How Secrecy May Uncover A Reason To Move The Boston Bombing Trial by James Henry
The judge running the Boston Marathon Bombing trial has gained notice for two things: The secrecy with which he conducts some proceedings, and his steadfast refusal to move the trial. James Henry examines how the judge’s bent for closing the court may work against his decision to keep the trial in Boston.
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Obviously – Not sending our people to fight wars for the Global rackets would be preferable!
February 5, 2015 by Joseph L. Flatley (Via – Who What Why)
Getting medical marijuana for veterans wasn’t a burning issue in the last session of the House of Representatives, so Congressman Earl Blumenauer is putting a bill to legalize it back on the agenda.
The Oregon Democrat, one of Congress’ more weed-friendly legislators, wants to remove a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs restriction that keeps soldiers from being given medical marijuana, even in states where it’s legal.
He’s reintroducing a bill, called the Veterans Equal Access Act, which didn’t pass last year. It’s part of a body of marijuana legislative reform the bow-tie clad Congressman has been pushing forth. In this case, the proposed law has been passed around and gotten bi-partisan sponsorship again.
His argument is that more than a fifth of the 2.8 million veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression. But because federal laws and regulations about marijuana are from the Reefer Madness era, they can’t get access to something that may help them heal.
The VA’s rules prohibit doctors from prescribing it, and it can withhold medication from veterans who test positive for the presence of marijuana in their bodies. That forces veterans “into the black market to self-medicate…And it pushes both doctors and their patients toward drugs that are potentially more harmful and more addictive. It’s insane and it has to stop,” Blumenauer said.
That’s in spite of a growing body of research that shows marijuana can help with PTSD. A study published last year found that up to 75 percent of PTSD sufferers who smoked weed saw a reduction in their symptoms.
Indeed, the VA’s chosen method of treating PTSD and depression seems to be little more than overloading patients with antidepressants and opiates that run the risk of becoming addiction (or WORSE IF THE antidepressants CREATE VIOLENT BEHAVIOR!) . Between 2001 and 2013, veterans’ prescriptions for hydrocodone, oxycodone, methadone, and morphine almost tripled, according to a report by the Center for Investigative Reporting.
The congressman is on record as to just how many overdoses have been caused by marijuana: “Spoiler alert–it’s zero.”
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IRS practiced a ‘seize first, ask questions later’ strategy
The Internal Revenue Service seized hundreds of millions of dollars from thousands of bank accounts over the past decade, often without proof of any criminal wrongdoing, according to a report released by the Institute for Justice this week.
The Institute for Justice, a public-interest law firm, said the IRS practiced a “seize first, ask questions later” strategy when it seized $242 million in more than 2,500 cases from 2005 to 2012.
All of those seizures were for “structuring” violations, an obscure rule intended to keep money launderers, terrorists, and other criminals from making small deposits to evade federal bank reporting laws. But the Institute for Justice and other civil liberties advocates say the IRS has used the rule to target the bank accounts of law-abiding citizens with no other evidence of a crime.
“The IRS’s forfeiture activity exposes the rotten core of federal civil forfeiture law,” Institute for Justice attorney Scott Bullock said in a statement. “Allowing law enforcement to take property from people without convicting them of a crime and then profit from the seizure will inevitably lead to abuse.”
In October, the New York Times highlighted the case of Carol Hinders, an Iowa woman runs a small, cash-only Mexican restaurant.
Two IRS agents showed up at Hinder’s door last year and informed her that the agency was seizing $33,000 from her bank account for structuring violations, a law she wasn’t even aware of. She was never accused of a crime.
Facing backlash after the front-page New York Times story, federal prosecutors quietly dropped their case against Hinders in December.
According to the Institute for Justice, at least a third of the IRS’ asset forfeiture cases between 2005 and 2012 were, like Hinders’, based solely a series of cash transactions under $10,000, with no other criminal activity alleged.
Four out of five of those cases were civil, not criminal, meaning the IRS had to meet a lower standard of evidence to secure a seizure.
Even then, nearly half of the money seized was not ultimately forfeited. But it took a year of legal wrangling on average for owners to win their money back. Taken altogether, property owners face a system heavily weighted against them at every step.
The IRS did not immediately return a request for comment. However, in a statement to the Washington Post, the agency said it will no longer indiscriminately target bank accounts.
“We recognize that small businesses and other taxpayers often make deposits under $10,000 without any intent to avoid the reporting requirements,” the statement said. “After conducting a review of structuring cases, the IRS concluded that it will focus its limited resources on cases where evidence indicates that the structured funds are derived from illegal sources.”
The Justice Department and IRS have both announced they would curb their asset forfeiture practices following a year of critical news reports on cases that swept up regular citizens.
Attorney General Eric Holder announced earlier in January that the Department of Justice would curb its equitable sharing program that funnels proceeds from forfeitures to state and local police departments across the country.
Meanwhile in Congress, Sen. Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) and Rep. Tim Walberg (R., Mich.) reintroduced the FAIR Act in the Senate and House. The bill would strengthen protections for property seized under asset forfeiture programs.
The issue also cropped up last week in a congressional hearing for Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s nominee for attorney general. Lynch, a federal prosecutor, testified that asset forfeiture was a “wonderful tool.”
Dozens of foster parents to forgo licenses over forced flu shots | 2 Feb 2015 | Dozens of Washington state foster parents say they’ll give up their licenses to care for kids from birth to age 2 rather than get flu shots mandated by a new regulation. Some foster parents said they object to the influenza vaccine because they believe it is “experimental” and poses potential side effects. Others said they simply don’t like being told to inoculate themselves and their biological kids, and they worry that the regulation will worsen a growing shortage of foster families…”The vaccine itself has risks and is no guarantee that one will not come down with the illness,” Ann Marie Henninger, a registered nurse in Sequim, wrote. “This decision is not evidence-based and will result in the loss of countless foster families who will raise their age limit of dependent children accepted rather than submit to the government mandate that they vaccinate their families against their will and better judgment.”
The 21 curious questions we’re never allowed to ask about vaccines | 1 Feb 2015 | The surest sign of a medical dictatorship is an aggressively enforced blockade against intelligent questions. Intelligent questions, after all, can destroy a medical police state because they expose the fraud of it. Intelligent questions — which the vaccine industry characterizes as “dangerous” — are the greatest threat to the vaccine delusions still being played out across the world today, which is precisely why such questions are not allowed to be asked. Those daring to ask such questions are now being threatened with mass arrest and imprisonment — that’s how vulnerable the fraudulent vaccine industry has now become. It can be brought down by mere words if only those words are allowed to be circulated.
Scientists find 10 million-gallon ‘bath mat’ of oil on floor of Gulf of Mexico | 4 Feb 2015 | Scientists have already reported finding what they called a 1,235-square-mile “bathtub ring” of oil on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico left over from the huge 2010 BP oil spill. Now it appears this ring is part of a washroom set: A different team of scientists has found that up 10 million gallons of oil have created what can be called only a “bath mat” beneath the sediment of the gulf’s floor.
First the ring. David Valentine and colleagues from the University of California at Santa Barbara wrote in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in October that about 10 million gallons of the spilled oil settled on the gulf’s floor. Its size: about the size of the state of Rhode Island.
But what about the rest? As much as 200 million gallons of oil were spilled after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, owned by BP and Anadarko Petroleum Corp., exploded off the coast of New Orleans, killing 11 workers on the rig, injuring 17 more, and allowing oil to gush into the gulf for nearly three months.
All that oil has been hard to find. But a team of scientists led by Jeff Chanton found between 6 million and 10 million gallons buried in the sediment at the bottom of the gulf about 60 miles southeast of the Mississippi Delta. Chanton is a professor of oceanography at Florida State University.
REUTERS/Sean Gardner/FilesOil on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
Chanton and his colleagues, writing in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, say they determined how oil caused particles in the gulf to accrete, or clump together, then sink all the way to the floor of a body of water.
Their secret weapon, they wrote, was carbon 14, a radioactive isotope often used to date ancient artifacts. In this case, though, the FSU team used carbon 14 as an “inverse tracer” to find the oil. It works this way: Oil doesn’t contain carbon 14, so any sediment that did contain the isotope would become evident in their search. What didn’t show carbon 14 was oil.
Then Chanton worked with Tingting Zhao, an associate professor of geography at FSU, to create a map of the areas without carbon 14 on the floor of the gulf. From that information he was able to estimate the amount of oil that made up this “bath mat.”
The “bathtub ring” and “bath mat” metaphors may be lighthearted, and at first, Chanton said, he wondered whether the accretion of the oil and its sinking to the floor of the gulf might be benign, if not necessarily beneficial, to the aquatic ecosystem. After all, he told FSU’s news department, the water was clarified and the oil had separated from the water.
But in the long term, he said, it was a problem because the “mat” of oil removes oxygen from the materials that make up the floor. That, in turn, makes it harder for bacteria to attack the oil and make it decompose.
“This is going to affect the gulf for years to come,” Chanton said. “Fish will likely ingest contaminants because worms ingest the sediment, and fish eat the worms. It’s a conduit for contamination into the food web.”
See our past commentary HERE: Was the “Motive” in Seal Sniper Chris Kyle’s Murder, Money? Or… Coverup?
Reuters/Tim Sharp Taya Kyle, wife of Chris Kyle, is shown on the stadium’s video screen as she speaks to friends and family during a memorial service for the former Navy SEAL sniper at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, February 11, 2013.
From the MSM:
STEPHENVILLE, Texas — As the governor (Rick Bilderberg Perry) proclaimed Monday “Chris Kyle Day” in honor of the Navy SEAL made famous by the Oscar-nominated movie “American Sniper,” this small Texas town geared up for the trial of Kyle’s accused killer, fellow Iraq war veteran Eddie Ray Routh.
Kyle, 38, gained fame as one of the country’s most lethal snipers during four tours of duty in Iraq and with his book about his experiences.
He was gunned down two years ago Monday during target practice with Routh. Kyle’s friend Chad Littlefield, 35, was also shot to death. (No witnesses)
Routh, 27, was being held at Erath County Jail on Monday in lieu of $3 million bail.
Routh is charged with two counts of murder and one count of capital murder, according to jail records. The prosecutor has said he will not seek the death penalty.
Jury selection is scheduled to start Thursday, Erath County District Court Clerk Wanda Pringle said. The trial will get underway the following Wednesday and is expected to last two weeks, Pringle said.
Erath County has a population of about 40,000 and lies about a hundred miles southwest of Dallas.
Pringle summoned 800 jurors from a pool of 30,000 and they will be questioned in smaller groups by the judge Thursday and Friday, then by attorneys Monday and Tuesday, she said.
Routh’s Fort Worth-based attorney, J. Warren St. John, has requested the trial be moved because of publicity surrounding “American Sniper,” (Worldwide!) and although his latest request is pending, the judge has so far refused.
District Judge Jason Cashon, former Erath County district attorney, issued a gag order in July 2013 that bars lawyers and Routh’s relatives from discussing the case.
The jury will not be sequestered, Pringle said, despite concerns about juror safety after a bomb threat was called in Jan. 26 to the local newspaper, the Empire-Tribune.
The newspaper’s managing editor said Monday that sheriff’s investigators reviewed its phone records but have not identified a suspect.
Local officials responded with stepped-up security surrounding the courthouse that will include added metal detectors, security escorts and shutting down a two-block radius as of Saturday with added law enforcement from other state, county and local agencies, according to Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Earl Gillum.
“We’ve been working on this for months and months. They’ve done everything they can to address security. Matter of fact, I have officers sitting at the back right now,” Pringle said, gesturing to the rear of the courtroom, “The jurors will be well taken care of.”
Court staff set aside 21 of 113 seats in the courtroom gallery for relatives of Routh and Kyle, although it was unclear who will attend, Pringle said.
She said court staff already feel overwhelmed as the trial approaches.
“We’ve done murders and we’ve done capital murders, but we’ve never done to this extent,” Pringle said.
We have predicted Jeb Bush to win the Money Race and the GOP Nomination. The Bushs’ are an oil family, but several in the field will be funded enough to play for 2nd (VP) and stalking horse for the Bush Campaign.
WASHINGTON, Jan 26 (Reuters / HuffPo) – Conservative political advocacy groups supported by the billionaire Koch brothers plan to spend $889 million in the 2016 U.S. elections, more than double what they raised in 2012, the Washington Post reported on Monday.
The newspaper said the goal was announced to donors at a weekend meeting in Rancho Mirage, California, hosted by Freedom Partners, a business lobby at the center of the Koch brothers’ political operation. The Post cited a person who attended the gathering.
The money will be doled out by a network of 17 organizations funded by industrialists Charles and David Koch, who have become a major force in conservative politics in recent years, and other wealthy donors. The network raised $407 million for the 2012 campaign.
During the 2012 election cycle, the national Republican Party collectively spent about $675 million, according to election data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.
The Post said the $889 million would be spent on field operations, technology, policy study and other expenses.
The Freedom Partners network spent almost $300 million on November’s congressional elections, in which Republicans won control of the Senate and retained their majority in the House of Representatives.
The potential field for the Republican presidential nomination is fairly crowded and the Post said the Koch group was still considering whether it would support candidates in the Republican primaries, which could dramatically shape the campaign and possible lead to intraparty conflict.
Senators Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, all of whom are mentioned as possible presidential candidates, took part in the Rancho Mirage meeting, the Post said.
The newspaper said the Freedom Partners network included Americans for Prosperity and funded groups such as Concerned Veterans for America, the Libre Initiative and Generation Opportunity.
CDC lies: Measles outbreaks confirmed among children already vaccinated | 13 Jan 2015 | Official reports are claiming that unvaccinated children are to blame [for the Disneyland measles outbreak] because some of those who contracted the measles hadn’t been vaccinated. Some of them had been vaccinated, of course, and the original source of the disease has yet to be determined. But like always, it is automatically those individuals who choose not to inject their bodies with a vaccine linked to brain damage and autism — and that’s been shown to spread the measles — that must have triggered the outbreak. The interesting thing about this latest measles outbreak is that the media is parading it around as evidence that not getting vaccinated triggers disease outbreaks, even though the original source of the disease is unknown. It is entirely possible that a vaccinated person spread the disease to both vaccinated and unvaccinated people, which in and of itself shows the lack of effectiveness of vaccines.
NORAD to patrol skies over Super Bowl XLIX | 25 Jan 2015 | Military fighter jets and helicopters will be patrolling Valley skies this week to keep America — and the Phoenix metropolitan area, in particular — safe for football. The North American Aerospace Defense Command, known as NORAD, will conduct aerial training exercises on Tuesday between 3 and 7 p.m., and will patrol the skies over Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, as it has for every Super Bowl since the terrorist attacks of 2001…Tuesday’s exercise, code-named Exercise Falcon Virgo, is a joint operation of the Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Civil Air Patrol and NORAD.
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