WATCH: Security Drags Woman from Hearing for Exposing Big Oil Bribes to Politicians


West Virginia — (RT) A candidate for the West Virginia House of Delegates was dragged out of a hearing after listing the donations received by state lawmakers from fossil fuel companies. She was testifying on a bill on oil and gas drilling rules.

Lissa Lucas was criticizing a proposed bill, HB 4268, which would allow oil and gas companies to drill on private land with the consent of just 75 percent of the landowners. Energy companies are currently required to have 100 percent approval from landowners before they can extract gas and minerals from land.

As part of her testimony, she read out the list of names of lawmakers who received sizeable donations from fossil fuel companies. Her testimony elicited a less than warm reception from the legislature.

“The people who are going to be speaking in favor of this bill are all going to be paid by the industry … the people who are going to be voting on this bill are often also paid by the industry,” Lucas said.

Lucas was ordered by House Judiciary Committee members to desist from making “personal comments” about members. As Lucas persisted, her microphone was cut off. When lawmakers refused to let her finish speaking, she told them to “drag me off.” Security was called and in a video of the incident she can be seen being dragged from the floor.

“I got dragged out of House chambers … Because I was listing out who has been donating to Delegates on the Judiciary Committee,” Lucas wrote on her blog.

The names include Delegate Charlotte Lane who received 20 percent of her campaign donations from energy firms, and Delegate Jason Harshbarger who received 38 percent, according to Lucas.

Lucas took further aim at the alleged cosy relationship enjoyed by lawmakers and big energy lobbyists. “While lobbyists have the money to buy your time at fancy gatherings like the Wine and Whisky gala at the Marriott on Wednesday—members of the public have been allotted just about two minutes,” Lucas said.

State lawmakers are “getting paid to hand over your property rights to corporations,” Lucas wrote on her blog.

Lucas is a Democratic candidate for District 7 of the West Virginia House of Delegates. She had travelled to the House from her home 100 miles away in Cairo (WV) the previous day to ensure she would make her slot to speak on the issue. “I got [to the West Virginia House of Delegates] early and then I sat outside in the cold and sat on the concrete until they opened the doors, and then I got to the chambers really early,” she told The Intercept.

The bill was passed by the committee and will move to the lower House and state Senate for a full vote.

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AZ Breakfast Club Sat 01-06-18 — Update Morpheus Hearing; Anarchapulco 2018; Freedom Summit


THE PRICE FOR THE MEETING IS $10 – The food is free!

Join us for the January 6th, 2018 meeting of the Arizona Breakfast Club held at the Hancock’s from 8-10 am AZ/MOUNTAIN TIME. Discussion will include an update on Morpheus’s hearing, Anarchapulco 2018, Freedom Summit 2018, Predictions, etc…



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The Arizona Breakfast Club first came together, in 1969, founded by Harry Everingham. Harry had been a conservative activist since World War II, publishing the American Patriot and leading We The People, a national organization.

Harry came to Arizona from Chicago, and had been discussing the issues of the 1968 election campaign with friends over coffee. The discussions were good, and a decision was made to create a club for political discourse. The Arizona Breakfast Club opened its first public meeting in January of 1970 to fight for freedom in a patriotic forum where our faith in God, our constitutional republic, and productive economy would be championed. The club was to rally conservatives and to educate people about the state of the nation and their American Heritage of liberty.

Senator Barry Goldwater, Arizona’s Statesman, and often one of our guests at the podium, best outlined our desires for good government when he said: “I have little interest for streamlining government or making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the constitution, or that have failed in their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is ‘needed’ before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents’ interests, I shall reply that I was informed that their main interest is liberty and in that cause I am doing the very best I can.”

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01-04-18 — Dr. Phranq Tamburri Guest Host – Theo Chino – Tim Picciotte – Morpheus Hearing — LIVE

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Dr. Phranq Tamburri, NMD (The Trump Report) Guest Hosts the show while Ernest Hancock (Publisher Freedom’s Phoenix), Theo Chino (NY Bit Licence Lawsuit), and Tim Picciott (The Libertarian Advisor) attend a motion hearing for Morpheus where they will provide updates as they can as to what is going on in the hearing…

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Arizona Bitcoin Case – Motions Hearing Thursday

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Motion Hearing set for 1/4/2018 at 9:00 AM in Courtroom 602, 401 West Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003 before Judge G Murray Snow. For those following this case, there are motions and responses on the website that are worth your consideration. A goood showing in the courtroom may be helpful. Please consider attending. It should be an instructive morning.

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Hearing for Persecuted Palestinian Poet Postponed

Hearing for Persecuted Palestinian Poet Postponed

by Stephen Lendman ( – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Arab Israeli poet Dareen Tatour was imprisoned multiple times for criticizing repressive Israeli policies.

Most recently, she’s been alternatively imprisoned and held under house arrest since 2015 for the duration of her trial – accused for the crime of poetry, daring to criticize Israeli repression.

From “A Poet Behind Bars,” she wrote her “poem stands accused, my poem morphs into a crime. In the land of freedom, the artist’s fate is prison.”

It was translated into 10 languages explaining Israeli injustice, the cross she bears “from (her) toes to the top of (her) head.”

She’s a “poet in prison” for writing impassioned words, one of countless Palestinian victims of Israeli ruthlessness, punished for the power of her words – on phony charges of “incitement to violence” and “support for a terrorist organization.”

Her scheduled court hearing was postponed until January, her case attracting worldwide attention from other poets and authors.

She’s charged but convicted of nothing, Israel delaying proceedings to keep her silenced.

Attorney Abed Fahoum said he’s “seen the prosecution as obstinate as it has been in Dareen’s case,” adding:

“I believe that they aim to use her to intimidate and silence all Palestinians.”

During her April 2016 court hearing, a witness to the proceedings said the following:

“The prosecution started to rest her case by bringing the policemen that translated the ‘Qawem’ poem to Hebrew.” 

“The scene was completely surrealistic. Poems, by their very nature, are contradictory to the concept of ‘proven beyond reasonable doubt’ that stands at the heart of the criminal law.” 

A policeman “witness was struggling with the ambiguities of the poem’s words, supplying his intuitive interpretation to the phrases.” 

“We were torn between the urge to laugh loudly and bewilderment at the knowledge that the freedom of our dear Dareen depends on this nonsense.”

“He testified breezily that his competence was based on studying literature at high school and his love for the Arab language.” 

“They are confident they can rob Dareen of her freedom according to an interpretation of her poem without even caring to bring a proper translator!”

Charges against her are from one of her impassioned poems, urging an intifada to support free access to the Al-Aqsa Mosque for all Muslims, and calling a Palestinian woman shot by Israeli police “the next martyr” – her remarks posted online.

PEN America (part of PEN International) took up her case last year. The organization “stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect open expression in the United States and worldwide,” its web site states, adding:

“We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world.  Our mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible.” 

In defense of Dareer, it said the following:

Her “prosecution…is of particular concern, as it not only threatens principles of free expression for Palestinian authors, but also represents more broadly an attempt by the Israeli government to litigate the meaning of a piece of literature.” 

“The government has based their case primarily on Tatour’s use of the word shahid, both within her poem and in an October 9, 2015, Facebook post of a photograph of Isra’a Abed, an Arab-Israeli woman shot by security officers.”

Israel remains hostile toward “solidarity efforts” supporting Dareer. “Artists outside Israel and Palestine have…been coordinating support for” her.

Thousands signed a petition calling for her immediate release. In summer 2016, she hoped “public pressure (would) force  the Israeli authorities to reconsider the persecution of Palestinian artists, writers and young activists just because they express their rejection of oppression.”

Ziofascists running Israel are unrelenting. Dareen’s persecution continues.

Here’s the poem translated into English, resulting in one of the charges against her:

“Resist, My People, Resist Them

In Jerusalem, I dressed my wounds and breathed my sorrows

And carried the soul in my palm

For an Arab Palestine.

I will not succumb to the “peaceful solution,”

Never lower my flags

Until I evict them from my land.

I cast them aside for a coming time.

Resist, my people, resist them.

Resist the settler’s robbery

And follow the caravan of martyrs.

Shred the disgraceful constitution

Which imposed degradation and humiliation

And deterred us from restoring justice.

They burned blameless children;

As for Hadil, they sniped her in public,

Killed her in broad daylight.

Resist, my people, resist them.

Resist the colonialist’s onslaught.

Pay no mind to his agents among us

Who chain us with the peaceful illusion. 

Do not fear doubtful tongues;

The truth in your heart is stronger,

As long as you resist in a land

That has lived through raids and victory.

So Ali called from his grave:

Resist, my rebellious people.

Write me as prose on the agarwood;

My remains have you as a response.

Resist, my people, resist them.

Resist, my people, resist them.”

Like Marwan Barghouti, Amed Saadat, Ahed Tamimi and other courageous Palestinian figures, Dareen Tatour is persecuted for championing the rights of her people.

Their liberating struggle continues against a vicious occupying power.

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WATCH: Cops Beat Unarmed Man to Near Death With Batons ‘Like Rodney King’ – Hearing Begins


San Francisco, CA – A preliminary hearing began Monday for two former Alameda County Sheriff’s Department officers accused of excessive force after a video showing their savage assault went public.

Pulling no punches, Public Defender Jeff Adachi said the encounter was “reminiscent of Rodney King,” and excessive force was clearly used by the two deputies. But excessive force is only part of their problem.

The video was released by the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, after being contacted by witnesses to the vicious attack. Months later, some of those witnesses came forward with claims that the cops bribed them not to say anything and that the deputies took a “trophy photo” of their victim, Stanislav Petrov.

At the 7-minute mark in the video, you can see a deputy posing with the bloodied man for his “trophy” photo.

In the video, deputies Luis Santamaria and Paul Wieber are seen chasing Petrov down an alley when Petrov decidedly stops and surrenders. Petrov is then shoved to the ground and severely beaten about the head and body with police batons. His attorney, Mike Haddad, said that his client suffered a concussion and broke nearly every finger bone in his hands.

For this vicious assault, in April of this year, Petrov received a $5.5 million settlement.

“We said we were going to hold Alameda County and the involved deputies accountable and we did,” Haddad said. “This result should serve as a deterrent to law enforcement officers who would abuse their authority and beat a man who was trying to surrender, as these deputies did.”

When speaking about the homeless witnesses who were bribed by the cops to remain silent, Haddad said, “We’ve learned from witnesses that they stole a valuable gold necklace from Stanislav and then they gave it to these witnesses who saw what happened to basically bribe them and silence them.”

Jerome Allen and his wife Haley Harris were living in a tent on the corner during the beating that night.

KTVU reports:

“They came up to me and the first thing they said was did you like the show?” said Allen. Allen said two deputies approached him. One of them handed him some items that belonged to Petrov. “The other cop came around the corner and said, ‘Hey, I found something: don’t spend it all in one spot.’ And he passed me a very nice gold chain with a large medallion cross on it, with diamonds, Turkish gold.”


Harris drew KTVU Fox 2’s Tara Moriarty a picture of the medallion which the couple hawked for $1,500. They said they spent the money on food, clothes and shoes. We found what appears to be the missing necklace on Petrov’s Facebook page.


Allen said he was taken aback by the deputy’s offering. “At first I look around, ‘Is this being recorded or something?’ You know, like they were trying to set me up or something? And I’m like, well, they want me to be quiet; they want me to not say something about that ass whooping they just gave him.”

This gold chain was later seen in the officer’s hand on the surveillance video—confirming their story.

Aside from the man’s jewelry, the deputy gave the homeless couple money, crystal meth, and some Newport cigarettes.

After the department found out about the bribe, the officer in question was suspended and is no longer with the department. However, former deputy Sean Osborne has never been charged criminally in spite of the damning evidence against him.

“This is absolutely unacceptable, if true, it will not be tolerated,” Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. J.D. Nelson told reporters last year. “They are no better than the criminals they arrest, if these allegations are true.”

“Nobody bribes witnesses when they’re innocent,” said Haddad. And judging from when the officers wrote their reports, they are clearly not innocent.

Haddad noted that the deputies obviously wrote their reports after they had seen the video so they could get their stories straight.

“The deputies waited four days to write their reports,” said Haddad, “when their policy requires the reports to be completed by the end of shift.”

Deputies Luis Santamaria and Paul Wieber both wrote in their reports that they were “exhausted and dizzy” yet Wieber is the department’s fitness champion and can be seen on the agency’s Facebook page with trophies, posing with Sheriff Greg Ahern, reports KTVU.

It is important to note that Petrov was witnessed in a stolen car and led police on a low-speed 30-minute chase before he was beaten. He also rammed a police cruiser in the process. However, he had surrendered prior to this assault.

The deputies attempted to justify their actions by saying their adrenaline was rushing after this chase, but their brutal force on a surrendering man was over the top.

“The problem with that argument is that this is America and this is not a country where the government can get away with beating someone with steel batons on their head without any due process,” Haddad said, pointing out the flawed justification used by these officers.

There is also the existence of another video that is the subject of the investigation. In spite of both officers turning off their body cameras prior to the beating, one of them accidentally started recording during the assault, and the officer had no idea.

“That body cam was inadvertently put on when Deputy Wieber tackled Mr. Petrov,” explained Sgt. Ray Kelly, “and it was not discovered until after those reports were written.”

“It tarnishes my badge, it tarnishes everybody’s badge and we don’t like it,” declared Sgt. Nelson.

Hopefully, as this trial gets underway, these two abusive cops are held accountable and serve as an example to other police that savagely beating a surrendering person as if you are the judge, jury, and executioner—will not be tolerated.

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Yugoslav war criminal dies after drinking 'poison' to end UN court hearing

Yugoslav war criminal Slobodan Praljak reportedly died after his 20-year prison sentence was upheld by a UN war crimes tribunal and declaring he had drunk poison.

“I am not a war criminal,” Praljak allegedly said moments before drinking from a small bottle of liquid amid gasps during the appeal hearing in The Hague, a city in western Netherlands.

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Praljak had received a 20-year sentence in 2013 for crimes against humanity he reportedly committed in the city of Mostar. Upon hearing the verdict had been upheld, the 72-year-old said: “I have taken poison.”

Carmel Agius, the presiding appeals judge, reportedly suspended the proceedings immediately after and medics were called to the courtroom.

“Okay,” Agius said. “We suspend the… We suspend… Please, the curtains. Don’t take away the glass that he used when he drank something.”

Though Croatia’s state TV has reported the death, the UN court claims it cannot confirm it.

SEE ALSO: Bosnian Serb army leader Ratko Mladic sentenced to life in prison for genocide

When asked by the Associated Press if he could confirm the incident, a spokesman for the tribunal, Nenad Golcevski, said: “I have no information to share at this point.”

According to BBC, not even the Dutch police would not comment on the report based on “sources close to Gen. Praljak.”

Praljak was a commander for Bosnian Croat defense forces. Under his governance, the UN war crimes tribunal reportedly found that he failed to make any serious efforts to stop soldiers from rounding up Muslims in Prozor back in 1993.

The war criminal also reportedly failed to act upon information surrounding the planning of murders in addition to attacks on those involved with international organizations and the destruction of Mostar’s historic Old Bridge and mosques. 

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The 'Monopoly Man' Just Owned The Senate's Equifax Hearing

Rich Uncle Pennybags apparently likes to spend his free time at Senate hearings.

A person dressed up like the iconic monocled Monopoly mascot (who, in the game, does not actually wear a monocle) was seen sitting in the audience during the Senate Banking Committee hearing on the Equifax data breach on Wednesday.

A demonstrator sits in costume behind Richard Smith, former chairman and chief executive officer of Equifax Inc., right, before a Senate Banking Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. (Bloomberg via Getty Images)A demonstrator sits in costume behind Richard Smith, former chairman and chief executive officer of Equifax Inc., right, before a Senate Banking Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. (Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Amid former Equifax CEO Richard Smith’s testimony, many photos with the mysterious Rich Uncle Pennybags in the background cropped up on social media.

The mascot’s appearance was the work of Public Citizen, a nonprofit advocacy organization that identifies itself as standing up to “corporate power” and holding the government accountable. They took credit for Pennybags’ appearance and tweeted that the intention behind the mascot’s presence was to say that “forced arbitration gives Equifax a monopoly over our justice system.”

Additionally, Amanda Werner, a campaign manager for Public Citizen, tweeted a photo of herself as the Monopoly man with the following explanation: “The Monopoly Man is here to raise attention to Equifax’s get-out-of-jail-free card, forced arb.”

Attached in that tweet is a press release from Public Citizen that features this quote by the organization’s president, Robert Weissman:

“Forced arbitration gives companies like Wells Fargo and Equifax a monopoly over our system of justice by blocking consumers’ access to the courts. The [Congressional Review Act] resolution striking down the arbitration rule is a virtual get-out-of-jail-free card for companies engaged in financial scams. It should not pass go.”

Werner told HuffPost that their appearance definitely “made the Equifax folks around me pretty uncomfortable.” 

One senator was nervous about possible “antics,” Werner said, adding that “people were waiting for me to do something to get kicked out,” but that that was obviously not the intention of the outfit. It was to “call attention [to forced arbitration], not cause a ruckus.“

Additionally, Werner said they chased down Smith as he was leaving the hearing in an effort to give him a bag of money.

“He kept walking… forcefully,” they said.

Smith testified on Tuesday during his appearance in the House Energy and Commerce Committee that he took “full responsibility” for the breach that compromised the personal details of 143 million U.S. consumers. During the Senate Banking Committee hearing, he did not appear to notice Pennybags’ presence at all. 

This article has been updated to note that the Monopoly man doesn’t wear a monocle.

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For Snubbing Glyphosate Hearing, EU Parliament Bans Monsanto Lobbyists

Monsanto lobbyists were officially barred by the European Parliament on Thursday after refusing requests to participate in hearings about the U.S. corporation’s efforts to influence regulations of its controversial glyphosate within the 28-nation bloc.

The ban was announced by the parliament’s presidential council under rules designed to combat misbehavior by those lobbying the EU’s lawmaking body. It is the first time, the Guardian notes, that

“MEPs have used new rules to withdraw parliamentary access for firms that ignore a summons to attend parliamentary inquiries or hearings.”

The Greens/EFA Group in the parliament, which had requested Monsanto’s removal after the biotech giant’s refusal, welcomed the decision.

“This is strong democracy. Those who escape democratic accountability must be excluded from access to lobbying,” said MEP Sven Giegold, financial and economic policy spokesperson for the Greens/EFA and parliament’s rapporteur for Transparency, Accountability and Integrity. “If Monsanto does business in Europe, it must also face up to its responsibilities before the European Parliament.”

The Guardian reports:

The lobby ban will be a bitter blow to Monsanto’s advocacy campaign ahead of a decision later this year about the relicensing of glyphosate, which has been linked to cancer by one expert WHO panel.

Another deemed it safe for public use, but Monsanto’s outreach to regulatory agencies in the US and Europe sparked controversy and prompted the parliamentary hearing.

Philippe Lamberts, president of the Greens/EFA, added,

“Those who ignore the rules of democracy also lose their rights as a lobbyist in the European Parliament. US corporations must also accept the democratic control function of the parliament. Monsanto cannot escape this. There remain many uncertainties in the assessment of the pesticide glyphosate. Monsanto has to face the questions of parliamentarians and should not hinder the clarification process.”

In response to the decision in Brussels, critics of the powerful company wondered if the U.S. would ever take such measures:

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