Rev. Al Sharpton was in St. Louis Tuesday at the request of the family of the deceased 18-year-old Michael Brown. Sharpton held a press conference in front of the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis at 12:30 Tuesday afternoon. FOX 2 reported that Sharpton spoke out against the violence in Fergurson and other parts of the area. He also pushed for the arrest of the police officer who shot Brown.
Sharpton was heckled by Progressives Today reporter Adam Sharp on his informant past with the FBI.
Adam Sharp: Sir, the term “Snitches Get Snitches” was spray painted on the burned out QuikTrip. Since you are a federal snitch, sir, do you fear for your life?
Al Sharpton: I’m not a snitch. (Not true) But today I want to tell the feds about a cop that needs to go to jail.
Sharp: Are you in fear for your life being a federal informant and…
Sharpton: I want to inform on this policeman today.
Sharp: Are you here to snitch on the rioters?… Are you here to work with your FBI partners?
Sharpton: (no response)
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…..AND for being a total idiot! (Most CL ads are not real… duh)
Via Freedom Outpost
I suppose this is par for the course with those in the Department of Homeland (In)Security, especially after all of the crimes that have been committed against the America people by Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration. A 54-year-old employee of DHS is now under arrest in a Sacramento County Jail after he was busted a sting that involved a Craigslist ad he placed in an attempt to engage in sex with a mother and her underage daughter.
FBI Special Agent Scott Schofield revealed in an affidavit that he posed as the 30-year-old woman with a 13-year-old daughter in responding to the ad on Craigslist.
According to News10 , a woman that claimed to be Hristovski’s wife, the charges are false. The News 10 report goes on to reveal:
Court documents state that an undercover investigator for the Placer County Sheriff’s Department found an ad in the Casual Encounters section of Craigslist from a man named “Greg” seeking sex with a “daughter or step-daughter.” The investigator responded to the ad and posed as a mom, “Heather” who had a 13-year-old daughter, “Megan.”
Over the course of several email exchanges, “Greg,” “Megan” and “Heather” exchanged desires to meet and engage in sexual intercourse. “Greg” sent multiple photos of himself to the investigator, who shared photos of a deputy and sheriff’s department employee who agreed to participate in the investigation.
After several exchanges between “Megan” and Greg,” the FBI obtained a search warrant for information from Craigslist and Yahoo, which was the host for an email account involved in the exchanges.
In July, documents provided to investigators from both companies revealed multiple email accounts connected to several Craigslist ads published by “Greg” as well as two IP addresses: one owned by Comcast and another owned by the Department of Homeland Security.
According to records held by Craigslist and Yahoo, obtained through warrants, the same email that Hristovski used to engage the agent was used five times to post sexual ads between July and October 2009.
Though Hristovski denies that he ever intended actually to meet and engage in sexual acts with anyone and that the emails were an attempt at living out a fantasy, he was suspended indefinitely by TSA, and that federal agency is in the process of firing him.
“TSA holds its employees to the highest ethical standards and expects all TSA employees to conduct themselves with integrity and professionalism,” said spokesman Ross Feinstein . “These alleged crimes are egregious and intolerable.”
Well, I’m glad Homeland Security has taken these steps, but these are not really “alleged” crimes, are they? They are crimes admitted to by the accused.
However, one wonders how serious the federal government takes this issue when it is widely known that federal employees are viewing porn at taxpayer expense and there are serious allegations of our own government’s involvement in child trafficking. Perhaps Mr. Feinstein could begin to address that a step up the ladder. As far as I know, no one has lost their job in any of those things .
Dead men (women) tell no tales??? It always catches our attention when a person close to a potential presidential candidate dies in a violent manner such as this….
DENVILLE, N.J. (AP) — A member of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s transition team has died in a murder-suicide committed by her husband.
Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp said Friday that Joan Bramhall was shot to death by her husband, John, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. A family member reported finding one of the bodies Thursday.
Joan Bramhall was a former Morris County clerk who was well-known in Republican political circles. She was 74 and retired in December.
In a statement, Christie hailed Bramhall as an “outstanding public servant but an even better person.”
Christie says, “She was an extraordinarily selfless and generous person to friends and family alike. She honored me and Mary Pat with her friendship for the last 20 years.”
Cops are Not Seeking Anyone Else in Relation to the Deaths
Police have said that there is no further threat to the community after the deaths, bolstering the assumption that this was a murder-suicide….
DAUGHTER TELLS MEDIA THAT MOM SUFFERED “DEMENTIA” (Consider the source)
The couple’s daughter, Lorraine “Lori” Bramhall, 53, of Brooklyn, N.Y. acknowledged in a telephone interview Friday that she has battled substance abuse problems for years and that her parents at various times raised all six of her children in Denville because she was incapable.
“My father said I wasn’t allowed to talk to my mother. I loved my mother and she loved me,” Lori Bramhall said. She said her father a few months earlier told her he believed her mother had dementia. Lori Bramhall said she argued with her father over his perceptions, saying that her mother could be “forgetful” but she didn’t notice any personality changes.
Published Thursday, August 7, 2014 12:50PM EDT
TORONTO — Municipal politicians in a region of Ontario that is home to one of the world’s largest nuclear power plants violated provincial law by holding secret meetings over the storage of radioactive waste, an outside investigation has found.
The probe followed complaints about years of undocumented discussions between the mayors who sit on Bruce County council and nuclear-waste representatives searching for a permanent storage site.
An investigator with a company that helps Ontario municipalities with closed-meeting procedure investigations concluded the mayors had breached the Municipal Act, which requires open meetings.
“There was no notice of these council meetings given to the public … no clerk or designate was present to take minutes, nor were any taken,” wrote Nigel Bellchamber of London, Ont.-based Amberley Gavel.
“The public was unaware of, and in no case attended, any of these meetings; nor was there any resolution to close them.”
At issue were numerous meetings of the “community consultation” advisory group — comprising the mayors and representatives of the Nuclear Waste Management Organization and Ontario Power Generation — that began in 2005.
Some of the mayors argued the meetings were simply information sessions at which they passed no motions.
That explanation didn’t impress Bellchamber, who concluded the discussions had a marked influence on the mayors’ decisions regarding the radioactive-waste project. He also urged councillors and municipal staff to be “more sensitive” to potentially breaching the act when getting together for what might appear to be informal gatherings.
Ontario Power Generation is proposing to build a massive underground nuclear-waste site at the Bruce nuclear power plant on the shores of Lake Huron near Kincardine, Ont., a plan that has drawn opposition from environmentalists and aboriginal groups.
The Southampton Residents Association and Save our Saugeen Shores, which lodged the meetings complaint in May last year, saw skullduggery in the highly charged search for the storage site.
The groups alleged the discussions were kept secret because the politicians feared damaging their electoral fortunes and pointed to informal notes from one meeting in February 2010 that showed a mayor fretting about “a negative backlash at the polls.”
However, Bellchamber concluded the officials did not contravene the Municipal Act deliberately.
Jim Henning, president of the Southampton Residents Association, said he found it hard to believe the contravention was inadvertent.
“It seems to me that if you get a whole bunch of mayors together for over eight years for regular meetings, one of them should know something about the Municipal Act — if not all of them,” Henning said in an interview Thursday.
The results of the investigation amounted to a “moral” victory given that the legislation provides no penalty, Henning said.
County officials, who sent the report to corporate services for review, are expected to discuss it at a council meeting next month. They did not respond to a request for comment on Thursday.
Jill Taylor, president of Save Our Saugeen Shores, called the outcome a victory for those who expect “transparency” in government. She also called it “disturbing” that neither the politicians nor administrators demanded compliance with the Municipal Act.
“Citizens should be able to trust that their mayors will follow the law, even and especially if faced with pressures from powerful industrial interests,” Taylor said in a statement.
Read more: HERE
Obama Administration Program Secretly Sent Young Latin Americans to Cuba to Foment Rebellion – AP –In one case, the workers formed an HIV-prevention workshop that memos called ‘the perfect excuse’ for the program’s political goals.
4 Aug 2014 An Obama administration program secretly dispatched young Latin Americans to Cuba using the cover of health and civic programs to provoke political change a coup d’etat, a clandestine operation that put those foreigners in danger even after a U.S. contractor was hauled away to a Cuban jail. Beginning as early as October 2009, a project overseen by the U.S. Agency for International Development sent Venezuelan, Costa Rican and Peruvian young people to Cuba in hopes of ginning up rebellion. The AP found USAID[Obama's old 'stomping grounds' from the 1980s] and its contractor, Creative Associates International, continued the program even as U.S. officials privately told their government contractors to consider suspending travel to Cuba after the arrest of contractor Alan Gross, who remains imprisoned after smuggling in sensitive technology.
(CNN) – The federal government has concluded there’s a new leaker exposing national security documents in the aftermath of surveillance disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden,U.S. officials tell CNN.
Proof of the newest leak comes from national security documents that formed the basis of a news story published Tuesday by the Intercept, the news site launched by Glenn Greenwald, who also published Snowden’s leaks.
The Intercept article focuses on the growth in U.S. government databases of known or suspected terrorist names during the Obama administration.
The article cites documents prepared by the National Counterterrorism Center dated August 2013, which is after Snowden left the United States to avoid criminal charges.
Greenwald has suggested there was another leaker. In July, he said on Twitter “it seems clear at this point” that there was another.
Government officials have been investigating to find out that identity.
In a February interview with CNN’s Reliable Sources, Greenwald said: “I definitely think it’s fair to say that there are people who have been inspired by Edward Snowden’s courage and by the great good and virtue that it has achieved.”
He added, “I have no doubt there will be other sources inside the government who see extreme wrongdoing who are inspired by Edward Snowden.”
It’s not yet clear how many documents the new leaker has shared and how much damage it may cause.
So far, the documents shared by the new leaker are labeled “Secret” and “NOFORN,” which means it isn’t to be shared with foreign government.
That’s a lower level of classification than most of the documents leaked by Snowden.
Government officials say he stole 1.7 million classified documents, many of which were labeled “Top Secret,” a higher classification for the government’s most important secrets.
The biggest database, called the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment, now has 1 million names, a U.S. official confirmed to CNN.
That’s boosted from half that many in the aftermath of the botched attempt by the so-called underwear bomber to blow up a U.S.-bound jetliner on Christmas Day in 2009.
The growth of TIDE, and other more specialized terrorist databases and watchlists, was a result of vulnerabilities exposed in the 2009 underwear plot, government officials said.
The underwear bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmuttalab, was not on government watchlists that would have prevented him from being allowed to fly to the United States.
In 2012, the National Counterterrorism Center reported that the TIDE database contained 875,000 names. There were about 500,000 in 2009 before the underwear bomb plot.
The Intercept first reported the new TIDE database numbers, along with details of other databases.
As of November, 2013, there were 700,000 people listed in the Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB), or the “Terrorist Watchlist, according to a U.S. official. Fewer than 1% are U.S. persons and fewer than 0.5% are U.S. citizens.
The list has grown somewhat since that time, but is nowhere near the 1.5 million figure cited in recent news reports. Current numbers for the TSDB cannot be released at this time.
The Intercept report said, citing the documents, that 40% on the “Terrorist Watchlist” aren’t affiliated with terror groups.
U.S. officials familiar with the matter say the claim is incorrect based on a misreading of the documents.
Americans on lists
The report said that as of August, 2013, 5,000 Americans were on the TSD watchlist. Another 15,800 were on the wider TIDE list.
A smaller subset, 16,000 names, including 1,200 belonging to Americans, are listed as “selectees” who are subject to more intensive screening at airports and border crossings.
According to the Intercept, citing the documents, the cities with the most names on the list are: New York, Dearborn, Michigan; Houston; San Diego; and Chicago. Dearborn is home to one the nation’s biggest concentrations of Arab and Muslim populations.
According to the documents cited by the Intercept, the government has also begun a new effort to collect information and biometric data on U.S. persons in the aftermath of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.
The data includes photos from driver’s licenses. That effort likely was spurred by the fact that FBI agents investigating the Boston bombings found existing databases lacking when they tried to match images of the two bombers isolated from surveillance video, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter.
Stored on Pentagon system
Documents classified as “Secret” are stored on a Pentagon-operated computer system called SIPRNet, which the Defense and State departments use to share classified information.
A recent Government Accountability Office study found that between 2006-2011 there were 3.2 million approved by the Pentagon to handle secret, top secret, SCI (sensitive compartmented) information.
SIPRnet is one of the computer systems that the former Army soldier now known as Chelsea Manning accessed to leak hundreds of thousands documents, including State Department cables.
The Manning leak was the largest U.S. intelligence leak until Snowden.
Blackmail / Extortion!
CIA Director John Brennan admitted that the agency did hack into the computers of Sen. Dianne Feinstein and other Senate staffers — an allegation he had denied in March.
In a search for Bush-era interrogation practices, computers were hacked in “a manner inconsistent with the common understanding” between the Senate and the agency, Mr. Brennan has concluded, agency spokesman Dean Boyd said Thursday, National Journal reported .
Mr. Brennan apologized to both Mrs. Feinstein, who heads the Senate Intelligence Committee, and the panel’s top Republican, Sen. Saxby Chambliss, for the actions of his officers, the Journal reported. The CIA’s reversal comes after a briefing on the inspector general’s findings.
The findings of the internal investigation have now been submitted to an accountability board led by retired Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh, the Journal reported.
Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), released a statement on the revelations Wednesday, saying “What’s needed now is a public apology from Director Brennan to staff and the committee, a full accounting of how this occurred and a commitment there will be no further attempts to undermine Congressional oversight of CIA activities.”
More at Washington Times
The debate rages about whether to train and arm teachers and school administrators or keep all guns off of school campuses. Whenever I’ve been in a discussion on this subject, I always ask the anti-gun person two questions:
1. What percentage of school shootings take place on gun free campuses?
The answer to the first question is easy – to the best of my knowledge all of the school shootings have taken place on gun free campuses. Why do you think Obama and other anti-gun politicians send their kids to a school with at least 11 armed guards? Think about it. These politicians speak out against arming and allowing school faculty to undergo proper training to allow them to be armed to protect YOUR kids while they send THEIR kids to schools with armed guards.
The answer to the second question should be a no brainer, but you would be surprised to see how many parents still say no to teachers being armed. They expect teachers to protect their kids but refuse to give them the means to do so.
However, a growing number of schools and teachers are taking the necessary steps to protect your kids. In Ohio, some teachers are spending their summer attending the Tactical Defense Institute run by John Benner. So far over 300 people, including teachers, have completed the first level of training and are now licensed to carry concealed weapons.
They aren’t just being taught how to shoot a gun, but how to tactically shoot an intruder while moving and protecting their students. Benner told the local media:
“This is more about tactics than it is shooting. These people are training for one single event and that event hopefully will save lives,”“I’ve had people tell me, ‘Oh, teachers can’t do that. They sacrifice their lives for their kids all the time.’ Look at Sandy Hook, that’s a perfect example. I think there was four that literally sacrificed their lives, stood in front of their kids or tried to attack a guy with a rifle. That doesn’t work very well,”
Tracy is a teacher from a northern Ohio school undergoing training at the Tactical Defense Institute. When asked why, she responded:
“I want to be the best that I can when it comes to protecting my kids, my personal children, my classroom children and this is where I come to do it.”
“I look at everything completely differently. Going into my house at night, going into my classroom, thinking through, ‘Hey what are my options?’ These are the tools I have, how am I going to use them to survive and go home so all my kids survive and go home.”
If politicians and school officials really want to protect their students from the dangers of a school shooting, the only real way to do it is to arm teachers and other faculty. Passing absurd laws about background checks, banning certain types of guns and magazines, etc. doesn’t do anything to stop someone determined to carry out their attack. For centuries, it has been known and proven time and again that the only good defense is a strong offense and in the case of protecting America’s students, that means arming those that are with the students on a daily basis.
Like Benner said, it took police 14 minutes to respond to Sandy Hook Elementary School. How many lives could have been saved if a number of the teachers and faculty had been armed? It’s possible that at least one of them could have taken Lanza down early on and saved the lives of some of the students and faculty that were gunned down. It’s also very likely had Lanza known the staff at Sandy Hook were armed and trained that he would not have attacked the school in the first place and the 20 kids and 6 staff would all still be alive.
I applaud the Ohio schools that are taking the steps to train and arm their teachers and faculty and strongly urge more schools to do likewise. Your kids are worth protecting, not leaving them to be defenseless targets.
Read more HERE
New emails uncovered by the House Ways and Means Committee indicate that former IRS employee Lois Lerner has a strong dislike of conservatives, and at one point called them “assholes” in an email exchange.
The committee released an email Lerner received in November 2012 complaining about the “whacko wing of the GOP.” The person wrote Lerner that there are “too many foreigners sucking the teat,” and that the “right wing radio shows are scary to listen to.”
Lerner replied, “Great. Maybe we are through if there are that many assholes.”
The other person then wrote, “And I’m talking about the hosts of the shows. The callers are rabid.”
Lerner replied, “So we don’t need to worry about alien terrorists. It’s our own crazies that will take us down.”
“Despite the serious investigation and evidence this Committee has undertaken into the IRS’s targeting of individuals for their beliefs, there is no indication that DOJ is taking this matter seriously,” Rep. Dave Camp, Michigan Republican and chairman of the committee, said in a letter to the department.
“In light of this new information, I hope DOJ will aggressively pursue this case and finally appoint a special counsel, so the full truth can be revealed and justice is served,” he wrote.
In one of the new emails, Ms. Lerner states: “So we don’t need to worry about alien teRrorists. (sic) It’s our own crazies that will take us down.”
An email from Feb. 22, 2012, shows an exchange between Ms. Lerner and an IRS IT professional regarding a “Virus on Home PC.” In the exchange, Ms. Lerner indicates that she kept work information on her home computer, some of which may have been lost.
She said her computer may have been “simply hacked because my password was too simple.”
The committee said the exchange further raised concerns that taxpayer information may have been leaked.
Ms. Lerner ran the division that gave unwarranted scrutiny into tea party groups’ applications for tax-exempt status. She retired from the agency last year while under scrutiny for her actions.
The House has since voted to hold her in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify under oath.
Her lawyer has said she did not break the law, but said she doesn’t trust the congressional investigation.
Read more: Washington Times