US Department of Justice Possibly Makes Grave Mistake

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Indictment of Julian Assange

Cristal M Clark

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Heads are spinning over the recent indictment of Julian Assange, particularly the US Department of Justice’s rather oddly put together indictment which boils down to more or less hokum and fairy tales. Honestly, Trump who I would be shocked to learn approved of this indictment given his love for Julian during the 2016 election must be horrified by the indictment, not to mention his son’s own direct, not indirect or accidental but direct contact with WikiLeaks prior to the 2016 win of his father.

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The worst fate of all, is that this indictment so as to ensure that the UK would extradite Julian back to the US to face charges, will more than likely cause some shit to hit the fan that which blows directly at Trump and his inner circle because the reality is simple, once this case gets into court, all bets are off and the US can’t keep Julian quiet then, he can and most likely will tell the truth, even if it hurts Trump, even at the risk of being jailed.

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In the initial indictment against Julian it was in relation to a single hacking charge and had been more or less very deliberately drafted for the charge to appear to be more about the manner of obtaining classified materials and less about the prosecution of a journalist.

In the newest round of charges however, Julian is charged with seeking, obtaining, and publishing embarrassing US government secrets.

The US-UK extradition treaty in force: “Extradition shall not be granted if the offense for which extradition is requested is a political offense.”

So, the new indictment as I read them, seem to be very politically motivated. “Publishing Embarrassing US Government Secrets?” If I had been me filing the charges, I would have omitted the word “embarrassing” because the second you add it, it makes the entire ordeal rather childish and pointless. So, you were embarrassed? So what, get the fuck over it and move on and stop behaving like a temper tantrum throwing two-year old and while you’re at it, stop sucking your thumb in public because that is embarrassing the entire nation.

Julian’s defense will for sure delve into the First Amendment’s protection of the freedom of the press. That defense will also more than likely include testimony and documentary evidence about Julian’s journalistic bona fide sources like Chelsea Manning, and it will no doubt whatsoever, reach Donald Trump and his inner circle, who are in fact known publicly as supporters of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.

Trump during the 2016 campaign:

“I love WikLeaks, that WikiLeaks is amazing, that “WikiLeaks is like a treasure trove, boy, I love reading those WikiLeaks.”

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It is no secret that Trump demands yes men on his team so this indictment against Julian Assange begs the question, did the US Department of Justice not think this through all the way, did they fail in getting Trump’s blessing or just blatantly go about indicting Julian without having a moment’s thought with regards to the outcome for Trump and his inner circle?

Cristal M Clark

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Unlucky Drug Lords Lose Drugs?

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$1 Million Worth of Drugs Washes Up on Alabama Beach

Cristal M Clark

Sometimes in the world of drugs, it’s a dog eat dog world, beach goers looking for some fun in the sun found a rather bountiful payload of fun in the sun last week, more than $1 million worth of marijuana and cocaine washed up along the shore in Alabama according to local police leaving one dealer or shipper pretty empty handed and I am guessing leaving one cartel feeling somewhat rather unhappy.

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On Tuesday of last week, a beach goer casually strolling along Orange Beach stumbled across a package containing 21 pounds of marijuana and 1 kilo of cocaine then as luck would have it, 2 days later another beach goer found 38 kilos of cocaine, or roughly the equivalent of about 86 pounds of the highly sought-after white powder, about a mile away.

Talk about luck if the beach goers tried to sell the stuff rather than turn it over to police because the payload would have added some additional funds to that long holiday weekend.

Police put the total street value of the narcotics at more than $1 million. The packages were all wrapped and had barnacles growing on them, which suggests that they had been in the water for quite some time according to police.

Now, The Department of Homeland Security, US Customs and Border Protection and the US Coast Guard are now all involved in investigating the origins of the drugs, which might prove difficult to track given the state of the narcotics once they arrived on the beach.

Now instead of looking for gold, cash and buried treasure at the beach on your next holiday, you might want to consider looking for an even bigger payout by finding someone’s lost loot of million-dollar drugs.

Cristal M Clark

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Florida Man Arrested – Over Bumper Sticker?

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Columbia County, Florida

Cristal M Clark

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Ahhh, Florida, the state that brings you news stories such as “Florida Woman Arrested in Burger King Bathroom with Seven Syringes in Vagina,’ ‘Florida Woman Pulls Foot Long Alligator From Pants, ‘Florida Man Wields Dangerous Cookie,’ ‘Bryan Duane Stewart told his neighbor that he was going to “kill ‘em with kindness” shortly before attacking him with a machete with the word “kindness” written on it.” The list could just go on and on here, Florida is fairly proud of the fact that they can make the news with seemingly idiotic criminal behavior, not something I would be proud of as the Governor of that state but to each his own.

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What’s more is that at times even the police in the State of Florida do some pretty questionable things such as arresting a man over a bumper sticker.

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Recently, Dillon Shane Webb’s “I EAT ASS” sticker on his truck landed him squarely in jail. Naturally, he was quickly released, but he is now threatening to sue for the violation of his first amendment rights, which he is well within his rights to do.

Here’s how it played out-

Dillon was stopped by a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputy just west of Jacksonville, Florida. The officer’s dashcam footage reveals that deputy pulled Webb over for his “derogatory” sticker.

Their conversation followed:

WEBB: How is that derogatory?

DEPUTY: How is it not derogatory? Some 10-year-old little kid sitting in the passenger seat of his momma’s vehicle looks over and sees ‘I EAT ASS’ and asks his mom what it means; how is she going to explain that?

WEBB: That’s the parent’s job, not my job.

The deputy goes on to argue that he wouldn’t want to have to explain the sticker to his kids, that Webb should remove a letter to transform ASS to AS, and that Webb was not only violating Florida’s obscene materials law but also was resisting an officer.

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Wait a fucking minute here, Florida has an obscene materials law on the books? Are you kidding me? Have you seen what is walking around in just the Wal-Mart’s in Florida? That is obscene! Florida’s criminal activity headlines are mostly obscene, but you can’t have a bumper sticker that reads “I Eat Ass?”

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Thankfully the law is on Dillon’s side, a court notice shows that there is no law that says you can’t have bumper sticker proudly proclaiming that you eat ass.

And as for Dillon, well he is prepared to take the matter even further, Andrew Bonderud, Dillon’s attorney told Buzzfeed that they were considering raising some complaints against the sheriff’s office. Dillon had been arrested and unable to work after all, over what they argue is simply a free speech issue.

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Either way, thanks to climate change soon enough Florida will be comfortably sitting at the bottom of the ocean so some of that closed-minded thinking will be going far, far away sooner rather than later.

Cristal M Clark

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WhatsApp Hacked

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Facebooks Woes Just Won’t Go Away

Cristal M Clark

Love it or hate it the reality is with every Facebook product these days, you are dealing with a liability in terms of your information being sold, stolen and your device hacked in some fashion.

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The increased issues with all of Facebook’s products has left users vowing to leave Facebook. WhatApp, Instagram and any other social media app owned by Facebook altogether, some are in fact boycotting Facebook, and all of its products altogether.

Politically, they are looking at fine after fine from a multitude of countries including the US which has done nothing to slow hacks, info being leaked, shared, and stolen. Even more, some want the company broken up.

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The problem is that users do not have another option so Facebook and all of her other social media apps are going to continue on and continue to lose your information as well as leave you vulnerable to being hacked and your information stolen.

It was recently discovered that WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook was hacked in a targeted attack, so naturally yesterday WhatsApp urged it’s 1.5 billion users to update their apps as an added precaution.

Facebook says that they discovered the vulnerability and attack earlier in May, and the attack targeted a “select number” of users and that it was orchestrated by “an advanced cyber-actor.” Then why have all 1.5 billion users update their apps? Some suspect the reason for urging all of WhatsApp users to update the app is simply because Facebook does not in fact, really know just how many users were caught up in this latest mess.

Hackers were able to remotely install surveillance software on phones and other devices using a major vulnerability, the surveillance software that was suspected to have been used was developed by the Israeli firm NSO Group- a cyber-arms dealer basically.

The attackers used WhatsApp’s voice calling function to ring a target’s device. Even if the call was not picked up, the surveillance software could be installed. According to Facebook, the call would often disappear from the device’s call log.

WhatsApp markets itself as a “secure” communications app because messages are end-to-end encrypted.

I guess that is not an accurate way to market itself any longer now is it?

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A fix was rolled out yesterday however, the app store notes associated with the latest update are not explicit about the fix. Furthermore, no one knows for sure if simply updating the App is going to actually fix the issue or not.

Social media is a choice, you can choose to use it and assume you can control every aspect of that, the reality is as long as a tech giant is running it and not you, you will never be in control of your information being lost, stolen, sold, shared or of being hacked.

Cristal M Clark

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School Shooting –

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Stem School Shooting, Highlands Ranch – Colorado

Cristal M Clark

Heading into another week in the year here, Colorado faced yet another school shooting on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, the shooting occurred at the charter school, STEM School in Highlands Ranch, a Denver suburb. Leaving 8 students injured and 1 dead.

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The shooters, both students, on 18-year-old boy and one 16-year-old who identifies as a male.

The shooting created a media frenzy of misinformation, attention seeking individuals came forward to share stories and the like, one live broadcast near the shooting featured a “worried” parent on the phone with her child asking how many kids were shot conveniently while the cameras were rolling, some news reports are labeling one of the shooters a bully, it is all in such poor taste, in utter disgust I refused to read anything about it until last night.

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Students walked out of a vigil in protest of the politicians and politically driven speakers who turned the vigil into a very poorly thought out political stunt, geared towards getting whatever their personal politically message was out, but one rather disparaging item I kept seeing at several news sites were the comments.

Adults, making horrible, disparaging comments with regards to the shooters looks, lifestyles, calling them freaks, asking based off of the way they look, why they were not red flagged? Then getting into forum chat arguments amongst themselves over spanking kids, bully’s, the way kids these days dress, look or behave, calling each other names, demanding more gun laws, demanding less gun laws.

This is the behavior we pass along to our children for they are in fact mirrors of all of us. Where is the compassion or empathy for the two shooters? We lack the understanding of how or why they did what they did, who are we to really judge at this juncture?

Some would call me a bleeding heart, fair enough however I will always inevitably correct that, I am realist. The reality of the situation is that these two young individuals are suffering some mental health issues enough to have caused them to want to cause harm to others and until we understand fully what those issues are, we will not be able to stop school shootings regardless of how many gun laws we put on or off of the books. Words on paper are meaningless without a true understanding of the how and why.

What these two kids have done is completely inexcusable and wrong, however we have no inkling of what brought them to that point, what has caused them such mental trauma or were they just born that way?

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We cannot stop mass shootings until we have a full and complete understanding of each shooter in any given situation because without that understanding, we will never truly be able to see any warning signs, red flags or indication that a shooting may happen.

Hindsight is always 20/20 however, we could certainly do a much better job of being compassionate enough to gain a true understanding of why so as to prevent it from actually happening again in addition to no longer allowing the mainstream media to turn these events into a ratings tool, putting attention seeking one minute wonders up where the focus is on that particular individual who simply wanted that one minute of fame. If they had some sort of valuable input it would be another matter now wouldn’t it.

Cristal M Clark

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Truck Driver Facing Decades in Prison

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Lakewood, Colorado

Cristal M Clark

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The truck driver 23-year old Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos, that crashed his semi on I-70 in Lakewood, Colorado that killed 4 people and seriously injured two others, was formally charged Friday with roughly 3 dozen felony counts and he could potentially face decades in prison.

Rogel has been charged with, 40 counts, including 6 counts of assault in the first degree and 4 counts of vehicular homicide, in the fiery April 25 crash on eastbound I-70 in Lakewood, Colorado. District Attorney Pete Weir said Rogel was “driving extremely fast and in a reckless manner” in an area where the speed limit for commercial vehicles is 45 mph. The semi Aguilera was driving was estimated to have been going “in excess of 85 miles an hour.”

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Many are saying that Rogel was behaving with extreme indifference and his attorney, well he believes that the charges are an overreach by the Jefferson County DA’s office and I would be lying if I said that I did not agree to some extent with Rogel’s attorney.

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After losing control of his rig coming off the mountain on I-70, the driver made an unfortunate series of bad decisions, he failed twice to utilize two, not one but two runaway truck ramps on his way down, swerved all over the road at one point almost running several cars off the road, had his rig in the incorrect gear, failed to attempt to drive into the ditch, the median and then subsequently, crashed into several stopped cars on the highway causing a major explosion that killed four individuals and injured dozens. He allegedly told police from a hospital after the crash that his brakes failed, and he didn’t want to exit the highway for fear of rolling his semitrailer, according to his arrest affidavit.

While I am all for justice, I have to take a step back here and call into the questions the other seemingly guilty parties beginning with the company that employed the driver. The company, Castellano 03 Trucking LLC, a Houston-based company has been cited in numerous occasions for various safety issues, one being faulty brakes as well as employing drivers that had not concept of the English language, the one language all of our road signage happens to be written in.

Another great question would be, how was it that Rogel managed to procure a CDL license given his tenacity for seemingly making every wrong decision a truck driver could possibly make?

While living in Florida for a few years, I had to endure a visit to the DMV where I witnessed Florida licensing drivers who did not read, write or understand the English Language. They allowed these drivers to take their written exams in their own native language and then handed them drivers licenses as if they were candy. Yes, I would agree for the most part during the actual driving part of the exam these drivers had memorized the road signage they came across however that is easy, what happens IRL?

That in and of itself is completely irresponsible on the part of any state doing this and that is just one tiny piece of the puzzle.

We need to look at where this young man obtained his drives license, his CDL, then the company that employed him. Yes, we can and should hold Rogel responsible however, other parties the ones who licensed him, who gave him a CDL, and those who employed him need to be held accountable as well, yet here in America we seem all to happy to throw the book at the easiest target rather than going after the entire lot, right?

Cristal M Clark

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