L.A. fingerprint exams falsely implicated suspects; 945 other cases under review
By Richard Winton
Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Police Department fingerprint examiners who falsely implicated at least two people in crimes have been linked to nearly 1,000 other criminal cases that authorities say must now be reviewed to ensure that similar errors weren't made.
Nearly two dozen of those cases are awaiting trial in the Los Angeles court system, said Sandi Gibbons, a
Thousands of DNA samples missing from state databanks
An Associated Press review found tens of thousands of DNA samples are missing from state databanks across the country because they were never taken or were lost. The missing evidence - combined with big backlogs at the nation's crime labs that result in DNA samples sitting on shelves for years without being analyzed and entered into the databanks - is preventing investigators from cracking untold numbers of cases. And some of those gaps have had tragic consequences.
"If you got missing samples, some of those people are out there raping your wives and abducting and murdering your children this week," said former Charlottesville, Va., police Capt. J.E. Harding, who helped uncover missing samples in that state during a search for a serial rapist.
Second St. Louis cop admits theft
By Robert Patrick
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
A St. Louis police officer pleaded guilty to a federal theft charge Tuesday and admitted stealing $1,480 in electronics .
Christian A. Brezill, 25, pleaded guilty to a single felony county of theft of U.S. government property.
The items had been stolen from a Best Buy store, and put in in the trunk of Brezill’s marked police cruiser. They never reported that the woman had stolen goods, or that they seized those items. Instead, they met after their shift to split up their loot. The pair sold some, kept some and gave some to the tipster who told Jackson where to find the woman, Assistant U.S. Attorney Hal Goldsmith said in c
Re: Police Chiefs, Internet Escort Sting and Mayan Calendar 2012
December 17, 2009
From Panama to Afghanistan
Selling a "Just" War
By RON JACOBS
December 20, 1989. The US military attacked Panama. At the time I was living in Olympia, WA. I was a member of a group that worked to oppose the US wars in Central America and helped refugees find sanctuary called the Central American Action Committee. Once I heard about the invasion--which was called Operation Just Cause--I began calling members to organize some kind of protest. I was surprised to discover when my suggestion was met with a lukewarm response by at least half of the members. This had something to do with Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega’s identity in the US media as a cocaine trafficker. In the world we inhabit many of the folks must have figured that opposing the murder of several thousand Panamanians was the same as supporting the cocaine trade. Of course, as several news stories since then have related (and just as consistently been denied by the US government), the US has its own history of complicity in the illegal drug trade.
We did mount a protest of thirty in front of the Federal Building the next day. When compared to the protest by hundreds that included the closing down of the Federal Building a little more than a month before in protest of US actions in El Salvador, the action against the Panama attack was barely visible. This lackluster response was repeated around the United States as many forces against the US wars in Central America refused to protest the invasion of Panama. George Bush the Elder's ploy characterizing Panamanian leader Noriega as a drug trafficker and his government as corrupt seemed to have silenced a good portion of the antiwar movement. In addition, by playing up an attack on a US officer's wife by a member of the Panamanian security forces, the elder Bush was also able to play on US concerns about the treatment of women. This was, as Noam Chomsky pointed out in his work 1991 book Deterring Democracy, despite the fact that US nuns in El Salvador and Nicaragua had been killed by forces supported by Washington with no repercussions from Washington.
Let's jump ahead twenty years. It's now December 2009. US forces forcibly occupy two nations--Iraq and Afghanistan. While the casualty figures in the former are minimal nowadays, it was only a year or two ago that US military men and women were dying at the rate of one hundred a month. Meanwhile, in Afghanistan, the casualty figures are double what they were a year ago and tens of thousands more US soldiers and Marines are getting ready to deploy there. They have been told by their commander-in-chief that their cause is just. Once again, the protest is muted. The government in Afghanistan is a creation of Washington and would not exist without the foreign military presence there. It is also one of the most corrupt governments in the world. Women in Afghanistan suffer some of the worst human rights abuses in the world. Many of those abuses derive from the male supremacist interpretation of the Muslim religion by forces on all sides of the conflict. Many more of the abuses are the result of the ongoing conflict in that country. From displacement and hunger to death and maiming caused by US and resistance forces, the military conflict is probably the greatest violator of women's rights. Yet, the people of the United States have been told over and over again that one of the reasons for the US military presence in Afghanistan is to free the Afghan women.
So, why is there so little protest? Is it because many liberals and progressives who opposed the war in Iraq somehow see this misadventure in Afghanistan as righteous? Or do they believe that Barack Obama really does have a plan that will guarantee peace through the waging of war? If the latter is true, than these folks have truly succumbed to the wiles of imperial thought. There is no promise to end the war in any particular year, much less a specific date. If history tells us anything, the only way to stop a war is to make it difficult for the government waging it to continue to do so. This scenario will not occur within the walls of Congress. Nor will it take place inside the White House or the Pentagon. It can only occur in the streets of the United States. As long as the US government is convinced it has at least tacit support for its adventures overseas, it will continue them. As the recent escalation proves, it will not only continue them but will expand them.
Now, there are many folks who say they oppose the war but will argue that there is no point in mounting any protest against it. Their arguments will include the caveat that protests make no difference or that they will never reach the so-called regular people. I disagree. It seems to me that if the connection between the increasing failure of the government to fund essential services like schools, health care, infrastructure and even job creation can be connected to the ridiculously high cost of the wars and occupations, then the antiwar movement can reach the American people. Currently, it seems that there is a disconnect in most people's minds between the cutting of services and the ongoing wars and occupations. That disconnect must be terminated and the connections between the expanding price of imperial war and the decreasing quality of our services must be made. In addition, the profits of war must be exposed for what they are--theft of taxpayer's money by a small number of citizens. It is a theft on a scale so huge very few can even imagine it. It is also a theft that does not benefit the majority of the American people and certainly not most of the people of Iraq or Afghanistan in any meaningful way. Although they claim to be protecting us, the only thing these corporations and their uniformed cohorts are protecting is their bank accounts.
That does not have to continue. In fact, there is already an effort being organized by the National Assembly to End the Wars and Occupations to hold a massive antiwar protest on March 20, 2010 in Washington, DC and San Francisco. It is their intention (no, our intention) to make the connection between the self-serving and pointless costs of the wars and the continuing failure of the United States’ economy to employ all those who desire employments and to take care of its people. In order to draw the largest number of people into the movement, the demand is simple: No Escalation • End the Wars • Bring Our Troops Home.
It is time to take a stand.
Ron Jacobs is author of The Way the Wind Blew: a history of the Weather Underground, which is just republished by Verso. Jacobs' essay on Big Bill Broonzy is featured in CounterPunch's collection on music, art and sex, Serpents in the Garden. His first novel, Short Order Frame Up, is published by Mainstay Press. He can be reached at: email@example.com
Re: Police Chiefs, Internet Escort Sting and Mayan Calendar 2012
according to ex FBI agent Machine West:
There are thousands of law enforcement who enter into law enforcement just to carry on there sick homosexual cravings for little boys. i ve seen as many as 30 on a police force, ofcourse, all are masons and are protected from being caught.Masonic judges, if they are arrested, just let them go..
The whole internet is polluted with pedophile law enforcement pretending to to be on the look out, what a joke, for child molesters. HOWEVER, they, the law enforcement are the ones doing the perversions.
over 100 billion $$$ spent on porno, online, and very seldom do u hear of anyone being caught... porno, drugs.. ?? when ...where.. u hardly ever hear anymore... WHY ??? i think u know the answer.
You see, the criminal law enforcement has all the tools to spy on little boys and girls..
They will have there day. ...Most of the criminal activity u will never hear about commited by dirty cops...its there.. plenty.. with all thwe pedophiles.
Masons are no 1 in in children... boy scouts.....moley....rainbow girls.....cubs.....shriners....
so i misspelll,who gives a rats ass. the truth comes in all words........SB or BS..
F.B.I. Agent Admits Slaying and Gets 16 Years
June 13, 1990
A FBI agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation was indicted on a manslaughter charge today, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 16 years in prison.
It was believed to be the first time anyone had been charged with committing a crime involving homicide while an agent for the bureau, said Terry O'Connor, special agent in charge of all F.B.I. offices in Kentucky.
Today's rapid developments followed weeks of negotiation between Commonwealth's Attorney John Paul Runyon and 30-year-old Mark Putnam, who resigned from the F.B.I. last Friday and who with his plea today admitted the slaying last year of a pregnant woman, Susan Daniels Smith, 27, with whom he was romantically involved.
Ms. Smith had met Mr. Putnam while he was assigned to the bureau's office in this city 120 miles southeast of Lexington and she was serving as an informer in a car theft case. Last week, a year after she disappeared, Mr. Putnam led the police to her remains near an old coal-mining road nine miles north of town.