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The end of stop and frisk in New York City? Or a new beginning with Sessions in charge?
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?
â˜› Trump Fires Acting Attorney General Who Defied Him
â˜› Civil rights groups, lawyers voice opposition
ahead of Sessionsâ€™ 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 Sessionsâ€™ confirmation due to a perceived lack of transparency â€” especially pertaining to his history with civil rights.
â˜› 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.”
â˜› Boulder DA Stan Garnett administration on pot
â€œFor 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.â€’
“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
“U.S. drug enforcement policy is “a joke” weâ€™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 â€” some big, big problems. But medical marijuana, 100 percent.”
â˜› Californiaâ€™s Pot Makes More Money
Than the Next 5 Largest Crops Combined
â˜› Make That $1.2 Billion and Rising:
Colorado Marijuana Sales Keep Climbing
â˜› Report: Legal Marijuana Industry
Has Created 123,000 Full-Time Jobs
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 FBIâ€™s formerly secret rules, all of which are capable of being used to disrupt legal, first amendment activities conducted by American citizens. Itâ€™s going to be COINTELPRO all over again:
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 â€” sting operations, for example, and the attempt to recruit informants by arresting suspects on lesser charges â€” have become counterterrorism staples.
UNDERCOVER FBI AGENTS SWARM THE INTERNET SEEKING CONTACT WITH TERRORISTS
The FBIâ€™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 â€œassessmentsâ€ allow the FBI to follow people with planes, examine travel records, and run subjectsâ€™ 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 FBIâ€™s redaction marks are exceptions to rules on â€œundisclosed participation.â€
NATIONAL SECURITY LETTERS DEMAND DATA COMPANIES ARENâ€™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 journalistsâ€™ calls without going to a judge or informing the targeted news organization.
ON CAMPUS, THE FBI SOMETIMES OPERATES OUTSIDE RESTRICTIONS
The manual states that â€œthe sensitivity related to an academic institution arises from the American tradition of â€˜academic freedom,â€™ (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).â€ Still, the guide notes, this does not mean that academia is â€œoff limitsâ€ to the FBI.
Before Obama Left Office,
He Gave Domestic Agencies Warrantless Access to NSA Surveillance
By allowing access to NSA data, the FBI and other agencies can look for criminal activity without reasonable suspicion or going to a judge, says The Intercept’s Alex Emmons
25 Lies About Cannabis On The DEA Website
The DEA had a chance to correct its ignorance in 2016 by rescheduling cannabis on the advice of the FDA, but somehow kept a straight face when it announced in August it would keep the plant under Schedule 1. One explanation for this defiance of reality is the DEAâ€™s allegiance to Big Pharma, which has admitted cannabis poses a threat to its profits.
Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform
The new administration will have at least six options.
Shut it down
Shape the markets.
Maintain the status quo
Address federal-state conflicts
Or disrupt it and exploit contention among the tribes. This regime is fueled by chaos.
“Never borrow sorrow from tomorrow” that’s my motto.
Democrats block confirmation votes for Sessions, Price and Mnuchin
“If someone shows you who they are, believe them.”
~ Maya Angelou
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â˜› 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 itâ€™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 Trumpâ€™s inner circle for the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general,
Obama Left Dictator’s Toolkit
for the First Orange President,
“Enter billionaire hedge fund manager Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah.They say she was a leading advocate inside Trumpâ€™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.
Robert Mercer is another one of Trumpâ€™s connections to urine:
The Bircher obsession with precious bodily fluids never goes away.
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