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SS......THE DRUGGING OF AMERICAS CHILDREN IS A NATIONAL EPIDEMIC.....BOYS ARE BEING TARGETED THE MOST ...BUT IN THIS CASE IT'S A GIRL MS. GODBOLDO'S DAUGHTER ......EITHER WAY IT'S WRONG ..........THE GOVERNMENT HAS NO BUSINESS BEING INVOLVED......OUR CHILDREN DO NOT BELONG TO THE GOVERNMENT

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Mom in court for refusing to drug daughter, 13, with antipsychotic

Endured 10-hour standoff with SWAT team when cops came to seize child

  

WAYNE COUNTY, Mich. – Maryanne Godboldo endured a mother’s worst nightmare when in May 2011 police and social workers burst into her home without a warrant, seized her then 13-year-old daughter, locked the child in a psychiatric hospital and purportedly doped her with dangerous antipsychotic drugs – but the devoted mom refused to allow authorities rip the little girl from her arms without a fight.

  

Instead, Godboldo, a former dance teacher who had never before had a run-in with the law, fought to defend her daughter, Ariana, in a 10-hour standoff with a Detroit SWAT team. The standoff resulted in eight felony charges, as authorities say Godboldo fired a gun into the ceiling when police broke down her door. A hearing is set for Godboldo Friday, and protesters plan to rally outside the courthouse in support of the mother.

 

It would have been an inconceivable act to most Americans just a few years ago: Armed police can now show up at family home, forcibly remove a child without a warrant and jail anyone who stands in their way. As WND reported, even the Supreme Court has recently allowed a lower court judgment supporting the use of a violent SWAT attack in a man’s home based merely on suspicion of wrongdoing.

 

In the Detroit case, Gosboldo said police and Child Protective Services lied to her, promising that Ariana would be placed in the custody of Maryanne’s sister. She said they also assured her they would not drug Ariana.

 

“All I wanted to do was protect my daughter,” Gosboldo said. “When they forced her to take Risperdal, Haldol, Lithium and several vaccines, without my knowledge or consent, they almost killed her,” she said. “It was attempted murder.”

 

Detroit 36th District Court Judge Ronald Giles initially tossed out the charges on the grounds that the child removal order police used to attempt to gain access to Ariana was invalid and, subsequently, all of the evidence in the Godboldo case was inadmissible. But the Court of Appeals reversed his decision – with a catch. The appeals judges actually suggested in their order a different argument that Godboldo’s lawyers can use: an argument of self-defense.

 

The argument, based on a landmark 2012 Michigan Supreme Court decision, People v. Moreno, retroactively upheld the “common-law” right to resist unlawful arrests, warrant-less home invasions and other unlawful conduct by the police.

 

“The Court of Appeals, [Godboldo attorney Allison] Folmar and I believe, are expressing another set of facts that the court should look at,” said Godboldo attorney Byron Pitts. ”That basic premise that this was a break in by the police, into a single mother’s home protecting her child remains the case and that has never been challenged.”

 

Godboldo’s fight began four years ago when she made a “difficult” decision to enroll her daughter in public school after several years of homeschooling.

 

Ariana was required to get a combination of TDAP and meningitis vaccines so she could attend public school, so Godboldo brought her daughter to a local pediatrician who administered the shots.

 

“Her eyes glazed over, and she immediately became ill. She refused to eat and wouldn’t even play with the dog. That’s how I knew something was really wrong. It all went downhill from there,” Godboldo told WND.

 

Folmer said Ariana had trouble focusing after receiving the immunizations.

 

“She wasn’t thinking straight, and she was reaching for things that weren’t there,” she said.

 

That is when Ariana’s downward spiral began.

 

“Ariana never had these kinds of problems before,” Godboldo said. “So I took her back to the doctor, and the doctor said it wasn’t the vaccines and referred us to a county mental health agency.”

 

Godboldo said she was convinced Ariana’s condition was not psychiatric, so she continued to seek the assistance of physicians to treat Ariana’s deteriorating condition. The doctors referred Godboldo to a psychiatric day treatment facility. The mother said she later discovered the facility had a reputation for conducting clinical trials without proper patient consent.

 

“They wanted to prescribe Risperdal after 10 days, but I told them I didn’t want her on the medication because I wanted tests done first,” she said.

 

Godboldo took the child to two neurologists and several other doctors who ran further tests. The tests failed to reveal the cause of Ariana’s problems. Doctors referred Godboldo back to the psychiatric facility where, with reservation, she signed a consent form that allowed the doctors to place Ariana on Risperdal. But she said it also allowed her to take Ariana off of the medication at any time.

 

“Risperdal made Ariana worse,” Folmer said. “She started becoming aggressive.”

 

Risperdal, an antipsychotic drug cited in several class-action lawsuits for causing breast growth in men, was the subject of a $2.2 billion settlement last November – one of the largest health-care fraud settlements in U.S. history – between maker Johnson & Johnson and the United States Department of Justice, where Johnson & Johnson was accused of promoting the drug for “uses not approved as safe and effective by the FDA and payment of kickbacks to physicians and to the nation’s largest long-term care pharmacy provider,” according to the Justice Department.

 

Folmer said the problem of authorities “kidnapping” children is not an isolated one.

 

“For every child they put in foster care in Michigan, the state gets $1,200 for the paperwork,” she said. “This has become a money making business for taking children.”

 

By the time Godboldo got an answer from a holistic physician about the cause of Ariana’s debilitating neurological symptoms – brain inflammation resulting from the vaccinations – Detroit Child Protective Services worker Mia Wenk had stepped in.

 

“I told them I was not putting my child back on that medication,” she said.

 

Godboldo’s refusal resulted in the 10-hour standoff with police when she refused to allow officers into her home without a warrant so they could remove Ariana.

 

“Now, a CPS worker can walk in judge’s chamber and get a rubber stamp to violate someone’s human and constitution right to steal a person’s child,” Folmer said.

 

Three days after the order was “rubber stamped,” Wenk and authorities showed up at Godboldo’s doorstep.

 

“Mary was home cooking dinner for Ariana, and she heard banging on her door,” Folmer said.

 

That’s when according to court documents, Lt. Michael Nied, also a member of the Michigan National Guard, “retrieved a crowbar from his car, approached the home’s side door, yelled “police,” and pried [it] open.”

 

Ariana began to scream as the security of her home, and later her mother’s arms, was torn from her grasp.

 

“Ariana was crying screaming, and Maryanne played classical music to calm her down,” Folmer said.

 

According to court documents, Officer Kevin Simpson, who was present during the standoff, testified that Lt. Nied did not stop there.

 

“[He]went up the stairs inside the door, toward another door on a landing, and after finding it locked, attempted to kick in the door,” Simpson said.

 

When he heard a “loud noise that sounded like a gunshot from the door’s other side,” Simpson said officers retreated back down the stairs. Another officer noticed a “white powder” on Nied’s shoulder, which investigators later identified as plaster powder dislodged by a bullet. The circumstances surrounding the gunshot will be heard in court Friday, where Wayne County prosecutors are alleging someone inside of Maryanne’s home fired the shot.

 

Folmer, angered at authorities’ decision to use unauthorized force to gain entry into the home and take the child for psychiatric treatment, asked, “Who makes that decision in this country? A parent’s decision is not trumped by the government.”

 

Officers separated mom and daughter, both carried away in the back of squad cars – Godboldo to jail for five days – and Ariana back to the mental health institution.

 

“I had never been to court over this when they showed up to take my daughter. A social worker was making all of these calls,” Godboldo said.

 

While Ariana was in the custody of the state and the mental health facility – without Godboldo’s knowledge or consent – doctors put the child back on Risperdal and added Haldol to her regimen, a drug commonly used as a “chemical straightjacket” on schizophrenic patients.

 

Folmer said they also administered 10 more vaccines to the 13-year-old, one of which is the HPV vaccine, which inoculates against the sexually transmitted Human Papilloma Virus.

 

To keep Ariana from “escaping” the facility, Folmer said workers even confiscated her prosthetic leg.

 

When Ariana was released, she reportedly arrived home with bruises and cigarette burns on her body.

 

“For weeks when it started getting dark at night, Ariana would scream for hours, and it took my sister and family to help me calm her down,” Godboldo said.

 

Though mom and daughter were finally reunited after being released – Ariana from the institution and Godboldo from jail own her own recognizance – they still face another battle in Michigan’s 36th District court. Godboldo will be answering Friday to felony charges of resisting lawful arrest.

 

“Now you want to throw the mother in prison for a mandatory two years? The court of appeals is saying the district court should dismiss this,” Folmer said. “The court of appeals was outraged that the prosecutor’s office is trying to uphold this.”

 

Goldboldo filed a lawsuit March 12 against Wayne County and several individuals in U.S. District Court.

 

Concerned individuals may contact the Wayne County, Mich., prosecutor’s office.

 

Read more at www.wnd.com/2014/03/mom-in-court-for-refusing-to-drug-dau...

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"Sensational new revelations now unfolding in American and British media reports on the Carroll Foundation Trust case have revealed that the UK Attorney General Dominic Grieve is understood to be coming under intense pressure from the international media to issue a public statement of clarification surrounding the biggest ever ongoing white collar organized crime scandal in modern economic history. This massive case is believed to be bringing in the elite law enforcement officers from the FBI after obtaining further compelling criminal evidential dossiers.

 

In a stunning twist the Justice Department's money-laundering probe against banking giant HSBC Holdings Plc is also looking at possible prosecution of individual bankers a source close to this major cross border investigation said on Thursday. Some believe that if the bank is found to have laundered dirty money HSBC could pay a record $500 million fine as the Justice Department may look to make an example of the bank. The source who has direct knowledge of the probe which was disclosed last year said it is moving slowly in part because of the need for close examination for potential individual prosecutions. He did not name any targeted individuals but revealed that the Carroll Foundation Trust one billion dollars offshore tax evasion money laundering case is believed to be directly connected in so far as the targeting of specific high level executives of HSBC International. These executives are understood to have incorporated fraudulent Delaware registered Carroll Global Corporation structures directly linked to forged and falsified HSBC offshore numbered bank accounts which impulsed this huge fraud heist.

 

Central America buttressed by Caribbean tax haven money laundering platforms remain clear & present danger hotspots of instability stimulated by violent criminal organizations that use drug money to undermine legitimate governments. The northern triangle centered around Mexico Columbia Guatemala El Salvador and Honduras are possibly the most violent places on earth today. Trans-national white collar crime syndicate organizations involved in illegal activities including drug trafficking realize a global profit of a staggering $300 billion to $400 billion supported by a network of banking institutions including HSBC Holdings Plc who are the subject of very serious criminal allegations of money laundering racketeering and obstruction offences in the Carroll Trust case.

  

It has emerged the HSBC Holdings chairman Douglas Flint continues to refuse to issue a detailed public statement to the world's media hungry for an explanation surrounding these sensational allegations which now confront Europe's largest banking institution. The former chairman Lord Green who is now the UK Government's Trade Minister is known to have had a deep personal involvement in this shocking scandal that is sweeping Wall Street and the City of London.

 

In a November filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission HSBC stated that it remained "the subject of ongoing inquiries, including grand jury subpoenas and other requests for information by Government Agencies including the US Attorney's Office and the U.S. Department of Justice."

In 2004 when I have filed for divorce and My EX have sent 500,000 dollars to Pakistan and have said that there was a business he lost all the money. Which was not true( Now please people don't think that I am looking back and looking into the past is not good this & that Why??Since my stand was not just for my self I want to talk about this issue again & again. That when I have talked to a real estate agent which was a lady saying actually I have 150,000 dollars but court is saying I can not spend that to buy a house until further court order. She said, " Bushra, get out of this mess. Same thing same thing happened to me, My husband have sent all the money to Vietnam and court have asked me to prove that I was not agree with him to withdraw that money. Bushra attorney will not do anything for you. You have to give him or her all the evidence he or she will give that to court. It is not like TV or movies. I was not able to prove in court that from joint account he withdraw all amount and sent that to abroad but my kids were 17 & 18 so I did not have much problems there. I suggest you not to go t the court for this issue make some settlement an dget out of this mess. You need money and you can save in this way." I hung up the phone thinking ok my community was saying same thing I did not pay attention thinking they are trying to scared me but this woman even don't know must have saying the truth and should i act upon her advice? Here I thought No I can prove may be she did not try to get help from embassy of her country and American consulate and other thing I was DAMN sure that non of the paper bare my signature that is prove I was not agree, But they believ him that in Pakistan signature of wife are not necessary there was a check of more then 400,00 dollars. I DID NOT Sign that check even he asked me to do many times if I would be agree I might have sign that check. So I decide to stand up. Later I have felt in the court judges also wants me to make same thing I should make some agreement otherwise every thing will go to him or attorneys. Any ways I contact all the state department but each & every one have said this is your PRIVATE matter we can not help you. Yes Pakistani embassy and their it's officials always been very nice to me and seeing these papers and other business related documents they have said we wish we can come to the court to say these arr not business deals but they also can't. So now in 2005 when my EX have submitted these under oath statements With the signatures of Brian G. Heath I just shocked reading his signature I "trunt/fori tor per" dialed the number of American Consulate in Lahore asking them , "Hey you guys have said, That you can't help me since this is a private case I am an individual, Now you guys ar ehelping a lier who is saying there was or is a business but I know an dthis is truth there was nothing. Sir how come Brian G. Heath have signed those papers. Did he went there and have seen that land and shop of the carpet?? If not how come he is agree that ther eis such business. Sir that place Sahiwal is just les then two hours drive from you please go there and see for yourself there was no such business in last 100 years." Now Biran G. Heath did not have courage to come to the phone for me but I FAX them and at that time my phone has too much security NO unidentified calls can be made to me so when they try to FAX me from Lahore, Pakistan fax was not going through only calls from America was able to go through that system:D Any ways being very nice some one from Lahore Consulate has called me and told me they are not able to fax on my home number and I Gave them Spangler School FAX number so they send above letter to me that described as their representative on the phone have said to me that no actually we just say these people does exist (wujud rakhty hain Does I have right exist or wrong one?) But they are not responsible for what is written in it. Now as I have said many times but at this time I am feeling I can't write any more so just going to copy and past my letter to my attorney at that time:) may be when I feel I can type more I will be back :DBut I just wonder how about if these four people Imtiaz is real brother of my EX Husband and Irshad is his subordinate (works in Wapda with him) Afzal BAig is Irshad's brother they are real people but they are not rich and doesn't haev any any any business in their life time there was no Income tax record for them also and now my QUESTION if these people gonna say that BUSHRA is a terrorist under oath court and FIA FBI gonna believe them?? just notarized thing is that important? I think any women will go to the Family court for same issue as I, She will feel same like me:((( yet nothing had happens for this issue I guess other then PUSH for JOB. You Know for both children in third PUSH I was able to bring them in this world I don't know what KIND of PUSH I am getting from Court I was not able to get a job yet:((((

I like to share my feelings all the happening in the court with me how did i have felt I described my feelings in an email to my attorney at that time dated Monday, July 17, 2006,

“Mr. Jensen think you are on a beach with a friend there is nothing else in front of you just waves of ocean, what if your friend say Wow what a huge castle I guess you will ask where? Friend say right here in front of our eyes , if there is nothing you will say no here is nothing but friend is saying I can see elegant door I am entering in this and wow what a castle is this why you are not able to see this possibility you will say because there is not any castle what if friend ask PROVE IT. that THERE IS NOT ANY CASTLE” (hahaha I think If I will be your place I will jumped in to the ocean) may be you will try to have some witnesses but what if that cleaver friend have or may be people life Guards etc on the beach just for fun will say Hay there is a castle and people try to embarrassed you will you be able to prove there is no castle? May be you will feel better if all people are saying there is a castle; I have to agree with them.

You know same situation is with me there was nothing but Not only Sajjad court also saying YES there is a business! Petitioner have to prove

I provide Land record, Income tax inquiry is proving they were not paying tax,Sajjd did not provide any evidence that sisters gave Imtiaz that land their deposition was not necessary when Imtiaz is providing every thing I was not able to threat them when they gift property to Imtiaz Sajjd could have his land record. Getting land record is hard for him that’s why he did not do that that’s why some times I feel rally disappointed there is nothing and like that castle this thing even there was/is nothing but something does not exist and proving that is really hard at this time. but I do not like to leave theater or TV lounge in between even if I start watching a really board movie I like to watch THE END”

Above is quoted text from my oldest Email now I want to let you know i really watched most boring movies til THE END :D even i want to give up but I can't GIVE UP easily;-)) It's my second habit you may say lol:D

Wish you all a Wonderful Week Ahead:)

Ray Nagin convicted, guilty on 20 charges

 

Ray Nagin has been found guilty on 20 of 21 corruption charges. You can read the full list of charges penalties below.

 

2:11 p.m.: Seletha Nagin and her family have finally left the courtroom. It's empty. There's no sign that Nagin, a two-term mayor once beloved by many, has just seen his fate sealed.

 

2:00 p.m.: Lisa Hamaker, another juror, and also of St. Tammany Parish, said that she wished defense attorney Robert Jenkins had presented more evidence to help his client. Many of the prosecution's claims went completely unchallenged, he said. Nevertheless, "The prosecution's evidence was pretty difficult to dispute," Hamaker said, and the verdict was "fair."

 

The jurors were instructed not to discuss their deliberations in detail, but Hamaker said that the discussions in the jury room were "amicable."

 

Hamaker went on to say that she looked forward to reading the press coverage of the trial and getting to know some of the characters who were mentioned but did not testify. "We've been in a vacuum," she said.

 

"It's been emotional," Hamaker said. "I felt absolutely terrible for Mrs. Nagin and especially for their daughter. My heart goes out for them for sure. "

 

Seletha Nagin, still in the court room, just finished praying with her family.

 

1:52 p.m.: Security escorted the jury across Poydras Street to a perking lot, where they were released to speak to reporters if they wished. Most somberly declined to comment and left without saying a word, but a few were game to talk, reports Mark Waller of Nola.com | The Times-Picayune.

 

Among those willing to share her thoughts was the jury forewoman, Bridget LeBlanc, of St. Tammany Parish. "It was a long two weeks," she said. "But we had a great jury, and (the trial) was well run."

 

She said that both the direct evidence and the testimony presented by prosecutors was persuasive. "I do have some sadness for the family, LeBlanc said. "The city and the family."

 

1:49 p.m.: Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Coman, who lead the prosecution, said that he was "very pleased with the verdict, and obviously very thankful to the jury and the court."

 

1:37 p.m.: Rather than have the forewoman read the verdict, Judge Berrigan opted to read it herself. Jenkins had her poll the jury. All of them reported back that the verdict she read was the verdict they submitted.

 

1:21 p.m.: For those who are curious about the single charge on which he was acquitted, that charge relates to a $10,000 check made out to cash that was given to Nagin's sons.

 

According to Rodney Williams, who arranged the payment, that money was solicited by and given to the sons.

 

1:17 p.m.: We have reporters attempting to speak with the jurors to get their take on the charges and another seeking comment from the attorneys. I'll add their material as it comes in.

 

1:15 p.m.: The supporting attorney's for Nagin's side are still in the court room, as are a few reporters and Nagin's family.

 

1:13 p.m.: As the verdict was read aloud, Nagin hardly moved.

 

1:12 p.m.: Seletha Nagin is still on the phone, whispering to her son. She seems to have pulled herself together.

 

Nagin has left with his lawyer, as have the prosecutors.

 

1:08 p.m.: In the courtroom, Seletha Nagin has just called her son Jeremy to give him the news. "Jeremy, Jeremy, calm down."

 

1:05 p.m.: Jenkins is discussing something with his lawyers and other folks. Nagin still seated. Staring straight ahead.

 

Nagin's wife, Seletha Nagin, is sobbing. Her family members trying to console her.

 

1 p.m.: Nagin remains in his chair as the courtroom clears. Prosecutors are all smiles.

  

Count 1: Conspiracy - Guilty

 

The charge: Creating, through a variety of bribes and kickbacks, "a scheme and artifice to defraud" the residents of New Orleans of his honest services as a public official. Many of the individual elements of this scheme make up the other 20 crimes with which Nagin was charged.

Maximum prison term: 5 years

  

Count 2: Bribery - Guilty

The charge: Accepting $60,000 from the three principals of Three Fold Consulting, an engineering firm, in exchange for special treatment.

Maximum prison term: 10 years

  

Count 3: Bribery - Guilty

The charge: Accepting a $2,500 bribe from Rodney Williams, a principal in Three Fold Consulting, in exchange for favorable treatment.

Maximum prison term: 10 years

  

Count 4: Bribery - Guilty

The charge: Accepting a shipment of granite from Frank Fradella's company, Home Solutions, in exchange for favorable treatment.

Maximum prison term: 10 years

  

Count 5: Bribery - Guilty

The charge: Accepting a $50,000 bribe from Frank Fradella's company, Home Solutions, in exchange for favorable treatment.

Maximum prison term: 10 years

  

Count 6: Bribery - Guilty

The charge: Accepting a second shipment of granite from Frank Fradella's company, Home Solutions, in exchange for favorable treatment.

Maximum prison term: 10 years

  

Count 7: Bribery - Not Guilty

The charge: Accepting a $10,000 bribe arranged by Rodney Williams, a principal in Three Fold Consultants.

Maximum prison term: 10 years

  

Count 8: Wire Fraud - Guilty

The charge: Accepting, via interstate wire transfer, a $12,500 check from a company associated with Frank Fradella, ostensibly for consulting services after Nagin left office, but really a reward for favorable treatment.

Maximum prison term: 20 years

  

Count 9: Wire Fraud - Guilty

The charge: Accepting, via interstate wire transfer, a $12,500 check from a company associated with Frank Fradella, ostensibly for consulting services after Nagin left office, but really a reward for favorable treatment.

Maximum prison term: 20 years

  

Count 10: Wire Fraud - Guilty

The charge: Accepting, via interstate wire transfer, a $12,500 check from a company associated with Frank Fradella, ostensibly for consulting services after Nagin left office, but really a reward for favorable treatment.

Maximum prison term: 20 years

  

Count 11: Wire Fraud - Guilty

The charge: Accepting, via interstate wire transfer, a $12,500 check from a company associated with Frank Fradella, ostensibly for consulting services after Nagin left office, but really a reward for favorable treatment.

Maximum prison term: 20 years

  

Count 12: Wire Fraud - Gulity

The charge: Accepting, via interstate wire transfer, a $12,500 check from a company associated with Frank Fradella, ostensibly for consulting services after Nagin left office, but really a reward for favorable treatment.

Maximum prison term: 20 years

  

Count 13: Wire Fraud - Guilty

The charge: Accepting, via interstate wire transfer, a $12,500 check from a company associated with Frank Fradella, ostensibly for consulting services after Nagin left office, but really a reward for favorable treatment.

Maximum prison term: 20 years

  

Count 14: Wire Fraud - Guilty

The charge: Accepting, via interstate wire transfer, a $12,500 check from a company associated with Frank Fradella, ostensibly for consulting services after Nagin left office, but really a reward for favorable treatment.

Maximum prison term: 20 years

  

Count 15: Wire Fraud - Guilty

The charge: Accepting, via interstate wire transfer, a $12,500 check from a company associated with Frank Fradella, ostensibly for consulting services after Nagin left office, but really a reward for favorable treatment.

Maximum prison term: 20 years

  

Count 16: Wire Fraud - Guilty

The charge: Accepting, via interstate wire transfer, a $12,500 check from a company associated with Frank Fradella, ostensibly for consulting services after Nagin left office, but really a reward for favorable treatment.

Maximum prison term: 20 years

  

Count 17: Money Laundering Conspiracy -Guilty

The charge: Conspiring with others to accept money derived from illegal activity, i.e. bribes, and transferring those proceeds through the financial system.

Maximum prison term: 10 years

  

Count 18: Filing a false tax return - Guilty

The charge: Misstating income on his 2005 tax return.

Maximum prison term: 3 years

  

Count 19: Filing a false tax return - Guilty

The charge: Misstating income on his 2006 tax return.

Maximum prison term: 3 years

  

Count 20: Filing a false tax return - Guilty

The charge: Misstating income on his 2007 tax return.

Maximum prison term: 3 years

  

Count 21: Filing a false tax return - Guilty

The charge: Misstating income on his 2008 tax return.

Maximum prison term: 3 years

  

12:56 p.m.: Nagin will remain free on bond awaiting his sentence. He will have to submit to home monitoring.

 

12:48 p.m.: Verdict is in. The alternates have been seated. Now waiting for the judge and the full jury.

 

12:43 p.m.: Nagin is casually leaning against the jury box, a vague smile across his lips. He's not fidgeting or pacing or pestering his lawyer. They are chatting as you would in your own living room.

 

12:39 p.m.: We've set up a live stream at the bottom of this post. After the verdict is read, you can watch Nagin and company walk out.

 

12:34 p.m.: Judge's minute clerk is preparing the bench, shuffling papers, etc. Signs point to a verdict very soon.

 

12:25 p.m.: Nagin outside the courtroom chatting. A verdict could be imminent if not immediate. Jenkins said that verdict is in, but the judge has not entered the courtroom, and the jury is still in the deliberation room.

 

12:21 p.m.: Nagin and his wife have left the courtroom. Not 100 percent clear if there is a verdict or not. The prosecutors have their suit jackets on, though, and look read for action. Courthouse employees have also filed in as well.

 

12:12 p.m.: Defense attorney Robert Jenkins, Nagin, and all of the prosecutors just walked into the courtroom. The jury is supposedly still eating lunch, but we'll let you know if there is a verdict coming.

  

11:10 a.m.: A courtroom official says the jury is still deliberating but will take a break for lunch.

 

9:10 a.m.: All the jurors are present and accounted for, and deliberations are under way. The are about halfway through the fourth hour of their discussions.

 

7 a.m.: The jury didn't deliberate yesterday, but we got a copy of their instructions from U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan, and they shed a lot of light on what they may be thinking in the jury room.

 

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The Kueser Law Firm represents investors who have been the victims of securities fraud or other stockbroker misconduct in securities arbitration and litigation. The firm also represents financial advisors in employment disputes and promissory note claims.

 

In addition, The Kueser Law Firm represents clients in commercial litigation and arbitration, and counsels client with business planning/formation and estate planning issues.

 

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Please click on the link below to see some photos of LSD doses and to read some *IMPORTANT* information about LSD:

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San Francisco Bay Area LSD lab used by William Leonard Pickard, 1988. The narc in the protective bodysuit (upper central part of image) was not careful enough and got so intoxicated on LSD dust that he had to be rushed to a hospital, saying that everything had turned into a "cartoon".

  

("Pickard faced 20 years in prison if convicted in 1988, but according to a court affidavit, charges were dropped because he was an informant."

 

---quote from an article about William Leonard Pickard, "Past director of UCLA drug policy program convicted of running LSD lab" by Brad Greenberg. The article was published in the Daily Bruin, University of California, Los Angeles, on 4.3. 2003, and was about Pickard's later arrest and conviction on LSD charges including those related to another LSD lab that was being set up in a converted missile silo in Kansas. In the trial that occurred after Pickard's final arrest in October 2000, the authorities alleged that at one point he had been producing approximately 2.2 pounds of pure LSD [enough to make between 10 to 20 million doses] every 5 weeks.)

 

(Waldron Voorhees, also known as "Captain Clearlight", bragged that he was the "LSD King" because he "made 250 million" doses of LSD. After his 1992 LSD arrest, Voorhees betrayed his co-defendants by officially admitting he was guilty and agreed to help the DEA. "Voorhees and his attorney agreed for Voorhees to be wired for sound and walk through the Upper Haight to attract street dealers."

 

---quotes from an article by Jack Boulware, San Francisco Weekly, 8.21. 1996.)

  

("...intelligence is more important than elimination."

 

---Nazi counterespionage officer H. J. Giskes, in his 1949 book "London Calling North Pole", explaining why the Nazis sometimes secretly helped British flyers escape from Nazi-occupied countries. These British flyers were completely unaware that that their journeys to freedom were orchestrated by the Nazis. Giskes was quoted by former U.S. Director of Central Intelligence (de facto head of the CIA) Allen Dulles in a book Dulles edited, "Great True Spy Stories", published by Harper & Row in 1968.

  

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A very, very few of the MANY authorities who have been unmasked:

  

Norman Wielsch, the head of the Central Contra Costa Narcotics Enforcement Team (in Contra Costa County in the San Francisco Bay Area) and a 12-year veteran of the state Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement, was arrested in February 2011 and charged with selling methamphetamine and marijuana.

  

Richard Wayne Parker, BNE, 649 lb. cocaine theft, Riverside, CA., (assisted by 2 CHP officers). 1997

  

Joshua Wendell Blackburn, CHP, 140 lb. cocaine theft, Santa Ana, CA. 2007

  

Cary Kent, BPD, evidence theft (286 envelopes opened) and possession of heroin and methamphetamine, Berkeley. 2006

  

Deborah Madden, San Francisco Police Department crime lab technician, convicted of stealing cocaine. Hundreds of cases were dismissed because of Madden's actions. She told police investigators she used the cocaine to try to control an alcoholism problem. 2013

  

("...chemist Annie Dookhan pleaded guilty in 2013 to tampering with evidence during her nine years working at a state crime lab." [in Massachusetts]

 

---Scott Malone, Reuters, 4.18. 2017

 

"Investigators said she admitted to intentionally contaminating some samples to turn them from negative samples into positive samples."

 

---Eric Levenson, CNN, "Nearly 20,000 drug convictions dismissed over chemist's misconduct", 4.18. 2017

 

Sonja Farak, another chemist at a Massachusetts crime lab, was arrested for tampering with evidence and stealing cocaine.)

  

(FBI agent Matthew Lowry became addicted to heroin. He was arrested on the street in Washington, D.C.

 

"The counternarcotics agent, according to court documents, was found to be 'incoherent'."

 

"His car, which had run out of gas, had traces of heroin seized in the drug arrests in which he had participated--along with some emptied evidence bags."

 

"His theft of drug evidence...forced authorities to free about 30 drug dealers because the evidence used in their arrests had been tampered with."

 

"Lowry pleaded guilty in late March to 64 counts, including obstruction of justice, falsification of records and possession of heroin."

 

---Chantal Valery, Yahoo News, 7.9. 2015.)

  

Guillermo "Memo" Robles, former BPD narcotics officer, drunk driving and vehicular manslaughter, Berkeley. 2007

  

Enrique Zambrano, a Berkeley waterfront commissioner, brutally beat and severely injured a university professor and his wife and then murdered and dismembered a fellow commissioner who would have testified against him. 1988

  

("In the summer of 2008, the Oakland Police Department's Internal Affairs Division discovered that more than half of all drug-related search warrants involving confidential informants had been falsified."

 

"In the end, the scandal cost the city millions of dollars."

 

"Of the 40 search warrants filed by Oakland police officer Karla Rush between March of 2007 and August 2008, 39 were fraudulent."

 

Rush lost her job with the Oakland Police Department and is now a University of California police officer in Berkeley.

 

---Joaquin Palomino, East Bay Express, 8.28. 2013.)

  

("A suicide note left by Oakland police Officer Brendan O'Brien in September 2015 implicated cops in having sex with a victim of sex trafficking who went by the name Celeste Guap. Eventually, OPD disciplined 12 officers, firing four of them. Prosecutors filed criminal charges against three officers and a retired sergeant."

 

---Scott Morris, The Monthly, August 2017.)

  

Gary Dale Baker, who was a member of the Sacramento California police force for more than 20 years, was sentenced to 62 years in prison for repeatedly raping a stroke-disabled woman in her 70s. 2015

  

Louis Lombardi, a San Ramon, CA. police officer, arrested in 2011 for selling drugs to confidential informants, and for stealing cash, drugs, and guns.

  

The Sheriff of San Francisco, Ross Mirkarimi, was arrested in 2012 for domestic violence battery, child endangerment, and dissuading a witness.

  

Before he became President, George W. Bush was arrested for driving while drunk on alcohol. He was convicted of the charge and paid a fine. Bush has publicly admitted drinking "too much", but stated that he stopped after his 40th birthday celebration. (His wife, Laura Bush, once failed to stop at a Stop sign and hit another car, killing a teenage boy.)

 

("Perhaps that cocaine caused me to exclaim

As I fell to the floor give me more give me more"

 

---Ray Benson, Chris O'Connell, and Peter Sheridan in the song they wrote "Am I High?", performed by the band Asleep at the Wheel. [Asleep at the Wheel performed at the 2001 George Bush Inaugural Ball. They were scheduled to play at the White House on September 11, 2001.])

  

Before he became Vice President, Dick Cheney was arrested twice for driving while drunk on alcohol. In a 2011 book that Cheney co-authored, he wrote that he did not like waking up in jail.

  

Michael William Meyrick, DEA, (supervising officer of the San Jose, CA. DEA office) 2 counts of prowling ("peeping tom") and one count of resisting arrest, San Jose. 1996

  

Clifford T. Shibata., DEA (a supervisor with 25 years of service) mail fraud, theft of $178,000 from the San Francisco DEA office undercover drug purchase fund, and false statements, San Francisco. 1997

  

Michael Sullivan, Coast Guard Pacific area chief of response who supervised the operation of 20 Coast Guard cutters and was the Coast Guard's liaison to the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon, possession of cocaine and obstruction of justice, California. 2008

  

Kyle Foggo, CIA (former Executive Director of the CIA and the No. 3 position at the agency) fraud (27 additional charges including money laundering and conspiracy were dismissed in exchange for his guilty plea). 2008

  

("Early last month, the former South Korean president Park Geun-hye was sentenced to 24 years in prison and fined $17 million for bribery, extortion and abuse of power. That same day, the former South African president Jacob Zuma, forced to resign in February by his own party, appeared in court to face charges over a $2.5 billion arms deal. The next day came an even bigger blow: Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Brazil's former president and current front-runner in polls for October's presidential election, began serving a 12-year jail term on corruption charges..."

 

---Brook Larmer, The New York Times Magazine, 5.6. 2018.)

  

David H. Petraeus was director of the CIA, a former four-star general in the U.S. Army, the former commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan (2010-2011), and the former commander of the Multi-National Forces in Iraq (2007-2008). Petraeus, who is married and has two children, resigned from his CIA job after the FBI discovered that he had lied to his wife and was having sex with another woman.

 

("David H. Petraeus...has reached a plea deal with the Justice Department and admitted providing his highly classified journals to a mistress when he was the director of the C.I.A."

 

Federal prosecutors noted that Petraeus lied when he told the Federal Bureau of Investigation that he did not share classified information with his mistress.

 

"Mr. Petraeus has agreed to plead guilty to one count of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material...

He is eligible for up to one year in prison, but prosecutors will recommend a sentence of probation for two years and a $40,000 fine."

 

---Michael S. Schmidt and Matt Apuzzo, The New York Times, 3.3. 2015.)

  

Bernard Kerik, former New York City Police Commissioner (the top law enforcement post in New York) 8 felonies, including tax fraud and lying to the White House when he was a candidate for Director of Homeland Security, New York. 2007

  

Marion Barry, the mayor of Washington, D.C., was videotaped smoking crack cocaine in 1990. He was arrested by the FBI on drug charges, was convicted of possessing cocaine, and went to prison. In 1994, Barry was again elected mayor of the capital of the United States.

  

Rob Ford, the mayor of Toronto, was forced to admit he used an illegal drug after a video was made that showed him smoking crack cocaine in 2013.

  

Narcotics Detective Jason Fredriksson, arrested in San Leandro, CA. in 2011 for giving more than a pound of marijuana to a confidential informant. (The informant was a woman who was engaged in an extramarital affair with Fredriksson.)

  

John Fredriksson, a former Alameda County District Attorney's office Inspector who worked in the prosecutor's office for more than 20 years, arrested in Walnut Creek, CA. in 2011 and charged with 8 counts of sexually molesting a child under the age of 14. (John Fredriksson is the father of Jason Fredriksson.)

  

John Cunningham, former Richmond, CA. police officer, was sentenced to 16 years in prison for sexually abusing and beating his son, Richmond, CA. 2003

  

Michael Gressett, former Contra Costa County, CA. Deputy District Attorney (who was a sex crimes prosecutor), arrested for rape, Martinez, CA. 2008

  

Mark Peterson, the District Attorney of Contra Costa County, was charged with 13 felonies in 2017.

  

Former Santa Cruz County District Attorney Peter Chang was charged with felony witness tampering in 1999.

  

Rene De La Cova, DEA, convicted of stealing $700,000, Miami, Florida. 1994 (De La Cova was the DEA supervisor who arrested Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega in 1990)

  

("Two former federal agents have been charged with wire fraud, money laundering and related offenses for stealing digital currency during their investigation of Silk Road, an underground black market that allowed users to conduct illegal transactions over the internet."

 

[Silk Road was the world's largest online illegal drug marketplace.]

 

"Carl M. Force, 46, of Baltimore, was a Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration [DEA], and Shaun W. Bridges, 32, of Laurel, Maryland, was a Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service..."

 

"Force served as an undercover agent and was tasked with establishing communications with a target of the investigation, Ross Ulbricht..."

 

"Force...sold information about the government's investigation to the target of the investigation..."

 

"Force...engaged in a broad range of illegal activities calculated to bring him personal financial gain."

 

"Bridges...diverted to his personal account over $800,000 in digital currency that he gained control of during the Silk Road investigation."

 

---from a U.S. Department of Justice press release, 3.30. 2015.)

  

(“In February 2017, then-Santa Cruz Police Chief Kevin Vogel accused ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] of using gang raids as a cover to enlist Santa Cruz police officers in immigration enforcement and said his agency would no longer collaborate with ICE. ‘We can’t cooperate with a law enforcement agency we cannot trust,’ Vogel said at the time."

 

---Darwin BondGraham and Ali Winston, the East Bay Express, 10.11. 2017.)

  

Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa, highly decorated New York City Police detectives who became mafia hit-men, arrested in 2005 for committing 8 murders.

  

Aldrich Ames, a highly-trusted longtime CIA officer, arrested and convicted in 1994 after many years of spying for the Soviets.

  

Robert Philip Hansson, a highly-trusted longtime FBI agent, arrested and convicted in 2001 of spying for the Soviets over a period of 22 years.

  

Daniel James White, ex-police officer, ex-San Francisco Supervisor, and Vietnam war veteran, who murdered San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk in 1978. White served 5 years in prison for the murders and committed suicide after he was released from prison.

  

Gerrit Van Raam was a Field Supervisor of the Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement, Northern California. Van Raam later murdered 2 people and committed suicide. (A photo of Van Raam was on the cover of ROLLING STONE magazine, February 17, 1972. [It accompanied Joe Eszterhas' NARK, A TALE OF TERROR.])

  

Former "National Sheriff of the Year" Patrick Sullivan was arrested in Colorado for possessing methamphetamine and offering to sell methamphetamine if his customers had sex with him. 2011

  

("Van Buren, Missouri--Tommy Adams, county sheriff for a little more than two years, was arrested earlier this month after giving meth to an informant at his cabin on a remote and hilly gravel road, according to a court document. He also allegedly snorted the drug himself with a straw."

 

"Missouri has reported more than 13,000 meth lab incidents in the past seven years."

 

"Lloyd Parsons, 37, a member of the Van Buren Fire Department, never figured Adams for one of the bad guys. He described Adams, the married father of an infant son, as professional and knowledgeable.

'I've worked several accidents with the guy and he knew his stuff, even the medical part,' Parsons said."

 

---Jim Salter, Associated Press, 4.19. 2011.)

  

Webster Hubbell, Associate Attorney General of the United States, pleaded guilty to mail fraud and tax evasion and was sentenced to 21 months in prison. 1995

  

Arnold Schwarzenegger, the wealthy actor who served as governor of California, has four children by his wife. She left him when she discovered that he had cheated on her and fathered a child with a household employee. 2012

  

Republican Dennis Hastert, the former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, was the third most powerful public official in the U.S. in 2007. Hastert, a former high school wrestling coach, and said to be a homosexual pedophile, was arrested in 2015 and charged with lying to the FBI about the $1.7 million in hush money payments he made to one of his victims.

  

Robert Bernard Anderson, United States Secretary of the Treasury, pleaded guilty to tax evasion. 1987

  

Caspar Weinberger, United States Secretary of Defense, indicted in the Iran/Contra scandal. 1986

  

Henry Cisneros, United States Secretary of Housing, pleaded guilty to a charge of lying to the FBI. 1999

  

John Fife Symington, governor of Arizona, convicted of fraud, 1997

  

James Guy Tucker, governor of Arkansas, convicted of fraud conspiracy, 1996

  

Edwin Edwards, governor of Louisiana, convicted of extortion, 2000

  

John G. Rowland, governor of Connecticut, convicted of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and tax fraud. 2004

  

Don Siegelman, governor of Alabama, convicted of bribery, mail fraud and obstruction of justice. 2006

  

Harold Guy Hunt, governor of Alabama and a Baptist minister, was convicted of a felony for violating a state ethics law and removed from office. 1993

  

Alabama governor Robert Bentley, a doctor and a staunch family-values conservative republican who was a former Baptist deacon, pleaded guilty to 2 campaign violations and resigned amid a sex scandal. 2017

  

Rod Blagojevich, governor of Illinois, arrested for conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and influence-peddling. 2008

  

Eliot Spitzer, governor of New York, resigned after he admitted paying to have sex with a prostitute ("I have acted in a way that violates my obligations to my family and violates my, or any, sense of right and wrong," Spitzer said at a news conference.) 2008

  

Jim Traficant, U.S. Congressman from Ohio, convicted on 10 counts of financial corruption and sentenced to 8 years in prison. 2002

  

Walter R. Tucker III, U.S. Congressman from California, convicted on charges of extortion and income tax fraud and sentenced to 27 months in prison, 1996

  

Dan Rostenkowski, U.S. Congressman from Illinois, convicted of embezzlement and sentenced to 18 months in prison, 1995

  

Joe Kolter, U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania, convicted of conspiracy to commit embezzlement and sentenced to 6 months in prison, 1995

  

Tom DeLay, former U.S. House Majority Leader, was convicted of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering and sentenced to three years in prison. 2011

  

Bill Clinton: After lying about his sexual affair with Monica Lewinsky, President Bill Clinton was held in civil contempt of court by Judge Susan D. Webber Wright. His license to practice law was suspended in Arkansas for five years and later by the United States Supreme Court. He was also fined $90,000 for giving false testimony.

(Lewinsky testified that Clinton inserted a tobacco cigar into her vagina...) 1998

 

("Recently, the portrait artist Nelson Shanks [past subjects: Princess Diana, Pope John Paul II] divulged that his portrait of Bill Clinton, currently hanging in the National Portrait Gallery, contains a hidden image: a shadow across the Oval Office mantel was painted in the shape of Monica Lewinsky's blue dress."

 

---Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 4.6. 2015. Lewinsky's famous dress was stained with Bill Clinton's semen. Shanks said Clinton was "...probably the most famous liar of all time...")

  

(Democrat Anthony Weiner, a former U.S. congressman from New York [who resigned in 2011 after it was shown that he sent obscene photos of himself to a woman] pleaded guilty in 2017 to a charge of sending an obscene image to a minor, and was sentenced to 21 months in prison. Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin [a long-time aide to Hillary Clinton, who served as vice chair of Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign] filed for divorce after Weiner pleaded guilty.)

  

Colonel David Russell Williams, a 23 year military veteran and the commander of Canada's largest Air Force base, was convicted of murdering 2 women and and raping 2 others. Williams also broke into at least 48 houses, frequently stealing the underwear of young girls, which he then photographed himself wearing. Williams is a decorated military pilot who flew VIP airplanes carrying the Queen of England and the Prime Minister of Canada. 2010

  

Joseph DeAngelo, a former cop who served in the U.S. Navy, was arrested in 2018 and charged with being the "Golden State Killer" who raped at least 45 people and killed at least 12 people. He also burglarized at least 120 homes.

  

U.S. brigadier general Jeffrey A. Sinclair, who served five combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, was charged with a number of crimes, including adultery, forcible sodomy, possession of pornography and alcohol while deployed, and filing fraudulent claims. 2012

  

("Army Maj. General David Haight, Army Ranger, decorated combat veteran and family man, held a key post in Europe this spring...He also led a double life: an 11 years affair and a 'swinger lifestyle' of swapping sexual partners that put him at risk of blackmail and espionage..."

 

"Haight was investigated by the Army inspector general, who issued a report in April, and fired him in May from his job running operations and plans at U.S. European Command..."

 

---Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, 8.25. 2016.)

  

("The former chairman of Montgomery County's Republican Party was charged Tuesday drugging a female employee of his Lansdale, Pennsylvania law firm and raping her while she was unconscious.

 

Robert J. Kerns, 66, surrendered to county detectives Tuesday morning and was expected to be released after posting a portion of the $1 million bail. He faces 19 counts, including rape, sexual assault, tampering with evidence, and lying to authorities.

 

The charges followed weeks of investigation and represented a spectacular downfall for a power broker who led the county GOP for five years.

 

Less than a month ago, Kerns shared the spotlight at a party with Gov. Corbett. On Tuesday, he was escorted in handcuffs from court after a county grand jury portrayed him as a 'manipulative and predatory' rapist." 2013)

  

Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, the officer in charge of sexual assault prevention programs for the U.S. Air Force was arrested and charged with sexual battery. The police said Krusinski was in a parking lot when he approached and attacked a woman that he had never before met. 2013

  

("Like a lot of people of his generation, he experimented in his younger days. Those days have long passed and the experiment has long been over."

 

---Tom Dresslar, spokesman for California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer, in response to a question asking if Lockyer had ever used illegal drugs. Lockyer is a former Attorney General of California.

 

[From a newspaper article by Julia Prodis Sulek and Josh Richman, West County Times (Contra Costa County, California) 4.13. 2012. The article was about an email message that the press received from the account of Bill Lockyer's wife, Nadia, that stated that "Bill bought and gave me drugs..." Nadia Lockyer was an Alameda County Supervisor at the time the message was sent, and had just been in rehab for substance abuse.

 

Nadia, who is the the mother of a young child, has admitted that she was cheating on her husband with a boyfriend who is a methamphetamine addict.])

  

(Liar Judge James Ware was the Chief Federal Judge in the Northern District of California, which includes San Francisco, from December 2010 to August 2012.

 

"On June 27, 1997, President Bill Clinton nominated Ware to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, to replace J. Clifford Wallace, who had taken senior status. Ware had a hearing before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in October 1997.

However, Ware's nomination unraveled amid an embarrassing scandal that ultimately resulted in a judicial reprimand, and Clinton withdrew his nomination of Ware on November 27, 1997. In 1998, Judge Ware was reprimanded by the Judicial Council of the Northern District Court of California for fabricating the story of being the brother of Virgil Ware, a 13 year old black boy shot by teenage racists in Alabama in 1963 on the same day as the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing. According to a story Judge Ware had told MANY audiences, he was riding his bike with his brother Virgil on the handlebars when Virgil was shot and killed by white racists. The incident was a real one, however it happened to a different James Ware, as was discovered when Judge Ware's claim was published in the Alabama papers after he was nominated to the Ninth Circuit by President Bill Clinton. The father of the long-ago slain boy contacted the Alabama courts to report that the California judge was impersonating his own son James Ware who was an employee in a Birmingham power plant. The Alabama courts contacted the California courts, who convened the ethics hearing. Judge Ware was reprimanded but allowed to retain his lifetime appointment as district judge.")

  

(“By his account, he had been awarded a Purple Heart in Vietnam. He’d participated in covert operations for the Central Intelligence Agency. He boasted of an impressive educational background as well--an undergraduate degree in physics and a master’s degree in psychology. None of it was true.”

 

---Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, National Geographic, June 2017, describing Los Angeles County Superior Court judge Patrick Couwenberg, who was removed from the bench in 2001.)

  

(“I don’t know anybody who didn’t lie on his resume.”

 

---Willie Brown, mayor of San Francisco, quoted by Larry Hatfield, San Francisco Examiner, 1.19. 1996. [Brown’s campaign manager, Jack Davis, had accused police chief Fred Lau of lying about having a bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University.])

  

(Jim Jones founded the Peoples Temple Christian Church Full Gospel. Headquartered in San Francisco, Jones' group was very strongly supported by California assemblyman Willie Brown, who later became mayor of San Francisco. Others who supported Jones included George Moscone, Walter Mondale, and Rosalynn Carter. Jones and some of his followers moved to Guyana. In late 1978 Jones, before killing himself, made 909 of his followers commit suicide.)

  

("A longtime federal judge was arrested in Atlanta, Georgia and charged with using cocaine and marijuana with a stripper while he met to pay her for sex. An FBI agent said U.S. District Senior Judge Jack T. Camp, 67, possessed and used cocaine, marijuana and Roxycodone with the exotic dancer, aided and abetted her possession of the drugs knowing she is a drug felon, and possessed guns while using controlled substances.

Camp was appointed to the Federal bench by President Reagan in 1988."

 

---News report, 10.5. 2010.)

  

("...if a judge rendered a decision about granting parole just before a meal, the inmate's odds for a favorable outcome dipped to near zero; just after the judge ate, the chances rose to around sixty-five percent."

 

---Sarah Stillman, in her article "Good Behavior". The New Yorker, 1.23. 2017.)

  

(Alameda County, California Judge Daniel Paul Seeman was arrested in June 2012 and charged with elder abuse and perjury. Seeman is a former Drug Court judge.

 

"...police and prosecutors, through court records, told a story of a man who cunningly and systematically waged a 12-year campaign to take all of Anne Nutting's money."

 

---Paul T. Rosynsky, the Oakland Tribune, 6.15. 2012.)

  

(A news item in the San Francisco Chronicle, June 1975, noted the theft, from the police evidence office, of the $70 million worth of drugs that had been seized in the famous "French Connection" case...)

  

("...we humans live in an utterly frightening, insane world where our leaders, even if they are sane, must pretend to be insane in order to be electable, presumably to reflect the sentiments of the voters."

 

---from a letter someone sent to the editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, 7.13. 2004.)

  

("...the whole world is upside-down."

 

Greg Suhr, Deputy Police Chief, San Francisco, quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle after he was indicted for Conspiracy to Obstruct Justice in 2003.)

  

("I believed in order and conformity and the need for everyone to abide by social norms."

 

---former New York City police commissioner and former Los Angeles police chief William Bratton, describing why he was so offended in the late 1960's by artists, poets, marijuana smokers, and LSD users. The quote is from his 1998 book TURNAROUND: How America's Top Cop Reversed the Crime Epidemic.)

  

(Information about how banks launder money for the drug cartels:

www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/03/us-bank-mexico-drug-... )

  

("Anti-narcotics agents working for the US government have laundered or smuggled millions of dollars in drug proceeds to see how the system works and use the information against Mexican drug cartels..."

 

"As it launders drug money, the Drug Enforcement Administration often allows cartels to continue their operations over months or even years before making seizures or arrests..."

 

---Yahoo news, 12.4. 2011, about a report that was published in The New York Times 12.3. 2011.)

  

("...if you look at the drug war from a purely economic point of view, the role of the government is to protect the drug cartel."

  

---Milton Friedman, in a 1991 interview on "America's Drug Forum," a national public affairs talk show that appears on public television stations. From 1977 on, Friedman was a Senior Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford , and was considered the leader of the Chicago School of monetary economics. Professor Friedman won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science in 1976, and was also the recipient of the National Medal of Science and the Presidential Medal of Freedom by the U.S. government in 1988.)

  

("Looters stole from pharmacies and methadone clinics during the 2015 Freddie Gray riots in Baltimore, Maryland."

 

"...police officers confronted the looters and seized the stolen drugs."

 

"Instead of removing the drugs from the streets...the officers themselves engaged in a pervasive pattern of re-selling...the drugs to Baltimore residents."

 

"The testimony revealed that during the course of the officers enterprise, they made a profit of more than one million dollars from these sales."

 

"Our officers are the very drug dealers they are entrusted to take off the streets. And in their dealing those drugs to Baltimore residents, the infusion led, according to the Baltimore Police Department, to a spike in crime after the riots."

 

---Kathryn Freybalter, a law professor who was a federal Public Defender for the District of Maryland from 1998 to 2012. "Federal Trial Unravels Years of Police Corruption in Baltimore". WNYC, 2.6. 2018.)

  

(Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano served only 5 years in prison for his involvement in 19 murders [because he became a government witness]. He testified in 1992 against his former mafia boss John J. Gotti. After leaving the witness protection program, Gravano started dealing the drug ecstasy, and was arrested for running what the authorities called the largest ecstasy ring to ever operate in Arizona. He pleaded guilty to the charges in 2001.)

  

The DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration), a Federal agency, conducts "buy/bust" operations, where its agents buy illicit drugs from a dealer and then immediately arrest the dealer. Sometimes the agents do a "sell/bust" operation where they sell drugs to a person and then immediately arrest the person. Occasionally the agents will conduct a "buy/let go" operation and at a later date arrest the dealer. What is not commonly known to the public, however, is that the DEA (and other law enforcement groups) also do "sell/let go" operations where, to establish the "credibility" of their undercover agents to a group of drug dealers, they sell a dealer drugs and do not attempt to arrest the dealer until some future date, frequently after the dealer has re-sold to the community the drugs the police provided him...

  

("As the U.S. Supreme Court said in Russell, supra:

 

'The illicit manufacture of drugs is not a sporadic, isolated criminal incident, but a continuing, though illegal, business enterprise. In order to obtain convictions for illegally manufacturing drugs, the gathering of evidence of past unlawful conduct frequently proves to be an all but impossible task. Thus in drug-related offenses law enforcement personnel have turned to one of the only practicable means of detection: the infiltration of drug rings and a limited participation in their unlawful present practices. Such infiltration is a recognized and permissible means of investigation; if that be so, then the supply of some item of value that the drug ring requires must, as a general rule, also be permissible. For an agent will not be taken into the confidence of the illegal entrepreneurs unless he has something of value to offer them. Law enforcement tactics such as this can hardly be said to violate "fundamental fairness" or be " shocking to the universal sense of justice" . . . .'"

 

[From Docket Number 79-1362

United States of America, Plaintiff-

Apellee, v. Peter Wylie, Defendent-

Apellant. United States of America, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. Sheldon Perluss, Defendent-Appellant.

United States of America, Plaintiff-

Appellee, v. David Bachrach,

Defendent-Appellant., 625 F.2d

1371 (9th Cir. 1980)])

  

("Kenneth E. Melson, the acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, 'told congressional investigators that some Mexican drug cartel figures targeted by his agency in a gun-trafficking investigation were paid informants for the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration.'"

 

"The ATF 'allowed guns to be purchased in the United States in hopes they would be traced to cartel leaders. Under the gun-trafficking operation known as Fast and Furious, the ATF lost track of the guns, and many were found at the scenes of crimes in Mexico, as well as two that were recovered near Nogales, Arizona, where a U.S. Border Patrol agent was killed.'"

 

"Representative Darrell Issa and Senator Charles Grassley told Attorney General Eric Holder that Melson told them he became 'sick to his stomach when he...learned the full story.'"

 

"Issa and Grassley said 'The evidence we have gathered raises the disturbing possibility that the Justice Department not only allowed criminals to smuggle weapons but that taxpayer dollars from other agencies may have financed those engaged in such activities.'"

 

---Richard A. Serrano, the San Francisco Chronicle, 7.7. 2011.

 

In a September 20, 2012 interview on Univision, Barack Obama falsely stated that operation Fast and Furious began during the presidency of George W. Bush, when in fact operation Fast and Furious began months after Obama became president.)

  

("Just because something is in the public domain doesn't mean it's been officially released or declassified by the U.S. government."

 

---Jennifer Youngblood, a spokeswoman for the CIA, explaining why the CIA was demanding information that is already well-known to the public not be published in a recent book written by former FBI counterterrorism expert Ali Soufan. Youngblood was quoted in an 8.26. 2011 article in The New York Times, "C.I.A. Demands Cuts in Book About 9/11 and Terror Fight". The article, written by Scott Shane, mentions that the book details how the CIA withheld information from the FBI about two future 9/11 hijackers.)

  

("People think they're free in this country. Don't kid yourself. This is a police state. The government can pretty much do whatever it wants."

 

---Dr. Steven Hatfill, quoted by David Freed, The Atlantic, May 2010. Hatfill was harassed by the FBI because they very, very strongly suspected that he mailed anthrax to people. It turned out that the FBI was mistaken.)

  

("...a portrait of depravity that is hard to comprehend."

 

---The Editorial Board of The New York Times, describing "The Senate Report on the C.I.A.'s Torture and Lies." 12.9. 2014.

 

"...'at no time' did the C.I.A.'s torture program produce intelligence that averted a terrorism threat, the report said.")

  

("On March 8, 1971, burglars broke into an F.B.I. office in Media, Pennsylvania, and stole hundreds of the agency's files."

 

"The instigator of the break-in...was...a college physics professor."

 

Among the others participating was a professor of religion and his wife, a grad student studying child development...

 

"...they were part of the Quaker-and Catholic-influenced peace movement...which sustained the activities of the Berrigan brothers, among others. The burglars believed that the anti-war movement was being infiltrated by F.B.I. informants..."

 

The break-in led to the discovery and public disclosure of COINTELPRO:

"Since 1956...a highly secret program...spied on civil-rights leaders, suspected Communists, public critics of the F.B.I., student activists, and many others."

 

"The program sought to intimidate, smear, and blackmail them, to break up marriages, get people fired, demoralize them."

 

One of the first documents the burglars read instructed agents to "enhance the paranoia"...

 

---Margaret Talbot, in her review of the book THE BURGLARY by Betty Medsger. The New Yorker, 1.20. 2014.)

   

Lahav 433 is a new Israeli crime-fighting umbrella organization within the Israel Police. Known as the "Israeli FBI", the unit is the merger of five law enforcement offices into one. It is tasked with investigating national crimes and corruption.The number four is for the four region departments and number 33 is for The Gideonites, a Mista'arvim unit.

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Wanted: A new chief for Israel Police’s elite crime-fighting unit

The Pinto affair has destabilized Lahav 433. To restore the work and pride of the unit, a new commander must be appointed swiftly.

 

By Amir Oren| Feb. 10, 2014

 

Yoshiyahu Pinto managed to draw police Maj. Gen. Menashe Arviv’s service pistol from Arviv’s holster. That’s embarrassing for a cop, but Pinto also managed to pull the trigger with the gun pointed at Arviv. The latter’s resignation has left Pinto with the same indictment he was trying to get out of.

 

And now, the crime-fighting Lahav 433 unit is on another hunt, this time for its own new head. If the police want to show the various Pintos that they should not try a similar trick, the proper candidate to fill Arviv’s shoes is the officer who implicated Pinto, Brig. Gen. Ephraim Bracha. Appointing Bracha, even at first as acting head, without promotion to major general, would be a slap in the face to Pinto and his lawyers.

 

In recent weeks, since Arviv first went on leave, from which he announced he would not be returning, the police had a clear choice: to show that it was business as usual in Lahav 433 or to shut their eyes and hope it would all go away. They chose the second alternative, which goes against the messages of the police commissioner. Arviv’s resignation, his personal considerations whatever they may be, shows an amateurish error as powerfully as a thousand state’s witnesses.

 

To first restore the work and pride of the unit, a new commander must be appointed swiftly. This is also an opportunity to scrutinize whether the rank of major general is needed for Lahav 433’s head.

 

In the middle of the last decade, intelligence and investigations were banded together and Lahav 433 was established, subservient to the intelligence and investigations division, which a framework of units including the one that probes senior officials, international and serious crimes, and others. It is headed by a major general (preferably long-time) above another major general (preferably his first position as such), heading Lahav. Out of five Lahav commanders so far, two have moved up to head the police’s intelligence and investigations branch.

 

But it is hard to imagine that many major generals will be found these days willing to head Lahav under the commander of the investigations and intelligence branch, although the job is more interesting and challenging than the head of logistics or commanding the Border Police. Commander Moshe Edri, head of the traffic enforcement unit, might be the only one who can accede to Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch’s request and fill the post.

 

At the level of brigadier general, there are half a dozen contenders for promotion at Lahav and in the districts and divisions. Prominent among them is Brig. Gen. Haim Ifergan, deputy commander of the investigations and intelligence branch. However, the possibility that the rabbis’ scandal and their ties to senior police officers will end with the promotion of the nephew of the controversial the so-called X-ray rabbi, Ya’akov Ifergan, seems highly unlikely.

 

That is not the case with Bracha, who knowingly changed the course of his life when he appeared before his commander, Yoav Segalovich, and reported Pinto’s attempts to bribe him. To root out the evil, Segalovich decided to use Bracha (and his wife) to document Pinto’s alleged criminal acts, all with the approval of the state prosecution. To extricate himself, Pinto offered to implicate another senior officer − who, it was to come out later, was Arviv.

 

Bracha, like almost all the officers named as possible heads of Lahav, is not admired in all quarters. Some officers are too quiet (like him); some are too showy, or experienced in some areas but not in others. But the police is on the defensive, particularly Lahav. It needs a special move, as long as it’s not a PR trick. Bracha, currently head of the national fraud squad, part of Lahav, can serve as acting head of the mother unit in addition to his current function or separate from it. He has weathered his share of claims against him, but he has also passed a number of filters, including scrutiny by Deputy Attorney General Dina Silber.

 

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein decided last week not to significantly reduce the charges against Pinto in exchange for Arviv’s head. Weinstein was willing to consider the poor health of members of Pinto’s family as a reason to reduce the charges and was waiting for State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan to return from his ski vacation. But Arviv acted first. He had reason to assume that if he left, the police investigations unit in the Justice Ministry and the Civil Service Commission would leave him alone. Weinstein will leave him alone; he did not do the same for the army officers involved in the Harpaz affair, who left the army. This is a clear case of selective and even arbitrary enforcement.

 

To appoint the next commander of Lahav, Danino needs Aharonovitch’s approval. It will be given, but only after more thorough scrutiny than was given a little over six months ago to the appointment of Arviv.

Obama Asserts Fast and Furious Executive Privilege Claim for Holder’s Wife

OCTOBER 23, 2014

 

Judicial Watch announced today that it received from the Obama Department of Justice (DOJ) a “Vaughn index” detailing records about the Operation Fast and Furious scandal. The index was forced out of the Obama administration thanks to JW’s June 2012 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and subsequent September 2012 FOIA lawsuit (Judicial Watch v. Department of Justice (No. 1:12-cv-01510)). A federal court had ordered the production over the objections of the Obama Justice Department.

 

The document details the Attorney General Holder’s personal involvement in managing the Justice Department’s strategy on media and Congressional investigations into the Fast and Furious scandal. Notably, the document discloses that emails between Attorney General Holder and his wife Sharon Malone – as well as his mother – are being withheld under an extraordinary claim of executive privilege as well as a dubious claim of deliberative process privilege under the Freedom of Information Act. The “First Lady of the Justice Department” is a physician and not a government employee.

 

This is the first time that the Obama administration has provided a detailed listing of all records being withheld from Congress and the American people about the deadly Fast and Furious gun running scandal. The 1307-page “draft” Vaughn index was emailed to Judicial Watch at 8:34 p.m. last night, a few hours before a federal court-ordered deadline. In its cover letter, the Department of Justice asserts that all of the responsive records described in the index are “subject to the assertion of executive privilege.”

 

The Vaughn index explains 15,662 documents. Typically, a Vaughn index must: (1) identify each record withheld; (2) state the statutory exemption claimed; and (3) explain how disclosure would damage the interests protected by the claimed exemption. The Vaughn index arguably fails to provide all of this required information but does provide plenty of interesting information for a public kept in the dark for years about the Fast and Furious scandal.

 

Based on a preliminary review of the massive document, Judicial Watch can disclose that the Vaughn index reveals:

•Numerous emails that detail Attorney General Holder’s direct involvement in crafting talking points, the timing of public disclosures, and handling Congressional inquiries in the Fast and Furious matter.

•President Obama has asserted executive privilege over nearly 20 email communications between Holder and his spouse Sharon Malone. The administration also claims that the records are also subject to withholding under the “deliberative process” exemption. This exemption ordinarily exempts from public disclosure records that could chill internal government deliberations.

•Numerous entries detail DOJ’s communications (including those of Eric Holder) concerning the White House about Fast and Furious.

•The scandal required the attention of virtually every top official of the DOJ and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). Communications to and from the United States Ambassador to Mexico about the Fast and Furious matter are also described.

•Many of the records are already publicly available such as letters from Congress, press clips, and typical agency communications. Ordinarily, these records would, in whole or part, be subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. Few of the records seem to even implicate presidential decision-making and advice that might be subject to President Obama’s broad and unprecedented executive privilege claim.

 

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton criticized President Obama and his disgraced Attorney General in a statement today:

 

This document provides key information about the cover-up of Fast and Furious by Attorney General Eric Holder and other high-level officials of the Obama administration. Obama’s executive privilege claims over these records are a fraud and an abuse of his office. There is no precedent for President Obama’s Nixonian assertion of executive privilege over these ordinary government agency records. Americans will be astonished that Obama asserted executive privilege over Eric Holder’s emails to his wife about Fast and Furious.

 

Once again, Judicial Watch has proven itself more effective than Congress and the establishment media in providing basic oversight of this out-of-control Administration. This Fast and Furious document provides dozens of leads for further congressional, media, and even criminal investigations.

 

On June 28, 2012, Attorney General Eric Holder was held in contempt by the House of Representatives over his refusal to turn over records explaining why the Obama administration may have lied to Congress and refused for months to disclose the truth about the gun running operation. It marked the first time in U.S. history that a sitting Attorney General was held in contempt of Congress.

 

A week before the contempt finding, to protect Holder from criminal prosecution and stave off the contempt vote, President Obama asserted executive privilege over the Fast and Furious records the House Oversight Committee had subpoenaed eight months earlier. Judicial Watch filed its FOIA request two days later. Holder’s Justice Department wouldn’t budge (or follow the law), so JW filed a FOIA lawsuit on September 12, 2012.

 

But then the Justice Department convinced U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates to stay our lawsuit, in part to allow ongoing settlement discussions between the Holder’s government lawyers and the House Committee to continue. Unsurprisingly, the “negotiations” between politicians running the House and the Justice Department went nowhere.

 

Fed up with the interminable delay caused Holder’s gamesmanship and stonewalling, JW renewed its request to the Court to allow our transparency lawsuit to continue. Thankfully, this past July, Judge John D. Bates ended the 16-month delay and ordered the Obama administration to produce a Vaughn index of the alleged “executive privilege” records by October 1. Judge Bates noted that no court has ever “expressly recognized” President Obama’s unprecedented executive privilege claims in the Fast and Furious matter.

 

Unhappy with having to produce the records prior to the elections, Justice lawyers asked the judge to give them one extra month, until November 3 (the day before Election Day!) to produce the info. Judge Bates rejected this gambit, suggested that the Holder’s agency did not take court order seriously. Rather than a month, Judge Bates gave Justice until yesterday to cough up the Vaughn index. Judge Bates issued his smack down on September 23.

 

Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation two days later.

 

Many share our opinion it was “no coincidence” that Holder’s resignation came “on the heels of another court ruling that the Justice Department must finally cough up information about how Holder’s Justice Department lied to Congress and the American people about the Operation Fast and Furious scandal, for which Eric Holder was held in contempt by the House of Representatives.”

 

The House had been separately litigating to obtain the records but had gotten nowhere until after Judge Bates ruled that the DOJ finally had to disclose information to Judicial Watch.

 

On September 9, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson, citing Judicial Watch’s success, ordered the Justice Department to produce information to Congress by November 3.

 

Fast and Furious was a DOJ/Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) “gun running” operation in which the Obama administration reportedly allowed guns to go to Mexican drug cartels hoping they would end up at crime scenes, advancing gun-control policies. Fast and Furious weapons have been implicated in the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and hundreds of other innocents in Mexico. Guns from the Fast and Furious scandal are expected to be used in criminal activity on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border for years to come.

 

Guns from the Fast and Furious scandal continue to be used in crimes. Just last week, Judicial Watch disclosed that a Fast and Furious gun was used in gang -style assault on a Phoenix apartment building that left two people wounded. We figured this out from information we uncovered through another public records lawsuit against the City of Phoenix.

 

Congress officially confirmed the AK-47 was used in the assault that terrorized residents in Phoenix. In an October 16 letter sent from Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Rep. Darryl Issa (R-CA) to Deputy Attorney General James Cole discloses that “we have learned of another crime gun connected to Fast and Furious. The [Justice] Department did not provide any notice to the Congress or the public about this gun….This lack of transparency about the consequences of Fast and Furious undermines public confidence in law enforcement and gives the impression that the Department is seeking to suppress information and limit its exposure to public scrutiny.”

 

We have many other active lawsuits over the Fast and Furious scandal:

 

On October 11, 2011, Judicial Watch sued the DOJ and the ATF to obtain all Fast and Furious records submitted to the House Committee on Oversight.

 

On June 6, 2012, Judicial Watch sued the ATF seeking access to records detailing communications between ATF officials and Kevin O’Reilly, former Obama White House Director of North American Affairs at the U.S. National Security Council.

 

On September 5, 2013, Judicial Watch sued the DOJ seeking access to all records of communications between DOJ and the Oversight Committee relating to settlement discussions in the Committee’s 2012 contempt of Congress lawsuit against Holder. The contempt citation stemmed from Holder’s refusal to turn over documents to Congress related to the Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal.

 

On May 28, 2014, Judicial Watch sued the DOJ on behalf of ATF Special Agent John Dodson, who blew the whistle on Operation Fast and Furious and was then subjected to an alleged smear campaign designed to destroy his reputation.

 

www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2014/10/obama-asserts-fast-fur...

The 1948 Tucker Torpedo or Tucker '48 Sedan was an advanced automobile conceived by Preston Tucker and briefly produced in Chicago in 1948. Only 51 cars were made before the company folded on March 3, 1949, due to negative publicity initiated by the news media, a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation and a heavily publicized stock fraud trial. Speculation exists that the circumstances which brought the Tucker Corporation down were contributed to by the Big Three automakers and Michigan senator Homer Ferguson.

Studebaker was first to introduce an all-new postwar model, but Tucker took a different tack, designing a safety car with innovative features and modern styling. His specifications called for a water-cooled aluminum block[2] flat-6 rear engine, disc brakes, four-wheel independent suspension,[2] fuel injection, the location of all instruments on the steering wheel, and a padded dashboard.

The first sketch for Tucker's car, by designer George Lawson

Tucker's second design sketch by Alex Tremulis (Before front end was finalized with Lippincott designers.)

To finalize the design, Tucker hired the New York design firm J. Gordon Lippincott to create an alternate body. Only the front end and horizontal tail-light bar designs were refined for the final car. Tremulis gave the first prototype car the nickname of "Tin Goose".

Many components and features of the car were innovative and far ahead of its time. The most recognizable feature of the Tucker '48, a directional third headlight, known as the "Cyclops Eye", would turn on at steering angles of greater than 10 degrees to light the car's path around corners. At the time 17 states had laws against cars having more than two headlights. Tucker fabricated a cover for the cyclops center light for use in these states.

The car was rear-engined and rear wheel drive. A perimeter frame surrounded the vehicle for crash protection, as well as a roll bar integrated into the roof. The steering box was behind the front axle to protect the driver in a front-end accident. The instrument panel and all controls were in easy reach of the steering wheel, and the dash was padded for safety. The windshield was designed to pop-out in a collision to protect occupants. The car also featured seat belts, a first in its day. The car's parking brake had a separate key so it could be locked in place to prevent theft. The doors extended into the roof, to ease entry and exit. The engine and transmission were mounted on a separate sub frame which could be lowered and removed in minutes with just six bolts removed—Tucker envisioned loaner engines being quickly swapped in for service in just 15–20 minutes.

Tucker envisioned several other innovations which were later abandoned. Magnesium wheels, disc brakes, fuel injection, self-sealing tubeless tires, and a direct-drive torque converter transmission were all evaluated and/or tested but were dropped on the final prototype due to cost, engineering complexity, and lack of time to develop.

Tucker initially tried to develop an innovative engine. It was a 589 in³ flat-6 cylinder with hemispherical combustion chambers, fuel injection, and overhead valves operated by oil pressure rather than a camshaft. An oil pressure distributor was mounted inline with the ignition distributor and delivered appropriately timed direct oil pressure to open each valve at the proper interval. This unique engine was designed to idle at 100 RPM and cruise at 250-1200RPM through the use of direct drive torque converters on each driving wheel instead of a transmission. These features would have been auto industry firsts in 1948, but as engine development proceeded, problems appeared. The 589 engine was installed only in the test chassis and the first prototype.

The final car was only 70 in (1524 mm) tall, but was rather large and comfortable inside. Tremulis' design was called the most aerodynamic in the world, and though it still sported pre-war type fenders, it was startlingly modern. The mathematically-computed drag coefficient was only 0.27, although for the public this figure was rounded up to 0.30.

Continuing development – funding and publicity

Having raised $17,000,000 in a stock issue, one of the first speculative IPOs, Tucker needed more money to continue development of the car. He sold dealerships and distributorships throughout the country. Another money maker was the Tucker Accessories Program. In order to secure a spot on the Tucker waiting list, future buyers could purchase accessories, like seat covers, the radio, and luggage, before their car was built. This brought an additional $2,000,000 into the company.

With the final design in place, Preston Tucker took the pre-production cars on the road to show them in towns across the country. The cars were an instant success, with crowds gathering wherever they stopped. One report says that Tucker was pulled over by a police officer intent on getting a better look at the car.

To prove the road-worthiness of his cars, Tucker and his engineers ran several cars at the Indianapolis 500 in several endurance tests. During this testing, car #1027 was rolled at high speed while driven by mechanic Eddie Offut. The car's safety features were proven when Offut walked away from the severe crash. During the crash, the windshield popped out as designed, and afterward the car started up and was driven off the track.

One of Tucker's most innovative business ideas caused trouble for the company, however. His Accessories Program raised funds by selling accessories before the car was even in production. After the war demand for new cars was greater than dealers could supply, and most dealers had waiting lists for new cars. Preference was given to returning veterans, which meant that non-veterans were bumped down on the waiting lists indefinitely. Tucker's program allowed potential buyers who purchased Tucker accessories to obtain a guaranteed spot on the Tucker dealer waiting list for a Tucker '48 car.

This concept was investigated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the United States Attorney, and led to an indictment of company executives. Although all charges were eventually dropped, the negative publicity destroyed the company and halted production of the car.

 

Lahav 433 is a new Israeli crime-fighting umbrella organization within the Israel Police. Known as the "Israeli FBI", the unit is the merger of five law enforcement offices into one. It is tasked with investigating national crimes and corruption.The number four is for the four region departments and number 33 is for The Gideonites, a Mista'arvim unit.

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Wanted: A new chief for Israel Police’s elite crime-fighting unit

The Pinto affair has destabilized Lahav 433. To restore the work and pride of the unit, a new commander must be appointed swiftly.

 

By Amir Oren| Feb. 10, 2014

 

Yoshiyahu Pinto managed to draw police Maj. Gen. Menashe Arviv’s service pistol from Arviv’s holster. That’s embarrassing for a cop, but Pinto also managed to pull the trigger with the gun pointed at Arviv. The latter’s resignation has left Pinto with the same indictment he was trying to get out of.

 

And now, the crime-fighting Lahav 433 unit is on another hunt, this time for its own new head. If the police want to show the various Pintos that they should not try a similar trick, the proper candidate to fill Arviv’s shoes is the officer who implicated Pinto, Brig. Gen. Ephraim Bracha. Appointing Bracha, even at first as acting head, without promotion to major general, would be a slap in the face to Pinto and his lawyers.

 

In recent weeks, since Arviv first went on leave, from which he announced he would not be returning, the police had a clear choice: to show that it was business as usual in Lahav 433 or to shut their eyes and hope it would all go away. They chose the second alternative, which goes against the messages of the police commissioner. Arviv’s resignation, his personal considerations whatever they may be, shows an amateurish error as powerfully as a thousand state’s witnesses.

 

To first restore the work and pride of the unit, a new commander must be appointed swiftly. This is also an opportunity to scrutinize whether the rank of major general is needed for Lahav 433’s head.

 

In the middle of the last decade, intelligence and investigations were banded together and Lahav 433 was established, subservient to the intelligence and investigations division, which a framework of units including the one that probes senior officials, international and serious crimes, and others. It is headed by a major general (preferably long-time) above another major general (preferably his first position as such), heading Lahav. Out of five Lahav commanders so far, two have moved up to head the police’s intelligence and investigations branch.

 

But it is hard to imagine that many major generals will be found these days willing to head Lahav under the commander of the investigations and intelligence branch, although the job is more interesting and challenging than the head of logistics or commanding the Border Police. Commander Moshe Edri, head of the traffic enforcement unit, might be the only one who can accede to Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch’s request and fill the post.

 

At the level of brigadier general, there are half a dozen contenders for promotion at Lahav and in the districts and divisions. Prominent among them is Brig. Gen. Haim Ifergan, deputy commander of the investigations and intelligence branch. However, the possibility that the rabbis’ scandal and their ties to senior police officers will end with the promotion of the nephew of the controversial the so-called X-ray rabbi, Ya’akov Ifergan, seems highly unlikely.

 

That is not the case with Bracha, who knowingly changed the course of his life when he appeared before his commander, Yoav Segalovich, and reported Pinto’s attempts to bribe him. To root out the evil, Segalovich decided to use Bracha (and his wife) to document Pinto’s alleged criminal acts, all with the approval of the state prosecution. To extricate himself, Pinto offered to implicate another senior officer − who, it was to come out later, was Arviv.

 

Bracha, like almost all the officers named as possible heads of Lahav, is not admired in all quarters. Some officers are too quiet (like him); some are too showy, or experienced in some areas but not in others. But the police is on the defensive, particularly Lahav. It needs a special move, as long as it’s not a PR trick. Bracha, currently head of the national fraud squad, part of Lahav, can serve as acting head of the mother unit in addition to his current function or separate from it. He has weathered his share of claims against him, but he has also passed a number of filters, including scrutiny by Deputy Attorney General Dina Silber.

 

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein decided last week not to significantly reduce the charges against Pinto in exchange for Arviv’s head. Weinstein was willing to consider the poor health of members of Pinto’s family as a reason to reduce the charges and was waiting for State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan to return from his ski vacation. But Arviv acted first. He had reason to assume that if he left, the police investigations unit in the Justice Ministry and the Civil Service Commission would leave him alone. Weinstein will leave him alone; he did not do the same for the army officers involved in the Harpaz affair, who left the army. This is a clear case of selective and even arbitrary enforcement.

 

To appoint the next commander of Lahav, Danino needs Aharonovitch’s approval. It will be given, but only after more thorough scrutiny than was given a little over six months ago to the appointment of Arviv.

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Our website is www.jmkesquire.com (or alternatively, www.kueserlawfirm.com). We also maintain a blog (blog.jmkesquire.com).

The Kueser Law Firm represents investors who have been the victims of securities fraud or other stockbroker misconduct in securities arbitration and litigation. The firm also represents financial advisors in employment disputes and promissory note claims.

 

In addition, The Kueser Law Firm represents clients in commercial litigation and arbitration, and counsels client with business planning/formation and estate planning issues.

 

Our website is www.jmkesquire.com (or alternatively, www.kueserlawfirm.com). We also maintain a blog (blog.jmkesquire.com).

The Kueser Law Firm represents investors who have been the victims of securities fraud or other stockbroker misconduct in securities arbitration and litigation. The firm also represents financial advisors in employment disputes and promissory note claims.

 

In addition, The Kueser Law Firm represents clients in commercial litigation and arbitration, and counsels client with business planning/formation and estate planning issues.

 

Our website is www.jmkesquire.com (or alternatively, www.kueserlawfirm.com). We also maintain a blog (blog.jmkesquire.com).

על דאטפת אטפוך.מידה כנגד מידה.בקדרה שבישלו - בה נתבשלו

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Israel’s police force has recently been wracked by a series of high-profile corruption & sexual harassment scandals.Included deputy commissioner Nissim Mor sexually assaulted a female cop.Jerusalem chief Nissan Shaham - sexual harassment. Anti-corruption police chief Menashe Arviv - Bribery .Deputy commissioner Ephraim Bracha who headed the police’s fraud investigations unit, shot and killed himself before his arrest. In order to hide their crimes in the police HQ they arrested me for instance for propaganda they were defeated in any stage .Every thing is here in this (set) album

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אין הפתעה בחוסר הפתעה פרקליטות המדינה פחדנים עלובים סגרו "התיק" נגדי תחת מבצע צוק איתן למנוע כותרת על המפלה הקשה של כנופיית השוטרים העבריינים ממפלג הונאה בחקירות של משטרת תל אביב

בכך מנעה הפיכת הקומה העליונה של מפכ"ל המשטרע ושל בית המשפט העליון לדאחיה ישראלית בעזרת ניירת שהכנתי לצורך משפט ראווה בעקבותיו הייתי מחריב את כל המערכת המושחתת הזו כפי שלא החריבו אותה מקום המדינה ואני לא ממצמץ ערסמחמדנינו קזינו המושחת היה מקבל שיעור שלא היה שוכח בחיים שלו - ממנו ומטה - תגובה תבוא בזמן שאמצא לנכון גם בכך אין ספק ולא כשכולם עסוקים בכיפת הברזל - אין אפס כל מי שמכיר אותי יודע שאני לא נשאר חייב לאף אחד.כל העדות וכל "התיק" שלי גודלו כמחברת כיתה אלף יכלו לסגור הכל תוך חצי שעה חשבו שאתכופף או אתחנן או אלקק הם יחטפו ממני מה שאף אחד עוד לא חטף שם וזה יבוא

 

פרקליטות המדינה קופים נרעדים

The State Attorney Shivering Monkeys

 

The State Attorney rats made a big favor to the most corrupt police in this region.If they were going to the court they were destroyed - I mean I have in my possession enough papers abroad to delete the Israeli Police HQ and/or some figures in the Israeli Supreme Court.They did not make me any favor at all.They have zero evidence - trust me, I am in this field only 40 years.All "The Case" is 20 pages - my testimony in their PC.Less than a kid notebook.Watch my testimony in the Knesset in my official channel.They just saved and/or covered again criminals in the Fucking IsraeHell police.I am armed with documents that I never published concern corrupt judges as well as corrupt high rank officers in the police as well as the Israeli security forces that also media out of Israel will arrive quick like a missile.I am not a kid and they are small stinky rats for me.I have enough good connections abroad to bring them down and/or make them a collateral damage.I just presented them few examples during the time that even the most idiot in their gang will understand that the damage that I will make to this Fucking Zionist Corrupted State called IsraeHell will be terrible.And I am not joking at all.Enaugh damage that some zionist jews will escape again from IsraeHell...They are fucking shivering rats. Closed it now under the ongoing operation in Gaza so that the media in IsraeHell bussy. Only with the operation in Gaza.Congratulations need the Police not me because the state attorney saved them from the hell I prepared them in court and the Internet.The State Attorney didn`t saved me.I said to Gay Peleg Israeli TV2 reporter today that I am very sad that they closed the case because I prayed that they will go to the open court so I could take revenge there...If you look in my personal album you see that I have every thing toward every thing...toward all the wind directions....

The talking heads have been prating on about how this illiterate douche-trawler can’t even read a TelePrompTer. Everyone simply assumes he misread the script and committed a faux pas.

 

Not me. I think he meant exactly what he said. At a rate of about once every 4 days since his inauguration, he or members of his administration have taken steps to abolish our civil rights. One might argue that the Boy President is not a ‘people of faith’ but one could never argue that he has not been hard at work abolishing civil rights in America. Here is a short list (trust me on this!) of steps they have taken since January 2017:

 

January 27, 2017 Trump signed an executive order — the first version of his Muslim travel ban — that discriminated against Muslims and banned refugees.

 

January 31, 2017 Under new Chairman Ajit Pai's leadership, the Federal Communications Commission refused to defend critical components of its prison phone rate rules in federal court — rules that were ultimately struck down in June.

 

February 3, 2017 Trump signed an executive order outlining principles for regulating the U.S. financial system and calling for a 120-day review of existing laws, like the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The order was viewed as Trump's opening attack on consumer protection laws.

 

February 3, 2017 The FCC rescinded its 2014 Joint Sales Agreement (JSA) guidance, which had led to the only increase in television diversity in recent years.

 

February 3, 2017 FCC Chairman Pai revoked the Lifeline Broadband Provider (LBP) designations for nine broadband service providers, reducing the number of providers offering broadband and thus decreasing the competitive forces available to drive down prices.

 

February 9, 2017 Trump signed three executive orders "to fight crime, gangs, and drugs; restore law and order; and support the dedicated men and women of law enforcement." The orders, though vague, were viewed suspiciously by civil rights organizations.

 

February 21, 2017 The Department of Homeland Security issued a memo updating immigration enforcement guidance, massively expanding the number of people subject to detention and deportation. The guidance drastically increased the use of expedited removal and essentially eliminated the priorities for deportation.

 

February 22, 2017 The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division and the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights jointly rescinded Title IX guidance clarifying protections under the law for transgender students.

 

February 23, 2017 Attorney General Sessions withdrew an earlier Justice Department memo that set a goal of reducing and ultimately ending the department's use of private prisons.

 

February 27, 2017 The Department of Justice dropped the federal government's longstanding position that a Texas voter ID law under legal challenge was intentionally racially discriminatory, despite having successfully advanced that argument in multiple federal courts. The district court subsequently rejected the position of the Sessions Justice Department and concluded the law was passed with discriminatory intent.

 

March 6, 2017 Trump signed a revised executive order restricting travel to the United States by citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen and drastically cutting back refugee admissions.

 

March 6, 2017 A week after Trump called on lawmakers to repeal the Affordable Care Act during his address to Congress, House Republicans released a proposal to replace the ACA with a law that would restructure Medicaid and defund Planned Parenthood.

 

March 16, 2017 The Trump administration released a budget blueprint that proposed a $54 billion increase in military spending that would come from $54 billion in direct cuts to non-defense programs. The blueprint also proposed spending $4.1 billion through 2018 on the beginnings of construction of a wall through communities on the U.S.-Mexico border.

 

March 27, 2017 Trump signed a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act, which repealed a U.S. Department of Education accountability rule finalized last year that would clarify states' obligations under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

 

March 27, 2017 Trump signed a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act, which repealed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order. The order, signed by President Obama, represented a much-needed step forward in ensuring that the federal contractor community is providing safe and fair workplaces for employees by encouraging compliance with federal labor and civil rights laws, and prohibiting the use of mandatory arbitration of certain disputes.

 

March 31, 2017 Sessions ordered a sweeping review of consent decrees with law enforcement agencies relating to police conduct — a crucial tool in the Justice Department's efforts to ensure constitutional and accountable policing. The department also tried, unsuccessfully, to block a federal court in Baltimore from approving a consent decree between the city and the Baltimore Police Department to rein in discriminatory police practices that the department itself had negotiated over a multi-year period.

 

April 13, 2017 Trump signed a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act, which overturned the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' final rule updating the regulations governing the Title X family planning program — a vital source of family planning and related preventive care for low-income, uninsured, and young people across the country.

 

April 26, 2017 Trump released an outline of a tax reform plan that was viewed largely as a tax giveaway for the wealthy and big corporations.

 

April 26, 2017 Trump signed an executive order directing Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to conduct a study on the federal government's role in education.

 

May 4, 2017 Trump signed an executive order that he claimed overturned the Johnson Amendment (though it did not), which precludes tax-exempt organizations, including places of worship, from engaging in any political campaign activity and would curtail the contraception mandate of the Affordable Care Act.

 

May 11, 2017 Trump signed an executive order creating the so-called Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity headed by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who has a history of trying to suppress the vote in Kansas.

 

May 12, 2017 Sessions announced in a two-page memo that DOJ was abandoning its Smart on Crime initiative that had been hailed as a positive step forward in rehabilitating drug users and reducing the enormous costs of warehousing inmates.

May 23, 2017 Trump released his fiscal year 2018 budget that included massive, unnecessary tax cuts for the wealthy and large corporations, which would be paid for by slashing basic living standards for the most vulnerable and by attacking critical programs like Social Security Disability Insurance, Medicaid, food assistance, and more.

 

May 23, 2017 Trump's fiscal year 2018 budget proposed eliminating the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and transferring its functions to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). This would have impeded the work of both the OFCCP and the EEOC as each have distinct missions and expertise, and would have thereby undermined the civil rights protections that employers and workers have relied on for almost 50 years.

 

June 5, 2017 Trump released an infrastructure plan that focuses on putting public assets into private hands, creating another giveaway to wealthy corporations and millionaires at the expense of working families and communities.

 

June 6, 2017 Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos testified before a Senate appropriations subcommittee and made unclear statements about whether she would allow federal funds to go to schools that discriminate against LGBTQ students. She made similarly troubling statements when testifying before a House committee in late March.

 

June 6, 2017 The Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued unclear new instructions on transgender student discrimination.

 

June 8, 2017 OCR's acting head sent a memo to OCR staff discouraging systemic investigations in favor of individual investigations of discrimination.

 

June 14, 2017 DeVos decided to delay implementation of and to renegotiate the Borrower Defense to Repayment and Gainful Employment regulations.

 

June 15, 2017 The administration rescinded President Obama's Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program, an initiative that — had it gone into effect — would have offered a pathway to citizenship for immigrant parents with children who are citizens or residents of the United States.

 

June 27, 2017 Labor Secretary Acosta requested information on the Obama-era overtime rule, signaling his intent to lower the salary threshold of the overtime rule.

 

June 28, 2017 The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division sent a letter to 44 states demanding extensive information on how they maintain their voter rolls. This request was made on the same day that President Trump's so-called Commission on Election Integrity sent letters to all 50 states demanding intrusive and highly sensitive personal data about all registered voters.

 

July 26, 2017 Trump declared in a series of tweets that he was barring transgender people from serving in the military. He followed through with a presidential memo on August 25, though the issue is still being challenged in the courts.

 

July 26, 2017 The Department of Justice filed a legal brief arguing that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation — a decision that contravened recent court decisions and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidance.

 

August 1, 2017 The New York Times reported that the "Trump administration is preparing to redirect resources of the Justice Department's civil rights division toward investigating and suing universities over affirmative action admissions policies deemed to discriminate against white applicants." In a move without recent precedent, this investigation and enforcement effort was planned to be run out of the Civil Rights Division's front office by political appointees, instead of by experienced career staff in the division's educational opportunities section.

 

August 2, 2017 Trump announced his support of Republican-backed legislation that would slash legal immigration in half over a decade.

 

August 7, 2017 The Justice Department filed a brief in the Supreme Court in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute arguing that it should be easier for states to purge registered voters from their rolls — reversing not only its longstanding legal interpretation, but also the position it had taken in the lower courts in that case.

 

August 28, 2017 Sessions lifted the Obama administration's ban on the transfer of some military surplus items to domestic law enforcement — rescinding guidelines that were created in the wake of Ferguson to protect the public from law enforcement misuse of military-grade weapons.

 

August 29, 2017 The administration halted an EEOC rule that required large companies to disclose what they pay employees by sex, race, and ethnicity — a rule that was intended to remedy the unequal pay that remains rampant in the American workplace.

 

September 5, 2017 Sessions announced that the administration was rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

 

September 7, 2017 The Department of Justice filed a brief with the Supreme Court in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission arguing that businesses have a right to discriminate against LGBTQ customers.

 

September 15, 2017 The Department of Justice ended the Community Oriented Policing Services' Collaborative Reform Initiative, a Justice Department program that aimed to help build trust between police officers and the communities they serve.

 

September 22, 2017 DeVos announced that the Department of Education was rescinding guidance related to Title IX and schools' obligations regarding sexual violence and educational opportunity.

 

September 24, 2017 Trump issued the third version of his Muslim travel ban which, unlike the previous versions, was of indefinite duration.

 

September 27, 2017 The Trump administration and Republican leadership in Congress unveiled tax principles that would provide trillions in dollars of unnecessary tax cuts to millionaires, billionaires, and wealthy corporations.

 

October 2, 2017 DeVos rescinded 72 guidance documents outlining the rights of students with disabilities, though it wasn't until October 21 until the public learned of the rescissions.

 

October 4, 2017 The Department of Justice filed a brief in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia asking the court to dismiss a lawsuit against the president's transgender military ban.

 

October 5, 2017 Sessions reversed a Justice Department policy which clarified that transgender workers are protected from discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

 

October 6, 2017 The Department of Justice issued sweeping religious liberty guidance to federal agencies, which will create a license to discriminate against LGBTQ individuals and others.

 

October 8, 2017 The White House released a list of hard-line immigration principles — a list of demands that included funding a border wall, deporting Central American children seeking sanctuary, and curbing grants to sanctuary cities, effectively stalling any possible bipartisan agreement on a bill to protect Dreamers.

 

October 12, 2017 Trump signed an executive order to undermine health care and, later that day, announced that he would end subsidies for certain health care plans.

 

October 27, 2017 The Department of Education announced it was withdrawing nearly 600 policy documents regarding K-12 and higher education.

 

November 1, 2017 Trump signed a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act, which repealed the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's rule on forced arbitration. Overturning the rule will enable big banks, payday lenders, and other financial companies to force victims of fraud, discrimination, or other unlawful conduct into a "kangaroo court" process where their claims are decided by hired arbitration firms rather than by judges and juries — harming consumers and undermining civil rights and consumer protection laws.

 

November 6, 2017 The Trump administration announced it will terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Nicaragua.

 

November 16, 2017 The Federal Communications Commission voted to gut Lifeline, the program dedicated to bringing phone and internet service within reach for people of color, low-income people, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities, with particularly egregious consequences for tribal areas. They also voted to eliminate several rules promoting competition and diversity in the broadcast media, undermining ownership chances for women and people of color.

 

November 20, 2017 The Trump administration announced it would terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation in 18 months for approximately 59,000 Haitians living in the United States.

 

November 24, 2017 Trump appointed Mick Mulvaney as acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). As a member of Congress, Mulvaney supported abolishing the consumer bureau and has in the past referred to the CFPB as a "sick, sad" joke.

 

December 4, 2017 The Department of Labor proposed changing its longstanding position codified in regulation that prohibited employers from pooling together tips and redistributing them to workers who don't traditionally earn tips.

 

December 12, 2017 The Department of Justice wrote to acting Census Bureau Director Ron Jarmin requesting a question about citizenship on the 2020 Census. It was an untimely and unnecessarily intrusive request that would destroy any chance for an accurate count, discard years of careful research, and increase costs significantly.

 

December 21, 2017 It was reported that Sessions rescinded 25 guidance documents, including a letter sent to chief judges and court administrators to help state and local efforts to reform harmful practices of imposing fees and fines on poor people.

 

January 4, 2018 Sessions rescinded guidance that had allowed states, with minimal federal interference, to legalize marijuana. This move will further reignite the War on Drugs.

 

January 8, 2018 Trump re-nominated a slate of unqualified and biased judicial nominees, including two rated Not Qualified by the American Bar Association.

 

January 8, 2018 The administration announced it would terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for nearly 200,000 Salvadorans.

 

January 11, 2018 The Trump administration released new guidelines that allow states to seek waivers to require Medicaid recipients to work — requirements that represent a throwback to rejected racial stereotypes.

 

January 12, 2018 The Trump administration approved a waiver allowing Kentucky to require Medicaid recipients to work. ( On June 29, a federal judge struck down Kentucky's Medicaid work requirements.)

 

January 16, 2018 The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under Mulvaney's leadership announced it would reconsider the agency's payday lending rule.

 

January 17, 2018 The administration announced its decision to bar citizens from Haiti from receiving H2-A and H2-B visas.

 

January 18, 2018 The Department of Health and Human Services announced a proposed rule to allow health care providers to discriminate against patients, and within the department's Office for Civil Rights, a new division — the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division — to address related claims.

 

January 18, 2018 The CFPB abruptly dropped a lawsuit against four online payday lenders who unlawfully made loans of up to 950 percent APR in at least 17 states.

 

January 25, 2018 The Census Bureau announced that the questionnaire for the 2018 End-to-End Census Test will use race and ethnicity questions from the 2010 Census instead of updated questions recommended by Census Bureau staff. This suggests that the Office of Management and Budget will not revise the official standards for collecting and reporting this data, despite recommendations from a federal agency working group to do so.

 

February 1, 2018 The New York Times reported that the Department of Justice was effectively closing its Office for Access to Justice, which was designed to make access to legal aid more accessible.

 

February 1, 2018 Reports surfaced claiming Trump's Labor Department concealed an economic analysis that found working people could lose billions of dollars in wages under its proposal to roll back an Obama-era rule — a rule that protects working people in tipped industries from having their tips taken away by their employers.

 

February 1, 2018 Multiple sources reported that acting Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Mick Mulvaney had transferred the consumer agency's Office of Fair Lending and Equal Opportunity from the Supervision, Enforcement, and Fair Lending division to the director's office. The move essentially gutted the unit responsible for enforcing anti-lending discrimination laws.

 

February 2, 2018 The Trump administration approved a waiver allowing Indiana to require some Medicaid recipients to work.

 

February 12, 2018 The Trump administration released its Fiscal Year 2019 budget proposal, which would deny critical health care to those most in need simply to bankroll the president's wall through border communities. The proposal would also eliminate the Community Relations Service — a Justice Department office established by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 — which has been a key tool that helps address discrimination, conflicts, and tensions in communities around the country.

 

February 12, 2018 The Trump administration released an infrastructure proposal that would reward the rich and special interests at the expense of low-income communities and communities of color and leave behind too many American communities and those most in need

 

February 12, 2018 BuzzFeed News reported that the U.S. Department of Education would no longer investigate complaints filed by transgender students who have been banned from using the restrooms that correspond with their gender identity. On the same day, the department released a statement saying Trump's budget protects vulnerable students" — a dubious claim.

 

February 12, 2018 The Trump administration released its Fiscal Year 2019 budget proposal, which would deny critical health care to those most in need simply to bankroll the president's wall through border communities. The proposal would also eliminate the Community Relations Service — a Justice Department office established by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 — which has been a key tool that helps address discrimination, conflicts, and tensions in communities around the country.

 

February 12, 2018 The Trump administration released an infrastructure proposal that would reward the rich and special interests at the expense of low-income communities and communities of color and leave behind too many American communities and those most in need.

 

February 12, 2018 BuzzFeed News reported that the U.S. Department of Education would no longer investigate complaints filed by transgender students who have been banned from using the restrooms that correspond with their gender identity. On the same day, the department released a statement saying Trump's budget protects vulnerable students" — a dubious claim.

 

February 26, 2018 The U.S. Department of Education proposed to delay implementation of a rule that enforces the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The rule implements the IDEA's provisions regarding significant disproportionality in the identification, placement, and discipline of students with disabilities with regard to race and ethnicity.

 

March 5, 2018 The Trump administration approved Arkansas' request to require some Medicaid recipients to work.

 

March 5, 2018 The Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education released a new Case Processing Manual (CPM) that creates greater hurdles for people filing complaints and allows dismissal of civil rights complaints based on the number of times an individual has filed.

 

March 12, 2018 Attorney General Sessions announced the Justice Department's 'school safety' plan — a plan that civil rights advocates criticized as militarizing schools, overpolicing children, and harming students, disproportionately students of color.

 

March 23, 2018 Trump issued new orders to ban most transgender people from serving in the military — the latest iteration of a ban that he had initially announced in a series of tweets in July 2017.

 

March 23, 2018 Trump signed a spending bill that included the STOP School Violence Act, which civil rights organizations are concerned will exacerbate the school-to-prison pipeline crisis, further criminalize historically marginalized children, and increase the militarization of, and over-policing in, schools and communities of color.

 

March 26, 2018 Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that he had directed the Census Bureau to add an untested and unnecessary question to the 2020 Census form, which would ask the citizenship status of every person in America.

 

April 6, 2018 Attorney General Sessions announced that he had notified all U.S. Attorney's offices along the southwest border of a new "zero tolerance" policy toward people trying to enter the country — a policy that quickly, and inhumanely, separated hundreds of children from their families.

 

April 10, 2018 A federal official announced that the Department of Justice was halting the Legal Orientation Program, which offers legal assistance to immigrants.

 

April 10, 2018 Trump signed an executive order directing federal agencies to push for work requirements for low-income people in America who receive federal assistance, including Medicaid and SNAP.

 

April 25, 2018 Secretary Ben Carson proposed changes to federal housing subsidies that could triple rent for some households and make it easier to impose work requirements.

 

April 26, 2018 The Trump administration announced it would terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation in 12 months for approximately 9,000 Nepalese immigrants.

 

May 4, 2018 The Trump administration announced it would terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation in 18 months for approximately 57,000 Honduran immigrants.

 

May 7, 2018 The Trump administration approved New Hampshire's request to require some Medicaid recipients to work or participate in other "community engagement activities."

 

May 11, 2018 The Federal Bureau of Prisons released changes to its Transgender Offender Manual that rolled back protections allowing transgender inmates to use facilities, including bathrooms and cell blocks, that correspond to their gender identity.

 

May 18, 2018 The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced it would be publishing three separate notices to indefinitely suspend implementation of the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule.

 

May 21, 2018 Trump signed a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act, which repealed the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) guidance on indirect auto financing.

 

May 22, 2018 The Trump administration issued a draft Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) designed to block access to health care under Title X and deny women information about their reproductive health care options.

 

May 24, 2018 Trump signed the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act, which will undermine one of our nation's key civil rights laws and weaken consumer protections enacted after the 2008 financial crisis.

 

June 6, 2018 Mick Mulvaney fired all 25 members of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Consumer Advisory Board.

 

June 8, 2018 A Department of Justice filing argued that the Affordable Care Act's protections for people with pre-existing conditions are unconstitutional. The brief was signed by Chad Readler, a Justice Department official who Trump nominated to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

 

June 11, 2018 Attorney General Sessions ruled that fears of domestic or gang violence was not grounds for asylum in the United States.

 

June 11, 2018 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director L. Francis Cissna announced the creation of a denaturalization task force in a push to strip naturalized citizens of their citizenship.

 

June 12, 2018 The Department of Justice sued the state of Kentucky to force it to "systematically remove the names of ineligible voters from the registration records." This voter purge lawsuit was filed one day after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Ohio's voter purges in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute.

 

June 18, 2018 Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, announced that the United States was withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council.

 

July 3, 2018 Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos rescinded guidance from the Departments of Justice and Education that provides a roadmap to implement voluntary diversity and integration programs in higher education consistent with Supreme Court holdings on the issue.

 

July 10, 2018 The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced cuts to navigator funding for outreach to hard-to-reach communities for the fall 2018 Affordable Care Act open enrollment period.

 

July 25, 2018 The Department of Education proposed new borrower defense rules, which would further exacerbate inequalities — making the already unfair and ineffective student loan servicing system even more harmful to all students, particularly to borrowers of color. The proposal would strip away borrower rights and would not protect students from predatory practices in both higher education and student loan servicing. ( On September 12, a federal judge struck down DeVos' attempt to weaken the rule. In October, the Department of Education said it would no longer try to delay the Obama-era regulation.)

 

July 26, 2018 The Trump administration failed to meet a court-ordered deadline to reunite children and families separated at the border.

 

July 30, 2018 Jeff Sessions announced the creation of a religious liberty task force at the Department of Justice, which many saw as a taxpayer funded effort to license discrimination against LGBTQ people and others.

 

August 13, 2018 Secretary Ben Carson proposed changes to the Obama-era Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule, which aimed to combat segregation in housing policy.

 

August 15, 2018 The Federal Register published a Trump administration proposal to restrict protest rights in Washington, D.C. by closing 80 percent of the White House sidewalk, putting new limits on spontaneous demonstrations, and opening the door to charging fees for protesting.

 

August 29, 2018 The New York Times reported that the Department of Education is preparing rules that would narrow the definition of sexual harassment, holding schools accountable only for formal complaints filed through proper authorities and for conduct said to have occurred on their campuses. They would also establish a higher legal standard to determine whether schools improperly addressed complaints."

 

August 30, 2018 The Department of Justice filed an amicus brief opposing Harvard College's motion for summary judgement in Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. Harvard, choosing to oppose constitutionally sound strategies that colleges and universities use to expand educational opportunity for students of all backgrounds.

 

September 5, 2018 The Trump administration sent sweeping subpoenas to the North Carolina state elections board and 44 county elections boards requesting voter records be turned over by September 25. Two months before the midterm elections, civil rights advocates worried this effort would lead to voter suppression and intimidation.

 

September 6, 2018 The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services announced a proposal to withdraw from the Flores Settlement Agreement. The Flores Agreement is a set of protections for underage migrant children in government custody.

 

September 13, 2018 The National Labor Relations Board proposed weakening the "joint-employer standard" under the National Labor Relations Act, which would make it difficult for working people to bring the companies that share control over their terms and conditions of employment to the bargaining table.

 

October 1, 2018 A policy change at the Department of State took effect saying that the Trump administration would no longer issue family visas to same-sex domestic partners of foreign diplomats or employees of international organizations who work in the United States.

 

October 10, 2018 The Department of Homeland Security's proposed 'public charge' rule was published in the Federal Register. Under the rule, immigrants who apply for a green card or visa could be deemed a 'public charge' and turned away if they earn below 250 percent of the federal poverty line and use any of a wide range of public programs.

 

October 12, 2018 The Department of Justice filed a statement of interest opposing a consent decree negotiated by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to overhaul the Chicago Police Department.

 

October 16, 2018 The administration released its fall 2017 Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. The document details the regulatory and deregulatory actions that federal agencies plan to make in the coming months, including harmful civil and human rights rollbacks.

 

October 19, 2018 The Department of Justice ended its agreement to monitor the Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County and the Shelby County Detention Center in Tennessee, which addressed discrimination against Black youth, unsafe conditions, and no due process at hearings.

 

October 21, 2018 The New York Times reported that the Department of Health and Human Services is considering an interpretation of Title IX that "would define sex as either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by the genitals that a person is born with" — effectively erasing protections for transgender people.

 

October 22, 2018 The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new guidance on the Affordable Care Act's 1332 waivers that would expand a state's flexibility to establish insurance markets that don't meet the requirements of the ACA.

 

October 24, 2018 The Department of Justice filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that federal civil rights law does not protect transgender workers from discrimination on the basis of their gender identity.

 

October 30, 2018 Axios reported that Trump intends to sign an executive order to end birthright citizenship. In a tweet the following day, Trump said "it will be ended one way or the other."

 

October 31, 2018 The administration approved a waiver allowing Wisconsin to require Medicaid recipients to work. It was the first time a state that did not expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act was allowed to impose work requirements.

 

November 5, 2018 The Department of Justice filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court to circumvent three separate U.S. Courts of Appeals on litigation concerning the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

 

November 7, 2018 On his last day as Attorney General, Jeff Sessions issued a memorandum to gut the Department of Justice's use of consent decrees.

 

November 8, 2018 The Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice announced an interim final rule to block people from claiming asylum if they enter the United States outside legal ports of entry.

 

November 8, 2018 The Department of Labor rolled back guidance issued by the Obama administration that clarified that tipped workers must spend at least 80 percent of their time doing tipped work in order for employers to pay them the lower tipped minimum wage.

 

November 16, 2018 The Department of Education issued a draft Title IX regulation that represents a cruel attempt to silence sexual assault survivors and limit their educational opportunity — and could lead schools to do even less to prevent and respond to sexual violence and harassment.

 

December 11, 2018 Trump declared that he would be "proud to shut down the government" — which he did. It resulted in the longest government shutdown in U.S. history (35 days), which harmed federal workers, contractors, their families, and the communities that depend on them.

 

December 18, 2018 The Trump administration's School Safety Commission recommended rescinding Obama-era school discipline guidance, which was intended to assist states, districts, and schools in developing practices and policies to enhance school climate and comply with federal civil rights laws.

 

December 21, 2018 Following the recommendation of Trump's School Safety Commission, the Departments of Justice and Education rescinded the Dear Colleague Letter on the Nondiscriminatory Administration of School Discipline. Both departments jointly issued the guidance in January 2014.

 

January 3, 2019 The Washington Post reported that the Trump administration is considering rolling back disparate impact regulations that provide anti-discrimination protections to people of color, women, and others.

 

January 4, 2019 The Guardian reported that the Trump administration has stopped cooperating with and responding to UN investigators over potential human rights violations in the United States.

 

January 29, 2019 The Department of Justice reversed its position in a Texas voting rights case, saying the state shouldn't need to have its voting changes pre-cleared with the federal government. Career voting rights lawyers at the department declined to sign the brief.

 

February 6, 2019 The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) — under the direction of Trump-appointed Director Kathy Kraninger- released its plan to roll back the central protections of the agency's 2017 payday and car-title lending rule.

  

Source: civilrights.org/trump-rollbacks/

 

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1.3 ADDITIONAL TERMS AND AGREEMENTS . Adobe permits you to Use the Software only in accordance with the terms of this agreement. Use of some third party materials included in the Software may be subject to other terms and conditions typically found in a separate license agreement, a “Read Me” file located near such materials or in the “Third Party Software Notices and/or Additional Terms and Conditions” found at www.adobe.com/go/thirdparty . Such other terms and conditions will supersede all or portions of this agreement in the event of a conflict with the terms and conditions of this agreement.

2. Definitions.

“Adobe” means Adobe Systems Incorporated, a Delaware corporation, 345 Park Avenue, San Jose, California 95110, if subsection 12(a) of this agreement applies; otherwise it means Adobe Systems Software Ireland Limited, 4-6 Riverwalk, Citywest Business Campus, Dublin 24, Ireland, a company organized under the laws of Ireland and an affiliate and licensee of Adobe Systems Incorporated.

“Compatible Computer” means a Computer that conforms to the system requirements of the Software as specified in the Documentation.

“Computer” means a virtual machine or physical personal electronic device that accepts information in digital or similar form and manipulates it for a specific result based on a sequence of instructions.

“Personal Computer” or “PC” shall mean a hardware product which is designed and marketed with the primary purpose of operating a wide variety of productivity, entertainment, and other software applications provided by unrelated third party software vendors, which operates depending upon the use of a full function and full feature set computer operating system of the type(s) then in widespread use with hardware to operate general purpose laptop, desktop, server and large format tablet microprocessor based computers. This definition of Personal Computer shall exclude hardware products that are designed and/or marketed to have as their primary purpose any number of the following: television, television receiver, portable media player, audio/video receiver, radio, audio headphone, audio speaker, personal digital assistant (“PDA”), telephone or similar telephony based device, game console, personal video recorder (“PVR”), player for digital versatile disc (“DVD”) or other optical media, video camera, still camera, camcorder, video editing and format conversion device, video image projection device, and shall further exclude any similar type of consumer, professional or industrial device.

“Software” means (a) all of the contents of the files (delivered electronically or on physical media), or disk(s) or other media with which this agreement is provided, which may include (i) Adobe or third party computer information or software, including Adobe Reader® (“Adobe Reader”), Adobe® AIR® (“Adobe AIR”), Adobe Flash® Player, Shockwave® Player and Authorware® Player (collectively, Adobe AIR and the Flash, Shockwave and Authorware players are the “Adobe Runtimes”); (ii) related explanatory written materials or files (“Documentation”); and (iii) fonts; and (b) upgrades, modified versions, updates, additions, and copies of the foregoing, provided to you by Adobe at any time (collectively, “Updates”).

“Use” means to access, install, download, copy, or otherwise benefit from using the functionality of the Software.

3. Software License.

If you obtained the Software from Adobe or one of its authorized licensees, and subject to your compliance with the terms of this agreement, including the restrictions in Section 4, Adobe grants to you a non-exclusive license to Use the Software in the manner and for the purposes described in the Documentation as follows:

3.1 General Use. You may install and Use one copy of the Software on your Compatible Computer. See Section 4 for important restrictions on the Use of the Software.

3.2 Server Use. This agreement does not permit you to install or Use the Software on a computer file server. For information on Use of Software on a computer file server please refer to www.adobe.com/go/acrobat_distribute for information about Adobe Reader; or www.adobe.com/go/licensing for information about the Adobe Runtimes.

3.3 Distribution. This license does not grant you the right to sublicense or distribute the Software. For information about obtaining the right to distribute the Software on tangible media or through an internal network or with your product or service please refer to www.adobe.com/go/acrobat_distribute for information about Adobe Reader; or www.adobe.com/go/licensing for information about the Adobe Runtimes.

3.4 Backup Copy. You may make one backup copy of the Software, provided your backup copy is not installed or used other than for archival purposes. You may not transfer the rights to a backup copy unless you transfer all rights in the Software as provided under Section 5.

4. Obligations and Restrictions.

4.1 Adobe Runtime Restrictions. You will not Use any Adobe Runtime on any non-PC device or with any embedded or device version of any operating system. For the avoidance of doubt, and by example only, you may not Use an Adobe Runtime on any (a) mobile device, set top box (STB), handheld, phone, game console, TV, DVD player, media center (other than with Windows XP Media Center Edition and its successors), electronic billboard or other digital signage, Internet appliance or other Internet-connected device, PDA, medical device, ATM, telematic device, gaming machine, home automation system, kiosk, remote control device, or any other consumer electronics device, (b) operator-based mobile, cable, satellite, or television system or (c) other closed system device. No right or license to Use any Adobe Runtime is granted for such prohibited uses. For information on Software license terms for non-PC versions of Adobe Runtimes please visit www.adobe.com/go/runtime_mobile_EULA . For information on licensing Adobe Runtimes for distribution on such systems please visit www.adobe.com/go/licensing .

4.1.1 AVC Video Restrictions. The Software may contain h.264/AVC video technology, the use of which requires the following notice from MPEG-LA, L.L.C.:

THIS SOFTWARE IS LICENSED UNDER THE AVC PATENT PORTFOLIO LICENSE FOR THE PERSONAL AND NON-COMMERCIAL USE OF A CONSUMER TO (I) ENCODE VIDEO IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE AVC STANDARD (“AVC VIDEO”) AND/OR (II) DECODE AVC VIDEO THAT WAS ENCODED BY A CONSUMER ENGAGED IN A PERSONAL AND NON-COMMERCIAL ACTIVITY AND/OR WAS OBTAINED FROM A VIDEO PROVIDER LICENSED TO PROVIDE AVC VIDEO. NO LICENSE IS GRANTED OR SHALL BE IMPLIED FOR ANY OTHER USE. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM MPEG LA, L.L.C. SEE www.mpegla.com .

4.2 Adobe Flash Player Restrictions. You will not use Adobe Flash Player with any application or device that circumvents technological measures for the protection of video, audio, and/or data content, including any of Adobe’s secure RTMP measures. No right or license to use Adobe Flash Player is granted for such prohibited uses.

4.3 Adobe Reader Restrictions.

4.3.1 Conversion Restrictions. You will not integrate or use Adobe Reader with any other software, plug-in or enhancement that uses or relies upon Adobe Reader when converting or transforming PDF files into a different format (e.g., a PDF file into a TIFF, JPEG, or SVG file).

4.3.2 Plug-in Restrictions. You will not integrate or use Adobe Reader with any plug-in software not developed in accordance with the Adobe Integration Key License Agreement, more information can be found at www.adobe.com/devnet/reader/ikla.html .

4.3.3 Disabled Features. Adobe Reader may contain features or functionalities that are hidden or appear disabled or “grayed out” (the “Disabled Features”). Disabled Features will activate only when opening a PDF document that was created using enabling technology available only from Adobe. You will not access, or attempt to access, any Disabled Features other than through the use of such enabling technologies, nor will you rely on Adobe Reader to create a feature substantially similar to any Disabled Feature or otherwise circumvent the technology that controls activation of any such feature. For more information on disabled features, please refer to www.adobe.com/go/readerextensions .

4.4 Notices. You shall not alter or remove any copyright or other proprietary notice that appears on or in the Software.

4.5 No Modification or Reverse Engineering. You shall not modify, adapt, translate or create derivative works based upon the Software. You shall not reverse engineer, decompile, disassemble, or otherwise attempt to discover the source code of the Software. If you are located in the European Union, please refer to the additional terms at the end of this agreement under the header “European Union Provisions,” in Section 16.

5. Transfer.

You may not rent, lease, sublicense, assign, or transfer your rights in the Software, or authorize all or any portion of the Software to be copied onto another user’s Computer except as may be expressly permitted by this agreement. You may, however, transfer all your rights to Use the Software to another person or legal entity provided that: (a) you also transfer (i) this agreement, and (ii) the Software and all other software or hardware bundled or pre-installed with the Software, including all copies, Updates, and prior versions, to such person or entity, (b) you retain no copies, including backups and copies stored on a Computer, and (c) the receiving party accepts the terms and conditions of this agreement and any other terms and conditions upon which you obtained a valid license to the Software. Notwithstanding the foregoing, you may not transfer education, pre-release, or not for resale copies of the Software.

6. Intellectual Property Ownership, Reservation of Rights.

The Software and any authorized copies that you make are the intellectual property of Adobe and its suppliers. The structure, organization and code of the Software are the valuable intellectually property (e.g. trade secrets and confidential information) of Adobe and its suppliers. The Software is protected by law, including without limitation the copyright laws of the United States and other countries, and by international treaty provisions. Except as expressly stated herein, this agreement does not grant you any intellectual property rights in the Software and all rights not expressly granted are reserved by Adobe and its suppliers.

7. Connectivity and Privacy. You acknowledge and agree to the following:

7.1 Use of PDF Files. When you Use the Software to open a PDF file that has been enabled to display ads, your Computer may connect to a website operated by Adobe, an advertiser, or other third party. Your Internet Protocol address (“IP Address”) is sent when this happens. The party hosting the site may use technology to send (or “serve”) advertising or other electronic content that appears in or near the opened PDF file. The website operator may also use JavaScript, web beacons (also known as action tags or single-pixel gifs), and other technologies to increase and measure the effectiveness of advertisements and to personalize advertising content. Your communication with Adobe websites is governed by the Adobe Online Privacy Policy found at www.adobe.com/go/privacy (“Adobe Online Privacy Policy”). Adobe may not have access to or control over features that a third party may use, and the information practices of third party websites are not covered by the Adobe Online Privacy Policy.

7.2 Updating. If your Computer is connected to the Internet, the Software may, without additional notice, check for Updates that are available for automatic download and installation to your Computer and let Adobe know the Software is successfully installed. For Reader, Updates may be automatically downloaded but not installed without additional notice unless you change your preferences to accept automatic installation. Only non-personally identifying information is transmitted to Adobe when this happens, except to the extent that IP Addresses may be considered personally identifiable in some jurisdictions. The use of such information, including your IP Address, as provided by the auto update process is governed by the Adobe Online Privacy Policy. Please consult the Documentation for information about changing default update settings, or online at www.adobe.com/go/settingsmanager for Flash Player, acrobatsupport.com/turning-off-the-acrobat-updater (or successor website) for Reader, and kb2.adobe.com/cps/403/kb403175.html and airdownload.adobe.com/air/applications/ SettingsManager/SettingsManager.air for Adobe AIR.

7.3 Local Storage. Flash Player and Adobe AIR may allow third parties to store certain information on your Computer in a local data file known as a local shared object. The type and amount of information that the third party application requests to be stored in a local shared object can vary by application and such requests are solely controlled by the third party. You can find more information on local shared objects at www.adobe.com/go/flashplayer_security . For more information on how to limit or control the storage of local shared objects on your Computer, please visit www.adobe.com/go/settmgr_storage_en .

7.4 Settings Manager. Flash Player and Adobe AIR may cause certain user settings to be stored on your Computer as a local shared object. These settings are associated with the instance of Flash Player or Adobe AIR on your Computer, but do not contain personally identifiable information associated with you, and allow you to configure certain settings within the Flash Player including the ability to limit third parties from storing local shared objects. You can find more information on how to configure your version of Flash Player or Adobe AIR, including how to disable local shared objects in the Settings Manager for Flash Player, at www.adobe.com/go/settingsmanager , or airdownload.adobe.com/air/applications/ SettingsManager/SettingsManager.air for Adobe AIR.

7.5 Peer Assisted Networking Technology. Adobe Flash Player and Adobe AIR runtimes provide the ability for applications built by third parties to connect to an Adobe Server or Service and permit direct communication between two Adobe Runtime clients or to connect an Adobe Runtime client as part of a peer or distributed network that allows a portion of your resources, such as network bandwidth, to be made directly available to other participants. Prior to joining such peer or distributed network, you will be provided with the opportunity to accept such connectivity. To manage Peer Assisted Networking settings, please go to the Settings Manager at www.adobe.com/go/settmgr_networking_en . You can find more information on Peer Assisted Networking at www.adobe.com/go/RTMFP .

7.6 Content Protection Technology. If you Use the Adobe Runtimes to access content that has been protected with Adobe Flash Media Rights Management Server or Flash Access software (“Content Protection”), in order to let you play the protected content, the Software may automatically request media usage rights and individualization rights from a rights server on the Internet, and may download and install required components of the Software, including any available Content Protection Updates. You can find more information on Content Protection at www.adobe.com/go/protected_content .

7.7 Use of Adobe Online Services. If your Computer is connected to the Internet, the Software may, without additional notice and on an intermittent or regular basis, facilitate your access to content and services that are hosted on websites maintained by Adobe or its affiliates (“Adobe Online Services”). Examples of such Adobe Online Services might include, but are not limited to: Acrobat.com. In some cases an Adobe Online Service might appear as a feature or extension within the Software even though it is hosted on a website. In some cases, access to an Adobe Online Service might require a separate subscription or other fee in order to access it, and/or your assent to additional terms of use. Adobe Online Services might not be available in all languages or to residents of all countries and Adobe may, at any time and for any reason, modify or discontinue the availability of any Adobe Online Service. Adobe also reserves the right to begin charging a fee for access to or use of an Adobe Online Service that was previously offered at no charge. If your Computer is connected to the Internet, the Software may, without additional notice, update downloadable materials from these Adobe Online Services so as to provide immediate availability of these Adobe Online Services even when you are offline. When the Software connects to the Internet, no personally identifiable information is sent except to the extent that IP Addresses may be considered personally identifiable in some jurisdictions. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if you sign on to Acrobat.com your user name and password may be sent to Adobe’s servers and stored by Adobe in accordance with the Acrobat.com Additional Terms of Use. Whenever the Software makes an Internet connection and communicates with an Adobe website, whether automatically or due to explicit user request, the Adobe Online Privacy Policy shall apply. Additionally, unless you are provided with separate terms of use at that time, the Adobe.com Terms of Use ( www.adobe.com/go/terms ) shall apply. Please note that the Adobe Privacy Policy allows tracking of website visits and it addresses in detail the topic of tracking and use of cookies, web beacons and similar devices.

8. Third Party Offerings. You acknowledge and agree to the following:

8.1 Third Party Offerings. The Software may allow you to access and interoperate with third party content, software applications, and data services, including rich Internet applications (“Third Party Offerings”). Your access to and use of any Third Party Offering, including any goods, services, or information, is governed by the terms and conditions respecting such offerings and copyright laws of the United States and other countries. Third Party Offerings are not owned or provided by Adobe. You agree that you will not use any of such Third Party Offerings in violation of copyright laws of the United States or other countries.Adobe or the third party may at any time, for any reason, modify or discontinue the availability of any Third Party Offerings. Adobe does not control, endorse or accept responsibility for Third Party Offerings. Any dealings between you and any third party in connection with a Third Party Offerings, including such party’s privacy policies and use of your personal information, delivery of and payment for goods and services and any other terms, conditions, warranties or representations associated with such dealings, are solely between you and such third party. Third Party Offerings might not be available in all languages or to residents of all countries and Adobe or the third party may, at any time and for any reason, modify or discontinue the availability of any Third Party Offerings.

8.2 EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY AGREED BY ADOBE OR ITS AFFILIATES OR A THIRD PARTY IN A SEPARATE AGREEMENT, YOUR USE OF ADOBE AND THIRD PARTY OFFERINGS IS AT YOUR OWN RISK UNDER THE WARRANTY AND LIABILITY LIMITATIONS OF SECTIONS 1.1 AND 10.

9. Digital Certificates. You acknowledge and agree to the following:

9.1 Use. Adobe AIR uses digital certificates to help you identify the publisher of Adobe AIR applications created by third parties. Additionally, Adobe AIR uses digital certificates to establish the identity of servers accessed via the Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol, including access via HTTPS. Adobe Reader uses digital certificates to sign and validate signatures within PDF documents and to validate certified PDF documents. Adobe Runtimes use digital certificates to secure protected content from unauthorized usage. Your Computer may connect to the Internet at the time of validation of a digital certificate in order to download current certificate revocation lists (CRLs) or to update the list of digital certificates. This access may be made both by the Software and by applications based on the Software. Digital certificates are issued by third party certificate authorities, including Adobe Certified Document Services (CDS) vendors listed at www.adobe.com/go/partners_cds and Adobe Approved Trust List (AATL) vendors listed at www.adobe.com/security/approved-trust-list.html , and individualization vendors found at www.adobe.com/go/protected_content (collectively “Certification Authorities”), or can be self-signed.

9.2 Terms and Conditions. Purchase, use and reliance upon digital certificates are the responsibility of you and a Certification Authority. Before you rely upon any certified document, digital signature or Certification Authority services, you should review the applicable terms and conditions under which the relevant Certification Authority provides services, including, for example, any subscriber agreements, relying party agreements, certificate policies and practice statements. See the links on www.adobe.com/go/partners_cds for information about Adobe’s CDS vendors and www.adobe.com/security/approved-trust-list.html for information about Adobe’s AATL vendors.

9.3 Acknowledgement. You agree that (a) a digital certificate may have been revoked prior to the time of verification, making the digital signature or certificate appear valid when in fact it is not, (b) the security or integrity of a digital certificate may be compromised due to an act or omission by the signer of the document, the applicable Certification Authority, or any other third party, and (c) a certificate may be a self-signed certificate not provided by a Certification Authority. YOU ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR DECIDING WHETHER OR NOT TO RELY ON A CERTIFICATE. UNLESS A SEPARATE WRITTEN WARRANTY IS PROVIDED TO YOU BY A CERTIFICATION AUTHORITY, YOU USE DIGITAL CERTIFICATES AT YOUR SOLE RISK.

9.4 Third Party Beneficiaries. You agree that any Certification Authority you rely upon is a third party beneficiary of this agreement and shall have the right to enforce this agreement in its own name as if it were Adobe.

9.5 Indemnity. You agree to hold Adobe and any applicable Certification Authority (except as expressly provided in its terms and conditions) harmless from any and all liabilities, losses, actions, damages, or claims (including all reasonable expenses, costs, and attorneys fees) arising out of or relating to any use of, or reliance on, any service of such authority, including, without limitation (a) reliance on an expired or revoked certificate, (b) improper verification of a certificate, (c) use of a certificate other than as permitted by any applicable terms and conditions, this agreement or applicable law; (d) failure to exercise reasonable judgment under the circumstances in relying on issuer services or certificates or (e) failure to perform any of the obligations as required in the terms and conditions related to the services.

10. Limitation of Liability.

IN NO EVENT WILL ADOBE, ITS SUPPLIERS, OR CERTIFICATION AUTHORITIES BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY DAMAGES, CLAIMS OR COSTS WHATSOEVER INCLUDING ANY CONSEQUENTIAL, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, OR ANY LOST PROFITS OR LOST SAVINGS, EVEN IF AN ADOBE REPRESENTATIVE HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH LOSS, DAMAGES, OR CLAIMS. THE FOREGOING LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS APPLY TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW IN YOUR JURISDICTION. ADOBE’S AGGREGATE LIABILITY AND THAT OF ITS SUPPLIERS AND CERTIFICATION AUTHORITIES UNDER OR IN CONNECTION WITH THIS AGREEMENT SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE AMOUNT PAID FOR THE SOFTWARE, IF ANY. Nothing contained in this agreement limits Adobe’s liability to you in the event of death or personal injury resulting from Adobe’s negligence or for the tort of deceit (fraud). Adobe is acting on behalf of its suppliers and Certification Authorities for the purpose of disclaiming, excluding and/or limiting obligations, warranties and liability as provided in this agreement, but in no other respects and for no other purpose. For further information, please see the jurisdiction specific information at the end of this agreement, if any, or contact Adobe’s Customer Support Department.

11. Export Rules.

You agree that the Software will not be shipped, transferred, or exported into any country or used in any manner prohibited by the United States Export Administration Act or any other export laws, restrictions or regulations (collectively the “Export Laws”). In addition, if the Software is identified as export controlled items under the Export Laws, you represent and warrant that you are not a citizen, or otherwise located within, an embargoed nation (including without limitation Iran, Syria, Sudan, Cuba, and North Korea) and that you are not otherwise prohibited under the Export Laws from receiving the Software. All rights to Use the Software are granted on condition that such rights are forfeited if you fail to comply with the terms of this agreement.

12. Governing Law.

This agreement will be governed by and construed in accordance with the substantive laws in force: (a) in the State of California, if a license to the Software is obtained when you are in the United States, Canada, or Mexico; or (b) in Japan, if a license to the Software is obtained when you are in Japan, China, Korea, or other Southeast Asian country where all official languages are written in either an ideographic script (e.g., Hanzi, Kanji, or Hanja), and/or other script based upon or similar in structure to an ideographic script, such as Hangul or Kana; or (c) in England, if a license to the Software is obtained when you are in any other jurisdiction not described above. The respective courts of Santa Clara County, California when California law applies, Tokyo District Court in Japan, when Japanese law applies, and the competent courts of England, when the law of England applies, shall each have non-exclusive jurisdiction over all disputes relating to this agreement. This agreement will not be governed by the conflict of law rules of any jurisdiction or the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, the application of which is expressly excluded.

13. General Provisions.

If any part of this agreement is found void and unenforceable, it will not affect the validity of the balance of this agreement, which shall remain valid and enforceable according to its terms. This agreement shall not prejudice the statutory rights of any party dealing as a consumer. This agreement may only be modified by a writing signed by an authorized officer of Adobe. Updates may be licensed to you by Adobe with additional or different terms. This is the entire agreement between Adobe and you relating to the Software and it supersedes any prior representations, discussions, undertakings, communications, or advertising relating to the Software.

14. Notice to U.S. Government End Users.

For U.S. Government End Users, Adobe agrees to comply with all applicable equal opportunity laws including, if appropriate, the provisions of Executive Order 11246, as amended, Section 402 of the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (38 USC 4212), and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the regulations at 41 CFR Parts 60-1 through 60-60, 60-250, and 60-741. The affirmative action clause and regulations contained in the preceding sentence shall be incorporated by reference in this agreement.

15. Compliance with Licenses.

If you are a business or organization, you agree that upon request from Adobe or Adobe’s authorized representative, you will, within thirty (30) days, fully document and certify that use of any and all Software at the time of the request is in conformity with your valid licenses from Adobe.

16. European Union Provisions.

Nothing included in this agreement (including Section 4.5) shall limit any non-waivable right to decompile the Software that you may enjoy under mandatory law. For example, if you are located in the European Union (EU), you may have the right upon certain conditions specified in the applicable law to decompile the Software if it is necessary to do so in order to achieve interoperability of the Software with another software program, and you have first asked Adobe in writing to provide the information necessary to achieve such interoperability and Adobe has not made such information available. In addition, such decompilation may only be done by you or someone else entitled to use a copy of the Software on your behalf. Adobe has the right to impose reasonable conditions before providing such information. Any information supplied by Adobe or obtained by you, as permitted hereunder, may only be used by you for the purpose described herein and may not be disclosed to any third party or used to create any software which is substantially similar to the expression of the Software or used for any other act which infringes Adobe or its licensors’ copyright.

17. Specific Provisions and Exceptions.

17.1 Limitation of Liability for Users Residing in Germany and Austria.

17.1.1 If you obtained the Software in Germany or Austria, and you usually reside in such country, then Section 10 does not apply. Instead, subject to the provisions in Section 17.1.2, Adobe’s statutory liability for damages shall be limited as follows: (a) Adobe shall be liable only up to the amount of damages as typically foreseeable at the time of entering into the license agreement in respect of damages caused by a slightly negligent breach of a material contractual obligation and (b) Adobe shall not be liable for damages caused by a slightly negligent breach of a non-material contractual obligation.

17.1.2 The aforesaid limitation of liability shall not apply to any mandatory statutory liability, in particular, to liability under the German Product Liability Act, liability for assuming a specific guarantee or liability for culpably caused personal injuries.

17.1.3 You are required to take all reasonable measures to avoid and reduce damages, in particular to make back-up copies of the Software and your computer data subject to the provisions of this agreement.

If you have any questions regarding this agreement, or if you wish to request any information from Adobe, please use the address and contact information included with this product or via the web at www.adobe.com to contact the Adobe office serving your jurisdiction.

Adobe, Adobe AIR, AIR, Authorware, Flash, Reader, and Shockwave are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries.

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Lahav 433 is a new Israeli crime-fighting umbrella organization within the Israel Police. Known as the "Israeli FBI", the unit is the merger of five law enforcement offices into one. It is tasked with investigating national crimes and corruption.The number four is for the four region departments and number 33 is for The Gideonites, a Mista'arvim unit.

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Wanted: A new chief for Israel Police’s elite crime-fighting unit

The Pinto affair has destabilized Lahav 433. To restore the work and pride of the unit, a new commander must be appointed swiftly.

 

By Amir Oren| Feb. 10, 2014

 

Yoshiyahu Pinto managed to draw police Maj. Gen. Menashe Arviv’s service pistol from Arviv’s holster. That’s embarrassing for a cop, but Pinto also managed to pull the trigger with the gun pointed at Arviv. The latter’s resignation has left Pinto with the same indictment he was trying to get out of.

 

And now, the crime-fighting Lahav 433 unit is on another hunt, this time for its own new head. If the police want to show the various Pintos that they should not try a similar trick, the proper candidate to fill Arviv’s shoes is the officer who implicated Pinto, Brig. Gen. Ephraim Bracha. Appointing Bracha, even at first as acting head, without promotion to major general, would be a slap in the face to Pinto and his lawyers.

 

In recent weeks, since Arviv first went on leave, from which he announced he would not be returning, the police had a clear choice: to show that it was business as usual in Lahav 433 or to shut their eyes and hope it would all go away. They chose the second alternative, which goes against the messages of the police commissioner. Arviv’s resignation, his personal considerations whatever they may be, shows an amateurish error as powerfully as a thousand state’s witnesses.

 

To first restore the work and pride of the unit, a new commander must be appointed swiftly. This is also an opportunity to scrutinize whether the rank of major general is needed for Lahav 433’s head.

 

In the middle of the last decade, intelligence and investigations were banded together and Lahav 433 was established, subservient to the intelligence and investigations division, which a framework of units including the one that probes senior officials, international and serious crimes, and others. It is headed by a major general (preferably long-time) above another major general (preferably his first position as such), heading Lahav. Out of five Lahav commanders so far, two have moved up to head the police’s intelligence and investigations branch.

 

But it is hard to imagine that many major generals will be found these days willing to head Lahav under the commander of the investigations and intelligence branch, although the job is more interesting and challenging than the head of logistics or commanding the Border Police. Commander Moshe Edri, head of the traffic enforcement unit, might be the only one who can accede to Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch’s request and fill the post.

 

At the level of brigadier general, there are half a dozen contenders for promotion at Lahav and in the districts and divisions. Prominent among them is Brig. Gen. Haim Ifergan, deputy commander of the investigations and intelligence branch. However, the possibility that the rabbis’ scandal and their ties to senior police officers will end with the promotion of the nephew of the controversial the so-called X-ray rabbi, Ya’akov Ifergan, seems highly unlikely.

 

That is not the case with Bracha, who knowingly changed the course of his life when he appeared before his commander, Yoav Segalovich, and reported Pinto’s attempts to bribe him. To root out the evil, Segalovich decided to use Bracha (and his wife) to document Pinto’s alleged criminal acts, all with the approval of the state prosecution. To extricate himself, Pinto offered to implicate another senior officer − who, it was to come out later, was Arviv.

 

Bracha, like almost all the officers named as possible heads of Lahav, is not admired in all quarters. Some officers are too quiet (like him); some are too showy, or experienced in some areas but not in others. But the police is on the defensive, particularly Lahav. It needs a special move, as long as it’s not a PR trick. Bracha, currently head of the national fraud squad, part of Lahav, can serve as acting head of the mother unit in addition to his current function or separate from it. He has weathered his share of claims against him, but he has also passed a number of filters, including scrutiny by Deputy Attorney General Dina Silber.

 

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein decided last week not to significantly reduce the charges against Pinto in exchange for Arviv’s head. Weinstein was willing to consider the poor health of members of Pinto’s family as a reason to reduce the charges and was waiting for State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan to return from his ski vacation. But Arviv acted first. He had reason to assume that if he left, the police investigations unit in the Justice Ministry and the Civil Service Commission would leave him alone. Weinstein will leave him alone; he did not do the same for the army officers involved in the Harpaz affair, who left the army. This is a clear case of selective and even arbitrary enforcement.

 

To appoint the next commander of Lahav, Danino needs Aharonovitch’s approval. It will be given, but only after more thorough scrutiny than was given a little over six months ago to the appointment of Arviv.

Lahav 433 is a new Israeli crime-fighting umbrella organization within the Israel Police. Known as the "Israeli FBI", the unit is the merger of five law enforcement offices into one. It is tasked with investigating national crimes and corruption.The number four is for the four region departments and number 33 is for The Gideonites, a Mista'arvim unit.

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Wanted: A new chief for Israel Police’s elite crime-fighting unit

The Pinto affair has destabilized Lahav 433. To restore the work and pride of the unit, a new commander must be appointed swiftly.

 

By Amir Oren| Feb. 10, 2014

 

Yoshiyahu Pinto managed to draw police Maj. Gen. Menashe Arviv’s service pistol from Arviv’s holster. That’s embarrassing for a cop, but Pinto also managed to pull the trigger with the gun pointed at Arviv. The latter’s resignation has left Pinto with the same indictment he was trying to get out of.

 

And now, the crime-fighting Lahav 433 unit is on another hunt, this time for its own new head. If the police want to show the various Pintos that they should not try a similar trick, the proper candidate to fill Arviv’s shoes is the officer who implicated Pinto, Brig. Gen. Ephraim Bracha. Appointing Bracha, even at first as acting head, without promotion to major general, would be a slap in the face to Pinto and his lawyers.

 

In recent weeks, since Arviv first went on leave, from which he announced he would not be returning, the police had a clear choice: to show that it was business as usual in Lahav 433 or to shut their eyes and hope it would all go away. They chose the second alternative, which goes against the messages of the police commissioner. Arviv’s resignation, his personal considerations whatever they may be, shows an amateurish error as powerfully as a thousand state’s witnesses.

 

To first restore the work and pride of the unit, a new commander must be appointed swiftly. This is also an opportunity to scrutinize whether the rank of major general is needed for Lahav 433’s head.

 

In the middle of the last decade, intelligence and investigations were banded together and Lahav 433 was established, subservient to the intelligence and investigations division, which a framework of units including the one that probes senior officials, international and serious crimes, and others. It is headed by a major general (preferably long-time) above another major general (preferably his first position as such), heading Lahav. Out of five Lahav commanders so far, two have moved up to head the police’s intelligence and investigations branch.

 

But it is hard to imagine that many major generals will be found these days willing to head Lahav under the commander of the investigations and intelligence branch, although the job is more interesting and challenging than the head of logistics or commanding the Border Police. Commander Moshe Edri, head of the traffic enforcement unit, might be the only one who can accede to Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch’s request and fill the post.

 

At the level of brigadier general, there are half a dozen contenders for promotion at Lahav and in the districts and divisions. Prominent among them is Brig. Gen. Haim Ifergan, deputy commander of the investigations and intelligence branch. However, the possibility that the rabbis’ scandal and their ties to senior police officers will end with the promotion of the nephew of the controversial the so-called X-ray rabbi, Ya’akov Ifergan, seems highly unlikely.

 

That is not the case with Bracha, who knowingly changed the course of his life when he appeared before his commander, Yoav Segalovich, and reported Pinto’s attempts to bribe him. To root out the evil, Segalovich decided to use Bracha (and his wife) to document Pinto’s alleged criminal acts, all with the approval of the state prosecution. To extricate himself, Pinto offered to implicate another senior officer − who, it was to come out later, was Arviv.

 

Bracha, like almost all the officers named as possible heads of Lahav, is not admired in all quarters. Some officers are too quiet (like him); some are too showy, or experienced in some areas but not in others. But the police is on the defensive, particularly Lahav. It needs a special move, as long as it’s not a PR trick. Bracha, currently head of the national fraud squad, part of Lahav, can serve as acting head of the mother unit in addition to his current function or separate from it. He has weathered his share of claims against him, but he has also passed a number of filters, including scrutiny by Deputy Attorney General Dina Silber.

 

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein decided last week not to significantly reduce the charges against Pinto in exchange for Arviv’s head. Weinstein was willing to consider the poor health of members of Pinto’s family as a reason to reduce the charges and was waiting for State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan to return from his ski vacation. But Arviv acted first. He had reason to assume that if he left, the police investigations unit in the Justice Ministry and the Civil Service Commission would leave him alone. Weinstein will leave him alone; he did not do the same for the army officers involved in the Harpaz affair, who left the army. This is a clear case of selective and even arbitrary enforcement.

 

To appoint the next commander of Lahav, Danino needs Aharonovitch’s approval. It will be given, but only after more thorough scrutiny than was given a little over six months ago to the appointment of Arviv.

Lahav 433 is a new Israeli crime-fighting umbrella organization within the Israel Police. Known as the "Israeli FBI", the unit is the merger of five law enforcement offices into one. It is tasked with investigating national crimes and corruption.The number four is for the four region departments and number 33 is for The Gideonites, a Mista'arvim unit.

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Wanted: A new chief for Israel Police’s elite crime-fighting unit

The Pinto affair has destabilized Lahav 433. To restore the work and pride of the unit, a new commander must be appointed swiftly.

 

By Amir Oren| Feb. 10, 2014

 

Yoshiyahu Pinto managed to draw police Maj. Gen. Menashe Arviv’s service pistol from Arviv’s holster. That’s embarrassing for a cop, but Pinto also managed to pull the trigger with the gun pointed at Arviv. The latter’s resignation has left Pinto with the same indictment he was trying to get out of.

 

And now, the crime-fighting Lahav 433 unit is on another hunt, this time for its own new head. If the police want to show the various Pintos that they should not try a similar trick, the proper candidate to fill Arviv’s shoes is the officer who implicated Pinto, Brig. Gen. Ephraim Bracha. Appointing Bracha, even at first as acting head, without promotion to major general, would be a slap in the face to Pinto and his lawyers.

 

In recent weeks, since Arviv first went on leave, from which he announced he would not be returning, the police had a clear choice: to show that it was business as usual in Lahav 433 or to shut their eyes and hope it would all go away. They chose the second alternative, which goes against the messages of the police commissioner. Arviv’s resignation, his personal considerations whatever they may be, shows an amateurish error as powerfully as a thousand state’s witnesses.

 

To first restore the work and pride of the unit, a new commander must be appointed swiftly. This is also an opportunity to scrutinize whether the rank of major general is needed for Lahav 433’s head.

 

In the middle of the last decade, intelligence and investigations were banded together and Lahav 433 was established, subservient to the intelligence and investigations division, which a framework of units including the one that probes senior officials, international and serious crimes, and others. It is headed by a major general (preferably long-time) above another major general (preferably his first position as such), heading Lahav. Out of five Lahav commanders so far, two have moved up to head the police’s intelligence and investigations branch.

 

But it is hard to imagine that many major generals will be found these days willing to head Lahav under the commander of the investigations and intelligence branch, although the job is more interesting and challenging than the head of logistics or commanding the Border Police. Commander Moshe Edri, head of the traffic enforcement unit, might be the only one who can accede to Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch’s request and fill the post.

 

At the level of brigadier general, there are half a dozen contenders for promotion at Lahav and in the districts and divisions. Prominent among them is Brig. Gen. Haim Ifergan, deputy commander of the investigations and intelligence branch. However, the possibility that the rabbis’ scandal and their ties to senior police officers will end with the promotion of the nephew of the controversial the so-called X-ray rabbi, Ya’akov Ifergan, seems highly unlikely.

 

That is not the case with Bracha, who knowingly changed the course of his life when he appeared before his commander, Yoav Segalovich, and reported Pinto’s attempts to bribe him. To root out the evil, Segalovich decided to use Bracha (and his wife) to document Pinto’s alleged criminal acts, all with the approval of the state prosecution. To extricate himself, Pinto offered to implicate another senior officer − who, it was to come out later, was Arviv.

 

Bracha, like almost all the officers named as possible heads of Lahav, is not admired in all quarters. Some officers are too quiet (like him); some are too showy, or experienced in some areas but not in others. But the police is on the defensive, particularly Lahav. It needs a special move, as long as it’s not a PR trick. Bracha, currently head of the national fraud squad, part of Lahav, can serve as acting head of the mother unit in addition to his current function or separate from it. He has weathered his share of claims against him, but he has also passed a number of filters, including scrutiny by Deputy Attorney General Dina Silber.

 

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein decided last week not to significantly reduce the charges against Pinto in exchange for Arviv’s head. Weinstein was willing to consider the poor health of members of Pinto’s family as a reason to reduce the charges and was waiting for State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan to return from his ski vacation. But Arviv acted first. He had reason to assume that if he left, the police investigations unit in the Justice Ministry and the Civil Service Commission would leave him alone. Weinstein will leave him alone; he did not do the same for the army officers involved in the Harpaz affair, who left the army. This is a clear case of selective and even arbitrary enforcement.

 

To appoint the next commander of Lahav, Danino needs Aharonovitch’s approval. It will be given, but only after more thorough scrutiny than was given a little over six months ago to the appointment of Arviv.

SEC Robert Khuzami Talks 證券和交易委員會

 

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By AARON LUCCHETTI And KARA SCANNELL

 

Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement chief Robert Khuzami oversaw a group of lawyers at his old firm, Deutsche Bank AG, that was closely involved in developing collateralized debt obligations, the same product in the agency's fraud lawsuit against Goldman Sachs Group Inc., according to people familiar with the matter.

 

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Robert Khuzami testifies before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about the purchase of Merrill Lynch by Bank of America in December.

 

Before taking his current job at the SEC last year, the 53-year-old Mr. Khuzami spent five years running the U.S. legal division of Deutsche Bank, one of the largest issuers of collateralized debt obligations in 2006 and 2007. As part of that job, he worked with lawyers who advised on the CDOs issued by the German bank and how details about them should be disclosed to investors. The group included more than 100 lawyers who also defended the bank against lawsuits and vetted other financial products, these people said.

 

Deutsche Bank has faced allegations of inadequate disclosure over its creation of CDOs. It isn't clear if Mr. Khuzami personally reviewed any structured-finance deal documents in his role at the bank, and outside law firms were also involved in CDO work.

 

Deutsche Bank said its CDOs that were similar to Abacus 2007-AC1, the subject of the SEC's suit against Goldman, didn't rely on outside firms to help choose the underlying portfolio. That "eliminated the potential for deception with respect to the role of such a manager," said Ted Meyer, a spokesman for Deutsche Bank. He declined to comment on Mr. Khuzami.

 

Because of Mr. Khuzami's old job and his financial interest in the company, he has recused himself from any matters related to Deutsche Bank, according to an SEC spokesman.

 

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The SEC spokesman said Mr. Khuzami also isn't involved in a recent SEC case over alleged insider trading by a hedge-fund manager and Deutsche Bank sales official. The SEC probe began while Mr. Khuzami was at the bank.

 

SEC officials say Mr. Khuzami's résumé is a nonissue, adding that the agency will go after illegal conduct wherever it occurs. "The Commission's recusal policy prevents even the appearance of a possible conflict of interest by prohibiting employees from working on particular matters that could affect their financial interests," said SEC spokesman John Nester. Mr. Khuzami declined to comment through the spokesman.

 

Mr. Khuzami has vowed to pursue wrongdoing against Wall Street firms in high-profile areas such as subprime mortgages and CDOs. That mission created shockwaves last week when the SEC accused the world's most profitable securities firm of duping investors in its sale of a CDO called Abacus 2007-AC1.

 

Goldman denies any wrongdoing, but Wall Street and Washington are buzzing with speculation about whether Mr. Khuzami will bring other cases over CDOs. The SEC has sent requests for information to Deutsche Bank and numerous other firms about CDOs and other structured mortgage products, according to a person familiar with the matter.

 

Mr. Khuzami is the first SEC enforcement director in recent history to come directly from an investment bank. The agency's tradition has been to promote from within. SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro cited Mr. Khuzami's skills as a former prosecutor when she recruited him to run the SEC's enforcement division, which was reeling from the missed Bernard Madoff fraud.

 

Some securities lawyers say Mr. Khuzami's high-level position at Deutsche Bank could have given him insight into structured-finance products, an area where the SEC has been criticized for a shortage of expertise.

 

In his seven years at the German bank, Mr. Khuzami took a hands-on role, including when he was general counsel for the Americas from 2004 to 2009. He hired government lawyers and pushed them to more aggressively audit the bank's activities. His group reminded colleagues that regulators would be watching their emails closely, according to one former Deutsche Bank employee.

 

His large cases include defending the firm in an ongoing tax-shelter case and a favorable judgment and settlement of litigation related to Deutsche's role in the collapse of Enron Corp. Before joining Deutsche Bank, he was a prosecutor in the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan for 11 years, most notably handling the landmark trial over the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, as well as Ponzi schemes, insider-trading cases and a prosecution linking organized crime to the stock market.

 

Deutsche Bank is defending itself from a lawsuit triggered by a CDO created before Mr. Khuzami left. In a New York court lawsuit filed in 2008, M&T Bank Corp., a regional bank based in Buffalo, N.Y., accused Deutsche Bank and one company official of making misleading statements when it allegedly described a 2007 deal as "nearly risk-free," "rock solid" and "like a lay-up." M&T said it lost the entire $82 million it invested in the deal.

  

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Lahav 433 is a new Israeli crime-fighting umbrella organization within the Israel Police. Known as the "Israeli FBI", the unit is the merger of five law enforcement offices into one. It is tasked with investigating national crimes and corruption.The number four is for the four region departments and number 33 is for The Gideonites, a Mista'arvim unit.

________________

 

Wanted: A new chief for Israel Police’s elite crime-fighting unit

The Pinto affair has destabilized Lahav 433. To restore the work and pride of the unit, a new commander must be appointed swiftly.

 

By Amir Oren| Feb. 10, 2014

 

Yoshiyahu Pinto managed to draw police Maj. Gen. Menashe Arviv’s service pistol from Arviv’s holster. That’s embarrassing for a cop, but Pinto also managed to pull the trigger with the gun pointed at Arviv. The latter’s resignation has left Pinto with the same indictment he was trying to get out of.

 

And now, the crime-fighting Lahav 433 unit is on another hunt, this time for its own new head. If the police want to show the various Pintos that they should not try a similar trick, the proper candidate to fill Arviv’s shoes is the officer who implicated Pinto, Brig. Gen. Ephraim Bracha. Appointing Bracha, even at first as acting head, without promotion to major general, would be a slap in the face to Pinto and his lawyers.

 

In recent weeks, since Arviv first went on leave, from which he announced he would not be returning, the police had a clear choice: to show that it was business as usual in Lahav 433 or to shut their eyes and hope it would all go away. They chose the second alternative, which goes against the messages of the police commissioner. Arviv’s resignation, his personal considerations whatever they may be, shows an amateurish error as powerfully as a thousand state’s witnesses.

 

To first restore the work and pride of the unit, a new commander must be appointed swiftly. This is also an opportunity to scrutinize whether the rank of major general is needed for Lahav 433’s head.

 

In the middle of the last decade, intelligence and investigations were banded together and Lahav 433 was established, subservient to the intelligence and investigations division, which a framework of units including the one that probes senior officials, international and serious crimes, and others. It is headed by a major general (preferably long-time) above another major general (preferably his first position as such), heading Lahav. Out of five Lahav commanders so far, two have moved up to head the police’s intelligence and investigations branch.

 

But it is hard to imagine that many major generals will be found these days willing to head Lahav under the commander of the investigations and intelligence branch, although the job is more interesting and challenging than the head of logistics or commanding the Border Police. Commander Moshe Edri, head of the traffic enforcement unit, might be the only one who can accede to Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch’s request and fill the post.

 

At the level of brigadier general, there are half a dozen contenders for promotion at Lahav and in the districts and divisions. Prominent among them is Brig. Gen. Haim Ifergan, deputy commander of the investigations and intelligence branch. However, the possibility that the rabbis’ scandal and their ties to senior police officers will end with the promotion of the nephew of the controversial the so-called X-ray rabbi, Ya’akov Ifergan, seems highly unlikely.

 

That is not the case with Bracha, who knowingly changed the course of his life when he appeared before his commander, Yoav Segalovich, and reported Pinto’s attempts to bribe him. To root out the evil, Segalovich decided to use Bracha (and his wife) to document Pinto’s alleged criminal acts, all with the approval of the state prosecution. To extricate himself, Pinto offered to implicate another senior officer − who, it was to come out later, was Arviv.

 

Bracha, like almost all the officers named as possible heads of Lahav, is not admired in all quarters. Some officers are too quiet (like him); some are too showy, or experienced in some areas but not in others. But the police is on the defensive, particularly Lahav. It needs a special move, as long as it’s not a PR trick. Bracha, currently head of the national fraud squad, part of Lahav, can serve as acting head of the mother unit in addition to his current function or separate from it. He has weathered his share of claims against him, but he has also passed a number of filters, including scrutiny by Deputy Attorney General Dina Silber.

 

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein decided last week not to significantly reduce the charges against Pinto in exchange for Arviv’s head. Weinstein was willing to consider the poor health of members of Pinto’s family as a reason to reduce the charges and was waiting for State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan to return from his ski vacation. But Arviv acted first. He had reason to assume that if he left, the police investigations unit in the Justice Ministry and the Civil Service Commission would leave him alone. Weinstein will leave him alone; he did not do the same for the army officers involved in the Harpaz affair, who left the army. This is a clear case of selective and even arbitrary enforcement.

 

To appoint the next commander of Lahav, Danino needs Aharonovitch’s approval. It will be given, but only after more thorough scrutiny than was given a little over six months ago to the appointment of Arviv.

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The 1948 Tucker Torpedo or Tucker '48 Sedan was an advanced automobile conceived by Preston Tucker and briefly produced in Chicago in 1948. Only 51 cars were made before the company folded on March 3, 1949, due to negative publicity initiated by the news media, a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation and a heavily publicized stock fraud trial. Speculation exists that the circumstances which brought the Tucker Corporation down were contributed to by the Big Three automakers and Michigan senator Homer Ferguson.

Studebaker was first to introduce an all-new postwar model, but Tucker took a different tack, designing a safety car with innovative features and modern styling. His specifications called for a water-cooled aluminum block[2] flat-6 rear engine, disc brakes, four-wheel independent suspension,[2] fuel injection, the location of all instruments on the steering wheel, and a padded dashboard.

The first sketch for Tucker's car, by designer George Lawson

Tucker's second design sketch by Alex Tremulis (Before front end was finalized with Lippincott designers.)

To finalize the design, Tucker hired the New York design firm J. Gordon Lippincott to create an alternate body. Only the front end and horizontal tail-light bar designs were refined for the final car. Tremulis gave the first prototype car the nickname of "Tin Goose".

Many components and features of the car were innovative and far ahead of its time. The most recognizable feature of the Tucker '48, a directional third headlight, known as the "Cyclops Eye", would turn on at steering angles of greater than 10 degrees to light the car's path around corners. At the time 17 states had laws against cars having more than two headlights. Tucker fabricated a cover for the cyclops center light for use in these states.

The car was rear-engined and rear wheel drive. A perimeter frame surrounded the vehicle for crash protection, as well as a roll bar integrated into the roof. The steering box was behind the front axle to protect the driver in a front-end accident. The instrument panel and all controls were in easy reach of the steering wheel, and the dash was padded for safety. The windshield was designed to pop-out in a collision to protect occupants. The car also featured seat belts, a first in its day. The car's parking brake had a separate key so it could be locked in place to prevent theft. The doors extended into the roof, to ease entry and exit. The engine and transmission were mounted on a separate sub frame which could be lowered and removed in minutes with just six bolts removed—Tucker envisioned loaner engines being quickly swapped in for service in just 15–20 minutes.

Tucker envisioned several other innovations which were later abandoned. Magnesium wheels, disc brakes, fuel injection, self-sealing tubeless tires, and a direct-drive torque converter transmission were all evaluated and/or tested but were dropped on the final prototype due to cost, engineering complexity, and lack of time to develop.

Tucker initially tried to develop an innovative engine. It was a 589 in³ flat-6 cylinder with hemispherical combustion chambers, fuel injection, and overhead valves operated by oil pressure rather than a camshaft. An oil pressure distributor was mounted inline with the ignition distributor and delivered appropriately timed direct oil pressure to open each valve at the proper interval. This unique engine was designed to idle at 100 RPM and cruise at 250-1200RPM through the use of direct drive torque converters on each driving wheel instead of a transmission. These features would have been auto industry firsts in 1948, but as engine development proceeded, problems appeared. The 589 engine was installed only in the test chassis and the first prototype.

The final car was only 70 in (1524 mm) tall, but was rather large and comfortable inside. Tremulis' design was called the most aerodynamic in the world, and though it still sported pre-war type fenders, it was startlingly modern. The mathematically-computed drag coefficient was only 0.27, although for the public this figure was rounded up to 0.30.

Continuing development – funding and publicity

Having raised $17,000,000 in a stock issue, one of the first speculative IPOs, Tucker needed more money to continue development of the car. He sold dealerships and distributorships throughout the country. Another money maker was the Tucker Accessories Program. In order to secure a spot on the Tucker waiting list, future buyers could purchase accessories, like seat covers, the radio, and luggage, before their car was built. This brought an additional $2,000,000 into the company.

With the final design in place, Preston Tucker took the pre-production cars on the road to show them in towns across the country. The cars were an instant success, with crowds gathering wherever they stopped. One report says that Tucker was pulled over by a police officer intent on getting a better look at the car.

To prove the road-worthiness of his cars, Tucker and his engineers ran several cars at the Indianapolis 500 in several endurance tests. During this testing, car #1027 was rolled at high speed while driven by mechanic Eddie Offut. The car's safety features were proven when Offut walked away from the severe crash. During the crash, the windshield popped out as designed, and afterward the car started up and was driven off the track.

One of Tucker's most innovative business ideas caused trouble for the company, however. His Accessories Program raised funds by selling accessories before the car was even in production. After the war demand for new cars was greater than dealers could supply, and most dealers had waiting lists for new cars. Preference was given to returning veterans, which meant that non-veterans were bumped down on the waiting lists indefinitely. Tucker's program allowed potential buyers who purchased Tucker accessories to obtain a guaranteed spot on the Tucker dealer waiting list for a Tucker '48 car.

This concept was investigated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the United States Attorney, and led to an indictment of company executives. Although all charges were eventually dropped, the negative publicity destroyed the company and halted production of the car.

 

This is the second translated page of fraud and fake documents he provided the court. You can see thsi does not contain my signatures either just like the Ameritrade check when iI have called the bank and canceled that check did not sign that. Now do in California if a party doesn't sign all other sign that document you can say she or he was involved in this transaction when she did not sign?? Yeah this is the thing American court believed him when he said in Pakistan husband can sign on behalf of wife and problem is this if this case would be in Pakistan Pakistani court not gonna believe him. But Americans did and my friends and family in Pakistan were asking that how come they believe when Chaudhary's brother Imtiaz just posses 3 acer not 9 acer land. How come he sell 9 acer when he just have 3 acer??? But judges were like to just confuse me saying yes it could be when I have documents proving that Imtiaz Anwar doesn't has 9 acer land just 3 acer Judge said, " It is hearsay, this can not be admitted in the court." That time I was thinking He doesn't make any motion to say that judge has done by her self. I have heard in trial court judge will not do anything by her or him self you or your lawyer needs to tell them the law. Now I have felt there was no law to protect my financial side at all. They know one thing JOB JOB JOB and no one is giving me a job what I want. I know there are very strict laws about sexual harassment and asking for sexual .......... is prohibiter and a person can be jailed but what if they just select those kind of ladies they think they can be cooperative she can't how can she prove? Oh phir bat se bat nikal gai 9 I was on other issue again from my own issue;-)) Now I was willing to own my own house from a long time and you can see he had 600,000,00 dollars and at that time we were able to buy 2 paid houses if he wants but he did not even bought one house. After seperation I hav estarted to talk to real estate agents about buying a house and one of them talk to me I told her the situation that I have 1200,00000 it's hundered twynty thousand dollars and I want to pay down pay ment I hope with my child support I will be able to pay rest she said, "Bushra get out of this mess. You can not prove him wrong. My husband did the same and no attorney will help you as in my case they were asking me to bring evidence, Attorney can't do any thing an dhow can you prove he move that money out of the united states when you were the joint account holder ? So Bushra my kids were grown up more then 18 but I have to leave every thing I advised you too just don't be in this mess. what ever you have save it for your self." And I thought if every one is thinking like that no one will get the rights and how we will think that this is an issue a burning issue. So I decide to STAY stand up for my rights :D Ok After that phone conversation I thought about my community I am saying because they are Pakistani and Muslims they are trying to scare me but for that lady I have thought she even don't know me if she is saying there must be something I have to care. Do I withdraw my case? I asked my self and my inner self said NO! No no! I have to see what's going on itna shor hai ke yeh right woh rights konsey rights hain yahan mery siwaey jeeny ke??? So I plane to fight since my attorney was so expensive even great work he had done I decide to change after 6th month when court ordered to pay both attorneys second time 20,000 dollars so from hundred and fifty now fourty thousand were ghone and I was thnking why court is so willing to give him the rest of th emoney if not hm his attorney? Now I knw he is saying he don't have money and court is believing him LAW is on his side court has to believe him any ways.

Note able things I didn't know any of the witnesses and they were his brother's friends and one of them working under him so he just say what his officer asked him and this person Imtiaz always gets money from Sajjad for hsi living expenses and now they were saying Sajjad borrowed money from him. I have called the Pakistani embassy, American embassy and as people wer esaying these are fraud documents FBI and homeland security can be involved so When I have changed my laweyer at some point that was my mistake I thought new and chipper will help me but he was more lutera any wasy when I have seen my new lawyer is not even making a single attempt to contact any athourties I have don eby my self and cam eto know since this is rpivate matter they can not help and hey care about trillion and billion dollars not half of million :D:D My friends were saying no no this money gone out of AAmerica they care but infect they don't at least in my case not at all:D just the money I have saved for that they were worried why she had this and why she is saying I want to get education for that I need this money and for my kids. from Pakistani Embassy Mr. Gul Khitab Abbasi helped me a lot and when he came to know that my brother and father are attorney he said why are you not appointing your own father or brother? and asked me to fax him all th epaper my EX submitted when I have fax him he was like :~O court is believeing these papers?? These stamp papers any one can buy on th eroad and by paying a fee any one can attested them they said and because those papers were notries/attested for American Courts those were like HOLLY BOOK PAGES RIGHT FROM HEAVEN and when as Pakistani Embassy officials told me that how I can appoint an attorney and then that will be considerd legal how your Ex Husband has done that is not legal they said, and When I appoint my brother my attorney and he starte dgetting evidence against him He asked the court that his brother is influsing the witnesses and now judge said, "NO YOUR BROTHER CAN NOT WORK FOR YOU" Now tell me is in United States this is the law that no one can appoint thieir own brother sister or father as lawyer or attorney?? if not an dthey can appoint then why this discrimination to me????now to be continued with letter from American embessey from Pakistan I will come again tomorrow :D bye fo rnow I hope my miss spleed words will mak esense fo ryou;-)))

Lahav 433 is a new Israeli crime-fighting umbrella organization within the Israel Police. Known as the "Israeli FBI", the unit is the merger of five law enforcement offices into one. It is tasked with investigating national crimes and corruption.The number four is for the four region departments and number 33 is for The Gideonites, a Mista'arvim unit.

________________

 

Wanted: A new chief for Israel Police’s elite crime-fighting unit

The Pinto affair has destabilized Lahav 433. To restore the work and pride of the unit, a new commander must be appointed swiftly.

 

By Amir Oren| Feb. 10, 2014

 

Yoshiyahu Pinto managed to draw police Maj. Gen. Menashe Arviv’s service pistol from Arviv’s holster. That’s embarrassing for a cop, but Pinto also managed to pull the trigger with the gun pointed at Arviv. The latter’s resignation has left Pinto with the same indictment he was trying to get out of.

 

And now, the crime-fighting Lahav 433 unit is on another hunt, this time for its own new head. If the police want to show the various Pintos that they should not try a similar trick, the proper candidate to fill Arviv’s shoes is the officer who implicated Pinto, Brig. Gen. Ephraim Bracha. Appointing Bracha, even at first as acting head, without promotion to major general, would be a slap in the face to Pinto and his lawyers.

 

In recent weeks, since Arviv first went on leave, from which he announced he would not be returning, the police had a clear choice: to show that it was business as usual in Lahav 433 or to shut their eyes and hope it would all go away. They chose the second alternative, which goes against the messages of the police commissioner. Arviv’s resignation, his personal considerations whatever they may be, shows an amateurish error as powerfully as a thousand state’s witnesses.

 

To first restore the work and pride of the unit, a new commander must be appointed swiftly. This is also an opportunity to scrutinize whether the rank of major general is needed for Lahav 433’s head.

 

In the middle of the last decade, intelligence and investigations were banded together and Lahav 433 was established, subservient to the intelligence and investigations division, which a framework of units including the one that probes senior officials, international and serious crimes, and others. It is headed by a major general (preferably long-time) above another major general (preferably his first position as such), heading Lahav. Out of five Lahav commanders so far, two have moved up to head the police’s intelligence and investigations branch.

 

But it is hard to imagine that many major generals will be found these days willing to head Lahav under the commander of the investigations and intelligence branch, although the job is more interesting and challenging than the head of logistics or commanding the Border Police. Commander Moshe Edri, head of the traffic enforcement unit, might be the only one who can accede to Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch’s request and fill the post.

 

At the level of brigadier general, there are half a dozen contenders for promotion at Lahav and in the districts and divisions. Prominent among them is Brig. Gen. Haim Ifergan, deputy commander of the investigations and intelligence branch. However, the possibility that the rabbis’ scandal and their ties to senior police officers will end with the promotion of the nephew of the controversial the so-called X-ray rabbi, Ya’akov Ifergan, seems highly unlikely.

 

That is not the case with Bracha, who knowingly changed the course of his life when he appeared before his commander, Yoav Segalovich, and reported Pinto’s attempts to bribe him. To root out the evil, Segalovich decided to use Bracha (and his wife) to document Pinto’s alleged criminal acts, all with the approval of the state prosecution. To extricate himself, Pinto offered to implicate another senior officer − who, it was to come out later, was Arviv.

 

Bracha, like almost all the officers named as possible heads of Lahav, is not admired in all quarters. Some officers are too quiet (like him); some are too showy, or experienced in some areas but not in others. But the police is on the defensive, particularly Lahav. It needs a special move, as long as it’s not a PR trick. Bracha, currently head of the national fraud squad, part of Lahav, can serve as acting head of the mother unit in addition to his current function or separate from it. He has weathered his share of claims against him, but he has also passed a number of filters, including scrutiny by Deputy Attorney General Dina Silber.

 

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein decided last week not to significantly reduce the charges against Pinto in exchange for Arviv’s head. Weinstein was willing to consider the poor health of members of Pinto’s family as a reason to reduce the charges and was waiting for State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan to return from his ski vacation. But Arviv acted first. He had reason to assume that if he left, the police investigations unit in the Justice Ministry and the Civil Service Commission would leave him alone. Weinstein will leave him alone; he did not do the same for the army officers involved in the Harpaz affair, who left the army. This is a clear case of selective and even arbitrary enforcement.

 

To appoint the next commander of Lahav, Danino needs Aharonovitch’s approval. It will be given, but only after more thorough scrutiny than was given a little over six months ago to the appointment of Arviv.

whdh-tv-7 news image - for about 8 hours today, sections of Boston's roads, including part of an interstate highway, sections of the subway system and more were shut down while federal, state, county and city police, fire and bomb squads responded to reports fo about a dozen devices placed throughout the city. it turned out that they were led lights on a board with a battery-pack to promote a movie coming soon from Turner based on the Adult Swim cartoon show characters.

 

as these devices were being found and detonated by Homeland Security, etc, Turner took 8 HOURS to contact the Mayor's office and fess up.

 

jerks.

 

it appears that the penalty for such hoax devices is 2-5 years in prison for EACH DEVICE, plus what could be monumental fines, and reimbursement for the millions of dollars spent today.

 

these devices are also in nyc, la, phillie, chicago, austin, and many more.

 

is it just me, or should the police in each city have been notified of the devices? and how is it that in ten or so cities each with at least ten or so devices, nobody saw anything being installed anywhere??? and as it turns out, there were 38 such devices placed in boston and somerville, the next city out. 38!

 

i think that is the bigger issue!

 

if they had been bombs, they'd have gone undetected until one detonated, probably. scary.

  

BREAKING UPDATE: from whdh-tv 7 news: 08 Feb 07:

 

Terror scare delayed ambulance response

 

BOSTON -- A pedestrian seriously injured after being struck by a car had to wait more than a half hour for an ambulance amid the confusion caused by the discovery of electronic devices around Boston last week, a city councilor says.

 

The 37-year-old man had been hit by a car in the city's Dorchester neighborhood at 4:17 p.m. Jan. 31 but was not taken to a hospital until a private ambulance arrived at the scene 31 minutes later, according to the Boston Herald.

 

"The issue here is that precious city resources were drained," City Councilor Michael Flaherty said at Wednesday night's meeting. "We had citizens of this city waiting for an ambulance because EMS was tied up in an emergency response that turned out to be a fraud."

 

The man was stabilized by Boston Fire Department officials while waiting for the ambulance.

 

Attorney General Martha Coakley last week charged Peter Berdovsky, 27, and Sean Stevens, 28, the two men accused of placing the devices around the city. The men pleaded not guilty to charges of planting a hoax device and disorderly conduct. The devices were light-up circuit boards with batteries and wires designed to promote the Cartoon Network show "Aqua Teen Hunger Force."

 

Berdovksy also videotaped police response to the discovery of one device. His lawyer has said Berdovsky was initially unaware that authorities were responding to one of the light boards the two men had left behind.

 

Councilor Stephen Murphy said, "Clearly those photos show there is a premeditation factor here. They are not a couple of dupes."

Lahav 433 is a new Israeli crime-fighting umbrella organization within the Israel Police. Known as the "Israeli FBI", the unit is the merger of five law enforcement offices into one. It is tasked with investigating national crimes and corruption.The number four is for the four region departments and number 33 is for The Gideonites, a Mista'arvim unit.

________________

 

Wanted: A new chief for Israel Police’s elite crime-fighting unit

The Pinto affair has destabilized Lahav 433. To restore the work and pride of the unit, a new commander must be appointed swiftly.

 

By Amir Oren| Feb. 10, 2014

 

Yoshiyahu Pinto managed to draw police Maj. Gen. Menashe Arviv’s service pistol from Arviv’s holster. That’s embarrassing for a cop, but Pinto also managed to pull the trigger with the gun pointed at Arviv. The latter’s resignation has left Pinto with the same indictment he was trying to get out of.

 

And now, the crime-fighting Lahav 433 unit is on another hunt, this time for its own new head. If the police want to show the various Pintos that they should not try a similar trick, the proper candidate to fill Arviv’s shoes is the officer who implicated Pinto, Brig. Gen. Ephraim Bracha. Appointing Bracha, even at first as acting head, without promotion to major general, would be a slap in the face to Pinto and his lawyers.

 

In recent weeks, since Arviv first went on leave, from which he announced he would not be returning, the police had a clear choice: to show that it was business as usual in Lahav 433 or to shut their eyes and hope it would all go away. They chose the second alternative, which goes against the messages of the police commissioner. Arviv’s resignation, his personal considerations whatever they may be, shows an amateurish error as powerfully as a thousand state’s witnesses.

 

To first restore the work and pride of the unit, a new commander must be appointed swiftly. This is also an opportunity to scrutinize whether the rank of major general is needed for Lahav 433’s head.

 

In the middle of the last decade, intelligence and investigations were banded together and Lahav 433 was established, subservient to the intelligence and investigations division, which a framework of units including the one that probes senior officials, international and serious crimes, and others. It is headed by a major general (preferably long-time) above another major general (preferably his first position as such), heading Lahav. Out of five Lahav commanders so far, two have moved up to head the police’s intelligence and investigations branch.

 

But it is hard to imagine that many major generals will be found these days willing to head Lahav under the commander of the investigations and intelligence branch, although the job is more interesting and challenging than the head of logistics or commanding the Border Police. Commander Moshe Edri, head of the traffic enforcement unit, might be the only one who can accede to Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch’s request and fill the post.

 

At the level of brigadier general, there are half a dozen contenders for promotion at Lahav and in the districts and divisions. Prominent among them is Brig. Gen. Haim Ifergan, deputy commander of the investigations and intelligence branch. However, the possibility that the rabbis’ scandal and their ties to senior police officers will end with the promotion of the nephew of the controversial the so-called X-ray rabbi, Ya’akov Ifergan, seems highly unlikely.

 

That is not the case with Bracha, who knowingly changed the course of his life when he appeared before his commander, Yoav Segalovich, and reported Pinto’s attempts to bribe him. To root out the evil, Segalovich decided to use Bracha (and his wife) to document Pinto’s alleged criminal acts, all with the approval of the state prosecution. To extricate himself, Pinto offered to implicate another senior officer − who, it was to come out later, was Arviv.

 

Bracha, like almost all the officers named as possible heads of Lahav, is not admired in all quarters. Some officers are too quiet (like him); some are too showy, or experienced in some areas but not in others. But the police is on the defensive, particularly Lahav. It needs a special move, as long as it’s not a PR trick. Bracha, currently head of the national fraud squad, part of Lahav, can serve as acting head of the mother unit in addition to his current function or separate from it. He has weathered his share of claims against him, but he has also passed a number of filters, including scrutiny by Deputy Attorney General Dina Silber.

 

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein decided last week not to significantly reduce the charges against Pinto in exchange for Arviv’s head. Weinstein was willing to consider the poor health of members of Pinto’s family as a reason to reduce the charges and was waiting for State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan to return from his ski vacation. But Arviv acted first. He had reason to assume that if he left, the police investigations unit in the Justice Ministry and the Civil Service Commission would leave him alone. Weinstein will leave him alone; he did not do the same for the army officers involved in the Harpaz affair, who left the army. This is a clear case of selective and even arbitrary enforcement.

 

To appoint the next commander of Lahav, Danino needs Aharonovitch’s approval. It will be given, but only after more thorough scrutiny than was given a little over six months ago to the appointment of Arviv.

Lahav 433 is a new Israeli crime-fighting umbrella organization within the Israel Police. Known as the "Israeli FBI", the unit is the merger of five law enforcement offices into one. It is tasked with investigating national crimes and corruption.The number four is for the four region departments and number 33 is for The Gideonites, a Mista'arvim unit.

________________

 

Wanted: A new chief for Israel Police’s elite crime-fighting unit

The Pinto affair has destabilized Lahav 433. To restore the work and pride of the unit, a new commander must be appointed swiftly.

 

By Amir Oren| Feb. 10, 2014

 

Yoshiyahu Pinto managed to draw police Maj. Gen. Menashe Arviv’s service pistol from Arviv’s holster. That’s embarrassing for a cop, but Pinto also managed to pull the trigger with the gun pointed at Arviv. The latter’s resignation has left Pinto with the same indictment he was trying to get out of.

 

And now, the crime-fighting Lahav 433 unit is on another hunt, this time for its own new head. If the police want to show the various Pintos that they should not try a similar trick, the proper candidate to fill Arviv’s shoes is the officer who implicated Pinto, Brig. Gen. Ephraim Bracha. Appointing Bracha, even at first as acting head, without promotion to major general, would be a slap in the face to Pinto and his lawyers.

 

In recent weeks, since Arviv first went on leave, from which he announced he would not be returning, the police had a clear choice: to show that it was business as usual in Lahav 433 or to shut their eyes and hope it would all go away. They chose the second alternative, which goes against the messages of the police commissioner. Arviv’s resignation, his personal considerations whatever they may be, shows an amateurish error as powerfully as a thousand state’s witnesses.

 

To first restore the work and pride of the unit, a new commander must be appointed swiftly. This is also an opportunity to scrutinize whether the rank of major general is needed for Lahav 433’s head.

 

In the middle of the last decade, intelligence and investigations were banded together and Lahav 433 was established, subservient to the intelligence and investigations division, which a framework of units including the one that probes senior officials, international and serious crimes, and others. It is headed by a major general (preferably long-time) above another major general (preferably his first position as such), heading Lahav. Out of five Lahav commanders so far, two have moved up to head the police’s intelligence and investigations branch.

 

But it is hard to imagine that many major generals will be found these days willing to head Lahav under the commander of the investigations and intelligence branch, although the job is more interesting and challenging than the head of logistics or commanding the Border Police. Commander Moshe Edri, head of the traffic enforcement unit, might be the only one who can accede to Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch’s request and fill the post.

 

At the level of brigadier general, there are half a dozen contenders for promotion at Lahav and in the districts and divisions. Prominent among them is Brig. Gen. Haim Ifergan, deputy commander of the investigations and intelligence branch. However, the possibility that the rabbis’ scandal and their ties to senior police officers will end with the promotion of the nephew of the controversial the so-called X-ray rabbi, Ya’akov Ifergan, seems highly unlikely.

 

That is not the case with Bracha, who knowingly changed the course of his life when he appeared before his commander, Yoav Segalovich, and reported Pinto’s attempts to bribe him. To root out the evil, Segalovich decided to use Bracha (and his wife) to document Pinto’s alleged criminal acts, all with the approval of the state prosecution. To extricate himself, Pinto offered to implicate another senior officer − who, it was to come out later, was Arviv.

 

Bracha, like almost all the officers named as possible heads of Lahav, is not admired in all quarters. Some officers are too quiet (like him); some are too showy, or experienced in some areas but not in others. But the police is on the defensive, particularly Lahav. It needs a special move, as long as it’s not a PR trick. Bracha, currently head of the national fraud squad, part of Lahav, can serve as acting head of the mother unit in addition to his current function or separate from it. He has weathered his share of claims against him, but he has also passed a number of filters, including scrutiny by Deputy Attorney General Dina Silber.

 

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein decided last week not to significantly reduce the charges against Pinto in exchange for Arviv’s head. Weinstein was willing to consider the poor health of members of Pinto’s family as a reason to reduce the charges and was waiting for State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan to return from his ski vacation. But Arviv acted first. He had reason to assume that if he left, the police investigations unit in the Justice Ministry and the Civil Service Commission would leave him alone. Weinstein will leave him alone; he did not do the same for the army officers involved in the Harpaz affair, who left the army. This is a clear case of selective and even arbitrary enforcement.

 

To appoint the next commander of Lahav, Danino needs Aharonovitch’s approval. It will be given, but only after more thorough scrutiny than was given a little over six months ago to the appointment of Arviv.

Lahav 433 is a new Israeli crime-fighting umbrella organization within the Israel Police. Known as the "Israeli FBI", the unit is the merger of five law enforcement offices into one. It is tasked with investigating national crimes and corruption.The number four is for the four region departments and number 33 is for The Gideonites, a Mista'arvim unit.

________________

 

Wanted: A new chief for Israel Police’s elite crime-fighting unit

The Pinto affair has destabilized Lahav 433. To restore the work and pride of the unit, a new commander must be appointed swiftly.

 

By Amir Oren| Feb. 10, 2014

 

Yoshiyahu Pinto managed to draw police Maj. Gen. Menashe Arviv’s service pistol from Arviv’s holster. That’s embarrassing for a cop, but Pinto also managed to pull the trigger with the gun pointed at Arviv. The latter’s resignation has left Pinto with the same indictment he was trying to get out of.

 

And now, the crime-fighting Lahav 433 unit is on another hunt, this time for its own new head. If the police want to show the various Pintos that they should not try a similar trick, the proper candidate to fill Arviv’s shoes is the officer who implicated Pinto, Brig. Gen. Ephraim Bracha. Appointing Bracha, even at first as acting head, without promotion to major general, would be a slap in the face to Pinto and his lawyers.

 

In recent weeks, since Arviv first went on leave, from which he announced he would not be returning, the police had a clear choice: to show that it was business as usual in Lahav 433 or to shut their eyes and hope it would all go away. They chose the second alternative, which goes against the messages of the police commissioner. Arviv’s resignation, his personal considerations whatever they may be, shows an amateurish error as powerfully as a thousand state’s witnesses.

 

To first restore the work and pride of the unit, a new commander must be appointed swiftly. This is also an opportunity to scrutinize whether the rank of major general is needed for Lahav 433’s head.

 

In the middle of the last decade, intelligence and investigations were banded together and Lahav 433 was established, subservient to the intelligence and investigations division, which a framework of units including the one that probes senior officials, international and serious crimes, and others. It is headed by a major general (preferably long-time) above another major general (preferably his first position as such), heading Lahav. Out of five Lahav commanders so far, two have moved up to head the police’s intelligence and investigations branch.

 

But it is hard to imagine that many major generals will be found these days willing to head Lahav under the commander of the investigations and intelligence branch, although the job is more interesting and challenging than the head of logistics or commanding the Border Police. Commander Moshe Edri, head of the traffic enforcement unit, might be the only one who can accede to Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch’s request and fill the post.

 

At the level of brigadier general, there are half a dozen contenders for promotion at Lahav and in the districts and divisions. Prominent among them is Brig. Gen. Haim Ifergan, deputy commander of the investigations and intelligence branch. However, the possibility that the rabbis’ scandal and their ties to senior police officers will end with the promotion of the nephew of the controversial the so-called X-ray rabbi, Ya’akov Ifergan, seems highly unlikely.

 

That is not the case with Bracha, who knowingly changed the course of his life when he appeared before his commander, Yoav Segalovich, and reported Pinto’s attempts to bribe him. To root out the evil, Segalovich decided to use Bracha (and his wife) to document Pinto’s alleged criminal acts, all with the approval of the state prosecution. To extricate himself, Pinto offered to implicate another senior officer − who, it was to come out later, was Arviv.

 

Bracha, like almost all the officers named as possible heads of Lahav, is not admired in all quarters. Some officers are too quiet (like him); some are too showy, or experienced in some areas but not in others. But the police is on the defensive, particularly Lahav. It needs a special move, as long as it’s not a PR trick. Bracha, currently head of the national fraud squad, part of Lahav, can serve as acting head of the mother unit in addition to his current function or separate from it. He has weathered his share of claims against him, but he has also passed a number of filters, including scrutiny by Deputy Attorney General Dina Silber.

 

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein decided last week not to significantly reduce the charges against Pinto in exchange for Arviv’s head. Weinstein was willing to consider the poor health of members of Pinto’s family as a reason to reduce the charges and was waiting for State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan to return from his ski vacation. But Arviv acted first. He had reason to assume that if he left, the police investigations unit in the Justice Ministry and the Civil Service Commission would leave him alone. Weinstein will leave him alone; he did not do the same for the army officers involved in the Harpaz affair, who left the army. This is a clear case of selective and even arbitrary enforcement.

 

To appoint the next commander of Lahav, Danino needs Aharonovitch’s approval. It will be given, but only after more thorough scrutiny than was given a little over six months ago to the appointment of Arviv.

Lahav 433 is a new Israeli crime-fighting umbrella organization within the Israel Police. Known as the "Israeli FBI", the unit is the merger of five law enforcement offices into one. It is tasked with investigating national crimes and corruption.The number four is for the four region departments and number 33 is for The Gideonites, a Mista'arvim unit.

________________

 

Wanted: A new chief for Israel Police’s elite crime-fighting unit

The Pinto affair has destabilized Lahav 433. To restore the work and pride of the unit, a new commander must be appointed swiftly.

 

By Amir Oren| Feb. 10, 2014

 

Yoshiyahu Pinto managed to draw police Maj. Gen. Menashe Arviv’s service pistol from Arviv’s holster. That’s embarrassing for a cop, but Pinto also managed to pull the trigger with the gun pointed at Arviv. The latter’s resignation has left Pinto with the same indictment he was trying to get out of.

 

And now, the crime-fighting Lahav 433 unit is on another hunt, this time for its own new head. If the police want to show the various Pintos that they should not try a similar trick, the proper candidate to fill Arviv’s shoes is the officer who implicated Pinto, Brig. Gen. Ephraim Bracha. Appointing Bracha, even at first as acting head, without promotion to major general, would be a slap in the face to Pinto and his lawyers.

 

In recent weeks, since Arviv first went on leave, from which he announced he would not be returning, the police had a clear choice: to show that it was business as usual in Lahav 433 or to shut their eyes and hope it would all go away. They chose the second alternative, which goes against the messages of the police commissioner. Arviv’s resignation, his personal considerations whatever they may be, shows an amateurish error as powerfully as a thousand state’s witnesses.

 

To first restore the work and pride of the unit, a new commander must be appointed swiftly. This is also an opportunity to scrutinize whether the rank of major general is needed for Lahav 433’s head.

 

In the middle of the last decade, intelligence and investigations were banded together and Lahav 433 was established, subservient to the intelligence and investigations division, which a framework of units including the one that probes senior officials, international and serious crimes, and others. It is headed by a major general (preferably long-time) above another major general (preferably his first position as such), heading Lahav. Out of five Lahav commanders so far, two have moved up to head the police’s intelligence and investigations branch.

 

But it is hard to imagine that many major generals will be found these days willing to head Lahav under the commander of the investigations and intelligence branch, although the job is more interesting and challenging than the head of logistics or commanding the Border Police. Commander Moshe Edri, head of the traffic enforcement unit, might be the only one who can accede to Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch’s request and fill the post.

 

At the level of brigadier general, there are half a dozen contenders for promotion at Lahav and in the districts and divisions. Prominent among them is Brig. Gen. Haim Ifergan, deputy commander of the investigations and intelligence branch. However, the possibility that the rabbis’ scandal and their ties to senior police officers will end with the promotion of the nephew of the controversial the so-called X-ray rabbi, Ya’akov Ifergan, seems highly unlikely.

 

That is not the case with Bracha, who knowingly changed the course of his life when he appeared before his commander, Yoav Segalovich, and reported Pinto’s attempts to bribe him. To root out the evil, Segalovich decided to use Bracha (and his wife) to document Pinto’s alleged criminal acts, all with the approval of the state prosecution. To extricate himself, Pinto offered to implicate another senior officer − who, it was to come out later, was Arviv.

 

Bracha, like almost all the officers named as possible heads of Lahav, is not admired in all quarters. Some officers are too quiet (like him); some are too showy, or experienced in some areas but not in others. But the police is on the defensive, particularly Lahav. It needs a special move, as long as it’s not a PR trick. Bracha, currently head of the national fraud squad, part of Lahav, can serve as acting head of the mother unit in addition to his current function or separate from it. He has weathered his share of claims against him, but he has also passed a number of filters, including scrutiny by Deputy Attorney General Dina Silber.

 

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein decided last week not to significantly reduce the charges against Pinto in exchange for Arviv’s head. Weinstein was willing to consider the poor health of members of Pinto’s family as a reason to reduce the charges and was waiting for State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan to return from his ski vacation. But Arviv acted first. He had reason to assume that if he left, the police investigations unit in the Justice Ministry and the Civil Service Commission would leave him alone. Weinstein will leave him alone; he did not do the same for the army officers involved in the Harpaz affair, who left the army. This is a clear case of selective and even arbitrary enforcement.

 

To appoint the next commander of Lahav, Danino needs Aharonovitch’s approval. It will be given, but only after more thorough scrutiny than was given a little over six months ago to the appointment of Arviv.

Lahav 433 is a new Israeli crime-fighting umbrella organization within the Israel Police. Known as the "Israeli FBI", the unit is the merger of five law enforcement offices into one. It is tasked with investigating national crimes and corruption.The number four is for the four region departments and number 33 is for The Gideonites, a Mista'arvim unit.

________________

 

Wanted: A new chief for Israel Police’s elite crime-fighting unit

The Pinto affair has destabilized Lahav 433. To restore the work and pride of the unit, a new commander must be appointed swiftly.

 

By Amir Oren| Feb. 10, 2014

 

Yoshiyahu Pinto managed to draw police Maj. Gen. Menashe Arviv’s service pistol from Arviv’s holster. That’s embarrassing for a cop, but Pinto also managed to pull the trigger with the gun pointed at Arviv. The latter’s resignation has left Pinto with the same indictment he was trying to get out of.

 

And now, the crime-fighting Lahav 433 unit is on another hunt, this time for its own new head. If the police want to show the various Pintos that they should not try a similar trick, the proper candidate to fill Arviv’s shoes is the officer who implicated Pinto, Brig. Gen. Ephraim Bracha. Appointing Bracha, even at first as acting head, without promotion to major general, would be a slap in the face to Pinto and his lawyers.

 

In recent weeks, since Arviv first went on leave, from which he announced he would not be returning, the police had a clear choice: to show that it was business as usual in Lahav 433 or to shut their eyes and hope it would all go away. They chose the second alternative, which goes against the messages of the police commissioner. Arviv’s resignation, his personal considerations whatever they may be, shows an amateurish error as powerfully as a thousand state’s witnesses.

 

To first restore the work and pride of the unit, a new commander must be appointed swiftly. This is also an opportunity to scrutinize whether the rank of major general is needed for Lahav 433’s head.

 

In the middle of the last decade, intelligence and investigations were banded together and Lahav 433 was established, subservient to the intelligence and investigations division, which a framework of units including the one that probes senior officials, international and serious crimes, and others. It is headed by a major general (preferably long-time) above another major general (preferably his first position as such), heading Lahav. Out of five Lahav commanders so far, two have moved up to head the police’s intelligence and investigations branch.

 

But it is hard to imagine that many major generals will be found these days willing to head Lahav under the commander of the investigations and intelligence branch, although the job is more interesting and challenging than the head of logistics or commanding the Border Police. Commander Moshe Edri, head of the traffic enforcement unit, might be the only one who can accede to Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch’s request and fill the post.

 

At the level of brigadier general, there are half a dozen contenders for promotion at Lahav and in the districts and divisions. Prominent among them is Brig. Gen. Haim Ifergan, deputy commander of the investigations and intelligence branch. However, the possibility that the rabbis’ scandal and their ties to senior police officers will end with the promotion of the nephew of the controversial the so-called X-ray rabbi, Ya’akov Ifergan, seems highly unlikely.

 

That is not the case with Bracha, who knowingly changed the course of his life when he appeared before his commander, Yoav Segalovich, and reported Pinto’s attempts to bribe him. To root out the evil, Segalovich decided to use Bracha (and his wife) to document Pinto’s alleged criminal acts, all with the approval of the state prosecution. To extricate himself, Pinto offered to implicate another senior officer − who, it was to come out later, was Arviv.

 

Bracha, like almost all the officers named as possible heads of Lahav, is not admired in all quarters. Some officers are too quiet (like him); some are too showy, or experienced in some areas but not in others. But the police is on the defensive, particularly Lahav. It needs a special move, as long as it’s not a PR trick. Bracha, currently head of the national fraud squad, part of Lahav, can serve as acting head of the mother unit in addition to his current function or separate from it. He has weathered his share of claims against him, but he has also passed a number of filters, including scrutiny by Deputy Attorney General Dina Silber.

 

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein decided last week not to significantly reduce the charges against Pinto in exchange for Arviv’s head. Weinstein was willing to consider the poor health of members of Pinto’s family as a reason to reduce the charges and was waiting for State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan to return from his ski vacation. But Arviv acted first. He had reason to assume that if he left, the police investigations unit in the Justice Ministry and the Civil Service Commission would leave him alone. Weinstein will leave him alone; he did not do the same for the army officers involved in the Harpaz affair, who left the army. This is a clear case of selective and even arbitrary enforcement.

 

To appoint the next commander of Lahav, Danino needs Aharonovitch’s approval. It will be given, but only after more thorough scrutiny than was given a little over six months ago to the appointment of Arviv.

Lahav 433 is a new Israeli crime-fighting umbrella organization within the Israel Police. Known as the "Israeli FBI", the unit is the merger of five law enforcement offices into one. It is tasked with investigating national crimes and corruption.The number four is for the four region departments and number 33 is for The Gideonites, a Mista'arvim unit.

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Wanted: A new chief for Israel Police’s elite crime-fighting unit

The Pinto affair has destabilized Lahav 433. To restore the work and pride of the unit, a new commander must be appointed swiftly.

 

By Amir Oren| Feb. 10, 2014

 

Yoshiyahu Pinto managed to draw police Maj. Gen. Menashe Arviv’s service pistol from Arviv’s holster. That’s embarrassing for a cop, but Pinto also managed to pull the trigger with the gun pointed at Arviv. The latter’s resignation has left Pinto with the same indictment he was trying to get out of.

 

And now, the crime-fighting Lahav 433 unit is on another hunt, this time for its own new head. If the police want to show the various Pintos that they should not try a similar trick, the proper candidate to fill Arviv’s shoes is the officer who implicated Pinto, Brig. Gen. Ephraim Bracha. Appointing Bracha, even at first as acting head, without promotion to major general, would be a slap in the face to Pinto and his lawyers.

 

In recent weeks, since Arviv first went on leave, from which he announced he would not be returning, the police had a clear choice: to show that it was business as usual in Lahav 433 or to shut their eyes and hope it would all go away. They chose the second alternative, which goes against the messages of the police commissioner. Arviv’s resignation, his personal considerations whatever they may be, shows an amateurish error as powerfully as a thousand state’s witnesses.

 

To first restore the work and pride of the unit, a new commander must be appointed swiftly. This is also an opportunity to scrutinize whether the rank of major general is needed for Lahav 433’s head.

 

In the middle of the last decade, intelligence and investigations were banded together and Lahav 433 was established, subservient to the intelligence and investigations division, which a framework of units including the one that probes senior officials, international and serious crimes, and others. It is headed by a major general (preferably long-time) above another major general (preferably his first position as such), heading Lahav. Out of five Lahav commanders so far, two have moved up to head the police’s intelligence and investigations branch.

 

But it is hard to imagine that many major generals will be found these days willing to head Lahav under the commander of the investigations and intelligence branch, although the job is more interesting and challenging than the head of logistics or commanding the Border Police. Commander Moshe Edri, head of the traffic enforcement unit, might be the only one who can accede to Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch’s request and fill the post.

 

At the level of brigadier general, there are half a dozen contenders for promotion at Lahav and in the districts and divisions. Prominent among them is Brig. Gen. Haim Ifergan, deputy commander of the investigations and intelligence branch. However, the possibility that the rabbis’ scandal and their ties to senior police officers will end with the promotion of the nephew of the controversial the so-called X-ray rabbi, Ya’akov Ifergan, seems highly unlikely.

 

That is not the case with Bracha, who knowingly changed the course of his life when he appeared before his commander, Yoav Segalovich, and reported Pinto’s attempts to bribe him. To root out the evil, Segalovich decided to use Bracha (and his wife) to document Pinto’s alleged criminal acts, all with the approval of the state prosecution. To extricate himself, Pinto offered to implicate another senior officer − who, it was to come out later, was Arviv.

 

Bracha, like almost all the officers named as possible heads of Lahav, is not admired in all quarters. Some officers are too quiet (like him); some are too showy, or experienced in some areas but not in others. But the police is on the defensive, particularly Lahav. It needs a special move, as long as it’s not a PR trick. Bracha, currently head of the national fraud squad, part of Lahav, can serve as acting head of the mother unit in addition to his current function or separate from it. He has weathered his share of claims against him, but he has also passed a number of filters, including scrutiny by Deputy Attorney General Dina Silber.

 

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein decided last week not to significantly reduce the charges against Pinto in exchange for Arviv’s head. Weinstein was willing to consider the poor health of members of Pinto’s family as a reason to reduce the charges and was waiting for State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan to return from his ski vacation. But Arviv acted first. He had reason to assume that if he left, the police investigations unit in the Justice Ministry and the Civil Service Commission would leave him alone. Weinstein will leave him alone; he did not do the same for the army officers involved in the Harpaz affair, who left the army. This is a clear case of selective and even arbitrary enforcement.

 

To appoint the next commander of Lahav, Danino needs Aharonovitch’s approval. It will be given, but only after more thorough scrutiny than was given a little over six months ago to the appointment of Arviv.

Lahav 433 is a new Israeli crime-fighting umbrella organization within the Israel Police. Known as the "Israeli FBI", the unit is the merger of five law enforcement offices into one. It is tasked with investigating national crimes and corruption.The number four is for the four region departments and number 33 is for The Gideonites, a Mista'arvim unit.

________________

 

Wanted: A new chief for Israel Police’s elite crime-fighting unit

The Pinto affair has destabilized Lahav 433. To restore the work and pride of the unit, a new commander must be appointed swiftly.

 

By Amir Oren| Feb. 10, 2014

 

Yoshiyahu Pinto managed to draw police Maj. Gen. Menashe Arviv’s service pistol from Arviv’s holster. That’s embarrassing for a cop, but Pinto also managed to pull the trigger with the gun pointed at Arviv. The latter’s resignation has left Pinto with the same indictment he was trying to get out of.

 

And now, the crime-fighting Lahav 433 unit is on another hunt, this time for its own new head. If the police want to show the various Pintos that they should not try a similar trick, the proper candidate to fill Arviv’s shoes is the officer who implicated Pinto, Brig. Gen. Ephraim Bracha. Appointing Bracha, even at first as acting head, without promotion to major general, would be a slap in the face to Pinto and his lawyers.

 

In recent weeks, since Arviv first went on leave, from which he announced he would not be returning, the police had a clear choice: to show that it was business as usual in Lahav 433 or to shut their eyes and hope it would all go away. They chose the second alternative, which goes against the messages of the police commissioner. Arviv’s resignation, his personal considerations whatever they may be, shows an amateurish error as powerfully as a thousand state’s witnesses.

 

To first restore the work and pride of the unit, a new commander must be appointed swiftly. This is also an opportunity to scrutinize whether the rank of major general is needed for Lahav 433’s head.

 

In the middle of the last decade, intelligence and investigations were banded together and Lahav 433 was established, subservient to the intelligence and investigations division, which a framework of units including the one that probes senior officials, international and serious crimes, and others. It is headed by a major general (preferably long-time) above another major general (preferably his first position as such), heading Lahav. Out of five Lahav commanders so far, two have moved up to head the police’s intelligence and investigations branch.

 

But it is hard to imagine that many major generals will be found these days willing to head Lahav under the commander of the investigations and intelligence branch, although the job is more interesting and challenging than the head of logistics or commanding the Border Police. Commander Moshe Edri, head of the traffic enforcement unit, might be the only one who can accede to Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch’s request and fill the post.

 

At the level of brigadier general, there are half a dozen contenders for promotion at Lahav and in the districts and divisions. Prominent among them is Brig. Gen. Haim Ifergan, deputy commander of the investigations and intelligence branch. However, the possibility that the rabbis’ scandal and their ties to senior police officers will end with the promotion of the nephew of the controversial the so-called X-ray rabbi, Ya’akov Ifergan, seems highly unlikely.

 

That is not the case with Bracha, who knowingly changed the course of his life when he appeared before his commander, Yoav Segalovich, and reported Pinto’s attempts to bribe him. To root out the evil, Segalovich decided to use Bracha (and his wife) to document Pinto’s alleged criminal acts, all with the approval of the state prosecution. To extricate himself, Pinto offered to implicate another senior officer − who, it was to come out later, was Arviv.

 

Bracha, like almost all the officers named as possible heads of Lahav, is not admired in all quarters. Some officers are too quiet (like him); some are too showy, or experienced in some areas but not in others. But the police is on the defensive, particularly Lahav. It needs a special move, as long as it’s not a PR trick. Bracha, currently head of the national fraud squad, part of Lahav, can serve as acting head of the mother unit in addition to his current function or separate from it. He has weathered his share of claims against him, but he has also passed a number of filters, including scrutiny by Deputy Attorney General Dina Silber.

 

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein decided last week not to significantly reduce the charges against Pinto in exchange for Arviv’s head. Weinstein was willing to consider the poor health of members of Pinto’s family as a reason to reduce the charges and was waiting for State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan to return from his ski vacation. But Arviv acted first. He had reason to assume that if he left, the police investigations unit in the Justice Ministry and the Civil Service Commission would leave him alone. Weinstein will leave him alone; he did not do the same for the army officers involved in the Harpaz affair, who left the army. This is a clear case of selective and even arbitrary enforcement.

 

To appoint the next commander of Lahav, Danino needs Aharonovitch’s approval. It will be given, but only after more thorough scrutiny than was given a little over six months ago to the appointment of Arviv.

Lahav 433 is a new Israeli crime-fighting umbrella organization within the Israel Police. Known as the "Israeli FBI", the unit is the merger of five law enforcement offices into one. It is tasked with investigating national crimes and corruption.The number four is for the four region departments and number 33 is for The Gideonites, a Mista'arvim unit.

________________

 

Wanted: A new chief for Israel Police’s elite crime-fighting unit

The Pinto affair has destabilized Lahav 433. To restore the work and pride of the unit, a new commander must be appointed swiftly.

 

By Amir Oren| Feb. 10, 2014

 

Yoshiyahu Pinto managed to draw police Maj. Gen. Menashe Arviv’s service pistol from Arviv’s holster. That’s embarrassing for a cop, but Pinto also managed to pull the trigger with the gun pointed at Arviv. The latter’s resignation has left Pinto with the same indictment he was trying to get out of.

 

And now, the crime-fighting Lahav 433 unit is on another hunt, this time for its own new head. If the police want to show the various Pintos that they should not try a similar trick, the proper candidate to fill Arviv’s shoes is the officer who implicated Pinto, Brig. Gen. Ephraim Bracha. Appointing Bracha, even at first as acting head, without promotion to major general, would be a slap in the face to Pinto and his lawyers.

 

In recent weeks, since Arviv first went on leave, from which he announced he would not be returning, the police had a clear choice: to show that it was business as usual in Lahav 433 or to shut their eyes and hope it would all go away. They chose the second alternative, which goes against the messages of the police commissioner. Arviv’s resignation, his personal considerations whatever they may be, shows an amateurish error as powerfully as a thousand state’s witnesses.

 

To first restore the work and pride of the unit, a new commander must be appointed swiftly. This is also an opportunity to scrutinize whether the rank of major general is needed for Lahav 433’s head.

 

In the middle of the last decade, intelligence and investigations were banded together and Lahav 433 was established, subservient to the intelligence and investigations division, which a framework of units including the one that probes senior officials, international and serious crimes, and others. It is headed by a major general (preferably long-time) above another major general (preferably his first position as such), heading Lahav. Out of five Lahav commanders so far, two have moved up to head the police’s intelligence and investigations branch.

 

But it is hard to imagine that many major generals will be found these days willing to head Lahav under the commander of the investigations and intelligence branch, although the job is more interesting and challenging than the head of logistics or commanding the Border Police. Commander Moshe Edri, head of the traffic enforcement unit, might be the only one who can accede to Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch’s request and fill the post.

 

At the level of brigadier general, there are half a dozen contenders for promotion at Lahav and in the districts and divisions. Prominent among them is Brig. Gen. Haim Ifergan, deputy commander of the investigations and intelligence branch. However, the possibility that the rabbis’ scandal and their ties to senior police officers will end with the promotion of the nephew of the controversial the so-called X-ray rabbi, Ya’akov Ifergan, seems highly unlikely.

 

That is not the case with Bracha, who knowingly changed the course of his life when he appeared before his commander, Yoav Segalovich, and reported Pinto’s attempts to bribe him. To root out the evil, Segalovich decided to use Bracha (and his wife) to document Pinto’s alleged criminal acts, all with the approval of the state prosecution. To extricate himself, Pinto offered to implicate another senior officer − who, it was to come out later, was Arviv.

 

Bracha, like almost all the officers named as possible heads of Lahav, is not admired in all quarters. Some officers are too quiet (like him); some are too showy, or experienced in some areas but not in others. But the police is on the defensive, particularly Lahav. It needs a special move, as long as it’s not a PR trick. Bracha, currently head of the national fraud squad, part of Lahav, can serve as acting head of the mother unit in addition to his current function or separate from it. He has weathered his share of claims against him, but he has also passed a number of filters, including scrutiny by Deputy Attorney General Dina Silber.

 

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein decided last week not to significantly reduce the charges against Pinto in exchange for Arviv’s head. Weinstein was willing to consider the poor health of members of Pinto’s family as a reason to reduce the charges and was waiting for State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan to return from his ski vacation. But Arviv acted first. He had reason to assume that if he left, the police investigations unit in the Justice Ministry and the Civil Service Commission would leave him alone. Weinstein will leave him alone; he did not do the same for the army officers involved in the Harpaz affair, who left the army. This is a clear case of selective and even arbitrary enforcement.

 

To appoint the next commander of Lahav, Danino needs Aharonovitch’s approval. It will be given, but only after more thorough scrutiny than was given a little over six months ago to the appointment of Arviv.

Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today released its 2013 list of Washington’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians.” The list, in alphabetical order, includes:

 

•Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH)

•CIA Director John Brennan

•Senator Saxby Chambliss

•Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

•Attorney General Eric Holder

•Former IRS Commissioner Steven T. Miller / Former IRS Official Lois Lerner

•Former DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano

•President Barack Obama

•Senator Harry Reid (D-NV)

•Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

 

Dishonorable Mentions for 2013 include:

•Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg

•Outgoing Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) / Incoming Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D)

•Former Rep. Rick Renzi (R-AZ)

•National Security Adviser Susan Rice

  

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH):

 

House Speaker John Boehner has apparently become a master at what Government Accountability Institute President Peter Schweizer calls the “Tollbooth Strategy.” As Schweizer explains in his new book, Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets: “You pay money at a tollbooth in order to use a road or bridge. The methodology in Washington is similar: if someone wants a bill passed, charge them money to allow the bill to move down the legislative highway.” According to Schweizer, Boehner apparently used the Tollbooth Strategy to collect more than $200,000 in political donations from executives just days before holding votes on bills critically important to their industries.

 

The first bill was the Wireless Tax Fairness Act. Strongly supported by big phone companies like AT&T and Verizon, it sailed through the House Judiciary Committee, and was expected to immediately come to the floor for a full House vote. Instead of scheduling the bill for a vote, however, Boehner allowed it to languish on the calendar for the next three months. What finally prompted Boehner to bring the bill to a vote? As Schweizer explains it: “The day before the vote, Boehner’s campaign collected the toll: thirty-three checks from wireless industry executives, totaling almost $40,000.”

 

According to Schweizer, two more bills on which Boehner employed the Tollbooth Strategy were the Access to Capital for Job Creators Act and the Small Company Capital Formation Act. Brokers and venture capitalists and investment firms strongly supported the proposed law. Explains Schweizer in Extortion: “The Speaker of the House took in $91,000 in the forty-eight hours of October 30 and 31 from investment banks and private equity firms, two days before the vote. During the same time period, he took in $46,500 from self-described ‘investors’ and another $32,450 from bank holding companies. With the tolls paid, the votes took place on the full House floor. Both passed easily.”

  

CIA Director John Brennan:

 

In mid-December 2013, Judicial Watch obtained and released the full transcript of a May 7, 2012, teleconference between then-White House top counterterror adviser (now CIA Director) John Brennan and various TV terrorism consultants in which Brennen revealed that the U.S. and its allies had “inside control over any plot” in its efforts to thwart a May 2012 terrorism bomb plot, thus blowing the cover on undercover agents within al Qaeda.

 

The Brennan revelation of “inside control” – an intelligence community euphemism for spies within an enemy operation – reportedly helped lead to the disclosure of a previously well-kept secret at the heart of a joint U.S.-British-Saudi undercover terrorism operation inside Yemen-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). According to a Reuters May 18, 2012, report:

 

The next day’s headlines were filled with news of a U.S. spy planted inside Yemen-based Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), who had acquired the latest, non-metallic model of the underwear bomb and handed it over to U.S. authorities.

 

At stake was an operation that could not have been more sensitive — the successful penetration by Western spies of AQAP, al Qaeda’s most creative and lethal affiliate. As a result of leaks, the undercover operation had to be shut down.

 

In the transcript obtained by Judicial Watch, Brennan led the teleconference where he addressed the top terror consultants for ABC, NBC, CNN, and CBS including Caitlin Hayden, Frances Townsend, Richard Clarke, Roger Cressey, and Juan Zarate. In an apparent attempt to soft-peddle the thwarted terrorist attack, Brennan twice exposed the covert operation; first at the outset of the call, then as the conference drew to a close:

 

BRENNAN: The device itself, as I think the FBI statement said quite clearly, never posed a threat to the American public or the public … Well, as we, well know, Al Qaeda has tried to carry out simultaneous types of attacks, and so we were confident that we had inside control over the – any plot that might have been associated with this device.

 

CLARKE: If it gets asked. There was no active threat because we had insider control …

 

BRENNAN: I would not disagree with the way you put that, at all.

 

It should also be noted that records obtained by Judicial Watch in May 2012, through a Freedom of Information lawsuit, indicate that Brennan helped orchestrate the administration’s attempt to influence the storyline of the movie “Zero Dark Thirty.” A transcript of a July 14, 2011, meeting between Defense Department officials, including Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael Vickers, and filmmakers Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal reveals that Boal met directly with White House officials on at least two occasions regarding the film: “I took your guidance and spoke to the WH and had a good meeting with Brennan and McDonough and I plan to follow up with them; and they were forward leaning and interested in sharing their point of view; command and control; so that was great, thank you,” Boal said according to the transcript. During Brennan’s February 2013 CIA confirmation hearings, he confirmed he had met with Boal “on how White House officials viewed the opportunities and risks associated with a film about the raid that killed bin Laden.”

 

Brennan, of course, was not the only Obama administration official who attempted to curry favor with “Zero Dark Thirty” filmmakers. In early December Judicial Watch released more than 200 pages of documents from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), including a previously unreleased CIA internal report, confirming that former CIA Director Leon Panetta revealed classified information at a June 24, 2011, bin Laden assault awards ceremony attended by filmmaker Mark Boal. Significantly, the entire transcript of the Panetta speech provided to Judicial Watch by the CIA was classified “Top Secret.” More than 90 lines are redacted for security reasons, further confirming that significant portions of the speech should not have been made in front of the filmmaker who lacked top security clearance.

  

Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA):

 

Sen. Saxby Chambliss makes the “Ten Worst” list for what he actually did in 2012, but which was finally exposed in 2013. Just as with House Speaker Boehner, Chambliss’s misdeeds were revealed in Peter Schweizer’s book Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets. In fact, Chambliss is highlighted as one of the key abusers who used leadership PAC loopholes to convert campaign cash into lavish lifestyle upgrades for themselves and their family members.

 

As the New York Times reported:

 

The book details the extravagant expenses of Senator Saxby Chambliss, Republican of Georgia, for instance, whose leadership PAC spent $10,000 on golf at Pebble Beach, nearly $27,000 at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, and $107,752 at the exclusive Breakers resort in Palm Beach, Fla. The amount Mr. Chambliss spent at the Breakers in the 2012 election cycle, the book reports, is three times what the senator gave to the National Republican Senatorial Committee during the same period.

 

When Chambliss’s campaign was asked about the flagrantly lavish spending, they responded that all spending was reported according to the law. Though it may be legal, it is a clear abuse. And one has to wonder if the hardworking Georgians who sacrificed their scarce funds to support Chambliss’ re-election would be comfortable knowing their campaign contributions were used to support the “lifestyles of the rich and famous.”

  

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:

 

On January 23, 2013, outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified to congressional committees regarding the terrorist attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, which led to the murder of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other American citizens. At times evasive, at other times defensive and aggressive, Clinton delivered her version of events in the days before and after the murders in Benghazi. And, in the end, the Secretary of State pretended to take “responsibility,” but gave a predictable response regarding who is to blame: “…the level of responsibility for the failures…was set at the Assistant Secretary of State level and below,” Clinton said, referring to an investigation of the incident. In other words, this was not my fault.

 

At one point in her testimony, in what is, perhaps, the epitome of Obama-era contempt for accountability, Clinton yelled “What difference does it make?” in response to a reasonable question about why the attack transpired and why the administration told an obvious lie about an obscure Internet video as the cause of the attack.

 

If the mere mention of the contrived video scenario triggered Clinton’s emotional outburst, it is certainly understandable. Remember, it was Clinton herself who was instrumental in advancing the false narrative that the video sparked the attacks. For example, at a September 14, 2012, event honoring the victims, Clinton said, “We’ve seen the heavy assault on our post in Benghazi that took the lives of those brave men. We’ve seen the rage and violence directed at American embassies over an awful video that we had nothing to do with.” To this day, she has not set the record straight.

 

In addition to Hillary Clinton’s apparent cover-up of the role she played in the Benghazi tragedy and its aftermath, she left office in another ethical cloud about conflicts of interest in the activities of her longtime top aide Huma Abedin. Abedin left the State Department in February 2013, and in May 2013, Politico broke the story that, since June 2012, she had been working as a “special government employee” (SGE), a consultant position allowing her to represent outside clients while continuing as a top adviser at State. While working as an SGE, Abedin’s outside clients included Teneo, a strategic consulting firm co-founded by former Bill Clinton counselor Doug Band. According to Fox News, Abedin earned $355,000 as a consultant to Teneo, in addition to her $135,000 SGE compensation.

 

And compounding the corruption scenario were the potential for conflicts of interest between Hillary Clinton’s role as Secretary of State and Bill Clinton’s international ventures, which grew increasingly controversial in late 2008 when the former president released a list of donors to his library and foundation in what he termed “a deal between” Obama “and Hillary.” According to an Associated Press wire story, “Saudi Arabia gave $10 million to $25 million to the foundation. Other government donors include Norway, Kuwait, Qatar, Brunei, Oman …”

  

Attorney General Eric Holder:

 

Attorney General Holder has become a regular on the Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians list.

 

In May 2013, Holder may well have committed perjury when he was involved in a back-and-forth with Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) about whether the Department of Justice (DOJ) could prosecute reporters under the Espionage Act for publishing classified material. In response to Johnson’s interrogatories Holder made the following statement: “In regard to potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material – this is not something I’ve ever been involved in, heard of, or would think would be wise policy.”

 

Since Holder made that statement, NBC news reported that the attorney general had approved a search warrant for the email account and phone records of Fox News reporter James Rosen. As Hotair.com said at the time: “There is no other way to view this except as a lie. Even if Holder wasn’t under oath, that would constitute a felony punishable by up to five years in prison. It certainly should produce at least a resignation, and almost assuredly would require the appointment of a special prosecutor ….”

 

Time and again in recent years, Judicial Watch has had to take legal action to prevent Holder’s DOJ from bludgeoning states over taking steps to prevent voter fraud. After a June Supreme Court ruling striking down a Voting Rights Act requirement requiring certain states and local jurisdictions to get permission from the DOJ or a federal judge before enacting voting law changes, Holder announced his intention to skirt the law. In a speech in September at a convention of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Holder vowed that the DOJ would find ways to try to accomplish the goals of the section of the law that was struck down.

 

As a result, Judicial Watch went to court in North Carolina in early December to defend the State of North Carolina against a DOJ lawsuit to prevent enforcement of the state’s recently passed law HB 589, which simply requires that voters present a photo ID before casting their ballots. As PJ Media explains it:

 

Judicial Watch uncovered collusion between radical leftist groups and the administration to attack voter integrity laws around the nation. Indeed, the [Judicial Watch] brief notes:

 

On July 29, 2013, a group of political activists attended a meeting at the White House with Attorney General Holder, Labor Secretary (and former Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights) Tom Perez, and President Obama. Those attending included representatives from the ACLU, the NAACP, and the Rev. Al Sharpton. Mr. Sharpton told an interviewer for MSNBC that, based on what he heard at that meeting, he expected action regarding North Carolina ‘when this governor signs the bill.’

 

The DOJ is similarly assaulting Texas in federal court as part of this ideological effort to suppress efforts to protect election integrity.

 

More than a dozen states—including Kansas, Indiana, Tennessee and Wisconsin—have similar laws that require voters to show government-issued photo identification at the polls, and Obama’s attorney general has launched a campaign to challenge them all.

 

The Holder DOJ is clearly hostile to the idea of one person, one vote, one time.

 

Yet, even with all of that, Holder’s malfeasance doesn’t stop there. In August Judicial Watch released DOJ documents highlighting over $4.2 million in accrued travel expenses by Mr. Holder from March 2008 until August 2012; of which $697,525.20 were personal travel expenses. All, of course, at taxpayer expense. Add to this Holder’s continued stonewalling on the “Fast & Furious” gun-running scandal and it is all too obvious that Eric Holder’s corruption knows no limits.

  

Former IRS Commissioner Steven T. Miller / Former IRS Official Lois Lerner:

 

Steve Miller, then head of the IRS, resigned in May 2013, after admitting to the targeting of anti-Obama Tea Party groups during the 2012 presidential election, which he offhandedly tossed off as “horrible customer service.” Under Miller, the IRS purposely stonewalledthe approval of nonprofit applications from “Tea Party” and other conservative groups that were seeking tax exempt status. According to a report by the agency’s inspector general released in May 2013, for more than 18 months beginning in early 2010: “The IRS used inappropriate criteria that identified for review Tea Party and other organizations applying for tax-exempt status based upon their names or policy positions instead of indications of potential political campaign intervention.”

 

As reported by CNN:

 

Among the criteria used by IRS officials to flag applications was a “Be On the Look Out” list, or a BOLO, which was discontinued in 2012 according to the report. The criteria on the BOLO included:

•Whether “Tea Party,” “Patriots” or “9/12 Project” was referenced in the case file.

•Whether the issues outlined in the application included government spending, government debt or taxes.

•Whether there was advocating or lobbying to “make America a better place to live.”

•Whether a statement in the case file criticized how the country is being run.

•Whether it advocated education about the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

 

Miller was eagerly aided in his suppression of conservative groups by former IRS Director of Exempt Organizations Lois Lerner. Subpoenaed to testify before Congress in May 2013, Lerner disdainfully refused to answer inquiries, demanding full immunity concerning her role in the targeting scandal. Eventually, the IRS acknowledged that while she was in charge, IRS agents improperly targeted Tea Party groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status from 2010-2012. Lerner retired from the IRS on September 23 with full benefits, even after an internal investigation found she was guilty of “neglect of duties” and was going to call for her firing, according to news reports.

 

Subsequent to Lerner’s lavish retirement, Judicial Watch, in October 2013, obtained email exchanges between her and enforcement attorneys at the Federal Election Commission (FEC) indicating that under Lerner’s direction, the IRS provided detailed, confidential information concerning the tax exempt application status and returns of conservative groups to the FEC – in violation of federal law.

 

Not only did Miller and Lerner deliberately target conservative organizations for IRS harassment, they both lied about it in separate appearances before Congress. In July 2012, Miller was asked at a congressional hearing, “What kind of … action is taking place at this time that you are aware of” to address complaints that groups seeking nonprofit status were being harassed. Claiming that an overload of applications had caused the problem, Miller covered up the fact that he had learned two months earlier that conservative groups were being inappropriately singled out for extra scrutiny. In May 2013, Lerner told a congressional committee that she found out about the harassment when she read about it “in the press” in early 2012. But, according to the IG report timeline, she was informed in June 2011 about the IRS’s BOLO criteria that included words such as “Tea Party” or “patriots.”

 

The true damage wrought by the Miller/Lerner witch-hunt may never be fully known. One can certainly speculate as to impact the Tea Party movement could have made had Miller and Lerner not cowed much of it into silence with their ruthless, reckless assault on Barack Obama’s political opponents. In short, the Obama IRS duo may have perfected the formula for stealing an election in plain sight.

  

Former DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano:

 

In August 2013 Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano stepped down from her post expressing both “pride and regret” – the regret stemming from her failure to help push through the so-called Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. The truth is, however, that Napolitano actually played a major role in doing an end run around existing immigration law by helping President Obama implement his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) directive in lieu of DREAM Act passage.

 

Documents obtained by Judicial Watch in June 2013 revealed that Napolitano’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) abandoned required background checks in 2012, adopting, instead, costly “lean and lite” procedures in effort to keep up with the flood of amnesty applications resulting from the DACA directive.

 

The documents also revealed that, contrary to Napolitano’s claim that DACA applied only to minors who came to this country illegally “through no fault of their own,” the directive actually created a new avenue of chain migration, whereby immediate relatives of DACA requesters could be approved for amnesty. As a result, according to an agency memo from District 15 Director David Douglas, “some of the districts closer to the U.S./Mexico border have been inundated.”

 

The Obama/Napolitano stealth amnesty policy received a setback in July 2013 when the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas left DACA hanging by a string as he dismissed a challenge strictly due to jurisdictional issues. While the court determined that it did not have authority to hear the case, Judge Reed O’Connor agreed that program is likely unconstitutional, saying, “[T]he Court finds that Plaintiffs are likely to succeed on the merits of their claim challenging the Directive and Morton Memorandum as contrary to the provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act.”

 

In an earlier ruling handed down in April, Judge O’Connor stated clearly that, “DHS does not have discretion to refuse to initiate removal proceedings when the requirements of Section 1225(b)(2)(A) are satisfied.” That section requires the agents to place aliens who are not “clearly and beyond a doubt entitled to be admitted” to the United States into removal proceedings.

 

DHS malfeasance did not stop there. And, in fact, according to a court order filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas on December 13, DHS has actually enabled cartel trafficking of minors, delivering those minors to illegals living inside the United States and completing criminal transactions for illegal immigrants. The court document details a guilty plea from Mirtha Veronica Nava-Martinez for being paid to smuggle a 10-year-old El Salvadoran female into the United States. Nava-Martinez was hired by Patricia Elizabeth Salmeron Santos, the mother of the 10-year-old, who was living illegally in Virginia after being denied legal entry into the U.S. in 2001. According to U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen who wrote the court order: “The DHS officials were notified that Salmeron-Santos instigated this illegal conduct. Yet, instead of arresting Salmeron-Santos for instigating the conspiracy to violate our border security laws, the DHS delivers the child to her – thus successfully completing the mission of the criminal conspiracy. It did not arrest her. It did not prosecute her. It did not even initiate deportation proceedings for her. This DHS policy is a dangerous course of action.”

 

Napolitano’s legacy is one that has gutted, for political reasons, the very immigration laws she swore to uphold.

  

President Barack Obama:

 

President Barack Obama actually tops this “Top Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians” list for 2013 as the driving force behind so many of the misdeeds. This is Obama’s seventh straight year on the list, dating back all the way to 2007 (in 2006, he earned a “Dishonorable Mention”). He is a master at catch-me-if-you-can, corrupt politics. This year, he has again acted as a one-man Congress, rewriting entire sections of federal law on his own. Not only is his administration secretive and dishonest; its callous disregard for the rule of law undermines our constitutional republic. Examples include:

•Perhaps Obama’s most outrageous actions over the past year were his continual lies about the ability of Americans to keep their own health insurance under Obamacare. According the Free Beacon, Obama misled the American people a total of 36 times between 2008 and 2013 with his promise, “If you like your health insurance, you can keep it.” And according to NBC News, Obama knew, even as he repeated his lie, that “more than 40 to 67 percent of those in the individual market would not be able to keep their plans, even if they liked them:”

 

None of this should come as a shock to the Obama administration. The law states that policies in effect as of March 23, 2010 will be “grandfathered,” meaning consumers can keep those policies even though they don’t meet requirements of the new health care law. But the Department of Health and Human Services then wrote regulations that narrowed that provision, by saying that if any part of a policy was significantly changed since that date – the deductible, co-pay, or benefits, for example – the policy would not be grandfathered.

 

Buried in Obamacare regulations from July 2010 is an estimate that because of normal turnover in the individual insurance market, “40 to 67 percent” of customers will not be able to keep their policy. And because many policies will have been changed since the key date, “the percentage of individual market policies losing grandfather status in a given year exceeds the 40 to 67 percent range.”

 

That means the administration knew that more than 40 to 67 percent of those in the individual market would not be able to keep their plans, even if they liked them.

•Throughout 2013, the Obama family continued to use the White House as its own personal travel bureau and the taxpayers as their personal expense account.

•Though Obama quickly disavowed any knowledge of the IRS assault on Tea Party and other conservative groups leading up to the 2012 presidential election, the fact is that it was the president himself who fingered the groups for what might be called “special handling.” Consider Obama’s own hostile and aggressive statements, made just as his IRS officials were gearing up their assault:

 

August 9, 2010: During his weekly radio address, Obama warned of “attack ads run by shadowy groups with harmless-sounding names.” The President said: We don’t know who’s behind these ads and we don’t know who’s paying for them . . . you don’t know if it’s a foreign controlled corporation. … The only people who don’t want to disclose the truth are people with something to hide.”

 

September 20, 2010: Speaking in Philadelphia, Obama once again warned that “nobody knows” the identities of the individuals who support conservative groups.

 

September 22, 2010: Speaking in New York, Obama warned against groups opposing his policies “[posing] as non-for-profit social and welfare trade groups” and he claimed such groups were “guided by seasoned Republican political operatives” and potentially supported by some unidentified “foreign controlled entity.”

 

October 14, 2010: Obama attacked organizations with “benign sounding” names as “a problem for democracy.”

 

Little wonder that after their boss sounded the call to attack, Obama’s IRS appointees obeyed the command. And even less wonder that, caught red-handed, Obama first claimed total ignorance and, when the ploy failed, simply labeled it all a “phony scandal.”

•According to the Galen Institute, Obama has now unilaterally rewritten the Obamacare law as passed by Congress 14 times by executive fiat, with the majority of those changes coming in 2013. Those changes include such major overhauls as the congressional opt-out, eviscerating the individual mandate, and delaying the employer mandate. The latest Obama fix came on December 20, when he suddenly moved to allow hundreds of thousands of people who have lost their insurance due to Obamacare to sign up for bare-bone “catastrophic” plans. As National Review observed, “Of course, like every other exemption from Obamacare the latest fix is supposed to last only a year, raising the prospect that people will be kicked off their catastrophic coverage as soon as the 2014 election is safely in the political rear-view mirror.”

  

Senator Harry Reid (D-NV):

 

Last year, Harry Reid made the Judicial Watch Ten Worst list for his influence-peddling scandal involving ENN Energy Group, a Chinese “green energy” company for which Reid “applied his political muscle” – and which just happened to be a major client of the Nevada law firm in which Reid’s son, Rory, is a principal.

 

This year Reid makes the Ten Worst list again. His “friends” list is examined by Frontpage.com:

 

On Monday, Harry Reid’s close friend and donor, Harvey Whittemore was sentenced to two years in prison for funneling more than $130,000 in illegal campaign funds to Sen. Harry Reid’s re-election committee in 2007 …

 

According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, Reid and Whittemore go way back; four of Reid’s sons were hired by the law firm in which Harvey Whittemore was a senior partner. Sen. Reid and Whittemore were involved in very big land deals, including federal legislation to help the development of Coyote Springs.

 

None of which is surprising, since Reid has long-since made funneling money to his family’s enterprises his stock-in-trade. According to Peter Schweizer, writing for Fox News, “Sen. Reid has sponsored at least $47 million in earmarks that directly benefitted organizations that one of his sons, Key Reid, [RW1] either lobbies for or is affiliated with.”

 

While not teaming up with family members to fleece taxpayers, Reid was teaming up with President Obama to use executive authority to skirt the law. Obama and Reid have long opposed a proposed nuclear waste dump in Yucca Mountain, Nevada, which has already cost U.S. taxpayers an astounding $15 billion, according to various federal audits. So, Obama simply instructed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission(NRC) to decline to conduct the statutorily mandated Yucca Mountain licensing process, essentially destroying the project.

 

In mid-August, a federal appellate court ruled that Obama “is simply flouting the law.” According to the court, “It is no overstatement to say that our constitutional system of separation of powers would be significantly altered if we were to allow executive and independent agencies to disregard federal law in the manner asserted in this case by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.”

 

Topping off the year, on November 21, 2013, – a day which should live in congressional infamy – Reid gutted the long-standing filibuster rules of the U.S. Senate in order to grease the path for Barack Obama’s court appointees. The new Reid rule prevents the minority party from filibustering any nominations other than nods to the Supreme Court. And to effect the change, Reid first triggered the “nuclear option,” which allows a change to Senate rules by majority vote (and which he had adamantly opposed in 2005, calling it “illegal” and “unAmerican”). Minority Leader Mitch McConnell accused Reid of attempting “break the rules of the Senate … in order to change the rules of the Senate.” Not surprisingly, as the Wall Street Journal editorialized, an ancillary benefit of the rule change is that it will get judges on the DC Court of Appeals who are more friendly to Reid’s agenda.

  

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius:

 

It’s a wonder Secretary Sebelius was still around to do damage in 2013 after last year’s fiasco for which she appeared on the Ten Most Wanted list. The Obama administration’s own lawyers determined Sebelius could be fired for violating federal law when reports surfaced that she had campaigned for Obama while acting in her official capacity as an executive branch official during the last presidential campaign. This made Kathleen Sebelius the first member ever of a president’s cabinet to be found guilty of violating the Hatch Act.

 

In 2013, rather than solicit votes, Sebelius solicited financial support for President Obama’s huge health care disaster. In May, Secretary Sebelius was caught hitting health care companies up for cash to fund Obamacare after Congress rejected all of the administration’s requests.

 

But, that was just for openers – because in October Sebelius redefined the term “incompetence” when she oversaw the disastrous launch of the Obamacare website. As Mercedes Schlapp wrote in US News:

 

She refused to listen to the IT experts who expressed serious concerns about the launch as early as March of 2013. Henry Chao, deputy chief information officer said in a meeting that he was “pretty nervous” about the exchanges being ready for October 1. Prior to the launch, one insurance executive also stated, “the extent of the problems was pretty enormous.”

 

Yet the American people are forced to settle for mediocrity from their leaders who play political games rather than deliver effective products.

 

Pressed by Congress to explain the disastrous, costly website rollout, Sebelius rolled her eyes, shrugged her shoulders and caustically replied, “Whatever” blithely dismissing the lies and the fraud that have become part and parcel of Obamacare. The fact is, were Sebelius in the private sector, she would probably be prosecuted for fraud.

 

Dishonorable Mentions

  

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg:

 

In late December, documents obtained by Judicial Watch revealed that former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg apparently used his top mayoral staff to work on Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) – of which Bloomberg is a co-founder – at taxpayer expense. Included in the documents were emails revealing that Bloomberg aid John Feinblatt worked closely with MAIG executive Mark Glaze on the following:

•On December 14, 2013, Glaze and Feinblatt discussed MAIG lobbying efforts in the state of Colorado.

•On the day following the Sandy Hook tragedy, Glaze and Feinblatt conferred on how they could “”keep the mayor ahead of congress, the white house, the press.”

•On December 17 and 18 and email exchange makes it clear that Feinblatt was involved in the day-to-day operations of MAIG, including media buys by the organization.

•On December 19, an email from Glaze to Feinblatt indicates that Feinblatt was directly involved in MAIG finances.

  

Outgoing Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) / Incoming Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D):

 

The citizens of Virginia got a dubious “twofer” in 2013, as both their outgoing and incoming governors were revealed as having been embroiled in apparently shady dealings, to put it mildly.

 

In April 2013, outgoing Governor McDonnell became the subject of an FBI probe because of his possible quid-pro-quo dealings with Jonnie R. Williams Sr., the chief executive of Star Scientific, a company that makes a tobacco-derived dietary supplement. Williams allegedly paid $15,000 to cover catering expenses at the June 2011 wedding of McDonnell’s daughter at the time the McDonnell family was actively promoting the supplement. And that’s just the beginning. According to The Washington Post report on the relationship, “Williams’s company donated $28,500 worth of flights to McDonnell’s successful 2009 campaign for governor and $80,000 worth of air travel to his political action committee after the election, the Post reported. Williams also allowed the governor’s family to borrow a Ferrari and stay at a western Virginia vacation home he owns in July 2011.”

 

In mid-December, federal prosecutors told McDonnell that he and his wife would be charged in connection with the scandal. Senior Justice Department officials delayed the decision, however, reportedly to wait until after McDonnell leaves office.

 

For his part, incoming Governor Terry McAuliffe is preparing for his inauguration with a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigation hanging over his head. Perhaps Mother Jones magazine best explains the latest McAuliffe scandal:

 

When McAuliffe in 2009 created GreenTech, a now-troubled electric-car company, he turned to an old pal for assistance in courting foreign investors: Tony Rodham, who is best known as one of Hillary Clinton’s embarrassing brothers. A former repo man, prison guard, and private eye, Rodham by then had a long history of trying to cash in on his famous sister’s connections and generally causing problems for her…

 

But McAuliffe somehow thought Rodham was just the guy to help him with his electric-car venture. Rodham owns a company that solicits foreign investors for American projects (deals that allow these foreign investors secure US visas). GreenTech relied heavily on foreign investors.

 

According to The Washington Post: “In May, the SEC subpoenaed documents from GreenTech Automotive and bank records from a sister company, Gulf Coast Funds Management of McLean. The investigation is focused, at least in part, on alleged claims that the company ‘guarantees returns’ to the investors, according to government documents.”

  

Former Rep. Rick Renzi (R-AZ):

 

Former three-term Republican Congressman Rick Renzi first made the Judicial Watch Ten Worst list back in 2008, when was indicted by a federal grand jury for conspiracy, extortion, money laundering and wire fraud. At the time, we said, “He allegedly used his influence on a House Natural Resources Committee to orchestrate a land swap with the federal government that financially benefited himself and his associates. The 49-year-old lawmaker, who owns an insurance business, is also charged with embezzling more than $400,000 from insurance clients to fund his congressional campaign.” Well, now we can drop the “allegedly” – because in June, 2013, Renzi was convicted on 17 counts of extortion, racketeering and other federal charges. And in October, he was sentenced to three years in prison.

  

National Security Adviser Susan Rice:

 

Last year, Susan Rice shared Ten Worst dishonors with Hillary Clinton for their dual roles in the high-profile campaign to portray the deadly attack on the consulate in Benghazi, Libya, as solely related to a privately produced YouTube video that was offensive to Muslims. On the Sunday following the attack, Rice repeatedly stated on five different network TV news programs that the Benghazi assault had been a spontaneous reaction to an obscure online video mocking Mohammed, rather than a planned terrorist attack.

 

This year, Rice makes the Ten Worst list all on her own by joining with Barack Obama to add insult to injury by pulling an end-run around the United States Congress. Realizing that after her campaign of deception involving Benghazi, she could not be approved by the Senate for the job of Secretary of State she so clearly coveted, Rice accepted the position of National Security Advisor, which requires no Senate approval. Thus, her duplicity could be rewarded – without the American people having any say whatsoever in the matter.

 

Washington, DC USA January 27, 2007

 

The People have Spoken

 

Beyond Oral Sex: The Bush Investigations

By David Swanson and Jonathan Schwarz

TomDispatch.com

 

Thursday 01 February 2007

 

The last time Congress was controlled by the party in opposition to the White House, we all learned more than we cared to know about the uses of cigars. This time the need for investigations is much more serious. The Democrats are talking fast and furious about doing them, but they're not talking about doing the right ones - and a month into their tenure, they've barely discovered where the bathrooms are.

 

As humorist Bob Harris enjoys saying about the Bush administration, "It's like a new Watergate every day with these people." Congress could probably spend three decades profitably examining the last six years of the Bush administration. Unfortunately, they'll have to do severe triage to select the areas of malfeasance where investigations will most benefit the country.

 

A recent ABC/Washington Post poll showed that the public (despite very little help from ABC News or the Washington Post) has it right. A majority picked the "should" option in response to both of these questions:

 

"Do you think Congress should or should not hold hearings on how the Bush administration handled pre-war intelligence, war planning, and related issues in the war in Iraq?"

 

"Do you think Congress should or should not hold hearings on how the Bush administration has handled surveillance, treatment of prisoners and related issues in the U.S. campaign against terrorism?"

 

Meanwhile, back in Washington, Congress is gearing up to investigate whether Halliburton might have cheated on its contracts a little. Hello?

 

Of course we need to investigate the war profiteers. But our top priority has to be the fraud that launched the war to begin with. Most readers of this article know it was fraud, but a third of the country still doesn't and won't until it's on their televisions for several days in a row. And unless there is accountability for it, the next president may feel free to lie us into a war of his or her choosing. In fact, unless there is enough exposure and accountability, the current war may never end.

 

Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Jay Rockefeller has pledged to finish a long-stalled investigation focused on the 2002-03 campaign for the invasion. However, it's unclear how deeply he'll dig, or what he'll do if the Bush administration simply refuses to cooperate.

 

In the House, the office of Intelligence Committee Chair Silvestre Reyes says he doesn't plan to investigate the misuse of intelligence on Iraq. In fact, staffers in his and other House offices say a decision was made by the party leadership and/or committee chairs not to "look backwards." (Some members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus we spoke to this week were unaware of this, assumed Reyes would do the investigation, and said they would file Resolutions of Inquiry if he does not.)

 

The Democrats also appear hesitant to use their subpoena power in the investigations they do plan. Some offices have told us they hope to uncover the truth without having to use subpoenas and that they see this as desirable. Others have said that subpoenas are frowned on because of the need for comity.

 

When we heard this, we thought the staffer to whom we were talking had said "comedy" - and in fact that might have been more appropriate. During the Clinton administration, of course, comity and collegiality were nowhere to be found, and Republican subpoenas rolled up Pennsylvania Avenue piled on flatbed trucks. (The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee alone issued over a thousand.)

 

Hopefully this Democratic reluctance is feigned for PR purposes, and they understand that there's no possible way they'll get the necessary information out of the Bush administration by asking nicely. In any case, they may have motivations beyond a wish to keep things friendly. If they issue subpoenas and the administration refuses to comply on the grounds of executive privilege, they'll have to file a lawsuit or back down. And if they file a lawsuit, there's no guarantee they'll win, particularly given the increasing conservative nature of the judiciary. This would be the worst of both worlds: They wouldn't get the information, and they would have established a precedent condoning executive secrecy.

 

But if this is their view, then they may be surrendering before the fight begins. Congress can win any battle with the executive branch as long as it has an informed public opinion behind it. And that's where we come in - progressives need to teach politicians that they'll be rewarded for doing the right thing and conducting these investigations.

 

War Lies

 

Incredibly enough, four years after it happened there has been no genuine investigation of the farrago of propaganda used to sell the Iraq war.

 

Republicans have done their best to confuse the issue, claiming that it has, in fact, been investigated and the Bush administration has been exonerated. Nope. Indeed, until today the issue has been almost completely stonewalled. Here's how it's worked:

 

At first, the Bush administration tried to prevent any investigation at all. When no WMD turned up in Iraq by summer 2003 that became politically impossible. The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) - chaired by Republican Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas - then promised they'd look into it. But the terms of the investigation were limited to the quality of intelligence produced by the CIA and the rest of the Intelligence Community. Crucially, there was to be no examination of the main issue: whether the Bush administration had presented the intelligence honestly to Congress and the public.

 

Then, in early 2004, David Kay (who ran the CIA's Iraq Survey Group sent in search of Saddam's stores of WMD) resigned, telling Congress that "we were almost all wrong" about Iraq's supposed arsenal. This forced Roberts to accept a "Phase II" to the committee's investigation. It was slated to examine many subjects; most important, "whether public statements and reports and testimony regarding Iraq by U.S. Government officials made between the Gulf War period and the commencement of Operation Iraqi Freedom were substantiated by intelligence information."

 

At the same time, Bush was forced to appoint what came to be known as the "WMD Commission." However, as the commission later stated, the President "did not authorize us to investigate how policymakers used the intelligence they received from the Intelligence Community on Iraq's weapons programs."

 

In June 2004, four months before the Presidential election, the SSCI released its Phase I report. It laid blame for the whole debacle at the feet of the intelligence agencies, insisting that they hadn't been pressured by the administration. When the WMD Commission report came out in March 2005, Roberts said he intended to drop Phase II because "we have now heard it all regarding prewar intelligence" - and, in any case, further investigation was useless "in a post-election environment."

 

Resistance from some Democrats forced Roberts to backtrack and officially recommit himself to Phase II. But to date, despite the release last year of reports on several of the less contentious aspects of the Phase II study, the stonewall has held: There has been nothing at all on how the Bush administration made its case for war. (According to a recent interview with Sen. Jay Rockefeller [D-WV], the pressure on Roberts came directly from Dick Cheney.)

 

The question today is: What do Democrats intend to do about this now that they control both houses of Congress? It's unclear whether the Democratic leadership has a thought-out strategy. Rockefeller has vowed the Intelligence Committee, which he now chairs, will finish the Phase II investigation by this summer. He's also indicated a willingness to use his subpoena power if necessary.

 

Nevertheless, the administration will strongly resist a serious inquiry - and D.C. media mandarins will sneer at any such attempt by the Democrats. The Washington Post columnist David Broder has already learnedly explained, based on no evidence whatsoever, that "the public's moved past" the pre-war lies. Others, like Gloria Borger of U.S. News & World Report and CBS, have barely been able to stifle their yawns at the idea of an actual investigation. The worst outcome would be a limp completion of the Phase II report, after which the subject would be declared closed once and for all. The best outcome would be a serious, coordinated investigation by the House and Senate of the whole stinking mess.

 

If the Democrats take the second path, there are literally hundreds of basic questions Congress has never asked. For instance:

 

What was the Bush administration's thinking on Iraq before 9/11?

 

In 2004, investigative reporter Russ Baker spoke to Bush family friend and author Marty Herskowitz. Based on lengthy conversations he had taped with Bush for a planned ghosted biography, he claimed then-Governor Bush "was thinking about invading Iraq in 1999." According to Herskowitz, the perspective of people around Bush was that wars were useful politically and that presidents should: "Start a small war. Pick a country where there is justification you can jump on, go ahead and invade." It certainly would be something to see Herskowitz testify on this under oath in front of a congressional committee.

 

Then there's Paul O'Neill's account of National Security Council (NSC) meetings when he was Treasury Secretary. According to O'Neill, Bush's first National Security Council meeting on January 30, 2001 focused on Iraq - and, at this meeting, CIA Director George Tenet said the Agency's intelligence was so poor "we'd be going in there blind." At a February 1, 2001 meeting, participants were given a document entitled "Political-Military Plan for Post-Saddam Iraq." Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said: "[W]hat we really want to think about is going after Saddam...Imagine what the region would look like without Saddam and with a regime that's aligned with U.S. interests."

 

According to O'Neill, Tenet told the President on May 16, 2001, "[I]t was still only speculation whether Hussein had weapons of mass destruction or was starting any weapons-building programs." Videotapes and/or detailed transcripts of these NSC meetings certainly exist, and there's no reason Americans shouldn't see them (except, of course, for the certain constitutional crisis the administration would provoke to prevent that from happening).

 

Moreover, all this jibes with what senior policymakers were saying at the time. On February 24, 2001, Secretary of State Colin Powell stated publicly: "Saddam Hussein has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction. He is unable to project conventional power against his neighbors." And on July 29, 2001 Condoleezza Rice told CNN: "...Let's remember that [Saddam's] country is divided, in effect. He does not control the northern part of his country. We are able to keep his arms from him. His military forces have not been rebuilt." What intelligence were these statements based on?

 

Was the Intelligence Community Pressured?

 

According to the SSCI Phase I report and the WMD Commission, the CIA and other agencies came to their conclusions of their own remarkably free will. To create this narrative, however, the reports had to overlook some glaring contradictions.

 

For instance, two books - James Bamford's A Pretext for War and Lindsay Moran's Blowing My Cover - describe what seems to be the same incident in which an anonymous CIA source claims administration pressure on the Agency "was blatant." The source reported that his or her boss told a group of fifty analysts that "if Bush wants to go to war, it's your job to give him a reason to do so." Neither Bamford, nor Moran was contacted for the previous investigations.

 

Meanwhile, an anonymous former CIA agent has filed a lawsuit against the Agency, claiming he'd been punished for providing unwelcome intelligence on Iraq. Or at least it appears to be Iraq - much of the complaint has been redacted. The complaint states that the plaintiff "served as primary collection point for Near Eastern WMD programs." According to New York Times reporting on the suit, the agent says he was told by an informant in 2001 that Iraq had abandoned its nuclear-weapons program years before. After complaining that this (and other information) was ignored, he was made the subject of a counterintelligence investigation. Nothing about this appears in the Phase I or WMD Commission report.

 

Did the Administration Plan to Create a False Pretext for War?

 

According to Hubris by Michael Isikoff and David Corn, Bush authorized a covert CIA program for Iraq in February 2002. Among other things, it included a scheme to "stage a phony incident that could be used to start a war. A small group of Iraqi exiles would be flown into Iraq by helicopter to seize an isolated military base near the Saudi border. They then would take to the airwaves and announce a coup was under way. If Saddam responded by flying troops south, his aircraft would be shot down by U.S. fighter planes patrolling the no-fly zones established by UN edict after the first Persian Gulf War. A clash of this sort could be used to initiate a full-scale war." Needless to say, Congress has never investigated this.

 

Likewise, we know from a leaked British memo that Bush was talking about other possible pretexts in early 2003. In the memo's language, Bush told Blair, "The U.S. was thinking of flying U2 reconnaissance aircraft with fighter cover over Iraq, painted in U.N. colours... If Saddam fired on them, he would be in breach" of U.N. resolutions requiring Iraq's cooperation with the ongoing weapons inspections.

 

And this barely scratches the surface. Why did the Bush administration lie about Saddam Hussein's son-in-law Hussein Kamel, who told the U.S. in 1995 that Iraq had no remaining banned weapons or programs? Why did Secretary of State Colin Powell fabricate parts of intercepted statements by Iraqis in his UN presentation that proved so crucial to the coming invasion? Why did Powell blatantly ignore what he was being told by the State Department's intelligence staff? What happened to the CIA's secret pre-war interviews with thirty Iraqi WMD scientists, all of whom claimed Iraq was clean of weapons of mass destruction or programs to produce them? All this and much more would be examined by any serious investigation. Here are a few of the documents that might be subpoenaed:

 

* the complete October 2002 National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iraq;

 

* the records of National Security Council meetings on Jan. 30, Feb. 1, and March 16, 2001;

 

* the records of Cheney's spring 2001 meetings with top oil executives for his Energy Task Force;

 

* the CIA's Senior Executive Memorandum of January 12, 2002 on Hussein Kamel;

 

* the records of Bush's late July 2002 budget discussions on Iraq with Legislative Affairs Assistant Nicholas Calio;

 

* the records of the July 20, 2002, U.S.-U.K. intelligence conference at CIA headquarters, the basis for the Downing Street Memo statement that "the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy";

 

* the October 2002, one-page NIE summary that (according to journalist Murray Waas) told the White House of doubts that the infamous aluminum tubes were, in fact, part of an Iraqi nuclear weapons program;

 

* the January 2003 National Intelligence Council memo that (as reported by the Washington Post) declared the purported Niger-Iraq-yellowcake connection was "baseless and should be laid to rest";

 

* the records of CIA plans to create a pretext for war: DB/Anabasis, authorized by Bush on February 16, 2002;

 

* the U.S. records of the January 31, 2003 Bush-Blair meeting at the White House;

 

* the British records of early 2003 conversations between British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and Colin Powell, described by Philippe Sands in his book Lawless World, plus any records from the U.S. side;

 

* the complaint filed by a CIA agent in Doe v. Goss claiming he'd been punished for providing unwelcome intelligence;

 

* the records of the White House Iraq Group, established in August 2002 to market the future invasion to the American public;

 

* the August 2004 memo showing Bush may have proposed bombing al Jazeera.

 

The committees to focus on to get this done are the House and Senate Intelligence Committees (chaired by Rep. Silvestre Reyes [TX] and Sen. Rockefeller [WV], respectively); House and Senate Armed Services (Rep. Ike Skelton [MO] and Carl Levin [MI]); and House Oversight and Government Reform (Henry Waxman [CA]).

 

War Corruption

 

When it comes to investigating fraud and corruption during the war, the obvious place to start is with the numerous no-bid contracts awarded to politically-connected corporations like Halliburton and Bechtel. Henry Waxman's Oversight and Government Reform Committee will be launching hearings on this next week. Three less obvious but equally important areas to investigate are:

 

1. Where did the money come from to begin secret preparations for the invasion of Iraq?

 

Bob Woodward's Plan of Attack contains a largely overlooked bombshell: In the summer of 2002, Bush took money appropriated by Congress for Afghanistan and other programs and - with no Congressional notification - used it to upgrade Kuwaiti airfields and create a new "distribution capability" of pipelines so the invasion force would have fuel available while sitting close to the Iraqi border. This was a blatant violation of Article I, Section 9 of the Constitution ("No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law"). It was certainly an impeachable offense (if anyone cares). According to Woodward, the amount was $700 million; the Congressional Research Service (CRS) later corrected that figure, raising it to $2.5 billion. CRS, however, ruefully noted that it "could not obtain details on this spending."

 

2. Who decided to build permanent military bases in Iraq? When did they make that decision? What was their thinking behind doing so? And how is it that they are still being built despite the fact that Congress prohibited further spending on them?

 

In October 2006, both houses of Congress passed a bill with an amendment forbidding the use of funds to continue building permanent bases in Iraq. However, according to the most recent reporting (in the American Prospect), the Army continues to construct four huge super bases in different regions of Iraq, with "absolutely no public scrutiny." Since the administration hasn't told them otherwise, the Pentagon plans to occupy the bases indefinitely and is building an extensive communication system to link them to each other as well as to bases in Qatar and Afghanistan. When were these bases first approved? Why are they still being built illegally?

 

3. Is the Bush Administration trying to privatize Iraq's oil for the benefit of U.S. and British corporations?

 

The Mideast oil industry, including Iraq's, underwent a wave of nationalizations in the 1970s. But behind the scenes the Bush administration has been shepherding towards passage a new law that appears to return Iraq's oil to its pre-1972 status, when it was essentially controlled by companies such as Shell, Mobil, Standard Oil, and British Petroleum.

 

With that law expected to go before the Iraqi parliament in March, Congress urgently needs to investigate questions such as: How have the Bush administration and U.S. corporations influenced the restructuring of Iraq's oil industry? To what degree has the influence worked directly to the benefit of U.S. corporations? What are the likely outcomes of the draft law for the Iraqi economy and economic development?

 

The committees to focus on for investigations of war corruption are House Oversight and Government Reform (chaired by Rep. Waxman); House and Senate Appropriations (Rep. David Obey [WI] and Sen. Robert Byrd [WV]); House and Senate Armed Services (Rep. Skelton and Sen. Levin); and House and Senate Judiciary (Rep. Conyers [MI] and Sen. Patrick Leahy [VT]).

 

War Crimes

 

Beyond the lies and manipulations that took us to war, and the corruption that has dominated the war, there is a third broad area that needs to be investigated - but much of which won't be without serious public pressure on Congress. This is the area of war crimes: the targeting of civilians, hospitals, ambulances, and journalists; the use of illegal weapons; the detentions, extraordinary renditions, abuse, torture, ghost prisoners, the setting up of a global network of secret CIA prisons, and murder.

 

Investigations into extraordinary rendition and torture - in Iraq and elsewhere - will likely be led by Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Leahy has already indicated he's willing to do what's necessary to investigate these issues, including subpoenaing administration records. In particular Leahy plans to procure a 2002 memo written by the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, which is believed to list approved interrogation techniques. It's unclear what Leahy will do if the administration simply refuses his committee's subpoenas.

 

It's even less clear who, if anyone, will push for investigations into war crimes committed in Iraq. The Bush administration has been concerned since 9/11 that administration officials might be at risk of prosecution under the 1996 U.S. War Crimes Act-which enumerated sentences including the death penalty for U.S. officials who violate the Geneva Conventions. An early 2002 memo by then-White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales therefore recommended that Bush take steps to preempt any possible prosecution by declaring that members of al-Qaeda and the Taliban were not covered by the Geneva Conventions. The memo also urged Bush to hold open similar "options for future conflicts" in the "war on terrorism." And Bush has done so: His administration stated in 2004 that non-Iraqis captured in Iraq were not covered by the Geneva Conventions. Meanwhile, the Justice Department has given the CIA permission to secretly move Iraqi citizens out of the country for interrogation - in what a former senior military attorney has called "conduct that the international community clearly considers in violation of" the Geneva Conventions.

 

These actions should be investigated by the Judiciary Committees of Congress as part of their examination of rendition and torture. Meanwhile, other possible war crimes - such as the Haditha massacre, the siege of Fallujah, support of Shiite death squads, and the use of depleted uranium could plausibly be investigated by many committees (including Armed Forces, International Relations, and Veterans Affairs), so that if one committee declines to examine what occurred, others may be persuaded to do so.

 

The committees we need to focus on for getting war-crime investigations underway are House and Senate Judiciary (chaired by Rep. Conyers and Sen. Leahy), House Armed Services (Rep. Skelton and Sen. Levin), House Veterans Affairs (Rep. Bob Filner [CA]), House International Relations (Rep. Tom Lantos [CA]) and Senate Foreign Relations (Sen. Joe Biden [Del]).

 

All these investigations are badly needed, not just for the sake of accountability but because the truth will end the war. Bush can continue his crusade only because most of the grim reality of Iraq remains in the shadows. Dragging it out into the sunlight is up to us.