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Dear Mr. President, It’s Time to Obey the Law: Release the JFK Secret Service Records and End Other Needless Secrecy

US Secret Service - Motorcade Support Unit by Cliff via Flickr (CC By 2.0).

US Secret Service – Motorcade Support Unit by Cliff via Flickr (CC By 2.0).

via Alternet:

Dear Mr. President,

We know you have many pressing issues on your plate, but last week’s problems with the Secret Service and White House security also warrant your attention. What if the man who sprinted across the White House lawn–and into your home–hadn’t been a troubled ex-serviceman, but instead had been an terrorist from ISIS or Al Qaeda or a violent American white supremacist?

As you know, last week’s incidents were only the latest in a long line of Secret Service problems involving lax protection of you and your family, heavy drinking and irresponsible behavior by some agents, and racial discrimination. What you probably don’t know is that those problems have been issues for the Service since the early 1960s. One reason you–and most of the American public–aren’t aware of those issues is the culture of secrecy that sometimes pervades the agency when it comes to its own shortcomings.

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ISIS, the FBI and the Georgia Guidestones (Plus All New 2014 Cube!)

Still from KafkaWinstonWorld's video at post bottom

Still from KafkaWinstonWorld’s video at post bottom

In a bizarre example of terrorism paranoia, America’s current bogeyman, ISIS, has been linked to the Georgia Guidestones (for those of you who don’t know about the Guidestones, check out our exclusive video below) following some recent vandalism where the word “Isis” was left on one of the stones (see video at bottom of post at 3:48 in). The FBI are on the case reports OnlineAthens:

The Georgia Guidestones, a 19-foot tall structure somewhat resembling the ancient Stonehenge monument of England, was recently vandalized in Elbert County and no one knows by whom.

But the inclusion of the word Isis in the graffiti earned the attention of the feds.

“We have not had any tips,” Elbert County sheriff’s Capt. Darren Scarborough said Monday of the search for the vandal. “We were hoping that through radio and newspapers we would get something, but we haven’t.”

However, the FBI was made aware of the graffiti because the author of the vandalism scrawled symbols on the stones and wrote such strange messages as, “I banish all darkness,” and, “I Am Isis, goddess of love.”

The word Isis caught the attention of the authorities because a terrorist group in the Middle East is known as ISIS.

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9/11: 100s of Warnings Ignored, US Ally Funding, Bush Admin Lies & Redacted Truths

Published on Sep 11, 2014

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EPISODE BREAKDOWN: On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin goes over all the warnings that were missed by the government in the run-up to 9/11. Abby then speaks with Brian McGlinchey, spokesperson for 28pages.org, an organization attempting to get Congress to declassify 28 redacted pages concerning foreign funding of the 9/11 attacks within a government report known as The Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After The Terrorist Attacks of 9/11. Abby then interviews former FBI agent and whistleblower, Coleen Rowley about why FBI agents were prevented from investigating evidence related to “20th hijacker”, Zacharias Moussaoui. RT correspondent, Alexey Yaroshevsky then features a report from ground zero discussing the exploitive nature of the new 9/11 gift shop. BTS wraps up the show by going over the unlearned lessons from the fateful day.

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Government Agents ‘Directly Involved’ in Most High-Profile US Terror Plots

Watertown FBI raid - agent entering houseWe’re shocked, just plain shocked, that the FBI and other US law enforcement agencies “targeted American Muslims in abusive counterterrorism ‘sting operations’ based on religious and ethnic identity,” per Human Rights Watch. From The Guardian:

Nearly all of the highest-profile domestic terrorism plots in the United States since 9/11 featured the “direct involvement” of government agents or informants, a new report says.

Some of the controversial “sting” operations “were proposed or led by informants”, bordering on entrapment by law enforcement. Yet the courtroom obstacles to proving entrapment are significant, one of the reasons the stings persist.

The lengthy report, released on Monday by Human Rights Watch, raises questions about the US criminal justice system’s ability to respect civil rights and due process in post-9/11 terrorism cases. It portrays a system that features not just the sting operations but secret evidence, anonymous juries, extensive pretrial detentions and convictions significantly removed from actual plots.

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FBI Caught on Tape Threatening American Muslim Who Won’t Turn Informant

Keep it classy, FBI.

Via Democracy Now:

New details have emerged about the FBI’s efforts to turn Muslim Americans living abroad into government informants. An exposé in Mother Jones magazine chronicles the story of an American named named Naji Mansour who was living in Kenya. After he refused to become an informant, he saw his life, and his family’s life, turned upside down. He was detained, repeatedly interrogated and ultimately forced into exile in Sudan, unable to see his children for years. Mansour began recording his conversations with the FBI. During one call, an agent informs Mansour that he might get “hit by a car.” Mansour’s story is the focus of a new piece in Mother Jones titled “This American Refused to Become an FBI Informant. Then the Government Made His Family’s Life Hell.” We speak with Naji Mansour in Sudan and Nick Baumann, who investigated the story for Mother Jones.

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FBI Monitored Occupy Houston But Failed To Warn Of Sniper Assassination Plot

99percent2Alternative news sites are buzzing today over news that the FBI may have known about an assassination plot against the leaders of Occupy Houston. Democracy Now‘s Amy Goodman interviewed Ryan Shapiro:

Transparency activist Ryan Shapiro discusses a growing controversy over the FBI’s monitoring of Occupy Houston in 2011. The case centers on what the FBI knew about an alleged assassination plot against Occupy leaders and why it failed to share this information. The plot was first revealed in a heavily redacted document obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund through a FOIA request. The document mentioned an individual “planned to engage in sniper attacks against protesters in Houston, Texas.” When Shapiro asked for more details, the FBI said it found 17 pages of pertinent records and gave him five of them, with some information redacted. Shapiro sued, alleging the FBI had improperly invoked FOIA exemptions. Last week, Federal District Judge Rosemary Collyer agreed with Shapiro, ruling the FBI had to explain why it withheld the records.

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Shocker! The FBI Cleared Agent Involved In Ibragrim Todashev Shooting

PIC: A US Navy special operator practices his Mop-Jitsu between assignments (PD) - US DOD

PIC: A US Navy special operator practices his Mop-Jitsu between assignments (PD) – US DOD

Hey guys! Looks like everyone can relax: The FBI has cleared the agent who shot and killed Ibragim Todashev, the reputed associate of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. I know that we’ve been waiting on pins and needles for their decision and that it could have gone either way. Thanks to the FBI for the unbiased, level-headed investigation of the Boston Marathon bombing in general, and for their bravery in the line of fire in this totally believable sequence of events that doesn’t in any way sound like they the guy for what sounds like a temper tantrum (and bears no resemblance to several similar situations that I’ve assisted in handling that didn’t end with someone getting their brains blown out). Oh – and you guys, he was a mixed martial arts competitor, and as you and I both know, fighting with mop handles is a huge part of every fighter’s arsenal.… Read the rest

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FBI Working Hard to Deport Friends of Ibragim Todashev, The Man They Killed During the Boston Bombing Investigation

indexDiscrepancies and oddities during the Boston Bombing investigation? Deportation and death? Whodathunkit?

Via TechDirt:

This week’s This American Life is an entire hour devoted to investigating the FBI’s killing of Ibragim Todashev along with a companion piece in Boston Magazine. You probably heard about the basics of the Todashev story. Todashev was a friend of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older of the two brothers implicated in the Boston Marathon bombings (and the one who was killed when law enforcement tried to capture them), who was being interviewed by the FBI and was then shot multiple times and killed — with a whole variety of conflicting stories coming out soon after as to what he did to lead to his death. One of the key stories was that Todashev had just admitted to participating, with Tsarnaev, in a grisly triple homicide outside of Boston a year and half earlier, and then supposedly lunged at the FBI agents (there were a variety of different reports, each claiming he had some kind of weapon, but each time the report differed on what kind of weapon).

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The FBI’s Letter To Martin Luther King Jr. Urging Him To Commit Suicide

The anonymous note ends, “King, there is only one thing left for you to do. You know what it is. You are done. There is but one way out for you. You better take it before your filthy, abnormal fraudulent self is bared to the nation.” Via Letters of Note:

In November of 1964, fearful of his connection to the Communist Party through Stanley Levison, the FBI anonymously sent Martin Luther King a threatening letter, along with a cassette that contained the fruits of a 9 month surveillance project — allegedly incriminating audio recordings of King with women in various hotel rooms.

[View the rest at Letters of Note]

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FBI Admits It’s Not Really About Law Enforcement Any More; Ignores Lots Of Crimes To Focus On Creating Fake Terror Plots

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Mike Masnick noticed that the declared primary role of the FBI has changed and details his findings at Techdirt:

A couple years ago, it was revealed that the FBI noted in one of its “counterterrorism training manuals” that FBI agents could “bend or suspend the law and impinge upon the freedoms of others,” which seemed kind of odd for a government agency who claimed its “primary function” was “law enforcement.” You’d think that playing by the rules would be kind of important. However, as John Hudson at Foreign Policy has noted, at some point last summer, the FBI quietly changed its fact sheet, so that it no longer says that “law enforcement” is its primary function, replacing it with “national security.”

Of course, I thought we already had a “national security” agency — known as the “National Security Agency.” Of course, while this may seem like a minor change, as the article notes, it is the reality behind the scenes.

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