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Climate change turns Arctic into strategic, economic hotspot

TASIILAQ, Greenland (AP) — From a helicopter, Greenland’s brilliant white ice and dark mountains make the desolation seem to go on forever. And the few people who live here — its whole population wouldn’t fill a football stadium — are poor, with a high rate of substance abuse and suicide.

One scientist called it the “end of the planet.”

When U.S. President Donald Trump floated the idea of buying Greenland, it was met with derision, seen as an awkward and inappropriate approach of an erstwhile ally.

But it might also be an Aladdin’s Cave of oil, natural gas and rare earth minerals just waiting to be tapped as the ice recedes.

The northern island and the rest of the Arctic aren’t just hotter due to global warming. As melting ice opens shipping lanes and reveals incredible riches, the region is seen as a new geopolitical and economic asset, with the U.S., Russia, China and others wanting in.

“An independent Greenland could, for example, offer basing rights to either Russia or China or both,” said Fen Hampson, head of the international security program at the Centre for International Governance Innovation think tank in Waterloo, Ontario, noting the desire by some there to secede as a semi-autonomous territory of Denmark.

“I am not saying this would happen, but it is a scenario that would have major geostrategic implications, especially if the Northwest Passage becomes a transit route for shipping, which is what is happening in the Russian Arctic.”

In April, Russian President Vladimir Putin put forward an ambitious program to reaffirm his country’s presence in the Arctic, including efforts to build ports and other infrastructure and expand its icebreaker fleet. Russia wants to stake its claim in the region that is believed to hold up to one-fourth of the Earth’s undiscovered oil and gas.

China sees Greenland as a possible source of rare earths and other minerals and a port for shipping through the Arctic to the eastern U.S. It called last year for joint development of a “Polar Silk Road” as part of Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative to build railways, ports and other facilities in dozens of countries.

But while global warming pushes the cold and ice farther north each year, experts caution that the race to the Arctic is an incredibly challenging marathon, not a sprint.

The melting of the Greenland ice sheet creates uncertainty and danger for offshore oil and gas developers, threatening rigs and ships.

“All that ice doesn’t suddenly melt; it creates icebergs that you have to navigate around,” said Victoria Herrmann, managing director of the Arctic Institute, a nonprofit focused on Arctic security.

On the other hand, while mining in Greenland has been expensive due to the environment, development costs have fallen as the ice has melted, making it more attractive to potential buyers, she said.

Strategically, Greenland forms part of what the U.S. views as a key corridor for naval operations between the Arctic and the North Atlantic. It is also part of the broader Arctic region, considered strategically important because of its proximity to the U.S. and economically vital for its natural resources.

Hampson noted it was an American protectorate during World War II, when Nazi Germany occupied Denmark, and the U.S. was allowed to build radar stations and rent-free bases on its territory after the war. That includes today’s Thule Air Force Base, 1,200 kilometers (745 miles) south of the North Pole.

After the war, the U.S. proposed buying Greenland for $100 million after flirting with the idea of swapping land in Alaska for parts of the Arctic island. The U.S. also thought about buying Greenland 80 years earlier.

Trump “may not be as crazy as he sounds despite his ham-fisted offer, which clearly upset the Danes, and rightly so,” Hampson said.

Greenland is part of the Danish realm along with the Faeroe Islands, another semi-autonomous territory, and has its own government and parliament. Greenland’s 56,000 residents got extensive home rule in 1979 but Denmark still handles foreign and defense policies, with an annual subsidy of $670 million.

Its indigenous people are not wealthy, and vehicles, restaurants, stores and basic services are few.

Trump said Sunday he’s interested in Greenland “strategically,” but its purchase is “not No. 1 on the burner.”

Although Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen called Trump’s idea to purchase Greenland an “absurd discussion,” prompting him to call her “nasty” and cancel an upcoming visit to Copenhagen, she also acknowledged its importance to both nations.

“The developments in the Arctic region calls for further cooperation between the U.S. and Greenland, the Faeroe Islands and Denmark,” she said. “Therefore I would like to underline our invitation for a stronger cooperation on Arctic affairs still stands.”

Greenland is thought to have the largest deposits outside China of rare earth minerals used to make batteries and cellphones.

Such minerals were deemed critical to economic and national security by the U.S. Interior Department last year, and as demand rises “deposits outside of China will be sought to serve as a counterbalance to any market control that could be exerted by a single large producer,” said Kenneth Medlock, senior director at the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University.

Off Greenland’s shores, the U.S. Geological Survey estimates there could be 17.5 billion undiscovered barrels of oil and 148 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, though the remote location and harsh weather have limited exploration. Around the Arctic Circle, there’s potential for 90 billion barrels of oil.

Only 14 offshore wells were drilled in the past 40 years, according to S&P Global Analytics. So far, no oil in exploitable quantities has been found.

“It’s very speculative, but in theory they could have a lot of oil,” said Michael Lynch, president of Strategic Energy & Economic Research Inc. “It’s perceived as being the new Alaska, where the old Alaska was thought to be worthless and turned out to have huge reserves. And it’s one of the few places on Earth that’s lightly populated, and it’s close to the U.S.”

Michael Byers, an Arctic expert at the University of British Columbia, suggests there are better approaches for Washington than the politically awkward suggestion of purchasing Greenland.

“There’s no security concern that would be dealt with better if Greenland became a part of the United States. It’s part of the NATO alliance,” he said. “As for resources, Greenland is open to foreign investment. Arctic resources are expensive and that is why there is not more activity taking place. That’s the barrier. It’s not about Greenland restricting access.”

That’s been the approach taken by China, which has had mixed success. Greenland officials have visited China to look for investors but Beijing’s interest also has provoked political unease.

In 2016, Denmark reversed plans to sell Groennedal, a former U.S. naval base that the Danish military had used as its command center for Greenland after a Hong Kong company, General Nice Group, emerged as a bidder, according to defencewatch.dk, a Danish news outlet.

Last year, then-U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis successfully pressured Denmark not to let China bankroll three commercial airports on Greenland, over fears they could give Beijing a military foothold near Canada, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Beijing’s biggest Greenland-related investment to date is an ownership stake by a Chinese company in Australia-based Greenland Minerals Ltd., which plans to mine rare earths and uranium.

“People talk about China, but China can access Arctic resources through foreign investment,” Byers said. “And foreign investment is a lot cheaper than trying to conquer something.”

Before World War III can be fought over the North Pole, Ukraine, Syria and Iran, the people must be brought to their knees because no rational person would participate in the coming world war which will more than likely be a nuclear war.

In an interview with the German news magazine Der Spiegel, Mikhail Gorbachev claimed the recent NATO expansion in response to the Ukraine crisis represented a major change in direction for Western powers.

“The expansion of the bloc in the east [of Europe] has destroyed the European security order which was written in the Helsinki Final Act of 1975,” Gorbachev claimed. “[NATO’s expansion is] a 180-degree turn drawing us away from the Paris Charter of 1990, which was made together with all European states to finally leave the Cold War in the past.”

Former Ukrainian ambassador in Washington, Yuri Shcherbak, who authored the book “The Strategic Role of Ukraine,” also recently spoke out about the Ukraine’s unique potential as a flashpoint for World War III.

“This (U.S.-Russian conflict that’s being carried out in Ukraine) is a prelude to World War III. A lot of people know this,” Shcherbak told Ukraine’s Channel 5 television on Dec. 29 as reported by Global Research.

Glenn Beck, on his Feb. 16 radio show, said World War III is coming and “Nobody will recognize it yet.”

“Just like we were at the beginning of World War II when they invaded Poland, we are entering those times. We just don’t know it yet,” Beck said. “There is going to come a time when we will have no choice.”

The sides are drawn and the relative strengths of each side are established. Each side is jockeying for position as they will attempt to maneuver the other side into bringing their adversary to the battlefield of their choice. In short, the world is poised to begin a prolonged conflict which will destroy economies, devastate entire regions of the world and it will in all likelihood, kill billions of innocent people.

The fact of the matter is that all of this has been orchestrated. Our present state of affairs amounts to little more than political theatre. The common metaphor of politicians being puppets is apt. The ones pulling the strings behind the scenes are the same who own and control central banks. The chairman of the Fed, in a sense, is also a puppet, for he does not own the bank he oversees. He’s simply a sort of executive – a face to the world who appears to make important decisions. The POTUS assumes a similar role.

As economies and ecologies continue to collapse, the world will be dragged into war as a result. The pieces for this horrific play have already been set in motion. It is only a matter of time before financial crisis grips the globe, famine spreads like wildfire, and ever-larger conflicts ensue.

The result will be a world war that will, as planned, become a full-scale nuclear assault.

A mini nuclear war is being planned.

A study by think tank the RAND Corporation – which, since Vietnam, has planned America’s wars – is entitled, War with China: Thinking Through the Unthinkable.

Commissioned by the US Army, the authors evoke the Cold War when RAND made notorious the catch cry of its chief strategist, Herman Kahn – “thinking the unthinkable”. Kahn’s book, On Thermonuclear War, elaborated a plan for a “winnable” nuclear war.

According to Amitai Etzioni, professor of international Affairs at George Washington University, “the United States is preparing for a war with China, a momentous decision that so far has failed to receive a thorough review from elected officials, namely the White House and Congress.”

However, “for the first time,” wrote Gregory Kulacki of non-profit organisation the Union of Concerned Scientists, “China is discussing putting its nuclear missiles on high alert so that they can be launched quickly on warning of an attack …

Xi Jinping Says China Has To Prepare For War 

China’s President Xi Jinping has ordered the military region responsible for monitoring the South China Sea and Taiwan to pay a special attention to the current situation in the region and boost its capabilities so it can handle any emergency. Continue reading: WARNING: Trump’s hidden agenda

Trump talks about serving ’14 more years’ as president

Donald Trump has again mused about serving more than the legal limit of two terms as US president, during an extraordinary back and forth with reporters outside the White House.

“What they’re doing, is they’re trying the racist deal. And that’s not going to work, because I am the least racist person ever to serve in office, OK?” Mr Trump said on Wednesday in reference to the New York Times, which has angered him over its renewed focus on racial division in America.

“I am the least racist person. But the New York Times, they’re trying everything they can. It is a totally dishonest newspaper. It’s the paper that really has lost tremendous credibility.”

“Let me tell you. In six years – or maybe 10 or maybe 14, right? – in six years, when I’m not here, the New York Times goes out of business very quickly.”

The suggestion he could continue as president beyond 2025 – when he would be required by the constitution to step down – appeared likely a joke, albeit one he has repeated with increasing regularity in recent months.

It also came on a day in which Mr Trump, even by his standards, dominated the news agenda by veering wildly between partisan attacks, blatant mistruths, and authoritarian proposals.

On Wednesday, he:

Previous examples of Mr Trump’s flirtation with unlimited term limits include a June tweet in which he floated the idea American voters could demand he stay at the White House beyond 2025.

“The good news is that at the end of 6 years, after America has been made GREAT again and I leave the beautiful White House (do you think the people would demand that I stay longer? KEEP AMERICA GREAT),” he said.

The following month, while railing against media companies he disapproves of, he wrote: “When I ultimately leave office in six years, or maybe 10 or 14 (just kidding), they will quickly go out of business for lack of credibility, or approval, from the public.”

He has also repeatedly tweeted a video meme depicting him campaigning for president throughout the remainder of the 21st century. Until recently it was pinned to the top of his personal Twitter account.

EDITORS NOTE: Trump is the first President we have had who is clearly a willing agent of a foreign government: Russia. He invites them into the Middle East and Afghanistan. He ignores their takeover of Crimea. He ignores even welcomes their interference in our election on his behalf. He attacks our own intelligence and law enforcement agencies when they find facts inconvenient to his pro Russia inclinations. And he facilitates and amplifies the long term Russian effort to sow division and rancor among the America people. He’s a clear and present danger to the American republic. I can imagine the outrage screaming that would come from the GOP if Obama had joked about serving three or four or five terms. Trump isn’t joking though, he literally wants to be president for life and is testing the waters.

Trump touts quote calling him ‘second coming of God’ to Jews in Israel

Telling reporters he is the first US president to take on China over trade, Donald Trump looks up to the sky and says: “I am the chosen one.”

By Dylan Stableford

A day after saying that American Jews who vote for Democrats show “great disloyalty,” President Trump on Wednesday repeated a claim by a supporter that he is beloved by Israeli Jews “like a king” or “the second coming of God.”

Trump shared on Twitter quotes from Newsmax TV’s Wayne Allyn Root, who declared him the greatest president for Jews and Israel “in the history of the world.”

Root made the comments on his eponymous call-in show on Tuesday night.

A former Libertarian Party vice presidential nominee and author of the 2015 book “Angry White Male: How the Donald Trump Phenomenon Is Changing America,” Root is known for promoting wild, baseless conspiracy theories. In 2017, he claimed the mass shooting in Las Vegas was a “clearly coordinated Muslim terror attack.”

After Trump moved the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, a long-sought goal of the Israeli government, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu compared the American president to another king, Cyrus of Persia, who allowed Jews to return to Israel, ending their exile in Babylon, in the 6th century B.C. More pointedly, some pro-Trump organs have begun comparing him to an actual king of Israel, King David. (Comparisons to King Solomon have been much fewer, although Nancy Pelosi once, rather pointedly, reminded him that Solomon asked God for, and received, the gift of wisdom.)

Many evangelicals in the U.S. regard Trump as an instrument of God’s will, in that he is abetting the Jewish dominion over Israel they regard as a precondition for the Second Coming of Christ. But none have gone quite so far as to suggest that Christ is returning in the person of the former head of the Miss Universe pageant. There is a long tradition in rabbinic Judaism of rejecting “false Messiahs.”

Trump also sought to escalate his feud with Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., claiming she wants to “cut off aid to Israel.”

“This is the new face the of Democrat Party?” the president tweeted about the freshman congresswoman.

On Tuesday, Trump stirred outrage when he was asked by a reporter in the Oval Office if the U.S. should reconsider its policies toward Israel after the country refused to permit Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., to enter.

“Any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat — I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty,” Trump said.

It wasn’t clear what he meant by “disloyalty” — and whether it is to Israel, the U.S. or their faith.

The president himself has trafficked in “dual loyalty” accusations, referring to Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu as “your prime minister” when talking at a conference of Jewish Americans and calling Israel “your country” at a White House Hanukkah celebration. Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric was blamed by some Jews for inspiring a terror attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue in which 11 people died last year.

Although Trump has many prominent Jewish supporters, and his daughter and son-in-law are Jewish, the majority of American Jews have supported Democrats for generations, and continue to do so.

According to a Pew Research study, 79 percent of Jewish voters went for Democrats in the 2018 midterms. Pew said this number has varied over the years, from 87 percent in 2006 to 66 percent in 2014. In presidential races, the Jewish vote since 2000 has ranged from 69 percent to 79 percent for Democrats, with Hillary Clinton getting 71 percent against Trump in the 2016 race.

Trump in the past has claimed the Bible as his favorite book, although he has shown little knowledge of it. One passage that might be relevant is found in Acts 12:21-23, about the ancient King Herod. It reads:

On the appointed day Herod, wearing his royal robes, sat on his throne and delivered a public address to the people. They shouted, “This is the voice of a god, not of a man.” Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died.

EDITORS NOTE: Calling Trump the “Greatest President for the Jews and Israel” is historically false. FDR, saved the Jews from annihilation by defeating Hitler in WWII. Truman finished the job of WII and voted (thru the UN) for the partition of the British Mandate into a Jewish State and a Muslim State in 1947. Nixon, during the 1973 Yom Kipper War, airlifted emergency military hardware, ammo, and military parts to Israel and saved Israel from possible defeat. Whatever Trump has done, does not compare in the least to these past contributions. Let’s be fair about history. Facts are facts, not to be twisted. Continue reading: American Christians elected the Antichrist to be president

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The (original) snitch list

By Nick Budnick

Whether you call them informants, snitches or rats, it’s hard to categorize the tipsters that police say are a pillar of public safety and the source of most major busts.

They are crooks’ bitter ex-lovers, and they are down-on-their-luck junkies needing money for a fix. They are well-meaning people protecting their neighborhoods, and they are drug dealers intent on taking out the competition. Many are defendants hoping to stay out of a cramped cell of concrete and steel by helping put others in it.

Now, however, Portland-area snitches are themselves being snitched on. Their foe is a local ex-con who goes by the name ‘Sixpack.’

Ann Lambert spent three years behind bars on drug charges following anonymous tips to police. Ever since she walked out of Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville in 2003, she’s been going after the type of people who she says victimized her.

While police typically use a narrow definition of informant, meaning secret and undercover, Lambert’s definition is broader. On her Web site she names people who simply cooperate with police as ‘informants.’

Lambert says she has dozens of allies helping her with this mission, pulling police and court records to confirm the identities of informants and witnesses used by local and federal law enforcement in the Portland area.

Lambert calls her group Women’s Anarchist Black Cross Collective and has a Web site at www.wabc.mahost.org, where she posts the identities of alleged police informants.

‘I’m doing it because I think it’s important for people to know, (and also to) restore a little bit of fairness to our justice system,’ Lambert says.

Lawrence Taylor, an attorney who has represented Lambert in the past, shares many of her concerns, that informants represent ‘real deep rot’ in the criminal justice system and their use can amount to ‘police-state tactics.’

He says that when informants are defendants trading information for their freedom, it is ‘akin to witness tampering. If I were to offer witnesses the kind of inducements that the prosecution is able to offer them then I’d be prosecuted.’

Others see it differently.

Sgt. Doug Justus, whose bust of Lambert sent her to prison in 2001, and who was tipped off to her site by fellow officers, says informants and tipsters are ‘crucial’ to solving crimes, and contends that she is operating from a personal vendetta.

‘She’s a frustrated woman who got busted a couple of times,’ he says. ‘She lost all of her drugs, she lost all her money and she lost all her stuff that she had collected.’

Others are worried that people named on the site will be harmed, whether they really are informants or not.

‘There have been instances where bad things have happened’ to informants whose identities became public, says Senior Deputy District Attorney Norm Frink.

Retired police Capt. C.W. Jensen says the Web site shows that ‘in this age where anyone can have a Web page and anyone can say anything about anybody, it just makes it that much more important to protect (informants).’

He says that she could face legal retribution.

‘I hope that if she incorrectly names somebody they sue her,’ he says.

Cop defends the practice

Police say informants are a vital part of law enforcement, especially when it comes to pursuing drugs, prostitution and gangs, and solving murders.

‘We can’t get in houses,’ Justus says. ‘We’re the straight guys, you know, so we rely on people who have been there to do that.’

But a backlash against them has been growing both nationally and locally.

On a national level, a nonprofit organization called the Innocence Project says that of all the convictions it’s seen reversed due to DNA evidence, 15 percent were due to inaccurate or dishonest information provided by informants.

Locally, cops have problems finding people to provide evidence on gang-related murders, and some merchants in Northeast Portland even sell hats and T-shirts encouraging others not to ‘snitch.’

Lambert, however, is taking it another step, by actually naming those she says have snitched. She said she got the idea from her fellow inmates at the state’s Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, where she spent nearly three years, starting in 2001.

She says her group documents everything it can. ‘Our credibility is very important to us.’ she says.

She says that her criminal record should not detract from her message.

‘Just because I am an ex-felon does not make me a liar,’ she says.

Lambert says the very fact that informants usually operate through deception is reason enough not to use them.

‘You can’t get justice out of lies, it doesn’t work that way,’ she says. But she added that she does not disapprove of all snitches, and would herself help police with information concerning someone who had committed murder or rape.

On the other hand, ‘I have a problem with invasion of our privacies,’ she says. ‘A person smoking a joint in the privacy of their own home is not hurting anybody.’

Court panel agreed

Lambert says she’s picked up her computer skills in the years since she left prison. Before then, she had worked as a carpenter and machinist, only to be waylaid by the effects of cerebral palsy, she says.

The opening page of the Web site Lambert founded, which is dedicated to Coffee Creek, proclaims that ‘Informants Barter Our Freedom For Their Own,’ adding that ‘A life is not a bargaining tool.’

Head to the ‘Not-so-confidential informants’ pages and you’ll find the names of 45 alleged informants, many accompanied by photographs. Two entries were added as recently as Friday.

You’ll also find entries describing court cases, such as a federal case, U.S. vs. Singleton, in which a three-judge panel of federal appeals judges in 1998 ruled that trading time off for informants’ testimony amounted to bribery.

‘The judicial process is tainted and justice cheapened when factual testimony is purchased, whether with leniency or money,’ said the panel’s decision.

The panel soon was overruled by the entire 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, arguing that the earlier ruling would ‘make a criminal out of nearly every federal prosecutor.’

Lambert says her motive is not personal, but the first few alleged informants she describes were, according to her, the tipsters that put her in prison seven years ago for manufacturing methamphetamine.

According to police reports obtained by the Portland Tribune under Oregon Public Records Law, in June 2000 Justus arrested a burglar who pointed the finger at ‘Sixpack’ to avoid being arrested himself. That led to a search of Lambert’s apartment at Southeast 79th Avenue and Prescott Street.

There, Justus found an apartment full of apparently stolen computers and power tools -as well as the makings of a meth lab.

Before the earlier case was resolved, Justus again arrested her in March 2001 based on an anonymous tip, leading to trial and conviction. Lambert was sentenced to three years behind bars, of which she had already spent a portion in Multnomah County jails.

On her Web site, Lambert claims her ex-boyfriend, Harold Hayes, was the one who turned her in. While she was in jail, she claims, Hayes then looted her apartment of all her money and valuables.

Police concluded that her possessions had been largely stolen goods. Her landlord – whom Lambert also names on the site as an ‘informant’ – told police that she had a constant stream of people bringing her goods, which police felt were brought to her by car prowlers and burglars, then traded for meth, records show.

The police reports do not accuse her landlord or ex-boyfriend of informing on Lambert.

Hayes could not be located to comment on this article. However, his brother, Marvin, says Hayes certainly was an informant.

‘I mean when you’re caught with a whole lot of drugs and you get out two days later, and then everybody else goes to jail for 10, 20 years. … It was pretty obvious,’ he says.

No fan of his brother, Marvin Hayes wasn’t that impressed with Lambert, either.

‘They were both heavily into selling drugs,’ he says.

Besides naming alleged informants from personal experience, Lambert says she verifies tips she receives from others using government records. However, at times she simply prints e-mails she receives from tipsters.

For instance, Rob Taylor, a former Salem-area ex-con and a Web site administrator himself, sent Lambert information about an alleged informant he says led to his son being victimized by her identity-thief friends.

‘It is a real interesting Web site,’ says Rob Taylor, who is no relation to Lawrence Taylor, Lambert’s former attorney. ‘She’s got some good stuff on there.’

Lambert portrays herself not just as anti-informant, but pro-justice. Ironically, her site includes a page for ‘scammers,’ essentially snitching on people she claims are con artists preying on the weak and unsuspecting.

Additionally, she speaks of other efforts she’s made to help people she says are downtrodden, such as trying to help people keep their homes when accused of owning drug houses.

Erna Boldt, 82, of Clackamas County, says that Lambert has tried to help her regain her possessions from a son who tried to declare her mentally incompetent.

‘She is a very nice lady,’ Boldt says.

Lawrence Taylor represented Lambert in 2005 when she beat prosecution for possession of drugs – one she says was bogus.

He said that he hears from Lambert regularly by e-mail concerning her various pursuits.

‘She has a strong interest in fairness and justice,’ he said. ‘Ms. Lambert is a very dedicated person, she puts a lot of energy into her issues and I think her heart is in the right place.’

Informants often paid

Police officers seem well aware that some uses of informants may raise questions for some people.

For instance, Justus now oversees two undercover informants that the bureau uses to purchase sexual contact with prostitutes operating as masseuses and escorts.

The informants, who have held the same job for years, are not motivated by a need to work off other charges. Justus seems to concede that they may not be wholly operating from a sense of justice, either.

They get paid, but ‘not all that much,’ he says with a laugh, adding that the fee per bust is ‘less than a hundred dollars.’

Meanwhile Jensen, a former longtime drug cop, said that in the late 1980s, he and a partner found a drug-addicted prostitute who had witnessed a murder, and made her an informant simply to keep her from dying on the streets before the killer was caught.

‘We paid her for over a year just to keep her alive because if she died, we would have had no witness. We paid her thousands of dollars,’ he says. ‘Two, three years later, they found her (overdosed), dead.’

While Jensen does not approve of Lambert’s site, he does not think it will have a big impact on law enforcement. ‘You’re never going to run out of (informants),’ he says. ‘They die off, they go to jail, but you’re always going to find another one.’

Police spokesman Brian Schmautz, himself a longtime drug cop, concedes that for many informants, going to work for the police often leads to further drug use and criminal activity, and risk to their lives. So he tried to find them work and help them get off the streets as soon as he can.

But police officers disagreed with Lambert’s claims that informants are too untrustworthy to be used.

Justus said that repeat informants of the undercover variety are vetted carefully and their information substantiated before using it for an arrest or conviction.

‘We don’t base it strictly on what they tell us. You corroborate everything they say,’ Justus says.

Also, informants are fired immediately if they lie, with the news of their untrustworthiness immediately transmitted to other police departments, using a joint database called the Western States Information Network.

Using bogus information for a bust that is later deemed invalid is the last thing any officer wants. ‘Your reputation is all you’ve got,’ Justus says.

He says that Lambert does not risk any police attention for her efforts. But then he seemed to change course, saying that he could suggest officers in her area might want to keep an eye on her.

‘Would that make me an informant?’ he asks.

Some informants’ stories don’t fly

Most informants and cooperating witnesses never make the news, but there have been several instances locally where their use has sparked controversy.

In 1999, busted with a meth lab in his trunk, Humberto Castro Soler, known as ‘Maco,’ told police that in exchange for his release he would solve a grisly double murder in Multnomah County.

He pointed the finger at Jimmy Bryant, a dope dealer with no history of violence.

Investigators working the case warned county prosecutors that their star witness was known as a brutal ‘enforcer’ for a local drug ring and was himself so dangerous they feared he’d kill someone if not kept behind bars.

Five people told investigators that Soler was boasting about having committed the murder and fooled prosecutors. Even Clackamas County detectives, who felt Multnomah prosecutors had been duped, sent them information pointing to Soler as the killer.

On the brink of trial, after spending 13 months in jail, Bryant was released and all charges against him dropped. Soler, the former star witness, was charged with the murders. He pleaded guilty and is serving 25 years in federal prison.

In 2002 federal prosecutors in Oregon dropped charges against a Portland strip club manager, whom their informant had persuaded them was Oregon’s Russian mafia kingpin.

They did so after defense lawyers presented evidence that the informant, a Serbian immigrant named Misko Jovanovic, had fabricated many of his claims and that the ‘kingpin,’ Union Jacks manager Ilya Adamidov, was merely a wannabe gangster; his own mother even took the stand to call him incompetent.

The capper, however, was that Jovanovic scammed roughly $300,000 using his federal informant status, fleeing to Canada before trial with a money belt full of federal cash. As a federal judge put it, Jovanovic ‘took the government and defendants for a ride.’

Federal prosecutors in Chicago took up the case and in 2005 obtained a sentence of five years probation against Adamidov for having, with Jovanovic’s help, participated in a green-card scam set up by undercover federal agents.

In 2005, the Yamhill County District Attorney’s office dropped charges against more than 40 people for purchase of small quantities of marijuana after the McMinnville News-Register revealed that its informant for those cases, a Portland man named Marc Caven, had a long history of entrapment and deceptive tactics – a history that had led to his conviction more than two decades previous.

That same year, a federal prosecution of secondhand stores in Portland for trafficking in shoplifted goods from 10 states led to claims that the use of informants had gone too far.

Defense lawyers argued that FBI tactics in the case amounted to outrageous governmental misconduct, pointing to documents showing that one undercover informant had driven heroin-addicted boosters, many of whom did not have cars, all over the West to steal goods.

The informant even helped them buy the drugs that kept the junkies functional enough to steal.

Prosecutors and the FBI denied any line was crossed, and a federal judge last year agreed the defense had not met the high standards of proof required to throw out the case.

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

2nd ex-New Orleans cop takes plea deal in Hispanic beating

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A second ex-New Orleans police officer took a plea deal Wednesday in a case where the officers allegedly beat a Hispanic man and called him a “fake American.”

WDSU-TV reports that Spencer Sutton pleaded no contest to disturbing the peace. He had originally been charged with battery. He received a suspended 10-day sentence and agreed to pay $5,000 to the victim, Jorge Gomez, who was beaten unconscious.

John Galman, the other officer in the case, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery in February. Galman received a 30-day suspended sentence and a year’s probation.

Both officers, who are white and were off-duty at the time of the incident, had been on the force less than a year and both were fired a day after the July 24, 2018, beating.

Gomez, who was born in the United States, raised in Honduras and served in the U.S. Army, is suing the city.

A police report says Galman claimed Gomez was “stealing valor” by wearing a military camouflage-style outfit.

Gomez filed a federal lawsuit against the city, Galman and Sutton last month, saying the two then-police officers “spewed vicious, racist and nativist epithets” at him “and told him to ‘go back’ to the place he was from.”

The New Orleans Police Department has been implementing reforms under a court-backed agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice after an extensive investigation resulted in a 2011 report criticizing a wide array of department policies and practices, including allegations of discriminatory policing, racial profiling and unnecessary use of force,

The department issued a statement last month in response to Gomez’s lawsuit.

“While the NOPD generally does not comment on pending litigation matters, members of our department are expected to comply with the law at all times and adhere to the highest standards of professional conduct, whether on- or off-duty,” the release said. “In this case, the swift pace at which the Public Integrity Bureau investigated this incident and the decisive actions taken by the department to arrest and terminate these individuals clearly demonstrates NOPD’s refusal to tolerate such behavior.” Continue reading: We can’t trust police to protect us from racist violence. They contribute to it

US State Department employee is prominent white nationalist leader, report says

An explosive new report says a US State Department official was the head of a Washington chapter for a white nationalist group and published extremist propaganda online.

Matthew Gebert, who serves as a foreign affairs officer in the State Department’s Bureau of Energy Resources, actively promoted white nationalist sentiments and was a prominent member of white nationalism circles, the Southern Poverty Law Centre’s Hatewatch reported Wednesday.

Hatewatch said Mr Gebert often discussed the need for a country exclusively built for white people that featured a “nuclear deterrent.” His wife, Anna Vuckovic, was also a blogger who published white nationalist views, according to the report.

The two went by the pseudonyms “Coach Finstock” and “Wolfie James,” according to the researchers’ sources.

They also regularly invited other white nationalists over their house in Leesburg, Virginia, Hatewatch reported.

“[Whites] need a country of our own with nukes, and we will retake this thing lickety split,” Mr Gebert reportedly said on a podcast last year while using his alias.

“That’s all that we need,” he added, “we need a country founded for white people with a nuclear deterrent. And you watch how the world trembles.”

Mr Gebert first joined the State Department as a fellow in 2013 before eventually being promoted to his current position at the Bureau of Energy Resources.

In 2017, Mr Gebert said he was “prepared” to lose his career and paycheck in order to continue promoting white nationalist ideologies, according to Hatewatch.

“There are bigger things than a career and a paycheck, and I don’t want to lose mine,” he reportedly said in a podcast at the time. “I am prepared to lose mine. Because this is the most important thing to me in my life … in tandem with my family, of course.”

The team of researchers at Hatewatch said they used open-source intelligence methods to connect Mr Gebert to the Twitter handles and online pseudonyms he used to reportedly promote his ideologies.

His wife also reportedly shared racist sentiments while offering dating and parenting advice for white nationalists on the right-wing site The Right Stuff.

It was previously reported in July 2018 that Mr Gebert donated $200 (£165) to a Republican congressional candidate in Wisconsin who was condemned for promoting anti-Semitic views on Twitter.

Neither Mr Gebert nor the State Department have commented on Hatewatch’s reporting. Continue reading: We can’t trust police to protect us from racist violence. They contribute to it

Deputy was on duty when he tried to have sex with minor in predator sting

A sting by Richland County Sheriff’s Department to arrest child sex predators and people looking to buy sex ended with arrests warrants for 28 people, including one of the department’s own deputies who was on duty when he was arrested.

Operation Relentless Guardian netted 14 child sex predators over five days last week. Deputies arrested five people and nine more have pending arrest warrants, Sheriff Leon Lott said.

At a Tuesday news conference, Lott announced the arrest, standing with officials from 12 other law enforcement agencies that assisted in the operation, including the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office, Aiken County Sheriff’s Office and the Attorney General’s Office.

To make the predator arrests, deputies pretended to be girls from 13 to 15 years old and chatted with men over social media and other sites, investigators said. The men solicited sex and arranged to meet at a home that was donated to the department for the operation. When the men arrived, deputies arrested them.

One of the men arrested was former Richland County Deputy Derek Vandenham. Vandenham talked with a girl he thought was 15 years old and solicited sex, according to the department. When investigators found out the man on the other side of the conversation was a Richland deputy, Lott said he was informed and let the undercover work continue. Investigators changed the location where Vandenham was to meet so he wouldn’t know he was about to be arrested.

Vandenham showed up to the house to have sex with the girl while on duty, in his patrol car and in uniform, according to Lott.

“That was something that made me sick to my stomach,” Lott said, “that one of my deputies that I trust, that we put out here in the community, is one of these monsters.”

Lott immediately fired the deputy and informed South Carolina’s police licensing agency so Vandenham can’t become a police officer again.

Lott said the arrest was one the most frustrating moments of his law enforcement career and “disgusted” him.

Deputies arrested four others who showed up for sex with teenage girls or “travels,” as law enforcement called them for the amount of miles they were willing to go to have sex with juveniles, according to Lott. Some traveled hundreds of miles, including one man from Georgia and another from Florida. Another man from Ohio is wanted from the sting.

“Some of them we work with, like a deputy sheriff . . . some of them we go to church with,” Lott said. “But we’ve got monsters that live in our community.”

The men are accused of asking minors for sex, sending nude photos of themselves or attempted sexual exploitation.

“Some people make the argument these are victimless crimes,” Attorney General Alan Wilson said. 

“When you peddle child porn . . . you’re supporting or creating the market for child porn and you’re creating the market for people trying to go out and solicit sex with children.”

Wilson said people trying to buy sex do a similar misdeed. Those suspects support a market for human trafficking.

“It’s a supply and demand issue,” Wilson said. “Obviously you attack the supply, but sometimes you have to attack the demand.”

Investigators also arrested men soliciting prostitution from women they believed were of age, including the arrest of former state transportation commissioner John Hardee.

The department charged 14 men with solicitation of prostitution. During one arrest, a man tried to escape and attempted to run over four deputies, Lott said. He was charged with four counts of attempted murder. Another man charged was an airline pilot set to fly out the next day, according to Lott.

“The internet is like the new wild, wild West. It’s the new frontier,” Wilson said. “This is the new generation of law enforcement officers who are out there on that new frontier chasing down these types of predators.”

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Judge orders release of Missouri man imprisoned 2 decades

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A judge ordered the release Thursday of a Missouri inmate who was imprisoned for more than 20 years for a double murder, a day after overturning his conviction.

DeKalb County Judge Daren Adkins said in his order that prosecutors didn’t object to 44-year-old Ricky Kidd being freed pending further proceedings in the case. Adkins issued the order one day after finding that there was “clear and convincing” evidence that Kidd was innocent of the February 1996 deaths of George Bryant and Oscar Bridges in Kansas City. Adkins gave prosecutors 30 days to decide whether to retry him.

Kidd, who had been held at a prison in Cameron, was greeted by a crowd of well-wishers, including his daughter, who hadn’t been born when he was locked up. He said he was elated but angry about the years he spent behind bars.

“We all should be angry, taxpayers who foot the bill for 23 years paying for the wrong person to be in prison, while the real individuals are out there,” he told The Kansas City Star.

Court records show that Kidd, who was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the two first-degree murder convictions, told authorities he was with his girlfriend at the time of the killings. 

Eyewitnesses who testified against him later recanted, the records show.

Chris Nuelle, spokesman for Attorney General Eric Schmitt, said the office is examining the order and couldn’t immediately comment. He said the office hasn’t made a decision about whether to retry Kidd. Until the state makes a decision, he will live with his sister in Kansas City and is barred from leaving the state.

The Missouri attorney general’s office, led by then-top prosecutor Jay Nixon, handled the original prosecution. Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said her office also is reviewing the case.

A police officer who arrived at Bryant’s home after the killings found his 4-year-old daughter in the garage crying, still on the phone with a 911 operator. Bryant was lying in a pool of blood in the snow in his front yard. Police then found Bridges’ body in Bryant’s basement with his feet, hands and mouth bound with duct tape. He had been shot twice in the back of the head.

Kidd and Marcus Merrill were convicted, while only Merrill confessed. Adkins’ order said evidence pointed to Merrill and two other men as the real killers. Continue reading: (About) Kaepernick National Anthem / Police Brutality Protest