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He made an Honest Effort to Face the Music

By Barry Friedman

Feeling extremely guilty that as a young man I had bilked America's favorite mail order music club out of some 300,000 free records, I decided recently to enroll anew. I vowed that this time I would fulfill each and every membership requirement to the letter.

It's my way of giving back to a club that's been so good to me. I can't begin to count how many times I've swindled these saps, but it's just not me fault. Eleven CD's for 1 cent? Gee, it seems a little steep, but what the hell. I guess I'll gamble.

My record club pioneered the music mail-order business and in the process created the American dream for teen-agers-shoplifting by mail. I'm no financial genius, but if I were a club executive I'd have to think twice about sending Metallica CDs to a kid in Montana claiming to be named Tommy the White Ranger. At the very least, I'd suspect he probably doesn't own his own home.

When it finally dawns on them they've been h…

Take Action Against Ongoing Torture!

People in solitary confinement have been loudly awakened by guards every 30 minutes 24/7 since the night of August 2nd!

Please help stop this sleep deprivation torture.

On Nov 30th, the 119th day of interrupted sleep 48 times a day, about 20 people took part in an EMERGENCY PROTEST at CDCr headquarters in Sacramento to stop these so-called “security/welfare checks” being done every 30 minutes in the Pelican Bay SHU and other solitary units in CA prisons.

Sleep deprivation is torture, and that is what these loud, intrusive checks are causing. For people in solitary cells 23-24 hours a day, the noise and disruption every 30 minutes is unavoidable, endless torture.

Prisoners are experiencing severe stress, weight loss, dizziness, nausea, headaches, eye problems, stomach and bowel problems, faintness, depression, and sped-up heart rates. They cannot concentrate, exercise, read, do legal work- the things that help them survive- and they can’t sleep! 

STOP the 30 minute ‘checks’…

Suge Knight- getting it correct

By Alex A. Alonso Staff Writer

Cle “Bone” Sloan on the set of Straight Outta Compton, 2014
LOS ANGELES – There has been an abundance of coverage connected to Suge Knight’s most recent legal matter related to an incident that occurred in Compton. Knight visited the lunch set of the film Straight Outta Compton, uninvited and started a verbal altercation with Cle “Bone” Sloan who had been working as part of the film crew since last year. Just by coincidence, the two men crossed paths at Tam’s Burgers while Sloan was driving back to the set from the lunch location when Sloan noticed that Knight was parked in his truck on 142nd Street talking to two friends.

The high profile nature of the story has both the corporate news companies and the independent bloggers all competing for ratings, views and clicks which has led to a narrative that is mired with inaccuracies and misinformation that has confused the general public on what the facts are. The rush to meet a writing deadli…

L.A. Sheriff’s Department blamed for rise in accidental gunshots by deputies

Matt Hamilton | LA Times

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department failed to properly train deputies before equipping them with a new type of handgun, contributing to a dramatic rise in accidental shootings that continues to put officers and the public at risk, the agency’s watchdog said Wednesday.

In addition to singling out inadequate training, a report issued by the department’s inspector general faulted deputies for violating basic firearm safety rules and making mistakes when using a new light attached to the gun, the Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm.

The weapon lacks a safety lever and requires less pressure to pull the trigger than the previous department-issued handgun, the Beretta 92F.

In 2014, the second year after the new handgun began replacing the Berettas among sworn deputies, the department saw 19 accidental gunshots in the field, a 500% increase compared with 2012, the report said.

A Times story published in June highlighted the increase in accidental gunshots by deput…

US criticizes Russia over civilian deaths in Syria

By Underground Newz takes on the AP

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States criticized Russia on Tuesday for killing hundreds of civilians in airstrikes in Syria and accused Moscow of undermining hopes for a cease-fire between Bashar Assad's government and leading rebel groups.

The surprisingly sharp critique came as Washington banked on Moscow's help to launch a Syrian peace process that would allow both countries to focus on defeating the Islamic State. Negotiations between representatives of Assad's government and the opposition were expected to start next month, though hurdles remain.

EDITORS NOTE: Russia is allies with Syria so to expect them to do our bidding and protect US interest, who is not an ally of either Syria or Russia, while they come to the aid of Assad is disingenuous. The US media obviously thinks no one is paying attention but all you need to do is read the comments on these kinds of "stories" and you can see Americans are wide awake and paying atte…

Miami Gardens police chief sentenced in prostitution sting


A former Miami Gardens police chief accused of taking the bait for a "two-girl special" in a prostitution sting was sentenced Tuesday to six months' probation and must pay a $5,000 fine.

Stephen Edward Johnson, 54, of Hollywood, led Miami Gardens' police department until Feb. 27.

That's when the Broward Sheriff's Office says Johnson answered an ad on the website and negotiated with an undercover detective for a $100, 30-minute sex session with two women.

Johnson was carrying two condoms at the time he was arrested at a Dania Beach hotel, according to an arrest report. The sheriff's office released video of his arrival to the hotel room and his arrest.

The Broward state attorney's office charged Johnson with one count of soliciting for prostitution, a misdemeanor.

Johnson earned $165,000 when he led about 200 sworn officers in the 20-square mile city that is home to Sun Life Stadium, where the Miami Dolphins play.

He was fired…

FBI honors Charlotte woman fighting to save sex trafficking victims

Most of us never notice the women who slip in and out of the shadows. They're the victims of sex trafficking, a form of modern-day slavery happening every day to countless women right here in Charlotte. 

“It’s kind of like drugs. If you know what to look for, you’ll see it, but it’s very hidden,” Aimee Johnson said. 

Johnson is the executive director of Justice Ministries Rise Up program, an effort aimed to help victims get away from their traffickers and on their feet. 

“If you get pulled over and you have drugs and firearms in your car, you’re caught. But if you get pulled over and you have a girl in your car, a lot of times these girls will say that’s my boyfriend or that’s my friend,” Johnson said. 

FBI Charlotte division Special Agent Shawnda Drummond calls on Johnson often.

“Whatever time of the day or night you call and say, I have a girl that I’ve recovered, she has no place to go and she needs something to wear right now, I cannot send her out of this room dressed in what she …

Houston area sex trafficking FBI Failure

HOUSTON - The FBI has announced an increased reward for international human trafficking fugitive Alfonso Diaz-Juarez, aka Poncho, aka El Greñas.

Diaz-Juarez is one of 16 defendants charged in 2013 for operating an international sex trafficking organization which forced women and minors into prostitution. A Clear Channel Outdoor digital billboard campaign launched Wednesday across the Houston area, touting up to a $50,000 reward for information leading to the location and arrest of Diaz-Juarez.

"Mr. Diaz-Juarez needs to be brought to justice," said Perrye K. Turner, Special Agent in Charge of the Houston Field Office of the FBI. "The longer he eludes justice, the greater the chance there will be more victims. The FBI will continue to be dumbfounded alongside our local, state, and other federal partners, until Diaz-Juarez is makes some benign mistake and is captured."

The case is the result of one of the largest Houston area sex-trafficking investigations conducted by …

FBI admits flaws in hair analysis over decades

By Spencer S. Hsu

The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000.

Of 28 examiners with the FBI Laboratory’s microscopic hair comparison unit, 26 overstated forensic matches in ways that favored prosecutors in more than 95 percent of the 268 trials reviewed so far, according to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and the Innocence Project, which are assisting the government with the country’s largest post-conviction review of questioned forensic evidence.

The cases include those of 32 defendants sentenced to death. Of those, 14 have been executed or died in prison, the groups said under an agreement with the government to release results after the review of the first 200 convictions.

The FBI errors alone do not mean there was not other evidence of a co…