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IN THIS SECTION June 2020 06/13/2020 to 06/25/2020 Old Hawaii Police Abuse Material ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2020/06/25 News CBS News article about Black Lives Matter a terrorist organization CBS News 2020/06/23 Minneapolis police union head [Bob Kroll] defends calling Black Lives Matter a "terrorist organization" As protests continue across the country calling for police reform, the head of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis is speaking out about his controversial comments about Black Lives Matter. Lieutenant Bob Kroll defended calling the group a "terrorist organization" in an interview with Gayle King. terrorist-organization/#x Please note: often the people interviewing white leaders over Black Lives Matter or black riots issues are black women. Notice the tone of voice and body language, as well as approach, the black female news interviewer uses with Mr. Kroll. 2020/06/24 NM GOP Lawsuit Block Mail-In Primary Santa Fe New Mexican 2020/03/31 New Mexico GOP files lawsuit to block mail-in primary election By Tony Raap https //www santafenewmexican com/news/coronavirus/new-mexico-gop-files-lawsuit-to-block-mail-in-primary- election/article_9bc4eef8-73b2-11ea-980f-471e90b35d3a.html KRQE 2020/06/05 Black Lives Matter organizer arrested accused of violating parole. By Rachel Knapp https //www krqe com/news/protests/black-lives-matter-organizer-arrested-accused-of-violating-parole/ 2020/06/21-22 Jalisco - February and March 2020 articles March 2020 article Project Python CBS 2020/03/18 Ruthless Mexican cartel led by DEA's most-wanted fugitive is "taking over everywhere" - El Mencho fills the void El Chapo leaves behind. https //www cbsnews com/news/jalisco-new-generation-gang-mexican-cartel-led-by-el-mencho-taking-over- everywhere/ Long Excerpt because of several critical pieces of information for American law enforcement and the American public: Last week, U.S. law enforcement authorities announced the arrest of hundreds of people in an operation targeting the cartel. The Justice Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) said that the joint operation, known as Project Python, resulted in more than 600 arrests and 350 indictments on the state and federal level, officials said…Mexico's fastest-rising cartel, the Jalisco New Generation gang, has a reputation for ruthlessness and violence unlike any since the fall of the old Zetas cartel. In parts of the country it is fighting medieval-style battles, complete with fortified redoubts, to expand nationwide, from the outskirts of Mexico City, into the tourist resorts around Cancun, and along the northern border…But Jalisco has continued to assert itself with brazen methods. U.S. prosecutors said its operatives tried to buy belt-fed M-60 machine guns in the United States, and once brought down a Mexican military helicopter with a rocket-propelled grenade…But Jalisco is also mounting a propaganda campaign, using videos and social media to threaten rivals while promising civilians that it won't prey on them with extortion and kidnappings. It is a promise that cartels in Mexico have long made, and always broken. But Jalisco's onslaught is so powerful that the cartel appears to have convinced some Mexicans, especially those who are tired of local gangs, to accept control by one large, powerful cartel…But Jalisco is also mounting a propaganda campaign, using videos and social media to threaten rivals while promising civilians that it won't prey on them with extortion and kidnappings. It is a promise that cartels in Mexico have long made, and always broken. But Jalisco's onslaught is so powerful that the cartel appears to have convinced some Mexicans, especially those who are tired of local gangs, to accept control by one large, powerful cartel…Indeed, the reality of life under the Jalisco cartel is terrifying: the cartel has made the city of Guadalajara and surrounding suburbs into a giant clandestine grave site. Hundreds of bodies have been found in the last year, dumped in drainage canals, buried in fields and the patios and yards of homes. Bodies have been found dissolved in acid or lye, bodies have been found in plastic bags. So many bodies have been found in Guadalajara that authorities ran out of space at the morgue and took to moving rotting bodies around in refrigerated trucks until neighbors complained about the smell. Experts say the killings skyrocketed after the cartel lost control of its local organization in Guadalajara, and has been battling that splinter group.Jalisco is accustomed to attacking law enforcement directly. The cartel is blamed for two of the worst attacks in recent memory: In October, cartel gunmen ambushed and killed 14 state police officers in Michoacán, and there are indications they executed some with gunshots to the head. In 2015, cartel gunmen trying to protect their leader shot down a Mexican military helicopter with an RPG. https //www cbsnews com/news/jalisco-new-generation-gang-mexican-cartel-led-by-el-mencho-taking-over- everywhere/ February 2020 article KRQE 2020/02/21 Jalisco cartel continues bloody march to border despite extradition of leader’s son, experts say Exclusive Border Report. By Julian Resendiz https //www krqe com/news/border-report/jalisco-cartel-continues-bloody-march-to-border-despite-extradition- of-leaders-son-experts-say/ Note from PF: This article has useful timely maps showing three major cartel divisions (Sinaloa, Tierra Caliente/Jalisco, Tamaulipas/Zetas remnants) and locations thoughout Mexico Excerpt: Mexico’s most violent drug cartel isn’t likely to sit quietly on the sidelines after the extradition of one of its leaders to the United States, security experts say. “I expect their reaction will be very similar to that of other drug cartels when part of their leadership is taken. Almost always there’s an immediate strike — very violent and very visible — toward the government, toward police,” said Victor R. Manjarrez Jr., a former U.S. Border Patrol chief in Arizona and Texas. Already, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico has issued a security alert warning Americans about the potential for retaliatory actions including highway blockades and vehicle burnings. Manjarrez’s comments and the embassy’s warning came in the wake of Ruben Oseguera Gonzalez’s extradition to the United States. He is the son of Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) leader Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, a.k.a., “Mencho.” https //www krqe com/news/border-report/jalisco-cartel-continues-bloody-march-to-border-despite-extradition- of-leaders-son-experts-say/ 2020/06/19 Some groups of concern regarding their attempts to abolish police Muslims 4 Abolition - Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam MPower Change - Linda Sarsour Mariame Kaba - Director of Project NIA -Info thanks to Act! For America Note from PF: Study the links between Islamic extremists and Latino cartels. See my personal notes for today Emailed letter from Act for America: Abolishing the Police A Terrorist Dream Come True by Patrick Dunleavy IPT News What began as a sincere cry for justice in the tragic killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has evolved into a critical examination of policing in the United States. Some are calling for drastic changes in the way police departments operate in society. And while that call has garnered support and triggered debate, it has also produced confusion. Some voices demand that we "defund the police." What that actually means is not yet clear. A more dangerous clarion call has come forth reaching fever pitch among some and that is to put an end to policing altogether. Mariame Kaba, director of Project NIA, penned an oped in the New York Times recently Friday calling for just that. "The surest way of reducing police violence is to reduce the power of the police, by cutting budgets and the number of officers," she wrote. "But don't get me wrong. We are not abandoning our communities to violence. We don't want to just close police departments. We want to make them obsolete." Words are important and while we can debate what is or isn't meant by the word defund, there is no ambiguity in the word abolish. The group Muslims4Abolition, which counts Louis Farrakhan's Nation of Islam and Linda Sarsour's MPower Change among its supporters, wants "... to be part of the movement to abolish bail, abolish jails, abolish the police, abolish prisons, abolish immigration custody, abolish state surveillance, and to build the world we deserve." In other words, they want to completely eradicate every important component in the criminal justice system. "It is a fact," they claim, "that police brutality is a leading cause of death amongst young Black men." While black people, especially black men have been killed by police, it is far from a leading cause of death. Accidents, illness, and homicide are the dominant causes of death among black men 44 years old and younger, Centers for Disease Control data shows. So far, the movement to abolish police seems limited to activists and protesters. Elected officials seem more focused on reforms. But what would the Muslims4Abolition world look like if the politics changed, and who would be happiest in it? One group that probably would be ecstatic over the thought of no cops are the terrorists. Police are often expected to wear a variety of hats: counselor, confessor, protector, etc. The role of the local police officer and how he or she acts as a deterrent to terrorism is often overlooked. We think of elite federal agencies like the CIA, FBI, or the even Navy Seals as the vanguard in defense from terrorist attacks. Too often, we forget the numerous occasions where it was a local cop who saved the day. The FBI's vaunted Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) is comprised of city, state, and local law enforcement officers. The JTTF could not successfully operate without them. Historically it has been a local officer or beat cop simply doing his or her job that deterred or thwarted the terrorists' evil goal. For example, it was a New York Police Department cop named Don Sadowy who in 1993 uncovered the rear axle of the van used in the first World Trade Center bombing. That piece of evidence was used to identify the perpetrators who had rented the van from a company in New Jersey. Before becoming a cop, Sadowy attended an Automotive High School in Brooklyn where he learned to distinguish and recognize every component part of a motor vehicle. To the untrained eye, that axle might have simply appeared as another piece of twisted metal in the rubble. Two years later, a routine traffic stop by Trooper Charlie Hanger resulted in the arrest of domestic terrorist Timothy McVeigh, responsible for the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, which killed 168 and injured hundreds more. Hanger later remembered noticing "an old yellow Mercury" driving with no license tag. After pulling the car over, Hanger noticed a bulge in the driver's jacket. It turned out to be a loaded .45 caliber Glock, which led to an arrest. It was hours later that Hanger learned he nabbed the Oklahoma City bomber. In 1997, two Long Island Railroad police officers with less than two years on the job, John Kowalchuk and Eric Huber, played key roles in uncovering a plot by Islamic terrorists to bomb the New York City subway. They were approached by someone with information regarding a terrorist bomb factory in Brooklyn. The officers relayed the details to the NYPD Emergency Services Division, which responded to the location and captured the terrorists and defused the explosives before innocent lives were lost. In 2015, Garland, Texas police officer Greg Stevens took down two heavily armed ISIS supported terrorists as they exited a car, hoping to attack a cartoon contest involving images of Islam's prophet Muhammad at the Curtis Culwell Center. Stevens returned fire as the two terrorists started shooting. "This whole event probably didn't take no more than 10 and probably 15 seconds," Stevens remembered several years later. "I'm a pretty good shooter. I'm not a great shooter. My training kicked in. I wasn't formulating a plan." In 2017, NYPD officer Ryan Nash single-handedly captured Sayfullo Saipov, an Islamic terrorist who had just mowed down eight innocent civilians with a truck and injured 11 others during an ISIS inspired attack. Officer Nash was on a routine call at a nearby high school when he heard the call of the terror attack. Saipov tried to run off after crashing his truck, but Nash and other officers were able to stop him. Nash shot Saipov in the abdomen, but the suspect recovered and remains in jail pending trial. How many more people might have been injured or killed that day if Nash and his fellow officers weren't there to respond? The list goes on of ordinary men and women wearing the uniform and carrying the badge who, with extraordinary courage, save lives, prevent tragedies, and capture the bad guys every day. Calls for police reform are reasonable. But to abolish the police would mean removing the very fabric of American society that protects us. That is neither wise nor well thought out. It is perilous. 2020/06/17 Americans who joined ISIS returning home - 2019 article The New Yorker 2019/06/11 Despite Trump’s Guantánamo Threats, Americans Who Joined ISIS Are Quietly Returning Home. By Robin Wright NBC News 2016/05/15 The Americans: 15 Who Left the United States to Join ISIS By Richard Engel, Ben Plesser, Tracy Connor and Jon Schuppe n573611 NPR 2019/02/21 What Happens When Americans Who Joined ISIS Want To Come Home come-home New York TImes 2019/02/19 Two American ISIS wives want to return home 2019/11/14 Justice dot gov 2019/07/19 members-use-weapons-charged American Citizen who became an ISIS Sniper and Trained Other ISIS Members in the Use of Weapons Charged with Providing Material Support to ISIS Defendant Was Transferred to the United States from Custody of Syrian Democratic Forces A criminal complaint was unsealed today in federal court in the Eastern District of New York charging Ruslan Maratovich Asainov, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Kazakhstan with providing and attempting to provide material support, including training, services and personnel, to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2339B. Asainov was detained overseas by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and recently transferred into FBI custody. members-use-weapons-charged The Daily Beast 2017 update; 2014/09/03 Hagel - 100+ Americans have joined ISIS ecretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said that the United States is aware of Americans who are serving with ISIS in Iraq and Syria. “Over 100 U.S. citizens who have U.S. passports who are fighting in the Middle East with ISIL forces," Hagel said Wednesday on CNN. "There may be more, we don't know." Following ISIS’s execution of American journalist Steven Sotloff, Hagel stressed the need for an aggressive response to the self-proclaimed Islamic State. "They control half of Iraq today. They control half of Syria today,” he said. “We better be taking them seriously." Earlier on Wednesday, President Obama spoke withe reporters about the U.S.'s commitment to fighting ISIS. “Those who make the mistake of harming Americans will learn that we will not forget and that our reach is long and that justice will be served,” he said. Vice President Joe Biden said the U.S. will follow ISIS to the “gates of hell until they are brought to justice because hell is where they will reside.” Mother Jones 2019/06 Betrayal. Torture. Escape. An American Woman Inside the Islamic State Samantha Elhassani is the first American woman to face terrorism charges after spending time in ISIS territory. SHANE BAUERJUNE 26, 2019 the-islamic-state/ CBS News 2016/10/27 American explains why he turned to ISIS Abdirizak Warsame is facing 15 years in prison after leaving Minnesota to join ISIS and send other Americans to their deaths in Syria. Warsame, who says he was pulled into terrorism online, spoke with Scott Pelley for an interview airing Sunday on "60 Minutes." Washington Post 2019/02/22 Hoda Muthana's father sues Mike Pompeo, arguing the 'ISIS › nation › 2019/02/22 › rule-b... Feb 22, 2019 - 'Rule by tyranny': American-born woman who joined ISIS must be ... the American-born woman who traveled to Syria to join Islamic State ... The Atlantic 2018/11/08 An American Accused of Joining ISIS Is Free, and a Bigger Story Is Beginning The U.S. military quietly released “John Doe” last week after holding him in detention in Iraq for 13 months, with no charges. KATHY GILSINAN isis/574948/ Khashoggi Jamal also see Personal Notes #2 for this day Here's everything we know about the troubling disappearance and death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi John Haltiwanger Dec 10, 2018 2020/06/15 J-Calvin This has been added to the Black Lives Matter section today: We need a cosmopolitan approach which seeks integration, not divide. Please see: J-Calvin Choose to Love Youtube song video (2018) Note from PF: Feel the vibes, be the vibes 2020/06/14 2016 similar BLM event added to Black Lives Matter: What’s Wrong With Them (BLM) section 2016 141,000 signatures petitioned to have Black Lives Matter labeled a Terrorist Group Mayor of Dallas indicates dissenting need not vilify or demonize police officers and that police officers have died because of Black Lives Matter CBS News 2016/07/17 White House responds to petition to label Black Lives Matter a "terror" group. BY Reena Flores https //www cbsnews com/news/white-house-responds-to-petition-to-label-black-lives-matter-a-terror-group/ Excerpt: After days of violence and heightened racial tensions in the U.S., the White House responded this week to an online petition asking the federal government to formally label the Black Lives Matter movement as a "terror group." "Terrorism is defined as 'the use of violence and intimidation in pursuit of political aims,'" read the "We The People" petition, created July 6 on the White House website. "This definition is the same definition used to declare ISIS and other groups, as terrorist organizations." Black Lives Matter, the petition said, "earned this title due to its actions in Ferguson, Baltimore, and even at a Bernie Sanders rally, as well as all over the United States and Canada." It asked the Pentagon to recognize the group as such "on the grounds of principle, integrity, morality, and safety." The petition came on the heels of deadly officer-involved shootings in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Falcon Heights, Minnesota, and after days of Black Lives Matter protests for more police accountability. On July 7, one day after the petition published online, seven law enforcement officers policing a BLM demonstration in Dallas, Texas were shot and killed in a shower of sniper-like fire. And on Sunday, three more policemen were shot and killed in Baton Rouge. https //www cbsnews com/news/white-house-responds-to-petition-to-label-black-lives-matter-a-terror-group/ 2020/06/13 (late June 12th) US Post Office corruption Postal Corruption section added 21st Century Postal Worker Message Exchange Since 1999 2018 Court Order South Dakota, Arlington - issue occurred; Postmaster from 2010-2015 Court Orders Former Postmaster to Pay over $350K for Defrauding USPS Posted on June 15, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Court Orders Former Postmaster to Pay $353,441.42 for Defrauding the United States Postal Service A man from Arlington, South Dakota, has been ordered to pay $353,441.42 to the United States for defrauding the United States Postal Service. As postmaster from 2010 until 2015, Craig Christeson devised a scheme… 2017 Pleaded Guilty Massachusettes Blackstone and Jefferson Massachusetts DOJ: Former Postmaster Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement Posted on April 28, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 27, 2017 BOSTON – The former Postmaster of the U.S. Postal Service Post Offices in Blackstone and Jefferson, Mass., pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Worcester to stealing approximately $31,000 from the U.S. Postal Service. Carlitos Molina, 36, pleaded guilty to one count of misappropriating postal funds. U.S. District… 2017 trial testifying by employees Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Fellow employees testify at trial for suspended Pittsburgh postmaster Posted on January 8, 2017 By Paula Reed Ward – January 7, 2017 Four employees of the U.S. Postal Service testified this week that they never saw another employee open packages looking for drugs or other contraband until suspended Pittsburgh postmaster Daniel Davis arrived here from Toledo, Ohio. Mr. Davis told them he was looking for drugs, and in one… 2016 Sentenced Thefts 2010 and June 25, 2014 California: San Jose and Saratoga Former postal inspector to serve 3 years for possessing stolen mail, marijuana trafficking Posted on January 28, 2016 By Jason Green – January 27, 2016 SAN JOSE — A once-heralded postal inspector was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for possessing stolen U.S. mail, including a gun silencer and a silver bar, and marijuana trafficking, federal prosecutors said. Quan Pham Howard, 53, of Saratoga, is expected to begin serving his sentence on…Howard unlawfully opened and stole U.S. mail from the U.S. Postal Service’s San Jose Processing and Distribution Center between late 2010 and June 25, 2014, prosecutors said. The pilfered items included prescription drugs, a gun scope, rare coins, jewelry and a Rolex watch.Prosecutors said Howard was also found with more than 17 pounds of marijuana, which he intended to distribute.Howard concealed the thefts and drug trafficking by falsifying postal records and disabling a surveillance camera at the distribution center, prosecutors said. DNC Planned To Reward Big Donors With Federal Appointments (including USPS Board Of Governors) Posted on July 26, 2016 By Chuck Ross – July 24, 2016 Democratic National Committee documents recently released by WikiLeaks include spreadsheets and emails that appear to show party officials planning which donors and prominent fundraisers to provide with appointments to federal boards and commissions. The documents, which But one tip-off that the document is detailing a quid pro quo is an entry next to the name of David Shapira, the executive chairman of grocery store chain Giant Eagle, Inc. “USPS” — a likely reference to the U.S. Postal Service — is entered on the spreadsheet. President Obama nominated Shapira for a position on the USPS’ board of governors last year but the retail executive did not take the position because congressional Republicans held up his nomination. Shapira and his wife Cynthia have donated heavily to Clinton, the DNC and other Democratic and liberal political action committees. They have given the $2,700 maximum to Clinton. In 2014, Shapira contributed $100,000 to American Unity PAC, a political action committee that supports pro-LGBT candidates. Cynthia Shapira has given $33,400 to the DNC this cycle and $58,400 to the Hillary Victory Fund since last year. Old Hawaii Material: Summary of Links on this Page: Exclusive: HPD Cracks Down on Police Abuse (2014) Surveillance video caught Kalihi CRU officer Vincent Morre punching, kicking and throwing a chair at a man while Morre was trying to serve an arrest warrant for another man at a game room near Kapiolani Boulevard. Moore is now on desk duty and faces an FBI investigation into possible civil rights violations. Hawaii News Now: Troubled officer faced spouse abuse, police brutality claim (Sept. 2014) Huffington Post: Honolulu Cop Slams Man To Ground (March 2015) According to the TV station, the officer in the latest video is Officer Siave Seti Jr., who has been with HPD for two years. He can be seen picking up Eric Musrasrik and throwing him onto the concrete. Seti then attempts to take the cell phone away from the person recording. Hawaii police killed at least 36 in 20 years plus others like Stephen Dinnan and Aaron Torres not included in data (Jan 2015) Excerpt: Much of the outrage has been limited to a small group of University of Hawaii faculty members, who are now calling for more accountability of law enforcement. They are concerned about lethal use of force, officer misconduct and a recent FBI probe into Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha and his department. “You can safely say that Hawaii is nowhere near the gold standard when it comes to systems of oversight,” said Meda Chesney-Lind, a University of Hawaii criminologist. “We should be part of a national conversation about police accountability but we don’t see that.” Death Numbers Understated: The numbers don’t give a complete picture of how many people were killed by officers in that 20-year span. For instance, the deaths of Stephen Dinnan and Aaron Torres are not included in the data. Dinnan died in 2013 when an unidentified Honolulu police officer put him in a chokehold and held him face-down on the ground. Torres was killed by Honolulu police in 2012, also while being held face-down in the dirt. The Honolulu Police Department did not identify the officers who killed Torres, but the City Council did approve a $1.4 million settlement with his family. All but one of the 36 people killed by police died from gunshots. updated 2021/10/16 some editing; 06/08/2016
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