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Smoking Gun: Wilson grand jury Witness #40-a liar & convicted felon was "Nowhere Near Canfield Dr"

Investigation"Witness 40": Exposing A Fraud In Ferguson
TSG probe unmasks grand jury witness who spun fabricated tale

DECEMBER 15--The grand jury witness who testified that she saw Michael Brown pummel a cop before charging at him “like a football player, head down,” is a troubled, bipolar Missouri woman with a criminal past who has a history of making racist remarks and once insinuated herself into another high-profile St. Louis criminal case with claims that police eventually dismissed as a “complete fabrication,” The Smoking Gun has learned.


Referred to only as “Witness 40” in grand jury material, the woman concocted a story that is now baked into the narrative of the Ferguson grand jury, a panel before which she had no business appearing.

While the “hands-up” account of Dorian Johnson is often cited by those who demanded Wilson’s indictment, “Witness 40”’s testimony about seeing Brown batter Wilson and then rush the cop like a defensive end has repeatedly been pointed to by Wilson supporters as directly corroborative of the officer’s version of the August 9 confrontation. The “Witness 40” testimony, as Fox News sees it, is proof that the 18-year-old Brown’s killing was justified, and that the Ferguson grand jury got it right.

However, unlike Johnson, “Witness 40”--a 45-year-old St. Louis resident named Sandra McElroy--was nowhere near Canfield Drive on the Saturday afternoon Brown was shot to death.

much more here:



COURAGEOUS statement from Browns player Andrew Hawkins: "I was Taught That Justice Is A Right"

Made me cry when he talks about his little boy Austin.

most xlnt,
peace, kp



In short, the same people who lied to us about weapons of mass destruction are now lying to us in the aftermath of their criminal abuses of detainees. It's as if they've not heard that we know they lied to us to get us into the war in the first place. It's as if they've decided the best course of action is to stick to the party line, goosestep along with a unified denial of proven facts, and hope their asses don't end up in front of war crimes tribunal at the Hague.

And that's exactly what should happen next.

If there were any justice in this nation, we would insist that those responsible for taking us down this immoral rabbit hole be held accountable before an international tribunal. We would insist on nothing less if it had been our sons or daughters being waterboarded, or if our own soldiers were sexually, physically, and psychologically abused while in the captivity of another nation's security forces. We can't indignantly point out the inhumane crimes of others and insist upon international condemnation of those acts if we're not going to come clean and punish those who committed criminal abuses in our names.

We owe it to the world and to our nation's honor to offer up the war criminals we're currently shielding from international prosecution.

In the meantime, it would be helpful if the people who sanctioned, ordered, and carried out these crimes stopped invoking the name of Christ whenever they want to point to our superior moral authority around the world. We should either stop using the guy's name, or start living up to His teachings.


It actually costs money to save money.

In the long term, it makes way more sense to buy a good toaster. But if the good toaster is 30 bucks right now, and the crappiest toaster of them all is 10, it doesn’t matter how many times I have to replace it. Ten bucks it is, because I don’t have any extra tens.


Breaking: Black Lives Matter Protesters Shut Down BART at West Oakland Station.

Breaking: Black Lives Matter Protesters Shut Down BART at West Oakland Station.

#Shutitdown. First it was freeways, the meme spreading across the nation. Now the Blackout Collective has shut down the West Oakland BART with a human chain - in support of Mike Brown and in memory of Oscar Grant (who was executed on a BART platform by BART police) and all the others who have been gunned by down by police,

The West Oakland Bart is a choke point for the system, as all trains passing from the East Bay to San Francisco and vice versa must pass through it, before or after they enter the BART tunnel crossing the Bay.



After Cheney, Who is next? Charles Manson?

Why are torturers being given “balance” in the press?
By David Atkins
Why? Who's next? Charles Manson?

This stuff is obvious. And yet the TV shows and newspaper stories are full of balance given to the pro-torture side. Why? Despite objections to the contrary, journalists do not always give balance to both sides of an argument if the other side is deemed irrelevant or depraved. Whenever the deficit bugbear rolls to the forefront, almost no balance is given to the Keynesian point of view despite their predictions being consistently correct: the idea that one needn’t actually cut the deficit during a recession is treated as so outre as to require no journalistic attention.

More pointedly, when journalists write about torture and depredations of current or former regimes, journalists don’t feel the need to get the torturers’ side of the story. No one is rushing to ask Assad’s torturers in Syria if their tactics are necessary to keep “terrorists” in check. No one is asking North Korean guards if their treatment of their people is OK because some other country is worse. No one rushes to counterbalance the accounts of Holocaust victims with the justifications of Nazi guards. It simply isn’t done, any more than we “balance” stories of child sexual abuse with a hot-take counterpoint from a member of NAMBLA. The reason we don’t provide “balance” in these cases is that to do so would be to normalize those behaviors as part of legitimate discourse.

So why in the world are the torturers who subjected innocent people to anal feedings and dungeon ceiling hangings given the courtesy of “balance” in the press? Where is the line that separates issues that require balance from those that do not?


"It gave us actionable intelligence" wouldn't be a defense even if it were true: this is the key to the argument. Even if it had produced information that was useful in any capacity other than advancing the GWoT and producing effective propaganda for continuing the fight, it isn't acceptable because the methods are not those a nation of laws is supposed to employ. The US cannot denounce use of these methods elsewhere and justify employing them for its own purposes; if they are not acceptable to be used on US citizens/servicepeople then they are not acceptable to be used by the same. Period. The potential for producing "actionable intelligence" is not even relevant.

Not all flag pin wearers are thugs, but if you're a USA thug, you're wearing a flag pin...


Charles Pierce Would NOT Lose Any Sleep If Cheney Were To Fall Victim To His Own Barbarian Horrors

By Charles P. Pierce on December 15, 2014


.....as everybody knows by now, it was my man Chuck Todd, caretaker of the Overlook Hotel of American journalism, who came face to face with the cowardice and evil of Dick Cheney, twice-elected vice-president of the United States. It is not my man Chuck Todd's fault that he came out the worse for wear. (Although I could have done without the reappearance of Dan Senor, the former spokesman for the criminal conspiracy in question, and a minor-league barbarian who added nothing to the discussion.) Cheney's cowardice and evil are implacable forces of nature. This is a guy who had other priorities, and took five deferments rather than go to an actual war. This is a guy who shot his best friend in the face, and who went for the Scotch bottle before he went for the cops. This is a guy who projected his own cowardice onto the country he served, assuming it was as big a coward as he has been his entire public life, and sent his country down the road into serious war crimes because he got scared witless on September 11, 2001. I have more respect for a janitor who went back to work in the Empire State Building on September 12 of that year than I do for the entire sorry public career of this obvious beast of human, running now on a borrowed heart without the inconvenient presence of a soul. This is the statement that has given elderly wingnuts their semi-annual erections this morning.


To draw some kind of moral equivalent between waterboarding judged by our Justice Department not to be torture and what the Japanese did with the Bataan Death March and the slaughter of thousands of Americans, with the rape of Nanking and all of the other crimes they committed, that's an outrage. It's a really cheap shot, Chuck, to even try to draw a parallel between the Japanese who were prosecuted for war crimes after World War II and what we did with waterboarding three individuals--

CHUCK TODD: I understand.

You do? I don't. In 1901, an American soldier was sentenced to 10 years hard labor for waterboarding a single Filipino prisoner.

CHENEY: Well, torture, to me, Chuck, is an American citizen on a cell phone making a last call to his four young daughters shortly before he burns to death in the upper levels of the Trade Center in New York City on 9/11. There's this notion that somehow there's moral equivalence between what the terrorists and what we do. And that's absolutely not true. We were very careful to stop short of torture. The Senate has seen fit to label their report torture. But we worked hard to stay short of that definition.

Of course, it was the negligence and dereliction of duty of the administration, and the feckless boob who headed it, that led to that poignant phone call far more than did the actions of some farmer who got sold by his neighbors into the fevered night sweats of Dick Cheney's cowardice. I am completely opposed to capital punishment in all cases, and also to the brutality described in the Senate report. But if this cowardly barbarian were to fall victim to the horrors he inflicted on other people in our name, I would not lose a moment's sleep, or invest a moment's sympathy.

the rest:

Chrissie Hynde's Advice To Chick Rockers or "How I Did It"


3 Month CIA Ghost Chase: "Non-existent black Muslim jihadist ghosts, in the forests of Montana"

KSM Had the CIA Believing in Black Muslim Convert Jihadist Arsonists in Montana for 3 Months
Published December 15, 2014 | By emptywheel

.....Khalid Sheikh Mohammed had the CIA believing he was going to send Dhiren al-Barot (an Indian Muslim Brit whom KSM did have case out actual US terrorist targets in 1999) to Montana to recruit African American converts to Muslim to start forest fires.

On March 17, 2003, KSM stated that, prior to the September 11, 2001, attacks, he tasked Issa to travel to the United States to “collect information on economic targets.” On March 21, 2003, KSM was waterboarded for failing to confirm interrogators’ suspicions that KSM sought to recruit individuals from among the African American Muslim community. KSM then stated that he had talked with Issa about contacting African American Muslim groups prior to September 11, 2001 The next day KSM was waterboarded for failing to provide more information on the recruitment of African American Muslims. One hour after the waterboarding session, KSM stated that he tasked Issa “to make contact withblack U.S. citizen converts to Islam in Montana,” and that he instructed Issa to use his ties to Shaykh Abu Hamza al-Masri, a U.K.-based Imam, to facilitate his recruitment efforts.KSM later stated that Issa’s mission in the United States was to surveil forests to potentially ignite forest fires.1502

It took the ALEC Station team over 3 months to conclude that KSM’s plan to send an Indian Muslim to Montana to recruit virtually non-existent African American Muslim converts to start forest fires was a fabrication, in part because they first spent a week after he recanted this claim believing it was an attempt to trick them again.

On June 22, 2003, CIA interrogators reported that “(KSM) nervously explained to debriefer that he was under ‘enhanced measures’ when he made these claims” about terrorist recruitment in Montana, and “simply told his interrogators what he thought they wanted to hear.”1505 A CIA Headquarters response cable stated that the CIA’s ALEC Station believed KSM’s fabrication claims were “another resistance/manipulation ploy” and characterized KSM’s contention that he “felt ‘forced’ to make admissions” under enhanced interrogation techniques as “convenient excuses.” As a result, ALECStation urged CIA officers at tiie detention site to get KSM to reveal “who is the key contact person in Montana?”1506 By June 30, 2005, ALEC Station had concluded that KSM’s reporting about African American Muslims in Montana was”an outright fabrication.”

A year after CIA decided KSM was not really going to have a non-existent cell of black Muslims start forest fires, the FBI nevertheless warned a bunch of Rocky Mountain states, including Montana, to be on guard for the threat.


Chasing Ghosts in Montana, Mr. Cheney?
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