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Associated Press sues FBI over fake news stories

FBI

Joe Mullin writes for ArsTechnica, August 27, 2015:

The Associated Press filed a lawsuit (PDF) this morning, demanding the FBI hand over information about its use of fake news stories. The case stems from a 2007 incident regarding a bomb threat at a school. The FBI created a fake news story with an Associated Press byline, then e-mailed it to a suspect to plant malware on his computer.

The AP sent a Freedom of Information Act request to the FBI last year seeking documents related to the 2014 sting. It also seeks to know how many times the FBI has used such a ruse since 2000. The FBI responded to the AP saying it could take two years or more to gather the information requested. Unsatisfied with the response, the Associated Press has taken the matter to court.

An Electronic Frontier Foundation FOIA request on a different matter revealed the strategy in 2011, but it wasn’t made public until last year, when privacy researcher Chris Soghoian saw evidence of the operation in the documents and tweeted about it. That spurred both the AP and The Seattle Times to complain vocally about the FBI’s behavior.

“The FBI both misappropriated the trusted name of The Associated Press and created a situation where our credibility could have been undermined on a large scale,” AP General Counsel Karen Kaiser wrote in a letter to then-AG Eric Holder last year.

FBI director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey defended the action in a New York Times op-ed. “We do use deception at times to catch crooks, but we are acting responsibly and legally,” he wrote.

In the op-ed, Comey admitted that not only did the FBI create a fake news story, one of its agents impersonated an AP journalist.

The 2007 operation began when the FBI was contacted by police in Lacey, Washington, after a series of bomb threats were placed to Timberline High School in May and June of that year.

The FBI e-mailed the fake news story via a link to a suspect’s MySpace account. The e-mail was made to look like it came from The Seattle Times. When the suspect clicked on the link, FBI software revealed his location and IP address to agents working the case. A juvenile suspect was arrested on June 14, 2007.

A month later, the student was sentenced to 90 days’ juvenile probation and ordered to pay $8,852 to compensate the school for additional security.

The Associated Press filed today’s lawsuit together with the Reporters’ Committee for Freedom of the Press, which put in its own FOIA request last year. The lawsuit notes that it has been nearly 300 days since the original request was made and says the FBI failed to respond to the request as it’s legally required to do.

~Éowyn

Thousands protest Planned Parenthood across America

Yesterday, untold numbers of Americans turned out in front of some 320 Planned Parenthood (PP) clinics across the Untied [sic] States to protest against:

Peter Holley reports for The Washington Post, Aug. 22, 2015:

Thousands of antiabortion activists descended upon Planned Parenthood clinics on Saturday to participate in a nationwide protest aimed at cutting off federal funding for the controversial health-care organization.

The demonstrations unfolded at about 320 clinics around the nation, according to organizers, with some gatherings drawing a few dozen protesters and others drawing hundreds and perhaps thousands more.

The protests kicked off at 9 a.m. Saturday and included speakers, prayer groups and chants, as well as signs distributed by organizers that said “Planned Parenthood sells baby parts.”

Though the official number of protesters was not immediately available, organizers billed the effort as the largest-ever rally against the health-care provider. Monica Miller, the director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, one of the participating groups, told USA Today that previous protests have drawn thousands of protesters, but hundreds of simultaneous protests have never taken place on the same day.

“We want to draw attention to the injustice of legalized abortion,” she said. “The American public needs to be awakened to the atrocity of what is happening to innocent unborn children.”

Here are some of the protests, from tweets sent by participants:

Protest PP Aurora ILProtest PP Falls Church VAProtest PP Lincoln NebraskaProtest PP Plano TXProtest PP SE HoustonProtest PP St Paul MNProtest PP Toledo OHProtestPP Columbus OH

Abortion in America disproportionately impacts blacks. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), black women make up 12.3% of the female population in America, but accounted for more than one-third or 36.4% of all U.S. abortions in 2006.

But I don’t see black Americans in these photos, do you?

#BlackLivesMustNotMatter. (See also “Wife of AG Eric Holder co-owns an abortion clinic building“)

Eric Ferrero, Planned Parenthood VP

Eric Ferrero, vice president of Planned Parenthood, said in a statement: “These rallies are meant to intimidate and harass our patients, who rely on our nonprofit health centers for basic, preventive health care. The people behind these protests have a clear political agenda: They want to ban abortion, and block women and men from accessing basic reproductive health care.”

Damn right you are, Eric Ferrero.

We also want to strip you of your 6-figures taxpayer-paid PP salary.

~Éowyn

Black mob in Chicago attacks woman and children in car for being white

In a rare news report that actually identifies the perpetrators as “African Americans,” Eric Horng reports for ABC7 that according to Susan Pedersen, several dozen blacks terrorized her and her two children by attacking their minivan at around 9 pm on July 9, 2015, near the University of Chicago campus.

The mob shattered the minivan’s rear glass window, leaving Pedersen’s children, who were in the back seat, covered in broken glass.

Pedersen said she had just dropped off a friend at the University of Chicago when she stopped at a red light and found her car surrounded by several dozen young people: “They were walking around both sides of the vehicle – in the front, in the back – and as they were walking across, they were hitting my car, using racial slurs and telling me that I didn’t belong in their neighborhood because I was white.”

Pedersen said the group, all African-American, kicked her minivan and shook it violently. Her children were screaming in the back seat. One of the mob was on a bicycle, which the group used as a battering ram to shatter the minivan’s back window. The broken glass left cuts on her 3-year-old son, Benjamin.

Fortunately, a police car arrived at the scene because it happened to be nearby, and the mob scattered.

Police have arrested two juveniles, who are charged with misdemeanor criminal damage to property. But Pedersen would like more serious charges filed because the mob damaged more than her property. “I’m very scared, very anxious, nervous. Just fearful. This is something that’s going to stay with me for the rest of my life,” she said.

I agree with Pedersen: her attackers damaged more than property because her 3-year-old son sustained cuts from the broken glass. The attack is also a hate crime in that the mob had used racial slurs against Pedersen and told her she didn’t belong in the neighborhood because she’s white.

But in Obama’s America, the word from the White House (via then Attorney General Eric Holder) is that white Americans can’t be victims of racism because they haven’t suffered enough.

See also “Obama & Holder Ignore ‘Beat Whitey’ Black Riots” and “AG Eric Holder Won’t Prosecute New Black Panthers ‘Cause They’re ‘His People”.

~Éowyn

NATIONWIDE crime spike after Ferguson-Baltimore riots

It isn’t just Baltimore that’s experiencing a sharp increase in crime, esp. homicides, since the Freddie Gray riots (see “State of anarchy in post-riot Baltimore: Homicides spike; police presence scarce; residents fearful”). Crime rates have increased across America.

In an op/ed for the Wall St. Journal of May 29, 2015, Heather Macdonald, Thomas W. Smith fellow at the Manhattan Institute and the author of the 2002 book, Are Cops Racist?, writes that America’s two-decades-long crime decline may be over. Gun violence in particular is spiraling upward in cities across America, which, no doubt, will be used by Obama & company to push for gun control.

As examples:

  • Baltimore, gun violence is up more than 60% compared with this time last year, with 32 shootings over Memorial Day weekend. May has been the most violent month the city has seen in 15 years.
  • In Milwaukee, homicides were up 180% by May 17 over the same period the previous year. Through April, shootings in St. Louis were up 39%, robberies 43%, and homicides 25%. “Crime is the worst I’ve ever seen it,” said St. Louis Alderman Joe Vacarro at a May 7 City Hall hearing.
  • In Atlanta, murders were up 32% as of mid-May.
  • In Chicago, shootings had increased 24% and homicides 17%.
  • In Los Angeles, shootings and other violent felonies had spiked by 25%.
  • In New York, murder was up nearly 13%, and gun violence 7%.
  • In St. Louis, MO, after the shooting of Michael Brown in August, homicides surged 47% by early November and robberies in the county were up 82%.

Those citywide statistics mask even more startling (black) neighborhood-level increases. As examples:

  • Shooting incidents are up 500% in New York’s East Harlem precinct compared with last year.
  • Shooting victims are up 100% in a police division in South Central, Los Angeles.

By contrast, the first six months of 2014 continued a 20-year pattern of growing public safety. Violent crime in the first half of last year dropped 4.6% nationally and property crime was down 7.5%.

The most plausible explanation of the current surge in lawlessness is the intense hostility against American police departments over the past nine months.

Since last summer, the airwaves have been dominated by suggestions that the police are the biggest threat facing young black males today. A handful of highly publicized deaths of unarmed black men, often following a resisted arrest—including Eric Garner in Staten Island, N.Y., in July 2014, Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., in August 2014 and Freddie Gray in Baltimore last month—have led to riots, violent protests and attacks on the police. Murders of officers jumped 89% in 2014, to 51 from 27.

POS & Holder

Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, before he stepped down last month, embraced the conceit that law enforcement in black communities is infected by bias. The news media pump out a seemingly constant stream of stories about alleged police mistreatment of blacks, with the reports often buttressed by cellphone videos that rarely capture the behavior that caused an officer to use force.

Almost any police shooting of a black person, no matter how threatening the behavior that provoked the shooting, now provokes angry protests, like those that followed the death of Vonderrit Myers in St. Louis last October. The 18-year-old Myers, awaiting trial on gun and resisting-arrest charges, had fired three shots at an officer at close range. Arrests in black communities are even more fraught than usual, with hostile, jeering crowds pressing in on officers and spreading lies about the encounter.

Acquittals of police officers for the use of deadly force against black suspects are now automatically presented as a miscarriage of justice. Proposals aimed at producing more cop convictions abound, but New York state seems especially enthusiastic about the idea.

New York's Cerberus

New York state attorney general Eric Schneiderman wants to create a special state prosecutor dedicated solely to prosecuting cops who use lethal force. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo would appoint an independent monitor whenever a grand jury fails to indict an officer for homicide and there are “doubts” about the fairness of the proceeding (read: in every instance of a non-indictment); the governor could then turn over the case to a special prosecutor for a second grand jury proceeding.

This incessant drumbeat against the police has resulted in what St. Louis police chief Sam Dotson last November called the “Ferguson effect.” Cops are disengaging from discretionary enforcement activity and the “criminal element is feeling empowered,” Dotson reported. “Ferguson effects” are happening across the country as officers scale back on proactive policing under the onslaught of anti-cop rhetoric. Arrests in Baltimore were down 56% in May compared with 2014.

A New York City officer explains, “Any cop who uses his gun now has to worry about being indicted and losing his job and family. Everything has the potential to be recorded. A lot of cops feel that the climate for the next couple of years is going to be nonstop protests.”

Police officers now second-guess themselves about the use of force. “Officers are trying to invent techniques on the spot for taking down resistant suspects that don’t look as bad as the techniques taught in the academy,” says Jim Dudley, who recently retired as deputy police chief in San Francisco. Officers complain that civilians don’t understand how hard it is to control someone resisting arrest.

A New York City cop says he was amazed to hear people scoffing that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who killed Michael Brown, only looked a “little red” after Brown assaulted him and tried to grab his weapon: “Does an officer need to be unconscious before he can use force? If someone is willing to fight you, he’s also willing to take your gun and shoot you. You can’t lose a fight with a guy who has already put his hands on you because if you do, you will likely end up dead.”

Milwaukee Police Chief Edward A. Flynn, discussing hostility toward the police, said, “I’ve never seen anything like it. I’m guessing it will take five years to recover.”

Even if officer morale were to miraculously rebound, policies are being put into place that will make it harder to keep crime down in the future. Those policies reflect the belief that any criminal-justice action that has a disparate impact on blacks is racially motivated.

In New York, pedestrian stops—when the police question and sometimes frisk individuals engaged in suspicious behavior—have dropped nearly 95% from their 2011 high, thanks to litigation charging that the NYPD’s stop, question and frisk practices were racially biased. A judge agreed, and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, upon taking office last year, did too, embracing the resulting judicial monitoring of the police department. It is no surprise that shootings are up in the city.

Politicians and activists in New York and other cities have now taken aim at “broken windows” policing. This police strategy has shown remarkable success over the past two decades by targeting low-level public-order offenses, reducing the air of lawlessness in rough neighborhoods and getting criminals off the streets before they commit bigger crimes. Opponents of broken-windows policing somehow fail to notice that law-abiding residents of poor communities are among the strongest advocates for enforcing laws against public drinking, trespassing, drug sales and drug use, among other public-order laws.

As attorney general, Eric Holder pressed the cause of ending “mass incarceration” on racial grounds; elected officials across the political spectrum have jumped on board. A 2014 California voter initiative has retroactively downgraded a range of property and drug felonies to misdemeanors, including forcible theft of guns, purses and laptops. More than 3,000 felons have already been released from California prisons, resulting in a surge of burglary, larceny and car theft in Los Angeles county.

Los Angeles Police Lt. Armando Munoz said, “There are no real consequences for committing property crimes anymore, and the criminals know this.” Milwaukee district attorney John Chisholm is diverting many property and drug criminals to rehabilitation programs to reduce the number of blacks in Wisconsin prisons; critics see the rise in Milwaukee crime as one result.

If these decriminalization and deincarceration policies backfire, the people most harmed will be their supposed beneficiaries: blacks, since they are disproportionately victimized by crime. The black death-by-homicide rate is six times higher than that of whites and Hispanics combined. The killers of those black homicide victims are overwhelmingly other black civilians, not the police. The police could end all use of lethal force tomorrow and it would have at most a negligible impact on the black death rate. In any case, the strongest predictor of whether a police officer uses force is whether a suspect resists arrest, not the suspect’s race.

Contrary to the claims of the “black lives matter” movement, no government policy in the past quarter century has done more for urban reclamation than proactive policing. Data-driven enforcement, in conjunction with stricter penalties for criminals and “broken windows” policing, has saved thousands of black lives, brought lawful commerce and jobs to once drug-infested neighborhoods and allowed millions to go about their daily lives without fear.

Any fatal police shooting of an innocent person is a horrifying tragedy that police training must work incessantly to prevent. But unless the demonization of law enforcement ends, the liberating gains in urban safety over the past 20 years will be lost.

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~Éowyn

Wayne Allyn Root on Black America

Wayne Allyn Root

Read Wayne Root’s Latest on front page of Glenn Beck’s The Blaze. Already in first hour headed for all-time record readership.

IT’S TIME FOR BLACK AMERICA TO BLAME BLACK AMERICA

By Wayne Allyn Root

Where are the black fathers in Baltimore? They don’t exist. I saw black mothers in the streets. I saw black male teens. But no black fathers trying to keep their kids off the streets and away from violence.

Where is Obama? Our nation’s first black president has been silent as blacks tear apart a major America city. He’s quick to weigh in and assign blame every time one black kid gets shot by a white cop. But not a word when thousands of blacks rampage and terrorize a city? Not a word about black-on-black crime, rioting, looting, burning or murder?

Where is the black Mayor of Baltimore? She clearly ordered police to stand down, make no arrests, stop no crimes while her city was being destroyed, while the businesses she is sworn to protect were being looted and burned. She clearly said days before the riots went ballistic that she wanted to create a “space for those who want to destroy.” Then she blamed the media for merely repeating her words verbatim. http://www.thepoliticalinsider.com/baltimore-city-mayor-allows-rioters-space-to-destroy-during-weekend-violent-protests-video

Where are the black leaders? Where’s Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson?

How about the war on poverty? How’s that worked out for black America? The longest and most expensive war in American history has been in place since LBJ and inner cities like Baltimore look exactly the same. Same poverty. Same hopelessness. Same anger and violence. Same rioting and blame and excuses. After $22 trillion has been spent- more (by far) than all the wars in the history of America combined, the results are…nothing. http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=25288

I hear plenty of excuses from black America. I hear they feel powerless. Really? With a black president, the first black Attorney General, another black Attorney General, a black Mayor of Baltimore and a black city council? All that and you still feel powerless?

How has having the first black president helped black America? With black unemployment double that of whites, who is to blame?

I heard ultra-liberal (and pathetically politically correct) CNN analyst Sally Kohn blame white America today. She wished white America would be half as outraged as outraged over “police violence” as they are over the riots. https://twitter.com/search?q=sally%20kohn&src=typd

Well I have a message for Sally Kohn:

I wish black Americans would be half as outraged over black on black violence, black on black murders, black gangs, black drug dealers, black looting, black burning of black small businesses, black rioting as they are about one white cop killing one black kid.

And one more thought for Sally and liberals like her…

What has 50 years of black rule, liberal welfare and entitlement policies, excuses and blame towards white people done for black Americans in inner cities like Baltimore and Detroit? Where’s the progress in those cities under 100% Democrat politicians and policies?

The sighting of a white Republican on the streets of cities like Detroit and Baltimore is just a rumor. There were no Republicans at the podium in Baltimore yesterday with the mayor. 100% black leadership. Yet urban inner cities like Baltimore and Detroit are in ruins.

It’s time to take personal responsibility. Slavery was a long, long, long time ago. My Jewish relatives were enslaved by Hitler and the Nazis much more recently than your ancestors were enslaved by the South. It’s time to move on.

It’s time to fight for jobs, not welfare. It’s time to look within yourselves. It’s time to stop blaming others. It’s time to blame black fathers. It’s time to blame black leaders. It’s time to blame a black president. It’s time to ask what the Democratic Party has ever done for you except insure you’re helpless, hopeless and dependent on government to survive. It’s time to blame the war on poverty.

It’s time for black Americans to blame black America.

READ ALL OF WAYNE’S COMMENTARIES AT RootForAmerica.com

Birmingham 1 of 6 pilot sites in federal effort to restore police, community relations

The militarization of our police departments has been going on for some years now under the Obama administration.  I have a file of several hundred attacks by police on homeless people, drivers, various homeowners killed by SWAT teams, elderly being tazed, and the murder of family pets for no reason both in homes and vehicles.  Today’s police brutality is exceeded only by the Nazi brownshirts of the late 1930’s.  Does anyone really believe this multi-million dollar effort is going to restore trust between citizens and law enforcement officials?  Most likely it is more federalization of the police and more control over the people.  I read the following article with a jaundiced eye.

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By Carol Robinson | crobinson@al.comThe Birmingham News
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on March 12, 2015 at 1:02 PM, updated March 12, 2015 at 1:45 PM

Birmingham has been chosen as one of six cities nationwide to serve as a pilot site for a national initiative on restoring relationships between law enforcement and citizens.

Attorney General Eric Holder made the announcement today. The $4.7 million National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice was announced in April and is a partnership between federal officials and criminal justice experts focused on providing training, policy and research to address distrust between citizens and law enforcement.

The other pilot cities are: Ft. Worth, Gary, Indiana, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh and Stockton. The initiative comes after several high profile fatal police-involved shootings.

“We are truly honored that DOJ would select Birmingham as one of six national pilot sites,” said Birmingham police Chief A.C. Roper. “The mayor and I actually started discussing this initiative several months ago and knew there would be over 100 cities vying for the limited opportunities.”

“We’re all aware of the modern day issues and national discussion on policing in America. Although we’ve worked extremely hard building bridges in our communities we saw this initiative as an opportunity to strengthen relationships, increase public cooperation, and improve the perception of police legitimacy across our city,” Roper said. “We truly recognize that the Birmingham Police Department cannot be successful without community support and community trust. This three year project will allow us to serve as a national police model and increase our capacity to serve our citizens.”

The Department of Justice started the initiative as part of the My Brother’s Keeper program, which seeks to create opportunities for all young people throughout the country – regardless of background – to improve their lives and reach their full potential.

“We are always committed to engaging with the community to ensure that we are serving them and hearing their concerns,” Birmingham U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance said in a prepared statement. “We want to do a good job of listening, so that we can work together to make the community safe. We appreciate the opportunity to be one of the six pilot sites in this initiative, and the recognition from Washington that we are trying to get it right down here.”

Obama’s DOJ warns you can be prosecuted for saying bad things about Islam on social media

French philosopher Voltaire (1694-1778) wrote that “To learn who rules over you, simply find out whom you are not allowed to criticize.”

By that yardstick, the rulers in America today are Blacks and Muslims.

The citizens’ watchdog group Judicial Watch reports that in May 2013:

In its latest effort to protect followers of Islam in the U.S. the Obama Justice Department warns against using social media to spread information considered inflammatory against Muslims, threatening that it could constitute a violation of civil rights.

The move comes a few years after the administration became the first in history to dispatch a U.S. Attorney General to personally reassure Muslims that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is dedicated to protecting them. In the unprecedented event, Attorney General Eric Holder assured a San Francisco-based organization (Muslim Advocates)….

“Muslims and Arab Americans have helped build and strengthen our nation,” Holder said after expressing that he is “grateful” to have Muslims as a partner in promoting tolerance, ensuring public safety and protecting civil rights.

Holder’s message was reinforced by a federal attorney and an FBI agent.

As reported by The Tullahoma News, Bill Killian, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, and Kenneth Moore, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Knoxville Division) warned Americans that they can be prosecuted for “violating civil rights” when they post inflammatory commentary targeted at Muslims. 

Killian said Internet postings that violate civil rights “as they play into freedom of religion and exercising freedom of religion” are subject to federal jurisdiction and prosecution. Referring to a 2013 Facebook posting by Tennessee Coffee County Commissioner Barry West of a picture of a man pointing a double-barreled shotgun at a camera lens with the caption saying, “How to Wink at a Muslim,” Killian said, “If a Muslim had posted ‘How to Wink at a Christian,’ could you imagine what would have happened? We need to educate people about Muslims and their civil rights, and as long as we’re here, they’re going to be protected.”

Barry West Facebook

Eric Holder said he’s “grateful” to have Muslims as a partner in promoting tolerance, ensuring public safety and protecting civil rights? Holder should tell that to:

H/t Freedom Outpost

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~Éowyn