This Day In History – November 27

November 27, 2014 by  
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602 – Emperor Maurice is forced to watch his five sons be executed before being beheaded himself; their bodies are thrown into the sea and their heads are exhibited in Constantinople.

1810 – The Berners Street hoax was perpetrated by Theodore Hook in the City of Westminster, London.

1835 – James Pratt and John Smith are hanged in London; they are the last two to be executed for sodomy in England.

1839 – In Boston, Massachusetts, the American Statistical Association is founded.

1843 – Elizabeth Stride, Swedish-English victim of Jack the Ripper (d. 1888) was born

1843 – Cornelius Vanderbilt II, American businessman (d. 1899) was born.

1863 – American Civil War: Confederate cavalry leader John Hunt Morgan and several of his men escape the Ohio Penitentiary and return safely to the South.

1863 – American Civil War: Battle of Mine Run: Union forces under General George Meade take up positions against troops led by Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

1868 – American Indian Wars: Battle of Washita River: United States Army Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer leads an attack on Cheyenne living on reservation land.

1924 – In New York City, the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is held.

1934 – Al Jackson, Jr., American drummer, songwriter, and producer (Booker T. & the M.G.’s) (d. 1975) was born.

1934 – Baby Face Nelson, American criminal (b. 1908) died.

1940 – Bruce Lee, American-Chinese actor, martial artist, and screenwriter (d. 1973) was born.

1942 – Jimi Hendrix, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 1970) was born.

1944 – World War II: RAF Fauld explosion: An explosion at a Royal Air Force ammunition dump in Staffordshire kills seventy people.

1945 – James Avery, American actor (d. 2013) was born.

1955 – Bill Nye, American engineer, educator, and television host was born.

1962 – Charlie Benante, American drummer and songwriter (Anthrax and Stormtroopers of Death) was born.

1962 – Mike Bordin, American drummer (Faith No More, Black Sabbath, and EZ-Street) was born

1962 – Davey Boy Smith, English-Canadian wrestler (d. 2002) was born

1965 – Vietnam War: The Pentagon tells U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson that if planned operations are to succeed, the number of American troops in Vietnam has to be increased from 120,000 to 400,000.

1967 – Shane Embury, English bass player (Napalm Death, Unseen Terror, Meathook Seed, Lock Up, and Venomous Concept) was born.

1969 – Myles Kennedy, American singer-songwriter (Alter Bridge, The Mayfield Four, Citizen Swing, and Cosmic Dust) was born.

1973 – Twenty-fifth Amendment: The United States Senate votes 92 to 3 to confirm Gerald Ford as Vice President of the United States. (On December 6, the House will confirm him 387 to 35).

1975 – The Provisional IRA assassinates Ross McWhirter, after a press conference in which McWhirter had announced a reward for the capture of those responsible for multiple bombings and shootings across England.

1978 – In San Francisco, city mayor George Moscone and openly gay city supervisor Harvey Milk are assassinated by former supervisor Dan White.

1991 – The United Nations Security Council adopts Security Council Resolution 721, leading the way to the establishment of peacekeeping operations in Yugoslavia.

2005 – The first partial human face transplant is completed in Amiens, France.

2006 – The Canadian House of Commons approves a motion tabled by Prime Minister Stephen Harper recognizing the Québécois as a nation within Canada.

Ferguson: Unorthodox police procedures emerge in grand jury documents

November 26, 2014 by  
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Even the Washington Post is reporting this (we posted earlier via Lew Rockwell)

When Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson left the scene of the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, the officer returned to the police station unescorted, washed blood off his hands and placed his recently fired pistol into an evidence bag himself.

Such seemingly un­or­tho­dox forensic practices emerged from the voluminous testimony released in the aftermath of a grand jury decision Monday night not to indict Wilson.

The transcript showed that local officers who interviewed Wilson immediately after the shooting did not tape the conversations and sometimes conducted them with other police personnel present. An investigator with the St. Louis County Medical Examiner’s office testified that he opted not to take measurements at the crime scene.

“I got there, it was self-explanatory what happened,” said the investigator, whose name was not released, in his grand jury testimony. “Somebody shot somebody. There was no question as to any distances or anything of that nature at the time I was there.”

The investigator, described as a 25-year veteran, did not take his own photographs at the scene of the shooting because his camera battery was dead, he said. Instead, he relied on photographs shot by the St. Louis County Police Department.

Read Darren Wilson’s full grand jury testimony

The medical examiner and Ferguson Police Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

When Wilson returned to the police department after the shooting, he was permitted to drive by himself. No one photographed his bloodied hands before he washed up at the station because “there was no photographer available.”

Later, injuries to Wilson’s head caused by punches he said were thrown by Brown were photographed by a local detective at the Fraternal Order of Police building, not at police headquarters.

An FBI agent interviewed by the grand jury said he did tape his interview with Wilson. The agent, who was not identified, said Wilson washed up immediately after the shooting because he was worried about the danger presented by some one else’s blood, not about preserving evidence.

“His concern was not of evidence, but as a biohazard or what possible blood hazards it might attract,” said the agent, who like other witnesses was not identified by name.

At the crime scene, the medical examiner did not see stippling, the residue of gunpowder on clothing that can indicate shots fired at close range. Eventually an autopsy found evidence of stippling.

In the extended interviews, prosecutors do not come across as particularly aggressive or curious. But they do question police procedures on a couple of occasions, including the failure by Ferguson and St. Louis County investigators to tape their interviews with the officer after the shooting.

Prosecutors released a flood of documents and evidence Monday related to the August shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson officer Darren Wilson. (AP)

Why not tape these answers? a detective with St. Louis County was asked. “It is just common practice that we do not,” the detective said.

Prosecutors also asked why Wilson was permitted to handle evidence in the case himself. “He had informed me that after he responded to the police station, he had packaged his weapon and then he directed my attention to an evidence envelope,’’ said the St. Louis County detective. Is it customary for the person who was involved in such an incident “to handle and package their own gun as evidence?” the detective was asked.

Not according to the rules of the St. Louis County Police Department, the detective said. But Ferguson may have had its own rules, the detective said. He was not aware of “any policies or procedures they have in place” on the topic.

“Darren Wilson had told me that he had packaged the weapon and it was currently in that evidence bag,” the detective told the grand jury. “Now, at that point in time I never checked to verify that; it was done later,” the detective said.

The accounts occasionally revealed inconsistencies. For example, two investigators who interviewed Wilson immediately after the incident said Wilson told them only one shot was fired by Wilson from inside the Chevy Tahoe police cruiser.

But in his testimony, Wilson said two shots were fired inside the car, among several misfires.

The shots and misfires preceded the fatal shooting of Brown on the street a few moments later. The shots were fired from the car after Wilson said Brown had reached in to the vehicle, swinging at the officer and grabbing for his pistol.

Wilson described Brown as having the intimidating size of “Hulk Hogan.” At one point, he said, Brown pushed his pistol down toward the floor, eventually forcing the firearm into the officer’s thigh. Wilson said Brown appeared to be trying to squeeze the trigger. Eventually, Wilson described getting free of Brown’s grip and raising his weapon toward his attacker. The first attempts by Wilson to get off a round at his attacker failed, he said, as the gun only clicked without firing a bullet.

Wilson ultimately said he fired two shots inside the vehicle. After one shot fired he noticed shattered glass and saw blood on his hand, an indication, he said, that Brown had been hit.

However, a Ferguson police officer and a detective with the St. Louis County Police said that Wilson told them only one shot was fired inside the car. The two officers — one a 38-year veteran of the Ferguson police force and the other a county detective — were among the first to talk with Wilson after the fatal shooting. Wilson and the other officers said the weapon failed to fire multiple times inside the vehicle.

 

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Ferguson – What Did You Expect? A Real Jury Decision? The System is Not Designed That Way

By Martin Armstrong
Armstrong Economics

November 26, 2014

Unfortunately, this is as expected as the Missouri grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in August. I have explained that this need not even be racist because the grand jury system has become a joke. The government only needs to present whatever evidence they want. There is no obligation to present all the evidence because the Supreme Court has ruled that the Grand Jury is NOT entitled to all the evidence, since the trial jury will correct any deficiencies. The problem – indictments are not rendered against government people and handed out like candy for their enemies.

Angry crowds took to the streets around the Ferguson police department after the grand jury determined there was no probable cause to charge officer Darren Wilson with any crime for the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. This stupid decision is very serious. There should have been an indictment and then let the PUBLIC see all the evidence. Hiding this incident in such a manner will NEVER satisfy not merely the black community, but the entire world. This was a very stupid decision and this decision will only now feed into the war cycle on the civil unrest side. Ferguson is a spark that ignites a new trend that will be national. To save one officer, they will set in motion the deaths of so many others. This should have gone to trial and let the people decide.

The worst of the worst is that the Grand Jury proceedings are secret. No judge is present at the proceedings which are led by a prosecutor who is routinely pro-government. The target “defendant” has no right to even be present his case or  to be informed of the proceedings secretly being conducted behind the scenes. There is no right to a lawyer in the Grand Jury. Among the legal community, Grand Jury indictments are considered a JOKE and the typical phase one hears among lawyers concern the rules are so one sided, the government could indict a “ham sandwich”.

Venetian-MouthOfTruthThe argument for such secrecy was unanimously upheld by the Supreme Court in Douglas Oil Co. of Cal. v. Petrol Stops Northwest441 US 211 (1979). The dissenting opinion was joined by Justices Burger and Stewart still concurred with the Court’s opinion as to the importance and rationale of grand jury secrecy. The gist of that secrecy was people would be afraid to appear and rat out others the government wanted to indict if they were not protected. That was the same reasoning behind the Venetian Mouth of Truth and the other side is that fake evidence enters because there is no check and balance against witnesses who can then say anything to sway the Grand Jury to whatever direction the government desires. Very, very bad decision. There is no accountability whatsoever.

The history of the grand jury is rooted in the common and civil law, extending back to Athens, pre-Norman England, and the Assize of Clarendon promulgated by Henry II. The right seems to have been first mentioned in the colonies in the Charter of Liberties and Privileges of 1683, which was passed by the first assembly permitted to be elected in the colony of New York. Included from the first in Madison’s introduced draft of the Bill of Rights, the provision elicited no recorded debate and no opposition. “The grand jury is an English institution, brought to this country by the early colonists and incorporated in the Constitution by the Founders. There is every reason to believe that our constitutional grand jury was intended to operate substantially like its English progenitor.

The basic purpose of the English grand jury was to provide a fair method for instituting criminal proceedings against persons believed to have committed crimes. Grand jurors were selected from the body of the people and their work was not hampered by rigid procedural or evidential rules. In fact, grand jurors could act on their own knowledge and were free to make their presentments or indictments on such information as they deemed satisfactory. Despite its broad power to institute criminal proceedings the grand jury grew in popular favor with the years. It acquired an independence in England free from control by the Crown or judges. Its adoption in our Constitution as the sole method for preferring charges in serious criminal cases shows the high place it held as an instrument of justice. And in the USA as in England of old the grand jury has convened as a body of laymen, free from technical rules, acting in secret, pledged to indict no one because of prejudice and to free no one because of special favor.

The idea that only the people can indict is very nice. But as Stalin said about elections, it does not matter how people vote, it is those who count the votes who decide elections. Well this is the same nonsense. The rules have been inverted so ONLY the government has a right to indict anyone and they ALWAYS protect their own. This type of corruption should be expected. The Grand Jury is a joke when there is secret proceedings and no right to present both sides so the Grand Jury can be deaf, dumb, and blind. The Grand Jury was originally the people standing between the people and the government. To protect government, they simply changed the rule to ensure the government need not tell the Grand Jury the truth. What Stalin said about elections applies to Grand Juries. The Government can indeed indict a ham sandwich. They mean nothing if not even less.

Here comes the civil unrest because indeed we need major political reform in virtually every branch of government.  Sorry – but he should have been indicted and he should have been given a full and fair PUBLIC TRIAL to show the world what is the truth. Now there will always be a debate as to the evidence submitted in secret.

Reprinted from Armstrong Economics.

Obama Nominates New AG hours after Mid Term – Former Corp Lawyer / U.S. Attorney / Dir. of the NY Federal Reserve Board, Loretta Lynch

November 10, 2014 by  
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By Jack Blood
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Current Attorney General (Top Cop) Eric Holder has been an unmitigated disaster. Yes that is our “opinion”, and it’s also the opinion of many African Americans, and civil libertarians who feel that things have changed…. For the worse.  This is why current AG Eric Holder is on his way out, and why the Democrats unloaded him for the mid-term (s)election in 2014. Holder plans on going back to work as a corporate attorney, and will likely make boat loads of money using the contacts he made as AG sitting on the board of “Global Corp”. More on the background, and CRIMES of Eric Holder HERE.

Now, post mid-terms, Mr Obama has up’d his game nominating yet another African American, and a female to boot. Race should remain a major divisive issue for the remainder of Obama’s term, IF his new nominee Loretta LYNCH is approved by the now “lame duck”  Senate.

This should be a good test for the Republicans.

Ted Cruz / Mike Lee Threaten To Block Attorney General Nominee

If Loretta Lynch is confirmed, she will be the second (consecutive) African American appointed to the position, and the second female AG after the disastrous, and murderous Janet Reno. (Also a Clinton appointee)

 

 

WHO IS LORETTA LYNCH? 

Via Left leaning Salon.com

Loretta Lynch’s Wall Street friends: What you should know about AG nominee’s finance past

Looking for accountability for financial crimes that wrecked the economy? Here’s why the status quo is more likely:

We’ve heard about the cases Lynch has prosecuted for the government, from the police shooting of Haitian immigrant Abner Louima to public corruption cases against the likes of Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY).

But what’s less known is Lynch’s career in the private sector

Ms Lynch’s first job out of Harvard in the 80’s was with one of the most prominent corporate law firms in the world, as a litigation associate for Cahill Gordon & Reindel

Described by Hoovers as “a name plenty of high-profile clients have banked on,” Cahill advises Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan, UBS, AIG, HSBC, and Wells Fargo.

After reviewing her record in this capacity, it’s not that she’s openly corrupted by the forces that increasingly rule our government, so much as she’s marinated in their worldview, in their cultural milieu. To ask her to take on powerful interests in finance would be like asking someone to rat out their friends.

Lynch then served at the U.S. Attorney’s office in Brooklyn for 11 years, rising to run the office during the end of the Clinton Administration, from 1999-2001. When she left, she became a partner at Hogan & Hartson (it has since merged to become Hogan Lovells). It’s a giant DC law firm specializing in government regulatory, corporate and financial law. Like Cahill Gordon & Reindel, it advises all sorts of corporations, and it even has a separate lobbying firm, one of the top five in the United States. We know that Lynch worked on white-collar criminal defense and corporate compliance while in private practice at Hogan & Hartson.

At Hogan & Hartson she did admirable pro bono work with prosecutors in the Rwandan war crimes tribunal. (Furthering the goal of stealing Africa’s resources by the Corporate Elite). What this says is that she has a long history interacting with a certain class of corporate lawyers and executives, understanding their perspective in critical ways.

That’s further buttressed by a strange detour in her legal career – serving as a director of the New York Federal Reserve Board from 2003 to 2005. Here she worked with people like former Citigroup chairman Sandy Weill, ex-Lehman Brothers CEO Richard Fuld and ex-Blackstone chairman Pete Peterson.

And in 2003, Loretta Lynch had one of six votes in the appointment process that eventually put someone named Timothy Geithner in charge.

Lynch’s tenure coincides with the inflation of the housing bubble and the widespread use of mortgage securities and derivatives among the banks the New York Fed is meant to supervise.  We don’t know how Lynch acted in this respect, as minutes of New York Fed Board of Directors meetings weren’t made public until 2007. It’s fair to say that nothing changed as a result of Lynch’s actions, if there in fact were any.

Again, the point here is that Lynch has a long career of close association with many extremely powerful people. Given that we’ve seen in the past decade a virtual crime wave among this very class, it’s just not that likely Lynch would have the will to crack down on malfeasance in the executive suites, which could implicate her colleagues and friends. It’s not corruption, more like mindshare.

To take this out of the realm of theory, let’s look at some of Lynch’s recent corporate crime actions as a federal prosecutor. She was instrumental in two financial fraud settlements, which President Obama touted in announcing her as Attorney General. One was the $7 billion mortgage-backed securities fraud case against Citigroup, part of a series of high-profile settlements that amounted to public relations vehicles for the Justice Department, so they could claim to have “gotten tough” on big banks. In reality, shareholders paid the fines, the perpetrators faced no jail time, investor victims received no compensation, and the public never got the full story on the extent of the wrongdoing.

Lynch’s other major financial fraud case was a $1.9 billion deferred prosecution agreement with HSBC for facilitating money laundering for terrorists and Mexican drug cartels. Carl Levin’s Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations basically gift-wrapped this case for federal prosecutors in an extensive report, relating lurid tales of HSBC collaborating with some of the worst people on the planet for years. But nobody from the bank went to jail or paid any fines. Lynch’s office didn’t even force HSBC to plead guilty; the deferred prosecution agreement just imposes a fine and a monitoring process as an out-of-court settlement.

As Matt Taibbi pointed out at the time, a kid caught with a few ounces of drugs will get thrown into jail for years, but a bank helping the criminals sell billions in drugs to those kids will have no trouble.

You can say that Main Justice prosecuted these cases, that Lynch’s name just appeared on the press releases, that it was Eric Holder’s show. But as a federal prosecutor, Lynch could have easily made decisions to charge individuals after the settlements were completed. She had the information at her disposal. But she chose instead to go along to get along, and you can see her elevation to Attorney General as part of the reward.

And that’s the picture you get from Lynch’s public and private career. She swims in the same pool as the moneyed elite, and her actions don’t pressure them too deeply. The Justice Department keeps insisting that someday they’ll prosecute someone for the corporate crimes that wrecked our economy, but there’s no reason to actually believe that. Under Loretta Lynch, like under Eric Holder, I don’t expect much determination to get it done. And ultimately, you have to hold responsible the President who gave them both their jobs.

Like Rudy Giuliani , Eliot Spitzer, and others who claim to go after corruption, the reality is that they pick and choose whom to protect and whom to prosecute and hold “accountable”. (It should be noted that Spitzer turned on his money masters, and what followed was scandal, and resignation.) Instead, Lynch’s former firm prosecuted Martha Stewart for the same insider trading that happens everyday by congress and Wall street. WOW. Thanks.

 

Fed wins votes

WHAT ABOUT THE PROTECTION OF THE CITIZENRY FROM OVER ZEALOUS COPS? 

Following the July 2014 death of Eric Garner, an unarmed man who died of a heart attack after being held in a “department-prohibited” chokehold by a New York City police officer, Lynch agreed to meet with Garner’s family to discuss possible federal prosecution of the officer believed to be responsible in his death.

On July 20, 2014, the officer who grabbed Garner by the neck, Daniel Pantaleo, was put on desk duty and stripped of his service handgun and badge. Officer Justin Damico was allowed to keep his badge and handgun but was placed on desk duty. Four of the EMTs and paramedics who responded to Garner after he was put in a chokehold were suspended without pay on July 21, while the hospital they worked at, Richmond University Medical Center, conducted its own investigation into the incident. The two Paramedics have since been returned to their regular duties.

Garner’s death was found by the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office to be a result of compression to the neck, compression to the body, and prone positioning, along with asthma, heart disease and obesity as contributing factors. On August 1, the medical examiner’s spokeswoman, Julie Bolcer, announced that Garner’s death has been ruled a homicide.

As of October 26, 2014 a Grand Jury has been convened as is presently hearing evidence prior to deliberating whether to file charges against Officer Pantaleo. “Grand Jury Begins Hearing Evidence In Eric Garner Case”

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said that the Department of Justice was “closely monitoring” investigations into Garner’s death.

Police Commissioner William Bratton ordered an extensive review of the NYPD’s training procedures after Garner’s death, specifically focusing on the appropriate amount of force that can be used while detaining a suspect.

In other words, a few slaps on the wrist, and the NYPD investigation of itself….  Business as usual.

Of course this didn’t stop FBI CI (Confidential Informant), and race Pimp Al Sharpton from exploiting the incident for his own gain, while acting as a steam valve to salve the public outrage.

 

PRIVACY / “CIVIL LIBERTIES”

Need a good laugh?

Lynch to continue Holder’s ‘fierce commitment’ to civil rights, Obama says

ACLU Not Commenting On Obama’s Attorney General Pick

This is our foremost concern: 

President Obama’s nominee to succeed Attorney General Eric Holder has focused much of her career on cybersecurity.

This will come in handy, as we have predicted…. The I-Patriot Act has been written for years, and the power elite, er Govt. are holding that card up their cuff linked sleeves. All they will need to institute this Government, police, DHS total takeover of the internet would be an ‘Internet Pearl Harbor’. As of late suspects are being lined up, including North Korea, China, Syria, and “ISIS”. (Not Israel, ahem) 

Obama highlighted Lynch’s cybercrime bonafides when he formally announced her nomination on Saturday.

Lynch “has spent years in the trenches as a prosecutor, aggressively fighting terrorism, financial fraud, cyber crime, all while vigorously defending civil rights,” Obama said.

If confirmed, Lynch will take over an agency that has played an important role in cybersecurity. The DOJ earlier this year indicted five members of the Chinese military for (alleged) hacking, a decision that strained U.S.-China relations but sent a signal to Beijing about U.S. seriousness on the issue.

“In the place of guns and masks, this cybercrime organization used laptops and the Internet,” Lynch said.

Of course when the I-Pearl Harbor comes, you will have to trust those in power who declare it….. There is no way “We the People” will be able to confirm the authenticity of such an attack, nor its origins.

Maybe you will remember this:

INTERNET FASCISM; CISPA Cyber Security Bill Passed By Congress, Boston Bombings Used As Excuse

More Info here: How a bill called CISPA hopes to erase every online privacy law ever written

and Here: Cispatriot Act: US Reps approve CISPA cybersecurity bill

Here: The Identity Ecosystem: Obama’s Plan for Internet Control

 

CONCLUSION

When will Americans take the blinders off? Reno, Ashcroft, Alberto (The torturer) Gonzales, Mukasey, Eric Holder…. Have things gotten better for “Law Abiding” Americans or worse? Was there any difference between (Nazi memorabilia collecting) John Ashcroft appointed by Bush, or Eric Holder by Bush cousin Obama? Well… it has gotten worse. You got me. It’s different.

Does the AG being a black women somehow soften the blows by Militarized police in your town?

Ms LYNCH is a total FAIL by the White House! We can do better. We suggest Judge Andrew Napolitano, or someone of his impeccable pro constitution ilk. This isn’t politics (except by the Democrats). This is a matter of ‘FREEDOM IS THE ANSWER – WHAT’S THE QUESTION”. This is a matter of overstepping constitutional authority! A matter of Liberty and Justice for ALL, not just for the corporate super elites lying, stealing, and unilaterally murdering their enemies….

Make your voice heard. Scream it from the mountain tops, and skyscrapers…. JUST SAY NO TO LORETTA LYNCH FOR AG!

And to the the GOP / Constitution protecting members in the House and Senate….. We will be watching YOU!

 

90 Pounds Of Cocaine Found On Cargo Ship Owned By Sen Mitch McConnell’s Family

November 10, 2014 by  
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As you read this story, you will find a reoccurring theme… Namely: ALL LAWS AND REGS ARE SELECTIVELY ENFORCED! And that those who run and endorse the Phony “Drug War”, are in many instances profiting from the drugs, and or laws against drugs.

We realize that Sen (soon to be majority leader) McConnell is innocent until proven guilty, But ask yourselves; If it was YOU who was caught profiting from Central American Cocaine (or even smuggling it)…. Would you get such a benefit of the doubt? Not Bloody Likely!

 

Via The Free Thought Project

 

A cargo ship connected to Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell was recently stopped and searched before departing from Colombia. During the search, Colombian Coast Guard agents seized roughly 90 pounds of cocaine.

The drugs were found on the Ping May, which is a vessel operated by the Foremost Maritime Corporation, a company owned by Mitch McConnell’s in-laws, the Chao family. This connection is not only relevant because of the family connection, but also because the Chao family has often made large donations to McConnell’s campaigns.

In fact, the Chao family has been funding McConnell since the late 1980s. Years later, in 1993, McConnell married Elaine Chao and secured the Chao family as one of his primary sources for investments.

A gift worth somewhere between 5 and 25 million dollars from the Chao Family made McConnel one of the richest senators in the country in 2008.

The Foremost Maritime Corporation is currently operating 16 dry bulk cargo ships, most of which are currently still in service.

What makes this case even more interesting is that McConnell is well known as a staunch prohibitionist. In 1996, McConnell sponsored “The Enhanced Marijuana Penalties Act”, a bill designed to increase the mandatory minimum sentencing for people caught with marijuana.

 

Luis Gonzales, an official with the Colombian Coast Guard in Santa Marta told The Nation that the Ping May’s crew were questioned as part of the investigation, but that they have yet to file any charges in the case.

The war on drugs is an insult to the intelligence of the American people. There are mountains of evidence proving that the biggest importers of harmful, addictive, mind diminishing street drugs is the government. The drug laws that exist do not apply to the government agencies that bring these substances to our country. They are only designed to keep everyone else from this extremely lucrative business and give the establishment another reason to oppress people.

We have seen this all before during alcohol prohibition, where the government, law enforcement and organized crime were all working together and making an unbelievable amount of money in the black market. When black markets are created the crime rate goes up, taxes go up, prices go up and the police become more corrupt, all of this is inevitable. These are in fact the very consequences that any type of prohibition intends to create.

To solve these problems all that we have to do is end all prohibitions, this would cripple the black market and drastically reduce violence. This would also drastically reduce the reach of police and the state in general, which is why it is looked at as such an impossibility. Drug laws don’t do anything to prevent drug problems in our society, they only encourage violence, raise prices and criminalize half of the population.

 

 


John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work he is also the owner of a successful music promotion company. In 2013, he became one of the organizers of the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” at bookpatch.com.

 

Also See: Mitch McConnell’s Freighted Ties to a Shadowy Shipping Company
After drugs were found aboard the Ping May, a vessel owned by his wife’s family’s company, Colombian authorities are investigating.

Photos Taken 15 Minutes Prior to Ottawa Shooting Depict Heavy Police Presence

October 27, 2014 by  
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Photos Taken 15 Minutes Prior to Ottawa Shooting Depict Heavy Police Presence –Parliament Buildings surrounded by police 15 minutes before shooting started
25 Oct 2014 An apparent eyewitness who works at the Parliament Building tells his/her account of events unfolding under his/her office window. “I’m a legislative assistant, Here is the view outside my office at 9:30 AM, (about 15 minutes before the ‘crazed’ gunman). Just a shit ton of cops hanging out by west block for no reason. I know two things they aren’t telling the press/public…Wednesday’s there are events hosted at parliament, and security is slack. There was no need for all these police at parliament this morning pre-shooting incident.”

 

Ebola Czar Ron Klain Says “Overpopulation” Top Concern

October 23, 2014 by  
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Thank the gods that “Ebola” is over (ahemmmmm)

Ron Klain on the “top leadership issue in the world today.”

Exclusive: Company contracted by Govt. to dispose of “Ebola” infected materials has a Nasty History of Illegal Dumping / Bain Capital Connected

October 17, 2014 by  
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By Jack Blood for Deadlinelive.info / RadioFreeBlood.com

 

More Cronyism has been found ALL OVER the recent “Ebola” Scare. Here is yet another example of how serious your leaders are taking Ebola and the removal / destruction of medical waste.

 

This just in from our Confidential Eye Witness in Texas:

A few days ago, I went to do some work at a medical facility in Port Arthur, TX., and I learned that they had patient zero’s incinerated belongings there, allegedly still contaminated with Ebola. I found out that the company taking care of disposing the bio-waste was called Stericycle. I did some research and found out that this was the same company involved in the fetus heater burning scandal at some hospital in the northwest. They were also caught burying fetuses in a New Jersey landfill (instead of incinerating them like they were supposed to).

 While I was there, the current controversy was that Stericycle was trying to dump the bio-waste in Louisiana. But some judge there barred them from doing so. That was no surprise given Stericycle’s horrendous track record. If I was that Louisiana judge, I wouldn’t want that crap in by back yard either.

 I also found out that this government contractor, Stericycle, was owned at some point by Bain Capital, in other words, Mitt Romney… what a small world this is! They are also based out of a suburb in Chicago (Northbrook, IL)… can you say Rahm? Barry-O?

Wow… another coincidence?

 Just as Rick Perry and his ‘task force’ announced that UTMB (University of Texas Medical Branch) in Galveston will take care of the Ebola bio-waste disposal, the MSM announced that another hospital worker took a cruise ship out of Galveston and is being quarantined.

 Galveston may very well be the next ‘Ebola epicenter’ in this psy-op.

 UTMB in Galveston has Ebola bio labs there.

WHO IS STERICYCLE?

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Revenue: US$ 2,142.807 million (2013)

Stericycle Controversy: Mitt Romney Invested In Medical-Waste Firm That Disposed Of Aborted Fetuses, Files Show

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Stericycle has third bypass event of year

NORTH SALT LAKE — For the third time this year, plumes of black smoke and incinerated medicate waste blew out of an emergency bypass valve at Stericycle,  according to the company.

After legislators gave approval, Stericycle began the process of moving to Tooele County far away from homes, but the relocation can’t come soon enough for some residents watching its continual bypass events.

“They have made zero effort to communicate with the community — that they are still in,” Communities for Clean Air co-founder Natasha Henderson said Thursday.

While driving home from work around 5 p.m. Wednesday, Henderson saw a big, dark cloud of smoke billowing from Stericycle.

COMPANY THAT WAS FINED FOR ILLEGALLY DUMPING ABORTED BABIES IN LANDFILL GRANTED EBOLA WASTE DISPOSAL CONTRACT

There are so many unborn babies being discarded in the world today that some are now being illegally shoveled into landfills right along with household waste. One waste disposal company was caught doing this in 2011, trying to cut corners and save money.

How is their morbid business practice reprimanded? Just a few years later, the company responsible is awarded the special privilege of hauling away high-risk Ebola waste from the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Apparently, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) doesn’t care about this company’s sketchy background. Can we really trust a company that illegally dumped babies in a landfill in order to save money to properly dispose of Ebola waste? Why did this unethical company get the contract?

U.S. government grants controversial Stericycle permit to dispose of Ebola waste

The DOT just granted controversial Illinois-based Stericycle a permit to haul away large quantities of Ebola waste out of Texas. Stericycle has a questionable history of illegally dumping aborted babies in landfills and was even caught using the babies to fuel an Oregon power plant.

The DOT permit details how the waste is to be disposed, providing instructions for operation controls during transit, but the Department of Transportation gives Stericycle plenty of leeway on how the waste will be disposed. The carrier is supposed to maintain a written spill response plan just in case there is a travel accident. The waste is to be sealed in a series of inner and outer packaging and disinfected with CDC-approved cleaners. The question still remains: How will it all be disposed of from there and can Stericycle be trusted?

Stericycle caught using deceased babies to fuel Oregon power plant

There are some groups who already mistrust Stericycle after the company was fined $42,000 in 2011 for illegally dumping aborted babies in a municipal landfill in Austin, Texas. The babies were disgracefully dumped into the landfill alongside household and commercial garbage. If Stericycle broke their permit then in the most morbid way, how can they be trusted with Ebola waste? The Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ) ruled that Stericyle failed to “prevent the disposal of treated fetuses at a municipal solid waste landfill,” and TCEQ also charged the disposal company with “failure to comply with permit conditions.”

To make matters worse, a little over a year ago, Stericycle was caught using deceased babies from an abortion clinic to fuel a local power plant in Oregon. Upon the discovery, the Marion County Board of Commissioners in Oregon severed their contract with Stericycle.

Still, that matter won’t affect Stericycle too much, for the federal government just gave them a landmark permit to take care of Ebola waste in Texas.

Stericycle: Medical Waste Management

As a result of the media attention and the public outcry, the US Congress passed the Medical Waste Tracking Act of 1988, and the US medical waste industry was born.

The seeds of Stericycle were planted in the late 1980s, around the same time that illegally disposed medical waste began rolling onto the beaches of the Atlantic Coast. The media dubbed the event “Syringe Tide.

Stericycle’s hospital offerings grew in 2003 when it acquired Bio Systems. Today, Stericycle Sharps Management Service with Bio Systems containers is the US leader in reusable sharps container management service.

In 2014, a major acquisition expanded and complemented our existing specialty waste services, making Stericycle a leader in hazardous waste solutions. With the formation of Stericycle Environmental Solutions, we broadened our ability to serve the needs of our healthcare, retail, and other regulated waste customers.

The company’s international business began in 1997 with a joint venture in Mexico.

Since then, Stericycle has created services, tools and resources for healthcare professionals not only in the United Statesand Mexico, but also in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Ireland, Japan, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

Beyond services related to healthcare wastes, in some markets the company has expanded its offerings to include management of certain hazardous wastes as well as patient transport and medical courier services.

Meet your New “Ebola Czar” – Ron Klain (Democrat Campaign Bull / Elites Lawyer)

October 17, 2014 by  
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Klain is a Jewish Democrat Politico and campaign expert. He is also a Protectorate of Wall St. K Street. He has ZERO medical experience, or any experience dealing with Pandemics. He is there to protect the Democrats interests.

President Obama meets with Cynthia Hogan, Counsel to the Vice-President and Ron Klain, Chief of Staff to the Vice President in the Oval Office, May 21, 2009. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is … more >

 

He is an influential Democratic Party insider.

Chief of Staff to two Vice PresidentsAl Gore (1995–1999) and Joseph Biden (2009–2011)

He was Chief Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committeeduring the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court nomination. He was portrayed byKevin Spacey in the HBO film Recount depicting the tumult of the 2000 presidential election. On October 17, 2014, President Obama named Klain the newly created “Ebola Czar

1994 – became Chief of Staff and Counselor to Attorney General Janet Reno

Klain helped Fannie Mae overcome “regulatory issues”

During the 2004 Presidential campaign, Klain worked as an adviser to Wesley Clark in the early primaries. Later, during the General Election, Klain was heavily involved behind the scenes in John Kerry‘s campaign and is widely credited for his role in preparing Senator Kerry for a strong performance in the debates against President George W. Bush, which gave Kerry a significant boost in the polls.[8] He then acted as an informal adviser to Evan Bayh, who is from Klain’s home state of Indiana. Klain has also commented on matters of law and policy on televised programs such as the Today Show, Good Morning America, Nightline, Capital Report, NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and Crossfire.

In 2005, Klain left his partnership at O’Melveny & Myers to serve as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of a new investment firm, Revolution LLC, launched by AOL co-founder Steve Case

Klain apparently signed off on President Obama’s support of a $535 million loan guarantee for now-defunct solar-panel company Solyndra. Despite concerns about whether the company was viable, Klain approved an Obama visit, stating, “The reality is that if POTUS visited 10 such places over the next 10 months, probably a few will be belly-up by election day 2012.

Corporate Employer O’Melveny & Myers LLP: 

The firm is 29th largest law firm in the world / The firm has represented clients, such as Bank of America, Exxon Mobil, Fannie Mae,Goldman Sachs, the District of Columbia, New Line Cinema, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and other law firms. They represented former Enron Corporation chief executive Jeffrey K. Skilling during his four-month fraud and conspiracy trial

Helped on Gun Ban Legislation District of Columbia v. Heller

Argued before the Supreme Court in Exxon Shipping Co. v. Baker, on behalf of Exxon regarding the Exxon Valdez oil spill. The Supreme Court, in a 5-3 decision (Justice Alito had recused himself), reduced the $2.5 billion punitive damages award against Exxon to $507.5 million

Revenue Increase US$818.5 million (2013)[1]
Date founded 1885

 

Lead story Wash Times:

Responding to urgent calls from Congress and a fearful public, President Obama has tapped a former White House official to serve as his “Ebola czar.”

Ron Klain, an attorney who worked for Vice Presidents Joe Biden and Al Gore, is president of Case Holdings, which handles business interests for former AOL CEO Steve Case, and general counsel at Revolution LLC, a tech-focused venture capital firm in Washington, according to the White House.

He will be the point-person in charge of responding to the deadly virus in the U.S., and will report directly to Homeland Security Adviser Lisa Monaco and National Security Adviser Susan Rice.

Although Mr. Klain does not come from the public health sector, the White House said he possesses “strong management credentials, extensive federal government experience overseeing complex operations and good working relationships with leading members of Congress, as well as senior Obama administration officials, including the president.”

Mr. Obama had said late Thursday it “may make sense for us to have one person” coordinating the government’s response to the Ebola outbreak, after the Liberian national who brought the virus to America’s shores died and two nurses who treated him tested positive in the following days.

The president said administration officials such as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Thomas Frieden, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell and Ms. Monaco have other responsibilities and may benefit from having one person in charge of the government’s entire response.

“It may make sense for us to have one person in part just so that after this initial surge of activity we can have a more regular process, just to make sure that we’re crossing all the t’s and dotting all the i’s going forward,” the president said.

The appointment won early praise from Democrats and expert observers.

“I’ve known Ron Klain for over twenty years. He is smart, aggressive, and levelheaded — exactly the qualities we need in a czar to steer our response to Ebola,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer, New York Democrat. “He is an excellent choice.”

Carl Tobias, a professor of law at the University of Richmond who tracks judicial appointments, said Mr. Klain’s experience in executive offices and on Capitol Hill should buoy him through this challenge.

“I think he really does know his way around Washington better than a whole lot of people,” he said.

Read more: Washington Times

FBI was working with radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, documents show

October 2, 2014 by  
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Which is why we Drone Killed him? and his 16 year old son? 

 

 

FBI was working with radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, documents show

 

1 Oct 2014 Newly released documents  further support the conclusion that the FBI was working with radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki after the 9/11 attacks – in the years before he became the first American targeted for death by a U.S. drone strike. As part of an ongoing investigation of the cleric that began after the 2009 Fort Hood shooting massacre, Fox News was first to report that in 2002, al-Awlaki was released from custody at JFK International Airport — despite an active warrant for his arrest — with the okay of FBI Agent Wade Ammerman…The documents further support claims that Awlaki, who eventually went overseas and linked up with an Al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] affiliate, worked with the FBI and was likely a U.S. government asset.

 

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Newly released documents further support the conclusion that the FBI was working with radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki after the 9/11 attacks – in the years before he became the first American targeted for death by a U.S. drone strike.

As part of an ongoing investigation of the cleric that began after the 2009 Fort Hood shooting massacre, Fox News was first to report that in 2002, al-Awlaki was released from custody at JFK International Airport — despite an active warrant for his arrest — with the okay of FBI Agent Wade Ammerman.

Watchdog group Judicial Watch has since obtained more than 900 pages of new documents in the course of its federal lawsuit against the FBI under the Freedom of Information Act. They show the cleric was emailing and leaving voice messages with an FBI agent in 2003, a year after Ammerman told customs agents at JFK airport to bypass an outstanding warrant for the cleric’s arrest.

The documents further support claims that Awlaki, who eventually went overseas and linked up with an Al Qaeda affiliate, worked with the FBI and was likely a U.S. government asset.

“I have little doubt that President Obama assassinated a terrorist that was an asset of the U.S. government,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said.

He added: “There have been so many missed opportunities in getting the bad guys, but it’s one thing to have a bad guy working with you and for you and actually in your custody and then letting them go.”

Fitton questioned whether Obama was even aware of al-Awlaki’s connections to federal law enforcement. “These unanswered questions cast President Obama’s decision to assassinate [al-Awlaki] in a disturbingly different light,” he said.

In one Oct. 2, 2003 email, an FBI agent whose name is redacted writes to a colleague regarding a voicemail: “Holy crap, [redacted] isn’t this your guy? The aman (imam) with the prostitutes.”

Three weeks later, after leaving another voicemail, the cleric uses his personal Yahoo account to write directly to an FBI agent, now stationed at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va., to complain about news reports linking al-Awlaki to the 9/11 hijackers.

“I was astonished by some of the talk circulating in the media about me. … I am amazed at how absurd the media could be and I hope that the US authorities know better and realize that what was mentioned about me was nothing but lies,” al-Awlaki writes, appearing to scold the FBI agent.

In another email, an FBI agent bristles at attempts by the 9/11 Commission to locate al-Awlaki and interview him independently, describing the requests as “numerous and unrelenting.” The email says the 9/11 Commission wanted to talk to the cleric after it learned he had been phoning and emailing with FBI agents.

Significantly, the email traffic shows that while the 9/11 Commission was trying to find al-Awlaki, an FBI agent was in direct contact with the cleric and set up a meeting with him in March 2004.

“SA [redacted] has had a conversation with Aulaqi and has tentatively set up an interview for mid-March in London. With the VA. Jihad trial scheduled for early Feb. this will be the earliest SA (redacted) can meet Aulaqi … If the 9/11 commission needs to meet with Aulaqi, we will provide the contact information so they can set up their own interview.”

Previously obtained records show that in 2002, within days of al-Awlaki’s re-entry to the U.S., he showed up in Ammerman’s counterterrorism investigation in Virginia into Ali al-Timimi, who is now serving a life sentence on non-terrorism charges. On Oct. 22, 2002, 12 days after the imam’s return, another FBI memo obtained through the Judicial Watch federal lawsuit (marked “Secret”) includes the subject line “Anwar Nasser Aulaqi” and “Synopsis: Asset reporting.” The existence of the customs entry records was first documented by author Paul Sperry.

Asked about the FBI’s involvement in al-Awlaki’s release and whether the FBI tried to recruit the cleric, in a September 2013 interview with Fox News, then-FBI Director Robert Mueller did not deny it.

“I am not personally familiar with any effort to recruit Anwar al-Awlaki as an asset — that does not mean to say there was not an effort at some level of the Bureau (FBI) or another agency to do so,” Mueller said.

Mueller did not elaborate on a memo he personally sent then-Attorney General John Ashcroft on Oct. 3, 2002 — seven days before the imam suddenly re-entered the U.S., was detained and then released at JFK Airport, by the order of Mueller’s agent — that is marked “Secret” and titled “Anwar Aulaqi: IT-UBL/AL-QAEDA.”

It is not public whether al-Awlaki’s contact information was provided by the FBI to the commission, but in the 9/11 report into the 2001 terrorist attacks, it states efforts to locate al-Awlaki were unsuccessful.

Fitton claims federal law enforcement had al-Awlaki in their custody, until the FBI let him walk — and in the years before he was killed by a CIA drone in 2011, al-Awlaki pioneered the digital jihad, now being capitalized upon by the Islamic State, or ISIS.

“ISIS took that and ran with it — who knows, maybe if we had gotten al-Awlaki and kept him off the streets and in jail or in prison where he belonged that there would have been a much more slower development of the Internet jihad that we’re all facing worldwide.”

Good Riddance – Eric Holder To Step Down As Attorney General (Remembering Top Ten Crimes / Conflicts of Interest of the “Top Cop”)

September 25, 2014 by  
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Our low opinion of Mr Holder has nothing to do with Race. (Just ask the Black Communities he persecuted!) This guy made even John Ashcroft blush…. HOPEfully he will be held accountable for his crimes on behalf of the global elite!!! 

 

Just for the sake of it – Here is a little walk down Memory Hole Lane:

 

1) In his final days with the Clinton administration, Holder carried out his duties with Clinton’s last-minute pardon of fugitive and Democratic contributor Marc Rich. Regarding discussions with the White House lawyers on the issue, Holder said he was at first “neutral” on the decision to grant Rich a pardon, but might lean in favor of it if there were national security benefits. Holder said that he was told that Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak had asked Clinton to grant the pardon.

2) Holder briefly served as Acting Attorney General under President George W. Bush until the Senate confirmed Bush’s nominee John Ashcroft

3) From 2001 until he became Attorney General, Holder worked as an attorney at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. (Along with Michael Chertoff et al) – representing clients such as Merck and theNational Football League. He represented the NFL during its dog fighting investigation against Michael Vick.

In 2004, Holder helped negotiate an agreement with the Justice Department for Chiquita Brands International in a case that involved Chiquita’s payment of “protection money” to the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, a group on the U.S. government’s list of terrorist organizations. In the agreement, Chiquita’s officials pleaded guilty and paid a fine of $25 million. Holder represented Chiquita in the civil action that grew out of this criminal case. In March 2004, Holder and Covington & Burling were hired by Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich to act as a special investigator to the Illinois Gaming Board. The investigation was subsequently canceled on May 18, 2004.

The firm represented Guantanamo inmates but Holder “never participated directly in the firm’s Guantanamo work”, and is not expected to recuse himself from matters pertaining to it.

*Controversial clients of the firm include: Office Chérifien des PhosphatesCreekstone Farms Quality Beef, Southern Peru Copper Corporation, Philip Morris, Halliburton (War profiteering case), and Xe Services aka Blackwater, and David Samson (Christie / Rockefeller stooge at Port Authority NJ)

4) During his years in private practice, Holder represented the Swiss private bank UBS. Because of this, he recused himself from participating in the Department of Justice investigation of UBS’s abetting of tax evasion by U.S. account-holders and the prosecution of Brad Birkenfeld. (As Attorney General, he also had to bow out of the Roger Clemens contempt of Congress prosecution because the pitcher was once a client of Covington and Burling.

5) Holder defended the legality of drone strikes against terrorists. Addressing the death of Anwar al-Aulaqi, an American citizen (As well as his 16 year old son, whom had no provable ties to terrorism)

6) On April 1, 2009, Holder announced that he had ordered the dismissal of the indictment against former Senator Ted Stevens on corruption charges. Stevens had been found guilty, but hadn’t been sentenced; Holder’s action effectively vacated Stevens’ conviction

7) In 2010, in the run up to the referendum on California Proposition 19, which would have legalized marijuana use for personal recreation, Holder stated that the DOJ would continue to prosecute individuals on the federal level for possession of marijuana even if voters approved a ballot measure

* House Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa and Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley sent Holder a letter in May 2011 asking for details about Operation Fast and Furious, a “botched federal firearms sting” operation that allowed about 2,000 weapons to reach Mexican drug gangs. Grassley and Issa “urged Holder to cooperate and turn over subpoenaed records that would reveal the scope of the government coverup.” (We are all still waiting….)

8) On March 6, 2013, Holder testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee that the size of large financial institutions has made it difficult for the Justice Department to bring criminal charges when they are suspected of crimes, because such charges can threaten the existence of a bank and therefore their interconnectedness may endanger the national or global economy. (See his connections to Banks above – Under Holder, Prosecution rates against crimes by large financial institutions are at 20-year lows)

Holder has also endorsed the notion that prosecutors, when deciding to pursue white-collar crimes, should give special consideration to “collateral consequences” of bringing charges against large corporate institutions, as outlined in a 1999 memorandum by Holder. Nearly a decade later Holder, as head of the Department of Justice, put this into practice and has demonstrated the weight “collateral consequences” has by repeatedly sought and reached deferred prosecution and non-prosecution agreements and settlements with large financial institutions such as J.P. Morgan Chase, HSBC, Countrywide Mortgage, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, and others where the institution pays a fine or penalty but faces no criminal charges and admits no wrongdoing.  Whereas in the previous decade EVEN the Bush administration’s Department of Justice often sought criminal charges against individuals of large institutions regardless of “collateral consequences” such as cases involving Enron, Adelphia Communications Corporation, Tyco International, and others.

9) On May 13, 2013, the Associated Press announced telephone records for 20 of their reporters during a two-month period in 2012, had been seized by the Justice Department. They described these acts as a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into news-gathering operations.  Holder testified under oath in front of the House Judiciary Committee and made it clear he recused himself from the leak investigations to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest. Holder said his Deputy Attorney General, James Cole, was in charge of the AP investigation and would’ve ordered the subpoenas. When questioning turned to possibility of journalists being charged under the Espionage Act for reporting classified material, Holder stated: “With regard to the potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material, that is not something that I’ve ever been involved in, heard of or would think would be a wise policy.”

It was later reported the DOJ monitored Fox News reporter, James Rosen’s activities by tracking his visits to the State Department, through phone traces, timing of calls and his personal emails. NBC confirmed with the Justice Department that Holder had personally signed off on the Rosen subpoenas.

10) 

Articles of impeachment against

On November 14, 2013, Representative Pete Olson (R-TX), along with 19 Republicans, introduced an Articles of Impeachment resolution against Holder for his role in Operation Fast and Furious and other scandals of President Barack Obama’s administration.  As of June 2014, there awere 26 co-sponsors to the bill.

 

 

Contempt of Congress case against Holder will proceed

Opponent says timing of resignation no coincidence

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via NPR (National Petroleum Radio / or… National Protection Racket)

Eric Holder Jr., the nation’s first black U.S. attorney general, is preparing to announce his resignation Thursday after a tumultuous tenure marked by civil rights advances, national security threats, reforms to the criminal justice system and 5 1/2 years of fights with Republicans in Congress.

Two sources familiar with the decision tell NPR that Holder, 63, intends to leave the Justice Department as soon as his successor is confirmed, a process that could run through 2014 and even into next year. A former U.S. government official says Holder has been increasingly “adamant” about his desire to leave soon for fear that he otherwise could be locked in to stay for much of the rest of President Obama’s second term.

Holder already is one of the longest-serving members of the Obama Cabinet and ranks as the fourth-longest tenured AG in history. Hundreds of employees waited in lines, stacked three rows deep, in early February 2009 to witness his return to the Justice Department, where he previously worked as a young corruption prosecutor and as deputy attorney general — the second in command — during the Clinton administration.

But some of that early glow faded in part due to the politicized nature of the job and in part because of Holder’s own rhetoric, such as a 2009 Black History Month speech where he said the country was “a nation of cowards” when it comes to discussions about racial tension.

Five years later, violence erupted between police and protesters in Ferguson, Mo., after a white policeman killed an unarmed black 18-year-old. And this time, the White House dispatched Holder to speak his piece, in effect jump-starting that conversation and helping to settle nerves in the frayed community.

Another huge controversy — over his decision to try the Sept. 11 plotters in a New York courthouse in the shadow of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center — prompted venomous reaction from lawmakers, New York City officials and some victims’ families.

Under pressure that threatened his job and his legacy, the attorney general reversed his decision and instead sent the cases to military court — where they continue to languish even as Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law and other terrorism defendants are serving life sentences in maximum-security prisons on American soil.

Holder most wants to be remembered for his record on civil rights (seriously?): refusing to defend a law that defined marriage as between one man and one woman; suing North Carolina and Texas over voting restrictions that disproportionately affect minorities and the elderly; launching 20 investigations of abuses by local police departments; and using his bully pulpit to lobby Congress to reduce prison sentences for nonviolent drug crimes. Many of those sentences disproportionately hurt minority communities.

And then there’s his relationship with Congress. From the day Holder’s nomination was announced, Republicans led by Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., signaled that he would be a political lightning rod.

The attorney general’s portfolio, which spans sensitive law enforcement cases and hot-button social issues including marijuana and gay marriage, didn’t help. But even longtime aides say Holder didn’t do enough to help himself by shrugging off preparations and moot sessions before congressional appearances and speaking off the cuff — and obliquely.

Things hit a crisis point when the GOP-led House voted him in contempt for refusing to hand over documents about a gun trafficking scandal known as Fast and Furious. That represented the first time an attorney general had ever been rebuked that way, but still Holder held on to his job.

In the end, the decision to leave was Holder’s alone — the two sources tell NPR that the White House would have been happy to have him stay a full eight years and to avoid what could be a contentious nomination fight for his successor. Holder and Obama discussed his departure several times and finalized things in a long meeting over Labor Day weekend at the White House.

The attorney general told DOJ staff the news this morning and has called civil rights icon (And corrupt money skimmer)  Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., and Ethel Kennedy, the widow of former AG Robert F. Kennedy.

The sources say a leading candidate for that job is Solicitor General Don Verrilli, the administration’s top representative to the Supreme Court and a lawyer whose judgment and discretion are prized in both DOJ and the White House.

Friends and former colleagues say Holder has made no decisions about his next professional perch, but they say it would be no surprise if he returned to the law firm Covington & Burling, where he spent years representing corporate clients.

The friends say Holder is also considering donating his papers to a university in Washington, D.C., or his native New York, where he could establish a civil rights center to work more on law enforcement interactions with communities of color and host public forums on those issues.

Even though the attorney general has his eyes on the door, the two sources say several more policy and enforcement initiatives are underway and could be announced soon.

For instance, Holder sent a memo to U.S. attorneys Wednesday urging them not to use sentencing enhancements known as “851” tools to gain leverage in plea negotiations with defendants — in essence, threatening defendants into avoiding trial with huge amounts of prison time. The practice has been criticized by U.S. District Judge John Gleeson in Brooklyn and other jurists.

Holder is also expected to notify federal prosecutors in coming days that the Justice Department will no longer require defendants who plead guilty to waive their rights to appeal based on ineffective lawyering. Many U.S. attorneys now forgo that practice, but not all.

Long-awaited racial profiling guidelines for federal agents will be released soon, too. Those guidelines will make clear that sexual orientation, ethnicity and religion are not legitimate bases for law enforcement suspicion, but controversial mapping of certain communities — including Muslim Americans (or  enemies of the Obusha admin…) — would still be allowed for national security investigations, one of the sources said.

 

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