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Re: The continuing crisis

Postby smokedpeppers » Thu Dec 27, 4:02 pm

alpha wrote:My question would be why do we even have an FBI? Perhaps the most corrupt agency in our regime?

However, it's apparent we have a justice system only interested in selective prosecutions, with politically motivated outcomes, so true justice is somewhere between rarely and never served.

another reason to question the workings of our fbi?
Why Doesn’t the FBI Videotape Interviews?
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Re: The continuing crisis

Postby nemesystem » Thu Dec 27, 10:50 pm

The reason why the FBI 'doesnt' is because the NSA does it for them.




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Re: The continuing crisis

Postby smokedpeppers » Thu Dec 27, 10:58 pm

oh, i see ....

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Re: The continuing crisis

Postby alpha » Sat Dec 29, 3:16 pm

I didn't realize the link couldn't be reached by just anyone, so i'm including her full transcript of the article. Imo, this article should be read by every american, but apparently jeff bezos doesn't agree.

Sally Jenkins, for the washington post, that jeff bezos let die in darkness, but then advertised it to the contrary wrote:Imagine your daughter had a physical talent, a baffling, inimitable wildflower gift beyond your understanding. Suppose you entrusted her to the U.S. Olympic Committee to help explore that gift. In exchange, USOC officials demanded the rights to her commercial likeness, used her performances to make millions of dollars for themselves, and carelessly allowed her to be sexually preyed on. And then claimed any harm to her wasn’t their responsibility.

They took credit for the gold medals that came from that body, but none of the blame for the scars left on it. How would you feel?No one at the USOC seems to understand how their behavior looks to the rest of us. Should any parent feel comfortable entrusting their child to the USOC going forward?“Absolutely not,” said Rachael Denhollander, who led the child molestation case against gymnastics national team doctor Larry Nassar. “There is no way I would put my child in there.”USOC officials keep trying to move on briskly from the Nassar scandal. They don’t seem to hear how offensive their brightly inane statements about the future are with so much reparation left unfinished. They certainly don’t seem to understand that what parents and victims really need from the USOC is not more containment strategy. Fortunately, Congressional overseers such as Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) are determined to continue the hard investigating that the USOC would like to see end.The USOC hoped that last week’s devastating report from the law firm Ropes & Gray was a conclusion, the last chapter of its sexual abuse scandal. It’s merely a good start. The report not only detailed how Nassar’s crimes were enabled and covered up by top officials, it described a pervasive culture in which abusers flourished across multiple sports over years without the USOC taking any significant action.

“They just didn’t respond in any kind of responsible manner,” DeGette said. “What that report showed us was that the gymnastics abuse wasn’t the first time it’s happened in this decade.”


In January, DeGette will become the head of the Oversight and Investigations sub-committee of the House Energy and Commerce committee, which is responsible for USOC oversight. DeGette has spent 22 years on the panel, and what’s more, she’s a Coloradan, so she is well-versed in the USOC’s platitudes and has watched its inaction up close. Including its failure to fund SafeSport, the body that is supposed deal with sexual abuse.

A few months ago, DeGette personally visited the SafeSport offices and saw for herself the inadequate staff, swamped with a “huge number” of abuse complaints — more, she says, than they can handle. “I want to investigate how they plan to implement changes,” she says.

She also wants documents. Thus far, only Ropes & Gray has deeply examined the internal communications that show when USOC chief executive Scott Blackmun learned from USA Gymnastics chief executive Steve Penny that the national team doctor was a probably a child molester, and how they responded.

“We need documents about when the USOC and USA Gymnastics officials knew what was going on, and what they did, and what the internal memos were,” DeGette said. “So, we will be requesting those, and if they aren’t forthcoming, we will subpoena them.”

DeGette is not the only lawmaker who wants answers. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) have asked the Department of Justice for a criminal investigation into whether Blackmun lied to Congress. The FBI is conducting an internal inquiry into its own inaction. Hopefully those will be fully public, so that parents and athletes get the answers to vital questions that still plague them.

We know that Nassar was enabled by officialdom. “Now ask ‘Why,’ ” Denhollander said.

Why did USOC and USAG officials purposely perpetrate a false narrative and allow Nassar to retire with plaudits in September 2015, even after they knew Olympic gymnasts had credibly accused him of sexually assaulting them? Thus, Nassar was able to continue to access victims at training gyms, high schools. Attorney John Manly represents one child who was 11.

“She went to Nassar for another year,” he said. “They never called anybody.”

They stayed silent when Nassar announced he would run for a local school board.

They stayed silent when they knew USA Gymnastics was regularly referring more young athletes to him.

“I feel like I have indirectly been put in a position where I may have recommended that a parent put their child in harm’s way,” a USA Gymnastics program director wrote in an aghast email when Nassar was exposed.

Why did the FBI and Indianapolis police aid and abet that silence? Why did they fail so utterly to investigate Nassar or properly interview any witnesses? Why did they accept Penny’s favors, and texts, emails, and requests for confidentiality?

“Why?” Denhollander asks. “Is it lazy, is it self-protection, is it money? Are there people profiting? Is there child porn? What is the motivation, and why were they keeping quiet? There had to be some level of buy-in. I suspect when you find the motivation, you’ll find a lot more corruption.”

Why, to date, has no one ever executed so much as a search warrant on USA Gymnastics and the USOC?

Why has there never been a broad, multi-jurisdictional federal investigation into these crimes against hundreds of children, in which the cover-up spanned from Indianapolis to Colorado Springs to Los Angeles?

Is it because little girls are not important? Because it was sports, and therefore trivial? Because all women athletes should expect some level of abuse in a man’s world?

Because million-dollar-salaried Olympic officials, with the initials U.S. in front of their names, and political connections, got preferential treatment over abused girls like Jordyn Wieber, who made just $800 a month for bringing home gold medals?

“This is a country club-white shoe culture, in which these men were making millions a year,” Manly said. “More than the Joint Chiefs of Staff combined. That’s an obscenity. It’s a culture of entitlement and moral indifference.”

Why? Until the whys are answered, the USOC cannot and should not be allowed to move on.

“It was never just about Larry Nassar, and that’s what so many people have missed,” Denhollander said. “Larry became the story because of what happened at his sentencing and because he had so many victims. But Larry is not the story. Larry is just a symptom.”

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Re: The continuing crisis

Postby alpha » Thu Aug 29, 8:25 am

Anyone ever heard about this movement to remove corruption and money from america''s political elections?

https://represent.us

Perhaps try and make them fairer and more representative of the people, what a concept.

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Re: The continuing crisis

Postby alpha » Sat Oct 05, 10:13 am

More american whistleblowing.
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A 2010 photo of the side of the USS Virginia appears to show that the Special Hull Treatment peeled off while the submarine was underway.(U.S. Navy photo)
James Clark for Task & Purpose wrote:America's largest military shipbuilding company has been accused of falsifying tests and certifications on stealth coatings of its submarines "that put American lives at risk," according to a complaint filed in federal court last month.

Huntington Ingalls Industries, which spun-off from Northrop Grumman in 2011, "knowingly and/or recklessly" filed falsified records with the Navy claiming it had correctly applied a coating, called a Special Hull Treatment, to Virginia-class attack submarines which would allow the vessels to elude enemy sonar, the Sept. 26 complaint alleges.

Instead, the complaint said, Huntington Ingalls' Newport News Shipbuilding facility in Virginia took shortcuts that allegedly "plagued" the class of submarines with problems, and then retaliated against the employee who spoke up about the issues.


More to the story at Task & Purpose and of course denials all around and whereas future fines are likely, human culpability and wrongdoing will likely be excluded.

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Re: The continuing crisis

Postby alpha » Wed Oct 16, 5:40 pm

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Quite compelling reasoning, as to why we have the leadership we have today.

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Re: The continuing crisis

Postby slither » Wed Oct 16, 10:14 pm

Johnstone.
Again.



Sigh.

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Re: The continuing crisis

Postby modern roots » Wed Oct 16, 10:26 pm

Pipe down, slither. Nothing wrong with the link alpha posted. Makes as much sense as any of your ramblings.

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Re: The continuing crisis

Postby slither » Wed Oct 16, 11:40 pm

Equating me with Alf and Johnstone are we? No thanks.
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Re: The continuing crisis

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Re: The continuing crisis

Postby smokedpeppers » Thu Nov 14, 4:22 am

interview . some guys take on the evolution of our government .
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Re: The continuing crisis

Postby alpha » Sat Nov 30, 4:29 am

It will come as no surprise that a recent poll indicated that economists are among the least-trusted professionals. They’ve made blundering mistakes on everything from claiming financial crises can happen to not facing the most obvious recessions.

But all that pales into insignificance when inept economists get involved in modeling climate science. A recession we can recover from, but the breakdown of our planet, we cannot.

Host Ross Ashcroft travels to Kakanomics – the leading economics festival in Norway – to talk with the renegade economist Professor Steve Keen to understand the scale of the damage that blinkered ideology has done to the future of our planet.

https://www.rt.com/shows/renegade-inc/4 ... ns-planet/

Warning to slither it's his boogeyman reporting here. However, this will never make mainstream media news, not when it means the end of life on this planet due mostly to american exceptionalism and the pathetic politics that got us there.

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Re: The continuing crisis

Postby alpha » Mon Dec 09, 11:12 pm

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics ... documents/

The lies continue. When will the ameican electorate wake up?

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Re: The continuing crisis

Postby Rudy » Tue Dec 10, 12:19 am

alpha wrote:https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/investigations/afghanistan-papers/afghanistan-war-confidential-documents/

The lies continue. When will the ameican electorate wake up?


The U.S. population has been more and more a support system for a runaway military since the 1st world war.
Very similar to Russia, only our leaders bureaucrats are still allowing us to complain for the time being.
We had been under the influence of a very effective propaganda regimen until the internet age of information started to reveal the truth about our wars.
We have now devolved into a risky system using outright and obvious lies, deception and attacks on the truth by our leaders.
Arbitrary decisions and bold untruths spoken from all institutions of government with little or no common ground to unite or represent its citizens.
Not to be a wolf-caller, but Fascism truly appears to be knocking at the door again.

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Re: The continuing crisis

Postby Dazzler » Tue Dec 10, 4:22 am

It’s not calling wolf. You are right. Without a single note of hyperbole, we can and should call what is happening now the rise of fascism in the US, and in Britain, for the first time in history.

And also in Europe, but obviously not for the first time.

I have no confidence whatsoever that we’ll be the good guys this time.

https://youtu.be/hn1VxaMEjRU

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Re: The continuing crisis

Postby alpha » Wed Dec 11, 1:25 am

Dazzler wrote:It’s not calling wolf. You are right. Without a single note of hyperbole, we can and should call what is happening now the rise of fascism in the US, and in Britain, for the first time in history.


I agree with you fellas, except for the first time in history.

Dazzler wrote:I have no confidence whatsoever that we’ll be the good guys this time.


However, i don't agree with this one. Both our countries have forced profits over humanity for all too long, mine for at least a century and a half and yours much longer.

Admit it. You aren’t like them. You’re not even close. You may occasionally dress yourself up as one of them, watch the same mindless television shows as they do, maybe even eat the same fast food sometimes. But it seems that the more you try to fit in, the more you feel like an outsider, watching the ‘normal people’ as they go about their automatic existences. For every time you say club passwords like ‘Have a nice day’ and ‘Weather’s awful today, eh?’, you yearn inside to say forbidden things like ‘Tell me something that makes you cry’ or ‘What do you think deja vu is for?’. Face it, you even want to talk to that girl in the elevator. But what if that girl in the elevator (and the balding man who walks past your cubicle at work) are thinking the same thing? Who knows what you might learn from taking a chance on conversation with a stranger? Everyone carries a piece of the puzzle. Nobody comes into your life by mere coincidence. Trust your instincts. Do the unexpected. Find the others.” ~ Timothy Leary

The title of the article is 'The Cost of Sanity, in this Society, is a Certain Level of Alienation'. I know the feeling well.


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