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Your next Attorney General?

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  • Servetus

    The end of stop and frisk in New York City? Or a new beginning with Sessions in charge?

    JAN 25, 2017 — New York City’s crime rate continues to plummet, even though the city has backed away from abusive policing strategies that the Police Department once viewed as essential to keeping people safe. With a proposed court settlement filed on Monday, the city is trying to turn the page on a period when black and Latino New Yorkers in some neighborhoods were routinely stopped and frisked by police officers or issued unjustified criminal summonses for minor offenses, like disorderly conduct, trespassing or public drinking.

    Under the settlement in the case of Stinson v. City of New York, the city agreed to pay up to $75 million to resolve a federal class-action lawsuit that accused it of issuing hundreds of thousands of criminal summonses without legal justification. In some cases, officers would go so far as to sniff people’s coffee cups or orange juice cartons in search of evidence of public drinking. [Emphasis added]

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/25/opinion/bringing-a-sorry-chapter-in-policing-to-an-end.html?mabReward=A4&recp=0&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&region=CColumn&module=Recommendation&src=rechp&WT.nav=RecEngine

  • DdC

    King Trump fires acting AG for protecting Constitution against general religious ban on Muslims. Picks new temp who won’t question Trump’s authority. Sessions vote postponed until tomorrow. So if Trump is for medicinal cannabis and has said the DEA was a joke and the drug war a lost cause that only legalizing would hurt Cartel/s. Then the change of heart with CO governors take on legal recreational use. The billions in profits and taxes seems like a goper dream. Pushing big pharma and booze to take control would still have to remove it as a S#1. Would Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III defy Trump too?

    Trump Fires Acting Attorney General Who Defied Him

    Civil rights groups, lawyers voice opposition
    ahead of Sessions’ attorney general confirmation

    In a letter to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the coalition of lawyers asked for a delay in Sessions’ confirmation due to a perceived lack of transparency — especially pertaining to his history with civil rights.

    The Next Attorney General Is Coming for Your Weed
    “We need grown-ups in charge in Washington saying marijuana is not the kind of thing that ought to be legalized, it ought to be minimized, that it is in fact a very real danger. You can see the accidents, traffic deaths related to marijuana. And you’ll see cocaine and heroin increase more than it would have, I think.”

    Boulder DA Stan Garnett administration on pot
    “For somebody from Missouri or South Carolina to tell Colorado how to handle an issue of its own choice like legalization of marijuana is not only bad policy, but it fails to respect the importance of local control and state rights.”’

    2016

    “Some really bad things are coming out in Colorado in respect to people. So I would have to look at that very, very carefully,”

    “A lot of bad information is coming,” he maintained. “People were all in favor of it and now, all of a sudden, they’re saying it’s having tremendously damaging effects to the mind, to the brain, to everything. So it’s a big problem.”
    ~ Donald Trump

    April 1990

    “U.S. drug enforcement policy is “a joke” we’re losing badly the war on drugs. You have to legalize drugs to win that war. You have to take the profit away from these drug czars. Contributing to the problem were politicians who “don’t have any guts” to reverse course.
    ~ Donald Trump
    luncheon sponsored by the Miami Herald,

    Hannity: “Colorado, marijuana. Good or bad experiment?”

    Trump: “I say it’s bad. Medical marijuana is another thing, but I think it’s bad. And I feel strongly about that.”

    Hannity: “What about the state’s right aspect of it, if the people of Colorado decide.”

    Trump: “If they vote for it, they vote for it. But they’ve got a lot of problems going on right now in Colorado — some big, big problems. But medical marijuana, 100 percent.”

    ☛ California’s Pot Makes More Money
    Than the Next 5 Largest Crops Combined

    ☛ Make That $1.2 Billion and Rising:
    Colorado Marijuana Sales Keep Climbing

    ☛ Report: Legal Marijuana Industry
    Has Created 123,000 Full-Time Jobs

  • Servetus

    US Attorney General Sessions will reign over the most potent police state powers ever given to US law enforcement. The FBI, and other domestic law enforcement bodies that likely include the DEA, already have access to CIA and NSA files. Intercept has published an updated version of the FBI’s formerly secret rules, all of which are capable of being used to disrupt legal, first amendment activities conducted by American citizens. It’s going to be COINTELPRO all over again:

    While the top echelon of the CIA community was vehemently pro-Clinton, certain factions within the FBI were aggressively supportive of Trump. Hillary Clinton herself blames James Comey and his election-week letter for her defeat. Elements within the powerful New York field office were furious that Comey refused to indict Clinton, and embittered agents reportedly shoveled anti-Clinton leaks to Rudy Giuliani. The FBI’s 35,000 employees across the country are therefore likely to be protected and empowered. Trump’s decision to retain Comey — while jettisoning all other top government officials — suggests that this has already begun to happen.

    THE FBI GIVES ITSELF LOTS OF ROPE TO PULL IN INFORMANTS
    Agents have the authority to aggressively investigate anyone they believe could be a valuable source for the bureau.

    WHEN INFORMANTS ARE NO LONGER USEFUL, THE FBI CAN HELP DEPORT THEM
    The FBI coordinates with immigration authorities to locate informants who are no longer of value to the bureau.

    HOW THE FBI CONCEALS ITS PAYMENTS TO CONFIDENTIAL SOURCES
    A classified policy guide creates opportunities for agents to disguise payments as reimbursements or offer informants a cut of seized assets.

    DISRUPTIONS: HOW THE FBI HANDLES PEOPLE WITHOUT BRINGING THEM TO COURT
    Since 9/11, the FBI has taken on the disruption not only of crimes but of acts of terrorism. Techniques familiar from drug and mob cases — sting operations, for example, and the attempt to recruit informants by arresting suspects on lesser charges — have become counterterrorism staples.

    UNDERCOVER FBI AGENTS SWARM THE INTERNET SEEKING CONTACT WITH TERRORISTS
    The FBI’s online activities are so pervasive that the bureau sometimes finds itself investigating its own people.

    BASED ON A VAGUE TIP, THE FEDS CAN SURVEIL ANYONE
    Low-level “assessments” allow the FBI to follow people with planes, examine travel records, and run subjects’ names through the CIA and NSA.

    THE FBI HAS QUIETLY INVESTIGATED WHITE SUPREMACIST INFILTRATION OF LAW ENFORCEMENT
    Bureau policies have been crafted to take into account the active presence of domestic extremists in U.S. police departments.

    HIDDEN LOOPHOLES ALLOW FBI AGENTS TO INFILTRATE POLITICAL AND RELIGIOUS GROUPS
    Beneath the FBI’s redaction marks are exceptions to rules on “undisclosed participation.”

    NATIONAL SECURITY LETTERS DEMAND DATA COMPANIES AREN’T OBLIGATED TO PROVIDE
    Internal documents suggest the FBI uses the secret orders to pursue sensitive customer data like internet browsing records.

    DESPITE ANTI-PROFILING RULES, THE FBI USES RACE AND RELIGION WHEN DECIDING WHO TO TARGET
    The bureau still claims considerable latitude to use race, ethnicity, nationality, and religion in deciding which people and communities to investigate.

    SECRET RULES MAKE IT PRETTY EASY FOR THE FBI TO SPY ON JOURNALISTS
    Rules governing the use of national security letters allow the FBI to obtain information about journalists’ calls without going to a judge or informing the targeted news organization.

    ON CAMPUS, THE FBI SOMETIMES OPERATES OUTSIDE RESTRICTIONS
    The manual states that “the sensitivity related to an academic institution arises from the American tradition of ‘academic freedom,’ (e.g., an atmosphere in which students and faculty are free to express unorthodox ideas and views and to challenge conventional thought without fear of repercussion).” Still, the guide notes, this does not mean that academia is “off limits” to the FBI.

  • WalStMonky

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    “Never borrow sorrow from tomorrow” that’s my motto.

    Democrats block confirmation votes for Sessions, Price and Mnuchin

  • DdC

    “If someone shows you who they are, believe them.”
    ~ Maya Angelou

    Watch: Good People Smoke Weed
    http://hightimes.com/news/politics/watch-good-people-smoke-weed/

    Will Sessions Double Down On The Racist War on Drugs?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tz2xyzBEZwc

    The Bizarre Far-Right Billionaire Behind Trump’s Presidency
    When all seemed to be falling apart for Trump last summer, one shadowy billionaire offered up his own massive political infrastructure, which included Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway, and saved Trump’s campaign from demise.

    n a surprise move, the Trump campaign shakes up it’s leadership at the eleventh hour, bringing on far-right editor in chief of Breitbart News Steve Bannon along with former Republican pollster Kellyanne Conway. Days later, David Bossie, head of the corporate advocacy group Citizens United, is brought on as deputy manager of the campaign.

    Enter billionaire hedge fund manager Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah.They say she was a leading advocate inside Trump’s inner circle for the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general,

    Obama Left Dictator’s Toolkit
    for the First Orange President,

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tr2lZwLFa7s

    • Will

      “Enter billionaire hedge fund manager Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah.They say she was a leading advocate inside Trump’s inner circle for the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general”.

      Well, that mystery is solved. For the life of me I couldn’t understand why Trump picked Sessions to become AG. Initially it was floated that Sessions was rewarded for his ‘loyalty’ to Trump. But others, such as Chris Christie and Rudy Giuliani, were also seen as loyal and at one point they both thought they had a good shot at becoming AG. Looks like the Mercers got what — and who — they paid for.

    • Servetus

      Robert Mercer is another one of Trump’s connections to urine:

      October 13, 2016 — In a recent statement Mercer declared, in language reminiscent of an early John Birch pamphlet, that “America is finally fed up and disgusted with its political elite. […]

      So why does Mercer feel such allegiance to Trump? Is it Trump’s policies, élan, and extraordinary judgement and poise?

      Maybe. But based on Mercer’s past, it’s more likely … that Mercer is an incredibly easy mark. He has a long history of falling for cranks and grifters[…]

      For instance, in 2005 Mercer’s family foundation sent $60,000 to Art Robinson, an Oregon chemist, so Robinson could expand his huge collection of human urine. Robinson, who believes that a close analysis of urine can “improve our health, our happiness and prosperity, and even the academic performance of our children in school,” has now received a total of $1.4 million from the Mercer foundation. He’s used this to buy urine freezers and mail postcards to puzzled Oregonians asking them to send him their urine, among other things.[…]

      Remarkably, Trump has also been involved in urine solicitation — his multilevel marketing scheme The Trump Network asked members to send in a urine sample so they could receive vitamins perfectly tailored to their metabolism. Perhaps it was hearing about the urine angle that ultimately sold Mercer on Trump’s trustworthiness and acumen.[…]

      https://theintercept.com/2016/10/13/donald-trump-finds-an-easy-mark-in-urine-mogul-robert-mercer/

      The Bircher obsession with precious bodily fluids never goes away.

  • cy klebs

    I will hope in no-‘reform states we are not forced into risks of Craigslist rip-offs. RIP to our friends in Michigan.

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