Denver, CO where the homeless are the gift that keeps on giving.

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Denver, Colorado

In downtown Denver it seems that the homeless come in never ending waves. Once a sweep is done, another wave shows up eventually. 

Earlier this year the City of Denver conducted a sweep of homeless camps, forcing or so they thought the homeless off of the streets and into shelters and the like.

What really happened was the majority just found a new place to camp, along near the south Platte, some in neighboring residential areas where one resident reported to local media recently that she had, witnessed two homeless individuals having sex right out in the open, in her neighborhood…which by the way is nothing new for those who actually live right off of the mall area and in and around 13th, 14th, 16th and 17th avenues.

The point is, after the sweep earlier this year, the homeless numbers in particular areas dropped off, but they didn’t just stop being homeless or disappear. They camped out elsewhere.

Some blame it on the legalization of cannabis which I am sure brought some to Denver but it did not create the homeless issues that they face. Those very same issues have been plaguing the city for quite some time, for years in fact, prior to the legalization of recreational cannabis.

Now it seems the homeless have flocked right back to familiar territory. Drive down Lawrence by the shelter…you’ll find homeless hanging out, camped out and waiting…

The city has come out and said “we firmly believe people are best served indoors.” To some extent I agree with that idea, the intent is very well meant. But the idea itself is not one that will be successful at this juncture.

So here are the issues currently, residents, the city, business owners, visitors to the city, they all want the homeless out of sight and out of mind so to speak. So they came up with a solution designed to provide them shelter and a place to go, programs that are intended to help them become productive members of society.

But are the well wishers and planners truly understanding the issues that the homeless face?

Do they get it?

What is causing the homeless individuals to become homeless?

For some it is job loss or that the jobs they have simply do not pay enough for them to afford rent along with other housing costs.

Some suffer from mild to severe mental health issues that are under-treated, not treated at all or they are self treating through substance abuse.

Some are addicted to alcohol or drugs

Some suffer from a physical disability

Some have no family or friends that they can rely upon to help them so they all end up living on the streets.

A huge issue that the homeless complain about is the violence, assaults, filth and conditions at the shelters. The vast majority of the homeless will tell you that they would rather sleep on the street than in a shelter because the shelters are filthy, they have bed bugs, some are assaulted at shelters, hurt, and if you have ever walked through a shelter at night, it is pretty dehumanizing to say the least. 

A lot of the programs so as to help them are designed specifically for helping the homeless obtain housing and jobs. Some of the specialized housing for the homeless have rules, the programs are more in line with transitional housing. 

But to qualify certain conditions have to be met or the homeless is denied the housing or kicked out.

They cannot have priors for most of the transitional housing or if they do it cannot be sex assault and or violent priors, then the issue of substance abuse always comes up. While in most if not all of the transitional housing, they cannot drink or do drugs.

Well, that is a huge part of the homeless population. A lot do in fact suffer from some form of substance abuse, some have prior’s and some have priors that are due to mental illnesses that were never treated properly.

You cannot demand that the homeless give up whatever substance they abuse just so that they can have housing. I’ve heard people say, that if the homeless want off the streets bad enough they’ll give up drinking or doing drugs.

That is not a fair expectation to be honest. You don’t just expect a long time heavy drinker or drug user to give up something they are addicted to. It’s not instantaneous or easy and depending on the level of abuse, could potentially be dangerous to just give up cold turkey.

Then you have those that do want off the street but can’t afford housing. It’s easy to tell them to move to a suburb that may be more affordable, which then usually leaves them facing the hard cold reality of lack of transportation.

And some homeless, for them that is all that they know. If you have ever seen Shawshank Redemption, when Red gets out of prison, he struggles to adapt to life on the outside.

Think about a long term homeless individual, perhaps one that wasn’t ever really good at holding down a job, not drinking or using drugs, the family gig…it would not be easy for them.

So what we are left with is this really ugly circle that just doesn’t stop. We can’t force someone to seek help when they are unwilling to seek it out. We cannot force someone to seek a better life if they are content with the life that they have or if a better life is simply out of reach for various reasons and we cannot force someone to seek shelter if they do not want it.

The fact is, we cannot force them to head to any of the resources offered if they do not want them or if it, in the long run is not truly a long term solution.

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The problem that the city faces is, legally just because the homeless aren’t pretty to look at they can’t really stop them from being homeless.

The fantasy, the expectation and desire in this case are simply not in line with the realities of why the homeless are homeless and the solutions are far from long term.

Cristal M Clark

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Stockholm Murder suspect drank blood from victim

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The Vampire Murder Case –

Because it’s the day before Halloween…an unsolved murder of the vampire variety seemed very much in order.

32 year old prostitute Lilly Lindeström was found murdered in her apartment in the Atlas area of Stockholm, Sweden, May 4, 1932. Although some reports state that she was discovered on May 7, 1932 making the date she was murdered May 4, 1932.

In either case, she was murdered with a vampire twist.

Not only has her case never been solved, it took an unusual twist when police who were investigating the case made the rather gruesome discovery that her killer actually drained her body of  blood and quite possibly drank her blood, thus dubbing him the Atlas Vampire.

It was determined that Lilly had been dead for a couple of days at least, before police discovered her, the autopsy showed that she had blunt force trauma to her head, the cause of death was ruled repeated blows from a blunt object to Lilly’s head, she was found naked and face down on her bed.

Reports showed that she either willingly or unwillingly had sex prior to being killed because a condom was protruding from her rectum still, her clothes were neatly folded on a chair next to the body.

What was unusual was that officers found a gravy ladle at the crime scene. Through inspection of her corpse they realized that the killer drained her body of  blood and police suspected that the ladle was used so as to drink Lilly’s blood. They also found saliva on her neck and body.

Of course, given her profession a number of her clients were questioned and released. It is a fact that her last client was her killer, the problem is, prostitutes don’t usually keep detailed records of who their clients are…

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To this day, her murder remains unsolved.

It was for sure not the most well thought out murder of all time considering the fact that the crime scene did contain a rather abundant source of bodily fluids, it was however committed long before the use of DNA testing.

Also, given Lilly’s profession, how did the killer know that she hadn’t arranged another client visit after his? Then again, she most likely went out to pick up her clients so…

She was a victim of opportunity and her killer had a taste for blood. He vanished without a trace and may forever be unknown.

May your Halloween be vampire free…

Cristal M Clark

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FBI Director James Comey – finally takes his stand

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Yesterday, FBI Director James Comey sent a three paragraph letter to Congress that said the FBI had uncovered new intel with regards to Hillary Clinton’s email scandal via an investigation into Anthony Weiner.

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Ever since the announcement hit the media, seemingly crawling out of the woodwork and just about every corner are people who claim that James Comey is trying to mess with the election due to the timing of the letter to Congress, others claim that he is trying to save face, few even think that he’s lost it…

Reports hit the wire that he blatantly disregarded the DOJ by announcing the letter, blah, blah, blah.

Then on the other hand, this role reversal happened as well. Now Trump supporters who were once pretty much against the guy are digging him.

Everyone has an opinion, yet no one actually looks at the message that is so clearly sent. It’s absolutely mind boggling.

Director James Comey sent a message yesterday and it wasn’t in the letter that he sent to Congress.

Look, he never technically said that he would reopen the investigation into Clinton in his letter, he said that the FBI has become aware of some new emails, he only implied that he would investigate her, again and we all know that the DOJ pretty much tied his hands during the first investigation.

We all felt that he let his FBI down, he let his agents down, the public and law enforcement as a whole became tainted through his enabling someone other than himself to direct an investigation because they liked the suspect more than they liked the potential outcome of the investigation.

He allowed for himself to get caught up in politics and lost…that is not the James Comey that walked into the FBI.

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So this letter comes as no surprise to me. I guarantee you, hands down without a doubt whatsoever, that his timing has nothing to do with the election.

His motives are simpler than that.

He lost a lot of respect through his investigation into Hillary Clinton and failing to file any charges once details of how the investigation was actually handled started hitting the news. He lost not only respect but I would imagine some of his dignity.

Yesterday may have been more a matter of him telling the powers that be, “do not to tell the Director of the FBI how to do his job, conduct an investigation and let a potential criminal go with no punishment whatsoever.” Which is what happened with the Clinton email scandal investigation in the first place.

He took an oath and I believe that his move was motivated by that, and only that.  

If James Comey did not make this move because of the oath that he took, well then the only other logical reason to have made such a move is to be the guy that falls on the sword.

The martyr…

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How many of you honestly believe either Trump or Clinton would keep James Comey around knowing that they cannot own him or his FBI?

Besides, do you really believe that this man is willing to work for the next administration regardless of who wins the election?

Cristal M Clark

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Denver, Colorado Police Department – changing use force policy

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Denver, Colorado

In a move that I don’t often make, I am going to praise the efforts of the Denver, Colorado Police Department, in fact, I commend them for taking this very huge step forward.

They announced this week that they plan to rewrite the department’s use of force policy. I’ve said this so many times before, in all reality police departments across the US don’t really need the DOJ to step in and fix everything if a police department is willing and ready for change.

As it turns out, one of the departments that I often praise has paid attention to what has been happening with other police departments across the nation and has taken it upon themselves to change the way they react.

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Instead of telling officers what is legally allowed in terms of using force, they will now be encouraged and allowed to use the minimum amount of force necessary.
That translates to not shooting first and asking questions later, which DPD never really had an issue with but why wait until one surfaces?

They will be provided special training and models to help guide them on how to better react to different situations, according to DPD Chief Robert White.  

“I’m of the opinion it’s just not good enough for officers to take legal actions, but they also need to make sure those actions are absolutely necessary that’s where we are going.”

What citizens don’t often see or realize is that some police departments across the country have been watching the violence, the actions of both officers and citizens and they have listened to how citizens feel and they are now taking steps to change different aspects of policing.

That’s pretty important.

The Denver police department has already included a section to its operations manual that requires officers to de-escalate situations when reasonable and of course practical.

They included a section that says that officers now have a duty to render aid after they have shot a suspect or if they used physical force on a suspect if the situation is deemed safe to do so.

Chief White has also vowed to listen to input and idea’s which shows. What’s more is that the department did not take this process lightly. They consulted with something like 14 other departments, some of which were, Seattle, San Diego, Kansas City, Mo, a board of directors.

They even looked at input from from the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing and the Police Executive Research Forum.

The Denver Police Department is proving that they can lead by example. They watch, listen and actually choose to hear what is said by citizens, not just in Denver but nationwide and step forward to make the changes that are needed.

I commend them for the dedication they have for the community that they serve.

Success is not about being the best. It’s about always getting better.

Clearly the Denver Police Department gets that.

Cristal M Clark

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US Department of Justice on a witch-hunt

Loretta Lynch

Sorting out the Eric Garner case

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It’s a touchy case with a lot of questions and some are accusing the DOJ of being on what is considered a witch-hunt, while others are praising the efforts of the DOJ to investigate the case of Eric Garner and the chokehold.

Officially, the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office attributed Eric Garner’s death to a combination of a chokehold, compression of his chest, and poor health.

What shocked the world was the fact that he was left lying on the ground in front of officers for about 7 minutes while they waited for an ambulance to arrive. After Eric lost consciousness, officers turned him onto his side to ease his breathing.

What’s more is that no one gave him CPR because they “believed” that he was breathing. He was pronounced dead at the hospital about an hour later.

An hour later, not a couple of minutes but an hour. What makes the case so bad however is that he plead with officers and yelled out, at least 11 times “I can’t breathe,” before passing out.

Three simple words, that were ignored, three simple words that made the world stop and gasp for air collectively.

The ME found that Eric died as a result of “compression of neck (chokehold), compression of chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police.” And so, his death was ruled a homicide.

At this juncture it makes no difference whether or not he was breaking the law and/or resisted arrest.

The chokehold maneuver was against NYPD policy at the time and still is, so ultimately, who is responsible for the man’s death?

The officers, Eric or the EMT’s?

The facts are in black and white, they come around the time of the chokehold which is why I look at the DOJ’s involvement into the case as being crucial.

Did any of the officers go into this arrest with malicious intent to harm or kill?

I am going to go out on a limb here and say no, they did not.

They acted too aggressively and failed to follow policy because of the use of the chokehold.

Which leaves the questions, if NYPD is dealing with a suspect and the situation becomes a medical emergency are they trained to perform CPR/first aid and when calling for an ambulance what priority are suspects given?

Are NYPD officers inadequately trained when it comes to medical emergencies? Putting someone in a chokehold until they pass-out is actually quite dangerous.

Yes, police hear all of the time that someone can’t breathe, they are hurting them etc.

The question then becomes, are they so used to hearing it that they sort of ignore it when a suspect says that he/she cannot breathe?

If the question is answered honestly, then it confirms what most of society suspects with regards to Eric Garner.

I’ve seen police deal with suspects who say that they cannot breathe and the attitude is more or less “the guy is faking it” so they put them in cuffs, turn around and wait for another car or an ambulance or just chat with other officers, you know for a little bonding time, while ignoring the suspect and his or her medical needs.

So can the officers be charged with any criminal charges because of the use of the chokehold and the fact that he was left for 7 long minutes on a sidewalk dying?

For all we know, he may have been already dying at the point at which he was passed out and rolled onto his side.

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The issue that the DOJ faces however which is just as crucial, many are wondering if they can conduct a fair and impartial investigation? Is this a witch-hunt or is it is a fair investigation?

The DOJ changed the team of agents and lawyers investigating the Eric Garner case in the hopes that it would jump start it back into action, which can be viewed as a way to lead a horse to water so to speak.

Switching out a team leaves the impression that someone is not getting the answers that they want so they will bring in someone who will provide the answers they want to hear.

It also carries the subtle hint that someone on that team may have had an agenda that the rest of the team didn’t agree with…it just does not sit really well with the public.

The DOJ does not have the full trust of the public after the Hillary Clinton email scandal investigation so…changing out the team really does have some of society feeling that the DOJ is in fact, not capable of conducting a fair and impartial investigation.

In the end the DOJ needs to determine at what point did the arrest of Eric Garner go from a simple arrest to being a homicide, one that they can legally charge officers for?

Cristal M Clark

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Security – is the Internet of Things ready for the next big one?

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The big question this week is whether or not the world can secure its Internet of Things devices in time for the next attack, after last Friday’s attack, which left many in the tech industry reeling.

I know a lot of talk has gone around about who might have been responsible for it as well but that is truly the wrong question at this point because it is the least important right now.

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The attack that disabled websites across much of the continental US and Europe last week was what is known as a DDoS attack.

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Dyn, who happens to be a very a major provider of internet infrastructure, was swarmed by data requests from a network of hijacked devices. Normally it’s machines but, in this case it turned out to be connected devices.

It has been reported that last Friday’s attack appears to have been caused by hijacked DVRs and web-enabled cameras. As it turned out many of the DVR’s and web-enabled cameras contained circuit boards and software manufactured by the Chinese tech firm Hangzhou Xiongmai.

The firm is well known for selling completely insecure cameras and DVR’s, not to mention as we now know, many have been hacked and placed into botnets such as the Mirai botnet where they participate in DDoS attacks.

Many of the used devices are in fact infected by Mirai.

Hangzhou Xiongmia initially shot out that it was the fault of end users who failed to change passwords…Hangzhou Xiongmia did end up recalling something like 4.3 million circuit boards used in cameras.

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Mirai botnet…

By the way, it is rumored that over half a million IoT devices are already infected Mirai IoT malware.

Mirai was built for 2 core purposes:

  1. Locate and compromise IoT devices to further grow the botnet.
  2. Launch DDoS attacks based on instructions received from a remote C&C.

What’s really interesting about Mirai was that it was hardcoded with an avoid list. That’s right, a list of IP’s it is to avoid infecting. The list includes the USPS, the Department of Defense, HP, GE, The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority…

That list is pretty intriguing to say the least. I can see some of the groups to avoid on the list but the USPS? No offense to the USPS, but why?

It’s left some speculating that the code’s author (s) were concerned with being exposed while others have speculated that list indicates the author (s) learned the art of coding from a Wiki page or from popular media which makes some think the author (s) are not pros.

Which is irrelevant at this stage because Mirai is doing it’s job quite nicely.

Mirai also comes equipped with an added bonus which leaves users who are trying to remove it pretty frustrated.

  1. Help Mirai maximize the attack potential of the botnet devices.
  2. Prevent similar removal attempts from other malware.

If you have had a chance to look at any of the code for Mirai you might have noticed that part of the code appears to be in Russian which leads many to believe that the author or some of the authors are in fact Russian hackers or hackers who are originally from Russia.

Still the question at the end of the day is pretty simple:

The real issue we face here is, with so many IoT devices that are already in homes and offices how can we secure them now?

People don’t normally think about securing a coffee maker when they buy it. The expectation is more or less that it is sold already secured, but what if it wasn’t?

The answer is, most don’t know and they don’t know how to begin testing for it.

I like ShieldsUP!

Before doing that I would make sure to Disable all remote (WAN) access to your devices. To verify that your device is not open to remote access.

Then you need to to scan the following ports: SSH (22), Telnet (23) and HTTP/HTTPS (80/443).

https://www.grc.com/x/portprobe=22

https://www.grc.com/x/portprobe=23

You will want to look for a status of “Stealth” which means that your port is secure.

You will also need to test your router which is no easy task for most. You can read information on that at routersecurity.org.

To be honest however, for most average everyday consumers, this can be very overwhelming so moving forward we need to be thinking of answers that fall in line with how consumers think.

They don’t think like tech experts or tech laymen, they think like consumers.

Some are calling for the Government to regulate IoT security, which is a fine idea but in the meantime…

With so many devices already exposed or at risk.

Some thought to the idea or notion that a fix that is pushed out to devices might be in order.

Cristal M Clark

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North Carolina Superior Court judge attempts to bribe FBI agent

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With all of the talk with regards to police corruption, I feel that it is just as equally important to mention others who are in a position of authority who feel that they too. are above the law.

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You don’t always hear about judges breaking the law, more often than not it is not due to the fact that they lead these squeaky clean lives, it has more to do with the fact that in all reality people are reluctant to bust a judge, even when they have every right to.

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It seems that NC Superior Court Judge, one Arnold O. Jones II tried to bribe an FBI agent but not with cash oddly, no the judge tried to bribe the FBI agent with some nice cold Bud Lights.

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That’s right, not even the more expensive imports or micro-brews, but some Bud Light, and Budweiser is America’s Beer after all, well that’s according to a recent ad campaign by Budweiser.

According to reports, Judge Arnold Ogden Jones II thought that his wife was texting another man and might have been having an affair. Unlike most normal adults, instead of snoop himself or just ask her about it, he felt that he needed concrete, written in stone, proof of the affair.

So, he asked Agent Matthew Miller of the FBI to see what the agent can do without drawing attention to himself, in an effort to recover her text transcripts.

The law says that “No person holding a position of public trust in our legal system is permitted to subvert that system for his own personal objectives.”

Which is technically what Judge Arnold O. was doing, so at his arranged meeting with agent Miller, he was promptly arrested and subsequently charged.

Judge Arnold O. was found guilty as charged, his sentencing is scheduled for 1/23/2017, he faces up to 37 years in prison which we all know he won’t get.

I am sure that while agent Miller found the bribe almost laughable, and might have enjoyed a couple of coldies, he was not as willing to risk his career over a suspected extramarital affair.

But that isn’t the only judge recently to have been busted…

Former Orleans Parish Juvenile Court Judge David Bell was arrested for his involvement in an auto theft ring.

A New York State judge was arrested in February for DWI, after she crashed her car while driving a little buzzed on the way to court, as opposed to at the end of the day…after court.

While a Texas judge was recently arrested for his Illegal Speed Camera Contract.

A Phoenix judge last year landed herself in trouble for harboring a convicted sex offender who also happened to be a fugitive of justice.

The list here, well it could go on…and on.

Judges all over the U.S. have been arrested for holding side jobs as drug dealers, paying for sex and being involved in prostitution rings and bribery.

So no, they are not any more well behaved as the rest of society in general, they are more likely however to get off a little easier than the rest of society if they are charged at all.

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It becomes an interesting question when the person who is going to sentence someone for a crime, just so happens to be just as willing to break the law as the person he/she is about to sentence.

Cristal M Clark

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U.S. Marine Corps Col. James Sabow – Found Dead

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Codename: Guns for Drugs

Some say that it was cold blooded murder while the military says that it was a suicide?

January 22, 1991 Col. James Sabow was found dead, from an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound.

James had discovered that military planes were being ordered to fly to El Toro in the middle of the night, the story was the planes were transporting weapons.

Naturally, James expressed concern to his superiors, one Commander Thomas Adams and one Chief of Staff Joseph Underwood. It’s been said that they told him that these planes were transporting weapons to South America in exchange for drugs.

James wasn’t too keen to to the idea that guns were being traded for drugs so he called General J.K. Davis, his retired former general, who then called Washington, and a team was sent out to San Diego to stop the drug trafficking.

Unfortunately for James, Retired General J.K. Davis decided to call to James Sabow’s commander, Thomas Adams.

As a result, Adams relieved James and Joseph Underwood from their duties and to add insult to injury, Adams charged both James and Joseph for “carrying extra baggage” on planes.

Oddly, the very next day, James Sabow received an unusual phone call and was subsequently found dead in his garden roughly 1 hour later, having been shot in the mouth.

Officially his death was ruled a suicide, which has not stopped an onslaught of theories from boiling up to the surface.

One of the biggest rumors is said to be that if anyone gets too close to learning the truth, well the military puts a stop to it by threats from the US military or so the rumor goes.

James Sabow’s brother never thought that his brother had committed suicide so he set up his own investigation.

According to that investigation, there was a suspicious lack of blood around and near where the body of James Sabow was found.  

Independent autopsies eventually revealed that James received a blow to the head from a blunt object that damaged his skull and rendered him unconscious before he was shot.

In 2012, someone discovered that the official autopsy photos that had been taken had been tampered with so as to hide marks on his body that would suggest that he was beaten up before he was shot.

The word people like to use is that he was “suicided” which means that he was murdered in such a way that one could easily make it look as if he committed suicide.

But the question in all reality is simple, how could James Sabow who was pretty high in command not known about the flights, the drugs, the guns?

I am certain without a doubt what so ever that James in fact did know about them, he knew precisely what was going on. It doesn’t matter that he may not have liked it, the fact is that he did know about it.

Now, if that is the case as I believe it to be, the only reason anyone would want to murder him is because he wanted more out of the deal than he was already getting. Cash presumably.  

Originally, it was said that he threatened to go to authorities but instead he called his former General. Something kept him from calling the authorities, so the obvious question is what? What would stop you from calling the authorities if you were as straight laced as James is said to have been?

The only thing that would have made James stop and call his retired general was that he feared being found out, he knew he was involved and he also made the threat leaving one to believe that he had hoped to gain something through it.

Anyone in any branch of the military knows, you don’t rat out your own unless you can safely do so and if you are without any doubt whatsoever sure that you are doing the right thing, i.e. not involved in whatever it is you are threatening to report.

You most certainly would not threaten to do it, ever.

Was James murdered?

James could have very likely been murdered he had knowledge of the guns for drugs flights after all, however it is more likely that, the strange call he had received was one to inform him of further charges or one that informed him of his being discovered as, at the very least culpable.

Something a high ranking officer of the Marines would have been so shamed for, that he would have in fact put a gun into his mouth and pulled the very trigger.

At the end of the day, the trade off with having a military that is charged for protecting its nation is that they handle things that happen on the inside, the military way.

Cristal M Clark

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Feds – The National Security Agency Fails at Security… Again

 NSA contractor casually saunters away with 50TB worth of highly classified data

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U.S. National Security Agency

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According to the Thursday court filing it looks like federal prosecutors have expanded on their court filing against Harold Thomas Martin III.

Harold, is facing espionage charges for the theft of data and paperwork that he stole.

Seems that he was able to walk away with at the very least 50TB worth of highly classified data, some of which included national defense data.

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He also ended up walking out the door of the agency somehow unnoticed, overtime I am sure with not 1, but 6 full bankers boxes worth of paper documents.

Quite a few of those paper documents were labeled “Secret” or “Top Secret.”

In all, he actually walked away with way more than Edward Snowden did and some are saying that if all of the data is in fact classified, it would be the largest amount of data stolen by a contractor of the NSA, to date.

“For example, the search of the Defendant’s car revealed a printed email chain marked as “Top Secret” and containing highly sensitive information. The document appears to have been printed by the Defendant from an official government account. On the back of the document are handwritten notes describing the NSA’s classified computer infrastructure and detailed descriptions of classified technical operations. The handwritten notes also include descriptions of the most basic concepts associated with classified operations, as if the notes were intended for an audience outside of the Intelligence Community unfamiliar with the details of its operations.”

Harold Thomas Martin III has taken from what I gather pretty extensive government training courses on computer security, specifically in areas pertaining to encryption and secure communications.

Additionally, the Fed’s were able to learn that he used a sophisticated software tool that runs without having to be installed on a computer which provides anonymous internet access.

That tool leaves virtually no digital footprint on the computer or network.

Harold also tried to run Tor or a VPN in conjunction with TAILS or another USB-bootable operating systems on his work machine.

It is unclear however if he sold any information or has any connection to the “Shadow Brokers.”

What is clear however, is that Thomas was intent on taking information without the NSA or his employer of record knowing.

What’s even more clear…

The NSA needs to button things down before anymore intel casually walks out of it’s front door.

The 50TB worth of data aside, Martin walked out of the NSA with what amounted to 6 bankers boxes full of paper alone, who doesn’t notice this while it’s happening?

Sure I get that he most likely took it a little at a time but, many years ago I worked retail and they have security guards that do everything but strip search you as you leave work at night. They go through all of your stuff, in fact some retail stores make employee’s come and go with clear bags to make the nightly searches go faster.

Does the NSA somehow lack real security guards or measures or did Martin toss one of them a Rubik’s Cube as a distraction in an effort to get the paperwork out on his person or in a man purse???

They are the National Security Agency after all, the name sort of says it all, you would think.

Maybe they should I don’t know, secure all of that top secret stuff contractors keep walking out with…I don’t know just a thought.

 

Cristal M Clark

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