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Evidence of Widespread Voter Fraud In Mississippi Is Being Ignored By Officials As Red Tape Prevents Full Disclosure

Created on June 27, 2014 

Lori Medina talks about the open fraud in the Mississippi Republican Primary ElectionThe Mississippi U.S. Senate Republican Primary Election between incumbent Thad Cochran and Mississippi State Senator Chris McDaniel has been full of twists and turns. The latest turn smells of widespread voter fraud, which seems to be of little concern to most lawmakers. The McDaniel campaign is fighting the clock to expose the fraud, but it is an uphill battle through the muddiest of political waters. 

The Cochran campaign was clear on their strategy to reach out to Democrats and minorities as tactics went from dirty to downright obscene. The tactics appear not to get minorities to vote on Cochran based on issues, but to make McDaniel out to be a racist. It is unclear if the Cochran campaign was anticipating that their shady tactics would result in illegal votes made by Democrats that voted in both the Republican and Democratic primaries.

The aftermath of the election could turn out to be as dirty as the election itself. There have been multiple reports of the Cochran camp intentionally blocking McDaniel supports efforts to expose the voter fraud. Cochran only received 51% of the vote, with 6000 more votes than McDaniel. It will not take very many illegal votes to tip the scales in an election that tight. However, they can stroll into victory by forcing the clock to run out on the McDaniel camp and allowing widespread voter fraud to be accepted.  

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After Stalling For A Year, IRS Officials Claim They Lost The Lois Lerner Emails Requested By Congress

Created on June 15, 2014

Quote From Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on the IRS claiming to have lost Lois Lerner emailsLois Lerner has been a key figure in the IRS Targeting since the discovery of several emails that demonstrated political motivation to target groups associated with the Tea Party Movement. As such, several committees have requested emails to and from Lerner in the months proceeding and during the creation of the systematic targeting.

For a year, IRS officials have claimed that they are trying to produce the documents requested, but were restricted due to the amount of time needed to review the documents for sensitive tax payer information. However, they are now claiming that a 2011 computer crash has caused most of the relevant Lerner emails to be lost.

The officials claimed that they were able to recover some of the emails, but only those that another IRS employee had been involved with sending or receiving the email. The emails that are not able to be recovered are those that were sought by many of the committees. These emails include all of those sent to or from Lerner from outside of the IRS. Opponents of the investigation have claimed that the scandal is contained within the IRS and no parties outside were involved. 

Quote From Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on the IRS claiming to have lost Lois Lerner emails

Members of congress have voiced their concerns, which include both disbelief in the claim and concern over not being informed of the 'lost' emails earlier. It has been well known that the committees were seeking these documents and looks very suspicious that they are only now being informed that a known 2011 computer crash somehow mysteriously wiped the documents. 

Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich) on The IRS claims that they lost emails from Lois Lerner

The emails are housed in computers that operate Microsoft Exchange through a series of servers. One veteran IT professional told TheBlaze that the claim is not possible, unless there is gross mismanagement of the system that is beyond anything that he has seen. In the article, he explains that the server uses several disks, and the information would only be lost if several of the disks were destroyed at the same time, along with the TAPE backups.

Quote From Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on the IRS claiming to have lost Lois Lerner emails

IRS officials and other opponents of the investigation have slowed the investigation by not producing the documents requested or answering questions in a timely and full manner. However, those same opponents continue to demand the investigation end, pointing out how long it has been ongoing. 

 

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Deal To Trade Five Dangerous Terrorists Alleged Deserter Kept From Congress in Violation To The Law

Created on June 3, 2014 

Norullah NoriThe White House claimed victory after they announced that the only Afghanistan POW, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahi, was rescued. However, they did not immediately release all of the details, such as the high price of the trade and the shady disappearance of Sgt. Bergdahi. Even though they call this a 'rescue', it was clearly a prisoner swap. American handed over five of the most senior terrorists for a solider that appears to deserted at best.

This was done quickly and quietly and was done so in violation of the law. Congress is to be informed 30 days in advance of any prisoners being released from Guantánamo Bay. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and national security adviser Susan Rice have claimed that they had to violate the law due to health concerns. However, they choose not to only bypass the 30 day requirement, but to not even inform congress until after the release of these dangerous terrorists. 

 

Five Dangerous Terrorists Released - The 'Gitmo 5'

Abdul Haq WasiqThe five terrorists being released were included in a 2008 Pentagon Dossier, which deemed them to be a 'high risk' for launching attacks on American interests if they were released. The Joint Task Force-Guantanamo has determined that all five were 'high' risks to the US and its allies. All five had close ties with al Qaeda even before the 9/11 terrorist attack, and two are wanted by the UN for war crimes for murdering thousands of people. 

They were also considered the highest ranking members of the Taliban that were in our custody. They included a Taliban Governor and former interior minister, the Taliban army chief of staff, a senior Taliban military commander, the Taliban deputy minister of intelligence, and a senior Taliban figure and security official. 

The White House has claimed that there are safeguards in place, but have neglected to give details. However, it is known that part of the 'safeguards' is turning them over to a small country and requiring them to stay there for a year. There has been no indication as to how we ensure they do not join back into the fight and/or plan another terrorist attack on American soil. 

Sen. John McCain quote on how dangerous the released terrorists are

 

Sgt. Bergdahi - POW, Captured Fugitive, or Traitor

Sgt. Bowe BergdahiIn a video, Sgt. Bergdahl claimed to 'lag' behind during a patrol, and was kidnapped. However, many soldiers that that knew him well have came forward to in hopes of setting the record straight. They were silenced in the past with non-disclosure agreements, and told that speaking of the strange disappearance could put Bergdahl's life in jeopardy. But now that we has been returned, many have felt obligated to step forward, despite the non-disclosure agreements. 

Those that were stationed with Bergdahi said that he finished standing a watch, turned over to his relief, grabbed a couple of items, and left the base. He did not bring his weapons or body armor, but did grab his journal, compass, and a small camera. One soldier has even indicated that there were no patrols on the night that Bergdahl left, which would contradict his claim that he was kidnapped on patrol. 

 

Sgt. Matt Vierkant Quote about Bergdahl

Khairuliah KhairkhwaShortly after the disappearance, a Taliban Commander claimed to have taken Bergdahl from his vehicle while he was drunk. Soldiers have also indicated that locals reported seeing Bergdahl in the area shortly after his disappearance. They said he was by himself, acting strange, and looking for someone that spoke English. 

Three days before he disappeared, Bergdahl sent an email to his father that described how he felt about his country and his uniform. He said he was ashamed to be an American, and that his uniform was a lie. He laid out his desire to walk away, saying that "life is way to short to care for the damnation of others, as well as to spend it helping fools with their ideas that are wrong." In a reply, his father gave his approval in a single line, "OBEY YOUR CONSCIENCE!" 

In his email, Bergdahl also indicates another motive, saying "These people need help." He then indicated that they were not getting the help from the Americans, who he called conceited. Bergdahl was said to have spent more time with the Afghans then he did with his fellow soldiers. His father seemed to mimic that thought in a tweet days before the release of his son and he five terrorists. He said he was still working on getting all of the prisoners released from Guantanamo, and that "God will repay for the death of every Afghan child". 

Robert Bergdahl, in a tweet he later deleted

Mohammad Nabi OmariIs is hard to believe that many of his fellow soldiers stepped forward in order to spread the same lie. At the very least, they had a strong reason to believe that Bergdahl was a deserter and his own email demonstrates that he had motivation to desert. If he was a deserter, then he was a fugitive from the law and no longer part of the battle. Is a fugitive on the run after deserting still considered a POW, or is he just a traitor and captured fugitive? Is it possible that we released some of the most dangerous captured terrorists in exchange for a traitor that deserted the Army that he considered a bunch of liars. 

The email also indicated that he believed the Afghans needed help, and the 'liars' that he joined were not providing that help. He did not just say that he did not agree with his country, he said he was ashamed to be an American. There is some evidence to suggest that he left in order to help the Afghans, who he spent more time with then his fellow soldiers. He did not indicate how he intended on helping the Afghans.

The details on Bergdahl's capture are not clear. But, many soldiers have said that it could not have happened the way Bergdahl had claimed. This should cause us to question why he would Soldiers have said that the attacks in the area increased after his disappearance. It could have just been an effort to avoid a court martial for deserting, but there is one other possibility that would be much worse. Bergdahl could have sought to help the Afghans by relaying information about those he considered 'liars' and he could have given sensitive information about a country that he was ashamed of. If this is the case, then we just traded five high profile terrorists for one traitor and spy.

Quote from Cody, a former member of Bergdahl's squad   

 

The Search For Sgt. Bergdahl 

Mohammad FazlMany of the soldiers that stepped forward were not just upset that Bergdahl deserted his post, but were angry with the loss of American soldiers that followed. Six soldiers are reported to have been killed during search operations, but more may have died as a result of resources being shifted. 

 

Soldiers That Were Killed Searching For Bergdahl

  • Staff Sgt. Clayton Bowen, Killed by an IED on August 18, 2009 (13)
  • Pfc. Morris Walker, Killed by an IED on August 18, 2009
  • Staff Sgt. Kurt Curtiss,  Killed on August 26, 2009, after being shot in the face 
  • 2nd Lt. Darryn Andrews, Killed by an ambush on September 4, 2009
  • Pfc. Matthew Michael Martinek, Killed by an ambush on September 4, 2009
  • Staff Sgt. Michael Murphrey, Killed by an improvised land mine on September 5, 2009

An entire U.S military division worked with thousands of Afghan soldiers and police officers to search for Sgt. Bergdahl over the next few months, while operations were put on hold. It was more than just manpower that was being pulled to search for the missing soldier. Surveillance drones and helicopters were pulled from outposts, leaving them vulnerable to attack. 

 

Sgt. Matt Vierkant, Quote about Bergdahl being a deserter

 

The lack of supplies led to the delay of the closure of COP Keating, a dangerous outpost. 8 soldiers died in the outpost before it was finally closed. Another outpost was attacked on July 4, 2009. Similar attacks were defended in the past with the aid of drones and helicopters, but they were pulled for the search of Bergdahl. Pvt. Aaron Fairbairn and Pfc. Justin Casillas lost their lives during that attack. Soldiers that were close to the men have placed at least part of the blame on Bergdahl.

 

Susan Rice, claiming Bergdahl served with honor and distinction

  

Violating The Law For a Raw Deal

President Barrack Obama stood up and claimed victory for what he called the 'rescue' of Sgt. Bergdahl. He said that we never leave a man behind and claimed that swift action was needed in order to get this accomplished. So quickly that he decided to ignore the law, and release prisoners from Guantanamo Bay without giving Congress 30 days notice. So quickly that he could not even give Congress 30 hours or 30 minutes notice. Members of congress have indicated that they were not notified until after the deal was made 

This was not the first time the subject of releasing these terrorists was considered. The idea was proposed in 2012, but got strong opposition from both Republicans and Democrats in Congress. But it was just a coincidence that there was not enough time to inform congress during this second attempt to release dangerous terrorists.

 

Rep. Buck McKeon, Quote about not getting information from the White House

 

Susan Rice said that it was 'necessary and appropriate" to ignore the law due to the "acute urgency of the health condition of Sgt. Bergdahl" and that following the law would have "potentially meant that the opportunity to get Sgt. Bergdahl would have been lost."

Sgt. Bergdahl has been captive for five years, but now there was a vital health concern, that we could only have known about due to it being relayed to us by the terrorists that were holding him. The terrorists that were holding him would have had to threatened to not give him treatment for his 'health condition' in order for this to be in play, which would be the same as if they said they were going to cut his head off, which would also lead to a urgent health condition.

She did not say that he would have died in 30 days, but instead that the opportunity to get him would have been lost. This sounds like it was a high pressure deal from the terrorists, also similar with the threat of killing a hostage and not with the agreement to make a POW trade. 

Not only did they not have the 30 days to wait, but they did not inform Congress until after the deal was made. It is unclear why they did not even have the time to at least inform Congress. This makes it sound even more like a terrorist threatening to kill a hostage, where demands would be made for action within a short period of time. 

 

Bill Kristol Quote on trading POW for 5 terrorists

 

A statement from the Taliban also makes it sound more like a terrorist threatening to kill a hostage than two countries agreeing upon a POW exchange. The said the "demanded the release of its captive from Guantanamo through a prisoner exchange. That demand has now been met." In the same announcement they point out how one sided the deal was, them getting five high profile terrorists in exchange for a soldier they captured five years ago.

 

The Taliban Announcing How well they did in the deal

 

The Taliban is not a reliable source for information, but when combined with the other factors, the entire deal stinks like a negotiation with a terrorist that is threatening the life of a hostage, and not the exchange of POWs.  

 

Terrorists Back Into The Fight

President Obama assured us that  there were precise steps taken to ensure that these known killers could not join the fight. However, he could not give us the details of these steps. At this point, we only know that they will be kept in a small country where they are not allowed to leave for a year. In order to help sell the trade and the assurance, Susan Rice went on Sunday talk shows to discuss the trade. 

 

Sen. John McCain, quote about the safeguards

 

House Armed Services Committee Chairman  Buck McKeon, has said that it was 72 hours since they deal was made, and even his committee has not told what steps were taken to ensure that these known terrorists are kept from the fight.   

 

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White House Leaks The Name of The Top CIA Agent In Afghanistan To Over 6000

 

Created on May 27, 2014 

Quote From Scott Wilson on the leaked name of the top CIA agent in afghanistanThe cover of the top CIA agent in Afghanistan was blown after the White House rushed a list of names of top U.S. Officials to the press. The leak was caught by a Washington Post Correspondent, but not until after it had been emailed to over 6000 recipients. Most of those that received the email were members of the media, who were later urged not to release the name. But, keeping a cover secret relies on as little people knowing about the cover as possible. This leak could put the CIA agent and his family at risk.    

 

Amateur Day At The White House 

President Barack Obama made an unannounced trip to the Bagram air base in Afghanistan on May 25, 2014. During the trip the White house released a names of top U.S. officials that were associated with his visit.  The list included the identity of the 'Chief of Missions' which is a cover for the top CIA Official in Afghanistan.  

The list was initially given to the members of media that were attending the Afghanistan visit, but was later distributed to a larger audience. Scott Wilson, the Washington Post White House Bureau Chief added the list to the Pool Report, which was sent to over 6000 recipients.  

Quote From Scott Wilson on the leaked name of the top CIA agent in afghanistanAfter sending the Pool Report, Wilson noticed the name which he thought should not have been included with the list. He contacted White House press officials in Afghanistan, to ask if the disclosure was intentional. They seem to be unaware initially, but the White House later scrambled to get out a list that did not include the name of the undercover CIA agent.  

Since Wilson was able to identify the name, it questions why the White House official that released the list was unaware of the identity they were disclosing. This was a top official, which would be high up on the list, not buried where it would easily hide.  

By the time the White House became aware of their mistake, twitter was already buzzing with comments about this mistake. The comments left out the name of the CIA official, but indicate just how obvious the mistake was. It would appear that the White House was in a rush to get the information to the press, and skipped the important step of reviewing the information they were sending about an active military operation.  

 

The Initial Excuses  

Quote From Scott Wilson on the leaked name of the top CIA agent in afghanistanThe White House has remained quite about their mistake, but Scott Wilson has already provided some excuses for the administration. He claims that it was believed to be ready to send because it came from the Military. However, it is not clear if the military gave the list to the White House for media purposes or for official purposes. If given for official purposes, then there would be no reason to assume it was media ready.  

Wilson also indicted that the slip-up could have been a result of there being a lot of activity and the military members being inexperienced. However, this is the same administration that managed to keep the names of the Benghazi survivors from Congress for months after the attack. I would hope there was a lot of activity at that time. Also, if there was so much going on at the time, why not wait to release possible sensitive information to the media.  

The question becomes, who authorized and handed the list over to the media? Was there a review protocol that should have been followed and was it followed?

 

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Federal Employees and Corrupt Contractor Spend Money Donated For The Needy On Perks For Themselves

 

Added on May 21, 2014  

Due to rules previously set in place, federal employees are not authorized to spend taxpayer money on unnecessary expenses such as expensive perks and luxury treatment. However, some federal employees thought they found a loophole. According to an audit by the Inspector General of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), 41 federal employees worked with a shady nonprofit organization to waste nearly $1 Million in money that was given as donations for other causes. 

Quote From The Final Audit Report From the Office of the Inspector General

 

Federal Employees Pampering Themselves With Money For The Needy 

During interviews with the Inspector Generals Office, the federal employees tried to justify their actions by saying they were volunteers. They further claimed that that rules against this type of spending only applied to taxpayer dollars, and not to the donations that funded their lavish spending.  

However, the IG Audit points out that they were full time Federal Employees that received their pay, which would disqualify them as being considered volunteers for the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). The Office of Personnel Management runs the CFC through regional committees, which are made up of government employees. Each region contracts a nonprofit group to manage the day to day operations of the campaign. Federal Employees are temporarily assigned to the region, and work full time for the Campaign. They still receive their own pay, but do not work the job they were originally working. 

Quote From The Final Audit Report From the Office of the Inspector General

The National Capital Area is the largest regional chapter of the CFC. Global Impact is contracted to run the day to day operation, which they do with a staff of 132 workers, 41 of which are federal employees. These 41 employees treated themselves to various luxuries, using the money that was intended to help those that were in real need.

 

Among The Expenses:  

  • Got a hotel room a day early and stayed a day late when attending conferences
  • Room Service 
  • Pay-Per-View Movies 
  • First Class Flights 
  • A Washington by Night tour 
  • In-office 'neck massages' 
  • A $51-per-person 'appreciation luncheon', thrown by them, for them. This was in addition to the appreciation dinner that they would attend for the CFC.  

Global Impact attempted to justify these expenses, saying that the perks were intended to motivate the federal employees into doing their job. But it is no surprise that Global Impact defended the expenses, they were wasting donated money in a similar fashion. 

Quote From The Final Audit Report From the Office of the Inspector General

 

Global Impact Spending Donations For Themselves 

Donation are given to aid those that are in need, and the donors give their money to issues that they want to impact in a positive nature. But some of that money has been squandered by Global Impact. The audit by the IG's Office indicated that $300,000 in expenses were Unreasonable, unallowable, or unsupported. According to the report, another $700,000 could have been put to better use.

 

Among The Expenses: 

  • A Private Box at the Washington Nationals Stadium 
  • Jazz band at a leadership conference 
  • A Mardi Gras tour 
  • A Washington by Night tour, taken by the paid Federal Employees  

Quote From The Final Audit Report From the Office of the Inspector General

  

Who Is Watching The Watcher 

The Local Federal Coordinating Committee (LFCC) is intended to perform oversight on the CFC, which includes the contractor. However, the IG audit found that the LFCC was using donor money to pay for their frequent meals with campaign staffers.  

Quote From The Final Audit Report From the Office of the Inspector General 

According to the audit, they created an environment where any event could be charged to the campaign, as long as they can claim campaign business took place or that the event included at least one staffer. Instead of holding Global Impact accountable for their spending, they helped spend donations there intended to go to other causes.   

Quote From The Final Audit Report From the Office of the Inspector General

  

The Scope of Corruption Related To Global Impact 

This goes beyond a handful of staffers and federal employees. A separate audit conducted on the CFC campaign of overseas military members revealed the Global Impact was wasting their money on first-class plane tickets and Alcohol. The IG's office was also concerned over Global Impact buying overpriced software it created for its own use, with donor money.  

In 2010 the secret service discovered that an employee at Global Impact was taking information from donor checks and sending it to a criminal crime ring in Detroit. The crime ring would wipe out the bank account of the donor, and send the employee his cut of the money. Even though evidence was found and the employee admitted to the illegal act, no criminal charges were ever brought.   

 

Business As Usual As the Office of Personnel Management Looks The Other Way 

It only makes sense to stop using a contractor once corruption of this level is exposed. But even after the IG reported their shady spending habits, the OPM renewed their contract. Global Impact has hied attorneys to fight having to pay for the unnecessary charges, this is a clear indication that they see nothing wrong with the way they have conducted the CFC's business in relation to the spending of money donated.  This did not prevent the LFCC from renewing their contract, which is a clear conflict of interest since the IG has indicated that they were working together to waste donor funds. 

Global Impacts Vice President, Joseph Mettimano, Quote 

The OPM went beyond just renewing their contract. Later in 2012 Director John Berry decided they did not have to pay back a portion of the money that was flagged by the IG. So not only does the LFCC have no problem with their spending habits, but the same habits appear to be reinforced by the OPM itself.  

Global Impacts Vice President, Joseph Mettimano, Quote

 

The Overall Message 

If you are a government employee or contractor, find another way to give to charity. The high level of corruption embedded in the Executive Branch of this government is too embedded to even trust them to collect donations.  

 

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VA Under Investigation After Multiple Whistle-Blowers Expose Corruption and Cover-Up of Deadly Delays To Veteran's Health Care

Added on May 19, 2014

 

 President Obama, VA Quote From 2007 Campaign

Edward Laird, Victim of the VA Scandal

 

While campaigning in 2007, President Obama expressed his concern for the condition of Heath Care that our veterans were receiving. The VA Inspector General has reported scheduling issues as early as 2005, that was causing our veterans to wait to receive vital screenings and procedures. This was an issue that VA Secretary Eric Shinseki vowed to solve when he was nominated by President Obama in 2009. One of the steps he took was putting in place a goal of having each appointment within 14 days of the 'desired appointment' requested by the Veteran. In 2013 the VA celebrated progress towards meeting the goal, but now it appears they were celebrated based on fabricated numbers.  

 

Long Waits, Secret Lists, and Retribution 

Barry Coates, Victim of the VA ScandalInvestigators have only scratched the surface of a Government Program that is as deficient as it is corrupt. VA facilities were claiming to see patients within the 14 day window, some even saying they exceeded the goal. But in reality, patients waited months, and sometimes even years. An electronic system was intended to track these times, but schedulers were 'gaming the system' in order to fabricate the numbers.

Dr. Sam Foote spoke up about the secret lists that were utilized in order to manipulate they system. He tried to blow the whistle in 2013 and 2014, sending emails to the VA IG, but has spoken publicly since his recent retirement. When the VA responded to the scandal he responded back, alleging that it reached to high positions within the VA

Dr. Sam Foote Quote on the VA Scandal

Anson 'Dale' Richardson, Victim of the VA ScandalWhistle-Blowers surfaced from all corners of the country, and like Dr. Foote, many were not speaking up for the first time. Some have given detailed information about their previous attempts to have this deadly situation corrected. But many say they paid the price for speaking up.  

Those that have came forward are Doctors, Staff Members, and Veterans. Dr. Jose Mathews filed a complaint in 2013, in an attempt to increase productivity. He didn't want to stand by and watch mental health doctors work on a few hours a day as the Veteran suicide rate climbed. After being put on administrative investigation, Dr. Mathews was transferred to an isolated office and told not to contact other doctors or patients.

Dr. Jose Mathew, quote about the VA Scandal

 

'Gaming The System'

Oneal Sessions, Victim of the VA ScandalDr. Sam Foote explained how the electronic system was manipulated at the Phoenix VA facility. From similar witness accounts, it appears that this was the system used by many of the VA facilities across the country.

  1. When a Veteran would ask for an appointment, they would input it into the electronic system
  2. Instead of submitting the information, they would do a screen capture hard copy printout.
  3. Then they would cancel the information they entered into the electronic system before it was submitted.
  4. The data from the print out is added to the 'secret waiting list'
  5. The screen printout is shredded
  6. When the patient finally had an appointment time within 14 days, then they would add them to the electronic system.
  7. If the patient canceled their appointment or died before entered into the electronic system, they would just delete their name from the 'secret waiting list'. There would be no record of them every requesting care.

 

Victims and The Lame Defense

Thomas Breen, victim of the VA ScandalThere was no record kept of the secret lists, so it is difficult to determine how many victims actually exist. Some have claimed that 40 people have died while waiting on the 'secret list', but names were removed without record. It is harder to just remove the victims that have not yet died. Many of them are speaking out. Many tell their similar stories, attempting to get a serious issue diagnosed and being delayed until it is too late. 

The IG an other VA officials have given the defense that there has been no absolute proof that people died as a direct result to their diagnosis being delayed. I would imagine it is highly difficult to prove that a cancer would have been more treatable if found months earlier, but is this proof necessary. The same government has pushed preventive care as saving lives when promoting ObamaCare, but now there needs to be some kind of smoking cancer gun. By far, this is one of the lamest defenses every used by a government agency.

NOTE: While those that have fought our foreign Wars can not get a colonoscopy in a timely manner, innocent people are being subjected to forced colonoscopies in New Mexico in the War on Drugs. Now, how can we get these veterans down to New Mexico

 

Corruption at the VA

Sandi Niccum, Victim of VA ScandalVA Secretary Eric Shinseki has been attempting to demonstrate how seriously he takes the care of veterans. It is not a easy sell, since he was well aware the issue of delays existed when he took over in 2009. Only five short years later, and we find out that the problem has only made fake progress. Veterans are still waiting, and now the VA has become even more corrupt. Years of Shinseki's leadership has only made the VA better at concealing their incompetence.  

This is not a case of a one employee, one facility, or even one region. There is a massive effort to manipulate the numbers in order to make it appear that the problem is being addressed. Emails, memos, and staff testimony has shown that this was not a scheme cooked up at the lower levels of the VA. With this massive corruption, Secretary Shinseki claims to have had no idea. He is the VA Secretary and was well aware that this problem has existed. Whistle-blowers have came forward saying that they have been trying to blow the whistle for years. Is it reasonable to believe that he was not aware?

Veterans have been denied the ability to fight major disease, because they can not be diagnosed in time to catch it during the early stages. But VA officials were getting handed large bonuses for fixing that problem. This is one reason why it is important to find out who knew about the fabrication. They received bonuses directly related to these numbers. If they knew they were 'Gaming the System', then they have committed fraud. This fraud was for monetary profit... Then need to go to jail, not as a 'punishment' or for 'justices'. The fear of jail might prevent the next officials from committing the same crime. Without an appropriate consequence being demonstrated, there is no real determent from committing this type of crime. 

Walter 'Burgie' Burkbartsmeier, victim of VA ScandalWe have already seen Democrats in Congress claim that throwing money at the problem is the solution. However, they found the money for bonuses as high as $62,000. There has been reports of doctors only working a couple of hours a day, and seeing only half the patients they were able to see. There have been reports millions of dollars being spent on additions that could have cost much less. There has even been reports of money given directly to facilities in order to prevent delays, but only a portion of it being spent as such.

Throwing money after criminal corruption is not a solution to the problem. There needs to be intense oversight to determine how systematic the corruption really is. Then they need to set up a structure that is meant to serve the people, not the government employees that pretend to run it.  

 

Resignation or Retirement 

The normal solution offered by this administration is to sacrifice a pawn in order to protect the queen. But in this scandal, they picked a pawn that was already on its way off the board. Secretary Eric Shinseki said that after hearing the testimony at the Senate Committee, he has accepted the resignation of Robert Petzel. 

Robert Petzel announced his plans to retire in 2013. President Obama has already nominated his replacement. Many politicians have spoke out against this little demonstration, which appears to be Secretary Shinseki 'Gaming the System'. 

 

A Preview of The One Payer System

There has been theories that ObamaCare is meant to pave the way for a 'One Payer Health Care System'. Some politicians have even said that it was a solution when discussing the failing ACA. This scandal with the VA is a preview of what can be expected if the government had complete control of our health care. This is they way they treat our veterans, how do you think you will be treated?

 

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Not Enforcing Immigration Law, The Breakdown of Checks and Balances For A Political Agenda

 

Added on May 14, 2014

Quote from Chris Crane, President of the National ICE CouncilNOTE: Don't be alarmed by the use of the term Illegal Immigrant, before you judge its use, read our rational

 

The executive branch of the government is required to ensure that the laws of the United States are obeyed. Laws are created by the people through representatives in Congress. These checks and balances are in place to prevent one branch of the government from becoming too powerful. It should be considered extremely dangerous when one branch attempts to circumvent the checks and balances in order to force their political agenda on the people. 

The Obama Administration came under fire from special interest groups in 2009, after ICE performed a planned and legal raid that led to the deportation of Illegal Immigrants. After the raid an announcement was made to the special interest groups from the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security, Esther Olavarria. He announced that "we're not doing raids or audits under this administration" during a phone call with employers and pro-amnesty groups. 

Quote From Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) about releasing convicted illegal immigrants back into societyAfter the announcement, a series of memos and directives have been issued to ICE and DHS. Each directives added stipulations to the previous, and eventually led to agencies under the control of the Executive Branch becoming unable to uphold the laws as created by the people. ICE officials have testified that it goes beyond 'priorities' and that ICE agents have been disciplined for attempting to lawfully deport Illegal Immigrants that did not fit into the 'priorities'. The Executive Branch has circumvented the checks and balances by ignoring written law in order to force their political agenda on the people. 

This should not just concern those that are opposed to the agenda being pushed, but also people that agree with the agenda being forced. This might be a temporary victory to your agenda, but there is always another side to each coin. If allowed to continue, a precedent will be set that could allow future administrations to force their agenda upon the people.

 

The Outcome Of The Directives

Two reports have shed some light on how these directives have effected the immigration laws. The ICE Enforcement Statistics for 2013 reports the statistics of deportation by ICE. The 36,007 Convicted Illegal Immigrants Freed In 2013 Report tells us which laws were broken by those who were released by ICE, instead of being deported.  

 The ICE Enforcement Statistics For 2013 demonstrates that almost all deportations were considered to be part of the 'enforcement priorities'. This would indicate that they are more than just 'priorities' and have caused ICE to allow our immigration laws to be broken without consequence. 

ICE Enforcement Statistics For 2013

A total of 98% of all illegal immigrants removed in 2013 fit into the guidelines of the 'enforcement priorities.' Only 2% were non-priorities, but considered special circumstances that allowed ICE agents to get permission to do their job. Over half of the 'deported' individuals were caught crossing the boarder and turned back. 30% were convicted felons, but it is unclear why some convicted felons were not deported, but instead allowed to illegally stay inside the United States. 

The second report should be an eye-opener. These are illegal immigrants that were in custody and released inside the united states instead of deported. Many of those allowed to stay have committed violent and aggressive crimes. 

36000 Convicted Illegal Immigrants Freed in 2013

It is unclear why we would want to allow illegal immigrants that have committed Homicide, kidnappings, arson, aggravated assaults, and grand theft auto to stay inside our country. The statistics on drunk or drugged driving convictions is also alarming. out of 36,000 freed illegal immigrants there were 16070 convictions. 

There currently is no statistics to show how many crimes were committed after illegal immigrants have been allowed to stay. We do not know how many rapes and murders were committed by convicted criminals who were detained and re-released into our society without regard to their illegal status. How many american citizens have been raped and murdered due to the current administration forcing its agenda upon us. 

 

Going Forward

This type of lawless executive action must be put to an end, and not allowed to be repeated. This task is not as easy as it might sound. Some politicians are more willing to protect their party, then protect the sanctity of our laws. Many will argue any attempt to put an end to this lawlessness as a partisan attack and will even try to claim that it is racially motivated. These arguments will be a desperate attempt to cause an emotional defense due to a lack of a factual defense. 

This can be stopped, but it will take the courage of brave Americans, and not just the Americans that were born in this county. Those that agree with amnesty must have the courage to stand up and declare that the ends do not justify the means. Those that have legally immigrated need to have the courage to say that they did not go through the long process to be part of a country that can not follow its own laws. Those that are considered to be in the minority must have the courage to stand up and say that expecting immigrants and the government to abide by the laws, is not about race, but about the constitution... the piece of paper that grants us the rights that Immigrants risked death to obtain. The system of government put in place by immigrants and descendants of immigrants. Demanding the enforcement of that important document is not anti-immigrant.  

 

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Democrat Leadership Not Sure If They Will Participate In Benghazi Select Committee, Claim Unfair

Added on May 9, 2014

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) QuotesHouse Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has been participating in talks with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in regards to the Benghazi Select Committee. The discussion comes after is was made known that Democrats are considering boycotting the committee. 

Since the Boehner announced plans to create the Committee, many Democrats have expressed their disagreement with the committee. They have made claims that it has already been fully investigated, that it is unfair due to having 7 Republicans and 5 Democrats, and that it is a political stunt meant by Republicans. 

 

Documents Withheld, But Investigation Over?

Democratic lawmakers and members of the current administration are quick to point out how many Benghazi Investigations are currently underway. But like many of the scandals that seem to be lingering, documents and information has been withheld from the start. Most of this is done on the guise of needing more time to produce the documents, but documents released last week demonstrate that it is not always the reason. 

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) QuotesThe Select Committee gained support after documents surfaced that should have been previously turned over to the committees as ordered by lawful subpoena. Yes, there are investigations taking place, but there is evidence that documents are being withheld from those investigators. The Select Committee is not being created in spite of the other investigations, but due to the stonewalling those investigations have ran into. There is proof that subpoenas have not been honored and they are saying nothing to see here. If there is nothing to see, then why the reluctance to turn over documents?

 

Select Committees Need To Be Even To BE Fair

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) stood up and with a strait face claimed that a Select Committee has to have an even number of Democrats and Republicans. In 2007 she was the Speaker of the House, and she personally created a select committee that had more Democrats than Republicans. Her Select Committee on Global Warming had 9 Democrats and 6 Republicans, or 60% Democrats. The Benghazi Select Committee is going to have 58% Republicans. In other words, Nancy Pelosi is either admitting that her Select Committee on Global Warming was unfair or she is playing politics with the creation of a Select Committee that is investigating the death of four Americans. 

 

Select Committees

 

Just A Political Stunt

It is no surprise that Democrats have claimed that this is a political stunt by the Republicans. It has been their go-to response when attempting to block investigations into the current administration. We keep hearing that there is noting to be seen, and these investigations are somehow so beneficial to the Republican Party that they will keep pushing. If this is the case, why isn't the administration eager to get the truth out and confirm that there is nothing here. Why are they not finding ways to provide the needed information instead of creating excuses for being able to do so? Why are the House Democrats barking about this being politically motivated, and at the same time ignoring the utter disrespect their branch is getting in response to lawful subpoenas? 

I will not say that there is no political motivation in the minds and hearts of the Republicans, it would be a foolish comment to make. But the lawmakers that have faithfully repeated the Executive Branch talking points about the oversight of that same branch... are outraged by the mere assumption of playing politics. 

 

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House Passes Vote To Hold Lois Lerner In Contempt, Now Up To Justice Department

 

Added on May 8, 2014 

The house voted 231 - 187 to now official consider Lois Lerner in Contempt of Congress. This was a necessary step in order to send the issue to court. It is now up to the Justice Department to decide if they will bring Charges against Lois Lerner.  

In May of 2013, Lois Lerner gave an opening statement in front of the House Oversight Committee. She claimed she had not done anything wrong and that she had had lied during previous testimony giving at House Hearings. She has also answered questions after pleading the Fifth to the Department of Justice. Republicans have said this further undermines her attempt to plead the Fifth, according to case law in D.C.  

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) compared the procedural step to Senator McCarthy. Cummings has tried to end this investigation early on, and continued to do so. He first called for an end to the investigation back in June of 2013. If the investigation would have ended there, the blame would have fell on 'two-rouge agents', at that time the evidence that showed it was not isolated to Cincinnati was not uncovered. He also has ties to to the targeting before the investigation began, it is no surprise that he has worked hard to end the investigation.  

House Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) called the move politically motivated, which is kind of humorous. He and his fellow Democrats keep saying that there is not enough evidence to say that the Targeting was politically motivated, but they don't need a single shred of evidence to make the claim against their fellow Representatives.  

House Democrats keep saying that the IRS needs more time to produce documents, but at the same time they claim that the investigation is over. They keep saying that the investigation is partisan, but at the same time refuse to take part in the investigation, and instead defend against the investigation. 

Many of the House Democrats appear to believe they are defense attorneys defending 'their side'. But they are representatives of the people, they have sworn an oath to be on the side of the people. Part of protecting the people is performing oversight on the executive branch of the government. 

This issue was not manufactured by Republicans in the House, it was brought to their attention by Americans that believed they were being persecuted. All members of the people's house owe it to those Americans to conduct a complete investigation. They need to determine exactly what happened in one of the agencies under the control of the Executive Branch of the government. By instead choosing to defend their party, they have turned their backs on victims in their time of need. They have essentially told them that their claims are phony, and that the actions of those that treated them in this manner will be condoned. They are spitting in the face of the people, because those people belong to a party that is not their own. Did these Democrats swear an oath to the people, or to their party...

 

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EPA's Office of Homeland Security Impeding Lawful Investigations, Officials From The EPA Inspector General's Office Testify

Added on May 7, 2014 

Patrick Sullivan QuotesThree officials with the EPA Office of Inspector General testified in front of congress, exposing an element within the EPA that has been obstructing their ability to conducted proper oversight of the agency. Created in 2003 by an administrative order, The EPA's Office of Homeland Security is accused of impeding lawful oversight.  

 

How The EPA's Office of Homeland Security Has Prevented Oversight

In his prepared Statement, the Assistant EPA Inspector General for Investigations, Patrick Sullivan, lists three Issues. All three are created under the same circumstances. A group created by an administrative order believes they can prevent oversight of the EPA under the guise of National Security. 

The three issues involve the abiltiy of Inspector Generals Office to investigate threats against EPA employees and facilities, to conduct employee misconduct investigations, and to investigate computer intrusions. They have allegedly done this by withholding threat information, refusing to share information, refusing to recognize the OIG's authority to investigate classified intrusions, by the OHS operating as an unauthorized de facto law enforcement organization, and its refusal to share information related to employee misconduct cases. 

 

EPA Administrator Shuts Down IG Investigation

Elisabeth Drake QuotesDuring one encounter, a high ranking EPA official assaulted Special Agent Elisabeth Drake. This is a Federal Agent that was attempting to perform official duties for an active investigation. EPA Intelligence Adviser Steven Williams got up in her face, was yelling at her, and poking his finger near her chest. 

If you or I did something like this to a federal agent, we would be looking at assaulting an officer of the law, Obstruction of Justice, and any other charge they could think up. A third party, Federal Protective Service, conducted an investigation and suggested criminal chargs of 'intent to frighten assault.' But the Justice Department sent it back to the EPA, to be handled as an Administrative action. 

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy called the investigation to a halt, saying it will be put on 'hold' due to the EPA's Office of Homeland Security not 'getting along' with the Inspector Generals Office. The EPA called this a 'pause', thinking that it means something different from halt. Regardless, six months later and the investigation is still on a 'pause/halt'.

Nobody inside the EPA has the ability to stop, pause, halt, delay, or obstruct an investigation by the Inspector General's Office. The Inspector General Act of 1978 makes it clear. But this is just one instance, and Assistant EPA Inspector General for investigations Patrick Sullivan says there are many more.

 

The Case of John C. Beale

Allan Williams QuotesThis first came to light in 2013, when the house investigated the EPA's handling of the John C. Beale case. John C. Beale collected paychecks from the EPA without working. He convinced an official of the EPA that he was in the CIA. The official did not want to verify any of the facts, fearing a threat to national security. But Beale was not a CIA agent.

The EPA's Homeland Security Office withheld this information from the IG's Office for months. This lead to a delay and damage to their own probe into the fraud. This demonstrates the reach that the EPA's Homeland Security Office is assuming, and their desire to push the IG's Office away from legitimate oversight. 

We will continue to follow this as the House Investigates. So far, the EPA appears to be answering in the same manner as this administration has handled similar scandals. They are claiming it does not exist, and pretending that they cooperate fulling with the Inspector Generals' Office.  

 

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House Speaker Announces Plans To Establish A Select Committee, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) Expected To Lead

Added on May 5, 2014

Quotes from Speaker John BoehnerHouse Speaker John Boehner has announced plans to establish a Select Committee to investigate the Benghazi attacks. The announcement follows revelations that the White House has withheld documents that should have been disclosed due to subpoenas. 

The documents revealed part of the preparation for the Talking Points given to Susan Rice, and shows that the main goals of the talking points were to solidify the message about the attacks being a result of the video, and to protect the president and his policies.  

The documents were released to the Judicial Watch after a court ordered the release of documents related to the Benghazi Talking Points. After the documents surfaced, Press Secretary Jay Carney claimed that the documents were not related to Benghazi, but instead were just about the protests. 

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) is expected to lead the Select Committee. He is a former prosecutor, and one of the few freshman representatives to be given the responsibility of heading a sub-committee. Gowdy has been a significant part of the Benghazi, IRS Targeting, and Fast and Furious scandals.  

 

Benghazi Cover-Up      Benghazi Talking Points

The House Will Consider Requiring A Special Prosecutor to Investigate The IRS Targeting Scandal

Added on May 4, 2014 

From H. Res. 565

The house is planning to consider a resolution that will require the Justice Department to create a special councel to investigate the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS. This resolution was offered by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio). 

 

This was previously made as a request by Ted Cruz. Eric Holder denied the request in a letter dated 3/10/14. The request was made after revelations the Justice Department assigned the investigation to an Obama supporter, who has donated to his campaigns several times. 

 

History Of The DOJ, IRS, FEC and The Administration

Documents that surfaced last month showed that the DOJ and FEC were involved with the targeting before the scandal broke. They were working with the IRS, trying to find a way to charge the same groups that were being targeted. 

Even ealier, in 2012, Eric Holder went with then-IRS Director Douglas Shulman to coach tax-exempt ministers on how to campaign for Obama without violating their Tax-Exempt Status. This was taking place during the same time as the conservative groups were being targeted. 

In 2010, the Obama administration made it clear that they were opposed to the Citizens United Supreme court Ruling. This case was being argued in court by the FEC. After the ruling, emails surfaced containing conversations that were taking place by officials in the IRS that were involved in the targeting, these conversations demonstrated their disagreement of the Ruling

Lois Lerner, one of the main players in the IRS Scandal, was the associate general counsel and head of the enforcement office at the FEC before going to the IRS. Stories have surfaced of similar targeting at the FEC under the leadership of Lerner. 

In 2010, During his Campaign, President Obama warned about shadowy groups, with harmless sounding names. He suggested that they could be paid for by a foreign controlled corporation. On one occasion President Obama warned of groups opposing his policies, he said they were posing "as non-for-profit social and welfare trade groups." He then went on to claim that they were "guided by seasoned Republican political operatives."

 

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Issa Announces A Subpoena Requiring Secretary John Kerry To Testify Before Congress In This Month

Added on May 3, 2014

Quotes From Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif)House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrel Issa (R-Calif.) announced a subpoena for Secretary of State John Kerry, to testify before the house during a May 21, public hearing. This announcement comes on the heals of new documents being released by Judicial Watch that refer to the Benghazi Talking Points. After the documents were released, several Committee members have noted that these documents were not turned over as required by previous subpoenas.

Secretary Kerry was informed in a letter sent by Darrel Issa on May 2. The letter starts off acknowledging that Kerry was not the Secretary of State During the Benghazi Attack. However, it goes on to document several instances that Kerry expressed his commitment to cooperate with the investigation. They are then compared to the actions he has demonstrated since those commitments, in regards to the requirements of issued subpoenas.

Commitments to Cooperate With The Benghazi Investigation

  • I was not awareBefore taking the role of Secretary of State, John Kerry served as Chairman of the Senate Foreign relations Committee. As Chairman Kerry claimed that every member of his Committee was determined to, "get all the facts about what happened and why in Benghazi."
  • During a hearing on April 17, 2013, Secretary Kerry was questioned about the State Department's unwillingness to cooperate with the congressional investigation. At the time, he said he was not aware that there were delays.
  • On April 26, 2013, Chairman Issa sent a letter to Secretary Kerry, making him away of the series of delays. There were also several subpoenas created to express exactly what was needed from the Department of State.

Quotes From Issa LetterRequirements From Subpoenas

  • Required Kerry to produce documents to the Committee that have not been"modified... or otherwise made inaccessible."
  • Kerry was also required to provide a log of any documents being withheld from the Committee, and to identify the privilege being asserted to withhold the documents.

Actions From Secretary Kerry and the State Department

  • The State Department continued to produced heavily redacted documents.
  • Even classified documents, already protected from public disclosure, were redacted.
  • Some categories were withheld entirely, without valid privilege asserted.
  • New Documents released after compulsion in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit offer conclusive evidence of the State Department withholding subpoenaed material.

The letter concludes by discussing the importance of complying with subpoenas. they are lawful documents and failure to follow them is against the law. Over the last few years, The Executive branch has demonstrated the willingness to ignore subpoenas and stonewall oversight.   

 

 

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Vote To Hold Lois Lerner In Contempt Of Congress Scheduled For Next Week

 

Added on May 2, 2014 

" The House is also scheduled to consider a privilege resolution finding Lois G. Lerner, former director [of] exempt organizations, Internal Revenue Service, in contempt of Congres for refusal to comply with the subpoena issued by th Committee on Oversight and Government Reform."House Majority Leader Eric Canter (R-Va.) has announced that the House has scheduled to consider holding Lois Lerner in Contempt of Congress. Lois Lerner has continued to refuse to testify before Congress, in regards to the IRS Targeting scandal. 

Lerner has attempted to plead the 5th, but is considered to have waived the ability to do so by first giving testimony. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) previously pointed out that she made 17 factual assertions before refusing to answer the questions and should be subject to cross examination.  

 The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted to consider Lerner to be in Contempt of Congress. Last Week Cantor warned that the House would take the next step, and vote to hold her in contempt. Her attorney has offered to testify on her behalf, but the that offer has not been accepted. 

At this point, it would appear that Lois Lerner has a limited opportunity to avoid being held in contempt of Congress. House aids indicated that if she would agree to testify, the vote could be postpones.   

 

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Did They Violate A Court Order or A Congressional Subpoena? Benghazi Documents Might Be A Lose Lose For The Administration

 

Added on May 1, 2014 

The emails and the talking points were not about BenghaziJay Carney got up in front of reporters on Wednesday to defend the administration against the documents released by Judicial Watch. But he could have finally spun the administration into a corner. 

He claims that the Documents are not about Benghazi, but instead are about the protests that were taking place. So, as the voice for the White House, he is claiming that an email chain, that was preparing Susan Rice on September 15th, a day before she started going to on TV to talk about Benghazi, was about the protests, and not the Benghazi attack. 

 

We sued for documents about talking points given to Susan Rice related to Benghazi. this document was produced to us in response to our lawsuit.Judicial Watch President Tom Fitten made a statement shortly after Carney. His one comment along should shed doubt on Carney's claims. These documents were produced to Judicial Watch by order of a Court, after a lawsuit asking for documents related to the Benghazi Talking Points. Jay Carney's own claim would mean that the Administration violated a court order by disclosing the incorrect documents.  

To really make things interesting, both House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Speaker John Boehner have brought up another interesting point. The administration was subpoenaed for the documents that were related to the Benghazi Talking Points. The documents that were produced to Judicial Watch, were not produced to the Congress. 

The House used its subpoena power to obtain documents, including emailsThe question becomes... Did the administration violate a court order, and give incorrect documents to the Judicial Watch, or did they violate a Congressional Subpoena, and not produce the documents as required.   

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi lended the white house a hand, suggesting that Benghazi is old news, just a distraction, and that we should be talking about something else. This is an interesting point of view... coming from someone that sat down less than a month ago with CNN to discuss a scandal that took place more than six years ago, about a program that has since been discontinued.  

Nice job on the block attempt Pelosi, oh and thanks for convincing everyone to vote on that bill before they read it... worked out real well.

 

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BP Agents Slash Tire, Strand Woman And Kids on Hot Arizona Day, ACLU Files Suit For Info

Added on May 1, 2014

Tire SlashedClarisan Christiansen was driving home after picking up her daughter from school. Christiansen, a U.S. Citizen, had a run in with Border Patrol agents on an isolated road 40 miles from the border. The Roving Patrol stopped her without cause, threatened her, forced her out of her vehicle, and allegedly slashed her tire. She and her two young children were left stranded, miles from anyone, on a hot Arizona day. 

On April 28th, 2014, The ACLU filed a public information lawsuit in regards to the Roving Patrols performed by the Border Patrol. The lawsuit was filed after they failed to respond to letters sent by the ACLU in January 23, 2014, requesting information regarding Roving Patrols and checkpoints

The ACLU first filed a complaint of Christiansen's incident October 9, 2013. Her incident is one of many included in the complaint.  

 

Christinasen's Run In With Border Patrol 

Christiansen was pulled over by a Border Patrol Agent at around 2:15 pm, her 7-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son were also in her vehicle. An agent approached her vehicle and asked if she was a U.S. Citizen, she replied that she was. The agent then asked Cristiansen to step out of her vehicle, so that they could perform a search. At this point, she asked why she was stopped. She would ask many more times before the incident was over, but never received any answer.  

The agents refused to give her an answer, telling her that they would not tell her until she exited the vehicle. Christiansen said she would not exit the vehicle until they told her why she was stopped. The standoff began, but Christiansen was both outnumbered, and outgunned. The agent became visibly agitated, as Christiansen said that she would be leaving if there was no reason for the stop. As two of his fellow agents approached the vehicle, the agent told Christiansen, "you're not going anywhere." He then told the other agents, "this one is being difficult, get the Taser." 

As the standoff continued, Christiansen tried to keep her scarred children calm, even after the agent produced a knife and threatened to cut her seat belt and pull her out of the car. The agent eventually reached in, without permission, and pulled her keys from the ignition. Christiansen, fearing for her kids and her own life, agreed to get out of the vehicle, but made it clear that it was under protest.  

Once out of the vehicle they demanded her ID, which she gave them. After running a check, they gave back Christiansen her Identification, and went back to their vehicle. The drove off, still not giving a reason for the stop or the search. As she prepared to leave, she noticed damage to one of her tires. There was a large slash on the side of one of her tires. It was clean cut, as if by a knife. Miles from any other people, Christiansen and her children could have died being stranded on a hot day in Arizona. Luckily, she was able to contact her brother, who came out with a jack and replaced the tire. 

Christiansen was not silent about the treatment. Once back at her home, she called and made a complaint with both the local police and the Department Homeland Security Headquarters. She was contacted the next day by Vincent Zarcone, a DHS agent that said he was an investigator. He asked that Christiansen meet him at his office, and bring the tire.  

Christiansen met with Zarcone and two other DHS officials. After taking her statement, they first took a picture of the tire, and the took the tire itself. At the end of the meeting she was told that she 'might' receive a call about the case. 

A month later, Christiansen again contacted Zarcone in order to get an update on the investigation. He would only tell her that it had been investigated, but would not give the outcome of the investigation.  Soon she was able to get the involvement of the ACLU.  

Once the ACLU got involved, she started to get some answers, but not before some government rung-around. Zarcone told them that the matter was transferred to another DHS official, Richard Hill. Hill did not respond initially, and when he did the answers were less than expected. He first told her that the request for compensation is not something that his office deals with. he gave her a FTCA complaint form.  

Richard Hill made contact with Christiansen a second time, telling her that the tire was torn not cut. He indicated that he was going to interview one of the agents that was involved in the stop, identifying the agent as Agent Laguna. He said he would get back in contact with her. It has been almost a year, and she has not received any follow-up contact. 

 

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New Documents Released To Judicial Watch After Long Court Battle, Draws More Doubt Over Administrations Talking-Points Claims

 

Added on April 30, 2014

When she talked about the video, my reaction was, that's not something that the analyst have attributed this attack toAfter a long legal battle, the Judicial Watched received Benghazi Documents they requested through a Freedom of Information Act Request. The 41 documents are communications between State Department and senior White House officials in regards to the talking points. The have been referred to as the 'smoking gun', and at the very least, shed light on the true goals of the talking points. One communication is contradictory to the sworn testimony former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell gave to congress in early April. 

A email titled; RE: PREP CALL with Susan: Saturday at 4:00 pm ET, lists four goals of the 'prep call'. One of the listed goals is "to underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy." This goal is related to another goal, "to reinforce the President and Administration's strength and steadiness in dealing with difficult challenges." The other two stated goals regard showing that we can protect our people and that we will bring those that hurt us to justice. These goal demonstrate that the objective of the talking points were to push the video narrative and make Obama and his Administration look good. 

The theory behind the talking points scandal is that the administration lied to the American people for the sole purpose of protecting the President's claim that he has been successful in the War on Terror. This attacked occurred at a crucial time during his bid for re-election, and looking weak on terror would have hurt his campaign. The goals listed in the email match this theory. There is no mention of Terrorists, but instead a goal of communicating the message that the administration was confident that the attack was a result of a video. Each of the other goals were meant to reinforce the same agenda - showing the administration can protect our people, bring the bad guys to justice, and demonstrating the President and Administration's strength and steadiness in dealing with difficult challenges. 

Another document included in this latest release, was an email to Susan Rice from Payton Knopf, who was the deputy spokesman at the U.S. mission to the United Nations. The email, sent on September 12, made it clear that it was a complex attack. a complex attack is obviously not a spontaneous attack.   

it was clearly a complex attack

However, four days later she was on television calling the attack spontaneous. The complex attack, which would have took planning, did not satisfy the goals of the talking points. The administration continues to say that there was conflicting evidence, but it appears they picked the evidence that supported their goals, and ignored any evidence that suggested otherwise. This goes beyond a simple lie to the american people, but could have caused the investigation into Benghazi to stall while they followed evidence that matched their goals, instead of evidence that better fit the events. Susan Rice was aware that the attack was described as complex, but went with the talking points pushed in front of her. She might have been a puppet, but she was likely a willing puppet. 

It is important to again note that a direct goal, written on the talking points, was to ensure that Susan Rice relays the Morell took a heavy hand in editing the talking pointsmessage that the attacks were the result of the video. During the creating of these talking points, Michael Morell was the Deputy Director of the CIA. He testified in congress  earlier this month, stating that his reaction to Susan Rice attributing the attacks to the video was of surprise, and not based on the analyst in the CIA. However, in an email discussing the talking points, it is indicated that Micheal Morell took a heavy hand it editing them, and offered to give additional assistance if needed. This email was sent the day before Susan Rice started to appear on tv, and was sent after one of the main goals discussed above were added to the talking points. If he took a 'heavy hand' in editing the talking points, then why did the message about the video surprise him. He described his reaction when she was seen talking about the video, not when he read it on the talking points. It is unclear how talking points he edited, later caused a reaction.

In the emails it appears that Morell's biggest concern was ensuring that there were no communications that suggested the CIA knew about the attack before it happened. There are many arguments as to who changed the talking points and the rational behind the changes. But everyone involved was part of the Executive Branch. The email communications make one thing perfectly clear. The biggest concern for the Executive Branch during and after the Benghazi attack was their own assess and how much they were covered.

 

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DHS IG Falsified Reports and Delayed Investigations For Top Officials, Committee Finds, Despite Stonewalling

Added April 26, 2014

The IG of Homeland Security was altering reports, delaying investigations, and possibly retaliated Former IG Charles Edwardsagainst co-workers, according to a report released on April 24, 2014. The report reflects the investigation into allegations against Charles Edwards, who acted as both the Deputy Inspector General and Acting Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security. 

The investigation started after whistleblowers exposed his alleged actions during an investigation into the hiring of prostitutes by Secret Service agents for a 2012 presidential visit to Columbia. The whistleblowers said that Edwards instructed them to remove information that would have implicated a White House staff member. However, this allegation was not been proven, due to stonewalling of the investigation.

Like many investigations into the Executive Branch under this current administration, oversight has been stonewalled by the refusal to provide the requested documents. This would indicate, that the investigation into a man that was helping the Executive Branch cover-up scandals, is being further covered-up by the Executive Branch. 

Emails that the committee actually received, reveal communications between Edwards and top officials in the DHS. The Office of the Inspector General is intended to be separate from the department, but instead, Edwards ordered changes in reports and delays in investigations as requested by DHS officials.

Three days before Edwards was scheduled to appear at a hearing, he resigned from his position and was transferred to another position within the Department of Homeland Security. This resulted in the hearing being canceled. Essentially, he was moved to a job inside the agency he was protecting, in order to protect him from a probe into his actions. 

The AP applauded the move by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, to place Edwards on leave after the report surfaced. That considered this as one of his three demonstrations of making a 'move to tamp down what could have been political scandals.' However, there is no reason to pat a branch of the government on the back for taking action when they can no longer deny wrongdoing. If Jeh Johnson wants to show that he is above this scandalous behavior, he should demand his department release all the documents that the committee requested. 

This is the latest episode in the Executive Branches game of stonewall the investigation. They continue to treat Congressional Oversight as optional and the request of documents as a burden that can be ignored. This goes directly against the checks and balances that were put in place to prevent the corruption of our government that would occur when one branch holds too much power.  

 

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New Benghazi Report Offers Theories On The Reasons Behind The Cover-Up

Added on April 24, 2014

A group called the Citizens Commission, has released a interim-report on the Benghazi attack. The Hillary Clinton Testifying At A Benghazi Hearinggroup is described as 'self-selected' and sponsored by Accuracy in Media, but is made up of former high ranking officials in the miltary and CIA along with 'think-tankers'. Two of the members on the panel are retired Admirals, and there is a former high ranking CIA officer. 

It should be interesting to see how the report of these distinguished public servants is treated, as there was much outrage when the findings of the ARB came under fire, equating the challenging of their findings to challenging the honor of the distinguished public servants that sat on the panel.

 

The Citizens Committee found that the Benghazi attack was preventable, a finding that matches that of the Senate in January of this year. However, the reasoning for the findings is different in the Citizens Committee report. Their report is centered on the government involved gun running activities, an aspect of the scandal that has been largely ignored by the media and Congress.

There is no doubt that there was a cover-up directly after the attack. But the reason for the intense cover-up has no been revealed. The Citizens Committee draws our attention to the administrations unwillingness to help negotiate a peaceful exit for Gaddafi and all together avoid the Libyan Civil War. According to their report, Qaddafi reached out, seeking exile out of Libya. This was relayed to the local command center, and passed to the pentagon. There were talks, but never any confirmation of accepting an agreement.

They also found that the government was not only aware of weapon being delivered to the al-Qa'eda-dominated rebel militias, but helped facilitate the delivery of those weapons. Which is only new news if you listen only the main stream news. The reports go on to link the government activity with the activity of the Muslim Brotherhood. That part of the report will be used to mock and discredit the report, even though our government is already openly giving money to a country controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood.  

They are not claiming to have all the answers in this report, hence it being an Interim Report, and the theories they are putting forth will need fact check to verify. However, I would not just write off this report due to it being a 'self-selected' committee sponsored by a right-middle leaning group. I trust a 'self-selected' group more than a an ARB that was selected by the department it was investigating or a Department of Justice that has demonstrated the ability to drag their feet on investigations related to the current administration.    

 

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House Democrat Warns Americans: The Worst Parts Of ObamaCare Were Postponed By The Administration

Added on April 22, 2014

Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) told the Boston Herald that, "there are parts of Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, that were postponed because they are unpalatable." Rep. Lynch is one of the few Democrats that voted against ObamaCare in 2010. He warned that it is "going to hit the fan" when the delayed provisions finally go into effect. 

One of the issues he highlights, is the fact that Health Care will be taxed for the first time in America. Lynch talks about the the upcoming election this fall, but does not specifically say that the worst parts were postponed in order to prevent more political fall back for his party, he instead just says the were 'unpalatable'.

 

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Border Patrol Agents Cause Crash, Willing To Lie Knowing Their Dash Camera Recorded The Event

Added on April 19, 2014 

A Border Patrol Van was in some type of Border control emergency in New York City and drove in a Border Patrol Van Wreckreckless manner, eventually causing a traffic accident. The operator of the van made an illegal left turn into oncoming traffic, causing a collision with a driver named Ted. One agent immediately exited his tipped over van and started to ask Ted if he saw the light. The Agents later lied on a police report, saying that Ted ran a red light. 

This incident was caught on two dash cameras. Ted's dash cam shows him driving through a green light, at an appropriate rate of speed. There is no indication of the Border Patrol vehicle until it is too late. The vehicle had its white and blue lights on, but they were not visible during the day and with other vehicles blocking the view. 

Police Report For Accident

The dash cam from the Border Patrol van shows that the left hand turn they made was illegal. The reason it is illegal is because the drivers on the opposite side of the street also have a green light. Even though their emergency lights are on, they are still obligated to drive in a manner that does not put people in danger, such as turning into oncoming traffic.

We do not want known liars to be carrying guns and have the authority to use force. If they are willing to lie in this circumstance, what will they do when they have made a major mistake. Agents that are not intelligent enough to know that their own dash cam recorded their lie, will likely make a bigger mistake sooner or later.  

 

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The TSA Accused of Hiding An Investigation of An Alleged Federal Air Marshall Service Gun Scheme From Congress

Added on April 18, 2014 

There has been an ongoing probe into an illegal gun scheme inside the agency of the Federal Air Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC)Marshal Service (FAMS) that has been allegedly being conducted quietly behind the scenes in to keep congress in the dark. The probe is related to a FAMS supervisor acquiring gun free or discounted and handing them off to high-up officials for personal use. 

The investigation has already led to a FAMS supervisor being sent on administration leave and the FAMS director having his home raided. The Director announced his retirement last month. TSA has openly denied facts that are disputed by documents and witness testimony acquired by FoxNews.com

FAMS supervisor Danny Poulos was accused by a whistleblower of using the agencies federal gun license and his position to acquire free or discounted weapons from Sig Sauer. He was then either giving or selling those weapons to high-up officials. 

Director Robert Bray is one of the officials that received at least one gun from poulos. The TSA has acknowledged that Director Bray received a gun from Poulos, but claim he did so legally. FoxNews.com reported that Bray's home was raided on December 26, 2013. During the raid at least one gun was seized. On that same day, Bray filed a report claiming that a gun was stolen from his home. He gave the date of the theft as December 20, 2013. There is speculation that he has reported the gun that was seized as stolen.

Rep. John Carter (R-Texas)Congress was not notified of the probe, as the agency is required by law to do. Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC), Chairman of the House Homeland Security transportation security subcommittee, sent a letter to the head of the TSA, John Pistole, expressing his concern over congress not being notified of the probe. Rep. John Carter (R-Texas), Chairman of the House Appropriations Homeland Security subcommittee, has urged the agency to inform congress of the facts and details of the probe. 

There has been no indication on how long they have been investigating, but the December 26 search of the directors home would indicate that it has been at least four months. Their efforts to hide the probe from congress for such an extended amount of time is criminal on its own account. But the gun scheme should not be overlooked.

By using a federal permit to purchase guns, they are not only getting free and discounted guns. They have a gun in their possession that, if used in a crime, would come back as being the property of the United States Government. This could be an attempt to acquire 'clean' guns that can not be traced back to them.

As the current Administration attempts to restrict the citizens access to firearms, agencies that are part of that same Executive Branch are circumventing gun laws for personal purposes. It appears that this has been going on for years.  

 

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ObamaCare Causes Woman To Suffer Through Disease Without Medication Or Covered Doctors

Added on April 17, 2014

Margaret Figueroa believed the assurances of the ObamaCare plan she purchased. Figueroa suffers from a disease called Arnold Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia, which has caused her to undergo four brain surgeries. Now her new coverage will increase the amount she has to suffer.

First, her insurance card was denied when she went to fill her prescriptions. The medication allows her to function and makes her pain tolerable. If that was not bad enough , she then discovered that her new plan did not cover her for any of her doctors, and to top it off... she has been unable to find an available doctor that takes the insurance. There are six in all of Staten Island that take the insurance, but she hasn't been able to get an appointment with any of them. 

"I've been vomiting. I lost 22 pounds. The pain is unbearable. My medication helps me function during the day." - Margaret Figueroa 

When ObamaCare was proposed, it claimed that it would provide quality coverage to people that have been unable to previously get that coverage. But Figueroa is one of many that have been faced with the possibility of paying out of pocket or not getting the treatment they need. It is outrageous to pay a premium for insurance and have to instead pay out of pocket, but if you don't pay that premium. If you choose to not purchase the insurance that does not cover you, then you will have to pay a government fine, or a 'tax' as they call it. 

 

New Documents Reveal That The IRS Was Working With the DOJ, FEC, and Committee Democrats To Prosecute The Groups They Were Targeting

Added on April 16, 2014

New documents reveal that Lois Lerner was working with the DOJ, FEC, and committee Democrats to target conservative groups not only with delays, but with criminal charges. The Judicial Watch obtained the documents from a {tip FOIA::Freedom of Information Act}FOIA{/tip} lawsuit filed against the IRS. The lawsuit was filed when the IRS stonewalled the request filed in May of 2013

Released emails show that the IRS was working with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and the Department of Justice, in an attempt to bring criminal investigations against the same groups that were already being targeted with extra scrutiny. In an email from Learner, she indicates that the DOJ worries that prosecuting could do damage to the IRS programs. 

"DOJ is feeling like it needs to respond, but want to talk to the right folks at IRS to see whether there are impediments from our side and what, if any damage this might do to IRS programs." - A Lois Lerner email from May 8, 2013

These emails took place days before the TIGTA report findings are improperly leaked by Lerner with a planted question. Even as their targeting was about to be exposed, they were trying to find other ways to go after the groups.

In an email sent on May 10, 2013, Lois Lerner admits that she "can't confirm that there was anyone on the other side of the political spectrum" had been targeted. Lerner was the head of the tax exempt groups, and her email activity shows her being very involved in cases related to the Tea Party. Congressional Democrats have been claiming that progressive groups were also targeted. It is apparent that Lois Lerner was very familiar with actions being taken against Tea party Groups, but she can officer any information that would demonstrate that groups on the other side of the political spectrum were also Targeted. This should dispel any lingering claims that progressive groups were also targeted. 

How is the DOJ expected to perform an impartial investigation when they themselves could possibly be implicated in the Investigation, and at the very least, were interested in bringing criminal charges against the same groups being targeted by the IRS?

 

Statement From Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton

“These new emails show that the day before she broke the news of the IRS scandal, Lois Lerner was talking to a top Obama Justice Department official about whether the DOJ could prosecute the very same organizations that the IRS had already improperly targeted. The IRS emails show Eric Holder’s Department of Justice is now implicated and conflicted in the IRS scandal.  No wonder we had to sue in federal court to get these documents.”

 

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The RNC Announces A Lawsuit Against The IRS Due To Failure To Respond To A FOIA Request

Added on April 15, 2014

The Republican National Committee announced that they are suing the IRS for not complying with a Freedom of Information Act request for documents related to the systematic targeting of conservative and Tea Party Groups. The original request was filed almost a year ago, and have picked April 15 to announce the lawsuit because, "on Tax Day, especially Americans deserve to know whether they can trust the agency to which they're sending their taxes," according to RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. 

According to a GOP communication,the IRS has requested several extensions in the past 226 business days since the request was filed. The RNC called the delays undue, unacceptable, and inexcusable. 

“If the IRS and the Obama administration don’t have anything to hide, why not answer the request?" - RNC Chairman Reince Priebus 

 

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The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Votes To Hold Lerner In Contempt of Congress

Added on April 14, 2014 

The House Oversight Committee voted 21-12 in favor of holding Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress. The charges are in response for her refusing to answer questions about the targeting of conservative groups for political purposes. 

In a May 22 hearing, Lois Learner made an opening statement where she placed the blame elsewhere and claimed to have done nothing wrong, and then she plead the fifth. 

Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif) was in favor of passing the vote, he said “American taxpayers certainly don’t get to plead the Fifth and escape all accountability when the IRS audits them," and added "“We are here today for one fundamental reason: To get to the full truth about IRS targeting. We cannot abandon our responsibility.”

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) was against voting Lerner in contempt. Cummings, who has ties to the targeted, has failed numerous attempts to stop the investigation from within the committee. In June of 2013 he claimed the investigation was over, then later lied about it during a House Hearing. He claimed this was an attempt to strip away an American citizens rights and "had nothing to do with responsible oversight and everything to do with the worst kind of partisan politics." Cummings is no stranger to partisan politics. The IRS has been feeding him, and other democrats, select information that was used to help the IRS with their 'progressives were targeted too' defense. 

He also said he is worried what the unborn will later think about this vote, "[M]y statement is directed to the generation of Americans yet unborn who will learn about this vote in their history books." He claimed he worries that they will wonder why Congress tried to "strip away an American citizen's rights under the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution." He does not seemed to be worried what they will think about members of the Oversight Committee that put more effort into ending the investigation then performing Oversight on the Executive Branch. 

Now that the vote has passed, it will go to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). Boehner has already made it clear where he stands, "If Lois Lerner continues to refuse to testify, then the House will hold her in contempt."

 

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Hillary Clinton Changes Plans After A Protest Is Announced Due To Her Failures In Benghazi

Added on April 12, 2014

Hillary Clinton changes plans after, 'The Difference Matters' announced a protest waiting to unwelcome her to the 17th Annual Western Healthcare Leadership Academy in San Diego. Clinton was the scheduled key note speaker, but changed plans last minute to instead speak by satellite instead of in-person. 

Pat Smith, the mother of sean Smith, plans to be at the center of the protest. Jan Iverson, another local mother and protester said, "she is not welcome here in San Diego by so many of us.  We don't want her here." 

Clinton's office claimed that she only changed plans due to scheduling issues. But, the reason for her sudden change in plans does not matter to the group protesting. The protest will go on, regardless if she is there in person or on video, really, what difference does it make. 

 

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Snowden Claims The NSA Lying And He Did Attempt To First Use Proper Channels

Added on April 12, 2014

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Edward Snowden claims he attempted to go through normal channels, such as filing a formal complaint. This is in contrast to claims made by  NSA Deputy Director Rick Ledgett, who said that Snowden made no formal complaints. He also added that if Snowden did complain to anyone, they are not coming forward.

“The N.S.A. at this point not only knows I raised complaints, but that there is evidence that I made my concerns known to the N.S.A.’s lawyers, because I did some of it through e-mail." - Edward Snowden, in a Vanity Fair Interview

"I directly challenge the N.S.A. to deny that I contacted N.S.A. oversight and compliance bodies directly via e-mail and that I specifically expressed concerns about their suspect interpretation of the law, and I welcome members of Congress to request a written answer to this question [from the N.S.A.].”  - Edward Snowden, in a Vanity Fair Interview

If there is evidence that Edward Snowden attempted to first use proper channels, then it should raise doubts over spying allegations. What recourse would Snowden have if his complaints fell on deaf ears? Should he have just accepted what he saw as a major injustice?

“Every person remembers some moment in their life where they witnessed some injustice, big or small, and looked away, because the consequences of intervening seemed too intimidating. But there’s a limit to the amount of incivility and inequality and inhumanity that each individual can tolerate. I crossed that line. And I’m no longer alone.” - Edward Snowden, in a Vanity Fair Interview

Snowden further claims to have taken steps to indicate that he was not acting as a spy, but as a whistle-blower.

“My hope was that avoiding ambiguity would prevent spy accusations and create more room for reasonable debate. Unfortunately, a few of the less responsible members of Congress embraced the spy charges for political reasons, as they still do to this day." - Edward Snowden, in a Vanity Fair Interview

According to Snowden, members of the intelligence community have regularly confirmed that Snowden is not an agent of any foreign government. But he said they will not do so only off the record. 

"But I don’t think it was a bad idea, because even if they won’t say it in public, intelligence-community officials are regularly confirming to journalists off the record that they know with a certainty that I am not an agent of any foreign government.” - Edward Snowden, in a Vanity Fair Interview

There has been much debate regarding the actions of Edward Snowden. While some claim he is a traitor and a spy, others have labeled him a hero for exposing the violation of our rights committed by the NSA. An full investigation into his Snowden's claims should occur. The debate will benefit form important information such as if Snowden first attempted to go through the proper channels, and that he exposed the spying in such a manner as a last resort. His action should be expected, of a man that thought he had no other choice, and feared the most secretive agency in our government.

 

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AG Holder Lectured By Federal Judge For Improperly Instruction Sent To Prosecutors

 

Added on April 11, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder was lectured by a Federal Judge after once again demonstrating his disregard for the rule of law, and ignorance of the separation of powers spelled out in the Constitution, of which he swore to uphold. Holder instructed U.S. prosecutors to allow the use of a proposed amendment to drug sentencing, that was not yet voted on by the Sentencing Commission or passed as an amendment by Congress. Essentially he has given instructions to ignore the law as it is written, and instead use a proposed amendment that he supports. 

Earlier in the year AG Holder testified in front of the Sentencing Commission in support of the amendment they were in the process of drafting. He later sent a directive to assistant United States attorneys instructing them not to object if the defense requests to apply the proposed sentencing amendment. 

 

“The law provides the executive no authority to establish national sentencing policies based on speculation about how we and Congress might vote on a proposed amendment.” - Judge William Pryor Jr., (1)

 

The separation of powers is not hard to comprehend. Congress and only Congress may create or amend a law. The nondelegation doctrine forbids Congress from so much as delegating the ability to create and amend laws. The executive branch executes or enforces the laws. They do not get to pick which laws to execute and they can not execute a proposed law because they like it and speculate the passing of said law.   

This scandal might appear to be minor and just an innocent little mistake by Mr. Holder, like his perjury in front of Congress during a Fast and Furious hearing. However, if a precedent was set by this type of action, it could have a devastating effect, since the executive branch would then be able to enforce non-laws if they can prove that they did so with a good-faith belief that the law would be passed.

Holders actions also demonstrate his continued disrespect for Congress. Many of us might roll our eyes when we think of Congress. But there is a big difference between a citizen giving congress a low approval rating, an the guy in charge of prosecuting our laws, lacking respect for the branch of government that creates and amends those laws.

 

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Letter Sent To DOJ Urging Review Of Criminal Evidence Against Learner, After Committee Passed Vote

Added on April 9, 2014

The House Ways and Means Committee has taken a giant step towards charging Lois Lerner with criminal acts regarding the targeting of conservative groups while she was in a leadership position with the IRS. The Committee voted to send out a letter to the Attorney General of the Department of Justice, urging AG Eric Holder to "take a serious review of evidence uncovered through the Committee's investigation," according to a press release from the Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI). The letter requests that the DOJ review the evidence and determine if Lois Lerner violated criminal statutes, which are documented in the letter. The letter outlines three specific acts that they believe may have violated one or more laws.

  1. Used her position to improperly influence
  2. Impeding the investigation
  3. Mishandling of Taxpayer information

Used Her Position To Improper Influence

  • Improperly influence agency action
  • Against only conservative groups
  • Evidence shows Learner targeted Crossroads GPS, and other right-leaning groups
  • Learner turned a blind eye to similarly-organized liberal groups. 
  • Priorities USA is given as an example of a similarly-organized liberal group. 

Impeding The Investigation

  • When questioned by the TIGTA, provided misleading statements 

Mishandling of Taxpayer Information

  • Used personal email to conduct official business
  • violation of Internal Revenue Code 6103
  • Risked exposing confidential taxpayer information
  • Possibly disclosed confidential taxpayer information

The press release also said that Lerner can face up to 11 years in prison if she was convicted of these crimes. 

Statement From Chairman Camp

 

“This investigation has uncovered serious, unprecedented actions taken by Lois Lerner that deprived conservative groups of their rights under the Constitution." 

"Almost a year ago we learned that the IRS subjected certain groups to extra scrutiny because of their political beliefs.  At the time, Lois Lerner shamefully attempted to blame the mistreatment on low-level employees in Cincinnati. The investigation to date has demonstrated that the targeting did not happen until IRS headquarters in D.C. intervened."  

"Today’s action highlights specific wrongdoing for the Department of Justice to pursue.  DOJ has a responsibility to act, and Lois Lerner must be held accountable.  It is also important that the American people know what really occurred at the IRS, so this powerful agency cannot target American taxpayers ever again.” - Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI)

Ways and Means Committee Plans Vote To Request Criminal Charges For Lois Lerner

Added on April 8, 2014

The Ways and Means Committee is planning to vote on requesting criminal charges against Lois Lerner in regards to the IRS Targeting of conservative groups. The charges are separate from the contempt vote planned in the House Oversight Committee.

If the vote passes, a letter will be sent to Attorney General Eric Holder requesting that the Justice Department bring criminal charges against Learner. Ultimately, the Justice Department can choose to pursue the criminal charges, but is not required to do so.  

 

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The Supreme Court Rules Against Allowing NSA Metadata Lawsuit To Skip To The Supreme Court

Added on April 8, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against allow the Larry Klayman lawsuit to go directly to the supreme court, skipping the the U.S. Court of Appeals. Larry Klayman filed the request after the Department of justice appealed the decision of the U.S. District Court. This motion was considered a long-shot, but would have sped up the process, and allowed out data to be protected sooner.

There is another possibility that might have added to the desire to speed up the process. President Obama recently announced that he is planning to ask congress to end the metadata collection program. If ended, the courts could rule that there is no reason to precede with the lawsuits, since they are based on ending a program that would no longer be active. However, allowing the court to rule on the program, would do more than just end the program. It would set a court precedent that would make it harder for the government to start up a similar secret program in the future. 

One question that should be asked, is if the president's recent change of heart on the Bulk Collection program is a strategic move to allow this program to be re-instated down the road. Unless there is another Edward Snowden ready to leak out NSA information, we are very unlikely to learn of a program that is started in secret. 

 

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New House Report Details How Congressional Democrats Worked With The IRS To Push False Narrative of Progressive Groups Being Targeted

 Added on April 7, 2014

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform released a report today, called 'Debunking the Myth that the IRS Targeted Progressives: How the IRS and Congressional Democrats Misled America and Disparate Treatment'. The 141 page report gives evidence that only conservative groups were targeted, and not their progressive counterparts. The report goes a step further, and shows how specific Democrats have worked with the IRS in an attempt to keep the false narrative by selectively releasing information at specific times. 

The report relies on witness testimony, emails, and other facts. I have listed some quotes from the report below, and will be updating the fact and quote section as soon as I am able to finish reading through the entire report. 

 

Quotes Taken From The House Oversight Report 

 

"the Administration and congressional Democrats have seized upon the notion that the IRS’s targeting was not just limited to conservative applicants.Time and again, they have claimed that the IRS targeted liberal- and progressive-oriented groups as well – and that, therefore, there was no political animus to the IRS’s actions."


"These Democratic claims are flat-out wrong and have no basis in any thorough examination of the 
facts. Yet, the Administration’s chief defenders continue to make these assertions in a concerted  effort to deflect and distract from the truth about the IRS’s targeting of tax-exempt applicants." 


"The Committee’s investigation demonstrates that the IRS engaged in disparate treatment of conservative-oriented tax-exempt applicants."


"Documents produced to the Committee show that initial applications transferred from Cincinnati to Washington were filed by Tea Party groups. Other documents and testimony show that the initial criteria used to identify and hold Tea Party applications captured conservative organizations."


"After the criteria were broadened in July 2012 to be cosmetically neutral, material provided to the Committee indicates that the IRS still intended to target only conservative applications."


"A central Plank In the Democratic argument is the claim that liberal-leaning groups were identified on versions of the IRS's 'Be on the Look Out" (BOLO) lists. This claim ignores significant differences in the placement of the conservative and liberal entries on the BOLO lists and how the IRS used the BOLO list in practice."


"The Democratic claims are further undercut by testimony from IRS employees who told the Committee that liberal groups were not subject to the same systematic crutiny and delay as conservative organizations." 


"The IRS selectively prioritized and produced documents to the Committee to support misleading claims about bipartisan targeting." 


"Democratic Members of Congress, including Ranking Member Elijah Cummings,Ranking Member Sander Levin, and Representative Gerry Connolly, made misleading claims that the IRS targeted liberal-oriented groups based on documents selectively produced by the IRS." 


"Although TIGTA and others have rebuffed the Democratic argument, senior members of the Administration and in Congress continue this coordinated narrative that the IRS targeting was broader than conservative applicants"

 

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State Department Sets The Stage For Corruption, Didn't Follow Rules, $6 Billion In Improperly Documented Contracts

Added: 4/6/14 

 The Inspector General has released a report that exposes the State Departments mishandling of contracts over the last 6 years. There are rules that specify how the files are to be kept and maintained. But the State Department didn't follow those rules, which is not a first for the Executive Branch of our current government. 

During an Audit, the IG discovered that some contracts had no files, while others were incomplete. In total $6 billion worth of contracts were found to have missing or incomplete records. That did not include the files that were not audited by the Inspector General. During some audits, a sample size was used, so all of the files were not investigated.

The investigation found some trouble evidence of corruption. One audit uncovered  a contract that was awarded to the company owned by the husband of the Contract Specialist that was assigned to that contract. There was no paperwork in the files to document this conflict of interest. 

Other Findings Of The Audits

  • A Contracting Officer was hiding a file that would expose improper conduct by himself, involving the pricing of a contract. 
  • A payment of $792,782 was approved, even though there is no documents to justify the payment. 
  • Reports used to monitor the performance of contracts were missing. 
  • Training certificates and appointment letters were missing.

By not requiring those in charge of the documents, to keep accurate and full documentation, it allows for corrupt individuals to cover-up illegal acts by simply throwing out the paperwork that would prove those acts took place. 

As concluded by the IG, the State Department set the stage for fraud and corruption, the filing system makes it difficult to perform oversight, and makes it unlike the government would be able to prosecute criminals. 

This reflects the same leadership that resulted in the the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi.  

 

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Three Pinocchios For IRS Commissioner After Denying The Word 'Targeting' During The House Hearing

 

Added: April 4, 2014


The Washington Post Fact Checker gave IRS Commissioner John Koskinen three Pinocchios for a comment he made during his testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on March 26, 2014. Koskinen admitted that there was inappropriate criteria used, but denied saying there was 'targeting.' 

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, testifying during the March 26, 2014 House Hearing"Yes inappropriate criteria were used. I don't think I used the word target, but I do acknowledge that applications were delayed unnecessarily and for too long." 

This statement left a little wiggle room, saying, "I don't think I used." But, Koskinen later took that wiggle room away saying that he never said there was targeting. 

"I have never said there was targeting." 

He further denied that the Inspector General referred to the 'inappropriate criteria' as targeting. 

"The Inspector General found inappropriate criteria were used to select organizations for further review - he did not refer to it as targeting." 

The Washington picked apart the comment, pointing out that the IG's audit itself used the word targeting in the wording of the allegations, and his audit concluded that all allegations were true. It also pointed out that Commissioner Koskinen himself called it targeting during his confirmation hearing. But more importantly, they concluded that the term 'inappropriate criteria' is a euphemism for 'targeting', and that it is bureaucratic word games.

I will expand on that thought. In order for targeting to occur, you need to first have a criteria that identifies the targets. Targeting can be a positive thing, such as with scholarships. They are targeting a specific kind of student in order to award that student money. They determine which student matches the type of student they are targeting, by using criteria. For example, their criteria might included maintaining a specific GPA.

The IRS documented their criteria using the BOLO list. Appropriate criteria could have been used, such as evidence of campaign intervention. By using that criteria, they would target applications that should be given a closer look. Appropriate criteria would be based on actual evidence, facts,  or financial indicators. The IRS used political beliefs as their criteria. This criteria was inappropriate because it caused the IRS to target applications based on political beliefs instead of evidence, facts, or financial indicators. 

No matter how it is carefully worded, groups were selected for an intense process of scrutiny, based solely on their politically sounding name or political beliefs, which caused the applications to be delayed for an extended amount of time. Groups and people were wronged, and they deserve a real investigation to uncover why they were wronged.  

 

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EPA Funding Human Testing, Document Suggests Recruiting Asthmatic Children To Suck Diesel Fumes From A Pipe 4/3/14

 

The EPA has been funding human research that is intended to help them 'set safe levels of airborne particles and diesel exhaust emissions. A special facility was built at the University of Carolina. The experiments involved having a human suck diesel emissions from a diesel truck, out of a pipe, for two hours at a time. In some cases, instead of sucking on a pipe, they would put the test subject in a small room and pipe the toxin directly into the room.

The office of the inspector general investigated the experiments, but looked only at five human testing experiments that took place in 2010 and 2011. The IG investigation discovered that, when informing test subjects of the side effects, they were leaving out the long term side effects, not giving accurate information as to what levels of toxin they would be inhaling, going above approved limits of the toxin, and showing the toxins to be less dangers when informing human test subjects than they were when warning the public of the toxins. 

A 2005 progress report that was found by junkscience.com indicates that they were testing the difference between the effect of exposure to the toxins in adaults and children. The summary indicates that they were recruiting asthmatic children to be test subjects. Unfortunately, the IG did not investigate the experiments from those years, so we do not know how many asthmatic children were sucking diesel exhaust from a pipe for two hours at a time, in order to help the EPA determine a safe level of the toxin. 

In 2006, during the time they were experimenting on children, the EPA released an assessment document that reported an association between short-term exposure and mortality and morbidity. In 2011, An EPA Administrator testified before congress, saying that Particulate matter directly caused people to die sooner than they should. In 2012, the EPA air chief wrote a letter to House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.), which stated that there is no safe level of small particle air pollution.

So, even though the EPA believed that there was no safe level, and that even short term exposure was associated with mortality, they still conducted human experiments that included both adults and children. in order to help determine a 'safe level' the EPA had humans sucking diesel fuel that was coming from the exhaust pipe of a truck, when they believed that doing so would make those people die sooner, and then downplayed short term health effects and completely left out long term side effects when explaining it to the human test subjects... or the EPA has been lying to the public about the dangers of these toxins, making them sound worse than they really are. 

 

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National Intelligence Director Admits That The NSA Searched A Database of Recorded Phone Calls and Emails For Americans Without A Warrant 4/2/14

In a letter to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) National Intelligence Director James Clapper admitted that the NSA used a database that records phone calls and emails to search for Americans, without a warrant. They used a rule change that was approved in 2011. The rule change was exposed by The Guardian in August,  after Edward Snowden leaked documents about the secret change. 

Here is how this backdoor search works:

  1. Using the Fisa Amendment Act, Section 702, the NSA records phone calls and emails from foreign targets, without a warrant.
  2. If an American is communicating with the foreign target, they can collect that without a warrant. 
  3. During this process, phone calls and emails that are purely domestic are 'inadvertently swept' into this database. 
  4. The 2011 rule change allowed the NSA to search that database for Americans without a warrant. 

The NSA will not say how many phone calls and emails are 'inadvertently swept', recorded, and stored in this database. There is also no method for determining that a phone call or email was 'inadvertently swept.' Of course, you will likely never know when this happens to you. Since these searches are 'legal' they can bring that obtained information to the secret court, and use it to get a warrant. 

When our commander and Chief was once again not correct when he told us in June that, "nobody is listening to your telephone calls." He was talking about the Metadata Collection program at the time, but saying that nobody is listening is not quite true. Nobody is listening, unless your phone call was 'inadvertently swept' and the later searched using a secret rule change approved in 2009... it doesn't have quite the same ring. 

Other Politicians were very careful how they worded their statements, such as Sen. Diana Feinstein (D-Calif.). She was talking about this exact section when she said it is not a method to "circumvent the general requirement to obtain a court order before targeting a US person under Fisa." Technically she did not lie, it was not used to 'target' Americans. The phone calls and emails was 'inadvertently swept' and then searched, not targeted and then searched. 

“The Department of Justice and the intelligence community reaffirmed that any queries made of Section 702 data will be conducted in strict compliance with applicable guidelines and procedures, and do not provide a means to circumvent the general requirement to obtain a court order before targeting a US person under Fisa.” - Sen. Diana Feinstein (D- Calif.) 

Of course, only a conspiracy theorist would believe that our intelligence community is going to abuse a rule or loophole and purposely spy illegally on Americans... Except Sen. Feinstein has accused the CIA of spying on congress, which would be both abusing loopholes and illegally spying. If our intelligence community is willing to spy on a group of people that have the ability to change the laws, what will stop them from doing the same thing to the average American. 

 

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Email From Tripoli CIA Chief Sent To Morel on 9/15 - 'Not An Escalation of Protest' 4/1/14

An email from the Tripoli CIA Chief to Then-DeputyCIA Director Michael Morell confirms that the CIA was aware that the attacks were not caused by an escalation of protests surrounding an internet video. In very clear language he typed:

"not an escalation of protests"

This information is causing many to ask one important question: Did the CIA pass this information on to the White House or State Department. This question is expected to be answered tomorrow when Mr. Morel testifies in front of the House Permanent Select Committee. A former intelligence official told the 'The Washing Times' that this question will be addressed in Morels testimony. 

This could be the piece of the puzzle that finally sheds some light on the entire Benghazi Talking Points Scandal. 

 

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Chicago Navigators Arrested, But Likely To Be Released, No Illegal Scam, Just Incompetence 3/31/14

Police received a report that two men were going door to door and possibly scamming elderly residence. Police questioned two men that fit the description. Neither of the two were able to show proper identification, even thought the organization issues ID badges to all canvassing volunteers. They were also unable to to give their supervisors name to the officers. They were arrested for 'soliciting unlawful business' and have a scheduled trial date.

The following day, the department received information that the men were employees of the organization. It turns out, they are not running a scam, but just too incompetent to carry their issued badges and not intelligent enough to remember the name of their supervisor. The executive director blames police for the arrest, instead of the organization that hired the two incompetent people that are somehow going to remember the details of ObamaCare when they can't recall their supervisors name.

We open the door to scams, if these navigators are to be automatically assumed as being legitimate, without proper ID.   

 

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Teen Girl Hospitalized After Curfew Violation Spins Out Of Control

 

Created on July 23, 2014

Merceedez Wright describes police force used for curfew violation

A 17-year-old girl is in the hospital after an encounter with police that started with violating the city's curfew ordinance by a few minutes. Merceedez Wright has injuries to her neck, trachea, and esophagus that were caused by the actions of officers as the situation spun out of control and ended with her being slammed to the ground several times. Wright does not deny being out past curfew or running from police, but argues that her actions were out of fear and not the intention to break the law. The Clairton Police have not given a statement as to why this level of force was used in response to a curfew violation...  

 

 

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NYPD Cop Uses Prohibited Choke Hold In Death of Man Accused Of Selling A Cigarette

Created on July 21, 2014 

 

Eric Garner telling NYPD officers he can not breathNYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo was caught on video holding Eric Garner in a prohibited choke hold while he gasped for air, saying six times that he could not breath. Justin Damico and four other unidentified officers took part in the incident that led to the death of the 43-year-old father of six. Garner was unarmed and at no time appeared to be a threat to the safety of the officers, but this did not prevent them from using deadly force on the 400 pound man. Witnesses have said that the incident began when Garner broke up a fight between three other men, who fled the scene before police arrived, but the police claim they observed Garner selling a cigarette to a man, without giving the government a piece of the action....

 

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Cop That Killed Teen In Drunk Hit And Run Dodged Serious Charges Despite Evidence

 

Created on June 30, 2014 

DA Tony Lawrence talking about Officer Daniel Snyder Killing Kaytlynn Brann during a drunk hit and run 16-year-old Kaytlynn Brann laid dying on street as the drunk driver responsible for taking her life drove away. It is hard to image a person so callous, but it becomes even worse when the person swore an oath and is trained as a first responder. Young Kaytlynn died from her injuries the following day. It is unclear if her chances of survival would have increased had the the public servant took responsibility for his actions and gave aid to the dying teen. But Instead the Pascagoula Police Officer ran like a coward, leaving his victim to die.  

Investigators not only blamed the incident on Kaytlynn, but they also allowed the officer to wait four hours for a blood alcohol test. This was despite a positive result to a field breath test that he initially refused to take. Even after lying to the investigators, Officer Daniel Snyder was able to dodge serious charges with their assistance. He was later given a light sentence for fleeing the scene, but was never charged with causing her death or the DUI.  

This was all made possible by a investigation from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office. Mike Byrd claimed that they would investigate this crime the same as any other, but he himself has been indicted on 31 criminal charges that include witness tampering, hindering prosecution, and attempting to influence others to perjure themselves before a grand jury. This entire incident is a blatant example of the double standards that allow those that swore an oath to disregard the law... 

 

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An Ex-DHS Employee Stripped of Her Towel and Handcuffed Nude During A No-Knock Raid By Officers Identified By Her As DHS Agents

 

Created on June 25, 2014  

Kari Edwards, about police forcing her to remove towel during a no-knock raidKari Edwards was getting out of the shower when her door was smashed in by heavily armed men, who entered only after they deployed a Flash Bang Grenade, leaving burn marks on the floor from the explosion. As agents poured into the room, one demanded that Edwards drop her towel. When she did not respond immediately, it was ripped off her her. She was brought to the ground and handcuffed, forced to stay exposed and ridiculed by agents. This was two hours that Kari Edwards described as "hell."  

Edwards is not a member of some dangerous gang or a violent terrorist. She is an ex-employee of the DHS, and claims to have not have even a traffic ticket in over 10 years. This did not stop a group of Law Enforcement Officers to treat her in such a violent and degrading manner. While handcuffed and exposed on the floor, she recognized several of the men from her days at the DHS. But when she asked who they were or why they were searching, she was ridiculed or outright ignored. It wasn't until the end of the long search that she was finally given some answers. 

 

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Deputy Indicted For Murder After Killing Unarmed Woman, The Department First Gave a False Statement, Then Falsified Training Records

Created on June 23, 2014

 

Joe Turner, attorney for the Smith family, in regards to Deputy Willis killing herDeputy Daniel Willis opened fired on Yvette Smith with a .223-caliber Knight's Armament SR15 semi-automatic rifle, killing her. Smith committed no crime and was not a party to the domestic dispute that resulted in a call to 911. The Bastrop County Sheriff's Office initially claimed that she had a gun and "disregarded all commands" made by the deputy. However, Sheriff Terry Pickering later made a public statement, saying that they are now not sure if she had a gun or was disregarding commands. 

The Sheriff's Office has not answered if there was a gun found on the scene, and have not indicated how they could have made a mistake over such a basic detail. But, that was only the start of the problems inside the department. Two supervisors were later demoted and suspended when it became clear that they quickly altered training records for Deputy Willis after the fatal shooting. Deputy Willis was then indicted by a grand jury for the murder of Yvette Smith......

 

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Cop Convicted Of False Imprisonment and Tampering Was Protected By Police Unions During Decades Of Corruption

 

Created on June 22, 2014 

Sgt. German Bosque heard by witnesses to brutality against a teenSgt. German Bosque is the poster-boy for the corruption that has engulfed our law enforcement organizations. He was kicked out of the police academy for stealing a car and impersonating a police officer, but still manged to work his way into law enforcement. For 20 years he terrorized Opa-locka citizens, breaking more laws than the people he was arresting.

 

Sgt. Bosque could not do this alone, it took the cooperation of a disfunctional department, a broken system for internal investigations, and the police union. Dozens of complaints were ignored and never properly investigated, but he was still investigated at least 40 times by internal affairs. At least seven investigations led to substantiated findings, and the facts were reviewed by Florida's Department of Law Enforcement Investigations. The board allowed Bosque to get away with several serious infractions, and even when they did fire him, the union would fight to get him reinstated....

 

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Cop Openly Slits Throat Of Runaway Dog As Another Cop Holds It Down

Created on June 20, 2014

Quote from Robbe Reddinger about a Baltimore Police Officer Cutting The Throat of a restrained DogSarah Gossard searched for, Nala,  her 7-year-old dog that escaped from an opened gate. Little did she know, her dog was bleeding out in the street from a laceration to its throat. She would find out later that day that it was the police that seal her dog's fate,  but it would take her several days to learn the truth behind the death of Nala. It wasn't until a reporter called her, that Gossard learned that Officer Thomas Schmidt restrained her dog while Officer Jeffrey Bolger slit its throat with a knife.... 

 

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California Cop Charged For Sex Acts On 14-Year-Old Explorer Scout and Sexually Texts To Another

 

Created on June 18, 2014 

Irwindale Police Department When parents drop their teenage girls off at the Irwindale Police Department Explorer Program they do so thinking it will be a positive experience. Little did they know a sexual predator was one of the advisers that would have contact with the young girls. Officer Daniel Camerano 8 year career with the department ended with his resignation the day before he was arrested for allegedly sexually molesting a 14-year-old Explorer Scout and sending sexually explicit texts to a second scout...

 

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San Antonio Officer Repeatedly Punches 70-Year-Old Man In The Head While He Was Suffering A Diabetic Episode

Created on June 16, 2014

Thomas Mathieu Quote after being assaulted by San Antonio Police Officers70-year-old Thomas Mathieu pulled his car to the side of the road when he felt the onset a low blood sugar episode caused by his diabetes. This type of episode commonly causes confusion and results in difficulty answering simple questions and responding to basic commands. He was found by police slumped over his steering wheel parked in the turning lane, highly visible to other traffic. 

Two San Antonio Police Officers responded to the incident, and instantly assumed the senior citizen was drunk. The dashboard Camera of the Police Cruiser shows one officer strike Mathieu several times in the head when he does not comply with their orders to get out of the vehicle. After pulling him from his vehicle and threatening to user their Taser on him, the officers first question him on drinking. Later an officer finally thinks to ask Mathieu if there was a medical condition that could have caused his behavior...

 

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California Cop Convicted and Facing Life After Using His Issued Firearm To Kidnap and Rape Women

Created on June 13, 2014

Quote from FBI official Bill L. Lewis in the rapes committed by officer Jose Jesus PerezSan Bernardino Police Officer Jose Jesus Perez was issued a badge and a gun for the purposes of serving and protecting the people that have granted him that authority. However, he instead used that gun to threaten women and hid behind his badge when he forced them to have sex. Officer Perez served himself and harmed the public of San Bernardino after leaving the police rape capital, LA.   

It is unknown how many women were terrorized by Officer Perez, but at least three stepped forward. Like many other rapist police officers, Perez choose victims that would be unlikely to be believed over the word of an officer. The two women he was convicted of forcing into sex are both alleged to have performed sex acts for money as a profession. The third woman that stepped forward refused the solicitation of Officer Perez, and was not employed in the sex trade. Her refusal left her stranded after the arrest of the man that was driving. 

 

Stalking, Abuse of Authority, Kidnapping, Assault, and Rape

Officer Perez stalked his first known victim early in 2011. After asking her if she had any warrants, he demanded she give him information, including her phone number. The number was not sought in an official capacity, instead he used it to send sexually explicit text messages to the woman. She was unaware at the time just how far Officer Perez will go.

Officer Perez tracked her down in April of 2011, as she was walking down the street early in the morning. He demanded that she go behind a convenience store and held her there against her will. First he touched her breasts in an inappropriate manner, and then demanded that she give him oral sex. She attempted to refuse, telling him 'maybe next time.' But he did not take no for an answer. Officer Perez pull her towards him by the arm and said 'No. We are going to do it now.'

U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr.'s statement about the rape committed by Officer Perez in California

The officer was in full uniform and threatened the woman with the firearm that was issued to him by the department. He injured the woman and ended up forcing her to perform the sex act. She later described the attack, and the fear of what the officer would do to her. Her testimony and the GPS locator in the officers car were a large part of his later conviction. 

The second known victim was sexual assaulted on three occasions. Her first contact with Officer Perez took place while he was in uniform. He lured her into a vacant field and sexually assaulted her. He later forced her to have intercourse with him in a motel room on two separate occasions. He did not wear his uniform during these rapes, but brought his issued firearm. 

A third woman denied his solicitation and ended up being stranded as a result. Officer Perez pulled over the man that she was traveling with and arrested him on suspicion of DUI. When the woman refused to have sex with Perez, he left her on the side of the road with no means of transportation. 

 

Charges and The Courts

Charges were brought after a federal Grand Jury indicted Officer Perez on four counts related to rape, kidnapping, and violation of civil rights under the color of the law. It is unclear why the state did not bring rape charges against the officer, but instead the federal government took the lead. In many cases both the state and federal government will bring charges in a case that involved both a state crime, and a federal civil rights violation. 

Police officials have pointed towards this as proof that they enforce laws against their own officers and the feds have given credit to the department for cooperating during the investigation. To their credit, they somehow refrained from obstructing justice, even though they relied on the federal government to bring that justice. 

Officer Perez was eventually found guilty on three of the four counts and is awaiting sentencing. He is facing the possibility of life in prison for his crimes. 

 

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Lawsuit Claims That The Asphyxiation Death of Lesa Surratt Resulted From Police Brutality

Created on June 10, 2014

Quote from the lawsuit against the Sherman Police that allegedly caused the death of Lesa Ann SurrattLesa Ann Surratt is dead after an incident went from a routine traffic stop to her becoming asphyxiated. The details of the encounter are unclear as two versions of the events emerge. A lawsuit filed by Linda Surrant claims that excessive force led to the wrongful death of her sister. The city of Sherman has denied the claim, saying that the young woman's death was caused by her own actions. 

Several factors have made it difficult to determine what actually happened on August 20, 2013. The autopsy has not been made pubic, dashboard camera videos have not been released, and details of the detailed findings of the Texas Ranger investigation is being withheld. The lawsuit has given details from the point of view of the attorneys representing Linda Surrant, but the police department and city have given only a limited amount of information expressing their own point of view. 

 

Facts that Both Parties Agree On

  1. Lesa Ann Surrant was initially stopped for an illegal lane change
  2. Officer Brian McClarn was involved in the arrest 
  3. Surrant and  Monica Garza were arrested and placed in the back of a police cruiser
  4. Surrant recovered a bag of a controlled substance from her person and attempted to swallow it 
  5. Surrant died from asphyxiation

 

The Version of Events Described In The Lawsuit

According the the lawsuit brought by Linda Surrant, an unidentified police officer (Doe 2 in the lawsuit) realized that Surrant was swallowing evidence and climbed into the police car. He first tried striking Surrant with his open fist and flashlight, in an attempt to cause her to stop swallowing the bag. After this did not provide the desired results, he pushed his flashlight against her throat and pushed, causing Surrant to lose consciousness. 

Quote from the lawsuit against the Sherman Police that allegedly caused the death of Lesa Ann Surratt

Doe 2 was joined by a second unidentified police officer (Doe 3 in the lawsuit) and the two officer removed Surrant from the vehicle. Once out of the vehicle Officer Brian McClairn gave the order to 'Tase the bitch', which was followed through by either Doe 2 or Doe 3. The three officers then began striking Surrant with their hands and flashlights, until she again became unconscious. 

The lawsuit further claims that the officers waited 20 minutes before they contacted an EMT, during which time Lesa was convulsing in seizures. By waiting such a long amount of time Surrant became brain dead, and later died from asphyxiation. 

Quote from the lawsuit against the Sherman Police that allegedly caused the death of Lesa Ann Surratt

Finally, the lawsuit describes two other unidentified officers (Doe 3 and 4 in the lawsuit) taking actions that were intended to cover-up the wrongdoing of the officers. These officers are alleged to have told witnesses to leave, and ordered at least one person to stop recording and go home. 

 

The Version of Events Described by a Sherman Attorney

Brandon Shelby issued a statement after the reports of the lawsuit went public. In the statement, he acknowledges the lawsuit, but said the claims are 'without merit'. He also made comments in regards to the requests for information by the attorneys for Linda Surratt.

Statement from Brandon Shelby concerning the death of Lesa Ann Surratt

Among The Claims In The Statement From Brandon Shelby

  • Lesa freed herself from handcuffs and retrieved the baggie
  • She became asphyxiated and loss consciousness after attempting to swallow the baggie
  • Surratt received "prompt emergency medical attention, but later died from her injuries"
  • "No weapons were drawn or discharged"
  • The Texas Rangers investigated the actions of the officers
  • The findings were presented to a Grand Jury
  • No charges were filed 
  • The officers were cleared

Additional Comments By Brandon Shelby

  • The full report, Dash-cam videos, and other information is public. 
  • It is subject to the constitutional privacy rights of the deceased
  • The Surratt family can prevent information from being released 

 

Where Does The Truth Lie

The first thing that grabbed my attention was not what Brandon Shelby said, but what he did not say. Shelby said that no officer drew their weapons or discharged them. The only claim of a weapon being used was the Taser, which was said to have been used on Surratt. Shelby mentioned that no weapon was used, but did not deny or confirm that the officers struck Surratt several times and used their flashlights to choke the young woman.

If the baggy of drugs instantly became lodged in Surratts throat, then she would have displayed signs of a person that was unable to breath. If this was the case, then there would be no logical reason to strike the young woman. But if officers did not strike Surratt, then Brandon Shelby would have not only said they did not discharge a weapon, but they did not strike Surratt in any manner. If the officers struck Surratt after she attempted to swallow the baggy then it is likely that the strikes caused the baggy to get stuck, which resulted in the obstruction of her airway. 

Statement from Brandon Shelby concerning the death of Lesa Ann Surratt


Law Enforcement Officials are only authorized to use force when necessary. There is no indication from the lawsuit or the official statement that indicates that Surratt was actively fighting with law enforcement officials. Any use of force on Surratt that was for the sole purpose of protecting evidence would be an illegal use of force. 

With that being said, there is some confusion with the story outlined in the lawsuit. If this happened as indicated, why has the attorney for Surratt waiting to release the Dashboard Camera video and other information that the city of Sherman has indicated is public information. If this is the case then it raises suspicions that there is something that could cause doubts in the story told in the lawsuit. However, attorneys and public spokespersons have a history of telling only part of the story. Shelby said that the videos and information is public, but did not indicate when they became considered public. It is possible that there status of public is recent and did not allow time for the Surratt attorneys to release the information. 

 

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Charleston Cop Sues Huntington Cop After Experiencing The Other Side of Brutality

Created on June 9, 2014

Quote From The Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Huntington Police Department and Patrolman Richard KernA Charleston Police Officer is suing the Huntington Police Department and one of their troopers after allegedly experiencing the other side of brutality first hand. Charleston Police Cpl. Steven Matthew Webb was observing Patrolman Richard Kern execute a routine traffic stop in Huntington with several friends when the incident exploded with a blast of pepper spray and a cement face lift. According to his lawsuit, this was in response to him not immediately obeying an illegal order from the patrolman. 

It is rare to see this type of interaction between two Law Enforcement Officials result in a lawsuit and even more rare to see a officer from one department accuse another department of systematic wrong doing. According to the lawsuit, this incident was just one of many examples of how the Huntington Police Department "engaged in a pattern and practice of civil rights violations." 

 

The Violation of Civil Rights Explained In The Lawsuit

The lawsuit states that the civil rights of Cpl. Webb were violated by the use of excessive force and his false imprisonment. It describes a patrolman that acted in an aggressive and unnecessary manner in response to a person that was not breaking any laws.  

According to the lawsuit, Webb and some friends stopped 20 yards away from the traffic stop in order to observe. He said that his intentions were to offer the patrolman assistance if it appeared to be necessary. However, Patrolman Kern did not appreciate having spectators. 

Patrolman Kern approached the group while yelling profanities and demanding that they move on Even thought they were well within their rights to remain in the area, Cpl. Webb claims that he intended to explain to the patrolman that he was a fellow officer. However, he did not have the opportunity to do so before being blasted in the face with pepper spray. 

Webb then tried to produce his identification and badge, but Kern allegedly grabbed his arm. Webb pulled his arm away, which resulted in several Huntington Police Officers rushing to the patrolman's aid. According to the lawsuit, Cpl. Webb was thrown face first against the cement, and punched in the face by Patrolman Kern. 

One of the offices took Cpl. Webb into custody, locking him in a cell at the Huntington Police Headquarters. He was later released without charges, but not before receiving a visit from Kern. According to the lawsuit, Kern told the Charleston Police Officer that if the situation was reversed, he would have listed and moved on. Webb claims that he responded by telling the patrolman that he never gave him an opportunity to do so. 

 

Apologies and Retaliation

The lawsuit claims that Patrolman Kern apologized several times to a senior Charleston Police Officer during a Fraternal Order of Police cult meeting. It says that Kern claimed to have 'blacked out' during the incident. 

However, several months later Cpl. Webb was stopped by another Huntington Police Officer. He claims that Patrolman Kern was on the scene within 15 minutes, and arrested him DUI. Web was later acquitted of the DUI. 

 

Systematic Civil Rights Violations

The lawsuit goes further than just claiming a civil rights violation. It accuses the Huntington Police Department of not only engaging "in a pattern and practice of civil rights violations", but of also retaliating "against those that watch them perform their job functions."

In the Lawsuit filed by Cpl. Steven Matthews against the Huntington Police Department and Patrolman Richard Kern

Law Enforcement Officials are only authorized to use force when necessary, and not against people that are legally doing something that they don't want them to do. Webb explains in the lawsuit that he tried to explain that he was also a cop, but this really should not make any difference. If the allegations are true, then Patrolman Kern was abusing his authority and position when he used physical force in order to intimidate someone into obeying his unlawful demand. This is a thug tactic and should not be considered an acceptable action from a person that was granted the authority to enforce the law.

This type of systematic intimidation, censorship, and secrecy is not an isolated incident at a single police department. As an example, this has played out for years as the police attempt to use bully tactics to stop citizens from legally recording interactions with Law Enforcement Officials. Lazaro Estrada was charged for Obstruction of Justice when recording an arrest from 20 feet away.

The police have begun siting the fear of Cell Phone Guns as reasons to arrest those legally recording. The police claimed fear of cell phone gun when Will Paybarah had his phone snatched out of his hand and was arrested after attempting to record a stop. Sheriff Mike Scott defended his officer snatching a cell phone during a vehicle search, claiming fear of the non-existent Cell Phone Gun. Even thought court after court as determined that recording police officers is legal, bully cops such as NYPD Officer Efrain Rojas continue to bully an intimidate citizens with little to no consequence.  

 

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A School Cop Fired At Teens As They Left The Parking Lot, After He Caught Them 'Messing Around'

Created on June 7, 2014 

Quote From Chris Payne about cop shooting at studentsTwo Eliot High School Students stopped in the Elementary School parking lot in order to get intimate. They were confronted by a Tulsa Public School Police Officer and declined answer the officers questions. As the vehicle began the departure from the parking lot, the officer fired his weapon, striking the vehicle at least one time. 


Investigation and School Response

Officials for the Tulsa Public School turned the investigation over to the Tulsa Police Department. They have found evidence that confirms that the officers shot at the vehicle,  hitting it in the back left tire. The 17-year-old student that was driving the car said that he drove off because he wanted to leave. 

Quote From Chris Payne about cop shooting at students

TPS offical Chris Payne made a statement assuring the public that the Tulsa Public School Police officers are CLEET certified, and are actual police officers. He also told Fox23, "We have really sound security. it would really be unwise to be doing anything after hours." But he did not seem to offer any explanation as to why an officer under their employ would feel justified in firing at unarmed students that were leaving the parking lot. 

Quote From Chris Payne about cop shooting at students

The Tulsa Police Department is continuing to investigate, and is expected to determine if the actions of this officer were legal. It seems that firing a weapon at two teens that were leaving the parking lot after being caught kissing is a gray area that is in need of a prolonged investigation. However, if anyone other than an officer fired a legally carried handgun in this manner, then they would already be in jail for attempted murder. 

 

Deadly Force and Civil Rights

Most of the articles I read about this shooting have claimed that the students refused to answer questions. However, they were under no obligation to answer questions, and therefore they declined instead of refused. That is not a crime, and either is driving away. There is no indication that the School Police Officer had planned on calling the Tulsa Police Department in order to arrest the two teens, and I doubt they have a jail inside the school. If they were not detained, then they were free to leave. 

Shooting at a person is Deadly Force, even if the person is in a vehicle. Law Enforcement Officials are only authorized to use deadly force when they believe their lives, or the lives of others are in imminent danger. At times, the danger to others is increased by shooting at a vehicle while it is moving. 

At least one of the bullets struck the car, hitting it in the back left tire. This shot is not likely to have come from a person that was standing in front of the vehicle while it was moving towards them. The officer shot at the car while it was driving away. He claims that he felt his life was in danger... from two teenagers that drove away from him after being caught making out in the school parking lot.  

This helps to demonstrate how far down the path of police state we really are. A Police Officer that was hired for the purpose of protecting students, instead opens fire at students as they leave and feels he can just say 'felt my life was in jeopardy'. 

 

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Patrol Man and Five Supervisors Indicted After Cleveland Police Become An Angry Mob Following A Car Backfire Reported As A Gun Shot

Created June 5, 2014  

Quote from Prosecutor Timothy McGinty, about the actions of Officer BreloA Cleveland Police Officer sparks a uniformed mob after mistaken a car's backfire for a gunshot. 60 police vehicles get involved in the 23-minute chase that starts at the the Justice Center and ends in a hail of gunfire.  The car's occupants were not only unarmed, but they were pinned down when 13 officers created a circular firing squad around the car and unleashed a hail of bullets into the 1979 Chevrolet Malibu. Patrolman Michael Brelo took the lead in the angry mob, firing more than a third of the total bullets and ending the life of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams when he jumped on the hood of the car and fired 15 additional rounds into the two victims through the windshield.

After the dust clears, it is determined that 75 of the 104 officers involved violated orders and police department rules. 64 patrol officers received disciplinary action ranging from a written reprimand to suspension. 12 supervisors were disciplined, most receiving a suspension. However, one supervisor was fired and two more were demoted. Finally, two years after the fatal shooting, Patrolman Brelo is facing criminal charges of voluntary manslaughter and five supervisors have been indicted for dereliction of duty. This was no longer a group of Law Enforcement Officials, they were an angry mob that was willing to put an entire city in jeopardy to rain terror on two people that were driving a car that backfired. 

 

Ran Down And Slaughtered By Cleveland's Finest

Everything started as Russell and Williams drove by the Justice Center and a Cleveland Police Officer. There was a noise that the officer reported as gunfire, but a parking attendant later said could have been a backfire from the older vehicle. The officer began his pursuit, calling in for backup. 

 

Quote From Attorney General Mike DeWine, on the actions of Officer Siefer during the slaying of Williams and Russell

 

Other officers quickly joined the chase and soon escalated the situation by a second false report of gunfire. Officer Siefer got on the radio an claimed to have seen the passenger waving a gun out of the back window of the vehicle. However, he later told investigators that he never actually seen a gun. This false report added to the hysteria of the case, creating an situation that quickly spiraled out of control. 

Police officers were going 100 mph down side roads, and did not stop when ordered to. Other officers joined the chase without announcing their actions or being ordered to do so. There were many officers that were told to disengage, but ignored their superiors. Some of those superiors were part of the chase, themselves not reporting the situation or attempting to get it under control. 

Over 60 police cars chased the vehicle and 104 of the 277 Cleveland Officers on duty during the incident became involved in a chase that included speeds up to 125 mph. The chase involved Cleveland Officers, East Cleveland Officers, Sheriff's Deputies, and State Troopers. But there was little coordination between the officers from separate jurisdictions. 

Quote From Timothy McGinty, on the Ambush of Williams and Russell 

The chase ended when the Malibu entered the parking lot for the East Cleveland Middle School. it was trapped in a narrow lane by police cruisers, and came to a complete stop. Officers got on each side of the car, creating a situation where they would directly in each others crossfire. Then they opened fire, shooting more than 100 bullets. 

 

Quote From Timothy McGinty, on the Ambush of Williams and Russell

 

Essentially, 13 police officer engaged in a fire fight with each other, the two victims being located inconveniently between the volley of gunfire. Their bullets ripped through the car, through Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, and through their own patrol cars. The shooting stopped, and the two victims were trapped and no longer a threat. 

That did not stop Patrolman Brelo from taking their lives away in an act that would normally be reserved for a hard core psychopath. He stood on the hood of their vehicle and emptied his clip into their bodies at close range. These were the shots that took the lives of Williams and Russell and a Grand Jury would eventually determine that they were more than just unjustified, but were more than likely illegal. 

 

The Aftermath of The Slaying of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams 

As the munition smoke cleared it quickly became obvious that something was not right. There was no gun or shell casings found in the vehicle and a search of the chase route did not provide any evidence of anyone firing shots from inside the vehicle. The gunpowder residue found in the vehicle and on the victims was the amount expected when so many bullets were fired at such a close range. After three separate investigations that took place over a period of years, there has been no evidence that suggests that either of the two men have fired a single shot or had a gun in their possession during any part of the chase.

A criminal prosecution ended up presenting evidence in front of a Grand Jury. The Jury indicted Patrolman Brelo for 2 counts of Manslaughter, each count carries a mandatory 3 - 11 years if he is found guilty. The Jury also indicted five police supervisors after being reported to have conducted themselves in the following manner.

  • Sergeant Randolph Dailey monitored the chase closely, but failed to properly analyze the situation and to make inquiries for information regarding the number of officers involved in the chase.
  • Sergeant Patricia Coleman was participating in the chase, but failed to offer information on the size and scope of the pursuit.
  • Sergeant Jason Edens was a passenger of his supervisors cruiser, Lt. Paul Wilson. Edens failed to inquire the status of the officers under his command, failed to advise dispatchers of his role, and failed to tell late responding vehicles to stop the chase. 
  • Sergeant Michael Donegan pulled his vehicle out of the chase and failed to offer guidance. He was later fired in 2013
  • Lt. Paul Wilson did not tell dispatchers about 20 officers that were involved in the chase. The prosecutor pointed to Wilson's own statements that demonstrated that he failed to communicate with anyone or take any supervisory action.  

Quote from Prosecutor Timothy McGinty, in regards to the supervisors involved in the ambush of Williams and Russell

 

A separate investigation was conducted by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. He found that the leadership and communication failures led to the escalation of the chase. A final investigation, by the U.S. Justice Department, is probing the Cleveland Police Department's use of Deadly Force. The federal investigation was requested by Cleveland officials, and is not seeking criminal prosecution. It is intended to review the policies and procedures of the department. 

It is unclear why Russell fled the police and a lack of dash board cameras in Cleveland Police vehicles will likely make it remain unclear. The Police have attempted to point towards the possibility that drugs or alcohol were a factor, but they have not been quick to mention the fear factor. The officers have demonstrated that they acted out of anger, and they very well could have started the chase in the same manner. We must ask ourselves, did the actions of the police officers cause the victims to be in fear for their lives? Were they simply running from law enforcement, or were they trying to escape an angry mob?

 

Union Defends and Patterns Emerge

After it was determined that the police were never under threat of gunfire, a new defense was taken by officials in the police union. They made claims that the shooting was justified because the Russell rammed a police cruiser and tried to run over a police officer. However, the only evidence of a police car being rammed took place earlier in the case, and the car was reported as being stopped when it came under fire. The police vehicle were struck with bullets because the officers used their vehicles as cover. It would not make any sense for an officer to be out in the open when approaching a vehicle that was believed occupy a shooter. It is not possible for the victim to have attempted to run over a police officer that was behind the cover of his cruiser.

The union once again demonstrated the belief that a police officer should be able to shoot and kill anyone at anytime without consequences, saying that Patrolman Brelo, a trained police officer, only had seconds to make a decision. The trained police officer decided to unload a clip into two men that no longer posed any threat, but the union expresses their belief that he should not be held responsible for his actions. The two untrained men in the car had seconds to respond, their actions did not include an attempt to take someone's life, but they paid with theirs.  

This is not the first time that police have gunned down a person trapped in their vehicle that was believed to have used a gun on an officer. In December of 2013, 23 Miami Police Officers fired a total of 377 rounds into a vehicle of a man that the believed shot a police officer. He was killed by the police, along with a passenger that was in no way associated with his alleged crimes. The similarities between the two incident are eye opening. 

Similarities Between The Miami and Cleveland Executions

  • The vehicles were trapped, and unable to escape. 
  • Gunshots were reported as coming from the vehicle during the chase. 
  • The men were unarmed and there was no evidence that they ever fired at police. 
  • The police created a circular firing squad around the vehicle. 
  • Officers were in each others crossfire.
  • Officers ignored orders, procedures, and training.
  • Supervisors lost control of the situation. 
  • There were too separate volleys of bullets.
  • The men were riddled with bullets.
  • The public was put in harms way by the actions of the officers. 

Police Unions has defended the outrageous actions of the officers in both instances. For some reason, officers are able to hold it together when chasing child rapists and murders. But they 'lose it' when any action is thought to have been taken against a fellow officer. There has not been any evidence that these were planned attacks that were made to appear to be unorganized operations gone wrong. However, it is known that police have expressed the desire to send a loud message any time an action is taken against an officer. No message is louder than the sound of hundreds of bullets ripping through everything in their path. 

Union officials and officers have not been quite towards their feelings on anyone that attempts to take the life of a police officer. The Cleveland incident shows how dangerous this way of thinking can be when officers take the role of judge, jury, and executioner. The police unions have become increasingly strong, and control the careers of many police officers. If they have no issue defending this type of behavior, then it is not hard to believe that they encourage this type of behavior. 

 

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Cops Throw A Flash Bang Grenade On Sleeping Baby's Pillow While Conducting A Military Style SWAT Raid

 

Created on May 31, 2014

Quote from Alecia Phonesavanh after police exploded a Flash Bang in her child's faceA Drug Unit threw a Flash Bang Grenade on the pillow of a sleeping 19-month-old boy, causing critical injuries after it exploded in his face. The suspect was kicked out of the house and the family has been living there for two months. The police are claiming that everything was done as it should be and there is no need for an investigation. However, there are indications that they did not conduct the necessary surveillance before conducting the dangerous Military style SWAT raid on the home. 

After a public outcry, the Habersham County District Attorney has claimed to have started an investigation, contradicting the Georgia Bureau of Investigation initial claim that there was no need for an investigation. 

 

The Phonesavanh Family

The Phonesavanh family moved to Georgia to stay with relatives after their Wisconsin home burned. Bounkham "Bou" and Alecia Phonesavanh were staying in the residence  with their four kids. They were staying at Bounkham's sisters house for about two months before the night of the dangerous raid. Their nephew was the subject of the raid and the Phonesavanh's were aware that he was involved with drugs, but he was kicked out a month prior to the event. He was starting to come and go more often, so the Phonesavanh's were trying to find a way to move out.

 

The SWAT Raid  

The team of six or seven heavily armed officers approached the house at around 3 a.m., when everyone in the house was sound asleep. The family was first jerked awake by the loud sound of the door being broken with a ram. Next there was a flash of light and a much louder sound. It was followed by a lot of yelling and a screaming 19-month-old boy. 

One SWAT member pinned down Bounkham as two of his daughters cowered next to him. It was then that Alecia noticed one of the men holding her still screaming baby. She was not aware of the true nature of the horror, but instead asked the officer to hand her the baby. She thought her young son was screaming because he was scarred. As she kept asking for her baby, the officers kept telling her that her son was alright.  

When Alecia finally noticed the playpen she was struck with terror and sickness at the same time. A hole was burned through the side of the playpen that her baby was previously occupying. The pillow and inside of the playpen were charred and damaged. For young Baby "Bou Bou" the struggle to hold on to life was just beginning. 

 

Baby "Bou Bou" Struggles To Stay Alive

Injuries to Baby 'Bou Bou' from Flash Bang during SWAT RaidA Flash Bang uses gunpowder and a mix of ammonim and potassium in order to explode. The explosion creates more than a million candlepower of light and a deafening 170-decibels of sound. This dangerous device explode in the face of young Baby "Bou Bou". 

In order to give him a chance for survival, the 19-month-old baby was put into a medically induced coma. The impact from the explosion bruised one of his lungs so badly that it is not functioning. His face was ripped open during the blast, and a laceration on his chest goes all the way down to the muscle. The doctors have on given him a 50% chance of survival.

 

The Police Claim All Was Fine

Quote from Cornelia police chief Rick Darby about the swat raid that put a baby in critical conditionHabersham County Sheriff Joey Terrel has defended the actions of the SWAT unit, and has claimed to be upset over the injuries to the child. He further claimed that there was no reason to have an investigation, and that the GBI said it was not even worth looking to. Their comments keep centering around the actions of the SWAT members during the raid, but have not spent much time talking about their actions before the raid. 

Sheriff Terrell has indicated that the team did the best the could with the information that they had. He claimed that they would have taken a different approach if they knew kids were in the home, but there was no indication of such. However, there were four kids below the age of 8 living at the residence. It is hard to believe that a minimal amount of surveillance would have given the police this information. They could have took a quick look at the family van that was sitting right next to the door they smashed through. The van had family stickers on it and four car seats inside. 

Quote from Alecia Phonesavanh about her van indicating that children were in the houseBoth Sheriff Terrell and Cornelia Police Chief Rick Darby made statements about this incident leading to them wanting to double check next time. But it appears that they never checked the first time. Khalfarni Yabuku, a Retired Atlanta Police Officer and former SWAT member, has said that it is normal to conduct surveillance to verify what is going on before throwing explosives into the home.

Sheriff Terrell said that injuring an innocent person was the last thing they wanted, but it appears the last thing they wanted was to take the time to perform the proper surveillance. In one comment he indicates that all of the information they had on the house came from a Confidential Informant. The Confidential Informant allegedly bought drugs from Wanis Thometheva in the doorway of the home, and did not even see the inside.

To boil it down, they threw an explosive device inside a home, at a time when people were sleeping, based of the intelligence of a CI that only seen the doorway of the house for a very short period of time. This is a single notch above the information you could have gathered from google maps. 

 

Police Use Of Flash Bang Grenades

Quote from Sheriff Joey Terrell about exploding a Flash Bang in a baby's faceThis device is considered non-lethal, but can cause injury or death at a close distance. Sheriff Terrell claimed that "It does get hot." If it just got hot, then it would have caused burns, instead of impact bruising so bad that the child's lung does not function. The gunpowder is not a fuel that is causing the device to get 'hot', it is used to make the device explode. The Sheriff's comment is an obvious attempt to do exactly what he claims he is not doing, misleading people.  

Many of the articles about this raid have indicated that a Flash Bang Grenade is intended to distract. This is not a distraction device, it is a disorientation device. Some becomes distracted when an attractive person walks by. Being blinded and deafened at the same time is not anywhere near the same level. 

Quote from Sheriff Joey Terrell about exploding a Flash Bang in a baby's faceA Flash Bang is meant to disorient the target. This means that the people in the house will be temporarily blind and will have a hard time hearing. Police enter with rifles, and if you have a weapon in your hand they will shoot on site or shortly after. Since the residence of the house are now disoriented they have no idea what is going on. They are unable to process the information in order to determine that the police are conducting a raid, but instead might think someone is trying to harm them or their family. 

This device might make it safer for officers, but it greatly increases the chance of an innocent person being killed by the police. These are military weapons and should not be deployed on American civilians by the police in situations where the civilians are not actively attempting to use deadly force on the law enforcement officials. 

 

Not About Safety, Just Evidence

Most people that have experienced a No-Knock raid will say that they had no idea what was going on. That is the idea behind the technique, to catch the suspect(s) off guard. The people inside are not given the time to process the information, which has led to the death of both innocent civilians and Law Enforcement Officials. This technique causes officers to be shot at by people that would normally not do so. 

These type of raids were once reserved for only the type of suspect that was considered to be more likely to shoot at cops, then not shoot at cops. However, it is now being used any time the police can find some type of justification for doing so. 

It would be much safer to apprehend the suspect when he leaves his house. The police could also surround the house and demand that the subject comes out, he will need to sooner or later. Apprehending the suspect inside the house makes it easier to secure a warrant to search the house. Surrounding the house could give the suspect time to destroy evidence. These raids are not about being safe, they are about collecting evidence. Baby "Bou Bou" had a Military device explode in his face to make it easier for the police to collect evidence. 

 

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Cops Turn Off Body Camera Before Slamming Innocent Woman To Ground, Shoving a Flashlight In Her Mouth, and Kicking Her In The Head

 

Created on May 30, 2014 

Quote From Dayton Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood on the Christine Chippewa scandalChristine Chippewa had no idea that car trouble would be the least of her worries. She parked her boyfriends car in a legal public location as she tried to determine what was wrong. Two Daytona Beach Police Officers approached her claiming to be concerned for her safety. Officer Ranum turned off his body camera when they approached the second time. The young woman was injured and had Officer Booth's fingers in her mouth when the officer turned his camera back on.  

 

Fingers, Flashlights, and an Asphalt Facelift  

After checking on her safety, the police officers sat back and watched her for 10 - 15 minutes. They claimed they saw suspicious activity, which prompted their next visit to the car. The girl that said she was having car troubles was moving around inside the car, she opened and shut the door several times, and turned her lights on and off. Most would find this to be usual activity of a person that was having car issues, but these hot shots were certain that they had a live one. However, just to be on the safe side, Officer Ranum clicked off his body camera.  

The officers said they grew more suspicious when Chippewa said that it wasn't the gas as she previously thought, but it was instead her operation of the clutch. This was all these officers had to hear to know that something was going on. It was a young woman that was having difficulty determining what was wrong with her car, so they insisted on searching the vehicle and the girl.  

Quote From Dayton Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood on the Christine Chippewa scandalChippewa consented to the search, believing she had nothing to hide, little did she know that nothing was all the officers needed. Officer Justin Ranum seen the girl reach near her shorts during their first encounter, and now he seen her move her hand towards her mouth. He sprung into action, slamming the girl against the asphalt. But Officer Booth was not about to allow Ranum to out Hot Shot him. He ran over and stuck his flashlight in the girls mouth, squeezed her face, kicked her in the head, and then stuck his fingers down her throat while smashing her face into the asphalt. Officer Ranum turns his camera back on in time to catch the last minutes of Booth's invasion of this young girls mouth. 

The video shows what happened after they finally let Chippewa off the ground. She asked Officer Booth why he kicked her in the head. He said it was because she bit him. She denied biting him, but the officer admitted several times to kicking her in the head. He never said he was doing it to get his hand free, and there were no injuries to his finger.  

Quote From Christine Chippewa after Daytona Beach Police Forced a Flashlight In Her MouthNo drugs were every found on Chippewa. Officer Booth later admits that he never seen any narcotics, but insists that she was 'chomping' on something. The officers never call for medical assistant, even thought they claim the girl just ingested a bag of drugs. Multiple officers told investigators that Chippewa did not appear to be under the influence at any time, which is unlikely for a woman that just 'chewed' up a bag of dope.  

 

Excessive Force, Lies, and the Internal Affairs Investigation  

Quote From Officer Booth about the Christine Chippewa ScandalInternal Affairs conducted a long and drawn out investigation. Their findings should alarm even the most stubborn defenders of Law Enforcement. Officer Booth was caught in numerous lies, and was found to have used deadly force in a situation where no force was necessary. The officers failed to justify their search, arrest, or actions related to the young women. However, both will walk away like it never happened. 

Internal Affairs made it clear that the police are not allowed to stick a flashlight, or their fingers in a suspects mouth. They also made it clear that deadly force can only be used when there is a threat of death or serious bodily injury, and this was not the case. Not only do they consider a kick to the head to be deadly force, but any strike to the head is considered deadly force. 

The Internal Affairs report did not come right out and call Officer Booth a liar, but they demonstrated the proof. He lied about the strike to her head and the bite to his finger. He also attempted to conspire with Officer Ranum to ensure they write the same thing in their police reports, but still had inconsistencies. 

Quote From Officer Booth about the Christine Chippewa ScandalWhen discussing the strike to the head, Officer Booth admitted several times on video that he kicked Chippewa in the head. Chippewa also called it a kick to the head. Nobody discussing the kick to the head is heard calling it a knee in the video. Officer Booth provided a sworn statement with the Public Defender where he admitted to kicking Chippewa in the head. However, he claims it was a knee to the head in both in his police report and statement to Internal Affairs. He tries to justify the blow to the head by saying the did so to allow his finger to be released. This defense only works if it was a knee to the head, because it would be improbable to kick her in the head with any force while his finger is stuck in her mouth. It is obvious that he changed his story to fit around his weak defense. 

Officer Booth also had to admit that he couldn't justify or prove that Chippewa bit his finger. He made several statements saying that he should have knew better than to stick his finger in her mouth, because of the risk of it being bit. However, he later changes his story again, saying that the bite took place when he was squeezing her face. He is actually claiming that she bit down onto her own check with enough force to trap his finger, which was on the outside of her cheek. According to his new story, she somehow bit down with the right amount of force to hurt and hold his finger, without cutting through her own cheek. This change in story is an obvious attempt to explain why he had no injury to his finger.  

Quote From Officer Booth about the Christine Chippewa ScandalThe Internal Affairs report showed that Officer Booth was willing to lie to investigators, on reports, in sworn statements, and/or to anyone that will listen. It also shows that no matter which version is used, the force used was not justified nor legal. Finally, the report does not find justification for the original stop and search of Chippewa, or for the officer turning his body camera off. 

However, the report did not appear to try to determine why the Officer turned off his body camera. . The investigator did not interview Officer Ranum before he 'resigned' more than a month later. Not only would he receive no type of discipline for his actions, but he will not even have to explain them. This allows the investigation to close without either officer admitting to purposely turning off the camera in order to conduct illegal activity. 

 

Not Just Excessive Force, Intentional Illegal Actions 

An officer would only turn off their body camera if they didn't want something to be recorded. If they believed that they were following proper protocol with the arrest of Chippewa, then having video proof could spare them from false accusations. By turning off the camera, the two officers made it clear that they were aware that their actions were not authorized.  

There is no law that protects law enforcement officials from crimes they intentionally commit while on duty. A law enforcement official is not above the law and should not be held to a lower standard, but instead should be held to a higher standard. The violent actions they took against Chippewa were not justified, and the Officers did so knowing it was not justified. This was not them 'stepping over the line' this was an intentional criminal act. They assaulted this woman in a manner that they did not want recorded. They caused injury to her, used deadly force, and stuck their fingers and objects in her mouth.  

Since they had no justification, authority, or desire to act within the law, then their actions are not any part of doing their job. Nothing they did under that bridge was the work of law enforcement. This was just two men who assaulted a young girl that was stranded with car troubles. The only difference is that they could flash their badges and call for backup. They assaulted a helpless young women, and then hid behind their uniform.  

 

Quote From Internal Affairs Report on the Action of Daytona Beach Police Officers with Christine Chippewa

 

Officer Booth should be charged with Assault with the intent to kill, for his use of deadly force when no force would be justified. This type of strike to the head is considered deadly force because a single strike can result in death. He risked causing her death for what he claims was a bite that did not even cause an injury. He purposely kicked a helpless woman in the head while his partner in crime held her down... this is something only the lowest of scum would do... this is something most people currently in prison would not even do... Officer Booth was ready to end her life, all for a bag of drugs that did not exist.  

Officer Ranum needs to be charged with violating the civil rights of Chippewa and for being an accessory to the use of deadly force with the intent to kill. He turned off his camera with the intent to go rouge, and then he held down a young girl while Officer Booth violated her and used unjustified deadly force. He continued to hold her after Officer Booth delivered the kick to her head, and tried to justify Booth's actions when she asked why she was kicked in the head. 

If there is no consequences for this type of action, then we should expect a repeat of this type of action. We should not considered removal of badge as a punishment, they have just lost the authority given to them by the people. The epidemic of police violence will not stop until law enforcement officers know that their illegal actions will result in jail time. 

 

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Imperial Police Beat a War Veteran To Death During A Routine Traffic Stop

 

Created on May 27, 2014 

A Witness To the Slaying of Tommy YanceThe Imperial Police beat a Veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan war to death, after he was stopped for having a missing front license plate. Six officers and a K-9 took him to the ground, and didn't stop beating until he was dead.  

The Police have claimed that Tommy Yancy took a swing at one police officer, after which the officer responded by releasing his K-9 on Yancy. According to the officer, Yancy then attacked the dog. However, witness heard on the video indicated that Yancy was not resisting officers when they began their assault on the war veteran. 

As of the creation of this article, it appears that the main stream media has not covered this story. It also appears that the police have not made a statement. A YouTube video has made the claim that the family of the slain veteran are being denied access to his body, and the the information relating to the cause of his death.  

 

It is not clear where the YouTube video has gotten their information about the police claiming that Yancy took a swing at an officer and attacked the dog. But it is important to remember, the first report given by police is often fabricated in order to make the person they killed look as guilty as possible and the officer look as innocent as possible.  

 

What If Yancy Attacked The Dog  

A Witness To the Slaying of Tommy YanceIf Yancy took a swing at the police officer, than this was an illegal act that should have led to him being arrested. However, it is unclear why it would be necessary to release a dog onto Yancy. Once the dog was released, then any action taken by Yancy is in defense against this animal. Police shoot and kill much smaller and less deadly dogs on a regular basis in the name of self defense. A Law Enforcement Official is not more entitled to defend himself than a citizen is. If Yancy did attack the dog, then he could be arrested and charged with a crime. However, this part of the incident does not explain what happened after more cops showed up. 

Was Yancy resisting arrest when the six police officers used blunt force until he was dead. Witnesses to the attack seem to have missed the part where he resisted. On the video it looks like an officer jumps on Yancy after he was already handcuffed. How is this type of force necessary?  

 

Unanswered Questions 

A Witness To the Slaying of Tommy YanceThe video starts well after the confrontation began and the department have done very little to fill in the blanks. A routine traffic stop took a deadly turn, and there seems to be very little explanation as to why. It does it make sense that the father of 2 suddenly snapped over not having a license plate on the front of his car. It makes less sense as to why the officer felt the correct level of force was the teeth of a dog. There are several unanswered questions: 

  • Did Yancy try to attack the police officer? 
  • Did Yancy fight the police Dog?
  • If Yancy did fight the dog, was the fight a defensive measure against what he perceived as a threat to his safety? 
  • Was Yancy still fighting the police Dog when the other officers arrived on scene?
  • After the alleged dog fight did Yancy attempt to harm a police officer?
  • At what point did police deploy their Taser(s)?
  • Was the blunt force used on Yancy necessary to subdue him, or an unlawful punishment for his alleged actions with the other officer and the dog? 
  • How many times, with what, and where did the officer strike Yance?  

These questions could be partially resolved by releasing the dash cam video of the initial contact and the events that followed. We will also need to see the results of the autopsy and pictures of the damage inflicted on Yancy. 

 Tommy Yancy risked his life to protect this country and the people that depend on the freedom that many of his fellow soldiers died to protect. We often hear how bravely the police put their lives on the lines, but Yancy was a man that truly understood putting himself in harms way.  His death deserves answers. 

We the people, who grant the authority given to the Law Enforcement Officers, must demand to know why they used deadly force on an unarmed man that was stopped for a minor traffic violation. We must ask how it is ever necessary to beat a man to death. This is not the first time, and if we remain silent it will not be the last.

 

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Texas Trooper Sentenced For Invasive Street Side Search That Brought Her Sexual Assault Charges

 

Created on May 26, 2014 

Quote From Dallas District Attorney Craig Watkins in regards to Trooper Kelley Hellerson' invasive SearchTwo women were violated on the side of the road by a Texas State Trooper. The Dash Cam Video shows Trooper Kelley Hellerson conducting an evasive search directly in front of the police vehicle. The headlights were shining on the two women, allowing passing cars to get a good view of the Trooper as she stuck her finger inside the genitals and anus of both women, without changing her gloves. 

Angel and Ashley Dobbs were subjected to this sexual assault after Trooper David Farrell stopped them for allegedly throwing lit cigarettes out of their windows. Trooper Farrell claimed that the women were acting weird, and that the vehicle smelled of marijuana. He called Trooper Helleson to the scene in order to conduct a more invasive search. 

While Trooper Helleson was busy putting her fingers where they do not belong, Trooper Farrell was busy conducting an unwarranted or consented search of their vehicles. Both searches turned up nothing, and only resulted in the humiliation of the two innocent women. 

After the search Ashley Dobbs realized her prescription medication was missing. Trooper Farrell asked her earlier about the medication, and was accused of stealing it from their vehicle. He denied the claims.  

Quote from Angela Dobbs about the invasive search by Trooper Kelley Helleson

 

Indictments and Charges  

Both Troopers were eventually indicted on charges and suspended with pay during the investigation. Trooper Farrell was indicted of theft in relation to the missing prescription medication. Trooper Hellenson was indicted for the invasive search and violation of the civil rights of the two women.  

The investigation into Trooper Farrell was unable to turn up the evidence needed to bring charges. He was 'cleared' and allowed to resume duties as a police officer. It is unclear if the investigation also looked into the fact that he did not report the assault of the two women. The dash cam shows one of the women expressing that she felt sexually violated after the search. It is also unclear if the complaint of the woman was captured on his police report.

The investigation into Trooper Helleson lead to criminal charges that included two counts of official oppression and sexual assault. She was terminated from the Texas State Police shortly after the conclusion of the investigation.  

Quote from Ashley Dobbs about the invasive search by Trooper Kelley Helleson

 

Plea Deal and Sentencing 

Trooper Helleson was offered an accepted a plea deal that would allow her to avoid any prison time. For a guilty plea of official oppression, they dropped the sexual assault charges. The victims of her assault were not happy with this outcome.  

Part of a plea deal is often the requirement to admit to your offenses. Trooper Helleson admitted to her offenses during the judicial confession, but later denied them while under oath for sentencing. Not only was she allowed to drop the sexual assault charges, but she was allowed to deny the victims of her assault the closure of her admittance.  

The judge sentenced her to a year in prison, which was deferred, and two years of probation. Since the prison time was deferred, she will only serve the time if she violates her probation. She was also ordered to pay a fine of $2,000. The fine did not even begin to cover the $185,000 that the taxpayers had to pay for her crime.  

 

Corrupt Trooper or Corrupt System 

Trooper Helleson claims that she was doing as she was trained. She performed this illegal activity out in the open, and at the request of Trooper Farrell. Trooper Farrell was aware of the concerns the victims had after the search, but responded by telling them that if they didn't litter it would not have happened. Why are these Troopers so confident in their illegal actions that they don't even try to hide them. 

As officers of the law, they have swore an oath to uphold the law, not department policy. If something is not legal, then department policy does not excuse their actions. However, does it bring light to a larger problem. These types of invasive searches have been done before and after this incident, and is often excused completely.  

Over the past few years it has become evident that Law Enforcement Officials are comfortable violating the civil rights of civilians. Most civilians are too afraid to come forward, and when one does it is often difficult to prove the illegal activity. What makes this worse, is that when an official is finally caught, they are given a light sentence and/or excused due to department policy. Unless this is changed, Law Enforcement Officials will continue to feel comfortable violating our civil rights. 

 

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Teen Girl Hospitalized After Curfew Violation Spins Out Of Control

 

Created on July 23, 2014

Merceedez Wright describes police force used for curfew violation

A 17-year-old girl is in the hospital after an encounter with police that started with violating the city's curfew ordinance by a few minutes. Merceedez Wright has injuries to her neck, trachea, and esophagus that were caused by the actions of officers as the situation spun out of control and ended with her being slammed to the ground several times. Wright does not deny being out past curfew or running from police, but argues that her actions were out of fear and not the intention to break the law. The Clairton Police have not given a statement as to why this level of force was used in response to a curfew violation...  

 

 

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NYPD Cop Uses Prohibited Choke Hold In Death of Man Accused Of Selling A Cigarette

Created on July 21, 2014 

Eric Garner telling NYPD officers he can not breathNYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo was caught on video holding Eric Garner in a prohibited choke hold while he gasped for air, saying six times that he could not breath. Justin Damico and four other unidentified officers took part in the incident that led to the death of the 43-year-old father of six. Garner was unarmed and at no time appeared to be a threat to the safety of the officers, but this did not prevent them from using deadly force on the 400 pound man. Witnesses have said that the incident began when Garner broke up a fight between three other men, who fled the scene before police arrived, but the police claim they observed Garner selling a cigarette to a man, without giving the government a piece of the action....

 

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Cop That Killed Teen In Drunk Hit And Run Dodged Serious Charges Despite Evidence

 

Created on June 30, 2014 

DA Tony Lawrence talking about Officer Daniel Snyder Killing Kaytlynn Brann during a drunk hit and run 16-year-old Kaytlynn Brann laid dying on street as the drunk driver responsible for taking her life drove away. It is hard to image a person so callous, but it becomes even worse when the person swore an oath and is trained as a first responder. Young Kaytlynn died from her injuries the following day. It is unclear if her chances of survival would have increased had the the public servant took responsibility for his actions and gave aid to the dying teen. But Instead the Pascagoula Police Officer ran like a coward, leaving his victim to die.  

Investigators not only blamed the incident on Kaytlynn, but they also allowed the officer to wait four hours for a blood alcohol test. This was despite a positive result to a field breath test that he initially refused to take. Even after lying to the investigators, Officer Daniel Snyder was able to dodge serious charges with their assistance. He was later given a light sentence for fleeing the scene, but was never charged with causing her death or the DUI.  

This was all made possible by a investigation from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office. Mike Byrd claimed that they would investigate this crime the same as any other, but he himself has been indicted on 31 criminal charges that include witness tampering, hindering prosecution, and attempting to influence others to perjure themselves before a grand jury. This entire incident is a blatant example of the double standards that allow those that swore an oath to disregard the law... 

 

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Evidence of Widespread Voter Fraud In Mississippi Is Being Ignored By Officials As Red Tape Prevents Full Disclosure

Created on June 27, 2014 

Lori Medina talks about the open fraud in the Mississippi Republican Primary ElectionThe Mississippi U.S. Senate Republican Primary Election between incumbent Thad Cochran and Mississippi State Senator Chris McDaniel has been full of twists and turns. The latest turn smells of widespread voter fraud, which seems to be of little concern to most lawmakers. The McDaniel campaign is fighting the clock to expose the fraud, but it is an uphill battle through the muddiest of political waters. 

The Cochran campaign was clear on their strategy to reach out to Democrats and minorities as tactics went from dirty to downright obscene. The tactics appear not to get minorities to vote on Cochran based on issues, but to make McDaniel out to be a racist. It is unclear if the Cochran campaign was anticipating that their shady tactics would result in illegal votes made by Democrats that voted in both the Republican and Democratic primaries.

The aftermath of the election could turn out to be as dirty as the election itself. There have been multiple reports of the Cochran camp intentionally blocking McDaniel supports efforts to expose the voter fraud. Cochran only received 51% of the vote, with 6000 more votes than McDaniel. It will not take very many illegal votes to tip the scales in an election that tight. However, they can stroll into victory by forcing the clock to run out on the McDaniel camp and allowing widespread voter fraud to be accepted.  

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An Ex-DHS Employee Stripped of Her Towel and Handcuffed Nude During A No-Knock Raid By Officers Identified By Her As DHS Agents

 

Created on June 25, 2014  

Kari Edwards, about police forcing her to remove towel during a no-knock raidKari Edwards was getting out of the shower when her door was smashed in by heavily armed men, who entered only after they deployed a Flash Bang Grenade, leaving burn marks on the floor from the explosion. As agents poured into the room, one demanded that Edwards drop her towel. When she did not respond immediately, it was ripped off her her. She was brought to the ground and handcuffed, forced to stay exposed and ridiculed by agents. This was two hours that Kari Edwards described as "hell."  

Edwards is not a member of some dangerous gang or a violent terrorist. She is an ex-employee of the DHS, and claims to have not have even a traffic ticket in over 10 years. This did not stop a group of Law Enforcement Officers to treat her in such a violent and degrading manner. While handcuffed and exposed on the floor, she recognized several of the men from her days at the DHS. But when she asked who they were or why they were searching, she was ridiculed or outright ignored. It wasn't until the end of the long search that she was finally given some answers. 

 

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Deputy Indicted For Murder After Killing Unarmed Woman, The Department First Gave a False Statement, Then Falsified Training Records

Created on June 23, 2014 

Joe Turner, attorney for the Smith family, in regards to Deputy Willis killing herDeputy Daniel Willis opened fired on Yvette Smith with a .223-caliber Knight's Armament SR15 semi-automatic rifle, killing her. Smith committed no crime and was not a party to the domestic dispute that resulted in a call to 911. The Bastrop County Sheriff's Office initially claimed that she had a gun and "disregarded all commands" made by the deputy. However, Sheriff Terry Pickering later made a public statement, saying that they are now not sure if she had a gun or was disregarding commands.  

The Sheriff's Office has not answered if there was a gun found on the scene, and have not indicated how they could have made a mistake over such a basic detail. But, that was only the start of the problems inside the department. Two supervisors were later demoted and suspended when it became clear that they quickly altered training records for Deputy Willis after the fatal shooting. Deputy Willis was then indicted by a grand jury for the murder of Yvette Smith......

 

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Cop Convicted Of False Imprisonment and Tampering Was Protected By Police Unions During Decades Of Corruption

 

Created on June 22, 2014 

Sgt. German Bosque heard by witnesses to brutality against a teenSgt. German Bosque is the poster-boy for the corruption that has engulfed our law enforcement organizations. He was kicked out of the police academy for stealing a car and impersonating a police officer, but still manged to work his way into law enforcement. For 20 years he terrorized Opa-locka citizens, breaking more laws than the people he was arresting. 

Sgt. Bosque could not do this alone, it took the cooperation of a disfunctional department, a broken system for internal investigations, and the police union. Dozens of complaints were ignored and never properly investigated, but he was still investigated at least 40 times by internal affairs. At least seven investigations led to substantiated findings, and the facts were reviewed by Florida's Department of Law Enforcement Investigations. The board allowed Bosque to get away with several serious infractions, and even when they did fire him, the union would fight to get him reinstated....

 

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Cop Openly Slits Throat Of Runaway Dog As Another Cop Holds It Down

Created on June 20, 2014

Quote from Robbe Reddinger about a Baltimore Police Officer Cutting The Throat of a restrained DogSarah Gossard searched for, Nala,  her 7-year-old dog that escaped from an opened gate. Little did she know, her dog was bleeding out in the street from a laceration to its throat. She would find out later that day that it was the police that seal her dog's fate,  but it would take her several days to learn the truth behind the death of Nala. It wasn't until a reporter called her, that Gossard learned that Officer Thomas Schmidt restrained her dog while Officer Jeffrey Bolger slit its throat with a knife.... 

 

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California Cop Charged For Sex Acts On 14-Year-Old Explorer Scout and Sexually Texts To Another

 

Created on June 18, 2014 

Irwindale Police Department When parents drop their teenage girls off at the Irwindale Police Department Explorer Program they do so thinking it will be a positive experience. Little did they know a sexual predator was one of the advisers that would have contact with the young girls. Officer Daniel Camerano 8 year career with the department ended with his resignation the day before he was arrested for allegedly sexually molesting a 14-year-old Explorer Scout and sending sexually explicit texts to a second scout...

 

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San Antonio Officer Repeatedly Punches 70-Year-Old Man In The Head While He Was Suffering A Diabetic Episode

Created on June 16, 2014

Thomas Mathieu Quote after being assaulted by San Antonio Police Officers70-year-old Thomas Mathieu pulled his car to the side of the road when he felt the onset a low blood sugar episode caused by his diabetes. This type of episode commonly causes confusion and results in difficulty answering simple questions and responding to basic commands. He was found by police slumped over his steering wheel parked in the turning lane, highly visible to other traffic. 

Two San Antonio Police Officers responded to the incident, and instantly assumed the senior citizen was drunk. The dashboard Camera of the Police Cruiser shows one officer strike Mathieu several times in the head when he does not comply with their orders to get out of the vehicle. After pulling him from his vehicle and threatening to user their Taser on him, the officers first question him on drinking. Later an officer finally thinks to ask Mathieu if there was a medical condition that could have caused his behavior...

 

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After Stalling For A Year, IRS Officials Claim They Lost The Lois Lerner Emails Requested By Congress

Created on June 15, 2014

Quote From Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on the IRS claiming to have lost Lois Lerner emailsLois Lerner has been a key figure in the IRS Targeting since the discovery of several emails that demonstrated political motivation to target groups associated with the Tea Party Movement. As such, several committees have requested emails to and from Lerner in the months proceeding and during the creation of the systematic targeting.

For a year, IRS officials have claimed that they are trying to produce the documents requested, but were restricted due to the amount of time needed to review the documents for sensitive tax payer information. However, they are now claiming that a 2011 computer crash has caused most of the relevant Lerner emails to be lost.

The officials claimed that they were able to recover some of the emails, but only those that another IRS employee had been involved with sending or receiving the email. The emails that are not able to be recovered are those that were sought by many of the committees. These emails include all of those sent to or from Lerner from outside of the IRS. Opponents of the investigation have claimed that the scandal is contained within the IRS and no parties outside were involved. 

Quote From Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on the IRS claiming to have lost Lois Lerner emails

Members of congress have voiced their concerns, which include both disbelief in the claim and concern over not being informed of the 'lost' emails earlier. It has been well known that the committees were seeking these documents and looks very suspicious that they are only now being informed that a known 2011 computer crash somehow mysteriously wiped the documents. 

Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich) on The IRS claims that they lost emails from Lois Lerner

The emails are housed in computers that operate Microsoft Exchange through a series of servers. One veteran IT professional told TheBlaze that the claim is not possible, unless there is gross mismanagement of the system that is beyond anything that he has seen. In the article, he explains that the server uses several disks, and the information would only be lost if several of the disks were destroyed at the same time, along with the TAPE backups.

Quote From Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on the IRS claiming to have lost Lois Lerner emails

IRS officials and other opponents of the investigation have slowed the investigation by not producing the documents requested or answering questions in a timely and full manner. However, those same opponents continue to demand the investigation end, pointing out how long it has been ongoing. 

 

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California Cop Convicted and Facing Life After Using His Issued Firearm To Kidnap and Rape Women

Created on June 13, 2014

Quote from FBI official Bill L. Lewis in the rapes committed by officer Jose Jesus PerezSan Bernardino Police Officer Jose Jesus Perez was issued a badge and a gun for the purposes of serving and protecting the people that have granted him that authority. However, he instead used that gun to threaten women and hid behind his badge when he forced them to have sex. Officer Perez served himself and harmed the public of San Bernardino after leaving the police rape capital, LA.   

It is unknown how many women were terrorized by Officer Perez, but at least three stepped forward. Like many other rapist police officers, Perez choose victims that would be unlikely to be believed over the word of an officer. The two women he was convicted of forcing into sex are both alleged to have performed sex acts for money as a profession. The third woman that stepped forward refused the solicitation of Officer Perez, and was not employed in the sex trade. Her refusal left her stranded after the arrest of the man that was driving. 

 

Stalking, Abuse of Authority, Kidnapping, Assault, and Rape

Officer Perez stalked his first known victim early in 2011. After asking her if she had any warrants, he demanded she give him information, including her phone number. The number was not sought in an official capacity, instead he used it to send sexually explicit text messages to the woman. She was unaware at the time just how far Officer Perez will go.

Officer Perez tracked her down in April of 2011, as she was walking down the street early in the morning. He demanded that she go behind a convenience store and held her there against her will. First he touched her breasts in an inappropriate manner, and then demanded that she give him oral sex. She attempted to refuse, telling him 'maybe next time.' But he did not take no for an answer. Officer Perez pull her towards him by the arm and said 'No. We are going to do it now.'

U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr.'s statement about the rape committed by Officer Perez in California

The officer was in full uniform and threatened the woman with the firearm that was issued to him by the department. He injured the woman and ended up forcing her to perform the sex act. She later described the attack, and the fear of what the officer would do to her. Her testimony and the GPS locator in the officers car were a large part of his later conviction. 

The second known victim was sexual assaulted on three occasions. Her first contact with Officer Perez took place while he was in uniform. He lured her into a vacant field and sexually assaulted her. He later forced her to have intercourse with him in a motel room on two separate occasions. He did not wear his uniform during these rapes, but brought his issued firearm. 

A third woman denied his solicitation and ended up being stranded as a result. Officer Perez pulled over the man that she was traveling with and arrested him on suspicion of DUI. When the woman refused to have sex with Perez, he left her on the side of the road with no means of transportation. 

 

Charges and The Courts

Charges were brought after a federal Grand Jury indicted Officer Perez on four counts related to rape, kidnapping, and violation of civil rights under the color of the law. It is unclear why the state did not bring rape charges against the officer, but instead the federal government took the lead. In many cases both the state and federal government will bring charges in a case that involved both a state crime, and a federal civil rights violation. 

Police officials have pointed towards this as proof that they enforce laws against their own officers and the feds have given credit to the department for cooperating during the investigation. To their credit, they somehow refrained from obstructing justice, even though they relied on the federal government to bring that justice. 

Officer Perez was eventually found guilty on three of the four counts and is awaiting sentencing. He is facing the possibility of life in prison for his crimes. 

 

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California Mayor Threw Dog Poop On The Walkway Of A man That Opposed His Proposal For A Dog Park

Created on June 11, 2014

Quotes from Mayor Dennis Kneier in a letter to Philip LaoIn the grand scheme of things, the throwing of a bag might seem to be of little importance compared to the current state of our political environment. However, the circumstances suggest that Mayor Dennis Kneier of San Marino acted with criminal intent when he threw a bag of dog waste into the yard of a person that has opposed several of his official proposals.  

The mayor claims to have no resentment for Lao, but instead claims that it was a coincidence that he threw the dog poop in the very yard of the person that refuses to remove his no dog poop sign. His statements go beyond just denying his motives, but go on to demonstrate that he and the bag are filled with the same substance.

This story helps demonstrate the way politicians react when they are unable to deny doing something that is unethical, illegal, or inappropriate.  Three important strategies are used when complete denial is no longer an option, the half apology, denial of motives, and clouding the waters. 

 

Mayor Dennis Kneier Caught On Video


A surveillance video clearly shows the Mayor intentionally throw an object onto a walkway. The contents of the baggy have not been denied, and the owner of the yard has a past history that is directly tied to dog waste. 

Mayor Kneiers and his wife approaching Philip Lao's yard  Mayor Kneiers Wife Pointing to the targeted placement of the baggy of dog poop

Kneiers wife is first seen on the video, pointing towards the yard. Seconds later Mayor Kneier fully extends his arm, deploying the bag into the yard of Philip Lao. He looks towards the target as it hits its mark, landing in the walkway of a man that has opposed the Mayor's proposal for a dog park. 

Mayor Kneiers throwing dog poop on Philip Lao's walkway Mayor Kneiers throwing dog poop on Philip Lao's walkway Mayor Kneiers throwing dog poop on Philip Lao's walkway Mayor Kneiers throwing dog poop on Philip Lao's walkway 

Lao called the police after reviewing the surveillance video and identifying the mayor as the offender. The police have started to conduct an investigation, and have made a statement indicating that they believe the act was intentional. During their statement they also suggested that the investigation has not concluded, but have not mentioned if charges were being considered.

 

Political Motive

Not only has Lao opposed the Dog Park Proposal, but he has placed a sign in his yard that says 'No Poop Zone.' The city council has either asked or demanded that Lao remove the sign, and the Mayor has said that he himself does not like the signs. Lao responded by saying that he believes that he is well within his rights to post the sign on his property, and that he will take it down when other residence remove their USC and UCLA signs.  

Mayor Kneier had motive to harass Lao and was caught throwing a substance directly related to the subject that causes the motive. This act is not far removed from the politics that we see every day. When someone opposes a politicians views, they respond by throwing back whatever crap they can find. In political offices that hold more power this can often come in the form of congressional accusations and visits from a federal agency. 

 

Childish Excuses and Nonsense Statements

After being literally caught holding the bag, Mayor Kneiers claims that he dropped the bag while standing and it might have "flicked off a bit." This is how a child would attempt to justify their actions after being caught doing something they should not have done. This is the final technique used by politicians when caught in the act, they cloud the water with nonsense and excuses.

Quote From Philip Lao in regards to Mayor Kneier throwing dog poop in his yardKneier can not just give one justification for his act, he again tries to justify his actions, telling KTLA that he should have "just left it there", but that he was not they type of person to "leave things sitting around"... To summarize, he is not the type of person to leave a bag of poop sitting in an area that it was out of the way, but is the type of person to throw it where he believes a person that opposes his proposals will be walking. 

The Mayor did not confirm or deny that he knew that the home belonged to Lao. It was only two blocks from his own home, and one block from the park involved in the Mayor's proposal. It is unlikely that he opposed a yard sign close to his home, but was completely unaware of where it was located. It is even more unlikely that he failed to notice the sign while walking to the park and holding a bag of dog waste. 

The mayor's story continues to make no sense. In a letter to Lao, he claimed to have found the bag on homeowners property and then tried to return it back to his property. Why would the Mayor be so insistent on picking up waste from one area of the property and then throwing it to another area of the property. He really expects us to believe that he unintentionally flung the bag into the walkway because he is not the type of person to leave things sitting around.

Normally, a crime is prosecuted when there is evidence of a wrongful act that is directly related to the motive to commit the act. If a man throws a rock through the window of the car his ex-wife took in the divorce settlement, he is not able to claim he was simply attempting to move the rock and the car got into the way. These types of excuses are reserved for young children and politicians.    

 

Political Strategy Exposed

When caught doing something inappropriate, unethical, and/or illegal, politicians have the tendency to give a half apology - admitting to the action but denying the motivation. At times this is done after several denials of the action, and only after the evidence is too strong to continue the denials.

A clear example was seen several times during the IRS Targeting Scandal. Early on IRS leadership denied that any targeting was taken place during sworn congressional testimony, then later acknowledged that targeting did take place, but claimed it was not political. The Inspector Generals report made it impossible to continue their denial of the act, so instead they denied the motive. 

When unable to deny the action, the politician knows they can deny the intent. Unlike in a court of law, the intent does not have to only be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, but beyond any doubt whatsoever. It is nearly impossible to prove the intent in a manner that will cause the loyal members of the the party to agree with the obvious intent.

This was seen in the Benghazi Talking Points Scandal. There was a clear motive for the administration to show that the president was strong on terror so close to the election. Emails from the prep work of the talking points specifically admit to the intention of making the president look strong in this area. however, the loyal supporters will ignore all the evidence and stick to their guns, claiming that the intent was pure. It doesn't matter that it makes no sense that the administration would come forward with any strong statement claiming facts in an area that was obviously filled with contention.  

In the end, today's politicians know that their statements don't have to make any logical sense. They just need to cloud the waters with as much doubt as possible. Most news stations will only describe a portion of the incident at a time, so the majority of the people will not seeing the whole picture when they make their judgement. Often, the politicians will not only avoid criminal prosecution, but will remain in a position to fling more crap at the citizens that do not bow down to their will. 

The biggest example of this entire trick in action was given with the ObamaCare Lies Scandal. When first exposed, the President attempted to deny that he did the act. He claimed that he said you can keep your insurance as long as it fits the requirements. But in reality he said you can keep your insurance period. he gave a half apology after this lie was called out, saying that he was sorry that the american people were deceived, but that it was not the intention to do so. Many politicians told the same lie over the same period of time that they were attempting to gain support for ObamaCare, a clear motivation for deceiving the American people. But they claim their intention was not to deceive the American people. There has never been clarification of their intentions in not telling the truth about a bill they wrote, but the loyal members of the party have still backed their play at every step. 

This political play is not only used by the Democrats. If the Republicans currently controlled the Executive Branch of our government it would instead be their scandals given as examples. Since both parties rely heavily on this strategy, both are reluctant to fully call each other out when using it. 

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Lawsuit Claims That The Asphyxiation Death of Lesa Surratt Resulted From Police Brutality

Created on June 10, 2014

Quote from the lawsuit against the Sherman Police that allegedly caused the death of Lesa Ann SurrattLesa Ann Surratt is dead after an incident went from a routine traffic stop to her becoming asphyxiated. The details of the encounter are unclear as two versions of the events emerge. A lawsuit filed by Linda Surrant claims that excessive force led to the wrongful death of her sister. The city of Sherman has denied the claim, saying that the young woman's death was caused by her own actions. 

Several factors have made it difficult to determine what actually happened on August 20, 2013. The autopsy has not been made pubic, dashboard camera videos have not been released, and details of the detailed findings of the Texas Ranger investigation is being withheld. The lawsuit has given details from the point of view of the attorneys representing Linda Surrant, but the police department and city have given only a limited amount of information expressing their own point of view. 

 

Facts that Both Parties Agree On

  1. Lesa Ann Surrant was initially stopped for an illegal lane change
  2. Officer Brian McClarn was involved in the arrest 
  3. Surrant and  Monica Garza were arrested and placed in the back of a police cruiser
  4. Surrant recovered a bag of a controlled substance from her person and attempted to swallow it 
  5. Surrant died from asphyxiation

 

The Version of Events Described In The Lawsuit

According the the lawsuit brought by Linda Surrant, an unidentified police officer (Doe 2 in the lawsuit) realized that Surrant was swallowing evidence and climbed into the police car. He first tried striking Surrant with his open fist and flashlight, in an attempt to cause her to stop swallowing the bag. After this did not provide the desired results, he pushed his flashlight against her throat and pushed, causing Surrant to lose consciousness. 

Quote from the lawsuit against the Sherman Police that allegedly caused the death of Lesa Ann Surratt

Doe 2 was joined by a second unidentified police officer (Doe 3 in the lawsuit) and the two officer removed Surrant from the vehicle. Once out of the vehicle Officer Brian McClairn gave the order to 'Tase the bitch', which was followed through by either Doe 2 or Doe 3. The three officers then began striking Surrant with their hands and flashlights, until she again became unconscious. 

The lawsuit further claims that the officers waited 20 minutes before they contacted an EMT, during which time Lesa was convulsing in seizures. By waiting such a long amount of time Surrant became brain dead, and later died from asphyxiation. 

Quote from the lawsuit against the Sherman Police that allegedly caused the death of Lesa Ann Surratt

Finally, the lawsuit describes two other unidentified officers (Doe 3 and 4 in the lawsuit) taking actions that were intended to cover-up the wrongdoing of the officers. These officers are alleged to have told witnesses to leave, and ordered at least one person to stop recording and go home. 

 

The Version of Events Described by a Sherman Attorney

Brandon Shelby issued a statement after the reports of the lawsuit went public. In the statement, he acknowledges the lawsuit, but said the claims are 'without merit'. He also made comments in regards to the requests for information by the attorneys for Linda Surratt.

Statement from Brandon Shelby concerning the death of Lesa Ann Surratt

Among The Claims In The Statement From Brandon Shelby

  • Lesa freed herself from handcuffs and retrieved the baggie
  • She became asphyxiated and loss consciousness after attempting to swallow the baggie
  • Surratt received "prompt emergency medical attention, but later died from her injuries"
  • "No weapons were drawn or discharged"
  • The Texas Rangers investigated the actions of the officers
  • The findings were presented to a Grand Jury
  • No charges were filed 
  • The officers were cleared

Additional Comments By Brandon Shelby

  • The full report, Dash-cam videos, and other information is public. 
  • It is subject to the constitutional privacy rights of the deceased
  • The Surratt family can prevent information from being released 

 

Where Does The Truth Lie

The first thing that grabbed my attention was not what Brandon Shelby said, but what he did not say. Shelby said that no officer drew their weapons or discharged them. The only claim of a weapon being used was the Taser, which was said to have been used on Surratt. Shelby mentioned that no weapon was used, but did not deny or confirm that the officers struck Surratt several times and used their flashlights to choke the young woman.

If the baggy of drugs instantly became lodged in Surratts throat, then she would have displayed signs of a person that was unable to breath. If this was the case, then there would be no logical reason to strike the young woman. But if officers did not strike Surratt, then Brandon Shelby would have not only said they did not discharge a weapon, but they did not strike Surratt in any manner. If the officers struck Surratt after she attempted to swallow the baggy then it is likely that the strikes caused the baggy to get stuck, which resulted in the obstruction of her airway. 

Statement from Brandon Shelby concerning the death of Lesa Ann Surratt


Law Enforcement Officials are only authorized to use force when necessary. There is no indication from the lawsuit or the official statement that indicates that Surratt was actively fighting with law enforcement officials. Any use of force on Surratt that was for the sole purpose of protecting evidence would be an illegal use of force. 

With that being said, there is some confusion with the story outlined in the lawsuit. If this happened as indicated, why has the attorney for Surratt waiting to release the Dashboard Camera video and other information that the city of Sherman has indicated is public information. If this is the case then it raises suspicions that there is something that could cause doubts in the story told in the lawsuit. However, attorneys and public spokespersons have a history of telling only part of the story. Shelby said that the videos and information is public, but did not indicate when they became considered public. It is possible that there status of public is recent and did not allow time for the Surratt attorneys to release the information. 

 

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Charleston Cop Sues Huntington Cop After Experiencing The Other Side of Brutality

Created on June 9, 2014

Quote From The Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Huntington Police Department and Patrolman Richard KernA Charleston Police Officer is suing the Huntington Police Department and one of their troopers after allegedly experiencing the other side of brutality first hand. Charleston Police Cpl. Steven Matthew Webb was observing Patrolman Richard Kern execute a routine traffic stop in Huntington with several friends when the incident exploded with a blast of pepper spray and a cement face lift. According to his lawsuit, this was in response to him not immediately obeying an illegal order from the patrolman. 

It is rare to see this type of interaction between two Law Enforcement Officials result in a lawsuit and even more rare to see a officer from one department accuse another department of systematic wrong doing. According to the lawsuit, this incident was just one of many examples of how the Huntington Police Department "engaged in a pattern and practice of civil rights violations." 

 

The Violation of Civil Rights Explained In The Lawsuit

The lawsuit states that the civil rights of Cpl. Webb were violated by the use of excessive force and his false imprisonment. It describes a patrolman that acted in an aggressive and unnecessary manner in response to a person that was not breaking any laws.  

According to the lawsuit, Webb and some friends stopped 20 yards away from the traffic stop in order to observe. He said that his intentions were to offer the patrolman assistance if it appeared to be necessary. However, Patrolman Kern did not appreciate having spectators. 

Patrolman Kern approached the group while yelling profanities and demanding that they move on Even thought they were well within their rights to remain in the area, Cpl. Webb claims that he intended to explain to the patrolman that he was a fellow officer. However, he did not have the opportunity to do so before being blasted in the face with pepper spray. 

Webb then tried to produce his identification and badge, but Kern allegedly grabbed his arm. Webb pulled his arm away, which resulted in several Huntington Police Officers rushing to the patrolman's aid. According to the lawsuit, Cpl. Webb was thrown face first against the cement, and punched in the face by Patrolman Kern. 

One of the offices took Cpl. Webb into custody, locking him in a cell at the Huntington Police Headquarters. He was later released without charges, but not before receiving a visit from Kern. According to the lawsuit, Kern told the Charleston Police Officer that if the situation was reversed, he would have listed and moved on. Webb claims that he responded by telling the patrolman that he never gave him an opportunity to do so. 

 

Apologies and Retaliation

The lawsuit claims that Patrolman Kern apologized several times to a senior Charleston Police Officer during a Fraternal Order of Police cult meeting. It says that Kern claimed to have 'blacked out' during the incident. 

However, several months later Cpl. Webb was stopped by another Huntington Police Officer. He claims that Patrolman Kern was on the scene within 15 minutes, and arrested him DUI. Web was later acquitted of the DUI. 

 

Systematic Civil Rights Violations

The lawsuit goes further than just claiming a civil rights violation. It accuses the Huntington Police Department of not only engaging "in a pattern and practice of civil rights violations", but of also retaliating "against those that watch them perform their job functions."

In the Lawsuit filed by Cpl. Steven Matthews against the Huntington Police Department and Patrolman Richard Kern

Law Enforcement Officials are only authorized to use force when necessary, and not against people that are legally doing something that they don't want them to do. Webb explains in the lawsuit that he tried to explain that he was also a cop, but this really should not make any difference. If the allegations are true, then Patrolman Kern was abusing his authority and position when he used physical force in order to intimidate someone into obeying his unlawful demand. This is a thug tactic and should not be considered an acceptable action from a person that was granted the authority to enforce the law.

This type of systematic intimidation, censorship, and secrecy is not an isolated incident at a single police department. As an example, this has played out for years as the police attempt to use bully tactics to stop citizens from legally recording interactions with Law Enforcement Officials. Lazaro Estrada was charged for Obstruction of Justice when recording an arrest from 20 feet away.

The police have begun siting the fear of Cell Phone Guns as reasons to arrest those legally recording. The police claimed fear of cell phone gun when Will Paybarah had his phone snatched out of his hand and was arrested after attempting to record a stop. Sheriff Mike Scott defended his officer snatching a cell phone during a vehicle search, claiming fear of the non-existent Cell Phone Gun. Even thought court after court as determined that recording police officers is legal, bully cops such as NYPD Officer Efrain Rojas continue to bully an intimidate citizens with little to no consequence.  

 

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A School Cop Fired At Teens As They Left The Parking Lot, After He Caught Them 'Messing Around'

Created on June 7, 2014 

Quote From Chris Payne about cop shooting at studentsTwo Eliot High School Students stopped in the Elementary School parking lot in order to get intimate. They were confronted by a Tulsa Public School Police Officer and declined answer the officers questions. As the vehicle began the departure from the parking lot, the officer fired his weapon, striking the vehicle at least one time. 


Investigation and School Response

Officials for the Tulsa Public School turned the investigation over to the Tulsa Police Department. They have found evidence that confirms that the officers shot at the vehicle,  hitting it in the back left tire. The 17-year-old student that was driving the car said that he drove off because he wanted to leave. 

Quote From Chris Payne about cop shooting at students

TPS offical Chris Payne made a statement assuring the public that the Tulsa Public School Police officers are CLEET certified, and are actual police officers. He also told Fox23, "We have really sound security. it would really be unwise to be doing anything after hours." But he did not seem to offer any explanation as to why an officer under their employ would feel justified in firing at unarmed students that were leaving the parking lot. 

Quote From Chris Payne about cop shooting at students

The Tulsa Police Department is continuing to investigate, and is expected to determine if the actions of this officer were legal. It seems that firing a weapon at two teens that were leaving the parking lot after being caught kissing is a gray area that is in need of a prolonged investigation. However, if anyone other than an officer fired a legally carried handgun in this manner, then they would already be in jail for attempted murder. 

 

Deadly Force and Civil Rights

Most of the articles I read about this shooting have claimed that the students refused to answer questions. However, they were under no obligation to answer questions, and therefore they declined instead of refused. That is not a crime, and either is driving away. There is no indication that the School Police Officer had planned on calling the Tulsa Police Department in order to arrest the two teens, and I doubt they have a jail inside the school. If they were not detained, then they were free to leave. 

Shooting at a person is Deadly Force, even if the person is in a vehicle. Law Enforcement Officials are only authorized to use deadly force when they believe their lives, or the lives of others are in imminent danger. At times, the danger to others is increased by shooting at a vehicle while it is moving. 

At least one of the bullets struck the car, hitting it in the back left tire. This shot is not likely to have come from a person that was standing in front of the vehicle while it was moving towards them. The officer shot at the car while it was driving away. He claims that he felt his life was in danger... from two teenagers that drove away from him after being caught making out in the school parking lot.  

This helps to demonstrate how far down the path of police state we really are. A Police Officer that was hired for the purpose of protecting students, instead opens fire at students as they leave and feels he can just say 'felt my life was in jeopardy'. 

 

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Patrol Man and Five Supervisors Indicted After Cleveland Police Become An Angry Mob Following A Car Backfire Reported As A Gun Shot

Created June 5, 2014  

Quote from Prosecutor Timothy McGinty, about the actions of Officer BreloA Cleveland Police Officer sparks a uniformed mob after mistaken a car's backfire for a gunshot. 60 police vehicles get involved in the 23-minute chase that starts at the the Justice Center and ends in a hail of gunfire.  The car's occupants were not only unarmed, but they were pinned down when 13 officers created a circular firing squad around the car and unleashed a hail of bullets into the 1979 Chevrolet Malibu. Patrolman Michael Brelo took the lead in the angry mob, firing more than a third of the total bullets and ending the life of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams when he jumped on the hood of the car and fired 15 additional rounds into the two victims through the windshield.

After the dust clears, it is determined that 75 of the 104 officers involved violated orders and police department rules. 64 patrol officers received disciplinary action ranging from a written reprimand to suspension. 12 supervisors were disciplined, most receiving a suspension. However, one supervisor was fired and two more were demoted. Finally, two years after the fatal shooting, Patrolman Brelo is facing criminal charges of voluntary manslaughter and five supervisors have been indicted for dereliction of duty. This was no longer a group of Law Enforcement Officials, they were an angry mob that was willing to put an entire city in jeopardy to rain terror on two people that were driving a car that backfired. 

 

Ran Down And Slaughtered By Cleveland's Finest

Everything started as Russell and Williams drove by the Justice Center and a Cleveland Police Officer. There was a noise that the officer reported as gunfire, but a parking attendant later said could have been a backfire from the older vehicle. The officer began his pursuit, calling in for backup. 

 

Quote From Attorney General Mike DeWine, on the actions of Officer Siefer during the slaying of Williams and Russell

 

Other officers quickly joined the chase and soon escalated the situation by a second false report of gunfire. Officer Siefer got on the radio an claimed to have seen the passenger waving a gun out of the back window of the vehicle. However, he later told investigators that he never actually seen a gun. This false report added to the hysteria of the case, creating an situation that quickly spiraled out of control. 

Police officers were going 100 mph down side roads, and did not stop when ordered to. Other officers joined the chase without announcing their actions or being ordered to do so. There were many officers that were told to disengage, but ignored their superiors. Some of those superiors were part of the chase, themselves not reporting the situation or attempting to get it under control. 

Over 60 police cars chased the vehicle and 104 of the 277 Cleveland Officers on duty during the incident became involved in a chase that included speeds up to 125 mph. The chase involved Cleveland Officers, East Cleveland Officers, Sheriff's Deputies, and State Troopers. But there was little coordination between the officers from separate jurisdictions. 

Quote From Timothy McGinty, on the Ambush of Williams and Russell 

The chase ended when the Malibu entered the parking lot for the East Cleveland Middle School. it was trapped in a narrow lane by police cruisers, and came to a complete stop. Officers got on each side of the car, creating a situation where they would directly in each others crossfire. Then they opened fire, shooting more than 100 bullets. 

 

Quote From Timothy McGinty, on the Ambush of Williams and Russell

 

Essentially, 13 police officer engaged in a fire fight with each other, the two victims being located inconveniently between the volley of gunfire. Their bullets ripped through the car, through Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, and through their own patrol cars. The shooting stopped, and the two victims were trapped and no longer a threat. 

That did not stop Patrolman Brelo from taking their lives away in an act that would normally be reserved for a hard core psychopath. He stood on the hood of their vehicle and emptied his clip into their bodies at close range. These were the shots that took the lives of Williams and Russell and a Grand Jury would eventually determine that they were more than just unjustified, but were more than likely illegal. 

 

The Aftermath of The Slaying of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams 

As the munition smoke cleared it quickly became obvious that something was not right. There was no gun or shell casings found in the vehicle and a search of the chase route did not provide any evidence of anyone firing shots from inside the vehicle. The gunpowder residue found in the vehicle and on the victims was the amount expected when so many bullets were fired at such a close range. After three separate investigations that took place over a period of years, there has been no evidence that suggests that either of the two men have fired a single shot or had a gun in their possession during any part of the chase.

A criminal prosecution ended up presenting evidence in front of a Grand Jury. The Jury indicted Patrolman Brelo for 2 counts of Manslaughter, each count carries a mandatory 3 - 11 years if he is found guilty. The Jury also indicted five police supervisors after being reported to have conducted themselves in the following manner.

  • Sergeant Randolph Dailey monitored the chase closely, but failed to properly analyze the situation and to make inquiries for information regarding the number of officers involved in the chase.
  • Sergeant Patricia Coleman was participating in the chase, but failed to offer information on the size and scope of the pursuit.
  • Sergeant Jason Edens was a passenger of his supervisors cruiser, Lt. Paul Wilson. Edens failed to inquire the status of the officers under his command, failed to advise dispatchers of his role, and failed to tell late responding vehicles to stop the chase. 
  • Sergeant Michael Donegan pulled his vehicle out of the chase and failed to offer guidance. He was later fired in 2013
  • Lt. Paul Wilson did not tell dispatchers about 20 officers that were involved in the chase. The prosecutor pointed to Wilson's own statements that demonstrated that he failed to communicate with anyone or take any supervisory action.  

Quote from Prosecutor Timothy McGinty, in regards to the supervisors involved in the ambush of Williams and Russell

 

A separate investigation was conducted by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. He found that the leadership and communication failures led to the escalation of the chase. A final investigation, by the U.S. Justice Department, is probing the Cleveland Police Department's use of Deadly Force. The federal investigation was requested by Cleveland officials, and is not seeking criminal prosecution. It is intended to review the policies and procedures of the department. 

It is unclear why Russell fled the police and a lack of dash board cameras in Cleveland Police vehicles will likely make it remain unclear. The Police have attempted to point towards the possibility that drugs or alcohol were a factor, but they have not been quick to mention the fear factor. The officers have demonstrated that they acted out of anger, and they very well could have started the chase in the same manner. We must ask ourselves, did the actions of the police officers cause the victims to be in fear for their lives? Were they simply running from law enforcement, or were they trying to escape an angry mob?

 

Union Defends and Patterns Emerge

After it was determined that the police were never under threat of gunfire, a new defense was taken by officials in the police union. They made claims that the shooting was justified because the Russell rammed a police cruiser and tried to run over a police officer. However, the only evidence of a police car being rammed took place earlier in the case, and the car was reported as being stopped when it came under fire. The police vehicle were struck with bullets because the officers used their vehicles as cover. It would not make any sense for an officer to be out in the open when approaching a vehicle that was believed occupy a shooter. It is not possible for the victim to have attempted to run over a police officer that was behind the cover of his cruiser.

The union once again demonstrated the belief that a police officer should be able to shoot and kill anyone at anytime without consequences, saying that Patrolman Brelo, a trained police officer, only had seconds to make a decision. The trained police officer decided to unload a clip into two men that no longer posed any threat, but the union expresses their belief that he should not be held responsible for his actions. The two untrained men in the car had seconds to respond, their actions did not include an attempt to take someone's life, but they paid with theirs.  

This is not the first time that police have gunned down a person trapped in their vehicle that was believed to have used a gun on an officer. In December of 2013, 23 Miami Police Officers fired a total of 377 rounds into a vehicle of a man that the believed shot a police officer. He was killed by the police, along with a passenger that was in no way associated with his alleged crimes. The similarities between the two incident are eye opening. 

Similarities Between The Miami and Cleveland Executions

  • The vehicles were trapped, and unable to escape. 
  • Gunshots were reported as coming from the vehicle during the chase. 
  • The men were unarmed and there was no evidence that they ever fired at police. 
  • The police created a circular firing squad around the vehicle. 
  • Officers were in each others crossfire.
  • Officers ignored orders, procedures, and training.
  • Supervisors lost control of the situation. 
  • There were too separate volleys of bullets.
  • The men were riddled with bullets.
  • The public was put in harms way by the actions of the officers. 

Police Unions has defended the outrageous actions of the officers in both instances. For some reason, officers are able to hold it together when chasing child rapists and murders. But they 'lose it' when any action is thought to have been taken against a fellow officer. There has not been any evidence that these were planned attacks that were made to appear to be unorganized operations gone wrong. However, it is known that police have expressed the desire to send a loud message any time an action is taken against an officer. No message is louder than the sound of hundreds of bullets ripping through everything in their path. 

Union officials and officers have not been quite towards their feelings on anyone that attempts to take the life of a police officer. The Cleveland incident shows how dangerous this way of thinking can be when officers take the role of judge, jury, and executioner. The police unions have become increasingly strong, and control the careers of many police officers. If they have no issue defending this type of behavior, then it is not hard to believe that they encourage this type of behavior. 

 

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Deal To Trade Five Dangerous Terrorists Alleged Deserter Kept From Congress in Violation To The Law

Created on June 3, 2014 

Norullah NoriThe White House claimed victory after they announced that the only Afghanistan POW, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahi, was rescued. However, they did not immediately release all of the details, such as the high price of the trade and the shady disappearance of Sgt. Bergdahi. Even though they call this a 'rescue', it was clearly a prisoner swap. American handed over five of the most senior terrorists for a solider that appears to deserted at best.

This was done quickly and quietly and was done so in violation of the law. Congress is to be informed 30 days in advance of any prisoners being released from Guantánamo Bay. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and national security adviser Susan Rice have claimed that they had to violate the law due to health concerns. However, they choose not to only bypass the 30 day requirement, but to not even inform congress until after the release of these dangerous terrorists. 

 

Five Dangerous Terrorists Released - The 'Gitmo 5'

Abdul Haq WasiqThe five terrorists being released were included in a 2008 Pentagon Dossier, which deemed them to be a 'high risk' for launching attacks on American interests if they were released. The Joint Task Force-Guantanamo has determined that all five were 'high' risks to the US and its allies. All five had close ties with al Qaeda even before the 9/11 terrorist attack, and two are wanted by the UN for war crimes for murdering thousands of people. 

They were also considered the highest ranking members of the Taliban that were in our custody. They included a Taliban Governor and former interior minister, the Taliban army chief of staff, a senior Taliban military commander, the Taliban deputy minister of intelligence, and a senior Taliban figure and security official. 

The White House has claimed that there are safeguards in place, but have neglected to give details. However, it is known that part of the 'safeguards' is turning them over to a small country and requiring them to stay there for a year. There has been no indication as to how we ensure they do not join back into the fight and/or plan another terrorist attack on American soil. 

Sen. John McCain quote on how dangerous the released terrorists are

 

Sgt. Bergdahi - POW, Captured Fugitive, or Traitor

Sgt. Bowe BergdahiIn a video, Sgt. Bergdahl claimed to 'lag' behind during a patrol, and was kidnapped. However, many soldiers that that knew him well have came forward to in hopes of setting the record straight. They were silenced in the past with non-disclosure agreements, and told that speaking of the strange disappearance could put Bergdahl's life in jeopardy. But now that we has been returned, many have felt obligated to step forward, despite the non-disclosure agreements. 

Those that were stationed with Bergdahi said that he finished standing a watch, turned over to his relief, grabbed a couple of items, and left the base. He did not bring his weapons or body armor, but did grab his journal, compass, and a small camera. One soldier has even indicated that there were no patrols on the night that Bergdahl left, which would contradict his claim that he was kidnapped on patrol. 

 

Sgt. Matt Vierkant Quote about Bergdahl

Khairuliah KhairkhwaShortly after the disappearance, a Taliban Commander claimed to have taken Bergdahl from his vehicle while he was drunk. Soldiers have also indicated that locals reported seeing Bergdahl in the area shortly after his disappearance. They said he was by himself, acting strange, and looking for someone that spoke English. 

Three days before he disappeared, Bergdahl sent an email to his father that described how he felt about his country and his uniform. He said he was ashamed to be an American, and that his uniform was a lie. He laid out his desire to walk away, saying that "life is way to short to care for the damnation of others, as well as to spend it helping fools with their ideas that are wrong." In a reply, his father gave his approval in a single line, "OBEY YOUR CONSCIENCE!" 

In his email, Bergdahl also indicates another motive, saying "These people need help." He then indicated that they were not getting the help from the Americans, who he called conceited. Bergdahl was said to have spent more time with the Afghans then he did with his fellow soldiers. His father seemed to mimic that thought in a tweet days before the release of his son and he five terrorists. He said he was still working on getting all of the prisoners released from Guantanamo, and that "God will repay for the death of every Afghan child". 

Robert Bergdahl, in a tweet he later deleted

Mohammad Nabi OmariIs is hard to believe that many of his fellow soldiers stepped forward in order to spread the same lie. At the very least, they had a strong reason to believe that Bergdahl was a deserter and his own email demonstrates that he had motivation to desert. If he was a deserter, then he was a fugitive from the law and no longer part of the battle. Is a fugitive on the run after deserting still considered a POW, or is he just a traitor and captured fugitive? Is it possible that we released some of the most dangerous captured terrorists in exchange for a traitor that deserted the Army that he considered a bunch of liars. 

The email also indicated that he believed the Afghans needed help, and the 'liars' that he joined were not providing that help. He did not just say that he did not agree with his country, he said he was ashamed to be an American. There is some evidence to suggest that he left in order to help the Afghans, who he spent more time with then his fellow soldiers. He did not indicate how he intended on helping the Afghans.

The details on Bergdahl's capture are not clear. But, many soldiers have said that it could not have happened the way Bergdahl had claimed. This should cause us to question why he would Soldiers have said that the attacks in the area increased after his disappearance. It could have just been an effort to avoid a court martial for deserting, but there is one other possibility that would be much worse. Bergdahl could have sought to help the Afghans by relaying information about those he considered 'liars' and he could have given sensitive information about a country that he was ashamed of. If this is the case, then we just traded five high profile terrorists for one traitor and spy.

Quote from Cody, a former member of Bergdahl's squad   

 

The Search For Sgt. Bergdahl 

Mohammad FazlMany of the soldiers that stepped forward were not just upset that Bergdahl deserted his post, but were angry with the loss of American soldiers that followed. Six soldiers are reported to have been killed during search operations, but more may have died as a result of resources being shifted. 

 

Soldiers That Were Killed Searching For Bergdahl

  • Staff Sgt. Clayton Bowen, Killed by an IED on August 18, 2009 (13)
  • Pfc. Morris Walker, Killed by an IED on August 18, 2009
  • Staff Sgt. Kurt Curtiss,  Killed on August 26, 2009, after being shot in the face 
  • 2nd Lt. Darryn Andrews, Killed by an ambush on September 4, 2009
  • Pfc. Matthew Michael Martinek, Killed by an ambush on September 4, 2009
  • Staff Sgt. Michael Murphrey, Killed by an improvised land mine on September 5, 2009

An entire U.S military division worked with thousands of Afghan soldiers and police officers to search for Sgt. Bergdahl over the next few months, while operations were put on hold. It was more than just manpower that was being pulled to search for the missing soldier. Surveillance drones and helicopters were pulled from outposts, leaving them vulnerable to attack. 

 

Sgt. Matt Vierkant, Quote about Bergdahl being a deserter

 

The lack of supplies led to the delay of the closure of COP Keating, a dangerous outpost. 8 soldiers died in the outpost before it was finally closed. Another outpost was attacked on July 4, 2009. Similar attacks were defended in the past with the aid of drones and helicopters, but they were pulled for the search of Bergdahl. Pvt. Aaron Fairbairn and Pfc. Justin Casillas lost their lives during that attack. Soldiers that were close to the men have placed at least part of the blame on Bergdahl.

 

Susan Rice, claiming Bergdahl served with honor and distinction

  

Violating The Law For a Raw Deal

President Barrack Obama stood up and claimed victory for what he called the 'rescue' of Sgt. Bergdahl. He said that we never leave a man behind and claimed that swift action was needed in order to get this accomplished. So quickly that he decided to ignore the law, and release prisoners from Guantanamo Bay without giving Congress 30 days notice. So quickly that he could not even give Congress 30 hours or 30 minutes notice. Members of congress have indicated that they were not notified until after the deal was made 

This was not the first time the subject of releasing these terrorists was considered. The idea was proposed in 2012, but got strong opposition from both Republicans and Democrats in Congress. But it was just a coincidence that there was not enough time to inform congress during this second attempt to release dangerous terrorists.

 

Rep. Buck McKeon, Quote about not getting information from the White House

 

Susan Rice said that it was 'necessary and appropriate" to ignore the law due to the "acute urgency of the health condition of Sgt. Bergdahl" and that following the law would have "potentially meant that the opportunity to get Sgt. Bergdahl would have been lost."

Sgt. Bergdahl has been captive for five years, but now there was a vital health concern, that we could only have known about due to it being relayed to us by the terrorists that were holding him. The terrorists that were holding him would have had to threatened to not give him treatment for his 'health condition' in order for this to be in play, which would be the same as if they said they were going to cut his head off, which would also lead to a urgent health condition.

She did not say that he would have died in 30 days, but instead that the opportunity to get him would have been lost. This sounds like it was a high pressure deal from the terrorists, also similar with the threat of killing a hostage and not with the agreement to make a POW trade. 

Not only did they not have the 30 days to wait, but they did not inform Congress until after the deal was made. It is unclear why they did not even have the time to at least inform Congress. This makes it sound even more like a terrorist threatening to kill a hostage, where demands would be made for action within a short period of time. 

 

Bill Kristol Quote on trading POW for 5 terrorists

 

A statement from the Taliban also makes it sound more like a terrorist threatening to kill a hostage than two countries agreeing upon a POW exchange. The said the "demanded the release of its captive from Guantanamo through a prisoner exchange. That demand has now been met." In the same announcement they point out how one sided the deal was, them getting five high profile terrorists in exchange for a soldier they captured five years ago.

 

The Taliban Announcing How well they did in the deal

 

The Taliban is not a reliable source for information, but when combined with the other factors, the entire deal stinks like a negotiation with a terrorist that is threatening the life of a hostage, and not the exchange of POWs.  

 

Terrorists Back Into The Fight

President Obama assured us that  there were precise steps taken to ensure that these known killers could not join the fight. However, he could not give us the details of these steps. At this point, we only know that they will be kept in a small country where they are not allowed to leave for a year. In order to help sell the trade and the assurance, Susan Rice went on Sunday talk shows to discuss the trade. 

 

Sen. John McCain, quote about the safeguards

 

House Armed Services Committee Chairman  Buck McKeon, has said that it was 72 hours since they deal was made, and even his committee has not told what steps were taken to ensure that these known terrorists are kept from the fight.   

 

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California Mayor Threw Dog Poop On The Walkway Of A man That Opposed His Proposal For A Dog Park

Created on June 11, 2014

Quotes from Mayor Dennis Kneier in a letter to Philip LaoIn the grand scheme of things, the throwing of a bag might seem to be of little importance compared to the current state of our political environment. However, the circumstances suggest that Mayor Dennis Kneier of San Marino acted with criminal intent when he threw a bag of dog waste into the yard of a person that has opposed several of his official proposals.  

The mayor claims to have no resentment for Lao, but instead claims that it was a coincidence that he threw the dog poop in the very yard of the person that refuses to remove his no dog poop sign. His statements go beyond just denying his motives, but go on to demonstrate that he and the bag are filled with the same substance.

This story helps demonstrate the way politicians react when they are unable to deny doing something that is unethical, illegal, or inappropriate.  Three important strategies are used when complete denial is no longer an option, the half apology, denial of motives, and clouding the waters. 

 

Mayor Dennis Kneier Caught On Video


A surveillance video clearly shows the Mayor intentionally throw an object onto a walkway. The contents of the baggy have not been denied, and the owner of the yard has a past history that is directly tied to dog waste. 

Mayor Kneiers and his wife approaching Philip Lao's yard  Mayor Kneiers Wife Pointing to the targeted placement of the baggy of dog poop

Kneiers wife is first seen on the video, pointing towards the yard. Seconds later Mayor Kneier fully extends his arm, deploying the bag into the yard of Philip Lao. He looks towards the target as it hits its mark, landing in the walkway of a man that has opposed the Mayor's proposal for a dog park. 

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Lao called the police after reviewing the surveillance video and identifying the mayor as the offender. The police have started to conduct an investigation, and have made a statement indicating that they believe the act was intentional. During their statement they also suggested that the investigation has not concluded, but have not mentioned if charges were being considered.

 

Political Motive

Not only has Lao opposed the Dog Park Proposal, but he has placed a sign in his yard that says 'No Poop Zone.' The city council has either asked or demanded that Lao remove the sign, and the Mayor has said that he himself does not like the signs. Lao responded by saying that he believes that he is well within his rights to post the sign on his property, and that he will take it down when other residence remove their USC and UCLA signs.  

Mayor Kneier had motive to harass Lao and was caught throwing a substance directly related to the subject that causes the motive. This act is not far removed from the politics that we see every day. When someone opposes a politicians views, they respond by throwing back whatever crap they can find. In political offices that hold more power this can often come in the form of congressional accusations and visits from a federal agency. 

 

Childish Excuses and Nonsense Statements

After being literally caught holding the bag, Mayor Kneiers claims that he dropped the bag while standing and it might have "flicked off a bit." This is how a child would attempt to justify their actions after being caught doing something they should not have done. This is the final technique used by politicians when caught in the act, they cloud the water with nonsense and excuses.

Quote From Philip Lao in regards to Mayor Kneier throwing dog poop in his yardKneier can not just give one justification for his act, he again tries to justify his actions, telling KTLA that he should have "just left it there", but that he was not they type of person to "leave things sitting around"... To summarize, he is not the type of person to leave a bag of poop sitting in an area that it was out of the way, but is the type of person to throw it where he believes a person that opposes his proposals will be walking. 

The Mayor did not confirm or deny that he knew that the home belonged to Lao. It was only two blocks from his own home, and one block from the park involved in the Mayor's proposal. It is unlikely that he opposed a yard sign close to his home, but was completely unaware of where it was located. It is even more unlikely that he failed to notice the sign while walking to the park and holding a bag of dog waste. 

The mayor's story continues to make no sense. In a letter to Lao, he claimed to have found the bag on homeowners property and then tried to return it back to his property. Why would the Mayor be so insistent on picking up waste from one area of the property and then throwing it to another area of the property. He really expects us to believe that he unintentionally flung the bag into the walkway because he is not the type of person to leave things sitting around.

Normally, a crime is prosecuted when there is evidence of a wrongful act that is directly related to the motive to commit the act. If a man throws a rock through the window of the car his ex-wife took in the divorce settlement, he is not able to claim he was simply attempting to move the rock and the car got into the way. These types of excuses are reserved for young children and politicians.    

 

Political Strategy Exposed

When caught doing something inappropriate, unethical, and/or illegal, politicians have the tendency to give a half apology - admitting to the action but denying the motivation. At times this is done after several denials of the action, and only after the evidence is too strong to continue the denials.

A clear example was seen several times during the IRS Targeting Scandal. Early on IRS leadership denied that any targeting was taken place during sworn congressional testimony, then later acknowledged that targeting did take place, but claimed it was not political. The Inspector Generals report made it impossible to continue their denial of the act, so instead they denied the motive. 

When unable to deny the action, the politician knows they can deny the intent. Unlike in a court of law, the intent does not have to only be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, but beyond any doubt whatsoever. It is nearly impossible to prove the intent in a manner that will cause the loyal members of the the party to agree with the obvious intent.

This was seen in the Benghazi Talking Points Scandal. There was a clear motive for the administration to show that the president was strong on terror so close to the election. Emails from the prep work of the talking points specifically admit to the intention of making the president look strong in this area. however, the loyal supporters will ignore all the evidence and stick to their guns, claiming that the intent was pure. It doesn't matter that it makes no sense that the administration would come forward with any strong statement claiming facts in an area that was obviously filled with contention.  

In the end, today's politicians know that their statements don't have to make any logical sense. They just need to cloud the waters with as much doubt as possible. Most news stations will only describe a portion of the incident at a time, so the majority of the people will not seeing the whole picture when they make their judgement. Often, the politicians will not only avoid criminal prosecution, but will remain in a position to fling more crap at the citizens that do not bow down to their will. 

The biggest example of this entire trick in action was given with the ObamaCare Lies Scandal. When first exposed, the President attempted to deny that he did the act. He claimed that he said you can keep your insurance as long as it fits the requirements. But in reality he said you can keep your insurance period. he gave a half apology after this lie was called out, saying that he was sorry that the american people were deceived, but that it was not the intention to do so. Many politicians told the same lie over the same period of time that they were attempting to gain support for ObamaCare, a clear motivation for deceiving the American people. But they claim their intention was not to deceive the American people. There has never been clarification of their intentions in not telling the truth about a bill they wrote, but the loyal members of the party have still backed their play at every step. 

This political play is not only used by the Democrats. If the Republicans currently controlled the Executive Branch of our government it would instead be their scandals given as examples. Since both parties rely heavily on this strategy, both are reluctant to fully call each other out when using it. 

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Sole County Judge And Various Official Corrupt Judicial System, Most Get Immunity, Others Minimal Charges

Added on May 6, 2014 

In addition to being the only circuit court judge in the county, Judge Thornsbury also has a lot of political power as head of one faction of the Democratic Party in Mingo County."Judge Michael Thornsbury was the center of political corruption that included, among others,  the prosecutor, State Troopers, local cops, the Sheriff, the Magistrate, a police chief, the County Director of Homeland Security, and at least one Commissioner. Judge Thornsbury, was described by one of his co-conspirators as, "the head of one faction of the Democratic Party in Mingo County."

His little kingdom of corruption fell apart in late 2013, when he was indicted for two counts of conspiracy. They were followed by a federal indictment. As witnesses came forward and evidence became exposed, it would appear that the corrupt officials were in for a world of hurt. But that world of hurt is exists for us regular folks, not for the politically connected.

Most of players were given immunity for testimony or not charged with any crimes. Of those charged, most received sweetheart deals that will keep them from doing any real time. Prosecutors claim victory, and say what we always hear after one of these big political scandals is uncovered... now we can put it behind us. This is meant to justify giving everyone deals, because the county needs it put behind us. That argument is never used for the average Joe, then closure is needed.

 

Complete Perversion of The Court System

The first indictment against Judge Thornsbury is for two charges of conspiracy. These two counts cover all the actions he and other officials executed in an attempt to falsely arrest and charge the husband of the Judge's mistress, Robert Woodruff. 

Quote From the Thornsbury IndictmentFirst, the judge conspired with the County Director of Homeland Security,  a State Trooper, and his close friend. Thornsbury told to Director Jarrod Fletcher to inform Trooper Brandon Moore and other corrupt law enforcement officials that Robert Woodruff would need to be pulled over, and will have drugs in his truck. He said he would tell him when it is time. Jarrod Fletcher was also a business partner of Thornsbury, and was well aware of the romantic relationship between the judge and Woodruff's wife. Trooper Moore was also aware of the relationship. 

The Judge then instructed his good friend, Jeff Cline, to plant drugs in Woodruff's vehicle. He called Cline to his chambers and gave him the drugs. Cline agreed while in the chambers. For reasons unknown, he declined to do so once he left the chambers. The first scheme fell apart.

The second scheme also involved Trooper Moore. Judge Thornsbury told him to investigate Woodruff for stealing scraps from his employer, for a grand larceny charge. The Trooper reported back to Thornsbury, telling him that his Woodruffs employer gave him  permission to take the scraps, and he did not believe they would amount to $1000, the requirement for grand larceny. Thornbury instructed him to arrest and charge him anyway, the trooper complied.

Robert Woodruff was arrested and charged with grand larceny. However, Prosecutor Sparks disqualified himself from the case, due to his working relationship Woodruffs wife. This forced Thornsbury's hand, since it was his secretary he also disqualified himself. Prosecutor Sparks requested a special prosecutor, but before one could be assigned, the case against Woodruff was dropped. The second attempt by Judge Thronsbury fell apart.

Quote From The Thronsbury IndictmentThe third attempt took more collusion and broke even more laws. Judge Thornsbury convened a grand jury, for the sole purpose of harassing and eventually charging Woodruff. He appointed Director Fletcher as the foreperson of the grand jury. It is not even lawful for a public official to serve on a grand jury. Prosecutor Sparks already disqualified himself for cases related to Woodruff, and a prosecutor was needed to bring subpoenas or indictments in front of a grand jury. But the judge decided to skip that step and told Director Fletcher to bring the subpoenas before the grand jury as foreperson. The the judge wrote up the subpoenas himself and had Fletcher sign them, as though they came from the Jury. 

The subpoenas were sent to several businesses, requesting information about Woodruff. But it all fell apart when one of the business did not cooperate. They filed for an extension. Judge Thornsbury, who was disqualified to participate in cases related to Woodruff, sent back in a ruling that denied the extension. But they kept pushing the matter, eventually asking for Judge Thornsbury to be removed from the case due to his financial relationship with the jury foreperson, Director Fletcher. They were partners in two businesses and took out a $1.6 million loan together. When the third attempt fell apart, it exposed their close financial relationship for the first time, according to the indictment. Director Woodruff resigned as foreperson, and the case was dropped.

Quote From Judge Thornsbury Indictment The forth attempt occurred after an incident with Robert Woodruff and two men. The men started an altercation with Woodruff, and he kicked one of them, defending himself. The investigating officer described Woodruff as the victim of assault. But, the Judge had Officer Nathan Glanden arrest him anyway, and Woodruff was charged with assault and battery. 

Judge Thornsbury directed Jeff Cline to instruct Prosecutor Sparks to give Woodruff a sentence of six months. Woodruff had no previous criminal record. The ordinary practice in Mingo County was to give a first time offender in a no injury battery a nominal fine plus court costs. But, a prosecutor from Sparks' office offered Woodruff a plea deal for six months. The offer was declined by his attorney. 8 months after first charged, Prosecutor Sparks moved to dismiss the charges against Woodruff. Judge Thornsbury objected to the charges being dropped. 

Judge Thornsbury started targeting Robert Woodruff in 2008, the final charges were dropped in 2012. During this time he and several co-conspirators broke a multitude of laws. Trooper Moore and Officer Glanden received immunity in exchange for testimony against Judge Thornsbury. Director Fletcher and Jeff Cline have received protection from prosecution and have not been charged. Both Prosecutor Sparks and Judge Thornsbury took a plea deal for a separate charge, and all charges related to these events were dropped. 

All of this has happened, we know it happened, witness say that it has happened, there is evidence that it happened, but everyone walked away...

 

Make The Dead Look Bad and Make the People Happy

The feds came in with the new charges. According to the Information, Sheriff Crum, Prosecutor Sparks,  Commissioner Baisden, and Judge Thornsbury conspired to protect Sheriff Crum by convincing a man to switch attorneys. 

George White was charged with selling three prescription pills. His attorney worked often with the FBI. George White was reportedly informing on Sheriff Crum to the FBI, which was found out by Sheriff Crum. It is further alleged that Sheriff Crum had George White set-up and arrested in order to refrain from paying him $3000 that he owned him for campaign signs.  

Sheriff Crum then allegedly conspired with Prosecutor Sparks, Commissioner Baisden to offer White a reduced sentence if he switches attorneys. They made Judge Thornsbury aware of the deal, and the Judge agreed to the attorney switch. 

The Sheriff Then allegedly ordered a Deputy to have White sign a piece of paper that says he never sold drugs to the Sheriff. The Judge gave White a reduced sentence, 15 years. 

It is unclear how switching the attorney of George White was going to prevent him from having further communication with the FBI. It is also unclear why the Sheriff would have been concerned with these allegations if there was not other evidence present. But we will never know. During the same month that George White was sentenced, Sheriff Crum took two bullets to the head. 

These allegations surfaced after the Sheriff was dead. Judge Thornsbury and Prosecutor Sparks plead guilty to crimes related to he George White event and George White is released from prison due to their admission.  Part of their plea deal is to have all charges related to Robert Woodruff dropped. 

Since the charges have been dropped, the record will always show that mass amount of corruption as just allegations. On the record, the Judge can say he was only convicted for trying to help a friend. He can call it a bad decision, instead of a pattern of disturbing criminal behavior. Nobody has been convicted of the crimes against Woodruff. 

 

Travesty of Justice

Is it reasonable to believer that these were isolated incidents, when the Judge and other officials were comfortable conducting themselves in such a exposed manner. Picking your business partner to be the foreperson in a grand jury against your secretary's husband, when it is illegal for him to even serve on a grand jury and you have already disqualified yourself to participate on cases involving this person. This happened in 2009, but it would not be uncovered for more than 3 years. Not even the legal paperwork that pointed out the financial relationship between the Judge and Director Fletcher caused this to be exposed. 

This type of political collusion is almost impossible to catch. They had every element of the legal process participating in illegal activity. It can have a huge impact on a large number of people. We will never know how many people were wrongly convicted by this collusion. We will never know how many were wrongfully arrested, and charged... How many had to pay attorneys or take plea deals... How many lost their reputation and jobs... How many lost their families...

A crime that has such a negative impact and is so difficult to catch needs to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Jail is not just for punishment. Long prison sentences are a deterrence for the next guy. The punishment has to be such, that a person fears committing the crime. 

Every subpoena the judge wrote was crime. Appointing Fletcher was a crime. Giving drugs to his friend to plant was a crime. The prosecutors could have stacked up crimes against the Judge and at least some of his conspirators. The do this to the average Joe. People are charged with four or five counts for simply recording a police officer. All of that mess, and they had a total of three counts against the judge. Two of those three counts were thrown out for a plea deal. 

Instead of being rightly charged and prosecuted, almost all received immunity or were not charged. 

Of those that will do time. 

  • Commissioner Baisden was sentenced to 20 months for an unrelated crime.
  • Prosecutor Sparks is going to be sentenced in June, a maximum of 1 year. 
  • Judge Thornbury is going to be sentenced in June, a maximum of 10 year. 

It is amazing, that all of this occurred, and combined, they will do less time then the George White was sentenced to serve for selling three prescription pills...and he had a reduced sentence. 

 

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Two Honor Students Suspended After Capturing Image Of Teacher Misconduct, Porn On His Laptop

Added on May 5, 2014 

Quote From Laura LesterTwo Honor Roll students were suspended for 'inappropriate use of electronics', after one of the students capture evidence of porn on a teachers computer. The parents are upset over the events that took pace at J.C. Harmon High School in Kansas City. School officials, quick to discipline the students, have not released any information regarding disciplinary actions towards the teacher.

 

Events That Led To The Suspension

The unidentified female student was sitting in her classroom as the teacher turned on the projector, which was hooked up to his laptop. As the screen was illuminated, she noticed something that she found disturbing. It was a photo of a nude woman, in a sexually provocative pose. She used her cell phone to capture an image of the incident.Not knowing what to do, she sent the picture to her boyfriend, who forwarded to another friend. According to reports, the fried posted the picture on his Facebook page.  

It is unclear exactly how the school became aware of the incident. But both the girl that took the picture and her boyfriend were removed from class twice. They were given a two day suspension before the left school for the day.

Laura Lester QuoteTheir parents tried to get the school to reverse their decision, but were unsuccessful. They even went as far as hiring an attorney, but there is no legal means for reversing the decision to suspend the students. After being contacted by KCTV5, the school refused to comment, but said they would have another sit down with the parents. 

 

Owe Teacher A Full Investigation, But Not Students

The school has not indicated having an internal or external investigation, but the fact that did not defend the teacher suggests that an investigation is ongoing. The teachers are often protected by a jumble rules that protect them from being terminated. Often, there will first be an investigation, and the teacher can appeal the investigation. This process will draw out through months and sometimes years, during which a teacher will often be paid while on 'administrative leave.'

The students had a rushed investigation, and no real opportunity to appeal the decision. The school decided to suspend the students on the same day as they took the picture. When it comes to getting to the bottom of the truth, it can be done in hours for the students, but takes months and years for the teachers. A student could be denied entry into the college if their choice based off their High School disciplinary record. Why is the school so quick to discipline the students when the case contains elements that have not been investigated?

 

Bully Tactic or Reasonable Rule

Karen Winkel QuoteThe school has not released details of the incident or policy, until new information is revealed I will make assumptions based off previous cases. Many schools have policies against students using their cell phone during the school day. But there should be reasonable exceptions to these rules, and this should be one of them.

Punishing and threatening students that have captured evidence of teacher misconduct could lead to students being afraid to come forward when their fellow students are put in danger. What if a student used their cell phone to catch a teacher molesting or inappropriately touching a student? Will they be punished?

This type of anti-'whistleblower' behavior is similar to the attempt by police officers in trying to make people afraid to record their misconduct. It sends a message to the other students, if you expose our wrongdoing, you will pay the price. 

 

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State Rep. Keith Farnham (D) Charged With Trading Child Porn With Girls as Young As 6-Months-Old, Described Molesting A 6-Year-Old

Added on April 29, 2014

Illinois State Rep. Keith Farnham (D) was charged with crimes related to trading and possessing child 12 is about as old as i can handle. i love them at 6 78pornography after a search of his office and home turned up computers and other devices that contained images and videos described as child pornography. The same Representative that sponsored more than a dozen bills related to sex offenders, has been accused of trading porn videos that contain sex acts between adults and children as young as 6-months-old. 

Keith Farnham resigned from his position in March, a week after the federal warrant was served and his devices were seized. At the time, he claimed the reason for his sudden resignation was health related. It now appears that he was indeed sick, but the illness was not a physical one.

The investigation that led to his charges began in 2013, after agents from Homeland Security received a tip from their Cyber Crimes Center. The tip led them to an email address believed to used by Rep. Farnham. The email address, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , was used she gave me that far away pleasure lookprimarily by IP addresses at his residence and office. The computers that were seized from his home and office also contained evidence that they were used to access the email address. Videos and images found on the seized computers matched videos and images sent and received by that email address. While still innocent until proven guilty, the evidence stacked up against Rep. Farnham leaves little doubt that he was the user kimdavid5582.

Using the email address, Rep. Keith Farnham allegedly had several conversations with a person described in the criminal complaint as User A on Yahoo Messenger. During these conversations Rep. Farnham discussed child pornography, and admitted to to molesting a 6-year-old girl. He described the girl as a "stranger black girl i went home with." During the conversation he claims to have had sexual intercourse with her mom while she watched, and quickly molested her when her mom was not aware. He further states that he wishes he could have done more with her.

Comments he made in the conversations were as disturbing as the descriptions of the videos found. He 
id love to see a little boy rape a little girlexpressed his desire to watch "a little boy rape a little girl" and said that he preferred girls between the ages of 5 and 7, but couldn't go higher than 12. The videos traded had children ranging from a 6-months-old to a 13-years-old. Most of the children were girls, and many were performing sex acts with adult males.

Rep. Farnham sponsored over a dozen bills related to sex offenders. Most of the bills specifically mentioned children, and place restrictions or requirements for the sex offender registry. Ironically, one of the bills was intended to raise the penalty for possession of child porn videos so that it was higher than the penalty for child porn images, this bill could result in him getting an increased sentence, if found guilty.  He also sponsored a bill that would make the second Sunday in June a holiday to be known as Children's Day, but it is unknown how he likes to celebrate that specific holiday.

The criminal complaint appears to only charge the Rep. with one count of Child Pornography, but alleges that hundreds of pictures and videos were found. It is unclear if there will be more charges added.

 

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Houston Middle School Teacher Gives 15-Year-Old Student A Lap Dance In Front Of The Class

Added on April 26, 2014 

Felicia Smith, a 42-year-old Stovall Middle School Teacher, stopped class to perform a lap dance on a 15-year-old student, for his birthday. After she brought a chair to the front of the room, she gave the young teen, what he described as a full lap dance, in front of a classroom full of students, telling him at the end "I love you baby. Happy birthday."

The student said that Smith touched him everywhere and rotating her bottom against him. He said that he slapped her buttocks several times, and at the end gave it a squeeze. But before the lap dance was over, the teacher went to her knees, and put her head between the teens legs.

Felicia Smith told investigators that she lost her balance several times when rotating the chair, and that she gave the lap dance after the students urged her to do so. But, after conducting interviews, and viewing a recording of the lap dance, charges were placed against the teacher.

Smith was removed during the investigation, which began shortly after the February, 2014 incident. She was official charged with having an improper relationship with a student, but there was not reports that indicated that she had any additional contact with the child. Smith attended her first hearing on April 25, 2014.

 

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Memos Released By Investigators Could Be A Preview Of Gov. Christie's Testimony If State Lawmakers Call Him

Added on April 17, 2014

A memo obtained by CNN outlines three interviews of Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) from the Law Firm that was hired to investigate the Bridge Scandal. The information in the memos could give insight into how he will answer questions if called to testify before the NJ lawmakers. They have not indicated that he will be called to testify, but did not rule out the possibility.

The release of the memo's were triggered by Gov. Christie, and are intended to be a reflection of his commitment to be as transparent and cooperative as possible. Many of the facts contained in the memo were on the final report. This investigation was under scrutiny after ties between the law firm and Gov. Christie surfaced. A total 75 memos were released related to the investigation.

Last month I suggested that the purpose of this internal investigation was to get the facts out, as a preemptive strike to the possibility of the other two investigations being drawn out over a long period of time. The release of these memos could be an indication that my assumption was correct. 

The other two investigations are moving at the speed of most government investigations, they are still unable to even say who they will be interviewing. Some of the same people that refused to participate in the Law Firms investigations are also refusing to testify before state lawmakers. Bridget Kelly and Bill Stepien, two staffers fired by Gov. Christie, wone a court battle that allowed them to assert their Fifth Amendment rights.    

Assemblyman John Wisniewski does not think others expected to testify will be granted their Fifth Amendment Rights. Hes said, "the Fifth Amendment is not just for anybody at any time, there has to be a reasonable fear of incrimination." They are not the first committee to run into problems with ex-officials pleading the fifth. Lois Lerner is in a current battle with the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee for her attempted use of her Fifth Amendment Rights. 

 

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Teacher Tells Kids To 'Teach Him A Less' The Attack The Boy And Force Him To Apologize To The Teacher

Added on April 16, 2014

Dru Dehart, a Northport K-8 School teacher got into an argument with Radravious Williams, a 7th Grade Student in March of 2013. Willams told her that he 'wished he could curse out teachers someday.' His comment ranked low on the disrespectful scale, and was nowhere near the threat that Dehart would later accuse the young boy of making. Little did Williams know, he was the adult of the conversation. 

Dehart pointed out Williams to some eight grade boys, and told them to teach him a lesson. The boys went to class rooms and gather other boys, until they had a group of six. The teachers allowed these boys to leave their classroom when the kids came knocking. Next they went to Williams' class room, and told him that Dehart wanted to see him. When Williams stepped outside of the classroom, he was surrounded by the group of boys. They did as their teacher asked, and attacked Williams. During the attack they kicked him, punched him, slammed him against lockers, and hit him with a belt. He was injured during the attack, and fell to the ground. 

The boys then forced him up to his feet, and escorted him to Dehart's classroom, leading him by the neck. Once in the classroom, they forced Williams to apologize to the teacher. She responded by saying, "I've got my eight-grade boys on you; your not so tough now." Dehart must have worried that the hit she put on the boy would get some attention. According to the findings in the districts investigation, after lunch she hunted down the 8th graders and 'contaminated their minds.' The story she fed the boys took the blame off her, and made them seem liable. The were later arrested and brought to jail. 

After the incident came to light, there was an investigation by the district and Dehart was moved to a job where she would not have contact with the kids. The video from a camera was reviewed during the investigation, it caught the incident. You can see Dehart point Williams out to her 8th graders, before she waddled down the hall, and out of the camera view. At least one of the boys told the investigators that they did as Dehart instructed them to do. Dehart claims that Williams threatened her. Even if it was true, it would not justify sending a group of kids to assault him. But Williams denies making a threat, and other kids from his class verify his version of events. 

The Union defended Dehart, in an attempt to retain a teacher that put a child in danger. Some of the teachers also seemed to support Dehart, refusing to give a statement to investigators. The teachers, paid by the taxpayers, were more concerned over helping their fellow teacher than protecting the children this woman placed in harms way.

By September of 2013, the school board was prepared to terminate the teacher. But she requested a special hearing, which forced the school to put a hold on her termination.  They suspended her without pay, and finally terminated her on April 10th, 2014, more than a year after she ordered the attack.

She has not been charged with any crimes at this point, and the teachers that refused to give a statement have retained their jobs. They are trusted with people's kids, but were unwilling to help investigators determine the source of the threat. 

 Dehart never apologized to Williams or his family. The child was not only physically injure, but was traumatized by the attack. She told the students to 'teach him a lesson', but the lesson he learned was not to trust anyone, a hard lesson for a boy so young.

Our justice department will arrest someone for unregistered ammo and send a full SWAT team to catch someone selling a plant from their home. But when a wrong like this has occurred, they are slow to do the right thing, and teach her a lesson. 

"There was no reason for her to do what she did. I don't forgive her." - Radravious Williams

 

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Hialeah Official Stays In Leadership After Arrested With Meth and Glass Pipe Hidden In Rectum

A Hialeah City Official is still in a leadership position after being arrested for driving on methamphetamine and hiding a glass pipe in his rectum. Carlos López was arrested in Fort Lauderdale on December 29, 2013 after being pulled over for a traffic violation after suspicious activity. 

During the arrest it was discovered that López had methamphetamine in a metal container and a glass pipe up his rectum. The glass pipe was removed at the hospital and a court date has been set. 

López was promoted to Director of the Purchasing Department by Mayor Carlos Hernandez in 2011, just six years after he was suspended for drug use. After his arrest he was transfered to a leadership position in Public Works. When asked by a reporter the Mayor claimed that it was part of restructuring, but a 'Lance Change' agreement was later uncovered, exposing the connection between the arrest and job change. 

To summarize, not only did Mayor Hernandez think it was a good idea to promote a known drug user to a leadership position, but even after that drug user was caught with a pipe up his rectum, the Mayor shuffled him to another leadership position. 

 

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An Internal Report For NJ Bridge Scandal, Chistie Claims Victory, Opponents Yell Sexism, But What Does It Really Mean For 2016 3/29/14

An internal investigation was conducted by a law firm picked by Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) and paid for by taxpayers. The report concluded that there was not evidence that pointed to the Governors involvement in the lane closures. It names Bridget Kelly and David Wildstein as those behind the closures. While there are some that question the investigation, Gov. Christie points out that they facts will in the internal investigation will be tested, and he believes they will hold up. There are still two external investigations ongoing, and they will have the opportunity to contest the facts of the internal investigation. 

There has been allegations that the final report was sexist. Reading through the articles it seems the basis for the claims is that the facts that were meant to show possible motives for Bridget Kelly, shed her in a bad light. Bridget Kelly choose not to participate in the investigation, if she does not agree with the facts she could have given input that would have allowed for counter points to the facts that were available. I don't think that not liking Chris Christie should be a good enough reason for slamming a law firm and labeling them as sexist.

With that being said... I do not agree with using taxpayers money to perform an internal investigation at the same time as two external investigations. It would appear that the purpose of the investigation was to get the facts out. There are two external investigations, but their could have been concern within the Christie Camp that they will draw out the investigation as long as possible, and hurt his prospects for 2016. I don't think we need the outcomes of these investigations to determine his prospects for 2016. We don't need another president that makes bad hiring decisions and is more concerned about how he appears than how he is spending taxpayers money. 

 

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Assemblyman William Scarborough (D-Queens) Under Investigation By The FBI 3/28/14

 

FBI Agents were seen raiding the Albany and Queens offices of NY State Assemblyman William Scarborough (D-Queens) on Wednesday March 26, 2014. Reporters watched as agents carried boxes out of the Albany office, the boxes had yellow evidence tape on them. 

They also went to his his hotel first thing in the morning to talk to Scarborough. During the meeting they asked him about travel expenses, or more specifically per deim payments. New York legislators collect per deim payments of $172 for each night they stay overnight in Albany. Scarborough made a statement, claiming to have done no wrongdoing.

Assemblyman Scarborough was questioned previously in 2012, about per diem payments he received from a trip in 2011. He claimed staying overnight in Albany from March 13 to March 17. But he also attended a meeting in Queens from 6pm - 9pm on March 17. Queens is a three hours from Albany. Scarborough said he might have attended the meeting, and then traveled back to Albany and stayed the night. He stated that as long as he gets to Albany by midnight, he can claim the per diem. When asked about having receipts, he said, "I don't think I have to give you proof." In New York, legislatures are not required to provide receipts or any type of proof for travel expenses.

The FBI have not charged or arrested Scarborough. But the investigation appears to be ongoing. 

 

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Sen. Leland Yee (D) Charged With Conspiracy To Traffic Firearms and Scheming To Defraud Citizens 3/27/14

California State Sen. Leland Yee (D), who has been campaigning for Secretary of State,  was arrested and charged in a large FBI sting operation that includes 26 defendants, including the leader of a crime syndicate. Both Sen. Lee and Ghee Kung Tong (CKT) leader Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, used Brandon Jackson as a middle man for their alleged illegal activities. Brandon Jackson is a former school-board president that is a Political Consultant and a 'Consultant' to the CKT. 

Sen. Yee, who has pushed for a ban on violent video games and introduced anti-gun-violence legislation, was allegedly conspiring to traffic automatic rifles from connections he claimed reached all the way to Russia. During meetings with an undercover agent and Jackson, Yee expressed his concern about being arrested for the illegal activity. At one point he even suggested making the arms deal after this years election.

The undercover agent alleged that Sen. Yee had met with him on at least four occasions when planning the illegal gun trafficking deal. During these meetings Yee discussed types of weapons, possible locations for the deal, payments for the deal, and how money can be broken up and legally contributed to his campaign for Secretary of State. 

Sen. Yee is also accused of participating in a deal where he would seek an official state Senate proclamation for the Ghee Kung Tong Freemason lodge in exchange for campaign contributions. Yee sought the proclamation, and an undercover FBI agent donated the promised funds. 

Sen. Yee was arrested on March 26, 2014, and released on a $500,000 bond. His lawyer has said he would plead non-guilty. Yee's office in Sacramento was raided by FBI agents on March 26, 2014. 

 


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Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon Resigned After Being Charged With Bribery And Extortion 3/26/14

 

Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon (D)  was arrested and charged on Wednesday March 26, 2014. The Mayor has been charged with Theft and Bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds, extortion under color of official right, and honest services wire fraud. The Mayor was released from prison on bond and resigned later that day. 

The FBI started an investigation in 2010 when the Mayor Cannon held an at large seat with the city council. During their investigation, FBI agents posed as developers, real estate agents, and venture capitalists that wanted to do business in Charlotte. Cannon has been accused of accepting bribes taht included a total $48,000 and non monetary items such as airline tickets, a hotel room, and the use of a luxury hotel for over a year. The criminal complaint against Cannon states that he accepted bribes from undercover agents on five separate occasions.  

 

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The Home and Office of RI Speaker Gordon Fox (D) Raided By FBI, IRS, State Police, and Federal Attorney's 3/23/14

The home and office of Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox (D) was raided on Friday March 21, 2014. The raid was conducted by the FBI, CIA, State Police, and the United States Attorney's office. They have not indicated if Fox is the subject of the raid, or what the investigation is focusing on.

Fox Resigned from the speaker position on Saturday, the day after the raid. He said is is going to finish his term as rep., but will not seek re-election.

Fox admitting to breaking the law and agreed to pay a fine in January of 2014. He earned $40,000 in legal fees but did not report them. The law requires him to report any income over $250 daily. An official from the ethics committee said they are not part of the current investigation. 

 

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San Antonio Attorney Pleads Guilty To Bribing Judge Angus McGinty, Investigation Still Ongoing 3/19/14

San Antonio, Texas

Attorney Al Acevedo pleaded guilty to bribing Judge Angus McGinty on Monday 3/17/14.

A federal probe has been investigating corruption in the Bexar County Courthouse. Attorney Alberto Acevedo Jr. has pleaded guilty to bribing a Judge Angus McGinty. Judge McGinty has not been formally charged, but has resigned in February, 2014. 

Hundreds of letters were sent out notifying people with connections to the Bexar County Courthouse that their phones were subject to a wiretap. The investigators have allegedly recorded a conversation between Judge McGinty and Attorney Acevado where an agreement was made to exchange car repairs for reducing the bond of Acevado's clients. 

There has been no confirmation to what sparked the investigation, but Travis Mendiola, a former client of Acevado, claims that he was the first whisle-blower. He played an audio recording where he alleged a troubling relationship between Al Acevado and Judge Monica Guerrero. Guerrero was voted out of office in 2010, and has not been indicated as a subject of the investigation.  

 

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Georgia Public School Principal Arrested For Traveling With Intent To Have Sex With Child 3/3/14

A Georgia Public Elementary School Principal was arrested during a sting performed by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Operation Broken Heart was conducted by dozens of police agencies with the purpose of finding child predators that look online for underage children that they can meet in person for the purpose of having sexual contact with them. 

Principal John McGrill traveled to a location that he thought he would be meeting an underage child that was fabricated by the GBI sting. He is being charged under the Computer Pornography and Child Exploitation Prevention Act of 1999. 

 

 

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Chris Christie Moving On From Bride Scandal, Says The Voters Have Moved On, But Media Is Obsessed

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) put the Bridge Scandal back in the headlines by announcing that he will not longer "give into the hysteria." To be fair, if you watch a lot of MSNBC you might have thought it was still making big headlines. Christie did not specifically mention any news stations, but other have expressed the notion that MSNBC was more than a little obsessed with Chris Christie. 

Back in January Tom Brokaw appeared on MSNBC's "Daily Rundown" and said that many of his colleagues seem to be stuck on the story. He suggested that the American People are more interested in big issues such as unemployment and ObamaCare. 

On February 21, Rachel Maddow was a guest on "Real Time". Bill Maher went on said he thought they were putting too much attention on the scandal, he said "it's not watergate, He's not the president. He's a new Jershey governor who did something bad... but is it really that bad"? Rachel Maddow even admitted to being "obsessed with the Christie story," and said she was not apologetic for being obsessed.

Chris Christie had a town hall meeting last week, and CBS news reported that residents didn't talk about the scandal, but instead wanted to talk about Sandy recover.

MSNBC has been considered one of the more liberal news stations, and have been accused of not covering many of the Obama scandals. Have they completely moved from being a news station into being a propaganda machine for the left, or do Americans really want to hear more on a scandal that has had next to no developments?  

 

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Mayor Bill De Blasio Says No One Is Above The Law, Then Goes On To Explain Why His Drivers Are Above The Law 2/25/14

During an unrelated Staten Island event NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio (D) was again confronted by questions regarding his double standard on safe driving. He continued to say that no one is above the law and everyone he works for will follow the law...

"Every city employee needs to respect the law, myself included, needs to respect the traffic laws, needs to comport themselves in a way that’s safe, of course. No one’s above the law. That’s a fundamental view I hold in everything I think about public life in a democratic society." - NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio on 2/24/14

“Should everyone who works for me and should I follow the law scrupulously? Of course, yes." - NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio on 2/24/14

"I’m committed, obviously, to traffic safety on and state streets of New York City. That’s why we put forward Vision Zero." - NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio on 2/24/14 

 

But then Mayor De Blasio went on to explain why his drivers will not comply with and are above the law...

"That’s a very different question however from the question of security for someone protected by the NYPD." - NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio on 2/24/14

"If the NYPD in any given instance believes there’s a security reason for doing something a certain way, I think that’s important to recognize and respect.” - NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio on 2/24/14

 

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NYC Mayor De Blasio Caught Jaywalking While Talking On Cell Phone, By A Post Reporter 2/23/14

The Mayor that has been vocal on road safety has specifically talked about the importance of upholding the jaywalking laws. First he was recorded being driven by NYPD drivers that were speeding an driving through stop signs. Now he was caught by another reporter crossing against the light while talking on his cell phone, on the same day he ducked questions from reporters about his driving.  

 

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NYC Mayor De Blasio Ducks Traffic Questions After Pledging To Give Answers Earlier In The Day 2/22/14

Reporters tried to ask Mayor De Blasio about the traffic violations early {tip Friday morning::2/21/14}Friday morning{/tip}. But, the Mayor declined to answer, and instead pledged to answer off topic questions at the unrelated press conference scheduled later that night.

However, the Mayor ducked questions at the press conference after repeating what the police commissioner said, which essentially excused violating traffic laws for the protection of the Mayor as the officers were trained. Bill De Blasio failed to answer why he claimed they would be held to the same standard during the {tip Tuesday::2/18/14}Tuesday{/tip} speech regarding a 62-point safe streets initiative

 

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It Took Only Two Days For NYC Mayor Blasio To Brake Pledge of Holding Himself To The Same Standard 2/21/14

On Tuesday NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio (D) announced a 62-point safe streets initiative. During the speech he said safety was everyone's responsibility, connected going over 30 mph to an increase in the likelihood of a fatal crash, and claimed that 'they' would hold themselves to the same standard. By Thursday his Motorcade was caught on camera breaking several traffic laws. 

The NYPD drivers of the mayors motorcade were caught on video violating many of the standards the mayor promised to hold himself to by CBS 2 Reporter Marcia Kramer. This included speeding up to 15 mph above the speed limit, at speeds more then doubling his proposed 25 mph speed limit. It also included running stop signs and blocking intersections. 

The NYPD and a spokesman for the mayor have released statements justifying the traffic violations as necessary to keep the mayor safe. However, in his speech on Tuesday the Mayor said, "if we get those speeds down, it will be the difference between losing a life and saving a life." He also called for people to ask themselves the question, "are they handling their vehicle as responsibly as they could?” Is Mayor De Blasio asking himself that very question as he sits in the front seat and watches his driver blow through stops signs was exceeding the speed limit... or is the average citizens safety just not as important as the Mayors? 

 

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Former Mayor Ray Nagin (D) Convicted of Corruption, Accepting Bribes, Fraud, Money Laundering, and Filing False Tax Returns 2/15/14

Former Katrina Mayor Ray Nagin was indicted of 21 charges of corruption, accepting bribes,  wire fraud, filing false tax returns, and money laundering in January 2013. The incidents took place before during and after Katrina, the event that pushed Mayor Nagin in the public spotlight. 

Nagin, who campaigned on promises to end corruption in New Orleans, was the first mayor of New Orleans to be convicted of corruption. A jury found him guilty of 20 counts on February 12th, 2014. After the Katrina disaster he made headlines by make profanity laced demands for federal aid, and then took that aid and used it to line his own pockets. 

He will be sentenced in June, and is looking at the possibility of a long sentence. Ray Nagin has expressed plans to appeal the conviction.  

 

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The Director of Colorado's Health Exchange Inducted With Fraud and Theft From a Non-Profit She Ran 2/13/14

Christa Ann McClure, the Director of Colorado's health exchange has been indicted for fraud and theft. She has been placed on administrative leave after the state discovered that she had been indicted. A spokesman for the health exchange, Ben Davis, has said that even though they ran background checks, they were unaware of the charges. 

The alleged fraud and theft occurred from 2008 to 2010, while McClure was serving as the executive director of Housing Montana. The non-profit organization received a half million dollar federal grant in 2007. McClure is being charged with stealing from the grant money by using fraud, which included inflating her house, writing herself a check, and paying herself consulting fees. She also is accused of defrauding homeowners by charging a fee for a warrant that didn't exist, and charging $1000 for tools that were already provided by the grant. 

 

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Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) Chopper Rides Investigated In Relation To Lane Closings 2/10/14

The committee investigating the lane closures in New Jersey have taken an interest in the helicopter rides taken by Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ). They are interested if any of the rides took Christie over the backed up bridge between Sept. 9th and 13th, when the bridge was backed up due to lane closures. They are also attempting to determine if Wildstein joined Christie on any of the Helicopter rides. Wildstein is the port authority employee that has been implicated in the scandal, and his attorney has suggested that there is evidence that connects Gov. Christie. 

Bridgegate probe to check Christie chopper rides: 2/10/14 - New York Post

 

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Police Commissioner Resigns For His Participation in Aiding State Rep. David Campbell 2/7/14 (D) Avoid Police

Police Commissioner Tom Pappas referenced the duck scandal in his letter of resignation. In December he helped his long time friend, New Hampshire State Rep. David Campbell (D) postpone talking to police after a motor vehicle incident. Rep. Campbell was leaving a hotel after having drinks. He went the wrong way down a one way street, and ran over several ducks.

A retired Marine called police and reported that Campbell smelled of alcohol and was slurring his speech. Campbell parked his vehicle back in the hotel parking structure, and called Commissioner Pappas. Pappas first picked up Campbell and removed him from the scene, and then called a police supervisor to see if they were looking for Campbell. Pappas said Campbell was with another friend and his cell phone was dead, and instead arranged for him to talk to police in the morning. 

 

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Testimony of Former Fundraiser Puts Charlie Crist in The Center of Another Judge Scandal 2/6/14

Scott Rothstein gave testimony in court that he participated in a scheme with Charlie Crist to buy judge seats. At the time, Charlie Crist was the Republican Governor of Florida and Scott Rothstein was one of his fundraiser.

Rothstein alleges that Crist would name judges to the bench in Broward County that would benefit Rothsteins firm. He went on to testify that he would use his position on a commission to suggest judges that Crist wanted in the 4th District.

This is not the first time Charlie Crist finds himself in the center of a judge scandal. In 2009, as Governor of Florida he refused to pick a judge from a list given to him by a judicial nominating commission. He wanted the commission to suggest different judges, and he refused to name a judge when they would not. It was brought to the Florida Supreme Court, and it was ruled that Charlie Crist must make a decision from the list provided without 60 days.

 

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Another Staff Member of Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) Leaves Office 2/3/14

Christina Genovese Renna resigned on 1/31/14, the same day that David Wildstein claimed that evidence ties the scandal to Gov. Christie. Renna formerly reported directly to Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Kelly. Kelly was fired by Gov. Christie in early January. 

 

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Email Suggests There is Evidence That Gov. Christie Knew About Closings While They Were Happenign 2/1/14

 

David Wildstein, the former Port Authority official who directed the lane closings, has written a letter that claims to have evidence that will show that his once High School classmate Chris Christie had knowledge of the lane closings during the time they were closed. 

Mr. Wildstein has not released or explained the evidence that would show this connection. The Governors office pointed out that the letter did not suggest that Christie knew about the closings before they happened.

 

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Woman Spends 5 Months in Jail Without Due Process of Law, Judge Said he Forgot 1/28/14


Destiny Hoffman spent five months in jail without due process or legal representation. Judge Jerry Jacobi ordered her to spend two days in jail after she violated the terms of her drug treatment program by supplying a diluted urine sample. The Judge used a bond notice, which stated she should remain in jail until further notice from the court. But then the Court 'forgot' to give any further notice. 

This unlawful incarceration was discovered by Michaelia Gilbert, a Clark County Deputy Prosecutor. He filed a motion to have an immediate status hearing. Destiny Hoffman is reported as considering a civil suit. 

At the very least the Judge should be immediately removed, but I would not stop short of criminal charges. Allowing this to occur without a very strong consequence is setting the stage for activist judges to 'forget' when they want to send a message. This will be an injustice if the person truly responsible does not spend at least as many days in jail. 

 

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Former Gov. McDonnell (R-Va.) and His Wife Plead Not Guilty in Gift for Favors Case 1/24/14

Former Gov. Robert McDonnell (R-Va.) and his wife plead not Guilty to the 14-charges they are facing. The Trial is set for July 28. Both were released on their own recognizance, but were instructed not to leave the country. 

Bob McDonnell, Wife Plead Not Guilty To Corruption Charges: 1/24/14 - The Huffington Post

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VA Attorney General Will Not Enforce A Voter-Enacted State Constitutional Amendment, Contrary To His Campaign Promise in 2013

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (D) has followed in the dangerous footsteps of AG Eric Holder, and announced he will not enforce a Virginia Constitutional Amendment. During his 2013 campaign he pledged to enforce the amendment, which was enacted by the voters. Now, not more than 13 days after he was sworn into office, he makes an announcement that not only would he not enforce it, but he will fight it. 

He should have followed his announcement by laughing at the Virginia voters and saying, 'gotcha'. He has highlight the real danger of the current Executive Branch's willingness ignore the law.  

Former U.S. Attorney Thinks Virginia AG's Flip-Flop on Gay Marriage Could Be 'Impeachment Material': 1/23/14 - The Blaze

 

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Blood in the Water or a Pattern of Political Revenge? New Allegations Surface in Closing of NJ DMV 1/23/14

The closing of a DMV in Elizabeth NJ has become the latest allegation of political revenge by Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ). Three Democratic politicians have alleged that there was no reason other than politics for closing the DMV. A spokesman for Chris Christie has pointed out that it was the least used office in Union County, and consolidating it has saved taxpayers almost $300,000.

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Former Gov. McDonnell (R-Va.) and his Wife Indicted on on 14-counts in Gifts for Favors Case 1/21/14

Former Gov. Robert F. McDonnell and his wife have been indicted on 14-counts related to the Gift for Favors scandal that emerged earlier in the year. The allegations against the couple is that they repeatedly asked for, and received, gifts from Jonnie R. Williams in return for political favors for his struggling company, Star Scientific. The total amount of the gifts is reported as $165,000.

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Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) Probed For Use of Sandy Relief Funds 1/13/14

A federal investigation is probing the use of federal funds given for Sandy relief efforts. The investigation is looking into allegations regarding  Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) use of the finds in relation to the videos that promoted tourism and stared Gov. Christie.   

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Alabama Judge Puts Blogger In Jail Until He Removes A Post That He is Unable To Remove While In Jail 1/11/14

A stubborn blogger clashes with a stubborn judge in a case that possible stepped on the first amendment and put a man in jail indefinitely without a trial. On an Alabama Judge's orders, Robert Shuler is to remain in jail until he takes down a blog post. There are two things wrong with this situation. First, the judge is ordering the post to come down without a finding of defamation. On top of that, internet access is needed to take a post down from a blog... Mr. Shuler has no internet connection from jail, and is not allowed to leave until the post is taken down. Has the judge found a loophole that allows him to sentence someone to life without having a trail or even having a crime punishable by such a sentence?

Mr. Shuler is not an innocent victim in this episode of Dumb and Dumber. He completely refused to participate in the legal system, and missed a court date. However, this entire situation needs to be looked at from a precedent point of view. Can this judge set a precedent that allows a violation of first amendment rights by banning speech without first proving libel? Should there be a new precedent where a judge can have you locked up forever by using a chicken or the egg trick? 

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Bridge Scandal, Road Closed Out of Revenge, Emails Reveal Connection To The Chief Of Staff For Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) 1/8/14

Lane closures in the garden state caused delays in emergency response, which resulted in the death of at least one woman. Emails from top aids of Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) suggested that the closures were not necessary for repairs, but instead were punishment for Mayor Fort Lee for not supporting Christie during his campaign for re-election. Christie fired his deputy chief of staff, Anne Kelly, before making a public apology where he took responsibility but said he did not knowingly participate. Christie denied any involvement from his staff a month earlier, but says now that they all ensured him that they were not involved. Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D) has been leading the investigation into the lane closings. He said that he found it hard to believe that the terminated Bridget Kelly came up with this idea on her own. Ironically, he adds that it is hard 
to believe members of his staff at such a high office did not communicate this to the Governor...a claim Democrats routinely deny when made against President Obama in the many scandals that he claims to not have been informed until he sees it on the news. Which is fitting, since Gov. Christie claims he originally read about the lane closings in the paper. 

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