Friday, August 18, 2017

CIA ‘torture psychologists’ avoid trial with secret settlement

By AFP Friday, August 18, 2017





Two psychologists who helped design the CIA’s post-9/11 interrogation program settled a lawsuit Thursday by detainees alleging they were illegally tortured.

The secret settlement in the suit, brought on behalf of two living ex-detainees and one who died of hypothermia after brutal questioning in US custody, avoided what would have been the first public trial of the Central Intelligence Agency’s use of torture on suspected Al-Qaeda members.

But it also allowed the two psychologists who supplied the CIA with “coercive” interrogation techniques, James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, to maintain that they personally had nothing to do with the use of waterboarding, extreme stress positions and beatings on detainees.

“Neither Dr. Mitchell nor I knew about, condoned, participated in, or sanctioned the unauthorized actions that formed the basis for this lawsuit,” Jessen said in a mutually agreed statement attached to the settlement.

“We served our country at a time when freedom and safety hung in the balance.”

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Trump to Pardon Sheriff Arpaio


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By Jerome Corsi | Infowars.com Friday, August 18, 2017


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Infowars.com has learned the White House counsel has prepared, at the request of President Trump, a pardon for former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio that is ready for Trump to sign.

The question is whether President Trump will sign the pardon now, before traveling to Phoenix for a rally at the Phoenix Convention Center on Tuesday, May 22 – or if President Trump will sign it at all.

On Monday, Aug. 14, Trump retweeted a Fox and Friends article headlined, “Trump ‘seriously considering’ a pardon for Sheriff Joe Arpaio” – a signal to Trump’s base that he did not intend to travel to Arizona for Tuesday’s rally without having first pardoned Arpaio – or even that Trump might use the Tuesday rally as the stage on which to sign the pardon with Arpaio present, on stage.


Not pardoning Arpaio prior to or during the Phoenix rally could set off a negative reaction among Trump’s base that remembers Sheriff Arpaio as an early and vocal Trump supporter who championed Trump’s rally call during the campaign to “Build That Wall!”

Either way, Trump’s decision will be controversial, especially given Arpaio’s history of enforcing immigration laws the Obama administration wanted ignored, and the divisiveness of the Charlottesville protests with the mainstream media attempting to portray Trump as a white supremacist.

On July 31, U.S. District Judge Susan R. Bolton found Arpaio guilty of misdemeanor criminal contempt in an opinion she could have written her opinion before the trial even started – an opinion that made clear her prejudice from the start that Arpaio was guilty of misdemeanor civil contempt guilty conviction.

Now at 85-years-old, Arpaio faces a misdemeanor criminal contempt sentence that could include up to six-months in jail.

For Arpaio supporters, this would be a sad end to a distinguished career that includes Arpaio’s service in the U.S. Army from 1950-1953, his service as a police officer in Washington, D.C., and Las Vegas, Nevada, as well as the years he spent working as a top federal drug enforcement officer in foreign countries and the United States.

Arpaio, a former DEA narcotics agent and head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Department of Justice, for Arizona.

Arpaio’s sentencing hearing is scheduled on October 5 – a hearing that will not be held if President Trump pardons Obama prior to that date.

Arpaio’s attorneys prepare federal ethics charge against District Judge

After filing on Monday, Aug. 14, with the U.S. District Court two motions – one asking for acquittal and the other asking for a new trial, lawyers for Arpaio are preparing to file after sentencing, a federal ethics charge against Judge Bolton.

Arpaio’s attorney, Mark Goldman, Goldman & Zillinger PLLC in Scottsdale, AZ, explained to Infowars.com in an exclusive telephone interview and follow-up email that the judge in the case, U.S. District Susan R. Bolton, was so biased against Arpaio that she could have written her opinion before the trial even started, stating her prejudice from the start that Arpaio was guilty of misdemeanor civil contempt guilty conviction.

“The court, in its findings of fact and conclusions of law totally ignored all of the overwhelming evidence at trial that exonerated the Sheriff,” Goldman told Infowars.com.

“Most importantly, there was no testimony or other evidence produced that in any way proved that the order was ‘clear and definite’ which it must be in order to prove that the order could be disobeyed in the first place,” he continued.

“Not only did the government fail to prove that the order was clear and definite, we proved that it was not clear and definite,” Goldman insisted. “The government’s own star witness, Tim Casey, admitted under cross-examination that the order was ‘ambiguous.’ Just about every witness testified that the order was misunderstood at the time. No one testified that the order was clear and definite.”


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Friday, July 14, 2017

Lisbonreporter.com Status

My father has had several health issues but is doing much better and will be back to work on it soon. The page is up but no he hasn't personally wrote in awhile, he will be back shortly.

Megan Roberts

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

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WHEN I FOUND OUT HOW MEMBERS OF CONGRESS REALLY SPEND THEIR TIME, I JUST ABOUT THREW UP


Our system is deeply broken and it needs to be fixed
Michael Snyder | End Of The American Dream - JULY 11, 2017 77 Comments


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Did you know that many members of Congress spend three or four hours a day “dialing for dollars” in cramped call centers that both parties have set up in Washington?

I promised that I would keep all of you updated on what I am learning as I run for Congress, and what I learned the other day just about had me losing my lunch. I always imagined members of Congress spending long hours in their offices working on legislation and other important matters, but the truth is that most members of Congress are little more than glorified telemarketers at this point. Winning the next election is everything for most of these Congress critters, and so they spend far more time making cold calls to potential donors than doing anything else.

Have you ever had a politician call you up in the middle of the day begging for money? It is an absolutely disgraceful thing to do, but the truth is that money is the number one factor in determining election outcomes, and so our professional politicians have an endless appetite for it.


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NEVADA DISPENSARIES RUNNING OUT OF MARIJUANA; GOVERNOR STEPS IN


Governor endorses ‘statement of emergency,’ allowing consideration of emergency regulation that could alleviate shortage
Jenny Kane | Reno Gazette-Journal - JULY 10, 2017 32 
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Nevada dispensaries licensed to sell recreational marijuana are running out of pot less than a week after the legal market came to life, according to the state Department of Taxation.

On Friday, taxation officials announced that Gov. Brian Sandoval had endorsed the department’s “statement of emergency,” allowing state officials to consider adopting an emergency regulation that could alleviate the shortage.

The regulation would allow the department to consider a larger pool of applicants for distribution licenses, licenses that permit the transport of recreational marijuana from the cultivation and packaging facilities to the dispensaries.The Nevada Tax Commission will vote on the regulation on Thursday.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Fake Media In a Panic As Evidence of Democratic Election Fraud uncovered


Lisbon Maine's Road To Bankruptcy - Part 4

Lisbon's Emergency Fund: 

Lisbon's unassigned account is the account that shows us how much money we have that isn't earmarked for a budget item..  I think of it as our EMERGENCY FUND.

The GFOA (government finance officers association) recommends that governments maintain an unassigned fund balance of no less than 16.67% of general fund operating expenditures. Our own charter recommends we keep 16% or approximately 2 months of operating costs in this account.  

Use of this account  to address budget shortfalls (IMHO) often indicates serious financial conditions :

  •  Declining non tax revenues 
  •  Out of control spending. 
  •   It is often an indicator of coming property tax hikes


This account can be compared to the proverbial canary in the coal mine. Frivolous use of this account sends a strong message to prospective businesses that may otherwise want to invest in Lisbon.

Call your Councilors and tell them you want real tax relief not fake short term fixes that just kick the can down the road.

Tell them to keep their fingers out of our EMERGENCY FUND.

Respectfully
Joe Hill