The Underground Resistance Network

By Christopher R Rice, Underground Resistance Network
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I’m not a writer. Nor do I have anything to sell you. So let me start by apologizing for my poor grammar and lack of writing skills.

I do a lot of boring and tedious research that I assume that most people don’t have the time or inclination for. And sometimes I come across something so interesting that I want to share it. But since I’m not a writer and I don’t have anything to sell I’ve been using this free blog which seems to elicit distrust in some people. So let me apologize for not paying for a website out of my own pocket to teach you what I already know.

Actually that is no longer true because since these free blogs have been so unsuccessful for me, I have recently purchased three websites which also have been complete and total failures. But today I’m writing to you from my free blog because it is getting the most traffic at the moment. Thank you for stopping by today. Take off your shoes and stay a while.

This story has so many twist and turns that it’s hard to know where to begin. I feel that my job is to keep this interesting for you and I hope that I am successful in that. I think that the first place to begin is with a quote but I’m not sure who said this: “Truth is the first casualty in war.” I think that we need to start from that basis because so much propaganda and disinformation has been crammed down everyone’s throats already.

My research began when I heard about something called the “everything bubble” which was a reference to the previous “housing bubble”, “stock market bubble”, “tech bubble” and so on. But this was an accumulation of debt that was unprecedented. Not just student loan debt but automobile loan/debt, housing debt, household debt, consumer debt, corporate debt, national debt, unfunded debt so on and on. The debt was/is astronomical. As it turned out the government ie republicans and democrats did not fix anything after the financial crash of 2007/8 but instead took us on a debt binge the likes of which the world had never seen before. The derivatives market that wreaked havoc before is a trillion times the size it was in ’07/8.

Instead of fixing the problems they have compounded them. Made them much worse while telling us that we are in a recovery when all they did was flood the system with cheap loans, cheap/hot/funny money. Before this debt binge the U.S was already saddled in astronomical debt from cutting taxes, while waging two wars and adding Bush’s Medicaid part D program expansion.

Who’s fault this really is, doesn’t matter if we’re all about to die in a nuclear holocaust. But the truth is that both political parties are guilty, the media is complicit and you are guilty of not being informed or vigilant. You have continued to trust in the very corporations, political system, news media and courts that created this mess. While allowing the whistleblowers and truth tellers to be arrested, shadowbanned and blacklisted. Americans have not stood up to protect their leaders and so now you have none. Instead America is led by promise makers, slick talkers and assclowns. The so called mavericks and outsiders all work for wall street as well.

If the government went out today and grabbed every single dollar in existence we could not pay back the national debt, and of course we have trillions of dollars of household debt, trillions of dollars of corporate debt and trillions of dollars of state and local government debt that we need to pay back as well.

Under the current system our only hope is to keep the wheel spinning by continuing to devalue the dollar and by continuing to go into even greater amounts of debt.

The Federal Reserve and the president are driving the United States toward economic ruin. When the U.S. economic collapse occurs, it will happen quickly. Get prepared now.

But this is only the beginning of the story, the tip of the iceberg, if you will. I wasn’t expecting to find Armageddon or nuclear war or the four horsemen of the Apocalypse riding on the world stage already but that is where my research has taken me and we are watching it all unfold as I write these very words.

Personally I’ve been very skeptical ever since I got suckered into the “Late Great Planet Earth” by Hal Lindsey back in the 1980’s. So my main goal has been to disprove what I have been uncovering but I have not had any success instead things keep pointing in the same direction.

Even if the “everything bubble” was our only problem, when it burst, and it will as all bubbles do, it will be epic, unlike anything the world has ever experienced. It is going to be off the charts. Just look at the size of the numbers they throw around, the national debt is in the trillions of dollars and growing. Add in student loans, car loans, credit card debt and so on and the sheer numbers are just mind boggling. The pain is going to be worse than anything this world has ever experienced. And unfortunately for you and me that will just be the beginning of our problems.

There’s a “MeToo” movement. There’s Trump’s whole team being sent to prison. And the price of everything is about to skyrocket- due to Trump’s tariffs, severe weather destroying crops and livestock, Trump’s sanctions against oil producers and many other factors. This is starting to look a lot like the black horse of the Apocalypse with his scales (of justice) in one hand announcing that one meal will cost us a whole days wages. Doesn’t it? 

And the next horse, the Pale green horse whose rider is death and destruction is being set up right now in the Middle East with Iran, Russia, Syria, Turkey, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, UAE, and Israel and in the South China Sea with China, Taiwan, Japan and North Korea. We are selling them billions in weapons and igniting the tinder box.

While we Americans are easily being divided and conquered by Mueller’s investigation, Trump’s immigration/wall, anti-abortion laws and so on, our enemies are plotting a full scale invasion and have even announced their intentions unless we stop poking at the bear. (Russia and China have both begged the U.S. to no avail to return to past nuclear treaties/trade agreements) America and our allies or should I say, what are left of our allies will be attacked and invaded. It will happen suddenly and quickly within a twenty four hour period, before anyone can even imagine the scale and scope of what is taking place.

Russian, Chinese, Turkish, Libyan, North Korean and Iranian troops will sweep across the Middle East, Asia and Europe seizing American military bases along the way. China and Russia will launch a barrage of nuclear weapons on American cities. Turning the heartland into a nuclear winter while taking out America’s power grid. Leaving us in total darkness for months because the parts needed to repair our power sources are all manufactured in China.

At the end of the first twenty four hours, Xi and Putin will rule over the entire world while Europe and America will lie in ruble.

Research finds, that even a limited nuclear exchange using 100 Hiroshima sized bombs could create a nuclear winter that kills many crops for several years creating a famine that could kill one or two billion people. 

Arab News recalled that more than a decade ago, then King Abdullah had called on the U.S., in reference to Iran, to “cut off the head of the snake.”

(According to a classified cable from the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, released by WikiLeaks, a Saudi ambassador told a U.S. diplomat in 2008 that Abdullah had frequently urged “the U.S. to attack Iran and so put an end to its nuclear weapons program.” The ambassador said the king had urged the U.S. “to cut off the head of the snake.” Abdullah died in 2015.)

The Saudi and Iranian regimes do not hide their loathing for each other, and the Saudi foreign and deputy defense ministers accused Iran of using its Houthi allies in Yemen to attack the kingdom.

Saudi warplanes carried out fresh air strikes against Houthi targets in Yemen, after the Iranian-backed Shi’ite militia claimed responsibility for two drone attacks on the kingdom’s crucial East-West pipeline.  

Israel remains determined to continue pounding Iranian forces in Syria in a bid to keep Tehran’s forces away from Israel’s northern border. At the same time, Russia has thousands of troops in Syria that could be caught in the crossfire—or even become belligerents if Moscow tires of its Syrian ally being pummeled.

And if Israel and Russia come to blows, would Israel’s big brother—the United States—feel compelled to intervene?

Two oil tankers have been damaged in a suspected attack in the waters between the United Arab Emirates and Iran as they were leaving the Persian Gulf. This is the second incident in four weeks, and raises the question of who gains what from them.

Geopolitical tensions around the world are converging and could soon create pain for consumers in the forms higher prices on stores shelves and at the gasoline pump.

Barely a week after the Trump administration slapped higher tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods, both sides dug in their heels. The prospect of a prolonged trade war, and competing bilateral tariffs, has created alarm among economy watchers and big companies.

This week, Walmart warned that higher prices would translate into higher costs for its customers. The largest U.S. retailer echoed the sentiments of retail companies around the U.S, who have stated that import duties would be passed along to consumers.

The threat of higher retail prices comes at a pivotal juncture, and could pack a one-two inflationary punch with higher gas. Crude prices, which have rallied more than 30% in 2019 and pushed up gas prices, are being spurred by turmoil in the Middle East and Venezuela.

And with tensions rising between the U.S. and Iran, “we think an escalation of tensions around Iran could possibly be the most underestimated tail risk over the course of the next 12 months,” economists at Bank of America said in research this week.

The White House withdrew in February from the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, a measure that banned the U.S. and Russia from deploying land-based missiles with ranges between 310 and 3,420 miles. Washington argued that Moscow’s Novator 9M729 missile violated the agreement’s restrictions, while Russian officials rejected this and counterclaimed that the Pentagon’s own Aegis Ashore defense system in Eastern Europe could be used offensively, thus violating the treaty.

Imagine a world where Russia and Islam are no longer. America and China both annihilated in nuclear war. 

A new superpower, Israel, and its leader would rise to step into the power vacuum. 

Some naturally figure that in order for the Jewish people to rebuild their temple, some kind of peace would have to exist between Israel and the Muslim world. As long as the Muslims are dominating the Temple Mount, and would unify to annihilate Israel if the Israelis ever attempted to rebuild their temple there, then some paradigm has to change that would grant Israel permission.

Bible prophecy reveals the Third Temple must be rebuilt, and that the Temple can only be rebuilt on the original site of the Temple Mount. The Jews believe with all their heart that the original site stands where the Dome of the Rock sits today on the Temple Mount.

I believe the War of Gog and Magog as described in Ezekiel 38-39 is what changes that paradigm.

Timing indicators would place that epic war between the God of Israel and the Russian-Islamic coalition just before or at the onset of the Tribulation. God steps in and supernaturally destroys both Russian and Islamic armies and nations, which would most decisively end the Islamic threat.

Revelation 6 tells us that with all the war, famine and disease, nearly one-half of the Gentiles on planet Earth are going to die.

I can understand why the world is blind because they have rejected the light so they are in the dark.

They don’t believe the Bible so obviously they don’t believe any of these things are real.

The battle has already begun. The darkness is already falling, but in the midst of the darkness the glory of God will arise on His holy ones and they will do great exploits unlike anything this world has ever seen (Isaiah 60).

Jesus repeatedly warned his followers to be on the alert because false messiahs would come in his name (Matthew 24:5, 24, 42-43, 25:13, Mark 13:33). He expected them to watch and discern the signs of the times. He rebuked those who could not (Matthew 16:2-3).

The Apostle John warned a counterfeit messiah would appear in the last days. So we have been warned. Now the hour has come. The false messiah is here. 

I do not know how other people write, it appears to me that they forget to ask the hard hitting questions or to dig a little deeper and get the whole story. Or you find a story has so many angles that no one has put them all together. I like research, I enjoy digging to get to the bottom. I love pulling apart the layers and exposing the corruption, it’s what I do.   

When I began researching the upcoming economic crash it led to an interesting fact, the central bankers had loaned America more money than we could ever hope to pay back (even if you took every single Americans bank account out there, youstill would not have enough money to pay back the national debt) and this was not by accident, it was by design. A financial crash of epic proportions was being engineered just like giving someone just enough rope to hang themselves with. Or giving an alcoholic with a hangover another bottle.  

Further research led to a plan for digitization of all monetary transactions, a financial ‘bail-in’ that would allow the seizing of all personal accounts and leave Americans without a pot to piss in.   

This was my second red flag that this story was bigger than anything ever. The first red flag was when I reported on the carnage in Syria and the many nations involved in the fighting that had turned this into an all out world war just as the Bible had predicted. Syria is never at war with anyone. The only time Syria is at war it is always Biblical. Syria is Armageddon.   

Wikipedia: The ongoing conflict in Syria is widely described as a series of overlapping proxy wars between the regional and world powers, primarily between the US and Russia[1][2][3][4][5][6] as well as between Iran and Saudi Arabia

We are living in the ‘End Times’ or in the Book of Revelations, according to my research, which I will provide links to, below for further reading.    

The crooks (democrats) and the criminals (republicans) believe that since they engineered this crisis and the reset, that they will also control the outcome. As citizens turn to desperation, fascism will be openly accepted and even demanded. And that is how the people who caused this very collapse will remain in control of America and use it to enrich themselves. 

My research concludes that the end is not coming but that we are already living in the end of days. That of the four horsemen of the Book of Revelations two have already passed, one is here now and one (pale) remains. 

We just do not have that much time left. God is winding things down on planet earth and we happen to be the people of the end generation; consider it a privilege, not a burden!

Ezekiel tells us that Gog, the nation that will lead all of the other powers of darkness against Israel, will come out of the north. Biblical scholars have been saying for generations that Gog must be Russia. What other powerful nation is to the north of Israel? None.

This war is so close, that the stage is being set for what could explode into World War III at any moment.

You are overlooking that the enemy is right at our gates! And no warning is going out! This watch­man is doing that work, I am here now warning our people.  

Where are the watchmen? Where are the alarms? They are silent.

Instead of sounding the alarm many of God’s people are actually embracing him, celebrating his arrival, and calling him a blessing from God. This is the spiritual blindness of America.

This is not the time to celebrate. Trump is not a blessing from God. He is from hell. He is the spirit of antichrist. 

American farmers are battling several issues when it comes to producing our food. Regulated low prices, tariffs, and the inability to export have all cut into the salaries of farmers.  They are officially in crisis mode, just like the United States’ food supply.

“The farm economy’s in pretty tough shape,” said John Newton, chief economist at the American Farm Bureau Federation. “When you look out on the horizon of things to come, you start to see some cracks.” Average farm income has fallen to near 15-year lows under president Donald Trump’s policies, and in some areas of the country, farm bankruptcies are soaring.  And with slightly higher interest rates, many don’t see borrowing more money as an option.  “A lot of farmers are going to give the president the benefit of the doubt, and have to date. But the longer the trade war goes on, the more that dynamic changes,” said Brian Kuehl, executive director of Farmers for Free Trade, according to Politico.

“You’ve had farms that have gone out of business, that have gone bankrupt because of this trade war,” said Kuehl of Farmers for Free Trade. “There’s a lot of farmers going through tough conversations right now with their lenders.” And so far, the government’s solution to the problem they created is to give more welfare to farmers, placing the burden on the backs of taxpayers.

As the government continues to pass the burden onto others while destroying the food industry, things could very well reach apocalyptic levels.  Nothing will see this country spiral into complete disarray like a lack of food. Alarmingly, scientists have already said that the global food supply system is broken.

To put it simply, government interference in the agriculture industry is responsible for the food crisis we all are about to face.

People need to understand the threat is at their doorstep. It’s not a few years off or a decade away; it’s here now. We are right in the middle of collapse.

The appearance of prosperity means nothing if the fundamentals do not support the optimism. 

The stock market, the greatest false indicator of all time, is on the verge of implosion; and the banking elites are positioning themselves to avoid blame for this implosion while the rest of us are being sold on the most elaborate recovery con-game ever conceived.

This is the age old strategy of Centralization; to remove all choices within a system, by force or manipulation, until the masses think they have nothing left but the choices the elites give them.

Remember, the markets always surge before the crash. We’ve had the surge, so we know what comes next.

The first technology revolution caused World War I. The second technology revolution caused World War II. This is the third technology revolution.

According to the theory of the procession of the equinoxes, the Earth travels (or appears to) through each constellation in the sky approximately every 2160 years. As the Earth enters a new constellation, it is said to be entering a new age and leaving behind an old one. Currently the Earth is in the process of leaving the Age of Pisces and entering the Age of Aquarius. At the beginning of each Age, God (or the Lord of the World) sends a teacher to Earth to prepare and guide humanity for the new age. He is known as the World Teacher (or the Christ, if you prefer to use that term).

Simultaneously, as the Christ emerges (or just preceding him), there is another person (or persons) born on the Earth who attempts to oppose the Christ. He is often known as the Anti-Christ (or to Muslims as the Dajjal). 

After a Reuters report suggested that Iran had delivered ballistic missiles to Shiite Muslim militias in Iraq in order to defend against potential U.S. military action, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman warned Monday: “As for the threat from Iran, we are not limiting ourselves to Syria. That should be clear.”

Israel Says It Will Kill Assad if He Keeps Iran in Syria Newsweek

“If Syrian President Bashar Assad continues allowing the Iranians to operate out of Syria, it would be the end of him, the end of his regime,” Israeli Energy Minister and Cabinet member Yuval Steinitz  told Israeli news site Ynet in an interview, later clarifying his words.

“If Assad allows Iran to turn Syria into a forward operating base against us,” he said, “to attack us from Syrian soil, he should know that will spell his end.” 

King Salman and MBS have little patience to establish their desired order. An act of Iranian or Hezbollah aggression may well be the spark. Israel has made its own decision the time is right for that fight.

(theTimesofIsrael) Israeli minister: ‘The time has come’ to kill Bashar Assad

An Israeli minister called for the assassination of Syrian President Bashar Assad, saying he “does not have a place in this world.”

Speaking at a conference outside Jerusalem, Housing and Construction Minister Yoav Galant, a retired IDF general, said that in light of recent allegations that Assad’s regime carried out mass executions and burned the bodies of the victims, he had to be killed.

Galant likened the assassination of Assad to cutting off the “tail of the snake.” After that, he said, “we can focus on the head, which is in Tehran.”

To him it will be granted to take peace from the earth and that men would slay one another; and a great sword will be given to him (Revelation 6).

As predictably as the sun rises and sets, so the four horsemen of the apocalypse continue to march steadily forward unimpeded. This concludes the terrifying fulfillment of prophecies uttered by Jesus Christ over 1,900 years ago but intended most specifically for the time we are living in right now, today.

The entire world is consumed by conflict, and any one of these conflicts could very easily break out into a world war. However, because of Bible prophecy, we know that the war will come from the Euphrates River. 

The Euphrates River begins in Turkey and runs through Syria and Iraq. Those nations are major players in the Middle East upheaval of today and the main stomping grounds of ISIS. There are nearly 400 million Muslims living in the Middle East now. If a multinational war broke out in that area involving Iran, Russia, the U.S., Israel, North African nations, and possibly China – it is not hard to imagine at least 200 million people fighting a bloody war in the Middle East.”

When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come.” I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.

— Revelation 6:7-8 NASB Gog and Magog is a term used often to describe an end times war. The Bible indicates that there will be two different wars with the same name.

Gog and Magog (/ˈɡɒɡ … ˈmeɪɡɒɡ/; Hebrew: גּוֹג וּמָגוֹג Gog u-Magog) appear in the Hebrew Bible as individuals, peoples, or lands. In Ezekiel 38, Gog is an individual and Magog is his land;[1] in Genesis 10 Magog is a man, but no Gog is mentioned; and centuries later Jewish tradition changed Ezekiel’s Gog from Magog into Gog and Magog,[2] which is the form in which they appear in the Book of Revelation, although there they are peoples rather than individuals.

The Scriptures are very clear that Israel is not just one tribe, but rather twelve different tribes of people. Even the modern nation of Israel and the modern Jews do not claim to be descendant from any of the other tribes other than Judah, Benjamin and Levi. Bible scholars agree that there are “10 lost tribes” whose modern identities are known. America is the tribe of Manasseh. The modern nation of Israel is only the tribes of Judah, Benjamin and Levi. The other tribes were carried away captive into western Europe. Denmark is the tribe of Dan. They still call themselves Danmark. The British Commonwealth is the tribe of Ephraim. The House of Judah is the modern nation of Israel. President George Washington as well as many preachers before 1900 knew and taught that America is part of Israel. This knowledge was lost only after the pre-trib rapture fairy tale began to be taught in American churches for the first time in the 1800’s. America (as a nation) is an Israelite tribe.

When the Bible is talking about Israel, it is not talking only about the tribe of Judah known as the Jews. It is talking also about America and Great Britain. Ezekiel 38:8 proclaims that the great multitude of gentile nations including Iran will invade the “mountains” of Israel. That’s plural, not singular. This is of course, prophecy. In prophecy, the word “mountains” refers to nations. Even the Almighty Himself referred to His own Kingdom as a “mountain”. The word “mountains” in Ezekiel 38:8 is referring to all the tribes/nations of Israel, not to only the Jewish tribe that resides in the middle east. In the tiny nation of “Israel” in the middle east, there are really no mountains, only hills, except on the borders of Jordan and Syria.

The Mark of the Beast specifically mentions that nobody will be able to buy or sell unless they agree to worship the Antichrist. And we know what they will be most needing to buy first: food.

You see, the rise of the Antichrist is found at the 5th trumpet (Rev 9). Naturally, this would be right after the 4th trumpet (Rev 8:12) which describes the last of the calamitous effects of the Wormwood rogue planet (named in Rev 8:10). This Wormwood is the next event described in Revelation that has not been fulfilled yet. The destruction caused by Wormwood begins at the 6th seal with eclipses, shooting stars, and a global earthquake so great that every mountain and island is moved out of its place (Rev 6:12-17). It goes on with the first four trumpets bringing meteorite showers, as asteroid strike in the ocean, tsunamis, poisoned fresh waters and a hazy “nuclear winter” style sky (from all the ash and debris thrown up into the stratosphere).

Now you understand how the Antichrist is able to get everyone, even the godless rebels, to submit.

People will be cold, starving, and shell-shocked after the Wormwood-caused disasters. They will need a bailout that includes all the basic necessities of life (much like New Orleans needed after Hurricane Katrina). Unfortunately, when a catastrophe is global and complete, there is nobody who can help that is not also in great need. That help must come from God himself, or someone can pawn themselves off as a close substitute. The Antichrist will appear as God and have the powers to bring security and sustenance to what’s left of the world population.

But we must not forget that as bad as this Wormwood catastrophe sounds, it will apparently be tame in comparison to what the Antichrist will do.

Yet that is assuming the Jews think the Antichrist is Messiah. As we already covered, the Antichrist won’t bother trying to convince people using Bible prophecy that they should accept him. He will come in his own name (whatever name it will be adding up to 666) as God, not as the Messiah of the Jews. The Jews will accept him for the same reason everyone else will: necessity. Once they do, they will be under the Mark of the Beast and deluded into believing God is already here to the point that they would fight to defend his kingdom.

The Bible does not say the Antichrist will be a Jew nor does he have to be a Jew to accomplish anything he is prophesied to do.

Daniel 8 also points to a European Antichrist. It says the “Little Horn” will emerge from a land that is situated so that the Antichrist will have to move southeast in order to take the beautiful land, or Israel (Dan 8:9). Reversing that, it would mean he comes from a land northwest of Israel. If you draw a line northwest from Israel, you go through Greece (where Antiochus Epiphanes came from) and Western Europe, until you end at Great Britain.

Donald Trump (424) is the Gematria of “Messiah of the House of David” (משיח בן דוד). That is not to say that Donald Trump is the Messiah, but that his presidency will usher in the Messianic era, – for the Jews. The Jewish Masciach, the Christian anti-Christ – and the one with the most power of our times, fooling many Christians into believing he is Christian.

Tribe of Dan – their emblem is the Dragon – copulated with the Nephilim, and the Baal worshipers. He will go to war, and fight and kill for the Jews, and bring their utopian New World Order.

The Trump surname is an anglicized version of the German name Drumpf. In Jewish gematria, the value of the letters in Don Drumpf is 666. (Don being both his abbreviated first name and meaning “powerful ruler.”).

The Tribe of Dan inherited the pre-flood paganism [Baal worship] of the Canaanites [descendants of Ham and his son Canaan] Who occupied the northern area of Palestine at Mt. Hermon / Zion. Located at the 33rd degree parallel, the ancient tribe of Dan influenced the basis of modern Freemasonry. The symbols of the tribe of Dan are used by the Merovingian Jews, the Jewish House of Stewart and the Jewish authors of the Protocols of Zion [Representatives of Sion of the 33rd Degree].  

Yair Davidy of Brit-Am Israel claims that Trump’s lineage also includes the Messianic tribe of Judah: “Samson the superman hero came from the Tribe of Dan but his mother was from Judah. Samson, in some respects, was considered a forerunner of the Messiah who will come from Judah but his mother, according to the Midrash will come of the Tribe of Dan. “(Brit-Am Israel newsletter, 09/02/99) 

I did not write this to scare people, nor do I claim any inside knowledge of God’s prophetic timetable.

Rather, my intent is to stimulate discussion and awaken the sleeping Christian church to the possibility that the return of Jesus Christ may be near. Because if it is, there are myriad scriptures that warn the brethren to be prepared, not to let the oil in their lamps run low like the parable Jesus told about the “foolish virgins.”

If Thucydides were watching, he would say that China and the United States are right on script sleepwalking towards what could be the grandest collision in history. Thucydides, of course, was the historian of classical Greece who explained the driver that led Athens and Sparta to the war that destroyed both. Thucydides’s Trap is the term I coined to make vivid his insight about the dangerous dynamic that occurs when a rising power (like Athens or China) threatens to displace a ruling power (like Sparta or the United States). As Henry Kissinger has noted, this concept provides the best lens available for looking through the noise and news of the day to understand the underlying forces at work. The past five hundred years have seen sixteen cases in which a rising power threatened to topple a ruling power from its position of predominance. Twelve ended in war.

We have moved into new, uncharted terrain in which the dangers are greater than the opportunities.

As rich countries, strip poorer countries of their natural resources in an attempt to re-stabilize their own, the people of poor countries become increasingly desperate. This deteriorating situation, besides pressuring rich countries to allow increased immigration, further exacerbates already stretched political tensions and threatens global political and economic security. 

There are two problems for our species’ survival – nuclear war and environmental catastrophe – and we’re hurtling towards them. Knowingly.

Continue reading: WARNING: Trump’s hidden agenda 

The Right Not To Snitch

By C.J. Ciaramella

In 2010, New York state prison inmate Mark Burns says he was stocking the commissary when a can of spaghetti sauce fell on his head. He says he duly reported the accident, but afterward, two guards approached him and said they’d heard he’d been assaulted by another inmate.

The guards had an offer, according to Burns: They wanted him to become an informant and provide false testimony against another guard. When he refused to play along, he was put in “involuntary protective custody.” For nine months, he spent 23 out of every 24 hours locked in a cell by himself—”for his own safety.” So Burns filed a federal civil rights lawsuit, claiming the guards violated his constitutional right not to snitch.

The Supreme Court has ruled on compelled speech in several landmark opinions, including West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, which held that students may not be forced to salute the flag. Other cases have featured cops punished for refusing to cover up misconduct by fellow officers. But federal courts had never considered the right of inmates to refuse to become informants.

In an opinion issued this May, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals drew on a century of First Amendment jurisprudence to rule that the guards had engaged in unconstitutional retaliation against Burns.

“To force a person to speak, and compel participation, is a severe intrusion on the liberty and intellectual privacy of the individual,” the court wrote. “Just as compelled silence will extinguish the individual’s right of expression, compelled speech will vitiate the individual’s decision either to express a perspective by means of silence, or to remain humbly absent from the arena.”

The right to keep one’s mouth shut, the decision continues, safeguards a “vitally important restraint on the government’s coercive powers.” The court even compared the guards’ investigative methods to the hated “writs of general assistance” that British troops long ago used against American colonists.

That may sound like a resounding victory, but the ruling was actually a defeat for Burns. One sentence after declaring that he had been subjected to nine months of unconstitutional retaliation for exercising his right, the appeals court wrote that, because the right wasn’t clearly established at the time, the guards who did it couldn’t be sued, thanks to the doctrine of “qualified immunity.”

Like so many First Amendment pioneers and jailhouse lawyers, Mark Burns carved out new protections for future inmates. Unfortunately, he will never see a cent from the officials who conspired against him under the color of law.

But what can you do to stop snitches?Control of Information  so you can stop snitching on yourself. Also: SNITCHES pictures and locations and How to find out who’s a snitch  and  10 Ways to Spot an Informant  and  How the cops are tracking you and  No Warrant No Problem  and  Criminal defenses (How to beat your court case) And to inspire you:  7 Fugitives who Became Folk Heroes, How I Lost my friends

Jailhouse Snitches : Trading Lies for Freedom


When veteran jailhouse informant Leslie Vernon White picked up a telephone last fall and showed authorities how easily he could fake the confession of another inmate, he cracked open a window on a secret world.

At any given time, Los Angeles County jails hold between 50 and 100 informants–many of them career criminals like White–who have engaged in relentless campaigns to implicate their fellow prisoners in crimes and thus earn the ultimate favor from authorities: early release from custody.

Often vicious and corrupt, the process is known in the jargon of the jail as “booking.” The term derives from the phrase, “Book ’em, Danno,” from the old television series “Hawaii Five-O.”

‘I Want to Go Home’

“Now me and every other K-9 (informant) I’ve talked to have the same policy,” explained Steve Vulpis, a one-time prisoner at Los Angeles County Jail, now in state prison. “The guy’s guilty. Who gives a damn? I want to go home.”

In an effort to assess the impact of jailhouse informants on the criminal justice system, The Times spent three months studying their world–interviewing informants, prosecutors, defense attorneys, police officers and legal scholars, and reviewing official records in dozens of criminal cases involving alleged inmate confessions.

Among the cases reviewed, the study turned up three in which suspects were wrongly charged by the district attorney’s office or wrongly detained in jail because of fabricated confessions.

In many other cases, it was impossible to determine if reported jailhouse confessions were real or had been faked.

As veteran informant Mark Scott Cleveland explained, truth doesn’t matter. “A way you can get around maybe not being able to get a confession right away is create one,” he said.

Variety of Techniques

To gather the information that will make a confession appear plausible, informants have used a variety of techniques, ranging from the artful to the crude.

Some informants, for example, have carefully maintained files of newspaper and magazine articles on sensational criminal cases, or have stolen legal documents from the cells of other inmates.

They have conned fellow prisoners, even those who have insisted on their innocence, into giving up key details of the cases against them. Some have pretended to be jailhouse lawyers offering free advice. Others merely have asked why someone is in jail, then transformed the most sincere protestations of innocence into admissions of guilt.

Informants have purchased information from other informants for money, candy or cigarettes. Some informants have testified that they received inside information from police.

In pursuit of information, informants sometimes have worked together. They call it “getting in the car”–a graphic metaphor for a ride home from jail.

The Times obtained letters passed between informants that illustrate this collegial process.

Referring to one inmate whom they were trying to implicate in a murder, an informant wrote: “He will not be moved. The loutent (lieutenant) said so. He will stay right here for us to finish bookin’ him. Also, we must keep our stories togeather (sic). We are in the car.”

But inside the informant tank–the segregated cellblocks where most informants spend their time when they are not in court–rivalries sometimes intrude. Not surprisingly, informants who are willing to lie about murder confessions are willing to betray their fellow informants.

In one such case, Leslie White begged informant Anthony Cornejo to share information about a murder confession.

Three Might Be Too Many

Two informants were already lined up to testify and White apparently feared that three would be too many. So he asked Cornejo’s help in discrediting the testimony of the other informant.

“Is this OK?” White wrote Cornejo. “Tony, I need this case.”

White had good reason to believe that he could trade his testimony for a favor. A convicted kidnaper and robber, he repeatedly had been released from jail for reporting murder confessions.

While reduced sentences are the most dramatic rewards informants have received, they also have earned a host of lesser favors.

These have ranged from increased access to creature comforts in jail to opportunities to participate in excursions out of jail on undercover operations with the police.

The favors also have included cash payments of $5 or $10 from individual police officers and $1,000 or more from official witness protection funds.

“The motivation to lie is too great,” White said.

Sorting Out the Truth

Authorities have long faced the problem of sorting out genuine confessions from those that have been fabricated.

In the last decade in Los Angeles County, informants have testified in cases against more than 200 defendants–mainly accused murderers, according to reviews by the district attorney’s office and defense attorneys. In scores of other cases, defense attorneys said, the threat that informants would testify has prompted defendants to plead guilty in return for lesser sentences.

In some high-publicity cases, such as the 1985 murder of a Los Angeles police detective who was gunned down while picking up his 6-year-old son at school, as many as 25 informants have come forward to offer information, including purported confessions, to authorities.

Traditionally, authorities have relied on a two-pronged test to decide whether an informant is telling the truth: Did the informant offer facts that should have been known only by the criminal? And were the informant and the accused ever together in jail?

But when White made his phone calls last October, he destroyed the assumptions that supported that test.

Uses Telephone

Equipped with only a telephone and the last name of an inmate he did not know, White impersonated police officers and prosecutors and squeezed enough information from law enforcement officials to fabricate a plausible confession. Then he created a phony record showing that he and the accused had been together in jail.

Proximity and a few facts were all that were necessary for longtime informant Daniel Armenta when he “booked” a fellow inmate for murder in a jailhouse killing.

Armenta was used as a witness in the case despite the highly improbable way he obtained the supposed confession.

According to court records, the man he “booked,” Raul Andujo, was chained to a chair in an interview room at East Los Angeles Municipal Court. The door opened and a sheriff’s deputy ushered in Armenta–a heroin addict from Andujo’s neighborhood.

Andujo said he took one look at Armenta and called for help.

“Get this inmate out of here,” the sheriff’s deputy recalled Andujo as saying. “He’s a snitch. I don’t want him near me.”

Both in Court

Andujo’s plea went unheeded and nearly a year later, Armenta and Andujo were in the same room again. This time it was a courtroom downtown.

Armenta testified that, on that day in East Los Angeles, Andujo had confessed to him that he was guilty of the murder.

On the strength of Armenta’s testimony, Andujo was ordered to stand trial and was jailed on high bail for more than a year. Ultimately, he was acquitted.

Armenta was soon at work again. This time he said he was on a jail bus when another inmate–a stranger–confessed to a murder. That case is pending.

The informant tank is full of stories like Armenta’s.

Here are five others that The Times has investigated in detail.

The Snitch Professor

In secretly recorded telephone conversations, a gifted informant teaches a triple murderer tricks of the trade.

Longtime jailhouse informant Sidney Storch was on the phone, giving a triple murderer a friendly lecture on the art of informing.

A check forger who has been in and out of jail much of his life, Storch explained how the killer could trade confessions of other inmates for official favors. Storch pointed out that confessions need not be real.

“Go for the jugular,” Storch advised. “You’re going to have to be b— s—-ing a little bit, but you may as well get used to that situation.”

Storch, then 41, went on to suggest how the killer, Robert Harris Ormsbee, 23, might fake the confession of a jailed police officer accused of several yacht thefts and two killings.

‘Somebody Needed Killing’

“Listen to what I’m going to tell you,” Storch told his pupil. “All it would really take to book this guy is: ‘I was involved with the yachts. My partners and I got so deep off into this, that somebody needed killing and we did.’ “

Regarded by some peers as an informant extraordinaire, Storch himself was being “booked” as he offered Ormsbee advice in the fall of 1987.

With Ormsbee’s cooperation, the telephone conversations were secretly tape-recorded on behalf of the accused police officer, William Leasure, whom Ormsbee had befriended. The tape was made during conference calls by a third party outside the jail.

When the calls were made, Storch recently had been released from County Jail. He explained that because he had never been jailed near Leasure, he was not in a position to testify that Leasure had confessed. But Ormsbee was. Storch volunteered to help.

“I’ll have a car in about a week,” Storch told Ormsbee. “And then once I get the car, I can go down to the library.”

Newspaper Articles

The visit to the library, Ormsbee explained in an interview, would allow Storch to read newspaper stories on Leasure’s legal problems, and pass the information to Ormsbee. Then, Ormsbee said, he could “go to court and say, ‘Well, Leasure told me (the story) personally.’ “

In addition to the library technique, Storch was acquainted with Leslie White’s method of impersonating law enforcement authorities to obtain information on cases over the telephone, several informants said. In one incident last July, authorities suspect that Storch and White used that ploy in an attempt to obtain the names of witnesses in a murder case in which they were seeking to testify. White has admitted his role in the incident.

Through his attorney, Storch declined The Times’ request to discuss his conversations with Ormsbee.

Now serving a 75-year-to-life sentence for the 1984 “Mini-Manson Family” killings, Ormsbee said that Storch repeatedly suggested that the way to win official favors was to tell authorities that other inmates had confessed their crimes, even when they had not.

Citing as an example an informant who he said had had a 30-year sentence cut to six months, Storch suggested, “If you look at it proportionally, they might cut 75 years down to 25.”

Underscores Message

In a letter mailed to Ormsbee from another unit of the jail, shortly before Storch’s release in 1987, Storch underscored his message. Referring to inmates housed near Ormsbee who were accused of serious crimes, Storch wrote: “You’re sitting on a smoking row–used properly, you could cut your time way down.”

Ormsbee said: “I took that to mean with Leasure looking at death, (and accused killers and former police officers Richard) Ford and (Robert) Von Villas looking at death, that I was with some pretty heavy cases, and I could get my own . . . (time) knocked off, if I decided to testify on all of them, or one of them.”

In the letter, Storch added: “Make sure you call me. I’ll do your research.”

Ormsbee said he believed that Storch meant: “If I picked out my victim, I can call him and say . . . ‘Look Storch, I’m going to do Ford, you know, why don’t you give me the proper information on him?'”

It is likely that Storch would have taken credit with authorities for whatever information Ormsbee had provided, Ormsbee said. “He’s just a real slime ball,” he added.

Others have expressed similar views, more delicately.

‘Highly Manipulative’

“The defendant is a highly manipulative, super-sophisticated, criminally oriented con artist,” Los Angeles County Deputy Probation Officer Joan Zeise wrote of Storch in connection with a 1985 forgery case. “He is very cooperative, conversant and charming, which enables him to be highly successful in his chosen vocation of forgery.”

Storch’s criminal record dates back at least to 1967, when he received a suspended sentence for stealing a car in New York. Since he arrived in California six years ago, he has been convicted of at least three felonies–mainly involving incidents in which he tried to cash forged checks.

Despite those convictions, Storch has spent only seven months in state prison, according to the California Department of Corrections. He has been in and out of Los Angeles County Jail at least nine times in the last six years, according to jail records. The longest single period he served was 13 months.

According to Ormsbee, Storch attributes his ability to get out of jail to his skill at delivering confessions.

“What do you get out of all this?,” Ormsbee said he once asked Storch.

“He says, ‘Well, I get out of going to prison mostly. . . .’ He says, ‘I can go out there, write checks . . . and I never have to worry about doing more than a year.’ “

‘Confession’ Statements

On at least a dozen occasions, Storch told authorities that he was present when another inmate confessed to a crime. Others familiar with Storch said they believe he has given “confession” statements to police in more than 20 cases. Storch has taken the witness stand in at least a half-dozen criminal trials or preliminary hearings.

According to Storch’s testimony and statements to police, defendants who made incriminating statements to him include: Bobby Joe Maxwell, convicted in 1984 of two of the “Skid Row Stabber” killings; Tracey Carter, accused of the 1987 robbery and murder of a minister who had stopped to use a pay telephone in South-Central Los Angeles, and Stewart Woodman, charged with engineering the “Ninja”-style killing of Woodman’s parents in the garage of their fashionable Brentwood condominium.

Said inmate Daniel Roach: “It seems that half the world just confesses to Sidney Storch.”

Booked Before He Knew It

An accused murderer finds himself in a cell next to the informant tank. Before he arrives, the informants know all about him. Before he leaves, three of them say he has confessed. Inside the jail in the old Hall of Justice, the informants were abuzz.

Among the “snitches” housed together on the 14th floor, the word was out: A frail transsexual known as Terry Craig was on his way over.

Craig, who was being moved to the administrative segregation unit because he had been in a fight in the transsexual tank, was facing the most serious of charges–murder.

Veteran informant Sidney Storch took up a whispered chant. “His name’s Terry Craig, his name’s Terry Craig.” Then he told his fellow inmates, “We can all go home on this if we play it right.”

Planning to Lie

Daniel Roach, a 25-year-old car thief housed on the row that day last August, knew what was about to happen. His colleagues were planning to lie to authorities and tell them that Craig had confessed his role in the killing.

“Half the K-9 (informant) row, they know everything about Terry Craig, and he isn’t even on the row yet!” Roach said in an interview. “They’re talking about who’s going to book him and who’s got the better story.”

A convicted prostitute, Craig was charged with murder after he had an argument with another inmate in the transsexual tank. The other inmate, Eduardo de la Vega, was a longtime acquaintance with whom Craig had once lived.

De la Vega told authorities that four years earlier he had watched Craig kill another transsexual in a downtown hotel.

Relying almost exclusively on De la Vega’s statement, authorities charged Craig with murder. But their case was weak. De la Vega admitted on the witness stand that he had 54 aliases and had been convicted of perjury.

The informants went to work as soon as Craig was moved to their tier.

Tells Intentions

One of them, Harold Hall, a murder suspect, immediately voiced his intentions, according to Roach.

“The way he put it was, ‘I’m going to book this (homosexual),’ ” Roach recalled.

Another informant, Michael Panie, had the same idea, Roach said.

Panie approached Leslie White to purchase incriminating information, Roach said. He said he overheard them strike a deal.

“I just want a carton of cigarettes out of it,” Roach quoted White as saying.

White confirmed Roach’s account, although Panie denied it.

Later, Roach said, Panie told him he had obtained Craig’s confession: “I got handwritten proof now.”

Roach said he asked Panie what he meant. “He goes, ‘Terry Craig gave me a note that was handwritten, proof, a confession to his murder.'”

Could ‘All Go Home’

Panie then smiled, according to Roach, and confided that the note actually had been forged by Storch, the informant who had passed the word to others on the tier that they could “all go home” on Craig’s case.

In an interview, Panie acknowledged that the note he presented to authorities was handed to him by Storch, but said he did not know whether Storch had faked it. Panie, who is in custody out of state, said Storch “tried to weasel his way into” the Craig case, but was “shut out” by authorities.

The day that Panie told detectives of Craig’s confessional note, Storch was making a statement of his own. In addition to receiving the note, Storch asserted, he had overheard Craig make incriminating statements, according to the district attorney’s office.

From the beginning, Roach said, he was convinced that none of it was true. “Nobody had conversations with Terry Craig. Terry Craig (whose real name is Jonathan Reyes and whose native language is Spanish) was a very quiet person, speaks English not very well.”

In the end, Deputy Dist. Atty. Patricia Shrader decided against using any of the informants at Craig’s preliminary hearing.

Duplicate Testimony

Shrader said she concluded that the note that Panie had provided was not written by Craig, and that Storch did little more than duplicate Panie’s testimony.

Of the other informant–Hall–Shrader said: “He couldn’t tell us anything, I’m sure, that would outweigh anything he might want on his (own murder) case. . . . He’s obviously going to want something. I don’t see him out of the blue, just volunteering. . . .”

As it turned out, the district attorney’s office did not need the services of Storch, Hall and Panie to get past a preliminary hearing. On the strength of De la Vega’s testimony, Craig is now awaiting trial for murder.

Rewarding a Liar

An informant can lie about a murder, admit that he has lied, and still be the state’s star witness–and he can get a reward.

There was a big problem with Israel Issacs’ claim that he had witnessed a murder outside an Echo Park bar: Issacs was in jail at the time. He couldn’t possibly have seen the killing.

But prosecutors at the district attorney’s office did not view this as an insurmountable problem.

They used Issacs as their star witness anyway.

The upshot was that Jose Calderin, a 30-year-old truck driver, whose only criminal record was for possession of marijuana, spent 10 weeks in jail as a murder suspect before the charges were dropped in the interests of justice.

The problem with Issacs’ story in the murder case was detected by his own attorney, Edward Gritz.

Represented Both

Gritz noticed because, as it happened, he also represented the accused killer, Calderin.

While reviewing police reports about Calderin’s case, Gritz discovered that Issacs was the only witness against Calderin. So he went to see Issacs in jail.

“I say to him, ‘Are you sure you saw Jose shoot this guy in the head?’ ” Gritz recalled. “According to my records, you were in the County Jail when this shooting took place. . . .

“He says, ‘No, no, I wasn’t in the County Jail then.’

“Then he began to think and think and think,” Gritz said. “Then he says, ‘Thank you. You’re right. But let me tell you what actually happened.’ “

And without missing a beat, Issacs told him that Calderin had confessed to him in jail, Gritz recalled.

He Tries Again

Gritz said he pointed out that this could not be true either, since Calderin wasn’t jailed until Issacs had identified him as the killer.

So Issacs tried again.

“To tell you the truth,” Gritz recalled him saying, “I made a phone call to a friend’s house and Jose picked up the phone and told me, ‘Guess who I just killed?'”

Issacs was an informant who badly wanted to get out of jail.

His cellmate at the time, another informant named George Freeman, recalled in an interview that Issacs, 31, was wildly in love with a 17-year-old girl, and was literally pulling his hair out and saving it in an envelope, crying over the girl and saying, “I really got to get out of here.”

Although Issacs also told prosecutors that he had changed his story, they put him on the witness stand as the only person who could link Calderin to the killing.

Listened on Extension

At a preliminary hearing in 1984, Issacs testified that he had heard Calderin confess to a mutual friend while listening in on an extension phone at the friend’s house.

Even though the friend was dead, Issacs refused to name him. He said the friend’s family might be in danger from a group of Colombians and Cubans who were dealing in cocaine and murder. He implied that Calderin was part of this group.

On the basis of Issacs’ testimony, a judge ordered Calderin to stand trial.

But the same day, prosecutor Mark Merrick concluded that Issacs, his star witness, was a liar, and that no reasonable juror would believe him. Merrick recorded the observations in an internal report on the case’s progress.

Nonetheless, he decided to press on with the prosecution.

In an interview, Merrick said he had reason to be suspicious of Calderin because Calderin had been present at another restaurant when another murder had taken place. Merrick conceded, however, that, in Calderin, “I didn’t know if I had a hit man or somebody who went out to dinner at the wrong time.”

Never Found Witnesses

Investigators continued to search for witnesses other than Issacs who could link Calderin to the killing. They were never found.

Finally, five months after the preliminary hearing, on the eve of Calderin’s scheduled trial, Merrick moved to dismiss the case.

“I had no intention of ever trying this case,” Merrick said in a recent interview. “Not with just him (Issacs).”

Merrick also said he had delayed dismissing the case for another reason. He had hoped that Calderin would trade the authorities information about the group of Colombian and Cuban drug dealers and murderers that Issacs had mentioned.

Issacs, meanwhile, was rewarded by authorities with early release from jail.

A con man, drug dealer and convicted murderer, Issacs had been arrested on forgery charges. He had faced a maximum sentence of four years and four months–which in practice would have translated to a little more than two years. But he was released after less than one year, when another prosecutor, Jeffrey Jonas, told a judge that Issacs had provided information in an investigation into more than 50 unsolved murders involving Colombians and Cubans.

Kept a Promise

Jonas said in an interview that he cut the deal on Issacs’ behalf to keep a promise he had made to a sheriff’s sergeant, who had been using Issacs as an informant in the jail. Issacs had provided information on a number of cases, including an alleged confession in the McMartin Pre-School molestation case.

Jonas said his own assessment of Issacs’ credibility “on a scale of zero to 10 was zero.”

But he said he expected that Issacs, who had been placed on probation, would violate its terms and could then be sent to prison.

Issacs proved Jonas partially right. He promptly violated the terms of his probation by disappearing. He was never caught.

Authorities did hear from him once, when he telephoned a district attorney’s investigator to report that he had just earned $32,000 selling cocaine. “I’m too smart for you guys,” the investigator recalled Issacs saying. “I’m doing a lot of business out here on the streets.”

As for Calderin, less than a year after his release, he was with four women in another restaurant, when a stranger made passes and obscene remarks. In the midst of a fight, Calderin pulled a handgun and shot the stranger and the stranger’s friend. The stranger died. Calderin pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to eight years in prison.

The Man Who Would Be Snitch

Officials repeatedly reject a petty criminal’s requests to get into the informant tank–until he makes them an offer they can’t refuse.

Richard Slawinski had a modest ambition. He wanted to be officially certified as an informant.

In and out of jail for stealing checks from family and friends, Slawinski repeatedly requested informant status from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. But it was repeatedly denied.

Slawinski said he needed a “snitch jacket” for his own protection. “I’ve got a lot of enemies. I’ve worked on the street,” he said in an interview. But the Sheriff’s Department said the information he had provided was of so little significance that he was in no danger.

A week after he was turned down for the fourth time, Slawinski found the means to an end. It was late 1987 when jailers moved Arthur Toscano into his cell.

Small-Time Criminal

At first, Toscano appeared to be just another small-time criminal, in jail for violating probation for being under the influence of PCP.

But the picture changed when Toscano received a visit from a sheriff’s homicide detective. The detective had gotten Toscano’s name from a murder suspect who claimed that Toscano was his alibi.

Within days of the detective’s visit, Slawinski was on the phone to the same detective, explaining that he had solved the case.

After the visit, he said, Toscano returned to the cell and confessed the murder to another of their five cellmates.

Detectives interviewed the other cellmates, who denied hearing the confession, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Elden Sims. Based solely on Slawinski’s account, Sims filed a murder charge against Toscano. In evaluating Slawinski’s truthfulness, the prosecutor said he relied heavily on the judgment of the detective, David Kushner, whom Sims said he had known for years. Kushner did not return telephone calls from The Times.

Ordered to Stand Trial

Toscano, who had not been a suspect in the murder until Slawinski said he confessed, was ordered to stand trial and was held on high bail.

His trial had already begun nearly a year later, in October, 1988, when Sims concluded that Slawinski was a liar and decided to dismiss the case.

The prosecutor said he was persuaded by an unusually painstaking defense investigation, which, among other things, pinned down the time of the murder to a period for which Toscano had a convincing alibi. He was at work in a warehouse where employees were required to punch in and out on a time clock.

“But for Mr. Toscano’s proof of his whereabouts,” said Stephen Webber, a court-appointed defense attorney, “he likely would be a convicted murderer today solely because of a false informant.”

Prosecutor Sims, however, said he was more impressed with something else the defense investigation turned up–Slawinski’s repeated efforts to become an informant.

He Wasn’t Aware

Sims said he had not known that Slawinski was desperately trying to become an official snitch. He said he did not believe the detective had known either. Had Sims known, he said, he would not have charged Toscano only on Slawinski’s say-so.

“It gave him a motive to fabricate,” Sims said. The prosecutor said he believed Slawinski because the informant had provided information that theoretically could only have been known by the murderer, an eyewitness, or the police–that the victim had been shot about six times in the head with a small caliber gun during a marijuana sale.

But when Sims confronted Slawinski with the evidence the defense had uncovered, he said Slawinski became uncomfortable and changed his story about the way in which he obtained the confession.

‘It Bothers Me’

Disgusted, Sims said: “I don’t believe he’s telling the truth. I don’t know how he got the information he got. . . . It bothers me . . . because he had unique information in regard to the killing.”

But by then, Slawinski had what he wanted: He had been granted official snitch status, had been placed in protective custody, had obtained another supposed murder confession–this one on a jail bus on the eve of his own trial–and twice had been let out of jail.

In an interview, Slawinski said he told the truth whenever he informed. But he said that perhaps as many as half of all jailhouse informants do not. “A lot of K-9s, the . . . (expletive) they do is unreal,” he said.

A Battle Of Informants

Kevin Dykes walks into the informant tank as a witness to murder and walks out as the accused murderer. Three informants say he has confessed. Four others say the first three are lying.

A few days after Kevin Dykes told Compton police he had seen a friend stabbed to death, detectives arrested the alleged killers.

Days after that, Dykes was picked up on a street corner for possessing rock cocaine.

Because he could not immediately post $250 for a bail bond, he was jailed.

Because he had provided information on the murder case, he was placed in the informants’ tank.

Because of that, he may never get out.

Before he could make bail, three veteran jailhouse informants “booked” Dykes for the murder he said he had only witnessed.

Helped Stab Victim

The informants said Dykes told them he was a major drug dealer who had ordered two employees to commit the murder, and helped them stab the victim to death.

Although neighbors and friends testified that Dykes had never had any money, much less hired help, he was convicted of the 1986 murder and of two attempted murders–also stabbings–that he claimed to have witnessed.

He was sentenced to 24 years to life in prison.

Dykes, in testimony and in his statement to police, admitted that he was not blameless in the brutal death of his friend, who was stabbed 81 times. His testimony showed that he had a gun and could have intervened. But he said he was too afraid of the killers.

To prove Dykes guilty of murder, the prosecution had to show that he intended to kill his friend–not merely that he had failed to stop the killers, legal experts said.

The prosecutor, Deputy Dist. Atty. Elliot Alhadeff, wrote in a memo to his superiors, that “the entire case against Dykes in the murder . . . rested on his confession to the informants.”

His Intent Was Clear

However, he said in an interview that Dykes’ intent to kill was clear from Dykes’ statements to police and in court. Dykes admitted that he told the killers he would serve as their lookout; helped them dump his friend’s body, and suggested that they clean up the bloody driveway.

Because the informants’ testimony was important, if not critical to the prosecution, Dykes’ defense attorney attacked it by calling informants of his own. They testified that the prosecution’s informants were liars.

The trial took on the character of a Byzantine battle. Where the truth lay was anyone’s guess.

First up for the prosecution was veteran jailhouse informant Willie Battle, a robber and burglar known by 20 other names.

Battle testified that Dykes told him he was a drug dealer who personally stabbed his friend 40 to 50 times. Battle also said Dykes told him that he had “henchmen” who helped.

Experienced Witness

Battle was an experienced witness who had reported confessions of at least nine other inmates and testified against five.

Next came prosecution witness Jesse Williams, a burglar and veteran informant who testified that Dykes ordered “bodyguards” to kill his friend, then helped with the stabbing.

Then the prosecution called Leslie White.

Dykes met White after he was transferred from the informant tank to a jail section used for inmates who need protection from people in the informant tank.

White testified that Dykes bragged that he was a big drug dealer who would pay inmates–including White–to lie by saying that the first set of informants had admitted they were lying.

But White said the truth was that Dykes admitted having confessed to Williams and Battle–and then confessed to him, too.

Another Informant

To discredit Williams and Battle, the defense produced informant Edward Moran, who testified that Dykes had been framed. Moran said he knew because he had been in on the plot.

He said that when Dykes entered the informant tank:

Dykes told other inmates that he was there because he had witnessed the stabbing. Then Williams remarked that Dykes represented “an easy way for . . . us to go home.”

Battle agreed to join in the plot. Moran said he did, too. Moran said he made a false statement to police that had been written out for him by Williams.

The district attorney’s office then tried to discredit Moran. Veteran informant James Jackson, a con man, said he had heard Moran swear after a run-in with jailers that he intended to “destroy (the case against Dykes) in any way he could.”

The next move fell to the defense. To discredit White, Dyke’s lawyer called three inmates who testified that White told them he had made up the information on Dykes.

‘Well, I’m Going Home’

One of these inmates, informant Howard Stewart, testified: “I told him (White), ‘What you’re doing is totally illegal.’ He stated to me, ‘Well, I’m going home.’ “

Dykes’ lawyer, Steven Hauser, said he is trying to reopen the case. He recently obtained a sworn statement from White that may help.

White now says that both Battle and Williams “admitted to me that they “booked” Kevin Dykes for a crime that he did not commit.”

As for himself, he said, “I am unfortunately and regretfully unable to provide all the facts to (the) court without a grant of immunity. . . . I do not want to be prosecuted for perjury.”

A GLOSSARY OF TERMS Booking–Telling authorities about incriminating statements made by other inmates. This term applies whether the statements were real or not.

Freeway time–Time in which inmates are allowed to roam the corridor along the tier of cells in which they are housed.

Getting In the Car–Engaging in a communal effort to book someone. When one informant gets a piece of incriminating information, he will sometimes share or sell it to other informants, who can then claim that the suspect confessed to them too. The word “car” reflects the informants’ hope that they will be rewarded with a ride home from jail.

Informant Tank–Tiers of cells where informants are ordinarily housed. When informants get into trouble in the tank, they are sometimes transferred to other protective custody units, where they encounter other “keep aways”–including accused murderers whose cases have engendered lots of publicity. Informants also run into general population inmates on jail buses and in holding cells during trips to court.

Juice Man–An individual informant’s chief contact in law enforcement. Often a police officer, but sometimes a prosecutor, a informant’s juice man helps him disseminate his information to the detectives or prosecutors handling a specific case. The juice man also dispenses favors that can range from giving the informant a few dollars to helping arrange the informant’s early release from jail.

K-9–Los Angeles County jail designation for informants. The K stands for keep away, meaning informants are to be kept away from certain other inmates. The numerical designation is one of several, such as membership in a prison gang, or a propensity for violent behavior, that describes the reason for the keep away status.

But what can you do to stop snitches?  Here’s a list of snitches with pictures and locations. Also read:  Control of Information  so you can stop snitching on yourself. Also:  How to find out who’s a snitch  and  10 Ways to Spot an Informant  and  How the cops are tracking you and  No Warrant No Problem  and  Criminal defenses (How to beat your court case) And to inspire you:  7 Fugitives who Became Folk Heroes, How I Lost my friends

I Love Drugs

By Christopher R Rice, Underground Resistance Network
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No one ever says that when they grow up that they want to be the village idiot but every town has at least one. No one says that they want to grow up and become a junkie. You pry wanted to be an astronaut, a doctor or superman maybe. I dunno.

Every man I’ve ever met is a chaser. By that I mean that some men chase skirts, some chase clouds, some chase dreams, I use to chase paper my damn self.

That creates a problem though. If you chase clouds around you’re not really a criminal, you’re just a junkie with a monkey on your back committing petty crimes to support your habit. But that doesn’t make you into a real bona fide criminal with a code to follow. The same way you’re not a soldier who’s down for your town and ready to ride or die. You may claim, you may front and you may perpetrate but you’re still just a hater.

So when you meet someone and get high with them for the first time you like to think that you know this person and can trust this person to be down. But in reality, nothing could be further from the truth. Whatever they told you was pure bravado and hyperbole. The people who you get high with are the least reliable people that you will ever meet in your life. They are the scum of the earth because in reality that is all that they are interested in, is getting high. And they will literally say or do anything at all for their next hit. But don’t take my word for it, test them out and see for yourself. As soon as you say the drugs are all gone I bet they’ll make ghost.

If you choose to do crimes with these people you are not a criminal, you are just an idiot. And you will get caught. You are what fills the jails to overflow capacity. Drug users are not real criminals and once they do get caught they will sing like a bird to get their next fix. Drug users are all snitches.

Let me be mother fucking perfectly clear here, because I already receive death threats from snitches (see: Snitch List) and I’m not here to hate on drugs just the dumb people who use them. When you go to jail, you can either do your time or let the time do you but that choice is always yours to make. Drugs are no different, either you do drugs or you allow the drugs to do you, which one is it? When you get high are you still in control of yourself or are you sloppy ass drunk and can’t even think straight?

See, there’s a difference. Are you enjoying your high or are you constantly looking out the blinds worried about the police? Do us all a favor and put down the glass dick, get something to eat and get you some sleep. Some drugs are fun while some drugs just get you spun.

So, what do you want to be when you grow up my son? A rocket man? A dinosaur? A drug addict? A hood rat? Or Robin Hood? Must you stop chasing your dreams once you grow up? Some of us dream of being a big rock star or famous athlete. We chase our dreams as far as our talent will take us. Some of us chase skirts all day but can you really be on your game when you got vagina on the brain?

Don’t get me wrong, I mean, I love the pussy too. But you’re so damn distracted every time a skirt goes by. One smile and your knees go weak. A second glance and you stutter and stammer and can’t even speak. You can’t stay focused or even think straight. Why would I want to work with a joker who is sure to get us caught up over some skank. Gimme a break.

A lot of people want to claim to be thugs but how many can even tell you what that means? Well? How about the ten rules to the game. I mean if you’re really a bona fide thug surely you can tell us what the ten rules to the game are right? Eh, bet you can’t even name me two rules. Because you’re a fake, you front and you perpetrate. You a hater, not a player.

But don’t get me wrong because players are just skirt chasers and don’t deserve any respect. They will literally say or do anything to get you out of your panties and then it’s on to the next one. They will leave you sprung and never look back. Take a girl off her game and make her chase dick around all day. ‘Till she’s broke and can’t even think straight.

Everyone you meet will talk a good game and then turn out to be a worthless piece of shit. Hold on, I mean no offense, it is, what it is and I’m only giving it to you straight without any sugar coating. You may fall in love or you might fight all day. It may just be infatuation but you’re too stupid to know the difference anyways. There is no love at first sight because that is only lust. And since you don’t know and can’t tell the difference it really is hard to trust what you say or even what you think or how you feel. Can you now understand what I mean?

You’re unreliable in the extreme and have the audacity to question my authenticity. But I have stripes. I’ve done my time and paid my dues. Ask anyone who’s ever met me and they’ll tell you my momma ain’t raised no fool. I’m ten times the man you are on my worse day. But I’m not bragging, I’m just sayin’. If I wanted to brag, I’ve got some stories that’ll make your toes curl but what good would that do either one of us? I ain’t here to brag, I’m here to set the record straight.

So don’t get it twisted. How many types of boys are there in this world? There’s one who works all day long trying to please you but when night time comes around he can’t even satisfy you. This leaves you frustrated and you naturally take your frustrations out on him until neither one of you are happy. Bitch find yourself a real man and stop the hate. I’m sure that you grew up watching your own parents fight like cats and dogs but that wasn’t love at all and you should be able to figure that one out on your own.

Why repeat the mistakes of our idiot parents? They weren’t that bright to begin with. I’m not about to follow in some assholes foot steps, I have better things to do. But you just want to puff, puff and pass. You don’t like me riding your ass. So why don’t you kick rocks because this ain’t for you. This is for the real mother fucking G’s who can fucking understand me. You bitch ass wannabe’s will never man up, you’re always going to be a punk. That’s why people like you, end up in my trunk.

But, I wouldn’t take any of this personal because we know it’s all just business, right? So let’s keep this real because I ain’t got the time for your half ass truths and total bullshit. If you want to talk to me, don’t look at the ground, look me in my eye and let me hear you spit some game. Don’t be ashamed, let it out and tell us what you’re all about. But just remember that talk is cheap and I ain’t buyin’ a damn thing. I’ll want to see your cash before I’ll even bring out the product. And no, there ain’t no fronts for you dumb ass chumps.

KMART wouldn’t give you credit for gods sake so why would I? I ain’t stupid, I’m just high. You thought that you could flash me some cleavage and I’d come out of pocket but I get pussy for free, I don’t need no strawberries. Dealers who date a strawberry are all fools because every time you turn around your sack gets pinched. And guess what? Your bitch gives me your shit to get down my pants, I ain’t tellin’ though, I’m just lettin’ ya’ know, you datin’ a ho.

But helping you figure it all out has always been a waste of my time. Like paying for a website out of my own pocket to teach you what I already know. I tried to make you into a soldier, ready for whatever. I tried to teach you to have some class, to respect money and not just blindly respect your elders as you were told, when they pry don’t even deserve it. Damn it, if you want my respect, you better be able to earn it.

You trust in people who only care about themselves. You believe in things that can only betray you. I tried to wake you up to this reality but it’s been like trying to hold a conversation with a zombie. I know you’re confused because they opened up the credit and made the system look good again. But that’s why it’s called the grand illusion because it’s the same bullshit repackaged in a different way. Don’t get fooled by slick talkers or promise makers. Don’t get caught up over some dumb shit. I could talk to you all day but it looks like you’ll never learn and I’ll be better off without you anyways.

I’ve loved a lot of drugs, especially the fun ones. But I’ve never liked any of the people who do drugs. The only thing worse than a damn druggie is a fucking square. One’s a snitch and the other’s a rat fink. I keep away from fools, jokers and assclowns. They do crime and attracts cops, cops got guns and cuffs and cells to stuff you in.

L.A. is like a battlefield or a war zone. Dead bodies are piling up everywhere. Young brothers seem to lose control, I seem to maintain through this. Watch where ya kick it they’ll put you in a twist and it ain’t nobody like my down ass hommies and tha police are always tryin to pin some bullshit on me.

They tryin’ to stick me with some bullshit that I did not do. You know who. The boys in blue. There they go with they assumptions that every nigger’s selling narcotics and ridin’ dirty. Why you wanna pull me over? ‘Cuz I’m bumpin? So I keep away from fools, jokers and assclowns. They do crime and attracts cops, cops got guns and cuffs and cells to stuff you in.

How to:
Codeine and Barbiturates
Crystal meth
Crack cocaine
Magic Mushrooms
China White: Fentanyl or Heroin
Beat any drug test for free

One of the largest at-home DNA testing companies is giving the FBI access to its records

By Teri Webster, The Blaze

DNA home testing kits that can trace ancestry and find missing relatives are a dream come true for genealogists. But as conspiracy theorists have long suspected, the tests are being used for other purposes, too.

BuzzFeed News reported that Family Tree DNA, one of the largest home DNA testing companies, is allowing FBI agents to search its databases in their quest to “solve violent crime cases.”

The company’s database has about 1,021,774 records, reported.

Public genealogy databases are often used by police to solve cold cases. One of the most notable ones that used DNA from a public database was the Golden State Killer case.

But the Family Tree DNA revelation is the first time a company to allow a federal agents access to a database of information that is promoted to the public as something that’s fun and secure. Reportedly, the FBI cannot casually browse the DNA library. But any kind of access is likely to raise concerns about privacy, including the possible profiling of relatives of crime suspects.

The Houston-based company defended the practice, telling BuzzFeed in a statement that it will allow law enforcement agencies to solve “violent crimes faster than ever.” Family Tree reportedly does not have a contract with the FBI, but has agreed to “test DNA samples and upload the profiles to its database on a case-by-case basis since last fall,” a company spokesperson told BuzzFeed.

The company even bragged about the practice.

“Without realizing it [Family Tree DNA founder and CEO Bennett Greenspan] had inadvertently created a platform that, nearly two decades later, would help law enforcement agencies solve violent crimes faster than ever,” the company said in a statement.

BuzzFeed asked a genealogy enthusiast what she thought about the FBI possibly having access to her DNA information.

“All in all, I feel violated, I feel they have violated my trust as a customer,” said Leah Larkin, a genetic genealogist based in Livermore, California, and a Family Tree DNA customer. “I’ve got to decide whether I want to opt out of matching or delete my kits.”

Larkin, who is an administrator of a Facebook genealogy group with about 50,000 members, said she believes the rest of the group will likely be split over whether it’s a good idea. Some will side with law enforcement having access and others will be outraged, she told BuzzFeed.

“I think it’s going to cause a lot of uproar,” she said. “We’re going to get the full spectrum.”

But what can you do to stop snitches?  Here’s a list of snitches with pictures and locations. Also read:  Control of Information  so you can stop snitching on yourself. Also:  How to find out who’s a snitch  and  10 Ways to Spot an Informant  and  How the cops are tracking you and  No Warrant No Problem  and  Criminal defenses (How to beat your court case) And to inspire you:  7 Fugitives who Became Folk Heroes, How I Lost my friends

Snitching for the IRS

By David R. Lampsen

As much as I’d like to take an income tax sabbatical, I fork over my fair share of cash to Uncle Sam every April.  You probably do likewise.  It’s not a fun annual event, but someone once said that “Taxes are the price of civilization” and I guess I buy into that to some extent.  I’m not willing to call paying more a patriotic act, but I’m not against paying my fair share.

That being said, my fair share is actually much less than I actually pay.  That’s because a lot of folks who should be paying out the nose are using whatever sneaky means they can dream up to avoid paying their portion of civilizations’ price tag.

I’m not talking about the folks who design their financial lives to keep taxes low.  Those folks are playing by the rules.  They’re putting forth an effort to stay on the law’s good side even if those efforts tend to involve reducing their tax burdens.  Their existence is justification for an improved tax code as much as it is anything else.

The folks with whom I have a problem are the ones who are cheating their way out of paying.  Tax cheats screw everyone out of money.

The IRS, as you’d probably guess, has an issue with those same scofflaws.  They want their coffers full of tax dough.

In order to create that great hypothetical world where everyone pays what they own, happily, the government must find a way to nail all of those cheaters to the wall.  As we all know, that’s not a very likely scenario.  That’s why our buddies at the Internal Revenue Service came up with their Whistleblower Office.

Basically, the government is paying bounties for information material to proving that someon failed to pay their taxes appropriately.  It’s a paid informer program.  It gives us all a chance to become IRS snitches.  If you turn over the goods on someone who’s not paying his or her legal share, you can get a reward.

If you’re the kind of person that feels okay with reporting Tax Code violations and being a paid government tattletale, don’t get too excited too quickly.  Primarily, the feds are trying to catch the big players.  They don’t seem as interested in expending resources to nail your mother-in-law for fudging a few numbers in gray areas.  They have more interest in outfits who are prepared to report on major companies, like the outfit that “found” a $2B tax cheat.

If you can come up with a violation worth $2M or more, you’re going to qualify for 15% to 30% of what the government recovers in taxes.  That’s a healthy sum.  However, if you’re information is on a small-time cheat, rewards are at the discretion of the government.

And speaking of discretion…  Prosecutorial discretion is alive and well in the Whistleblower Office.  These guys are inundated with reports that so-and-so didn’t report this-and-that.  They actually go after only a relatively small percentage of the tips provided.

So, think twice before you decide to become a tax bounty hunter.  Unless you can get a big fish on the line, it probably isn’t going to be the most lucrative endeavor to pursue.  On the bright side, you can stay anonymous unless Uncle Sam needs you to testify in order to prove their case.

As you can probably guess, I don’t necessarily love this little government foray into turning private citizens into rats.  I’m all in favor of decreasing tax fraud, but I’m not sure that encouraging people to snitch for the sake of some reward money is the best way to go about it.

Instead, we might want to consider coming up with a better tax system.  Or paying for more/better IRS employees in the right areas.  In the meantime, we have the Whistleblower Office.

But what can you do to stop snitches?  Here’s a list of snitches with pictures and locations. Also read:  Control of Information  so you can stop snitching on yourself. Also:  How to find out who’s a snitch  and  10 Ways to Spot an Informant  and  How the cops are tracking you and  No Warrant No Problem  and  Criminal defenses (How to beat your court case) And to inspire you:  7 Fugitives who Became Folk Heroes, How I Lost my friends

Murder charge dropped against 19-year-old who testified about beating death of Tulsa man

By Samantha Vicent , Tulsa World

A 19-year-old who testified last month against two of her co-defendants in a 2016 gang-related beating death of a witness to another crime will not face prosecution but remains a material witness in the case.

Jeannetta Thomas took the stand during a preliminary hearing regarding the Nov. 11 killing of 23-year-old Courtney Palmer, for which Thomas, 40-year-old Gerald Lowe and 25-year-old Michaela Riddle were all charged with first-degree murder. Charletha Mack, 40, faces a count of being an accessory to murder over claims that she allowed Lowe and Riddle to attack Palmer in her home without notifying authorities.

Tulsa police found a badly burned body, later identified as Palmer, in a shallow grave on a property in Muskogee on Dec. 15.

The state Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Palmer died due to “homicidal violence by multiple modalities” and said his body was in a state of “advanced decomposition” when it was found.

Lowe and Riddle are each also charged with kidnapping, desecration of a human corpse and committing a gang-related offense on behalf of the Hoover Crips.

Thomas waived her right to a preliminary hearing and had been scheduled for trial court arraignment Monday before District Judge Sharon Holmes, but her attorney, M.J. Denman, said Holmes granted the state’s request to dismiss the case against his client. He said Thomas will have to check in regularly with the court because she is a material witness, but he said she is glad to no longer face the possibility of life without parole imprisonment.

“It’s one of those cases where as the case developed, you realize that she was not guilty of these charges,” Denman said Monday afternoon. He added that Thomas’ testimony during Lowe and Riddle’s preliminary hearing was corroborated by testimony from others.

Thomas provided emotional testimony as she described how she saw Lowe and Riddle attack Palmer in the bathroom of a home in the 4900 block of North Boston Place. She said she later saw Palmer lying in the hallway with a blue dry cleaners bag over his head while Lowe stomped on him and eventually began to choke him. Riddle, according to Thomas, had earlier poured a pot of boiling water on Palmer’s face while they were in the bathroom.

Lowe and Riddle were upset with Palmer based on their belief that he had set up a person named “Duke” in another incident, which Palmer denied. Palmer was a witness to a shooting that left “Duke,” later identified as Carl Harris, with multiple gunshot wounds. Harris testified during the preliminary hearing that he didn’t think Palmer tried to get him shot.

Mack has a court date Nov. 13, while Lowe and Riddle are set for arraignment Nov. 27.

But what can you do to stop snitches?  Here’s a list of snitches with pictures and locations. Also read:  Control of Information  so you can stop snitching on yourself. Also:  How to find out who’s a snitch  and  10 Ways to Spot an Informant  and  How the cops are tracking you and  No Warrant No Problem  and  Criminal defenses (How to beat your court case) And to inspire you:  7 Fugitives who Became Folk Heroes, How I Lost my friends

SNITCH: Kayla Goodpaster

Kayla R. Goodpaster (@Facebook) currently lives in Lawrenceville, Illinois and has snitched on 30 neighbors / friends and sucked off the D.A. / prosecutor to get her charges dropped. (Click name/link for court records)

But what can you do to stop snitches?  Here’s a list of snitches with pictures and locations. Also read:  Control of Information  so you can stop snitching on yourself. Also:  How to find out who’s a snitch  and  10 Ways to Spot an Informant  and  How the cops are tracking you and  No Warrant No Problem  and  Criminal defenses (How to beat your court case) And to inspire you:  7 Fugitives who Became Folk Heroes, How I Lost my friends