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A Republican running for office in California’s 37th congressional district is sounding the alarm about some shocking information he recently uncovered concerning the gross misuse of taxpayer dollars by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Ron Bassilian, an information technology (IT) guru who specializes in Microsoft’s Exchange enterprise email solution software, has offered up solid proof that the CDC knowingly diverted at least $3 million in taxpayer funding to leftist groups that have nothing to do with science.
Back in 2014, Representative Karen Bass, a Democratic congresswoman from California, was seen handing over a giant $3 million check to a local group known as the South Los Angeles Healthcare Organizing Project that claims to advocate for improving the health of the poor. And emblazoned on the check as the payer was none other than the CDC.
But what, exactly, is the South Los Angeles Healthcare Organizing Project, and is it really centered around improving public health? According to Bassilian, it’s actually a political advocacy group that functions as just another of many thinly-veiled Democratic campaign-pushing liberal causes – almost none of which have to do with public health.
Also known as the “Community Coalition,” this recipient of that infamous $3 million check from the CDC is not only notfocused on improving the health of poor people as its primary agenda, but is actually pushing completely unrelated causes like gun control and racial divide throughout the United States.
As pointed out by Bassilian, the Community Coalition used some of the money it received from the CDC to send children to speak at “March For Our Lives” events, including the widely publicized rally that took place in Washington, D.C., back in March.
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The Community Coalition also funds all sorts of other Democratic initiatives, including everything from the George Soros-backed “Black Lives Matter” movement to anti-gentrification initiatives – all of which are are listed on the group’s “CoCo In the News” webpage.
“Can someone please explain to me what any of these issues have to do with tackling health?” asks Bassilian, noting that it was actually a friend of his who started Community Coalition, much to his surprise.
“Shouldn’t they be dealing with something like the homeless epidemic if public disease control was something they were concerned about? You know, that epidemic that’s spreading because of the very hamstrung police this Community Coalition helped create?”
American taxpayers have inadvertently been funding Obama-era political shenanigans in the name of “public health”
It’s just more crony politics by the Democratic Party, which for years has been hijacking various government agencies like the CDC – which has an extensive track record of corruption, by the way – and using them to fund its own agenda. This is how the Democrats stay in power in places like California, after all, where fairness and honesty is now a thing of the past.
Even in his own current race for a congressional seat in the Golden State’s 37th district, Bassilian sees that his Democratic opponent is receiving millions in diverted cash in order to defeat him. It’s the continued curse of Obama-era politics, he says, and represents part of the “swamp” that President Donald Trump campaigned on defeating.
“The Democratic Party isn’t winning in California because their ideas are better, or they’re more compassionate than conservatives. It’s because they monopolized the racket,” says Bassilian.
“Your tax money is only being used in a neverending [sic] racket to fund the rent-seeking, ever-growing state which just leeches off us. Until we break the political monopoly in this state, the swamp will snare us all like so many fossils in the La Brea Tarpits.”
Read Corruption.news for more coverage of the deep corruption of government agencies.
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Throughout Africa, corrupt governments print money to finance their spending which has created an inflation epidemic on a massive scale. Just last month, citizens of South Sudan saw prices rise—thanks to government caused inflation—over 160 percent. Some countries have seen inflation rates topping 800 percent. For those struggling to get by, watching their money lose most of its value, literally overnight, is a horrifying fate. To combat this problem, many folks across the continent are switching to cryptocurrency.
One such group who is seeking to challenge the control that the corrupt governments and banks have over the value of money is Dashy Africa. The group is using cryptocurrency, DASH, in particular, to challenge the status quo and free the people of Africa from their dependency on fiat which keeps them in a perpetual state of poverty.
Dashy Africa has big plans for their fellow Africans. As they explain on their website, this project is designed to disrupt the very system that attempts to assert its control over others.
Being held bound all these years by colonialism and later neo colonialism in terms of subjugation in the political and economic stratosphere of the world, Africa has been unable to find a voice for itself in determining the direction of events in the world.
It has been the most affected victim of the world centralized economic system that gives power to the banks and financial institution to determine the freedom of how Africans are allowed to have their financial transaction.
Africa, however can be liberated from this imposed economic system that place the financial destiny of a people in the hands of a few select called “institutions”. Only a disruption in the system can liberate Africa from this kind of financial neo-colonialism.
This disruptive initiative is a decentralized form of financial operation that places no limit in an individual’s financial transaction. With the disruptive technology of digital cash offered by Dash and promoted by DASHY AFIRCA, Africans can be assured of a free market where they have full control of their money and right to determine how much they can be in control of as individuals.
Dash Force News recently spoke to Nathaniel Luz, DASH African Ambassador and Project Leader of Dashy Africa, who explained how cryptocurrency is giving power to the people by allowing them to store value without the need for banks or corrupt states issuing fiat.
As DFN reports, Nathaniel said that “Africa has lots of monetary issues that cryptocurrency can solve ranging from inflation, to international trade and remittance” and that many are already “moving their savings to cryptocurrency”. An aspect that has made cryptocurrency so popular is that “[c]ryptocurrency has restored their purchasing power in international trade” illustrated by the fact that it’s now “easier and cheaper to buy from Amazon and pay with DASH than to pay with your bank card” in many African nations.
As DASH has the lowest transaction fees and fastest confirmation times, it is a great alternative to cash whose value can drop over 100 percent almost overnight. It also makes it superior to other cryptocurrencies in this same regard.
“Favorite part of DASH is the ability to send and receive money globally, at the fastest, cheapest, private, convenient, and without restriction,” Luz explained.
As DFN reporter, Justin Szilard points out, “the ability of Dash to leverage its unique governance and treasury system in a decentralized collaboration with its community allows Dash to provide tools that help individuals accomplish their own goals by overcoming the crummy economic situation their government has caused.”
DASH cryptocurrency and The Free Thought Project have formed a partnership that will continue to spread the ideas of peace and freedom while simultaneously teaching people how to operate outside of the establishment systems of control like using cryptocurrency instead of dollars. Winning this battle is as simple as choosing to abstain from the violent corrupt old system and participating in the new and peaceful system that hands the power back to the people. DASH is this system.
DASH digital cash takes the control the banking elite has over money and gives it back to the people. It is the ultimate weapon in the battle against the money changers and information controllers.
If you’d like to start your own DASH wallet and be a part of this change and battle for peace and freedom, you can start right here. DASH is already accepted by vendors all across the world so you can begin using it immediately.
More damning truths about corruption at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have been uncovered by investigators from the World Mercury Project, revealing that the nation’s top public health agency has been actively working alongside criminal elements to hide the facts about the dangers of vaccines.
Information compiled as part of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests made by the World Mercury Project show that CDC officials gave preferential treatment to unscrupulous scientists at Aarhus University in Denmark, including the infamous Poul Thorsen who was exposed for conning American taxpayer dollars in order to manufacture false safety data about the connection between autism and vaccines.
As explained by World Mercury Project board member Brian S. Hooker, who also serves as Science Advisor at the group Focus for Health, the CDC knowingly refused to evaluate the claims made by Thorsen, even after it was revealed that he had basically stolen $1 million in grant money to pocket for himself.
At least four high-level CDC officials were informed about Thorsen’s illicit dealings in the name of science, and yet none of them did a single thing to address them, nor did they perform due diligence in taking a second look at Thorsen’s work after it was revealed that he’s nothing more than a conman posing as a science researcher. These individuals include:
• Dr. Coleen Boyle, Director of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD)
• Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp, Chief of the Developmental Disabilities Branch
• Joanne Wojcik, a Public Health Analyst at the Developmental Disabilities Branch
• Diana Schendel, a former senior epidemiologist at the NCBDDD
Multiple studies that the CDC uses as “evidence” that vaccines don’t cause autism are completely fraudulent
What these four individuals refused to do was tell the truth about multiple studies about autism that were published without undergoing the legally-required ethics clearances. These studies include the Danish Psychiatric Central Register, which was published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, and a population-based analysis of the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine, also known as MMR, that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).
“On the 30th of November 2009, Coleen Boyle, Diana Schendel, Joanne Wojcik, and Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp, along with Danish grantees, failed to report this serious ethical violation in previously published research, as well as a study near publication,” writes Hooker.
“They sought to cover their tracks on their failure to ensure Poul Thorsen had obtained all the needed ethical approvals for autism bio and genetic studies. Two studies were published in which legally required ethical permissions were apparently never applied for and granted, according to their notes. When repeatedly asked to provide them, Thorsen did not.”
What this suggests is that the CDC willfully ignored the publishing of false science in defense of vaccines like MMR that other independent studies have linked to causing autism. They also looked the other way in trying to right the wrong of retrieving the stolen money that was used by Thorsen and his colleagues to publish pseudoscience in favor of vaccine industry interests.
Both papers, in other words, should have been immediately retracted and comprehensively scrutinized before even being reconsidered for republication. But instead, the CDC pretended as though nothing had happened, and continues to this very day to peddle the lie that all vaccines are completely safe and effective.
“… [T]he seminal Denmark study on the MMR and autism, used to ‘debunk’ the vaccine-autism hypothesis both in the Institute of Medicine’s 2004 report ‘Vaccines and Autism’ as well as in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program’s Omnibus Autism Proceedings, is an illegal study,” adds Hooker.
You can read Hooker’s full analysis of CDC corruption by visiting the World Mercury Project.
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San Diego, CA — Even though the First Amendment of the US Constitution states “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press,” one California reporter says she has been targeted by San Diego County for her investigative reports detailing extraordinary number of deaths of inmates in the county’s jails. Local journalist and Voice of San Diego (VOSD) contributor Kelly Davis has been pressured to reveal her sources and has been hauled in to court to defend her reporting.
In what is shaping out to be a clear violation of the Constitution, Davis’ report chronicled 60 inmate deaths in local jails from 2007 to 2012. The report should have been a wake-up call for jailers to work harder to keep people from getting killed or committing suicide while in custody, but VOSD said it was anything but a call to action.
Instead, the county’s attorney’s turned their attention and set their sights on one of the reporters covering the story. “They’ve upended her life, forcing her to do one of three things — expose sources by testifying about her work, agree to a deal that would protect her fragile health at the expense of harming the widow’s case or fight back,” writes VOSD.
In a blatant overreach of government, the attorneys issued several demands of the journalist:
The county demanded that Davis give testimony in a deposition and provide all the documents, notes and recordings that she used in her reporting about the county’s high jail mortality and suicide rates. It also demanded her communications with the widow’s attorneys regarding jail suicides.
Davis refused. Not only is she fighting to save her career and her independent rights to reporting without disclosing sources, she’s also fighting an advanced stage of breast cancer. She wonders openly if lawyers are trying to intimidate her.
I am just wondering if they are trying to intimidate me.
Davis got roped into a lawsuit brought about by Kris Nesmith’s widow. Nesmith, a veteran committed suicide while in jail, despite being warned by his widow he was suicidal. The county then named Davis as a party in the lawsuit and demanded Davis’ notes, statistics, interviewee’s names—everything she had on the deaths taking place in the jails. Her lawyers contended the data was a matter of public record and she would not turn over her private journalist files.
For the moment, the judge is on Davis’ side, telling the county the news stories should have been a wake-up call for the county to take action and implement a proper suicide-prevention policy.
It is plausible that if the County had reacted to the prior suicide incidents by implementing an appropriate suicide prevention policy or by remedying the alleged custom of indifference, Kris’s suicidal ideations would not have been ignored.
Earlier this month, the judge also ruled Davis would not have to disclose any information to the county’s lawyers. Davis was relieved and told reporters:
You want journalists to be free to do their stories and to gather their research, talk to their sources, without worrying that someone is looking over their shoulder.
While Davis’ case may seem like an isolated one, news media organizations all across the United States are under attack, particularly accused of being purveyors of “fake news” and threatened with censorship. Facebook, which used to be known for allowing freedom of speech from differing points of view, has recently implemented its new “algorithm” which supposedly chooses for its users what news they should see.
Predictably, alternative points of view have been weeded out to disallow the previously permitted free speech of its content creators. The measure has hurt the freedom of the press to disseminate the news. For now, Facebook is getting away with it. However, lawsuits will likely decide just how far, like San Diego County, Facebook can go to prevent the free exercise of the press.
by: Mike Adams
(Natural News) Damning new texts among deep state Obama regime operatives have surfaced, revealing that former president Barack Obama was fully aware of the FBI’s treasonous actions that exonerated Hillary Clinton of multiple felony crimes, despite the corrupt FBI possessing clear evidence of those crimes.
“FBI lovers” Peter Strzok and Lisa Page exchanged tens of thousands of messages that the discredited FBI tried to hide from present-day congressional investigators, but those messages were recovered and have been slowly leaked to the media. The latest leak reveals that Obama “wants to know everything” about the Hillary Clinton investigation, confirming that Strzok and Page — both likely facing serious criminal indictments related to treason — prepared to brief Obama on the details of their criminal operation to exonerate Hillary.
The bombshell story was broken by Fox News:
Newly revealed text messages between FBI paramours Peter Strzok and Lisa Page include an exchange about preparing talking points for then-FBI Director James Comey to give to President Obama, who wanted “to know everything we’re doing.”
The message, from Page to Strzok, was among thousands of texts between the lovers reviewed by Fox News. The pair both worked at one point for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Page wrote to Strzok on Sept. 2, 2016, about prepping Comey because “potus wants to know everything we’re doing.” According to a newly released Senate report, this text raises questions about Obama’s personal involvement in the Clinton email investigation.
In texts previously revealed, Strzok and Page have shown their disdain for Republicans in general, as well as Trump, calling him a “f—ing idiot,” among other insults.
Among the newly disclosed texts, Strzok also calls Virginians who voted against then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s wife for a state Senate seat “ignorant hillbillys.” (sic)
See all the documents yourself at this Senate.gov link.
Obama lied to America, said he “guaranteed” he would not get involved in the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton
To the surprise of no one who is fully informed of the criminality and treasonous actions of Barack Hussein Obama, the former president “guaranteed” he wouldn’t get involved in the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton. We now know he lied, but this is routine for Obama, who constantly lied to the American public about almost everything that mattered.
Here’s exactly what Obama said in a 2016 interview, courtesy of Grabien news:
OBAMA: “I can guarantee. I can guarantee that not because I give Attorney General [Loretta] Lynch a directive, that is institutionally how we have always operated. I do not talk to the Attorney General about pending investigations. I do not talk to FBI directors about pending investigations. We have a strict line and always have maintained it. I guarantee it. I guarantee that there is no political influence in any investigation conducted by the Justice Department or the FBI, not just in this case but in any case. Period. Nobody gets treated differently when it comes to the Justice Department because nobody is above the law.”
WALLACE: “Even if she ends up as the Democratic nominee?”
OBAMA: “How many times do I have to say it, Chris? Guaranteed.”
“You know, this previous administration—the Obama administration—micromanaged everything out of the White House,” warned Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) in a Breitbart News Daily interview. He went on to add:
And I challenge people, remember the Syrian strikes that were actually handpicked and dictated by the president at that time. This gentleman was involved in everything. That’s where all this leads. When you look at the cover-up with the email scandal with Hillary Clinton, it gets—it should have pointed out exactly what we’ve been talking about, that this was the weaponization of our Justice Department not only to cover up for the previous administration and the wrongdoing and ills of them and those associated with them, but also to attack a sitting president—actually a candidate at the time, then president-elect and then a current, sitting president you know of an opposition party. This is outrageous, and you are exactly right we have got to get to the bottom of this so that people are held accountable because that is what America wants.
Now we know Obama was a liar and top FBI officials were committing treason
With the revelations found in these shocking texts, however, we now know that Obama lied to cover up his complicity in the FBI’s treasonous activities to alter the outcome of the election. As the UK Daily Mail reports:
An FBI lawyer wrote in a text to her lover in late 2016 that then-president Barack Obama wanted updates on the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
Two months before the presidential election, Lisa Page wrote to fellow FBI official Peter Strzok that she was working on a memo for then-FBI director James Comey because Obama ‘wants to know everything we’re doing.’
The September 2, 2016 text message was among more 50,000 texts the pair sent during a two-year extramarital affair.
Strzok was the lead investigator on the probe examining Clinton’s illicit use of a private email server to handle her official State Department messages while she was America’s top diplomat. He was later a member of special counsel Robert Mueller’s team investigating alleged links between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia.
Could Obama face criminal charges for his role in the FBI cover-up?
It’s unlikely that Obama could face criminal charges, because the actions of a sitting president enjoy significant constitutional protections. Hillary Clinton, however, is clearly facing multiple criminal indictments for obstruction of justice, destruction of evidence, violation of national security protocols, selling of influence (corruption) and more. Although the investigation may take 1-2 years, if evidence and the law are followed, Hillary Clinton will eventually end up indicted on multiple felony charges.
“The tide is turning and the real crooks are slowly being identified,” reports The Gateway Pundit. “Corrupt lovers Strzok and Page both worked at the FBI. As a matter of fact, they were both very high up at the FBI and are both very corrupt. Strzok is famous for his activities in protecting Hillary Clinton from criminal charges in 2016.”
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The shocking revelations uncovered in yesterday’s release of the FISA memo reveal a pattern of treason among top officials at the FBI and DOJ, warns Congressman Paul Gosar of Arizona. The FISA memo documented how the most powerful law enforcement elements of the United States government were weaponized under President Obama to illegally spy on Republican political targets. A secret FISA warrant application that gained approval for the spying operation was fraudulently engineered, relying largely on a fictional “dossier” of salacious lies that was largely funded by the Clinton campaign.
Furthermore, false stories were planted in left-wing media outlets to lend “credence” to the fake dossier, and publishers such as Mother Jones, CNN, NYT and the Washington Post gladly played along as propaganda puppets in this dangerous charade. In effect, the left-wing media, FBI, DOJ, Clinton operatives and Obama administration all conspired to roll out “a coup against America,” warns Daniel Greenfield. (These tactics, interestingly enough, mirror the fraud, deceptions and militant “dark ops” actions of the corrupt vaccine industry, which has been extensively documented at Vaccines.news.)
“Clear and convincing evidence of treason…”
The statement released by congressman Paul Gosar cites “clear and convincing evidence of treason” and warns that the actions of Comey, McCabe, Rosenstein and others “is not just criminal but constitutes treason.”
His full statement:
The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence memorandum on the FBI abuse of FISA warrants and targeting a sitting President is not just evidence of incompetence but clear and convincing evidence of treason.
The FBI knowingly took false information from the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign and then used it to smear Donald Trump in order to hurt his campaign.
This is third world politics where the official government agencies are used as campaign attack dogs. The full throated adoption of this illegal misconduct and abuse of FISA by James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Sally Yates and Rod Rosenstein is not just criminal but constitutes treason. I will be leading a letter to the Attorney General seeking criminal prosecution against these traitors to our nation.
Finally. Let me say this to those members of Congress who fought so hard to keep the truth from the American public. Your efforts to protect a corrupt organization are duly noted. I am not surprised Sen. Flake has again cast his lot with the Democrats and those that attack true patriots. Good riddance.
My full statement on the declassified memo: pic.twitter.com/eRo6ugpWQ9
— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) February 2, 2018
Lynch, Rosenstein, Comey, McCabe, Yates and Strzok… all TREASONOUS criminals and enemies of America
The FISA memo, released by members of Congress who investigated the scandal, reveals a dangerous pattern of fraud, abuse of power and outright treason on the part of numerous Obama operatives, including Loretta Lynch, Rod Rosenstein, Jomes Comey, Andrew McCabe, Sally Yates and others. Even more shockingly, these deep state operatives literally colluded with Russian sources to develop the fictitious “Trump dossier” that they used to commit FISA court fraud. As Breitbart.com explains:
Much of the “salacious and unverified” material in the dossier came from the Russians. In other words, those disgusting dossier lies about Trump’s personal behavior came from Russian operatives. So there is no question that it was the Clinton campaign, Democrats, Steele, the FBI, and DOJ who colluded with the Russians to rig a presidential election.
In an effort to prevent these shocking details from being made public, the FBI withheld details from Congress for months. Even more disturbingly, Rod Rosenstein reportedly threatened House Intelligence Committee members to try to prevent them from approving public release of the memo.
Democrats APPROVE of treason, as long as it targets their political enemies
To the alarm of many observers, there isn’t a single prominent Democrat or left-wing media organization that has denounced the gross abuse of power detailed in the FISA memo. Without exception, every left-wing media outlet and Democrat lawmaker remains complicit in the treason, even sometimes endorsing the tactics as “necessary” to remove a President that was elected by the will of the People through a lawful democratic process.
This realization proves just how dangerous the Left Cult has become, demonstrating that they are totalitarians through and through, believing that the “proper” role of government is to be deployed as a weapon to destroy political opponents. In effect, as I’ve stated numerous times, these revelations prove that Democrats are not qualified to participate in any democracy. They do not honor the rule of law, and they reject the outcomes of any elections they don’t fully control. It’s clear from these events that Democrats are a clear and present danger to this Republic (and all its citizens).
Under current U.S. law, individuals found guilty of treason may be put to death
Today, I am calling for the arrest, indictment and prosecution of not only these individuals who committed acts of fraud and treason, but also the arrest and indictment of so-called “journalists” who took money to plant fake stories in the left-wing media. They are complicit, of course, in the treason. And it’s time they finally faced real repercussions for their role in the attempted political coup targeting our country.
Real Americas must also get prepared to defend your country against the attempted violent coup of the deranged Left, which first tried to achieve a coup via “shadow government” means, but has now been exposed. Their next gambit will involve a physical “revolt” attempt that’s likely to thrust America into a bloody civil war conflict across many U.S. cities.
Ultimately, it’s clear that Democrats respect no laws or democratic processes whatsoever and are filled with so much blinding anger and rage that they are incapable of being reasoned with. This is what makes them so dangerous to any civil society. Sooner or later, We the People are going to have to defend our country against their animated attempts to overthrow it by force.
Finally, investigations that follow the facts of the FISA memo will inescapably lead to the doorstep of both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, both of whom have deliberately acted as criminal traitors to this country. If we are to take back this country from the deep state shadow government, both Clinton and Obama must be arrested and indicted for their roles in these high crimes of treason that targeted our sacred Republic. It’s likely that Obama will never actually face criminal indictment due to the protections inherent in the Office of the Presidency, but Hillary Clinton’s crimes of theft of government property, destruction of evidence, mishandling of secret materials and criminal conspiracy enjoy no such protections.
If Clinton is not ultimately indicted before the end of 2020, then we have forever lost our country to the swamp. This is the key milestone to watch. It is the true litmus test of whether the United States of America is a nation with true equality under the law. It’s even ironic, by the way, that Hillary Clinton demands “equality” when it comes to gender and social issues, yet she has never been held to anything resembling equal accountability under the law.
Perhaps that day is finally coming in the near future.
Melissa: May I pour you one?
Cristal: Ha. My husband is also my boss, and he might not approve of his COO day-drinking.
Melissa: Well, you two are just so adorable. I remember when I used to care what Paul thought of me. That’s what’s so nice about the honeymoon period that you and Blake are in.
Cristal: Well, we’ve definitely had our ups and downs, but I’m making sure the honeymoon keeps on going.
Melissa: You seem very smart, Cristal.
Melissa: I’m gonna give you some advice. Being married to someone as powerful as Blake can wipe out your identity. It is up to you to be true to yourself.
Cristal: Well, with all due respect, you and I are very different that way. Blake married me for who I am.
Melissa: Oh, of course. It’s just… I didn’t notice it at first, either. I just started making small compromises and looking the other way to support my husband. The next thing you know, I was in too deep. But what’s integrity when you can have this bracelet? It cost more than the home I grew up in.
Cristal: Well, I’m never gonna be anything like that.
Melissa: Well, you probably won’t feel that way after my husband’s speech tonight.
Cristal: Why is that?
Melissa: Nobody knows this, but Paul is taking a new anti-immigration stance. Build the wall, SB 1070 kind of stuff. Surely, for someone like you, that’s a hard pill to swallow just to support your husband.
Baltimore, MD — (ZH) Over the past year, the Baltimore Police Department has undoubtedly gained national attention in a corruption scandal involving the Gun Trace Task Force, running wild on the streets of Baltimore.
Members of this elite group were charged with “racketeering and other corruption, accused of robbing citizens, making illegal arrests and filing for thousands of dollars in overtime they never worked,” said the Baltimore Sun.
Maurice Ward, one of the Gun Trace Task Force detectives, took the stand Tuesday in the case of officers Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor who were charged with robbery, extortion, fraud and firearm charges.
Ward’s testimony provided a somewhat shocking account of how detectives used GPS locators to follow drug dealers, and then, eventually rob them of their cash and drugs.
According to the Baltimore Sun, here are some notable and shocking moments from the testimony during Tuesday’s proceedings:
Ward testified that his squad would prowl the streets for guns and drugs, with his supervisor, Sgt. Wayne Jenkins, driving fast at groups of people and slamming on the brakes. The officers would pop their doors open to see who ran, then give chase and detain and search them. Ward said this occurred 10 to 20 times on slow nights, and more than 50 times, “easy,” on busier nights.
The officers had no reason to target the crowds other than to provoke someone who might have drugs or a gun into running. “A lot of times” guns and drugs were recovered in this way, Ward said.
Ward said Jenkins liked to profile certain vehicles for traffic stops. Honda Accords, Acura TLs, Honda Odysseys were among the “dope boy cars” that they would pull over, claiming the drivers weren’t wearing seat belts or their windows were too heavily tinted.
Ward said Jenkins also believed males over the age of 18 carrying bookbags were suspicious and attempted to stop them.
Jenkins would portray himself as a federal agent, telling drug dealers that he was taking their money and drugs but would let them go because they weren’t his ultimate target.
Ward said the officers used illegal GPS trackers to follow the movements of some targets.
Jenkins would ask suspected drug dealers, “If you could put together a crew of guys and rob the biggest drug dealer in town, who would it be?” The officers would use the answers to determine who to target, Ward said.
They’d regularly drive fast at a larger group of people, slam brakes and pop their doors to see who ran, then detain and search them. They had no reason other than trying to provoke someone. 10-20 times on slow nights, as many as 50 times others, he said
— Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) January 23, 2018
More outrageous testimony from Det Ward: they kept BB guns on hand in case they hit someone or got into a shootout and needed to plant it on someone
— Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) January 23, 2018
In Ward’s testimony, he described some detectives carried around fake guns to plant on suspects in case they got into a jam. He further detailed an incident where detectives stole $100,000 from an illegal search of a home. The testimony shows detectives were in the game of robbing drug dealers, but on a positive note, the task force removed plenty of guns from the war-torn streets.
Ward said the officers kept BB guns in their vehicles “in case we accidentally hit somebody or got into a shootout, so we could plant them.” He did not say whether the officers ever planted a BB gun on anyone.
In one incident, police took a man’s house keys, ran his name through databases to find his address, went into the home without a warrant and found drugs and a safe. The officers cracked open the safe, which had about $200,000 inside. They took $100,000 out, closed the safe back up, then filmed themselves pretending to open it for the first time. “Nobody touch anything,” Jenkins can be heard saying on the video, which was played for jurors.
After the man’s arrest, Jenkins listened to the man’s calls made from jail. He was discussing the officers taking his money, and said he wanted to hire a good lawyer to go after them. Ward said Jenkins determined the man’s wife was arranging his legal matters, and wanted to cut her out. They wrote a note purporting to be from another woman, saying the man had gotten her pregnant, and left it in the man’s door, Ward said.
Later, Ward said Jenkins contacted him about wanting to rob the man again. They met at an apartment, where Jenkins and Detective Daniel Hersl sipped Twisted Teas and discussed a robbery. Another time, he proposed a different robbery, and showed the officers a large black bag that was full of balaclava ski masks, black clothing and shoes. Another bag contained tools such as a crow bar, battering ram, and a rope with a grappling hook. “I didn’t understand that part,” Ward said of the grappling hook. Both bags were emptied out for jurors in the courtroom.
A federal prosecutor described the elite team of Baltimore detectives as a “perfect storm” of corruption in the opening arguments at the Gun Trace Task Force trial on Tuesday.
Justin Fenton, a crime reporter for the Baltimore Sun provides more updates on the ongoing trial:
Midday update: Corrupt Baltimore officer testifies about leaks that warned unit of investigations into their misconduct https://t.co/ZBJeaEWWbj
— Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) January 25, 2018
Just now in GTTF trial: prosecutors showed a realistic-looking BB gun recovered from the glove box of Det Taylor’s vehicle. Earlier Ward said Jenkins told them to carry BB guns in case they got into bad situation and had to plant one
— Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) January 25, 2018
An FBI public corruption task force officer also said they seized a badge from Taylor that had someone else’s badge number – the task force officer’s!
— Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) January 25, 2018
Apparently officers can request duplicate badges. This officer now charged with committing crimes for years had a duplicate badge in the number of an FBI task force officer who investigates police !
— Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) January 25, 2018
Filed for print: Former drug dealer testifies he called internal affairs after @BaltimorePolice raided his home and took $24,000 but said they only seized $7,650. “If you steal candy from the store, you’re going to keep doing it” https://t.co/ZBJeaEWWbj
— Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) January 25, 2018
Source Article from http://thefreethoughtproject.com/baltimore-cops-admitting-guns-corruption/