Breaking: Erica Garner Deceased

Eric Garner‘s daughter, Erica Garner, passed away following her heart attack last weekend.

Related:

Summer Part 1: Stories We Shelved!!! March 24–Eric Garner Update

Erica was 27 and supported Bernie Sanders for the 2016 presidency. She had an previous heart attack following the birth of her son earlier this year, named Eric for her father. While Erica learned she had an enlarged heart at that time, her mother, Esaw Snipes, reported the Christmas heart attack was due to asthma.

Erica helped raise awareness of minority citizens’ disparate treatment by police after her father’s 2014 homicide by the NYPD, and was reportedly a prominent member of the social justice movement Black Lives Matter.

Thanks to our sources:

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/erica-garner-died-obituary_us_5a446518e4b0b0e5a7a49a79

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/12/25/us/eric-garner-daughter-heart-attack/index.html

December Debacle: Stories from the Freezer!!! October 27: Boente Bows Out

U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia Dana Boente is ready to cash out, announcing his resignation in October (pending confirmation of his replacement).

Image: Dana Boente, acting U.S. attorney general, listens during a county sheriff listening session

Politico reported the career “government servant” and 2015 Obama appointee to EDV, 63, who briefly took over for Sally Yates as acting Attorney General upon Yates’ firing for refusal to enforce Trump’s travel ban, is reportedly still in charge of Justice’s national security division.

Related:

Summer Part 2: August Agony!!! Looking Back: May 9: FBI Director Comey Fired

MSNBC suggests Boente’s resignation was solicited by Trump after the veteran Justice employee was retained at the beginning of 2017. Rachel Maddow emphasized Boente “was in a position to investigate the president when Trump decided unexpectedly to fire him.”

Justice bit back on November 29 via a letter to Senator Chris Coons (D-DE). Mr. Coons asked the Judiciary Committee for a hearing on Boente’s resignation, apparently sensing something nefarious.  The letter indicates Trump’s nominee to take over for Boente as AAG–national security division, John Demers (below) is merely the next expected link in the chain of succession.

Mr. Demers is a big man at Ex-Im Bank beneficiary Boeing, and will reportedly retain over $1 million of their stock in his new position.

If he gets confirmed. Demers reportedly helped author the 2008 Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act, a monstrous justification for the Feds to scoop up your phone records and emails.

According to AllGov:

At his confirmation hearing on October 31, 2017, Demers made it clear that the NSA should not be required to obtain a warrant from the FBI before searching the communications of American citizens. He also waffled on the subject of whether journalists should be jailed for refusing to reveal their sources.

[our emphasis]

Later on in December, Senator Rand Paul blocked Demers’ confirmation vote to the Justice position. It is unclear when the vote will proceed.

Section 702 is scheduled to expire next month, and neo-conservative thugs are eager to reauthorize the privacy-and-constitutional-rights-be-damned program.

Daily Beast:

If confirmed, Demers will be one of just three DOJ officials with the power to sign off on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant applications. 

Thanks to our sources:

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/27/dana-boente-justice-departments-national-security-division-244268

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/trumps-ouster-us-attorney-dana-boente-matters

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/justice-department/dana-boente-senior-federal-prosecutor-obama-holdover-submits-resignation-n815331

http://www.allgov.com/news/appointments-and-resignations/assistant-attorney-general-national-security-division-who-is-john-demers-171107?news=860356

https://www.thedailybeast.com/republican-senator-rand-paul-freezes-trump-nomination-over-nsa

December Debacle: Stories from the Freezer!!! October 23: Podesta Joins the Presidential Party

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Conservative outlet Daily Wire noticed lobbyist extraordinaire Tony Podesta (above) had been subpoenaed in August by the “Russia Ruins U.S. Elections 2016” investigative committee head Robert Mueller (below).

In Washington.Muller, the special counsel ...

This is only interesting because Hillary’s decrepit former campaign chairman John Podesta, now a partisan writer for Washington Post, had to cease and desist his unauthorized lobbying for Vladimir Putin before signing onto Hillary‘s RMS Titanic campaign for U.S. president in 2016.

Panama Papers

Apparently, ex-Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort and the Podesta Group both worked with the pro-Putin outfit European Centre for a Modern Ukraine. Tony Podesta pocketed over $1 million to lobby the American Feds, casting former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych as a decent guy–without authorization from Washington to lobby on behalf of a foreign agent. Daily Wire reports Podesta registered these activities only after NBC blew the whistle.

Yanukovych (below) was exiled to Russia in 2014 after reportedly using his office to help the Kremlin undermine Ukraine.

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Mueller started investigating Podesta’s possible violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act in October. Podesta put out a statement that his company always complies with lobbying restrictions, then resigned on October 30.

USA Today reports that while Podesta has worked on campaigns of Democrats including Ted Kennedy and George McGovern, Podesta Group itself works with Republicans as well, and their (now) former CEO Kimberley Fritts (below) was a Republican. [She jumped ship in November to start the new lobbying firm Cogent Strategies–with 40 percent of the Podesta staff.]

Kimberley Fritts is pictured. | AP Photo

However, Politico reports this transition was underway months ago. Like about the same time Tony Podesta got subpoenaed.

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Mueller’s office and the Justice Department together have spent over $6 million on the investigation through September 30. The juiciest results of the probe thus far include Trump’s (oh so briefly) national security adviser Michael Flynn’s cooperation after admitting to lying to the FBI and Manafort’s indictment on twelve charges including conspiracy against the United States, money laundering, failure to register as a foreign agent and multiple failures to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts.

Another Trump adviser, Rick Gates, was indicted and house-arrested alongside Manafort (also) on October 30.

Russian Relations

Although Manafort was recently sprung from that house arrest on $10 million bail to live in his Florida home with continued GPS monitoring, Mueller had serious misgivings, because as recently as November 30, Manafort ghostwrote an op-ed alongside a “long-time Russian colleague” who is “currently based in Russia and assessed to have ties to a Russian intelligence service.”

The “colleague,” with whom Manafort communed during the 2016 campaign, is Konstan Kilimnik. The pair’s piece was to run under the name of Oleg Voloshin.

Mueller is understandably concerned Manafort meant to muddy the waters of his upcoming trial (which probably explains the gag order against his drumming up support with rosy op-eds). Daily Beast has an email from Manafort to Kilimnik on November 29 that includes:

“[This draft] keeps [Voloshin’s] approach but takes out pieces that would not be good to mention.”

Manafort reportedly struck the statement that he “had an ear of the president [Yanukovych] on a more regular basis than even some his ministers.”

Thanks to our sources:

http://www.dailywire.com/news/22614/special-counsel-robert-mueller-now-investigating-emily-zanotti?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_content=051717-news&utm_campaign=dwtwitter#

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/30/tony-podesta-stepping-down-from-lobbying-giant-amid-mueller-probe-244314

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/11/01/who-tony-podesta-and-why-he-under-scrutiny-bob-muellers-russia-investigation/821166001/

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/16/podesta-group-ceo-kimberley-fritts-new-lobbying-firm-245557

http://www.businessinsider.com/robert-mueller-investigation-cost-trump-russia-2017-12

https://www.unian.info/politics/1648501-lutsenko-reads-out-accusations-of-treason-against-yanukovych-video.html

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/paul-manafort-rick-gates-told-surrender-special-prosecutor-probe-n815536

http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/15/politics/manafort-bail-florida/index.html

https://www.thedailybeast.com/mueller-manafort-wrote-op-ed-with-russian-operative-last-month-4?ref=topic

https://www.thedailybeast.com/new-email-shows-paul-manaforts-heavy-hand-on-ghost-written-ukraine-op-ed

December Debacle: Stories from the Freezer!!! October 20: “Responsible Encryption” and Your Obligation to the State

Yahoo! reported Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein urged the American people to choose “responsible encryption” for their cell phones to ensure the Federal Government can still paw through communications.

Related:

FBI Rapes More Phones (Continued)

In an Oct. 10 speech at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland., […] Rosenstein made a case to step back from what the tech industry generally sees as an advance in security: “warrant-proof” encryption on devices that even court-authorized investigators can’t unlock.

[our emphasis]

A speech to our servicemen and women by the Justice Department’s second in command (albeit the man who helped ensure James Comey got canned) should be innocuous.

[The Senate Judiciary Committee found in September that Comey cleared Hillary for her Secret Server saga before the investigation was complete.]

Summer Part 2: August Agony!!! Looking Back: May 9: FBI Director Comey Fired

After all, the Feds addressing impressionable young minds usually goes well:

Susan Rice: White Males Threaten National Security

We decided to pull the highlights from the transcript.

Before publicly shaming Apple for the same episode of privacy defense in our link above, Rosenstein offered this rather disturbing interpretation of the Constitution and how it handicaps Justice:

Under the Fourth Amendment, communications may be intercepted and locked devices may be opened if they are used to commit crimes, provided that the government demonstrates showing of probable cause.

Warrant-proof encryption defeats the constitutional balance by elevating privacy above public safety.  Encrypted communications that cannot be intercepted and locked devices that cannot be opened are law-free zones that permit criminals and terrorists to operate without detection by police and without accountability by judges and juries.

He also bitched that [o]ver the past year, the FBI was unable to access about 7,500 mobile devices submitted to its Computer Analysis and Response Team, even though there was legal authority to do so; that [technology companies] are in the business of selling products and making money.  [The Federal Government] use[s] a different measure of success. We are in the business of preventing crime and saving lives; and lamented that the tsunami of location data easily swept up by the Feds [does not] show what the suspect was thinking or intending — both of which are important elements of proof in many prosecutions.

[our emphasis]

As the nation frets over the FCC’s relaxation of internet regulations, they might reflect that phone service–still regulated as communication–is only as private as Patriot Act-armed agents allow.

War Hawks and Warrants

[Although, while evil corporate heads like Tim Cook do occasionally stand up to the Feds for us, big-government enthusiasts may have new ammunition from the revelation that Apple slowed down older iPhones to coerce everyone into buying the more recent (and–get this–more expensive) models.]

Thanks to our source:

https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/feds-want-make-easier-get-phone-202003649.html

Christmas Special: Sheila Jackson Lee

Jean-Marie Simon was bumped from first class returning to Washington, D.C. from Guatemala on December 18 so Texas Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee could get extra elbow room, the Houston Chronicle apparently first reported.

United Airlines swore the 63-year-old private school teacher and attorney cancelled her seat on flight 788 from Houston to D.C. after  a 50-minute weather delay was announced.

[Sort of like how University of California–Irvine scrambled to cut down on enrollments after they underestimated who would accept admission by adjusting the facts of individuals’ applications.]

Simon noted there was no cancellation on the mobile app United claimed she used to relinquish seat 1A. (United could only respond that Simon ended up on the flight, so obviously the cancellation was struck from the record.)

Another nugget surfaced on Yahoo!:

[A] man identifying himself as a Texas congressman sat down next to [Simon in economy]. [She] claims the man told her that he was glad she had made it on the flight and that Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee was the reason she’d been bumped.

According to Simon, the congressman said, “Jackson Lee gives us all a bad name; it’s shameful,” and pointed out that the airport is in Jackson Lee’s district, Texas’s 18th Congressional District. Up until that conversation[,] Simon said, she didn’t know who Jackson Lee was.

[Who is the mystery man???]

She proceeded to put photo evidence of Jackson Lee on social media with the following explanation:

 

As a United customer for a decade (Gold Elite) and a reader of the Washington Post for 20 years, I never thought I’d be posting this: the WP killed the story because they thought it was “too much ambiguity about exactly what happened,” despite the fact that I sent them copies of my boarding pass, my original receipt, my letter to United CEO Óscar Muñoz, and the photo of Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee. So they got suckered by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) and the absurd claim that a passenger headed for home in DC would cancel the second segment of her flight. Moreover, as the WP was killing the story, I received three voicemails from United customer service, with “apologies” for what happened and asking me to get in touch with them.

Here is the photo of Jackson Lee in my seat, the one I paid for, on United flight #788, sitting next to the man who apologized to me for her behavior.

Does anyone recognize the gentleman next to Jackson Lee? He may be a congressman.

Please share this story: although I want an apology from United, this is really more about how this kind of behavior by an airline continues to go unchallenged.

Scroll below for a copy of the letter I sent on December 21st to CEO Óscar Muñoz.

The flight reportedly had many empty seats, but it is unclear if they were first class seats.

Congress people crushing the lower class by taking their seats on group transport: better than the alternatives?

Senators High on Private Fly(ing)

December Debacle: Stories from the Freezer!!! September 13 and 29: Mnuchin Continues Opulent Employment; Tom Price Priced Out of Trump Administration

On Christmas Day, United issued Simon a $500 travel voucher and apology for her treatment. Simon told New York Post United claimed to have offered this settlement and apology earlier. Simon put on her elitist hat momentarily and countered that a “low ranking employee” [sic] merely offered a phone apology six days earlier, after Simon declined a $300 voucher offered with her new “economy plus” seat at the gate.

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Jackson Lee, a Democrat representing Texas’s 18th district in and around Houston, told the press she was targeted by Simon for the clandestine photo and “disruptive” claims to a 140,000-mile first class ticket because of Jackson Lee’s race.

“Since this was not any fault of mine, the way the individual continued to act appeared to be, upon reflection, because I was an African American woman, seemingly an easy target along with the African American flight attendant who was very, very nice.”

She denied any special treatment and layered fake beneficence, a tact our employees use to cast themselves as victims:

“But in the spirit of this season and out of the sincerity of my heart, if it is perceived that I had anything to do with this, I am kind enough to simply say sorry.”

[our emphasis]

Simon, whose race is unclear, told NYP that United threatened to remove her from the flight for taking the photo.

Related:

Summer Part 1: Stories We Shelved!!! April 9–United We Drag

Thanks to our sources:

https://nypost.com/2017/12/25/united-apologies-to-passenger-booted-for-congresswoman/

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/teacher-claims-united-booted-gave-seat-us-congresswoman-213301253.html

https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/airplane-mode/rep-jackson-lee-suspects-she-was-accused-united-incident-because-n832726

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/article/Woman-accuses-United-of-giving-her-seat-to-Rep-12452258.php

Christmas Special: Mohamed Noor and Justine Damond Updates

Minneapolis police dismantled a memorial to Australian national Justine Damond, who was killed by MP officer Mohamed Noor in July. The display was erected in front of the MP 5th precinct on December 23.

Summer Part 2: August Agony!!! Looking Back: July 18: Crime and Punishment

Multiple sources describe the responsible party, California-based Identify Evropa, as a hate group and white nationalist group.

IDENTITY EVROPA

They have 25,000 followers on “Twitter,” and reportedly helped organize the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA last August.

“We cannot allow any memorial and anything like that to be put up at that location.”–John Elder, Minneapolis police.

Noor is still refusing to interview with the police for his role in Damond’s death. Instead, Minnesota’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is seeking “voluntary interviews” of all officers involved. Several (including Noor, apparently) have lawyered up.

mike freeman confronted about damond charges Freeman: I Cant Charge MPD Officer Yet In Damonds Shooting Death

Mike Freeman (above), the Hennepin County attorney, promised to decide whether he would criminally charge Noor by the end of 2017. However, when pressed by the group Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar at a December 13 holiday party hosted by Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, Freeman blamed Minneapolis police for not cooperating with his investigation. He maintained Noor is not obligated to answer Freeman’s questions, and suggested Noor’s partner, Matthew Harrity, “just gave [investigators] shit.”

Freeman later apologized to investigators and said his comments were ill-advised.

TCCJ4J appear to be a police accountability group whose Facebook mission reads in part: To get the police who killed Jamar Clark prosecuted. We also will take on any injustice that we feel we can wage a successful campaign against.

Jamal Clark, 24 (below), was fatally shot by two white Minneapolis police officers while allegedly interfering with their assistance to an assault victim in November 2015.

Jamar Clark

The ensuing citizen reaction resulted in five non-fatal shootings of protesters from national social justice group Black Lives Matter outside the Minneapolis 4th precinct police station by Allen Scarsella (below). He received fifteen years in prison after prosecutors successfully proved he was a racist.

Allen Scarsella

Freeman announced in March 2016 he had insufficient evidence to charge Clark’s shooters, Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze, as the investigation found Clark attempted to take Ringgenberg’s firearm. Just before clearing the officers, Freeman ended the use of grand juries in police-involved shootings.

Fox9 notes that relinquishing grand jury control of police shootings unfortunately cost the legal system power to subpoena police.

It’s quite a time to live in Minnesota:

Summer Part 2: August Agony!!! Looking Back: June 16: Philando Castile Update

Judicial Watch on Somali Immigrants

Thanks to our sources:

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/366444-police-remove-memorial-erected-by-white-nationalist-group-in

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42482921

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/minnesota/articles/2017-12-25/minneapolis-police-remove-memorial-from-hate-group

Freeman: I Can’t Charge MPD Officer Yet In Damond’s Shooting Death

http://www.fox9.com/news/137-days-later-responding-officers-still-to-be-interviewed-in-damond-killing

http://www.startribune.com/no-charges-against-police-in-jamar-clark-shooting-death/373979481/#1

https://www.minnpost.com/politics-policy/2015/11/updated-what-we-know-about-shooting-five-protesters-and-jamar-clark-investig

http://www.startribune.com/hennepin-county-attorney-to-provide-update-into-jamar-clark-inquiry/372229891/

Man Gets 15 Years For Shooting 5 Black Lives Matter Protesters

December Debacle: Stories from the Freezer!!! October 17: Pikachu, I Choose You to be the Next White House Fence Jumper

Somerset, KY man Curtis Combs, 36, continued the humiliation of White House grounds Secret Service agents by nearly breaching the mansion’s fence.

Rather than exercise any discretion at all, Combs dressed as the Pokémon, Pikachu. He filmed only his “pre-jump,” as the live stream was interrupted (see below), at which point he told Secret Service he sought YouTube fame.

Combs of Somerset, Ky., was arrested on Tuesday attempting to jump the White House fence while wearing a Pikachu costume.

Although he had researched previous fence jumps, according to New York Daily News, the scheme was less original than we expected:

In 2014, a man sporting a Pikachu hat and carrying a Pikachu doll attempted to get over the White House North Lawn before the Secret Service stopped him.

Combs scaled the half-assed concrete barrier but was caught scaling the actual fence. His police affidavit indicated he expected to be arrested. If history is any indication, jumpers do get caught…eventually:

Summer Part 1: Stories We Shelved!!! March 15 and 17: Secret Service Slips with Security; Separately, Another White House Intruder, Donna Brazile Pouts and Rand Ruffles Feathers

Maybe we should build a wall!

Safely back home in Kentucky, Combs told his local CBS affiliate the stunt was to “make a statement…for blue collar workers” he believes are being exploited. (The YouTube line was just to assure Secret Service he was not a threat.) He reportedly quit his factory job to lay “shock and awe” on the American people.

The social justice warrior set up a GoFundMe page to handle the likely fine that will result from his actions. He has received no donations.

Thanks to our sources:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/person-jumped-white-house-barrier-secret-service-reports/2017/10/17/3f54cb6c-b342-11e7-9e58-e6288544af98_story.html?utm_term=.19c1da1c1a57&wpisrc=nl_lclheads&wpmm=1

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/man-pokemon-gear-arrested-white-house-fence-jump-article-1.3574872

http://www.wkyt.com/content/news/Pikachu-White-House-fence-jumper-says–452641623.html

December Debacle: Stories from the Freezer!!! October 14: Al-Shabaab Burns up Mogadishu like Shish Kebab

Although the al-Qaeda affiliate has yet to claim responsibility, Somalian fundamentalist Islamic group al-Shabaab is suspected of detonating a truck bomb near Somalia’s ministry of foreign affairs on October 14, leveling several buildings.

Related:

Droning Africans

The explosives may have been stolen from the African Union peace-keeping mission Amisom, who have 20,000 troops in Somali. A Somalian government “expert” walked back the blame on the al-Shabaab terrorists, insisting they meant to target the foreign ministry and dumping the live truck next to an fuel truck instead was “very, very bad luck.” (For the terrorists?)

Initially the death toll hovered at “over 300.” By December it was up to 512. Two Americans were killed.

al-Shabaab-linked media reported the attack. However, according to The Guardian, al-Shabaab is known to avoid claiming responsibility for operations which it believes may significantly damage its public image among ordinary Somalis.

They also promised more terror attacks earlier this year after Trump reportedly vowed “new military efforts” against al-Shabaab.

The anti-Shabaab action should not be confused with America’s campaign against al-Shabaab rival ISIS in Somalia. In November, we hit Somalia’s ISIS faction, reportedly a base in Buqa. Express suggested Trump ordered the strikes as part of his promise to attack ISIS “ten times harder” following attacks on America, a declaration made just days after Sayfullo Saipov (below) allegedly slaughtered eight people in New York City with a rented U-haul truck on October 31 in the name of ISIS.

Photos of Sayfullo Saipov were taken in October 2016 after an arrest in St. Charles County, Missouri.

U.S. Africa Command reported “several terrorists” were killed, and Somalia’s government cooperated. This is at least the thirteenth American drone strike of al-Shabaab in 2017, although Russia has been pounding them pretty good.

America has been messing around in Somalia since at least 1993. Our raid of Mogadishu and its ensuing press coverage inspired the 2001 Ridley Scott movie Black Hawk Down.

Image: Kyle Milliken, 38, of Falmouth, Maine.

In May, Navy SEAL Kyle Milliken, 38 (above), was killed fighting al-Shabaab–the first American casualty in Somalia since the 1993 raid described above. Milliken was reportedly on SEAL Team Six, who killed Osama bin Laden in 2011.

al-Shabaab have waged war on the Somalian government for over ten years.

 

Thanks to our sources:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/15/truck-bomb-mogadishu-kills-people-somalia

http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/03/africa/somalia-mogadishu-bombings-death-toll/index.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-air-strikes-isis-somalia-puntland-first-attack-buqa-qandala-al-shabaab-a8036371.html

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/875233/isis-us-airstrikes-somalia-donald-trump-extremism-new-york-terror-attack

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/11/03/u-s-military-carries-out-1st-airstrikes-against-isis-fighters-somalia/829704001/

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-military-hitting-isis-10-times-harder-nyc/story?id=50907689

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/navy-seal-killed-somalia-idd-15-year-veteran-kyle-milliken-n755836

December Debacle: Stories from the Freezer!!! October 9: Flint Update

Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive of Michigan, racked up involuntary manslaughter and misconduct charges to go with her obstruction of justice charge from the summer relating to the Flint water crisis.

Related:

Summer Part 2: August Agony!!! Looking Back: June 14: Flint, MI Update

Michigan Health and Human Services director Nick Lyon (also charged with OOJ and IM) may have tipped off prosecutors, as special prosecutor Todd Flood (below) credited “some revelations” from Lyon’s testimony leading to Wells’ extra charges. Like Wells, Lyon remains in his position amidst the charges.

Flood

As a refresher, the Flint water crisis du jour is not the elevated lead levels that tipped Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha to government-regulated brain damage in Flint’s children, but the deadly outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease three years ago. Unlike the lead (due to pumping acidic water through antique lead pipes to sell to your citizens), the Legionnaires’ was apparently due to contaminated water at the Flint River source.

Robert Skidmore, 85 (below), was one of twelve Flint residents who died of water-borne Legionnaires’ from 2014 to 2015. Prosecutors have fingered Dr. Wells and five other government officials for the involuntary manslaughter of Skidmore.

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On November 20, as Wells’ hearing for alleged interference in the research of the Legionnaires’ outbreak loomed, Michigan governor Rick Snyder appointed her head of the newly-formed Public Health Advisory Council, according to Michigan Radio.

However, Michigan.gov reports “Eden Wells” as chair of the PHAC, with a specific notation that she was not appointed by the governor. Wild!

Snyder has not been charged in the disaster.

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Flint mayor Karen Weaver won her November recall election, capturing almost 53% of the vote among 18 candidates.

She appears to have evaded investigation into allegations of pouring crisis relief funds into her personal account:

Lead Astray

Thanks to our sources:

A Michigan Official Was Just Charged with Involuntary Manslaughter in the Flint Water Crisis

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/michigan/flint-water-crisis/2017/10/09/obstruction-hearing-eden-wells/106463504/

http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2017/11/flint_mayor_karen_weaver_wins.html

https://www.freep.com/story/news/columnists/rochelle-riley/2016/02/06/dr-mona-hanna-attisha-goes-doctor-global-hero/79772514/

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/michigan/flint-water-crisis/2017/06/14/flint-water/102838154/

http://www.michigan.gov/snyder/0,4668,7-277-57738_57679_57726-454407–,00.html

December Debacle: Stories from the Freezer!!! October 6: Birds Gon Fly, IRS Gon Spy

The Treasury Department‘s IRS was all up in this fall semester, increasing criminalization of the Federal Government’s subjects taxpayers after the recent Equifax humiliation.

Seal of the United States Department of the Treasury.svg

The most recent “for your own protection” gambit involves some light surveillance of Americans’ financial records.

The Bank Secrecy Act, as we have previously reported, provides the justification to unleash the IRS on unsuspecting Americans through civil asset forfeiture.

Banks (except our unconstitutional central bank, the Federal Reserve, which Washington maintains we have no right to audit as it systematically devalues our dollar and manipulates our interest rates) must report all daily transactions of $10,000 or more to the Federal Government. The IRS then targets citizens who deposit slightly less than $10,000 and confiscates everything they own on the presumption of guilt.

Summer Part 2: August Agony!!! Looking Back: May 10: IRS Takes From Little People; Squander Millions on Unused Email, Faulty Fraud Detection

According to BuzzFeed, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) retains all records of $10,000 or greater transactions for our Federal thugs to comb through as they please–but only their thugs.

Basically, IRS (and others–read on!) are surveilling their employees by sweeping up the “10,000 or greater” transactions for their own databases: private financial information supposedly safe and secure with FinCEN absent a court order.

Buzzfeed cited twelve or more FinCEN employees who have warned officials and Congress that US citizens’ and residents’ banking and financial data has been illegally searched and stored.

Even better: the NSA is accused of using the same Treasury surveillance to comb through the financial data of whoever they’re currently watching. (Like many men in the media lately, NSA offered BuzzFeed a denial of the “categorical” variety. They never assaulted that woman or any man or woman. They have never seen the accuser in their life.)

OIA (Office of Intelligence and Analysis) is supposed to monitor suspicious financial activity abroad. But while the denial statement noted OIA and FinCEN are sharing info, it’s FinCEN who are accusing OIA of skirting laws. OIA is also allegedly cold-calling banks to gather intelligence on certain account holders–which some branches, per BuzzFeed, are volunteering, under the impression it’s  FinCEN-required compliance.

Paul Ahern, Treasury attorney, bullied FinCEN into thinking OIA had guidelines allowing them access to the intelligence. The guidelines were written a month later.

Who else also allegedly felt mandated to thumb through your bank account statements if you deposited more than the magic number 10,000? The CIA (who issued a prompt denial).

Two anonymous Treasury employees characterized the transgressions as “such an invasion of privacy” and “domestic spying.” (Hopefully no Federal agency is watching their emails or phone logs, or they might not stay “anonymous”…)

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The spying reportedly began under Obama, but the notorious Steven Mnuchin is now in charge of the extra layer of skin-crawling snooping  by the IRS for which you literally write checks each year to the IRS.

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Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Sigal Mandelker (above) is also apparently okay with this.

ABC confirmed the Treasury’s IG is looking into the matter.

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Most disturbingly,

Officials at FinCEN said that after they began raising alarms, OIA began shutting them off from classified networks. That lack of access, which BuzzFeed News reported last week, meant FinCEN officials were unable to fully respond to law enforcement agencies during several live terrorist attacks over the last year. It also prevented FinCEN from fully complying with the Senate investigation into possible collusion between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia.

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Ain’t nobody got time for catching terrorists, we have law-abiding Americans to spy on!!!

Thanks to our sources:

https://www.buzzfeed.com/jasonleopold/us-intelligence-unit-accused-of-illegally-spying-on?utm_term=.wkxjgVoEm&bftwnews#.hoE7m40A9

US Treasury denies domestic spying

http://abcnews.go.com/amp/Business/wireStory/treasurys-ig-probing-illegal-surveillance-allegations-50328990