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CIA Dropped the Dime on Mandela’s Location During Apartheid

Turns out the CIA assisted in the capture of Nelson Mandela in 1962, providing the Apartheid Government his location. This led to Mandela being imprisoned at the infamous Robbins Island Prison for 27 years…

Gotta love the BBC Report about “no formal link to the CIA”…

Even the folks who work in CIA Headquarters have no “formal link” with the Agency. If everybody knew who the CIA people were…

They would make pretty crappy spies.

CIA GAVE TIP-OFF THAT LED TO NELSON MANDELA’S ARREST, FORMER AGENT SAYS

A CIA agent gave the tip-off to South African authorities that led to the arrest of Nelson Mandela during the apartheid era, according to a filmmaker’s interview with the agent on his deathbed.

British film director John Irvin’s interview with former CIA agent Donald Rickard about Mandela’s arrest in 1962 is to be used as part of Irvin’s new film, Mandela’s Gun, which is set to be screened at Cannes Film Festival this week.

“He could have incited a war in South Africa, the United States would have to get involved, grudgingly, and things could have gone to hell,” Rickard said, accordingly to The Sunday Times.

“We were teetering on the brink here and it had to be stopped, which meant Mandela had to be stopped. And I put a stop to it.”

Mandela’s arrest led to his infamous 27-year stint in incarceration on Robben Island before authorities released him in 1990. Police stopped Mandela at a roadblock while he posed as a chauffeur; Rickard said that he was the informer that gave authorities information of Mandela’s plans on the day of the arrest.

“I found out when he was coming down and how he was coming,” Rickard said. “That’s where I was involved and that’s where Mandela was caught.”

A friend and co-defendant of Mandela’s, Denis Goldberg, told The Sunday Times that the former South African president, the country’s first-ever black leader, “always knew” about the CIA’s role in his arrest but upon his release believed that it no longer mattered.

The South African government criticized the U.S. following the revelation and said that Washington is still working against the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party. “We have recently observed that there are efforts to undermine the democratically elected ANC government,” Zizi Kodwa told Fox News. “They never stopped operating here.”

Mandela’s Gun is about Mandela’s brief period as a rebel before his incarceration. Rickard died in 2015 and worked as a diplomat in South Africa, with no formal link to the CIA, according to the BBC. Mandela died at the age of 95 in 2013.

 
 

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Couple Buys Car at Auction, Discovers it Was Stolen & Turns it in to Police…Gets arrested.

You buy a car at auction and have it towed home. When it arrives the Tow Truck Driver tells you the car is stolen because of the VIN Number. Being a good citizen, you call the Police, and turn the car over to the Police…For which they arrest you for car theft!

Clayton County, Georgia police officer  Grant Kidd (WSB-TV)

BUSTED: Georgia cop caught extorting couple wrongfully arrested after turning in stolen car

Clayton County, Georgia police officer was fired and placed under investigation after he was caught on an audio recording telling a local couple he could make their arrest “go away,” WSB-TV reported.

The recording by Michael and Michelle Pierce captures former Officer Grant Kidd telling the couple he knew someone in the local district attorney’s office that could help them with their case. For $1,500, he said — $1,000 up front — Kidd would act as a go-between to get the charges against them dismissed.

“You’ll never see him,” Kidd said of his unidentified contact. “You ain’t never going to talk to him.”

The Pierces were arrested and charged with stealing a car they had already turned in to police. According to WSB, the couple originally bought the Toyota Corolla for $1,700 at an auction. After paying for the car, however, a tow truck driver informed them that the vehicle’s identification number showed that it had been stolen.

The couple then notified police and turned the car in, only to get it back three days later when officials returned it. However, police once again impounded the car — with the Pierces’ consent — after a detective said it was wrongfully released to them.

A day later, however, they were arrested inside their thrift store and accused of stealing the car.

“They just threw the cuffs on me and put me in the back of the car,” Michelle Pierce said. “That was the worst thing.”

Shortly after their arrest, Kidd approached the couple and offered his help — for a price. The charges against the Pierces were later dismissed, while their attorney contacted District Attorney Tracy Lawson. Lawson then turned the investigation against Kidd over to federal officials.

Kidd’s former police chief, Michael Register, told WSB the recording captured “a conversation from my standpoint that just turns your stomach.”

Meanwhile, the couple is planning a civil suit.

“Instances such as this undermine public trust and confidence in our judicial system,” said Darryl Scott, who will represent them in the matter. “Their sense of security has been violated, and they did exactly what they were supposed to do by contacting law enforcement and it backfired.”

 

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2016 in American Greed, BlackLivesMatter

 

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Shooting IN US Capitol Building!

This one is just breaking and as such there are few details. One suspect has been apprehended at this point, and the Capital Police are searching on the possibility there might be others and have the Office Buildings and Capitol Building on lockdown. This shooting was apparently was in the Visitor Center. There is no information about the captured shooter and motives at this point

U.S. Capitol Police officer shot in Visitors Center; shooter in custody

Officials confirm a U.S. Capitol Police officer has been shot in the Capitol Visitors Center. Police say the officer wounds are not serious,and a shooter is in custody.

ABC7 News reports that the U.S. Capitol Complex is on lockdown.

Capitol Police locked down the multi-building complex at the U.S. Capitol just before 3 p.m. Monday, for what was billed as “a potential security threat.”

According to The Associated Press, the White House was also put on lockdown.

The Senate sergeant at arms issued a statement Monday afternoon as the reports began streaming in: “Shooter has been caught. One police officer shot, but not seriously. Remain sheltered in place.”

5 PM Update –

Identified as Larry Dawson from Social Media Site

A man was shot by U.S. Capitol Police after firing shots inside the Capitol Visitors Center Monday afternoon, according to CNN.

CNN reports that the man set off an alarm as he went through a metal detector at the Center, and was stopped by security. The man then drew a gun and pointed it at an officer. According to CNN, U.S. Capitol Police quickly fired back and the man was shot and taken into custody.

U.S. Capitol Police said in a press conference that the man is currently undergoing surgery for his injuries.

A woman was also injured by shrapnel during the shooting, CNN reported.

Capitol officials initially reported that a U.S. Capitol Police officer was also shot in the incident, but later retracted that statement.

ABC News identified the shooting suspect as Larry Dawson of Tennessee. Dawson had a previous encounter with authorities in D.C. when he interrupted a House session in October 2015.

U.S. Capitol Police said during the conference that the suspect was known to them.

The whole U.S. Capitol Complex and the White House were placed on lockdown and “shelter in place” status while authorities investigated the incident.

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2016 in Domestic terrorism

 

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High Crimes – Stopping he SCOTUS Vote

The charge of high crimes and misdemeanors covers allegations of misconduct peculiar to officials, such as perjury of oath, abuse of authority, bribery, intimidation, misuse of assets, failure to supervise, dereliction of duty, conduct unbecoming, and refusal to obey a lawful order.

Sound to me that there are ample grounds to put Mr McConnell (and his supporters) in the hoosegow.

Especially with the new projections showing a Democrat Majority is possible in the House which would try an Impeachment.

McConnell: No Vote on Supreme Court Nominee Even if Democrat Wins Presidency

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell doubled down on his insistence that Republicans would not consider President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court this year. Even if it seems that the next president could pick someone the Republicans would like even less, McConnell is adamant his fellow party members won’t budge on Merrick Garland. “I can’t imagine that a Republican-majority Congress, in a lame-duck session, after the American people have spoken would want to confirm a nominee opposed by the NRA, the NFIB and that the New York Times says would move the court dramatically to the left,” McConnell told CNN.

The Senate majority leader insisted that the reasoning behind refusing to vote is the same, regardless of timing. “The principle is the same, whether it’s before the election or after the election,” McConnell said on Fox News. “The principle is the American people are choosing their next president and their next president should pick this Supreme Court nominee.”

What if a Democrat wins the presidency and decides to appoint someone more liberal than Garland? “It’d be hard to be more liberal than Merrick Garland,”McConnell told NBC News.

White House chief of staff Denis McDonough insisted Obama has no intention of withdrawing Garland’s name from consideration, regardless of what happens in November. “We will stand by him from now until he is confirmed and he’s sitting on the Supreme Court,” McDonough said on Fox News.

 

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Falsely Arrested Wheelchair Bound Man Dies in Jail

Another one of those poor decisions by local Law Enforcement…

65-year-old black amputee dies in jail — accused of a homicide that never happened

A diabetic amputee died in a California jail hours after he was arrested Saturday for a homicide that never happened.

Oakland police arrested 65-year-old Melvin Stubbs after they found his wife dead and the home the couple shared in disarray, reported the San Jose Mercury News.

Officers said the apartment’s condition indicated a violent struggle, and they said 58-year-old Terry Cameron’s body showed signs of trauma and Stubbs had scratches on his arms and hands.

Stubbs admitted to fighting with his wife shortly before she died, saying she had been acting strange before she had died about two days earlier, leaving the ill man unable to care for himself.

Police arrested Stubbs in his wife’s death and took him to jail — where he, too, died the following day.

An autopsy revealed Monday that Cameron had died from acute bacterial meningitis.

Stubbs’ family is outraged, saying he should never have been arrested in the first place.

“What they did to him was horrible,” said Manuel Primas, his former brother-in-law from a previous marriage. “His last thought must’ve been, ‘My wife just died and I’m in here for murder.’ And then he died. That’s a hell of a way to go.”

Police defended the arrest, saying Cameron was found with a pillow over her face and apparent defensive wounds similar to her husband’s.

“The evidence was there,” said Lt. Roland Holmgren, of Oakland police. “There was more than enough reasonable suspicion.”

It’s not yet clear how Stubbs died, but family members said he had been in ill health in recent years.

“He was an amputee, and he couldn’t even walk,” Primas said. “I guess you could say he was an invalid. I can’t believe that you can just grab a man in a wheelchair and arrest him without evidence.”

He stayed in a hospital overnight after his arrest and was taken Sunday morning to Santa Rita jail, where medical workers refused to accept him because his blood sugar was elevated.

Stubbs was taken to the hospital for another checkup and then returned to jail, where he was found unresponsive about two hours later in the medical wing and later pronounced dead.

“Maybe it’s not murder, but they killed him,” Primas said. “How you going to drag a man out of a house, find her dead, and blame him for it? If a man kills his wife, that means he’s going to try to leave.”

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2016 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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Sandra Bland Arresting Officer Fired for Perjury

Been a long time coming – but the officer who turned a simple traffic infraction into locking up Sandra Bland has been fired for lying about why he arrested her.

Texas formally fires trooper who arrested Sandra Bland

Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw has formally fired Brian Encinia, the trooper who arrested Sandra Bland, the agency announced Wednesday.

In the letter of final termination, McCraw said Tuesday: “I have carefully considered all the points raised by you in our meeting on February 5, 2016. I have determined that you have not rebutted the charges set out in the statement of charges of January 28, 2016. No cause has been presented to alter my preliminary decision. Therefore, it is now my decision that you be discharged from the Texas Department of Public Safety effective at 5:00 p.m., upon the date you receive this letter, pursuant to the authority vested in me by Section 411.007, Government Code.”

Encinia signed the letter Wednesday morning.

Encinia stopped Bland near the Prairie View A&M University campus on July 10, 2015 for failing to properly signal a lane change. After a heated argument, the trooper arrested Bland for assaulting a public servant. Bland was found hanged in her Waller County jail cell three days later. Her death has been ruled a suicide.

A Waller County grand jury indicted Encinia in January after concluding there was evidence he lied about the circumstances under which Bland exited her car. If convicted of the misdemeanor perjury charge, Encinia could face up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine. His case will be heard in the 506th District Court in Waller County.

McCraw announced the day of the indictment that he would begin termination proceedings. Encinia has 15 days to appeal McCraw’s decision to the Public Safety Commission, which oversees DPS.

Encinia attorney Larkin Eakin Jr. said his client will appeal the director’s decision.

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Another Jumped Up Charge – Another Black Woman Dead in Jail

Here we go again…

50-Year-Old Black Woman Who Died in Jail Was Denied Water and Medication, Court Filings Allege

Joyce Curnell, a 50-year-old black woman from South Carolina, died in jail last summer less than two weeks after a much more widely reported but similar-sounding incident: the suicide of Sandra Bland. Bland had been pulled over in Texas for failing to signal a lane change; Curnell had been arrested on a bench warrant related to a shoplifting incident from four years earlier. Both women were dead within days of being booked. Together, their cases appeared to be part of a pattern: Black people, and black women in particular, were dying in local jails after being locked up on minor charges. During the month of July 2015 alone, three other such cases were reported.

On Wednesday, the Curnell family filed documents indicating their intention to sue the medical contractor for the Charleston County jail, which they accuse of depriving Curnell of water and medical attention despite unambiguous indications that she was unwell.

There are at least two shocking aspects to the story as described in the documents.

The first is that Curnell was arrested as a direct result of checking into a hospital emergency room. According to Curnell family lawyers, Curnell had been complaining of nausea and vomiting when she was taken to an ER in an ambulance and diagnosed with gastroenteritis. It was during her two-hour stay at Roper St. Francis Hospital that, as the Post and Courier puts it, “it was discovered” that there was a bench warrant for her arrest stemming from a little more than $1,000 in unpaid court fees. How exactly that discovery was made is unclear—do police in Charleston run people’s names for outstanding warrants when they check into hospitals?—but it resulted in the arrival of deputies from the sheriff’s office who took Curnell directly to jail after she was discharged by doctors.

The second shocking aspect of Curnell’s story is that, according to Wednesday’s court filings, she spent her night in jail vomiting continuously but was not given proper medical attention. Instead, the documents allege, jail staff provided her with a trash bag because she could not make it to the bathroom. She was found dead the next day.

The case will likely turn on what the family can prove about the exact cause of Curnell’s death, and what the nurses at the Charleston County Detention Center did and did not do during the 27 hours that Curnell was in custody. The basic allegation, as stated in Wednesday’s court filing, is that Curnell died “because she was deprived of water” and denied the medication that had been prescribed to her during her hospital stay.

One key thing to note is that the target of the legal action here is not the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, but the private medical company that is contracted to provide medical care to all Charleston County detainees. That company, the Carolina Center for Occupational Health, stands accused of ignoring jailhouse staff when they asked for Curnell to be examined.

The Post and Courier reported that three telephone calls and an email to the contractor went unreturned Wednesday. A representative of the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, which runs the jail where Curnell died, told the paper he had just learned of the court filings and declined to comment.

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2016 in American Genocide, BlackLivesMatter

 

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