a bribery probe in 1979, when microphones planted in Marcello’s home and office picked up snatches of relevant conversation. It was the year the House Assassinations Committee was winding up its work, and—on several occasions—mikes picked up the mobster repeating, as though he wanted to be overheard, the sort of “No, I never” denials he had made when testifying.

Once, however, when a visitor asked his reaction to the Committee’s suspicions as to his role in the assassination, the mobster told the man to shut up. There was then the sound of a chair being pushed back, of the two men walking out of the room. In the last words picked up, Marcello could be heard telling his companion that this was a subject better discussed outside. Going “outside” to discuss sensitive matters, the record showed, was something Marcello did on more than one occasion.

An informant the FBI used in that surveillance operation, a man named Joseph Hauser, later claimed he got Marcello to discuss the assassination. According to Hauser, the mobster admitted both that he had known Oswald’s uncle Charles Murret, and that Oswald himself had at one point worked as a runner for the betting operation run for Marcello by a bookmaker named Sam Saia.

Even more provocative was something that—according to Hauser—Marcello’s brother Joseph said. Edward Kennedy was about to run for the White House, and Hauser raised the subject of the “rough time” the elder Kennedys had given Marcello back in the 1960s. “Don’t worry,” Joseph supposedly replied, “We took care of them, didn’t we?”

Oswald’s uncle Charles had indeed been involved in gambling activity, and he was an associate of Sam Saia. Saia was a powerful figure in bookmaking, and was reputedly close to Carlos Marcello. What Marcello is said to have confided is thus plausible—but not evidence. Of the surveillance tapes thus far released, none show that Marcello made such admissions, or that his brother’s remark about having “taken care” of the Kennedys was really made. One must question, too, whether – if it was made – it was meant seriously.

More and similar material is reflected in FBI records. It dates to the mid-1980s, when the Mob boss had at last been imprisoned—on charges of racketeering, wire fraud, and conspiracy to bribe a federal judge. It was then that a fellow prison inmate named Jack Van Laningham, who was being used by the FBI in another surveillance operation against Marcello, made a fresh allegation that the mob boss had admitted involvement in the Kennedy assassination. The FBI file contains a report on what, according to Van Laningham, Marcello told him and another inmate as they were sitting “outside in the patio” of the prison yard. As originally circulated, with Van Laningham’s name withheld, it reads as follows:

A confidential source who has provided reliable information in the past furnished the following:

On December 15, 1985, he was in the company of CARLOS MARCELLO and another inmate at the FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTE (FCI), Texarkana, Texas, in the court yard engaged in conversation. CARLOS MARCELLO discussed his intense dislike of former President JOHN KENNEDY as he often did. Unlike other such tirades against KENNEDY, however, on this occasion CARLOS MARCELLO said, referring to President KENNEDY, “Yeah, I had the son of a biscuit killed. I’m glad I did. I’m sorry I couldn’t have done it myself.

The report, as currently released by the National Archives with Van Laningham’s name revealed, is here: Confidential Source Report

Later, in a letter to an FBI agent, Van Laningham quoted Marcello as saying he had known Santo Trafficante, who had been his partner in the gambling rackets in Cuba. He had “hated” the President and his brother the Attorney General. He had been “introduced to Oswald,” the mob boss supposedly told Van Laningham, “by a man named Ferris, who was Marcello’s pilot” [a reference presumably to David Ferrie, a Marcello associate long rumored to have been involved in some way in the assassination] —and had thought Oswald “crazy.” He had backed Ruby in business in Dallas, and Ruby had come to Louisiana to “report” to him.

(Portions of Van Lanigham’s multi-page letter – to FBI agent Carl Podsiadly – can be found below.)

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Re: FBI WATCH Making Cruelty visible

Postby msfreeh » Fri Jul 04, 2014 10:13 am

Ed Tatro just sent me this story.
We brought Ed To speak at our conference dealing with the death squad activities of taxpayer funded FBI agents on two separate occasions.
Ed attended the Clay Shaw trial in New Orleans in the late 1960's
Shaw was the only man charged in the death of President Kennedy.
Our conference was held from 1989-2002 .
You can watch Ed on the banned History Channel documentary
The Guilty Men. Ed Tatro wrote the script Google
the guilty men YouTube JFK. or click link which has been checked and works
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Here is Ed's email
Sent: Fri, Jul 4, 2014 10:12 AM EDT
Subject: Interesting MLK Story

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I just started communicating with the reporter who wrote this story. He also wrote some stuff about the dealings of the Fertitta family, who I've been investigating in relation to their ownership of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and Xyience, the company that sued me for $25 million back in 2006 for writing about how corrupt the whole operation was. I just completed a new story at Xyiencesucks.com about a car accident that many speculate was a hit, and this same reporter wrote about that back in 1993 when it first happened.

Anyway, the really interesting angle on the Memphis story is that Stelzer believes the "Paul" in the story is FBI agent Paul Rico, Whitey Bulger's former handler who is now dead. It's long, but a great read. I know you're a JFK/RFK assassination guy, but I figured this was also something you'd be interested in. Let me know what you think.

Maybe in Memphis
Jim Green, ex-con and government snitch, says he and his buddies from the Bootheel took part in the plot to kill Martin Luther King Jr. Trouble is, Green's been lying all his life -- so why should anybody believe him now?
By C.D. Stelzer Wednesday, May 9 2001

Wherever James Cooper Green Jr. goes in Caruthersville, his reputation precedes him. They know his name at the courthouse and at City Hall, at the liquor store and the café. In casual conversation, he tends to reminisce about the town's violent past, when Caruthersville, Mo., was known as "Little Chicago." He broaches the subject in the same way other people talk about the weather.

At his prompting, a woman at the Tigers Hut Café recalls how a bullet flew through her bedroom window when she was a child. The county prosecutor, its intended target, lived next door. Later, a 73-year-old man who once worked for Green's father recounts how he shot and killed a fellow with a .38-caliber pistol. The boys at a local package-liquor store brag about smuggling machine guns over the state line.

They're not lying so much as telling Green what he wants to hear. He revels in the old stories most residents would prefer to forget, tales of bygone days when Caruthersville was the capital of vice in the Missouri Bootheel, times when bootlegging, prostitution and illegal-gambling interests controlled Pemiscot County. It was not so long ago, really. The Climax bar and the Seawall whorehouse have been razed. But other haunts remain: the shady businesses, the former sites of murder and mayhem. Though he left here decades ago, no one knows these places better than Green. When he returns, as he often does, respectable members of the community -- the elder lawyer, the current circuit judge, the retired newspaper publisher -- shun him. His mere presence stirs apprehension, if not fear. Rumors shadow him: Green is a drug trafficker in Florida. Green is an FBI informant. Green is a Mafia associate.

"They're scared to death of me in this town," he says. "They always wonder what I'm up to. They'll tell you I belong to the mob. They'll tell you I work for the federal government. They don't know." Green is an enigma. Reviled by many and trusted by few, he trades in uncertainty as if his life depends on it.

For more than 20 years now, Green has maintained that he has knowledge of the plot to murder the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. He testified behind closed doors before the House Select Committee on Assassinations in 1978; the testimony has been sealed by law until 2029. In 1997, he told his story to Dexter King, son of the slain civil-rights leader, in a private meeting.
The next time Green set out to tell this story, he ended up in jail. He was on his way to meet a senior producer for CBS News in Memphis on Feb. 25, 1998, when he and his wife were pulled over in their Dodge pickup by the Shelby County (Tenn.) Sheriff's Department narcotics unit. Green had ostensibly come under suspicion because police were investigating whether a methamphetamine lab was being run at the hotel where he had spent the night. The narcotics squad found no drugs, but Green was held in police custody for three days before he was released. Because of the arrest, Green missed a scheduled interview with Dan Rather for 48 Hours.

The news program, which preceded the 30th anniversary of the assassination, focused renewed attention -- based on theories promulgated by the late James Earl Ray's last attorney, William F. Pepper -- on a possible conspiracy to kill King. At the time, Pepper was peddling his own conspiracy theory, based on the claims of Loyd Jowers, former owner of Jim's Grill, who said he had paid a Memphis police officer to kill King at the behest of a local mob figure. Rather dismissed Green's involvement in one sentence, telling viewers that Green's prison record showed him to have been in custody on the day of the assassination.

But Green says that his prison record is wrong and that his 1998 arrest and subsequent discrediting are part of a continuing government disinformation campaign promoting the late FBI director J. Edgar Hoover's "lone gunman" theory. Claims by Green that he possesses what may have been the murder weapon and one of the getaway vehicles make his assertions seem all the more preposterous. Prosecutors from the Memphis district attorney's office to the U.S. Justice Department label him a convicted felon and an unreliable source.

Yet there are untold elements that lend some credibility to Green's far-fetched story. Despite his criminal record, Green has served as a local law-enforcement official and a federal undercover agent for years. Police officers and sheriffs have provided him with reference letters. More telling are Green's FBI files, which provide a partial chronicle of his life over the last 35 years and corroborate many details of his account.

"I just wanted to tell the story and disappear," Green says. He is sitting bare-chested at a table in Room 16 at Pic's Motel on Truman Boulevard in Caruthersville. The motel once served as a location for illicit high-stakes poker games. It no longer holds that cachet. The room smells of mildew and cigarette smoke. Outside, a rusty window-unit air conditioner sits beside the door. Other household debris litters the parking lot.

"I'm serious. I've got a place in Colorado," he says. "They'd never find me. I got several IDs I can use that I've had for years that they don't know about -- Social Security cards, voting cards, everything. And they're legal; they're not fake. I know how to do it. It's the oldest trick in the book, how to disappear."

Green pauses to light a Misty 120 menthol cigarette, takes a drag and then coughs. Of his three tattoos, two are of the jailhouse variety -- a dove on one arm, a hawk on the other. The third has "Jim" inscribed above a crudely etched dagger piercing a heart.

A half-empty fifth of Gilbey's gin sits on one corner of the table, near a bottle of prescription painkillers. Green, 54, continues fantasizing about changing his name, changing his life, starting anew. "The only thing you can't make disappear is your fingerprints," he says. "There's a way, but I wouldn't go through it. Too much work. Acid and sanding. You have to go to a doctor in South America to get it done. I ain't going through that. I done lived too long, anyway. That's the reason I sleep with that." As he speaks, Green reaches into his black overnight bag and pulls out a .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun.

Green's tale begins in the fall of 1964, when he moved to St. Louis with his first wife and their infant son. Green worked downtown at International Shoe. When he turned 18 in January 1965, he dutifully registered for the draft, listing his home address as 2138 Victor Ave. But with his marriage in trouble, he took off for Caruthersville in March. The next month, he and a friend hit the road in a 1959 Ford Fairlane and ended up in Laredo, Texas. After crossing the border, they bought bus tickets to Mexico City. Once they reached the capital, they got a room at the Bonampak Hotel.

According to the official FBI account, the two young men ran out of money after going on a spree, then asked the U.S. Embassy to pay their fare home. The embassy denied the request and advised them to call their parents. FBI communiqués describe the pair as "smart aleck, hostile, generally uncooperative and uncommunicative." During an interview with an embassy official, Green's partner -- his name has been blacked out in the FBI records -- reportedly displayed a switchblade knife and repeatedly flicked it open. They were considered armed and dangerous. After being spurned at the U.S. Embassy, the two decided to see whether they'd get a better reception at the Soviet Embassy, according to FBI records.

Green remembers it differently. He claims that he met a CIA contact, a Mexican lawyer, at the border. His contact, he says, arranged for the sale of his car and directed him to meet a man at the Monterrey bus station who would provide further instructions and travel money. Once directed to the hotel in Mexico City, Green called a number at the U.S. Embassy. At an appointed hour that evening, an English-speaking cab driver took Green and his friend to a side-street café, where an embassy attaché advised them on how to present themselves when they visited the Soviet Embassy the next day.

One aspect of the saga is undisputed. The FBI memos indicate that Green and his companion visited the Soviet Embassy on two successive days. On their second visit, they formally defected to the Soviet Union. When the pair left the embassy, they were promptly arrested by the Mexican secret police and jailed. On April 21, 1965, Mexican authorities deported the two young men.

The case generated a flurry of secret cables. FBI field offices in St. Louis and San Antonio were alerted after urgent messages were dispatched from the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City to the FBI director's office in Washington, D.C. The Memphis and Kansas City FBI offices would later be brought into the investigation. At headquarters, the attempted defection was discussed in internal memos among high-ranking bureau officials. The internal security, domestic-intelligence and espionage sections were all apprised of the situation. Portions of this correspondence have been redacted for national-security reasons. Two of the internal memos are completely blacked out. Ultimately, after an agent interviewed Green in September 1965, the FBI director's office concluded that Green's "Mexican escapade [was] obviously a youthful prank" and expressed no further interest in pursuing the case.

By that time, Green had enlisted in the Army and was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood. In November, he got drunk with some of his Army buddies and drove in a stolen car to St. Louis, where he was arrested. He was convicted of car theft in Oregon County, Mo., and sentenced to three years in prison. At the Missouri Penitentiary in Jefferson City, Green says, he crossed paths with James Earl Ray, an inmate who worked in the laundry. Green was transferred to the Algoa Correctional Center, also in Jefferson City, and, later, to a medium-security prison in Moberly. During at least part of his incarceration, Department of Corrections records indicate that Green worked as an undercover operative for a deputy sheriff in Oregon County. But Green doesn't recall doing that. He was released in late August 1967 and immediately resumed his criminal activities.

At Moberly, Green served time with Moe Mahanna, a Gaslight Square club owner who was doing six years on a manslaughter rap for beating an Indiana tourist to death outside his bar, the Living Room. Being locked up with Mahanna opened doors for Green when he got out, helping him gain acceptance among a cast of St. Louis criminal figures, including East Side boss Frank "Buster" Wortman and labor racketeer Louis D. Shoulders. Just 20 years old, the Caruthersville youth had already put together a sordid résumé. He was an ex-con. He had a network of mob contacts. At 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds, Green could be at once arrogant, rebellious and physically intimidating. But his immaturity also made him pliable. St. Louis' criminal syndicate could use a man like Green.

Within a month of being released from prison, Green says, he and his friend Butch Collier met with Shoulders at Whiskey A-Go-Go, across the street from Mahanna's club in Gaslight Square. The nightclub had a reputation for being a hangout of felons and other notorious characters. As early as 1958, Shoulders himself had been subpoenaed by the Senate Rackets Committee. He later took over Laborers Local 42, and, by 1967, with the Vietnam War raging, he had gained control over hundreds of jobs at the Gateway Army Ammunition plant, a project plagued by millions of dollars in cost overruns.

When Shoulders walked into Whiskey A-Go-Go, Green recognized the man who accompanied him. The man, known by Green only as "Paul," had been introduced to him earlier at a downtown pool hall by Collier. Green says Paul was then in his mid- to late 30s, about 5-foot-10, with a dark complexion. He wore a suit with an open-collared shirt and no tie, spoke with a Northeastern accent and had red hair. Paul, Green says, appeared to be acquainted with the management at the go-go club and seemed to be talking business with several people at the bar.

The meeting, Green says, was not a chance encounter. It had been set up by Lee J. "Jaybird" Gatewood, Caruthersville's crime boss. Jaybird had been contacted by Wortman, who controlled organized crime in East St. Louis, Southern Illinois and Southeast Missouri. Green says Paul agreed to pay Green and Collier $4,500 to pick up a truckload of stolen Cadillacs from a railyard in St. Louis and drive to the Town and Country Motel in New Orleans, headquarters of New Orleans Mafia don Carlos Marcello. Green says he didn't realize who Marcello was until years later. Back then, Green was merely a driver. His entire criminal career to date involved alcohol and fast cars: running whiskey to dry counties in nearby Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi and going on a drunken spree in the Army in a stolen vehicle.

In contrast to his past exploits, Green's next job seemed almost tame. Wortman's rackets included providing "insurance protection" to vending-machine operators, including Broadway Music in Caruthersville, then owned by Harold J. "Bo" Young. A portion of the untaxed cash receipts was regularly shipped north to St. Louis. Less than two weeks after he dropped off the hot cars in New Orleans, Green says, he delivered a payment to Wortman in St. Louis and then met Paul at the downtown pool hall, where they had lunch. Paul lauded him for his work and then reached into his jacket pocket and flashed an FBI badge.

"I thought I was going back to jail," Green says. Paul assured him he was not under arrest, but Green left in a panic and hightailed it back to the Climax bar in Caruthersville. Green found Jaybird in his usual position, perched on top of his safe in the bar. "I said, 'Jaybird, do you know this muggerbugger is a FBI agent?'" Green recalls. Jaybird, he says, laughed and asked him whether he had poo poo his pants. The older crook then tried to calm him down. "Look, we do things for them. They do things for us," Green recalls Jaybird saying. "It works the same way it does with the sheriff. All you got to do is trust what he tells you."

Green says he agreed to cooperate with Paul but continued to feel uneasy about it. Not only was Paul an outsider, he had identified himself as a federal agent and was becoming more involved in calling the shots. Over the next several months, Green recalls, Paul visited Caruthersville three or four times. The meetings, which were always held in the backroom of the Climax, at different times included Jaybird, Young, Collier, Green, Pemiscot County Sheriff Clyde Orton and Buddy Cook, the town's most prominent bootlegger. At one of these meetings, Green says, Paul instructed him to pick up three rifles from a Caruthersville pawnbroker. After retrieving the weapons, he stowed them in a shed behind his parents' house, in a duffel bag holding his Army clothes.

Meanwhile, Green's personal life had taken another unforeseen turn. His second marriage lasted only a week. This time, he moved south to Memphis, where he shared an apartment with Joe R. Tipton Jr., a Caruthersville friend. In late December 1967, Green got drunk on his way back from St. Louis and picked up a hitchhiker, Edward Fatzsinger. Once they reached the Bootheel, they stopped at the Idle Hour tavern in Hayti, where Green's estranged wife tended bar. After leaving in a fit of anger, Green spied a 1966 Chevy Caprice in the parking lot and decided to steal it. It wasn't a strictly impulsive decision. He knew of a Memphis stock-car driver who might buy the car for its 350-cubic-inch engine. Two days later, Memphis police knocked on his door and arrested him for interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle, a federal charge.

Under questioning by the FBI, Green offered to give up the names of other criminals, including corrupt law-enforcement officials, if the feds dropped charges. But the agents refused, and Green remained in the Shelby County, Tenn., jail until Feb. 15, 1968, when he was transferred to the Springfield, Mo., medical facility for federal prisoners because he was spitting up blood. Green contends he faked the symptoms by sucking on his gums. After being held for observation for a little over a month, Green says, he was sent back to Memphis.

On his first night back in jail, Green says, the chief jailer escorted him across the street to the federal building to confer with Paul, who informed him that he would be released immediately. Before leaving, Paul warned him not to make any further statements to the police.

It is impossible to verify Green's version of events through federal-court records, because they were routinely expunged more than a decade ago. Contacted by telephone, a spokesman for the federal hospital says the limited information available shows Green stayed at the Springfield facility until April 9, 1968, five days after King was murdered. Not surprisingly, Green disputes the official record.

By his account, he had returned to Caruthersville by the third week of March and was working for his father at a lumberyard. He began courting his third wife and took her to the Caruthersville High prom. He also attended another meeting in the backroom of the Climax bar. The assemblage included Paul, Jaybird, Young, Orton, Collier and Green. Paul passed around a photograph of James Earl Ray, saying Ray had threatened to snitch on everybody and had to be silenced. Paul ordered Green and Collier to rendezvous with him in Memphis on April 2.

On the afternoon of April 2, 1968, Butch Collier and Jim Green checked into a motel in Southhaven, Miss. That evening, they patronized a nearby massage parlor and then went out drinking. Paul showed up at their room late the next night and dropped a package on the bed containing $5,000. He promised an equal amount once the hit was carried out. Paul told them Ray planned to rob a tavern on South Main Street. Two Memphis police officers had been contracted to kill him as he attempted to make his getaway. If the police missed, Green, who was to be stationed on a nearby rooftop, would shoot Ray instead.

That evening, Collier and Green drove back to Caruthersville to retrieve the weapons. When they returned to Memphis, they took a room at a motel on Lamar Avenue, near the airport. The next night, Paul showed up and explained the plan in detail. Three identical vehicles would be involved in the plot. Ray's white Ford Mustang and another owned by Tipton, Green's roommate, would be parked near a rooming house, Bessie's, where Ray had taken a room. A third white Mustang would be parked down the street, near the Arcade restaurant. In case of a mixup, the third automobile would be used as the getaway car. It would be equipped with a CB radio to monitor police calls, and false identification papers would be stowed in the glovebox. Green would be positioned on the roof of a cotton warehouse south of Jim's Grill, on the opposite side of the street.

After the briefing, Paul, Green and Collier drove to South Main to familiarize themselves with the area. It was cloudy, with a light mist falling, and doubts were beginning to creep into Green's mind. "I really didn't know if I could do it," he says. "So I kept asking Butch what was he supposed to be doing, and he said, 'All I know is, I'm going with Paul.' The pair went back to their motel room and talked. As thunder and lightning flashed outside, Collier went off on a long, rambling screed about his segregationist views. The conversation struck Green as odd, given the circumstances, but he tacitly agreed with his friend's racist rant, not knowing its portent. Green had no idea King had preached his last sermon at the Mason Temple that night. He says he didn't even know King had returned to Memphis. Moreover, he didn't care. "King didn't mean no more to me than anybody else. Back then, a nigger was a nigger," Green says. "You either talked that way or your own white people would run you out of town. You might not agree with it, but you still had to act like you were prejudiced. And I guess, at that time, I was, to a certain extent."

The next day, about noon, Collier and Green drove downtown to the King Cotton Hotel. Butch dressed, as usual, in a navy-blue peacoat and plaid shirt. As they were seated at a back table of a restaurant on the ground floor, Ray walked in, sat down at the counter and glanced in their direction before exiting. According to Ray's own account, he noted two suspicious characters staring at him when he mistakenly wandered into Jim's Belmont Café at 260 S. Main St. later that afternoon.

About 3 p.m., Collier dropped Green off near the rear of the warehouse. After crossing the railroad tracks, Green scaled a ladder and positioned himself on the roof. From his vantage point, he had a clear view of Jim's Grill and Bessie's rooming house. Fifteen minutes later, he saw Collier and Paul pull up in Tipton's Mustang and park a couple of spaces behind Ray's identical vehicle. They got out and entered different doorways. At the same time, to the south, he saw the third Mustang draw to the curb in front of the Arcade. The driver was picked up by another well-dressed man in a dark Chevrolet sedan. Ray then exited the rooming house and entered Jim's Grill, followed by Paul. At 3:30 p.m., Ray left and walked north on Main Street. A few minutes later, Paul came out, looked in Green's direction and then re-entered the rooming house. Ray returned.

Green remembers the sounds that day: the pigeons cooing and flapping their wings on the roof, the sound of the traffic below, river tows blowing their horns behind him. It was the slack time of year for the cotton industry, but at 4 p.m. some employees milled below him. Fearing he would be seen, Green moved to a more secluded rooftop, four doors south.

"I laid on that fudging building almost two-and-half hours," Green says. "I heard every bird. I heard every noise. I seen everything I could see. I thought every thought I could think. And the question has always been 'Would I have done it?' I don't know."

As dusk approached, Green grew edgier. Then, at 5:55 p.m., he saw Ray step from the rooming house and jump into the Mustang. Something had gone amiss. Ray hadn't robbed the grill. No cops had arrived. Green hesitated. Paul had told Green that Ray would head south on foot. Instead, Ray drove north. Green waited, thinking Ray might circle the block. Five minutes passed, and he thought he heard a backfire. Within moments, Collier appeared at the front of the building across the street, followed by Paul, who dropped a bundle in a nearby doorway. Green heard screams and saw people running from the nearby fire station. Collier and Paul got into Tipton's Mustang, drove north and then made a U-turn. Collier dropped Paul off at the third Mustang, parked next to the Arcade, and then swung behind the warehouse to pick up Green. By this time, Green could hear sirens, and police were starting to arrive.

With Green riding shotgun, Collier cut over Third Street to Lamar Avenue and headed west. After crossing the Mississippi River, he pulled under the Memphis-Arkansas Bridge and tossed two rifles into the river. The pair headed north on Highway 61. Collier had driven all the way to Osceola, Ark., a distance of about 45 miles, before Green noticed the third rifle, still in the backseat. They decided it was too late to ditch the gun. They would have to wait. The remainder of the trip, Green says, they didn't talk much, but Collier kept repeating the same phrase to himself: "I killed that nigger, I killed that nigger." After Collier dropped him off at his parents' house, Green says, he left the rifle with a friend who lived in the neighborhood. By the time he got home, his father was watching the news. Green went into the kitchen, poured a glass of milk, grabbed a handful of cookies, came back to the living room and sat down. On the screen was the image of the rooming house on South Main in Memphis. The TV news reported that a sniper had fired a shot from a rear window of the building, fatally wounding King as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel. Green says he almost fell out of his chair. It was the first inkling that his Memphis trip had been tied to something more than knocking off a two-bit hood.

Green borrowed his father's car and sped to the Climax bar. On his arrival, Jaybird ushered him into the backroom. Green recalls Jaybird telling him that he had "messed up by not killing Ray, and everybody [was] covering their tracks." Green says Jaybird instructed him, if asked, to say he had been gambling all day at the Climax. Jaybird told Green to go home and lie low. Two days later, on April 6, Jaybird called Green to a meeting in the backroom. All the major players attended: Paul, Wortman, Shoulders, Young, Orton and Collier. All the persons named by Green, with the possible exception of Paul, are dead. Paul remains unidentified. This leaves no one to corroborate Green's account of the meeting, which Green could not have attended if he was incarcerated in the prison hospital as his record indicates.

During the alleged meeting, Green recalls, Paul referred indirectly to his superior. Paul said that his boss would go to any length necessary to shield himself from being implicated, Green says. Because Paul had earlier shown him FBI credentials, Green inferred that someone higher up in the bureau was involved. The contract on Ray remained in effect. Green and Collier were each issued a .38-caliber Brazilian-made Rossi pistol and told to stand by.

Green's account -- a subplot within a larger conspiracy that has Ray set up as King's assassin but then murdered by police or by Green -- is incredible by any measure, so fantastic that the U.S. Justice Department has chosen to disregard it altogether. When the department issued its latest findings, last June, it didn't even refer to Green. The department undertook the investigation to look into recent allegations regarding the assassination, including Jowers' claims, after being asked by the King family. Essentially, the government has deemed Green an unreliable witness, if not a liar and a fraud. Barry Kowalski, the Justice Department lawyer who headed the investigation, refuses to comment publicly on Green's allegations. An investigation conducted by the Shelby County District Attorney in 1998 also gave no credence to Green's story.

The version of events Green told the Riverfront Times has discrepancies as well. The inconsistencies relate mainly to locations and place names, errors that could be explained as lapses of memory on Green's part. Less explicable are Green's two mystery men: Collier and Paul. Collier appears to have used more than one name and is likely dead. His participation in the conspiracy cannot be confirmed, except through Green. As for Paul, there is no readily available way to verify whether he ever existed.

Green's only true believer is Lyndon Barsten, a Minneapolis-based conspiracy researcher. The two have teamed up and hit the conference and lecture circuit together. Barsten spends all his spare time delving into the King case. He considers it his search for the Holy Grail. To his credit, Barsten is responsible for obtaining Green's FBI records through the Freedom of Information Act. "What Jim is saying makes perfect sense to me," Barsten says. "There is documentation to back up what he has to say."

Barsten notes that the bureau's records show that Eugene Medori, an FBI agent in Memphis, displayed a photo lineup to Ralph Carpenter, a clerk at the York Arms Co., on April 6. Ray had bought binoculars from Carpenter on the afternoon of April 4. At this time, the FBI had yet to identify Ray as a suspect. One of the mug shots was of Byron De La Beckwith, a white supremacist and a suspect in the 1963 murder of civil-rights leader Medgar Evers. (More than 30 years later, De La Beckwith would be convicted of the murder.) The agent also showed Carpenter a photograph of Green.

"Now, why was I in a lineup with De La Beckwith?" asks Green. "I ain't no killer. All of them boys are Klansmen. I'm just a car thief. What am I doing there? I'm in the lineup of the FBI, two days after King's killing. What am I doing in that lineup -- if I'm in jail?"

Medori's name also shows up on the witness list of Fatzsinger, Green's co-defendant in the car-theft case. Solely on the basis of his Springfield medical record, Green is presumed to have been held without bail from his arrest in December 1967 until his sentencing on July 12, 1968.

On May 15, however, the Memphis FBI office dispatched an urgent cable to its counterpart in St. Louis, requesting that James Cooper Green of Caruthersville be interviewed. The message refers to an earlier communication dated May 1, 1968, which identified Green as the inmate who may have been beaten for not paying for amphetamines purchased from Ray while the two were behind bars in Jeff City. The cable mentions that Green was "currently on bond following indictment ... [in] Memphis." Nevertheless, the date on the cable still does not contradict the Springfield record that shows Green to have been there until April 9.

Other memos in the MURKIN file ("MURKIN" is the bureau's code name for the King case) show the FBI focusing attention on Caruthersville and the Bootheel -- after the bureau had identified Ray as the prime suspect on April 19.

From May 15-20, 1968, for example, the St. Louis field office, in cooperation with local law-enforcement officials, canvassed individuals and businesses in the Bootheel that received phone calls placed from a Sinclair service station in Portageville, calls believed at the time to have a connection to the case. The FBI office in Chicago also searched for J.D. Dailey, a presumed associate of Ray's who had recently moved from St. Louis to Portageville, Mo.

"Why is the town of Caruthersville mentioned in all these documents?" asks Green. "Not just one FBI office, but four or five."

Caruthersville crops up in the MURKIN file again, more than a year after the assassination. By this time, Ray had pleaded guilty, then quickly recanted. Despite Ray's renewed plea of innocence, his biographer, William Bradford Huie, cast him as the lone assassin in a 1968 Look magazine series. In the last article, Huie wrote that Ray stayed at a motel near Corinth, Miss., on April 2, 1968. This prompted FBI headquarters to order its field offices in Birmingham, Jackson and Memphis to investigate Ray's whereabouts between March 29 and April 3. Motel registrations were scrutinized to determine whether anyone had accompanied or contacted Ray during this period. Headquarters advised the field offices not to divulge that their inquiries were related to Ray's case. But after the Jackson FBI disseminated the motel-registration names to other branches across the country, headquarters did an about-face and halted the investigation:

"In view of the fact that more than a year has passed since these persons stayed over night at Corinth, and since similar investigation of this type in this case has previously been unproductive, and since Huie has admitted that Ray frequently is untruthful in statements to him, and further since it is not believed that it is of any particular importance to establish whether or not James Earl Ray stayed over night at Corinth on 4/2/68, all offices will disregard the leads set out in Jackson airtel dated 5/7/69 unless specifically advised by the Bureau to cover same."

The Jackson office's list included the Southern and Nite Fall motels in Corinth. Three men from Caruthersville stayed at the Nite Fall and one registered at the Southern between March 29 and April 3, according to motel records in the FBI file. Green says all four men were then employed by Buddy Cook, the Caruthersville bootlegger who had attended meetings with Paul at the Climax bar.

To bolster its "lone stalker" theory, the House Select Committee on Assassinations in 1978 produced a laundry receipt signed by Ray in Atlanta on April 1. Ray denied it was his signature and sent his brother to search out the motel he said he had stayed at on that date. Jerry Ray later told the subcommittee that he traveled to Corinth and located the Southern Motel using a map his brother had drawn.

In January 1970, Green was released from federal prison in El Reno, Okla., after serving two years for stealing the Caprice and driving it to Memphis. He moved back to Caruthersville and took up residence in a trailer park with his third wife.

On his return, he discovered that things had changed. Wortman, the East St. Louis mobster, had died in August 1968 of complications following surgery. Less than six months later, on Feb. 15, 1969, an unknown assailant gunned down Jaybird outside his house.

"When Jaybird got killed, that spooked a lot of people," Green says. "I feel like Jaybird's death and Wortman's death and a few others was just like cutting off the snake's head. He was the main link. Jaybird would be the only man who would know everybody, dates, times, places, who's who. After they killed Jaybird and Wortman is gone, there is no link to Paul except me and Butch. And who is going to believe us when the FBI has done put out a one-man theory? I'm an ex-con. If anything went wrong, I believe, me and Butch were the fall guys."

To protect themselves, Collier and Green had fabricated a tale to convince Paul and the other criminal co-conspirators that they had stashed incriminating evidence. "We told them we had some tapes and we still had the guns," Green says. "We didn't tell them that we had put them in the river." According to Green, part of the story was true: he hid one rifle at a friend's house. Green also claims to have kept a diary. "Maybe that's what got Jaybird killed. I don't know. The one thing I do know is, they couldn't prove whether we had it or not."

After Jaybird's death, Green theorizes, a purge took place. Collier became a Caruthersville police officer, and Green would soon join the ranks of law enforcement as well.

Shortly after Green got out of prison, then-Missouri Attorney General John C. Danforth initiated a vigorous campaign to oust Clyde Orton. Danforth's office charged the Pemiscot County sheriff with allowing widespread bootlegging and illegal gambling in his jurisdiction. As a part of the inquiry, Green says, Danforth and others interviewed him at a motel in Miner, Mo. When he entered the motel room, he saw a familiar face -- Paul. The investigators asked Green about gambling and whether Orton had knowledge of it.

After Orton's ouster, Green says, the new sheriff issued him a badge, and he started working undercover with federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents out of Cape Girardeau. As his first assignment, he helped set up and bust the pawnbroker who, according to Green's account, provided the rifles for the assassination. Green says he nailed the pawnbroker for selling guns without a federal firearms license.

He then began targeting remnants of Jaybird's and Cook's operations near Reelfoot Lake, Tenn. Although Green says he was working for ATF, a FBI memo from 1971 indicates that his activities were still being monitored at the highest levels of the bureau. The memo's contents are totally blacked out.

As he pursued his undercover career, Green's former criminal associates began to fall in slow progression. Shoulders died in a car bombing near Branson, Mo., in August 1972. A decade later, a jury convicted Cook in the contract slaying of Bo Young, the owner of Broadway Music. Cook died in prison.

In 1975, Green took part in an elaborate undercover project in Memphis called Operation Hot Stuff. Using $66,000 in federal Law Enforcement Assistance Administration funds, the Memphis Police Department and federal law-enforcement officers set up a fake company called Investment Sales. Green played the role of "Jimmy Genovese," who was supposed to be the grandson of a mob boss. Police furnished Green with an expensive wardrobe, provided a new Cadillac and rented a townhouse for him. He pretended to be an importer/exporter of lamps who actually fenced stolen merchandise. Each day, he would go to work, read the newspaper, talk on the phone and flirt with the secretaries in the adjacent office. Thieves would drop by and sell stolen guns, TVs, appliances, jewelry, stereo equipment, clothing, cars and drugs. Green was perfectly cast for the part, and hidden video cameras recorded it all. In the afternoons, he knocked off early and played golf. At night, he frequented restaurants and bars, bragging about his organized-crime connections. Hot Stuff netted 43 indictments, according to press accounts. Green -- still in character, perhaps -- claims he racked up 267 felony cases as a part of the operation.

It was during this period that Green says he learned how police procedures were commonly circumvented and the court system manipulated. He noticed how prosecutors refused to indict suspects with political connections. He gained firsthand knowledge of how suspects are entrapped. He became a professional at doing just that. He was, foremost, a product of the criminal-justice system, applying the rules he learned in prison on the outside: How to play dumb. How to talk big. How to lie, when necessary. When to keep his mouth shut and when to talk. And how to apply coercion to get results. He recalls breaking into a druggie's apartment, shoving a gun into his mouth and threatening to cut his testicles off if he didn't turn snitch. He says he went on to practice his craft in Tampa, Key West and New Orleans.

For years, he could justify this behavior: Fending for himself, using the few leverages at his disposal, to keep the Man at bay by doing his bidding. Working both sides of the street. Using scraps of information to his best advantage. Relying on his good-old-boy charms to cajole and confound. Selling his talents to the highest bidder. He was good at what he did. He knew it. His employers recognized it. They paid cash and didn't ask questions, so long as he delivered. He did what he was told. He worked for the government.

But at some undefined moment, Green began to question it all. It's hard for him to say when, exactly. It was like waking up slowly to a nightmare. Green says he used his access to law-enforcement databases to track down the third Mustang used in the plot. He remembers talking to John Talley, the Memphis police detective he says recruited him for Operation Hot Stuff. They met in early January 1974 at the Holiday Inn on Riverside Drive in Memphis. Green expressed misgivings about working with the department. He thought the local cops were corrupt. Green says the detective, now deceased, leaned back in his chair and looked him in the eye. "Jim," Green says Talley confided, "I'm the officer who was late in 1968. If you can't trust me, you can't trust yourself."

After taking the job and assuming the name Jimmy Genovese, Green periodically visited the U.S. Attorney's office in Memphis. When he did, he passed by Kay Black, the chain-smoking court reporter for the now-defunct Memphis Press-Scimitar. In September 1975, Green decided to introduce himself. Their off-the-record conversations danced around the subject of his undercover status. He toyed with her at first, feeding her tidbits on Operation Hot Stuff. But then what had started as a casual flirtation, a game of cat-and-mouse between an inquisitive reporter and coy source, turned into a confession. Green said: "What if I told you I was driving the second Mustang the day King was shot?" Realizing the gravity of his admission, he abruptly left her office. Black, who died in 1997, eventually told investigators for the House Select Committee on Assassinations of the encounter. The subcommittee subpoenaed Green in 1978.

He flew to Washington and stayed in a swank hotel at government expense. Green claims that the night before he testified, Paul, another agent and former assistant FBI director Cartha DeLoach arrived unannounced at his hotel room, where they began to coach him in what he should say in his closed-session testimony the next day. (Efforts to reach DeLoach for comment were unsuccessful.) Green says he was told to limit his account to knowledge of a St. Louis-based conspiracy. Paul's advice both angered and worried Green. The Bootheel bootlegger had been called before Congress to give sworn testimony, and federal agents were urging him not to tell the whole truth -- to risk perjuring himself. He went for a walk near the hotel. It was warm, and he remembers a passerby making fun of his white patent-leather shoes. When he came before the committee, he opened up his diary from 10 years before and began reeling off names. At that point, Green says, Paul and DeLoach entered the chamber and seated themselves at the side of the hearing room, and committee chairman Louis Stokes interrupted Green to ask why he needed to rely on notes. Green says he told the chairman that he had a general recollection of past events but needed the diary for specific details. He continued his testimony: "I told them I was laying on top of this building and I saw James [Earl Ray] walking and that he was not in the area when the shots were fired." Green says Stokes again addressed him in an accusatory manner, and Green exploded: "Look, I don't even have to be here!" He says he closed his diary and walked out.

Green returned home to Caruthersville, disillusioned. He sought refuge by joining the Kinfolks Ridge Baptist Church, became an evangelist, preached at revival meetings and served briefly as a missionary to Mexico, where he helped build an orphanage. But God's calling didn't pay the rent. Out of money, Green used his law-enforcement contacts from his undercover work to secure a job as a deputy sheriff in Lauderdale County, Tenn. When the incumbent sheriff ran for re-election, Green's prison record became a campaign issue, and he was forced to resign. In 1982, he moved his family to Tampa, where he had previously done undercover work for a federal anti-crime strike force. For three years, he taught in a high-school vocational program, although he never attended college.

A former police officer who coached at the school introduced him to Emilio "Bobby" Rodriguez, owner of a topless bar. Rodriguez hired Green to manage the Tanga Lounge in downtown Tampa. Green worked security, handled the door and made sure other employees didn't stick their hands in the till. He also used his knowledge and contacts within law enforcement to further his boss' interests. Over time, Rodriguez gave him new responsibilities and brought him in as a partner in some ventures. In the late '80s and early '90s, Green ran La Pleasures in Lakeland, Fla., the Centerfold in St. Petersburg, the Peek-a-Boo in Key West and the Doll House in Jackson, Tenn. Green, who prefers to call topless clubs "go-go bars," still wears a diamond-studded ring that he says Rodriguez gave him.

"I was living kind of high on the hog, knocking down $5,000 a week tax-free, driving Lincoln Town Cars," Green says.

Green's Florida police record shows a 1988 arrest for "keeping a house of ill fame." He pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge the next year and paid a $500 fine. Rodriguez and another partner became involved in a feud. Some of the clubs ended up being torched. To stay out of trouble, Green says, he bailed out of the sex business.

Today, James Green gets by on Social Security disability checks. He weighs between 250 and 300 pounds and has bad knees and a bad heart. He smokes too much and coughs after every few drags he takes off each cigarette. When he comes to Caruthersville, he stays at Pic's. Other than the gold ring, he displays no accoutrements of wealth. He dresses in sweatshirts and baggy pants. When he comes from Tampa, where he lives in a modest home with wife Linda, he doesn't fly; he drives his weathered pickup. Green says he's now developing a subdivision with a partner on land he bought years ago, when he was flush with fast cash. He's calling the place Green Estates.

But Green tends to speak more about the past than the future. When he does, his memory meanders like the Mississippi River, in whose delta he was born and raised. The river drifts and eddies and changes course, bending back on itself as an oxbow. In his mind, Green inhabits the lowlands, the muddied backwaters of history, where his story has remained hidden among the growing apocrypha surrounding the King assassination. It is only one man's story, however flawed -- not an official version but one told from the viewpoint of a thief. Though Green's account will never be sanctified as gospel, there are currents within it that run deep, currents that have never been fully explored.

South of Crowley's Ridge, where the Missouri landscape merges with the South, the cotton fields stretch to the horizon and it seems as if everything is laid out in straight lines and right angles. The swamps have been drained. An outsider can easily misunderstand the true nature of this place. And so it is, too, that Green's motives can be misconstrued to fit the preconceived notions of people who have never lived in a town laid out on the site of a former plantation.

Green was raised a Baptist, the same religion as King. He came of age in a white racist culture. Over the course of his lifetime, he has experienced dramatic social change. He can do nothing to stop those who are bent on mocking him. He claims only to be seeking redemption for himself and justice for the King family.

"I think the hardest thing for people to understand is the atmosphere you're raised in," Green says. "Hell, they'd stuff the ballot boxes. They used to hand out half-pints of whiskey and dollar bills at the polls to the blacks so they'd vote for a certain person. When a person is raised in that atmosphere, you kind of believe everything is right: If the grownups do it, and the politicians are doing it, and the government is doing it -- it must be right. I actually believed that. In a way, I thought, working for the government, I was making up for the wrong I did, [but] as you get older, you get wiser. Maybe what you did in your 20s and 30s, that you thought was the right thing to do, becomes something you're not too proud you done. I guess it's kind of like a drunk who drinks all his life and then all of a sudden quits drinking and becomes a fanatic against the drinking. "

After hearing a member of the King family plead for justice on television in the early 1990s, Green says he had his epiphany: "I felt the King family had a right to know the truth."

For Green, at least, the road to Memphis will always run through Caruthersville.

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Around the same time, Scheper-Hughes also made another unusual decision for an anthropologist: She began to share her findings with U.S. law enforcement, including officials from the FBI, the Food and Drug Administration, and the State Department’s visa fraud unit. Her information appeared to spark little interest and less action. She recalls one particularly frustrating meeting with an agent from the FBI in 2003. “I could see that the guy’s mind was elsewhere,” she recounted. “He didn’t seem to understand that this was a major crime.” Frustrated, she found herself thinking, “Look, I can do this. Give me a badge and I’ll go make an arrest,” she told me.

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Policing the CHP: Beating shows officers need independent oversight

Posted: 07/09/2014
Activists want inquiry into CHP officer caught on video beating woman on side of Los Angeles freeway

Video shows California officer punching woman

A cellphone video that has gone viral shows a CHP officer pummeling a mentally ill African American woman who had been walking, barefooted, along Interstate 10 near downtown Los Angeles.

Community members have decried what appears to be excessive force by the officer, who can be seen repeatedly punching 51-year old Marlene Pinnock in the head as she lies on the ground. The CHP has vowed to carry out a thorough investigation.

At a press conference, California Highway Patrol's Assistant Chief Chris O'Quinn stated, "We are known as an agency that really polices itself."

Seriously? If ever an incident called for independent oversight, this one is it. Law enforcement officers wield enormous power over us. Independent civilian oversight provides a check on that power.

Today, the value of civilian oversight for law enforcement is well settled. Fifteen countries, ranging from South Africa to Israel to Belgium, utilize civilian oversight. And 200 cities and counties across this nation have oversight agencies, including Atlanta, Philadelphia and San Jose, where the Office of the Independent Police Auditor has been in existence for 21 years.

Still, there are many law enforcement agencies that have no accountability to the public. The FBI is one of them.

Since 1993, every single one of the FBI's shootings was deemed justified by the FBI. Among the 289 deliberate shootings, there were 70 fatalities and 80 wounded. Not one FBI agent was disciplined, except for five letters of censure, veritable slaps on the wrists.

Even where the FBI paid a shooting victim over $1 million, the agency's internal review found that the agent did not use excessive force.

The California Highway Patrol is the largest state police agency in the United States, with more than 7,500 sworn officers. It has patrol jurisdiction over California highways and acts as the state police. CHP officers enforce traffic laws on public roads anywhere in the state and possess full law enforcement authority to enforce all state laws.

When the conduct of CHP officers is called into question, internal inquiries into the allegations are not subject to any form of independent oversight. Rather, these allegations are handled exclusively by their Internal Affairs Unit, which is staffed by CHP officers.

The 1988 case of Officer Craig Peyer, a six-year veteran of the CHP, is a stunning example of why police policing themselves without independent oversight doesn't work. Peyer stopped 20-year old Cara Knott for a traffic violation. When she refused the officer's sexual advances, he bludgeoned her with his flashlight, strangled her and threw her body over a bridge.

It was subsequently revealed by the media that numerous young women had been subjected to similar advances from Peyer, all of whom filed complaints with the CHP's Internal Affairs Unit. However, their complaints were dismissed by the CHP because of Peyer's reputation within the department.

With independent oversight, an officer's reputation is never a consideration in a misconduct determination. Peyer was convicted of her murder and is serving a life sentence.

Perhaps today's CHP's Internal Affairs Unit conducts objective and thorough investigations of its fellow officers. But that isn't the point. It is the independence of the oversight agency that gives the investigations credibility and builds trust. Credibility and public trust fall by the wayside when the police police themselves without independent oversight.

In the wake of the Marlene Pinnock incident, we must demand that the California Legislature mandate an independent civilian oversight agency for the CHP. In this way, something very good may come of something very bad.

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Ex-FBI agent doesn't have to register as sex offender for peeping Tom incidents in Hershey, elsewhere, court says

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A former FBI agent who admitted sneaking into bathrooms to watch girls and women use toilets doesn't have to register as a sex offender, the state Superior Court has ruled.

The decision, issued this week in response to a plea by Ryan Seese, comes nearly four years after the Derry Township man was sentenced to 1 to 23 months in Dauphin County Prison, plus 3 years of probation, for committing the crimes at the Hershey Middle School and a private gym.

In its ruling, the Superior Court concluded that Seese isn't subject to sex offender registration because of amendments the state Legislature made to the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, which took effect two years after his sentencing.

Seese pleaded guilty and no contest in 2010 to three charges of invasion of privacy and pleaded guilty to additional counts of criminal trespass and disorderly conduct. Police said two adult women were the victims in the incident in the women's locker room at the private gym and that Seese spied on two teens in a girl's bathroom during a concert at the middle school.

Seese left the FBI in 2007 after being convicted of another peeping Tom incident in a women's restroom at the University of Arizona.

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is criminal justice system crime family. can you say taxpayer funded crime family boys and girls?

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Utah Attorney Wants Federal Government To Release OKC Bombing Surveillance Video
Posted: Jul 12, 2014 10:29PM CDT Heather Hope, News 9

Nearly 20 years after the Oklahoma City bombing, a new federal trial is taking place to determine if surveillance video taken from around the Murrah building from that day will be revealed.

For years, Utah attorney, Jesse Trentadue, has been fighting for information about his brother's suspicious death.

He hopes this lawsuit will get to the bottom of what really happened that tragic day.

If there is never-before-seen surveillance video of the Oklahoma City bombing, Jesse Trentadue is working to get it.

In his latest lawsuit, Trentadue is requesting copies of the videotapes from more than 20 surveillance cameras surrounding the Murrah Federal Building, before the truck bomb went off that killed 168 people.

In an email, Trentadue sent News9 several documents, that he said he plans to use in federal court. It revealed an attorney representing an FBI agent, offered to sell a copy of the bombing surveillance footage for over $1 million dollars to an NBC Dateline producer.
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Trentadue didn't want to speak before the trial, but News9 talked to local attorney David Slane to get his take.

"Here we are almost 20 years later after the Murrah bombing and we still haven't turned these over, and I think this is what leads to the conspiracy theories, I think that if the government has the tapes, and a judge says turn them over, I think that it might answer things once and for all," Slane said.

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Why taxpayer funded FBI agents said President Jimmy Carter has to go and then created The October Surprise

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Analysis: 35 years later, Jimmy Carter's energy warning

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President Jimmy Carter works on a television speech in the Oval Office in 1977. Two years later, on July 15, 1979, Carter would deliver a stern warning to the nation that it was experiencing a "crisis of confidence." Photo by Marion S. Trikosko/Library of Congress

July 15, 2014
President Jimmy Carter tried to change the path of America's energy future with his 'Crisis of Confidence' speech, delivered 35 years ago today. Here's why it didn't work.

By Peter Dykstra
The Daily Climate

Dykstra-115Thirty-five years ago this evening, Jimmy Carter stared America in the eye, and invoking his promise that "I will never lie to you," gave us all a royal scolding.

It ran just over a half-hour, back in the day when such speeches were carried by all three of the commercial TV networks, in prime time, before tens of millions of viewers. Every one of those viewers had likely spent some recent time in a gasoline line, paying inflated prices for scarce fuel.

"Why have we not been able to get together as a nation to solve our serious energy problem?" asked the president, with an earnest gaze and several chopping, pounding motions with his right hand. It was a second sortie for a president who two years earlier had told us that our energy woes were "the moral equivalent of war."

Carter then read a laundry list of public grievances against the government, and against himself, including a concise summary of why America was entering a "moral and spiritual crisis." He said that America was losing faith in government, and in citizens' ability to participate in democracy. He denounced self-indulgence, overconsumption, and government gridlock. He sounded at times like a bitter, unusually articulate Grampa pining for the Good Old Days.
A gloomy prophet

It's hard to watch or read the speech without viewing Carter as a gloomy, forthright prophet. But he also steered his scold back to the central theme of energy. "Energy," he said, "will be the immediate test of our ability to unite this nation, and it can also be the standard around which we rally."

Carter's manifesto was hardly an attack on the fossil fuel industry. He called for energy conservation mandates and improved public transportation, but he also urged increased reliance on coal, touted the promise of domestic shale oil, and promised to remove environmental obstacles to oil refinery construction.

What he did do is make a firm acknowledgement that our energy supply controls our destiny, whether it's in the hands of petro-states, coal barons, or solar entrepreneurs. But alas, Americans were no more in the mood to be lectured about driving 55 or cutting down on unnecessary trips than they are today. Carter's other gestures, like installing a passive solar array on the White House roof, also failed to impress or inspire.
Backlash to the scolding

At the time of the speech and following the 1979 Energy Crisis, Carter's approval ratings bottomed out at around 25% – about where Nixon's were in the midst of Watergate, and nearly 20 points lower than Obama's current number. Immediately after the speech, his numbers rose about ten points, but within weeks the backlash to the scolding parts of the speech dropped his numbers lower.

Herblock-450TMonths later, the Iranian hostage crisis unfolded, and the following year, Carter was crushed in his re-election bid by Ronald Reagan. Both the policies and the symbolic White House solar array were soon memories.

But the scolding lived on, dubbed the "malaise speech" by the op-eds and punditry that followed, even though Carter never mentioned the word.
The sad takeaway

Few American presidents have dared to dwell on the issue since. George W. Bush confessed in 2006 that "we are addicted to oil" even as he presided over policies that enabled the addiction. Barack Obama has become more vocal about climate change in his second term while helping vulnerable Democrats in coal and oil states by promising an "all of the above" energy scheme.

Sadly, the biggest takeaway from Carter's "malaise" speech may have been the current political wisdom that Americans are beyond being self-inspired in their own interest.

Jimmy Carter promised to lead on overhauling our energy regime if only Americans were willing to follow. Thirty-five years later, energy divides America more than it unites, and the stakes today are bigger than anyone realized back in 1979.

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Zoia Horn, 1st U.S. librarian jailed over alleged antiwar plot

July 15, 2014

Zoia Horn, who in 1972 became the first U.S. librarian ever jailed for withholding information as a matter of conscience by refusing to testify against antiwar activists accused of a bizarre terrorist plot, died Saturday at her home in Oakland, her family said. She was 96.

Ms. Horn devoted much of her career and her retirement years to speaking out against government surveillance and intrusions aimed at libraries and academic institutions. The American Library Association did not support her in 1972, but later praised her courage. The California Library Association now bestows an annual Zoia Horn Intellectual Freedom Award.

"All kinds of options are there for a librarian with a conscience," she told The Chronicle in a 2002 interview.

A native of Ukraine who emigrated with her family at age 8, Ms. Horn started working at libraries in 1942. In January 1971, she was the chief reference librarian at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa., when two FBI agents showed up at her home and asked her to answer some questions and look at photos. When she refused, she was handed a grand jury subpoena.
Kidnap-bomb plot

Prosecutors said they were investigating a plot masterminded by the Rev. Philip Berrigan, along with other current and former priests or nuns, to blow up tunnels beneath Washington, D.C., and then kidnap Henry Kissinger, President Richard Nixon's national security adviser, and hold him until the U.S. stopped bombing Southeast Asia.

Much of the evidence came from an informant who had been in prison with Berrigan and then got a job as a library assistant, where he prevailed on Ms. Horn, a tax-withholding opponent of the Vietnam War, to host a meeting with some of Berrigan's friends.
Her phone was tapped

During the legal proceedings, Ms. Horn learned that her phone had been wiretapped, said her daughter, Catherine Marrion. Prosecutors pressed Ms. Horn for information about the supposed plot. But after appearing before the grand jury, she refused to testify at the 1972 trial of the so-called Harrisburg Seven and was led away in handcuffs. She was freed after 20 days when the jury deadlocked on the conspiracy charges, which were then dropped.

She was "the first librarian who spent time in jail for a value of our profession," said Judith Krug, director of the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom. The association declared during Ms. Horn's trial that it could not support her defiance, but praised her after her release, and later elected her to its governing board.

In the aftermath of the trial, Ms. Horn, who had moved to California, found that she could no longer get a top-level job at a public or college library.

"Because she was seen as controversial, I think they didn't want to touch her," said a longtime friend, Betty Medsger, former journalism department chairwoman at San Francisco State University.

Ms. Horn spoke out again in 2002, calling on librarians to resist attempts by the FBI, under the newly enacted USA Patriot Act, to secretly obtain library records of patrons allegedly connected to terrorism investigations.
Role of the library

"She believed in the role of the library in a democracy," Marrion said. "People couldn't make intelligent decisions about how to govern themselves and make choices regarding social and political and economic issues unless they had the information."

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FBI informant admits he took sunny vacation after getting state Sen. Malcolm Smith busted
While giving testimony at former City Councilman Daniel Halloran’s corruption trial, Moses (Mark) Stern said he went on a $5,000 trip to a private island in the Florida Keys, despite facing up to 455 years in prison for fraud.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 11:26 AM

The wire-wearing FBI informant in the state Sen. Malcolm Smith bribery case took a sunny vacation almost immediately after getting Smith and others busted last year — despite facing up to 455 years in prison for a massive fraud, he admitted Tuesday.

Moses (Mark) Stern, testifying in former City Councilman Daniel Halloran’s corruption trial, said he and his family went on a $5,000 trip to a private island in the Florida Keys to avoid news reporters and because he was afraid for his safety after the arrests.

“Cooperation is very difficult,” he said, adding, “The only place to go was the island.”

A brother paid for the week-long vacation, testified Stern, a Rockland County businessman who agreed to secretly work for the feds hoping to earn a reduced sentence in his own case.

Halloran, a Queens Republican, is accused in a scheme to obtain the city’s Republican mayoral ballot line for Smith (D-Queens) by bribing GOP leaders. He faces up to 45 years in prison. Smith will go to trial later next year.

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In 2004 I traveled to Toronto Canada with my video equipment
and helped videotape a conference detailing evidence the US Government created 911.
FBI agent Kimmel spoke at the event. see below and this link
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F.B.I. Rejected Spy Warning 2 Years Before Agent's Arrest

Published: April 22, 2001

Two years before the arrest of a veteran F.B.I. agent accused of spying for Russia, a senior investigator at the Federal Bureau of Investigation concluded in a still-classified report that Moscow might have recruited a mole in the bureau's ranks, current and former bureau officials say.

In early 1999, F.B.I. Director Louis Freeh was told by Thomas Kimmel, the investigator, about his findings. In response, the officials said, senior bureau officials convinced Mr. Freeh that Mr. Kimmel's reasoning was flawed and investigators focused their hunt for a mole at the Central Intelligence Agency, not the bureau.

But with the arrest in February of the bureau agent Robert P. Hanssen on charges of spying for Moscow, Mr. Kimmel's suspicions proved correct. In the aftermath of Mr. Hanssen's arrest, Mr. Kimmel's findings, which have not been previously disclosed, have emerged as a warning within the bureau. The warning first came even as the bureau's spy hunters were searching in the wrong place.

Since the arrest, the bureau and its director have been criticized for failing to detect the betrayal within the agency's ranks for so long. The case has forced senior bureau officials to re-examine their performance in their search for a mole. And, in a series of recent interviews to discuss their actions, they provided new insights into the investigative effort that ultimately led to Mr. Hanssen.

Mr. Hanssen, a 25-year F.B.I. veteran and counterintelligence expert, was arrested in a Virginia park on Feb. 18, after the government said he left a package of secret documents for his Russian handlers at an agreed-upon spot, known as a dead drop site.

The government said he handed over some of the nation's most closely guarded secrets to the Russians, including the existence of a tunnel burrowed under the Russian Embassy in Washington.

The government has charged that Mr. Hanssen began to spy for Moscow in October 1985, about five months after a C.I.A. officer, Aldrich H. Ames, offered his services as a spy for the Soviet Union. Yet Mr. Hanssen eluded investigators for seven more years after Mr. Ames's arrest in 1994.

Mr. Kimmel said in an interview that he had never warned Mr. Freeh or other bureau officials that he suspected that Mr. Hanssen was a spy. ''I wasn't saying that I knew there was a mole in the F.B.I.,'' Mr. Kimmel said. ''I was saying, in effect, you can't rule out that possibility. I thought it was more of a possibility than they did. They were saying that we think the focus of our investigative efforts should be on the C.I.A.''

Yet Mr. Kimmel said he did believe strongly that the evidence was persuasive enough to have prompted an intensive counterintelligence examination of bureau operations.

Neal Gallagher, the bureau's assistant director for national security who has jurisdiction over all counter-intelligence investigations, said in an interview that Mr. Kimmel's belief that there was a spy in the F.B.I. was ''a gut instinct,'' not a well-reasoned position. Mr. Gallagher said that Mr. Kimmel never provided substantive evidence or investigative leads to support his assertion.

''There was nothing there that we could use for investigative purposes to open a case,'' he said. At the time, he added, bureau officials had considered the possibility of a mole within the senior ranks of the F.B.I., but discounted it because the strongest available evidence indicated that there was a spy at the C.I.A.

John Collingwood, an F.B.I. spokesman, said that Mr. Kimmel's thoughts were taken seriously. He said that Mr. Freeh asked Mr. Kimmel ''to organize his thoughts and provide them'' to the bureau's National Security Division.

''At Freeh's instruction,'' Mr. Collingwood said, ''experienced senior counterintelligence experts analyzed Tom's hypothesis and concluded his observations were already explained and his hunches being pursued in other ongoing investigations within the intelligence community.''

Elation and Concern

Publicly, after Mr. Ames was sentenced to life in prison in 1994, Mr. Freeh and his advisers celebrated their success. But privately, they were unsettled by new intelligence that showed that it was highly likely that there were more Russian spies in the United States intelligence bureaucracy, the officials said.

The information came in bits and pieces from several Russian agents. But when taken together, the evidence led the spy hunters to suspect there were at least two more moles. One was believed to have burrowed into the C.I.A., another was thought to be at the F.B.I.

The reports seemed to confirm the growing suspicions among American counterintelligence experts that Mr. Ames could not have been responsible for all of the losses that American intelligence had suffered, since he did not have access to all of the secrets that had been compromised.

In response, senior bureau officials organized a new mole-hunting unit, recruiting more than 60 agents from the bureau's offices around the country. The existence of the secret unit was kept from all but a few top officials at the F.B.I. and C.I.A. A new mole-hunting team, similar to one that helped uncover Mr. Ames, was also created inside the C.I.A.'s counterespionage group within months of Mr. Ames's 1994 arrest. The mole hunters' search included a look for possible suspects in the F.B.I.'s New York offiice.

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A noted Pearl Harbor scholar, former FBI agent, and eldest grandson of Admiral Husband E. Kimmel, Commander of the Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor during the attack on December 7,1941, Tom Kimmel comes from a family of distinguished scholars and government servants dedicated to protecting America. Notwithstanding the preceding, his grandfather was accused from the well of the House of Representatives of failing to prevent World War II, and the Cold War. His fourth great grandfather was accused of starting the Revolutionary War, and the Whiskey Rebellion. Tom welcomes the opportunity to respond to the allegations.

A graduate of the US Naval Academy, Tom served on three warships during the Vietnam War and attended John Marshall Law School prior to joining the FBI in 1973, where he continued to serve his Country as an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for more than 25 years.

Tom investigated organized crime in Cleveland, served on the House Appropriations Committee Surveys and Investigations Staff at CIA Headquarters, headed the FBI in East Texas, headed the Labor Racketeering Unit at FBI Headquarters, headed the National Drug Intelligence Center in Johnstown, PA, and served on the President's Council on Integrity and Efficiency. Tom was also the Assistant Agent in Charge of the Philadelphia FBI Division heading the Foreign Counterintelligence and Terrorism Programs during the 1st attack on the World Trade Center in 1993.

Upon retiring from the FBI, Tom served as a consultant to the Bureau addressing major spy scandals in the FBI and CIA. Tom has appeared at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, twice on 60 Minutes, on War Stories Investigates with Oliver North, the Discovery Channel, the National Geographic Channel, and spoken throughout the United States, Canada, Columbia, and Japan to hundreds of groups of all ages frequently as a repeat speaker.

Speech Titles:

Adm. Kimmel’s Case: The Story within the Pearl Harbor Story
Admiral Kimmel’s grandson reveals the real reasons for the success of the Japanese attack.
Adm. Kimmel’s Case: The Pearl Harbor and 9/11 Attacks Compared
Lt. Cdr and former FBI agent Kimmel reveals Pearl Harbor mistakes repeated on 9/11.
Adm. Kimmel’s Case: Investigating the FBI
A former FBI agent investigates the FBI’s role in the Pearl Harbor Attack.
Adm. Kimmel’s Case: Why Was It Possible for a Pearl Harbor to Occur?
J. Edgar Hoover thought he knew, so, why did the President's representative not investigate?--A former FBI agent explains.
Adm. Kimmel's Case: What Else Did Mr. Hoover Hide from Pearl Harbor Investigators? Admiral Kimmel's grandson has made a list.
Adm. Kimmel’s Case: Pearl Harbor Perjury
Subornation of perjury is revealed by a former FBI agent.
Adm. Kimmel’s Case: It Ain’t Over Yet
What’s new in the Pearl Harbor story—Admiral Kimmel’s grandson has made a list.
Adm. Kimmel’s Case: Spying on America
A former FBI agent reveals the most successful espionage operation of all time--and it was against America.
Adm. Kimmel’s Case: Indications of Advanced Knowledge of the Pearl Harbor Attack
Advanced indications revealed from the US, UK, Canada, Germany, and the Netherlands.
Adm. Kimmel’s Case: Newt Gingrich's Solution
Lt. Cdr. Kimmel wraps it up.

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Update from Toronto 9-11 Inquiry

Hello 9/11 truth activists and concerned citizens,

We just received this update from the organizers of the
International Citizens’ Inquiry Into 9/11 – Phase 2,
which begins its fourth day today. Check it out, and
make sure and look at the photo album as well!

Emanuel Sferios
Webmaster, 9/11 Visibility Project
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The International Citizens’ Inquiry Into 9/11 in
Toronto has successfully completed its third day. There
has been media coverage of the event with interviews
with many of the presenters on local radio and TV
programs. On Wednesday May 26 the Canadian Action Party
held an election campaign press conference at the
Inquiry with appearances by the current leader lawyer
Connie Fogal and by the Founder of the party, former
Deputy-Prime Minster of Canada Paul Hellyer. Both were
photographed with the Inquiry banner and expressed
support for the Inquiry’s objectives.

Thanks to Inquiry attendee Jan Hoyer, the first online
photo album from the Toronto Inquiry is now available

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Jan advises that the next online album will be posted
on Friday evening. Many thanks Jan!

Following is the program listing for the final three
days of the Inquiry.

We invite you to come and join us. You can register at
the door for any and all of the interesting sessions.
Please tell your friends about the Inquiry and visit
our website (http://www.911inquiry.org" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; ) and consider making an
online donation to our work.

Please support the International Citizens’ Inquiry into
9/11 process and become involved in the 9/11 Truth
Movement demanding an end to the 9/11 deception and
cover-up and to the phony "war on terrorism."


Here is our Program for Friday, May 28, 2004.
-Ukrainian Cultural Centre, 83 Christie Street, Toronto
(one block north of the Christie subway on the Bloor

am: Registration.)


Speakers in order of appearance:

Nenke Jongkind
Barrie Zwicker
Walter Davis
Michael Dietrick
Mathias Broeckers
Webster Tarpley
Joyce Lynn
Paul Thompson

Meyssan will not be able to appear at the Inquiry.]

8:00 am: Registration

9:00-9:30: MC-Nenke Jongkind

Barrie Zwicker "Words, the Media and Our Future"

9:30-10:30: Walter Davis "9/11 Overview" Panel and Q&A:

Researcher and writer and social justice activist at
Kent State University, Walter is currently working on a
book tentatively entitled: The Illusion of Democracy
and the Reality of Empire: The Ideological Struggle of
the Twenty–First Century."

10:30-10:45: Break

10:45-12:00 pm: Michael Dietrick "A Professional
Pilot’s View of the Events of 9/11" Panel and Q&A

12:00-1:00: Lunch Break

1:00-2:15: Mathias Broeckers "Welcome to
Brainwashington" Panel and Q&A.

Mathias is a freelance writer who earned his Masters
Degree in Literature and Political Science at the Freie
Universität Berlin in 1979. His most recent books
Conspiracies, Conspiracy Theories and the Secrets of
Sept. 11 (2002) and Facts, Forgeries and the Suppressed
Evidence of 9/11 (2003) became bestsellers in Germany.

2:15-2:30: Break

2:30-4:00: Webster Tarpley "The 9/11 Terror Fraud: A
Coup Against World Civilization" Panel and Q&A.

Webster Tarpley is an author and lecturer. In 1992, he
co-authored George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography,
which still stands as the only comprehensive and
critical account of the former president and his family

4:00-4:15: Break

4:15-5:30: Joyce Lynn-"The Kean Commission Cover-Up"
Panel and Q&A.

Joyce is a journalist with eight years experience as a
political reporter in Washington, D.C. After moving to
San Francisco, she turned to writing about using Inner
Intelligence to evince inner health and outer peace
about matters of the mind. She researches the real
story of 9/11.

530 -7:00: Dinner Break

7:00-8:15: that Thierry Meyssan will not be able to appear at the

Webster Tarpley has kindly volunteered to continue his
earlier presentation from the afternoon above to "Part
Two" of the "The 9/11 Terror Fraud." Panel and Q&A

8:15-8:30: Break

8:30-10:00: Paul Thompson "Complete 9/11 Timeline"
Panel and Q&A.

Paul has developed the Complete 9-11 Timeline, a
thorough archive of 9/11 research using mostly
mainstream sources hosted by the Center for Cooperative
Research. This is an invaluable resource for 9/11


Here is our Program for Saturday, May 29, 2004.

PROGRAM STARTS AT 10:30 A.M. (9:30: Registration)

Speakers in order of appearance:

Nenke Jongkind
Barrie Zwicker
Jim Hoffman
Jim Marrs
Don Paul
Thomas Kimmel

Evening "Celebration of the Inquiring Mind and
Compassionate Heart" with
Ralph Benmergui
Spirit Wind
Helen Porter and Eugene Martynec
Steven Bush
David Calderisi
Nancy White

9:30: Registration
10:30-11:45: Welcome: MC-Nenke Jongkind
Introduction: Barrie Zwicker.

Jim Hoffman "WTC Towers Demolition."

Jim is a software engineer and research scientist. He
will demonstrate that the Twin Towers and Building 7
were demolished. He notes that fires have never
levelled steel-framed buildings; that evidence was
systematically destroyed; that the investigation was a

11:45-1:00 pm: Lunch Break

1:00-2:15: Jim Marrs "Anatomy of an Inside Job" Panel
and Q&A

A chronology and many questions about the events of
September 11, 2001: What Did President Bush Know? What
Happened at the Pentagon? What Caused the Collapse of
Building 7. Jim Marrs is an award-winning veteran
Texas journalist whose books Crossfire: The Plot That
Killed Kennedy (Carroll & Graf) and Rule by Secrecy
(HarperCollins: 2002) reached the New York Times
bestseller list.

2:15-2:30: Break

2:30-3:45: Don Paul "The Financiers Behind 9/11" Panel
and Q&A

Don Paul is a writer, performer, musician and activist.
He co-wrote with Jim Hoffman " '9/`11' " Great Crimes/
A Greater Cover-Up" published in October 2003.

3:45-4:00: Break

4:00-5:15: Thomas Kimmel "Pearl Harbor and 9/11
Compared" Panel and Q&A.

A noted Pearl Harbor scholar, former FBI agent, and
grandson of Admiral Husband E. Kimmel, the
Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor
when the Japanese attacked on December 7, 1941, Tom
Kimmel comes from a long line of distinguished scholars
and servants to the United States Government and from a
family that has dedicated itself, and given generously,
to protecting the freedom and way of life that the 9/11
attacks threaten. He will speak on the similarities
between the two events.
5:15 -7:30: Dinner Break

7:30-10:00:" Celebration of the Inquiring Mind and
Compassionate Heart":

with MC Ralph Benmurgui, Spirit Wind, Helen Porter and
Eugene Martynec, Steven Bush, David Calderisi, Nancy

Here is our Program for Sunday, May 30, 2004
– Convocation Hall, University of Toronto
9:30 A.M. (8:30 am: Registration)

Speakers in order of appearance:

Nenke Jongkind
Ellen Mariani
Phil Berg
John McMurtry
Dr. Robert Bowman
"Town Hall" with Joe Cote
"Conclusion" with
John Corcelli
Barrie Zwicker
Dr. John Gray
Ellen Mariani
Mike Ruppert
Nick Levis
David Kubiak

8:30 am: Registration

9:30 -10:00: Introduction/ Welcome. Nenke Jongkind/John

San Francisco Phase 1 video review

10:00-11:00: Ellen Mariani "A 9/11 Widow’s Personal

Ellen Mariani lost her husband in the events of 9/11.
She has filed a civil RICO (Racketeer Influenced and
Corrupt Organizations Act) action lawsuit against
President Bush and other high level members of his
administration based upon alleged prior knowledge of
9/11; knowingly failing to act, prevent or warn of 911;
and the ongoing obstruction of justice by covering up
the truth of 9/11 — all in violation of the laws of
the United States.

11:00-11:30: Phil Berg "RICO Lawsuit"

Philip Berg is Ellen Mariani’s lawyer. He practises in
Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania and has been a fighter for
individual rights for many years. He was highly
involved in challenging the 2000 presidential election.

11:30-11:45: Q&A

11:45 -1:00 pm: Lunch Break

1:00-1:45: John McMurtry "Why the Facts of 9/11 are

John McMurtry is a professor of Philosophy at the
University of Guelph, Ontario. Author of over 150 books
and journals, in recent years his work has focused on
the underlying value structure of economic theory and
its consequences for global, civil and environmental
life-organization. His analysis of the meaning and
impact of the 9/11 events and their aftermath is
informed by this perspective.

1:45-2:00: Q&A

2:00-3:15: Dr. Robert Bowman "A Fighter Pilot Looks
Back at 9/11 and Forward to a Resurrected America"
Panel and Q&A

Many people are convinced that George W. Bush knew what
was going to happen on 9/11 and purposely allowed it to

Dr. Robert M. Bowman is President of the Institute for
Space and Security Studies, Executive Vice President of
Millennium III Corporation, and Presiding Archbishop of
the United Catholic Church. Culminating a 22-year Air
Force career in 1978, Col. Bowman was Director of
Advanced Space Programs Development for the Air Force
Space Division.

3:15-3:30: Break

3:30-6:00: "Town Hall" with Joe Cote: Speakers On Stage
and Audience Q&A. This is the major opportunity of the
Inquiry for members of the public to interact
extensively with our many presenters.

6:00-7:30: Dinner Break

7:30-10:00: Conclusion to Phase 2 of the Inquiry.
MC-John Corcelli

Barrie Zwicker and testimonials

Dr. John Gray "The Need for Truth to Heal the 9/11
Families and America"

Dr. John Gray is a Certified Family Therapist and the
author of 15 books, including Men Are from Mars, Women
Are from Venus (HarperCollins 1992), and is the
best-selling relationship author of all time. He offers
a unique perspective on what healing is needed and how
it might happen to bring closure and resolution to the
loss and trauma of the 9/11 events – for the families
directly affected and for all the rest of us.

Ellen Mariani "9/11 Personal Story"

Mike Ruppert "9/11 Timeline"

Mike Ruppert, 52, is the Publisher/Editor of From the
Wilderness or FTW. An Honors graduate of UCLA in
Political Science (1973), Mike is a former LAPD
narcotics investigator who discovered CIA trafficking
in drugs in 1977. On November 28, 2001 he gave his
first post 9-11 lecture at Portland State University,
which was attended by more than 1,000 and resulted in a
standing ovation. FTW's video, The Truth and Lies About
9-11, has sold more than 10,000 copies. Since 9-11-01
he has been the point man in breaking major stories
involving government foreknowledge, corruption and
violations of the Constitution. He has also pioneered
the effort to educate the world about the consequences
of Peak Oil -- the fact that the world is running out
of hydrocarbon energy, and what this might mean for
human civilization.

Nick Levis "Phase 3 — New York, September 2004"

David Kubiak, Campaign coordinator of 911truth.org and
the developing world-wide 9/11 Truth Movement
Panel Discussion and Audience Q&A

Conclusion to Phase 2 of the International Citizens’
Inquiry Into 9/11.


The International Citizens’ Inquiry Into 9/11 – Phase 2.
May 25-30, 2004, Toronto, Canada.

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FBI Whistleblower Regrets Nothing
July 24, 2014, 10:30:00AM. By Brenda Craig
Minneapolis, MN: Fifteen years ago, Jane Turner was marched out the front door of the FBI office in Minneapolis, Minnesota. “There,” the FBI said to her, “You’ve had a good career Jane, now it’s over.”

FBI Whistleblower Regrets NothingIndeed, she had had an excellent career. Turner was among the first tide of women admitted to the ranks of the FBI. She’d worked on serial killer cases, she had expertise in crimes against children and interviewing sex offenders. She had even once been loaned to law enforcement in Canada to work as a profiler in a notorious child killer case.

But Jane Turner was a whistleblower. Not once, but twice she had reported on colleagues who had seriously failed in their duty. In one case, young lives were at risk. In both cases, the reputation and integrity of the FBI and its agents were on the line.

“It destroyed me to lose the job that meant so much to me,” says Turner.
“All along the way, I thought what all whistleblowers think. I thought the truth will rescue me. I thought I would get a call from somebody in charge, and they would say ‘oh good and faithful servant,’ thank you for making the bureau a better place.

“But it doesn’t happen,” says Turner.

In the 1990s, Turner was assigned to Minot, North Dakota, where the FBI has responsibility for, among other things, policing nearby Indian reservations.

Aware of Agent Turner’s background, a local emergency doctor asked her to take another look at the case of a boy from Turtle Mountain who arrived at the hospital with severe anal tearing before Agent Turner came to Minot.

The injuries were so horrific that the doctor said the event had “traumatized” her staff.

“The FBI in Minot had investigated and put the boy’s injuries down to a car accident,” says Turner.

“The usual role of an FBI agent is not interviewing children or pursuing sexual offenders,” says Turner. “The FBI does terrorism, or bank robberies, but not sexual assaults. Rather than deal with these cases, the agent assigned had determined the injuries were the result of a car accident so they didn’t have to work the case,” says Turner.

“But it was very clear to me the boy had been sexually assaulted,” she says. “I re-opened the case and got it back on track. The perpetrator turned out to be the father. Then I brought this to the attention of our management in Minneapolis. I also told them this was not the only case where children had been sexually assaulted and the cases dismissed as accidents. It was not something they wanted to hear.

“I took my work very seriously. I loved being an agent,” she recalls. “I spoke nationally to other agents about how to handle crimes against children and I thought if I don’t speak up, who will?” says Turner.

In response, the FBI brass moved Turner out of Minot and questioned her mental health.

“It was pretty ugly,” she says. “They questioned my fitness for duty, sent me to Chicago for psychological testing and tried to fire me. But I fought. It was day after day of mortal combat and then came the Tiffany globe incident.”

Post 9-11, agent Turner was working one of the biggest crime scenes in US history. She was assigned to the World Trade Center investigation. One day, Turner noticed a billiard ball-sized crystal globe on her supervisor’s desk.

It was a very expensive Tiffany globe the agent had gathered as a “souvenir” from Ground Zero. Appalled that an agent had removed evidence from the scene of a mass murder, Agent Turner informed her superiors. The revelation was a national embarrassment for the FBI.

No one was impressed and no one came to rescue Jane Turner for telling the truth about FBI souvenir hunters at the World Trade Center.

“People are not very appreciative of people that snitch,” says Turner. “It is probably one of the toughest things you are ever going to do because of this animosity that people feel toward people they consider ‘rats, finks’ and all kind of other nasty names.

“It takes a particular type of person to be a whistleblower,” she adds. “You have no real support, not monetarily or psychologically. But without the canaries in the coal mine, the truth may not get told.”

Jane Turner is closely connected to the National Whistleblowers Association (NWA) and is grateful to its executive director Stephen Kohn. The NWA has become a critically important organization pursuing truth and providing research and support to the cause.

With the help of the NWA, Turner managed to get the FBI to pay her legal fees.

She does some consulting now but testifying in court is out of the question because on cross examination she would be confronted with questions about why she was fired from the FBI.

“The FBI doesn’t forget and it doesn’t forgive,” says Turner. “They’ve destroyed any hope I might have had about working in law enforcement again. The only thing that sustained me was knowing I stayed true to my own moral compass.”

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Re: FBI WATCH Making Cruelty visible

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FBI Agent Who Works on Child Porn Task Force Charged with Choking 13-Year-Old Boy
Jul. 28 2014 at 6:00 AM

An FBI agent who works with the Boone County Sheriff's Department Cyber Crimes Task Force against child porn is charged with choking a thirteen-year-old boy unconscious.

Special agent Scott Armstrong, 37, pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor third-degree assault charges during an arraignment in June and will appear in court on July 29.

According to the Callaway County police department, the incident occurred at Armstrong's residence at around midnight on March 1. In a probable cause statement, the thirteen-year-old claims Armstrong strangled him with a chokehold until "temporarily losing consciousness."

The boy's parents later took photos of their son's neck, which had signs of being choked, including redness and fabric patterns.

In the probable-cause statement, Armstrong admitted to "placing his arm around" the boy's neck until the teen passed out.

The report does not explain why the boy was at Armstrong's residence. It does say that Armstrong's wife was there at the time, as well.

Callaway County Prosecuting Attorney Chris Wilson explains that the charges are only a misdemeanor because Armstrong apparently did not intend to choke a child.

"Abuse of a child includes knowingly causing physical injury to a child, and Mr. Anderson is charged with recklessly causing physical injury," Wilson tells the Fulton Sun.

The incident has created a bit of a stir in the Boone County Sheriff's Department. Armstrong is officially an FBI employee in the Jefferson City division, but he works part-time on the Boone County task force combating child porn. And after the incident occurred, the FBI didn't inform Armstrong's superiors in Boone County.

"The FBI never did contact me," Boone County Sheriff Dwayne Carey tells the Columbia Tribune. "I wasn't happy about that."

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Re: FBI WATCH Making Cruelty visible

Postby msfreeh » Wed Jul 30, 2014 1:04 pm

We brought Ed Tatro to speak on two different occasions at Bates College presenting evidence on how FBI agents assassinated President Kennedy.

He will be speaking this fall.


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Expert Spotlight: Edgar F. Tatro
Today we are very proud to present another member of our outstanding 2013 panel. Edgar F. Tatro, one of today's preeminent experts on the Kennedy Assassination, has pursued the truth as relentlessly as anyone over the past 50 years. Tatro holds a B.A. Degree in English from Boston University, a Master’s Degree in Urban Education from Boston State College and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Administration from Boston State College.

He taught high school English for 38 years, specializing in science-fiction, mystery and horror, satire and comedy, creative writing, media and propaganda, and the origin, history and poetry of rock music. He also taught college and adult education courses for 30 years, specializing in the JFK assassination, subliminal messages in advertizing, the influence of rock music on drug abuse, backward messages in music, and plagiarism in music.

Mr. Tatro is the author of more than 30 mystery and horror short stories, literary essays and poems published in many magazines across the country. He also is the author of many research articles pertaining to the JFK assassination conspiracy, published in Jerry Rose’s The Third Decade, Penn Jones’ , and Ireland’s The JFK Assassination Forum.

His work has been acknowledged or footnoted in many JFK assassination books, including Reasonable Doubt by Henry Hurt, Official and Confidential: The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover by Anthony Summers, Destiny Betrayed by Jim DiEugenio, (Probe Magazine) by Jim DiEugenio and Lisa Pease, The Kennedys: Dynasty and Disaster by John H. Davis, Killing Kennedy by Harrison Livingstone, JFK; The Book of the Film by Oliver Stone and Zachary Sklar, Doug Weldon’s essay in Murder in Dealey Plaza and JFK and the Unspeakable by Jim Douglass. Mr. Tatro is the original editor of Texas in the Morning, the memoirs of LBJ’s mistress, Madeleine Duncan Brown, and editor of the Bugliosi chapter in Biting the Elephant by Dr. Rodger Remington. He contributed research to Senator Sam Ervin’s Watergate investigative committee, the House Select Committee on Assassinations and the National Academy of Sciences (JFK acoustical analysis project). He attended Clay Shaw’s trial for one week in New Orleans, in February 1969, and was given ac- cess to the court exhibits by Judge Edward Haggerty. Mr. Tatro served as a minor consultant to Oliver Stone’s film, “JFK.” He testified before the Assassination Records Review Board in March 1995, in Boston, Mass. He was responsible, via the ARRB, for the release of the unidentified print found on a box in the alleged sniper’s nest in the Texas School Book De- pository, and, via the LBJ Library, for the release of the rough drafts of the rough draft of NSAM #273, which he shared with L. Fletcher Prouty, who shared them with Oliver Stone for "JFK."

Mr. Tatro was a consultant to Nigel Turner’s “The Truth Shall Set You Free,” and “The Smoking Guns,” parts six and seven of The Men Who Killed Kennedy series. He was a primary recruiter and participant in Turner’s “The Guilty Men,” part nine of the same series.

Be sure to check our full, downloadable conference brochure for a complete list of speakers, schedules, and accommodations.

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Dear friends,
For the month of August, you can watch Doug Horne's historic interview with Dino Brugioni about the Zapruder Film for free online in the 85-minute feature The Zapruder Film Mystery: vimeo.com/e2films/zapruder
While serving as chief analyst of military records at the Assassination Records Review Board in 1997, Horne discovered that the Zapruder Film had been examined by the CIA's National Photographic Interpretation Center on the Sunday evening after the assassination. In this interview, legendary NPIC photo interpreter Dino Brugioni speaks for the first time about his examination of the film at NPIC on Saturday evening. Brugioni was never told about a second examination by a completely different team on Sunday evening and believes the Zapruder Film in the archives today is not the film he saw on the day after the assassination.
Drawing on Volume 4 of his book "Inside the ARRB", Doug Horne sets the scene for the interview with Brugioni and presents his conclusions. Whatever you feel about Zapruder Film alteration, Brugioni's testimony about two NPIC events that weekend - presented here in HD video for the first time, thanks to Doug Horne and Peter Janney - is fascinating.
The film was made as an extra feature to Killing Oswald and is also now available on the DVD: http://www.killingoswald.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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, 01 August 2014 17:41
Hackers Can Now Tap Into USB Devices To Evade All Known Security Protections

Hackers Can Now Tap Into USB Devices To Evade All Known Security Protections

USB devices such as mice, keyboards and thumb-drives can be used to hack into personal computers in a potential new class of attacks that evade all known security protections, a top computer researcher revealed on Thursday.

Karsten Nohl, chief scientist with Berlin's SR Labs, noted that hackers could load malicious software onto tiny, low-cost computer chips that control functions of USB devices but which have no built-in shields against tampering with their code.

"You cannot tell where the virus came from. It is almost like a magic trick," said Nohl, whose research firm is known for uncovering major flaws in mobile phone technology.

The finding shows that bugs in software used to run tiny electronics components that are invisible to the average computer user can be extremely dangerous when hackers figure out how to exploit them. Security researchers have increasingly turned their attention to uncovering such flaws.

Nohl said his firm has performed attacks by writing malicious code onto USB control chips used in thumb drives and smartphones. Once the USB device is attached to a computer, the malicious software can log keystrokes, spy on communications and destroy data, he said…

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Deaths connected to the Obama White House

Mama Lois" Anderson: 79, and her 52 year old daughter Zelda White: Two US women aid workers were shot dead in Nairobi in Kenya (2008) were the retired Presbyterian Church missionaries of Pennsylvania (USA), known to thousands of Africans. The suspected killers of the US women, who were travelling in a car with diplomatic license plates, allegedly shot dead by police later. They were well known for their work. There is speculation that they possibly had knowledge of the birth and care for Barack Obama in Kenya and were later murdered to cover the trail. When murdered, the Husband had his full wallet which the thieves/car jacker didn't take, and there was never a connection made to the said attackers the police later shot dead, but blamed for the double homicide/car jacking. Their church was burned in 2008, possibly to destroy any possible birth records there. Then police chief Mohammed Hussein Ali was later removed from office by Obama supported Kenyan strongman Odinga. All possible witnesses ended up dead, all possible records of the care of infant Obama burned in the church fire, and the public official responsible out of office.

Lt. Col. Christopher Raible and Sgt. Bradley Atwell: Died in the Camp Bastion attack 3 days after the Benghazi attack

Jeff Joe Black: Found dead on a hiking trail from "blunt force trauma to the head": Chicago activist who claimed that Emmanuel was put into place in Chicago to oversee a coming false flag event.

Larry Bland and Nate Spencer: Two other black members of Trinity Church Murdered at the same time - Report: Mother Of Obama's Murdered Gay Lover Speaks Up -- With Video

Andrew Breitbart - Died of a massive heart attack, walking outside late at night, alone, in the dark approximately one week before he was to produce tapes of Obama's extremist activities in college. More speculation: Breitbart: "Wait 'Til They See What Happens March 1st", Breitbart's Footage Shows Obama 'Palling Around' With Terrorists..... Sheriff Joe Arpaio: I Spoke with Andrew Breitbart Shortly Before he Died ......An Eyewitness Speaks Out About Andrew Breitbart's Death Scene... Breitbart's skin color described as bright red. ... Was Andrew Breitbart assassinated?...More murder speculation: Was Andrew Breitbart Murdered?..........Coroner: Breitbart Died of Heart Failure...* Christopher Lasseter, Dissapears.....witness to Breitbart's death vanishes -Follows suspicious demise of member of coroner's team (possibly in hiding to avoid reporters), .... Breitbart witness: He dropped like sack of bricks Describes 'thick white band' around forehead at death ; Ex-CIA Agent Claims Obama Killed Breitbart and Clancy (story also linked here ) ; Ex-CIA Agent Claims Obama Had Breitbart and Clancy Killed ; Brandon Walker interviews Doctor Jim Garrow, philanthropist and worker for one of the largest non-profit organizations on the planet to save female children from slaughter in China.. states he knows that President Obama ordered the murders of Tom Clancy and Andrew Breitbart (Audio)

Steve Bridges Dies At 48 - Impersonator Who Offended 0bama ...Steve Bridges as President Obama - August 2011 ....It appeared that he died of natural causes...: On the Steve Bridges website, they are now calling his death 'an accident"...that the probable cause of death was due to "upper airway anaphylaxis", caused by a severe allergic reaction.. --- CSI Show: Murder by anaphalaxis?... A real life example of possible murder by anaphalaxis

Tom Clancy Dies at 66; actual list of cause of death on his autopsy, cause of death unknown.; Ex-CIA Agent Claims Obama Killed Breitbart and Clancy- Dr. Garrow states President Obama had Tom Clancy killed as well and noted that it takes 5 days for plant toxins and most poisons to break down and leave no traces in the human body. Amazingly enough, or coincidentally, the doctors did not perform an autopsy on Tom Clancy’s body for 5 days. (story also linked here ) ; Did Tom Clancy, who died in October... predict Russia's move on Ukraine in his book "Command Authority?

Robin Copeland, 46, 11/4/2011: former Energy Department official who took part in several significant disarmament programs, died suddenly

Michael Cormier - respected forensic technician for the Los Angeles County Coroner died under suspicious circumstances at his North Hollywood home April 20, the same day Andrew Breitbart’s cause of death was finally made public. Medical examiners in Los Angeles are investigating the possible poisoning death......Conspiracy theorists cry foul after Andrew Breitbart's 'coroner' dies of arsenic poisoning- ....Police Debunk Theories Linking Breitbart, L.A. Coroner Tech Deaths ; No Answers in Death of Technician Linked to Andrew Breitbart: Killed by high amounts of arsinic in his system ; Breitbart's Coroner Murdered. News From LA

Madelyn Payne Dunham: Obama's grandmother, died 2 days before the general election. Flew up to see her for one hour - alone. No records. Cremated immediately, ashes dispersed.

BEVERLY ECKERT, Continental Flight Victim, Was 9/11 Widow (VIDEO, SLIDESHOW), was at the White House with Barack Obama, part of a meeting the president had with relatives of those killed in the 2001 attacks

Extortion 17: On 6 August 2011, a U.S. Boeing CH-47 Chinook military helicopter, call sign Extortion 17, was shot down while transporting a quick reaction force attempting to reinforce an engaged unit of Army Rangers in Wardak province, west of Kabul, Afghanistan The resulting crash killed all 38 people on board—25 American special operations personnel, five United States Army National Guard and Army Reserve crewmen, seven Afghan commandos, and one Afghan interpreter—as well as a U.S. military working dog. It is considered the worst loss of U.S Military life in the Afghanistan campaign, surpassing Operation Red Wings in 2005. There were 15 Navy SEAL's killed. ; Afghanistan's Benghazi: The Shoot-Down of Extortion 17 ; TrentoVision 5.9.13 - Navy SEAL Extortion 17 EXPOSED - Obama Failures ; Obama increased special op's missions from an average of 56 a month to 334 per month (statement begins at 26 minute mark of video) ; Afghan Benghazi: Extortion 17, Betraying Seal Team 6 ; ; Navy SEAL's father: Obama sent my son to his death Tells Michael Savage 'they knew something was up' ; Extortion 17! Mother of slain SEAL on Biden: "He should be in prison for high crimes and treason." ; Families suspect SEAL Team 6 crash was inside job on worst day in Afghanistan ; Navy warrior's quick cremation deepens mystery of Chinook disaster in Afghanistan ; The Shocking True Story of Extortion 17 as Told by a Navy SEAL's Father ; Extortion 17, The Deadliest Day in the War on Terror ; SEAL's Parents: Obama's Rules Of Engagement Killing Our Troops ; Congressional Hearing Scheduled for 30 fallen Heroes Killed in Shoot Down of Extortion 17 ; Defense Official Denies SEAL Team Six Operation Was Compromised Families left without answers on operation that left 30 American troops dead

Loretta Fuddy: -Hawaii Health Director Loretta Fuddy dies in small plane crash ; 'Fuddy was at the center of controversy in the birth certificate controversy as she was the person who reportedly granted "an exception" to Barack Obama, allegedly witnessing the copying of Obama’s birth certificate and attested to its authenticity' ; Health director who approved Obama birth certificate dies in plane crash ; Fuddy only one to die in plane crash ; Video.. Hawaii DOH Director Who "Certified" Obamas BC As Legit Dies In Plane Crash!! ; Engine Failure Blamed In Molokai Crash ; Kalaupapa Aircraft Wreckage to be Recovered, Under Investigation ; NTSB: Officials still trying to determine Fuddy's cause of death ; Obama's land in Hawaii as the NTSB investigates the cause of death; NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersmanis Obama appointee that only reports to Obama. NTSB Chair Hersman has been been accused of conflict of interest., compromsing her independence at the NTSB.---> Speculations: 1. NTSB allowed the evidence in both this Cessna engine failure and the one on Oct 21 very close to Molokai to be contaminated 2. The NTSB had found Cessna 208 engine failure in 2 cases in the previous 34 years, within 50 days and 25 miles there were another 2, and those 2 were not properly treated by Obama's NTSB as a crime scene as mandated. 3. Engine failure itself actually occurred 9 miles north of where the plane landed in the Oct 21 incident, which puts it probably 10-15 miles away from Molokai. 4. Pilot Clyde Kawasaki has never been listed as a pilot of Makani Kai Air on their staff webpage, even though he has supposedly flown for them for the past 1-2 years (depending on the article). There are 2 staff web pages, and both have been updated within the last half a year - one in June, the other earlier this month. 5. Rchard Schuman, Makani Kai Air owner/CEO says the plane (which was photographed sinking while nearly fully-intact) fell apart in a week’s time 60-70 feet underwater because of the movement of the water banging the plane against the rocks but waves would have to have been much greater to affect the engine at that depth. If the engine had come apart from the plane during the salvage operations Schuman would certainly have said that. The fact that he tried to blame the engine's removal on water says that the witnesses on the salvage team knew it hadn't come apart during the lifting of the plane. ; Globe Magazine: Fuddy murdered for knowing where Obama was born ; NTSB: Hawaii plane floated 25 mins, then sank.; Was Fuddy involved with the SUBUD Cult? Obama a secret Subud sect member ; Founder of Subud cult: Muhammad Subuh Sumohadiwidjojo; Alice Dewey, the great Indonesianist, as she liked to call herself, who spent something like 15 years on and off in Java as an anthropologist, researching javanese arts and crafts, and peasant marketing...Alice, the mentor of Stanley Ann Dunham who wrote her thesis (?) on the subject of Javanese blacksmithing...now lives permanently in Indonesia. ; Revealed: Inilah Wanita di Balik Bintang Mahaputera untuk Ibu Obama ; Subud, Obama and Laurel Canyon rock hits - a connection? ; Mohammed Subud: Founder Indonesian Muslim cult -resemblence to Obama? Picture ; As posted at little bit later in that thread, an earlier article at http://www.kitv.com/news/hawaii/makani- ... index.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; - with an original posting time of 8:25PM CST, which is 4:25pm HST - was titled "Breaking: Small Aircraft Crashed off Kalaupapa" with Twitterfeed as the source. That article says that the plane went down at about 3:45....within 40 minutes of the plane going down it was reported on the news, and within 55 minutes it was reported that there was one casualty. According to the timeline the NTSB is giving now (see http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3107346/posts" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; ), help crews didn't even ARRIVE to check out the condition of the victims until 80 minutes after the crash - or 5:05pm.... 40 minutes after the crash was reported in the news and 25 minutes after it was reported in the news that there was one casualty. If the NTSB timeline is believed the rescue workers still had to pass Fuddy by, check out others, go back to Fuddy and determine her to be dead, and report it to the news reporter. If that whole process took 30 minutes, then the NTSB timeline would have the news reporting one dead almost an hour before anybody would have determined and reported that. If the NTSB timeline is believed, a death from that plane crash was reported in the news before ANYBODY know that it had happened. IOW, if the NTSB timeline is believed there was SUPPOSED to be one person dead from that plane crash, and that outcome was reported before anybody was sure that had really happened.; New Footage Shows Plane Crash That Killed Woman Who Released Obama's Birth Certificate ; What are the chances? The mysterious death of Lorett

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Leland Yee Corruption Case: Questions Raised Over FBI Undercover Agent Removed from Case

A new revelation in the corruption case involving suspended state Sen. Leland Yee: One of the FBI's undercover agents was removed from the case for alleged financial misconduct.
Thursday, Aug 7, 2014

A new revelation in the corruption case involving suspended state Sen. Leland Yee: One of the FBI’s undercover agents was removed from the case for alleged financial misconduct.

All 29 defendants were in court for Thursday morning’s status conference. These pre-trial conferences can be dry, housekeeping procedures – or they can reveal pieces of a case that have been hidden. Thursday, we got the latter. The defense raised questions about an undercover agent used early on in the corruption investigation of state Sen. Yee.

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Yee left the courthouse without talking without talking to reporters, but inside U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer’s courtroom, defense attorneys wanted the government to reveal information about undercover “Agent 4773, an agent who posed as a businessman from Atlanta interested in buying political favors from Yee.

Court documents claim his first payment of $500 came in September 2011; a month later $5,000; another $5,000 in April 2012; and then after an October phone call, a $10,000 cash payment to support Yee, but delivered by another undercover agent.

Sen. Leland Yee Pleads Not Guilty to RICO Charge

After that Agent 4773 disappears from the indictment.

In fact, the indictment states final payment of $10,000 in cash was delivered to Defendant Keith Jackson at a San Francisco restaurant by another undercover agent posing as a mobster and business associate of Agent 4773.

In court Thursday, the defense attorney’s claim he was pulled from the investigation by the FBI for alleged financial misconduct and they want the details.

Case Against Leland Yee, “Shrimp Boy” Will be Divided

Judge Breyer asked prosecutors to work with the defense to provide information on the identity of the agents and informants in the case.

Yee’s attorney said he doesn’t know the why the agent was removed, and Curtis Briggs, the attorney for accused gangster Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, said he can’t talk about it.

“There’s been a gag order issued against my team,” Briggs said, “and I cannot discuss that, and I can’t acknowledge that that’s true.”

Sen. Yee Gets More Than 200,000 Votes For Secretary of State

Judge Breyer is pushing the government to provide the information on the undercover agents and informants as well as wiretap transcripts and any other evidence prosecutors plan to present.

The next date before Judge Breyer will be a motions hearing set for Nov. 12, when we might find out what caused the FBI to pull one of its undercover agents from the investigation, what constituted financial misconduct – and did it have anything to do with the bribery investigation of Leland Yee?

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DEF CON attendees get tips on how to detect, escape surveillance
Attendees of DEF CON, the annual hacker gathering in Las Vegas, got advice on how to know when they're being surveilled by hidden cameras. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
By Robert Faturechi contact the reporter

Since Edward Snowden helped reveal wide-scale government snooping programs, the conspiracy-oriented elements of the cyber-security community have become a little more emboldened.

Many describe the series of news articles that resulted from Snowden’s leaks as a seminal moment, when their more far-fetched concerns about privacy could no longer be so easily dismissed as tin-foil-hat paranoia.

This week in Las Vegas, where thousands gathered for the annual DEF CON hacker conference, that paranoia was embraced as hundreds filled a large theater to hear Phil Polstra talk.

The associate professor of digital forensics at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania told a attendees how to know if they’re being spied on and how to protect against it, all on a tight budget.

“Our government’s assault on the Constitution is pretty well known,” Polstra warned.

Here are some of Polstra’s tips:

Use your phone

Many of the small, hidden cameras on the market these days have infrared lights around their lenses, Polstra said. That light, invisible to the human eye, allows the cameras to keep up the surveillance even in the dark, without getting noticed.

But the light can be detected by smartphone cameras. To see if you’re being watched, Polstra said, get your phone, turn on the camera and scan it around the room. In Polstra’s demonstration, when his phone’s lens passed an infrared light, a bright purple hue showed up on his phone display.

Cover your webcam when not using it. Both Microsoft and Apple have given the FBI, NSA, and CIA a backdoor into the camera system on Windows and OSX that allows them to remotely turn it on and send them images and sound without illuminating the little tally light that indicates it's...

One way to tail people while maintaining a distance, Polstra said, is to buy a bumper beeper, a long, thin tracking device that can be slapped onto a car with magnets. If you’re worried there’s one on you car, turn on a radio, and switch to the AM dial.

If you hear a consistent and loud tone, Polstra said, there’s a likelihood you’ve been tagged.

Know when you’re being followed

If you think you’re being tailed in a car, Polstra warned, the car probably won’t be very

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Woman, 98, wants spying case record cleared

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Posted: 08/12/14, 3:46 PM EDT |
A 98-year-old New Jersey woman convicted of conspiracy in the run-up to the atomic spy trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg asked a court Tuesday to clear her name, saying documents released in the last decade show the government withheld evidence that would have exonerated her.

Miriam Moskowitz brought the legal action in Manhattan federal court seeking to vacate her 1950 conviction on charges she conspired with two men to lie to a grand jury investigating allegations of atomic espionage. She was sentenced to two years in prison.

In court papers, Moskowitz said she was working on a book about her case in 2010 when she spotted conflicts between the trial testimony of a former colleague who testified against her and statements he made to the FBI that were read to the grand jury. She said she learned in March that she could ask the court to vacate her conviction.

“The effects of my conviction have had, and continue to have, profound effects on my life,” the of Washington Township, New Jersey woman said. “For decades after my incarceration, I felt I had to avoid attention and keep a low social profile with new friends, and experienced shame in certain interactions within the community.”

Moskowitz noted, for example, that the rabbi at her synagogue once gave a damning sermon about atomic espionage on the eve of Yom Kippur, and shunned her when she approached him after the service.

“The entire course of my life has been affected by my felony conviction,” she said. “I never married or had children, in part because, for decades after my conviction, I found it painful to reveal my past. After my release from prison, FBI agents repeatedly harassed me at my workplace, making it impossible for me to keep a job.”

In court papers, Moskowitz’s lawyers say they learned that the government withheld critical evidence for nearly 60 years when a federal judge in 2008 ordered the release of key secret grand jury testimony in the Rosenberg spy trial. The lawyers say FBI and grand jury statements made by Harry Gold — the key government witness against her — were withheld from the defense.

The Rosenbergs were convicted of passing nuclear weapons secrets to the Soviet Union and were executed in 1953. Since then, decoded Soviet cables have appeared to confirm that Julius Rosenberg was a spy, but doubts have remained about Ethel Rosenberg’s involvement.

In 1947, Abraham Brothman and his associate, Gold, were questioned by the FBI about allegations they were involved in atomic espionage, the court papers said. Moskowitz then worked as Brothman’s secretary and was having an affair with him, the papers said.

Moskowitz’s lawyers say Gold repeatedly told the FBI that Moskowitz was unaware of Gold and Brothman’s plan to lie before the grand jury until the government threatened him with the death penalty. They say he then cooperated and testified against Moskowitz at trial, saying she was there when they discussed their perjury plans.

The papers also say the jury would have been undeniably affected by Cold War anti-Communist biases.

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FBI Informant Al Sharpton Greeted by ‘Snitches Get Stitches’ in Missouri
"Since you are a Federal snitch, sir..."
Avatar of Tom Hinchey Tom Hinchey — August 13, 2014

The riots in Ferguson, Missouri have brought MSNBC’s race-baiting Al Sharpton to the scene, ready to inform on the police officer accused of fatally shooting a black unarmed 18-year-old man. Sharpton is pressing the police department to release the name of the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown during a scuffle after the officer asked Brown and another teen to get out of the street.

A crowd gathered around “Reverend” Sharpton as he made his way to Ferguson City Hall. Progressives Today reporter Adam Sharp hurled questions at Sharpton regarding his previously reported mob ties that led him to become an informant for the FBI.

Sharp: Reverend Sharpton, the term “Snitches Get Stitches” was spray painted on the burned out QuikTrip. Since you are a Federal snitch, sir, do you fear for your life?

Sharpton: I’m not a snitch. But today I want to tell the Feds about a cop that needs to go to jail.

Sharp: Are you in fear for you life being a Federal informant?

Sharpton: I want to inform on this policeman today.

Sharpton was known to FBI agents as “CI-7″, short for criminal informant #7, in secret court filings. He aided the FBI in the successful targeting of powerful Mafia figures during the 1980′s. Sharpton denies working as a CI, instead claiming that he was voluntarily cooperating with the FBI to prompt investigations of drug dealing in minority communities. Yet, knowledgeable law enforcement agents say that Sharpton became an informant to avoid facing his own criminal charges.

Sharpton had been secretly recorded in meetings with an undercover FBI agent who was seeking to promote boxing matches. The undercover agent offered Sharpton a 10% finders fee to arrange the purchase of several kilos of pure cocaine

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Postby msfreeh » Fri Aug 15, 2014 1:25 pm

Today' s word in FBI Director James " I love to waterboard " Comey
Neighborhood is Plausible Denial and the word typo

Can you say "typo" boys and girls?

You should because your tax dime funds it, eh?

So when you discover FBI agents were spying on you
they can apologize and say it was a typo.
That is called plausible denial.

The FBI spied on the wrong people because of TYPOS: Government watchdog report finds the agency collected data on people because of errors

The Justice Department's inspector general found the the FBI has spied on the wrong person because of 'typographical errors'
In a report, the inspector general says that the FBI has improved on handling national security letters but could do better
'...typographical errors cause the FBI to request and... receive the information of someone other than the intended target' reads the report

Published: 12:45 EST, 15 August 2014
see link for full typo

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The FBI spied on citizens who were not the subject of investigation because of typographical errors, according to a government watchdog.

The Justice Department's inspector general has found that while the FBI has improved handling of national security letters, the agency could do better.

The watchdog identified several areas that the FBI needs to improve upon, including the 'tendency to collect data on the wrong person because of routine mistakes.'
Typos: A report has found that the FBI spied on people in error due to typographical mistakes

Typos: A report has found that the FBI spied on people in error due to typographical mistakes

'We found that the FBI's corrective measures have not completely eliminated potential intelligence violations resulting from typographical errors in the identification of a telephone number, email address, or social security number in an NSL,' the report reads.

'These typographical errors cause the FBI to request and, in some instances receive, the information of someone other than the intended target of the NSL.'

National security letters allow investigators to collect private information, including from telephone companies and Internet service providers, without a judge's approval.

Earlier reports from the department's inspector general identified widespread violations in the program, including information obtained in non-emergencies.
Spying: Investigators can use national security letters to collect private information about citizens, including from telephone companies and Internet service providers, without a judge's approval

Spying: Investigators can use national security letters to collect private information about citizens, including from telephone companies and Internet service providers, without a judge's approval

The report released Thursday examines the program from 2007 to 2009 and how well the FBI has implemented recommendations from the earlier reports.

The inspector general says the FBI has fully implemented 31 of 41 recommendations from prior reports on the topic, but must improve in other areas, including reducing errors.

It also made 10 new recommendations.

The FBI says in response that it's continued making improvements in recent years.

According to the National Journal, the inspector general added a footnote to the public version of the report, saying that the FBI had demanded too many redactions on the 232-page report.

'We disagree with these markings, which have the effect of redacting info

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Postby msfreeh » Sun Aug 17, 2014 8:53 am

Who watches the FBI?

The Office of the Inspector General
Another branch of the FBI Crime Familia , eh?

August 14, 2014

A Review of the FBI's Use of National Security Letters: Assessment of Progress in Implementing Recommendations and Examination of Use in 2007 through 2009 — Summary of Findings | Full Report

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Postby msfreeh » Tue Aug 19, 2014 2:08 pm

The Price of Dissent: Testimonies to Political Repression in America
Ruth Schultz - 2001 - ‎Political Science
The FBI received tax returns for most of the African Americans it had labeled "Key ... intense while he served as the first African American mayor of Birmingham.

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Last Hope Shattered: FBI Labs Make Annie Dookham Look Good
August 22, 2014 •

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J Edgar HooverAnnie Dookham worked in a crime lab. She performed such shoddy work that the evidence in upwards of 40,000 narcotic cases has been put in doubt. When her malfeasance was first discovered in 2012, investigations and grand juries inquiries began. By 2014 a comprehensive investigative report issued and the Massachusetts court system took extraordinary steps to address the problems she created. Fortunately, no one was put on death row or executed because of her actions. Annie was sent to prison for 3 to 5 years in November 2013.

Few in Massachusetts have not heard of Annie. I had done a few blog posts on her which ended up with a couple of interviews by some of the media concerning her. Her wrongful actions filled the airwaves for days on end.

There is another laboratory scandal. One much worse than that of Annie. It is of national import while Annie’s only affected part of the state. Yet it receives little if any news coverage.

It is the FBI laboratory scandal wherein faulty evidence sent people to death row. While Massachusetts issued report after report and acted expeditiously to clear up its problem; the FBI has hunkered down hoping that the problem will go away.

One thing we know is that unlike in Massachusetts where some of the supervisors lost their jobs, no one in the FBI in a command position has even been reprimanded. As far as anyone going to prison for the enormous damage that has been caused, even suggesting it makes me smile. The FBI rolls along like the Mississippi River as if it is above the law. Unlike in Massachusetts where the drug laboratory was investigated by outside agencies, the FBI investigates itself.

It’s not surprising then to read that “from 1993 to early 2011, F.B.I. agents fatally shot about 70 “subjects” and wounded about 80 others — and every one of those episodes was deemed justified, . . .” The article went on to note that: “The last two years have followed the same pattern: an F.B.I. spokesman said that since 2011, there had been no findings of improper intentional shootings.”

Investigating oneself means covering up ones evils. Recall the first commandment of the FBI, “Don’t Embarrass The Family.” When that is its ultimate goal, all its investigations are undertaken to protect its reputation and not to find out the truth.

The underreported problems with the FBI laboratory go back to the early 1990s. Actually, who knows how far back they really go. We learned about the problems when Frederic Whitehurst who was employed in the FBI labs uncovered and reported scientific misconduct. For doing that his fellow agents turned on him and he was suspended from his job.

You know of Annie Dookham but not Fred Whitehurst. Whitehurst’s efforts led “to a scathing 500-page study of the laboratory by the Justice Department’s inspector general . . . .” And, the FBI had to pay 1.1 million dollars to settle a suit brought by Whitehurst.

But the FBI didn’t change its way of doing business. As I noted the other day, and as others in the news media are beginning to realize, there are a lot of people in prison who were sent there because of the FBI’s slothful and indifferent work.

Amy screwed up drug tests; the FBI got involved in putting out “flawed forensic evidence involving microscopic hair matches” that have been tracked to 2,600 cases including 45 death row cases. The FBI reviewed 160 of these cases then stopped its review. The results were quite embarrassing. Rather than seeking to undo any wrong, the FBI decided it was best to hide it, apparently deciding it was better for innocent people to be executed or imprisoned for life rather than fessing up to an error.

What actually happened is explained here. It noted “of ten percent of the cases reviewed so far, the “vast majority” contain errors”. The FBI’s errors could be more widespread since it taught the people working in state labs what to do. How many of those labs erred?

Further as the writer explained: “Yet hair analysis is just one of many forensic disciplines that hinge on using a microscope to visually compare two samples and declare a match. Ballistics, fibre analysis, tyre and shoeprint comparison and tool and bite-mark analysis all take a similar approach.” These methods were all criticized in a landmark report about forensic evidence in 2009.

I never believed the that the 100% record of justifiable shootings was correct especially after seeing how the FBI agent in the Todashev killing panicked and put more than six bullets in him. My one last hope about the FBI was that the labs were on the level. Now that is shattered.

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Courthouse News Service
Monday, August 25, 2014Last Update: 4:42 PM PT

FBI Informant Wins Retrial for Aiding Arson

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An FBI informant was improperly convicted for driving Staten Island mobsters to set a house on fire because the trial court improperly excluded a recording of an agent assuring him he’d done nothing wrong, the 2nd Circuit ruled.
In January 2006, Volkan Mergen, a paid FBI informant operating inside mob families since, warned the agency that a crew on Staten Island was planning an arson.
Special Agent Anthony Zampogna, Mergen’s then-supervisor, told him that he could not participate in the arson and that the FBI would do whatever was necessary to prevent it, even ending his role as an informant.
The FBI further instructed Mergen to call Special Agent Lauren Regucci, posing as his girlfriend, and say the code phrase “I’m running late” shortly before the arson was to occur.
But conversations Mergen recorded leading up to the arson show that he passed up opportunities to warn the FBI, according to the agency.
Indeed, after Mergen drove to the target, crewmember Joseph Young ran out of the car, firebombed the house, and together they drove away in the wee hours of Jan. 27, 2006.
Minutes later, Young left Mergen’s car, and the informant called and alerted Agent Zampogna that “[t]hey” had committed the arson.
By the time firefighters put out the fire, the homeowner had suffered cardiac arrest.
Zampogna later testified that he and Agent Regucci were unaware the arson would occur.
On June 5, 2006, Mergen signed a cooperation agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in June in which he pleaded guilty to a Travel Act offense for buying gas for the arson in New Jersey.
The government, in return, handed Mergen a “substantial assistance” sentencing letter, and tolled the statute of limitations for several other prosecutions based on, among other things, his statements to the feds, his testimony, or leads he provided.
But when Mergen breached that contract months later by falsely denying knowledge about a $75 theft of three watches, the feds decided to without the sentencing letter and said he must also plead to a false statement charge.
When Mergen refused, the government charged him with the Travel Act offense, drug distribution, attempted robbery, firearm possession, and related conspiracies.
At trial, the feds used Mergen’s own recordings and testimony from witnesses Mergen had ensnared, while Mergen, the sole defense witness, testified that prior to the arson, the FBI said that everything was “under control,” and he feared being caught and killed by the mob.
After six days of trial, a jury convicted Mergen on all counts, and he was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
But the 2nd Circuit reversed the convictions and remanded the case for retrial Thursday, despite finding that Mergen failed to show that he was implicitly authorized to partake in the arson.
“[T]he district court erred by excluding, on hearsay and authentication grounds, a recording in which an FBI agent assured Mergen that he had done nothing wrong in connection with the underlying arson,” U.S. Circuit Judge Dennis Jacobs wrote for a three-judge panel.
Jacobs added: “The jury heard only Agent Wright’s testimony (originally solicited by the prosecution) that Agent Wright was of the consistent view that Mergen was criminally culpable; impeachment evidence that would have subverted that view was withheld from the factfinder. ‘In a case … that depends on whether the jury believes the word of the defendant versus the word of an FBI agent, exclusion of such impeachment evidence is not harmless error.’” (Parentheses in original).
The court also reversed Mergen’s remaining convictions, holding that “the wording of Mergen’s cooperation agreement did not toll the (expired) statute of limitations for those offenses.” (Parentheses in original).

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Re: FBI WATCH Making Cruelty visible

Postby msfreeh » Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:10 am

FBI and Vermont State Police prevent photographers from
taking pictures of front of former FBI Director Louis Freeh's SUV
after his near fatal accident.
Vermont State Police refuses to do a accident reconstruction report.

Vermont State Police did not administer a breathalyzer or do blood testing to see if a DUI was involved.
I called Scott Mills of the Barnard Vermont Volunteer
Fire Dept at his Hardware Store in Bethel.
Scott was a first responder and had to cut off the roof of the car to extricate Louis Fresh. Scott says he did a walk around of the car
and the entire front left side of the car was pushed up into the
drivers compartment including the wheel.

look at photos

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Former FBI Director Louis Freeh Injured In Barnard Accident

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Update: Preliminary investigation shows drugs and alcohol were not factors in the crash, according to a press release from the Vermont State Police. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

By Eric Francis, Standard Correspondent

BARNARD — Louis Freeh, the former director of the FBI, was seriously injured in a single-vehicle crash early Monday afternoon on Route 12 in Barnard when his SUV went off the east side of the road, struck a mailbox and a large tree.

Freeh was cut out of the wreckage of his grey 2010 GMC Yukon by members of the Barnard Volunteer Fire Department, treated at the scene for several minutes by a White River Valley Ambulance crew, and then rolled on a stretcher a short distance down the pavement to a waiting DHART medical helicopter that had landed on Route 12 across from the Doton Farm.

Citing their patient privacy policies, the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire has so far refused to release any information about Freeh’s condition but several national news sources have been quoting senior law enforcement officials in Washington D.C. who say they had been in contact with Freeh’s family and are reporting that he underwent surgery overnight for at least one broken leg.

Police said that Freeh, who served as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for nearly eight years from September 1993 to June 2001 under presidents Clinton and George W. Bush, was the lone occupant of the SUV and that he was wearing his seatbelt when the accident occurred shortly after noon on Monday.

The stretch of rural highway just to the north of the Lakota Road intersection involved as “a straightaway” — flat, level. It appeared Freeh was heading south and struck a mailbox on the other side of the road. There didn’t appear to be any skid marks.

On Tuesday morning the Burlington Free Press reported that Freeh, whose driver’s license lists him as a resident of Wilmington, Delaware, has a summer home in Barnard.

During his career with the FBI Freeh was frequently in the public eye nationally as his agency dealt with several major investigations including the Unabomber case, the crash of TWA 800 into Long Island Sound, and t

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Re: FBI WATCH Making Cruelty visible

Postby msfreeh » Sun Aug 31, 2014 10:46 am

Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Men wrongly jailed were FBI's 'collateral damage,' lawyer says

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BOSTON— A lawyer for the families of four men who spent decades in prison for a murder they didn't commit said the FBI considered their lives "acceptable collateral damage" in the fight against organized crime.

Peter Limone, Joseph Salvati and the families of two other men who died in prison after being convicted in the 1965 killing of Edward "Teddy" Deegan are suing the Department of Justice in U.S. District Court. They are seeking $100 million.

In closing arguments Tuesday, attorney Michael Avery said Boston FBI agents knew that FBI informant Joseph "The Animal" Barboza lied when he named the four men as Deegan's killers.

Avery said the FBI knew Barboza, a Mafia hitman, accused the men to protect fellow FBI informant Vincent "Jimmy" Flemmi.

The government has argued federal authorities had no duty to share information with state officials who prosecuted Limone, Salvati, Henry Tameleo and Louis Greco. They say the FBI cannot be held liable for the results of a separate state investigation.

Avery dismissed those claims, arguing that Boston FBI agents not only told state prosecutors about Barboza - a key witness in the state's trial - they also told prosecutors that they could vouch for Barboza's integrity.

"The notion that the FBI is not responsible for the initiation of this prosecution... is frivolous," Avery said.

He said the men were "acceptable collateral damage" in the Mob crackdown.

Salvati and Limone were exonerated in 2001 after FBI memos dating back to the Deegan case surfaced, showing the men were framed by Barboza.

The memos were made public after they were discovered by a Justice Department task force probing the FBI's relationship with gangsters and FBI informants James "Whitey" Bulger and Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi.

Government lawyers were expected to start their closing arguments later Tuesday.

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