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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Exposed: ATF Spying on Occupy and 'Known Anarchists and Protestors' List


Exposed: ATF Spying on Occupy and 'Known Anarchists and Protestors' List

Intelligence agents reported Occupy movement was 'peaceful' but still surveilled it

Federal ATF agreed to provide Oakland Police Department covert CCTV installation to spy on Occupy

By Partnership for Civil Justice Fund
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Newly released documents show that the ATF, an agency that is supposed to investigate crimes related to alcohol, tobacco, firearms and explosives — including a unit tasked with monitoring terrorist activities and organized crime — devoted resources and taxpayer money to spying and compiling information on the peaceful Occupy protest movement.
The U.S. Marshals Service — which is responsible for fugitive operations, prisoner transport, witness and officer protection, and the management of illegally acquired assets — distributed a list of “Known Anarchists and Protestors” compiled and maintained by the Louisiana State Police and State Fusion Center. The list was circulated in August 2011, a full month before the Occupy movement settled its first New York City encampment.
Previous disclosures by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) exposed the FBI's conduct against the Occupy movement and School of the Americas Watch demonstrating the unbridled abuse of counter-terrorism powers to target peaceful dissent in recent years.
These just-released documents, obtained by the PCJF through the Freedom of Information Act, provide a further window into the extent of unconstitutional and obsessive surveillance by federal and local law enforcement and intelligence agencies on First Amendment-protected activity.
It is clear that the “threat” posed by Occupy was a political threat rather than a violent one. And the political threat itself was enough to throw U.S. domestic law enforcement and intelligence operations into high gear, regardless of the fact that the Occupy movement’s activities were constitutionally protected.These documents were obtained as part of the PCJF’s ongoing multi-year investigation exposing federal and local law enforcement surveillance and disruption of the social justice movement in the United States. The PCJF has made the documents public and searchable, along with previous releases, on its websitewww.BigBrotherAmerica.org.
In this newest set of exposed documents, ATF agents and officials in Louisiana reported that “requests for information” on Occupy seeking any evidence of violence were addressed to 70 State Fusion Centers, as well ATF Intelligence Research Specialists nationwide. “No violence” was what was reported in responses from across the country.
Forced to acknowledge “the overwhelming negative responses” to their queries about violence, the New Orleans ATF Field Intelligence Group nonetheless manufactured “several scenarios where escalation to violence could occur.” Two of these three “scenarios” involved Occupy gatherings being the victim of attacks from either “foreign terrorists” or “lone wolf targeting.” The other was that Occupy would itself be infiltrated by “violent homegrown groups.”
PCJF Executive Director Mara Verheyden-Hilliard stated: “These documents demonstrate again that federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies target social justice movements’ First Amendment-protected activities because they pose a political threat, not a violent one.”
Verheyden-Hilliard continued: “At a moment when once again the country is debating expanding the authority of the FBI to gain massive surveillance powers — this time through breaking encryption — it is important to recognize that federal law enforcement, including the FBI, have been exposed for abusing their counter-terrorism authority and funding as a matter of operational routine to target free speech activities and dissent.”
Previous disclosures of documents, obtained by the PCJF from the FBI and Department of Homeland Security, revealed a nationally coordinated surveillance and crackdown operation involving federal and local law enforcement targeting the Occupy Wall Street movement. These agencies spent thousands of agent hours with broad “counter-terrorism” authority and funding to track the movement, plans and communications of a peaceful movement demanding economic justice and an end to corporate control of politics.
In short, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security treated organizing against income inequality and the corporate domination of America as potential criminal and terrorist activity. The documents also exposed the fact that these federal agencies were functioning as a de facto intelligence arm of Wall Street and Corporate America.
The new documents also reveal that the ATF agreed to provide and implement a covert closed-circuit surveillance camera system in Oakland at the request of the Oakland Police Department in order to engage in “Occupy CCTV Surveillance.” The surveillance footage was to feed into a federal ATF server that the OPD could log into.
In 2015, the ATF admitted setting up surveillance cameras on the streets of Seattle (unrelated to protest) without informing the local city council. So just how widespread and unchecked are the ATF's domestic surveillance operations in American cities?
The newly released documents show that the New Orleans and Oakland offices were hardly alone. In Philadelphia, ATF agents circulated the detailed hour-by-hour schedule of an Occupy gathering, showing no evidence of threats to the safety of officers or the public, and concluded that there is “no indication that acts of violence will occur.” One would think this would be sufficient to call off the investigation and surveillance, but instead they recommended to “take appropriate precautions as some of these groups have demonstrated violence in the past.” None of “these groups” are named.
Showing how “counter-terrorism” policing really works — where everyone is assumed to be a potential threat — the Philadelphia report cited so-called "intelligence gaps" about “planned threats towards government facilities and banking institutions.”
PCJF Legal Director Carl Messineo stated: “Under the logic of the Surveillance State, law enforcement agencies routinely invent or exaggerate threats from protest movements claiming that free speech gatherings are automatically potential sites of violence. Violating key principles of the First and Fourth Amendments, the absence of criminal activity does not relieve a protest movement from suspiciousness — it is merely an 'intelligence gap' that requires further surveillance.”
The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund is joining with other civil liberties advocates around the country to demand that Congress hold investigative hearings and impose restrictions that eliminate these agencies' abuse and misuse of their funding and stated purposes, including of counter-terrorism authorities, to target peaceful political movements.Despite the repeated disclosures of fundamental unconstitutional activity from law enforcement agencies and the broad misuse of “counter-terrorism” authority to spy on peaceful protest movements, the Obama administration and Congress have taken no steps to restrict political surveillance or control the sprawling and unchecked DHS Fusion Centers. A generation ago the Church Committee revealed the FBI's COINTELPRO operations, leading to restrictions on government surveillance and disruption actions, but these have been watered down through successive administrations ever since.
We must fight to defend democracy and the right to dissent. We can and must act together to demand an end to law enforcement and intelligence agencies’ rampant abuse and conduct that stands in contempt of the Constitution and Bill or Rights.

Mohawk Nation News 'Onondaga Attack Trial: Sept. 20, 2016'

ONONDAGA ATTACK TRIAL – SEPT.20, 2016

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MNN. 9 Mar. 2016. After waiting for almost 20 years the trial of the beatings of the rotino’shonni by the New York State Troopers on May 18, 1997 will finally begin.
Judge Scullin, we're the victims & the Troopers tried to kill us!
Judge Scullin, we’re the victims & your Troopers tried to kill us!!
On September 20th 2016, the victims plan for a one-year sojourn close to the court on our homeland. Occupy Wall Street comes to mind! One plaintiff plans to park a camper in front of the courthouse.
The US government will not hide behind corporate masks to commit murder any longer, Ronnie Jones. They will no longer kill those whom disagree with them.
The judge is Scullin, at 100 South Clinton Street, near Bill Clinton Way, America Inc., Syracuse New York. 315-234-8613 for more information.subdivision
The rotino’shonni have been waiting almost 20 years for this case to be heard. They were hoping we’d all die off by now. That is their ultimate strategy. The media shows their involvement in the disclosure documents.
The public is invited to join. Any provisions would be greatly appreciated.
It's Sept. 20th this year! Not 2036!
It’s Sept. 20th this year! Not 2036!
Maybe now we can have a proper tribunal outside their Admiralty jurisdiction. We want justice. The true criminals have not been charged yet. The fall guys [New York State Troopers] are being put on trial.
The legality of the United States as a corporate entity is at stake. Those hiding behind corporate masks [president, vice-president, generals, secretary of state, etc.] will pay for the crimes they committed for the corporation.occupy wall street
As the Jeff Beck Group reminds the criminal cabal what’s going to happen to them: “I’m going down – down, down, down, down, down, down. I got my big feet in the window, and my head is on the ground…”

Case #98CV374, Jones v. Parmley, New York Northern District US Court, 100 So. Clinton St., Box 7367, Syracuse NY 315-793-8151.
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Beating at Onondaga 1997








Native Lives Matter Justice for Lakota Gall Brightman

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Native Lives Matter Justice for Lakota Gall Brightman

By Quanah Parker Brightman
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Watch this video by Quanah Parker Brightman, United Native Americans, seeking justice for the murder of his brother, Lakota Gall Brightman. Their father, Lehman Brightman, Lakota, is the founder of United Native Americans.
Write a letter for justice:
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Superior Court of California County of Contra County, A.F. Bray Courthouse/Court Annex, 1020 Ward Street, Department #8, Martinez, CA 94553
Case Number 5-151356-3
My name is , , , , ,
I am the (Family Member/Friend of Victim).
On July 3rd, 2015, Lakota Gall Brightman, was murdered by the defendant.  The facts of the case were proven beyond a reasonable doubt and your verdict was rendered guilty!
Words cannot express the pain and anguish our family and friends have endured since Lakota Gall Brightman's  murder. The defendant decision to take the life of a human being with no regard for the effects it has had on Lakota Gall Brightman Friends and Family is unimaginable.
The loss of Lakota Gall Brightman is beyond words. Lakota Gall Brightman was born on December 25th 1969 in Rapid City, South Dakota to parents Lehman and Trudy Brightman. He was the second of three children. Lakota attended Delmar Elementary School, Portola Junior High School, and graduated from El Cerrito High School in 1988. His earlier years were spent advocating for Native American Rights along with his family and the Organization founded by his father Lehman and carried on by his brother Quanah, United Native Americans. United Native Americans was and are still very active in Native american rights and the promotion of progress and general welfare of Native Americans. Specialist Lakota Gall Brightman served 6 years in the California Army National Guard, 235th Engineer Company (Sapper) as an Army Field Medic from August 11, 2007 to his date of separation on August 10th, 2013. Lakota was ordered into active service in 2007 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan. He is remembered as a genteel and kind hearted human being who wanted to help others and was a beloved son, brother, nephew, cousin, uncle, father, friend and hero. He is preceded in death by his mother Trudy Brightman and his older brother Lehman Brightman III. Lakota is survived by his Daughters, Phoebe (23) and Star (13) Brightman his brother Quanah Parker Brightman, father Chief Lehman L. Brightman, aunts Nancy and Lorelie Oldlodge and uncles, Anthony David Clairmont and Donald Oldlodge. Taken too soon, Lakota is warmly remembered and greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
There will be no more birthday parties, backyard gatherings, holiday celebrations or other family activities to share. The laughter, hugs, guidance/advice, sense of security and those opportunities to say, “I love you” are forever gone. Our family is forever “broken”.
To say the least, the financial affect on the family has also been devastating.
Compassion is a word commonly used for and by defendants. However, I ask, how much compassion the defendant considered when the decision was made to murder Lakota Gall Brightman?
It is the request of the family that the maximum penalty for the crime for which the defendant was convicted be imposed. On behalf of the family of Lakota Gall Brightman, I wish to express my sincerest gratitude for allowing this opportunity of expression.
Quanah Parker Brightman, Executive Director of, United Native Americans, qbrightman75@hotmail.com
(510) 672-7187

Calif. Delta smelt population plunges to a new record low







Photo of Delta smelt courtesy of Department of Water Resources


Delta smelt population plunges to a new record low


by Dan Bacher
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The population of Delta smelt, an indicator species that demonstrates the health of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, has declined to a new record low population level, according to the spring 2016 surveys conducted by California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).


The January Kodiak Trawl survey produced only seven fish, while the February survey yielded just six smelt. The Delta smelt once numbered in the millions, but have plummeted after decades of massive Delta water exports, combined with the impacts of declining water quality and invasive species.


"Once the most abundant species in the estuary, we can now name smelt rather than count them," said Jennings, Executive Director of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA).