Law Enforcement Sources: Gun Used in Paris Terrorist Attacks Came from Phoenix
– Judicial Watch
“One of the guns used in the November 13, 2015 Paris terrorist attacks came from Phoenix, Arizona where the Obama administration allowed criminals to buy thousands of weapons illegally in a deadly and futile “gun-walking” operation known as “Fast and Furious.”
A Report of Investigation (ROI) filed by a case agent in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) tracked the gun used in the Paris attacks to a Phoenix gun owner who sold it illegally, “off book,” Judicial Watch’s law enforcement sources confirm. Federal agents tracing the firearm also found the Phoenix gun owner to be in possession of an unregistered fully automatic weapon, according to law enforcement officials with firsthand knowledge of the investigation.
The investigative follow up of the Paris weapon consisted of tracking a paper trail using a 4473 form, which documents a gun’s ownership history by, among other things, using serial numbers. The Phoenix gun owner that the weapon was traced back to was found to have at least two federal firearms violations—for selling one weapon illegally and possessing an unregistered automatic—but no enforcement or prosecutorial action was taken against the individual. Instead, ATF leaders went out of their way to keep the information under the radar and ensure that the gun owner’s identity was “kept quiet,” according to law enforcement sources involved with the case. “Agents were told, in the process of taking the fully auto, not to anger the seller to prevent him from going public,” a veteran law enforcement official told Judicial Watch.
It’s not clear if the agency, which is responsible for cracking down on the illegal use and trafficking of firearms, did this because the individual was involved in the Fast and Furious gun-running scheme. An ATF spokesman, Corey Ray, at the agency’s Washington D.C. headquarters told Judicial Watch that “no firearms used in the Paris attacks have been traced” by the agency. When asked about the ROI report linking the weapon used in Paris to Phoenix, Ray said “I’m not familiar with the report you’re referencing.” Judicial Watch also tried contacting the Phoenix ATF office, but multiple calls were not returned.
The ATF ran the Fast and Furious experiment and actually allowed criminals, “straw purchasers,” working for Mexican drug cartels to buy weapons at federally licensed firearms dealers in Phoenix and allowed the guns to be “walked”—possessed without any knowledge of their whereabouts. The government lost track of most of the weapons and many have been used to murder hundreds of innocent people as well as a U.S. Border Patrol agent, Brian Terry, in Arizona. A mainstream newspaper reported that a Muslim terrorist who planned to murder attendees of a Muhammad cartoon contest in Garland, Texas last year bought a 9-millimeter pistol at a Phoenix gun shop that participated in the ATF’s Fast and Furious program despite drug and assault charges that should have raised red flags. Judicial Watch has thoroughly investigated Fast and Furious and has sued the Obama administration for information about the once-secret operation.”
Former LA County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka sentenced to 5 years in prison for Obstucting FBI Investigation
“Paul Tanaka, once one of the most powerful law enforcement officials in Los Angeles County, was sentenced Monday to five years in federal prison for interfering with an FBI investigation into jail abuses by sheriff’s deputies.
In announcing the sentence, U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson rejected Tanaka’s defense arguments that the former L.A. County undersheriff was unfairly scapegoated and knew little of what was unfolding around him.
“Not only did he fail to identify and address problems in the jails, he exacerbated them,” the judge said of Tanaka.
A jury in April convicted Tanaka of obstructing the federal probe and conspiring with others to intimidate the lead agent in the case, pressure deputies not to cooperate and conceal the whereabouts of an inmate who was working as a federal informant.”
Paul Tanaka Sentenced to Five Years in Federal Prison for Obstructing Federal Investigation into Misconduct at County Jails
“LOS ANGELES – Paul Tanaka, who was the second in command of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, was sentenced today to 60 months in federal prison for his conviction on obstruction of justice charges stemming from him leading the LASD’s efforts to derail a federal investigation into corruption and civil rights violations by sheriff’s deputies at two downtown jail complexes.
While he was the assistant sheriff in charge of the jails, Tanaka “perpetrated an environment of excessive deputy conduct,” according to Judge Anderson, who said Tanaka’s actions led directly to an increased number of use-of-force incidents against inmates at the jails. The obstruction of justice scheme was designed “to derail the federal grand jury investigation” and constituted “a gross abuse of the public trust.”
“Paul Tanaka supervised a scheme to obstruct the FBI’s investigation into corruption and civil rights violations at the jails,” said United States Attorney Eileen M. Decker. “Mr. Tanaka was the ringleader and the driving force behind a plot that concealed an FBI informant, tampered with witnesses and led to the threatened arrest of an FBI agent for doing nothing more than her job. In addition to being a top law enforcement officer who was personally involved in the obstruction of justice, Mr. Tanaka was responsible for a culture that unfortunately led to the widespread abuse of inmates at the jails that he personally oversaw.”
The scheme to disrupt the federal investigation started in August 2011 when deputies recovered a mobile phone from an inmate in MCJ, linked the phone to the FBI, and determined that the inmate was an informant in the FBI’s corruption and civil rights investigation. The phone was given to the inmate as part of an undercover investigation by a corrupt deputy, who subsequently pleaded guilty to a federal bribery charge and was recently sentenced to federal prison.
In response to the federal investigation, members of the Tanaka-led conspiracy took steps to hide the cooperator from the FBI and the United States Marshals Service, which was attempting to bring the inmate to testify before a federal grand jury. The evidence presented during Tanaka’s trial showed that the deputies altered records to make it appear that the cooperator had been released from jail, when in fact he had been re-booked into custody under a fake name and moved to an LASD patrol station. Members of the conspiracy prohibited FBI access to the informant, and then told the cooperator that he had been abandoned by the FBI.”
– Essentially, Mr. Tanaka was running his own private Gulag of torture and intimidation within Los Angeles County, behaving like a third world dictator while threatening Federal government agents./CJ
More here on Tanaka’s intimidation and threats to an FBI agent:
ABOVE THE LAW – The Verdict and the Jury
According to several jurors we spoke with, there was a list of things that tipped the scales early for the panel.
Among the most potent pieces of evidence, said juror Theresa Cisneros, was an audio recording of a call involving former LASD sergeants, Maricela Long and Scott Craig, who were the two department members that cornered FBI special agent Leah Marx outside her apartment. (Marx is now Leah Tanner, as the FBI agent recently got married.)
The audio is of a recording made by Long and Craig of a phone call they received from Marx’s boss at the FBI after the agent reported her encounter with the two sergeants who told her that a warrant was being sworn out for her arrest.
When he called, the boss got Long on the phone and he asked her if there was really a warrant and, if so, when it would be sworn out.
“It could be tomorrow, sir,” Long replied. “You’re going to have to talk to the undersheriff.”
Long repeated the instruction to call the undersheriff then, after ringing off, she clearly did not realize that she was still recording, so chuckled and said, “They’re scared! They’re like, do you know when– is the warrant….”
“You’re still rolling,” Craig warned her, and the recording ends there.
The jurors said they were similarly disturbed by the video taken by investigators from the department’s internal criminal investigative bureau (ICIB) of Marx being accosted by Long and Craig.
“It was bullying,” said Cisneros and juror Belinda Becerra of the encounter. “They are the law and they thought they could act above the law.”
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Paul Tanaka Grilled About His Ties to White Supremicist Lynwood Viking’s LA Deputy Gang
“Paul Tanaka faced a punishing cross-examination Monday as he fights corruption charges that could send him to federal prison for up to 15 years.
Prosecutor Brandon Fox grilled Tanaka about his membership in a notorious deputy gang or “clique” known as the Lynwood Vikings.
“It was nothing more than a station mascot,” Tanaka told the jury, adding that there was nothing “sinister” about the Vikings back when he joined the group as a sergeant at the Sheriff Department’s Lynwood station in the late 1980’s.
“Just because you’re trying to make it evil, doesn’t make it evil,” Tanaka testified.
Fox asked Tanaka if he was aware of the 1991 federal civil rights lawsuit that determined the Lynwood Vikings were a “deputy gang.”
In that lawsuit, the judge actually determined that the Vikings were a “neo-nazi, white supremacist gang” that used “terrorist-type tactics” against black and Hispanic residents in the city of Lynwood.
Tanaka emphasized he was not named in that lawsuit, he’s not sure he was aware of it at the time, and hasn’t read the lawsuit to this day.
Fox asked if Tanaka, as he “proceeded up the ranks” of the department, became aware that the Vikings “engaged in acts of lawlessness,” and did he still have his Viking tattoo?
Hillary Clinton’s Vow To College Grads: I’ll Outsource Your Jobs To Foreign Graduates
“Hillary Clinton today promised donors that she’ll provide Green Cards to an unlimited number of foreign college graduates, even though the resulting flood of university-trained foreign labor will drown the lifetime wages and career prospects of her college-indebted American supporters.
The open-borders promise to foreign graduates is posted at her campaign, and is titled “Hillary Clinton’s Initiative on Technology & Innovation.”
As part of a comprehensive immigration solution, Hillary would “staple” a green card to STEM masters and PhDs from accredited institutions—enabling international students who complete degrees in these fields to move to green card status.
The promise was slammed by Sen. Jeff Sessions, chairman of the Senate’s immigration panel.
“There are more college graduates in the U.S. today than at any point in our history, many have trouble finding meaningful work in their field of study. Many are underemployed, taking jobs well below their skill level simply to make ends meet … Yet, today, candidate Hillary Clinton announced that if elected president, she would ‘staple’ a green card to STEM master’s degrees and PhDs of every graduate – enabling foreign students to get green cards and thus be able to remain in the U.S. permanently and take any job,” he said in a press release. He continued;
Young Americans graduating with master’s degrees and PhDs in these fields have sacrificed their time and energy to pursue a career in the STEM field – often at the encouragement of policymakers and national leaders – and oftentimes carry the burden of substantial student loan debt as a result. Further saturating the STEM labor market will limit their ability to obtain high-paying jobs that will allow them to pay down their debt and pursue the occupation of their choosing.
In contrast, Donald Trump has promise to reform the main H-1B guest-worker program so that companies are forced to hire Americans instead of cheaper foreign college-graduates.
The website myvisajobs.com shows the companies and locations of many guest-workers. For example, the Deloitte accounting firm has roughly 225,000 employees worldwide. But it asked the federal government for H-1B visas to bring in 20,000 foreign business-school grads for jobs in the United States between 2012 and 2015.
Similarly, companies are already hiring more foreign students straight from US. college campuses via the little-known Optional Practical Training program, which allows foreign graduates of U.S. universities to work for 12 months or 29 months in the United States. Without approval from Congress, the program was created by George W. Bush’s appointees and is being expanded to 36 months by President Barack Obama’s appointees. In 2014, the controversial program allowed 120,000 foreign graduates to work at a very wide variety of U.S. jobs, sometime for employers who discriminate against Americans.
Many of these foreign graduates are trying to land a multi-year H-1B job.
Universities love the OPT program because it allows them to effectively sell U.S. work-permits to foreign students, and rent foreign students to companies. “
Exclusive — Secret Service Agent Book: Raging Hillary Clinton Threw Bible at Agent’s Colleague
“Hillary Clinton once threw a Bible at the back of a Secret Service agent’s head, part of a pattern of unhinged rage that the now-presumptive Democratic nominee exhibited, as exposed for the first time in former Secret Service agent Gary Byrne’s grueling insider account of Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Byrne’s forthcoming book Crisis of Character—in which he details how the Clintons operated during his time in the U.S. Secret Service, where he protected the first couple for eight years in the White House in the 1990s. During three of those years, he was posted right outside the Oval Office. The book comes out next week.
“The First Lady had a different sort of liveliness,” Byrne writes in an excerpt obtained exclusively by Breitbart News. “She once threw a Bible at an agent on her detail, hitting him in the back of the head. He bluntly let her know it wasn’t acceptable. He told me that story himself.”
Byrne goes on to report that for Secret Service agents, being assigned to Hillary Clinton’s detail “was a form of punishment handed down by passive-aggressive middle management.”
This pattern of rage from Clinton was exhibited, Byrne wrote in another part of the book, on a regular basis the more “at home she felt in the White House,” as Hillary “vented on everyone” and “it got worse” as time went on.
“Most of us knew to brace for her inevitable eruptions,” Byrne wrote. “They didn’t happen every day, but behind closed doors we learned about them fast. In public, she was everyone’s best friend. Privately, she was her normal self.”
At one point, Hillary Clinton—Byrne wrote—even told a Secret Service agent to “Go f— yourself” after telling another to “Go to hell!”
– A comparative and detailed analysis of search results for auto-completes on various search engines.
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FTC report reveals how Google manipulated its search results
A few years ago, the FTC decided not to pursue an antitrust lawsuit against Google despite finding that its search algorithm really was biased. Now, we finally know the details of that lengthy investigation, thanks to a report written by FTC staffers that recently surfaced due to an open-records request. According to the 160-page report, the employees found evidence that Mountain View was demoting its competitors and placing its own services on top of search results lists, even if they weren’t as helpful. Google Flights, for instance, would rank highly during the staff’s test searches, even though it didn’t offer as many options as other flight aggregators and travel websites like TravelAdvisor.
Former Googler and now Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer once said that the company didn’t rank its own websites based on clickthrough rates like it did others. If Google did that, then its services would have been buried underneath piles of other more relevant results. The investigators’ report corroborate that statement: they discovered that the company used a special algorithm to boost its products’ placement on the results page. That algorithm determined which Google product to promote based on what’s relevant to the query. For example, if you were looking for restaurant reviews that would inevitably bring up Yelp results, the algorithm would automatically place Google Local higher up on the list.
That’s not all, though: the team also determined that Google scraped or copied competing websites’ content. Yelp publicly accused the company of copying its reviews in the past, and the report says Mountain View also copied Amazon product rankings.
While the FTC didn’t sue Mountain View for its anti-competitive practices, it got Google to promise to change its ways. The staff mentioned in the document that the company tweaked its algorithm, but it had to do so four times before testers gave it a “slightly positive” feedback. These changes were implemented way after Google got what it wanted, though: that old special algorithm already increased traffic to its services.”
Latest Nehlen Campaign Ad Shatters Lie of Border Security, Calls Paul Ryan to Account
(Kenosha, WI) – “Paul Ryan has pretended to care about national security for years. It’s time to expose the gap between his glowing marketing spin and the truth,” said insurgent candidate Paul Nehlen today of the new television ad he has just released in his campaign to unseat Ryan in Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District.
There can be no doubt in watching the 30-second ad that it ramps up the pressure on Ryan.
“This is the Rio Grande,” Nehlen says in the opening moments of the ad, as the camera soars above an incredibly narrow point in the river. “This is Texas,” he continues, standing at water’s edge, “and that’s Mexico,” he motions over his shoulder to the opposite bank.
Then, advancing with determination directly toward the camera, Nehlen crosses from the far side of an unguarded footbridge over the river. “If ISIS wanted to attack America, this si not gonna stop ’em,” he confidently asserts.
“This isn’t gonna stop ’em,” he says again, as he jobs easily up and open hillside.
“Or this,” he notes, standing next to a poorly maintained section of border fence–literally a row of tall metal posts jutting out of some reinforced concrete. The view is left to observe that the section of wall simply ends with shocking abruptness.
“Paul Ryan’s had 18 years to secure this border,” Nehlen observes as he holds with one hand the post of a shoulder-high barbed-wire fence just next to the taller ‘barrier.’
And then Nehlen delivers the coup de grâce. He lets go of the post he’s been holding. And as he does, the entire barbed-wire fence literally collapses.
“He’s failed,” the insurgent candidate notes.
“I’m Paul Nehlen, and I approve this message,” he concludes, walking toward the camera at an oblique angle and past a handful of armed county law-enforcement officers.
It’s a devastating indictment of the 18-year incumbent’s abysmal record on border security.
“Paul Ryan will have little choice now, but to explain himself,” Nehlen says of the ad. “Unfortunately for him, the marketing spin just isn’t going to work any longer. We’ve made sure of that.”
Nets Pity Obama: ‘Crushing Disappointment’ from Supreme Court Ruling
“The US Supreme Court dealt a major blow to President Barack Obama’s unilateral attempt to enact amnesty for illegal immigrants Thursday. And in response the “big three” networks let their feeling be known during their evening broadcast, where they threw a pity party for the president. “A crushing disappointment today for the Obama White House and the president’s go at it alone immigration strategy,” said NBC anchor Lester Holt on Nightly News.
Most of the network reporters seemed disappointed. “The president had tried to provide legal status for millions with the stroke of a pen,” reported ABC’s Jon Karl on World News Tonight, “But the gridlocked Supreme Court said no.”
CBS’s Jan Crawford seemed to excuse the president’s unconstitutional action on Evening News, “The president announced the program in 2014 after congress failed to pass immigration reform.” Crawford continued, “The executive action would have shielded up to 4 million illegal immigrants from deportation, parents with children who are here legally.”
It didn’t take long for the coverage to turn political. NBC’s Pete Williams knocked Republicans for praising the outcome of the case, “Because a tie doesn’t decide anything, the ruling says nothing about presidential power, though Republicans acted like it did.”
Karl compared the responses of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. He even played a clip from a Clinton campaign video showing how well she’ll treat illegal immigrants.”