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The Myth of Deep Throat
Mark Felt wasn’t out to protect American democracy and the rule of law; he was out to get a promotion.


September 10, 2017


Columnists, talking heads and op-ed writers are holding open auditions for a role that presumably needs to be filled if we are ever going to get to the bottom of what seems fated to be dubbed, for better or worse, Russiagate: a new Deep Throat.

I get it. In the years since Watergate, the Washington Post’s famous golden source—later revealed to be former FBI No. 2 executive W. Mark Felt—has become practically synonymous with the ideal of the noble leaker. The original Deep Throat “was instrumental in thwarting the conspiracy and bringing [President Richard] Nixon down,” Harry Litman, a former deputy assistant attorney general, approvingly wrote in the Los Angeles Times in May. “Was it wrong for Deep Throat, as FBI official Mark Felt was then known, to guide the investigation?” Washington Post columnist Margaret Sullivan asked in June, in the midst of a column praising leaks and anonymous sources, and inviting more. New York magazine columnist Frank Rich has gone a step further and already announced his casting choice: James Comey is today’s Deep Throat.


The unarticulated presumption, which Sullivan, Litman and Rich are not alone in making, is that Felt—the FBI’s deputy director in June 1972, and subsequently the parking-garage interlocutor who steered Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein to reportorial heights—was an honorable, selfless whistleblower intent on exposing the lawlessness rampant in the Nixon White House. Or, as David Remnick spelled out in the New Yorker—echoing Deep Throat’s original hagiographers, Woodward and Bernstein—Felt “believed that the Nixon administration was corrupt, paranoid and trying to infringe on the independence of the bureau.” The president and his top aides ran, Felt believed, “a criminal operation out of the White House, and [Felt] risked everything to guide” the Post reporters. A new biopic about Felt, starring Liam Neeson, is due out on September 29th and shows every sign of continuing to portray Deep Throat as a profound patriot and dedicated FBI lifer.

But here’s a heretical thought: Mark Felt was no hero. Getting rid of Nixon was the last thing Felt ever wanted to accomplish; indeed, he was banking on Nixon’s continuation in office to achieve his one and only aim: to reach the top of the FBI pyramid and become director. Felt didn’t help the media for the good of the country, he used the media in service of his own ambition. Things just didn’t turn out anywhere close to the way he wanted.

Only recently, more than four decades after Nixon’s downfall, has it become possible to reconstruct Felt’s design and what really happened during those fateful six months following the Watergate break-in. Doing so requires burrowing through a great number of primary documents and government records against the backdrop of a vast secondary literature. Nixon’s surreptitious tape recordings rank first in importance, but only mark the starting point. One has to also research documents from the FBI’s vast Watergate investigation; the bureau’s subsequent internal leak investigation; records from the Watergate Special Prosecution Force; documents from Felt’s own FBI file; and lastly, two unintentionally rewarding books: Mark Felt’s original 1979 memoir, The FBI Pyramid, and the slightly reworked version published in 2006, A G-Man’s Life.

What you’ll end up with is the real story of Deep Throat. And you might be left with this realization: No matter what happens to Donald Trump—whether he’s absolved, exposed or neither—you should hope there’s nobody as duplicitous as Mark Felt manipulating our understanding of Russiagate.

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On May 1, 1972, John Edgar Hoover was days away from marking his 48th year as FBI director, or as one of his arch-critics labeled him, the “No. 1 Sacred Cow of American Politics.” The wily, 77-year-old bureaucrat was the closest thing to a cult of personality in the federal government that has ever existed; not even an unprecedented, year-long spate of bad publicity beginning in late 1970 had loosened his grip on the directorship. Sycophancy within the FBI was rife. Presidents and underlings came and went, but Hoover seemed invincible if not immortal, as inseparable from the law-enforcement empire he had built as the empire was unimaginable without him.

Yet behind the scenes, Hoover’s selfish refusal to step down when he reached the mandatory retirement age of 70 in 1964, and two presidents’ lack of gumption to force him out, had put into motion a fierce, no-holds-barred struggle within the FBI to succeed him. It bore a striking resemblance to what used to happen inside the Kremlin, once a doddering Soviet leader neared the end of his term. More than a few top FBI executives saw a potential director when they looked in the mirror during their morning shave. And Hoover’s unwillingness to let go had unleashed what the dean of Watergate historians, the late Stanley Kutler, noted as the “war of the FBI succession.”

The executive with the inside track during Nixon’s first years was William C. Sullivan, who carried the title assistant to the director. A mercurial, intense, secretive personality, Sullivan was regarded by Hoover for a time almost like a son. The standard measure for where subordinates stood with the stern and formal Hoover was his method of addressing them. If someone was “Miller” instead of “Mr. Miller,” that person had achieved a high level of familiarity. Hoover called Sullivan, who oversaw the bureau’s all-important counterintelligence and domestic security responsibilities, simply “Bill.”

Yet Sullivan had a character flaw that became fatal the closer he got to the top of the pyramid: He was impatient. When the Nixon administration soured on the aging Hoover—chief of staff H. R. “Bob” Haldeman acidly described the director as a “real character out of days of yore”—Sullivan saw an opening, encouraged by like-minded Justice Department officials. He began leaking derogatory information about Hoover to journalists considered sympathetic, including, most notably, Robert Novak, the reporting half of the Rowland Evans and Robert Novak syndicated column.

Hoover’s FBI leaked all the time, of course, to favored reporters. The bureau may not have invented the practice, but it had perfected the art. No federal agency rivaled the FBI in terms of the well-placed, exquisitely timed disclosure designed with an end in mind. Information is the currency of power in Washington, and leaking to the press was instrumental to the bureau’s unofficial clout, the reason the FBI engendered fear in many quarters beyond its actual brief. But until Sullivan came along, leaking had largely been controlled, sanctioned and institutional—that is, directed against the bureau’s perceived adversaries or to burnish the FBI’s image and reputation. Never had leaks been employed for personal gain at Hoover’s expense.

Hoover soon figured it out. He fired Sullivan for disloyalty, insolence and insubordination, but not before a confrontation that instantly became part of FBI lore. In October 1971, Sullivan returned from a leave to find the locks in his office changed. Sullivan exchanged harsh words with the FBI executive who had thought up that particular touch. When the executive called him a “Judas,” the perpetually rumpled, bantam-sized Sullivan promptly challenged his dapper, six-foot tall adversary, William Mark Felt, to a fist fight.

Following Sullivan’s hasty exit, Felt became the front-runner to replace Hoover, despite being widely disliked internally. His nickname inside the bureau was the “White Rat.” He had acquired that sobriquet during the six years he headed up the Inspection Division, Hoover’s instrument for enforcing discipline and meting out punishment. Felt’s martinet-like inspection tours, where he out-Hoovered Hoover to curry the director’s favor, had earned him the enmity of agents and agents-in-charge throughout the country. Felt’s inspection report after the infamous break-in at the Media, Pennsylvania, FBI office in March 1971 by anti-war activists was typical. Felt’s report absolved the “Seat of Government” (as FBI headquarters was immodestly called during Hoover’s reign) of all culpability, and made the Media agent-in-charge the scapegoat, as former Washington Post reporter Betty Medsger wrote in her 2014 book, The Burglary. “We would probably not have pissed on [Felt] if he was on fire,” retired agent Robert P. Campbell recalled in a 2011 interview, reflecting the rank-and-file’s disdain.

Felt never enjoyed strong support within the Nixon administration either, unlike Sullivan. While “Crazy Billy” had worn his ambition to succeed Hoover on his sleeve, Felt was self-serving in an unattractive way. Though consumed with what he believed was his rightful inheritance, Felt often exhibited a false humility, perhaps out of fear that his ambition would become too obvious to Hoover. “If you wanted to ruin somebody’s career in the FBI,” a former agent later recalled, “all you had to do [was] leak it to somebody in the press that so-and-so [was] being groomed as Hoover’s successor.” The result was that Felt “did not interact with credibility” with his peers, recalled Donald Santarelli, then an associate attorney general at the Justice Department, in a 2011 interview.

FBI officials (including Felt) join Acting Atty. Gen. Richard G. Kleindienst as honorary pallbearers following the casket of J. Edgar Hoover at the National Presbyterian church in Washington, D.C., on May 4, 1972.
FBI officials (including Felt) join Acting Atty. Gen. Richard G. Kleindienst as honorary pallbearers following the casket of J. Edgar Hoover at the National Presbyterian church in Washington, D.C., on May 4, 1972. | AP
On the morning of May 2, 1972, Hoover’s lifeless body was discovered on the floor of his bedroom one hour after the ever-punctual director failed to come downstairs for his 7:30 a.m. breakfast. Later, mourners at the funeral home were stunned by what they saw in the casket. There in the coffin lay a small, gray-haired, frail-looking man. The mortician had washed Hoover’s hair and all the dye had come out—from his eyebrows too.

Felt was not surprised by the portrait of infirmity. For all intents and purposes he had been running the bureau for more than a year, confident that if he bided his time (unlike Sullivan), Nixon would inevitably turn to Hoover’s natural legatee.

Felt was wrong.

Nixon’s surprise appointment of a dark horse outsider, assistant attorney general L. Patrick Gray, to be acting director within hours stands as one of the most far-reaching personnel decisions ever taken by a president inadvertently. His attention consumed by the upcoming election, geopolitical strategy and the effort to withdraw U.S. ground troops from Vietnam, Nixon was anxious to avoid having Hoover’s FBI become an issue in 1972. For the first time, a director was going to have to win Senate confirmation, and Nixon was leery of giving Democrats on the Judiciary Committee the opportunity to work over a nominee in an election year, possibly even block his confirmation. The president considered the appointment equal to nominating a chief justice to the Supreme Court. Nixon wanted a vigorous man who would occupy the post long after his second term ended. Gray’s acting appointment was roundly criticized on the grounds that he was a Nixon crony. But he otherwise aroused little opposition because he was as colorless as his name.

Gray wasn’t promised the permanent appointment, only that he would be considered for the post if he did a creditable job. Yet the message behind Gray’s interim status—that Nixon was intent on bringing in someone from outside the bureau—was an unmistakable signal to several executives angling for the job, and they decided to retire. The ambitious Felt saw the acting designation, however, as a small opening. It still left six months in which to persuade Nixon to “see the light” by nominating an insider, as Felt wrote in his 1979 memoir.

Felt was acting the part of Gray’s indispensable top deputy, while simultaneously belittling the interim director behind his back, according to interviews I conducted with contemporary FBI officials, when the Watergate break-in serendipitously occurred on June 17, 1972. The burglary of the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate office complex by Nixon campaign operatives presented Gray with a dilemma that Felt could easily exploit to his advantage. If Gray could not manage the FBI’s politically sensitive Watergate investigation to the White House’s satisfaction, he risked alienating the president and losing out on the nomination. Yet if Gray didn’t allow an unbridled investigation to run its full course, he might fail to win confirmation before what was sure to remain a Democrat-controlled Senate. Gray essentially resolved the dilemma by absenting himself as much as possible, while leaving supervision of the investigation in the hands of professional subordinates, most prominently, Felt.

Gray’s decision facilitated Felt’s recourse to that bureau specialty, the artful leak. As John Dean has confirmed in numerous interviews beginning in 2011, Felt knew that nothing was more likely to incite the White House against Gray, and prove he was Hoover’s unworthy successor, than stories in the press about the politically sensitive probe. As White House counsel and desk officer for the cover-up, Dean was person most frequently tasked with conveying the president’s ire to Gray. Similarly, Democrats’ hackles would be raised by any stories suggesting that the FBI was conducting a lax or superficial investigation.

Felt acted quickly. On June 20, three days after the break-in, the Washington Post published a story headlined, “White House Consultant Tied to Bugging Figure.” The article, citing “Federal sources close to the investigation,” revealed that a one-time White House consultant named E. Howard Hunt, who was also a former CIA officer, had an as-yet undetermined connection to the five burglars nabbed red-handed at the Watergate office complex. Hunt, of course, would turn out to be the co-ringleader of the break-in, along with G. Gordon Liddy, the Nixon campaign’s finance counsel.

In his 2005 book about Felt, The Secret Man, Woodward described in detail how Felt provided the “critical and substantial buttress” for the scoop about Hunt. Although this investigative development would have become public inevitably, the fact that it happened so swiftly stunned a White House still grappling with how to respond to the break-in. The White House’s initial pose was to appear nonchalant and above the story, as captured in Ron Ziegler’s infamous, contemptuous observation that he would not be commenting on “a third-rate burglary attempt.” But the morning the article appeared special counsel Charles Colson roared to the president, as captured on an Oval Office recording, “Pick up that God-damn Washington Post and see that guilt by association!” Colson had been responsible for hiring Hunt, and instantly, the administration became obsessed with how information known only to the police, Justice Department prosecutors and the FBI had come out. “Where the hell are all these leaks from our side coming from?” Nixon wondered aloud. The impulse to circle the wagons, rather than make a clean breast of the campaign’s culpability, took root.

Yet that kind of Watergate story was only half of Felt’s influence operation. Four days later, Felt managed to get fabled Time magazine reporter Sandy Smith interested in allegations that Gray had conferred with John Mitchell, the head of the president’s campaign, right after the break-in, and that Gray had been overheard boasting that the FBI’s investigation would be wrapped up in “24 to 48 hours”—the clear inference being that the probe would be a whitewash. Smith presented the allegations for comment to Gray, who vehemently denied both. Merely being asked such questions left him furious. He knew that a journalist of Smith’s caliber, who had access to the highest echelons in the bureau, would not be posing such questions unless the allegations came from someone Smith firmly believed was in a position to know. When the Time story actually appeared in print on June 26, the piece was thankfully “trimmed of its falsehoods,” Gray noted in a memo. Apparently, Sandy Smith had been unable to corroborate the allegations to his or his editors’ satisfaction—which was hardly surprising, since neither of them was true. The leak to Time came from Felt himself, as Deep Throat’s revised autobiography, published in 2006, acknowledged. Subsequent leaks to Smith would prove more successful.

In the four months that remained before the election, Felt continued to feed the Washington Post and Time tidbits—ranging from the connection between Watergate and the White House operatives known as “plumbers” to how campaign funds had been laundered through Mexico—although the weekly magazine never received the public acclaim the daily newspaper later did. Felt could leak with relative impunity because Watergate was not, and never became, a significant issue during the campaign, and therefore, presented no threat to the only presidential candidate who might appoint Felt director—Richard Nixon. George McGovern, the Democrats’ nominee, was a “jackal” in Hoover’s parlance, anathema to every Hoover disciple and vice versa. The South Dakota senator had spent much of 1971 publicly lambasting the late director for various deficiencies, including alleged senility. Nixon, on the other hand, did discuss potentially appointing Felt to the position at one point, according to Oval Office tapes.


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Laughing on the Way to Armageddon

SEPTEMBER 8, 2017
The United States shows the world such a ridiculous face that the world laughs at us.

The latest spin on “Russia stole the election” is that Russia used Facebook to influence the election. The NPR women yesterday were breathless about it.

We have been subjected to ten months of propaganda about Trump/Putin election interference and still not a scrap of evidence. It is past time to ask an unasked question: If there were evidence, what is the big deal? All sorts of interest groups try to influence election outcomes including foreign governments. Why is it OK for Israel to influence US elections but not for Russia to do so? Why do you think the armament industry, the energy industry, agribusiness, Wall Street and the banks, pharmaceutical companies, etc., etc., supply the huge sum of money to finance election campaigns if their intent is not to influence the election? Why do editorial boards write editorials endorsing one candidate and damning another if they are not influencing the election?

What is the difference between influencing the election and influencing the government? Washington is full of lobbyists of all descriptions, including lobbyists for foreign governments, working round the clock to influence the US government. It is safe to say that the least represented in the government are the citizens themselves who don’t have any lobbyists working for them.

The orchestrated hysteria over “Russian influence” is even more absurd considering the reason Russia allegedly interfered in the election. Russia favored Trump because he was the peace candidate who promised to reduce the high tensions with Russia created by the Obama regime and its neocon nazis—Hillary Clinton, Victoria Nuland, Susan Rice, and Samantha Power. What’s wrong with Russia preferring a peace candidate over a war candidate? The American people themselves preferred the peace candidate. So Russia agreed with the electorate.

Those who don’t agree with the electorate are the warmongers—the military/security complex and the neocon nazis. These are democracy’s enemies who are trying to overturn the choice of the American people. It is not Russia that disrespects the choice of the American people; it is the utterly corrupt Democratic National Committee and its divisive Identity Politics, the military/security complex, and the presstitute media who are undermining democracy.

I believe it is time to change the subject. The important question is who is it that is trying so hard to convince Americans that Russian influence prevails over us?

Do the idiots pushing this line realize how impotent this makes an alleged “superpower” look. How can we be the hegemonic power that the Zionist neocons say we are when Russia can decide who is the president of the United States?

The US has a massive spy state that even intercepts the private cell phone conversations of the Chancellor of Germany, but his massive spy organization is unable to produce one scrap of evidence that the Russians conspired with Trump to steal the presidential election from Hillary. When will the imbeciles realize that when they make charges for which no evidence can be produced they make the United States look silly, foolish, incompetent, stupid beyond all belief?

Countries are supposed to be scared of America’s threat that “we will bomb you into the stone age,” but the President of Russia laughs at us. Putin recently described the complete absence of any competence in Washington:

“It is difficult to talk to people who confuse Austria and Australia. But there is nothing we can do about this; this is the level of political culture among the American establishment. As for the American people, America is truly a great nation if the Americans can put up with so many politically uncivilized people in their government.”

These words from Putin were devastating, because the world understands that they are accurate.

Consider the idiot Nikki Haley, appointed by Trump in a fit of mindlessness as US Ambassador to the United Nations. This stupid person is forever shaking her fist at the Russians while mouthing yet another improbable accusation. She might want to read Mario Puzo’s book, The Godfather. Everyone knows the movie, but if memory serves somewhere in the book Puzo reflects on the practice of the irate American motorist who shakes a fist and gives the bird to other drivers. What if the driver receiving the insult is a Mafia capo? Does the idiot shaking his fist know who he is accosting? No. Does the moron know that the result might be a brutal beating or death? No.

Does the imbecile Nikki Haley understand what can be the result of her inability to control herself? No. Every knowledgeable person I know wonders if Trump appointed the imbecile Nikki Haley US ambassador to the world for the purpose of infuriating the Russians.

Ask Napoleon and the German Wehrmacht the consequence of infuriating the Russians.

After 16 years the US “superpower” has been unable to defeat a few thousand lightly armed Taliban, who have no air force, no Panzer divisions, no worldwide intelligence service, and the crazed US government in Washington is courting war with Russia and China and North Korea and Iran.

The American people are clearly out to lunch in their insouciance. Americans are fighting among themselves over “civil war” statues, while “their’ government invites nuclear armageddon.

The United States has an ambassador to the world who shows no signs of intelligence, who behaves as if she is Mike Tyson or Bruce Lee to the 5th power, and who is the total antithesis of a diplomat. What does this tell about the United States?

It reveals that the US is in the Roman collapse stage when the emperor appoints horses to the Senate.


The United States has a horse, an uncivilized horse, as its diplomat to the world. The Congress and executive branch are also full of horses and horse excrement. The US government is completely devoid of intelligence. There is no sign of intelligence anywhere in the U.S. government. Of or morality. As Hugo Chavez said: Satan is there; you can smell the sulphur.

America is a joke with nuclear weapons, the prime danger to life on earth.

How can this danger be corralled?

The American people would have to realize that they are being led to their deaths by the Zionist neocon nazis who, together with the military/security complex and Wall Street, control US foreign policy, by the complicity of Europe and Great Britain desperate to retain their CIA subsidies, and by the harlots that comprise the Western media.

Are Americans capable of comprehending this? Only a few have escaped The Matrix.

The consequence is that America is being locked into conflict with Russia and China. There is no possibility whatsoever of Washington invading either country, much less both, so war would be nuclear.

Do the American people want Washington to bring us this result? If not, why are the American people sitting there sucking their thumbs, doing nothing? Why are Europe and Great Britain sitting there permitting the unfolding of nuclear armageddon? Who murdered the peace movement?

The World and the American people need desperately to rein in the warmonger United States, or the world will cease to exist.

An International Court To Preserve Life On Earth needs to be assembled. The US government and the war interests it serves need to be indicted and prosecuted and disarmed before their evil destroys life on earth.





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Police Chiefs, FBI, and Highway Patrol sat on a panel Saturday during the Tri-State NAACP Conference. Law enforcement officials presented information how their departments have been working to better serve and better include minorities.

Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike brown talked about de-escalation. "We have a de-escalation medal at the SLCPD that we have awarded about 40 times now to officers who have been placed in tense situations where they could have used deadly force and through their training and their communications skills they were able to deescalate these situations."

Recruitment became a major theme of the meeting. All departments on the panel said their applicant numbers are down. FBI Agent Daniel Brady said, "If you're going to police fairly in a community, your police organization needs to look like to community to be fair. We're forming a teen academy where we invite teen in the valley to come spend a day with us on October 15, we won't hire teenagers, but we want them to think about what a great career it can be."





Attorney William Pepper details in 3 books how FBI agents organized assassination of Martin Luther King
with the help of Memphis police.
Dr King was still alive when brought to hospital in Memphis where FBI agents spit on his body
and smothered him to death with pillow.






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MLK Day: The Plot to Kill Martin Luther King: Survived Shooting, Was Murdered in Hospital

Martin Luther King was murdered in a conspiracy that was instigated by then FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. Review of William Pepper's Book

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Lawsuit accuses former FBI agent DA in Las Cruces of corruption, retaliation

Sunday, September 17th, 2017 at 12:05am
LAS CRUCES – A lawsuit alleges that Doña Ana County’s top prosecutor offered to dismiss criminal charges against a defendant in exchange for money.
The complaint filed by former office manager Marylou Bonacci also alleges that District Attorney Mark D’Antonio retained incompetent employees as political favors, improperly used funds and discriminated against women in his office.

The complaint

“As a former FBI agent and federal prosecutor with an unblemished record, I am offended by these vague accusations of corruption – coming years after they are alleged to have occurred,” he said. “This is not only a calculated attack on me and my family, but it undermines the exceptional work my office does every single day.”

The lawsuit accuses D’Antonio, the district attorney’s office and the state of New Mexico of retaliating against Bonacci after she claimed to have raised concerns about alleged improper acts within the office. Bonacci worked at the district attorney’s office from January 2013 to September 2015.

The allegations date back to 2013, D’Antonio’s first year in office. He was re-elected in November.

Bonacci’s lawsuit claims the district attorney would meet with defendants in his office without attorneys present. In one case, Bonacci claims D’Antonio asked her to “secure a loan” from a defendant’s family in exchange for charges being dropped.

The complaint also alleges that the FBI began to investigate after Bonacci told a third party about D’Antonio’s request. FBI spokesman Frank Fisher cited agency policy, saying he would never confirm nor deny a report of an investigation.

According to the complaint, D’Antonio learned about the alleged FBI investigation in August 2015, about a month before Bonacci was fired for being late to work by about nine minutes.

By April 2015, the complaint states Bonacci had been demoted on pretext that her job performance was unsatisfactory. She claims she was not given further explanation. She also alleges she was subjected to a hostile work environment following her demotion.

About a month before her termination, Bonacci accused the defendants of mishandling a child sex case, including “refusal to produce evidence material to the defendant,” according to the complaint.

D’Antonio urged the public to withhold judgment until the facts of the case are brought to light.



FBI says they will never confirm or deny an investigation in progress
Except when the FBI elected Donald Trump




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Comey on why he revealed FBI investigation into Clinton but not Trump - Business Insider
Business Insider › comey-explained-clint...
May 3, 2017 - FBI Director James Comey explained Wednesday why he commented in late October on reopening the investigation into Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's use of a




http://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/b ... 10d01.html


A view of an unbelievable campaign from ground zero
STLtoday.com-
When FBI director James Comey announced just over a week before Election Day that he was reopening the Clinton email investigation, Tur told a colleague ...





http://host.madison.com/ct/opinion/colu ... 3d1e6.html


Impeachment? Yes! Start with Jeff Sessions
Madison.com-
Then the attorney general recused himself from his recusal and helped Trump to gin up arguments for firing the FBI director who was overseeing the bureau's ...



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http://www.vnews.com/Royalton-officer-resigns-12542754

Royalton Officer Resigns; FBI Visits Station

By Matt Hongoltz-Hetling
Valley News Staff Writer
Sunday, September 17, 2017







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Hundreds of police officers fired for misconduct, then rehired, report says
Brad Schrade
August 3, 2017 Atlanta, crime and public safety, Police shootings.




Fired Boston Police Officer Reinstated By State's Highest Court
July 13, 2017


Barbara Howard: A Boston police officer who has been fired two times for using excessive force has been ordered reinstated again, this time by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. The first time, back in 1995, Officer David C. Williams nearly killed an undercover police officer, mistaking him for a criminal. He was fired, but reinstated by an arbitrator. The second firing stems from an incident in 2009. Williams, accused of using excessive force after he reportedly put a choke hold on a man during an arrest in Boston’s North End. On the line to talk about the ruling to reinstate Williams is WGBH News legal analyst and Northeastern University law professor Daniel Medwed. Hi Daniel.

Daniel Medwed: Hi Barbara.

Barbara Howard: Well, in making that ruling yesterday, the Supreme Judicial Court effectively ruled that the Boston Police Department does not have rules that explicitly forbid choke holds. What do you make of that?

Daniel Medwed: That’s’ exactly right. The Boston Police Department’s own use of force policies are very subjective. They allow the use of nonlethal force as long as that force is reasonable. There’s not a general and explicit ban on choke holds. So in other words, as long as the arbitrator here found that Mr. Williams engaged in force that was reasonable, then the BPD was found not to have a justification to require firing him.

Barbara Howard: Well in writing the opinion, Justice Geraldine Hines said “the Court is troubled by the prospect that any use of force not explicitly prohibited by a rule of conduct is essentially unreviewable.” Is that what you’re talking about?

Daniel Medwed: Absolutely. The entire structure is set up to give arbitrators a lot of power in deciding whether or not a termination is justified, because the use of force policies are so open-ended, they’re so subjective, they leave a lot of room for interpretation, and ultimately that interpretation belongs to the arbitrators. The SJC in this opinion by Justice Hines seemed to express frustration between the lines with the inability of the court to overturn or look anew at those arbitrators' decisions.

Barbara Howard: And you’re right about the arbitrator having a lot of power on this. It should be noted that 72 percent of discipline that’s meted out by the commissioner, the police commissioner, Evans, is overturned in arbitration. 72 percent, that’s according to research that was conducted last year by Northeastern University students in cooperation with reporter Mike Beaudet of WCVB television. What do you make of that?

Daniel Medwed: That’s a very powerful figure, and it shows that in the balance of power between the police union and the police department, it seems like the union might be winning when officers are terminated, the union-backed candidates will then have a very good likelihood of success through arbitration. Perhaps beefing up the use of force policies or making more explicit some of the rules could make it harder for arbitrators to reverse these termination decisions.

Barbara Howard: Now the judge went on to write, and I quote, “because choke holds are unpredictably lethal, both officers and the public deserve a bright line rule.” Now what does she mean by that?

Daniel Medwed: I think Justice Hines means that the Boston Police Department should forbid all choke holds under any circumstances because of their unpredictable nature.

Barbara Howard: Well this ruling from the SJC has dealt a real blow to public confidence in the police department, when even the police department itself seems not to be able to get rid of an officer who has been fired by them twice.

Daniel Medwed: Absolutely. And one of the telling issues in this opinion was when Justice Hines criticized the Boston Police Department itself for not investigating this allegation, the allegation against Officer Williams, with alacrity. The person who was injured in the North End filed a complaint, but it languished, it looks like for about a year before the BPD really did anything about it. So on the one hand we can look at this and say, poor Boston Police Department, they can’t even fire their own officers. But on the other hand we can look at it and say, maybe if the BPD had investigated this more quickly and more thoroughly, it could have reached a different result.




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Entire Philippine city police force fired over killings | Philippines News | Al Jazeera
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An entire city police force in the Philippines has been fired in metropolitan Manila after some of its members were suspected in the gruesome killings of three teenagers and others were seen ...



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


What is Police Misconduct?
Police misconduct encompasses illegal or unethical actions or the violation of individuals’ constitutional rights by police officers in the conduct of their duties. Examples of police misconduct include police brutality, dishonesty, fraud, coercion, torture to force confessions, abuse of authority, and sexual assault, including the demand for sexual favors in exchange for leniency. Any of these actions can increase the likelihood of a wrongful conviction.
Police misconduct statistics gathered by the Cato Institute’s National Police Misconduct Reporting Project confirm that around 1% of all police officers commit misconduct in a given year and that the consequences of such misconduct are grim. Keith Findley from the Wisconsin Innocence Project conducted a study and found that police misconduct was a factor in as many as 50% of wrongful convictions involving DNA evidence.
At times, police misconduct is systematic. In one such case, Former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge was arrested on federal obstruction of justice and perjury charges for allegedly lying about whether he and other officers under his command participated in torture and physical abuse of suspects in police custody dating back to the 1980s. On more than one occasion, Burge participated in the torture and physical abuse of persons in police custody in order to obtain confessions and Burge was aware that detectives he supervised engaged in torture and physical abuse of people in police custody. On one specific occasion, in order to coerce a confession, the police officers placed a plastic bag over the suspect’s head until he lost consciousness. He was fired from the police department in 1993 and was later convicted in federal court for perjury connected to a civil lawsuit flied against the city.
Four of Burge’s victims of torture, who were on death row because of their coerced confessions, were granted innocence pardons by the governor after Burge’s police misconduct was brought to light. In all, there were 14 documented cases where death sentences were based on confessions involving allegations of torture.
In most misconduct cases, the misconduct is more subtle than torture. Often times police simply push the envelope in order to obtain a witness statement. In the case of Timothy Atkins, Atkins was convicted after a witness, Denise Powell, testified that Atkins had confessed to the crime. After Atkins was incarcerated for more than two decades, the California Innocence Project presented evidence that Powell was pressured by police to testify. When reversing Atkins’ conviction, the judge held that the officers who interviewed Powell threatened her with jail if she did not provide information about the case.
Like prosecutors, police officers are tasked with making our society safe. Sometimes their zeal leads them to cross the line and use the power of their badges to make a case that otherwise would not be triable. Especially when a brutal and senseless crime occurs, the zeal to see justice done can actually lead to great injustice. Other officers are often reluctant to report misconduct because of the loyalty they feel for their fellow officers. The proliferation of cell phone cameras have allowed citizens to record and report police misconduct. Although, in the past, most misconduct stories were assumed to be false, now, a quick search on Youtube.com results in hundreds of videos exposing incidents of police misconduct. One example of a compilation of news and amateur video about the problems inherent in this system is BrasscheckTV’s Youtube page.
Even now, however, actually making a report of police misconduct can be a challenge for the average citizen, largely because when reporting police misconduct a person has to make the report to the agency being complained about. In many cities, a citizen’s review board will review complaints against police officers. Reforms and close monitoring are required to ensure that police misconduct is discovered quickly and that innocent persons are not falsely accused.
police misconduct

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DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE SAYS FBI HAS 'SYSTEMIC' MISCONDUCT PROBLEMS AND ISN'T REPORTING SERIOUS ISSUES WITH AGENTS
BY CHRISTAL HAYES ON 9/26/17 AT 6:44 PM



After using computers at the FBI to download naked photos of women and talking for months with a foreign national, an FBI agent stayed employed for years—and wasn’t even disciplined.

The case is one in an ongoing probe by Department of Justice that found “systemic” misconduct problems at the FBI where the bureau was not reporting “high-risk security concerns” made against agents, according to a memo released Tuesday.

The Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General reviewed a sample of 78 FBI employees who failed polygraph exams. They went over the cases, then checked whether the allegations were reported. The review found a number of cases with “serious allegations of misconduct” that were never reported or dealt with properly, the memo said.



The FBI’s policy on misconduct that involves “high-risk security concerns” requires the bureau to report it in writing to its inspection division, which then sends allegations on to the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General, the memo said.

The FBI claimed they may have passed on the misconduct allegations verbally in meetings, but no written documents were found. The bureau did not reply to requests for comment Tuesday about the probe.

In one case, investigators found an FBI agent who worked in the IT department was viewing and printing photos of “scantily clad” women on a bureau computer, the memo said.

More than a year after the FBI knew of the allegations, the IT specialist, who was not identified, again admitted to using a computer to download and print naked photos. The agent also admitted to making a fake Facebook account and talking with a foreign national for about six months, according to the memo.

The employee was then barred from viewing sensitive information, but the probe questioned why it took a year to investigate the misconduct, especially since within that year, the employee failed three polygraph tests





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House Republicans renew call for 2nd special counsel, amid fresh Comey concerns


House Republicans on Tuesday formally renewed their call for a second special counsel to probe 2016 controversies involving Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration – following allegations that former FBI director James Comey drafted an “exoneration statement” for Clinton weeks before interviewing her.

Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee, who first called for a second special counsel's appointment in July, cited several factors in a letter Tuesday to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein.

“In this case, it appears that Director Comey and other senior Justice Department and government officials may have pre-judged the ‘matter’ before all the facts were known, thereby ensuring former Secretary Clinton would not be charged for her criminal activity,” they wrote.

Foremost was the allegation – which emerged in transcripts of FBI staffer interviews conducted by the Office of Special Counsel – that the former FBI boss drafted a statement clearing Clinton in her personal email case weeks before interviewing her and making his public recommendation against criminal charges.





http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/chuck ... le/2635641

Chuck Grassley lambasts FBI for 'gag order' on watchdog investigation into James Comey's firing
by Kelly Cohen | Sep 26, 2017, 11:51




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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Health of the Senate


The Senate is about to vote on legislation affecting the health and welfare of millions of American families. Even the disastrous hurricanes, which changed the lives of so many people, won’t have the broad impact of the vote to replace the Affordable Care Act with the latest version of Republican health care thinking.

The outcome is uncertain. This new law could stand or fall by one vote. It’s a Republican-only bill, designed without public hearings or Democratic input, and they can spare at most 2 “no” votes. So all the attention is on the possible “no” Senators. What is swaying them one way or the other?

There’s no reason to mention their names. They have gotten enough attention to their political and moral agonies. What about the 50 or 49 other Republican Senators who are all in?

Barely anyone in America likes this legislation outside of Republican politicians. For most of its life, a majority of Americans have expressed opposition to “Obamacare”. Its approval rating has been below 40% since 2011, the year after it passed. But in March, approval reached 49%, finally beating out disapproval. At that time, a majority of Republican respondents approved of its major provisions and favored spending more money on health care.

In June, many polls showed that Americans rejected the “replace and repeal” version passed by the House, called the American Health Care Act (ACHA), by a more than 2-1 margin. Only about one third of Republican voters approved.

Another detailed survey, which informed respondents about current and proposed laws, found that one quarter of Republican adults found the Republican health care bill “unacceptable”. Combined with overwhelming Democratic and Independent rejection of the legislation, a majority of voters even in the most Republican districts said “unacceptable”.

In July, another poll found that people preferred Obamacare to the Republican alternative 2 to 1. Nearly three times as many people preferred that our government “provide coverage for low-income Americans” rather than “cut taxes”.

More directly personal, a poll found that more than half of Arizona voters were less likely to vote for Republican Sen. Jeff Flake because of his support for various Republican plans. A majority approved of the opposition to Republican health care by the other Senator from Arizona, John McCain.

The only poll thus far about public reaction to the latest version, the Graham-Cassidy health care bill, shows less than a quarter of Americans like it. Another way of putting that is that ordinary voters reject it by 2 - 1, with another quarter still unsure. Big majorities understood exactly what Graham-Cassidy would do: costs for most people would rise; fewer people would be covered; protections for people with pre-existing conditions would be scaled back. By 3 - 1, people wanted Congress at least to wait for a detailed analysis by the Congressional Budget Office. By an amazing 5 - 1 margin, Americans agreed to two principles: “no one should be denied lifesaving healthcare coverage for themselves or their families because they can't afford to pay,” and “changes to the health care law should be bipartisan and should include hearings that take into account the views of experts, patients, and providers like doctors.” Even most Trump voters agreed with those ideas.

The unanimous voices of the people who take care of our health have consistently rejected the Republican bills. In March, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Nurses Association and the American Medical Association scorned the AHCA. In June, the AMA, the American Hospital Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the Federation of American Hospitals opposed the Senate bill that later died. Now all major organizations of doctors,the whole health insurance industry, plus organizations of hospitals, the Catholic Health Association, the AARP, and dozens of other organizations oppose Graham-Cassidy.

The health care numbers can be confusing, especially when each side chooses the numbers they talk about. So let’s get specific about my demographic, old people. The CBO explained in May how the AHCA would affect people over 64 who earn $26,500 a year in 2026. That’s the median income of seniors. Instead of paying $1700 a year in insurance premiums under current law, premiums would rise to over $13,500, more than half their income. For a person with an income of $68,000, the numbers are very different: premiums fall from $5100 to under $2000 for a 21-year-old; from $6500 to under $3000 for a 40-year old; and remain about the same for a 64-year-old. Unless you are well off, you would be deeply hurt.

Why don’t most Republicans in Congress worry about voting for such an unpopular policy? It’s not voters who matter, but donors. Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado told his Republican colleagues, “Donors are furious. We haven’t kept our promise.” Big Republican donors are angry that the Republican majorities have accomplished little. Republican politicians are worried about money they could raise for the 2018 elections, not about depriving millions of their health care. Their donors want to slash Medicaid, so that’s what they’ll vote for. Republican senators apparently don’t even know in detail what their bill contains.

The devil is in the details. Will the billionaires win, while the rest of us lose?

Steve Hochstadt
Springbrook WI
Published in the Jacksonville Journal-Courier, September 27 2017


https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20170 ... alls.shtml

FBI Misconstrued Content Of Doc Leaker Reality Winner's Jailhouse Calls
from the press-'record'-and-be-done-with-it dept
The ongoing prosecution of document leaker Reality Winner has developed some new wrinkles. Despite having a very traceable leaked document in hand, the FBI is pitching in by misleading government lawyers -- and by extension, the presiding court. Maybe it's deliberate. Maybe it isn't. Either way, the administration wants desperately to crack down on leakers, and having a high-profile case result in a multi-year sentence would be a good start.
Right now, the government just wants to keep Winner locked up until her trial. Prosecutors have been arguing against her being released from jail by misconstruing the contents of recorded calls from Winner. (h/t Jeremy Scahill)
In arguing for her to be kept in the Lincoln County Jail in Lincolnton, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Solari told a judge Winner was recorded in a jailhouse phone call discussing some “documents” — plural — raising concerns she might have gathered other top-secret information beyond the NSA report she is accused of leaking. Solari said she was also overheard directing the transfer of $30,000 from her savings account to her mother’s account because the court had taken away her free appointed counsel.
But none of this is true. And it's not as though it's a matter of interpretation. Recordings exist.
But in an email to Winner’s attorneys on June 29, Solari said Winner could be heard in the recording telling her mom she “leaked a document,” singular. And in another recorded phone call, Solari said, Winner asked her mom to transfer her money because of fears authorities “might freeze it.” Winner’s attorneys said she was afraid she would not be able to pay her bills if her account were frozen.






https://www.theguardian.com/environment ... -water-ban

National park ban saved 2m plastic bottles – and still Trump reversed it
Trump administration reversed ban in August despite environmental protest
Activists say plastic is biggest threat to environment after climate change







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Dem lawmaker threatens to force Trump impeachment vote next week
BY CRISTINA MARCOS - 09/26/17 11:22 AM EDT


Dem lawmaker threatens to force Trump impeachment vote next week
TheHill.com


Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) said Tuesday that he will move to force a House floor vote to impeach President Trump next week as he denounced Trump's attacks on NFL players protesting police brutality.

Green, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, stood on the GOP side of the House chamber to announce his plans to file a resolution that will automatically trigger a floor vote.

“I rise today as a proud American. A person who believes in his country, who salutes the flag and says the Pledge of Allegiance and sings the national anthem,” Green said, wearing an American flag-themed tie.


“I will stand here in the well of the Congress, and I will call for the impeachment of the president of the United States of America,” he said.

Trump renewed the controversy over former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling protests at a rally in Alabama on Friday.

“Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a &!@$# off the field right now. He is fired,’ ” Trump said.





http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09 ... ior-white/

Hillary Clinton slams 'height of hypocrisy' as it emerges six senior White House officials used private email





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Tesla’s All-Electrical Spark is About to Grow Much, Much Brighter
by robertscribbler
Can a single venture born out of one man's vision for a more sustainable future help to spark the complete transformation of global automobile markets, aid the U.S. and other nations moves toward energy independent, help tamp down the problem of human-caused climate change, spur a rapid influx of renewables in the electrical generation sector, and, all the while, compete toe-to-toe with nationally funded battery, automobile, and renewable energy companies emerging in China?

We're about to find out.

Tesla, Daimler, China Invest in Gigafactories; Musk and Daimler Spar on Twitter

This week, large German automaker Daimler announced that it would invest 1 billion dollars in an EV battery production plant in Alabama. The move followed very heavy similar investment and policy announcements by China and a multi-billion dollar investment by all-electric automaker Tesla in the first of a number of planned battery gigafactories.

Elon Musk, noting the size of Daimler's available capital for investment, made the following pity remark on Twitter:

That's not a lot of money for a giant like Daimler/Mercedes. Wish they'd do more. Off by a zero.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 24, 2017

Daimler, appearing more than a little sensitive to the remark, replied that it would be investing 10 billion in EV development in total, with 1 billion going to batteries. Musk replied -- "Good" -- with Daimler stating that it had been developing electrical vehicles for more than 100 years.

Of course, Daimler, unlike Tesla, still primarily produces fossil fuel based vehicles. The company's planned launch of EVs capable of competing with Tesla's present offerings are slated for around 2020. By that time, Tesla is likely to be producing well north of half a million all-electric vehicles per year. Daimler would have to significantly increase investment to adequately meet such a major challenge by Tesla.

The history of Daimler is one in which it has mostly dabbled in electrical car production while instead dedicating the lion's share of its efforts to producing unsustainable carbon emitting cars and trucks. In 2016, Daimlier sold 3 million vehicles -- the vast majority of which were ICE-based. With Tesla gobbling up larger and larger market share as an electric-only vehicle supplier, that may soon change. A result that would be "Good" for everyone on the planet. Especially in the present situation where harms from human-caused climate change are rapidly ramping higher.

But despite Daimler's 100 year history of experimenting with electrical vehicle designs, it has a lot of catching up to do when it comes to confronting a serious market competitor in the form of the all-electric Tesla.

Tesla Ahead in the Electric Race

To understand how serious, we need only look at Tesla's growing suite of top-in-class vehicle offerings combined with an emerging fierce logistics chain of increasingly low-cost EV batteries.



Part of this story begins at Tesla's Nevada Gigafactory 1. To look at even the 1/3 complete Gigafactory is to behold the awesome potential of mass production writ large. Back in 2014 when Gigafactory 1 began construction under a partnership with Panasonic, the ultimate aim was to build a facility capable of producing 35 gigawatt-hours of batteries per year by 2018. That number has been raised to 50 gigawatt-hours -- with an ultimate goal for this single factory in the range of 100 to 150 gigawatt-hours. By comparison, the entire global total of battery production in 2014 was around 35 gigawatt-hours. And total national production by battery giant China is presently at around 125 gigawatt hours -- set to hit around 230 gigawatt-hours by 2023.



(Tesla Gigafactory 1 shows 9 of 21 planned modules complete by late August of 2017. Image source: Commons.)

Producing so many batteries in one facility will enable Tesla to leverage some serious economies of scale. This, in turn, will result in lower prices for the batteries it produces -- allowing the automaker to sell electrical vehicles for less or make higher profits on models that are produced. Already, with about 15 percent of the planned gigafactory now producing batteries, Tesla is starting to see the benefits of this scaling. And recent reports indicate that it has pushed battery prices to below 140 dollars per kilowatt hour during 2017. Ultimately, many industry analysts expect the Gigafactory 1 to enable Tesla to produce batteries at near the 100 dollar per kilowatt hour mark before 2020 -- substantially reducing base production costs for EVs in total.

Masses of Model 3s

This mass production of batteries is the cornerstone for Tesla's expected mass release of its Model 3 vehicle.

To be very clear, Tesla's spearhead Model 3 is the ultimate aim of all of the company's efforts thus far. Each sale of the more expensive luxury Model X and Model S have gone to fund the more mass market Model 3. And recent cancellations of lower cost, shorter range Model S versions appear to have been aimed at creating space for the Model 3 in the 35,000 to 59,000 dollar market segment.



(First detailed look at a Model 3. Video source: OCDetailing.)

Present production of the Model 3 appears to be ramping up according to Tesla's plans. More and more of the vehicles have been sighted on California highways. A forward-shifted delivery date spurred a rumor that the Model 3 was being produced faster than expected. Texas has already started to receive some of its Tesla employee-ordered Model 3s. Rising rates of battery production at the Nevada Gigafactory 1 site have been observed. And the appearance of VIN numbers above 700 earlier this week roughly jibe with a planned ramp to 1,500 Model 3s produced by end September.

A clearer picture of this critical production ramp may emerge over the next couple of weeks as Tesla analysts pick up on monthly Model 3 production information and the Tesla Q3 report begins to take shape.

Tesla All Electric Sales Tracking Toward 230,000 to 500,000 in 2018

By end of this year, Tesla expects to be producing 20,000 of these vehicles per month. By end 2018, Tesla is aiming for 40,000 Model 3s per month. Pre-orders in the range of 500,000 vehicles show that demand support for this range of production exists. And even conservative forecasts by investment firms like Morgan Stanley show Tesla vehicle production and sales more than doubling from an expected 90,000 to 100,000 in 2017 to over 230,000 in 2018.

Already Tesla sales appear to be edging higher -- with Q3 expected sales in the range of 24,000 to 25,000 including the ramping Model 3 production. Meanwhile, Tesla's own goals far outstrip expectations by forecasters like Morgan Stanley with the company aiming for 500,000 total sales in 2018.


Tesla’s All-Electrical Spark is About to Grow Much, Much Brighter
by robertscribbler
Can a single venture born out of one man's vision for a more sustainable future help to spark the complete transformation of global automobile markets, aid the U.S. and other nations moves toward energy independent, help tamp down the problem of human-caused climate change, spur a rapid influx of renewables in the electrical generation sector, and, all the while, compete toe-to-toe with nationally funded battery, automobile, and renewable energy companies emerging in China?

We're about to find out.

Tesla, Daimler, China Invest in Gigafactories; Musk and Daimler Spar on Twitter

This week, large German automaker Daimler announced that it would invest 1 billion dollars in an EV battery production plant in Alabama. The move followed very heavy similar investment and policy announcements by China and a multi-billion dollar investment by all-electric automaker Tesla in the first of a number of planned battery gigafactories.

Elon Musk, noting the size of Daimler's available capital for investment, made the following pity remark on Twitter:

That's not a lot of money for a giant like Daimler/Mercedes. Wish they'd do more. Off by a zero.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 24, 2017

Daimler, appearing more than a little sensitive to the remark, replied that it would be investing 10 billion in EV development in total, with 1 billion going to batteries. Musk replied -- "Good" -- with Daimler stating that it had been developing electrical vehicles for more than 100 years.

Of course, Daimler, unlike Tesla, still primarily produces fossil fuel based vehicles. The company's planned launch of EVs capable of competing with Tesla's present offerings are slated for around 2020. By that time, Tesla is likely to be producing well north of half a million all-electric vehicles per year. Daimler would have to significantly increase investment to adequately meet such a major challenge by Tesla.

The history of Daimler is one in which it has mostly dabbled in electrical car production while instead dedicating the lion's share of its efforts to producing unsustainable carbon emitting cars and trucks. In 2016, Daimlier sold 3 million vehicles -- the vast majority of which were ICE-based. With Tesla gobbling up larger and larger market share as an electric-only vehicle supplier, that may soon change. A result that would be "Good" for everyone on the planet. Especially in the present situation where harms from human-caused climate change are rapidly ramping higher.

But despite Daimler's 100 year history of experimenting with electrical vehicle designs, it has a lot of catching up to do when it comes to confronting a serious market competitor in the form of the all-electric Tesla.

Tesla Ahead in the Electric Race

To understand how serious, we need only look at Tesla's growing suite of top-in-class vehicle offerings combined with an emerging fierce logistics chain of increasingly low-cost EV batteries.



Part of this story begins at Tesla's Nevada Gigafactory 1. To look at even the 1/3 complete Gigafactory is to behold the awesome potential of mass production writ large. Back in 2014 when Gigafactory 1 began construction under a partnership with Panasonic, the ultimate aim was to build a facility capable of producing 35 gigawatt-hours of batteries per year by 2018. That number has been raised to 50 gigawatt-hours -- with an ultimate goal for this single factory in the range of 100 to 150 gigawatt-hours. By comparison, the entire global total of battery production in 2014 was around 35 gigawatt-hours. And total national production by battery giant China is presently at around 125 gigawatt hours -- set to hit around 230 gigawatt-hours by 2023.



(Tesla Gigafactory 1 shows 9 of 21 planned modules complete by late August of 2017. Image source: Commons.)

Producing so many batteries in one facility will enable Tesla to leverage some serious economies of scale. This, in turn, will result in lower prices for the batteries it produces -- allowing the automaker to sell electrical vehicles for less or make higher profits on models that are produced. Already, with about 15 percent of the planned gigafactory now producing batteries, Tesla is starting to see the benefits of this scaling. And recent reports indicate that it has pushed battery prices to below 140 dollars per kilowatt hour during 2017. Ultimately, many industry analysts expect the Gigafactory 1 to enable Tesla to produce batteries at near the 100 dollar per kilowatt hour mark before 2020 -- substantially reducing base production costs for EVs in total.

Masses of Model 3s

This mass production of batteries is the cornerstone for Tesla's expected mass release of its Model 3 vehicle.

To be very clear, Tesla's spearhead Model 3 is the ultimate aim of all of the company's efforts thus far. Each sale of the more expensive luxury Model X and Model S have gone to fund the more mass market Model 3. And recent cancellations of lower cost, shorter range Model S versions appear to have been aimed at creating space for the Model 3 in the 35,000 to 59,000 dollar market segment.



(First detailed look at a Model 3. Video source: OCDetailing.)

Present production of the Model 3 appears to be ramping up according to Tesla's plans. More and more of the vehicles have been sighted on California highways. A forward-shifted delivery date spurred a rumor that the Model 3 was being produced faster than expected. Texas has already started to receive some of its Tesla employee-ordered Model 3s. Rising rates of battery production at the Nevada Gigafactory 1 site have been observed. And the appearance of VIN numbers above 700 earlier this week roughly jibe with a planned ramp to 1,500 Model 3s produced by end September.

A clearer picture of this critical production ramp may emerge over the next couple of weeks as Tesla analysts pick up on monthly Model 3 production information and the Tesla Q3 report begins to take shape.

Tesla All Electric Sales Tracking Toward 230,000 to 500,000 in 2018

By end of this year, Tesla expects to be producing 20,000 of these vehicles per month. By end 2018, Tesla is aiming for 40,000 Model 3s per month. Pre-orders in the range of 500,000 vehicles show that demand support for this range of production exists. And even conservative forecasts by investment firms like Morgan Stanley show Tesla vehicle production and sales more than doubling from an expected 90,000 to 100,000 in 2017 to over 230,000 in 2018.

Already Tesla sales appear to be edging higher -- with Q3 expected sales in the range of 24,000 to 25,000 including the ramping Model 3 production. Meanwhile, Tesla's own goals far outstrip expectations by forecasters like Morgan Stanley with the company aiming for 500,000 total sales in 2018.





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Mike McNulty, Waco Hero, R.I.P.
James Bovard

One of the heroes of the Waco fights of the 1990s has passed away. Mike McNulty did more than any other single person to doggedly pursue the truth about Waco. And he produced or co-produced a number of superb films that vividly and compelling explained why the feds were lying about the carnage they unleashed in Texas. And he fed great information to me and other journalists – as well as sometimes impatiently pushing us forward, urging us to turn over more rocks. (I think my sense of humor puzzled or irked him at times during our phone calls, but I came out on the right side of the issue, so he usually tolerated me pretty well.) Mike was never cowed by official @#!!$#!% or by the strutting and intimidation attempts by lawmen or political appointee poohbahs. Mike helped Janet Reno get the legacy she deserved.

I quoted Mike at length on an article on the Waco coverup that came out in the Washington Times on the morning of the Oklahoma City bombing, April 19, 1995:

Other investigators are also raising questions about the government’s possible role in killing the Davidians. Michael McNulty, chairman of the Citizens Organization for Public Safety, of Fort Collins, Colo., has conducted an extensive analysis of videotapes on the final assault, as well as interviews with forensic scientists and Davidian survivors.

Mr. McNulty believes FBI snipers shot Davidians on the morning of April 19 as they were running out of the back of the compound to escape the CS gas. (During the FBI-Randy Weaver confrontation a few months before the Waco conflict, one FBI SWAT team member summarized the rules of engagement as “if you see ‘em, shoot ‘em,” according to a confidential Justice Department report). Mr. McNulty argues that infrared videotape indicates that the tanks may have pushed the bodies of the slain Davidians back into the building before the fire began. (Mr. McNulty has portions of the tape, but there are significant gaps that the government has refused to release).

Mr. McNulty also believes the FBI intentionally ignited two fires in the compound the final day with pyrotechnic devices. He says that FBI pyrotechnic devices were fired into areas inundated with CS gas particulates at precisely the same time that fireballs exploded from the back of the gymnasium. According to Army manuals, there is a significant risk of flammability from CS gas particulates. For instance, Army field manual FM-21-27 states on page 21: “Warning: When using the dry agent CS-1, do not discharge indoors. Accumulating dust may explode when exposed to spark or open flame.”


Here’s my thumbnail on first meeting Mike from Public Policy Hooligan during the congressional hearings on Waco in July 1995:

“Hanging around the hearing room, I met activists who were doing a great job of raising Cain on Waco. Mike McNulty, a stalwart Mormon and gun rights zealot, was taping the proceedings for possible use in a future movie. I had quoted Mike in Lost Rights and in a few articles. Along with Dan Gifford and William Gazecki, Mike was one of the masterminds behind the film “Waco: Rules of Engagement,” would later win an Emmy and was an Oscar finalist for best documentary. I also met David Hardy, a genial, ceiling-tall, bald-headed lawyer who used the Freedom of Information Act to demolish the ATF’s and FBI’s official narratives. I had lunch a time or two with Jim Pate, a jolly 30-something reporter from North Carolina who was working as a consultant for ABC News. Pate would be summoned to testify at the Timothy McVeigh trial because McVeigh had several Soldier of Fortune magazines with Pate’s Waco articles in his car when he was arrested.”

Mike did not stop digging after Congress washed its hands of Waco: “In late summer 1999, Waco re-exploded on the nation’s political radar. Mike McNulty, trolling in the Texas Rangers’ warehouse of Waco evidence, discovered several military-style pyrotechnic rounds the FBI had fired into the Davidians’ home during the final assault. Janet Reno and the FBI had previously denied using the type of devices practically designed to incinerate their targets. A former high-ranking CIA official reported that the Pentagon’s elite Delta Force troops were on the scene and participating in the final day’s conflict.”

Janet Reno siderailed that controversy by appointing a former senator and kowtowing preacher John Danforth to lead an independent investigation to prove that the FBI had done nothing wrong at Waco. Mike counterpunched Danforth’s whitewash with another film – “the FLIR. Project” – discussed in the 2001 Washington Times op-ed posted at the bottom of this remembrance blog.

The full version of the 1997 film, “Rules of Engagement,” which Mike is viewable on Youtube & below –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4scgRAJxWc

The second Waco film that Mike helped produced is also online in full and viewable below –



Here is the FLIR project –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xcRfIUdFAM

The Washington Times April 19, 2001,

Detonating a Waco fireball

BYLINE: James Bovard

April 19 is the eighth anniversary of the final FBI assault on the Branch Davidians at Waco, Texas. For almost a decade, politicians and bureaucrats have sweated to withhold key information about that day’s events from the American public. But the ghost of Waco may be rising from the grave once more to place its ice-cold hand again on the neck of the Washington establishment.
Back in September 1999, Attorney General Janet Reno handpicked former U.S. Sen. John Danforth to finally put the wooden stake in the heart of the Waco issue once and for all. Mr. Danforth, operating supposedly as an independent counsel,did his pious best – and raced to release his report last summer just as he became rumored a top prospect to be Mr. Bush’s vice presidential candidate. Mr. Danforth basically exonerated the feds, saving his scorn for low-life Americans who dared criticize the government tank assault and gassing of the women, children, and men in the Davidians’ home.

A key issue for Mr. Danforth’s investigation was whether FBI agents fired on Davidians during their final attack. Rhythmic patterns on Forward Looking Infrared (“FLIR”) tapes made by an FBI plane strongly suggested automatic weapons fire came from positions near the FBI tanks. Mr. Danforth persuaded federal Judge Walter Smith to conduct a re-enactment last year of the final day’s action. Mr. Danforth then proclaimed that the film from the re-enactment proved beyond a doubt that federal agents did not shoot at Davidians – in large part because the muzzle flashes on the re-enactment were much shorter than the shots from the April 19, 1993, tape.
A new film, titled “The F.L.I.R. Project,” produced by Mike McNulty (one of the masterminds behind the Academy Award 1998 finalist documentary, “Waco: Rules of Engagement”) reveals fatal flaws in Mr. Danforth’s re-enactment. (The film is available at www.flirproject.com).

On April 19, 1993, FBI agents relied on a commercial, off-the-shelf ammo – the type that would be used by any hunter or shooter. For the March 19, 2000, Danforth-FBI re-enactment, the FBI used military-issue ammunition that had a special chemical coating on the gunpowder to reduce muzzle flash (helpful in preventing soldiers being detected in combat). The military ammo thus had a built-in flash suppressant.

Since a key issue was the length of the muzzle flashes, using flash-suppressing ammunition ensured that the re-enactment would be a farce.

The Danforth-FBI re-enactment further biased the test results by having the FBI agents use weapons with a 20-inch barrel – instead of weapons with 14-inch barrels that agents carried on April 19, 1993. The longer a weapon’s barrel, the less muzzle flash will be shown from each shot.

Again, this is a tricky way to do an accurate re-enactment. But the re-enactment produced the politically correct result and Mr. Danforth proceeded to denounce the American people for thinking bad things about their federal masters.

No doubt Mr. Danforth, the FBI and others will continue to insist there was no gunfire by FBI agents on April 19, 1993. But if the feds are innocent, why have they gone to such absurd lengths to fix the jury? The $12 million in tax dollars that Mr. Danforth spent for his Waco investigation should have been categorized as part of the public relations budget of the FBI and Justice Department – or perhaps as a line item expense in the Clinton Legacy Project.

These revelations come on top of information that has already surfaced showing the Danforth investigation to be a sham. Mr. Danforth personally chose Vector Data Systems to carry out the tests, with U.S. military assistance, and to evaluate the results. Mr. Danforth repeatedly identified Vector as independent British company. But Vector is actually owned by Anteon, a large American corporation that on its Web page boasts of contracts with 50 federal agencies, including the White House Communications Agency.

A new book by former federal attorney David Hardy further debunks the government’s Waco fairy tale. “This Is Not An Assault” provides fascinating inside details on how private investigators squeezed out damning information on Waco – how federal judge Walter Smith stifled lawyers at the trial last year to prevent jurors from learning of more than 100 items of evidence embarrassing or potentially incriminating the federal government – and how Republican congressmen (such as Dan Burton) and aides cowered and effectively aided the Clinton administration cover-up. Mr. Hardy’s skill in hammering federal agencies with Freedom of Information Act requests was a decisive factor in making Waco a hot political potato in 1999. Mr. Hardy’s book will be soon available at www.xlibris.com.

If President Bush and Attorney General John Ashcroft want to restore the faith of the American people in the federal government, they must open the vaults on Waco. Neither Mr. Bush nor Mr. Ashcroft should have any incentive to cover up the outrages of Miss Reno and other Clinton administration officials. On the other hand, if Mr. Bush and Mr. Ashcroft do not have the will or gumption to force the FBI, the ATF, and the Justice Department to come clean about Clinton era abuses, what hope can we have of their honesty regarding any abuses occurring after Jan. 20?

James Bovard is the author of “Feeling Your Pain: The Explosion & Abuse of Government Power in the Clinton-Gore Years” (St. Martin’s Press).

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The FBI’s Hunt for Two Missing Piglets Reveals the Federal Cover-Up of Barbaric Factory Farms
Glenn Greenwald
October 5 2017, 2:05 p.m.



FBI AGENTS ARE devoting substantial resources to a multistate hunt for two baby piglets that the bureau believes are named Lucy and Ethel. The two piglets were removed over the summer from the Circle Four Farm in Utah by animal rights activists who had entered the Smithfield Foods-owned factory farm to film the brutal, torturous conditions in which the pigs are bred in order to be slaughtered.

While filming the conditions at the Smithfield facility, activists saw the two ailing baby piglets laying on the ground, visibly ill and near death, surrounded by the rotting corpses of dead piglets. “One was swollen and barely able to stand; the other had been trampled and was covered in blood,” said Wayne Hsiung of Direct Action Everywhere (DxE), which filmed the facility and performed the rescue. Due to various illnesses, he said, the piglets were unable to eat or digest food and were thus a fraction of the normal weight for piglets their age.

Rather than leave the two piglets at Circle Four Farm to wait for an imminent and painful death, the DxE activists decided to rescue them. They carried them out of the pens where they had been suffering and took them to an animal sanctuary to be treated and nursed back to health.

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DxE photograph depicting piglets huddled up against their mothers at Smithfield-owned Circle Four Farm in Utah. DxE says the piglets were sick or starving. Photo: Wayne Hsiung/DxE
This single Smithfield Foods farm breeds and then slaughters more than 1 million pigs each year. One of the odd aspects of animal mistreatment in the U.S. is that species regarded as more intelligent and emotionally complex — dogs, dolphins, cats, primates — generally receive more public concern and more legal protection. Yet pigs – among the planet’s most intelligent, social, and emotionally complicated species, capable of great joy, play, love, connection, suffering and pain, at least on a par with dogs — receive almost no protections, and are subject to savage systematic abuse by U.S. factory farms.

At Smithfield, like most industrial pig farms, the abuse and torture primarily comes not from rogue employees violating company procedures. Instead, the cruelty is inherent in the procedures themselves. One of the most heinous industry-wide practices is one that DxE activists encountered in abundance at Circle Four: gestational crating.

Where that technique is used, pigs are placed in a crate made of iron bars that is the exact length and width of their bodies, so they can do nothing for their entire lives but stand on a concrete floor, never turn around, never see any outdoors, never even see their tails, never move more than an inch. That was the condition in which the activists found the rotting piglet corpses and the two ailing piglets they rescued.








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Georgia sheriff, two deputies indicted after prosecutors say they performed intrusive body searches of students
BY DAVID BOROFF
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, October 5, 2017, 1:49 PM
A Georgia sheriff and two deputies accused of conducting illegal intrusive body searches of high school students have been indicted, and their arrests may be imminent.

Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby and deputies Tyler Turner and Deidra Whiddon face charges of violating their oaths of office during a search at Worth County High School in April.

Hobby also faces two counts of false imprisonment and one count of sexual battery, and Turner faces a sexual battery charge. One of the deputies made contact with intimate parts of a male student's body and touched the student's groin, according to WALB.


Students at the public school claim in a lawsuit filed two months after the incident that their constitutional rights were violated during the search.

Hobby and dozens of deputies had performed the search for drugs without a warrant or the proper authority to do so, according to the lawsuit. No illegal substances were found.



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WALL STREET AND THE NAZI CARTELS
What the CIA Tried to Suppress




The story of German industry before World War II should sound increasingly familiar to Americans. Industries are being consolidated and a few wealthy men are holding the reins.

That alone makes the book excerpted below — All Honorable Men: The Story of the Men on Both Sides of the Atlantic Who Successfully Thwarted Plans to Dismantle the Nazi Cartel System — an important read. However, the book offers much more. The publishers describe it as “A scathing attack on Wall Street’s illegal ties to Nazi Germany before WWII — and the postwar whitewashing of Nazi business leaders by the US government.” This is no exaggeration.

In fact, the CIA allegedly tried to buy all copies of this book when it was first published.

The author, James Stewart Martin, had been the Department of Justice’s Chief of the Economic Warfare Section during World War II. Part of his job had been suggesting key German industries for aerial bombardment.

After the war, he became director of the Division for Investigation of Cartels and External Assets in American Military Government.

President Harry S. Truman sent him to Germany to investigate Nazi economic warfare, and to dismantle Third Reich industry, that is, to transition the monopoly control of German businesses to a free market economy, a process known as decartelization.

Martin was also sent to Germany to investigate the connections between these Nazi-controlled cartels — and Wall Street. The connections were wide and deep. Many US corporations had done business with German corporations who helped fund the Nazi Party. And these businesses on both sides of the Atlantic knew what their money was supporting.

Tragically, the work of Martin, and his team of idealistic lawyers, was sabotaged by his superior officer, an investment banker. He concluded:

“We had not been stopped in Germany by German business. We had been stopped in Germany by American business.”

Introduction by WhoWhatWhy staff.

Chapter 1 from All Honorable Men: The Story of the Men on Both Sides of the Atlantic Who Successfully Thwarted Plans to Dismantle the Nazi Cartel System, by James Stewart Martin (Kindle Version, Forbidden Bookshelf 2016), (First published by Little, Brown and Company, 1950).

All Honorable Men
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The day I started to write this we discovered termites in the basement. We were preparing to build a wing on our old house and found a colony of them in the heavy timbers.

Termites are able organizers, and thoroughly attached to their way of life. The area they occupy is small in relation to the house — just the heavy underpinnings. They object vigorously to outside interference from the people who live in the other parts of the house. They object especially to structural changes, which they are bound to consider unwarranted.

They have two good reasons for objecting to changes. In the first place exposure to light and air kills them. In the second place any movement of the underpinnings ruins the whole structure of tunnels and channels which their enterprise has built within the framework of the house.

We hated to disturb them. They looked busy and enterprising. They seemed to want nothing more than a comfortable existence in accordance with their way of life.

We cleared the termites out to save the house, but I think I know how they looked at the whole matter. At the end of the Second World War I spent two and a half years in Germany dealing with some people who must think pretty much the same way.

IG-Farbenwerke, factory
IG-Farbenwerke factory, near Auschwitz. Photo credit: German Federal Archive / Wikimedia

My story goes back to 1938, when I was a lawyer recently turned college professor….Certainly I had no intention at the time of becoming actively involved with international monopolies or with the Germans who backed World War II…

Throughout this period there were occasional rumblings in the press from Thurman Arnold [FDR’s attorney general, DOJ antitrust division], who was complaining about the international affairs of some American corporations.

These companies were often mentioned in connection with the German dyestuffs and chemical trust formed about twelve years earlier, known as the I.G. Farbenindustrie…..

Later on, during the war, the subject of private international arrangements among business firms, especially when they took the form of cartel agreements, got a considerable amount of public attention. But in those earlier days it was different. Many people could see no important principle at stake when the government announced some new antitrust suit against a group of American and foreign firms.




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Pacific walrus won’t be listed as threatened species, government says
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MARTIN LUTHER KING SURVIVED SHOOTING, WAS MURDERED IN HOSPITAL BY FBI AGENTS

AN INTERVIEW WITH ATTORNEY WILLIAM PEPPER


For one bright moment back in the late 1960s, we actually believed that we could change our country. We had identified the enemy. We saw it up close, we had its measure, and we were very hopeful that we would prevail. The enemy was hollow where we had substance. All of that substance was destroyed by an assassin’s bullet. – William Pepper (page 15, The Plot to Kill King)

By Craig McKee

The revelations are stunning. The media indifference is predictable.

Thanks to the nearly four-decade investigation by human rights lawyer William Pepper, it is now clear once and for all that Martin Luther King was murdered in a conspiracy that was instigated by then FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and that also involved the U.S. military, the Memphis Police Department, and “Dixie Mafia” crime figures in Memphis, Tennessee. These and many more incredible details of the King assassination are contained in a trilogy of volumes by Pepper culminating with his latest and final book on the subject, The Plot to Kill King. He previously wrote Orders to Kill (1995) and An Act of State (2003).

With virtually no help from the mainstream media and very little from the justice system, Pepper was able to piece together what really happened on April 4, 1968 in Memphis right down to who gave the order and supplied the money, how the patsy was chosen, and who actually pulled the trigger.

Without this information, the truth about King’s assassination would have been buried and lost to history. Witnesses would have died off, taking their secrets with them, and the official lie that King was the victim of a racist lone gunman named James Earl Ray would have remained “fact.”

plot to kill kingInstead, we know that Ray took the fall for a murder he did not commit. We know that a member of the Memphis Police Department fired the fatal shot and that two military sniper teams that were part of the 902nd Military Intelligence Group were sent to Memphis as back-ups should the primary shooter fail. We have access to the fascinating account of how Pepper came to make contact with Colonel John Downie (he had to work through a third party), the man in charge of the military part of the plot and Lyndon Johnson’s former Vietnam briefer. We also learn that as part of the operation, photographs were actually taken of the shooting and that Pepper came very close to getting his hands on those photographs.

Unfortunately, the mainstream media has ignored all of these revelations and continues to label Ray as King’s lone assassin. In fact, Pepper chronicles in detail how a disinformation campaign has featured the collaboration of many mainstream journalists over almost half a century. He says he suspects that those orchestrating the cover-up, which continues to this day, are no longer concerned with what he writes about the subject.

“I’m really basically harmless, I think, to the power structure,” Pepper said in an interview.

“I don’t think I threaten them, really. The control of the media is so consolidated now they can keep someone like me under wraps, under cover, forever. This book will probably never be reviewed seriously by mainstream, the story will not be aired in mainstream – they control the media. It was bad in the ’60s but nowhere near as bad as now.”

And the most stunning revelation in The Plot to Kill King – which some may question because the account is second hand – is that King was still alive when he arrived at St. Joseph’s Hospital and that he was killed by a doctor who was supposed to be trying to save his life.

“That is probably the most shocking aspect of the book, that final revelation of how this great man was taken from us,” Pepper says. (By the way, when I quote Pepper as having “said” something I mean in our interview. If I’m quoting from the book, I’ll indicate that.)

The hospital story was told to Pepper by a man named Johnton Shelby, whose mother, Lula Mae Shelby, had been a surgical aide at St. Joseph’s that night. Shelby told Pepper the story of how his mother came home the morning after the shooting (she hadn’t been allowed to go home the night before) and gathered the family together. He remembers her saying to them, “I can’t believe they took his life.”

She described chief of surgery Dr. Breen Bland entering the emergency room with two men in suits. Seeing doctors working on King, Bland commanded, “Stop working on the nigger and let him die! Now, all of you get out of here, right now. Everybody get out.”

Johnton Shelby says his mother described hearing the sound of the three men sucking up saliva into their mouths and then spitting. Lula Mae described to her family that she looked over her shoulder as she was leaving the room and saw that the breathing tube had been removed from King and that Bland was holding a pillow over his head. (The book contains the entire deposition given by Johnton Shelby to Pepper, so readers can judge for themselves whether they think Shelby is credible – as Pepper believes he is.)

Pepper and King.
William Pepper with his friend Martin Luther King.

In fact, a second invaluable source was Ron Adkins, whose father, Russell Adkins Sr., was a local Dixie Mafia gangster and conspirator in the planning of the assassination even though he died a year before it took place. Ron told Pepper he had overheard Bland, who was his family’s doctor, tell his father that if King did survive the shooting he had to be taken to St. Joseph’s and nowhere else. As Pepper describes it:

“He remembers Breen Bland saying to his father, ‘If he’s not killed by the shot, just make sure he gets to St. Joseph Hospital, and we’ll make sure that he doesn’t leave.’”

Ron, who was just 16 when the shooting took place, was apparently taken everywhere by his father in those days, and he was able to recount many details of what happened as the assassination was planned and carried out.

“I definitely found him credible,” Pepper says. “I found him troubled, I found him disturbed in a lot of ways by things that went on earlier in his life.”

His deposition is also contained in the book, which Pepper explains was important so that readers could judge the statements for themselves.

“What I wanted to do was to make sure that the entire deposition of these critical moments and this critical information was there, so that one could go and read the depositions and see that I was being accurate,” Pepper says.

Besides describing what he heard Bland tell his father, Ron Adkins described the many visits made to Russell Sr. by Clyde Tolson, J. Edgar Hoover’s right hand man. Known to Ron as “Uncle Clyde,” the high-level FBI official often delivered cash to the elder Adkins for jobs he and his associates would carry out on behalf of Hoover. Among those the younger Adkins said were paid to supply information about the activities of Martin Luther King were the reverends Samuel “Billy” Kyles and Jesse Jackson.



The basics of the official story

If you seek out any information from a mainstream source about James Earl Ray, you’ll find him described as the killer of Martin Luther King, just as Lee Harvey Oswald and Sirhan Sirhan are labelled “assassins” in the murders of John and Robert Kennedy.

But once you read any or all of Pepper’s three books on the King slaying, you see very clearly that Ray is not a killer at all. Instead, he was a petty criminal who was a perfect “follower.” Like Oswald and Sirhan, Ray was set up to take the fall for an assassination that originated within the American deep state. In fact, Pepper says he’s convinced that knowledge of the plot went all the way to the top.

“The whole thing would have been part of Lyndon Johnson’s playbook,” Pepper says. “I think Johnson knew about this.”

As the official story of the shooting goes, at 5:50 p.m. on April 4, Kyles knocked on the door of room 306 of the Lorraine Motel to let King and the rest of his party know that they were running late for a planned dinner at Kyles’s home. Kyles then walked about 60 feet down the balcony where he remained even after King came out of the room at about 6 p.m. (Although Kyles has maintained ever since that he spent the last half hour in the room, Pepper has proven otherwise.)

Andrew Young and others on balcony of Lorraine motel pointing to where the shot originated while King lies at their feet. (Joseph Louw photo)
Andrew Young (left) and others on balcony of the Lorraine pointing to where the shot originated while King lies at their feet. (Joseph Louw photo)

Members of a militant black organizing group the Invaders, who were also staying in the motel because of King’s visit, were told shortly before the shooting by a member of the motel staff that their rooms would no longer being paid for by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and that they had to leave immediately. When they asked who had given this order, they were told it was Jesse Jackson. At the time of the shooting, Jackson was waiting down by the swimming pool. Ron Adkins also identified Jackson as the person who called the owners of the Lorraine Motel and demanded that King be moved from a more secure inner courtyard room to an exposed room on the second floor facing the street.

The Memphis Police Department usually formed a detail of black officers to protect King when he was in town, but did not this time. Emergency TACT support units were pulled back from the Lorraine to the fire station, which overlooked the motel. Pepper also learned that the only two black members of the Memphis Fire Department had been told the day before the shooting not to report for work the next day at the fire station. And black detective Ed Redditt was physically removed from his surveillance post in the fire station taken to MPD headquarters, where he described seeing many Army officers. He was then driven home where he heard news about the assassination in his car just after arriving.

Just about a minute after King exited his room, a single shot was fired and the bullet ripped through King’s jaw and spinal cord, dropping him immediately. The shot appeared to come from across Mulberry Street. King was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead just after 7 p.m.

According to the official story, the shot was fired by Ray from the bathroom of a rooming house above a bar called Jim’s Grill, which backed on to Mulberry and faced onto South Main Street. But, as Pepper’s investigation proves, the shot actually came from the bushes located in between the rooming house and the street. In fact, the only “witness” who placed Ray at the scene was a falling-down-drunk named Charles Stephens, who later did not recognize Ray in a photograph and who cab driver James McCraw had refused to transport a short time before because he was too intoxicated.

The bushes that concealed the shooter were conveniently trimmed the day after the shooting, giving a false impression that a shooter could not have been concealed there. Several witnesses, including journalist Earl Caldwell and King’s Memphis driver, Solomon Jones, described seeing the shot come from the bushes and not from the bathroom of the rooming house as the official story states.

Another casualty of the King murder was cab driver Buddy Butler who reported that he saw a man running from the scene right after the shot, going south on Mulberry St., and jumping into a police car (this would turn out to be MPD Lieutenant Earl Clark). Butler reported this to his dispatcher and later to fellow cab driver Louie Ward. Butler was interviewed at the Yellow Cab Company later that evening by police. Ward was told the next day that Butler had either fallen, or was pushed, to his death from a speeding car on the Memphis-Arkansas Bridge.

The owner of Jim’ Grill, Loyd Jowers, would later admit to being part of the conspiracy to kill King, and he would be found responsible – along with various government agencies – for the killing in a 1999 civil lawsuit by the King family, which was represented by Pepper.

“The King family got enormous comfort out of the results of that trial and the evidence that came forward from that,” Pepper says.

Betty Spates, a waitress at Jim’s Grill and girlfriend of Jowers, says she saw him rush into the back of the Grill through the back door seconds after the shot, white as a ghost and holding a rifle, which he then wrapped in a tablecloth and hid on a shelf under the counter. He turned to her and said, “Betty, you wouldn’t do anything to hurt me, would you?” She responded, “Of course not, Loyd.” Spates, who didn’t come forward until the 1990s, also recounted that Jowers had been delivered a large sum of money right before the assassination.

James McCraw stated that Jowers had shown him a rifle the day after the shooting and told him it was the one used to kill King.

“We confronted Loyd,” Peppers explains. “We told him he was likely to be indicted if he didn’t help us, if he didn’t give more information. Jowers didn’t know there was no way the grand jury was going to indict him. All he knew was what he did, what he participated in, how much money he got for it – he got quite a large sum of money, built a taxi cab company with it, had his gambling debt with [local Mafia figure Frank] Liberto forgiven.”

Liberto, an associate of Louisiana crime boss Carlos Marcello, turned out to be involved in the assassination also. He owned a produce warehouse and one of his regular customers, John McFerren, was making his weekly shopping trip there when he overheard Liberto shout into the phone an hour before the shooting: “Shoot the son of a &!@$# on the balcony.” Nathan Whitlock and his mother, LaVada Addison Whitlock, who owned a restaurant frequented by Liberto, stated that Liberto had told them he was responsible for the King murder.



Setting up the patsy

One thing that many don’t know is that Ray was in prison in 1967, the year before the assassination, serving a 20-year sentence for a grocery store robbery in 1959. After a couple of unsuccessful escape attempts, Ray succeeded in breaking out of prison on April 23, 1967. Unknown to Ray was the fact that the escape had been orchestrated, because he had already been chosen as the patsy in the planned assassination of King, which was still a year away.

The warden of Missouri State Penitentiary was paid $25,000 by Russell Adkins Sr. to allow the escape (as confirmed by Ron Adkins). The money was delivered to Adkins by Tolson, and it was this same connection that would later be used to finance the assassination of King.

After his escape from prison, Ray went to Chicago for a few weeks where he got a job. But, worried about getting caught, he went to Canada, specifically Montreal, and took the name Eric S. Galt. His intention was to get a passport under a false name and to travel to a country from which he could not be extradited.

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James Earl Ray spent the last 30 years of his life in prison for a murder he did not commit.

At the Neptune Bar in the Montreal dock area in August 1967, Ray met a mysterious figure who identified himself as “Raul.” Raul asked Ray to help him with a smuggling scheme, and Ray agreed. In the months ahead, Ray would do a number of jobs, including gun running, for Raul for which he was paid and given a car. Always, Ray had to wait to be contacted by Raul, who Ray said co-ordinated his activities right up until the day of the assassination.

At one point Ray was instructed to purchase a deer rifle with a scope (although Raul was not satisfied with the one he bought and made him exchange it for another). Ray was instructed to go to Memphis (he arrived April 3, 1968) and upon meeting with Raul in his motel was given the name of Jim’s Grill, where the two were to meet at 3 p.m. the next day. He also handed the rifle over to Raul and always maintained that he never saw it again.

Ray rented a room at the rooming house above Jim’s Grill (the two met the day of the assassination as planned). About an hour before the shooting, he was given money to go to the movies, but first he tried to have a tire repaired because Raul had said he wanted to use the car. But when Ray heard the sirens that followed the shooting, he got scared and left the area.

Fearing he had been set up, Ray left the country and ended up in England where he was captured on June 8, 1968 at London’s Heathrow Airport as he was trying to leave the UK. Once charged with the crime, Ray was pressured by his second lawyer, Percy Foreman, to plead guilty on the grounds that the evidence was too strong against him and Foreman was not in good health and couldn’t offer a strong defence.

“Foreman was sent in with the purpose of replacing the original lawyers,” Pepper says.

Foreman offered Ray $500 to get another lawyer if he pleaded guilty and even put this in writing. Ray would regret accepting this offer for the rest of his life. He tried unsuccessfully to rescind the guilty plea and get a trial for the next 30 years, finally dying in prison of cancer in 1998.



Pepper becomes convinced of Ray’s innocence

It was 10 years after the assassination before Pepper would even consider meeting with Ray. He had taken for granted at first that Ray was the assassin, but he was encouraged to meet him by Rev. Ralph Abernathy, who had succeeded King as President of the SCLC. Abernathy had remained unsatisfied with the official account of the shooting.

In the book, Pepper describes his first meeting with Ray in 1978 and how he quickly came to believe that Ray had not been the shooter and that the case was essentially still unsolved. It wasn’t until 1988 before Pepper became certain that Ray had not played any knowing part in the conspiracy, and at that point he agreed to represent him, which he did until his death.

Purveyors of the official story of the assassination have always claimed that Raul was an invention of Ray’s, and mainstream media accounts refer to this question as still unanswered even though Pepper not only found witnesses who described their connections to Raul, he actually found Raul himself with the help of witness Glenda Grabow (Pepper learned that his last name was Coelho). She identified Raul as someone she had known in Houston in 1963 and who around 1974, in a fit of rage, had implicated himself in the King assassination right before raping her. Grabow also identified Jack Ruby as someone who she had seen with Raul in 1963. This fascinating story is recounted both in An Act of State and The Plot to Kill King.

One of the most intriguing things to come out of both of these books is the account of a young FBI agent named Don Wilson who after the assassination was sent to check out a white Mustang with Alabama plates (Ray drove a white Mustang) that had been abandoned and that was thought to be connected to the assassination. Wilson opened the car door and some papers fell out. He examined them later and found a torn-out piece of a 1963 Dallas, Texas telephone directory. Written on the page was the name “Raul” and the initial “J” and a phone number, which turned out to be that of a Las Vegas night club run by Jack Ruby, the man who had shot Lee Harvey Oswald in the basement of the Dallas police station. A second piece of paper had a list of names with amounts of money beside each. Wilson decided to hold on to this evidence, fearing it would disappear forever if he turned it in. He held on to it for 29 years before making it available to Pepper and the King family.



The shooter revealed

Another incredible revelation in The Plot to Kill King is the identity of the man who appears to have fired the fatal shot. Pepper learned his identity from Lenny B. Curtis, who was a custodian at the Memphis Police Department rifle range. Curtis told Pepper this in 2003, and Pepper recorded a deposition with him but kept it confidential out of fear for Curtis’s life. Only after his death in 2013 did Pepper reveal what Curtis had said – that the shooter was Memphis police officer Frank Strausser.

“We had to be very careful about [Curtis’s safety],” Pepper says.

Curtis said to Pepper in his deposition that he heard Strausser say about King four or five months before the assassination that somebody was going to “. . . blow his motherfucking brains out.” He also described that Strausser had practised in the rifle range with a particular rifle that had been brought in four or five days earlier by a member of the fire department. That fireman had shown the rifle to Curtis and asked, “How would you like that scoundrel, that baby there?” When Curtis said it look like any other rifle, he replied, “No, this is a special one; that baby is special.” Lenny remembered that on the day of the assassination, Strausser spent the whole day practicing with it. (Strausser has given several conflicting accounts of where he was and what he was doing that day.)

After the assassination, Curtis says he was followed and intimidated by Strausser. Pepper writes:

“Lenny said that he subsequently became aware that strange things were happening around him. His gas was strangely turned on once when he was about to enter his house. He had lit a cigarette, but as he opened the door he smelled gas and quickly put out the cigarette. A strange Lincoln was occasionally parked across the street from his apartment house. He was frightened. One morning when the car was there, he got into his own car and quickly drove off, and the strange car pulled out and followed him. He managed to see the driver. It was Strausser.”

In the book, Pepper describes how he came to meet with Strausser, who he describes as a committed and devoted racist.

“He had no respect for black people at all,” Pepper says. “He wasn’t explicit about his racism. But he was not at all sympathetic to what Martin King was all about.”

In the hope of prompting an admission, Pepper lied and told him that he had been implicated in the killing by Loyd Jowers – but Strausser didn’t take the bait. Pepper also told Strausser that the footprints found in the bushes after the shooting were from size 13 shoes (which they were). Then he asked him about the size of his feet:

“He had a bit of a grin on his face, and he said ‘13 large,’” Pepper says.

Pepper also arranged to have cab driver Nathan Whitlock, who Strausser knew, tell him that there was a good possibility that he (Strausser) would be indicted for the shooting. He responded: “What are they going to indict me for, something I did 30 years ago?” Then he caught himself and added, “Or something I knew about 30 years ago?”



A threat to the powers that be

As Pepper explains, King was not only hated by the establishment as he rose to prominence in the 1960s, he was feared. Not only did he have the ability to move large numbers of people with his message of peace and tolerance, but he had designs on a political career. According to Pepper, King was planning to run for president on a third-party ticket with fellow anti-war activist Dr. Benjamin Spock. He was also causing panic in powerful circles because he intended to bring hundreds of thousands of poor people to an encampment in Washington, D.C. in the spring of 1968 to bring attention to the plight of the poor.

“They were terrified that the anger level when [the demonstrators] were not going to get what they wanted was going to rise to such a point where Martin was going to lose control of that group and the more radical among them would take it over and they’d have a revolution,” Pepper explains. “And they didn’t have the troops to put it down. That was a real fear that the Army had. And I think it was a justifiable fear.”

King would also have posed an increasing threat to the political establishment because he intended to become much more vocal in his opposition to the Vietnam War. He had been influenced by an article and photos by Pepper called, “The Children of Vietnam,” which was published in Ramparts Magazine in January 1967 and was going to be reprinted in Look magazine until the man who made that decision, Bill Atwood, had a heart attack and left the magazine. (Atwood told Pepper he received a visit from former New York governor and ambassador to the Soviet Union Averill Harriman who passed on a message from President Johnson that he would appreciate it if Atwood never published anything by Pepper.)

Beyond King’s importance as a powerful force for justice, peace, and equality, he was also Pepper’s friend. And the lawyer/journalist had to deal with that loss as he sought the truth about who really killed King and fought for justice for the man falsely accused of his murder. He writes:

“For me, this is a story rife with sadness, replete with massive accounts of personal and public deception and betrayal. Its revelations and experiences have produced in the writer a depression stemming from an unavoidable confrontation with the depths to which human beings, even those subject to professional codes of ethics, have fallen. In addition, there is an element of personal despair that has resulted from this long effort, which has made me even question the wisdom of undertaking this task.” (page xiv, The Plot to Kill King)

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The chairman of the House intelligence committee has issued subpoenas to the partners who run Fusion GPS, the research firm that produced the dossier of memos on alleged Russian efforts to aid the Trump campaign, according to sources briefed on the matter.

The subpoenas — signed by California Republican Rep. Devin Nunes — were issued Oct. 4, demanding documents and testimony later this month and early November.

Earlier this year, Nunes announced that he was stepping aside from directing the committee’s Russia inquiry after he became the subject of an ethics investigation into his handling of classified information. But more recently, he has made clear that he is still playing an influential role, despite announcing that he had delegated authority on the Russia matter to Republican Rep. Mike Conaway of Texas.

A source familiar with the matter told CNN that all Russia-related subpoenas have been approved by Conaway, and Conaway confirmed to CNN Monday he asked for the most recent subpoenas.

But the subpoenas appear to be the latest fight in an investigation that has periodically been hobbled by controversy and infighting.

A Democratic committee source said “the subpoenas were issued unilaterally by the majority, without the minority’s agreement and despite good faith engagement thus far by the witnesses on the potential terms for voluntary cooperation.”

Indeed, the move blindsided some committee members, multiple sources told CNN. And it has angered some on the committee who say that Nunes is still seeking to direct an investigation he was supposed to have no involvement in leading.

“He’s not in any way, shape or form working on the investigation,” said one Democratic committee member. “He’s sitting outside the investigation and pushing it in a political direction.”

Rep. Eric Swalwell, a California Democrat, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that Nunes appeared to be “trying to undermine the investigation.”

“This would violate that recusal if this is indeed what he has done,” Swalwell said.

Conaway said the committee’s procedures were to consult with the committee’s Democratic leader, and that “the mechanics on that fit in with the chairman’s responsibilities.”

“I’m trying to maintain good relations, but at the end of the day we need to get those records that are subject to those subpoenas,” Conaway said.

Asked by CNN Monday why he issued the subpoenas, Nunes declined to comment. “You can ask, but you’re not going to get a response,” Nunes said.

Previously, in a June interview with CNN, Nunes said: “When I temporarily stepped aside from leading the investigation, that’s exactly what it means: It doesn’t mean I wasn’t going to be involved, it doesn’t mean I wasn’t going to be fully read in.”

Joshua Levy, an attorney for Fusion GPS, said the firm’s founder, Glenn Simpson, already provided a 10-hour interview to the Senate judiciary committee and Nunes could first seek to review that testimony.

“This is a blatant attempt to undermine the reporting of the so-called ‘dossier,’ even as its core conclusion of a broad campaign by the Russian government to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election has been confirmed by the US intelligence community and is now widely accepted as fact,” Levy said.

“Rep. Nunes recused himself, but now appears to be running a parallel investigation outside of the official (House intelligence) investigation run by Reps. Conaway and (California Rep. Adam) Schiff. His actions undermine the House, its investigation and the public’s ability to learn the truth. As we evaluate these subpoenas, we have serious concerns about their legitimacy.”

The Fusion GPS subpoenas mark at least the fourth time Nunes has inserted himself into the investigation since his April announcement that he was temporarily stepping aside.

Earlier this summer, Nunes led an effort to subpoena the FBI, CIA and NSA about Trump associates whose identities were allegedly unmasked during the presidential transition by Obama administration officials.

Later, a pair of GOP staffers on the panel flew to London to urge the British agent who wrote the dossier, Christopher Steele, to appear before the committee, an effort several committee members said was led by Nunes. And in late August, Nunes signed off on subpoenas to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray to provide the panel with records about the Justice Department’s relationship with Steele and the Trump dossier, warning in a letter that he would haul them to Capitol Hill to answer questions at a public hearing if they did not comply.

Tension has been building on the House intelligence committee over Nunes’ role ever since he first secretly traveled to the White House in March to review classified intelligence reports that he said showed rampant misconduct by US officials in revealing the identities of unsuspecting Americans, including Trump officials. Nunes later briefed President Donald Trump on the matter, and seemed to give cover to the President’s unsubstantiated allegations that former President Barack Obama had Trump Tower wiretapped during the campaign. Nunes, however, did say that he had seen no evidence that Trump Tower was wiretapped.

After the House ethics committee in April announced it would investigate Nunes over allegations he disclosed classified information, the Republican chairman said he would temporarily step aside from the probe — a move that satisfied Democrats on the panel at the time.

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Books of The Times; When Academics Doubled as Intelligence Agents


By HERBERT MITGANG
Published: July 29, 1992

Compromised Campus The Collaboration of Universities With the Intelligence Community, 1945-1955 By Sigmund Diamond 371 pages. Oxford University Press. $27.95.

It should not come as a surprise to readers of recent books and magazine articles about the reign of J. Edgar Hoover during the cold war that the tentacles of the Federal Bureau of Investigation extended into the nation's universities. Thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, in recent years historians, biographers and journalists have been able to obtain Government dossiers -- heavily censored and often with pages withheld -- on individuals and organizations ranging from America's Nobel laureates in literature to members of Congress and the Supreme Court.

In "Compromised Campus," Sigmund Diamond, Giddings Professor of Sociology and Emeritus Professor of History, Columbia University, adds fuel to the bonfire of the liberties. Citing F.B.I. files and his own observations, he reveals that for at least 10 years after World War II, Hoover's special agents in charge enlisted administrators and professors and planted them as subagents in place. Professor Diamond maintains that such college officials and faculty members were more than willing to report to the F.B.I. about colleagues they suspected of being disloyal Americans. He finds that some did so for patriotic reasons, others to advance their careers on campus or later in Washington.

Professor Diamond's theme builds on information already existing in the study of McCarthyism and Hoovermania, which are linked because the Senator and the Director worked together closely. Among the most revealing books in the field is Ellen Schrecker's "No Ivory Tower: McCarthyism and the Universities." The leading expert on domestic surveillance without judicial fiat, Prof. Athan Theoharis of Marquette University, obtained thousands of F.B.I. documents and interpreted them in such valuable books as "Spying on Americans" and "From the Secret Files of J. Edgar Hoover." Presidents and Presidential aspirants, Federal employees, newspapers, networks, film studios, guilds, unions and civil rights leaders all were shown to have F.B.I. files, usually without their knowledge or an opportunity to challenge faceless accusers.

As Professor Theoharis and other authors have demonstrated, sometimes spying was done upon an organization's members by its own officials. In the best-known case, Ronald Reagan, while president of the Screen Actors Guild in 1947, served as an informer, assigned the code name Agent T-10, for the Los Angeles office of the F.B.I. Similarly, Professor Diamond cites examples of university officials who collaborated with the agencies he classifies together as the intelligence community: the F.B.I., the Central Intelligence Agency and the State Department.

In "Compromised Campus," the author devotes special attention to individuals he considers collaborators with the F.B.I. during the early 1950's, based on files he unearthed under the Freedom of Information Act. They include, from Harvard, McGeorge Bundy, dean of the faculty of arts and sciences; Henry A. Kissinger, a teaching fellow who was executive director of an international seminar, and William Yandell Elliott, a professor of government described as Mr. Kissinger's mentor.

At Yale, the author singles out William F. Buckley Jr., onetime editor of the Yale Daily News, calling him "the F.B.I. informer as Yale intellectual," and Harry B. Fisher, the F.B.I.'s liaison on campus, "an undercover employee of Yale University for 25 years, whose last 15 years of service were devoted mainly to political surveillance."

Professor Diamond, who received his Ph.D. in American history at Harvard, seems to be paying off an old score against Mr. Bundy, presenting some accounts that have been previously argued in the pages of The New York Review of Books. The author writes that he was dismissed from an administrative job, which included teaching duties, because Dean Bundy wanted him to disclose the political beliefs of former colleagues and "cooperate by giving the names to the authorities." He responded that he was willing to talk about himself but would decline to discuss others.

The author devotes two chapters to the Russian Research Center at Harvard, which was the special province of the Boston F.B.I. office. "The Russian Research Center was the locus of fruitful collaboration between the intelligence agencies and Harvard, fruitful but not entirely free of tension," he writes. Citing internal reports between Boston and Washington that he managed to obtain by diligent digging, Professor Diamond adds, "The F.B.I. had its version of the history of the Russian Research Center, and its documents make clear how it intruded in the affairs of the center." In one case, Professor Diamond writes, "a slip by the F.B.I. censor" indicates that Isaiah Berlin, the distinguished British diplomat, author and philosopher, was kept under surveillance by Charles Baroch, a "confidential informant" who was a graduate student at the center.

Professor Diamond says that the F.B.I. watched faculty members who were considered politically suspect. In 1969, the bureau's campus informant (whose name was deleted from the records) reported that two humanities professors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology had been denied reappointments after their dossiers were provided to school officials. The "chilling" evidence of cooperation between the F.B.I. and M.I.T. "in matters of faculty appointments and promotions," the author writes, occurred "well after the F.B.I. was supposed to have reformed itself."

An unfortunate flaw in "Compromised Campus" is the author's mixture of the personal and the general. The reader sometimes is confused by the leaps between the author's own experience and his broader theme of the existence of an academic-intelligence complex. Yet when Professor Diamond sticks to the documents in the F.B.I. files -- especially when quoting the special agents in charge in Boston and New Haven about their sources on campus -- he justifies his conclusion that the most eminent colleges collaborated with the intelligence community.

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American universities have become havens for spies, or at least that’s a central contention of Daniel Golden’s latest book, Spy Schools: How the CIA, FBI, and Foreign Intelligence Secretly Exploit America’s Universities. On this week’s first episode of The E.R., host Sharon Weinberger is joined by Golden, a ProPublica senior editor and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, to discuss his book released on Oct. 10.

Golden’s work explores the complicated relationship between academia and intelligence services. In classrooms and labs around the United States, foreign agents from countries like Russia and China are learning, and sometimes stealing, sensitive information from government-funded research projects. At the same time, these agents are forming relationships with other students and faculty to use as future informants, often with the universities themselves turning a blind eye to such actions.

In reciprocal fashion, U.S. intelligence agencies have infiltrated academia, enlisting professors and students as agents. Spy Schools seeks to explore the relationship between intelligence services, both foreign and domestic, and academia, while unearthing some shocking stories along the way.

Daniel Golden is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and senior editor at ProPublica. He is the author of the national bestseller, The Price of Admission: How America’s Ruling Class Buys Its Way Into Elite Colleges–and Who Gets Left Outside the Gates. His latest book, Spy Schools: How The CIA, FBI, and Foreign Intelligence Secretly Exploit America’s Universities is out today. Follow him on Twitter: @DanLGolden

They are joined in Studio by John Sipher and FP’s Jenna McLaughlin.

John Sipher is a Director of Client Services at CrossLead, Inc. He retired in 2014 after a 28-year career in the Central Intelligence Agency’s National Clandestine Service. At the time of his retirement he was a member of the CIA’s Senior Intelligence Service. He is the recipient of the Agency’s Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal. Follow him on Twitter: @John_Sipher

Jenna McLaughlin is an intelligence reporter for Foreign Policy, focusing on the culture, dynamics, and events happening in the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the other 15 members of the intelligence community—plus the way the sensitive information they gather and analyze informs and directs the White House and policy makers on the Hill. Follow her on Twitter: @JennaMC_Laugh

Sharon Weinberger is FP’s executive editor for news. She is the author of The Imagineers of War: The Untold Story of DARPA, the Pentagon Agency That Changed the World. Follow her on Twitter: @weinbergersa.








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Compromised Campus

The Collaboration of Universities with the Intelligence Community, 1945-1955

Sigmund Diamond

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In the early 1950s, a young Harvard professor named Henry Kissinger approached the FBI with alleged evidence of communist subversion among the foreign students of his summer seminar. His evidence was a flyer criticizing the nuclear arms build-up and promoting world peace. At the same time at Yale, young William F. Buckley, Jr., was discovering more than God while writing God and Man at Yale as an undergraduate. He was discovering J. Edgar Hoover. These are just two examples of how ambitious young men used the "special relationship" developing between the FBI and the universities to advance their fledgling careers. Revelations such as these abound in Sigmund Diamond's Compromised Campus, an eye-opening look at the role American intelligence agencies played at some of America's most prestigious universities.
It is often said that in the 1950s, American universities were free of the McCarthyism that pervaded the rest of the nation. Not so, says Diamond. Using previously secret materials newly made available under the Freedom of Information Act, and an impressive amount of information gained from years of research in university and foundation archives, he reveals that despite academia's "official story" of autonomy from the federal government, in fact university administrators, faculty, and students secretly and actively sought close ties with intelligence agencies. Diamond describes the cooperation of Harvard President James B. Conant with intelligence agencies, the institution and operation of Harvard's Russian Research Center, Yale's shadowy "liaison agent" H.B. Fisher, who moved from problems of student drinking to cooperation with the FBI in loyalty-security matters, and the existence of formal and informal relations with the FBI and other intelligence agencies at major universities throughout the country. He calls attention to the cooperation of university presidents--Griswold of Yale, Dodds of Princeton, Wriston of Brown, Sproul of California, among others--with the FBI and state governors on the techniques of blacklisting.
Diamond shows how this interaction between intelligence agencies and American universities has had serious consequences for America ever since--on foreign policy, questions of law and constitutional government, the role of secrecy, separation of public and private activities, and the existence and control of government deceit and lawlessness. Dismissed himself from Harvard in the 1950s by McGeorge Bundy (for refusing to talk to the FBI about former associates), Diamond brings a special immediacy to this revealing study.




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October 19, 2017
The mystery of disgraced CIA spymaster James Angleton’s “retirement”
After being publicly ousted as counterintelligence chief, Agency wasted little time in signing a contract with Angleton at his old best
Soon after legendary spymaster and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) counterintelligence chief James Jesus Angleton’s intelligence career supposedly ended with his forced retirement in December 1974 due to the exposure of CIA wrongdoing, he returned to the Agency, where counterintelligence operations reportedly remained under his purview until late 1975.

Documents obtained by obtained by MIT national security researcher Ryan Shapiro and shared exclusively with MuckRock show that the Agency soon signed a Top Secret contract with Angleton after his much publicized firing. The documents also show that both Angleton and CIA Director Colby gave misleading testimony to the Church Committee about this. A previously classified internal CIA History also raises doubts about the nature of Angleton’s contract work by contradicting CIA’s public statements. Part one of this article explores his rehiring and the lies directly surrounding it, while later parts will reexamines CIA’s “war in heaven” including the possibly libelous “Monster Plot” report and the circumstances surrounding Angleton’s fall from grace.



Angleton’s departure from his post as the Agency’s counterintelligence chief was announced in late December 1974, though he would be associated with the “unofficial intelligence community” called CIN as well as acting as a consultant to members of Congress, at least one CIA Commission, and the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Role. While a small handful of the Agency’s historians have acknowledged that Angleton spent time at the Agency following his forced retirement, they’ve done so in ways that are, at best, incomplete. For example, Cleveland Cram’s unclassified history says Angleton spent some of the following months at the Agency “introducing members of the new CI Staff” to people. However, both the description of Angleton’s activities there and the timeline are contradicted in official documents described below.



In another version very similar to Cram’s, an Agency spokesperson in early 1975 described Angleton as officially retired but continuing to work at CIA headquarters, serving as a consultant aiding in the transition to George Kalaris, Angleton’s replacement as CIA’s counterintelligence chief. The description of Angleton as officially retired was misleading, and the Agency’s partial admission was likely prompted only by the fact that the media had already followed Angleton on his way to work at CIA headquarters a month before.

According to documents reviewed by the FBI, CIA’s internal files show that Angleton was officially on the Agency’s payroll as a contract employee in 1975. As of this writing, the CIA has failed to release these records, having exceeded twenty three times over the time limit in which they’re legally required to do so. When asked why the CIA hadn’t yet responded to the FOIA request, the Agency declined to comment.



Less than a week before Angleton was granted the Top Secret Contract clearance, Congress had questioned the CIA’s handling of Angleton’s retirement at a briefing delivered by the CIA Director.



It was almost immediately after this that Angleton received the Distinguished Intelligence Medal. A letter from the FBI Director and addressed to Angleton at CIA Headquarters confirms that Angleton was known within the Intelligence Community to still be working at CIA headquarters.



CIA’s files in 1980, some of which were shared with the FBI, indicate that Angleton’s “intermittent contract as a Consultant” with the CIA had officially began on April 1st 1975, a week before he received the Distinguished Intelligence Medal and the FBI Director’s congratulatory letter - but nearly a month after Angleton was followed going to work at CIA Headquarters and three months after his public retirement.



The dates of the consultant contract, which ended on September 30th, 1975, appear to have been provided by someone from CIA’s personnel office, while the date the Top Secret Contract clearance was granted appears to have been derived from the security file provided by the Agency’s representative. The contract paid Angleton the same amount that he received as CIA’s Counterintelligence Chief at the time of his retirement, assuming a five day work week.



While the original contract expired in September 1975, the State Department’s website indicates that reciprocity would mean that the clearance granted on February 26 of the same year would remain valid for at least five years, during which time CIA would be free to renew the contract or sign a new one. Coincidentally, a new background check was conducted five years later and a new security clearance granted to allow Angleton to aid the defense of Mark Felt, Edward Miller, and L. Patrick Gray. Angleton had previously started the Security and Intelligence Fund/Foundation to help with the defense in the case against former FBI Agent John Kearney, a case which essentially morphed into the case against Felt, Miller and Gray.



The question of whether or not the contract was renewed or a new one signed can only be answered by the documents the CIA has refused to release. The dates of the known contract, however, are at odds not only with the public histories, but with what the Agency’s leadership reported to Congress in their classified testimony. When asked if the contract was renewed and when Angleton’s final contract with the CIA expired, the Agency declined to comment. This opacity seems to be nothing new, with even the Church Committee appearing to have been mislead on the matter.

In his May 23 1975 testimony before the Church Committee, Senator Church directly asked CIA Director Colby if James Angleton was being paid by the Agency as a consultant. According to the transcript, originally classified TOP SECRET, Colby replied that he believed it had “dropped off.” Continuing, Colby said that Angleton “did help us for three or four months but I believe that it is terminated. It is about time to terminate it.”



The “three or four months” mentioned by Colby lined up with when Angleton was dismissed, but not when he was granted the clearance or when the contract started.Colby’s “three or four months” were about twice what the official contract’s dates reflect. The record shows that the contract continued for more than four months after Colby said that it was “time to terminate it.”According to the transcript, Colby denied the Agency had a plan to “retain him indefinitely” and added that the Agency had set itself “about [a] six month period” which “was to help us get over this transition and phase [Angleton] out.”



The dates provided by Colby are further undermined by anecdotal accounts that appear to confirm the dates of the contract. According to Joseph Trento’s Prelude to Terror, “it took Angleton nine months to clean out his desk” after his public retirement in 1974.

When asked if either the Agency or Colby had corrected this by providing the Church Committee with accurate information, the Agency declined to comment. When asked if Angleton had worked for the Agency prior to the beginning of the contract - which might explain the Director’s erroneous testimony - the Agency declined to comment. When asked to confirm the CIA Director’s description of Angleton’s contract work as being limited to the transition, the Agency again declined to comment.

Angleton himself may have been even more dishonest with the Church Committee, as his declassified testimony fails to acknowledge the consultant work at all. When asked in his classified Executive Session testimony of June 19th 1975 about his employment with the Agency, Angleton responded that he had been with them “from the beginning until December, the end of December.”



When asked to clarify the year, Angleton confirmed that he had meant December 1974.



When Angleton again testified before the Church Committee on September 25th, 1975 he once more described his CIA employment as having ended in 1974, and asserted that he was retired. His contract with the Agency was not set to expire until September 30th. When asked if the Agency was aware of any reason for why Angleton would have omitted this mention, such as compartmentalization or separate briefings, an Agency spokesperson declined to comment.



In classified testimony given a few years later, Angleton described this time period as the Agency keeping him “on ice for the Church Committee.” Notably, at least some of Angleton’s Church Committee testimony was given well after his original contract with the Agency expired - raising additional questions about the timeline.



Angleton’s apparent omissions in his testimony before the Church Committee have a slightly greater significance in light of the fact that the CIA Director had intervened with the Department of Justice (DOJ) when it came time for Angleton to testify before the Church Committee. As a result, according to a letter written by the CIA Director, the DOJ “acted immediately to retain counsel for Mr. Angleton” with “respect to the taking of depositions by and appearances before” the Church Committee.



Curiously, in his testimony before the House Select Committee on Assassinations, Angleton appears to deny having had counsel while giving testimony and depositions before the Church Committee. His testimony before the Church Committee, however, confirms that he was represented by John T. Brown during the proceedings.



Additional questions are raised by Angleton’s FBI file, which asserts that while he was still under contract with the Agency and that while the Agency had helped arrange for his lawyer, Angleton was briefing the FBI, but not the CIA, about his Church Committee testimony. If this is true, it would seem to indicate that Colby may have been kept out of the loop on Angleton’s activities rather than deliberately lying to the Church Committee about them. The Bureau appears to have decided not to inform Colby, lest their interest in Angleton be “misconstrued.”



No mention is made in the file about Angleton’s testimony to the Rockefeller Commission while under contract with CIA. According to a declassified memo from Vice President Rockefeller, Angleton testified that “the counterintelligence activities of the CIA had been seriously undercut by certain organizational changes instituted by Colby. Angleton’s presentation so impressed the Commission members that he was asked to prepare a special memorandum on the subject.“ According to the Rockefeller memo, Angleton’s memo and its recommendations would have been included with the Rockefeller Commission Report had it been delivered any sooner.



Shortly after Angleton briefed of the FBI about his Church Committee testimony, and about two months before his contract with the CIA was set to expire, Angleton was again in contact with the FBI. This time, Angleton was requesting information instead of providing it. Angleton wanted “public source material relating to the Bureau’s assessment of the hostile foreign intelligence threat and the importance of counterintelligence.” The Bureau recommended providing him with the information, almost certainly helping lay the groundwork for some of Angleton’s work the American Security Council and the Security and Intelligence Fund/Foundation.



Perhaps most significantly, the description of Angleton’s activities while under a CIA contract is disputed by declassified documents. While an unnamed spokesperson previously described Angleton’s consultation as simply helping with the transition and a current spokesperson declined to comment on it at all, an internal CIA history describes Angleton’s work as operational. According to the declassified history, “during the period of 1973-75, operational issues remained solely the preserve of Angleton and his operations chief.” While the name of the operations chief is redacted in the history, it refers to Newton S. Miler - who had, according to Colby, agreed to stay on for a time along with Angleton and his other deputies, Raymond Rocca and William Hood.



The Agency has declined to explain or attempt to reconcile any of these apparent discrepancies, or to describe Angleton’s relationship with the Agency either during the time of his contract or in the following years.

In one curious instance, shortly after Colby was replaced by George H.W. Bush in early 1976, a member of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (PFIAB) referenced Colby’s previous dismantling of CIA’s counterintelligence and said Colby had left it “confused.” Lamenting the Agency’s loss of institutional knowledge and experience for counterintelligence in the form of “the top people in counterintelligence,” the PFIAB member recommended that Bush speak to Angleton. When asked if the recommendation to the President was followed and if Angleton had briefed then-CIA Director Bush, the Agency once again declined to comment.



The Agency similarly declined to comment on Angleton’s consulting with the Agency in 1983, or his work with Accuracy In Media, the American Security Council, or the Security and Intelligence Fund - all members of the Common Interest Network, CIA’s “unofficial intelligence community.”



Before his death, Angleton himself appears to have been similarly loath to admit that his relationship with the Agency was anything but over after December 1974. In addition to omitting any mention of it in his Church Committee testimony, the SF-86 form filled out by Angleton in June 1980 traces his Agency employment from its predecessor organizations through December 1974. According to national security attorney Mark Zaid, he would have been expected to list the 1975 contract with CIA on the SF-86 from 1980 “unless it was covert.”



The scarce information and the Agency’s refusal to comment make it impossible to reconcile the contradictions. While Cram and Colby both indicated a six month timeline essentially beginning when Angleton was forced into retirement, that doesn’t coincide with either the dates of the clearance or the six month contract, both of which began several months after Angleton’s retirement. Angleton was spotted going to work at CIA Headquarters on March 4th, 1975 - a week after his clearance was granted on February 26th but before the contract began on April 1st. Not only can their dates not be reconciled with the security clearance, they are at odds with Trento’s reporting that Angleton took nine months to clear out his desk. However, Trento’s reporting not only indicates a departure in September that’s consistent with the dates of the contract - it suggests that Angleton might not have left the Agency before his contract began.

The most consistent explanation is that Angleton barely left the Agency after his forced retirement, returning for work that required a Top Secret clearance and lasting nine months. During this time, the CIA Director was either kept out of the loop or mislead the Church Committee. According to several accounts, Angleton’s contract work with the Agency reportedly went beyond a mere payoff into retirement or even introducing people to his replacement. During this time, Angleton says he was kept “on ice” for the Church Committee while one of CIA internals histories says “operational issues” remained under the sole purview of Angleton and Miler. Each of these often contradictory explanations, however, raises more questions - questions which can only be answered by the documents CIA has failed to release.

Check back in a few days for the next part in this series, which will explore the potentially libellous “Monster Plot” Report from John Hart. In the meantime, you can read Angleton’s report to the Rockefeller Commission here, or embedded below..





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OCTOBER 19, 2017 |

THE MAN WHO CALLED DONALD TRUMP A “MORON”
A Close Look at Rex Tillerson and ExxonMobil

Rex Tillerson has reportedly called Donald Trump a “moron.” And, in the interest of accuracy and completeness, NBC amended that to a “f*cking moron.”

But what epithet might apply to Rex Tillerson?

For many years, Tillerson headed ExxonMobil, a company that he knew was contributing to global warming. And nothing changed under his leadership — with devastating and possibly irreversible results.

Recently, the Los Angeles Times released a detailed report on the extent to which ExxonMobil misled the public, for decades, on what it knew about how it was affecting the climate:

Reviewing 187 ExxonMobil documents, we found that 83% of peer-reviewed papers authored by ExxonMobil scientists and 80% of the company’s internal communications acknowledged that climate change was real and human-caused.

For a closer view of this phenomenal deception, and one of the people responsible for it, please see the following story, which we first posted earlier this year.

—WhoWhatWhy Staff

Rex Tillerson likes his privacy. Career diplomats working in the same building with him were given special instructions: Do not try to make eye contact with him, and do not speak to him directly.

On his first three trips abroad, Tillerson did not even meet with State Department employees in their embassies. Nor did he allow the usual press corps to accompany him on those trips. He took along only one reporter, one who was from the conservative website, Independent Journal Review. He does not like to answer questions.

To many, appointing the former CEO of Exxon as Secretary of State was about as appropriate as putting Bernie Madoff in charge of the treasury.

Tillerson is too close to Russia, and he’s too close to the oil business. He was with Exxon for 41 years. Since 2011, his company has been entering into multibillion-dollar deals with the Russian firm Rosneft, allowing Exxon access to the Russian Arctic, Siberia, and Russia’s far east. The Russian arctic alone contains approximately 22% of the world’s undiscovered oil and gas.

This association presents a conflict of interest. Because the US imposed sanctions against Russia after it invaded Ukraine in 2014, Exxon is reported to have lost $1 billion. Tillerson is opposed to the sanctions.

And there is another potential conflict of interest. Terry Collingsworth, a lawyer with International Rights Advocates, is concerned that a State Department under Tillerson may “intervene to side with big companies like Exxon Mobil in future human rights abuse cases.”

Collingsworth is the lawyer for plaintiffs involved in a lawsuit against Exxon Mobil for “damages” inflicted by Indonesian military hired to perform “security services” on behalf of Exxon. The “security services” involved “human rights abuses, including genocide, murder, torture, crimes against humanity, sexual violence, and kidnapping.” (According to a progressive website, this is just one of many lawsuits.) Collingsworth believes the appointment of Tillerson sends a message:

“The world is open for business — environment and human rights be damned.”

Dick Russell has just published a book on the very people who embrace that attitude — including Rex Tillerson — and the devastating consequences it has had on our planet: Horsemen of the Apocalypse: The Men Who are Destroying Life on Earth and What It Means for Our Children (with an Introduction by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.) (Hot books, April 2017) He says of them:

“These dark lords like to pose as good family men, benefactors of charities and the arts, upstanding pillars of their community. But first and foremost they are enemies of life on earth. This book has sought to put a face to the entrenched evil that has pushed us to the point of no return.”

Below is the first of two parts excerpted from Chapter One of this book. To see the second part, go here.




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Chad landed on Trump travel ban list after it ran out of paper to process passports


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October 19, 2017
The CIA had after-work skydiving
Recently uncovered documents show that Agency employees unwound from the work day with sports cars, horseback riding, and archaeology

Sorry, but your employee softball team is pretty lame compared to what Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employees were up to in 1963.

A list of recreation programs uncovered in CREST shows that CIA employees unwound from the work day by signing up for some bizarre activities. In December 1963, for example, 54 of the agency’s employees were signed up for the “Sky Diving Club.”



The logistics of such an activity are unclear, but thankfully it was one of the the clubs that offered instruction – unlike the archaeology club, where it seems all 36 members had to be previously educated in whatever exactly they were doing (digging up dinosaur bones? Cataloguing ancient artifacts?

Membership seems to fall in line with traditional gender role divisions that make sense for 1963 – ham radio, sports car club, and touch-football have no women members, while modern dance and the arts and crafts club have no men.



Comprised of only 15 members, the Agency journalism club was one of the smallest, smaller even than the 38 member stamp collecting club. The journalism club also didn’t offer instruction, and there’s no word on what they were doing there, either. If only they knew that 59 years later, journalists would be writing about how cool CIA clubs were, albeit complicated to join.

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Highest NY Court Seats First Openly Gay Judge
By CHRISTINE STUART
Justice Paul G. Feinman was sworn in Wednesday as the first openly gay judge on New York’s highest court, replacing the late Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam, who was the first black woman to sit on the New York Court of Appeals.





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PRIVACY AND SECURITY
Microsoft and Justice Department Will Square Off in Supreme Court Over Critical Privacy Case


The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments in a critical case over data privacy, the outcome of which will likely determine how easily law enforcement can gain access to information stored in tech companies’ overseas data centers. Microsoft will go head-to-head with the Justice Department, arguing that the agency cannot use a warrant to collect emails held in Microsoft’s Ireland data center.

In 2016, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Microsoft, asserting that a 1986 law, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), was not intended to grant law enforcement access to internationally-stored data. The Justice Department says that this ruling has hampered its investigative abilities in the digital age. In asking the Supreme Court to consider the case, the Justice Department argued that “hundreds if not thousands” of investigations into terrorism and child pornography “are being or will be hampered by the government’s inability to obtain electronic evidence.”

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Justice Department Tries to Take Microsoft Email Warrant Fight to Supreme Court

The US Department of Justice is attempting to take its long-running legal battle with Microsoft…

“The continued reliance on a law passed in 1986 will neither keep people safe nor protect people’s rights,” Microsoft’s chief legal officer Brad Smith wrote in a blog post about the Supreme Court’s decision. “We believe that people’s privacy rights should be protected by the laws of their own countries and we believe that information stored in the cloud should have the same protections as paper stored in your desk.”

Microsoft’s legal battle kicked off in 2013, when the Justice Department asked the company to hand over emails stored in its Ireland data center for a drug investigation. Microsoft successfully challenged the warrant, arguing that DOJ needed to pursue international data






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October 19, 2017

Is the FBI not fulfilling their responsibilities under FOIA?
And is Justice Department helping them get away with it?



This week, MuckRock contributor and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) researcher Emma Best made an interesting discovery about the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) FOIA search process and took to Twitter to announce her as-yet-not-completely-confirmed finding: the FBI has been failing to conduct searches in compliance with their FOIA responsibilities and the Department of Justice (DOJ) has been signing off on it.


FOIA veterans familiar with the FBI’s search procedure have long advised that extra specificity be provided in requests to the agency, which includes detailing that the search should extend to databases outside of the Bureau’s Central Records System (CRS). These other parameters should include “cross-referenced” records and a look for FBI’s Electronic Surveillance System (ELSUR) records. As Emma mentions in her tweet thread, the FBI, which receives thousands of FOIA requests a year, has developed a reputation for limiting its searches to just locations explicitly mentioned in requests, and, allegedly, have to be prodded even then.


It’s recommended that requesters, in general, appeal the integrity of the FOIA responses, and Best notes that some such appeal responses from the DOJ include a note particularly addressing the ELSUR search - or additional lack thereof.


As a follow up, Best submitted another request in February of this year, asking that any materials confirming the automatic inclusion of ELSUR searches in conjunction with CRS inquiries.


But a response received last week states that there are just no materials responsive to this request.

According to Best, this would have been an easy opportunity for the Bureau to provide some backup to claims they’d consolidated and made more efficient their search processes. But the response - which now will require its own sort of appeal - provides no substantiation at all that FBI’s search process is as they and the DOJ Appeal Authority say.

We’ve reached out to the DOJ office in charge of adjudicating appeals and are currently awaiting a comment or explanation. Have you had your own negative experiences with FOIA requests at the FBI and DOJ? Let us know on Twitter via @MuckRock.

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Bodycam footage allegedly shows LAPD officer planting drugs during traffic stop
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Organization that helped assassinate President Kennedy receives tip



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F.B.I. AGENT ADMITS HARASSING BLACK FBI AGENT MARRIED TO WHITE WOMAN
WASHINGTON,

A Chicago-based agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation has acknowledged that he and other white colleagues planned a campaign of ''retribution'' against a black agent, Donald Rochon, whose case has prompted a national debate over racism in the bureau.

Newly released F.B.I. documents also show that the white agent, Gary W. Miller, has conceded that in 1985 he forged Mr. Rochon's signature on an application for death and dismemberment insurance for the Rochon family.

Mr. Rochon has described the unsolicited insurance policy as a death threat. Mr. Miller, who was suspended without pay for two weeks as a result of that incident and others aimed at Mr. Rochon, has denied that he was trying to harass the black agent. Agents Admit Harassment

The disclosures, contained in court papers filed here Friday, amount to the first public acknowledgment by the bureau that white agents may have participated in harassment of Mr. Rochon in Chicago, where he was assigned from 1984 to 1986.

The newly released documents are bound to cause further embarrassment for the bureau, which has been criticized by Congress over the Rochon case and over other discrimination claims involving black and Hispanic employees. More than half of the F.B.I.'s Hispanic agents have joined in a separate lawsuit against the bureau, charging that they faced discrimination in hiring and promotion.

Mr. Rochon has said that while he and his family were living in Chicago, their safety was repeatedly threatened in anonymous telephone calls and obscene, racist letters from white F.B.I. agents.

The Justice Department and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission have found that Mr. Rochon was the victim of ''blatant racial harassment'' in the F.B.I.'s Omaha office in 1983 and 1984. In one incident, someone in the Omaha office taped a picture of an ape's head over a photograph of Mr. Rochon's son.

Mr. Rochon has long contended that the later incidents in Chicago, which are the subject of an investigation by a Federal grand jury, were more serious than the harassment in Omaha. Charges Rights Violations

The newly released documents were made available to Mr. Rochon's lawyer, David Kairys of Philadelphia, in preparation for trial on a civil lawsuit filed by Mr. Rochon in Federal District Court in Washington. The suit charges the bureau and several white F.B.I. officials in Chicago and Omaha with violations of Federal civil rights laws.

''It's quite significant,'' Mr. Kairys said of the F.B.I. documents. ''This corroborates what Don Rochon has been saying all along. It corroborates that there was a conspiracy among F.B.I. agents to racially harass Donald and his family.''

The documents, which include the records of an internal investigation of Mr. Rochon's charges, make it clear that Mr. Rochon became the focus of intense anger and suspicion by white agents in Chicago, particularly Mr. Miller and Thomas J. Dillon.

The white agents have said that Mr. Rochon was a troublemaker who brought unfounded charges of racism against other agents in the Omaha and Chicago offices in an attempt to be transferred to Los Angeles, his home town.

Dan Webb, a former United States Attorney in Chicago who is representing Mr. Dillon, one defendant in the lawsuit, said he would prove in the trial that Mr. Rochon had tried to portray innocent office pranks as ''some kind of racial harassment.''

He added, ''The motivation here was really one of Rochon trying to put pressure on the bureau to get his transfer.'' Mr. Webb said he believed that some of the incidents described by Mr. Rochon as racial harassment never occurred.

'Unmerited Harassment'

Mr. Kairys, Mr. Rochon's lawyer, described as ''offensive'' any attempt to label the black agent as a troublemaker. ''This guy withstood unnecessary, unmerited harassment without reacting violently or inappropriately,'' the lawyer said. ''He acted exactly as we would want him to react.''

The director of the F.B.I., William S. Sessions, has described Mr. Rochon's charges as ''very serious'' but has declined to discuss details of the case because of the pending litigation.

In a sworn statement dated July 30, 1985, that was included among the F.B.I. documents, Mr. Miller said he began his campaign against the black agent ''as personal revenge against Donald Rochon for making allegations against my personal friend, Tom Dillon.''

Mr. Dillon, who worked with Mr. Rochon first in Omaha and later in Chicago, has been described by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as Mr. Rochon's ''greatest single antagonist.''

After an investigation of the Omaha incidents, the F.B.I. directed Mr. Dillon and two other employees to undergo racial sensitivity training. It is unclear from the F.B.I. documents whether anyone other than those three and Mr. Miller has been disciplined in any way for actions against Mr. Rochon.

Mr. Miller and Mr. Dillon are still assigned to Chicago. Mr. Rochon now works for the F.B.I. in Philadelphia.

Until now, the bureau has refused to discuss the Chicago incidents or to acknowledge the results of its internal investigation of Mr. Miller. Documents Describe 'Retribution'

However, according to the newly released documents, Mr. Miller has acknowledged that in April 1985 he had a discussion with a number of white agents about ''retribution against Rochon'' for his complaints.

''We discussed having his public utilities turned off and sending coupons soliciting magazine subscriptions and other items,'' the agent said in the sworn statement.

''On that same day someone, I don't recall who, placed on the desk next to mine approximately six reply cards for various types of merchandise,'' Mr. Miller is quoted. ''I completed three at that time under Donald Rochon's name and residence requesting the products. I don't know if anyone else did the same.''

As a result of the mail campaign, Mr. Miller was suspended for two weeks without pay. F.B.I. officials confirmed that other agents in Chicago raised a collection for Mr. Miller to cover his salary for that period.

Mr. Miller, the documents show, has confirmed that he followed Mr. Rochon home one evening in an attempt to learn where Mr. Rochon lived. Mr. Rochon's home address was kept secret from most of his colleagues because of his harassment charges.

The documents also demonstrate Mr. Dillon was aware of Mr. Miller's activities but has denied involvement. Discomfort 'Deserved'

''I told Miller that I did not want to know anything about any activity concerning Mr. Rochon,'' Mr. Dillon said in a sworn statement, adding, ''I will admit that I think Rochon deserves as much anxiety and discomfort as I have experienced.''

F.B.I. polygraph examinations found that Mr. Miller was truthful when he denied writing or mailing two anonymous, obscene letters to Mr. Rochon that contained threats of death and mutilation, according to the documents. Bureau officials say Mr. Dillon also passed lie detector tests regarding the letters.

Mr. Rochon said he received the letters at about the time Mr. Miller was sending out the other unsolicited mail, including the life insurance policy. One of the letters threatened sexual assault of Mr. Rochon's wife, who is white; the couple is now separated.

''You made yourself a nigger and shall pay the price,'' the letter read. ''You are always in our sights and cannot escape.''

A bureau laboratory examination of one of the letters was ''inconclusive'' as to whether it was written on Mr. Miller's typewriter, according to the documents. Mr. Kairys said he hoped that further investigation would show both letters were written by the white agents.

According to lawyers in the Rochon case, Mr. Miller is a focus of the Federal grand jury in Chicago that is reviewing the black agent's charges of death threats and other harassment. Prosecutor Reviewing Incident

Mr. Miller's lawyer, John L. Gubbins of Chicago, said prosecutors are reviewing the incident involving the death and dismembership insurance.

According to the lawyer, the insurance policy was not intended as a threat to Mr. Rochon and his family. Instead, Mr. Gubbins said, Mr. Miller filled out several business reply forms seeking unsolicited merchandise for Mr. Rochon, including the insurance policy, and did not notice the nature of the insurance coverage.

The lawyer said Mr. Miller sent the unsolicited mail to the Rochons not out of any racial animosity but as a sign of ''loyalty to a friend,'' Mr. Dillon, who had been the subject of some of the black agent's charges in Omaha and Chicago.

''He was upset by what Rochon was doing to Dillon's life,'' Mr. Gubbins said of his client.

In a sworn statement to the bureau, Mr. Miller described the mail campaign as ''a foolish and unprofessional attempt to get back at someone.''

''I had no intention of harming Rochon by any of this,'' he said. ''I did not think that there would be any repercussion. I did not think he would get anything but junk mail. I did not think.''





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FBI PROVOCATIONS:

Does the FBI Stop Terrorism, or
Create It? A Brief History

by Edward Spannaus

[PDF version of this article]

April 28—While the American people are being bombarded every day with news reports about the investigation of the Boston Marathon bombings—most of which reports are based on deliberate FBI and law-enforcement leaks spoon-fed to the news media—important lessons can be drawn from FBI terrorism cases going back 20 years, at least as far as 1993.

Furthermore, the FBI's long history of infiltration, incitement to violence, and entrapment, is little known to Americans today. But what the Bureau has done against labor, radicals, and other perceived adversaries for over nine decades, it is doing still today, particularly against Muslim communities and organizations.

1993: A Cautionary Tale

After the first World Trade Center bombing, on Feb. 26, 1993, the news media breathlessly reported detail after detail of the FBI's painstaking investigation. Sifting through bomb debris, investigators found an axle with a VIN (vehicle identification number). That led them to a truck rental outlet in New Jersey. When one of the alleged bombers, Mohammed Salameh, returned to the rental store to report that the van he had rented had been stolen, and to get his deposit back(!), he was arrested. Good police work led to other conspirators, and eventually the case was cracked through methodical detective work.

The reality was quite different. Three months after the bombing, in May 1993, it was revealed that an FBI informant had taught Salameh how to drive the van, two days before the bombing. In June, it was disclosed that a former Egyptian military officer, Emad Salem, had penetrated the alleged bomb conspiracy for the FBI, and had helped test explosives, and had rented the apartment where explosives were mixed. Even as more reports came out over the Summer, the FBI maintained that its informant Salem did not know in advance about the plans to bomb the World Trade Center.

Eight months after the bombing, on Oct. 28, 1993, the New York Times published a blockbuster story revealing the existence of tapes that Salem had made while talking with FBI agents, which showed that some agents and supervisors had known all along about the bomb-making plans. The Times reported:

"Law-enforcement officials were told that terrorists were building a bomb that was eventually used to blow up the World Trade Center, and they planned to thwart the plotters by secretly substituting harmless powder for the explosives, an informer said after the blast.

"The informer was to have helped the plotters build the bomb and supply the fake powder, but the plan was called off by an FBI supervisor who had other ideas about how the informer, Emad A. Salem, should be used, the informer said.

"The account, which is given in the transcript of hundreds of hours of tape recordings Mr. Salem secretly made of his talks with law-enforcement agents, portrays the authorities as in a far better position than previously known to foil the Feb. 26 bombing of New York City's tallest towers...."

The Bureau's role in the 1993 bombing was raised on April 16, 2013, the day after the Boston Marathon bombings, by Fox TV's Ben Swann, on a "Reality Check" segment. Swann asked directly, whether the Boston bombings were the product of an FBI entrapment operation gone awry. He described the 1993 New York bombing, and then said: "So the question tonight must be asked, did the FBI have any knowledge of this plot before it happened?" and, "Is the practice of the FBI creating terror plots only to break them up before they can actually happen, really making us safer? What happened here?"

As we shall see, the 1993 World Trade Center bombing was not the last time that FBI informants played a crucial role in planning terrorist attacks. Indeed, the Bureau has a long history, going back almost 100 years, of using informants and agent provocateurs to incite violence.

But first, let us look at its more recent history.

After 9/11: an American MI5

The day after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, then-President George W. Bush famously told his Attorney General, John Ashcroft: "Don't let this happen again." The "shackles" that had allegedly hindered the FBI from discovering the 9/11 plot came off. The Patriot Act gave the FBI new powers of surveillance and information-gathering, the alleged "wall" between law enforcement and intelligence gathering (always a fiction anyway) was dismantled, and there was a huge escalation in the use of informants and sting operations.

(Never mind that the 9/11 hijackers were "hiding in plain sight," with an extensive Saudi support network in place which was covered up during the official 9/11 investigations. To this day, the 28 pages of the Joint Congressional Inquiry which discuss the Saudi role in the 9/11 attacks, are still being suppressed at the insistence of the Bush and now, the Obama administrations.)

The "unleashing" of the FBI in the post-9/11 period meant that the Bureau's mission was now defined as prevention of terrorist attacks, not investigating them after the fact. The Bureau's top priorities were now gathering intelligence and preempting terror.

The FBI's new model was Britain's domestic intelligence service, MI5. New York Times reporter Eric Lichtblau says that within the 9/11 Commission, there was "close to consensus" among the Commission members and senior staffers, that they should consider the creation of a new domestic intelligence agency modeled after MI5, which would take over anti-terror operations within the United States. The head of MI5 was brought to the U.S. to brief the 9/11 Commission on how to create the new agency. When FBI Director Robert Mueller met with the Commission in 2004, he pleaded the case for keeping counterterrorism within the FBI, and promised that he would reform the Bureau along the lines indicated.[1]

The Commission's final report in 2004 thus pulled back from recommending the creation of a new MI5-type agency, but it warned that the FBI's shift to counterterrorism intelligence collection required "an all-out effort to institutionalize change," and that it had to be done in a manner so that it would survive beyond Mueller's tenure (which was supposed to end on Sept. 4, 2011, at which point Obama extended it for two additional years).

An Army of Informants

The result is that over the past decade, the FBI's force of registered informants is now estimated at over 15,000, according to Trevor Aaronson, author of the new book The Terror Factory. That number itself is ten times the number of informants that the FBI ran in the 1960s during the infamous COINTELPRO (Counter-Intelligence Program) days. If unofficial informants and other confidential sources are added in, the number is three to four times that, Aaronson says, citing a former top FBI official. These informants are heavily targetted on the Muslim community, and they run the gamut from convicted criminals, to imams and professionals within the Islamic community itself.

(Intelligence community sources tell EIR that the Bureau has informants in virtually every mosque in the country. The idea that somehow Tamerlan Tsarnaev could repeatedly disrupt events in the Boston mosque he attended before being thrown out, and yet not come to the FBI's attention, defies belief.)

Under the FBI's new mission of "prevention, pre-emption, and disruption," the Bureau has carried out numerous entrapment operations, to the extent that most of the major terrorist prosecutions in the U.S. over past ten years actually involved plots created by the FBI. According to a report issued last Summer by the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School, "there have been 138 terrorism or national security prosecutions involving informants since 2001," and these informants have usually crossed the line "from merely observing potential criminal behavior to encouraging and assisting people to participate in plots that are largely scripted by the FBI itself."

Aaronson reported in 2011, that under the Obama Administration, sting-related prosecutions are being conducted "at an even faster clip than under the Bush Administration."[2]

'Investigate Crime, Don't Invent It'

Former FBI Special Agent Michael German recently reviewed Aaronson's book for Reason magazine.[3] German writes that many of the terrorist conspiracies reported as being broken up by the Bureau,

"were almost entirely concocted and engineered by the FBI itself, using corrupt agents provocateurs who often posed a far more serious criminal threat than the dimwitted saps the investigations ultimately netted."

The FBI recruits informants with extensive criminal records, pays them tens of thousands of dollars "to ensare dupes in terrorist plots," German points out. Most of these targets posed little if any threat; they rarely had weapons of their own, or the financial resources to carry out violent acts. "Yet the government provided them with military hardware worth thousands of dollars that would be extremely difficult for even sophisticated criminal organizations to obtain, only to bust them in a staged finale."

German says that when he worked undercover investigations for the FBI, prior to 9/11, "if an agent had suggested opening a terrorism case against someone who was not a member of a terrorist group, who had not attempted to acquire weapons, and who didn't have the means to obtain them, he would have been gently encouraged to look for a more serious threat." Moreover, German observes: An agent who suggested giving such a person a stinger missile or a car full of military-grade plastic explosives would have been sent to counseling. Yet in Aaronson's telling, such techniques are now becoming commonplace.

German's conclusion:

"The FBI should be investigating crime, not inventing it."

Incitement and Entrapment

Here are some examples of recent FBI sting operations compiled by EIR; many more can be found in Aaronson's book and in other sources. It should be noted, that every element of the recent Boston case—including incitement to "jihad," and the testing and planting of live explosives which killed people—can be found in these earlier cases, including the 1993 World Trade Center case.

One of the most egregious of these cases is the so-called "Newburgh Four" in New York State, in which an informant in 2008-09 offered the defendants $250,000, as well as weapons, to carry out a terrorist plot. The New York University Center for Human Rights and Justice reviewed this case and two others, and concluded: "The government's informants introduced and aggressively pushed ideas about violent jihad and, moreover, actually encouraged the defendants to believe it was their duty to take action against the United States."

The Federal judge presiding over the Newburgh case, Colleen McMahon, declared that it was "beyond question that the government created the crime here," and criticized the Bureau for sending informants "trolling among the citizens of a troubled community, offering very poor people money if they will play some role—any role—in criminal activity."

In Portland, Ore., it was disclosed during the trial of the "Christmas Tree bomber" earlier this year, that the FBI had actually produced its own terrorist training video, which was shown to the defendant, depicting men with covered faces shooting guns and setting off bombs using a cell phone as a detonator. The FBI operative also traveled with the target to a remote location where they detonated an actual bomb concealed in a backpack as a trial run for the planned attack.

In Brooklyn, N.Y., in 2012, an FBI agent posing as an al-Qaeda operative supplied a target with fake explosives for a 1,000-pound bomb, which the FBI's victim then attempted to detonate outside the Federal Reserve building in Manhattan.

In Irvine, Calif., in 2007, an FBI informant was so blatant in attempting to entrap members of the local Islamic Center into violent jihadi actions, that the mosque went to court and got a restraining order against the informant.

In Pittsburgh, Khalifa Ali al-Akili became so suspicious of two "jihadi" FBI informants who were trying to recruit him to buy a gun and to go to Pakistan for training, that he contacted both the London Guardian and the Washington-based National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms, and told them that he feared the FBI was trying to entrap him. The National Coalition scheduled a press conference for March 16, 2012, at which al-Akili was to speak and identify the informants, but the day before the scheduled press conference, the FBI arrested al-Aliki, charging him not with terrorism, but with illegal possession of a firearm.

The chief informant trying to entrap al-Aliki turned out to be Shaden Hussain, a longtime FBI informant who had set up two earlier terrorism cases: the above-cited Newburgh, N.Y., case for which he was paid $100,000, and another in Albany, N.Y., for which his payments are not known.

This practice continues to the present day.

On April 19, 2013, the FBI arrested a 19-year old from Aurora, Ill., Abdella Ahmad Tounisi, as he attempted to board a flight from Chicago's O'Hare Airport to Turkey, where he hoped to join the Syrian al-Qaeda-linked opposition group Jabhat al-Nusrah.

How was young Tounisi recruited? By a site that exhorted its viewers: "A Call for Jihad in Syria: Come and join your lion brothers ... fighting under the true banner of Islam." In fact, the website was constructed and entirely controlled by the FBI! When Tounisi sent an e-mail to the website, he was answered by an undercover FBI agent posing as "Brother Abdullah," a recruiter for al-Nusra, who even provided Tounisi with a bus ticket that would take him from Istanbul to the Syrian border.

"They could entrap anybody, they could send anybody anything, and when you're young and impressionable, you're gonna believe it," Tounisi's father said on April 21, according to AP and the Chicago Sun-Times.

"I am just generalizing this issue right now because a lot of kids in the Muslim community have been entrapped just like this; anybody that goes to the mosque five times a day and he's holding onto his religion really good, he is a red flag."

Boston FBI, Too

The Boston FBI office has its own history in this kind of activity. In the 2011 case of Rezwan Ferdaus, an American citizen and Northeastern University graduate, accused of planning to send miniature planes carrying explosives crashing into the U.S. Capitol and the Pentagon, the Bureau went even further. According to various accounts, the FBI, using a drug-addicted informant posing as an al-Qaeda operative, provided money to Ferdaus to travel to Washington and to buy an F-86 Sabre minature plane for the attack. "The prosecution case also reveals how Ferdaus ordered the plane and rented a storage facility in which to keep it, and then took delivery from the FBI of 25 pounds of C-4 explosives, three grenades, and six AK-47 rifles," the London Guardian reported on Sept. 29, 2011 (emphasis added). The FBI press release, issued on Sept. 29, 2011, acknowledged that the FBI provided Ferdaus with "approximately 1.25 pounds of actual C-4 explosives."[4]

At the time, this operation—which included providing live explosives—was publicly defended by both Richard DesLauriers, the head of the Boston FBI office, and Carmen Ortiz, the United States Attorney, both of whom are still in place, currently overseeing the Marathon bombing case.

Not to be overlooked, is that the Boston FBI office was running this entrapment operation against Ferdaus, at the same time that it supposedly investigated Tamerlan Tsarnaev and determined that it could not make any further inquiry, because he did not pose a threat. That bespeaks either absolute incompetence, or that the FBI is lying and covering up what they actually did with Tsarnaev.

A Long History of Provocations

The irony was, that the numbskulls who demanded after 9/11 that the FBI must make intelligence-gathering and prevention its priority, were in fact reviving a corrupt tradition in the FBI, which Congress had tried to shut down after the scandals that emerged during Congressional investigations in the 1970s. The generic name for the FBI's unconstitutional use of its intelligence and investigative powers was COINTELPRO.

The FBI certainly had done intelligence and counter-intelligence before, and these programs were shut down not just once, but twice, for their wholesale violations of the constitutional rights of Americans.

Hoover and the Palmer Raids

The first incarnation of the strategy of "prevention, preemption, and disruption" was the Justice Department's General Intelligence Division (GID)—created at the height of the post-World War I "Red scare," and involving extensive use of undercover agents, informants, and provocateurs.

The GID was created by Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer—whose name has gone down in history for the "Palmer Raids"—in 1919, in preparation for series of brutal raids targetting aliens (immigrants), anarchists, and "Bolsheviks," first launched in a dozen cities on Nov. 7, 1919. The then-young and enthusiastic J. Edgar Hoover was put in charge of the GID.

A second series of raids was carried out against what were then the two Communist parties in the U.S., in 33 cities on Jan. 2, 1920. Already at this time, the GID had enough high-level undercover agents in the Communist Party and the Communist Labor Party, that they were able to schedule party meetings at the same time across the country, so that raids could be executed simultaneously. There were no constitutional rights for the more than 10,000 persons arrested and detained in these raids.

Hoover and the GID were moved into the (Federal) Bureau of Investigation in 1921—which had been created by that Anglophile President, Teddy Roosevelt, in 1907. In 1924, the GID was shut down by Attorney General Harlan Fiske Stone, but Hoover and his massive card files remained in place in the FBI.

Division Five

The FBI's counter-intelligence functions were revived in the 1930s, to keep track of the growing fascist and communist movements. With the outbreak of World War II, the FBI was reorganized with the creation of Division Five, responsible for internal security and counter-intelligence.

Collaborating with British Intelligence agents operating in the United States during World War II, the Bureau mastered the arts of warrantless wiretaps, opening of personal mail, and "black bag jobs" (surreptitious entries or burglaries)—which methods were carried seamlessly into peacetime surveillance and disruption of domestic radicals and "subversives" in the 1950s and '60s.

During the investigations known as the Church Committee (Senate) and Pike Commission (House) in the 1970s, the public learned how the FBI had used infilatrators and provocateurs to foment violence within and between targetted organizations, to the point of encouraging suicide (e.g., Martin Luther King), and murders and assassinations (e.g., Black Panther Party, Martin Luther King, and Lyndon LaRouche; see below).

One favored FBI technique was to falsely label someone as a police or FBI informant, putting that person at risk of injury or death, while protecting its informants. Another method was blackmail—widely used by Hoover against his actual or potential opponents (but also, according to some accounts, used by British Intelligence against Hoover himself).[5]

Related to this were the "Abscam" and "Brilab" operations of the late 1970s and early 1980s, targetting elected officials and labor leaders, respectively. FBI provocateurs, many of whom were hardened criminals, such as Mel Weinberg (used to frame up Sen. Harrison Williams of New Jersey), would put words in a politician's mouth to give the appearance of bribe-taking, even when there was no such intention or conduct. The conduct of the Bureau's undercover agents in these cases, is eerily similar to its use of provocateurs in the "terrorism" entrapments described in the first section of this article. Similar tactics were used against African-American elected officials in the operations known as "Fruhmenschen" and "Lost Trust."

Provocations Against LaRouche

The political movement organized by Lyndon LaRouche has been repeatedly targetted by the FBI and Justice Department, going back to the late 1960s, when LaRouche first gathered around him a circle of students who had come out of the "New Left." In May 1969, the FBI anonymously mailed a leaflet to student activists at Columbia University, trying to mobilize Mark Rudd's anarchists and proto-terrorists (later the "Weatherman" terrorists) against advocates of LaRouche's pro-labor policies.

In 1973, the Bureau used its well-entrenched assets in the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) to launch violent attacks on the LaRouche-organized association, the National Caucus of Labor Committees. FBI documents show that it used the CP and other left-wing groups to label the NCLC as "right-wing terrorists," and "a front either for the local police or the CIA."

Most egregious, was the documented attempt by the FBI to incite the CPUSA to carry out the "elimination" of LaRouche. A Nov. 23, 1973 FBI memo stated:

TO: DIRECTOR, FBI
FROM: SAC, NEW YORK
SUBJECT: LYNDON HERMYLE LAROUCHE, JR.

In reviewing New York case file it is noted that information has been received that the CPUSA is conducting an extensive background investigation on the subject for the purpose of ultimately eliminating him and the threat of the NCLC, on CP operations....

ources have advised that the subject is the controlling force behind the NCLC and all of its activities. A discussion with the New York NCLC case agent indicates that it is felt if the subject was no longer in control of NCLC operations that the NCLC would fall apart with internal strife and conflict.

New York proposes submitting a blind memorandum to the 'Daily World' CP newspaper, in New York City, which has been mailed from outside this area to help facilitate CP investigations of the subject. It is felt that this would be appropriate under the Bureau's counter intelligence program.

Otherwise, unable to find any pretext under which LaRouche and his associates could be prosecuted in Federal courts, the FBI orchestrated hundreds of harassing arrests of LaRouche movement organizers by state and local police. An FBI agent in New Haven, Conn. wrote a memorandum on a June 13, 1975 call from a supervisor "from Division 5 at the Bureau," who asked about cooking up some bogus Federal charges. "He further stated that some [FBI] offices have had considerable success in having local authorities proceed under local statutes against NCLC members...."

Around 1983, at the instigation of British agent Henry Kissinger, and corrupt circles in the Soviet Union, the Justice Departent and FBI launched a new COINTELPRO-type operation against LaRouche. Kissinger had written to FBI Director William Webster in August 1982, complaining about LaRouche; in January 1983, Kissinger's lawyer Edward Bennett Williams got the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (PFIAB) to ask the FBI to investigate the sources of LaRouche's funding. This led to an all-out public/private operation against LaRouche, designed to culminate with armed raids on the LaRouche movement offices; an intended, but averted, Waco-style raid on LaRouche's residence planned to kill him. (FBI documents show that the planning of the 1986 raid involved the Pentagon's Joint Special Operations Command—little known then, but better known today, for its activities including killer drone strikes in Afghanistan and Pakistan.)

Six months later after the raid, the Justice Department carried out an unprecedented involuntary bankruptcy proceeding against publishing companies operated by LaRouche's associates, which was later determined by a Federal court to have constituted "a constructive fraud on the court." Under conditions of the bankruptcy, the Justice Department then railroaded LaRouche and a number of associates into prison. Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark characterized the LaRouche case as having "represented a broader range of deliberate cunning and systematic misconduct over a longer period of time utilizing the power of the federal government than any other prosecution by the U.S. government in my time, or to my knowledge."

Clean-Up Is Long Overdue

Now, in light of this sordid history, look again at the FBI's handling of the Boston Marathon bombings. Is it just incompetence, that the Bureau somehow overlooked the Tsarnaev brothers? Or were there other operations going on—provocations, entrapment, etc., by the FBI or other agencies—which the government is now scrambling to cover up? As EIR pointed out in its editorial in the last issue, it has been decades since the FBI has been subject to any serious scrutiny—but look what came pouring out during the Church Committee and other investigations of the early and mid-1970s.

And now, with the world on the verge of World War III, and the British-Saudi wielding of terror as a detonator for war and dictatorship, it is essential that we find out exactly who is responsible for such terrorism today—in a manner which was never done around the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Such a thorough investigation and housecleaning are long overdue.

[1] Eric Lichtblau, Bush's Law: The Remaking of American Justice (New York: Pantheon Books, 2008), pp. 100-102.

[2] Trevor Aaronson, "The Informants," Mother Jones, July 29, 2011.

[3] Michael German, "Manufacturing Terrorists: How FBI sting operations make jihadists out of hapless malcontents," Reason Magazine, April 2013, reviewing Trevor Aarsonson, The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI's Manufactured War on Terrorism (Brooklyn, N.Y.: Ig Publishing, 2013).

[4] FBI Boston press release, "Ferdaus Indicted for Allegedly Plotting Attack on Pentagon and U.S. Capitol and Attempting to Provide Material Support to Foreign Terrorist Organization," Sept. 29, 2011.

[5] Curt Gentry, "J. Edgar Hoover: The Man and the Secrets" (New York: Penguin Books, 1991), pp. 296-297.




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The Los Angeles Police Department has ended its investigation into actor Corey Feldman's allegations of sexual abuse and will not seek charges.

A statement issued by the LAPD on Thursday said the occurrence Feldman reported was too old to be prosecuted.

“Los Angeles Police Department detectives are committed to protecting victims of sexual assault and will thoroughly investigate any report of a sex-related crime,” the statement said. “In the case of Corey Feldman, unfortunately, according to California law, the alleged occurrence is out of statute and robbery-homicide detectives have no other avenues to pursue this case.”

Feldman, who is attempting to raise funds for a movie about alleged pedophiles in Hollywood, posted on his Twitter account earlier in the week that he had filed a report with the LAPD alleging that he was sexually abused as a child in the industry. Feldman has recently appeared on “The Dr. Oz Show” and the “Today” show promoting a campaign to raise $10 million for the movie.


But Feldman has also been criticized for not revealing the names of those he said molested him. In a 2013 memoir, "Coreyography," the "Goonies" actor recounted — without revealing any names — abuse that he and late actor Corey Haim allegedly suffered when they were young performers.

Haim, who struggled with substance abuse, died in 2010 at age 38. In recent years, his mother, Judy Haim, has tried to distance herself from Feldman.

"If he finally decides to release names and tell the world who they are, for the sake of more victims, I will be 100% behind it. But if he's waiting to release the names in the movie, I don't support that. He doesn't need $10 million to do it," she said in a statement to "Today."

Last week on "The Dr. Oz Show" Feldman named one man he claims abused him, touching off a social media attack on a man with a similar name who, Feldman clarified later in the day, was not the man he was accusing.

On the show, Feldman and show host, Dr. Mehmet Oz, called the LAPD to ask whether a report could be taken on an alleged offense from 20 to 25 years ago. A detective said a report would be taken and interviews would be done, then a decision would be made on whether to move forward with the case.

In announcing the close of the investigation Thursday, LAPD spokesman Officer Sal Ramirez added that​​​​​​​: “The LAPD applauds Mr. Feldman for coming forward, as an out-of-statute assault report could potentially bolster any current and forthcoming case as it creates a pattern of behavior.”







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To the halls of Montezuma, from the shores of Tripoli: Donald Trump as ‘anti-Wilson’ (PDF) by Dr. T. P. Wilkinson
Deception and distraction strategies relating to the John F Kennedy Assassination (PDF) by Garrick Alder
An accidental tourist? -- A British connection to the death of Otto Warmbier (PDF) by Nick Must
Still thinking about Dallas (JFK) (PDF) by Robin Ramsay
Labour, Corbyn and anti-semitism (PDF) by John Booth
Collapse of stout party: Eden, Suez and America(PDF) by Simon Matthews
Anti-Semitism in the Labour Party (PDF) by Colin Challen
Phil Shenon - a cruel and shocking twist (PDF) by William Kelly
Using the Freedom of Information Act to keep things secret (PDF) by Colin Challen


Book Reviews

The Hotel Tacloban, by Douglas Valentine (PDF) reviewed by Dr T. P. Wilkinson
Adults in the Room: My battle with Europe’s deep establishment , by Yanis Varoufakis (PDF) reviewed by Robin Ramsay
The Secret War: Spies, Codes and Guerrillas, by Max Hastings (PDF) reviewed by Bernard Porter
Intelligence, Security and the Attlee Governments, 1945-51: An Uneasy Relationship?, by Daniel W B Lomas (PDF) reviewed by John Newsinger
Governing from the Skies: a Global History of Aerial Bombardment, by Thomas Hippler (PDF) reviewed by John Newsinger



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President Trump's earliest appearance in Panama Papers revealed

, November 24, 2017, 10:04 PM

A real estate deal from the early 1990s is the earliest instance of President Trump's name appearing in the Panama Papers, the massive trove of leaked documents detailing the ways in which the world's richest people hide their business dealings from scrutiny and taxation.

The discovery, first flagged by investigative reporter Jake Bernstein on Friday afternoon, involves the purchase and subsequent sale of a condo at the newly constructed Trump Palace on the Upper East Side in the 1990s.





NYPD investigating whether cops tried to make 18-year-old woman withdraw rape allegations

Friday, November 24, 2017, 4:50 PM



The NYPD opened an investigation Friday into whether cops tried to pressure an 18-year-old woman who claimed she was raped by two detectives in Brooklyn to withdraw her allegations.

The allegations came from the alleged victim’s lawyer Michael David, who said nine police officers from the 60th Precinct tried to intimidate her to back off at when she and her mom went to Maimonides Medical Center at about midnight on Sept. 16. She was there to get a rape kit.

“They were trying to get her to go back on her story and say they weren’t real cops,” said David, who represents the victim in her impending lawsuit against the city.






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Court delay for Tennessee sheriff charged with forged titles


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CLEVELAND, Tenn.

A court hearing for a Tennessee sheriff indicted on 12 felony charges of holding vehicle titles that had been forged or altered has been delayed until next month.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the hearing to set a trial date for Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson had been scheduled for Monday. It has been reset for Dec. 21.

Watson allegedly bought 11 used police vehicles at government auctions out of state to sell in Tennessee, where the maximum he could sell without an auto dealer’s license was five.

Watson has pleaded not guilty. His attorney, James F. Logan Jr., argues the state hasn’t offered any evidence that the sheriff violated state law and has challenged the constitutionality of the state law under which Watson is charged.

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Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com






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Smaller police departments embrace cameras; Madison and Dane County hold back



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Who are Sufi Muslims and why are they the target of Muslim extremista?



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Op-Ed The Bundys are poster boys for America's rural/urban divide






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Net neutrality process “corrupted” by fake comments and vanishing complaints, officials say
As the Federal Communications Commission prepares to dismantle its net neutrality rules for internet providers, a mounting backlash from agency critics is zeroing in on what they say are thousands of fake or automated comments submitted to the FCC that unfairly skewed the policymaking process.

Allegations about anomalies in the record are quickly becoming a central component of a campaign by online activists and some government officials to discredit the FCC’s plan.

“The process the FCC has employed,” wrote New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman this week in a letter to the FCC, “has been corrupted by the fraudulent use of Americans’ identities .”

For the past six months, Schneiderman continued, the New York attorney general’s office has been reviewing the comments filed at the FCC on net neutrality. It found that “hundreds of thousands” of submissions may have impersonated New York residents – a potential violation of state law. But, he said, the FCC has declined to provide further evidence that could help move the investigation forward, such as data logs and other information.

Some consumers have complained that their own names or addresses have been hijacked and used to submit false comments to the FCC that they did not support. Others have pointed to the bizarre appearance of comments submitted by people who are deceased. Public comments play an important role at the FCC, which typically solicits feedback from Americans before it votes to make significant policy changes. The agency didn’t respond to a request for comment.







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9/11's Trainer in Terrorism Was an FBI Informant

(Peter Dale Scott Talk in Palo Alto, October 27, 2006)

If I had an hour, I would talk to you about how the 9/11 Report failed to reconcile Dick Cheney's conflicting accounts, which cannot all be true, of what he did on the morning of 9/11 in the bunker beneath the White House. But that story takes two whole chapters of my forthcoming book, The Road to 9/11. So instead I will expand on what I spoke about a month ago in Berkeley, concerning Ali Mohamed, Washington's double agent inside al-Qaeda, and also a chief 9/11 plotter.(1) I want to add important new material tonight. Ali Mohamed, an Egyptian, was a close ally of Osama bin Laden. As he later confessed in court, he also aided the terrorist Ayman al-Zawahiri, a co-founder of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, and by then an aide to bin Laden, when he visited America to raise money.(2) It is now generally admitted that Ali Mohamed worked for the FBI, the CIA, and U.S. Special Forces.
Patrick Fitzgerald, who testified to the 9/11 Commission about Ali Mohamed, knew him well. In 1994 he had named him as an unindicted co-conspirator in the New York landmarks case, yet allowed him to remain free. This was because, as Fitzgerald knew, Ali Mohamed was an FBI informant, from at least 1993 and maybe 1989.(3) Thus, from 1994 "until his arrest in 1998 [by which time the 9/11 plot was well under way], Mohamed shuttled between California, Afghanistan, Kenya, Somalia and at least a dozen other countries."(4)

What I first wrote in 2004, and again in 9/11 and American Empire, has to my knowledge has not yet been in the US press: it is that in 1993 Ali Mohamed had been detained by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Canada, (when he inquired at an airport after an incoming al Qaeda terrorist who turned out to be carrying two forged Saudi passports). Mohamed immediately told the RCMP to make a phone call to the FBI in the United States, and the call secured his release.(5) This release enabled Ali to go on to Kenya, take pictures of the U.S.. Embassy, and deliver them to bin Laden for the Embassy bombing plot.

In August 2006 there was a National Geographic Special on Ali Mohamed. We can take this as the new official fallback position on Ali Mohamed, because John Cloonan, the FBI agent who worked with Fitzgerald on Mohamed, helped narrate it. I didn't see the show, but here's what TV critics said about its contents:

Ali Mohamed manipulated the FBI, CIA and U.S. Army on behalf of Osama bin Laden. Mohamed trained terrorists how to hijack airliners, bomb buildings and assassinate rivals. [D]uring much of this time Mohamed was ... , an operative for the CIA and FBI, and a member of the U.S. Army.(6) ... Mohamed turned up in FBI surveillance photos as early as 1989, training radical Muslims who would go on to assassinate Jewish militant Meir Kahane and detonate a truck bomb at the World Trade Center. He not only avoided arrest, but managed to become an FBI informant while writing most of the al Qaeda terrorist manual and helping plan attacks on American troops in Somalia and U.S. embassies in Africa.(7)

That Mohamed trained al Qaeda in hijacking planes and wrote most of the al Qaeda terrorist manual is confirmed in a new book, The Looming Tower, by Lawrence Wright, who has seen US Government records.(8) Let me say this again: one of al-Qaeda's top trainers in terrorism and how to hijack airplanes was an operative for FBI, CIA, and the Army.

But what we have heard so far is a fall-back cover-up of even worse truths. Peter Lance, who first wrote the script for the National Geographic special, told about Mohamed's detention and release in Toronto. This important detail, along with others, was cut from the program. Lance withdrew from the project and complained on his website about these and other cuts, such as this one:

"Within days of 9/11 Cloonan ... interviewed Ali, whom the Feds had allowed to slip into witness protection, and demanded to know the details of the plot. At that point Ali wrote it all out - including details of how he'd counseled would-be hijackers on how to smuggle box cutters on board aircraft and where to sit, to effect the airline seizures."(9)

So let us sum up what we know so far about Ali Mohamed:

A key planner of the 9/11 plot, and trainer in hijacking, was simultaneously an informant for the FBI.
This operative trained the members for all of the chief Islamist attacks inside the United States -- the first WTC bombing, the New York landmarks plot, and finally 9/11, as well as the attacks against Americans in Somalia and Kenya.
And yet for four years Mohamed was allowed to move in and out of the country as an unindicted conspirator. Then, unlike his trainees, he was allowed to plea-bargain. To this day he may still not have been sentenced for any crime, and may even be in witness protection.(10)
Peter Lance has charged that Fitzgerald had evidence before 1998 to implicate Mohamed in the Kenya Embassy bombing, yet did nothing and let the bombing happen.(11) In fact, the FBI was aware back in 1990 that Mohamed had engaged in terrorist training on Long Island; yet it acted to protect Mohamed from arrest, even after one of his trainees had moved beyond training to an actual assassination.(12)

Mohamed's trainees were all members of the Al-Kifah Center in Brooklyn, which served as the main American recruiting center for the Makhtab-al-Khidimat, the "Services Center" network that after the Afghan war became known as al Qaeda.(13) The Al-Kifah Center was headed in 1990 by the blind Egyptian Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, who like Ali Mohamed had been admitted to the United States, despite being on a State Department Watch List. (14) As he had done earlier in Egypt, the sheikh "issued a fatwa in America that permitted his followers to rob banks and kill Jews."(15)

In November 1990, three of Mohamed's trainees conspired together to kill Meir Kahane, the racist founder of the Jewish Defense League. The actual killer, El Sayyid Nosair, was caught by accident almost immediately; and by luck the police soon found his two co-conspirators, Mahmoud Abouhalima and Mohammed Salameh, waiting at Nosair's house. They found much more: There were formulas for bomb making, 1,440 rounds of ammunition, and manuals [supplied by Ali Mohamed] from the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center at Fort Bragg marked "Top Secret for Training," along with classified documents belonging to the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff. The police found maps and drawings of New York City landmarks like the Statue of Liberty, Times Square -- and the World Trade Center. The forty-seven boxes of evidence they collected also included the collected sermons of blind Sheikh Omar, in which he exhorted his followers to "destroy the edifices of capitalism."(16)

All three had been trained by Ali Mohamed back in the late 1980s at a rifle range, where the FBI had photographed them, before terminating this surveillance in the fall of 1989.(17)

The U.S. Government was thus in an excellent position to arrest, indict, and convict all of the terrorists involved, including Mohamed.

Yet only hours after the killing, Joseph Borelli, Chief of NYPD detectives, struck a familiar American note and pronounced Nosair a "lone deranged gunman.."(18) Some time later, he actually told the press that "There was nothing [at Nosair's house] that would stir your imagination ... ..Nothing has transpired that changes our opinion that he acted alone."[19]

Borelli was not acting alone in this matter. His position was also that of the FBI, who said they too believed "that Mr. Nosair had acted alone in shooting Rabbi Kahane." "The bottom line is that we can't connect anyone else to the Kahane shooting," an F.B.I. agent said."(20)

In thus limiting the case, the police and FBI were in effect protecting Nosair's two Arab co-conspirators in the murder of a U.S. citizen. Both of them were ultimately convicted in connection with the first WTC bombing, along with another Mohamed trainee, Nidal Ayyad. The 9/11 Report, summarizing the convictions of Salameh, Ayyad, Abouhalima, and the blind Sheikh for the WTC bombing and New York landmarks plots, calls it "this superb investigative and prosecutorial effort" (i.e. by Cloonan and Fitzgerald).(21) It says nothing about the suppressed evidence found in Nosair's house, including "maps and drawings of New York City landmarks," which if pursued should have prevented both plots from developing.

Almost certainly, the 9/11 Commission knew more about this scandalous situation than they let on. It cannot be just a coincidence that they selected to write the staff reports about al Qaeda and the 9/11 plot, and conduct the relevant interviews, Dietrich Snell, who had been Fitzgerald's colleague in the Southern District of New York U.S. Attorney's office. (Thus Snell presumably drafted the praise for the superb effort by his former colleague Patrick Fitzgerald and the FBI). Of the nine people on Snell's team, all but one had worked for the U.S. Government, and all but two for either the Justice Department or the FBI.(22)

If you go to my website, www.peterdalescott.net, you will know that: Shortly after 9/11, in October 2001, U.S. and British newspapers briefly alleged that the paymaster for the 9/11 attacks was a possible agent of the Pakistani intelligence service ISI, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh. There was even a brief period in which it was alleged that the money had been paid at the direction of the then ISI Chief, Lieutenant-General Mahmoud Ahmad.(23)

Others have since argued that Saeed Sheikh worked for both America and Britain, since "both American and British governments have studiously avoided taking any action against Sheikh despite the fact that he is a known terrorist who has targeted U.S. and UK citizens."(24) The claim what Saeed Sheikh was recruited by MI-6 in Great Britain has been made by myself, by John Newman, and by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed; recently it has been pointed to in the new book by Pervez Musharraf, the President of Pakistan.(25)

And there may have been other double agents. Last month Robert Baer, a former CIA officer, told an Australian newspaper that ''In 1996, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [the al-Qaeda mastermind of the 9/11 plot] was in Doha [the capital of Qatar], the CIA found out about it, and wanted to arrest him and people in Washington stopped them. That has never been answered in the 9/11 commission report, why that arrest was stopped."(26)

One week after 9/11, in a story for Pacific News Service, I wrote the following (which is still on my website):

It is important to learn from the serious mistakes made by the United States and CIA in the past. The usual CIA mode of undermining foreign governments it does not like -- from Russia to Cuba to Iran -- has been to organize and train their opponents in criminal activities, including sabotage and smuggling. But time and again this strategy backfires. The problem is that as soon as the United States loses interest in its agents' cause, the sabotage techniques it has taught will more than likely be turned back against it.(27)

This is what happened with al Qaeda.

When I wrote this I did not yet know about the scandal of Ali Mohamed's tolerated terrorism. In 2004, when I did know, I reported a story in the London Independent (but not this country) that Mohamed was on the U.S. payroll at the time he was training the Arab Afghans, and that the CIA, reviewing the case five years after the first WTC bombing, concluded in an internal document that the CIA itself was "partly culpable" in the World Trade Center attack.(28)

I cannot tell you whether (as I would like to think) Mohamed and Saeed were examples of rogue agents out of control (in which case we have a CIA problem), or whether they were agents not out of control (in which case we have of course a much worse CIA problem). One way or the other, we have a fundamental and on-going problem, for which we need a more serious remedy than just putting a Democrat in the White House. As has happened after past intelligence fiascoes, our intelligence agencies were strengthened as a result of the 9/11 Commission, not brought under control, and their budgets were increased.

It's time to confront the reality that these agencies themselves, and their own sponsorship and protection of terrorist activities, have aggravated the greatest threats to our national security. Scott Ritter and others have written that, at this very moment, CIA-backed bombings are being undertaken in Iran by the Mujahideen e-Khalq (MEK or MKO), an opposition group listed by the United States State Department as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.(29) It appears that, as if having learned nothing, the CIA is still sponsoring terrorists.

I want to admit, in all fairness, that certain notable victories have been achieved in the narrow pursuit of al Qaeda. At the same time, after five years of the new broadened war on terrorism, we can say with confidence that the net result to date is a far more dangerous world than we had before.

Peter Dale Scott's latest book (co-edited with David Ray Griffin) is 9/11 & American Empire: Intellectuals Speak Out (Olive Branch Press, 2006). His website is http://www.peterdalescott.net.

Notes

I discuss Ali Mohamed in a book I co-edited with David Ray Griffin: David Ray Griffin and Peter Dale Scott (eds.), 9/11 & American Empire: Intellectuals Speak Out (Northampton, MA: Olive Branch Press, 2006), 74, 76-77.
This admitted connection to al-Zawahiri has led some to identify Mohamed (Abu Mohamed al Amriki) with the al-Amriki alleged by Yossef Bodansky to have acted as go-between between Zawahiri and the CIA: "In the first half of November 1997 Ayman al-Zawahiri met a man called Abu-Umar al-Amriki (al-Amriki means "the American") at a camp near Peshawar, on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. High-level Islamist leaders insist that in this meeting Abu-Umar al-Amriki made al-Zawahiri an offer: The United States would not interfere with or intervene to prevent the Islamists' rise to power in Egypt if the Islamist mujahideen currently in Bosnia-Herzegovina would refrain from attacking the U.S. forces there. Moreover, Abu-Umar al-Amriki promised a donation of $50 million (from unidentified sources) to Islamist charities in Egypt and elsewhere. This was not the first meeting between Abu-Umar al-Amriki and Zawahiri. Back in the 1980s Abu-Umar al-Amriki openly acted as an emissary for the CIA with various Arab Islamist militant and terrorist movements ... then operating under the wings of the Afghan jihad ... . In the late 1980s, in one of his meetings with Zawahiri, Abu-Umar al-Amriki suggested that Zawahiri would need "$50 million to rule Egypt." At the time, Zawahiri interpreted this assertion as a hint that Washington would tolerate his rise to power if he could raise this money. The mention of the magic figure, $50 million, by Abu-Umar al-Amriki in the November 1997 meeting was interpreted by Zawahiri and the entire Islamist leadership, including Osama bin Laden, as a reaffirmation of the discussions with the CIA in the late 1980s about Washington's willingness to tolerate an Islamic Egypt. In 1997 the Islamist leaders were convinced that Abu-Umar al-Amriki was speaking for the CIA -- that is, the uppermost echelons of the Clinton administration" (Bodansky, Bin Laden, 212-13). As we shall see, it is the case that Mohamed was allowed to travel to Afghanistan even after his designation as an unindicted co-conspirator in 1994 (San Francisco Chronicle, 10/21/01).
Peter Lance, "Triple Cross: National Geographic Channel's Whitewash of the Ali Mohamed Story," Huffington Post, 8/29/06, http://news.yahoo.com/s/huffpost/20060829/ cm_huffpost/028270. Unfortunately Lance's book on Mohamed, Triple Cross, was not yet available as this book went to press. Cf. Lawrence White, The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 (New York: Knopf, 2006), 181-82; Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon, The Age of Sacred Terror (New York: Random House, 2002), 236; Lawrence Wright, New Yorker, 9/16/02: "In 1989 -- Mohamed talked to an F.B.I. agent in California and provided American intelligence with its first inside look at Al Qaeda."
Raleigh News & Observer, 10/21/01, http://www.knoxstudio. com/shns/story.cfm?pk=ALIMOHAMED-10-24-01&cat=AN.
Toronto Globe and Mail, 11/22/01, http://www.mail-archive. com/hydro@topica.com/msg00224.html; Peter Dale Scott, "How to Fight Terrorism," California Monthly, September 2004, http://www.alumni.berkeley.edu/Alumni/C ... rorism.asp. Mohamed's companion, Essam Marzouk, is now serving 15 years of hard labor in Egypt, after having been arrested in Azerbaijan. Mohamed's detention and release was months after the first WTC bombing in February 1993, and after the FBI had already rounded up two of the plotters whom they knew had been trained by Ali Mohamed.
Dave Shiflett, Bloomberg News, 8/28/06, http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid= ... refer=home.
Glenn Garvin, Miami Herald, http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/en ... 310462.htm
Lawrence Wright, The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 (New York: Knopf, 2006), 181. The Report claims (56) that "Bin Ladin and his comrades had their own sources of support and training, and they received little or no assistance from the United States." But Wright reports that Mohamed, while on a leave from the U.S. army, went to Afghanistan and trained "the first al-Qaeda volunteers in techniques of unconventional warfare, including kidnappings, assassinations, and hijacking planes." This was in 1988, one year before Mohamed left active U.S. Army service and joined the Reserve.
Peter Lance, "Triple Cross: National Geographic Channel's Whitewash of the Ali Mohamed Story," Huffington Post, 8/29/06, http://news.yahoo.com/s/huffpost/20060829/cm _huffpost/028270.
According to publicity for the National Geographic special, Mohamed is "currently in U.S. custody," but "his whereabouts and legal status are closely guarded secrets" (Rocky Mountain News, 8/28/06, 2D). Lance wrote that Mohamed was put into the witness protection program. "David Runke [Ruhnke], a defense attorney in the African embassies bombing case, says, ``I think the most likely thing that will happen is he'll be released, he'll be given a new name and a new identity, and he will pick up a life someplace.''' (Shiflett, Bloomberg News, 8/28/06). As of November 2001, Mohamed had not been sentenced and was still believed to be supplying information from his prison cell.
"Ali Mohamed had stayed in [El-Hage's] Kenyan home in the mid 90's as they plotted the bombings. Another agent in Fitzie's squad Dan Coleman, had searched El-Hage's home a year before the bombings and found direct links to Ali Mohamed and yet Fitzgerald failed to connect the dots" (Lance, "Triple Cross," Huffington Post, 8/29/06).
Peter Lance, 1000 Years for Revenge (New York: Regan Books/ Harper Collins, 2003), 29-37.
Robert Dreyfuss, Devil's Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam (New York: Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt, 2005), 278; John K. Cooley, Unholy Wars: Afghanistan, America, and International Terrorism (London: Pluto Press, 1999), 87-88; Lance, 1000 Years for Revenge, 29-31; Independent, 11/1/98.
Rahman was issued two visas, one of them "by a CIA officer working undercover in the consular section of the American embassy in Sudan" (Peter L.. Bergen, Holy War, Inc.: Inside the Secret World of Osama bin Laden [New York: Free Press, 2001], 67). FBI consultant Paul Williams writes that Ali Mohamed "settled in America on a visa program controlled by the CIA" (Paul L. Williams, Al Qaeda: Brotherhood of Terror [[Upper Saddle River, NJ]: Alpha/ Pearson Education, 2002], 117). Others allegedly admitted, despite being on the State Department watch list, were Mohamed Atta and possibly Ayman al-Zawahiri (Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, The War on Truth: 9/11, Disinformation, and the Anatomy of Terrorism [Northampton, MA: Olive Branch Press, 2005], 205, 46).
Wright, The Looming Tower, 177.
Lance, 1000 Years, 34.
Lance, 1000 Years, 31; Peter Lance, Cover Up: What the Government Is Still Hiding about the War on Terror (New York: Regan Books/ HarperCollins, 2004), 25.
Newsday, 11/8/90; quoted in Lance, 1000 Years, 35.
New York Times, 11/8/90; Robert I. Friedman, Village Voice, 3/30/93.
New York Times, 12/16/90.
9/11 Report, 72.
Kean and Hamilton, Without Precedent, 273 (chapters); Lance, Cover Up, 212-20 (reports). Snell was assisted by Douglas MacEachin, the former CIA deputy Director for Intelligence.
Peter Dale Scott "Who Paid the 9/11 Hijackers? Al-Hawsawi? Mahmoud Ahmad?" GlobalResearch.ca, 10/14/04, http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/SCO410A.html. Cf. David Ray Griffin, The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions (Northampton, MA: Olive Branch Press/Interlink, 2004), 104-07; Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, The War on Truth: 9/11, Disinformation, and the Anatomy of Terrorism (Northampton, MA: Olive Branch Press, 2005), 137-44; Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, The London Bombings: An Independent Inquiry (London: Duckworth, 2006), 169; Peter Dale Scott, "The CIA's Secret Powers: Afghanistan, 9/11, and America's Most Dangerous Enemy." Critical Asian Studies, 35:2 (2003), 233-258.
Ahmed, The War on Truth, 142; cf. John Newman, Remarks, Omissions and Errors in the Commission's Final Report, Rep. McKinney 9/11 Congressional Briefing, 18 August 2005, http://911readingroom.org/bib/whole_doc ... cle_id=422.
Pervez Musharraf, In the Line of Fire: A Memoir (New York: Free Press, 2006), 225: "It is believed in some quarters that while Omar Sheikh was at the LSE he was recruited by the British intelligence agency MI6. It is said that MI6 persuaded him to take an active part in demonstrations against Serbian aggression in Bosnia and even sent him to Kosovo to join the jihad. At some point he probably became a rogue or double agent."
Courier Mail (Australia), 9/23/06; cf. Robert Baer, Sleeping with the Devil (New York: Crown, 2003), 18-19.
Peter Dale Scott, "Made in the U.S.A. - How the U.S. Manufactures Terrorists," Pacific News Service, Sep 19, 2001.
Peter Dale Scott, "How to Fight Terrorism." California Monthly, September 2004; citing Andrew Marshall, Independent, 11/1/98, http://billstclair.com/911timeline/1990 ... 10198.html.
Scott Ritter, "The US war with Iran has already begun," ZNet, 6/21/05, http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?itemid=8126.: "President Bush has taken advantage of the sweeping powers granted to him in the aftermath of 11 September 2001, to wage a global war against terror and to initiate several covert offensive operations inside Iran. The most visible of these is the CIA-backed actions recently undertaken by the Mujahadeen el-Khalq, or MEK, an Iranian opposition group, once run by Saddam Hussein's dreaded intelligence services, but now working exclusively for the CIA's Directorate of Operations. It is bitter irony that the CIA is using a group still labelled as a terrorist organisation, a group trained in the art of explosive assassination by the same intelligence units of the former regime of Saddam Hussein, who are slaughtering American soldiers in Iraq today, to carry out remote bombings in Iran of the sort that the Bush administration condemns on a daily basis inside Iraq." I have not yet seen Scott Ritter, Target Iran: The Truth About the White House's Plans for Regime Change (New York: Avalon Publishing Group, 2006)..



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Police push back on report criticizing body-worn camera policies
Arizona police departments cited say study filled



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EFF follow ups on ComputerCop’s suspicious endorsement from the Treasury Department

Three years ago, the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Dave Maass did a deep-dive into ComputerCop, a company that tapped into asset forfeiture funds at police departments around the country to sell software that monitored keystrokes on computers of students and children.

Maass’ investigation found a host of problems:

The way ComputerCOP works is neither safe nor secure. It isn’t particularly effective either, except for generating positive PR for the law enforcement agencies distributing it. As security software goes, we observed a product with a keystroke-capturing function, also called a “keylogger,” that could place a family’s personal information at extreme risk by transmitting what a user types over the Internet to third-party servers without encryption. That means many versions of ComputerCOP leave children (and their parents, guests, friends, and anyone using the affected computer) exposed to the same predators, identity thieves, and bullies that police claim the software protects against.
That investigation also found that ComputerCop apparently altered letters from the Department of Treasury to make a letter from the agency appear to be a broad endorsement rather than the narrow approval it was.

That story sparked a broader investigation, and while the agency’s Inspector General did indeed find that the document was improperly altered, it also found that the statute of limitations had expired. Maass reports in his latest investigation:

A document obtained through the Freedom of Information Act shows that, in response to EFF’s research, the Treasury Department’s Inspector General launched an investigation into ComputerCOP. The final report concluded that the company had, in fact, doctored a government letter to improperly convince law enforcement agencies to spend asset forfeiture funds to buy the product.
The EFF posted the primary IG report the piece was based on, as well as other supporting documents obtained through FOIA.

Bipartisan support for more transparency in Kansas

I missed the follow up reaction to the Kansas City Star’s broad investigation into the high cost of secrecy.

The reaction is promising: Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, set to become governor if Gov. Sam Brownback is confirmed in the senate, told the paper that “transparency is absolutely critical to increase Kansans’ confidence in government. I look forward to taking steps to increase transparency and improve public trust when I become governor.”

Other politicians pledged to push for specific reforms in increasing transparency on many of the issues that the Star raised.

Exposing empty oversight

Lauren Stanforth has a good piece for the Time Union looking at about two dozen New York ethics boards, many of which had not met in years.

A two-month examination of the practices of nearly two dozen Capital Region ethics boards revealed many of the panels meet only “as needed” and do not update their codes or proactively conduct investigations — throwing them into a state of dormancy that can last years. Many localities also leave ethics board positions unfilled, leaving the bodies without enough members for a quorum. The towns of Clifton Park, Colonie, Glenville, Malta, North Greenbush and Rotterdam, as well Schenectady County, could provide little to no record of their ethics boards meeting in the last five years. Officials with the town of Niskayuna acknowledged it is supposed to have an ethics board according to town code. Niskayuna’s attorney said the town would take steps to appoint one.
Local meeting minutes are often a constant fight to obtain, and this investigation is another example of why they matter.

And some of the quotes are incredible. “I guess I’m still on the board. I’ve never been notified that I haven’t been,” one ethics board member told Stanforth. “It has been a very long time since we’ve met.”





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Japanese mayor says he’ll end SF sister city status over comfort women statue
By Evan Sernoffsky


Updated 4:20 pm, Friday, November 24, 2017









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NYPD quietly using military tracking device locating suspects through cell phone signals Saturday, November 25, 2017, 6:32 PM



Part of the problem, privacy experts say, is the devices can also collect data from anyone within a small radius of the person being tracked. And law enforcement goes to great lengths to conceal usage, in some cases, offering plea deals rather than divulging details on the StingRay.

“We can’t even tell how frequently they’re being used,” said attorney Jerome Greco, of the Legal Aid Society, which recently succeeded in blocking evidence collected with the device in a New York City murder case. “It makes it very difficult.”




Link du jour

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Comey shares quote about freedom of the press after Trump hits CNN
The Hill (blog)-
Former FBI Director James Comey fired back at President Trump's Saturday evening attack on CNN with a quote from Thomas Jefferson vouching for the ...





http://articles.latimes.com/2011/nov/06 ... n-20111107

J. Edgar Hoover was an FBI director with a grudge

Nov 6, 2011 · J. Edgar Hoover had it in for Jack Nelson from the moment the L.A. Times journalist arrived in Washington. The longtime FBI director was convinced that Nelson planned to write that he was homosexual.
Reporting from Washington — In February 1970, a top aide to President Nixon warned J. Edgar Hoover that a new reporter in town, Jack Nelson, was said to be gunning for the FBI.

Hoover took the advice to heart.

"Keep an eye on these characters," the FBI director wrote his subordinates, referring to Nelson and two of his editors at the Los Angeles Times. "They are up to no good."

As reports on Nelson's activities poured in from FBI field offices, Hoover would scribble comments across the bottom. The more he read, the more vitriolic he became.

"Nelson is a mental case," Hoover wrote on one memo.

"He is a rat," he scrawled on another.

"A jackal."

"A lice-covered ferret."

For two years in the early 1970s, Hoover nursed an obsession with the new reporter in the nation's capital. His agents pumped journalists for dirt on Nelson. He put Nelson on the bureau's list of "untouchables," reporters who were to receive no cooperation.









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ADL And FBI Set Up Mississippi Murder A nationally syndicated story published by the Los Angeles Times a few days ago revealed

FBI and Mississippi Jews paid $36,500 to have Kathy Ainsworth, a pretty, 26-year-old, White schoolteacher, murdered. FBI Used Cash From Mississippi Jews. $36,500 Paid for Ambush By Jack Nelson VD 1970. Loa Amines Times.

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A former Oklahoma state senator and senior member of Trump’s campaign team has pleaded guilty of child sex trafficking after offering to pay a teenage boy for ‘sex stuff’ last year.

Republican Ralph Shortey pleaded guilty on Thursday in exchange for federal prosecutors dropping three child pornography charges against him.




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Lying to FBI Is Illegal; How About the FBI Lying to Us?
Jeff CrouereJeff Crouere|Posted: Dec 02, 2017 12:01 AM




https://knox.villagesoup.com/p/visual-a ... er/1706258
Visual artists respond to Disorder


Nov 22, 2017

Robert Shetterly’s 2007 “Portrait of Pete Seeger” is at left; a detail of Alan Magee’s 2011 “War Toy II” is pictured at right.
CUSHING — The Camden Conference will present Maine-based artists Robert Shetterly and Alan Magee in a program titled Visual Artists Respond to Injustice and Disorder, Sunday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. at 2 p.m. at the Cushing Library, 39 Cross Road.
The free presentation is hosted by the Cushing Public Library and offered as a free community event in in anticipation of the 31st annual Camden Conference — New World Disorder and America’s Future, set for Feb. 16 through 18.
Shetterly is an internationally acclaimed painter and lecturer. He employs his visual art to honor extraordinary Americans who have led advances in civil rights, justice, environmental awareness and world peace. Shetterly’s Americans Who Tell the Truth series of portraits and lectures has enlightened and inspired audiences throughout the United States, in Latin America, Europe and the Middle East.
Magee is a Midcoast painter, sculptor, songwriter and filmmaker. Archive, Magee’s ongoing series of black and white monotype faces (began in 1990 in anticipation of the first Gulf War), asks that we remember the distant victims of war. His relief sculptures (the War Toys) critique our culture’s glorification of militarism; and his music videos, “Gun Shop” (2013), and “Party Line” (2014), address gun violence and the effects of mass surveillance.
The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues. For more information, visit camdenconference.org or call 207-236-1034.





https://www.thenation.com/article/polic ... ing-about/



POLICE AND LAW ENFORCEMENTBLOG
The Police Violence We Aren’t Talking About
Sexual assault is a persistent problem within police departments.
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“Driving While Female” Abuses Continue
In the Media posted by Samuel Walker
The recent arrest of an Oklahoma City police officer for sexually assaulting seven women while on duty between February and June of 2014 dramatized the continuing problem on-duty sexual abuses by police officers. Read the story here: DWF2014 The problem was highlighted in 2002 by Sam Walker and Dawn Irlbeck’s report Driving While Female. Read the report here: Partly in response to the report, but also because of growing concern about the issues, The International Association of Chiefs of Police in 2011 issued a Task Force report on Addressing Sexual Offenses and Misconduct by Law Enforcement. Read the IACP report here: IACPAddressingSexualOffenses




http://www.mcalesternews.com/gallery/fo ... 3c303.html

Prosecutor refuses to charge cop with rape

Savanna police officer pleads guilty to exploiting authority

MUSKOGEE — Jerry Lynn Gragg, 40, a former police officer with the Savanna Police Department in Pittsburg County, Oklahoma, pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in Muskogee, Oklahoma, to one count of violating the civil rights of a female whom he sexually assaulted during a routine traffic stop.

According to court documents, on January 21, 2017, Gragg, while on-duty, stopped a vehicle during the early hours of the morning while it was still dark outside. After approaching the vehicle, Gragg brought the female driver back to his marked patrol unit and directed her to sit in the front passenger seat. Given the coercive power of Gragg’s position as a law enforcement offer, and the physical disparity in size between Gragg and the victim, she could not escape from the patrol car. Thereafter, Gragg caused the victim to perform a sexual act on him against her will. Gragg admitted that he knew what he was doing was wrong and against the law, yet he did so anyway. Gragg further admitted that his acts included aggravated sexual abuse, which under federal law, requires force or putting the victim in fear of bodily injury, kidnapping, or death.












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Killer Molly and father in legal blow as judge refuses to quash ...
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Molly Martens and her father have suffered a major legal blow as a US judge has refused to quash their convictions for the murder of Irish father-of-two Jason Corbett. Ms Martens (33) and her father, retired FBI agentThomas Martens (67), were convicted on August 9 in North Carolina of the second degree murder of ...





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The Life And Legacy Of NC Civil Rights Activist Ella Baker
By CHARLIE SHELTON & FRANK STASIO • NOV 14, 2017

The cover portrait is provided courtesy of the artist Robert Shetterly and the organization 'Americans Who Tell the Truth,' which creates educational opportunities around Shetterly’s portraits of courageous citizens.
CREDIT ROBERT SHETTERLY AND 'AMERICANS WHO TELL THE TRUTH'
Ella Baker spent decades fighting for civil rights and promoting grassroots activism.



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







http://www.fairborndailyherald.com/news ... ial-guests

FHS class receives special guests



Submitted photos A FBI Special Agent and Greene County Juvenile Court Judge Adolfo Tornichio visited Fairborn High School’s Introduction to Law Enforcement class to discuss law enforcement and career opportunities.



Submitted photos A FBI Special Agent and Greene County Juvenile Court Judge Adolfo Tornichio visited Fairborn High School’s Introduction to Law Enforcement class to discuss law enforcement and career opportunities.


A FBI Special Agent and Greene County Juvenile Court Judge Adolfo Tornichio visited Fairborn High School’s Introduction to Law Enforcement class to discuss law enforcement and career opportunities.


A FBI Special Agent and Greene County Juvenile Court Judge Adolfo Tornichio visited Fairborn High School’s Introduction to Law Enforcement class to discuss law enforcement and career opportunities.

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Cops facing heat for tasing suspect before announcing arrest

December 12, 2017
Police officers in Cincinnati may have violated policy when they used Tasers on two suspects who were supposedly trespassing at their mother's house. One suspect was seemingly unaffected by the weapon, causing officers to shock him with the device multiple times.





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December 12, 2017
FBI appears to have investigated - and considered prosecuting - FOIA requesters
Heavily redacted emails discussing the potential investigation conceal the identities of the FBI officials while exposing personal info of requesters
Written by Emma Best
Edited by JPat Brown
A new FOIA release shows the FBI Director’s Office responded to FOIA requests for known files on deceased FBI officials by presenting options that seemingly included a law enforcement investigation/proceeding against the requesters, with one email calling the requests “SUSPICIOUS.” While the emails are heavily redacted to conceal the identities of the FBI officials involved in the discussions, the Bureau repeatedly left personal information of the different FOIA requesters unredacted, despite having clear guidelines and no privacy waivers.

The FBI’s Dead List, which compiles a list of FBI files on subjects the Bureau knows to be dead, can be a wonderful resource for FOIA requesters. The list confirms the existence of specific FBI files as well as the subject’s death, removing the need to provide separate proof of death in order to avoid unnecessary redactions. The FBI has recently begun claiming that they can’t locate the updated copy of the file, a claim that the Department of Justice has upheld on appeal. The most recently released copy of the Dead List identified approximately 7,000 deceased FBI officials on whom the Bureau maintained files. Due to the obvious public interest in these files, they were requested.

To accomplish this, the names of the subjects were extracted from the Dead List and a simple script written to submit FOIA requests for them. The requests were submitted on February 29th 2016, with the script and data made available online so that others could make their own requests and trigger the DOJ’s “rule of three” for frequently requested records, which would see the files posted online by the FBI. The FBI acknowledged a large number of them before they began ignoring them. Over a month later (after the Bureau had exceeded legal time limit), the FBI sent a letter stating that they had “received an exceedingly high volume of submissions” which they would not accept.

According to the Bureau, fulfilling the FOIA requests would have prevented the FBI from fulfilling FOIA requests. Their letter stated that the “manner of submission interfered with the FBI’s ability to perform its FOIA and PA statutory responsibilities as an agency. Accordingly, the FBI did not accept these submissions on February 29th, 2016.”

In response, a new FOIA request was filed for:

All internal memos, letters and emails relating to a voluminous number of FOIA requests that were submitted on February 29th, 2016 and all discussions of how to handle said requests. I also hereby request all email maintenance complaints, logs and other documentation of problems associated with the FBI email system for February and March 2016.
After ten months (again well outside the legal limit), the Bureau finally responded with 25 pages of heavily redacted emails. The FBI provided no records indicating any problems with their email system for February or March, and withheld no pages in their entirety. Since the FBI’s FOIA office is always thorough in their searches and acts in good faith for David Hardy, the FBI’s relevant Section Chief, is an honorable man, it might be safe to assume that these records do not exist. If they did, the Bureau would surely release them, if only to substantiate Hardy’s claim that the submission method caused interference for the FBI. Since the author’s free Gmail account was able to handle the number of emails involved, it’s hardly surprising that the Bureau’s system would be as well.



Perhaps the most revealing thing from the emails is that at least one person from the FBI Director’s Office became involved, as indicated by the DO abbreviation. Though the text of their email is redacted except for a single word, if one believes the b(7)e exemption cited by the Bureau, they discussed “techniques and procedures for law enforcement investigations or prosecutions.” There would be no reason to discuss those techniques or procedures in this instance if the Bureau wasn’t considering applying them in response to the FOIA requests.



Another email shows that the Bureau apparently considered the FOIA requests “SUSPICIOUS.”



Other emails show that the FBI’s FOIA office consulted a number of people from the Criminal Justice Information Services division. Among other things, CJIS is responsible for the Bureau’s National Crime Information Center, Uniform Crime Reporting, Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System, and the National Incident-Based Reporting System systems.



Despite redacting the names and email addresses of the public servants handling the case, the FBI released not only the author’s name and address in the file (technically improper since there was no waiver, albeit understandable) but the name, email address and home address of another requester who also used the script to file requests. Their name along with their email and physical addresses were left unredacted not once, not twice, not thrice - but seven times, not including the email headers, several of which also showed their name and email address.

It’s hard to imagine that the Bureau, which once hung a sign in their FOIA office instructing people that “when in doubt - cross it out” would fail to redact this information so many times by accident. In context, it’s hard to see it as anything but retaliatory. As Fred Burton (Stratfor’s Vice President of Intelligence) put it, not only is it the sort of pettiness one would expect from the lingering ghost of J. Edgar Hoover - it’s the sort of thing that should be investigated.



After the FBI threw away the separately filed FOIA requests en masse, including the ones that released emails show they had already processed into their FOIPA system, a separate, single request was filed for the files of deceased FBI Officials which the Bureau had identified in the Dead List. In response, the Bureau identified several preprocessed files that it requested duplication fees for in contrast to their typical policy of providing preprocessed materials without duplication or review fees. The Bureau also denied the author the proper fee category. The FBI insisted, among other things, that there had been no demonstration that the author was a journalist, or that a distinct work could be distributed to an audience, despite the original FOIA request citing previous articles that had individually reached over 100,000 readers.



This was appealed to the Department of Justice, which not only upheld the Bureau’s decision but cited logic that is faulty and contradicted by both the law. The DOJ’s arguments included stating that there was no “topic for an article of interest to the intelligence community” - despite the FBI being part of the that community. The DOJ also argued, in a single sentence, that there was no “topical thread” connecting the subjects of the request and that they were all deceased FBI employees. The FBI’s internal emails also contradicted their contention that there was no public interest, as the FBI was fully aware that there were already articles about the requests themselves - a fact which obliviates the Bureau’s contention that there would be no public interest in the results of those requests.



Therefore, the DOJ stated that “the FBI properly categorized you as an “all others” requester for purposes of this request.” [emphasis added] Even according to the DOJ’s own website, this contradicts the law. A second appeal was filed, pointing out that, among other things, “the news-media waiver … focuses on the nature of the requester, not its request.” The courts have also held that if a requester satisfies the news media “criteria as a general matter, it does not matter whether any of the individual FOIA requests does so.”

Nevertheless, the DOJ upheld their original decision.

It seems that when it comes to FOIA requests for FBI files on their deceased officials, the law is used to consider investigations or prosecutions against the requesters and to protect the privacy of the Bureau’s personnel, but not the privacy of the requesters or to fulfill the statutory FOIA requirements – which the FBI incredulously claimed they would be unable to fulfill if they had fulfilled the FOIA requests.

Readers are strongly encouraged to file their own requests for individual files on deceased FBI employees via the list embedded below, or on the request page here.



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https://www.theguardian.com/environment ... nge-report

Arctic permafrost thawing faster than ever, US climate study finds
Sea ice also melting at fastest past in 1,500 years, US government scientists find
‘The Arctic is a very different place than it was even a decade ago’ – author








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Media ignores warming in its hurricane coverage
Climate change is the story you missed in 2017. And the media is to blame

Lisa Hymas, The Guardian (U.K.), Dec. 7, 2017

Which story did you hear more about this year – how climate change makes disasters like hurricanes worse, or how President Donald Trump threw paper towels at Puerto Ricans?

If you answered the latter, you have plenty of company. Academic Jennifer Good analyzed two weeks of hurricane coverage during the height of hurricane season on eight major TV networks and found that about 60% of the stories included the word “Trump” and only about 5% mentioned “climate change.”

Trump doesn’t just suck the oxygen out of the room; he sucks the carbon dioxide out of the national dialogue. Even in a year when we’ve had string of hurricanes, heat waves, and wildfires worthy of the Book of Revelation – just what climate scientists have told us to expect – the effect of climate change on extreme weather has been dramatically undercovered. Some of Trump’s tweets generate more national coverage than devastating disasters.

Good’s analysis lines up with research done by my organization, Media Matters for America, which found that TV news outlets gave far too little coverage to the well-documented linkes between climate change and hurricanes. ABC and NBC both completely failed to bring up climate change during their news coverage of Harvey, a storm that caused the heaviest rainfall ever recorded in the continental US When Irma hit soon after, breaking the record for hurricane intensity, ABC didn’t do much better.

Coverage was even worse of Hurricane Maria, the third hurricane to make landfall in the US this year. Not only did media outlets largely fail to cover the climate connection; in many cases, they largely failed to cover the hurricane itself.

The weekend after Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, the five major Sunday political talk shows devoted less than one minute in total to the storm and the humanitarian emergency it triggered. And Maria got only about a third as many mentions in major print and online media outlets as did Harvey and Irma, researchers at the MIT Media Lab found.

When Trump visited Puerto Rico on October 3, almost two weeks after Maria assailed the island, he got wall-to-wall coverage as journalists reported on his paper-towel toss and other egregious missteps. But after that trip, prime-time cable news coverage of Puerto Rico’s recovery plummeted, Media Matters found, even though many residents to this day suffer from electricity outages and a lack of clean water, a dire situation that deserves serious and sustained coverage.

Scientists have been telling us that climate change will make hurricanes more intense and dangerous, an unfortunate reality made all too clear by this year’s record-busting hurricane season. “These are precisely the sort of things we expect to happen as we continue to warm the planet,” climate scientist Michael Mann, a distinguished professor of atmospheric science at Penn State, told Huffington Post

But while nearly three-quarters of Americans know that most scientists are in agreement that climate change is happening, according to recent poll, only 42% of Americans believe climate change will pose a serious threat to them during their lifetimes. Too many still believe – wrongly – that climate disasters are just something that will happen in the future. They are happening now.
In the first nine months of 2017, the US was assailed by 15 weather and climate disasters that each did more than a billion dollars in damage – in the case of the hurricanes, much more. The combined economic hit from Harvey, Irma, and Maria could end up being $200bn or more, according to Moody’s Analytics. And then in October, unprecedented wildfires in Northern California did an estimated $3bn in damage.

Climate change can be hard to see and intuitively grasp. It’s a relatively slow-moving scientific phenomenon caused by pollution from all around the globe. It’s not usually dramatic to watch like a candidate debate or the fallout from a White House scandal.
But an extreme weather event is a moment when people can see and feel climate change – and if they’re unlucky, get seriously hurt by it. When those disasters happen, media outlets need to cover them as climate change stories. And when a number of them happen in quick succession, as they did this year, the media have an even greater responsibility to report the big-picture story about climate change and help the public understand the immediacy of the threat.

If we are to fend off the worst possible outcomes of climate change, we need to shift as quickly as possible to a cleaner energy system. We could expect more Americans to get on board with that solution if they more fully understood the problem – and that’s where the critical role of the media comes in. As the weather gets worse, we need our journalism to get better.

Lisa Hymas is the Climate and Energy Program Director at Media Matters

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfr ... ia-matters






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Roy Moore supporters posing as reporters called black Democratic congresswoman 'horrible' racial slurs
BY CHRIS SOMMERFELDT
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 6:54 PM




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Colorado’s Mike Coffman is first Republican U.S. Rep. to ask FCC to delay vote on net neutrality
Aurora Republican cites “unanticipated negative consequences” and wants Congress to takeover


Link du jour


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https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/201 ... n-uk-first

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Black Lives Matter activist sues Fox News host Jeanine Pirro for defaming him
BY STEPHEN REX BROWN
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 8:35 PM




http://www.denverpost.com/2017/12/12/la ... loitation/


Lake County undersheriff indicted on multiple felony charges
Charges include attempted sexual exploitation of a child

Mendoza, who has lived in Lake County since 2011, also was indicted on attempt to
commit first degree aggravated incest; contributing to the delinquency of a minor;
attempt to commit invasion of privacy for sexual gratification; and embezzlement of public
property; all felonies, according to the district attorney’s office. He also faces two counts of official misconduct.



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Child sex abuser Dennis Hastert must not be left alone with children, judge rules
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 8:43 PM









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The interagency CACTUS program served as the conduit between CIA’s Operation CHAOS and FBI’s COINTELPRO
December 11, 2017
The interagency CACTUS program served as the conduit between CIA’s Operation CHAOS and FBI’s COINTELPRO
Even after each agecy’s domestic surveillance programs ended, the CACTUS channel continued their efforts and monitored “the idea of corporate complicity” in American imperialism
Written by Emma Best
Edited by JPat Brown
A little known but extremely important part of the history of domestic surveillance by intelligence agencies is the CACTUS program. CACTUS was a highly classified channel used by agencies like the Central Intelligence Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to transmit information about “the New Left, Black Militants and related matters.” This channel was never disclosed in the Church Committee reports, even when the reports discuss information that was transmitted through CACTUS.

A review of the available documents also indicates that the program is older than previous FOIA releases indicate, with one federal judge questioning CIA’s good faith in processing FOIA requests relating to the CACTUS channel when the Agency declared it was “still utilized” in the mid-1980s.

According to a memo released to several researchers, “the CACTUS indicator” was described for FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover by CIA Director Richard Helms on April 22nd, 1970. The conclusion by the very few resources to mention the program has been that the program was first introduced on this date.

Director CIA to Director FBI April 22, 1970

SUBJECT: USE OF THE CACTUS INDICATOR

The cryptonym CACTUS has been assigned as a teletype action indicator covering teletype communications between this Agency and your Bureau dealing with the New Left, Black Militants and related matters. Use of this indicator will facilitate prompt and effective action on such communications by this Agency.
A formerly SECRET message between the FBI and CIA Directors shows that the program predates this memo. The message, dated April 18th, 1970, shows that CIA was sending information about Vietnam War protesters to FBI several days before Hoover had the cryptonym explained to him. It’s likely that the explanation was offered in response to a query from Hoover, who apparently was seeing the cryptonym for the first time. Whether the program was new, or simply new to Hoover, isn’t currently clear. A FOIA request to learn more was filed in March of this year, though the FBI has yet to respond (despite having exceeded the legal time limit several times over).

Notably, one of the people involved in the earliest known CACTUS document was Coretta Scott King. Hardly a “black militant,” she was a civil rights icon and the widow of Martin Luther King Jr - himself infamously targeted by the FBI’s COINTELPRO efforts.



The Agency seemed concerned that the campaign might invoke “the idea of corporate complicity” in regards to the Vietnam War. Further tying this monitoring to the COINTELPRO project is the fact that the memo was also signed by Richard Ober, the senior counterintelligence officer at CIA who was directing Operation CHAOS at that time, which was in many respects, the Agency’s equivalent of COINTELPRO. Significantly, the memo was flagged Counterintelligence Special Operations.



Within a few months of the FBI and CIA’s earliest known use the CACTUS channel, it provided the FBI with a piece of evidence they used in their efforts to manipulate and ultimately destroy the Black Panther Party as part of COINTELPRO. When the Church Committee investigated this chapter, they simply noted that the FBI learned where Leary was. No citation is given, and it’s unclear if the Church Committee had any awareness of the Agency’s role in this instance of the U.S. Government meddling in domestic politics.



A formerly SECRET teletype between the CIA and FBI Directors, however, reveals that the information came directly from the highest levels of CIA. This support from CIA gave the FBI the information it needed to create and exploit a chain of events that resulted in Cleaver and his people being expelled.



While this happened when COINTELPRO was still officially authorized, the program is generally believed to have been discontinued just over a year after the CACTUS channel was initiated. After the theft and publication of documents from the FBI’s office in Media, Pennsylvania revealed the existence of COINTELPRO, the Bureau decided that it was too sensitive and operations were to shut down - in theory. A closer reading of the memo issued by Hoover shows that the programs were “discontinued” only in a centralized sense, and laid out a process for authorizing additional COINTELPRO-like projects.



As pointed out in the Church Committee report, this merely got rid of the designator for these types of actions. After noting several such examples, the Committee concluded that it would take a search of all investigative files to locate additional instances of COINTELPRO-like activity after the program was declared discontinued. The CIA program, CACTUS, was unaffected.



A formerly SECRET memo shows that nearly a year after COINTELPRO was officially disbanded, CIA was still using CACTUS to transmit and request information on figures in the “New Left” figures such as John Lennon.



A previously CONFIDENTIAL memo shows that just prior to that, the Agency had been supplying the Bureau with months worth of information about U.S. citizens traveling in Korea, Vietnam or China - including Susan Sontag, on assignment for Esquire.



Another formerly SECRET memo bearing the CACTUS cryptonym shows that nearly two years after COINTELPRO was officially discontinued, CIA was still providing information on the Eldridge Cleaver faction of the BPP.



When the BPP tried to sue over this, the Agency deflected and used a form of graymail by attempting to force the Party to reveal the name of every past and present member or contributor. After the BPP refused, the suit was dismissed.

Other memos show that the Agency was not discriminating in what it decided made someone a “black militant.” While a good case can be made that the BPP had militant members, the Agency also decided that individuals like Ralph Abernathy counted. At the time, Abernathy had a history as a non-violent leader in the Civil Rights movement, and as a friend of MLK. He was also the president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Some of the same memos contained information about Noam Chomsky, who the Agency similarly saw as giving aid and comfort to the enemy by advocating against war and criticizing the U.S..



Regardless of whether or not someone was a respected member of the government, even they weren’t immune to the reach of the CIA and CACTUS. Less than two weeks after she became a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Bella Abzug’s name was included on a list of “United States Lawyers Appearing on the World Peace Council’s Mailing List” that was sent to the FBI in a formerly SECRET memo as part of its monitoring of the New Left.



Other memos show that the program wasn’t restricted to issues of national security or foreign involvement. A memo sent from the CIA to the FBI just days before COINTELPRO was ostensibly “discontinued” shows that the Agency was collecting and disseminating information about domestic protests. Significantly, the Agency doesn’t appear to have demonstrated the necessary reasonable belief that these activities were a threat to CIA personnel, installation or facilities to authorize the collection under domestic security concerns.



Another memo shows that the information wasn’t just being shared with the FBI but to other Agencies, like the Secret Service. It’s unknown what other agencies received CACTUS messages, but there’s a very real chance that every major federal law enforcement agency received one. The police forces of major cities, such as the NYPD, may also have received CACTUS messages in the days before fusion centers.



In a declaration dated October 28th, 1986 the Agency claimed that releasing additional files would reveal a “CIA administrative methodology used to restrict the flow of sensitive information” which was “still utilized at the present time.” While FBI’s COINTELPRO and CIA’s CHAOS programs had allegedly been shut down, the liaison program linking the two remained in effect for decades. Presently, there’s no evidence that the CACTUS program has been discontinued.

Significantly, especially in light of the lack of disclosure of CACTUS in either the Rockefeller Commission or the Church Committee, a federal judge noted that the “chain of events raises still more doubt about the care and good faith with which plaintiff’s FOIA requests were processed” in regards to CACTUS.

Similarly, the FBI seems to have had its own concerns about keeping CACTUS as secret as possible. An inventory in the file on Mark Felt (commonly believed to be the composite character known as Deep Throat) shows that CACTUS had its own handling and dissemination protocols. A copy of this has been requested, and the issue of CACTUS in general requires additional research.

In the meantime, the CACTUS BPP memo is embedded below, and you can view the 30 CACTUS documents that have been identified and collected so far here.

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Prosecutor in white woman Justine Damond shooting delays decision on whether to charge black police officer
BY ELIZABETH ELIZALDE
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, December 28, 2017, 7:13 PM






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Chicago police watchdog rules 2015 shooting of Quintonio LeGrier and Bettie Jones was unjustified







https://apnews.com/ed4fc951238f4f5cb019 ... initiative

Signatures turned in on police deadly force initiative



OLYMPIA, Wash. Supporters of a measure that would lower the bar for prosecuting police who use deadly force turned in signatures to the secretary of state’s office in their effort to qualify the initiative to the Legislature.

The campaign for Initiative 940 says it turned in 360,000 signatures Thursday, The Seattle Times reports .




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Cleveland police officer acquitted in fatal shooting fired
CLEVELAND
A Cleveland police officer has been fired for violating his department’s use-of-force policy despite being acquitted of a misdemeanor charge in the 2015 fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager after a store break-in.







http://www.philly.com/philly/news/crime ... 71228.html



Police ID man fatally shot by officer in E. Germantown; they say he fled, refused to show hands
Updated: DECEMBER 28, 2017 — 10:41 PM EST




http://www.gainesville.com/news/2017122 ... -interview

GPD’s ‘hot cop’ resigns ahead of internal affairs interview


Officer Michael Hamill resigned from GPD on Dec. 6. before he was to interview with the agency’s Internal Affairs department, which was investigating anti-Semitic social media posts and sexual relations.

The Gainesville Police Department officer accused of making anti-Semitic posts on Facebook in previous years resigned this month.

Officer Michael Hamill was under investigation by the agency’s Internal Affairs department in two separate cases. One involved anti-Semitic statements made on his personal Facebook. The agency was also investigating whether Hamill had sexual relations while on duty, GPD spokesman Ben Tobias said in a statement.

“Both allegations would have been sustained with a possible recommendation of up to termination,” Tobias said.







https://apnews.com/81274a26459048e4a178 ... er-lawsuit

Former Utah police officer files whistleblower lawsuit


EPHRAIM, Utah A police officer in a small Utah town who resigned in protest last summer after raising questions about the conduct of the former chief of the five-member department has filed a federal whistleblower complaint.

Darren Pead said in the lawsuit that he was targeted for retaliation after going public with allegations that former longtime Police Chief Ron Rassmussen failed to complete hundreds of police reports, leaving serious crimes “un-investigated”

The complaint was filed Tuesday against the city of Ephraim and City Manager Brant Hanson. He did not immediately return a message seeking comment on Thursday.


The lawsuit claims Pead discovered incomplete reports dating back to 2008 after the department switched to a new report-keeping system.

The reports documented calls about cases involving child abuse, missing persons and sexual assault, the Deseret News reported.

Pead also noticed a sergeant had “cleared” hundreds of Rasmussen’s blank reports and classified them as “miscellaneous” cases.

Pead, along with fellow officers Larry Golding and Jared Hansen, took his concerns to the Ephraim City Council. When nothing was done, they went to the Utah Attorney General.

When Hanson learned of their complaint, he “threatened to eliminate all personnel from the police department because the officers had ‘elevated’ the problem by contacting the (attorney general’s) office, and stated that the officers needed to let the city ‘take care of itself,’” the lawsuit states.






http://www.yakimaherald.com/news/local/ ... db5fa.html


Former Granger police Chief Perales fights to keep policing credentials in wake of conviction
By Phil Ferolito
Dec 28, 2017






https://www.theguardian.com/environment ... me-weather

Hurricanes and heatwaves: stark signs of climate change 'new normal'
This year is set to be the third warmest on record in the US, as scientists say the fingerprints of climate change can be seen in numerous extreme weather events





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http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/b ... -1.3721544


http://ticklethewire.com/2017/12/29/hun ... -airplane/


http://www.nydailynews.com/newswires/en ... -1.3725657

http://farsight.org


https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/ ... for-relief


https://climatenewsnetwork.net


https://www.boston.com/weather/weather/ ... ew-england


https://www.desmogblog.com/2017/12/24/y ... ate-change


https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/ ... -shot-them









https://www.desmogblog.com/2017/12/23/e ... tax-credit

Saturday, December 23, 2017 - 03:58 • BEN JERVEY
The Energy Equality Coalition's Koch-Fueled Attack on the Federal Electric Car Tax Credit
Electric car with tax credit form
The federal electric vehicle (EV) tax credit has survived House and Senate negotiations and will not be repealed by Congress’s tax reform bill. The fate of the $7,500 tax credit had been uncertain after House Republicans voted to eliminate the financial incentive in their version of the tax bill.

The credit, which was adopted as part of the 2009 stimulus bill and which has strong bipartisan roots, has come under a renewed series of attacks in recent months, including from groups with close ties to the Koch brothers and other fossil fuel–funded think tanks and front groups.



http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/12/ ... -institute

Nobel laureate will step down from leading embattled Salk Institute
By John TravisDec. 21, 2017 , 5:30 PM



https://www.theguardian.com/business/20 ... brid-plane

Electric passenger jet revolution looms as E-Fan X project takes off
Battery-powered air taxis and bigger hybrid planes poised to change aviation





http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc ... -1.3725015

NYPD detective busted with drugs, needle in Manhattan
BY JOHN ANNESE
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Friday, December 29, 2017, 1:41 AM







http://www.latimes.com/world/mexico-ame ... story.html

Mexico's 'Temixco Massacre' left 4 women and 2 children dead, raising questions about police tactics

Shot dead during the botched assault were six family members — four women and two children, including a 3-month-old girl, the latest collateral damage in Mexico’s drug wars.





http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/12 ... ssier.html

Nunes blasts DOJ, FBI for 'failure' to produce records relating to anti-Trump dossier





https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/ ... lear-plant

Fears of another Fukushima as Tepco plans to restart world's biggest nuclear plant




http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nationa ... -1.3726188

Recy Taylor, Alabama woman who fought for justice after 1944 rape by six white men, dead at 97
BY JESSICA SCHLADEBECK
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Friday, December 29, 2017, 2:31 PM





https://www.denverpost.com/2017/12/29/a ... gay-again/

Mike Pence gets message from Aspen neighbors: “Make America Gay Again”
The words adorn a banner on a house near where the vice president is staying this week






http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nationa ... -1.3726720

Cops kill innocent man.

HEAR IT: Kansas ‘swatting’ prankster told cops he shot father ‘in the head,’ threatened to set house ‘on fire’
BY CHRIS SOMMERFELDT





http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainmen ... -1.2552228

Donald Trump has HIV in new Sacha Baron Cohen movie ‘The Brothers Grimsby’ and Sony studio executives are in a frenzy
BY MELANIE DOSTIS
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, March 3, 2016, 6:52 PM





http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politic ... -1.3726329

President Trump fires all remaining members on his HIV/AIDS council, draws outrage from LGBTQ activists
BY CHRIS SOMMERFELDT
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Friday, December 29, 2017, 4:09 PM




http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/h ... -1.3726326

Naked gym classes now offered in New York
BY CONSTANCE GIBBS
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Friday, December 29, 2017, 3:57 PM








http://www.daily-chronicle.com/2017/12/ ... d/aao10n8/


Shooting of black NIU student by Chicago police in 2015 ruled unjustified
Civilian oversight agency concludes two-year investigation
By KEVIN SOLARIEmailFollow







https://apnews.com/84c812976d3a4e90a1f0 ... ight-board


Providence seeks applicants for police oversight board


PROVIDENCE, R.I.

Providence’s City Council is seeking applicants for positions on a police oversight board that was given new powers as part of a sweeping police accountability measure passed earlier this year.

The Providence External Review Authority was established in 2002 but has been inactive for more than a decade. Starting next year, the board will have new powers, including the ability to investigate possible violations of the Providence Community-Police Relations Act, which was passed in June.

The board will have nine members — seven selected by a majority of the council, one chosen by the council president and one by the mayor.




https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/cri ... 991342001/

Months after decision not to charge David Clarke, email search warrant filed


Updated 5:14 p.m. CT Dec. 29, 2017

Long after federal prosecutors decided not to pursue criminal charges against then-Sheriff Dave A. Clarke Jr. over his treatment of a fellow airline passenger, an FBI agent's request to search Clarke's private gmail account was filed in federal court late Thursday.






http://www.wsbradio.com/news/local/geor ... lGefiGGHM/


Did FBI agents cover up Georgia Lynching ?



GEORGIA GOVERNOR’S POSSIBLE LINK TO AN UNSOLVED LYNCHING

In a report sent to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, the agent in charge of the investigation said Talmadge met with George Hester, the brother of the stabbed farmer. Citing an unconfirmed witness statement, the agent said Talmadge offered immunity to anyone “taking care of negro.”

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https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/loca ... 71923.html

FBI Agent Accused of Touching Woman Inappropriately at Holiday Party: Police


An FBI agent has been charged with sexual battery in Virginia, police said.
Prince William County Police arrested 49-year-old Charles Allen Dick earlier this month after a woman he knows filed a complaint that Dick touched her inappropriately while they posed for a group photograph at a holiday party in Woodbridge, sources told News4.
The woman is the wife of another FBI official, sources said.
Dick was released on personal recognizance after his arrest.





http://abc13.com/3-arrested-after-kidna ... d/2987385/


Kidnapping victim killed by FBI agent when he opens fire during raid in northeast Houston



https://www.app.com/story/news/investig ... 035075001/

The hidden cop problem: Sex with teens and stalking

GOVERNMENT SECRECY AND AN INSULAR POLICE CULTURE PROTECTS SEXUAL PREDATORS.

Andrew Ford and
Kala Kachmar, Asbury Park Press





https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/ ... -nickname/


January 25, 2018
The secret origin of J. Edgar Hoover’s nickname
FBI newsletter obtained by Russ Kick offers an official explanation for why senior staff could call Hoover “Speed”
Written by JPat Brown
Edited by Beryl Lipton
One of the lesser-known scandals associated with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s most infamous Director, J. Edgar Hoover, is that for years, he answered to his childhod nickname, “Speed.”

While various sources have attributed the name to everything from Hoover’s habit of talking quickly (allegedly to mask a stutter) …



to his swiftness on the football field (a sport he never played) …



an official FBI newsletter released to Russ Kick offers the official origin story.



Yep, dude was just really good at groceries.

This is further confirmed by Hoover’s own account …



though, as with anything coming directly from Hoover, it’s best to adopt an attitude of “distrust, but verify.”

Read the full newsletter on Kick’s page, The Memory Hole 2. Kick does great work, so please consider donating here. Additionally, the first part of Hoover’s personal FBI file is embedded below.



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

Protesters 'livid' that off-duty LAPD officer won't face prosecution in dispute with teens in Anaheim






https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2 ... 065191001/

Bellevue PD says Dayton officer responsible for unattended assault rifle



Jan. 25, 2018 | Updated 6:19 p.m. ET Jan. 25, 2018

Police are promising an investigation after video surfaced Wednesday of a child walking by an unattended police rifle left leaning against a car in Dayton, Kentucky.

In a Facebook video posted on Jan. 24, what appears to be an AR-15-style rifle can be seen leaning up against a car across the street from where police are standing after responding to a domestic violence incident.

Dayton Police Chief David Halfhill said the rifle was accidentally set down when the officers interacted with the suspect.

In the video an officer walks away from the scene to his car, with his own rifle in hand. Other police officers walk in the other direction







http://www.nwahomepage.com/news/fox-24/ ... /939348543

FBI Agent Testifies in Former Sen. Woods' Hearing
KNWA-
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) – The FBI agent who deleted 140 hours of secret audio recordings of former Sen. Jon Woods, R-Springdale, took the stand in court on Thursday. The courtroom battle is heating up in the hearing over possible missing evidence. It's a story we've covered extensively, the U.S. ...




http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_ ... porn_prank

More trooper trouble in academy porn, prank
Investigators are probing allegations a state trooper brought in files of porn, while others pulled a prank with a fake Taser at the Massachusetts State Police Academy in the latest scandal to hit the embattled police force.

A 13-page complaint, filed by a female trooper with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, alleges she was disciplined for...

Read More






http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/4324 ... sure-level

Millions of Americans Are Ingesting a Chemical Some Experts Believe Has No Safe Exposure Level
Thursday, January 25, 2018
By Dan Ross, Truthout | Report



http://www.bostonherald.com/news/column ... socialflow

Carr: Scandal-ridden FBI must be abolished
‘Secret Society’ is one controversy too far to tolerate

Howie Carr Wednesday, January 24, 2018




http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politic ... -1.3779296

Guggenheim Museum offered Trump a golden toilet after he requested a Van Gogh for the White House
BY CHRIS SOMMERFELDT
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Thursday, January 25, 2018, 4:42 PM







http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryla ... story.html


Former detective testifies that Baltimore Police gun unit was tipped off to investigations into its misconduct


Shawn Whiting had large stacks of cash spread throughout his bedroom when Baltimore police came crashing in one morning in January 2014: $8,000 from his job as a house painter — and nearly $16,000 he acknowledged was from selling cocaine.

But when Whiting received a letter after his arrest outlining how much had been seized, it showed just $7,650. Whiting immediately called the internal affairs unit to report the theft.

“If you steal candy from the store, you’re going to keep doing it,” Whiting, 52, testified Thursday in U.S. District Court.

Four years later, Detective Marcus Taylor is on trial for that robbery and four others, charged with Detective Daniel Hersl with being part of a racketeering conspiracy as members of the police department’s Gun Trace Task Force.

Earlier, Detective Maurice Ward — another task force member, who has pleaded guilty in the case — testified that Taylor found the money in Whiting’s closet, asked Ward to “look out for him” and they split $3,000.

Whiting’s contacts with internal affairs add to the list of instances in which people tried to report the corrupt officers for misconduct to no avail.

The second day of trial for Taylor and Hersl brought a raft of new disclosures, including that police recovered a replica gun from the glove box of Taylor’s vehicle after his arrest last year. The gun, shown to jurors, is nearly indistinguishable from Taylor’s service pistol.

Ward said the unit’s supervisor, Sgt. Wayne Jenkins, instructed the officers to carry replica guns to plant if they found themselves in a jam.

Prosecutors previously said that the officers were tipped off to an investigation into their unit. Ward said Thursday that Taylor had a “source” in internal affairs who informed them that their overtime was being investigated and their phones and vehicles were being tracked. He also said that Jenkins told them that a sergeant named Ryan Guinn had informed Jenkins that federal agents investigating two of their colleagues had visited him.

Guinn, a former member of the task force who has not been charged with a crime, has come up previously in connection with the federal investigation of the officers. In 2010, he took part in an arrest in which federal prosecutors say drugs were planted on a man who fled and got into a fatal crash. He was suspended after the allegations arose in November, but reinstated a couple of weeks later.

Former Commissioner Kevin Davis, in an interview earlier this year, said he had spoken with the FBI about Guinn, who is assigned to the training academy, and was “absolutely confident that there are no administrative sanctions to pursue against” him. But it was not clear whether he knew about the allegation that Guinn might have tipped off the officers.

The officers also are charged with theft of overtime for hours they did not work. Ward said that before joining the Gun Trace Task Force, he learned a lieutenant named Ian Dombroski would authorize eight hours of overtime pay that officers did not have to work, as a reward for officers who recovered guns.

Dombrowski continues to serve as the head of the Police Department’s internal affairs unit.

Asked about the claims Thursday, police department spokesman T.J. Smith said: “There are currently active internal investigations into anyone who may have enabled any members of the Gun Trace Task Force and their criminal actions.”

Smith did not elaborate on whether the department had taken any new actions against officers whose names have come up during the trial.

Ward is one of four officers charged in the federal case who have pleaded guilty and are expected to testify against their colleagues. Ward’s testimony Tuesday outlined astonishing misconduct: He said the officers stole thousands of dollars and drugs, used illegal GPS tracking devices to track targets, pretended to be federal agents, and profiled certain vehicles and people.

Ward testified about additional misconduct Thursday, saying he and Taylor once conducted a “trash run” on a home in preparation for obtaining a search warrant. They found marijuana residue in the target’s trash, but realized the trash can belonged to another resident. They proceeded anyway, submitting an affidavit for a search warrant falsely claiming the drugs had been found in the target’s trash can.

Though Ward had been charged only with robberies dating back to 2014, he has testified that he had been stealing money and lying on paperwork for far longer.

“For the better part of a decade, professionally, you’ve been lying?” asked Taylor’s defense attorney, Christopher Nieto.

“Yes, sir,” Ward responded.

Defense attorneys worked to poke holes in Ward’s account, and question his motives. Nieto expressed disbelief at Ward’s account of discarding $20,000 in stolen money along a wooded path behind his home. Ward testified that he was uncomfortable having such a large amount of stolen funds.

“You just took a bag of $20,000, dumped it out on a path, and walked away?” Nieto asked.

“Pretty much,” Ward said.

The defense attorneys also sought to paint a Baltimore Police Department in turmoil following the 2015 riots that followed the death of Freddie Gray, with overtime pay flowing unchecked to those who were willing to work hard to quell the violence.

“What really happened? A lot of officers said, ‘I don’t want to get involved.’ Is that fair to say?” Hersl’s attorney, William Purpura, asked Ward, referring to morale in the agency.

“Yes sir,” Ward said.



The robbery of Whiting left lingering questions. Ward said that a group of up to nine officers raided Whiting’s home. Whiting, who said he no longer deals drugs, testified that in addition to the stolen money, officers reported seizing three kilograms of cocaine when he was certain he had four-and-a-half kilograms. He also said officers stole items such as a Gucci belt, expensive cologne, and rare Air Jordan sneakers.

Ward, who is cooperating with the government in hopes of reducing his sentence and has admitted to a broad range of crimes, said he and Taylor did not take those items or any drugs.

Back at the Western District station, the money seized at Whiting’s residence was taken into a secure area of the district. Before helping himself to the $3,000, Ward said that he noticed the stack of cash “had gotten small.”

The other $14,000 is unaccounted for






Link du jour


http://www.vindy.com/news/2018/jan/16/y ... rgy-envir/




http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/4 ... e-election

How the Republicans Helped Trump Steal the Election
By Greg Palast, Truthout | Op-Ed



Intrepid reporter Greg Palast has pursued the Republican war on voters that the mainstream corporate media is afraid to touch. Now, Palast has just updated his DVD, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: The Case of the Stolen Election with new footage revealing how Trump and cronies used voter suppression to win. Click here to make a contribution to Truthout and get the new, enhanced DVD.

Believe me, the last damn thing I wanted to do was make an update of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.

But you gave me no choice.

The original film, released in 2016, told you in cold terms: "Trump's going to win and he's going to win by stealing it."

But did you listen?

No, MSNBC reported that "Trump has no path to 270," and they bought their party dresses for Clinton's inaugural.

Well, the 2 million who saw the film got it -- and Truthout readers of my columns got it. But that left 120 million American voters who actually believe Trump won, and marched like sheep to the Trump Casino to be sheered.

So, here's the skinny: Trump lost not just the popular vote, but also the vote in key swing states -- that is, if you counted all the ballots cast and allowed the blocked and purged voters to vote.

How? Well, that's why I made a new edition to the film, to lay it out cold. And why I tramped through the snows of Michigan and Wisconsin and beyond to explain exactly what happened. The result was the updated film, just released, with a new sub-title: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: The Case of the Stolen Election.

Take Michigan. Trump officially won the state by 10,700 voters. But dig this: 75,355 ballots were never counted.

Like, huh? Not counted? Yes. Michiganders vote on these ridiculous paper ballots that old machines have a hard time reading. And critically, 87 machines simply broke down and didn't count the votes at all.

And where were these uncounted ballots and broken machines? I found them in Detroit and Flint, Michigan -- two majority-Black cities. Do you think those 75,355 ballots in Detroit and Flint were Trump ballots?

So, why broken machines? As I explain in the update, Detroit and Flint went bankrupt -- and so the budgets of those cities were taken over by "managers" appointed by the violently Republican governor. Detroit's manager was told the machines would break in advance of the election. That the machines were old and couldn't read all the ballots if marked with red pens or if folks put an "X" instead of filling in a bubble.

But there's a marvelous machine that can read those uncounted ballots: the human eye. And that is why Jill Stein called for a "recount" -- which was actually a count of the ballots previously "spoiled" and uncounted. Trump's lawyers stopped the recount because he was losing.

And as I illustrate in the film, almost 3 million ballots were disqualified for cockamamie reasons, like not filling in the bubble.

Here's a frame from the film of a voter who lost her vote because they didn't fill in the bubble: my mother!



Whose votes get thrown in the ballot dumpster? According to the US Civil Rights Commission, the chance your vote will be disqualified is 900 percent higher if you're Black than if you're white.

Do the math. Trump would have lost Ohio, North Carolina, Arizona, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania ... the list goes on ... if not for the "spoilage" game and blocking legit voters from the polls.

The documentary has special extra reports from Michigan and Georgia -- where the trick that was key to Trump's vote heist also swiped the special election in Georgia's Sixth Congressional District for the GOP.

And that new trick? It's called, "Interstate Crosscheck" and it's run by Trump's vote-thief-in-chief Kris Kobach, secretary of state for Kansas. The mainstream media discovered Kobach and Crosscheck only after the election.

No reporter confronted Kobach with the evidence of his scheme -- except this reporter, working for Rolling Stone. (You will see that confrontation in the film.)

And yet, the mainstream media still don't get it. Crosscheck wiped out the registration of 1.1 million
The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: The Case of the Stolen Election, Trump Stole It (Updated DVD)
The GOP war to suppress voting.


And whose money is behind Kobach? Me and my chief investigator Leni Badpenny run the money trail back through half a dozen front groups to the Koch brothers.

The updated film also includes Trump's appointment of Kobach to his witch-hunting group called, "The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity" -- now disbanded and reformed within the Department of Homeland Security.

So, be afraid. Be very afraid of what Kobach is up to now. Unfortunately, it's not just a movie; this horror show is for real.

Plus, I had to tell you how those billionaires made out who bought the election for Trump. (No, Trump's not a billionaire; he just plays one on TV.) And they did fine, indeed.

So that's why I had no choice but to update The Best Democracy Money Can Buy and give it a new subtitle: The Case of the Stolen Election.

Some folks ask, How much of an update? Oh, say, 15 percent of the film -- and the extras are all new. No more was needed because, sadly, we figured out the trickery well before the election.




https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/ ... ssia-1964/

January 25, 2018
According to a declassified CIA memo, Moscow has been trying to influence U.S. elections since 1964
The Soviets began using active measures to influence U.S. Presidential elections 52 years before Trump’s 2016 election
Written by Emma Best
Edited by JPat Brown
A declassified 1964 memo to the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency reveals that the Moscow has been attempting to influence the U.S. Presidential elections since 1964, a full fifty-two years before the election of Donald Trump.

While MuckRock previously reported that the Agency first began systematically tracking Russian/Soviet attempts to influence the elections in 1982, with an eye towards the 1984 election, the 1964 memo discusses the Soviet Union’s first attempts to sway a U.S. election’s outcome through active measures, and how they used game theory to tailor their approach.



Where the 1982 memo discussed the Soviet Union using policy and other machinations to apply pressure that could influence the election, the 1964 memo documents some of the Soviet’s earliest attempts to increase the chance that the candidate who was less hostile to Moscow would win the election. According to the memo, the Soviets initially “seemed generally relaxed about the election” until Senator Barry Goldwater won the Republican nomination. As a result of this, the Soviets took up “a harsher propaganda line” that painted one candidate in a better light.



As the CIA memo notes, Soviet propaganda until that point had taken the position that there was “little basic difference between opposing candidates or policies.” The 1964 election was the first time they made “sharp distinctions between the contending parties and policies, and their preference for President.” The Agency noted that their preference seemed to be for Lyndon B. Johnson over Goldwater, apparently based on the Soviet assumption that Goldwater would take a harder line with the Soviet Union than Johnson.



While the Soviets didn’t endorse or defend Johnson, they abstained from criticizing him personally. Contrasting this with “Khrushchev’s open attack on Senator Goldwater,” the Agency concluded that the Soviets had a preference against Goldwater. According to the CIA, the it was Goldwater’s candidacy that the Soviets credited with “the emergence of tense situations, as in Vietnam and Cyprus,” as a result of the “election pressures.” According to the Soviets, the right wing was “fanning chauvinism in its most extreme form.”



The memo to the CIA Director concluded that the Soviet’s views were authentic and not merely machinations, while noting that the concerns were likely to be temporary. Both the Soviets and the Agency seemed to (correctly) expect Johnson to win the election. According to the Agency, if they were right, and Johnson did win, Khrushchev would hold it up “as a vindication of the USSR’s peaceful coexistence policy and as a rebuff of ‘fascist’ forces.” On the other hand, “if Senator Goldwater is elected, then the Soviet propaganda machine has laid the groundwork for a change of Soviet policy,” likely referring to Khrushchev’s open attacks on Goldwater.



However, the Agency was uncertain exactly what changes in policy the Soviet’s would pursue if Goldwater did win the election.



Regarding the Soviet’s approach to affairs after the election, the Agency seemed to suggest a “wait and see” approach be adopted, predicting gestures and probes from the Soviets to determine the U.S.’s post-election stance on issues. The memo notes that the Soviet’s tactics would depend a great deal on the U.S.’s reaction to their probes and attempts at outreach, though they expected Khrushchev “to stimulate hopes for a further reduction of international tensions” (the Cuban Missile Crisis having taken place just two years before, and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy by Soviet defector Lee Harvey Oswald having taken place just under 11 months prior).



The Agency backed up this conclusion by noting that the Soviet Union didn’t seem to be in a position, either strategically or economically, that allow an “abrupt shift to a rough line,” noting that “there are strong forces” that would seem to preclude this.



While the Soviet’s initial propaganda offensive regarding U.S. Presidential elections seems quite tame when compared to the events of 2016, they nevertheless began Moscow’s tradition of attempting to influence the outcome of American elections. Combined with the 1982 memo discussing the need to systematically study Soviet active measures as they applied to elections, and noting several suspected attempts to create conditions that would favor one candidate over another, the 1964 memo gives us another important point on the timeline tracking Soviet and Russian attempts to interfer in U.S. elections.

Significantly to anyone looking to understand how Russia chooses one candidate over another, their choice in the 1964 election seems to have been as much about who they didn’t want to win the Presidency as who they did - similar to the 2016 election.



A FOIA request has been filed to learn more about the 1964 election and Soviet attempts to influence it. Until that request is fulfilled, you can read the complete 1964 memo below.




https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way ... g-evidence

Baltimore Police Officer Indicted On Charges Of Misconduct ...
NPR-
A grand jury in Baltimore has indicted a police officer who was caught on video appearing to leave drugs in a spot and then come back to recover them. A video released by the Baltimore public defender's office in July showed Officer Richard Pinheiro in January 2017 holding a can with a plastic bag in it ...

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“ With a $4 Billion Dollar annual budget
the FBI is more than capable of hiring the best computer hacker
at the annual DefCon conference in Las Vegas.”

https://www.defcon.org/images/defcon-25 ... report.pdf

in other voter fraud news
see link for full hack

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/26/vot ... ut-defcon/

Voting-machine makers are already worried about Defcon
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Last year, Defcon’s Voting Village made headlines for uncovering massive security issues in America’s electronic voting machines. Unsurprisingly, voting-machine makers are working to prevent a repeat performance at this year’s show.

According to Voting Village organizers, they’re having a tough time getting their hands on machines for white-hat hackers to test at the next Defcon event in Las Vegas (held in August). That’s because voting-machine makers are scrambling to get the machines off eBay and keep them out of the hands of the “good guy” hackers.

Village co-organizer Harri Hursti told attendees at the Shmoocon hacking conference this month they were having a hard time preparing for this year’s show, in part because voting machine manufacturers sent threatening letters to eBay resellers. The intimidating missives told auctioneers that selling the machines is illegal — which is false.

Electronic voting-machine manufacturers — and anyone with a stake in keeping their flaws secret — have oodles of reasons to prevent Defcon’s Voting Village from having a repeat performance of last year’s (perfectly legal) mass hacking of e-vote boxes.

Voting-machine hacking at Defcon isn’t new; the conference has been joyfully cracking voting machines since 2004. The problems with voting-machine security, and the industry’s unwillingness to acknowledge the problems discovered at Defcon, have ensured the voting machine hacking challenge has been coming back year after year.

In fact, the machines are so badly maintained, notoriously backdoored and easily hacked that even Defcon hackers massively stress out in forums and chat spaces about their own local and federal voting process.

As you’d expect, e-vote machine hacking was more popular than ever last year at Defcon.

Voting machines displayed at Defcon’s Voting Village in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 29, 2017.
But 2017’s e-vote hackfest was markedly different because it was officially the first time a large-scale hack of voting machines had occurred (openly, anyway) because the act of hacking them is considered illegal. Not at Defcon’s 2017’s mass e-vote hack-a-palooza: That was thanks to the hard work of law professor Andrea Matwyshyn. She cleared the way for scores of hackers to legally throw everything they had at voting machines for all to see.

Voting-machine makers with anything to hide couldn’t have been happy about that. If you remember the headlines after last year’s Defcon, the results that came out of the Voting Village were beyond problematic. Shocking, even.

Defcon’s hackers breached every single voting machine in the Village. Some in minutes; many in under an hour-and-a-half. E-vote machines were popped by hackers without insider knowledge and by hackers who didn’t even specialize in voting machines.

One attendee remarked on Twitter, “Horrifyingly, some were hacked wirelessly (ie no physical access). Many hadn’t had OS or basic software patches in over a decade.” They added, “Others had been sold off after use, but hadn’t been wiped; still had voter data on them. Didn’t hear of any with any credible audit trail.”


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Coal chiefs mock reporter as critical West Virginia media voice goes bust
Massey Energy attorney waves pink slip for local journalist as energy department adviser says ‘I’m an advocate for the coal industry’
Donald Trump arrives to speak at a rally in Huntington, West Virginia, in August 2017.
In a room packed with coal industry leaders in Charleston, West Virginia, a speaker held up a fake “pink slip” for a local newspaper reporter who covers the business, and mockingly said he wished the journalist could be in attendance.


Energy agency rejects Trump plan to prop up coal and nuclear power plants
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The crowd erupted into laughter because the reporter, Ken Ward, who has covered the industry with an unforgiving eye for years, was not there. The pink slip is a nod to the fact that his publication, the Charleston Gazette, recently filed for bankruptcy. The stunt was first reported by Taylor Kuykendall, a fellow coal reporter for the S&P Global Market Intelligence, the news and financial data website.

The speaker, Robert McLusky, is lead attorney for Massey Energy, which owned the Upper Big Branch mine when it exploded in 2010, killing 29 workers. Ward, a 25-year reporting veteran led the Gazette’s aggressive and detailed coverage of the disaster, peppering the company with questions about the regulatory corner-cutting that led to the fatal explosion.

But it was McLusky and other industry top brass who indulged in the last laugh on Wednesday, because the loss of news reporting as a check on their power has not been their only good news of late. The industry has also seen the prospect of government accountability on labor and environmental issues dwindle in the warm embrace of the Trump administration






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We can battle climate change without Washington DC. Here's how
Bill McKibben
Global warming is an immediate battle with enormous consequences. We dare not wait for Washington to return to sanity – nor do we have to

Thu 1 Feb 2018 06.00 EST




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A son who saw a police officer hold a gun to his father’s head. A husband whose wife was pulled over driving a Bentley. These unsettling scenes are among the stories from some of the NFL’s marquee players, multimillionaires sharing tales of racial profiling by law enforcement. It is a troubling concern for people of color that has been at the center of the protests begun in August 2016 by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.



The protests have waned, but the ongoing issue for players and the black communities they come from has not. The Associated Press surveyed 56 of the 59 black players at last weekend’s Pro Bowl game as part of its look at how African American athletes have long used their sports platforms to effect social and political change. The AP asked the players whether they or someone they knew have ever experienced racial profiling. All said yes.

“You can probably ask any black man out here and the answer is yes,” said Jacksonville Jaguars d





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Stejskal: ‘I Stand By Everything I Wrote’ About Retired Agent and Discovery Channel Series on Unabomber

Greg Stejskal served as an FBI agent for 31 years and retired as resident agent in charge of the Ann Arbor office. He wrote two critiques (1 and 2) of the Discovery Channel series, “Manhunt Unabomber,” in which he criticized the way FBI agent Jim Fitzgerald was portrayed as having a much bigger role in the Unabomber case than he actually did. Fitzgerald, who is now retired responded that he had a bigger role than Stejskal acknowledged and that the show also took artistic license to make him look as if he did more than he actually did. This is Stejskal’s response to Fitzgerald’s column.






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January 31, 2018
Pentagon moves to restrict public knowledge of progress in Afghanistan
President claims “We no longer tell our enemies our plans” on day SIGAR reports that we’re no longer telling the American people either
Written by Beryl Lipton
Edited by JPat Brown
By the time President Donald J. Trump finds his name on the ballot slip once again, there will be voting adults who will have spent their entire lives as citizens of a country at war in Afghanistan. But, as he mentioned during last night’s State of the Union address, the battle against the insurgents carries on, presumably a renewed optimism now that, “Along with their heroic Afghan partners, our military is no longer undermined by artificial timelines and we no longer tell our enemies our plans.”

The statement came on the same day the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction released its Quarterly Report to Congress, in which the office highlighted an alarming development in public transparency on the years-long conflict against the Taliban.



According to the IG, the office was given instructions not to release one of the most straightforward - and last publicly-available - data points on the engagement: the number of districts held by the government vs. the number held by insurgents. It notes that this information has been available for over a year, and in that time, the ratio of government to insurgent-held territory has been falling in favor of the previously metioned-enemy.



The change is an alarming one for both SIGAR, which is one of the few agencies tasked with overseeing American operations in the Middle Eastern country, Congress, and the American public, which has been shouldering the billions and billions of dollars in associated costs, including a 13% increase in civilian deaths over last year’s tally.



The report also highlighted other classification efforts being undertaken by the U.S. Forces - Afghanistan…



the ongoing to difficulties of imposing law, even in the country’s highest offices…



and the areas that were deemed too dangerous to conduct random, in-person interviews on how optimistic the people are feeling.



The whole report is embedded below, and you can explore more of SIGAR’s oversight efforts on its





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NYPD detective 'Do-little' now being probed for his Nassau County side businesses
BY GRAHAM RAYMAN
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 9:01 PM





http://chicagopoliceconsentdecree.org/resources/


The following documents are related to the Chicago Police Department reform efforts and will be updated periodically.
CONSENT DECREE DOCUMENTS

On August 29, 2017, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit to obtain reform of the Chicago Police Department. The Illinois Attorney General’s Office and the City of Chicago agreed to stay the lawsuit and negotiate an enforceable consent decree based on the findings of the Justice Department’s investigation and the Task Force’s report that revealed a pattern of civil rights violations caused by systemic deficiencies within CPD.

State of Illinois vs. City of Chicago Complaint
Illinois Attorney General Consent Decree Press Release
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (DOJ) DOCUMENTS

In 1994, following the Rodney King incident in Los Angeles and subsequent focus on how the federal government could better address police misconduct, Congress passed a law giving the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) the authority to sue state and local governments to ban patterns or practices of unconstitutional policing, including the use of unnecessary or excessive force and discriminatory policing. Since then, DOJ has conducted more than two dozen investigations of law enforcement agencies throughout the country, including the Chicago Police Department.

DOJ Investigation of the Chicago Police Department Report
DOJ’s Fact Sheet on its Investigation of the Chicago Police Department
DOJ Investigation of the Chicago Police Department Press Release
DOJ’s Special Litigation, “Conduct of Law Enforcement” Website
CHICAGO POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY TASK FORCE (PATF) DOCUMENTS

Following the November 2015 release of the video showing the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald by a Chicago Police officer, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed a Police Accountability Task Force (PATF) to review the system of accountability, oversight and training for Chicago’s police officers. In April 2016, the Task Force released a report with more than 100 recommendations for reform.

PATF Report
PATF Report Press Release
PATF Announcement Press Release
PATF Website



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Deborah Danner, Bronx woman killed by NYPD, was 'screaming and yelling' to be left alone before fatal shooting
BY CHELSIA ROSE MARCIUS LARRY MCSHANE
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, February 1, 2018, 4:48 PM







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POLITICS GETS PERSONAL IN LOUISIANA'S 8th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT


NEW ROADS, La., Oct. 28— In the battered studio of radio station KCLF, a tiny AM channel in this little town on an old coil of the Mississippi River, Clyde Holloway, a conservative white nurseryman who is the Republican candidate for Louisiana's Eighth Congressional District, was taping an interview this afternoon to be broadcast to the 25,000 people who live within the reach of the station's signal. He was talking about sex, race, murder and patriotism or the lack of it.

He was talking about his opponent, Faye Williams, a Democrat, a woman and a lawyer who stands a strong chance of becoming the first black person to be elected to the House of Representatives from Louisiana since Reconstruction.

''I don't say Faye is a Communist,'' Mr. Holloway said, . ''I don't even say she has a radical following. We just don't know.''

A Shooting in Los Angeles

He had reached this point in the interview after discussing an event that occurred more than 15 years ago in Los Angeles, where Ms. Williams was then in graduate school. Her estranged husband, Stan Duke, a black television broadcaster from whom she had filed for divorce, had broken into her house, beaten her and shot to death the man she had been seeing, Averill Berman, a white college professor and prominent political activist.

''The part that worries me about her past is not the love affair,'' Mr. Holloway said. ''The part that concerns me is that the guy who was killed was a known Communist in the Los Angeles area. The old saying out in the street is that if you sleep with a dog, you get fleas.''

In Louisiana, politics gets personal. Two weeks ago The Alexandria Daily Town Talk - ''my hometown paper,'' Ms. Williams says drily - published an editorial that served up the facts of the shooting, along with the advice that a candidate's personal life ''relinquishes part of its shroud of privacy when one seeks public office.''

There had been no public mention of the incident in the long primary campaign, when Ms. Williams returned from law school and a job in Washington to face Mr. Holloway and four white men who are Democrats in an open primary election. Not until almost three weeks after Ms. Williams finished first in that primary did the newspaper





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After calling for surveillance reform, Democrats help kill it

Evan Halper
By EVAN HALPER
JAN 17, 2018 | 11:40 AM
| WASHINGTON





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Judge dismisses charges against Bath Iron Works protesters

Superior Court Justice Daniel Billings on Thursday dismissed all criminal trespass charges against nine anti-war activists following a protest outside Bath Iron Works last summer, just as their trial got underway at the Sagadahoc County Courthouse.

Billings granted the defendants’ motion for judgment of acquittal, “despite our efforts to bring this case to the jury and to let the jury decide,” Sagadahoc County District Attorney Jonathan Liberman confirmed Thursday night.





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Maine should leave the bottle bill alone






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CDC to cut global disease outbreak prevention by 80 percent

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NEWS TOP STORY
Here Is The List Of Attackers The FBI Was Warned About But Still Failed To Stop
By Becky Loggia
February 17, 2018 at 9:14am











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Protect Yourself from FBI Manipulation (w/attorney Harvey Silverglate)


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February 15, 2018
Over a decade later, FBI surveillance of Iraq War protests still resonates
Bureau’s photos of a 2004 antiwar demonstration show how little it takes to end up in a federal database
Written by JPat Brown
Edited by Beryl Lipton
Today is the 15th anniversary of 2003’s coordinated protest against the Iraq War. With attendance in the millions, at the time it was the “the largest protest event in human history.”

Though we don’t have any records from that particular protest, Federal Bureau of Investigation files show that later demonstrations were under heavy Bureau surveillance, such as these photos of a protest in Richmond, Virginia on July 3, 2004.

There is a chilling banality to some of these photos, taking note of details as minor as a car bearing a pro-peace bumper sticker.


We encourage you to browse the photos embedded below and reflect on how, despite all that’s changed in the past decade and a half, ever-present and nearly-unchecked government surveillance hasn’t gone anywhere.






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Anti-cop ex-professor calls spate of officers killed 'pig death stats'








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NYPD cop cuffed for allegedly throwing 1-year-old baby
BY THOMAS TRACY
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Saturday, February 17, 2018, 11:05 AM


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Thailand’s former top cop grilled over brothel owner’s loan

BANGKOK — Thailand’s former national police chief, who currently heads the Thai Football Association, met with investigators Thursday to explain his financial links with a fugitive massage parlor owner accused of human trafficking.

Somyot Poompanmoung reported to the Department of Special Investigation — Thailand’s FBI — after admitting that while he was police chief he borrowed 300 million baht (almost $9.5 million) from Kampol Wirathepsuporn.



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February 16, 2018
EFF and MuckRock are filing a thousand public records requests about ALPR data sharing
How much data have law enforcement agencies collected using automated license plate readers, and who are they sharing it with?
Written by Dave Maass
Edited by Michael Morisy
EFF and MuckRock have a launched a new public records campaign to reveal how much data law enforcement agencies have collected using automated license plate readers and are sharing with each other.

Over the next few weeks, the two organizations are filing approximately 1,000 public records requests with agencies that have deals with Vigilant Solutions, one of the nation’s largest vendors of ALPR surveillance technology and software services. We’re seeking documentation showing who’s sharing ALPR data with whom. We are also requesting information on how many plates each agency scanned in 2016 and 2017 and how many of those plates were on predetermined “hot lists” of vehicles suspected of being connected to crimes.

You can see the full list of agencies and track the progress of each request through the Street-Level Surveillance: ALPR Campaign page on MuckRock.

“Joining the largest law enforcement LPR sharing network is as easy as adding a friend on your favorite social media platform.”

That’s a direct quote from Vigilant Solutions in its promotional materials for its ALPR technology. Through its LEARN system, Vigilant Solutions has made it possible for government agencies - particularly sheriff’s offices and police departments - to grant 24-7, unrestricted database access to hundreds of other agencies around the country.

ALPRs are camera systems that scan every license plate that passes in order to create enormous databases of where people drive and park their cars both historically and in real time. Collected en masse by ALPRs mounted on roadways and vehicles, this data can reveal sensitive information about people, such as where they work, socialize, worship, shop, sleep at night, and seek medical care or other services. ALPR allows your license plate to be used as a tracking beacon and a way to map your social networks.

Here’s the question: who is on your local police department’s and sheriff office’s ALPR friend lists?

Perhaps you live in a “sanctuary city.” There’s a very real chance local police are sharing ALPR data with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Patrol, or one of their subdivisions.

Perhaps you live thousands of miles from the South. You’d be surprised to learn that scores of small towns in rural Georgia have round-the-clock access to your ALPR data. This includes towns like Meigs, which serves a population of 1,000 and did not even have full-time police officers until last fall.

In 2017, EFF and the Center for Human Rights and Privacy filed records requests with several dozen law enforcement agencies in California. We found that police departments were routinely sharing ALPR data with a wide variety of agencies that may be difficult to justify. Police often shared with the DEA, FBI, and U.S. Marshals - but they also shared with federal agencies with a less clear interest, such as the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, and the Air Force base at Fort Eustis. California agencies were also sharing with public universities on the East Coast, airports in Tennessee and Texas, and agencies that manage public assistance programs, like food stamps and indigent health care. In some cases, the records indicate the agencies were sharing with private actors.

Meanwhile, most agencies are connected to an additional network called the National Vehicle Locator System, which shares sensitive information with more than 500 government agencies, the identities of which have never been publicly disclosed.

Here are the data sharing documents we obtained in 2017, which we are seeking to update with our new series of requests.

Anaheim Police Department
Antioch Police Department
Bakersfield Police Department
Chino Police Department
Clovis Police Department
Elk Grove Police Department
Fontana Police Department
Fountain Valley Police Department
Glendora Police Department
Hawthorne Police Department
Irvine Police Department
Livermore Police Department
Lodi Police Department
Long Beach Police Department
Montebello Police Department
Orange Police Department
Palos Verdes Estates Police Department
Red Bluff Police Department
Sacramento Police Department
San Bernardino Police Department
San Diego Police Department
San Rafael Police Department
San Ramon Police Department
Simi Valley Police Department
Tulare Police Department
We hope to create a detailed snapshot of the ALPR mass surveillance network linking law enforcement and other government agencies nationwide. Currently, the only entity that has the definitive list is Vigilant Solutions, which, as a private company, is not subject to state or federal public record disclosure laws. So far, the company has not volunteered this information, despite reaping many millions in tax dollars.

Until they do, we’ll keep filing requests.

For more information on ALPRs, visit EFF’s Street-Level Surveillance hub.




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Suit: Atkinson police chief didn't hire female cop because he thought ...
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LINCOLN — A former police officer candidate has sued the police chief of Atkinson, Nebraska, alleging that he didn't hire her because the northern Nebraska ranching community “wasn't ready” for a female cop. Rhonda Olson, in a lawsuit filed recently in U.S. District Court, alleged she was rejected for hiring in 2008 by ...



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After cop's arrest, questions about what being at work means
CT Post
Paris said he has received a number of calls from other officers wondering why a 2017 case of another cop accused of getting paid while out of the country was handled internally, with no arrest. “We sent the information on that other case to State's Attorney John Smriga, and he determined t



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Cop vows to fight on after losing £900k compensation claim against ...
Scottish Daily Record-
Cop vows to fight on after losing £900k compensation claim against Police Scotland. Amanda Daly claimed she was targeted by senior officers after complaining about the controversial former Counter Corruption Unit. Share. By. Norman Silvester. 06:00, 18 FEB 2018. News. Amanda Daly says she was victimised after ...





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Chinese Cop On Trial For Reckless Driving Found Dead In Kluang
malaysiandigest.com-
KLUANG: A police officer from China, on trial here for causing death by reckless driving, was found dead in a house at Jalan Terubuk 3, Kahang, yesterday. District police chief Asst Commissioner Mohamad Laham said the victim was identified as Wang Weihang, 37. He said in the 2pm incident, Wang's 52-year-old friend ...



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Cop held for attempting to rape 6-year-old
Daily News & Analysis-
A 48-year-old constable, posted with the Gautam Budh Nagar police station, allegedly tried to molest and rape a six-year-old girl on Saturday morning. The police said that the inebriated constable tried to take the girl inside a Kulesara police post in the Ecotech 3 area in Greater Noida. Later, the officer was suspended and ..





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.Retired Cop Released Pending Trial In Toms River Shooting: Report
Patch.com-
Retired Cop Released Pending Trial In Toms River Shooting: Report. Richard Michael Gato, 70, is charged with attempted murder in the shooting in the Silverton area on Feb. 8. By Karen Wall, Patch Staff | Feb 17, 2018 4:49 pm ET ...


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'Shame on you': Furious Florida shooting survivors lead call against ...
fox5sandiego.com-
The FBI's admission prompted Florida Gov. Rick Scott to call on Wray to resign. Also, a video blogger said he warned the FBI in September about a possible school shooting threat from a YouTube user with the same name as Cruz. An FBI agent confirmed a field officer in Jackson, Mississippi, received the tip and ...

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SAY SOMETHING REAL PRESS LLC

Date: July 6, 2018
Press Release: PLEASE RELEASE IMMEDIATELY
Contact: Say Something Real Press LLC
Photos: Available upon request

New Book Explores the Texas Connections to the JFK Assassination

Noted researcher and political cartoonist Richard Bartholomew’s new book, THE DEEP STATE IN THE HEART OF TEXAS, takes a fresh – and often-stunning – new look into the forces behind the most important murder in 20thcentury American history. Available in paperback and Kindle beginning July 4, 2018, this book delivers truth in a detailed yet engaging style. From the alleged murder weapon, to the Zapruder film, to a vehicle possibly used in the assassination being found in Austin, as well as essays covering political strategies for the present and future, THE DEEP STATE IN THE HEART OF TEXAS provides real history in all its gory detail, without a need for theorizing.

“While I have always insisted that the assassination resulted from a collaboration including the most powerful people in the country, I also believed full well that a Texas axis was instrumental in carrying out the plot and cover-up.,” writes researcher Ed Tatro, of THE MEN WHO KILLED KENNEDY, in his forward. “Richard Bartholomew’s research is an excellent place to continue searching for the truth.”

While the 45th American President continues to abuse the term “deep state,” it retains its original meaning as coined by Peter Dale Scott, in reference to the private corporate and public interests that intertwine with one another in the road to power. Bartholomew’s book goes beyond simple media biases into the actual machinations of how deep state events are planned and produced.

A co-founder and director of the Center for Deep Political Research, Richard Bartholomew’s research has appeared in many publications, including The Fourth Decade. He has also presented at various conferences over the years, including the the 2018 JFK Historical Group Conference in Sterling, VA, and his critique of Joan Mellen at the 2016 JFK Assassination Conference in Dallas, TX.

For more information, see: http://www.saysomethingrealpress.com/bartholomew.html

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Brett Kavanaugh coverup of Vince Foster murder

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Voting for the Lesser of Evils

Submitted by robert shetterly on 21 August 2018 - 12:00am
Since I’ve been old enough to vote -- 50 years now -- I’ve felt, except maybe once or twice, that I was voting for the lesser of evils.

That problem was acute in the run up to the 2016 election, and already I’m hearing people say about the 2018 midterm: no matter who it is, if it’s Democrat, you’ve got to vote for it. We’ve got to cancel congressional support for Trump.

That seems not an unworthy goal.

But let’s think about a democracy constantly providing choices which great numbers of people are uncomfortable with, disappointed in, insulted by, angry about.

Do I really have a vote if I can’t vote for the world I want, a world based in sanity rather than suicidal exploitation and U.S. empire? What does it mean if I can’t vote to grapple with the issues I think most urgent?

Someone might answer, well, write in the candidate then who fits your bill. Really? That’s throwing away your vote as sure as not voting.

It seems to me that when you vote for the lesser of evils knowing full well that one of the candidates is more reprehensible than the other but that neither will solve the serious problems, you have then voted against democracy. You’ve disenfranchised yourself. Haven’t you then turned the fundamental tool of democracy into a wrecking bar to tear it down rather than build it up? To protect yourself against a big blue monster, you’ve tied your fate to a smaller green monster. Or, to save yourself from cancer, you’ve chosen heart disease.

Someone will surely remind me that politics is about compromise. Voting for the lesser of evils is a compromise; that's what we do in politics. Politicians must often compromise. Sometimes that’s a courageous virtue -- the art of the possible. Sometimes it’s a betrayal. But is it the role of citizens to compromise their values and their intelligence? I think my obligation as a citizen may be not to compromise but to adhere to my values, to insist on what I consider moral and sane. If I compromise, I give my elected official permission to compromise even further. These sorts of compromises have brought us to the brink of disaster -- actually beyond the brink for so many people already besieged by climate change or the member of a species made extinct by habitat loss.

We all know now (and if you don’t, you’re living in propaganda land) that we live in an oligarchy. A plutocracy. A military/industrial corporatocracy which determines that we have two corporate parties, with two amenable-to-capitalism candidates, and no viable third party. Voting for the lesser of evils inside that system is a vote for the status quo.

If we show signs of opposing this system by refusing to vote, our friends are outraged: “But what if that blue monster wins?” I say the monster has already won. The monster is the system that is despoiling the earth with dollars and weapons and entitlement.

When I vote, I want to be able to vote not for the lesser of evils but the better of goods. I want candidates who recognize the urgency of the crises bearing down on us. And my choice then is: who has the best plan? I want to simply vote for sanity in defiance of this corrupt system. The essential evil in the system is that we can’t vote to fix it. I can’t vote to get the money out of the system. I can’t vote to indict a government of war criminals. I can’t vote to end an economy based on death.

When we are encouraged to vote for the lesser of evils, we are encouraged to vote our fear not our hope, vote for the status quo not for justice. Or to vote for a person more inclined to do the will of the Pentagon rather than Big Pharma or more inclined to sell out to Citigroup rather than kowtow to Exxon-Mobil.

Someone might say, yes, all that’s true, but we can’t look at that big picture. We’ve got to deal with this election right now. We’ll fix that big stuff later. No, not true. There is no later.

The choice of human survival and the survival of other species is upon us -- the survival of all the plants and animals on the planet who can’t vote. The big issues are the most present. They are the greater evil. Voting for the lesser evil is voting for the greater evil.

But, after all that, am I telling you you should not vote for Democrats, any Democrats, to break the chokehold of the Republicans on Congress? No, I’m not saying that. My own truth telling, and I am being as honest as I know how, runs head on into the nastiness of this moment and the reality of so many social, environmental, legal and political protections being stripped away by our current government. If we vote in Democratic majorities, will we be voting to end U.S. militarism and Empire? No. Will we be voting to make a radical shift in green energy production? No, nowhere near radical enough. Will we be voting to get the special interest money -- which makes the system anti-democratic -- out of the system? No. Will we be voting for national health care? Maybe a little closer.

What this means is that the election, no matter which way it goes, obligates us to citizen action and civil disobedience -- to demand action that will save life and create hope for the future on this ailing planet. Because we can’t vote for the better of goods, inevitably we must vote for greater responsibility for ourselves. The system won’t right this listing ship. Only we can.

We can’t vote for democracy, but we sure as hell can act for it. That’s the choice that isn’t the lesser of evils. It’s the better of goods. It's the vote we've always got no matter what the system gives us.





https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/201 ... nce-boston
Massachusetts police tweet lets slip scale of leftwing surveillance
An image of a police computer screen posted during Thursday’s gas emergency showed bookmarks for several activist groups


http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny-metr ... story.html
Texas border agent suspected of killing four prostitutes in two-week orgy of violence

By RICH SCHAPIRO
| NEW YORK DAILY NEWS |
SEP 15, 2018 | 10:20 PM

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https://nationalpost.com/news/world/fbi ... ugh-report


'I haven't heard back': FBI hasn't talked to multiple people who contacted agency about Kavanaugh
The probe's limited scope - which was dictated by the White House - is likely to exacerbate the partisan tensions surrounding Kavanaugh's nomination



https://www.theonion.com/fbi-agent-stil ... 1829496504

FBI Agent Still Tasked With Following Noam Chomsky Around Prepares For Another Day In Local Panera
Yesterday 12:08pm





TUCSON, AZ—Sighing as he settled into a corner table in the fast-casual eatery, FBI agent Thomas Vaughn, who is still tasked



https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/04/politics ... index.html
Christine Blasey Ford attorneys: Kavanaugh investigation a 'stain' on the FBI
By Eli Watkins, CNN

Updated 2:07 PM ET, Thu October 4, 2018



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

Settlement terms have been reached in a federal lawsuit filed against the Ventura County Sheriff's Office in May after deputies removed a Muslim woman’s head scarf while she was in custody.
Ventura County and the Sheriff’s Office reached a $75,000 settlement with Jennifer Hyatt, the Sheriff’s Office announced Monday. The settlement also includes a new policy in the written manual for the Sheriff’s Office that accommodates religious head coverings.



http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc ... story.html
 Off-duty cop hires Brooklyn hooker who steals his car and service weapon while he hits up ATM to pay her: sources

By NOAH GOLDBERG  and THOMAS TRACY

| NEW YORK DAILY NEWS |
OCT 03, 2018 |




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The Latest: Ford letter to FBI questions agency's probe

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/ ... act-vague/


Use DocumentCloud and MuckRock to report with your readers through a CLEF grant
by Michael Morisy
October 01, 2018
We’re excited to announce that DocumentCloud and MuckRock are part of the next round of the Community Listening and Engagement Fund (CLEF). Newsrooms around the country can apply for a subsidy to use our filing, tracking, and analysis tools while developing new ways to involve readers in the reporting process.
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CIA internal history blamed interagency conflicts on the National Security Act being “purposefully vague”
by Emma Best
October 01, 2018
As part of MuckRock’s ongoing project to declassify and collect internal Central Intelligence Agency histories, the Agency recently released a copy of the history on coordination between inbetween intelligence agencies in the aftermath of World War II. The history outlines various “turf wars,” some which predate the Agency itself, which were the result of disagreements about what the law said and who had what responsibilities. According to the history, many of these disagreements and differing interpretations stemmed directly or indirectly from the language of the National Security Act of 1947, which both established and empowered the CIA, as being “purposefully vague.”
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https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics ... 67d7c99830


How the FBI’s flawed investigation of Clarence Thomas became a model for Kavanaugh’s


http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nationa ... story.html
Video shows Texas police officers using force on family members, tasing man despite plea that 'no one is fighting'


By DAVID BOROFF

| NEW YORK DAILY NEWS |
OCT 02, 2018 | 9:10 AM 



http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny-news ... story.html
Yale alum calls FBI with tip for Brett Kavanaugh probe, gets 'embarrassing' runaround, no response, he says

By NANCY DILLON

| NEW YORK DAILY NEWS |
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https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/ ... story.html

State leaders call for transparency in closed-door criminal hearings
Officials were responding to a Globe Spotlight report that detailed how secret criminal hearings resulted in some suspects not facing charges for serious crimes — even though police had substantial evidence.  
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https://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/ar ... 270544.php


California opens some police misconduct records to public view

Melody Gutierrez Sep. 30, 2018 Updated: Sep. 30, 2018 5:54 p.m.





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“Natural Causes Killed Victor: A Death in Solitary,” a folk opera by George Swanson (DVD, 55 minutes)
Loaded on JAN. 10, 2017 by Lance Tapley published in Prison Legal News January, 2017, page 16
Filed under: Commentary/Reviews, Reviews, Immigration, Control Units, Tapes/Music. Location: Maine.
Written by George Swanson, a folksinger and Episcopal priest, this unusual folk opera tells how Victor Valdez, a sickly, working-class immigrant from the Dominican Republic, died in 2009 in solitary confinement at the Maine State Prison – and how the causes of his death were covered up.
The state prosecutor who investigated the case determined that Victor died of “natural causes.” True, he needed kidney dialysis and had other ailments, but a number of other prisoners said he had not been given proper medical care and had been physically abused. In fact, one prisoner had predicted to an advocate that the abuse would likely kill Victor.
I wrote the newspaper article, “A Prison Obituary: The Tragedy of Victor Valdez,” which was the basis for the opera. George Swanson has long worked with me and many others in a campaign to end or restrict the use of solitary in Maine and nationally. He successfully convinced the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) to take on the issue.
NRCAT’s founding director, the Rev. Richard Killmer, said the opera “shows the immorality of solitary confinement.” Bonnie Kerness, director of the American Friends Service Committee’s Prison Watch, called it an “amazing” ...
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https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/suprem ... ge-n915326


Yale classmate to tell FBI of Brett Kavanaugh's 'violent drunken' behavior
The FBI's contact with Charles Ludington, a classmate of Brett Kavanaugh at Yale, is a new development in its background investigation.
by Peter Alexander, Ken Dilanian and Adam Edelman / Oct.01.2018 / 8:10 AM EDT / Updated 12:49 




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


September 25, 2018
Help release the FBI’s files on notorious CIA-tied drug smuggler Barry Seal
The Bureau found 21,826 pages of records on Seal, whose life touched on some of the most significant narcotics cases - and one of the biggest political scandals - of the 20th century
Written by JPat Brown, Emma Best
Edited by JPat Brown
In response to a FOIA request filed by Emma Best back in June, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has located close to 22,000 pages of records on Adler Berriman “Barry” Seal, a notorious drug smuggler with ties to the Central Intelligence Agency, whose life was most recently fictionalized in the 2017 film American Made.

The Bureau is asking for $655 in duplication fees for the release of the files, and owing to their historical importance, Best has opened the request up for crowdfunding. 
As Best summarizes: 
Barry Seal, a pilot and major smuggler for the Medellin cartel, became a DEA informant before being assassinated on the orders of Pablo Escobar in 1986. In 1988, House Judiciary Committee testimony revealed that Seal took part in a sting operation in which CIA installed cameras on his plane, allowing him to photograph Escobar and other members of the Medellin Cartel load large amounts of cocaine for transportation with the help of the Sandinista Minister of the Interior. These photographs were used by President Reagan as part of his effort to raise support for the Contras.
The FBI’s found 21,826 pages of records on Seal, whose life touched on some of the most significant narcotics cases – and one of the biggest political scandals – of the 20th century.
Every dollar raised helps release dozens of pages, so even a small donation helps. Contribute below, or via the request page.




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: Freedom of Information Request: Barry Seal FBI
Email
To Whom It May Concern:
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:
Adler Berriman "Barry" Seal (July 16, 1939 – February 19, 1986) was an American drug smuggler, and aircraft pilot and dealer who flew flights for the Medellín Cartel to and from his airport facility in Mena, Arkansas. His death has been widely and extensively reported. http://www.nndb.com/people/140/000129750/ https://louisianavoice.com/2011/02/14/6 ... aying.html
I am specifically requesting previously all unprocessed files, including but not limited to any forensic, technical or laboratory reports about his death and information about his relationship with the U.S. government as an informant and/or operative. 
Please conduct a search of the Central Records System, including but not limited to the Electronic Surveillance (ELSUR) Indices, the Microphone Surveillance (MISUR) Indices, the Physical Surveillance (FISUR) Indices, and the Technical Surveillance (TESUR) Indices, for both main-file records and cross-reference records for all relevant names and companies. Please search both HQ files and files of various field offices. 
I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the Bureau for AND Magazine, MuckRock and Glomar Disclosure. My articles have been widely read, with some reaching over 100,000 readers. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established.







https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/co ... da00d5a283




CRIME 10/01/2018 01:11 pm ET
FBI Launches Corruption Probe Into Ohio Police Unit Behind Stormy Daniels’ Arrest
The decision follows “a variety of allegations” and actions involving the vice section, Columbus’ police chief said.






https://www.wsbtv.com/news/christine-bl ... /844615680
Christine Blasey Ford has not been contacted by FBI yet in Brett Kavanaugh investigation: Source
By: Cheyenne Haslett, ABC News 
Updated: Oct 1, 2018 - 7:40 AM
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny-news ... story.html
Mailman pees on front porch of Tennessee home during delivery


By DANIELLE CINONE

OCT 01, 2018 | 10:55 AM 



http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny- ... story.html


NYPD sergeant says promotion to lieutenant was blocked due to his support of Colin Kaepernick

By GRAHAM RAYMAN

OCT 01, 2018 | 5:30 AM 






http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nationa ... story.html
Three cops fatally shoot man claiming to have gun in Florida hospital emergency room

By DAVID BOROFF

| NEW YORK DAILY NEWS |
OCT 01, 2018 | 9:30 AM 




https://www.myajc.com/news/minnesota-wo ... FYVDoncUO/
Minnesota woman awarded $520,000 after attack by police dog

ATLANTA-NEWS By Bob D’Angelo, Cox Media Group National Content Desk


https://m.dw.com/en/berlin-police-offic ... a-45684448

Berlin police officer faces brutality probe


http://www.fbicover-up.com/

Welcome to our website about the murder of Vince Foster, Deputy White House Counsel under President Clinton.  Brett Kavanaugh was in charge of the Foster death investigation and led the cover-up inside the Office of the Independent Counsel.  A federal court ordered Independent Counsel Ken Starr to include evidence, found in government records, of an FBI cover-up, to the final Report. 
Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP
https://www.kagstv.com/article/news/nat ... 2c77a23900


Brett Kavanaugh: A week offers plenty of time for FBI to investigate allegations, former officials say
Week expected to be ample time for Kavanaugh FBI probe

Author: Kevin Johnson and Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY
Published: 3:05 PM EDT September 28, 2018
Updated: 6:26 PM EDT September 28, 2018


https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/28/fbi-fit ... -says.html



FBI fitness app asks users to agree to 'all of their activities monitored and recorded'
Jaden Urbi  




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BY CIARA WARDLOW MISCELLANEA, THE ARTICHOKESEPTEMBER 26, 2018
FBI AGENT QUITS AFTER SURVEILLING WELLESLEY STUDENT






https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/ ... cae78acf5a

This pit bull was bred for dog fighting. Now he’s joining a police force.



https://www.wafb.com/2018/09/25/gun-rep ... ton-rouge/

Gun reportedly stolen from FBI agent in Baton Rouge




https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/edi ... More_Pos12


Release government files on Malcolm X assassination




http://www.latimes.com/world/mexico-ame ... story.html

Mexican federal forces disarmed local police in Acapulco. Will it work?

By KATE LINTHICUM

SEP 26, 2018 | 4:20 PM 
| MEXICO CITY


https://www.broadcastingcable.com/blog/ ... nforcement


‘FBI’ Offers Unique Peek at Law Enforcement
CBS show details what federal agents do to keep America safe, and other series skip, says cast member Noel

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Dick Wolf’s FBI premieres on CBS September 25. It’s a procedural about the inner workings of the FBI’s New York office, “bringing to bear all the Bureau's skills, intellect and mind-blowing technology to keep New York and the country safe,” in CBS’ words.


http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nationa ... story.html
Woman punched by cop during New Jersey beach arrest indicted for aggravated assault of a police officer

By PETER SBLENDORIO

| NEW YORK DAILY NEWS |
SEP 24, 2018 | 4:20 PM 




http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/n ... story.html
Wife of Florida deputy texted friend that husband had 'lost his mind' before murder-suicide

By DAVID BOROFF

| NEW YORK DAILY NEWS |
SEP 24, 2018 | 2:10 PM 

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The CIA and the State Department conspired to exploit a bureaucratic loophole to keep records hidden
by Emma Best
October 10, 2018
In 1955, the Central Intelligence Agency’s Psychological and Paramilitary Operations Staff made some inquiries through their point of contact at the State Department about the storage and accessibility of records concerning CIA operations. When they didn’t receive the answer they wanted, an informal suggestion led to a formal policy to circumvent those requirements by manipulating technicalities and appearances, and in some cases ignoring the records even existed.
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https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/ ... -postcard/

The postcard that pitted the ACLU against the FBI
by JPat Brown, Carolyn Komatsoulis
October 11, 2018
The recently released Federal Bureau of Investigation file for former head of the American Civil Liberties Union Roger Baldwin document numerous times the groups came into conflict with each other. One notable incident, related to the Bureau’s wartime “Postal Censorship” program, led to a testy exchange between Baldwin and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover after the Bureau investigated the writer and pioneering Libertarian Rose Wilder Lane over her comments on a postcard.
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https://schedule.srccon.org/
SRCCON 2018 • June 28 & 29 in Minneapolis



https://theintercept.com/2018/10/09/bre ... istration/


OBAMA’S RESISTANCE TO INVESTIGATING THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION ALLOWED BRETT KAVANAUGH TO SKATE ONTO THE SUPREME COURT
Eoin Higgins
October 9 2018
ONE OF BARACK Obama’s first decisions after being elected president continued to haunt the country over the weekend, as Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as the fifth hard-line conservative on the Supreme Court.In January 2009, George W. Bush left office with an abysmal 22 percent approval rating, the lowest ever recorded. Almost everyone with anything to do with his administration was considered politically



https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-plot- ... er/5544005

The Plot to Kill Martin Luther King: Survived Shooting, Was Murdered in Hospital
Global Research › ca


Apr 6, 2018 · Martin Luther King was murdered in a conspiracy that was instigated by then FBI director J. ... The hospital story was told to Pepper by a man named Johnton Shelby, whose mother, Lula Mae ...




https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog ... psychopath

7 Traits of the Modern Sociopath and Psychopath ( working in Law Enforcement )
7 signs of the ruthless and the heartless.
Posted Oct 07, 2018

— Robert Hare
Antisocial personality disorder, sometimes identified interchangeably as sociopathy or psychopathy, is defined by the Mayo Clinic as: “A mental condition in which a person consistently shows no regard for right and wrong and ignores the rights and feelings of others. People with antisocial personality disorder tend to antagonize, manipulate or treat others harshly or with callous indifference. They show no guilt or remorse for their behavior.”


https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog ... erous-jobs


Assessment of Police Officers & Others in Dangerous Jobs
Assessment of police officers can reduce risk of errors in judgement on the job.
Posted Jun 30, 2015



https://www.bizpacreview.com/2018/10/10 ... ent-682472

FBI refuses to tell US Senate if Trump’s phones are tapped: ‘Is NSA or FBI listening in on our President?’
October 10, 2018 | Tom Tillison |  Print Article



https://www.fredericknewspost.com/publi ... f38ad.html

David Wise, author and CIA expert who exposed 'invisible government,' dies at 88




http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny- ... story.html

 Nassau cop charged with exposing himself to two women





https://www.politico.com/story/2018/10/ ... mit-888667


KAVANAUGH CONFIRMATION
FBI's Wray confirms White House limited Kavanaugh probe

By JOSH GERSTEIN 10/10/2018 11:05 AM EDT Updated 10/10/2018 01:33 PM EDT



https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/ ... story.html

State Police tried to destroy payroll records during investigations 
The department sought to destroy boxes filled with potential evidence in the department’s ongoing internal audit, as well as federal and state criminal probes, into alleged overtime fraud. 10:46 am
* Special section: State Police turmoil



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

L.A. County watchdog investigating team of deputies that stopped thousands of innocent Latinos on 5 Freeway


https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/8xjv ... reme-court
We're Watching the Slow Poisoning of the Supreme Court

Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation was unusually contentious and bitter, but it wasn't an aberration.
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http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_ ... on_waltham

Judge gives Dzokhar Tsarnaev team time to study FBI interview on Waltham slays
Laurel J. Sweet Monday


https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa ... c-n2525649

DNC Lawyers Met With Top FBI Official Before Spy Warrant Targeting Trump Campaign Was Doled Out

Matt Vespa
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 @mvespa1
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Posted: Oct 08, 2018 1:45 


https://www.timesunion.com/news/article ... 290392.php
FBI informant in terror stings owned limo in deadly crash, state source confirms

By Brendan J. Lyons and Larry Rulison Updated 10:27 pm EDT, Monday, October 8, 2018
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc ... story.html
NYPD detective son of two retired high-ranking cops busted on drunken driving charges after Harlem crash




https://www.washingtonpost.com/national ... 6c3ed7dfa7

Treasure hunters challenge FBI over dig for legendary gold

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https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5y0aaq-5noM

FBI Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds Testifies that FBI is in Possesion of Dennis Hastert Rape Videos



https://article25news.wordpress.com/201 ... -long-ago/ 

Privacy Died Long Ago
In Uncategorized on 06/03/2013 at 9:12 pm





https://whowhatwhy.org/2018/10/03/votin ... ncy-group/


OCTOBER 3, 2018 | JACK LOWENSTEIN
VOTING MACHINE VENDOR THREATENS ELECTION TRANSPARENCY GROUP


https://whowhatwhy.org/2018/09/27/resol ... te-hurdle/

SEPTEMBER 27, 2018 | WHOWHATWHY STAFF
RESOLUTION TO REVEAL ALL FROM 9/11 DOCUMENTS CLEARS SENATE HURDLE


https://whowhatwhy.org/2018/10/15/key-c ... pearances/

OCTOBER 15, 2018 | TIMOTHY PRATT
HACKING RISK PROMPTS POLICE ESCORT FOR ELECTRONIC VOTES



https://whowhatwhy.org/2018/10/20/under ... -v-holder/

Understanding the Devastating Impact of Shelby County v. Holder
In 2013 the US Supreme Court delivered a devastating decision that would lead to a host of state voter suppression law, with which Americans continue to struggle today as they head to the polls.



https://bros4america.com/greg-palast/



PODCAST
Greg Palast: ‘The GOP Doesn’t Need Russia To Help Them Steal Elections’
With less than a month remaining before the 2018 midterm elections, investigative reporter Greg Palast talks exclusively with the Bros for America podcast about the ongoing GOP effort to suppress the vote using voter purge and a racist voter cross check system. 

Published 4 days ago on October 17, 2018
By Alex Mohajer 




http://accuracy.org/release/911-whistle ... -cover-up/

9/11 Whistleblower Rowley on Mueller’s History of “Cover-up”
May 18, 2017



https://www.whistleblowersblog.org/2018 ... leblowers/


NWC Joins SCOTUS Amicus Brief with FBI Whistleblowers
By Aaron Jordan on March 9, 2018
POSTED IN GOVERNMENT WHISTLEBLOWERS, INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY WHISTLEBLOWERS
Earlier today, the National Whistleblower Center (NWC) joined a friend-of-the-court brieffiled with the Supreme Court in support of FBI whistleblower John Parkinson’s petition for certiorari, seeking review of the Federal Circuit’s decision denying veterans’ preference-eligible FBI employees the right to raise whistleblowing as an affirmative defense in an appeal to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB).
The amicus brief, filed on behalf FBI whistleblowers Michael German, Robert Kobus, Jane Turner, and Frederic Whitehurst, as well as the NWC and the Project on Government Oversight, details why the Department of Justice’s procedures for FBI whistleblowers are not an adequate substitute for a veterans’ preference-eligible FBI employee raising a whistleblower claim in an MSPB case.

Lt. Col. Parkinson was dismissed from the FBI and sought to raise whistleblower reprisal as an affirmative defense at his MSPB hearing. He was denied the opportunity by the MSPB, won an appeal of that denial before a Federal Circuit panel, but then lost on rehearing en banc. The Federal Circuit overturned, in part, a panel decision and determined that FBI whistleblowers may not raise whistleblower reprisal as an affirmative defense before the MSPB.
The amicus brief chronicles the long-winded paths to justice of four former FBI whistleblowers, including former FBI crime lab expert Dr. Frederic Whitehurst, who bravely blew the whistle on flawed forensic science at the FBI lab; former FBI agent Michael German, who reported the FBI’s illegal recording of conversations in violation of Title III wiretap regulations during a counterterrorism investigation; former FBI agent Jane Turner, who reported to the DOJ Inspector General that colleagues had stolen items from Ground Zero after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks; and retired FBI employee Robert Kobus, who worked at the FBI’s New York Field Office for 35 years and made a protected disclosure regarding some of his colleagues’ abuses of the FBI’s leave policy. Both Whitehurst and Turner hold leadership positions at the NWC.
Unfortunately, this is not the first time the Federal Circuit has issued a decision denying whistleblowers the rights intended by Congress. The Supreme Court should agree to hear this important case in order to correct the Federal Circuit’s dubious decision and to ensure that veterans who work at our foremost law enforcement agencies are fully protected when they blow the whistle.




https://www.thedailybeast.com/frederic- ... -libraries

Frederic Whitehurst, More Whistleblowers Donate How-To Guide to Libraries
Some famous U.S. whistleblowers are donating their lawyer’s book on how to do it right. By John Solomon.

John Solomon
09.11.11 10:45 PM ET








https://www.whistleblowersblog.org/2017 ... b-scandal/


Dr. Whitehurst and the FBI Lab Scandal





https://www.wptv.com/news/region-c-palm ... ral-charge
Deputy, sentenced on federal charge

Merris Badcock
7:29 PM, Oct 19, 2018




https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/obitu ... story.html



David Wise, author and CIA expert who exposed ‘invisible government,’ dies at 88





https://shadowproof.com/2018/10/18/fbi- ... onage-act/



WHISTLEBLOWER WHO CHALLENGED FBI’S PROFILING AND INFORMANT RECRUITMENT PRACTICES IS SENTENCED TO FOUR YEARS IN PRISON




https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018 ... ut-borders

Published on 
Friday, October 19, 2018
byForeign Policy In Focus
The Americans, the Saudis, and the Israelis: Assassins Without Borders
Saudi Arabia's apparent assassination of Jamal Khashoggi might have taken inspiration from Russia and North Korea — or Israel and the United States.



https://www.denverpost.com/2018/10/18/d ... -of-force/

Denver police sergeant arrested on suspicion of assault in “use of force” incident
The defendant has been suspended from the department over the



http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc ... story.html
Security guard at NYPD tow pound used camera to spy on cops in women's bathroom: police

By JOHN ANNESE

| NEW YORK DAILY NEWS |
OCT 19, 2018 | 12:15 AM 





http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-m ... story.html
O.C. sheriff's deputy caught on video repeatedly punching intoxicated man

By HANNAH FRY

OCT 18, 2018 | 6:20 PM 







http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny- ... story.html




EXCLUSIVE: 10 correction officers involved in massive brawl at Rikers Island transferred out of K-9 unit


By REUVEN BLAU

| NEW YORK DAILY NEWS |
OCT 18, 2018 | 6:00 AM 




http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nationa ... story.html
Hartford police officer fired after he is caught on video telling group he felt 'trigger happy'

By MATTHEW ORMSETH  and JENNA CARLESSO

MORMSETH@COURANT.COM |
OCT 18, 2018 | 9:10 AM 



http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny- ... story.html

Fired NYPD cop who sent flirty texts and asked out woman he arrested sues to get his job back
Rory Santiago argues that other cops, including the son of an assistant chief, have kept their jobs after doing things far worse things than exchanging flirty and sexual messages with a person he arrested.



https://www.nbcsandiego.com/entertainme ... 45961.html

Baltimore Police Union Objects to 'SNL' 'Thirsty Cops' Sketch
"It is a difficult time in Baltimore and to portray our brave, hard-working members with such an inappropriate manner is very unfortunate"
By Andrea Swalec and  The Associated Press





http://saharareporters.com/2018/10/17/p ... -pretences

Police Dismiss Officer Who Obtained N1.5m From Abuja Lady Under False Pretences
Jolaosho was reported to PCRRU by a lady in Abuja. According to the lady, whose name was not disclosed, Jolaosho collected N1.5million from her in multiple tranches with the promise to help her secure a car via auction at the Abuja Magistrate court.


BY SAHARAREPORTERS, NEW YORK
OCT 17, 2018




http://www.kfvs12.com/2018/10/17/bonne- ... -knuckles/


Bonne Terre, MO police officer charged, accused of hitting suspect in face with brass knuckles



https://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local ... 313840.php



18-year-old shot and killed by San Antonio police was unarmed, chief says
By Caleb Downs and and Fares Sabawi, mySanAntonio.comUpdated 4:11 pm CDT, Wednesday, October 17, 2018
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https://www.cbsnews.com/news/facebook-e ... encounter/


By ERIN DONAGHUE CBS NEWS October 17, 2018, 5:10 PM
Facebook executive demands answers after brother dies in police encounter




https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/20 ... propriety/

Grassley demands IG report on FBI official who improperly accepted sports tickets


https://wcbs880.radio.com/articles/news ... ces-office


Improper Influence In DA Vance's Office
OCTOBER 17, 2018 - 3:47 PM 








NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The FBI Is looking at the Manhattan District Attorney’s office and whether there was improper influence in charges being filed.
As WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance declined to file charges against Harvey Weinstein in 2015, and he took campaign donations from Weinstein’s lawyer
Vance also chose not to bring a fraud case against Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump. A Trump lawyer then made contributions.


https://wcbs880.radio.com/articles/news ... tion-phone

Prosecutors: Police Detective Urged Weinstein Accuser To Delete Information From Phone
OCTOBER 17, 2018 - 3:42 PM 








NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) -- Prosecutors on Wednesday said a police detective under scrutiny in the Harvey Weinstein case urged an accuser to delete information from her phone before turning it over.



https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/doj-p ... ht-in-lie/



DOJ Prosecutes Trump Aides for Lying, Does Nothing When FBI Official Is Caught in Lie
BY MALACHI BAILEY 
OCTOBER 17, 2018 AT 12:39PM



https://www.imperialvalleynews.com/inde ... force.html

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Delivers Remarks Announcing the Creation of a Transnational Organized Crime Task Force



https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2018 ... stigators/

Fusion GPS Founder Glenn Simpson Pleads the Fifth Before House Investigators



https://www.cityweekly.net/utah/top-10- ... d=11419480

Top 10 Censored Stories of the Year 
Inside the real fight against #FakeNews.
By Paul Rosenberg


*
FBI Racially Profiling "Black Identity Extremists"
At the same time that white supremacists were preparing for the "Unite the Right" demonstration in Charlottesville, which resulted in the murder of Heather Heyer in August 2017, the FBI's counterterrorism division produced an intelligence assessment warning of a very different—though actually non-existent threat: "Black Identity Extremists." The report appeared to be the first time the term had been used to identify a movement, according to Foreign Policy magazine, which broke the story.
"But former government officials and legal experts said no such movement exists, and some expressed concern that the term is part of a politically motivated effort to find an equivalent threat to white supremacists," Foreign Policy reported.
"The use of terms like 'black identity extremists' is part of a long-standing FBI attempt to define a movement where none exists," said former FBI agent Mike German, who now works for the Brennan Center for Justice. "Basically, it's black people who scare them."
"It's classic Hoover-style labeling with a little bit of maliciousness and euphemism wrapped up together," said William Maxwell, a Washington University professor working on a book about FBI monitoring of black writers. "The language—black identity extremist—strikes me as weird and really a continuation of the worst of Hoover's past."
"There is a long tradition of the FBI targeting black activists and this is not surprising," Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson told Foreign Policy.
A former homeland security official told them that carelessly connecting unrelated groups will make it harder for law enforcement to identify real threats. It's so convoluted that it's compromising officer safety, the former official said.
"The corporate media [has] covered the FBI report on 'black identity extremists' in narrow or misleading ways," Project Censored noted, citing examples from The New York Times, Fox News and NBC News. "Coverage like this both draws focus away from the active white supremacist movement and feeds the hate and fear on which such a movement thrives."



https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/ ... ilot-diet/

October 16, 2018
Cooking with FOIA: The CIA’s TOP SECRET anti-poop diet
Declassified manuals in the Agency archives reveal the “high protein, low residue” diet U-2 pilots used to keep from soiling their suits
Written by JPat Brown
Edited by Beryl Lipton
Practically synonymous with high-altitude espionage, the Lockheed U-2 spy plane played an almost legendary role in the Central Intelligence Agency’s activities during the Cold War, so much so that a 1/6th scale model of the plane currently hangs in the Agency atrium in Langley, Virginia. The aircraft was notoriously difficult to pilot and physically demanding (flights of over ten hours at over 70,000 feet were not uncommon), and a formerly TOP SECRET manual uncovered in the Agency archives outlines a strict regimen to keep pilots fit and healthy. 




https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/ ... aved-foia/

How FOIA exposed the CIA’s false claim that FOIA helped Soviet spies more than American journalists
by Emma Best
October 17, 2018
After the government claimed that FOIA was more useful to Soviet spies than American journalists or citizens, American journalists and citizens were able to use FOIA to expose the “apparently groundless” nature of these charges.
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https://www.pressherald.com/2018/10/17/ ... -says-usm/

NATION & WORLD  Posted 7:43 AM Updated at 12:25 PM
INCREASE FONT SIZE
Professor who offered students credit for protesting Sen. Collins barred from teaching, says USM
Dr. Susan Feiner had offered students a 'pop-up' course for college credit if they hopped a bus to Washington, D.C. to urge Sen. Collins to oppose Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation.



https://theintercept.com/2018/10/16/chi ... cky-hayes/
Surveillance video shows off-duty Chicago police officer shooting unarmed teen with autism
Jamie Kalven
October 16 2018, 1:57 p.m.x

Chicago Police release video of black teenager shot and killed by police




https://theintercept.com/2018/10/17/nor ... h-penalty/


“RELIC OF ANOTHER ERA”: MOST PEOPLE ON NORTH CAROLINA’S DEATH ROW WOULD NOT BE SENTENCED TO DIE TODAY
Liliana Segura
October 17 2018, 11:50 a.m.



https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/201 ... ath-police

San Francisco
'Privilege doesn't protect you': family seeks answers after father's Taser death





https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... paign=1490

Tiny statues of Trump with signs inviting dogs to 'pee on me' appear across Brooklyn
* Advertising executive Phil Gable created and placed the small statues
* They depict Donald Trump in the 1980s and have a sign reading 'Pee on me'
* Gable made them to express disdain for Trump 'as President and a human being'



http://gothamist.com/2018/10/15/proud_b ... n_nypd.php


NYPD Accused Of 'Incredibly Deferential Treatment' Of Proud Boys Following Beatings Caught On Video
BY JAKE OFFENHARTZ IN NEWS ON OCT 15, 2018 10:15 AM



https://truthout.org/articles/why-the-f ... kavanaugh/


POLITICS & ELECTIONS
Why the FBI Used Its Kid Gloves on Brett Kavanaugh



https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/pu ... d5431d7f8a


Public Safety
Former Fairfax County sheriff’s deputy charged in sexual assault of inmate




https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/na ... ec5087cd65


FBI official accepted free tickets to sporting event from reporter, inspector general says




https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/pu ... 2e853a8bed

Prince George’s police officer faces rape charges in traffic stop, police say



https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/15/nyre ... ollah.html

He Wanted to Be an Informant. The F.B.I. Arrested Him Instead.
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https://www.hsdl.org/?view&did=36911


Double Standard of Discipline
A significant percentage of FBI employees that we surveyed believed that higher-level employees were treated more leniently in the FBI’s disciplinary system. In our survey, we asked FBI employees whether they agreed or disagreed with the following statement: “There is a double standard of discipline for higher-ranking versus lower-ranking FBI employees.” Of 717 respondents who answered this question,
33 percent agreed with the statement that a double standard of discipline exists in the FBI, 11 percent disagreed, and the rest either had a neutral opinion or responded that they did not know. When we compared the survey responses of non-SES employees with those of SES employees, we found non-SES employees were more likely to believe that there is a double standard than SES employees were.



https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa ... e-n2490805

IG Report: Disciplinary Action Recommended For Five FBI Agents--Oh, And Bureau Employees Got Free Stuff From Reporters

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https://oig.justice.gov/reports/fbi.htm
USDOJ/OIG | Federal Bureau of Investigation Reports - Inspector General - Department of Justice
Department of Justice (.gov) › oig › fbi

Jump to · 2013. October 28, 2013. A Review of the FBI's Progress in Responding to the Recommendations in the OIG Report on the FBI's Handling and Oversight of Katrina Leung (Unclassified Executive Summary) — Full ...
https://www.justice.gov/file/1071991/download

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/th ... 900-words/
FBI OIG Report  


https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation ... 47100.html

FBI agent took photos of woman changing in NJ dressing room, cops say | Miami Herald
Miami Herald › news › article215247100

Jul 20, 2018 · 22-year-old changing in dressing room catches FBI agent taking photos, NJ cops say. ... A 22-year-old woman was changing in a New Jersey clothing store’s dressing room on Thursday when she made a horrifying discovery, according to police. ... Danuel S. Brown, a 30-year-old special agent ...



https://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index ... to_re.html
FBI agent doesn't have to register as sex offender for peeping Tom incidents in Hershey, elsewhere, court says
Updated Jul 11, 2014; Posted Jul 11, 2014



https://www.cleveland.com/avon/index.ss ... s_lea.html

Avon Middle School parents learn internet dangers from FBI
Updated 10:08 PM; Posted 10:08 PM



http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny- ... story.html
NYPD inspector charged with bribery wants to know why colleague cleared of similar conduct

By STEPHEN REX BROWN

| NEW YORK DAILY NEWS |
OCT 29, 2018 | 2:15 PM 





http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_ ... in_january

Boston’s FBI chief to retire in January
Associated Press Friday, October 19, 2018

https://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/cri ... a565d.html
FBI agent pleads guilty to misdemeanor count of driving intoxicated
* Joyce Russell joyce.russell@nwi.com, 219-548-4352  Jul 11, 2018 




https://www.berkeleycopwatch.org/news


Watch Lt. Files Explain that the BPD has been Secretly Recording Citizens for Decades without any Policy

September 29, 2018


Video from the September 26 PRC meeting shows Berkeley Police admitting they have been SECRETLY RECORDING citizens for decades without any policy. WTF!!!! Check out 24 minutes in and see Lt. Files explain that "there are no General Orders because we don't need them!"
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BPD Chief explains how you don't need a policy to secretly record the public, and how doxxing is a safety measure

September 16, 2018


The video linked below is from the PRC meeting from 9-12-18. Go to 30:00



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Each state or issue chapter's web sites may contain additional resources more suitable to your location.

We believe that one of the best resources for non-partisan news covering the criminal justice system in America today is THE MARSHALL PROJECT (www.themarshallproject.org). “Our mission is to raise public awareness around issues of criminal justice and the possibility for reform. But while we are nonpartisan, we are not neutral. Our hope is that by bringing transparency to the systemic problems that plague our courts and prisons, we can help stimulate a national conversation about how best to reform our system of crime and 




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FOIA Researchers Are Targeting a Shadowy FBI Program Called 'Gravestone'

Dell Cameron
12/22/17 4:45pm

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If you’re the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), tasked with rapidly uncovering plots involving



9/11 and Other Deep State Crimes Teleconference
 
      
           Draft Agenda for 10/31/18 Teleconference        

8pm (ET)/5pm (PT)   Teleconference #  (641) 715-0632    Access code: 551571#
[Note: Some telephone service providers block access to this teleconference service, or require additional charges.  If you encounter any of these difficulties, please try calling this alternative number: (716) 293-9623.  You will then be required to key in the original phone number above before entering the access code.  Please inform of us of any technical difficulties you encounter in accessing the teleconference.]


Greetings all,

Our teleconference's originator, Jonathan Mark, has been doing yeoman's work for many years trying to bring the U.S. moon landing question to the fore of Truth movement consciousness.  Recently, he conducted a sterling interview with Mass
imo Mazzuco, who has recently lent his consummate videographic talent to this cause, releasing a monumental new film called "American Moon."  Those of us who have seen it are very impressed, to say the least.  Unfortunately, Massimo cannot join our regular teleconference to discuss his latest cinematic masterpiece because of the time lag between us and his Italy, so please mark your calendars for Sunday 11 November, when we plan a special teleconference at 1pm Eastern time to give Maestro Massimo our full attention, and engage him with our questions.  This film can be purchased for $19 from amazon.com ...clicking on the image at right should take you there.... Please note that it cannot be viewed or posted online, however, Max does explicitly permit purchasers to copy and distribute it!


Leading off this Wednesday's teleconference will be Richard  G. Ellefritz, assistant professor of sociology at the University of the Bahamas.  Richard's been tracking the 9/11 Truth movement for some time.  He'll share his take on the contretemps between truthers and debunkers, particularly in regard to WTC building 7, as well as his thoughts on the use by detractors of the term "conspiracy theorist" to dismiss those of us who call into question the official version of events like 9/11.  For relevant examples of Richard's scholarly work on these subjects see here and here.


Next the illustrious Bonnie Faulkner brings us up to speed on the scandalous cancellation of what is arguably the most Pacifica mission-driven program to ever hit the airwaves, Guns and Butter. KPFA listeners are still up in arms over this egregious decision by the station's management to peremptorily deny them this time-honored and extremely popular, impeccably produced offering, which week after week fearlessly explores ground  that even many alternative media sources fear to tread.

Then, with US mid-term elections looming on the horizon, we'll hear a report about election fraud from Robert Fitrakis, an American lawyer and professor of political science whose most recent book (written with Harvey Wasserman) is called The Strip & Flip Disaster of America's Stolen Elections: Updated "Trump" Edition of Strip & Flip Selection 2016.

Finally, we'll hear brief reports from those of us who participated in the various 9/11 anniversary events across the country, as we ran out of time for this item last month.

As always, we'll reserve time at the end of the call for your announcements.

Please join us Wednesday night for these latest currents in the Truth movement!  

Peace,
Ken Freeland
Cheryl Curtiss
Craig McKee


DRAFT AGENDA for Wednesday 31 October Teleconference

I Roll call, minutes approval (see copy below)l, agenda approval (5 min)

II 9/11 Truth vs. Its debunkers: Building 7 and the "conspiracy theorist" tag [Richard G. Ellefritz]  {Craig} (25 min + 10 min Q&A)
  
III KPFA Kabosh on Guns and Butter [Bonnie Faulkner] {Cheryl} (15 min + 10 min Q&A)
 
IV Election Fraud    [Richard Fitrakis]     (20 min + 10 min. Q&A)

V  Brief reports on 9/11 anniversary events [group discussion] (10 minutes)

VI Announcements

VII Ideas for future teleconferences (group discussion)

* X  Any available updates on issues of identified ongoing concern (if any remaining time, very doubtful): ◦ New articles, books, films, or recent news about 9/11 or other Deep State crimes
* 9/11 and the Deep State on the legal front, including current adjudicatory efforts by Lawyers for 9/11 Inquiry, JASTA, 28 pages, William Pepper’s efforts with AE911Truth against NIST and the Dept. of Commerce
* Censorship and cognitive infiltration: new examples of censorship or harassment of members of the Truth community;  MSM treatment of 9/11 Truth
* Google (et al.) censorship
* The 9/11 Consensus Panel
◦ 9/11 Truth political candidates     XI Adjournment (by 9:30 p Eastern)
 
This draft agenda sent to:
Richard Gage, John Heartson, Don DeBar, Scott Halfmann, Steven E. Jones, William Rodriguez, David Ray Griffin, William Douglas, Steve Alten , Tom Tvedten, Justin Martel, Les Jamieson, Michael Jackman, Michael Wolsey, Peggy Brewster, Barrie Zwicker, Erik Lawyer, Gabriel Day, Kevin Barrett, PhD, Carol Brouillet, Mia Hamel, Paul Craig Roberts, Jack Blood, Diana (for investigar11s.org), Cheryl Curtiss, Jodie Baltazar, Jarek Kupsc, Joseph Culp, Ken Jenkins, Ellen Mariani, Gerhard Bedding,  Jack Shimek, Paul Krik, Rock Creek Free Press, Damon Bean, Allan Giles, Kyle Hence, Michael Berger, Dylan Avery,  Jason Burmas, Mike Palecek, Donald Stahl, Ray McGovern, Cynthia McKinney, Ph,D, Don Plummer, Doug Wight, Global Outlook,  Paul Zarembka, Penny Little, Bob Cable, Suzanne Warson, Peter Thottam, Ralph Schoenman, Carol Wolman, Scholars for 911 Truth & Justice, Hummux, Political Leaders for 9/11 Truth, Frank Morales, Frank Tolopko, Alan Miller, James Hufferd, Ph.D., Erik Larson, Ted Walter , Suzanne Warson, Frederick Coward, Gordon Duff, Sherri Kane, Leonard Horowitz, William Woodward, Jerry Mazza, William Pepper, Wayne Madsen, David Kimball, Jeffrey Orling, Michael Marino, Lenny Mather (in memoriam), Ken Freeland, Tania Torres, Graeme MacQueen, Yumi Kikuchi, Stuart Hutchison, Roland Angle, Frank Agamemnon , Harold Hilton, Phil Restino, Rich McCampbell, John Zito, Manny Badillo, John Hankey, Oskar Mosquito, Edwin Jewett, Ms Anisa Fattah, Robert Barron, Shelton Lankford, Matthew Hayward, Anna Yeisley, Chris Pratt, Craig Ranke, Susan Lindauer, Barbara Honegger, Democritus Blantayre, Joseph Baltar, Jim Hogue, Sheila Casey, Steve Martin, Ben Collet, Elizabeth Woodward,  Runyan Wilde, Susan Wolfe, Adam Ruff, Conrad Gilber. Jonathan Mark, Tonya Sneed, Dan Sutton, Richard Krushnic, Mark Crispin Miller, Byron Belitsos, George Ripley, Laurie Manwell ,  Susan Serpa, Nicolas Guillermo, Dwain Deets, Craig McKee, Steve Fahrney; Fran Shure; David Petrano, Lawrence Fine, A.K. Dewdney, Steve De'ak, Allan Rees, Art Olivier, Ron Avery, Michael Booth, Jim Fetzer, Laura Katleman, Don Gibbs, Mark Basile, John-Michael Talboo, Julian Stroh, Christopher Gruener, Elias Davidsson, Martin McGee, Adnan Zuberi, Jan Ravensbergen, Rich Aucoin (in memoriam), David Hooper, Wayne Coste, P.E., Don Fox, Bill Wilt, William Jacoby, Ron Neils, John Campbell, Dan Hennen, Barton Bruce, Cheri Aspenleiter, Stephen Phillips, Dick Atlee, Lynn Ertrell, Nita Renfrew. Frank Tolopko, Mark McDonald, Christopher Bollyn, John Paul OMalley, Rodger Bories, Mark Snyder, Jane Clark, Richard Sacks, Tim Michel, Lynn Bradbury, Xander Arena, David Cole, Rick Tufts, Jerry Turner, Rick Shaddock, Rebecca Schmoyer, Mark Mckertich, Kip Beckford, Doug West, PF Soto, Dennis Cimino, Jane Clark, Charles Ewing Smith, Lucy Morgan Edwards, Pablo Novi, David Rolde, Gregory Flynn, Pat O'Connell, Jeff Long, Greg McCarron, Andy Steele, Thomas Robichaud, Doug Mackenzie, Peter Michael Ketcham, Gene Laratonda, Karl Golovin, Steve Jarrott, Neil Marquis, Matt Van Slyke, Tony Hall, Ph.D., Mike Springman, Ezra Smith, Samuel Smith, Janane Tripp, Daniel Fielding, Gerald Pechenuk, Ralph Lopez, Robert Griffin, Linda McPherson, Marie Spike, Kathy Allard, PhD, Trina Silvers, Julio Gomez, Ann Hendricks, Malcolm Arnold, Nooria Ghafoor


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Craig McKee, Secretary 9/11 Monthly Teleconference Call
 
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Draft minutes for the Wed., August 29, 2018 regular conference call
 
Present were:
 
Ken Freeland, Teleconference co-facilitator, Houston 9/11Truth
Cheryl Curtiss, Teleconference co-facilitator, Connecticut 9/11 Truth
Craig McKee, Teleconference secretary, Truth and Shadows
Wayne Coste, TAP
Marti Hopper, Colorado 9/11 Truth
Malcolm Arnold
Mick Harrison, Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry
Lawrence Fine
Richard Gage, Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth
P.F. Soto, 9/11 activist
Tom Tvedten
Charles Ewing Smith
Rodger Bories, 9/11 activist
Frank Tolopko, Berkshire 9/11 Truth
Tony Hall, University of Lethbridge
John O’Malley, DC911Truth
Barbara Honegger, Monterey 9/11 Truth
Marie Spike, TAP
David Cole, Nine Eleven Accountability Team
Tim Michel, TAP
Michael Cook, AE911Truth
 
The minutes of the July 25, 2018 conference call were APPROVED.

The draft agenda was APPROVED.
 
Reflections on the deep state
Mick Harrison of the Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry gave a talk about his thoughts on the deep state. He also discussed developments with the committee’s Grand Jury petition.

Hall’s story
Professor Tony Hall brought the call up to date on what has happened with his efforts to fight his suspension by the University of Lethbridge. He announced that he has decided to retire from teaching in October.

Anniversary events
Barbara Honegger gave a summary of a variety of events being held in conjunction with the 17th anniversary of 9/11. She also discussed the memorandums that have been sent to President Trump as well as plans to create a newsletter for the Lawyers’ Committee.

Response to retraction demand
Wayne Coste told the teleconference that he apologized to Craig McKee for his claim that McKee had “frequently apologized” on the teleconference for “not having any evidence” to support his position that no 757 hit the Pentagon on 9/11. Coste sent out an email to this effect to the 43 people who originally got the email containing the false allegation. However, he also referred those people to a new website he created to attack McKee with the URL truthandshadows.net (McKee’s site is truthandshadows.com). McKee objected to this as well as the absence of a retraction of the false statement.

Coste made a proposal that discussion be closed and this was defeated. McKee wanted to respond to statements he felt were false from Coste but this was ruled out of order because it was not on the central point of the discussion. McKee challenged the ruling, and it was overturned, allowing him to respond to the points he felt were false.
A motion was made to suspend discussion of the subject, to be taken up again on the September call.

1. Announcements 1 Ken Freeland informed the group of the passing of Dan Barnum, who was a prominent truther from Texas and a member of the board of directors of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth.
2. Craig McKee mentioned two websites that have been taken down by Wordpress: americaneveryman.com and kendoc911.wordpress.com.
3. Barbara Honegger announced that a man named Robert Alexander got in touch with Lawyers’ Committee to say that he saw alleged 9/11 hijacker Nawaf al-Hasmi and Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia walk into his place of business in San Diego in January 2000. He has produced a sworn affidavit to this effect.
4 Malcolm Arnold recommended three recent films: Fahrenheit 451, Death of a Nation, and Spike Lee’s Black Klansman (which features footage from the Charlottesville event). Call began at 8 p.m. EST and adjourned at 10:20 p.m. EST/5 p.m. to 7:20 p.m. PST

Audio of the August 29 call can be heard here: http://www.houston911truth.net/audio/082918.mp3. The next monthly teleconference will take place on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 8 p.m. EST, 5 p.m. PST. Agenda items should be emailed to facilitator Cheryl Curtiss (chercurt@aol.com) no later than one week before the call (in this case, September 19). Please use subject line “Agenda item for 911 Truth Teleconference.” Please include a brief description of your item and any relevant links you’d like participants to be aware of, together with your estimate of the number of minutes your agenda item will require. If you would like to join the teleconference list serve, contact Ken Freeland (diogenesquest@gmail.com). And anyone who would like information such as links included in the minutes can email Craig McKee (craigmckee911@gmail.com).




https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/ ... ndup-1024/





This week’s FOIA round-up: Amazon pitches facial recognition software to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and widespread sexual abuse of students by Chicago Public Schools employees
by Paxtyn Merten
October 26, 2018
In this week’s FOIA round-up, emails show correspondence between Amazon and Immigration and Customs Enforcement representatives regarding the tech giant’s facial recognition software, public and confidential data from Chicago revealed a decade of sexual abuse of students throughout public schools, and a significant amount of National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s historical artifacts have gone missing or been taken in the agency’s lifetime, highlighting flawed storage and tracking procedures.





https://www.muckrock.com/foi/cincinnati ... ent-57701/

CINCINNATI  POLICE VS SOCIAL MEDIA



https://www.muckrock.com/foi/quincy-257 ... ile-225459

QUINCY POLICE GO TO ISRAEL






https://www.nytimes.com/1989/07/27/us/c ... etaps.html


FBI agents CAUGHT COMMITTING VOTER FRAUD IN CINCINNATI

Cincinnati Is Set on Edge by Report It Was Blanketed by Illegal Wiretaps
https://www.nytimes.com/.../cincinnati- ... ed-by-ille...
Jul 27, 1989 - For more than a decade, Robert Draise and Leonard Gates say, the police .... Paul Mallett, a top F.B.I. official in the Cincinnati office, said an .







http://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local ... aw-career/

FBI agent REFLECTS ON LAW CAREER

Walther, 42, a 1994 Hollidaysburg Area High School graduate, has spent his professional career in Washington, D.C.
Today he lives in Arlington, Va., and is a partner at Jones Day, a high profile law firm in the nation’s capital.
At Jones Day, he often handles sensitive U.S. and multijurisdiction matters that could significantly impact a company’s health and reputation. He is an accomplished investigator and trial lawyer with significant experience investigating and defending health care fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, securities fraud, False Claims Act and other financial fraud, antitrust, and corruption matters, according to the Jones Day website.
Walther often defends companies that are facing criminal prosecution and civil liability from numerous government agencies and civil litigants in multiple countries. In these matters, he works closely with clients to coordinate criminal defense and civil litigation strategies that will most effectively represent the clients’ various interests around the world. He has conducted fraud and corruption investigations in the U.S. and more than 25 other countries.





https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/re ... bc94852646

In the 1st District, Wallace faces Republican Brian Fitzpatrick, a former FBI agent who won a seat in Congress previously held by his brother in 2016. But Fitzpatrick doesn’t want voters to focus on his party affiliation. In a 90-minute debate Friday, he mentioned belonging to the “Problem Solvers Caucus,” an oft-mocked group of moderate members, 11 times, once referring to it as “the only thing that’s going to save this country.”
That message fits with Fitzpatrick’s overall strategy, which includes winning endorsements from liberal-leaning groups and emphasizing his vote against the Republican plan to repeal Obamacare. In fact, the word “Republican” never appears on his campaign’s website, but endorsements from gun control groups and unions do. (His campaign didn’t respond to an interview request.) 
Wallace dismisses Fitzpatrick’s moderation as a fig leaf, repeatedly noting the incumbent votes with President Trump more than 80 percent of the time and voted for House Speaker Paul Ryan on the floor.






https://tucson.com/laestrella/ciudad/fb ... 0ec88.html

Tucson Border Patrol agent paid smugglers $650,000 for cocaine while on duty
* By Curt Prendergast Arizona Daily Star Oct 28, 2018 Updated



9/11 and Other Deep State Crimes Teleconference
 
               Draft minutes for
Sept. 26, 2018             
October 27, 2018
Craig McKee, Secretary 9/11 Monthly Teleconference Call
 
**********************
Draft minutes for the Wed., September 26, 2018 regular conference call
 
Present were:
 
Ken Freeland, Teleconference co-facilitator, Houston 9/11Truth
Cheryl Curtiss, Teleconference co-facilitator, Connecticut 9/11 Truth
Craig McKee, Teleconference secretary, Truth and Shadows
Wayne Coste, TAP
Marti Hopper, Colorado 9/11 Truth
Lawrence Fine, 9/11 Synthesis
Richard Gage, Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth
Frank Tolopko, Berkshire 9/11 Truth
Barbara Honegger, Monterey 9/11 Truth
Marie Spike, TAP
David Cole, Nine Eleven Accountability Team



Tim Michel, TAP
Michael Cook, AE911Truth
Kelly David, Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth
Andy Steele, Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth
Dwain Deets, TAP
Barton Bruce, Boston 9/11 Truth
Adam Ruff, 9/11 activist
James Hufferd, 9/11 Grassroots
Xander Arena, Arizona 9/11 Studies and Outreach, Arizona State University
Bonnie Faulkner, Guns and Butter
Dick Atlee, Maine 9/11 Truth
David Hooper, Anatomy of a Great Deception
Gene Laratonda, TAP
Bill Wilt, Congressional candidate
Lynn Bradbury, Maine 9/11 Truth
Greg Longo, 9/11 activist
Cheri Aspen
Sue Serpa, Act Now Worchester
Sheila Casey, DC911Truth
Peter Michael Ketcham, formerly of NIST
 
The minutes of the August 29, 2018 conference call were APPROVED.

The draft agenda was APPROVED.
 
Las Vegas shooting
Xander Arena updated the teleconference on research he has done on the 2017Las Vegas shooting.

Pentagon synthesis
Lawrence Fine explained his hypothesis of what may have happened at the Pentagon on 9/11. This is covered on the website https://lorenzonine.wixsite.com/911synt ... rne-sortie.   

Motion to remove Coste
Cheryl Curtiss made a motion, seconded by Barbara Honegger, that Wayne Coste be removed from the teleconference and list serve “due to his flagrantly false and unsupported accusations on the call against Craig McKee, his blind CCing of an email to Craig repeating these false and inflammatory statements to dozens of 9/11 Truth Movement activists without Craig’s knowledge, his refusal to retract these false statements on the subsequent call, his intentional and inflammatory creation of a new website with a name mirroring Craig’s own Truth and Shadows site mocking Craig’s research, and his attempt on the call, all recorded, to extort Craig that he take actions demanded by Wayne in order for Wayne to remove the mocking website from the Internet.”

In his response, Coste made a motion, seconded by Dwain Deets, to postpone discussion of the main motion indefinitely. This was defeated. The motion to remove Coste was approved with 16 voting in favor and 7 against.
 
Anatomy of a Great Deception 2
David Hooper made a presentation about the upcoming release of the sequel to his film The Anatomy of a Great Deception.

Alexander affidavit
Barbara Honegger made a brief presentation about the sworn jurat affidavit signed by 9/11 witness Robert Alexander.

9/11 anniversary
A motion was made to postpone this item until next month.

Announcements 1 Cheri Aspen told the group that San Diegans for 9/11 Truth is looking for speakers. Call began at 8 p.m. EST and adjourned at 10:53 p.m. EST/5 p.m. to 7:53 p.m. PST

Audio of the September call can be heard here: http://www.houston911truth.net/audio/092618.mp3. The next monthly teleconference will take place on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 8 p.m. EST, 5 p.m. PST. Agenda items should be emailed to facilitator Cheryl Curtiss (chercurt@aol.com) no later than one week before the call. Please use subject line “Agenda item for 911 Truth Teleconference.” Please include a brief description of your item and any relevant links you’d like participants to be aware of, together with your estimate of the number of minutes your agenda item will require. If you would like to join the teleconference list serve, contact Ken Freeland (diogenesquest@gmail.com). And anyone who would like information such as links included in the minutes can email Craig McKee (craigmckee911@gmail.com).

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https://www.propublica.org/article/elkh ... cuffed-man


Two Indiana Police Officers to be Charged After Video Shows Them Beating Handcuffed Man
“A little overboard,” is how the police chief had previously described the officers’ actions. The decision to charge them came only after ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network demanded to see the video.
by Christian Sheckler, South Bend Tribune, and Ken Armstrong, ProPublica Nov. 2, 10 p.m. EDT



https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/po ... wo-n930456

Police can't find white woman charged after harassing two black women in viral video
"All of her neighbors are fortunately nosy neighbors and I’m sure will call us the second she shows back up," Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Lt. Brad Koch told NBC News.



https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politi ... ce-n923871

Washington considers lowering bar for prosecuting police over use of deadly force
An initiative on the ballot Tuesday seeks to remove the state's malice requirement, which makes it uniquely difficult for prosecutors to bring criminal charges.


CIA's communications suffered a catastrophic compromise. It started in Iran.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/cias-communi ... 18710.html

n 2013, hundreds of CIA officers — many working nonstop for weeks — scrambled to contain a disaster of global proportions: a compromise of the agency’s internet-based covert communications system used to interact with its informants in dark corners around the world. Teams of CIA experts worked feverishly to take down and reconfigure the websites secretly used for these communications; others managed operations to quickly spirit assets to safety and oversaw other forms of triage.

“When this was going on, it was all that mattered,” said one former intelligence community official. The situation was “catastrophic,” said another former senior intelligence official.

From around 2009 to 2013, the U.S. intelligence community experienced crippling intelligence failures related to the secret internet-based communications system, a key means for remote messaging between CIA officers and their sources on the ground worldwide. The previously unreported global problem originated in Iran and spiderwebbed to other countries, and was left unrepaired — despite warnings about what was happening — until more than two dozen sources died in China in 2011 and 2012 as a result, according to 11 former intelligence and national security officials.

The disaster ensnared every corner of the national security bureaucracy — from multiple intelligence agencies, congressional intelligence committees and independent contractors to internal government watchdogs — forcing a slow-moving, complex government machine to grapple with the deadly dangers of emerging technologies.

In a world where dependence on advanced technology may be a necessary evil for modern espionage, particularly in hostile regions where American officials can’t operate freely, such technical failures are an ever present danger and will only become more acute with time.

“When these types of compromises happen, it’s so dark and bad,” said one former official. “They can burrow in. It never really ends.”

A former senior intelligence official with direct knowledge of the compromise said it had global implications for the CIA. “You start thinking twice about people, from China to Russia to Iran to North Korea,” said the former official. The CIA was worried about its network “totally unwinding worldwide.”

Yahoo News’ reporting on this global communications failure is based on conversations with eleven former U.S. intelligence and government officials directly familiar with the matter who requested anonymity to discuss sensitive operations. Multiple former intelligence officials said that the damage from the potential global compromise was serious — even catastrophic — and will persist for years.

More than just a question of a single failure, the fiasco illustrates a breakdown that was never properly addressed. The government’s inability to address the communication system’s insecurities until after sources were rolled up in China was disastrous. “We’re still dealing with the fallout,” said one former national security official. “Dozens of people around the world were killed because of this.”

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One of the largest intelligence failures of the past decade started in Iran in 2009, when the Obama administration announced the discovery of a secret Iranian underground enrichment facility — part of Iran’s headlong drive for nuclear weapons. Angered about the breach, the Iranians went on a mole hunt, looking for foreign spies, said one former senior intelligence official.

The mole hunt wasn’t hard, in large part, because the communications system the CIA was using to communicate with agents was flawed. Former U.S. officials said the internet-based platform, which was first used in war zones in the Middle East, was not built to withstand the sophisticated counterintelligence efforts of a state actor like China or Iran. “It was never meant to be used long term for people to talk to sources,” said one former official. “The issue was that it was working well for too long, with too many people. But it was an elementary system.”

“Everyone was using it far beyond its intention,” said another former official.

The risks posed by the system appeared to have been overlooked in part because of it was easy to use, said the former intelligence officials. There is no foolproof way to communicate — especially with expediency and urgency — with sources in hostile environments like Iran and China, noted the former officials. But a sense of confidence in the system kept it in operation far longer than was safe or advisable, said former officials. The CIA’s directorate of science and technology, which is responsible for the secure communications system, “says, ‘our s***’s impregnable,’ but it’s obviously not,” said one former official.

By 2010, however, it appears that Iran had begun to identify CIA agents. And by 2011, Iranian authorities dismantled a CIA spy network in that country, said seven former U.S. intelligence officials. (Indeed, in May 2011, Iranian intelligence officials announced publicly that they had broken up a ring of 30 CIA spies; U.S. officials later confirmed the breach to ABC News, which also reported on a potential compromise to the communications system.)

Iran executed some of the CIA informants and imprisoned others in an intelligence setback that one of the former officials described as “incredibly damaging.” The CIA successfully exfiltrated some of its Iranian sources, said former officials.

The Iranian compromise led to significantly fewer CIA agents being killed than in China, according to former officials. Still, the events there hampered the CIA’s capacity to collect intelligence in Iran at a critical time, just as Tehran was forging ahead with its nuclear program.

U.S. authorities believe Iran probably unwound the CIA’s asset network analytically — meaning they deduced what Washington knew about Tehran’s own operations, then identified Iranians who held that information, and eventually zeroed in on possible sources. This hunt for CIA sources eventually bore fruit — including the identification of the covert communications system.

A 2011 Iranian television broadcast that touted the government’s destruction of the CIA network said U.S. intelligence operatives had created websites for fake companies to recruit agents in Iran by promising them jobs, visas and education abroad. Iranians who initially thought they were responding to legitimate opportunities would end up meeting with CIA officers in places like Dubai or Istanbul for recruitme



Israel silent as Iran hit by another computer virus
Nov 02, 2018 12:59 am
Israel silent as Iran hit by computer virus more violent than Stuxnet – report
Mossad currently 'fighting a real shadow war' -- TV report
https://www.timesofisrael.com/tv-report ... n-stuxnet/


https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran ... SKCN1N20CN


https://www.mpacorn.com/articles/former ... er-series/
Former FBI director, famed photog and ‘Hawkeye’ in speaker series

Big names coming to Thousand Oaks
| November 02, 2018





https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/opi ... fecc22df77
‘If you don’t get at that rot, you just get more officers like Josh Hastings’

The Little Rock police shooting of 15-year-old Bobby Moore revealed a horror show of misconduct, cover-up and cascading institutional failure at the department.



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

LAPD surveillance caught assistant chief in sex act with subordinate officer just before his sudden retirement, sources say

By CINDY CHANG and RICHARD WINTON
NOV 02, 2018 | 9:45 PM




http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny- ... story.html



Off-duty NYPD cop busted for driving wrong way in Queens

By ESHA RAY
| NEW YORK DAILY NEWS |
NOV 04, 2018 | 1:00 PM








https://theintercept.com/2018/11/02/dod ... cker-rule/


WALL STREET MOVES TO GUT POST-CRISIS FINANCIAL RULES
Susan Antilla
November 2 2018, 1:05 p.m.



https://www.hsdl.org/?view&did=36911


Double Standard of Discipline
A significant percentage of FBI employees that we surveyed believed that higher-level employees were treated more leniently in the FBI’s disciplinary system. In our survey, we asked FBI employees whether they agreed or disagreed with the following statement: “There is a double standard of discipline for higher-ranking versus lower-ranking FBI employees.” Of 717 respondents who answered this question,
33 percent agreed with the statement that a double standard of discipline exists in the FBI, 11 percent disagreed, and the rest either had a neutral opinion or responded that they did not know. When we compared the survey responses of non-SES employees with those of SES employees, we found non-SES employees were more likely to believe that there is a double standard than SES employees were.



https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa ... e-n2490805

IG Report: Disciplinary Action Recommended For Five FBI Agents--Oh, And Bureau Employees Got Free Stuff From Reporters
Matt Vespa| @mvespa1|Posted: Jun 14, 2018 5:45 PM Share (400) Tweet



https://oig.justice.gov/reports/fbi.htm
USDOJ/OIG | Federal Bureau of Investigation Reports - Inspector General - Department of Justice
Department of Justice (.gov) › oig › fbi
Jump to · 2013. October 28, 2013. A Review of the FBI's Progress in Responding to the Recommendations in the OIG Report on the FBI's Handling and Oversight of Katrina Leung (Unclassified Executive Summary) — Full ...

https://www.justice.gov/file/1071991/download



https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/th ... 900-words/

FBI OIG Report



https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation ... 47100.html

FBI agent took photos of woman changing in NJ dressing room, cops say | Miami Herald
Miami Herald › news › article215247100
Jul 20, 2018 · 22-year-old changing in dressing room catches FBI agent taking photos, NJ cops say. ... A 22-year-old woman was changing in a New Jersey clothing store’s dressing room on Thursday when she made a horrifying discovery, according to police. ... Danuel S. Brown, a 30-year-old special agent ...



https://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index ... to_re.html

FBI agent doesn't have to register as sex offender for peeping Tom incidents in Hershey, elsewhere, court says
Updated Jul 11, 2014; Posted Jul 11, 2014



https://www.cleveland.com/avon/index.ss ... s_lea.html

Avon Middle School parents learn internet dangers from FBI
Updated 10:08 PM; Posted 10:08 PM



http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny- ... story.html

NYPD inspector charged with bribery wants to know why colleague cleared of similar conduct

By STEPHEN REX BROWN
| NEW YORK DAILY NEWS |
OCT 29, 2018 | 2:15 PM





http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_ ... in_january

Boston’s FBI chief to retire in January
Associated Press Friday, October 19, 2018
https://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/cri ... a565d.html
FBI agent pleads guilty to misdemeanor count of driving intoxicated
Joyce Russell joyce.russell@nwi.com, 219-548-4352 Jul 11, 2018




https://www.berkeleycopwatch.org/news


Watch Lt. Files Explain that the BPD has been Secretly Recording Citizens for Decades without any Policy
September 29, 2018
Video from the September 26 PRC meeting shows Berkeley Police admitting they have been SECRETLY RECORDING citizens for decades without any policy. WTF!!!! Check out 24 minutes in and see Lt. Files explain that "there are no General Orders because we don't need them!"
ht...
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BPD Chief explains how you don't need a policy to secretly record the public, and how doxxing is a safety measure
September 16, 2018
The video linked below is from the PRC meeting from 9-12-18. Go to 30:00



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https://gizmodo.com/foia-researchers-ar ... 1821539109




FOIA Researchers Are Targeting a Shadowy FBI Program Called 'Gravestone'
Dell Cameron
12/22/17 4:45pm

If you’re the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), tasked with rapidly uncovering plots involving

https://www.click2houston.com/news/hous ... i-shooting


Investigation of deadly FBI shooting does not support agent's account, chief says
By Aaron Barker - Senior Web Editor
Posted: 9:44 AM, October 31, 2018Updated: 5:13 PM, October 31, 2018



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

Welcome to the white man's world': police officer accused of shocking attack on Latino teen
Massachusetts officer charged with civil rights violations for 2016 arrest during which he was allegedly spitting on and kicking teen




https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/ ... nforcement

After third Taser death, California police officials reconsider 'less-lethal' weapon
Attorneys for the families of two of the men killed are calling for a moratorium on the use of Tasers in San Mateo county


https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/ ... rkhangelsk

Russian suicide bomb kills one and injures three in FSB (FBI) offices
Teenager reportedly detonates device after entering HQ in north-west city of Arkhangelsk




https://www.capecodtimes.com/news/20181 ... -his-death


Bulger juror from Eastham saddened to hear of his death




https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/ ... er-columns
In newsletter columns, Arlington police lieutenant writes, ‘Let’s meet violence with violence’
Richard Pedrini has defended his columns and called his writing "tongue-in-cheek political satire" meant solely for Massachusetts Police Association members.
By Christopher Gavin 7:06 PM
An Arlington police lieutenant was placed on paid administrative leave Tuesday after he penned columns in a law enforcement organization newsletter with strong rhetoric aimed at politicians, immigrants, criminal justice reform, and social justice campaigns, and that urged officers to “meet violence with violence.”








http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc ... story.html

Wife of 'NYPD pimp' brought to tears during bail hearing

By ESHA RAY and THOMAS TRACY
| NEW YORK




https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/ ... over-hunt/

October 29, 2018
Join the Great Hoover Hunt
Help us track down handwritten notes from J. Edgar Hoover’s 48 year reign as FBI Director
Written by JPat Brown
Edited by Beryl Lipton
As Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for nearly half a century, notes in J. Edgar Hoover’s tight script are a familiar sight to anyone digging through the FBI’s files, offering an surprisingly candid insight into the man and his quite often strong opinions on a world he had no small role in shaping.





http://www.newstrib.com/free/marseilles ... 3fe66.html


Marseilles police chief accused of stealing building materials from his city
Marseilles council to appoint acting chief


http://www.startribune.com/wrongful-dea ... 498941531/

Wrongful-death lawsuit from police shooting can proceed after Supreme Court refuses city of Minneapolis appeal
Court won't hear appeal in Terrance Franklin case.
By Libor Jany Star Tribune OCTOBER 29, 2018 — 11:58PM





http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryla ... story.html


Philadelphia cop tied to corrupt Baltimore Police Gun Trace Task Force to stand trial



https://www.whio.com/news/local/piqua-p ... XyS7Ps9JJ/

Piqua officer suspected of OVI in on-duty crash named
Published: Monday, October 29, 2018 @ 12:12 PM
Updated: Monday, October 29, 2018 @ 1:01 PM
By: Breaking News Staff, Nancy Bowman - Contributing Writer






https://www.wsaz.com/content/news/3-St- ... 51861.html
3 St. Albans Police officers exit department after criminal investigation





https://www.washingtonpost.com/crime-la ... 80aec6adda

True Crime
Fairfax police: Bijan Ghaisar had no weapon when he was killed by Park Police
Federal authorities have declined to discuss why officers shot man after a fender-bender in Northern Virginia.












https://www.theroot.com/it-s-time-to-li ... 1830074000


It’s Time to Listen to Black Women. We’ve Been Talking About Police Sexual Violence for a Long Time
Andrea J. Ritchie






http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny- ... story.html
NYPD inspector charged with bribery wants to know why colleague cleared of similar conduct

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http://www.theglobaldispatch.com/tsa-em ... phy-88394/

TSA Employee, Gary Linder Sentenced to 15 years for Child Pornography


https://www.rawstory.com/2018/11/gay-io ... itch-hunt/

Gay Iowa lawmaker reveals details on how then-US Attorney Matt Whitaker sicced the FBI on him in a 2006 partisan ‘witch hunt’
TOM BOGGIONI



https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/form ... -237c6w7lk
Former FBI chief James Comey ‘misused private email’




http://ticklethewire.com/2018/11/09/kel ... itutional/


Kelly Conway’s Husband: Hiring Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is Unconstitutional


https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/ ... l:trending

Police Union boss who defended troopers faces his own fraud investigation




http://sunshinestatenews.com/story/judi ... rs-records


Judicial Watch Still Pursuing Awan Brothers' Records in DWS-Related Scandal
By SUNSHINE STATE NEWS
November 12, 2018 - 6:00am



https://www.indystar.com/story/news/201 ... 693853002/

As evidence mounted, Police child abuse investigator defended USA Gymnastics
Marisa Kwiatkowski,Tim Evans and Tony Cook, Indianapolis StarPublished 6:00 a.m. ET Nov. 11, 2018 | Updated 1:29 p.m. ET Nov. 11, 2018





https://www.eurweb.com/2018/11/former-d ... ill-cosby/


FORMER DA BRUCE CASTOR DROPS BOMBSHELL AFFIDAVIT THAT COULD CLEAR BILL COSBY
NY MAGEENOVEMBER 11, 2018 AT 10:06 AM





https://www.yahoo.com/news/fbi-agent-ac ... 00333.html


FBI agent who accidentally shot man pleads not guilty

COLLEEN SLEVIN
Associated PressNovember 8, 2018



https://www.thedailybeast.com/former-fb ... lls-murder

Former FBI Agent: How the LAPD Derailed My Investigation Into Biggie Smalls’ Murder
Former FBI Agent Phil Carson, who led the investigation into the LAPD’s alleged role in the murder of rap legend Notorious B.I.G., speaks publicly for the first time.

Justin Rohrlich,
Don Sikorski
11.10.18 9:03 PM ET



http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc ... story.html

NYPD cops receive same penalty despite very different charges

By THOMAS TRACY
| NEW YORK DAILY




http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc ... story.html
EXCLUSIVE: NYPD captain retires after pulling over motorist in a drunken stupor — sources

By THOMAS TRACY , GRAHAM RAYMAN and ROCCO PARASCANDOLA

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https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/lo ... 11881.html



Philadelphia Police Officer Indicted in Alleged Sex Assault
NBC 10 Philadelphia-2 hours ago
A retired Philadelphia police officer has been indicted by a federal grand jury on a charge of deprivation of rights after a woman alleged he sexually assaulted ...



https://www.local10.com/news/florida/mi ... atal-crash



Miami-Dade police officer charged months after fatal crash
WPLG Local 10-2 hours ago
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. - A Miami-Dade police officer has been charged with vehicular homicide months after a crash left one man dead. The Miami-Dade ...



https://en.brinkwire.com/news/graham-i- ... ary-chair/




Graham: I would ‘totally’ investigate FBI over Russia probe, Clinton emails as Judiciary chair
November 14, 2018 Brinkwire 0 Comments




https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/14/opinions ... index.html


FBI stats on hate crimes are scary. So is what's missing
By Maya Berry and Kai Wiggins

Updated 5:03 PM ET, Wed November 14, 2018



https://www.getreligion.org/getreligion ... law-center

November 14, 2018
Finally: A decent mainstream news article about the Southern Poverty Law Center





https://dailycaller.com/2018/11/14/kiri ... an-strzok/


CIA Whistleblower Says He Was Targeted By Brennan, Mueller, Strzok
The Daily Caller-4 hours ago
“Anything for the FBI,” Kiriakou told the FBI agent who contacted him. Months earlier, as a senior investigator on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, ...





Jaime Guttenberg died in the Parkland school shooting. Now her parents are suing the FBI
BY NICHOLAS NEHAMAS AND SANYA MANSOOR

November 13, 2018 05:58 PM
Updated November 13, 2018 06:40 PM
Fred Guttenberg was picking out a casket for his slain 14-year-old daughter Jaime Guttenberg when an FBI agent called him to say the bureau could have prevented the school shooting that left her dead, according to a lawsuit filed in Miami federal court Tuesday.

Read more here: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/ ... rylink=cpy

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https://www.americanswhotellthetruth.or ... nk-serpico

Frank Serpico 
Retired Police Detective, Author, Lecturer: b. 1936
"A policeman’s first obligation is to be responsible to the needs of the community he serves…The problem is that the atmosphere does not yet exist in which an honest police officer can act without fear of ridicule or reprisal from fellow officers. We create an atmosphere in which the honest officer fears the dishonest officer, and not the other way around."

* 1971: Became the first New York City policeman in history to testify about widespread corruption in the department. 
* 1972: Received the NYPD's higest award, The Medal of Honor.
* After being shot and testifying about corruption in the NYPD, Serpico lived in Europe for nearly a decade. 
* Al Pacino played Serpico in the 1973 movie about his life. 









http://www.bostonherald.com/news/column ... ull_extent


Howie Carr: FBI stonewalling means we never learn the full extent of Whitey’s stain
File under ‘excuses’
Howie Carr Wednesday, November 21, 2018



https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states ... rafficking


Records: FBI Investigated Officer Over Drug Trafficking
A newly unsealed affidavit says a Baltimore police officer who resigned in June was being investigated by the FBI over drug trafficking allegations.
Nov. 21, 2018, at 9:56 a.m. 




https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/def ... bi-vehicle


Two FBI agents were eating lunch at El Rancho restaurant in Detroit and while they were inside Ramon Vegan broke into their car and stole items.
He took everything he could find, including FBI work badges, FBI raid jacket, keys to FBI headquarters, ammunition, a computer and tablets.




http://www.lowellsun.com/breakingnews/c ... ile-bulger


FBI delaying release of file on Whitey Bulger



Lawyer-author wary of return of Marcos-style spying on Filipinos in U.S.

Read more: https://usa.inquirer.net/16938/lawyer-a ... z5XYZCkKrw 
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https://www.kansascity.com/news/local/c ... 29655.html



Former Platte County deputy faces charges of harassment, violating protection order
BY GLENN E. RICE

Read more here: https://www.kansascity.com/news/local/c ... rylink=cpy




https://www.kansascity.com/news/local/c ... 33715.html


After police beat man on live TV, KCPD won’t say if officers were disciplined or not

Read more here: https://www.kansascity.com/news/local/c ... rylink=cpy



https://www.whio.com/news/local/local-l ... OJjO04TJK/


Local law enforcement using mysterious new tool to unlock cellphones
Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2018 @ 5:30 PM
By: Jim Otte



https://www.wlbt.com/2018/11/21/mississ ... -director/

Mississippi Office of Homeland Security names FBI agent new Executive Director



https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/bre ... ty/483551/



One of last defendants in shuttered North Georgia police task force pleads guilty to computer porn
November 21st, 2018
by Tyler Jett
in Breaking News
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Members of an FBI Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested Hardy after someone chatted with him undercover, pretending to set him up with a teenager whom he could have sex with. The operation involved officers posting ads on websites like Craigslist.
Soon after Hardy's arrest, however, Poston learned that the head of the task force, FBI Special Agent Ken Hillman, allowed a woman he was having an affair with to participate in the investigations. Hillman met the woman, Angela Russell, after her then-husband, Emerson Russell, let the task force use property he owned to run their operations.
Angela Russell is not a trained law enforcement officer. After her involvement became public, the FBI suspended Hillman, and the task force disbanded. Hillman pleaded guilty to a charge of disclosure of confidential information in U.S. District Court last year and received a sentence of six months probation. 



https://www.coloradoan.com/story/news/2 ... 079058002/
Fort Collins Police Services fills 2 top agency positions

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AWTT Unveiling New Whistleblower Portraits at GAP40 Gala

Americans Who Tell the Truth is honored to join the Government Accountability Project in celebrating its 40 years of defending whistleblowers. GAP has helped AWTT identify many whistleblowers for portraits, and four new portraits will be unveiled at this event. Also, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the Flint, MI pediatrician, who blew the whistle on the city's lead-poisoned drinking water, will participate by video link, and  Kelsey Juliana will travel from Eugene, OR, to talk about the Juliana v U.S. Public

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FAHLBERG: Racism still pervades Charlottesville’s justice system
Law alumnus Jonathan Perkins’ experience with UPD misconduct reveals deeply embedded racism within our local justice system
By Audrey Fahlberg | 11/20/2018




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Tuesday, November 20, 2018, 06:54 by Rodolfo Ragonesi
Was Lee Harvey Oswald framed?


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L.A. sheriff's deputy sentenced to more than 17 years in drug trafficking scheme


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Top FBI official in Richmond leaving to head security for Dominion Energy | City of Richmond | richmond.com - Richmond Times-Dispatch
Richmond Times-Dispatch › news › local

2 hours ago · The special agent in charge of the FBI's Richmond division, who led the agency's public corruption investigation into former Gov. Bob McDonnell and was on the short list last year.


https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny ... story.html
NYPD reverses course and promotes sergeant outspoken against quotas and racial discrimination

By GRAHAM RAYMAN

| NEW YORK DAILY NEWS |
NOV 20, 2018 | 11:20 AM 



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Nashville police officer who accused fellow cop of rape files lawsuit against supervisor, department

By DAVID BOROFF

| NEW YORK DAILY NEWS |
NOV 20, 2018 | 11:55 AM 



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FBI revelations late in the campaign dimmed Andrew Gillum's chances
Jeff Burlew, Tallahassee DemocratPublished 8:05 a.m. ET Nov. 20, 2018 | Updated 8:09 a.m. ET Nov. 20, 2018

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Slow Police Response and Chaos Contributed to Parkland Massacre, Report Finds





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Queensland police charge officer with hacking after domestic violence victim's details leaked
Exclusive: Senior Constable Neil Punchard, disciplined for sending woman’s address to her violent former husband, faces nine charges




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Miami Beach officer caught on camera punching suspect in face, incident under investigation 
In the video, the suspect walks around and utters expletives before coming in close to the officer who then suddenly punches the man's face.


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Edison Police Officer Nicholas Lunetta charged with witness tampering, evidence obstruction
Nick Muscavage, Bridgewater Courier NewsPublished 1:37 p.m. ET Dec. 13, 2018 | Updated 2:27 p.m. ET Dec. 13, 2018


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Bill McKibben Calls FBI Tracking Of Environmental Activists “Contemptible”


December 13th, 2018 by Steve Hanley 



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FBI misses deadline to provide docs to Judiciary Committee probing whistleblower raid


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The Federal Judge Overseeing Michael Flynn’s Sentencing Just Dropped A Major Bombshell


The sentencing memorandum reveals for the first time concrete evidence that the FBI created multiple summaries of Michael Flynn’s questioning, which may indicate they’re hiding the truth.


By Margot Cleveland
DECEMBER 13, 2018

On Tuesday, attorneys for Michael Flynn filed a sentencing memorandum and letters of support for the former Army lieutenant general in federal court. The sentencing memorandum reveals for the first time concrete evidence that the FBI created multiple 302 interview summaries of Flynn’s questioning by now-former FBI agent Peter Strzok and a second unnamed agent, reported to be FBI Special Agent Joe Pientka.
Further revelations may be forthcoming soon following an order entered late yesterday by presiding judge Emmet Sullivan, directing the special counsel’s office to file with the court any 302s or memorandum relevant to Flynn’s int



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Police ID teen killed in crash with FBI agent





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No evidence FBI tried to destroy text messages in Clinton email investigation
An inspector general report examined a gap in messages from the phones of former agent Peter Strzok and ex-agency lawyer Lisa Page.


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The DOJ Inspector General Found 19,000 'Lost' Strzok and Page Texts

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Lawsuit accuses white police in Maryland suburb of D.C. of racist behavior

By ASSOCIATED PRESS

DEC 12, 2018 | 4:05 PM 
| COLLEGE PARK, MD.





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9/11's Trainer in Terrorism Was an FBI Informant
(Peter Dale Scott Talk in Palo Alto, October 27, 2006)

If I had an hour, I would talk to you about how the 9/11 Report failed to reconcile Dick Cheney's conflicting accounts, which cannot all be true, of what he did on the morning of 9/11 in the bunker beneath the White House. But that story takes two whole chapters of my forthcoming book, The Road to 9/11. So instead I will expand on what I spoke about a month ago in Berkeley, concerning Ali Mohamed, Washington's double agent inside al-Qaeda, and also a chief 9/11 plotter.(1) I want to add important new material tonight. Ali Mohamed, an Egyptian, was a close ally of Osama bin Laden. As he later confessed in court, he also aided the terrorist Ayman al-Zawahiri, a co-founder of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, and by then an aide to bin Laden, when he visited America to raise money.(2) It is now generally admitted that Ali Mohamed worked for the FBI, the CIA, and U.S. Special Forces. 
Patrick Fitzgerald, who testified to the 9/11 Commission about Ali Mohamed, knew him well. In 1994 he had named him as an unindicted co-conspirator in the New York landmarks case, yet allowed him to remain free. This was because, as Fitzgerald knew, Ali Mohamed was an FBI informant, from at least 1993 and maybe 1989.(3) Thus, from 1994 "until his arrest in 1998 [by which time the 9/11 plot was well under way], Mohamed shuttled between California, Afghanistan, Kenya, Somalia and at least a dozen other countries."(4)



https://www.denverpost.com/2018/12/13/r ... ce-search/

Nothing has changed”: Investigations into Denver police officers’ controversial search of Rise Up Community School find no wrongdoing
Police and school system have not implemented any concrete changes beyond discussions with Rise Up staff.
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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/201 ... -in-a-mall

Three bullets from behind: why did police kill a black man in a mall?
After the killing of EJ Bradford, questions remain: Had police simply killed a bystander? Was Bradford actually shepherding others to safety as gunfire erupted?


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Revealed: FBI kept files on peaceful climate change protesters
A protest at a BP plant in Indiana landed three sixtysomething campaigners in a federal surveillance report, documents released to the Guardian under the Freedom on Information Act show







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FBI informant takes stand in ’91 Worcester guard slaying



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Wrongful-death lawsuit reportedly settled in the brutal beating death of Irish businessman Jason Corbett in Davidson County by retired FBI agent
* By Michael Hewlett Winston-Salem Journal 5 hrs ago 



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Flynn Sentencing Memo Details Unusual FBI Questioning, Asks for Probation

BY PETR SVAB
December 12, 2018 Updated: December 12, 2018
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Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn is re

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Senators press FBI, BIA for answers to Ashley HeavyRunning Loring's disappearance and the crisis of missing, murdered Native women
Kristen Inbody, Great Falls TribunePublished 5:10 p.m. MT Dec. 12, 2018 | Updated 6:53 p.m. MT Dec. 12, 2018


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'He got screwed': Gillum absent from indictment after DeSantis bashed him as corrupt

By MARC CAPUTO 12/12/2018 09:09 PM EST

https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny ... story.html
Accused cop-briber courted mistress at NYPD headquarters


By STEPHEN REX BROWN

| NEW YORK DAILY NEWS |
DEC 12, 2018 | 4:52 PM

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DEA agent in Chicago charged with conspiring to traffic guns and drugs with international gang
Jason Meisner and John KeilmanContact Reporters
Chicago Tribune


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North Carolina deputy under investigation after video shows him slamming teenage girls to the ground

By GOLDENE BROWN

| NEW YORK DAILY NEWS |
DEC 12, 2018 | 10:35 A



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L.A. County sheriff’s deputy charged with voluntary manslaughter in first on-duty shooting prosecution in nearly 20 years




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Protest leader Carlos Chaverst Jr. arrested on 4 warrants during demonstration outside Hoover jail
Updated Dec 11, 11:04 PM; Posted Dec 11,



https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-ne ... rs-firing/

A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the city of Seattle to produce broad information on the Police Department’s disciplinary procedures in the wake of an arbitrator’s decision to reinstate a Seattle police officer fired for punching a handcuffed woman.



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BAC investigates alleged 'serious misconduct' by police during Silk-Miller murder investigation 
Posted about 2 hours ago





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Phoenix police chief Jeri Williams responds to New York Times article
Max Walker
6:52 PM, Dec 11, 2018
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M. Quentin Williams To Speak At Stepinac 
A renowned public speaker, Williams is an author, attorney and former FBI agent, federal prosecutor and NFL and NBA executive.
By News Desk, News Partner | Dec 11, 2018 12:03 pm ET | Updated Dec 11, 2018 12:10 pm ET



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Third ex-IDOC officer pleads guilty after massive FBI drug sting
* By IDAHO PRESS STAFF newsroom@idahopress.com Dec 11, 2018 Updated 9 hrs ago 






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Judge: Former Bordentown Twp. police chief must stand trial on hate crime charges

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